County Golf Countdown: Elite group rules women’s open

-messenger photo by Britt Kudla

The women’s open-division competition in the Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota County golf tournament has produced its fair share of impressive championship scores and reigns.

From 1993-97, Fort Dodge Senior High standout Stacey Bergman – who later played for both the University of Iowa and University of Tennessee – had a stronghold on the championship. Bergman never shot above 155 during her run.

Next was Roxanne Kuhlman, who reeled off three consecutive wins from 2000-02. Kuhlman was also city queen in 1991 and 1998.

Stef Nelson followed Kuhlman’s stretch with three straight titles of her own from 2003-05. Heather Frye, a former Dodger teammate of Nelson, did the same from 2006-09.

Kelsey Faiferlick pieced together the best stretch of them all, securing seven consecutive crowns from 2011-17. Delaney Conrad, a Southeast Valley High standout, took over the top spot last summer in a true changing of the guard.

Only three women’s champs have shot above 165 in the two-day event since its inception in 1991. Long story short, if a player wants the trophy, she better bring her A-game.

On-line registration for the July 13 and 14 tournament, sponsored by The Messenger, is set up for all tournament participants this year at Click on the “Register Now For 2019 City Tournament” tab on the bottom left-hand side of the page.

The men’s open and senior division fields are asked to visit Lakeside (515-576-6741) with questions, concerns or if help is needed signing up. The women should go to the Country Club (515-955-8551).

Nearly 8,000 golfers have participated in this event since The Messenger obtained sponsorship in 1980.