73rd FD Amateur ready for action
All three defending champs back in the field at the FDCC
It’s been a very unusual start to the golf season, but one of the state’s oldest amateur tournaments will bring a sense of normalcy back to the Fort Dodge Country Club over the next three days.
The 73rd Fort Dodge Amateur begins play at 8 a.m. Friday, with nearly 100 participants set to participate. Defending champions Andrew Huseman (open division), Joe Bates (senior) and Jim Campbell (super senior) are all entered to play.
Huseman, the son of local chiropractor Bill Huseman and grandson of Hall of Fame Fort Dodge coach and athletic director Dutch Huseman, carded an eight-under par 205 to post a five-stroke victory a year ago. It was the first FD Am title for the now 25-year-old Ankeny Centennial graduate.
Huseman played golf collegiately at Indian Hills Community College and Arkansas State University. He will tee off at 11:48 a.m. on Friday with 2010 and ’11 champ Kevin Ault, Charlie West and Zachary LaBarr.
Defending Webster County and Lakeside Amateur titleist Austin Morrow, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, starts at 10:36 a.m. on Friday. Former city champs Eddie Doyle, Lucas Peed and Ryan Reeder are in the open field.
Bates and Campbell, both from Albia, will be in the same foursome at 12:12 p.m. They are paired with Jim Wynn and Curtis Anderson.
A year ago, Bates fired rounds of 70, 70 and 73 for his second senior crown in three tries. Campbell unseated Fort Dodge lawyer Dave Sergeant — a six-time FD Am winner — on the super senior side.
Sergeant and 2009 FD Am senior gold medalist Tom Schill are slated to compete, along with four-time senior winner Joel Yunek, a Lake City High School graduate.
The 18 hole rounds on Friday and Saturday serve as a qualifier for Sunday’s championship action.
High temperatures will be in the upper-80s all three days, with very little wind expected. There is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms on Friday afternoon.
The Country Club is a par 35-36–71 layout.
FORT DODGE AMATEUR TEE TIMES
Randy Studer, Sr.