Huseman wins Lakeside Am

Saturday’s Lakeside Amateur golf tournament finished with a new – yet familiar – name atop the leaderboard.

Eighteen-year-old Andrew Huseman, the son of local businessman and FDSH graduate Bill Huseman and grandson of Hall of Fame Fort Dodge athletic director Dutch Huseman, secured the title by carding a total score of three-under par 105. Brandon Kinseth (two-under 106), Jim Calkins (even 108), Ryan Kinseth (one-over 109) and Cory Cummins (three-over 111) rounded out the top of the final leaderboard.

After entering the last nine holes in a three-way deadlock with Brandon Kinseth and John Siela, Huseman fired a two-under par 34 on the back nine, tying Ryan Kinseth for the low championship round effort.

With the victory, Huseman ended Kevin Ault’s reign of two straight Lakeside Am crowns.

“I’ve won probably about five junior events before, but I’ve never won a (men’s amateur) event until this one,” said Huseman, who will be a senior this fall at the new Ankeny Centennial High School. “I just felt really good the last few holes. I’ve been struggling with my putting a little bit lately, but I knew eventually it would come around.”

For the championship nine, Huseman had birdies on 10, 13, 15 and 16, with bogeys at 14 and 17. He previously birdied 5, 7, 10 and 15, with a bogey on 4 and a double-bogey on 9.

On the day, Huseman notched 15 pars, eight birdies, three bogeys and one double-bogey.

“No matter what happened, I just didn’t want to hit the ball out of bounds (late),” Huseman said. “I’ve played (Lakeside) a couple of times in the past for a best-shot tournament, but (yesterday) was the first time I’d ever played (an individual round).

“It’s really going to help my confidence a lot now knowing that I was able to play well and close out (a win).”

The turning point in the championship round came at the par-4 15th, where Huseman birdied and Kinseth – a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate and current Fort Dodge resident – got caught in the trees and double bogeyed.

Huseman tied with two others for runner-up individual honors at the 2012 Class 4A state meet. Just a month ago, he also teamed up with Karli Kerrigan to win the 2A state co-ed golf meet.

In last weekend’s 65th annual Fort Dodge Am at the Country Club, Huseman tied with Ault for 21st place, recording a 225.

Other flight winners here Saturday were Jim Dalton (1st flight, 81), Craig Miller (2nd flight, 85) and Blake Miller (3rd flight, 92).