Sergeant will be inducted into IGA Hall of Fame
Dave Sergeant’s track record on the golf course speaks for itself.
True to form as a reflection of his game, the long-time Fort Dodge resident spent most of his time talking about others when discussing his recent Iowa Golf Association Hall of Fame election.
”If there’s anything I’ve been able to take away from this process so far (the nomination and news of being selected), it’s stepping back and revisiting the special relationships I’ve built through the years,” said Sergeant, who will be inducted this May during a ceremony at Elmwood Country Club in Marshalltown. ”It’s an incredibly humbling honor and a really big deal to me, of course, because when you look at the list of (66 IGA Hall of Fame members, including the upcoming 2014 class), there are so many great players involved. More importantly, though, there are some really tremendous people.
”I’ve been golfing for six decades now, and I’m really proud to say that I’ve been playing partners with many guys in this group. That’s a really awesome feeling – to know I will be in there with them. It’s overwhelming even after I had some time to think about it.”
Sergeant, a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High (1963), St. Olaf College (1967) and Drake Law School (1970), has been a dominant force on the state’s senior circuit for nearly 20 years. He was the IGA’s senior player of the year four times between 1996 and 2001, while finishing second in the voting twice. During that span, Sergeant won the Iowa Senior Match Play, the Iowa Masters and the Fort Dodge Amateur four times each.
”Fortunately, I was in the right place at the right time when it came to the true emergence of the senior side of these competitions,” said Sergeant, also a nine-time city tournament winner and eight-time Fort Dodge Country Club champion. ”I was the benefactor of some new opportunities, and it kind of gave my career a second wind.
”Even more than the golf, though, was the friendships I was able to both build and maintain. Even to this day, we can tee up in a senior tournament anywhere across the state and it’s kind of like a class reunion. We pick up conversations right where we left off. It’s a special group; the camaraderie is really unique.”
Sergeant played in the 1998 United States Senior Open at Riviera, then again in 2003 at Inverness – where current Iowa Chief Justice and fellow Fort Dodger Mark Cady caddied for him. Sergeant also qualified for the 2001 and ’02 U.S. Senior Amateurs.
Sergeant sheepishly bragged of winning at least one tournament in six different decades.
”The game has given a lot to me,” said Sergeant, who has practiced law locally since 1970. ”My wife (Sue) always jokes that when we go places – whether it’s here in Iowa or even traveling out of the state – I always run into someone I know. I have golf to thank for that.
”I am very proud of what I’ve done on the course, obviously, and something like this makes you take a step back and look at your overall body of work. With that being said, though, it’s about so much more than just the trophies and the titles.”
In addition to his personal accomplishments, Sergeant has been very active as a steward of the game. Locally, he has completed two stints on the Fort Dodge Country Club board of directors, and has also served as past club president. Sergeant also spent time as a member of the IGA board (1995-2002), and helped spearhead a committee that created The Golf Foundation of Iowa in 1999.
Sergeant and his wife have five children and two grandchildren.
The official date of the 2014 IGA ceremony has yet to be determined. When enshrined, Sergeant will join fellow local legend and best friend Tom Chapman Jr. – a 2008 honoree – in the Hall of Fame. Sergeant inducted the late Chapman in 2008.