Kinseth captures Lakeside Am crown

Ryan Kinseth’s finishing prowess helped separate himself from the rest of the field at the Lakeside Amateur men’s golf tournament here Sunday.

Just one shot off the pace entering the championship nine, Kinseth carded a four-under par 32 in securing the title for the first time in his career with a four-under 104 total score. Austin Morrow (one-under 107), Kevin Ault (even 108), Jordan Morrow (even 108) and Alex Wendell (one-over 109) rounded out the top of the leaderboard.

Kinseth, a 2002 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, birdied four of his last nine holes -11, 12, 14 and 15 – en route to his first-ever Lakeside Am crown. He settled for par on 10, 13, 16, 17 and 18.

“I won the Hampton Open (Saturday), so it was a pretty good weekend for me,” Kinseth said. “I kind of had to fight back to get back to even after a double and a quad (on 14 and 15), but everything was right on the flag in the championship round.”

Kinseth, an ex-Wartburg standout, registered 13 pars, 11 birdies, one bogey, one double-bogey and one quadruple-bogey on the day. Kinseth placed fourth at the Lakeside Am in 2013 with a 109.

“I work out (at Lakeside) during the summer on the maintenance crew, so it was nice to be able to play well,” said Kinseth. “It obviously means a lot to win a tournament like this, since a lot of the guys that came from out of town swing pretty good sticks.”

Austin Morrow, a 2009 FDSH graduate, was deadlocked with Kinseth entering the championship round before closing with a one-under 35. He ended with one eagle, one birdie, five pars and two bogeys. Morrow was sixth (113) here a year ago.

Last year’s Lakeside Am medalist, Andrew Huseman, checked in 12th overall, shooting a six-over 114. Huseman, an Indian Hills signee and the son of local businessman Bill Huseman, managed a three-under 105 here last summer in halting Kevin Ault’s reign of two straight Lakeside Am crowns.

“I was just trying to have fun and didn’t really feel much pressure,” said Huseman, who led Ankeny Centennial to a Class 4A state title last fall. “I feel like I’m a better golfer this year, but I was just a little off (Sunday).”

Huseman was an individual state runner-up for Ankeny in 2012. He also teamed up with Karli Kerrigan to win the 2013 2A state co-ed golf meet.

Ault’s 32 tied Kinseth for the low championship round effort. Wendell and Jordan Morrow began the final nine holes with tournament-best 71s.

Nearly 110 golfers competed in Sunday’s Lakeside Am.