66th FD Am on the tee

The Fort Dodge Amateur men’s golf tournament is on the tee for the 66th time beginning this morning at the Fort Dodge Country Club.

Defending champions Colin Pearson (open) and Joel Yunek (senior) return to the course for the three-day event. The opening rounds are played on Friday and Saturday, with an 18-hole championship round set for Sunday.

Pearson, a 2012 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High and soon-to-be University of San Diego team member, tied the overall tourney record a year ago with a 14-under par total of 199. Pearson fired a nine-under par 62 in the second round to take control and eventually claim a seven-stroke victory over two-time FD Am champion Cory Braunschweig.

Pearson plays at 1:12 p.m. this afternoon, beginning on hole No. 10.

Braunschweig, also a FDSH grad (1995) and a former golfer at both Drake and Iowa State, is in the field as well. The current Urbandale resident will tee off at 12:48 p.m. Friday.

Yunek, a 1972 Lake City High School graduate who lives in Mason City, is the two-time defending senior title holder. He is a four-time FD Am winner overall.

Yunek’s starting tee assignment is 8 a.m. Friday on hole No. 1. He is paired with Fort Dodge’s Dave Sergeant, who has four senior crowns here of his own.

The championship cut includes the best 32 scores – including ties – on the open side, and the top 16 in the senior bracket.

Temperatures are expected to hold steady in the mid-80s all weekend, with dry conditions on Friday and a 40 percent chance of precipitation both Saturday and Sunday. Winds will be light and variable.

The Country Club is a par 35-36-71 layout.