Pearson does it again
With a second straight Fort Dodge Amateur men’s golf tournament open title hanging in the balance, Colin Pearson refused to let his golden opportunity slip away here Sunday.
Pearson carded a par on the 390-yard No. 18 hole to narrowly edge Ryan Schrimper in a sudden-death playoff at the 66th annual event. Schrimper carded a bogey.
Due to inclement weather conditions, the rest of Sunday’s scheduled action at the Fort Dodge Country Club was called off.
Both Pearson and Schrimper entered the playoff tied with a two-under par 140 after 36 holes. Pearson, a 2012 FDSH High graduate and University of San Diego signee, was coming off a low second-round score of 69.
“We drew for position off the tee, and the conditions were completely different than (Saturday),” said Pearson, who tied the tournament record with a 14-under par 199 total a year ago. “It was wet and cloudy with about a 10-mile per hour wind.
“I was definitely a little nervous on my first tee shot, but I?calmed my nerves and got through it.”
Pearson, the 2011 and 2012 Messenger city golf champion, finished the weekend with 27 pars, six birdies and four bogeys. Schrimper, a former Mount Mercy University golfer from Marion, accumulated 26 pars, six birdies and five bogeys.
“I was really looking forward to playing a full round (yesterday), but it’s still nice to be able to get the win,” Pearson said. “You get a little more aggressive when it’s one and done.
“I just told myself on the tee not to hold anything back. I’ve been in that situation before. I stuck to my gameplan and did what needed to be done.”
Last summer, Pearson managed the lowest 18-hole tournament round ever, posting a 62 on the second day of competition. Pearson recently wrapped up his sophomore season for NJCAA Div. I champion Indian Hills.
“It was another great tournament – like always,” said Pearson of the Fort Dodge Am. “The Fort Dodge Country Club does a great job of hosting these events.”
Joe Palmer (71-68-139) of West Des Moines took home top honors in the senior division over Mason City’s Joel Yunek (73-70-143).
“For 34 holes, I really played great golf,” Palmer said. “This was the 11th time I’ve played the course. I enjoyed it. You can kind of get into a rhythm with the layout the way it is.
“It was fun to play with a good group of guys like Joel Yunek and Jim Currell. I was looking forward to playing again (Sunday).”
Palmer, the 2013 tournament runner-up, notched 20 pars, 11 birdies, three bogeys, one double bogey and one triple bogey. Yunek, a 1972 Lake City High School graduate, registered 28 pars, four birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey. Yunek had won the two previous senior crowns and four overall.