Wellman sweeps State of Iowa Sand Greens Championships

By Jeff Yoder
Posted 9/14/21

It was a beautiful weekend for the 27th annual State of Iowa Sand Greens Championship, hosted by the Wellman Golf Course.

It was especially good for the teams from Wellman, who swept both the …

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Wellman sweeps State of Iowa Sand Greens Championships


It was a beautiful weekend for the 27th annual State of Iowa Sand Greens Championship, hosted by the Wellman Golf Course.

It was especially good for the teams from Wellman, who swept both the men’s and women’s titles on Sunday, led by Josh Boone who shot a round of 61 on day two of the tournament. 

Boone finished with a total of 133 strokes over the two days, eight strokes ahead of the field. Jill Mitchell finished ten strokes ahead of the nearest competitor, leading the Wellmen women with a two-day total of 155. Teri Taylor finished second.

Duncan McCain finished second in the men’s championship with rounds of 68 and 73. Kaleb Martin shot a 71 and 72 to finish third. 

A downpour canceled Sunday play the last time the championship was hosted by Wellman in 2018, but the sun was out on both Saturday and Sunday this year. 

The Wellman men finished with a total of 712, well ahead of Humeston with 745 and Malvern with 813. The Wellman women had a total of 688, Humeston was second with 743 and Malvern third with 785.

The tournament rotates between the three Iowa sand green courses. Every three years the Wellman Golf Course hosts the top eight men’s and women’s golfers from the Fairview Hills Golf Course in Malvern and the Humeston Lakeside Golf course. 

“Everybody really is in unison, all three teams,” Wellman Golf Course board president Tracy Owens said. “You get to know the same faces year to year. It’s always special.”

Owens said that a lot of work went into preparing the course for the event. 

“It takes a lot of hands to get this thing pulled off,” Owens said. “The board itself, I have to give a lot of props to, because 80 percent of them have done a lot of the work out here, but you have a lot of older members and some younger members that have really stepped up to do all the improvements this year.”

The Wellman Golf Course board includes Owens, Scott Slaubaugh, Shawna Huber, Brooke Bringman, Joey Patterson, Brandy Gholson, Shannon McCain, Corey Boone, and Trever Owens. 

Tracy Owens said that membership numbers have gone up recently, possibly because people looked for more outdoor activities after the lockdowns and quarantines. 

“In the last two years, we’ve picked up a ton of new members, which is great to see,” he said. “You’ve got a lot of new faces, younger groups coming out here.”


Place, Name, Day 1, Day 2, Total

1. Jill Mitchell 78 77 155

2. Teri Taylor 85 80 165

6. Shannon Martin 91 93 184

8. Amy Drayfahl 91 94 185

10. Brandy Gholson 93 97 190

11. Jody Drozd 98 95 193

12. Brooke Bringman 102 102 204

19. Tomi Patterson 103 108 211


1. Josh Boone 72 61 133

2. Duncan McCain 68 73 141

3. Kaleb Martin 71 72 143

5. Devon Young 75 69 147

11. Shannon McCain 77 76 153

12. Chris Bringman 72 82 154

16. Rob Bush 83 80 163

17. Trent Fisher 83 82 165


The Wellman Golf Course would like to thank:

The Marshals who kept the players scores, drug and raked all of the sand greens both days:

Aaron Swartzentruber, Brian Detert, Joey Patterson, Josh Mitchell, Ken Boyse, Larry Drayfahl, Layne Swartzentruber, Nate Atkinson, Nick Bringman, Todd Troyer, Torrie Malichky, Troy Slaubaugh, Randy Eash, Rick Wojtak, Alison Meade, Jaimy Ellis, Nate Taylor, Tracy & Lori Owens

Desserts and snacks were provided by Jaimy Ellis, Julie Gordinier, Karen Christner, Sue Schweinfurth, Amy Drayfahl, Jill Mitchell, Shawna Huber, Brandy Gholson, Kelly Yoder and Teri Taylor.

Thanks to all of our sponsors:

Hole in One

Best of Iowa

Iowa County Enterprises, LLC

Iska & Darlene Hendricks

Nate & Teri Taylor

Powell Funeral Home

Eagle Sponsors

CBI Bank & Trust

Hills Bank

Precision Structures Inc

Wellman Produce

Birdie Sponsors

Capper Auto Group

Chris & Shawna Huber

Creative Style

KC Tree Service

Kalonial Lawn Care

Wellman Men’s and Women’s Leagues

Thanks to the following, who donated towards the project of digging out and redoing the sand greens:

Nick Wiles, Chris Harmsen, Clint Miller, Shannon & Donna McCain, Layne Swartzentruber, City Sewer Service, Byran Hershberger, Devon Young, Chris Bringman, David Blum, Nate Atkinson, Nick Bringman, Randy Eash, Joey Patterson, Amy & Larry Drayfahl, Tracy & Lori Owens, Dave Kelly, Danny Jirsa, Kenny Boyse, Jerry & Pam Nelson, Doug & Leslie Slaubaugh.

Thanks to everyone who have donated their time and money this year to help maintain the course and make this a successful year at the golf course.


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