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Dylan Jackson from Kohler, WI, Wins 2014 Brokers International, Ltd. Iowa Open

YOUNG PRO WINS 2014 BROKERS INTERNATIONAL, LTD. IOWA OPEN
By Susan Thompson

A 23-year-old playing in just his third professional golf tournament won the 2014 Brokers International, Ltd. Iowa Open held at Lake Panorama National Aug. 15-17.

Dylan Jackson of Kohler, Wis., won with a three-day score of 201, 15 strokes under par. Jackson shot a 67 each day of the tournament to earn a $25,000 check. Nate McCoy of West Des Moines was two strokes back and took second place.

Jackson graduated in May from Cal State Monterey Bay. Since then, he and his 27-year-old brother, John, have been traveling the Midwest. Dylan said he didn’t play well in either of his first two professional golf tournaments, so winning his third was a surprise.

“This was awesome,” he said. “I’ve never had so many people following me on the golf course. It was a real testament to how people love this tournament.” John Jackson also finished well at nine-under-par, tied for sixth. John won the Northern California Open last September.

Many Panora and Lake Panorama residents open their homes to host golfers each year. The Jackson brothers stayed with Dick and Carolyn Koberg, and credited a boat ride on Lake Panorama Saturday night for their relaxed play on Sunday. Next, they were headed home to compete in the Wisconsin Open.

Gene Elliott, West Des Moines, was the low amateur in the open division with a score of 211, five under par. Ruben Sondjaja, of Sydney, Australia, was one stroke behind to take second place. Sondjaja is a sophomore member of the Iowa State University golf team.

Javier Sanchez of Fayetteville, Ga., won the professional senior division with a 204, matching a 204 by Joe Palmer of West Des Moines as the top amateur senior. Sanchez won a playoff with Palmer, scoring an eagle on the second hole, to take home the senior trophy. Marshall Gavre of Fairfield placed second in the professional senior division, with Bill Manske of Algona taking second in the amateur senior division.

This year’s Iowa Open was the last under a five-year agreement between the Iowa Section PGA and title sponsor Brokers International, Ltd. During the awards ceremony on the 18th green, Kelly McCarty announced the company will sponsor the event again in 2015.

Troy Christensen, Iowa Section PGA executive director, praised local tournament volunteers. “The players always tell us how much they appreciate the volunteers and the way your community supports this event,” he said.

Panora Chamber of Commerce representatives worked at the registration table, and members of the Panora fire department helped with parking.

Christensen recognized LeRoy Oxley of Panora, who has been tournament director the past five years, and who is stepping down from that position. He also recognized John Dinnebier, LPN general manager and director of golf, for helping bring the tournament to Lake Panorama. Both Dinnebier and Gary Babcock, LPN head pro, made the cut to play the final day, along with their usual responsibilities at the LPN.

In addition to Brokers International, Ltd. as the title sponsor, six companies provided funding for the tournament. Corporate partner American Equity provided $10,000. Five corporate sponsors each committed $5,000 — Allianz, Athene, Great American, Fidelity & Guaranty, and People’s Trust and Savings Bank of Guthrie Center.

Hole sponsors paid $200 and included Bankers Trust, Bryton Insurance, Coca-Cola Bottling of Atlantic, Country Realty, Dale Valley Vineyards, DICA Outrigger Pads, Dowd Drug, Exterior Sheet Metal, Eye Care Associates, Farmers State Bank, Finn & Laughlin Family Dentistry, Fitzgerald Siding, Guthrie County Hospital, Guthrie County REC, Guthrie County State Bank, Hometown Foods, Iowa Golf Association, Martin Brothers, Menefee Tent Rental, Meriwether, Wilson & Company, Panora Auto Parts, PJ’s Drive In, State Farm – Jennifer Policky, Subway, Sysco and Wood Brothers.

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