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McCarty Wins Iowa PGA Match Play Championship

September 21st, 2019


McCarty Wins Iowa PGA Match Play

Riverside, Iowa – Sean McCarty of the Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville, Iowa won the season long Iowa PGA Match Play Championship after defeating Judd Gibb of the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in the final match, 2 up.

The season long Match Play was a single elimination match play Championship. Players were seeded based upon last year’s Master Player of the Year points list. The Championship was broken into an East and West bracket with the winner from each region facing off in the Championship.

After advancing out of their respected brackets McCarty and Gibb squared off in the Championship match at Beaver Hills Country Club in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

McCarty earned a first-round bye in the East bracket of the 2019 Match Play due his standings in the Master Player of the Year Points in 2018. He faced JR Millar of Lake Bracken CC in the second round defeating him 1 up. He then knocked off Matt Erger of Airport National Golf 1 up in the third round.  McCarty faced Dustin Toner in the fourth round and won 3 & 2.  In the East Bracket Championship McCarty was victorious again with a 2&1 victory over Ryan McClintock of the Davenport Country Club.

McCarty stated, “It was a good final match.  I won holes 7 and 8 to make the turn 3 up.  Gibb fought back and won holes 13 and 14 to cut my lead to 1 up.  Then on the 17th hole, Gibb hit it to 6 feet for birdie and I had a 50-foot putt for birdie.  Sure enough, I made my bomb and he missed his putt to win 2 up”.

McCarty has had a nice summer of tournament play.  He has five wins, four runners-up and sixteen Top Ten finishes on the Iowa PGA Open Division Tournament schedule.  He currently leads the Iowa PGA Open Division Points list over Gibb. 

McCarty will be competing at the 2019 PGA Cup Matches on September 23-29 on the Fazio Foothills Course at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.  He is the first Iowa PGA Section Member to qualify and compete in this prestigious event.  He is the second native Iowan to qualify, Belle Plaine’s Lonnie Nielsen was the first but had qualified as a Western New York PGA Member.  The 10-player team from the USA will be competing against Club Professionals from the Great Britain & Ireland PGA team in a Ryder Cup Style event.  Click here for the announcement.  Click here to follow the action.