The 2018 Iowa Junior Amateurs, originally scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 20 & 21, has been postponed to August 7th & 8th.
We have worked out new dates with the Coldwater staff. The 2018 Iowa Junior Amateur Championships (boys & girls) will be held Tuesday, August 7 and Wednesday, August 8. Here is the complete schedule:
- Tuesday, August 7
- 11 and under boys & girls play 9 holes
- 12 to 13 boys & girls play 18 holes
- 14 to 15 and 16 to 18 boys and girls play their first round (18 holes)
- Wednesday, August 8
- 14 to 15 and 16 to 18 boys and girls play their final round (18 holes)
We expect the tee time setup to be the same as originally scheduled, with times ranging from 8 a.m. to about 10 a.m. off both #1 and #10 tees, if that helps in your planning.
In establishing these dates we took into account a wide array of factors including Coldwater's schedule, the IGA schedule, the Iowa PGA Junior Tour schedule and thinking about High School (4A boys golf in particular) sports and school. In weighing pros and cons of various dates and how they conflict with all of those things, Aug 7 & 8 stood out as our best option.
Having said that we know that this will not work for everyone. If you need to withdraw, we will issue a FULL REFUND. Please just reply to this email or give us a call (515-207-1062) if you need to WD.
Finally, with this date change, we will open entries back up to the public. If you know of anyone who would like to play on these new dates, please pass the word along. Entries will remain open through July 30th.
Thank you for your patience as we deal with Mother Nature.
June 18th Update
Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, the host for 2018, was had flooding over many of their holes late last week. The water stood for a good portion of two days, finally receding late yesterday. Unfortunately, it left behind lots of mud and silt which is currently in the process of being cleared off.
After looking at course conditions throughout the day today the IGA and our hosts at Coldwater have determined that opening their golf course on Wednesday and Thursday this week just wasn’t possible. In fact, the Superintendent has informed us that they are “hopeful” the front 9 would be open by Friday at the earliest.
The holes hit the hardest were 5, 6, 7 & 8 and 14 & 15. Parts of many other holes were also affected in some fashion. Thankfully the greens are untouched and in great condition.
The grounds crew at CW has been hard at work all weekend and throughout today to get things cleaned up as best they can. But the reality is that there is still a lot to do, including pumping some standing water out of low-lying areas.
We will be working with our hosts throughout the day tomorrow (June 19) to establish new dates for the championship. We are hopeful to have those set by the end of the day tomorrow and will email/text them ASAP.
Once these new dates are established, anyone who wishes/needs to withdraw will be issued a full refund.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with our hosts. We are looking forward to presenting an excellent 2018 Iowa Junior Amateur at Coldwater Golf Links later this summer.