RIVERSIDE — Iowa State has golfers, Cyclone fans.
Frank Lindwall of Cedar Rapids, a sophomore-to-be, will represent ISU in this month’s U.S. Amateur at fabled northern California courses Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill.
His Cyclone teammate, junior-to-be Tripp Kinney of Waukee, narrowly missed becoming the first player to win the Iowa Amateur Championship and the Iowa Open in the same year since Brad Schuchat in 1980.
Kinney gave it a spirited try in finishing second to pro Dan Woltman of Beaver Dam, Wis., by two shots in Friday’s third and final round of the Iowa Open at Blue Top Ridge. Kinney claimed low-amateur honors by seven shots.
Kinney rallied from three shots behind to briefly lead down the stretch. He made a long birdie putt on the 15th hole to tie Woltman, then chipped in from about 40 feet for birdie at 16 to move in front. But Woltman’s approach shot at 17 left him with a tap-in birdie to regain a tie for first.
After Kinney bogeyed the final hole, Woltman birdied it to secure the win and the $25,000 first prize with a final-round 66 and a total of 16-under 200. Kinney’s 67 Friday helped him finish four shots ahead of the trio that tied for third.
Kinney won last week’s Iowa Am in Polk City on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.
“I’ve never been this confident,” Kinney said. “I’m hitting it the best I ever have. My putts have been my biggest weakness, but I’m putting it so much better.
Kinney and Lindmall were two-fifths of the Iowa State team that qualified for the NCAA Championships in the spring.
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“It’s been awesome,” said Kinney. “Golf really takes you to some good places.”
Waukee High School is known for football players. Six of its graduates are on Iowa’s roster, including standout defensive lineman Anthony Nelson and starting offensive guard Ross Reynolds. Former Iowa State All-Big 12 linebacker Jake Knott played there, too.
“But our golf team won the state championship my final two years,” Kinney noted.
Woltman, 31, played at the University of Wisconsin. He was on the Web.com Tour last year, and will try to earn his way back there later this year.
“I had a good final round last week in Cedar Rapids (at the Greater Cedar Rapids Open) that propelled me into this week,” Woltman said. “I’ve played my last 72-holes bogey-free.”
Northern Iowa men’s and women’s golf coach John Bermel was the Senior Division champion.
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