YOUNG PRO WINS 2015 BROKERS INTERNATIONAL IOWA OPEN
By Susan Thompson
A 23-year-old pro from Indiana won the Brokers International Iowa Open held at Lake Panorama National Aug. 14-16.
Adam Schenk of Vincennes, Ind., had a three-day score of 197, 19 strokes under par. That is the lowest score in the six years of the Brokers International tournament at the LPN. Schenk shot scores of 68, 65 and 64 to earn a $25,000 check. Nathan Lashley of Scottsdale, Ariz., was three strokes back and took second place.
Schenk graduated last December from Purdue University and turned pro in January. In July, he won the St. Louis Metropolitan Open Championship. During an awards ceremony on the 18th green, Schenk praised the condition of the LPN golf course, local volunteers, the Iowa PGA and LPN staff, and the sponsors who helped make the tournament possible.
Schenk will continue to play tournaments throughout the Midwest, and head to Latin America for PGA Tour tournaments this fall. He hopes to get through Q-school and play on the Web.com tour next year. But if that doesn’t happen, he pledged to return to Panora to defend his title.
Jon Olson of Ankeny was the low amateur in the open division with a score of 207, nine under par. Ruben Sondjaja of Ames was four strokes behind to take second place.
For the second year in a row, Javier Sanchez of Fayetteville, Ga., won the professional senior division. He had a score of 211, five under par. Jeff Smith of Oskaloosa was four strokes back to take second place. Bill Manske of Algona took first place in the amateur senior division with a 219. Ron Peterson of Urbandale was one shot back to take second.
This was the sixth year for the Brokers International Iowa Open at Lake Panorama National. During the awards ceremony on the 18th green, Kelly McCarty announced the company will sponsor the event again in 2016. He also talked about the creation of the Roger McCarty Memorial Youth Golf Foundation, which will support golf programs for young people who live in Guthrie County.
Troy Christensen, Iowa Section PGA executive director, praised local tournament volunteers and sponsors. “Panora, Iowa, is the best golf community in the United States,” he said. “And the golfers who play in this event tell me this is the best ‘Open’ championship in the country.”