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The Shenandoah Masters

The Shenandoah Masters Golf Tournament is an invitational event that first began in 1984.  2015 marked the 31st playing of the Shenandoah Masters and it continues to be a highlight of the golf season.  This event is an 18 hole tournament held each spring at the American Legion Country club.

There are 3 champions crowned at each event.  The Overall Champion, the Handicap Champion, and the Seniors Champion.  18 holes of golf are followed by an evening meal and Masters Ceremony  with prizes,  humor, special awards, and Green Jacket presentations.   The same green jacket first presented at the inaugural event in 1984 still hangs at the Club and is presented each year to a new recipient (fitting some better than others)

Past Champions include Cory Scamman (multiple Overall Champion), Steven Martin (2015 Overall Champion), Greg Scott (2012 Overall Champion) Martin Mulligan (2010 Overall Champion), Scott Mann (2009 Overall Champion), Bob Larson (Overall and Senior Championships), Gregg Connell,  Andy Dinges (2009 Handicap Champion), Jim Martin (Overall Champion) and Bryan Diekmann (2010 Handicap Champion) - just to name a few from recent years.

Some highlights from the 2015 event:
The weather was a little warm, but beautiful for the 2015 playing of the Shenandoah Masters.  58 golfers competed for the 3 green jackets.  Steven Martin won the overall division with a fine score of 69.

In his first year of eligibility, Martin Mulligan bested his opponents in the Senior division with a 75.

Josh Bard won his first Shenandoah Masters trophy in the Handicap division - firing a 72 off of his handicap of 9 for a net 63.

A $10,000 hole-in-one contest once again went unclaimed, despite some very close shots that did succeed in winning "closest-to-the-pin" prizes.

The evening dinner and ceremony, attended by roughly 65 of the golfers and guests featured:
      -  18 flag prizes generously donated by local residents, golfers, and businesses
      -  Additional special door prizes
      -  Skins winners
      -  Presentation of trophies, official Masters hats and Green Jackets to the 3 champions
      -  None in attendance felt safe as Bob The-Hit-Man Larson repeated his devestating ALCC Survey-Says game show.  Completed by a surprise guest appearance by Larnak The Insignificant.
      -  In a very special highlight, the annual "Commissioner's Award"  was presented to Bob Longman.  This award- in memory of Ron Slauter - is given each year to a recipient who exemplifies Ron's spirit, enthusiasm, and passion for golf and life.   Bob Longman was unable to attend, recovering from recent heart surgery, but Bob Larson provided a summary of the many accomplishments on and off the golf course by Longman.   A video and photo slide-show displayed photos of Longman - with fellow Shenandoah teammates representing State in golf, as well as newspaper clippings of back-to-back City Championships in his late teens.
Hope to have another memorable event in 2016!

Recent Masters Champions
Overall - Andy Dinges (71)
Senior - Denny Howard (74)
Handicap - Trent Blackman (net 56)

Overall - Steven Martin  (69)
Senior - Martin Mulligan (75)
Handicap - Josh Bard (net 63)

Overall - Cory Scamman (69 -playoff)
Senior - Bill Ditmars
Handicap - Ty Ratliff

Overall - Cory Scamman
Senior - Bob Larson
Handicap - Chuck Ward

Overall - Greg Scott
Senior - Denny Beemer
Handicap - Bill Rigby

Overall - Cory Scamman
Senior - Bob Larson
Handicap - Bob Vavra


American Legion Country Club  -  1800 South Elm St. Shenandoah, IA 51601  -  712-246-3308  -  alcc@shenandoahiowagolf.com