Chad McCarty Stomps Field at Iowa City Am

By Jason Drummond, Reporter

Dane Worley aligns his putt on the 7th hole during the third round of the Men's City Amateur, at Ellis Golf Course, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Sunday, August 5, 2012. (Nikole Hanna/The Gazette-KCRG)

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IOWA CITY — Two tournaments and two impressive wins for the McCarty brothers in the same week.

Chad McCarty finished his record-breaking 16-under win in the three-day Iowa City Men’s Amateur golf tournament on Sunday, just five days after brother Sean won the Iowa PGA Championship for the first time in his career.

What a week for the siblings who both played for the University of Iowa in the mid-1990s.

“Better for him,” Chad McCarty said. “His actually pays off. Mine’s just for fun.”

McCarty shot an Iowa City Amateur-record 16-under 199, beating the runner-up by an impressive 13 strokes. The 199 is 20 strokes better than the total for last year’s winner.

It’s McCarty’s 10th all-time win in the tournament and fifth in the last six years.

McCarty posted the best scores on each of the three days. He led by nine strokes going into Sunday’s final round at Brown Deer Golf Course, hitting a 3-under 68.

“I just wanted to come out and play well,” said McCarty, who credited his putting for much of the weekend’s success. “I’m happy with the results.”

McCarty hit a 5-under 67 on Friday at Finkbine Golf Course with seven birdies. He scored an 8-under 64 with nine birdies — including six in the back nine — during Saturday’s round at Saddleback Ridge Golf Course in Solon.

McCarty finished tied for third in the 2011 event, which ended his winning streak in the tournament. He led going into the final day then and had that thought with him Sunday as he finished the last round.

McCarty’s success on the area’s amateur circuit is tough to match. But he says he’s never considered trying a different level.

“I enjoy what I’m doing,” he said. “I just do it for fun.”

Eric Heinkel finished second with a 3-under 212. Heinkel eagled No. 7 on Saturday at Saddleback to earn a $625 skin and finish the round 4-under. He shot 1-over 72 on Sunday.

Ned Carter, who finished second in last year’s tournament, placed third with an even 215. Carter shot 2-over 73 on Sunday.

Jason Haddy shot a 6-under 66 at Saddleback, the best single-round score in the tournament from someone other than McCarty. Haddy finished fifth with a 2-over 217.
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