Morrow joins elite group by winning county golf crown |  News, Sports, Jobs

Morrow joins elite group by winning county golf crown | News, Sports, Jobs

Morrow joins elite group by winning county golf crown |  News, Sports, Jobs

—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla The 2021 Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota county golf tournament winners (left to right): Coi Nguyen (men’s senior), Austin Morrow (men’s open), Rick Noll (men’s super senior), Kelsey Felch (women’s open) ) and Kathy Fortune (women’s senior) stand with Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota co-owners Casey Johnson (far left) and Matt Johnson (far right).

Austin Morrow joined a distinguished group of county golf winners when he won his third Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota Webster County golf tournament in 2021.

Morrow, became the sixth player in the 41-history of the tournament to capture at least three men’s open division championships.

Morrow won by a single stroke over fellow former winner Eddie Doyle at the Country Club.

The annual event was shortened to 18 holes of regulation action after heavy rains water-logged the area the morning before, but attracted perfect weather on Sunday.

Morrow held off four other contenders who closed within five strokes of his one-over par 107 total.

Coi Nguyen (senior) and Rick Noll (super senior) earned their first-ever respective titles and flanked Morrow in the winner’s circle of the tournament, which was again presented by The Messenger.

Kelsey Felch won the women’s championship and Kathy Fortune was the women’s senior champion.

Morrow, a 2009 Fort Dodge Senior High graduate, also won in 2015 and 2019. He shot an even-par 35 on the front side, which was enough to hold off Doyle, Cole Jaeschke and Ryan Reeder, as the top-four places through the opening 18 holes stayed intact.

Doyle won the title in 2017, Jaeschke took the Lakeside Am last year and Reeder had two of the last three county titles to his credit.

Nguyen (73-40–103) and Randy Stults were tied after regulation, and both parred the first sudden-death hole. Nguyen then rolled in a 30-foot putt to end it.

Noll held off Tom Forbes, Greg Sampson and Paul Petersen in the super senior race. The 69-year-old retired owner of Taco Tico started slow, but finished strong.

Felch won the women’s open division for the first time since 2017, posting a four-stroke victory over defending champion Delaney Conrad to clinch her eighth title in the division.

From 2011-17, no one could find a way to unseat Felch, whose maiden name is Kelsey Faiferlick. The current St. Edmond girls golf coach and former Gale all-stater had won seven straight.

Fortune, who lives in Rockwell City and works on her uncle’s acreage in Lehigh, repeated as women’s senior champ by again holding off Peg Christensen.

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