Benbow Ties for First Place at True North Shootout

AMANA, Iowa – It took seven holes of a sudden-death scorecard playoff, before Illinois Central College sophomore Noah Benbow had to settle for a second-place finish at the True North Shootout hosted by Mt. Mercy College at the rugged Amana Colonies Golf Club.

Benbow (Galesburg/Galesburg HS) shot 74-75 on the Amana Colonies Course, rated by many at the top public golf course in Iowa. Benbow’s 149 score was good for a three-way tie for first place.

The finish didn’t come without excitement. Benbow, down a stroke with one hole to play, drove the 320-yard, par-4 18th hole to create an eagle putt for the win. The sophomore’s potential tournament-winning putt broke below the hole in the final inches to force the playoff.

Other ICC scores included: Jack Bumann (Woodhull/Alwood HS) 81-77; Carter Leroy (Morton/Morton HS) 87-76; Matt Tamar (Rockford/Galesburg HS) 83-82 ; Isaac Ingold (Morton/Morton HS) 85-84 and Matthew Cox (East Peoria/East Peoria HS), playing as an individual entrant, 93-83.

ICC finished third in the six-team field with scores of 323-310. Hannibal-LaGrange won the event with a 308-309.

“Noah’s effort was on a demanding golf course,” ICC coach Bo Ryan said. “The desire to win came out big time on the 36th hole. His first collegiate victory is coming soon.

“Overall, this event was a good learning experience, particularly with our freshman. We didn’t win, or even come close, but the positives we take away from this competition will benefit everyone in the long run.”

ICC continues its season with a one-day event at Spencer T. Olin Golf Club hosted by Lewis & Clark before finishing the fall season at the Mike Lalaeff Memorial Tournament hosted by Purdue Northwest University. PNW features two former ICC players – Jake Plummer and Chase Picken – in its lineup.