Aug. 1, 2011
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Chesterton, Ind. — University of Iowa senior Barrett Kelpin earned his first amateur tournament title of the summer at the 36th Annual Northern Amateur. The three-round event was held July 27-29 at the Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Ind. Kelpin took home the title after a three-round mark of 10-under par 206. Former Hawkeye standout Vince India finished just one stroke back from Kelpin in a three-way tie for second place.
After an opening round of two-under par 70, Kelpin was tied for 10th place. The second round proved to be most challenging for the field, but Kelpin posted a round low of 67 (-5) to earn a share of the lead heading into the third round. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native battled with Missouri State’s Jordan McLaurin in Friday’s final round. Kelpin’s consistent play paid off as he held off McLaurin’s charge and sunk his par putt on 18 for the win. The Iowa senior posted just two bogies in his final two rounds.
India took home a share of second place with three solid rounds below par. He jumped to a quick start with an opening round of four-under par 68 and closed the tournament with a second and third round at two-under and three-under, respectively. India recorded 14 holes under par during the competition, with just five bogies.
Originally opened in 1974, Sand Creek consists of three different nine-hole courses – Creek, Marsh and Lake. Competition at this year’s amateur was played on the Marsh/Creek Rotation, playing to a 7,092-yard, par 72 from the tips. Sand Creek was originally designed by Ken Killian and Dick Nugent but has seen multiple renovations. It has continuously been voted as one of the most challenging layouts in the area by Golf Digest, Links Magazine and Indiana Business Magazine.
Kelpin will return to Iowa as one of five seniors on the 2011-12 roster. The Hawkeyes are currently ranked ninth in the nation by golfstat.com and No. 17 by Golfweek. Iowa will return three starters from its 2011 squad that tied for 10th at the NCAA Championships.