June 16, 2013
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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — University of Iowa senior-to-be men’s golfer Steven Ihm won the 60th annual Sunnehanna Amateur Sunday at the Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa. Carding a final round 67 (-3), Ihm played the four-round tournament at eight-under par (272) to win the prestigious event — joining the likes of Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Lucas Glover, Scott Verplank and Ben Crenshaw as Sunnehanna Amateur champions.
Ihm defeated runner-up Cory Whitsett, a senior-to-be at the University of Alabama, by two strokes. No other players in the field came within five strokes of Ihm. The Peosta, Iowa, native opened the tournament with rounds of 67 (-4), 71 (+1) and 68 (-2) before his three-under final round clinched the victory.
Ihm was a first team All-Big Ten and Division I PING All-Midwest selection this season, and carded the third best stroke average in program history — a 72.3. He provided Iowa with the lowest individual finish in seven-of-nine events and became the first Hawkeye to win back-to-back tournaments since 1970. Ihm led the Hawkeyes to a team championship in an 18-team field, a third place showing at the Big Ten Championships and a trip to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight season.
Ihm will compete in the PGA TOUR’s John Deere Classic on a sponsor’s exemption July 8-14. The event is held at the Tournament Players Club Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.