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Fairfield resident wins Iowa PGA open

This makes two in a row for Gavre
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Aug 21, 2013
Courtesy of: Iowa PGA Pictured with Marshall Gavre, from left, are Troy Christensen, Iowa Section PGA executive director; Kelly McCarty, Brokers International Ltd.; John Dinnebier, Lake Panorama National general manager; Gary Babcock, Lake Panorama National head pro; and LeRoy Oxley, tournament director.

Fairfield resident Marshall Gavre won the 2013 Brokers International Ltd. Iowa Open at Lake Panorama National golf course in Panora, Sunday.

His win came down to the very last hole. Gavre recorded a 216 after three days of golf. Kevin Denike of Davenport tied him and forced a playoff hole. Gavre beat Denike at the very first playoff pin, sealing his victory.

This is the second consecutive year Gavre has won. He won the professional senior division of the competition. The golf outing was a three-day event.

Only individuals older than 50 are allowed to compete in the professional senior division. Gavre, 64, is older than most of his competitors.

“It’s quite a feat that he’s defeating men that are that much younger than him,” fellow golfer Pat Hardigree said.

This definitely isn’t the first time Gavre has competed in this tournament. He has performed in the Iowa Open more than 15 times and has been playing in the event since the 1980s.

Gavre golfed for Dartmouth while he attended college. He started golfing at a very young age and has been competing since the 1950s. Gavre played in tournaments as a amateur until 1997.

A Wisconsin native, Gavre came to Fairfield in 1982 to be part of the Transcendental Mediation community.


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