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Schenk and Runnels Win IGA Player of the Year Honors

November 1st, 2013

Runnels (left) and Schenk (right) Runnels (left) and Schenk (right)

Adam Schenk of Vincennes and Richmondís Skip Runnels captured the IGA 2013 Player of the Year and Senior Player of the Year honors and were recently recognized at the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis.

Schenk, a senior at Purdue University, began the 2013 tournament season with a victory at the stateís most prestigious event for amateurs, the Indiana Amateur Championship.

Schenk was the wire to wire winner in the Am at South Bend Country Club firing rounds of 67-69-75-68 for a 279 total and a seven shot victory.

In early July, he entered the Indiana State Open looking for back-to-back major titles. Although he didnít accomplish that goal, he did succeed in capturing the low amateur title and a fourth overall finish with rounds of 70-72-72-72 for a 286 total at The Hawthorns Golf Club.

After a victory at the State Am and a top five finish at the State Open, he attempted to qualify for the US Amateur Championship along with 57 other hopefuls at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus. Adam fired rounds of 68-70 for a 6-under-par total to tie for first and qualify for the National Championship.

At the US Amateur Championship at The Country Club, Adam fired rounds of 74-69 to tie for 38th and qualify for the match play portion of the event. Though he went on to lose his opening match, the Championship capped a very solid 2013 for Schenk.

Runnels, who has been a mainstay on the IGA tournament leaderboard for over 25 years, had five top five finishes in 2013 including a win with partner Sam Till in the IGA Senior Team Championship at Harrison Lake in early June.

His top 2013 finishes included a fifth place showing in the senior amateur division at the Monticello Open, a fourth place finish in the Mid-Amateur, a runner-up performance in the Senior Match Play Championship and a second place finish in the PGA Four Man Team Championship along with partners Till and Bill and Mike Schumaker.

Itís somewhat ironic that Skip wins his first Player of the Year honor in a year that saw him go winless in individual events, given the fact that he has won over 14 IGA Events. In addition to being this yearís IGA Senior Player of the Year, Skip has been a 20+ year member of the IGA board of directors and is a past Wagoner Award Winner.