The Illinois State Public Links Championship, held annually by the Chicago District Golf Association, enters its third decade in 2012. The first championship was held in 1992 and the winner was Jeff Matheson. In 2001, the format was changed from an 18-hole championship to a 36-hole championship. Currently all competitors play 18 holes the first day with the low 20 and ties advancing to the final day. The champion of this tournament is the recipient of the Joe Jemsek Trophy.

The Illinois State Public Links Championship was discontinued after the 2014 season.
Year
Champion
Tournament Site (City)
1992
Jeff Matheson
Big Run GC (Lockport)
1993
Mark Small
Deer Creek GC (University Park)
1994
Jim Arvanetes
Orchard Valley GC (Aurora)
1995
Glenn Przybylski
George Dunne National (Oak Forest)
1996
Mark Small
Nettle Creek GC (Morris)
1997
John Finnin
Aldeen GC (Rockford)
1998
Mark Esposito
Fox Bend GC (Oswego)
1999
Rich Dukelow
Heritage Bluffs GC (Channahon)
2000
John Wright
Chalet Hills GC (Cary)
2001
Rich Dukelow
Balmoral Woods GC (Crete)
2002
Brian Anderson
St. Andrews GC (West Chicago)
2003
Mark Esposito
Pontiac Elks GC (Pontiac)
2004
Mark Esposito
Bartlett Hills GC (Bartlett)
2005
Rob Bruce
Foxford Hills GC (Cary)
2006
Dave Ryan
Schaumburg GC (Schaumburg)
2007
Mark Esposito
Arrowhead GC (Wheaton)
2008
Jonathon Schram
Marengo Ridge G&CC (Marengo)
2009
John Wright
Oak Grove GC (Harvard)
2010
John Ehrgott
Mistwood (Romeoville)
2011
John Wright
Foxford Hills GC (Cary)
2012
Tom Miler
George Dunne National (Oak Forest)
2013
Mike Henry
Bowes Creek CC (Elgin)
2014
Glenn Przybylski
Harborside Int. Golf Center (Chicago)

*-rain shortened to 18 holes
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