85th Illinois State Amateur Championship

85th Illinois State Amateur Championship

Tee-K Kelly won his second Illinois State Amateur Championship Thursday at Panther Creek Country Club

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Day 3

Kelly Closes Out Second Come From Behind Victory at Illinois State Amateur

For the second time in three years, Tee-K Kelly hit the back nine in the final round of the Illinois State Amateur Championship trailing the leader. As he did in Rockford two years ago, Kelly found a way to win, albeit in much more dramatic fashion at the 85th Illinois State Amateur Championship at Panther Creek Country Club. Three pars in the aggregate playoff made Kelly the first two-time winner of the State Am since Bloomington's Todd Mitchell went back-to-back in 2002 and 2003. (Read More / Results)

Tee-K Kelly, 2015 Illinois State Amateur champion

Raymond Knoll (-3) and Conor Dore (-9)
Rank Player Hometown Score
1 Tee-K Kelly Wheaton -9
2 Conor Dore Chicago -9
3 Nick Hardy Northbrook -8
4 Alex Burge Bloomington -6
5 Jack Watson Lincolnshire -4

Runner-Up Conor Dore

Day 2

Course Record 65 Earns Meinhart Share of Lead

On a day that saw scoring go a full stroke lower than in the opening round, a pair of golfers took aim at the competitive course record during the second round of the 85th Illinois State Amateur Championship at Panther Creek. Derek Meinhart, a mid-amateur from Mattoon, took the battle for the course record—a 6-under par 65—to place him at 7-under par and level with recent Whitney Young High School graduate and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville commit Conor Dore for the lead at the midpoint of the championship. Dore, a native of Chicago, tallied a 66 on Wednesday afternoon on the Springfield layout. (Read More / Round 2 Results / Round 3 and 4 Tee Times)

Derek Meinhart (-7)

Conor Dore (-7)

Brian Bullington (-6) and Tee-K Kelly (-5)
Rank Player Hometown Score
T1 Conor Dore Chicago -7
T1 Derek Meinhart Mattoon -7
3 Brian Bullington Frankfort -6
4 Tee-K Kelly Wheaton -5
T5 Charlie Netzel Western Springs -2
T5 Jack Watson Lincolnshire -2

Derek Meinhart's 65 set a Panther Creek competitive round record

Day 1

Bull Market: Bullington Charges to Early Lead at 85th Illinois State Amateur

Recent University of Iowa graduate Brian Bulllington fired a 5-under par 66 to take the first round lead in the 85th Illinois State Amateur Championship at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield on Tuesday. Bullington carded one eagle and six birdies in a round bookended by a bogey on the opening hole and double bogey on the finisher. Despite that, Bullington holds a two-shot advantage over Belvidere mid-amateur Kevin Flack, whose 3-under par 68 led the morning wave on a hot and windy day in the state capital. (Read More / Round 1 Results / Round 2 Tee Times)

Brian Bullington (-5)

Kevin Flack (-3)
Rank Player Hometown Score
1 Brian Bullington Frankfort -5
2 Kevin Flack Belvidere -3
T3 Conor Dore Chicago -2
T3 Dave Ryan Taylorville -2
T5 Seven Others -1



June 8Fox Bend Golf Course, Oswego, Ill.
June 9Piper Glen Golf Club, Springfield, Ill.
June 10University of Illinois Golf Course, Savoy, Ill.
June 10Kankakee Elks Country Club, St. Anne, Ill.
June 11PrairieView Golf Club, Byron, Ill.
June 11Effingham Country Club, Effingham, Ill.
June 15Lake Bluff Golf Club, Lake Bluff, Ill.
June 18Marengo Ridge Golf & Country Club, Marengo, Ill.
June 24Sanctuary Golf Course, New Lenox, Ill.