16th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship

Terry Werner defeated John Finnin 3 and 2 to win the 16th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship

16th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship
May 15-18 • Ridge Country Club

Day 4: Thursday, May 18


CHICAGO - They don't call it the Windy City for nothing, as the field of the 16th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship learned this week. In the event's first visit to the city proper at Ridge Country Club, the field was greeted with sustained winds of 25-35 miles per hour and gusts as high as 45 miles per hour. In the end, it was Terry Werner of Dyer, Ind.—a member of Briar Ridge Country Club—who blew into town and stole the show, besting John Finnin (Mokena / Olympia Fields CC) 3 and 2 in the final match on Thursday.

“This is top of the list, the greatest win,” Werner said after becoming the first non-Illinois resident to win a CDGA-sponsored amateur championship since 1954. “It's just a great venue to play at and tournament to be in.”

Championship Match
(5) Terry Werner def. (15) John Finnin, 3 and 2

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Day 3: Wednesday, May 17

CHICAGO - A solid week continued for fifth-seed Terry Werner (Briar Ridge CC), as after an ace on Tuesday, he advanced to the championship match of the CDGA Senior Amateur with a 2-and-1 victory over medalist Tom DeStefani (Village Links of Glen Ellyn) on Wednesday afternoon. Werner will face off against 15th-seed John Finnin (Olympia Fields CC), who came back from 3-down at the turn to defeat Tim Sheppard (Lick Creek GC), 1 up.

Werner and Finnin will vie for the Charles Morgan Auld Cup in the 18-hole final, teeing off Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at Ridge Country Club.

Semifinal Results
(5) Terry Werner def. (1) Tom DeStefani, 2 and 1
(15) John Finnin def. (3) Tim Sheppard, 1 up

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Medalist Tom DeStefani (Village Links of Glen Ellyn) withstood a late charge by Dan Roan (Cog Hill G&CC) to advance to the semifinals in 19 holes Wednesday morning. Roan won the 17th and 18th holes to force overtime, but his approach at the 19th fell into a greenside bunker, opening the door for DeStefani to win with a conceded par.

Terry Werner (Briar Ridge CC) defeated John Madden (Medinah CC) in the second quarterfinal, 3 and 2, to advance to face DeStefani.

In the bottom half of the bracket, 15th-seeded John Finnin (Olympia Fields CC), who survived a playoff to make match play, defeated Mark Hannon (Bolingbrook GC) 2 up. Finnin will face the third-seed Tim Sheppard (Lick Creek GC), who rolled to a 6-and-4 victory over Jim Krol (Olympia Fields CC).

Quarterfinal Results
(1) Tom DeStefani def. (8) Dan Roan, 19 holes
(5) Terry Werner def. (13) John Madden, 3 and 2
(15) John Finnin def. (7) Mark Hannon, 2 up
(3) Tim Sheppard def. (11) Jim Krol, 6 and 4

Day 2: Tuesday, May 16

CHICAGO - Medalist Tom DeStefani (Village Links of Glen Ellyn) cruised into the quarterfinals of the 16th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship with a 5-and-4 opening round victory of Mike Martin (CDGA Member's Club). DeStefani will face off against Dan Roan (Cog Hill G&CC) in the quarterfinals Wednesday, after Roan bested Jerry Maatman Jr. (Chicago Golf Club) 3 and 2.

Terry Werner (Briar Ridge CC) aced the 200-yard seventh hole, then held on for a 1-up victory over Steven Jacobs (Pine Meadow GC). Werner draws John Madden (Medinah CC) in the second quarterfinal.

In the bottom half of the bracket John Finnin (Olympia Fields CC) will face Mark Hannon (Bolingbrook GC), while Jim Krol (Olympia Fields CC) and Tim Sheppard (Lick Creek GC) comprise the final quarterfinal.

The quarterfinals begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday at Ridge Country Club in Chicago.

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Match Play Results
(1) Tom DeStefani def. (16) Mike Martin, 5 and 4
(8) Dan Roan def. (9) Jerry Maatman Jr., 3 and 2
(13) John Madden def. (4) Jim Vaughan, 2 and 1
(5) Terry Werner def. (12) Steven Jacobs, 1 up
(15) John Finnin def. (2) Philip Kenny, 3 and 2
(7) Mark Hannon def. (10) Guy Lay, 6 and 4
(3) Tim Sheppard def. (14) Dirk Anderson, 2 and 1
(11) Jim Krol def. (6) Ted Zurkowski, 21 holes

Day 1: Monday, May 15

CHICAGO - Tom DeStefani (Village Links of Glen Ellyn) was the only golfer in red numbers on Monday, earning medalist honors and the top-seed for match play in the 16th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship at Ridge Country Club. A trio of birdies led DeStefani to a 1-under 69 and his third match play appearance in the last five CDGA Senior Ams.

Philip Kenny (Bob O'Link GC) shot an even-par 70 to secure the second seed.

Among those making match play were defending runner-up Tim Sheppard (Lick Creek) with a 73 and WGN-TV sports anchor Dan Roan (Cog Hill G&CC) with a 76. Additionally, former winner Dirk Anderson (Merit Club) was among those players making it out of a 9-for-6 playoff for the final six spots. Defending champion Vance Antoniou (Wynstone GC) was one of the players failing to advance out of the playoff, which was comprised of golfers shooting 77 in qualifying.

The Round of 16 in match play will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, with DeStefani slated to face 16th-seed Mike Martin (CDGA Member's Club).

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LEMONT, Ill. - The 2017 CDGA championship season tees off May 15-18 with the 16th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship at Ridge Country Club in Chicago. A full field of 90 players age 55 and older will hit the Southside track on Monday in stroke play qualifying, with the low 16 advancing to a match play bracket beginning Tuesday and culminating in an 18-hole final on Thursday morning.

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Championship Information

Created in 2002, the CDGA Senior Amateur Championship is a match play tournament for golfers age 55 and up. The event begins with an 18-hole qualifier for the entire 90-player field, with the low 16 players advancing to match play. The champion of this tournament is the recipient of the Charles Morgan Auld Cup. North Barrington native Vance Antoniou won the 2016 event at his home track of Wynstone Golf Club.