87th Illinois State Amateur Championship July 18-20 • Calumet Country Club
Jordan Hahn enters Thursday's final round with a four shot lead after shooting a record-breaking 61 on Wednesday
Day Three: Thursday, July 20
STATE AM SHORTENED TO 54 HOLES, FINAL ROUND UNDERWAY
For only the second time in the Stroke Play Era (since 1963), the Illinois State Amateur Championship will be shortened to 54 holes due to weather. The final round began at 11:30 a.m., with the last pairing of Jordan Hahn and Patrick Flavin teeing off at 1 p.m.
HAHN SURGES TO LEAD AT HALFWAY POINT WITH RECORD-SETTING 61
HOMEWOOD, Ill. - The 87th Illinois State Amateur Championship at Calumet Country Club saw a 20-year old autograph his name in two record books, as Jordan Hahn (Spring Grove) fired a 9-under par 61 in the second round on Wednesday. The 61 is the lowest round in Illinois State Amateur Championship history and bests the previous course record of 62 at Calumet, which opened in 1901.
“It's one of those rounds where the pros talk about being in the zone,” Hahn, a rising junior at the University of Wisconsin, said of his historic day. “I just felt comfortable over the ball. I felt confident and just freed myself up and was happy with whatever the result was because I knew I was committed to the shot.”
Hahn's round got off to a fast start with birdies at four of the first five holes, but officially shifted into overdrive at the par-3 sixth. His 7-iron off the tee at the 210-yard hole one-hopped into the hole for Hahn's second career hole-in-one—both in competitive rounds.
“It was a little downwind, it landed 3 feet short of the hole, jumped up and looked from the tee like I jarred it,” Hahn noted. “I just threw my hands up—my first (hole-in-one), I didn't see go in, so it was pretty cool to see this one go in.”
CROWDED LEADERBOARD AFTER ROUND 1 AT ILLINOIS STATE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
HOMEWOOD, Ill. - Like rush hour on the Tri-State Tollway, which whizzes past several of the Championship's holes, the leaderboard of the 87th Illinois State Amateur Championship is a traffic jam, with a few speeding to the front. Patrick Flavin (Highwood) and Trent Wallace (Joliet), playing in back-to-back afternoon groups, posted matching 7-under par 63s to share the opening round lead.
Flavin, who has finished sixth in each of the last two Illinois State Amateurs, started his round with five consecutive birdies and kept on cruising, putting eight birdies against a single bogey at the 11th. Meanwhile, in the group behind Flavin, Wallace, who finished fifth last year and was playing his first round at Calumet Country Club, carded seven birdies, including four of the final six holes.
“I hit a bunch of good shots at the start, got comfortable fast and made a bunch of putts,” Flavin, who is entering his senior season at Miami University, said of his opening stretch. “I was giving myself lots of chances and fortunately I got them all to go in. It calmed the nerves real quick, it was great to get off to a good start.”
“I kept the ball in play all round, kept it below the hole—which you need to do out here—and just trusted the putter,” Wallace, a rising junior at Illinois State University, said. “When I got (to the course), my teammate had just come in at a 65, so I thought that was pretty low, and then I got out there and the greens were perfect, so I just tried to take it as low as possible.”
ELITE COMPETITION EXPECTED AT 87TH ILLINOIS STATE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
LEMONT, Ill. - The state's elite amateur golfers head to Calumet Country Club, July 18-20, for the 87th Illinois State Amateur Championship. The 72-hole stroke play championship will be contested on the Donald Ross-designed layout, with the entire field playing 18 holes on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The low 35 golfers and ties will advance to the 36-hole final day on Thursday. Awaiting the winner is the Louis L. Emmerson Trophy, while the low 20 and ties will earn exemptions into next year's championship.
A field of 138 golfers will take the challenge, including seven of last year's top 10 finishers and 16 of the top 20 finishers from 2016. Calumet Country Club, hosting its first Illinois State Amateur, will play to 6,619 yards and a par of 70 for the championship.
The Illinois State Amateur Championship, conducted annually by the Chicago District Golf Association, was first played in 1931 at Quincy Country Club. It is widely considered the premier amateur golf event in the state. Since the Championship was first conducted at stroke play in 1963, 44 different golfers have hoisted the Louis L. Emmerson trophy, several of which are current or former members of the PGA tour. Northbrook native and University of Illinois golfer Nick Hardy won the 2016 iteration in record-breaking fashion, finishing -28 after three rounds at St. Charles Country Club.