Bloomington native Logan Stauffer earned the 26th Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship title
26th Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship Aug. 27-28 • Glen Oak Country Club (Glen Ellyn)
Day Two: Tuesday, Aug. 28
STAUFFER SOLIDIFIES COMEBACK SEASON WITH STATE MID-AM CROWN
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. - This time last year, it would have been hard to imagine Logan Stauffer (Bloomington / Lakeside CC) hoisting the Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship trophy. That's because he wasn't even playing competitive golf.
“I didn't like that very much,” Stauffer said of his hiatus from the game.
Mere months after picking golf back up at the end of 2017, Stauffer fired a 3-under 69 in the final round of the 26th Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship Tuesday at Glen Oak Country Club to secure a one-shot victory over 36-hole leader Zach Jecklin (Chicago / The Glen Club) and John Wright (Aurora / Oak Brook GC).
Three years removed from finishing his collegiate career in 2015 at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, the 25-year-old Stauffer made his State Mid-Am debut at Glen Oak. After giving up the game while living in Phoenix, Stauffer moved back to the Bloomington-Normal area and began playing again in the fall. A successful season up to this point, highlighted by a seventh-place finish at the Illinois State Amateur Championship, in his hometown, had Stauffer feeling confident approaching this week's event.
“It's been a long process as far as my golf game goes,” Stauffer said. “I had a great season so far leading up to this, so I knew that I had a chance if I just played well and played my game.”
JECKLIN LEADS CROWDED STATE MID-AM LEADERBOARD HEADING TO FINAL ROUND
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. - Despite high winds and intense heat, nine players sit under par following Monday's first two rounds of the 26th Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship at Glen Oak Country Club. Zach Jecklin (Chicago / The Glen Club) leads at 4-under par overall, with a trio of others one stroke back entering Tuesday's final round.
Jecklin's 6-under 66 in the morning was the lowest round carded by the 72-golfer field. The 32-year-old tallied eight birdies, including a stretch of three-straight from his 13th through 15th holes. Despite notching a 2-over 74 in the afternoon, which was marred by a double bogey on the par-3 16th, the State Mid-Am rookie is pleased with the position he is in following the first day of competition.
“The first round was a lot more fun than the second,” Jecklin said. “I made about a million feet of putts.
“I'm certainly happy with 4-under as the total,” Jecklin added. “I would have preferred a little something lower on the second 18, but all-in-all, I'm happy with where I stand. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”
MID-AM MAYHEM: STATE'S TOP MID-AMATEURS READY TO TRAVERSE GLEN OAK
LEMONT, Ill. - Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn will play host the state's top amateur golfers 25 and older as the site of the 26th Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship Aug. 27-28. A field of 72 players will compete in 36 holes on Monday, with the low 35 players and ties advancing to Tuesday's final 18 holes.
The field was determined by exemptions and three qualifiers at the beginning of August, with a total of 27 players exempt and 202 players attempting to qualify for the Championship. Registration was open to any Illinois resident with a current official USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4 and who has reached their 25th birthday on or before the start of the event.
The Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted annually by the Chicago District Golf Association, features the state's best golfers 25 and older. It began in 1993 when it was won by Tom Studer. Currently, the championship is 54 holes, with the entire field playing 36 holes the first day and the low 35 and ties playing 18 holes on the final day. Chicago's Greg Bauman won the Championship last summer. (2017 Recap)