|Friday, May 18, 2018 - |
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LEMONT, Ill. – One of the CDGA’s newest championships is slated to be contested at one of its oldest member clubs, as the venerable Hinsdale Golf Club will host the 4th CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship, May 21-23. With the rescheduling of the CDGA Senior Amateur Championship, this event kicks off the 105th season of championships conducted by the CDGA.
A field of 75 amateurs age 25 and older will tackle Hinsdale, the site of the meeting between 25 clubs that precipitated the CDGA’s 1914 founding, in a match play event.
The entire field will play 18 holes of stroke play the morning of Monday, May 21, with the low 16 advancing to match play. The first round of matches will be contested Monday afternoon, with the quarterfinals and semifinals occurring on Tuesday, May 22. A champion will be crowned following the championship match the morning of Wednesday, May 23.
Registration was open to all CDGA members age 25 and older with a USGA Handicap Index of 5.4 or below. More than 200 individuals signed up for the event, with exemptions and qualifiers at Village Greens of Woodridge and Balmoral Woods Country Club determining the final field.
Players to Watch
Greg Bauman (Chicago / Biltmore CC) is the reigning Illinois State Mid-Amateur champion, finishing four shots clear of the field last August at Exmoor Country Club. The 30-year-old has yet to make match play in two previous attempts at this event.
John Ehrgott (Edwards / Mt. Hawley CC) won the first iteration of this event in 2015, adding the title to his two Illinois State Mid-Amateur victories (2007 and 2009). Ehrgott has also finished runner up in each of the last two CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championships.
Michael Natale (Burr Ridge / Cog Hill G&CC) has made match play in two of this event’s previous three years, including a runner-up finish in 2015. He earned medalist honors by two strokes at the Balmoral Woods Country Club qualifier with an even-par 72.
Steve Sawtell (Northfield / Merit Club) is a two-time CDGA Amateur champion and won the inaugural CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship alongside Natale in 2016. He has made match play in every CDGA Mid-Am, advancing as far as the quarterfinals.
Chadd Slutzky (Deer Park / The Grove CC) is this event’s defending champion, as he never trailed in the championship match en route to claiming last year’s title at Mistwood Golf Club. Slutzky also won the CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2018 and was crowned the Illinois State Mid-Amateur champion in 2015.
Others to Watch
Mike Cushing (Bloomington / Bloomington CC) finished T8 at last year’s Illinois State Amateur Championship and is a Bloomington-Normal Golf Association hall of famer.
John Finnin (Mokena / Olympia Fields CC) was runner up in the 2017 CDGA Senior Amateur and won the 2017 CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball.
Mike Henry (Bloomington / Weibring GC at ISU) has advanced to match play in each of the three previous CDGA Mid-Amateurs, including a semifinal appearance in 2015.
Brian Hickey (Burr Ridge / Edgewood Valley CC) finished as the runner up in last year’s CDGA Mid-Amateur at Mistwood Golf Club.
Blake Johnson (Winnetka / Glen View Club) is a two-time CDGA Amateur runner up, including in 2014 at CDGA Mid-Am host Hinsdale Golf Club.
HINSDALE GOLF CLUB
Founded in 1898, Hinsdale Golf Club features a storied history and timeless championship track. It was Hinsdale member Francis S. Peabody who urged the meeting of the CDGA’s founding clubs more than a century ago at the Clarendon Hills facility.
While the par-71 layout will play at a relatively modest 6,587 yards for the championship, its difficult greens and tree-lined fairways will place a premium on accuracy. Among Hinsdale’s signature holes is the 170-yard par-3 sixth, which requires a full carry over water into an undulating putting surface.
DOUBLE THE FUN
Each of the previous three CDGA Mid-Amateur Championships have been won by an individual who had previously claimed the Illinois State Mid-Amateur crown. John Ehrgott broke a five-year championship drought by winning the inaugural CDGA Mid-Am in 2015, adding on to his State Mid-Am crowns from 2007 and 2009. Kyle Nathan, who is not in this year’s field, won the State Mid-Am in 2012 and CDGA Mid-Am in 2016, while Chadd Slutzky completed the double in 2017, just two years after his 2015 State Mid-Am victory.
In addition to Ehrgott and Slutzky, Mark Esposito (1999 and 2006) and Greg Bauman (2017) are past Illinois State Mid-Amateur winners in the 2018 CDGA Mid-Amateur field.