|Friday, May 19, 2017 - |
Full event information is available at CDGA.org/CDGAMidAm.
LEMONT, Ill. – The CDGA’s newest individual championship visits a recently remade public gem when the 3rd CDGA Mid-Amateur heads to Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, May 22-24. The event pits the District’s top golfers ages 25 and older in 18 holes of stroke play qualifying followed by the low 16 advancing to a match play bracket.
Players to Watch
John Ehrgott (Edwards) won the inaugural CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship in 2015 and is a two-time Illinois State Mid-Amateur champion.
Andy Johnson (Chicago) qualified for the semifinals of the CDGA Mid-Amateur last year.
Michael Natale (Indian Head Park) was part of the winning duo at the inaugural CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2016 and was runner-up at the CDGA Mid-Am in 2015.
Steve Sawtell (Northfield) thrives at match play, with a pair of CDGA Amateur wins, a semifinal appearance in 2016’s CDGA Amateur, and a victory alongside Natale in the 2016 CDGA Amateur Four-Ball.
Tim Sheppard (East Peoria) was the runner-up in the CDGA Senior Amateur in 2016, and part of the winning pair in the inaugural CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship as well.
Chadd Slutzky (Deer Park) is the 2015 Illinois State Mid-Amateur champ, and has made match play in the two previous CDGA Mid-Amateurs.
About the Course
Originally opened in 1998, the public facility in Romeoville was designed by Raymond Hearn. After purchasing the course in 2003, Jim McWethy called upon Hearn again to develop a master plan, with the goal of making Mistwood one of the top courses in the region. What came from that plan was nothing short of a gem, with Mistwood reopening in 2013 to rave reviews. Having hosted the now-defunct CDGA Amateur Public Links and Illinois State Public Links, this year’s CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship will be the first CDGA championship held on the revitalized layout.
With more than 7,000 yards of course challenging the field, any errant shot could swing a match, but particular focus will be on Kelpie’s Korner, a four-hole stretch from the 14th through 17th holes that will undoubtedly decide many matches. Bookended by a pair of par-3s, the first a 233-yard behemoth with a carry over water, competitors will need their “A” game. The 583-yard par-5 15th will test players with a risk/reward proposition of safely traversing the fairway versus trying to clear the lake and cut the corner—a chance that could position them for an eagle opportunity or easy birdie, or sink their chances at a good finish.
Doing the Double
After John Ehrgott, a two-time Illinois State Mid-Amateur champion, won the inaugural CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship in 2015, Kyle Nathan kept the trend of State Mid-Am winners achieving the double in 2016. Nathan, who is not entered in the 2017 championship, defeated Matt McLaughlin 3 and 2 in the championship match at Lake Shore Country Club.
Matthew Minder and Andy Johnson were co-medalists in stroke play, shooting 1-under par 70s. Minder fell to the eventual champ Nathan in the quarterfinals, while Johnson was bested by the runner-up McLaughlin in the semifinals.
Of those looking to make it 3-for-3 of Illinois State Mid-Amateur champions in this year’s field are Ehrgott and Mark Esposito.