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LEMONT, Ill. – After heavy rain produced unplayable conditions during its originally-scheduled date of May 14-17, the 17th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship will be played July 30 – Aug. 2 at Itasca Country Club. A field of 83 senior golfers will compete in 18 holes of stroke play competition on Monday morning, with the low 16 advancing to a match play bracket that starts Monday afternoon and concludes Thursday. Terry Werner (Dyer, Ind. / Briar Ridge CC) is the defending champion of the event.
Monday, July 30 – 18-hole stroke play qualifying begins at 8 a.m., followed directly by the Round of 16 matches
Tuesday, July 31 – Quarterfinal matches in the morning
Wednesday, Aug. 1 – No matches scheduled (to avoid conflict with U.S. Senior Amateur qualifying)
Thursday, Aug. 2 – Semifinal matches in the morning, championship match in the afternoon
A total of 83 golfers age 55 and up will be competing to hoist the Charles Morgan Auld Cup. Individuals must have a USGA Handicap Index of 5.4 or under and be a CDGA member to compete.
Players to Watch
Dirk Anderson (Libertyville / Merit Club) is the 2011 CDGA Senior Am champion and was part of the runner-up team in last fall’s CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball at Itasca.
Vance Antoniou (North Barrington / Butler National GC) is the 2016 champion of the CDGA Senior Am.
John Finnin (Mokena / Olympia Fields CC) was the runner-up at last year’s CDGA Senior Amateur and was half of the winning pair at last year’s CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball at Itasca.
Tom Kearfott (El Paso / El Paso GC) took the victory in the 2017 Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship last fall and was part of the winning team at the inaugural CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball in 2016.
Tim Sheppard (East Peoria / Lick Creek GC) was a semifinalist at last year’s CDGA Senior and part of the winning tandem in the 2016 CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball.
Terry Werner (Dyer, Ind. / Briar Ridge CC), the 2017 CDGA Senior Player of the Year, won the CDGA Senior last year and also was part of the winning pair in the CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball at Itasca in 2017.
Others to Watch
Mark Esposito (Elgin / Blackberry Oaks GC) is a two-time Illinois State Mid-Amateur champion.
Steven Jacobs (Highland Park / Pine Meadow GC) was a CDGA Senior semifinalist in 2015 and was part of the runner-up pair at the CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball last fall at Itasca.
Tom Miler (Kewanee / Kewanee Dunes GC) is a three-time CDGA Senior Amateur champion and two-time Illinois State Senior Amateur winner.
Ted Pecora (Winnetka / Bob O’Link GC) has two top-5s and four top-10 finishes in the last four Illinois State Senior Amateurs.
Tommy Robinson (Grayslake / Deerfield GC) was part of the medalist team in the 2017 CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball at Itasca.
Itasca Country Club
After hosting its first state or CDGA championship ever last fall, the CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball, Itasca Country Club welcomes another senior event. The course will play from a distance of 6,502 yards and at a par of 72 for the seniors. The tree-lined track features small, sloping greens and was designed in 1925 by James Foulis Jr., who was born at St. Andrews in Scotland, worked in Old Tom Morris’ golf shop and won the 1896 U.S. Open.
Among the numerous challenging holes awaiting the players is the lengthy par-5 fifth. While it can stretch up to 605 yards, the hole will play from 565 yards for the championship and will test the field with the combination of required length and accuracy.
Last Year’s Championship
In its first visit to the city proper at Ridge Country Club, the CDGA Senior Amateur 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 who blew into town and stole the show, besting John Finnin, 3 and 2, in the championship match.
“This is top of the list, the greatest win,” Werner said after becoming the first non-Illinois resident to win a CDGA-administered amateur championship since 1954. “It’s just a great venue to play at and tournament to be in.”
Werner’s week started with a 4-over par 74 in qualifying, earning him the fifth seed for match play. After a pair of wins in the opening rounds (including an ace during his Round of 16 match), Werner bested stroke play medalist Tom DeStefani 2 and 1 in the semifinals.