|Thursday, May 11, 2017 - |
Full event information is available at CDGA.org/CDGASrAm.
LEMONT, Ill. – The CDGA championship season tees off May 15-18 with the 16th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship at Ridge Country Club in Chicago. A full field of 90 players age 55 and older will hit the Southside track on Monday in stroke play qualifying, with the low 16 advancing to a match play bracket beginning Tuesday and culminating in an 18-hole final on Thursday morning.
Players to Watch
Vance Antoniou (North Barrington) is the defending champion of the event, taking the title at his home course, Wynstone, in 2016. Antoniou had a consistent senior season in 2016, finishing third in the CDGA Senior Player of the Year race.
Mark Esposito (Elgin) has won the Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship twice, but has yet to take a senior crown. Esposito finished in the top 10 at the Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship and was a CDGA Senior Am quarterfinalist in 2016.
Steven Jacobs (Highland Park) qualified for the U.S. Senior Open in 2016 and was a CDGA Senior Am semifinalist in 2015.
Tom Kearfott (El Paso) was part of the duo who won the CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball in 2016.
Tom Miler (Kewanee) is the only three-time CDGA Senior Am champion, to go along with a pair of Illinois State Senior titles. Miler finished third at the State Senior in 2016 after failing to make match play at the CDGA Senior.
Tim Sheppard (East Peoria) was a senior rookie in 2016 and made himself at home with the experienced circuit, winning the CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship and finishing in the runner-up spot in both the CDGA Senior Am and Illinois State Senior.
About the Course
Though Ridge Country Club was a founding member of the CDGA, it hosts its first CDGA championship when the senior circuit walks through the gates in 2017. The 115-year-old course will lay out at 6,243 yards and a par of 71 for the week. Designed in 1902 by H.J. Tweedie, the facility’s 105 acres of tree-lined fairways is the only private club with all 18 holes of its course within the Chicago city limits. The course’s fast greens with subtle undulations will present a challenge to the field.
One spot where the tone could be set for the matches will be at the sixth and seventh holes, rare back-to-back par 3s. The sixth will line up from 175 yards, while the seventh is slated for an even 200 yards at the Championship.
Last Year’s CDGA Senior Amateur
Wynstone Golf Club member Vance Antoniou, who lives a wedge shot off the course, took home the 2016 title on his home track with a 3-and-2 win over senior rookie Tim Sheppard in the championship match. For Antoniou, who noted he’s played in CDGA events since he was a teenager, it was his first triumph in a CDGA or State event, something made all the sweeter by taking place at his home course.
Indian Hill Club’s Alex Moore earned medalist honors in stroke play with a 5-under par 67.
In addition to the defending champion Antoniou, a pair of other former winners will try to earn another CDGA Senior crown. Three-time champion Tom Miler—who owns the most wins all-time—will try to add to his 2010, 2012 and 2013 wins, while 2011 winner Dirk Anderson also is in the field.