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|For Immediate Release||September 20, 2023|
|FRANKENREIDER GOES BACK-TO-BACK, CLAIMS 37TH ILLINOIS STATE SENIOR AM AT ROCKFORD|
|Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - ROCKFORD, Ill. - Last September at Riverside Golf Club, Scot Frankenreider (Peoria) emerged victorious from a three-hole aggregate playoff to capture the 36th Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship. Despite the win, Frankenreider, in the midst of his first season back competing in CDGA-administered events in nearly a decade, admittedly “stumbled” to the finish on the final day after holding the lead the first two days.
That finish prompted the 56-year-old to work on making “a couple of tweaks” to his swing this season, with the hope of mitigating those problems should he be in a similar situation again.
Those changes manifested in the form of another title Wednesday, as Frankenreider captured the 37th Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship at Rockford Country Club. A final-round 3-under 68, and three-round total of 207, was good enough for a seven-shot victory over Glenn Przybylski (Frankfort). Frankenreider was the only player in the field to finish the event under par in his title defense at 6 under.
“My finish in this last year was kind of shaky and I knew I had to make some changes,” said Frankenreider following the victory. “[My] game was feeling pretty good coming in. [I] probably had the best ball-striking round of the summer at the right time.”
Frankenreider, who held the lead after each of the first two rounds again this year, stated on Tuesday that some nerves had also played a factor in last year’s edition. Playing in the final group Wednesday with Brad Kay (Arlington Heights) and Tim Sheppard (East Peoria), both senior champions in their own right, Frankenreider’s opening drive found the trees left of the fairway. While a Sheppard birdie applied pressure, a par by Frankenreider helped calm any anxiety.
“I was in the trees and had to chip out, hit a so-so chip,” he recalled. “I had an 8-to-10-foot downhill putt after [Sheppard] had made birdie to climb a couple closer. I think once I made that par on the first, I felt a lot better and from there on out, I was really calm all day.”
His first red figure of the day came on the par-3 fourth, before a bogey on the par-4 seventh.
Following Wednesday’s final round, Frankenreider had led after each of the last six rounds of play in the Illinois State Senior Amateur - three this year and three last year. For somebody who took some time away from the game to care for his family, his return to the competitive senior golf scene, and specifically this week at Rockford,, has showcased the current state of his game and how he attacks a golf course.
“On this course, there were some lines that I could take because of my length, that I could really forget about some trouble and just swing away,” said Frankenreider. “It was nice, I cut a couple of corners. [My] iron play was great too, distance control was phenomenal today.”
The Peoria native is the first player to go back-to-back in the Illinois State Senior Amateur since Dave Ryan in 2015-16 and just the fifth all-time to do so. With two titles under his belt, along with valuable lessons learned from both victories, Frankenreider knows a third title isn't out of the question next year.
“Hopefully, keep heading in the right direction,” he said. “Getting back in and putting myself in these situations, the more you do it, the easier it gets.”
Coming up, Frankenreider will highlight a field of seniors who will compete in the eighth and final CDGA Championship of the 2023 season, when the 8th CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship is contested at Elgin Country Club, Oct. 2-5.
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|08/21/2023||SCODRO SHIFTS INTO HIGH GEAR, NOTCHES 65 IN SECOND ROUND TO CLAIM STATE MID-AM LEAD|
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|07/18/2023||STEWART STAKES CLAIM TO TOP OF 92ND ILLINOIS STATE AM LEADERBOARD FOLLOWING FIRST ROUND|
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|05/17/2023||RAMSEY GETS BEST OF BUDDY SLUTZKY; WINS CDGA MID-AM AT MERIT|
|05/11/2023||CDGA, FOLDS OF HONOR PARTNER TO EXPAND VETERAN IMPACT|
|02/06/2023||2023 CDGA SOCIAL COMPETITIONS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION|
|01/17/2023||SIGN UP BEGINS FOR 2023 CDGA CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|12/07/2022||2023 CDGA COMPETITIONS SCHEDULES RELEASED; NEARLY 90 EVENTS ON TAP|
|10/21/2022||SLUTZKY, SHEPPARD CAP IMPRESSIVE CAMPAIGNS WITH PLAYER OF THE YEAR HARDWARE|
|09/29/2022||SHEPPARD, KEARFOTT WIN SELF-PROCLAIMED `WORLD SERIES OF GOLF,` CAPTURE DUO`S FIFTH CDGA SENIOR AMATEUR FOUR-BALL TITLE|
|09/23/2022||7TH CDGA SENIOR AMATEUR FOUR-BALL CONCLUDES 2022 CDGA CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE|
|09/21/2022||Frankenreider Prevails, Wins 36th Illinois State Senior Am|
|09/15/2022||STATE`S TOP SENIORS RETURN TO RIVERSIDE|
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