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|For Immediate Release||October 23, 2023|
|2023 PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS GO TO THREE FIRST-TIMERS|
|Monday, October 23, 2023 - LEMONT, Ill. – T.J. Barger (Bloomington / Bloomington CC) and Mac McClear (Hinsdale / Hinsdale GC) are 2023 CDGA Co-Players of the Year, while Mike Henry (Bloomington / Weibring GC @ ISU) is the CDGA Senior Player of the Year. All three individuals are first-time honorees, with Barger and McClear claiming the Charles N. Eckstein Trophy and Henry winning the Raymond B. Anderson Trophy. The awards were determined by an accumulation of points based on performances in various local and national events.|
The split of the CDGA Player of the Year honor is fitting for Barger and McClear, who dueled in the 92nd Illinois State Amateur at Bloomington Country Club in July. Ultimately, McClear came out on top for his second-consecutive triumph, besting Barger by five shots thanks to a final-round 63. McClear, a redshirt senior at the University of Iowa, also earned valuable Player of the Year points by advancing to U.S. Open Final Qualifying and the U.S. Amateur.
Barger thrust himself into contention at the State Am with a third-round 64 at Bloomington, the course he grew up playing, before ultimately settling for a runner-up finish. In the midst of a summer during which he transferred from the University of Illinois to Illinois State University, Barger, a redshirt sophomore, set the course record in a U.S. Amateur qualifier at Weibring Golf Club at ISU with a 9-under 62. He also advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 103rd CDGA Amateur Championship at Lake Shore Country Club.
In total, Barger and McClear each earned 550 Player of the Year points, which surpassed Henry and two-time 2023 victor John Ramsey (Glenview / Glenview Park GC) by 30 points. Last year’s Player of the Year, Chadd Slutzky (Deer Park / Royal Fox CC), finished fifth.
In his first year of senior eligibility, Henry, 55, put together a consistent season from start to finish to claim the Senior Player of the Year honor by an astonishing 310 points. Following a third-place finish in the Illinois Senior Open in June, Henry, mainly competing against individuals 30-plus years younger, finished T7 at 2 over in the State Am in his hometown of Bloomington. Next, he competed at the U.S. Senior Amateur at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee, where he advanced all the way to the Quarterfinals. Henry continued to flourish on the local stage to close out the season, finishing third in the 37th Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship at Rockford Country Club in September and making match play in the 8th CDGA Senior Four-Ball Amateur Championship at Elgin Country Club in October.
Glenn Przybylski (Frankfort / The Sanctuary GC) finished a distant second behind Henry in the Senior Player of the Year race, amassing 525 points compared to Henry’s 835. State Senior winner Scot Frankenreider (Peoria / Arrowhead CC), Greg Seelinger (Downers Grove / Village Links of Glen Ellyn) and 2021 Senior Player of the Year Mark Small (Frankfort / Prestwick CC) rounded out the top five.
In total, the 2023 CDGA Championship calendar featured 58 events, including eight Illinois State or CDGA Championships, 28 Illinois State or CDGA qualifiers, 21 USGA qualifiers and the Radix Cup Matches. The 2024 schedule will be released on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
CDGA Player of the Year – Recent Winners
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2023 – T.J. Barger and Mac McClear
2022 – Chadd Slutzky
2021 – Nick Tenuta
2020 – N/A (COVID-19)
2019 – Jordan Less and David Perkins
2018 – Trent Wallace
CDGA Senior Player of the Year – Recent Winners
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2023 – Mike Henry
2022 – Tim Sheppard
2021 – Mark Small
2020 – N/A (COVID-19)
2019 – Tim Sheppard
2018 – Tim Sheppard
|Chicago District Golf Association|
The Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) is authorized by the United States Golf Association (USGA) as the governing body for amateur golf in our region. The CDGA is a membership organization consisting of more than 105,000 individual golfers and 400 clubs in Illinois and parts of Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Golfers receive member offers, a Handicap Index® from the USGA® and competitive playing opportunities, while clubs receive Course Rating™ and Slope Rating™ measuring services, turfgrass diagnostics and educational seminars. The CDGA also creates opportunities for everyone to experience the benefits of the game through therapeutic and recreational Outreach Programs, with an emphasis on serving individuals with special needs, youth and veterans.
|10/12/2023||CDGA Announces Robbie Gould as Brand Ambassador|
|10/05/2023||Przybylski, Seelinger Cruise to First CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Title|
|09/20/2023||Frankenreider Goes Back-To-Back, Claims 37th Illinois State Senior Am at Rockford|
|09/19/2023||FRANKENREIDER CONTINUES PURSUIT OF TITLE DEFENSE, LEADS AHEAD OF 37TH ILLINOIS STATE SENIOR AM FINALE|
|08/22/2023||MERE WEEKS AFTER MOVE TO ILLINOIS, HICKEY CLAIMS STATE MID-AM AT BILTMORE|
|08/21/2023||SCODRO SHIFTS INTO HIGH GEAR, NOTCHES 65 IN SECOND ROUND TO CLAIM STATE MID-AM LEAD|
|08/09/2023||RAMSEY, SLUTZKY REPEAT, WIN TANDEM`S FOURTH CDGA FOUR-BALL TITLE|
|07/20/2023||RETURN OF THE MAC: MCCLEAR REPEATS IN STATE AM AT BLOOMINGTON|
|07/19/2023||KIRKHAM CRUISES TO THREE-STROKE LEAD AHEAD OF 92ND ILLINOIS STATE AM FINAL DAY|
|07/18/2023||STEWART STAKES CLAIM TO TOP OF 92ND ILLINOIS STATE AM LEADERBOARD FOLLOWING FIRST ROUND|
|06/29/2023||BEAUBIEN, JR. BESTS FIELD, CAPTURES 103RD CDGA AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP|
|06/28/2023||FISHER, BEAUBIEN, JR. RIDE POSITIVE MINDSETS TO CDGA AM FINALS|
|06/15/2023||CDGA Amateurs Go Back-to-Back, Win Radix Cup Matches 11.5-6.5|
|06/08/2023||PECORA FINALLY BREAKS THROUGH, CAPTURES 21ST CDGA SENIOR AM FOR FIRST TITLE|
|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|
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