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For Immediate ReleaseJune 15, 2023
 
CDGA AMATEURS GO BACK-TO-BACK, WIN RADIX CUP MATCHES 11.5-6.5 
 
Thursday, June 15, 2023 - RIVER GROVE, Ill. - Zach Mulhearn (Wheaton / Glen Oak CC) and Will Troy (Naperville / Cog Hill G&CC) entered the 61st Radix Cup matches as two of five first-timers comprising a seemingly inexperienced team of CDGA Amateurs. Neither, however, were your usual Radix Cup rookie.

Both are sons of PGA professionals who competed in previous Radix Cups, with Zach`s father Danny a veteran of 11 and Will`s dad Mike having played in four. This familiarity played a role in Mulhearn, Troy and the rest of the CDGA Amateurs besting the squad of IPGA Professionals, 11.5-6.5, Thursday at Oak Park Country Club.

"For me it means a little more, just with the experience my father has had playing in this event," Mulhearn said after earning 1.5 points alongside partner Justin Smith (River Grove / Oak Park CC). "Just seeing how full circle everything has come. He was the first one I reached out to right away when I got the email saying that I was invited. It was a great experience and hopefully I`ll be back for more.

"This event is important to our family and it means a lot to us," added Troy, noting that his great grandfather, Illinois Golf Hall of Famer Zigfield Troy, served as a Radix Cup Captain in the event`s early years.

"It means a lot. This is really special."

The teams of 12, based on performance in 2022 professional and amateur events, competed in six best ball matches featuring Nassau scoring. Two CDGA pairings - Chadd Slutzky (Deer Park / Royal Fox CC) / John Ramsey (Glenview / Glenview Park GC) and Jake Erickson (Chatham / Panther Creek CC) / Tim Sheppard (East Peoria / Pekin CC) - earned the full three points. The IPGA`s top-performing duo was Brian Carroll (The Hawk CC) and Kevin Flack(Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Club), who earned 2.5 points.

First played in 1962 in honor of the venerable Harry Radix, 58 of the event`s 61 iterations have been contested at Oak Park Country Club. The club`s head professional, Carson Solien (Oak Park CC), teamed with his assistant, Kyle Donovan (Oak Park CC), to tie their match.

"It`s always a lot of fun having everyone out here," Solien said. "It`s a great day that all of us Professionals look forward to. I think I can say the same thing for the amateurs. We had two solid teams out here competing today. Looks like the Amateurs were a little bit better than we were today. This is a great event, and we love carrying on the tradition here at Oak Park Country Club."

The IPGA Professionals lead the all-time series 37-22-2. The victory marked the CDGA`s first repeat since 2017-18, with the five-point margin of victory being the largest for the Amateurs since 2012.

 
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 106,000 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 adaptive, therapeutic and youth Sunshine Programs, with an emphasis on serving disabled and veteran communities.
 
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