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LEMONT, Ill. - Illinois’ best golfers age 25 and older will do battle in the first state amateur championship held in 2020, following the cancelation of the Illinois State Amateur Championship earlier this summer, as the 28th Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship visits Edgewood Valley Country Club in La Grange Aug. 24-25.
The 54-hole event commences with a grueling 36 holes on Monday. The low 35 and ties will advance to the final 18-hole round on Tuesday to crown a champion.
ABOUT THE FIELD
The field of 80 players was determined by exemptions and three qualifiers in early August. A total of 24 players were exempt, with 218 additional players attempting to qualify for the Championship. Registration was open to any Illinois resident with an official USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4 and who will reach their 25th birthday on or before the start of the event.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Greg Bauman (Chicago / Biltmore CC) captured the 2017 Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship at Exmoor Country Club. Bauman was the only person to finish the event under par, after compiling a three-round total of 2 under.
John Ehrgott (Edwards / Mt. Hawley CC) is a two-time Illinois State Mid-Amateur champion, having won the 2007 and 2009 iterations at White Eagle Golf Club. Ehrgott also finished in a tie for second place last year at Stonebridge Country Club.
Todd Mitchell (Bloomington / Crestwicke CC) holds the most Illinois State Mid-Amateur titles with five (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016). He also won back-to-back Illinois State Amateur crowns in 2002 and 2003, and partnered with Scott Harvey of North Carolina to capture the 2019 U.S. Four-Ball at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon.
Chadd Slutzky (Deer Park / Royal Fox CC) looks to defend his title following his victory last year at Stonebridge Country Club. Slutzky, who also won the 2015 Illinois State Mid-Amateur at Flossmoor Country Club, captured the CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship last month with partner John Ramsey at Skokie Country Club, the pair’s second title in the event.
Logan Stauffer (Bloomington / Crestwicke CC) won the 2018 Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship at Glen Oak Country Club. Stauffer also finished in fourth place last year at Stonebridge Country Club.
OTHERS TO WATCH
A.J. Balulis (Winfield / Itasca CC) earned medalist honors at the Aug. 4 qualifier at Balmoral Woods Country Club with a 4-under 68.
Jake Erickson (Springfield / Panther Creek CC) is the reigning CDGA Mid-Amateur champion, following his victory last spring at Northmoor Country Club. That event was canceled this year due to the coronavirus.
Matthew Hackett (Homer Glen / Ruffled Feathers GC) finished as medalist in the Aug. 10 qualifier at Willow Crest Golf Club at Oak Brook Hills Resort following a 5-under 65.
Brad Kay (Arlington Heights / Ivanhoe Club) won the 2018 CDGA Senior Amateur Championship at Itasca Country Club, as well as the 2019 CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Calumet Country Club alongside partner Brien Gerber.
John Ramsey (Glenview / North Shore CC) teamed up with Chadd Slutzky to win the duo’s second CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship last month at Skokie Country Club.
Tim Sheppard (East Peoria / Pekin CC) was the 2019 CDGA Senior Player of the Year, his second consecutive year of earning the honor. He is the reigning CDGA Senior Amateur champion, following his victory last spring at Briar Ridge Country Club. That event was canceled this year due to the coronavirus.
Dustin Sloat (Charleston / Charleston CC) emerged from the Aug. 11 qualifier at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club as the medalist, following a 6-under 66.
EDGEWOOD VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB
This will be the fourth CDGA-administered event to visit Edgewood Valley Country Club, following the CDGA Amateur Championship in 1958 and 2013, and the 2006 Illinois State Amateur Championship. The track was designed by William H. Diddel in 1925. Diddel, a charter member and president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, utilized his expertise to take advantage of the natural terrain provided by the land. Although the layout has seen enhancements over the years, it’s become known for its tree-lined fairways and fast speeds on the greens. These challenges make the yardage of 6,968 it will play at much more demanding.
LAST YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Chadd Slutzky of Deer Park, victor of the 2015 Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship, added his second title in the event to his resume by capturing the 2019 edition at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora. A trio of players, which included John Ehrgott, Logan Stauffer and Ryan Smith, chased Slutzky throughout the final round, but a 68 was good enough to finish at 10 under par for the Championship, three shots clear of second place.