|Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - NORTH RIVERSIDE, Ill. – Quick greens and thick rough stymied the Illinois State Senior Amateur field Wednesday at Riverside Golf Club, as a trio of golfers lead at 3-over following the opening round. Daniel Brassil (Chicago / Beverly CC), Cory Scott (Galesburg / Soangetaha CC) and Tim Sheppard (East Peoria / Lick Creek GC) all vaulted to the top of the leaderboard with 74s.
“The greens are tough,” Brassil admitted following his round, which was highlighted by a birdie on the par-5 15th. “They’re small and they’re undulated. If you get above them, you’re in trouble.”
Scott, with his son Jake on the bag less than a month after they advanced to the quarterfinals of the CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Mistwood Golf Club, went out in 34. However, he started his back nine with three consecutive bogeys en route to a finishing 40.
“If you don’t drive it straight, the rough is strong, and the ball isn’t going to stop if you’re hitting it out of the rough,” Scott said. “You’re going to have your down-hillers, and that’s where I made my mistake on the back side.”
Sheppard similarly struggled with the flat stick, as he was unable to capitalize on an excellent ball-striking day.
“I missed two greens and two fairways and shot 74,” Sheppard said astonishingly. “I had two terrible doubles and had a couple three putts. Next thing you know, you shoot 74. I hit the ball really good today, but I didn’t get a lot out of it. It’s the first day. We’ll see if we can’t get a little better tomorrow.”
The entire field will play 18 more holes on Thursday, with the low 35 and ties advancing to Friday’s final round. A low super senior, age 65 and older, will be crowned at the conclusion of play on Thursday.
|Chicago District Golf Association|
The Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) is the regional governing body for amateur golf in Illinois and parts of three other states. The CDGA services more than 400 clubs and 80,000 individual golfers. Golfers receive member offers, a USGA Handicap Index® and competitive playing opportunities, while clubs receive USGA rating and measuring services, turfgrass diagnostics and educational seminars. Midwest Golf House and its Three-Hole Sunshine Course are home to the CDGA Foundation, which annually serves more than 1,000 individuals with special needs and wounded veterans while also bringing playing opportunities to youth golfers. Founded on March 18, 1914, the CDGA is one of the largest and oldest golf associations in the United States.