|Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - |
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LEMONT, Ill. - The 2017 CDGA championship slate culminates Oct. 2-5 at Itasca Country Club, as 41 duos age 55-and-up will compete in the 2nd CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
The championship begins with an 18-hole stroke play round on Monday, Oct. 2, with the low 16 teams advancing to a match play bracket. Match play begins with the first round Tuesday afternoon, setting the stage for the quarterfinals and semifinals on Wednesday. The winning pair will be crowned after Thursday morning’s 18-hole championship match.
Designed to emulate the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, each golfer plays their own ball. The low gross score on each hole counts as a team’s score.
TEAMS TO WATCH
Dirk Anderson (Libertyville / Merit Club) & Steven Jacobs (Highland Park / Pine Meadow GC): Anderson is a former CDGA Senior Amateur champion and finished T3 at the Illinois State Senior Amateur earlier this month. Jacobs played in the 2017 U.S. Senior Amateur and 2016 U.S. Senior Open.
Vance Antoniou (North Barrington / Butler National GC) & Mark Esposito (Elgin / Blackberry Oaks GC): Antoniou and Esposito have three individual Illinois State and CDGA titles between them. In 2016, the duo qualified for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and advanced the semifinals of this event.
Kip Blakesley (Germantown Hills / Pekin CC) & Tim Saurs (Pekin / Pekin CC): This central Illinois duo finished second in the inaugural CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball last year, qualifying for match play as the No. 7 seed before falling in the championship match, 1 down.
Anthony Cascino (Palos Park / Olympia Fields CC) & Tom DeStefani (Western Springs / Village Links of Glen Ellyn): After qualifying as the No. 14 seed, Cascino and DeStefani made a run to the semifinals of the 2016 event. DeStefani was medalist at the 2017 CDGA Senior Amateur.
John Finnin (Mokena / Olympia Fields CC) & Terry Werner (Dyer, Ind. / Briar Ridge CC): Finnin and Werner squared off in the championship match of the 2017 CDGA Senior Amateur, with Werner emerging victorious, 3 and 2.
ITASCA COUNTRY CLUB
This event marks the first Illinois State or CDGA championship hosted by Itasca Country Club, which will play from a distance of 6,502 and at a par of 72 for the seniors. The tree-lined track features small, sloping greens and was designed in 1925 by James Foulis Jr., who was born at St. Andrews in Scotland, worked in Old Tom Morris’ golf shop and won the 1896 U.S. Open.
Among the numerous challenging holes awaiting the players is the lengthy par-5 fifth. While it can stretch up to 605 yards, the hole will play from 565 yards for the championship and will test the field with the combination of required length and accuracy.
LAST YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP
In the inaugural CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship last May at Crystal Tree Golf and Country Club, the duo of Tom Kearfott and Tim Sheppard bested Kip Blakesley and Tim Saurs in the championship match, 1 up. Kearfott and Sheppard qualified for match play as the ninth seed, besting the top-seeded duo of Bob and Larry Silvestri in the quarterfinals, then the tandem of Vance Antoniou and Mark Esposito in the semifinals.
The defending champions will not be competing in this year’s event. While Kearfott won the Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship earlier this month, he will not be competing at Itasca, as Sheppard has battled injuries most of the summer.