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For Immediate ReleaseAugust 21, 2019
 
SLUTZKY RECAPTURES ILLINOIS STATE MID-AMATEUR GLORY, WINS 27TH EDITION AT STONEBRIDGE 
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - AURORA, Ill. – When Chadd Slutzky (Deer Park / The Grove CC) won the 2015 Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship at Flossmoor Country Club, it was his first title in a CDGA-administered championship. He was happy to have been in contention and see the victory through.

Coming into the 2019 Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship at Stonebridge Country Club, Slutzky had a different mindset.

“I feel like coming into it, I have a chance to win, which is different than how I felt back then,” Slutzky said. “I feel a little better playing these things and have a lot more confidence.”

The 42-year-old channeled that self-assurance throughout the 54-hole test and emerged victorious once again following Wednesday’s final round, finishing at 10-under par for the championship and three shots clear of the closest competitors after rounds of 72, 66 and 68.

On Slutzky’s heels throughout the day was a triumvirate of players who entered the final round within three shots: John Ehrgott (Edwards / Mt Hawley CC), a two-time Illinois State Mid-Amateur champion in his own right, defending champion Logan Stauffer (Bloomington / Ironwood GC) and relative newcomer Ryan Smith (Chicago / CDGA Member’s Club). Slutzky, who also has the 2017 CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship and 2017 CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship on his resume, fended off the field with a steady round of golf, carding six birdies to just two bogeys.

“It’s a great championship, it has a great field,” Slutzky said. “It’s kind of where I stick to, the Mid-Am golf, so I try and shine at this time each year. These 54 holes, I was striping it, I was hitting it straight. I knew if I stayed patient and kept playing my game, I was probably going to be alright, unless somebody went crazy.”

To open his final round, Slutzky lost his tee ball off the first tee following a wayward drive to immediately give a shot back and fall behind Stauffer, who birdies the opener. Slutzky rebounded, however, with red figures on the par-4, 385-yard fourth hole and the par-5, 541-yard ninth hole. Playing alongside Slutzky in the final group, Stauffer was rolling following three birdies in the first four holes, but two lost tee shots on No. 7 ultimately dropped him out of contention.

Ehrgott, also in the final group, captained a steady ship, with three birdies to just two bogeys on the opening nine. A group ahead, Smith turned in 3-under par to keep within a stroke of the lead halfway home.

“I had the lead, but Ehrgott was playing great and I kept checking my phone and Ryan in the group ahead was playing great, it seemed like he was birdieing every hole,” Slutzky said.

Slutzky maintained his under-par round on the back nine, with birdies on the 12th, 14th, and 16th holes, the last of which featured a delicate sidewinder of a birdie putt that gave him a three-shot advantage over Smith, who had just bogeyed the par-3 17th ahead. Ehrgott kept a clean card on his back nine, but two lone birdies weren’t enough to make a late push.

Although Slutzky gave a shot back after he failed to get up and down on the 17th, the aforementioned confidence shined as he ripped a 4-iron approach shot on No. 18 to 12 feet. A two-putt birdie sealed the title.

“I hit a great putt on 16 to give myself a little cushion,” said Slutkzy. “And then, of course, I gave it right back on 17, which is just classic me. And then I hit a great drive on 18 and went for it. Hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have, but it worked out.”

With his win, Slutzky becomes the seventh player to win multiple Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championships.

The next CDGA Championship on the schedule is the 33rd Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship, set for Sept. 9-11 at Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette.

 
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.
 
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