|Thursday, August 2, 2018 - |
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ITASCA, Ill. – Prior to competing in the 17th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship, it had been roughly three decades since Brad Kay (Arlington Heights / Ivanhoe Club) last played Itasca Country Club.
“I totally forgot [the layout],” Kay admitted.
He won’t forget it any time soon, as the Arlington Heights native hoisted the Charles Morgan Auld Cup following his 4-and-3 victory over Ted Pecora (Winnetka / Bob O’Link GC) in Thursday’s championship match. Playing in his first senior amateur event since becoming eligible by turning 55 in January, Kay was dominant throughout the week, never trailing in any of his four matches.
“It’s fun to play against guys who are the same age, same style,” Kay said of making his senior debut.
“I had a few good days in a row, which is great,” he added.
Kay and Pecora won semifinal matches Thursday morning to set the stage for the afternoon title tilt, with Pecora topping medalist Tim Sheppard (East Peoria / Lick Creek GC), 2 and 1, and Kay besting Tom Kearfott (El Paso / El Paso GC), 4 and 3.
Kay seized control of his duel with Pecora early, as a birdie at the par-4 first and par at the par-4 third put him 2 up. Kay notched another birdie on the par-5 fifth, before a bogey by Pecora at No. 8 resulted in Kay going 4 up before the match hit its halfway point.
“You assume he’s going to hit good shots and make pars, so it makes you keep going after it,” Kay said of his mindset after building the big advantage. “You’re not protecting the lead, you have to keep trying to go after the hole.”
Pecora notched two birdies on the back nine, but Kay countered each time to maintain his sizeable advantage. Two pars on the par-5 15th ended the match.
The next CDGA-administered championship is the CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship, to be held Aug. 13-15 at Mistwood Golf Club. The Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship will take place Sept. 12-14 at Riverside Golf Club.