|Friday, June 21, 2019 - LEMONT, Ill. - The oldest CDGA Championship celebrates its centennial edition when the 100th CDGA Amateur Championship visits Glen View Club June 24-27. The victor of this four-day championship will have their name engraved on the Joseph G. Davis Trophy, alongside amateur golf legends like Chick Evans, Robert A. Gardner, Frank Stranahan and Joel Hirsch. Glen View Club plays host for just the second time, as it was the site of the 2nd CDGA Amateur Championship in 1915, won by Donald Edwards.
The CDGA Am is a grueling test of golf, as the event’s last five champions have averaged to play 123 holes over the course of the event.
The entire field will play 36 holes of stroke play on Monday June 24, with tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. and the low 16 advancing to match play. The afternoon of Tuesday, June 25 will feature the first round of matches before the quarterfinals and semifinals take place on Wednesday, June 26. A 36-hole championship match on Thursday, June 27 will determine the winner.
A total of 75 amateur golfers will be teeing it up at Glen View Club. Registration was open to any CDGA member with an official USGA Handicap Index ® of 7.4 or below. 285 golfers registered for the event, with 12 players exempt, and the remaining 63 gaining entry via qualifiers at Cress Creek Country Club, Innsbrook Country Club, Pontiac Elks Country Club and Glen Flora Country Club
Players to Watch
Greg Bauman (Chicago / Biltmore CC) earned medalist honors by a stroke at the Pontiac Elks Country Club qualifier on June 5. He also won the 2017 Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship at Exmoor Country Club by four shots.
Alex Burge (Bloomington / Weibring GC) captured the 2015 CDGA Amateur Championship at Knollwood Club, defeating Tee-K Kelly in the championship match, 1 up. He played collegiately at the University of Illinois.
John Ehrgott (Edwards / Mt. Hawley CC) emerged victorious in the 2018 CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Hinsdale Golf Club, his fourth title in a CDGA-administered event. He also made match play in last month’s CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Northmoor Country Club.
Jake Erickson (Springfield / Panther Creek CC) won the CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship last month at Northmoor Country Club for his first victory in a CDGA-administered championship. He has also finished second in both the Illinois State Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships.
Charlie Nikitas (Glenview / Glenview Park GC) earned a third-place finish in the 2018 Illinois State Amateur Championship at Bloomington Country Club last summer. The rising junior at Miami (Ohio) earned First-Team All-MAC Honors this past season.
David Perkins (East Peoria / Quail Meadows GC) won the rain-shortened 2018 CDGA Amateur Championship at Briarwood Country Club, defeating Illinois State University teammate Trent Wallace on the fifth playoff hole. A rising senior at ISU, Perkins earned Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team honors this past season.
Andrew Price (Lake Bluff / Conway Farms GC) won the 2016 CDGA Amateur Championship at Calumet Country Club, defeating Todd Mitchell, 4 and 3. He also claimed the Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship in 2014.
Steve Sawtell (Northfield / Merit Club) is a two-time winner of the CDGA Amateur Championship (2004, 2009). He also is a two-time winner of the CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship, including last year’s victory alongside partner Michael Natale at Mistwood Golf Club.
Chadd Slutzky (Deer Park / The Grove CC) was the stroke-play medalist in last year’s CDGA Amateur Championship at Briarwood Country Club and has made match play in two of the last three years. He is a three-time champion of CDGA-administered events.
Logan Stauffer (Bloomington / Ironwood GC) is the reigning Illinois State Mid-Amateur Champion, claiming last year’s title at Glen Oak Country Club by one stroke. He also finished seventh in last year’s Illinois State Amateur Championship at Bloomington Country Club.
Others to Watch
Riley Bauman (Crystal Lake / Biltmore CC) was a co-medalist at the Glen Flora Country Club qualifier and has finished in the top-15 in each of the last two Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championships.
Andrew Denenberg (Chicago / Conway Farms GC) earned co-medalist honors at the Glen Flora Country Club qualifier on June 10.
Michael Fastert (Des Plaines / The Sanctuary GC) was the runner-up in the 2017 CDGA Amateur Championship at Briar Ridge Country Club and advanced to the Round of 16 matches in 2018 at Briarwood Country Club.
Mike Henry (Bloomington / Weibring GC) finished T4 in the 2018 Illinois State Amateur Championship at Bloomington Country Club and is playing in his first CDGA Amateur Championship since 2014.
Brian Hickey (Burr Ridge / Edgewood Valley CC) finished runner-up in the 2018 CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship and the 2017 CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship; both of which were played at Mistwood Golf Club.
Blake Johnson (Winnetka / Glen View Club) was runner-up in the 2018 CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Hinsdale Golf Club and finished second in the 2013 and 2014 CDGA Amateur Championships.
Jack Junge (Lincolnshire / Winnetka GC) also earned co-medalist honors at the Glen Flora Country Club qualifier on June 10.
Brad Kay (Arlington Heights / Ivanhoe Club) won the 2018 CDGA Senior Amateur Championship at Itasca Country Club.
Jordan Less (Elmhurst / Oak Brook GC) earned medalist honors at the Cress Creek Country Club qualifier and reached the Round of 16 in the 2017 CDGA Amateur Championship at Briar Ridge Country Club.
Drew Shepherd (Hinsdale / Ruth Lake CC) was a semifinalist in the 2018 CDGA Amateur Championship at Briarwood Country Club and reached the Round of 16 in the 2017 event at Briar Ridge.
Raymond Sullivan (Lemont / Mistwood GC) was the medalist at the Innsbrook Country Club qualifier on June 3.
GLEN VIEW CLUB
CDGA championship golf will be making its return to Glen View Club for the 2019 CDGA Amateur after a 104-year hiatus. The club, fittingly located in Golf, Ill., is hosting its first CDGA administered event since the 1915 CDGA Amateur in which Charles “Chick” Evans Jr. was in the field to defend his crown. The par-72 track will play at 6,863 yards for the championship.
Originally opened in 1897, Glen View Club was the second 18-hole course in the Chicago District. The course was initially designed by Richard Leslie who was also the club’s first golf professional. Redesigns and adjustments to the track have been made over the years by different architects that have also put their stamps on the likes of Pinehurst No. 2, East Lake Golf Club, Medinah Country Club, Shinnecock Hills and more.
Glen View Club has hosted several highly-touted tournaments in the past including the inaugural Western Open and Western Amateur just two years after opening its doors. Three years later, the U.S. Amateur was contested in Golf. In 1904, Willie Anderson took home his third of four U.S. Open Championships at the Club.
This year, players will be tasked with three par 4s marked at over 400 yards in the first four holes. A pair of par 5s before making the turn grants the field with an opportunity to separate themselves. The back-nine hosts a winding creek throughout holes 10 through 14 that players must be wary of. Three par 4s complete the round and present the best ball-strikers in the championship a chance to move on.
BY THE NUMBERS:
+4.8: The lowest USGA Handicap Index in the field, David Perkins
+1.04: The average Handicap Index in the 75-player field
4: The number of CDGA-administered championships won by both John Ehrgott and Steve Sawtell, the most in the field
6: The number of players with the host Glen View Club as their home course, the most in the field.
15: The number of golfers in the field born in the 2000s
19: The combined number of wins in CDGA-administered championships by the field
28: The average age of the field
35: The number of players participating in their first CDGA Amateur Championship
56: The age of Brad Kay, the oldest player in the field
104: The number of years since Glen View Club last hosted the CDGA Amateur Championship