|Thursday, August 10, 2017 - NORTH BARRINGTON, Ill. - The only time John Ramsey and Chadd Slutzky trailed during the 2nd CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship at The Club at Wynstone was after stroke play qualifying—where they came up one shot short of medalist honors. As the No. 2 seed, not even a pair of aces could stop them as they never trailed in 63 holes of match play, defeating John Ehrgott and Rick LeHew 3 and 2 in the championship match Thursday morning.
“I had a lot of fun. It was a good week, Wynstone is fantastic,” Ramsey said following the victory. “Chadd is maybe the best partner there is. It’s not hard playing with Chadd.”
Ramsey and Slutzky got out to a fast start winning the first hole with par, then the third and sixth holes with birdie—the sixth where Ramsey put his approach from the rough to five feet before sinking the putt.
After making the turn 3 up, victory looked inevitable after Slutzky placed his tee shot on the 205-yard 11th hole just six inches away from the hole. However, Ehrgott put his 4-iron behind the hole, with the ball rolling back into the cup for an ace, trimming the lead to 2 up—the second consecutive match that Ramsey and Slutzky had a sure-birdie bested by an ace on that hole. After both Ramsey and Slutzky went in the water on the 12th and LeHew birdied the par-5, the lead was cut to one.
Never one to hit the panic button, Slutzky, a former Illinois State Mid-Am winner and the reigning CDGA Mid-Am champ, put it into another gear. Slutzky won the 13th hole with a 20-foot birdie putt, then dropped in his approach at the 15th from 133 yards for eagle. After both teams halved the 16th, Ramsey and Slutzky locked up their 3-and-2 victory.
“It’s fantastic,” Slutzky said of the victory. “One of my favorite events of all time is the U.S. Four-Ball. You get to go out with your best friends and play a USGA event, a tournament that means a lot. This is just under that level. It’s exciting and we had a great time playing together.”
Ehrgott and LeHew, both former Illinois State Mid-Amateur winners, were the runner-up team for the second consecutive year. Thirty-five teams qualified for the second edition of the championship, held this year at the private Club at Wynstone, which underwent an ownership change this summer. The facility didn’t disappoint, as competitors raved about the layout, which was hosting a CDGA championship for the second consecutive year (it hosted the CDGA Senior Amateur in 2016).
The CDGA Championship Season continues Aug. 28-29 when the silver anniversary of the Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship visits Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park.