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For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 14, 2018
 
SHEPPARD WITHSTANDS CHARGE FROM PECORA, EARNS STATE SENIOR TRIUMPH 
 
Friday, September 14, 2018 - NORTH RIVERSIDE, Ill. - Following his 77 in the third and final round of the 32nd Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship Friday at Riverside Golf Club, Tim Sheppard (East Peoria / Lick Creek GC) was candid about his performance.

“That’s probably the worst score I have shot in a long time,” Sheppard admitted.

Not words you hear often from an Illinois State champion. Nonetheless, bolstered by a 1-under 70 in Thursday’s second round and the rest of the field struggling on a trying track, Sheppard emerged triumphant to hoist the Earl L. Liff Trophy following a three-hole aggregate playoff with Ted Pecora (Winnetka / Bob O’Link GC). Both individuals finished the Championship at 8-over (221), before Sheppard played the three-hole aggregate playoff at even par compared to Pecora’s 3-over to claim the title.

The victory was Sheppard’s first in an individual championship administered by the CDGA, an accomplishment that carries a lot of weight for the 57-year-old.

“It’s very special,” Sheppard said. “I’ve been wanting to win one of these CDGA events for quite some time. I’ve been close a couple of times, so I’m very happy to get it done. I wish it would have been in regulation, but I’m just happy to finish it off.”

Sheppard’s 70 in Thursday’s second round was the only red number carded by the field, which was vexed by Riverside’s small, fast, undulating greens and thick rough. As a result, Sheppard entered Friday’s finale with a four-stroke advantage over Pecora and led by three shots with nine holes to play. However, Pecora made a back-nine charge with birdies on Nos. 14 and 16, followed by a par on No. 18 coupled with a Sheppard bogey, to force a playoff following a 2-over 73, tied for the low round of the day.

“I knew I had to shoot somewhere near par or under and have him make a couple of mistakes, which, I got lucky, he did,” Pecora said.

“It was nip and tuck,” Sheppard added.

Following the conclusion of regulation, Sheppard headed to the range to “get a little rhythm back” before striping a 320-yard drive on the first playoff hole, the 410-yard No. 1. Pecora could not get up and down from short and left of the green, allowing Sheppard to gain a one-stroke advantage after two-putting for par. On the next playoff hole, the par-4 17th, Sheppard put himself in perfect position on the right side of the fairway, while Pecora was blocked out from the green by trees along the left side of the fairway. Another par for Sheppard and bogey for Pecora made the par-3 18th all but a formality.

“Those were the two big shots, because that set me up with a 90-yard shot in to 1 and 120 in to 17,” Sheppard said of his drives on the first two playoff holes. “When he made a couple bogeys, a two-stroke lead is nice going in to the last hole.”

On 18, Pecora found the bunker on the front-left of the green, while Sheppard played it safe by aiming for the right side of the putting surface. Sheppard’s par putt clinched the championship and a second runner-up finish in a championship this season for Pecora, who also placed second in the 17th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship in August at Itasca Country Club.

“Coming in second in both of these now, it’s kind of hard to take,” Pecora admitted.

Pecora’s next chance to claim an elusive title will come in October, when the 2018 CDGA championship slate concludes with the 3rd CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Indian Hill Club, Oct. 1-4.

John Finnin (Mokena / Olympia Fields CC) joined Pecora in posting the low round of the day, 73, and surged to a third-place finish at 16-over. Mark Esposito (Elgin / Blackberry Oaks GC) and Donald Langland (Cary / Randall Oaks GC) joined Finnin in third, while defending champion Tom Kearfott (El Paso / El Paso GC) was one of five golfers to finish tied for sixth. Dale Blankenship (Springfield / Panther Creek CC) and Daniel Moran (Mapleton / Newman Golf Course) earned co-low super senior champion (65 and older) honors on Thursday, both wrapping up the second round with a score of 155, after each shot rounds of 79 and 76.

 
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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