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LEMONT, Ill. – Mistwood Golf Club welcomes a CDGA championship for the second consecutive year when it plays host to the 3rd CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship, Aug. 13-15. The Romeoville track was the site of the 2017 CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship, won by Chadd Slutzky, also a member of defending Four-Ball Championship team.
A total of 41 teams will play 18 holes on Monday, Aug. 13 to determine the low 16 duos for match play. The round of 16 and quarterfinal matches are slated for Tuesday, Aug. 14, with the semifinal and championship matches taking place on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
The event was created in 2016 to emulate the increasingly popular U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Each competitor plays their own ball, with the lowest gross score from each hole counting as the team’s score.
An event-record 87 teams attempted to qualify for the Championship, with the field being determined by exemptions and two qualifiers in July. Registration was open to any CDGA member with an official USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 10.4.
Teams to Watch
Anthony Albano, Jr. (Park Ridge / White Pines GC) and Bretton Schuetz (Chicago / White Pines GC) earned the top seed for match play at last year’s CDGA Four-Ball and were co-medalists at the Blackstone qualifier for this year’s championship after shooting an 8-under 64.
Jason Chobar (Aurora / Stonebridge CC) and Trent Wallace (Joliet / Inwood GC) are playing in this event together for the first time. Wallace has finished in the top-five of the Illinois State Amateur in each of the last three years, while Chobar was a Four-Ball semifinalist in 2016.
John Ehrgott (Edwards / Mt. Hawley CC) and Rick LeHew (Brimfield / Mt. Hawley CC) have finished second in this event each of the last two years. Ehrgott is a two-time Illinois State Mid-Amateur winner and two-time CDGA Mid-Amateur champion, while LeHew is also a past State Mid-Am victor.
Michael Natale (Burr Ridge / Cog Hill G&CC) and Steve Sawtell (Northfield / Merit Club) won the inaugural CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2016 at Eagle Brook Country Club before making match play again in 2017. Individually, Sawtell is a two-time CDGA Amateur champion.
John Ramsey (Glenview / North Shore CC) and Chadd Slutzky (Deer Park / The Grove CC) emerged victorious in last year’s CDGA Four-Ball at The Club at Wynstone and also made the semifinals in 2016. Additionally, Slutzky claimed the 2015 Illinois State Mid-Amateur and 2017 CDGA Mid-Amateur.
Others to Watch
Rich Balla (St. Charles / St. Charles CC) and Grant Goltz (DeKalb / Kishwaukee CC) advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 CDGA Four-Ball, losing 1 up to the eventual champions.
Greg Bauman (Chicago / Biltmore CC) and Riley Bauman (Crystal Lake / Biltmore CC), brothers, were paired together for the final round of the 2017 Illinois State Mid-Amateur, with Greg winning and Riley finishing T4.
Jason Buffone (New Lenox / Sanctuary GC) and Edward Roderique (Frankfort / Sanctuary GC) are playing in this event for the first time after qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball each of the last three years.
Ricky Costello (Homer Glen / Mistwood GC) and Matt Shipley (Naperville / Mistwood GC) fired a 9-under 63 to earn co-medalist honors at the Heritage Bluffs qualifier.
Paul Dagys (Bolingbrook / Mistwood GC) and Jack Korzon (Downers Grove / Mistwood GC) were semifinalists at last year’s Four-Ball, with Dagys also making match play in 2016.
Michael Fastert (Des Plaines / Sanctuary GC) and Graham O’Connor-Brooks (Lake Bluff / Glen Flora CC), co-medalists at the Blackstone qualifier, have each made match play in this event once before.
Cameron Karney (Crystal Lake / Crystal Lake CC) and Kevin Karney (Crystal Lake / Crystal Lake CC) shot an 8-under 64 at the Blackstone qualifier to earn co-medalist honors.
Jordan Less (Elmhurst / Oak Brook GC) and Paul Schlimm, Jr. (DeKalb / Mistwood GC) finished as co-medalists at the Heritage Bluffs qualifier. Schlimm reached the semifinals of this event in 2016.
MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB
Opened in 1998, Mistwood Golf Club reopened in 2013 following a two-year, two-million-dollar renovation by architect Raymond Hearn. Notable modifications to the 2021 Illinois State Amateur-host included the addition of 20 St. Andrews-style sod wall bunkers with high-quality sand, Lannon stone for use in bridges and defining water hazard edges, and lengthening the course to 7,040 yards with multiple tee sets. For the Championship, the course will play at 6,835 yards and par 72.
On the course, there stands to be multiple strategies for every hole off the tee. Winding creeks and water hazards place a premium on shot placement and tiered greens provide a challenge on most complexes. To begin the round, the 388-yard par-4 first gives players the option to play their tee shot safely to the right of the creek that crosses the fairway, or to the left to shorten their approach. One of Mistwood’s signature holes, No. 14, will play as a 202-yard par 3. The left tee set involves a shot over Loch St. James to a green protected by bunkers. Overall, the layout will remind players of Scotland and will deliver a prime championship test.
LAST YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP
The duo of Ramsey and Slutzky never trailed in 63 holes of match play en route to the 2017 title at The Club at Wynstone. Ehrgott and LeHew provided a stiff test in the championship match, as an ace by Ehrgott on No. 11 and birdie by LeHew on No. 12 brought the 2016 runner up duo to within one hole. However, Slutzky responded with a birdie on No. 13 and an eagle on No. 15, holing out his approach from 133 yards, to set the stage for a 3-and-2 victory.