|Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - |
LEMONT, Ill. – The 3rd CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship concludes the 2018 slate of CDGA Championships, as 54 duos age 55-and-up will tee it up at Winnetka’s Indian Hill Club Oct. 1-4.
The championship begins with an 18-hole stroke play round on Monday, Oct. 1 to determine the low 16 teams advancing to a match-play bracket. Match play begins with the first round on Tuesday afternoon, with Wednesday’s quarterfinals and semifinals setting the stage for Thursday morning’s championship match.
Designed to emulate the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, each golfer plays their own ball. The low gross score on each hole counts as a team’s score.
There were no qualifiers for this event, with the field consisting of 54 teams. Eligibility was open to any CDGA member with a current official USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 10.4 and who has reached their 55th birthday on or before the start of the event. Partners are not required to be from the same club.
Teams to Watch
John Finnin (Mokena / Olympia Fields CC) & Terry Werner (Dyer, Ind. / Briar Ridge CC): Finnin and Werner come to Indian Hill as defending champions, having won the 2nd CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship last year at Itasca Country Club. Werner won the 16th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship last summer as well, having beaten Finnin 3 and 2 in the final.
Vance Antoniou (North Barrington / Butler National GC) & Mark Esposito (Elgin / Blackberry Oaks GC): With three individual CDGA and Illinois State championships between them, Antoniou and Esposito qualified for the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball before advancing to the semifinals of this event. The pair fell in the quarterfinals of the 2nd CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball in 2017.
Dirk Anderson (Libertyville / Merit Club) & Steven Jacobs (Highland Park / Pine Meadow GC): Anderson and Jacobs enter this event after falling to Finnin and Werner in last year’s championship match. Anderson is a CDGA Senior Amateur champion (2011). Jacobs qualified for the 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur earlier this summer.
Tom Kearfott (El Paso / El Paso GC) & Tim Sheppard (East Peoria / Lick Creek GC): Kearfott and Sheppard won the inaugural CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2016. Sheppard is fresh off a win in the 32nd Illinois State Senior Amateur in early-September, after making match play in the 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur in August.
Others to Watch
Tom DeStefani (Western Springs / Village Links of Glen Ellyn) & Greg Underwood (Flossmoor / Flossmoor CC): DeStefani and Underwood have made the semifinals of this event each of the first two years. DeStefani qualified for the 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur in August.
Brien Gerber (Naperville / Springbrook GC) & Brad Kay (Arlington Heights / Ivanhoe Club): The pair of Gerber and Kay made match play in the 2016 CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Kay also won the 17th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship earlier this summer.
Phillip Kenny (Glenview / Bob O’Link GC) & Ted Pecora (Winnetka / Bob O’Link GC): Kenny and Pecora made it to the match-play portion of the 2016 CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship. Pecora has finished runner-up in both senior events this summer (CDGA Senior Amateur, Illinois State Senior Amateur).
Lee Kolquist (Geneva / Eagle Brook CC) & Van Salmans (Chicago / Chicago GC): Kolquist and Salmans made it to the semifinals of the 2017 CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship.
Founded in 1912 by a group of friends who lived in the Winnekta area, Indian Hill Club boasts a rich history of golf. The product of a three-person collaboration between Herbert Barker, Harry Colt and Donald Ross, the 18-hole layout is squeezed eloquently into land that was once roamed by the Miami and Potawatomi Indians. The course boasts just 69 bunkers, with three ponds making up the water hazards throughout the track. A redesign was completed in the 1950s by architect Robert Bruce Harris.
LAST YEAR’S CHAMPIONSHIP
In the 2nd CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship, the team of John Finnin and Terry Werner defeated Dirk Anderson and Steven Jacobs, 6 and 4, to claim the title at Itasca Country Club. Werner added to his championship hardware, having won the 16th CDGA Senior Amateur earlier in the year. The duo will look to defend their championship this year, teeing off at 9:50 a.m. on Monday morning.