|Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - |
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LEMONT, Ill. - The 25th Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship heads to Highland Park and Exmoor Country Club, Aug. 28 and 29. The field features 85 golfers age 25 and older competing in 36 holes on Monday, with the low 35 players and ties advancing to Tuesday’s final 18 holes.
Mike Cushing (Bloomington) finished T8 at the Illinois State Amateur Championship after playing in the next-to-last pairing on the final day.
John Ehrgott (Edwards) is a two-time champion of the State Mid-Amateur and won the 2015 CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship.
Jake Erickson (Springfield) has been in the top 15 in four of the last five Illinois State Amateurs and will make his State Mid-Am debut.
Brian Hickey (Burr Ridge) was the runner-up at this year’s CDGA Mid-Amateur and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CDGA Amateur Four-Ball.
Todd Mitchell (Bloomington) is a five-time champion of the Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship, including 2016.
Andrew Price (Lake Bluff) won this event in 2014 and won the 2016 CDGA Amateur at Calumet Country Club, another Donald Ross-designed course.
Chadd Slutzky (Deer Park) has already won the CDGA Mid-Amateur and CDGA Amateur Four-Ball championships in 2017. He won the State Mid-Am in 2015.
Brett Tomfohrde (Chicago) is a CDGA Amateur quarterfinalist and is making his Illinois State Mid-Amateur debut.
One of the oldest clubs in the Chicago District, established in 1896, and one of the 25 founding clubs of the CDGA, Exmoor Country Club serves as host to the 2017 Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship. The club has previously hosted the CDGA Amateur Championship, in 1929, and will host the Champions Tour’s Senior Players Championship in 2018.
Originally routed by H.J. Tweedie before being redesigned by Donald Ross in 1914, the course will play at 7,071 yards and at par 72. Accuracy off the tee will be crucial for the competitors, as tight, bunker-lined fairways play into Ross’ signature greens that require pin-point precision on approaches.
Exmoor is only the ninth course to ever host the State Mid-Am and just the third since 1999. The event was contested at White Eagle Golf Club from 1999-2010 and Flossmoor Country Club from 2011-16.
Last Year’s Championship
Todd Mitchell extended his own record with a fifth Illinois State Mid-Amateur title last summer at Flossmoor Country Club. Mitchell’s 3-under par 213 was two shots better than Derek Meinhart and Chadd Slutzky. The victory was Mitchell’s fifth in the last nine years and third during the championship’s six-year run at Flossmoor. No other golfer has won more than two State Mid-Ams, a feat achieved by four others.
News and Notes
In addition to Mitchell, six other past winners of the Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship will be competing at Exmoor. John Ehrgott of Edwards (2007 and 2009) and Elgin’s Mark Esposito (1999 and 2006) have claimed the title twice, while Curtis Minkel (2002), Rick LeHew (2004) Andrew Price (2014) and Chadd Slutzky (2015) also adorn the tee sheet.
All in the Family
Mid-amateur golf in the Chicago District features great camaraderie among the competitors. However, only two golfers can say they will be teeing it up with family at Exmoor. Greg Bauman, 30, will be looking to build upon his June victory in the McHenry County Amateur and a T9 finish at this month’s Illinois Open, while his 25-year-old brother Riley is making his State Mid-Am debut. Greg played golf collegiately at Northern Illinois University, while Riley competed at Carthage College. Their father, Doug, is the golf professional at Biltmore Country Club.