|Monday, December 3, 2018 - |
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LEMONT, Ill. – The 106th Championship Season schedule of the Chicago District Golf Association was released on Monday, with the 2019 slate featuring the 100th playing of the CDGA Amateur Championship at Glen View Club in Golf. The state’s premier amateur event, the 89th Illinois State Amateur Championship, returns to Wheaton’s Cantigny Golf. The Association will conduct 56 total events, including 10 CDGA and Illinois State championships. Registration for all CDGA and Illinois State tournaments will open on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The CDGA Amateur dates back to 1914 and returns to Glen View Club, a founding club of the CDGA, for the first time since 1915. The playing of the Association’s championship, featuring a match-play format following stroke-play qualifying, moves back a week to June 24-27. The state’s top amateurs will traverse Cantigny Golf during the Illinois State Amateur for a fifth time on July 16-18. The track will host the 72-hole championship for the first time since 2014 when Raymond Knoll emerged victorious.
“The Association is excited to host its 100th CDGA Amateur in 2019 at a founding club of the CDGA in Glen View Club” said Nick Scillia, CDGA Director of Rules and Competitions. “We look forward to honoring the event’s history of courses and players and hopefully adding another century to it moving forward. Cantigny has been a frequent host of the Illinois State Amateur and will again provide a true championship test this year.”
The championship portion of the schedule begins with the playing of the 18th CDGA Senior Amateur at Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville, Ind., site of the 2017 CDGA Amateur. The event returns to its May date, the 13-16, after being rescheduled to July in 2018 due to severe rains. The 5th CDGA Mid-Amateur follows on May 20-22 at Highland Park’s Northmoor Country Club, with the club hosting its first championship since the 2002 CDGA Amateur.
On July 29-31, Oak Park Country Club welcomes the 4th CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The River Grove track has hosted the Radix Cup Matches since 1972. The state’s top Mid-Amateurs will then compete at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora on August 20-21 in the 27th Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship. Stonebridge hosted the Ameritech Senior Open on the PGA Tour Champions from 1991-95 and the LPGA Kellogg-Keebler Classic from 2002-04.
Westmoreland Country Club, a founding club of the CDGA and future Illinois State Amateur site (2022), plays host to the 33rd Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship on Sept. 9-11. The 2019 slate then wraps up with the playing of the 4th CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball on Sept. 23-26. The finale moves up from its October date in 2018 at the site of the 2017 Illinois State Amateur, Calumet Country Club in Homewood.
The 2019 season also marks the advent of changes to event eligibility requirements, qualifications and exemptions. The CDGA has increased the maximum index limit for the CDGA Amateur, CDGA Mid-Amateur and Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championships from 5.4 to 7.4. The Association also moved the maximum index limit for the CDGA Senior Amateur Championship from 5.4 to 10.4, as well as added two qualifiers to get into the championship and various exemptions.
“These changes will allow for more playability for our membership in CDGA and Illinois State championships,” said Scillia. “We value the opportunity for members to play in competitive tournaments and these modifications will open up our events for players of various skill levels.”
The annual Radix Cup Matches, which pits a team of CDGA amateurs against Illinois PGA professionals, will take place on June 12 at Oak Park Country Club. In total, the 2019 slate includes eight multi-day Illinois State or CDGA Championships, two one-day CDGA Championships, 25 Illinois State or CDGA championship qualifiers and 21 USGA qualifiers.