NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR ANTONIOU AT CDGA SENIOR
Vance Antoniou, a Wynstone Golf Club member who lives a stone’s throw from the club, took home the title at the 15th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship with a 3-and-2 victory over Tim Sheppard (Lick Creek GC) Thursday morning.
For Antoniou, who noted he’s played in CDGA events since he was a teenager, it is his first triumph in a CDGA or State event, something made all the sweeter by taking place at his home course.
“I’ve had a lot of great finishes, tons of top-10, top-5 finishes, but this is my first win,” Antoniou said. “It means a lot to me doing it on my home course. You have the advantage of knowing the shots a little better and the disadvantage of having a little extra pressure on you.”
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NATALE & SAWTELL WIN INAUGURAL CDGA AMATEUR FOUR BALL
The duo of Michael Natale and Steve Sawtell claimed the inaugural CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship Thursday at Eagle Brook Country Club with a 1-up victory over John Ehrgott and Rick LeHew. Sawtell, a Northfield native and two-time CDGA Amateur champ, and Natale of Indian Head Park were the fourth seed following stroke play qualifying on Monday, before advancing through the match play bracket.
“It means a lot to win,” Sawtell said. “It’s a great new event; it’s been seven years since I won my last CDGA (Am). It’s a lot of fun and a good partner to share it with.”
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HARDY RISES, RECORDS FALL IN HISTORIC ILLINOIS STATE AMATEUR
Northbrook native and University of Illinois junior Nick Hardy broke through, winning the 86th Illinois State Amateur Championship in epic fashion and rewriting the record books in the process Thursday at St. Charles Country Club.
Hardy, who finished second and third in the past two State Ams, left no doubt, firing an 8-under 64 in the third round Thursday to open up a four-shot lead, before walking to the finish line with a final-round 65.
Hardy’s four-round total of 260 bested the previous mark, 270, shot by Robert Zender in the 1971 event, by a whopping 10 strokes. Hardy’s 28-under-par was also the best score in relation to par, toppling the 13-under-par mark set by former PGA Tour member Jerry Haas in 1984. Hardy’s 10-stroke margin of victory was only shy of Rob Grube’s 11-shot victory in 2006.
“Going into the final round, I didn’t care if I won by one or if I won by 10. I just wanted to win,” Hardy said. “I kept battling out there all day and it happened to be 10. It means a lot to me.”
Two-time and defending champion Tee-K Kelly of Wheaton came in second, finishing at 18-under par. Charlie Netzel of Western Springs and 36-hole leader Brian Ohr of Northbrook finished tied for third at 17-under.
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