RYAN WINS FOURTH ILLINOIS STATE SENIOR CROWN
With the aid of a hot putter, Dave Ryan was able to card the only two rounds under par of the week, motoring to a nine-stroke victory in the 30th Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship at Bloomington Country Club. The triumph made the Taylorville native the fourth player ever to win the State Senior back-to-back, as well as the event’s only four-time champion. Ryan first won the championship in 2009, his first year of eligibility as a senior (55 and up).
“It’s pretty sweet, I played well today and the last three days,” Ryan said following the win. “I made a lot of putts and when you do that, you usually play well. I hit a lot of greens. I hadn’t won a tournament in awhile, so it feels good.”
Ryan’s fourth win in eight years started with a 1-over par 72 on Monday, when slick greens challenged the competitors and sent the field scoring average to 81.49. In Tuesday’s second round, Ryan got back to even with a 1-under par 70, then closed with a 3-under 68—which included a pair of birdies on the finishing holes.
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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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MITCHELL EXTENDS RECORD BY TAKING FIFTH ILLINOIS STATE MID-AM
Todd Mitchell finished 54 holes at 3-under par, gapping the field by two strokes to win the Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship for a record fifth time. Defending champion Chadd Slutzky and Derek Meinhart, who held a share of the lead following each of the first two rounds, finished tied for second in the 24th edition of the event, contested at Flossmoor Country Club.
“I haven’t won it in a while, so I kind of forgot how it felt,” Mitchell said following the Championship. “It’s very nice, especially with the guys that were out here. Chadd (Slutzky) is a great player, Derek (Meinhart) is a great player. We battled a very tough day with the wind blowing, and I basically held on with both hands and got her in.”
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