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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PRICE TOPS MITCHELL FOR 97TH CDGA AMATEUR TITLE
After 36 holes of stroke play qualifying and three matches, it would have only been natural to expect fatigue to play a factor in the 36-hole CDGA Amateur championship match.
Instead, Lake Bluff native Andrew Price played his best golf of the week, tallying only three bogeys in comparison to five birdies and an eagle en route to a 4-and-3 victory over Todd Mitchell at Calumet Country Club on Thursday.
“I definitely played my best today,” Price, the 2014 Illinois State Mid-Amateur winner, said. “I played well on Monday too, but definitely played really well today. The short game was really good. Any time I missed a shot I was able to get up and down. My lag putting was really good. Overall, really happy.”
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NEW SENIORS KEARFOTT AND SHEPPARD TOP CDGA SENIOR FOUR-BALL
An excited phone call in mid-January paid dividends in late May, as the pairing of Tom Kearfott and Tim Sheppard scored a 1-up victory in the championship match of the inaugural CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship Thursday at Crystal Tree Golf & Country Club.
“Tommy called me up and said ‘Hey, you’re 55 in February, right?’ and I said ‘Yeah,’ and he said ‘Let’s do this!’” Sheppard recounted of the conversation.
After carding a 3-under-par 69 in Monday’s stroke play qualifier, the pair earned the ninth seed for match play. A 2-and-1 first round victory set up a quarterfinal match against brothers Bob and Larry Silvestri, who had earned the top seed as co-medalists. Kearfott and Sheppard defeated the Sivestri pair 3 and 2, then dispatched of U.S. Amateur Four-Ball qualifiers Vance Antoniou and Mark Esposito, 4 and 3, in the semifinals, in Antoniou and Esposito’s fifth consecutive day of competitive four-ball golf (two at Winged Foot in the USGA championship and three at Crystal Tree).
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