|Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - |
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LEMONT, Ill. - Dates and locations for the 102nd season of Chicago District Golf Association events were revealed on Tuesday. The CDGA will conduct 11 Championships, including the new CDGA Amateur Four-Ball and CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball championships, new team and individual net series, and numerous United States Golf Association qualifiers.
“The 2016 season should be exciting with all of the great sites and the launch of our Four-Ball championships,” said CDGA Director of Rules and Competitions Nick Scillia.
86th Illinois State Amateur Championship
Moved back a week from when it has been contested the three previous years, the 86th Illinois State Amateur Championship will be held July 19-21 at St. Charles Country Club. This will be the first visit to St. Charles since 1945 for the state’s top amateur event, when long-hitting Harold Foreman, Jr. of Lake Shore won the second of his back-to-back titles defeating U.S. Army Sergeant Walter Burkemo, a war hero from Evanston. Known as “Big Harold”, Foreman used the flat stick to gain his advantage, tallying 11 one-putt greens in the final 34 holes, defeating Burkemo 4 and 2 in the championship, then played at match play.
“St. Charles has a classic country club layout with tight tree-lined fairways and many small greens,” Scillia said. “With the course playing just over 6,800 yards, the Championship will place a premium on precision rather than distance.”
Qualifying for the Championship will begin June 7 and run through the end of June.
97th CDGA Amateur Championship
Fittingly, the Association’s oldest event, the 97th CDGA Amateur Championship, will visit one of the District’s oldest courses, Calumet Country Club in Homewood, June 27-30. First contested in 1914, the match play event has been played at the 114-year-old club three previous times, most-recently in 1947.
“Calumet is a vintage Donald Ross design with very challenging greens and narrow fairways,” Scillia said. “Staying in the fairway and placing it in the correct quadrant of the green will be essential. It will be great for match play with some risk-reward holes.”
Four qualifiers for the Championship will be held in late May and early June, beginning May 23.
Inaugural CDGA Amateur and CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championships
New to the Association’s slate in 2016 will be the CDGA Amateur Four-Ball and CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball championships. Similar to the newly instituted U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, the CDGA’s versions will be match play events featuring two-man teams.
“Team events have always been popular, and with the implementation of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in the past year, it was time for the CDGA to follow suit,” Scillia said. “Unlike our Better Ball events from previous years, there will be no divisions, handicaps, or flights. These are match play championships with two qualifiers each to get into the actual Championship.”
The CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship will take place Aug. 1-4 at Eagle Brook Country Club in Geneva. Two qualifiers will be held in mid-July. Crystal Tree Golf and Country Club will host the CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball Championship May 23-26. Qualifying for that event will begin in early May.
CDGA Better Ball and Individual Net Series
In an effort to provide more competitive playing opportunities for members, the CDGA has transformed its Member Days program into the CDGA Better Ball and Individual Net Series for 2016. Four better ball and two individual net events will be hosted throughout the season. The only restriction to entry is a CDGA membership, meaning men, women, seniors and juniors can play in these events, so long as they are members of the Association.
“These will be much like our Better Ball series from the past years, but with a few extras,” Scillia explained. “We took the best components from the member days and the better balls to produce this series of events.”
Benefits of participation in the net series, along with the same from past Better Ball of Pairs tournaments, include: a $50 pro shop gift card for all contestants, tee gifts, closest to the pin contest and longest drive contest.
More information on these events, including dates and sites, will be made available in the coming weeks.
Registration for all events will open on Monday, Jan. 18.