|Friday, May 13, 2016 - |
The Association’s top mid-amateur golfers head to Lake Shore Country Club May 16-18 for the 2nd CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship. Having last served as a championship host in 2007 for the CDGA Amateur, the 108-year old Glencoe layout will host 18 holes of stroke play qualifying Monday morning, followed by a 16-player match play bracket beginning Monday afternoon. The quarterfinal matches are slated for Tuesday, with the semifinals and championship match on Wednesday.
About the Field
A field of 74 will attempt to follow in the footsteps of John Ehrgott, who won the inaugural championship last year. Ehrgott, a native of downstate Edwards, also is a two-time Illinois State Mid-Amateur champion. Others in the field include 2015 runner-up Michael Natale, former Illinois State Mid-Am champs Chadd Slutzky (2015) and Kyle Nathan (2012), and two-time CDGA Amateur runner-up Blake Johnson. John Wright and Glenn Przybylski, who both won multiple titles at the now-defunct Illinois State Amateur Public Links, are also scheduled to appear.
Steve Putzel is the only member of Lake Shore in the event, on the host club’s exemption. The last time Lake Shore hosted a CDGA Championship (the 2007 CDGA Amateur), a club member, Chad Koschmann, took home the championship, defeating 2015 PGA Tour member Carlos Sainz, Jr. Koschmann is the son of Lake Shore PGA professional Bob Koschmann.
About the Course
Originally laid out in 1908 by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., who is more known for his work with national parks than golf courses, the Glencoe club stumbled upon Donald Ross design plans in its attic roughly 50 years ago. Around 15 years ago, Donald Ross renovation specialist Ron Prichard was brought in to implement those plans. The renovation set the par-71 layout at 6,813 yards.
“It plays relatively long,” Lake Shore golf professional Bob Koschmann explained. “A lot of the tee shots, you’re hitting into hills. The fairway bunkers are quite severe. I would say one of the keys to playing Lake Shore well is keep it out of the fairway bunkers.”
Played for the first time as a match play event, John Ehrgott bested Michael Natale 5 & 4 in the championship to take the title. Ehrgott tallied five birdies in the 14-hole match, enabling his victory at Bowes Creek Country Club. Ehrgott was the second-seed in the match play bracket after finishing in a three-way tie for medalist honors, with Dylan Gergen and Jon Zolecki.