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For Immediate ReleaseMay 19, 2021
 
KOWALSKI CRUISES THROUGH THE FIELD EN ROUTE TO CDGA MID-AM GLORY 
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - GLENCOE, Ill. – A mere four months ago, Ryan Kowalski (Arlington Heights / Mt. Prospect GC) was on the outside looking in at the field of the 6th CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship, as qualifying spots filled quickly in mid-January.

Kowalski didn’t let that slow him down, as his medalist-earning, 2-under 70 at the late-added Palatine Hills Golf Course qualifier propelled the 27-year-old into this week’s championship field.

“Yeah, it’s pretty amazing, when I was looking to sign up, everything was booked and I was lucky to be able to get into the Palatine Hills [qualifier],” said Kowalski following the championship match. “From there to be able to come here, it’s a little bit amazing.”

And amazing he was.

Capped off by his 3-and-2 win over David Keenan (Champaign / Lincolnshire Fields CC) in Wednesday’s finale, Kowalski hardly faced a deficit throughout match play. After wire-to-wire victories in his first two matches, Kowalski cruised to a 5-and-3 defeat of Cole Taylor (Oakland / CDGA Member’s Club) to reach the championship bout. Keenan, the event’s No. 2 seed, entered the day on back-to-back 4-and-3 wins.

A four at the par-4 first hole gave Kowalski yet another early lead and returned him to the driver’s seat, a spot he had been most familiar with. Trading wins at Nos. 4 and 5, the duo went on to tie the remaining four holes on the front nine, keeping Kowalski’s one-shot advantage in play.

“It was a great match this morning,” Kowalski stated. “David and I really went back-and forth; it was close the entire way. I was lucky to get out to a quick lead and kind of maintain that the entire way. He pushed me to hit a lot of great shots, and I think vice versa, so it was great overall.”

A shift in weather after the turn didn’t impact Kowalski’s form, as he pushed through the impeding rain and wind to win both the 10th and 11th holes to push his lead to 3 up.

“It was huge,” Kowalski said of his two-straight wins. “It definitely got a little bit crazy out there with all of the wind and the rain, but I hit a couple good shots in there on both 10 and 11, and David did get in some trouble on both those holes, so being able to capitalize and hit some good shots in there really, I think, helped sway the match.”

Kowalski held off Keenan’s attempt at a late charge after the 28-year-old made birdie and the par-5 13th hole. Three consecutive pars by Kowalski secured the title, as Keenan’s trouble off the tee at 16 resulted in double bogey.

“Being my first CDGA event, I didn’t really know what to expect,” Kowalski reflected. “I know I was feeling good coming into this having practiced a lot over the winter, so I knew I had a good game. To be able to see the results was huge for me.”
With his victory today, Kowalski not only earned an exemption into the next five playings of the CDGA Mid-Am, but also this season’s CDGA Amateur, Illinois State Amateur and Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championships.

Next on the CDGA championship docket is the 19th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship June 7-10 at Merit Club.
 
Chicago District Golf Association
The Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) is the regional governing body for amateur golf in Illinois and parts of three other states. The CDGA services more than 400 clubs and 80,000 individual golfers. Golfers receive member offers, a USGA Handicap Index® and competitive playing opportunities, while clubs receive USGA rating and measuring services, turfgrass diagnostics and educational seminars. Midwest Golf House and its Three-Hole Sunshine Course are home to the CDGA Foundation, which annually serves more than 1,000 individuals with special needs and wounded veterans while also bringing playing opportunities to youth golfers. Founded on March 18, 1914, the CDGA is one of the largest and oldest golf associations in the United States.
 
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