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For Immediate ReleaseMay 18, 2022
 
ZUR ATTAINS ELUSIVE FIRST TRIUMPH; DEFEATS SHEPPARD FOR CDGA MID-AM CROWN 
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 -

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Ever since he began his competitive golf career as a junior growing up on the North Shore, John Zur (Glenview / Bob O’Link GC) has been dedicated to improving his game. However, those two decades of hard work had largely gone unrewarded.

“I’ve been working on my game a long time, and honestly the results haven’t shown themselves,” Zur said.

“Until this week.”

The week that transformed Zur’s golf career consisted of 89 holes at Naperville Country Club, as the 35-year-old Glenview native claimed the 7th CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship with a 3-and-1 triumph over senior stalwart Tim Sheppard (East Peoria / Pekin CC) in a rainy Championship Match on Wednesday. Following his victory, Zur recalled his travails of struggling in Illinois State Amateur qualifiers as a Glenbrook South high schooler and never making match play in a Mid-Am (age 25 and up) event in the ensuing years. This suboptimal history made Zur appreciative of claiming his maiden victory.

“Quite frankly, I haven’t been very competitive in these events going back,” Zur said.

“Now to actually be competitive in these, it means a lot. There are so many great competitors this week, so to come out on top is a great accomplishment for me.”

To secure his first title, Zur needed to overcome an opponent with multiple trophies to his name. Sheppard, a 61-year-old who was in search of his first mid-am crown after having taken eight senior events, held a 1-up advantage over Zur through 10 holes. However, Zur rebounded with a decisive stretch in which he played hole Nos. 11-13 at 4-under, building a 2-up lead he would not relinquish.

The comeback was illustrative of Zur’s resiliency throughout the week, as two of his three previous matches weren’t decided until the 20th hole.

“I strung together a few holes to get it back,” Zur said of his Championship Match surge. “I was able to do that all week, where if I was down or it was a close match, I would come through.”

With the victory, Zur becomes exempt into the 2022 CDGA Amateur, Illinois State Amateur and Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championships.

Sheppard will look to rebound from defeat in the next CDGA-administered championship – the CDGA Senior Amateur – which he has won twice previously. The 55-and-up event is slated for May 23-26 at Medinah Country Club. 

 
Chicago District Golf Association
The Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) is authorized by the United States Golf Association (USGA) as the governing body for amateur golf in our region. The CDGA is a membership organization consisting of nearly 90,000 individual golfers and 400 clubs in Illinois and parts of Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Golfers receive member offers, a Handicap Index® from the USGA® and competitive playing opportunities, while clubs receive USGA rating and measuring services, turfgrass diagnostics and educational seminars. Midwest Golf House and the Bob Berry 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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