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CHICAGO DISTRICT GOLF ASSOCIATION

For Everyone Who Plays the Game

Midwest Golf House Contact: Casey Richards
11855 Archer Avenue (630) 685-2324
Lemont, IL 60439 crichards@cdga.org
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For Immediate ReleaseMay 13, 2022
 
CDGA`S 109TH SEASON OF CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF BEGINS AT NAPERVILLE COUNTRY CLUB 
 
Friday, May 13, 2022 - LEMONT, Ill. - After initially being slated as the host site for the 2020 CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship before its cancelation due to COVID-19, Naperville Country Club is set to welcome the Chicago District`s top mid-amateurs for the 7th playing of the CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship. The event, which is set to begin the Association`s 109th season of championship golf, is scheduled for May 16-18 and will feature a field of 72 amateurs age 25 and older.

FORMAT
The entire field will play 18 holes of stroke play on the morning of Monday, May 16, with the low 16 advancing to match play. The first round of matches will be contested Monday afternoon, with the Quarterfinals and Semifinals occurring on Tuesday, May 17. A champion will be crowned following the Championship Match on the morning of Wednesday, May 18.

ABOUT THE FIELD
Registration was open to all CDGA members age 25 and older with a Handicap Index® from the USGA® of 7.4 or below. More than 400 individuals signed up for the event, with exemptions and four qualifiers earlier this spring held at Maple Meadows Golf Club, Sunset Valley Golf Club, Kankakee Elks Country Club and Fox Bend Golf Course determining the final field.

Players to Watch

John Ehrgott (Edwards / Arrowhead CC) is a two-time champion of this event in 2015 and 2018 with victories at Bowes Creek Country Club and Hinsdale Golf Club, respectively. He also holds two Illinois State Mid-Amateur titles (2007 and 2009).

David Keenan (Champaign / Lincolnshire Fields CC) returns to the field following a strong 2021 season amongst the mid-amateurs. Keenan finished as the runner up in the 6th CDGA Mid-Am and finished just one stroke shy of a Illinois State Mid-Amateur crown following a three-hole aggregate playoff at Bloomington Country Club last August.

Ryan Kowalski (Mount Prospect / Mt. Prospect GC) is the defending CDGA Mid-Amateur champion following a 3-and-2 defeat of Keenan at Lake Shore Country Club in 2021. The victory came in Kowalski`s first appearance in a CDGA-administered event.

John Ramsey (Glenview / Glenview Park GC) is the champion of three CDGA-administered events, including a solo title in the 2020 Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship following his one-shot defeat of John Ehrgott at Edgewood Valley Country Club. He also has two CDGA Amateur Four-Ball titles alongside Chadd Slutzky (2017 and 2020).

Tim Sheppard (East Peoria / Pekin CC) is a stalwart among the 55-and-older players within the Chicago District, having won eight of the 15 CDGA-administered senior events he has entered. His wins include two CDGA Senior Amateur Championships, two Illinois State Senior Amateur Championships and four CDGA Senior Amateur Four-Ball victories alongside Tom Kearfott.

Chadd Slutzky (Deer Park / Royal Fox CC), the 2017 CDGA Mid-Am champion at Mistwood Golf Club, enters the event as one of three past champions. Slutzky is also a two-time champion of both the Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship (2015 and 2019) and the CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship (2017 and 2020) with Ramsey.

Others to Watch

Cole Taylor (Oakland / CDGA Member`s Club) returns to the event following a Semifinal appearance in 2021. Taylor also finished T6 in the Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship a year ago.

Brett Tomfohrde (Chicago / Butterfield CC) reached match play in both the CDGA Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships in 2021, finishing as the runner up in the CDGA Am.

Brian Hickey (Burr Ridge / Edgewood Valley CC) earned medalist honors by one stroke at the Fox Bend Golf Club qualifier on May 5 with a 1-under 71. Hickey has also reached match play in each of the last three CDGA Mid-Amateur Championships he has participated in, finishing as high as runner up in 2017.

Zach Jecklin (Glen Ellyn / Butterfield CC) has played in the match play portion of each of the last two iterations of the event, finishing as the runner up in 2019 to Jake Erickson.

Michael Natale (Burr Ridge / Edgewood Valley CC) earned medalist honors by one stroke at the Sunset Valley Golf Club qualifier on April 25 with a 1-under 71.

Michael Fastert (Wheeling / Sanctuary GC) finished as runner up with partner Ethan Farnam in the 2021 CDGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Flossmoor Golf Club.

Mark Small (Frankfort / Prestwick CC), the 2021 CDGA Senior Player of the Year, made runs at both CDGA-administered senior championships in 2021, finishing second in the Illinois State Senior Amateur Championship and falling in the Semifinal round of the CDGA Senior Amateur Championship.

Jack Watson (Lincolnshire / Conway Farms GC) earned medalist honors by three strokes at the Maple Meadows Golf Club qualifier on April 18 with a 2-under 68.

Kyle Davenport (Champaign / Urbana G&CC) earned medalist honors by one stroke at the Kankakee Elks Country Club qualifier on May 2 with a 1-under 71.

Scott Phegley (Peoria / WeaverRidge GC) reached the Semifinal round of the CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship in 2021 with a pair of 1-up victories in his first two matches.

NAPERVILLE COUNTRY CLUB

One year removed from its centennial celebration, Naperville Country Club is set to host the Chicago District`s top mid-amateurs. Opening as a nine-hole golf course with sand putting greens, Naperville has since undergone an initial 18-hole build by renowned golf course architect Tom Bendelow in 1921 and a major renovation by Steve Forest just 16 years ago. The west suburban club recently played host to the 2018 MAC Women`s Championship and will welcome golf`s best juniors in late June for the 104th playing of the Western Junior Championship.

Playing to a par of 72 at more than 6,700 yards for the Championship, the layout will prove to be a tough test while hosting its first CDGA-administered championship.
 
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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