2021 Spring Illinois PGA Magazine

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First Edition Highlights 2020 Illinois PGA Championship Results

M AG A Z I N E Official Publication of the Illinois PGA Section

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Introduction

Introduction Illinois PGA Members, Associates and Friends: Welcome to the Illinois PGA Magazine! The Illinois PGA E-Magazine was created to report greater depth and further insight into the Illinois PGA Section, its Members and its programs. This E-Magazine will be distributed three times a year to encapsulate the entire year on the Illinois PGA Circuit.

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Table of Contents Vol. 1 | Issue 1

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Small Wins Illinois PGA Professional Championship

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Small Wins Fourth Straight Illinois PGA Senior Championship

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English Wins Illinois PGA Assistants Championship

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Emory Wins 71st Illinois Open Championship

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Hometown Pro Wins Illinois PGA Match Play

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Malm Wins Illinois PGA Players Championship

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Troy Wins Illinois PGA Senior Match Play

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Healy Wins Illinois Senior PGA Players Championship

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Biancalana Wins Illinois Super Senior Open

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Paeglow Wins Illinois Senior Open

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2020 Illinois PGA Special Awards

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Central Illinois PGA Chapter Chip Shots

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2021 Illinois PGA Tournament Schedule

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Illinois PGA Announces All-New Junior Tour for 2021

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Members Lounge

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Illinois PGA President

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Reader, Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Illinois PGA e-Magazine. We hope you enjoy the content, which both celebrates some of the Section’s proudest moments of 2020 and introduces the 2021 golf season.

Governing Officers Nick Papadakes, PGA President Alex Mendez, PGA Vice President Michael Picciano, PGA Secretary Jim Miller, PGA Immediate Past President Board of Directors Nick Cuca, PGA Ian Grant, PGA Tim Krouse, PGA Curtis Malm, PGA Andy Mickelson, PGA Danny Mulhearn, PGA Jamie Nieto, PGA Ryan Peavey, PGA Michael Strain, PGA Dan Watters, PGA Bob Napier Jay Reece Phil Wilmington 4

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If you are a fellow Illinois PGA Member or rising Associate, you know first-hand that last year’s golf season was one of the most challenging our industry has ever faced. Your Board of Directors is proud to have supported and informed association members throughout 2020 via virtual avenues of education and collaboration as we successfully navigated the pandemic and welcomed the influx of new players it brought to the game. If you think back to a year ago, I think you’ll agree that what we were able to accomplish by activating our association and coming together as professionals is nothing short of incredible. If you are not a Section member, but fall somewhere on the continuum of novice to avid golfer, we hope you enjoy learning more about the 750+ PGA Members and Associates who make up the Illinois PGA and are the experts in the business and game of golf. If you were new to the game in 2020, we’d like to extend you a warm welcome, and let you know that we are committed to providing you exceptional golf experiences that will make you a fan and student of this lifelong sport for years to come. Please enjoy this celebration of the 2020 golf season, and we’d like to be the first to welcome you to what we hope is another successful year for our association, our industry and our game. Sincerely,

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Illinois PGA Professional Championship

SMALL WINS HIS 13TH ILLINOIS PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

August 24 -26, 2020 | Medinah Country Club, Medinah, IL

Mike Small (University of Illinois) won his 13th Illinois PGA Professional Championship at Medinah Country Club – Course #1. This marks Small’s first win at this event since 2016 and the second time he has won the Section Championship at Medinah Country Club. “I think that’s always a nice thing to win at great facilities like Medinah,” said Small. “I think it’s great that cubs like Medinah and Olympia Fields host events like this. The club professionals are out there promoting the sport and growing the game, so I think it’s nice to reward the PGA Professionals with nice venues to play at. I think that’s commendable and very nice for those clubs to do that.” The first round of the 98th Illinois PGA Professional Championship featured a three-way tie for the lead between Brandon Moore (Medinah Country Club), defending champion Travis Johns (Medinah Country Club) and Andy Mickelson (Mistwood Golf Club). All three players carded 5-under-par 66s in Monday’s opening round. Small found himself in three-way tie for sixth after a 2-under-par 69 in the first round. He was joined by 2015 Champion, Jim Billiter (Glen View Club) and Curtis Malm (White Eagle Golf Club).

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Small tied the Medinah Course One record with an 8-under-par 63 in the second round of the Illinois PGA Professional Championship. Small’s second round propelled him to the top of the leaderboard. Small started the second round red hot. He eagled the par-5 first hole after sticking a 2-iron to six feet from 230 yards out. He picked up a birdie on the second hole, then drove the green on the par-4 third hole and two putted for birdie making him 4-under-par through the first three holes. Small added his fourth birdie of the day on the par-4 eighth hole, then chipped in to save par on the ninth and turned at 5-under-par 31. The bogey-free round continued for Small on the back nine. He birdied the par-4 10th to start the back nine and added birdies on 13 and 16 to finish the second round with an 8-under-par 63 and take the lead at 10-under-par. “It was good today. I got off to a good start,” said Small. “I’m happy with where I stand. I needed it. I just tried to get out of my way today. The course was in great shape this morning, it was pure.” Following the round, Small was looking to erase the memory of 2019 Section Championship after letting a five-stroke lead slip away. “It’s kind of weird,” said Small. “I’ve won this thing 12 times and I blow a lead once and it’s a big deal. I should just forget about it. I should just blow it off and forget about it. But when you look back at it, I had a five-stroke lead with nine holes to play. It was weird, I’ve never done that. I usually finish strong. I would like to contend and be in the mix for another victory before it gets too late.” Mistwood Golf Club’s Andy Mickelson and Frank Hohenadel were tied for second at 9-under-par 133 heading into the final round. Mickelson, who was tied for first entering the second round, followed up his first round 66 with a 4-under-par 67. “All and all I’m really proud of the way I played,” said Mickelson. “I played better today than yesterday. Yesterday felt like an easier round of golf, but I played better today. I think the conditions today helped me. It will be a pretty special final group. Frank and Mike both have good vibes out here. I played well here a long time ago in the CDGA Am on this same course. I really enjoy this place. Anything can happen tomorrow, it’s only one shot.” Hohenadel began the second round in fourth place after a 4-under-par 66. He got his first birdie of the round on the par-4 third hole, but gave the stroke back after making his only bogey of the day on the sixth hole. Birdies on holes seven and nine got Hohenadel to 2-under-par for the day and 6-under-par for the tournament, just four-strokes off the lead. “I wanted to come out today and be a little more aggressive and start hitting wedges at flags and be more aggressive with my putts. I left a lot putts short and low yesterday. My game plan today was to just be aggressive.”

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Small’s final round started with a birdie on the par-5 first hole, making him 3-under-par on that hole for the week. Another birdie on the par-4 second hole gave Small an early two-stroke lead over the field. He carded just his third bogey of the week on the par-3 fifth hole leaving the door slightly open for his playing partners. He made par on the par-5 ninth hole to make the turn at 1-under-par for the day and 11-under-par for the tournament. A bogey-free back nine secured Small’s 13th Section Championship victory. He started the back nine with a birdie on the par-4 10th hole, increasing his lead to two strokes. He birdied the par-4 13th hole for the second straight day and found himself with a three-stroke lead with five holes remaining. Although his lead was not as large as last year’s Section Championship, Small remained focused at the task at hand and closed out his round with five straight pars to shoot 3-under-par 68 in the final round and 13-under-par 200 to win the Championship by four strokes. “I relied on some of those feelings from last year that I wasn’t going to do it again this year,” said Small. “I didn’t get wrapped up in the score. I didn’t get wrapped up in what everyone else was doing, keeping score and who’s doing what.” “Winning this tournament doesn’t get old and it doesn’t get easier,” said Small. “It’s been awhile since I won so it feels good to contend. I always want to be in contention, so it felt good this week. The course was hard today. I hung in there. I didn’t play great but scored well. I didn’t hit it well, but I competed and putted really well today.” Mickelson, who entered Wednesday afternoon searching for his first Illinois PGA Major Championship victory, closed Small’s gap early on the front nine. After a par on the first hole, Mickelson made birdies on the par-4 third hole and the par-3 seventh hole and was tied with Small at 11-under-par for the tournament. However, Mickelson would go onto make bogey on the par-5 ninth hole to drop back to 10-under-par for the tournament and make three straight bogeys on holes 13, 14 and 15. He closed out his round strong with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 to card an even-par 71 for the day and 9-under-par 204 for the tournament. Hohenadel also made a run at Small and got off to a good start birdieing the par-5 first hole and moving to 10-under-par for the tournament. At that time, he still trailed Small by one-stroke and would fall back another stroke with a bogey on the par-4 second hole, to drop back to 9-under-par for the tournament. He made seven straight pars to close out the front nine and turned at even-par 36 for the day and 9-under-par for the tournament. He trailed Small by two strokes entering the

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back nine. A birdie at the par-4 10th kept Hohenadel two shots back of Small. Despite having a few opportunities, Hohenadel couldn’t pick up another birdie on the back nine and ended the day with an even-par 71 and tournament total of 9-under-par 204 to finish T2 along with his fellow Mistwood Golf Club Professional Andy Mickelson. “To those guys the respect is mutual,” said Small. “I have a lot of respect for both Andy and Frank. They’re both very good players. I enjoy playing with them.” Small, who was exempt into the 54th PGA Professional Championship, will be joined by Mickelson, Hohenadel, 2019 Section Champion, Travis Johns (Medinah Country Club), Roy Biancalana (Blackberry Oaks Golf Club), Chris Green (Glen View Club), Curtis Malm (White Eagle Golf Club), Jim Billiter (Glen View Club), Brian Carroll (The Hawk Country Club) and George Goich (Flossmoor Country Club) at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida on April 25-28, 2021. CLICK HERE FULL RESULTS

2020 Illinois PGA Professional Championship Scorecard for Mike Small Hole

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Illinois Senior PGA Professional Championship

ILLINOIS SENIOR PGA PROFESSIONA Merit Club, Libertyville, IL | August 10-11, 2020

SMALL CAPTURES FOURTH STRAIGHT ILLINOIS SENIOR PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE Mike Small (University of Illinois) won the Illinois Senior PGA Professional Championship at the Merit Club on August 11. This marks Small’s fourth consecutive win at this event. He becomes just the second Illinois PGA Professional to win this event four times in a row (Gary Groh). Small turned in a winning total of 8-under-par 136 to capture his fourth straight Illinois Senior PGA Professional Championship. “I’m just grateful we have places to play and tournaments to play in,” said Small. “We haven’t been able to play much this year. So, any chance you get to play in an event, as a professional, you have to take advantage of it.” Small finished the first round with a 3-under-par 69, and was two strokes behind round one leader, John Varner (Beverly CC), heading into the final round. He carded a bogey-free opening round with birdies on holes 2, 14 and 18. The second round started slow for Small who carded an even-par 36. He got back to even-par for the day with a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole, but gave the stroke back on the sixth hole. Small would go on to birdie the par-5 eighth hole to get back to even for the day. Small made his move on the final nine holes of the tournament. He carded a bogey-free back nine with five birdies. He started his back nine with a birdie on the par-4 10th hole and never looked back. Small made back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13 and closed his round out with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 for a final round, 5-under-par 67 and a tournament total 8-under-par 136. “The course was in really good shape these past two days, “said Small. “I played solid, I didn’t really do anything great for the first 27-holes. But the last nine holes I was five under, which was fun to see. It was anyone’s tournament with nine holes to go and it was still really anyone’s tournament with three holes to go. Then I finished birdie, birdie so that felt good.” David Hannon (Evanston GC), Jim Sobb (Ivanhoe Club), and David Paeglow (Kishwaukee CC) tied for second place at the Illinois Senior PGA Professional Championship. Hannon recorded a 2-under-par 70 in the first round and trailed the lead by three strokes. He had two bogeys and two birdies on the front side in round one to turn at even-par 36. Hannon went onto to card a bogey-free back nine with birdies on 12 and 14 for a 2-under-par 34. Hannon’s bogey free stretch carried over into round two as he went bogey-free on his opening nine in the final round. He added a birdie on the par-4 first hole to turn at 1-under-par 35. Hannon birdied the 12th and 14th holes for the second day in a row, before making a double bogey on the par-3 16th hole. Hannon turned in a final round score of 1-under-par 71 for a tournament total 3-under-141. Sobb, who has won this event five times, started the final round tied for fourth and three-strokes off the lead. He made two birdies on the front nine during round one and followed up with a bogey-free back nine and one birdie to shoot 2-under-par 70 in the first round. Sobb battled in the second round. He carded four bogeys and two birdies on the front nine and made the turn at 2-over-par 38 for the day. 12 Illinois PGA Magazine


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AL CHAMPIONSHIP He found his stride on the back nine as he went bogey-free for the second straight day and made three straight birdies on Nos. 13-15 to shoot 1-under-par 71 in the final round and 3-under-par 141 for the tournament. Paeglow trailed Varner by one stroke after a 4-under-par 68 in round one. His first round featured five birdies, two on the front nine and three on the back nine, an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole and three bogeys. Round two featured four more birdies for Paeglow, but he also carded three bogeys and a double bogey to shoot 1-over-par 73 in the final round and 3-under-par 141 for the tournament. Small and Roy Biancalana (Blackberry Oaks GC) were both exempt into the 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship. They we were joined by Hannon, Sobb, Paeglow, Kevin Rafferty (Dick’s Sporting Goods), Kevin Healy (Black Sheep GC), Doug Bauman (Biltmore CC) and John Guyton (Chicago GC) at the PGA Golf Club on Oct. 15-18.

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Illinois PGA Assistant Championship

ENGLISH CAPTURES NATIONAL CAR RENTAL ILLINOIS PGA ASSISTANT CHAMPIONSHIP

July 13, 2020, Cress Creek Country Club, Naperville, IL Kyle English (Crestwicke Country Club) won the National Car Rental Illinois Assistant PGA Professional Championship on Monday, July 13 at Cress Creek Country Club. English prevailed over the field by six strokes, winning his second career Assistant Championship (2018). He was joined by Michael Schachner (DePaul University) and Justin Bardgett (University of Illinois Golf Club) at the 44th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship at the PGA Golf Club on Nov. 12-15. English turned in a winning total of 12-under-par 132 to capture the National Car Rental Illinois Assistant PGA Professional Championship. English held a one stroke lead following a 6-under-par 66 in the first round. His first round featured eight birdies, including four-in-a-row on Nos. 13-16, and just two bogeys. It was more of the same in round two as English carded another 6-under-par 66. He registered a bogey-free second round with six birdies, including five on the front nine to secure the victory and clinch his qualifying spot.

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“I made today pretty stress-free,” said English. “I had a lot of close looks for birdie today, especially early on. I got off to a really solid start in the second round and was able to sit back and trust my swing and not press anything. Overall, it was a really good day.” Schachner finished in second place with a tournament total 6-under-par 138. He recorded three birdies and an eagle to go along with three bogeys in round one for a 2-under-par 70. His second round featured five birdies and just one bogey for a 4-under-par 68. Bardgett carded a tournament total 4-under-par 140 to win third place and secure the final Illinois PGA qualifying spot. After an even-par 72 in the first round, Bardgett recorded a 4-under-par 68 in round two. His second round was highlighted by five birdies.


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2020 National Car Rental Illinois Assistant PGA Professional Championship Scorecard for Kyle English Hole

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Jeff Kellen (Butler National), Kevin Flack (Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club) and Kyle Donovan (Oak Park Country Club) were the three Illinois PGA alternates for the 44th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship. Begun in 1977, the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional Championship, with a field of PGA Professionals and PGA Associates who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from May through October this year. CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS

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71st Illinois Open

71ST ILLINOIS OPEN

August 3-5, 2020, White Eagle Golf Club, Naperville, IL Bryce Emory (Aurora, Ill.) won the 71st Illinois Open at White Eagle Golf Club with a tournament total 8-under-par 208 to capture his first career Illinois Open victory. “I started off the day believing if I could keep the ball in the center of the fairways and center of the green and try to limit bogeys and mistakes, I could force the field to come back and get me,” said Emory. “I figured that was going to be the best play.” Emory began the final round with a four-stroke lead following his course-record performance in round two. Emory carded a 6-under-par 66 in the second round tying the modern-day course record that was set by Brandon Holtz just one day earlier. Charlie Netzel (Western Springs, Ill.), Tee-K Kelly (Wheaton, Ill.) and Ethan Brue (Ashland, Ill.) all entered the final round tied for second place at 3-under-par 141. All three of these players entered round two tied for seventh place after carding 1-under-par 71s in round one. In round two, Netzel had one bogey and a birdie on the front nine to make the turn at even-par 36. Following a bogey on the par-3 12th, Netzel made back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14. He made another bogey on the par-3 16th hole, but finished strong with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 to shoot 2-under-par 70 in round two.

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“It was hard out there. It was windy and the greens were fast,” said Netzel. “You had to be disciplined and hit the greens and try give yourself as many birdie putts as you can.” Kelly started round two with five straight pars, before recording his first birdie on the par-5 sixth hole. He would drop back to even-par for the day with a bogey on the eighth hole and made the turn at even-par 36. Kelly continued his consistent play on the back nine, making pars on holes 10-13. He birdied the par-5 14th hole, but gave the stroke right back with a bogey on 15. Kelly took advantage of the wind on the final two holes and closed his round out with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 to shoot 2-under-par 70. “I finally had two good looks coming in and was able to two putt the one on 17 for birdie and make another one on 18,” said Kelly. “Those were the only two putts I had inside 20 feet all day. I was scrambling out there. I was two putting from 60 feet, 70 feet. I was joking around with my caddie that it felt like the lag putting Olympics for us out there.” Brue started the second round on the back nine with three pars. He bogeyed the par-4 13th hole before making back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15. Brue offset his bogey on the 16th hole with a birdie on 17 and made the turn at 1-under-par 35. He picked up two more strokes on the front nine with birdies on three and six, but bogeyed the par-4 seventh hole for a 2-under-par 70.


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Ethan Brue (Ashland, IL) started the final round in a tie for third, but would go on to finish T7 at the 71st Illinois Open.

Tee-k Kelly (Wheaton, IL) finished T3 at the 71st Illinois Open.

Emory struggled to get things going early on in the final round. Following a record setting round two, Emory bogeyed both the par 5s on the front side and saw his four-stroke lead disappear. Up ahead of him, Ethan Brue birded two of his first five holes and was tied with Emory at 5-under-par. Brue made a quadruple bogey on the par-4 seventh hole and bogeyed the par-3 eighth hole, falling out of the lead and leaving Emory alone at the top of the leaderboard. After the slow start, Emory got back on track with a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole. He made the turn at 1-over-par 37 for the day and 6-under-par for the tournament, clinging to a three-stroke lead. The back nine saw Emory return to form as he carded a bogey-free back nine with birdies on holes 10 and 14. Emory cruised through the final four holes with four straight pars to secure his first Illinois Open Championship. “I made a couple of bad bogeys on the front nine, but the birdie at 9 turned it around and then I stole one at 10 with that tough pin,” said Emory. “From there I knew if I kept hitting fairway, green, fairway, green eventually we’d run out of holes. I loved it out here this week. The course was in great shape and White Eagle really took care of us. It was a first-class facility for sure.”

Charlie Netzel (Western Springs, IL) finished T3 at the 71st Illinois Open

Jack Korzon (Downers Grove, Ill.) finished in second place at the 71st Illinois Open. He entered the final round tied for seventh at 1-under-par, and turned in a final round score 3-under-par 69 for a tournament total 4-under-par 212. Korzon’s final round featured just one bogey, two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 17th hole for a solo second place finish. This is Korzon’s best finish at an Illinois Open. He had missed the cut at his previous three starts.

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“I’ve got to give it up to White Eagle and the Illinois PGA,” said Korzon. “This course was set up so hard it felt like the U.S. Open. I finally broke through this year and hopefully it’s the start of many good finishes at this event.” Charlie Netzel (Western Springs, Ill.) and Tee-K Kelly (Wheaton, Ill.) tied for third place after carding even-par 72s in the final round for tournament totals 2-under-par 213. This year’s third place finish marks Kelly’s best finish at this event, topping his fourth place finish a year ago. This also marks the best finish for Netzel, who’s previous best finish came last year when he placed T16. Jordan Less (Elmhurst, Ill.) finished T7 with a tournament total 1-under-par 215 and won the Low Amateur Award for the second straight year. Less turned in rounds of 2-over-par 74, 3-under-par 69 and even-par 72 to capture his second Low Amateur title. “It’s pretty special to win Low Am,” said Less. “Obviously it was pretty hard to qualify this year because the field was cut in half. Pretty much half the field had a really good chance to win this tournament. Finishing atop the amateurs shows my game is turning in the right direction. I’m looking forward to going back to Northern Illinois for one last year and coming back here next year.” Mike Small (Champaign, Ill.) was the low finisher for Illinois PGA Professionals. Small carded rounds of 3-over-par 75, 1-under-par 71 and 2-under-par 70 for a tournament total even-par 216 and finished T9. Jordan Less (Elmhurst, IL) finished T7 at the 71st Illinois Open and captured the Low Amateur award for the second straight year.

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71st Illinois Open Scorecard for Jordan Less Hole

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71st Illinois Open Scorecard for Bryce Emory Hole

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A record setting week for Bryce Emory (Aurora, IL) resulted in his first career Illinois Open Championship and his largest victory of his career.

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Illinois PGA Match Play Championship

DUPPLER WINS 69TH ILLINOIS PGA MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP, EARNS FIRST ILLINOIS PGA MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY September 15-18, 2020 | Elgin Country Club

Host PGA Professional Jonathan Duppler won the 2020 Illinois PGA Match Play Championship at Elgin Country Club on Friday, September 18, 2020. Duppler’s Match Play win marks his first career Illinois PGA Major Championship victory. “This is special. The whole week was fantastic,” said Duppler. “The weather was great, the golf course was in great shape. The Illinois PGA staff was awesome. Everything just came together for me. Before the week started, I was feeling good. I had shoulder surgery in March, and I was finally feeling healed up. I didn’t play great at the Section Championship. I was kind of testing the shoulder out there and I got through that test. I came back here to my home course ready to play and it was fantastic.” A tough week of four matches ended with Duppler facing off with defending back-toback Match Play Champion Garrett Chaussard, the Director of Instruction at Skokie Country Club, who was looking to become the third Illinois PGA professional to threepeat at this event. Duppler, who has worked at Elgin CC since 2006 and served as head PGA Professional since 2010, got off to a hot start in the championship match eagling the par-5 first hole. He parred the next four holes to get out to a quick 3-up lead. He would never let that lead go. He made bogey on the par-5 8th hole to drop to 2-up, but birdied the 9th to get back to 3-up. Although the back nine featured more back-and-forth, Duppler never relinquished the lead. Chaussard won the 10th hole with a birdie, but Duppler answered with a birdie of his own on 11, getting back to 3-up. Chaussard then answered on the 12th hole bringing the match back to 2-up in favor of Duppler. After tying on the 13th hole, Duppler made his second eagle of the round on the par-5 14th hole and went 3-up with four holes to play. Chaussard, however, would not go down easy and made another birdie on the par-4 15th hole. Duppler carried a 2-up lead into the final three holes of play and secured his first ever Illinois PGA Major Championship victory with a par on the par-3 16th hole, and won the match 3 and 2. “I think the local knowledge was huge this week,” said Duppler. “I was just watching some of the guys in my group on Tuesday that have never played the course before and I wished I could’ve told them not to hit some of the shots they did to avoid making mistakes. It’s a unique piece property. I’m happy to be here and happy to get the win.” The week started with Duppler earning the 11 seed following an even-par 72 in the stroke play qualifying round on Tuesday. The top 18 seeds received byes in the Round of 64. Duppler’s first match was against Bill Sakas (Glencoe Golf Club) in the Round of 32. He defeated Sakas 4 and 2 after falling behind early in the match. Duppler went on to face Cam Beeler (GOLFTEC-Halsted Row) in the Round of 16. Duppler defeated Beeler 5 and 3 in a match that he never trailed in.

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Duppler faced Jeff Kellen (Butler National Golf Club) in the Round of 8. He led early on in the Elite 8 matchup, making the turn 1-up on Kellen. Kellen started the back nine with a birdie to tie the match. A Duppler double bogey on the par-4 13th hole brought the match to 1-up in favor of Kellen, and Duppler found himself trailing in a match for the first time since the Round of 32. Both players made birdie on the 14th hole and parred the 15th and 16th holes. Duppler entered the final two holes 1-down. A birdie on the par-4 17th hole brought Duppler back to all square in the match. He closed the round out with a par on the 18th hole to advance to the Semi-Finals. Duppler faced Travis Johns (Medinah Country Club) in the Semi-Finals. He fell behind early in the match, dropping two of the first four holes. He and Johns tied the remaining five holes and turned with Johns leading 2-up. Duppler got hot on the back nine birdieing the 10th and 11th holes to win both holes and tie the match. He made par on the 13th hole to win his third straight hole and take a 1-up lead. Johns made birdie on the 14th hole to bring the match back to all square. Wins on 15 and 16 gave Duppler a 2-up lead with two holes to play. Johns, however, extended the match with a birdie on the 17th hole after driving the par-4 green. Duppler held a 1-up lead on the 18th tee and made par to win the match 2-up to advance to the Championship Match, which he would go onto win. “The whole route I faced this week was fantastic. I faced some really good golfers,” said Duppler. “Jeff Kellen, oh my gosh, he can really hit it. Same thing with Travis, I mean Travis is Travis. And then Garrett doesn’t miss. Garrett is a great player. You can’t give him anything. You have to play solid. I just closed my eyes in that final match and three hours later I was hoisting the trophy. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, I’m just really happy I could get it done.” CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS

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Illinois PGA Players Championship

MALM EARNS FIRST VICTORY OF THE 2020 SEASON AT ILLINOIS PGA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

October 5-6, 2020 | Conway Farms Golf Club

Curtis Malm (White Eagle Golf Club) won the Illinois PGA Players Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club on Tuesday, October 6. Malm battled through windy conditions to hang onto the lead he built in the first round and captured his first Illinois PGA victory of the season by one stroke, carding a tournament total 1-under-par 141. Malm entered the final round with a two-stroke lead after being the only player under par in round one. Malm carded a 2-under-par 69 in round one, birdieing his last two holes of the day. “I finished the first round really well. I hit two really good shots into eight and nine to make birdies and finish 2-under. I hit a lot of quality shots the whole day yesterday. Coming into the final round, I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was joking with some guys that I would shoot 80 to 85, but I hit some good shots and some not so good ones and just got it done.” Six straight pars to start the final round kept Malm in the lead with the field chasing him. He built his lead to four strokes with birdies on the par-4 seventh hole and the par-5 eighth hole. He would drop a stroke at the ninth and make the turn at 3-under-par for the tournament. Tim Streng (Wildcat Golf Academy) and Andy Mickelson (Mistwood Golf Club) made the turn at 1-under-par for the tournament and trailed Malm by just two strokes. Malm continued his strong play on the difficult back nine at Conway Farms. He got his lead back to three strokes with a birdie on the par-3 11th hole, but gave the stroke back again on the next hole.

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Streng, who was paired with Malm, tried to make a run at the lead with an eagle on the par-5 14th hole, but Malm would make birdie on that hole as well and remained in the lead by one stroke. Both players made it interesting down the stretch. After his eagle, Streng would bogey holes 16 and 17 and double bogey the last hole to finish the day and the tournament at 1-over-par. Meanwhile, Malm made triple bogey on the par-3 17th hole following a lost ball, and made bogey on the par-5 18th hole to hang onto the win.


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Tim Streng (left) and Curtis Malm (right) congratulate each other following the conculsion of the Illinois PGA Players Championship.

“Today was pretty good,” said Malm. “I hit some really good shots. I birdied seven and eight and I thought I was going to really get something going. Then I come back and make some of the worst swings of my life on holes nine and 10 and make bogey on nine and got lucky and chipped in for par on 10. Then I made birdie on 11 and turn around and make bogey on 12. I had an idea where the other guys were. Tim (Streng) played really well and kept it close, but I just did enough to get it done. I didn’t get to play a whole lot this year with how busy we were at the club, but there was more good than bad this week.” Frank Hohenadel (Mistwood Golf Club) and Chris Green (Glen View Club) tied for second at the Illinois PGA Players Championship. Both players carded even-par 71s in both rounds for a tournament total even-par 142. Streng finished the tournament in solo fourth place. He registered an even-par 71 in round one and followed up with a 1-over-par 72 in the second round for a tournament total 1-over-par 143. Brian Carroll (The Hawk Country Club) and Mike Small (University of Illinois) finished in a tie for fifth place with 2-overpar 144s. Carroll carded a 3-over-par 74 in round one and jumped four spots in the final round with a 1-under-par 70. Small carded an even-par 71 in the first round and was in a tie for second entering the final round. He finished the tournament with a 2-over-par 73 in the second round. Kyle Bauer (Glen View Club) carded the low round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 6-under-par 65. Bauer improved his score by 17 strokes from round one and finished T11. The Illinois PGA Players Championship marked the final Bernardi Player of the Year points event for the 2020 season.

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Illinois PGA Senior Match Play Championship

TROY WINS 2020 SENIOR ILLINOIS PGA MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP September 21-23, 2020 | Biltmore Country Club

Michael Troy (Zigfield Golf Club) defeated David Paeglow (Kishwaukee Country Club) in the Championship Match, 5 and 4, to win the Illinois PGA Senior Match Play Championship at Biltmore Country Club on Wednesday, September 23. This marks Troy’s first Senior Match Play victory in just two career appearances. Troy and Paeglow, whose sons are roommates and teammates on the Illinois State University Men’s Golf team, faced off in the in the final. Paeglow made birdie on the first hole to take an early 1-up lead over Troy, but Troy wouldn’t lose another hole the remainder of the match. He made back-to-back birdies on holes three and four to take a 1-up lead, and expanded his lead with wins on seven, eight and nine to take a 4-up lead at the turn. The pairing tied the first three holes on the back nine before Troy made birdie on the par-5 13th hole to take a 5-up lead. He closed out the match with a par on the par-4 14th hole to win 5 and 4.

The Round of 16 featured Troy facing off against Roy Biancalana (Black Berry Oaks GC). Troy defeated the fourth seeded Biancalana 2 and 1 in a back and forth match. Troy then took on fifth seeded Kevin Rafferty (Golf Galaxy) in the Quarter Finals. Despite being up for most of the match, Troy needed an eagle on the par-5 18th hole to defeat Rafferty 2-up and advance to the Semi-Finals.

The Semi-Final matches were played in the morning before the Championship Match. Troy faced John Cleary (Exmoor Country Club) in his Final Four match. Once again, Troy never trailed in this match, and he made the turn leading the match by one. Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 13 and 14 gave Troy a 3-up lead with three holes “It was just fun to play this week,” said Troy. “It’s been a busy year to play. He and Cleary both made par on the par-3 16th for everyone so it’s nice to be able to get out here and compete. I hole and Troy clinched the match 3 and 2 to advance to had some tough matches against some great competitors. It was the Championship Match, which he would go onto to a fight all day today. I didn’t play to well in the morning, but I was win. able to pull it out. Then I started making some putts against David (Paeglow) in the final match, and that was really the deciding CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS factor.” Troy earned the 13 seed following his finish at the Illinois Senior PGA Professional Championship. The top-16 seeds received byes into the Round of 32. His first match was against the 20th seeded Margie Muzik-Curtis (Oak Park Country Club) in the Round of 32. Troy defeated her 5 and 4 in a match that he never trailed in.

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HEALY GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT ILLINOIS PGA SENIOR PLAYERS October 12-13, 2020 | Twin Orchard Country Club

Kevin Healy (Center) with Steve Olken (Left) and Jim Gaugert (Right) of Harris Golf Cars following his victory at the Illinois PGA Senior Players Championship. Kevin Healy (Black Sheep Golf Club) won the Illinois PGA Senior Players Championship at Twin Orchard Country Club on Tuesday, October 13. Healy built on his 18-hole lead in round two en route to a 1-under-par 143, going wire-to-wire to capture his first Illinois PGA victory of the season. Healy started the day with a one stroke lead over the field after carding a 1-over-par 73 in round one. On a day where conditions made scoring difficult, Healy battled the cool temperatures and high winds in the second round to card a 2-under-par 70. He carded four birdies, including two-in-a-row on holes 17 and 18 to close out his final round to finish the tournament at 1-under-par 143 and the only player under par. Rich Dukelow (Medinah Country Club) finished in solo second place with a tournament total 2-over-par 146. He was paired with Healy in the final round and started the day just one stroke back. Dukelow carded three birdies in the final round including a bogey-free back nine, but a bogey on the par-4 second hole and a double bogey on the par-5 eighth left him three strokes behind Healy. Roy Biancalana (Blackberry Oaks Golf Club) finished in solo third place with a two-day total of 3-over-par 147. Biancalana, along with Healy, carded the only other round under par on day two. Following a round one score of 5-over-par 77, Biancalana carded a 2-under-par 70 in the final round with four birdies and an eagle. The Illinois PGA Senior Players marked the final Senior event of the year on the Illinois PGA schedule. 10 Illinois Senior PGA Professionals qualified for the 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship that took place October 15-18 at the PGA Golf Club at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Doug Bauman (Biltmore Country Club), Biancalana, John Cleary (Exmoor Country Club), John Guyton (Chicago Golf Club), David Hannon (Evanston Golf Club), Healy, David Paeglow (Kishwaukee Country Club), Mike Small (University of Illinois), Jim Sobb (Ivanhoe Club) and John Varner (Beverly Country Club) all represented the Illinois PGA Section at this event.

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Illinois Super Senior Open

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B I A NC AL ANA WINS 2 020 I L L I N OI S SU P ER SEN I OR O P E N September 1-2, 2020 | Pine Meadow Golf Club

Roy Biancalana won the 2020 Illinois Super Senior Open at Pine Meadow Golf Club by three strokes on Wednesday, September 2. Biancalana climbed two spots from third place to win his first career Illinois Super Senior Open. Biancalana entered the final round of the Illinois Super Senior Open in third place following a first round 4-under-par 68. The first round featured six birdies for Biancalana, including four on the back nine. He also carded a bogey-free back nine in the first round. Biancalana’s bogey-free streak continued on the front nine of the final round. He added birdies at holes one, two and nine to make the turn at 3-under-par for the day and 7-under-par for the tournament. Biancalana climbed to the top of the leaderboard and held a two-stroke lead heading into the final nine holes of the Championship. He added two more birdies on the back nine on holes 13 and 15 to get to 9-under-par for the tournament. Biancalana’s only bogey of the day came on the 18th hole to finish the day at 5-under 68 and 8-under-par 136 for the Championship.

Mike Harrigan (Chicago, Ill.) finished T2 with a tournament total 5-under-par 139. Harrigan carded a 5-under-par 67 in the first round of the Illinois Super Senior Open. Round one featured six birdies and one bogey for Harrigan. He battled in the second-round offsetting bogeys at the first hole and third hole with birdies on two and four. Harrigan parred the remaining five holes on the front to remain in second place heading to the back nine. He carded one birdie and a bogey on the back nine to finish the round at even-par for the day. Ted Pecora (Glencoe, Ill.) also finished T2 and was the low amateur for 2020. Pecora carded a 1-over-par 73 in round one and started the final round seven strokes back of the lead. A bogey-free second round with six birdies propelled Pecora up the leaderboard and he finished with the low round of the day with a 6-under-par 66 and a tournament total 5-under-par 139.

James Buenzli (Prairie Grove, Ill.) and defending Champion Jim Sobb (Barrington, Ill.) finished T4 with tourna“Today was much more difficult,” said Biancalana. “I didn’t make ment totals of 4-under-par 140. a bogey today until the last hole, so I was proud of that. The greens were perfect this week and the course played a little diffiCLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS cult with the wind. Overall, I’m happy with the win.”

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Illinois Senior Open

PA E G L O W GOES WIRE-TO -W I R E T O W I N T HE 2020 I L L I N O I S SEN IOR O P EN C HA M P I ON SHI P September 28-29, 2020 | Royal Fox Country Club

Paeglow dropped a stroke with a bogey on the par-4 seventh hole, but got it back on the ninth hole to get back to 5-under-par for the Championship and make the turn with a three-stroke lead.

Illinois PGA Professional David Paeglow (Kishwaukee Country Club) won the 2020 Illinois Senior Open Championship at Royal Fox Country Club on Tuesday, September 29. Paeglow finished the Championship at 4-under-par 138 to fend off Mike Small (University of Illinois) and win the Illinois Senior Open by one stroke.

Despite a slower back nine performance, Paeglow held onto his lead. He made back-to-back bogeys on holes 11 and 12, and picked up a third bogey on the back nine at 16. Meanwhile, a birdie on the 16th for Small gave him a share of the lead. Both players parred the par-3 17th hole and moved to the par-5 18th hole tied. Paeglow left himself just 180 yards from the pin after his drive and stuck his approach shot to about 20 feet for eagle. Small was forced to layup and left himself 15 feet below the hole for birdie. Paeglow sank the putt for eagle and secured his first career Illinois PGA Major Championship victory.

“I felt pretty good coming into this tournament,” said Paeglow. “I’ve played this course a number of times, so I had some confidence coming in. Today was a calming round for me. I played comfortable and relaxed. It’s hard to play The final pairing in round two of the Illinois Senior Open against those guys and match them shot for shot, but I just Championship featured Small who won the 2020 Illinois kept my patience. Especially on the back nine when I startSenior PGA Professional Championship, Michael Troy (Zigfield ed making a few bogeys. I gave up the lead on 16, but I just Troy Golf Club), the 2020 Illinois PGA Senior Match Play Cham- stayed calm. My putting was really good in both rounds and pion and Paeglow. Paeglow had previously gone head-to-head I felt confident that I could make putts. I knew that last pin against Small and Troy at the Illinois Senior PGA Professional was on a bit of a side hill, so I knew the putt was going to Championship and Illinois PGA Senior Match Play respectively. be fast. I played a lot of break and just laid it up there and Despite coming up short in the prior two events against these it trickled down right into the cup. It was a very satisfying two, Paeglow prevailed at Royal Fox Country Club clinging to win.” the one-stroke lead he built in the first round. Small would go onto make his birdie putt on 18 and finished “It was a very satisfying win,” said Paeglow. “I’ve been runthe day at 1-under-par 70 for a tournament total 3-unner-up a number of times in a lot of tournaments and it was der-par 139, and a solo second place finish in his first career great to finally finish and close out a tournament. My goal is Illinois Senior Open Championship. to try and win these tournaments not just do well. So, today was so satisfying to finally win something and take home to E.A. Tischler (Olympia Fields, Ill.) recorded the low round of my kids.” the tournament on Tuesday, carding a 4-under-par 67 in the final round. He recorded a 5-over-par 76 in round one to finPaeglow entered the final round with a one-stroke lead on the ish with a tournament total 1-over-par 143 and a T3 finish. field. In round one, Paeglow tallied four birdies and an eagle Rick Stewart (a) (Park Ridge, Ill.) won the 2020 Illinois Senior to shoot 3-under-par 68. He got off to a hot start in the final Open Low Amateur award, finishing T3. He carded rounds of round with birdies on holes four and six, getting him to 5-un- 3-over-par 74 and 2-under-par 69 for a tournament total of der-par for the tournament and increasing his lead to three 1-over-par 143. strokes. CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS www.ipga.com 27


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2020 Illinois PGA Special Awards

Mark Labiak of Ruth Lake Country Club has been voted the Illinois PGA Professional of the Year by his PGA Professional peers. Labiak has had a long career centered around his involvement with the Illinois PGA Section. A successful leader in every aspect of his life, Labiak accepts the Illinois PGA Professional of the Year Award as his first career Special Award.

“Our dads played golf, but they didn’t play a lot with us,” said Labiak. “None of us took any lessons or were caddies or members at private facilities. When we were teenagers, I played a lot with John Platt (also a PGA Member at Mistwood Golf Club). We would play with the older guys in their weekend games.”

“Winning the PGA Golf Professional of the Year for the Illinois Section is something I never even dreamed about,” said Labiak. “Getting my PGA Membership was one of the highlights of my life. It’s one of the greatest days ever. The day I received this Award tops that. Getting the phone call, and hearing that my peers not only nominated me but chose me as the recipient of this award is very flattering, words don’t really describe it.”

Labiak went on to play golf in high school and played one semester on the men’s golf team at St. Francis College in Joliet before transferring to Illinois State University. He attempted to walk onto the golf team at Illinois State twice but was unsuccessful both times. Labiak then decided to return home to help his mother for about a year, when his long-time friend reached out to him.

Labiak has been a member of the PGA for 29 years, but for him, golf started as something he did with his friends during the summer. It wasn’t until much later that he decided to make golf his career. Labiak’s interest in golf started with playing the Joliet Park District courses with some friends. He and his buddies would ride their bikes to the course and play golf all day long.

“After a year of helping my mom, Platt reached out to me and asked me if I liked my job. I told him, no, I hated it,” said Labiak. “He told me that one of his old teammates from Illinois State was an Assistant Professional in Florida and that we should move down there and work for him. That’s sort of where it all started.”

“I remember playing the Park District Courses in Joliet where I grew up,” said Labiak. “There were three courses we had to Labiak’s career in the golf industry started in the Spring choose from, and my neighborhood friends and I would go there of 1986 after about 10 months of working in Floriin the morning and play golf until dark.” da. Labiak took his first Assistant position at Hillcrest Country Club in Long Grove, Ill. working for long-time IlLabiak and his friends continued to play golf throughout their linois PGA Professional, Steve Benson. It was there that youth and into high school. They were all self-taught, never taking Labiak learned the ropes of the industry and got some a lesson or being a part of any clubs, and yet were able to grasp great advice that would lead to tremendous success in the game well enough to play at higher levels. his career.

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“Steve was known as a great player, but he was also a great golf operations guy, instructor and tournament administrator,” said Labiak. “He taught me a lot and told me that I would never get a Head Professional job just from working for him at Hillcrest. He said I needed to target about 20 places and 20 other Head Professionals. Another thing he told me to do was to get involved.” Labiak took both pieces of advice to heart. He ended up accepting another Assistant position at Exmoor Country Club, where he worked for two years, before getting his first Head Professional job at Joliet Country Club. He also got involved in the Section by joining a committee while he was an Assistant at Exmoor. This was the start of a long stretch of Section involvement for Labiak. “Getting involved in the Section is something I did because Steve told me to,” said Labiak. “I didn’t know what to expect but once I got involved, I realized that it didn’t take up that much extra time. It takes a little bit of time away from you, but what you get out of it and the people that you meet are incredible.” “One of the things that is most important to Golf Professionals is their network,” said Labiak. “That is why it is so important to get involved in the Section. It doesn’t matter if you play in events, or join a committee or become a Board Member. It’s about getting to know as many people as you can because that is how you attract help and that’s how you make connections if you want to move on from the position you are in.” Labiak would go on to become deeply involved in leadership roles within the Illinois PGA. He served on the Illinois PGA Board of Directors twice (three-year terms) and was also an Officer of the Section from 2012 – 2020. Labiak served as the Secretary of the Illinois Section from 2012-2014, Vice President from 2014-2016, President from 2016-2018, and finished his term as the Immediate Past President from 2018-2020. In addition, Labiak was involved in several Section Committees. He was the Assistants Committee Chair in 1993, the Tournament Committee Chair in 2010, the Finance Committee Chair in 2017 and 2018, and the Senior Committee Chair in 2019. Most recently, Labiak served as the Special Awards Committee Chair from 2018 to 2020. “Being an officer was by far the most rewarding part of my involvement,” said Labiak. “We got to do some very exciting things that we weren’t planning on. We got to replace a 17-year Executive Director and we found the perfect Executive Director for Illinois in Carrie Williams. That was very rewarding.” “Mark was very influential on the way that I approached serving the Section as the Executive Director, said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA. “He was always there on the sidelines to give me the nudge I needed to assist me with which direction we thought we should take the Section.” Labiak’s Section involvement is one of the reasons he ended up at Ruth Lake Country Club in 1998, a job he still holds to this day. Labiak ran into Illinois PGA Member, Mike Harrigan at the 1997 Illinois Open. Harrigan, who was the Head Professional at Medinah Country Club at the time, approached Labiak about the opening at Ruth Lake Country Club.

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“I was on the putting green at Fox Bend at the Illinois Open in 1997,” said Labiak. “I was talking to Mike Harrigan and he told me that one of his members that he was good friends with was the President of Ruth Lake and asked me if I would be interested in their Head Professional job that had just opened up. I told Mike I was interested. A couple of weeks later I got a call from the Ruth Lake Country Club President. We started the interview process and a month later I got the job.” “I was in the right place at the right time, and I used my network to get this job,” said Labiak. “I can’t stress enough how important it is to get involved and build a good network in this industry. You must work for great people, at great facilities and you have to get involved and network. Equally as important, is making sure you do the same thing for your Assistants and staff. Your Assistants aren’t going to be with you forever, but you have to get them involved and help them build their network so when there is a job opportunity, they are ready.” Twenty-five years later, Labiak is still the Head PGA Professional at Ruth Lake Country Club. During those years, Labiak has put in countless hours serving the Ruth Lake Country Club membership and also gave a lot of his time to serve the Section. He credits his family for being able to succeed in all areas. “When I first started my career, my wife, Joanne, was a flight attendant. After getting the job at Ruth Lake she gave up her career flying to raise our daughters,” said Labiak. “I went from being part-time married for the first seven years of my life, to my wife having full control and full support of everything that went on at home. Without her, I wouldn’t be here today, and I would not be accepting this award. She’s been my rock.” Labiak’s involvement didn’t stop at the Illinois PGA Section. Over time, Labiak has become rooted in giving back to his community and raising money for charities. His first fundraising event took place in 2010 when he raised money for one of his friends by running in the Chicago Marathon. One of Labiak’s friends had struggled with a terminal illness for years before passing away, which unfortunately left his family of five in a financial struggle. Labiak decided to run the Chicago Marathon and donate all the proceeds to his friend’s family. He raised $17,000 from pledges by some of his members and friends. Labiak has also had a great involvement in the community through golf. He was a Board Member of the Illinois PGA Foundation from 2012-2020 and has been a part of the Illinois PGA Foundation’s Birdies for Charity event for several years. “Birdies for Charity is something I’m very passionate about. It’s one of the most gratifying things I’ve ever done,” said Labiak. “It’s not just about the raising of the money for me. We are over $2 Million raised for the charities and they all involve kids. Anyone that has kids knows that the last thing in the world you want to see is a kid suffering. To be in the event every year and listen to the stories of the parents from Ronald McDonald House, JDRF and Lurie Children’s Hospital really pulls on your heartstrings. To go out and play 72 holes, or 81 holes or 90 holes, it doesn’t matter how tired you are, you do it. Birdies for Charity is something I will stay involved with as long as I can. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever been a part and is the event that started my passion for charity.”

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At the club level, Labiak created the Guns ‘N Hoses Golf Outing which is a complimentary golf outing to raise funds for local firefighters and policemen. He also created the Ruth Lake High School Invitational, which is intended to be a tune-up event for high schoolers before the State tournaments. “Six years ago, we started an event called Guns ‘N Hoses at Ruth Lake to benefit first responders,” said Labiak. “John Platt and I also started the Ruth Lake High School Invitational eight years ago. It takes place right before the conference tournament. It’s a great springboard for the kids to go to the Conference tournaments and prepare for their State meets. Community involvement has become a passion of mine. You don’t think about it until you do it. Once you do it, you realize how important it is.” Labiak’s selflessness and passion for getting involved as much as he can have translated to the way that he works at Ruth Lake and is something his members have become accustom to. “The thing we appreciate the most about Mark is his visibility and accessibility,” said Ruth Lake Country Club member, Hank Sledz. “Mark doesn’t hide in his office. You’ll see him out on the first tee at 7:00 a.m. making sure everyone is having a good time and talking about the smiles we are supposed to have on while we are at the club.” The mission that Labiak has adopted and instilled in his staff is to make sure people enjoy their time at the club, and help them forget about all the things they have going on outside of the gates of Ruth Lake. “The best part about doing what we do is watching the smiles we put on people’s faces,” said Labiak. When people drive through the gates, we want them to forget about all things going on outside of the gates for the short period of time they are inside of them. Seeing people smile while they are in the golf shop, or on the first tee, or the driving range, or having a drink after golf, that is what makes what we do worthwhile.” “Mark has done a great job at Ruth Lake over the past 25 years,” said Ruth Lake Country Club member, Todd Tabachka. “I think all his peers respect him and I think this is just a wonderful thing for him and the club. He is always available to play golf with any of the members if they ask him to play. That’s part of the reason all the members consider Mark a friend not just an employee of the club.” Labiak has made a career of balancing different responsibilities both in his profession and in his personal life, but he has never wavered from helping others in any way that he can. “All you can hope is that you will be recognized as someone that does the right thing, stands up for what they believe in and thinks of others before they think of themselves,” said Labiak. “That’s what makes this award so much more special.”

CLICK HERE To watch the 2020 Illinois PGA Professional of the Year video featuring, Mark Labiak

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Illinois PGA Players of the Year

ILLINOIS PGA PLAY MIKE SMALL BERNARDI PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Mike Small (University of Illinois) has won the 2020 Illinois PGA Bernardi Player of the Year Award. This marks Small’s second career Bernardi Player of the Year honor. He previously won this award in 2008 and has also been the National PGA Professional Player of the Year three times (2006, 2007, 2010) and an OMEGA National Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year (2017).

“The goal for all competitive golfers is to achieve a high level of consistency over time, and the Illinois PGA Player of the Year Award is representative of that,” said Small. “I’m a proud member of the Illinois PGA Section, and it was enjoyable to play more often this year in Section events, and to spend more time competing alongside my fellow professionals. I have great respect for the members of the Illinois PGA, and I am honored to be their Player of the Year.” Illinois PGA Professionals earn Bernardi Player of the Year points in Illinois PGA Stroke Play events, the Illinois PGA Match Play Championship, the Illinois PGA Section Championship and the Illinois PGA Players Championship. Bernardi points are also awarded for the Illinois Open Championship, PGA Professional Championship and PGA Championship. Players earn points based on their finish against the entire field. Points are also weighted based on the strength and size of the field. “We have some very elite players in the Illinois Section,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA Section. “The Player of the Year race is always fun to watch as it unfolds throughout the course of the season. Mike showcased some great golf this season and performed well at major events. We congratulate Mike on this outstanding achievement.” Small played in nine Illinois PGA events this season, two Illinois PGA Senior events and one Central Illinois PGA Chapter event. He finished inside the top10 at each of these events, including three victories. He won his 13th Illinois PGA Professional Championship at Medinah Country Club and also won the Illinois PGA Stroke Play at Elgin Country Club. Small also had three second-place finishes in 2020. He came up one stroke short at the Illinois PGA Stroke Play at Ivanhoe Club and the Illinois Senior Open Championship at Royal Fox Country Club. He also lost in a two-hole playoff at the Central Illinois PGA Chapter Championship on a hole that Kyle English (Crestwicke Country Club) poured in an eagle for the win. In addition to the Illinois Senior Open, Small also participated in the Illinois Senior PGA Professional Championship at the Merit Club. He won this event for the fourth straight year, becoming just the second Illinois PGA Professional to achieve this feat (Gary Groh). Small had a strong showing at the Illinois PGA Major Championships in 2020. In addition to winning the Illinois PGA Professional Championship, Small finished T9 at the 71st Illinois Open at White Eagle Golf Club, T5 at the Illinois PGA Players Championship at Conway Farms and advanced to the third round of the Illinois PGA Match Play Championship at Elgin Country Club before being eliminated by Andy Mickeslon (Mistwood Golf Club). The Illinois PGA Player of the Year Award is named after Sam Bernardi. Bernardi was a member of the Illinois PGA from 1926-1972, holding positions at Briegrate Country Club, Old Elm Club and Indian Hill Club, and was a tremendous player on the Illinois PGA circuit. 36 Illinois PGA Magazine


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YERS OF THE YEAR David Paeglow (Kishwaukee Country Club) has won the 2020 Illinois PGA Errie Ball Senior Player of the Year Award. Paeglow’s 2020 season was highlighted by three victories on the Illinois PGA Senior circuit. This marks the first time Paeglow has received an Illinois PGA Player of the Year honor.

DAVID PAEGLOW ERRIE BALL SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

“Winning the 2020 Errie Ball Senior Player of the Year award is a great honor,” said Paeglow. “I have come close a few times, but it feels incredibly rewarding to have won this recognition against some very elite Senior players in the Illinois PGA Section.” Errie Ball Senior Player of the Year points are earned through Illinois PGA Senior Stroke Play events, the Illinois PGA Senior Match Play Championship, the Illinois PGA Senior Championship, the Senior Illinois PGA Players Championship, the Illinois Senior Open Championship, the Senior PGA Professional Championship and the Senior PGA Championship. Only Class-A members over the age of 50 are eligible for Errie Ball Senior Player of the Year points. Points are allocated to players based on their finish against the entire field. Points are weighted based on the strength and size of the field. “We have a lot of great Senior competitors in the Illinois Section,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA Section. “The Senior Player of the Year Award is difficult to win, and David showcased some great golf throughout the season, performing well at every event he participated in this year.” Paeglow appeared in eight Illinois PGA Senior events in 2020. His three victories came at the Illinois PGA Senior Stroke Play at The Hawk Country Club, the Illinois PGA Senior Stroke Play at Ivanhoe Club and at the Illinois Senior Open, which he won with an eagle on the 36th hole. In addition to his three victories, Paeglow had four top-five finishes, three of which came at Major Championships. He finished second at the Illinois Senior PGA Professional Championship and the Illinois PGA Senior Match Play Championship. In the final event of the year, he finished T5 at the Illinois PGA Senior Players Championship. The Illinois PGA Professional Championship was the only non-senior division event Paeglow participated in this year. Rounds of 73, 72, 74 gave him a T17 finish, his best since 2015 (10th). This award is named after Errie Ball. Ball served and contributed to the game of golf for over forty-four years as the Head PGA Professional at Oak Park Country Club. He was a tremendous player, qualifying for the U.S. Open 20 times, the PGA Championship eight times and winning the Illinois PGA Professional Championship three times (1949, 1955, 1965). He was also named the first Director of Golf at Butler National Golf Club in 1972 and was elected into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.

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KYLE ENGLISH DON DRASLER ASSISTANT PLAYER OF THE YEAR/ CIPGA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kyle English (Crestwicke Country Club) has won the 2020 Don Drasler Illinois PGA Assistant Player of the Year and the Central Illinois PGA Chapter (CIPGA) Player of the Year. This marks the first career Assistant Player of the Year honor and second Chapter Player of the Year honor for English.

“I’m honored to be accepting the awards this year for Illinois PGA Assistant and CIPGA Player of the Year,” said English. These accolades are extremely special to me largely in a year filled with so much uncertainty. I’m beyond thankful to the Illinois PGA staff for their efforts in making this season possible. It doesn’t seem like too long ago I was sitting here wondering if we would have the opportunity to compete this season. Although further challenges still present themselves, I want to acknowledge the hard work of the Tournament Staff in 2020 and dedicate these awards to their team.” Don Drasler Assistant Player of the Year points are awarded at the Assistant Stroke Play events, the Illinois PGA Assistant Championship, the Assistant Match Play, the Illinois PGA Players Championship and Illinois Open Championship. Players earn points based on their finish against the entire field. Points are also weighted based on the strength and size of the field. “We have a very competitive group of Assistants and Associates in the Illinois Section,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA Section. “Kyle showcased some fantastic golf throughout the season and played well at both Assistant and Chapter events. We congratulate him on his outstanding season and on winning both of these awards.” English played in eight Illinois PGA events in the Assistants Division this season. He finished first in the Assistants Division at the Stroke Play at Onwentsia Club and the Stroke Play at the Hawk Country Club. English was the overall winner of the Stroke Play at the Hawk Country Club as well. He also won his second career Illinois Assistant PGA Professional Championship by six strokes in 2020. English also won the season-long Illinois PGA Assistant Match Championship. New in 2020, competitors of the Assistant Match Championship were responsible for scheduling the date and time of their matches for each round within the time frame set by the committee. English defeated Jim Billiter (Glen View Club) Michael Pariso (Edgewood Valley Country Club) and Kyle Donovan (Oak Park Country Club), before defeating Adam Patronik (Old Elm Club) in the Championship Match at Conway Farms Golf Club. In addition to his wins, English also finished second in Assistants Division at the Illinois PGA Stroke Play at Riverside Golf Club, sixth at the Illinois PGA Stroke Play at Elgin Country Club and tied for eighth at the Illinois PGA Stroke Play at Ivanhoe Club. English also had a T15 finish at the 71st Illinois Open, making him the second-lowest Illinois PGA Professional finisher behind Mike Small (University of Illinois). CIPGA Player of the Year points are awarded at the Chapter Championship, Chapter Stroke Play Events, the Illinois Open and Section Stroke Play events. Players earn points based on their finish against the entire field. Points are also weighted based on the strength and size of the field. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the CIPGA was forced to cancel the majority of its events and only held the CIPGA Championship. English won this event for the third straight year, defeating Small with an eagle on the second playoff hole. English’s performances at the 71st Illinois Open and Section Stroke Play events helped secure his second CIPGA Player of the Year honor (2016). The Illinois PGA Assistant Player of the Year Award is named after Don Drasler. Drasler was a PGA Professional from 1965-2007 and served as the Assistant Professional at Old Elm Club for over 33 years. He was the consummate golf professional and a fixture at the Old Elm Club in Highland Park, Illinois. Don loved the game of golf and made it not only his life’s work but also his passion. www.ipga.com 39


2021 Illinois PGA Tournament Schedule

The Illinois PGA has announced its tournament schedule for the The full list of qualifiers is listed below: 2021 season. This season will feature over 40 Illinois PGA Section • Illinois Open Qualifier #1 – Deerfield Golf Club events including four Open Championships and seven Illinois Wednesday, June 23 Open qualifiers. The 2021 Illinois PGA tournament schedule is highlighted by the Illinois PGA Major Championships; the Illinois PGA Match Play Championship, the 72nd Illinois Open Championship, the Illinois PGA Professional Championship and the Illinois PGA Players Championship. Three of four Major Championships will be making their debuts at new courses in 2021. Bull Valley Golf Club returns to the Illinois PGA tournament schedule for the first time since 2018 and will host the Illinois PGA Match Play Championship for the first time in decades. The Match Play Championship will again be accompanied by a Stroke Play qualifier for seeding into the event. The Stroke Play event will be held on Monday, May 10 with the Match Play rounds taking place the following three days from May 1113. The Illinois Open will be returning to the Aurora area in 2021. The 72nd Illinois Open Championship will be held at Stonebridge Country Club. Stonebridge was orignally scheduled to be the companion course for the 71st Illinois Open before the event was restructured to a one-course event due to COVID. For the second straight year, the Illinois Open will be contested at one facility. There will be seven Illinois Open qualifiers this year from June to July.

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• Illinois Open Qualifier #2 – Maple Meadows Golf Club – Wednesday, June 30 • Illinois Open Qualifier #3 – Flossmoor Golf Club – Tuesday, July 6 • Illinois Open Qualifier #4 – Ironwood Golf Course – Thursday, July 8 • Illinois Open Qualifier #5 – Sunset Valley Golf Club – Wednesday, July 14 • Illinois Open Qualifier #6 – The Hawk Country Club – Wednesday, July 21 Illinois Open Last Chance Qualifier – Countryside Golf Club (Prairie) – Wednesday, July 28 The Illinois PGA Professional Championship will be contested at the Ivanhoe Club for the first time in event history on August 23-25. As in years past, the Section Championship also serves as the qualifier for the National PGA Professional Championship. A total of 10 Illinois PGA Members will qualify for the National Championship in 2022.


2021 Illinois PGA Tournament Schedule

Knollwood Club makes its first appearance on the Illinois PGA schedule since 2018 and will play host to the Illinois PGA Players Championship for the first time. The Players is set for September 27-28 and will feature the top 35 players on the Bernardi Illinois PGA Player of the Year points race. In addition to the Section Championship, the Illinois Assistant PGA Professional Championship and the Illinois Senior PGA Professional Championship will serve as National Qualifiers for their respective events. The Illinois Assistant PGA Championship will be held on July 12 at Crystal Tree Country Club. Three Illinois PGA Members will qualify for the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship on November 11-14 at the PGA Golf Club. The Illinois Senior PGA Professional Championship will take place on August 9-10 at Bryn Mawr Country Club. Seven Illinois PGA Members will qualify for the Senior PGA Professional Championship on October 21-24 at the PGA Golf Club.

Stonebridge Country Club - host of the 72nd Illinois Open Championship

The Illinois PGA Senior Match Play and Assistants Match Play Championships will also be returning in 2021. The Assistant Match Play will be a season-long contest in which competitors schedule their matches individually within a certain time frame. The Championship Match will be scheduled by the Section to take place in early October. The Senior Match Play Championship will return to Shoreacres in 2021 after a one-year hiatus. This event will take place on October 4-6.

The Illinois Senior Open will be returning to Royal Fox Country Club once again in 2021. Following back-to-back years of high entries, the Illinois Senior Open will move from its traditional September date to June 28-29 to help accommodate the high volume of players. The Illinois Super Senior Open will return to its traditional site of Pine Meadow Golf Club from August 31 – September 1. The Illinois PGA Stroke Play series is back in full force for the 2021 season. There will be seven Illinois PGA Stroke Play events in 2021. Not all Stroke Play events have confirmed sites. The Illinois PGA will announce the sites for the remainder of the Stroke Play events once they are confirmed. 2021 will mirror that of the 2020 season for all Assistants and Senior Stroke Play events. The Illinois PGA will no longer hold individual Assistant Stroke Plays or Senior Stroke Plays. Instead, there will be Assistant and Senior divisions within all Stroke Play events. New in 2021, the Illinois PGA will introduce two new formats, the Illinois PGA Pro-Scratch and the Illinois PGA Pro-Junior. The Pro-Scratch event will encourage Illinois PGA Members to invite high-level amateur golfers to compete in a team fourball format. The Pro-Junior returns to the Illinois PGA schedule for the first time in nearly a decade Bull Valley Golf Club - host of the 2021 Illinois in conjunction with the launch of the all-new Illinois PGA Junior Tour. This event will allow Illinois PGA members to bring juniors ages 12-14 PGA Match Play Championship to compete in a fourball format against other PGA Members and their juniors.

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2021 Illinois PGA Tournament Schedule

The Illinois PGA will administer six Pro-Ams in 2021. The Las Vegas Pro-Am will take place on March 22-24 at Cascata, Southern Highlands and Reflection Bay Golf Club. The Ryne Sandberg Illinois PGA Foundation Pro-Am will return for a third straight year on Monday, September 13 at Merit Club. For the second straight year, the Illinois PGA Fall Travel Pro-Am will be held at Sand Valley Golf Resort in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. This event is scheduled for October 3-4. The Illinois PGA will also host two one-day Pro-Ams in 2021. The sites for these events are still TBA with the first event scheduled for Monday, June 7, and the second event scheduled for Monday, August 16. The Meyer Brown Miller Invitational Pro-Am will return this fall to the Pinehurst area on November 2-4.

Ivanhoe Club - host of the 2021 Illinois PGA Professional Championship

The Illinois PGA’s Birdies for Charity event will be celebrating its 11th Anniversary in 2021. This annual fundraising event will take place on Tuesday, September 7 at River Forest Country Club. Last year, Birdies for Charity surpassed the $2 million mark for funds raised for the benefiting Charites.

Three annual team events will return to the Illinois PGA schedule following a year in which all three events were forced to be cancelled. The 59th Radix Cup, which features the top 11 Illinois PGA Professionals playing as two-man teams against the top 11 Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) amateurs, will be played at Oak Park Country Club on June 17. The Thompson Cup Matches are a match play team event between the top CDGA Senior amateurs and the top Illinois PGA Senior Professionals. This event will be played at Ridge Country Club on June 3. The Royal Cup Matches are set to take place on October 1. This site is still TBA. The Royal Cup Matches are a team event featuring Wisconsin Assistant PGA Professionals and Illinois Assistant PGA Professionals.

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2021 Illinois PGA Tournament Schedule

2021 ILLINOIS PGA TOURNAMENT CALENDAR DATE March 21-25 APRIL April 19 April 26 MAY May 03 May 10 May 10-13 May 17 May 24 JUNE June 01 June 03 June 07 June 14 June 17 June 21 June 23 June 28-29 June 30 JULY July 05 July 06 July 08 July 12 July 14 July 19 July 21 July 22 July 26 July 28 AUGUST August 2-4 August 9-10 August 16 August 18 August 23-25 August 30 August 31-September 1 SEPTEMBER September 07 September 13 September 20 September 27-28 OCTOBER October 01 October 3-4 October 4-6 October 11-12 October 14 October 18-19

EVENT Illinois PGA Las Vegas Pro-Am

FACILITY SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS, CASCATA, REFLECTION BAY

Pro-Pro-Pro Scramble Championship Pro-Assistant Championship

MISTWOOD GC WHITE EAGLE GC

Illinois PGA Spring Pro-Pro Stroke Play Event Illinois PGA Match Play Championship Stroke Play Event Korn Ferry Monday Qualifying

FLOSSMOOR CC BULL VALEY GC BULL VALEY GC SUNSET RIDGE CC STONEWALL ORCHARD, WHITE DEER RUN

Stroke Play Event Thompson Cup Matches Illinois PGA Pro-Am Illinois PGA Pro-Scratch Radix Cup Matches Stroke Play Event Illinois Open Qualifier Illinois Senior Open Championship Illinois Open Qualifier

RIVER FOREST CC RIDGE CC TBA TWIN ORCHARD - RED OAK PARK CC TBA DEERFIELD GC ROYAL FOX CC MAPLE MEADOWS GC

Stroke Play Event Illinois Open Qualifier Illinois Open Qualifier Illinois PGA Assistants Championship/PPC Illinois Open Qualifier Stroke Play Event Illinois Open Qualifier Illinois PGA Pro-Junior Senior Masters Illinois Open Qualifier - Last Chance

THUNDERHAWK GC FLOSSMOOR CC IRONWOOD GC CRYSTAL TREE CC SUNSET VALLEY GC OAK PARK CC THE HAWK CC WHITE EAGLE GC ONWENTSIA CLUB COUNTRYSIDE GC (PRAIRIE)

The Illinois Open Illinois PGA Senior Championship Illinois PGA Pro-Am Illinois PGA Pro-Official Illinois PGA Section Championship/PPC Illinois PGA Pro-Pro Social Illinois Super Senior Open

STONEBRIDGE CC BRYN MAWR CC TBA WESTMORELAND CC IVANHOE CLUB THE PRESERVE AT OAK MEADOWS PINE MEADOW GC

Birdies for Charity Ryne Sandberg Foundation Pro-Am Stroke Play Event Illinois PGA Players Championship

RIVER FOREST CC MERIT CLUB METAMORA FIELDS GC KNOLLWOOD CLUB

Royal Cup Matches Illinois PGA Fall Travel Pro-Am Illinois PGA Senior Match Play Illinois PGA Senior Players Championship Pro-Superintendent Illinois PGA Fall Scramble

STRAWBERRY CREEK CC SAND VALLEY SHOREACRES BEVERLY CC TBA WEAVERRIDGE GC

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Illinois PGA Junior Tour

ILLINOIS PGA ANNOUNCES ALL-N

The Illinois PGA has announced the launch of an all-new Illinois PGA Junior Tour. The Illinois PGA Junior Tour is intended to supplement existing junior golf programming around the state and will differentiate itself with a short, 7-event season contested at premier facilities. “The Illinois PGA is excited and proud to launch its all-new Junior Tour,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA. “We as an organization already provide junior programming through Drive, Chip and Putt and PGA Jr. League, but we wanted to provide even more opportunities for junior golfers in Illinois. With the support of our membership, we were able to create a Junior Tour that will offer an exceptional tournament experience for junior golfers by providing competitive opportunities at premier facilities while fostering sportsmanship and integrity.” The Illinois PGA Junior Tour is open to junior amateurs who reside in the state of Illinois and are between the ages of 14-18 as of July 26, 2021, the date of the Junior Masters Championship. All members are eligible to qualify for the season-ending Junior Masters Championship. The field for each event will be split into two divisions – Boys 14-18 and Girls 14-18. The cost of an Illinois PGA Junior Tour Membership is $65. All junior golfers who purchase the 2021 membership receive a membership gift package and will be eligible to register for all six of the 2021 Illinois PGA Junior Tour regular season events leading into the Junior Masters Championship. All events will be 18-hole individual stroke-play competitions. Field size will be limited to 100 players maximum, 76 boys and 24 girls paired in foursomes. Field makeup is subject to change based on event registrations. All regular-season events will consist of a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start, unless otherwise specified. The Illinois PGA Junior Masters Championship is the culminating event of the season and will be held in conjunction with Illinois PGA Senior Masters Championship at Onwentsia Club. Eligibility for the Junior Masters event is limited to Junior Tour members only and is determined by the season-long points race. Invitations for the Junior Masters Championship will be sent to the top 45 point-earning members (15 girls and 30 boys). Complete details about the Illinois PGA Junior Tour can be found at ipga.com-jr-golf-home. 44 Illinois PGA Magazine


Illinois PGA Junior Tour

NEW ILLINOIS PGA JUNIOR TOUR

2021 ILLINOIS PGA JUNIOR TOUR TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE DATE

EVENT

FACILITY

June 14

Illinois PGA Junior Tour Event #1

Ruth Lake CC

June 21

Illinois PGA Junior Tour Event #2

Merit Club

June 28

Illinois PGA Junior Tour Event #3

Westmoreland CC

July 6

Illinois PGA Junior Tour Event #4

Naperville CC

July 12

Illinois PGA Junior Tour Event #5

Briarwood CC

July 19

Illinois PGA Junior Tour Event #6

Flossmoor CC

July 26

Illinois PGA Junior Masters Championship

Onwentsia Club

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June 10 - Boone Creek GC June 15 - Bolingbrook GC June 22 - Harborside GC June 24 - Aldeen GC June 30 - Pine Meadow GC July 8 - Ironwood GC July 13 - The Preserve at Oak Meadows July 15 - Broken Arrow GC July 22 - Cantigny Golf

2021 ILLINOIS PGA SUB REGIONAL QUALIFIERS • July 20 - Oak Brook GC • August 6 - Royal Fox CC

2021 REGIONAL FINAL • September 11 - Medinah CC

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2021 REGISTRATIONS FOR PGA JR. LEAGUE PLAYERS AND PGA FAMILY CUP NOW OPEN PGA Jr. League is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls, ages 13 and under, to learn and enjoy the game of golf from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Like many other recreational youth sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends. Visit the PGA Jr. League Website to learn more about the program. Player registration is officially open! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Captains: now is the time to make sure you have registered your programs for PGA Junior League. Early season player registration has gotten off to a GREAT start with numbers showing a 15% increase over pre-COVID times. All this in just the first 3 weeks. Also, final League formations are underway with a deadline of March 20th for Captains to register and be in a Travel League. Any questions can be directed to Elizabeth Mavrogenes in the Section Office or Frank Chieppa, PGA. Facilities: Looking for that fun, low stress and social event for the entire family? Register now for PGA Family Cup. CLICK HERE for more information For more information about either PGA Junior League or PGA Family Cup, do not hesitate to reach out to our Regional League Manager, Frank Chieppa, PGA 847-609-0819 fchieppa@pgahq.com


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Members Lounge NEW MEMBERS: Logan Murphy, PGA Jared Nelson, PGA Rachel Oberheide, PGA Robert Sweno, PGA Don Wolf, PGA

NEW ASSOCIATES: Gabe Cox Daniel Corcho Blaine Crews Nathan Dalton Billy Herriott Megan Nagorzanski Orlando Avila Ortiz Paul Schlimm Jr.

HALF CENTRUY MEMBERS Steven Hare, PGA

TRANSFERS IN Will Clopton, PGA Shane Cowan, PGA Andrew Goss, PGA Jim Henry, PGA Austin Kinsey Sean Pender, PGA Daniel Sciarrino, PGA Caleb Witting, PGA

QUARTER CENTRUY MEMBERS Pat Kramer, PGA Steven Moore, PGA Jeffery Peterson, PGA Christine Regenberg, PGA Trey Robbins, PGA Lynda Seiler, PGA Mike Small, PGA Darryl Stackhouse, PGA

IN MEMORIAM Larry Rouse, PGA

Industry Insights LEARNING AND GROWING FROM A RECORD YEAR Ryan Peavey, PGA | A-8 Knollwood Club 2020 was an unprecedented year in golf, we all know as we worked our tails off in one of the busiest years golf has ever seen. We have all heard stories and have our own from how busy it was, but what I have not heard much of is how much we all learned about ourselves from one of the toughest years we will ever work. The off season, even a short one, is a great time for self-reflection. One of the positives about a record year is that strengths and weaknesses are exposed with much greater frequency. With the growth in the game, all aspects of what we do grew and demanded more of our attention, more often. Adaptability, creativity, patience, confidence, work ethic and general knowledge are just a few things that were challenged last year. If you have never done a self SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis, I would highly recommend that you do one. I know that you may have heard of this or have done one before, but have you done one focusing on the events from last year? Even if it is never shared with anybody, I guarantee that you will learn from it if you are true to yourself. In a recent SWOT analysis of myself from last season, I gained a much better understanding of how I approach work and life, and ways that I can improve upon both. One of my strengths has always been my work ethic. I spent a lot of hours at work last year, even when I should have gone home at times, because I thought the more time and effort I put into something, the more the members would benefit from it. And while there is some truth to that and I do value my work ethic for putting in the time to get things right, it also exposed a weakness. I discovered that I am not the best at managing time. Last season, I would prioritize tasks but would allow myself to become distracted by low priority tasks that would come up. This would lead to the prioritized tasks being pushed back, and me spending more time at work to finish what needed to get done right away. That weakness also led to another weakness, balanced life. My wife is the best and she will always support me and what I do, but I cannot help reflecting on the hours I wasted that I could have spent with her and my boys Jackson and Bo last season. While that is time I can never have back, I do have the opportunity to become more efficient. The more efficient I become, the better husband, father, and professional I become…a win-win-win if you will. While this was a self-discovery from last season, the more I thought about it the more I discovered this has been my career. It was just more pronounced because of the increased demand last year. I will become a better person and professional because of this, and I hope that you do too! 48 Illinois PGA Magazine


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JUNIORS TAKING ON TOP GOLF Taylor Lambertsen | B-8 - Exmoor Country Club The game of golf is growing and so are the opportunities to bring juniors into the game. At Exmoor Country Club the junior program has grown from 30 students to over 100 students in the last three years with kids ranging from two years old to 16 years old. Their laughs, cheers and chants for putts to drop and balls to hit a green can be heard from all around the property on Saturday nights when they go onto the course. As the season was winding down, our students still had the bug to play and practice each week which sparked the idea to keep them interested even while there is snow on the ground. With the limited resources around Illinois in the cold months for children to keep practicing, I had to get creative. What better way than to bring these kids to TopGolf in Schaumburg for a day of fun and lunch! TopGolf was more than accommodating and provided a fun and safe experience for the juniors. Our first time there, I arranged an event with them for 12 students to test it out and see what they thought. They loved it and had so much fun keeping their skills up to par even in the colder temperatures. The feedback from parents was more than I could have expected, they wanted to rent bays for the parents to join in too and create a competition! My second and third time going back, I had 36 kids join in, six in each bay, and rented out two extra bays for the parents to hit while the kids were playing and enjoying lunch too! It was becoming a family event with more and more juniors asking to go. Since the start of this in the winter, we have seen our junior program grow even more for this upcoming season! With our junior program practicing three days a week even with snow on the ground, we created our own TopGolf in the snow! If you want to take your junior program to the next level and spark interest even in the colder months, I highly suggest trying your local TopGolf facility out!

IPGA Tips From the Pros HOW TO DEAL WITH POOR SHOTS Bill Abrams | A-14 - Balmoral Woods GC As you all realize, golf is a very fickle and humbling game. Even the greatest players hit poor shots - it’s a fact of the game and life. How you react is a totally different subject. First things first, a person basically cannot control their thoughts, they only control how they react to them. Overreacting to a poor shot can and does cause more poor results. For instance, if you hit a shot too far, often times a player will hit the next one too short. This is overreacting to what just happened. We have all done more than we care to admit. I often hear players say “I’m not going to do that” opposed to “I plan to do that”. The difference here is huge framing your intent positively opposed to avoiding a certain malady. By adding an effective pre and post shot routine to our game, we can become much better at how we control our reactions. Utilizing a few steps prior to a shot and a few steps post shot can and does offer a way to be consistent, plus tame overreactions. Prior to a shot, a simple process is all that is necessary. It must, however, be consistent. If you take a rehearsal swing, ALWAYS take a rehearsal swing that is at the speed you intend to hit the shot. Pick a target and commit to it. Pick ONE swing key and stick to it after you have addressed the golf ball. A good routine is more organization than anything else. We get into huge problems when our mind is wandering and lacks organization, i.e. 200 swing thoughts. Be focused on the few items we discussed and stick to it. Post shot is something we can do to prepare for the next shot. A positive rehearsal swing after a poor shot can provide wonders for you. Instead of searching for what went wrong on the previous shot, focus your rehearsal swing on what you need to do to hit a good shot. Something as simple as completing your backswing or sticking your finish are great examples. Let’s change the way you think to change your results. Yes it can be that simple. We certainly need to look at things from a different perspective to allow ourselves to play great golf when we have been struggling. www.ipga.com 49


The Illinois PGA Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization that serves as the charitable arm of the Illinois PGA Section, one of the forty-one geographical regions that comprise the PGA of America. Established in 1991 and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021, the foundation focuses its community efforts on promoting the goodwill and growth of the game with an emphasis on activities that benefit youth. The Illinois PGA Foundation actively partners and supports the following organizations and charities: • Illinois Junior Golf Association • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana • Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago • JDRF Illinois Chapter THE FOUNDATION MANAGES SEVERAL PROGRAMS INCLUDING:

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ILLINOIS PGA FOUNDATION CAPITAL CAMPAGIN The Illinois PGA Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and in recognition of this milestone has announced a $1,000,000 capital campaign that will focus on securing funding to create a financial base that will support both existing and future programming. The Illinois PGA Foundation is responsible for managing several programs including PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) which introduces golf to veterans to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being and PGA Jr. League and Drive, Chip and Putt which are the skills and competition training ground for our future golfers. GolfWorks Illinois provides internships to high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in the golf business, and there are also several college scholarship programs opportunities provided by the Foundation. A new Junior Tour was recently launched which will allow junior golfers to experience tournament play at top facilities throughout the Chicagoland area. And, the Foundation also hosts the Birdies for Charity fundraising event which has raised more than $2 million for deserving children’s charities in the 10 years since its inception. In addition to raising funds to support its existing and future programming, the Illinois PGA Foundation is working with the Western Golf Association (WGA) to purchase the former WGA/Evans Scholars building in Golf, Illinois that will become the first-ever headquarters of both the Illinois PGA Foundation and Illinois PGA Section. Illinois PGA leadership has discussed securing its own building for many years, and this new step will allow the organizations to better serve the community and its PGA Professional membership. The campaign will also help support the operation and renovation of the new building. As you consider joining the campaign, please know that the Foundation Officers, Board and Capital Campaign Committee value each and every donor and appreciate your interest in supporting the Illinois PGA Foundation and its programs. For questions and to learn more about the Illinois PGA Foundation and capital campaign, please contact Palmer Moody, Assistant Executive Director / Foundation & Communications at pmoody@pgahq.com or 847.729.4145 (direct). CLICK HERE to donate to the capital campaign CLICK HERE to learn more about the Illinois PGA Foundation


Illinois PGA E-Magazine Advertising If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities with the Illinois PGA Magazine, please contact Kathy Kreft, Assistant Execuitive Director - Business Development at kkreft@pgahq.com. Below you’ll find E-Magazine Ad pricing.

Illinois PGA E-Magazine Advertising Price Breakdown Ad Type

Number of Issues

Price

Full Page

3 issues

$1,500

1/2 Page

3 Issues

$900

1/4 Page

3 Issues

$500

Side Panel

Pay per Issue

$175/Issue

Illinois PGA E-Magazine Advertising Outline FULL PAGE AD • 3 Issues - $1,500 • A full (8.5 X 11) advertisement of your choice. You have the right to request which page you would like this advertisement to appear on . Note: advertisements will be granted location on a first come first serve basis. Some advertisements will not be able to be placed in the exact spot requested due to editorial layout. The Illinois PGA will do what it can to place your ad where you request.

HALF-PAGE AD • 3 Issues - $900 • A half page (8.5 X 5.5) advertisement of your choice. You have the right to request which page you would like this advertisement to appear on . Note: advertisements will be granted location on a first come first serve basis. Some advertisements will not be able to be placed in the exact spot requested due to editorial layout. The Illinois PGA will do what it can to place your ad where you request.

1/4 PAGE AD • 3 Issues - $500 • A 1/4-page (5.5 X 5.5) advertisement of your choice. This advertisement will be located in one of the corners of a page in the magazine. You have the right to request which page you would like this advertisement to appear on. Note: advertisements will be granted location on a first come first serve basis. Some advertisements will not be able to be placed in the exact spot requested due to editorial layout. The Illinois PGA will do what it can to place your ad where you request.

SIDE BANNER AD • $175/Issue • A side banner (2 x 9) advertisement of your choice. This advertisement will be located on the side of one of the pages in the magazine You have the right to request which page you would like this advertisement to appear on . Note: advertisements will be granted location on a first come first serve basis. Some advertisements will not be able to be placed in the exact spot requested due to editorial layout. The Illinois PGA will do what it can to place your ad where you request.


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