Illinois PGA Championship

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Illinois PGA Championship
Tournament information
Location Varies: Olympia Fields, Illinois (in 2016)
Established 1922
Course(s) Varies: Olympia Fields Country Club, South Course (in 2016)
Par 72
Length 6,875 yards (6,286 m)
Organized by Illinois PGA
Format Stroke play, 54 holes
Prize fund ~$70,000
Month played September
Current champion
Mike Small

The Illinois PGA Championship is a golf tournament that is conducted by the Illinois PGA (Professional Golfers' Association). The 54-hole, stroke play Championship conducted over three days is the premier member event on the Illinois PGA calendar. The tournament is open to all "Class A" Illinois PGA Professionals in good standing with the PGA of America.

History[edit]

The first Illinois PGA Championship was held in 1922 and won by Eddie Loos. In addition to the first place purse money, the winner is awarded the Jim Kemper Cup, which was donated by Jim Kemper, the former president and chairman of the board of Kemper Insurance Company.

Method of play[edit]

The Illinois PGA Championship is a 54-hole stroke-play event. Following 36 holes of play, the field is cut to the low 50 scores plus ties. In the event of a tie for the Championship, there is a three-hole, total stroke playoff. If the contestants remain tied after three (3) holes, the playoff will continue on a sudden death basis.

PGA Professional National Championship (PPNC) qualifying[edit]

The Illinois PGA Champion, along with a pre-determined number of finishers (based on total entries received), receive an exemption to play in the PGA Professional National Championship the following year.

Patriot Golf Day[edit]

During the first round of the Illinois PGA Championship, all competitors are asked to make a voluntary donation at registration in support of Patriot Golf Day - a joint initiative of the PGA of America and the United States Golf Association (USGA) that supports the Folds of Honor Foundation which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation. Contributions are also accepted through subsequent rounds. At the conclusion of the Championship, the Illinois PGA matches all funds donated by its members.

Winners[edit]

Year Champion Venue Location Score Margin Runner(s)-up
2016 Mike Small Olympia Fields Country Club, South Course Olympia Fields, Illinois 71-67-68=206 (−10) 2 Brian Brodell, Travis Johns, Curtis Malm
2015 Jim Billiter Medinah Country Club, Course No. 1 Medinah, Illinois 68-66-70=204 (−9) 2 Matt Slowinski
2014 Mike Small Stonewall Orchard Golf Club Grayslake, Illinois 67-67-66=200 (−16) 5 Steve Orrick
2013 Mike Small Olympia Fields Country Club, South Course Olympia Fields, Illinois 69-72-68=209 (−4) 4 Travis Johns, Curtis Malm, Matt Slowinski
2012 Steve Orrick Stonewall Orchard Golf Club Grayslake, Illinois 72-70-65=207 (−9) 5 Curtis Malm
2011 Frank Hohenadel Medinah Country Club, Course No. 1 Medinah, Illinois 65-70-72=207 (−6) 4 Matt Slowinski
2010 Mike Small Olympia Fields Country Club, South Course Olympia Fields, Illinois 70-63-67=200 (−13) 11 Travis Johns
2009 Mike Small Stonewall Orchard Golf Club Grayslake, Illinois 67-69-71=207 (−9) 6 Jim Sobb
2008 Mike Small Medinah Country Club, Course No. 1 Medinah, Illinois 67-67-71=205 (−8) 1 Steve Orrick
2007 Mike Small Stonewall Orchard Golf Club Grayslake, Illinois 63-69-70=202 (−14) 3 Roy Biancalana
2006 Mike Small Stonewall Orchard Golf Club Grayslake, Illinois 71-66-72=209 (−7) 5 Darren Stanek
2005 Mike Small Stonewall Orchard Golf Club Grayslake, Illinois 73-67-71=211 (−5) 1 Connie DeMattia
2004 Mike Small Royal Melbourne Country Club Long Grove, Illinois 73-65-71=209 (−7) 6 Biancalana, DeMattia, Brett Melton
2003 Mike Small Royal Melbourne Country Club Long Grove, Illinois 69-74-75=218 (+2) 1 Roy Biancalana
2002 Gary Groh Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois 74-70-74=218 (+2) PO Mike Small
2001 Mike Small Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois 69-73-71=213 (−3) 2 Dino Lucchesi
2000 Jim Sobb Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois 1 Kelly Holmes, John Cleary
1999 Jim Sobb Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1998 Dino Lucchesi Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1997 Doug Bauman Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1996 Doug Bauman Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1995 Jim Sobb Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1994 Steve Benson Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1993 Bob Ackerman Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1992 David Prange Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1991 Rick Dalpos Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1990 Rick Dalpos Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1989 Gary Groh Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1988 Bob Ackerman Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1987 Gary Hopkins Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1986 Gary Groh Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1985 Ed Oldfield, Jr. Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1984 Steve Benson Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1983 Gary Groh Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1982 Steve Benson Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1981 Robert Powers Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1980 Mark Wolfla Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1979 Emil Esposito Kemper Lakes Golf Club Kildeer, Illinois
1978 Bob Zender
1977 Bob Zender Lincolnshire Country Club Crete, Illinois  ??-??-67=206 (−10) 7 Steve Benson
1976 Bob Zender Lincolnshire Country Club Crete, Illinois
1975 Shelby Futch
1974 Bill Ventresca
1973 Dean Lind
1972 Bill Ogden
1971 Bill Ogden
1970 Tony Holguin
1969 Doug MacDonald
1968 Chuck Malchaski
1967 George Keyes
1966 Dick Hart
1965 Errie Ball
1964 Jack Fleck
1963 Dick Hart
1962 Tony Holguin
1961 Bob Harris
1960 Bill Ogden
1959 Bob Harris
1958 Chuck Malchaski
1957 Bill Ogden
1956 George Keyes
1955 Errie Ball
1954 Tony Holguin
1953 Bill Ogden
1952 Mike Sipula
1951 Sam Bernardi
1950 Ky Laffoon
1949 Errie Ball
1948 Henry Ransom
1947 Johnny Revolta
1946 Jim Foulis
1945 Jack Grout
1944 George Smith
1943 Jim Foulis
1942 Johnny Revolta St. Charles Country Club St. Charles, Illinois 71-70-69=210 (−6) 1 Jim Foulis
1941 Johnny Revolta
1940 E.J. Harrison
1939 Dick Metz Champaign Country Club[1] Champaign, Illinois
1938 Johnny Revolta
1937 Johnny Revolta
1936 Johnny Revolta
1935 Frank Walsh
1934 Harry Cooper
1933 Jim Foulis
1932 Harry Cooper
1931 Abe Espinosa
1930 Al Espinosa
1929 Jim Foulis
1928 Al Espinosa
1927 Al Espinosa
1926 Jock Hutchison
1925 Jock Hutchison
1924 Eddie Loos Glen Flora Country Club Waukegan, Illinois
1923 Jock Hutchison
1922 Eddie Loos Lake Shore Country Club Glencoe, Illinois 1 Jock Hutchison
  • PO = Won in playoff

Multiple winners[edit]

The following players have won the Illinois PGA Championship multiple times:

  • 12 wins:
    • Mike Small — 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • 6 wins
    • Johnny Revolta — 1936, 1937, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1947
  • 5 wins:
    • Bill Ogden — 1953, 1957, 1960, 1971, 1972
  • 4 wins:
    • Jim Foulis — 1929, 1933, 1943, 1946
    • Gary Groh — 1983, 1986, 1989, 2002
  • 3 wins:
    • Errie Ball — 1949, 1955, 1965
    • Steve Benson — 1982, 1984, 1994
    • Al Espinosa — 1927, 1928, 1930
    • Tony Holguin — 1954, 1962, 1970
    • Jock Hutchinson — 1923, 1925, 1926
    • Jim Sobb — 1995, 1999, 2000
    • Bob Zender — 1976, 1977, 1978
  • 2 wins:
    • Bob Ackerman — 1988, 1993
    • Doug Bauman — 1996, 1997
    • Harry Cooper — 1932, 1934
    • Rick Dalpos — 1990, 1991
    • Bob Harris — 1959, 1961
    • Dick Hart — 1963, 1966
    • Eddie Loos – 1922, 1924
    • Chuck Malchaski — 1958, 1968

References[edit]

  1. ^ Decatur Daily Review June 24, 1939 page 5; Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette June 21, 1939

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