Cantigny Tournament Recap
Tournament Results & Skins
The Chicago ended it's 7th season at Cantigny Golf Club. The weather was perfect for a September day, the course was in great shape, it was a fitting ending to another great season.
The Chicago Tour once again ended the season with the most tour members in the Golfweek family, the tour is great because of the players that tee it up! Thanks for a great season, and we can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for us! A season ending survey will be sent in October - please share your feedback on how we can make the tour better!
Champ Flight: Andrew Wilson & Blair Skarin
Champ Flight – A fantastic season came to an end this past weekend at Cantigny. It will be a memorable season for tour rookie Andrew Wilson. Wilson cruised to the Chicago Cup championship as he won two Chicago events during the season. Wilson started the year with a victory at Elgin CC, however Wilson's defining moment was his victory at Mistwood where he shot his season best 71 to claim the championship.
At Cantigny, another tour rookie Blair Skarin claimed the final season's major tournament winning by one shot over the field. Skarin will take his hot hand to the Border Battle and take on the Team Milwaukee.
Rookie of the year honors went to Andrew Wilson for his great season and making the trifecta for Wilson, he also claimed the Wilson Staff as he posted a season total -3! A wonderful season for Wilson, let's see him take that momentum to the Tour Championship!
A Flight: Tony Zumpano, Nick Lanas, & Charlie Spalding
A Flight – Anthony Zumpano won his first tournament on tour in 2010 at Klein Creek, since then Zumpano has had many tour victories, but this one might be his best to date. Zumpano played near flawless golf, shooting 76, to put a final stamp on the season. Zumpano's victory earned him his 3rd Chicago Cup trophy in 6 years to go along with his 12th career victory on the Chicago Tour!
Rookie of the Year went to Charlie Spalding who finished in 3rd place in the Chicago Cup and also qualified for the Border Battle in his first year on tour!
Nick Lanas won the Wilson Staff Cup thanks to winning a tiebreaker. Nick birdied the #2 handicapped hole at Bowes Creek in August to stake claim to the decisive tiebreaker.
B Flight: Manny Gonzalez, Les White, Vic Lowensten & Jason Gronek
B Flight – Manny Gonzalez likes to play well in the major tournaments. After his runner up finish at Bowes Creek/Highlands of Elgin, Gonzalez finally broke through for his first tour victory winning by two shots over Todd Hoyer.
Les White capped off a great season, one that will be defined by a great final sprint to the finish line. White won back to back tournaments in August at Mistwood and Cog Hill to vault him in the lead and his T6 finish at Cantigny sealed the Chicago Cup. For White his play earned himself a promotion to the A flight for the 2017 season!
Vic Lowensten really likes the Wilson Staff Cup! After winning the 2015 cup in thrilling fashion with a hole out eagle from the fairway at Thunderhawk, Lowensten went back to back and the decisive hole this season was his birdie on the Port course at Harborside back in June!
Jason Gronek won the Rookie of the Year in the B flight as he put together a solid season and finished 7th in the Chicago Cup Standings. An impressive feat when you consider the B Flight has over 75 members!!
C Flight: Jason Sanoshy
C Flight – A tight season leaderboard ascended to Cantigny with a lot on the line. 5 members had a chance at the Chicago Cup and they didn't disappoint. Derek Oscar and Jason Sanoshy needed extra holes to determine the tournament champion. Sanoshy only needed one more as he won on the first playoff hole to claim the tournament title.
Sanoshy also picked a great time to get hot! Sanoshy won back to back majors (Mistwood) to earn major points late in the season! His victories propelled him to the Chicago Cup championship as well as Rookie of the Year honors! A great way to finish your first season on tour!
Chris Bilba found his way back to the Wilson Staff Cup championship as he won for the second consecutive season! Bilba won by one shot over tour veteran Frank Alaimo.
D Flight: Chet Laskowski & Jeff Lanas
D Flight – Another competitive leaderboard in the D Flight put it on the line at Cantigny to chase down many of the seasons honors! When the sun went down Chet Laskowski was the last player standing as he edged out the field by 1 shot to win the tournament!
Laskowski's victory earned him his first Chicago Cup championship! Laskowski was focused on winning the season title after narrowing missing out last seasons Cup race.
For the first time in Wilson Staff Cup history we had a tie, as Jeff Lanas and Chet Laskowski earned co-titles to win the championship! Congrats to both players on a great season!
2016 "Keck" Award Recipient: Lou Rymarcsuk
As we conclude our 7th season on tour, it's important to recognize why we play this crazy sport that is satisfying and frustrating (often on the same hole). In 2010 we started the Chicago Tour and immediately met great people, many of whom still push the tour forward.
One player that was a huge part of the tour's success was Dan Keck. Dan won the first event we played at Klein Creek in the C Flight and later went on to play in Nationals that season where he finished in 5th place. Dan would go on to be an advocate for the tour and many times would go out of his way to meet and greet the new members, regardless of their flight. Dan would later play a few more seasons on tour but his tour schedule started to diminish due to some health issues. Dan passed away in late 2014 after a battle with cancer.
Dan was a friend to many on tour and was one of the fiercest competitors in the C Flight. Personally I called Dan my friend as did many others. After a round - he would shake the champions hand and was genuinely happy for them. Dan's life on tour exemplified the tours pillars: Competition, Camaraderie, and Sportsmanship.
In 2015 we created an award to honor Dan and the tour principles. Our tour is filled with many great examples and choosing the 2016 recipient was not an easy choice. However in the end one player emerged from the group. He's one of the most liked players on tour, he's always focused on having fun, and he gives 100% on the course. The 2016 "Keck" Award goes to Lou Rymarcsuk. Congrats to Lou, and we are convinced that Dan would approve.
A few more events to round out the season, including the Border Battle and the TEAM Tour championship at Kemper Lakes. All players are encouraged to play in this event - grab a buddy and play. It's a 1pm shotgun that includes prize pool and food after the round!
Windahl & Krich win TEAM Tour Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club
Doug Windahl & Jason Krich
The first full complete season of the Chicago TEAM Tour came to end this past week at the private Kemper Lakes Golf Club. Teams teed it up with a chance to become the season's champion. 5 teams previously qualified by winning a regular season TEAM Tour event and 8 more teams joined them along the way.
Doug Windahl and Jason Krich jumped out to an early lead and never looked back shooting a net 29-34-63 to win by one shot over the Tudor Tandem of Marius and Brandon Tudor (35-29-64). The key moment of the match may have been the par 5, 4th hole - where TEAM Windahl/Krich birdied for a net eagle.
"It was a successful season for the TEAM Tour" says Tour Director Rob Maguire. "Our goal was to give our members the ability to play in a new format, that still allowed each player to play their own ball, but also to play some great private clubs along the way" said Maguire.
Preparations have already begun for the 2017 season that promises to build off the success of this past season!