Grayslake, IL - The Chicago Tour made one of its favorite tour stops this past weekend at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club. Home of many local and USGA qualifying events, there are not many better venues in the state. The "Chase is On" for the Chicago Cup and this was the last chance for players to qualify for the Border Battle Team, which will be announced September 1st. 2 of the 5 flights needed extra holes to determine a champion.
In the Champ Flight Tim Morrow continued his great season, but this time needed a 19th hole to get it done. Steve Reigle (Nashville Tour) was visiting and coming off his victory at the Southern Regional he was looking for more. Both players shot 73 with Reigle birding the 18th hole to get in the playoff. Morrow and Reigle headed back out to #1 where Morrow's par putt dropped in the cup for the victory. Morrow's victory pushed him to the top of the Chicago Cup standings with 3 events left to play on the 2017 season.
In the A Flight, Nick Lanas playing on his "home" course shot a smooth 39-37-76 to win for the first time this season. Lanas birdied 18 to claim the victory by one shot over Joe Natola and Corey Ferger. Brandon Tudor leads the way in the A flight Chicago Cup race, but it's closely contested and should be an exciting finish.
In the B Flight, tour rookie Bob Devogelear needed a birdie on the final hole to shoot an even par back nine. When his putt dropped, the birdie was in hand, and then he learned the playoff was on! Devogelears stat line of 45-36-81 is proof to never give up. Nick Michals has a flatter stat line of 41-40-81, however it was the 19th hole that mattered. Devogelear's part putt sealed the victory, his first of the season. Jason Krich holds on to the top spot in the Chicago Cup, but that will be a grind for the final 3 events.
In the C Flight, fresh off the promotion, Paul Glendenning used his "practice round/TEAM Tour round to start out blazing the course on the front. The back nine was a different story. Glendenning built a 5 shot lead as he made the turn, and that quickly evaporated. However with pars and 15 and 17, Glendenning took the lead back. Chet Laskowski found some trouble on 18 and Glendenning took home the hardware. Roy Robbins now leads the Chicago Cup race -- having missed a few Chicago events, Robbins found some replacements and sits atop the leaderboard.
In the D Flight, it's about peaking at the right time and James Fifer is doing that. Fifer won for the 2nd time in 4 tournaments, with a 2nd place and 5th place finish sandwiched in there. Fifer had the lead at the turn and never looked back and he shot 44 on the back nine to cruise to a 5 shot victory. Ed Mallet took 2nd place honors. Fifer's victory pushed his index to 18.7, so he earned a promotion to the C flight if he chooses to compete in the National Tour Championship. For now, his "Flight is Frozen" so he will continue to hold the top stop in the Chicago Cup. Should his index continue to improve he will be promoted for the Chicago Cup Chase.
This week's 50/50 raffle winner was Steven Gutzmer! The Chicago Tour has now raised over $3000 for Stand Up 2 Cancer in 2017!
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Tour News and Notes
- The Chase for the Cup has begun!!! The points standings on the site are the standings to qualify for the National Tour Championship. The Chicago Cup Standings can be seen here Chicago Cup Standings They can also be viewed by clicking the red Chicago Cup button above or on the website red button. Remember the "Flight Freeze" is in effect for the Chase. See the local tour manual for more details
- Tournament Rules - Players are expected and responsible to know and understand the Rules of Golf and local tournament rules for every tournament. Tournament rules are always sent prior to events and will be included at every tournament (either on the back of scorecards or a separate rules sheet). Hitting your first tee shot is an agreement to those local rules and decisions the tournament committee makes. It is always the player's responsibility to know the rules.
- Border Battle teams will be announced September 1st. The Border Battle will be hosted by the Milwaukee Tour October 7th and 8th and will be played at Merrill Hills (private country club)
- Wilson Cup Standings are updated through Stonewall Orchard Standings | History
- Questions about point transfers, flight movements or handicap calculations, check out the local tour manual. Still have questions EMAIL US
- Team Events are starting back up. Champions of each event receive crystal trophies, visa gift card and FREE entry to TEAM Tour Championship at Kemper Lakes. Learn more about TEAM events.
- Summer Membership Special has started, $65 to join for the rest of season. Get your tour card today!
- Yes, our referral program still exists. 2 new members equals a free tournament (non major) -- tell your friends today about the tour!
- The 2017 Golfweek Amateur Tour Championship will be held Oct. 20-22 with a flighted skins game and Registration party on October 19. The 2017 course lineup has been announced. Read More