Curtis Malm put his name in Elgin Country Club’s record book Monday.
Malm tied the competitive course record as he fired a 9-under 63 to capture the Illinois PGA Elgin Country Club Classic by a comfortable four-stroke margin.
The Aurora resident and St. Charles Country Club pro began his bogey-free round with an eagle followed by two birdies. He added birdies on hole Nos. 8, 10, 14, 16 and 17 as he matched the record previously set by Elgin Country Club member Bill Hoffer.
Oswego’s Travis Johns finished fourth with a 68. Elgin Country Club’s David Sahs tied for seventh with a 70, Naperville Country Club’s Joe Glomb tied for 12th with a 71 and Elgin Country Club head pro Jon Duppler was in a group tied for 20th after shooting a 72.
Rock qualifies for State Senior Amateur
Batavia’s David Rock was one of four local players to advance from the Illinois State Senior Amateur qualifier held Monday at Whisper Creek in Huntley.
Rock’s 2-over 74 left him in a tie for fourth. Huntley’s James O’Toole and Naperville’s Jim Novak are moving on after tying for seventh with 75s, and Naperville’s Ron Potter also advanced by tying for 14th with a 76.
The Illinois State Senior Amateur will be held Sept. 16-18 at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo.
Fritz ties for third at state jurnior golf event
Several area players fared well at the recent Illinois Jr. Golf Association Player of the Year Championship at Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin.
In the Senior Boys Division (16-18), Naperville’s Joseph Fritz tied for third at 76-72—148. Christopher Boyle of Hampshire tied for sixth one stroke back and Matt Yonkovich of Sugar Grove was tied for eighth at 150.
In Junior Boys (14-15), Naperville’s Greg Crowly was third at 73-80—153. Aurora’s David Lipan tied for 13th (161), Sugar Grove’s Luke Hoss tied for 20th (163) and Aurora’s Jackson Clarke tied for 23rd (165).
Chicago Open qualifying ongoing at several sites
Professional and highly accomplished amateur golfers will have five more opportunities to qualify for this year’s $50,000 54-hole Chicago Open, which is being held Oct. 7-9 at Cantigny in Wheaton.
Players may qualify at the following sites:
Sept. 3, Brown Deer Park GC, Milwaukee, Wis.
Sept. 16, Flossmoor Country Club.
Sept. 23, Country Club of Old Vincennes, Ind.
Sept. 23, Lake Michigan Hills Golf Club, Benton Harbor, Mich.
Sept. 26, Makray Memorial Golf Club, North Barrington.
Qualifiers are open to professional golfers and to amateurs with a handicap index of 10.0 or less.
The fee for the qualifier is $250 for professionals and $100 for amateurs with an additional $200 fee for successful qualifiers. Players may compete in one qualifier and also in the “second chance qualifier” at Makray Memorial Golf Club, which will be open to first-and-second attempt qualifiers.
Those interested in registering for a qualifying event — or in obtaining more information — may do so online by visiting thechicagoopen.com.
The Chicago Open boasts a Hall-of-Fame roster of champions that includes such golf icons as Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. PGA TOUR star and recent World No. 1 golfer Luke Donald, a Chicago-area resident, won the event in 2000 as amateur playing for Northwestern.
The championship is being conducted for the first time since 2001 by and for the benefit of the Illinois Junior Golf Association.