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MICHAEL TROY in just his second time competing in the Illinois PGA Senior Match Play Championship took home the trophy.
Troy defeated 2020 IPGA Senior Player of the Year David Paeglow from Kishwaukee Country Club 5 & 4.
The match was interesting as the “two dads” whose sons are roommates and teammates on the Illinois State University Golf Team battled for the title.
After Paeglow won the first hole with a birdie to go 1 Up, it was Troy who would not lose another hole the rest of the match.
Troy made birdies on holes 3 & 4 to take the lead he would never lose. But Troy blew the lead open to 4 Up at the turn, by winning holes 7,8, and 9. Troy opened the lead to 5 Up with a birdie on the 13th hole, and closed out the match and the championship on the 14th hole with a par.
“It was just fun to play this week,” said Troy. “It’s been a very busy year for everyone so it’s nice to just get out here and compete. I had some tough matches against some great competitors this week. It was a fight all day today. I didn’t play to well in the morning, but was able to pull it out. Then I started making some putts against David in the title match and that was the deciding factor.”
Troy entered the match play championship as a #13 seed.
Troy rarely trailed in a match the entire championship, and had to fight for tough wins against Roy Biancalana (Blackberry Oaks) 2 & 1, and John Clearly from Exmoor Country Club) 3 & 2 in the semi-finals.
The Senior Match Play Championship was the last event heading into the season ending IPGA Senior Players Championship at Twin Orchard Country Club.
THE GOG BLOG-by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook at Rory Spears.
The Gog Blog will have coverage from the season ending Illinois PGA Senior Players Championship at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove.