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2020 IPGA Player of the Year. University of Illinois Coach Mike Small.

University of Illinois Golf Coach Mike Small, the 2020 Illinois PGA Player of the Year, has had to Withdraw from the Senior PGA Club Professional Championship before todays second round.

Small shot a 1 under par 71 in yesterdays first round, and was T-27 after 18 holes, in the field of over 260 players.

No reason has yet been given for the WD. Small opened his first round with an eagle-birdie start, and 3 under through 2. But could only make one more birdie in the last 16 holes.

Small was joined at the PGA Golf Club by fellow IPGA members, Kevin Healy-Blacksheep Club, David Paeglow-Kishwaukee Country Club, Jim Sobb-Ivanhoe Club, John Varner-Beverly Country Club, John Guyton-Chicago Golf Club, Doug Bauman-Biltmore, David Hannon of Biltmore, Roy Biancalana-Blackberry Oaks, John Cleary of Exmoor Country Club.

Paeglow the 2020 IPGA Senior Player of the Year, shot a 1 under par 70 in Round 2, and at Even par will make the cut. David Hanlon from Links and Tee’s in Addison, sits at 1 over par, and made the weekend cut along with Roy Biancalana who made the cut on the number at +3 (146). Biancalana made the 3rd round cut and will play on Sunday. The only IPGA member to do so.

BROWN SCHOLARSHIPS for 2020. Carly Schiene is the 2020 Alice M. Brown scholarship recipient. Schiene is attending Valparaiso University. Grant Klepitsch from Prairie Ridge high School is the recipient of the 2020 Louis M. Brown scholarship. He will attend Wittenberg University.

Both Schiene and Klepitsch had outstanding high school golf careers, and will play on their respective college golf teams. Details at the Illinois PGA Foundation website.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.