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Can you say four-peat ? White Eagle head professional Curtis Malm heads for a Grand Slam in one event, the Illinois PGA Match Play.
It’s the first of the four majors this year for the Illinois PGA, and it tee’s off this morning at Kemper Lakes. This year’s championship concludes on Thursday with the semi-finals starting at 8 Am and the championship match teeing off about Noon.
Last year Malm 2-putted on the 18th hole for par to defeat Medinah Country Club teaching professional Travis Johns, who went on to win the 2014 IPGA player of the year award. As a result, Johns enters this years championship as the number 1 seed. Malm who like Johns has a bye today, will be the number 2 seed.
Malm is is only the second Illinois PGA professionalto win the title three straight times, IPGA Hall of Famer Bob Harris won six straight from 1958-1963.
The field this year has 90 of the top professionals from the Illinois PGA Section, including 10 past champions of the event. Jim Sobb the 2011 champion the last player besides Malm to win the title is in the field. Sobb of the Ivanhoe Club is a three-time champion. Johns won the event in 2010.
Garrett Chaussard of the Chicago Highlands Club is the number 3 seed, other top seeds include, 2008 champion Matt Slowinski of Conway Farms at #4, Frank Hohenadel of Westmoreland Country Club at #5, and Rich Dukelow of Medinah CountryClub at #6.
Admission and parking are free at Kemper Lakes and the public is invited. For more infomration visit ipga.com.