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The first Illinois PGA Senior Major is in the books, and Doug Bauman the head golf professional at Biltmore Country Club is the 2015 Senior Match Play Champion.

Bauman defeated Jim Sobb the director of golf at the Ivanhoe Club by a score of 1 UP in the championship match.

The two golfers fought hard to the final hole before Bauman came out on top.

The match play was back this year being contested at the Shore Acres Golf Club in North Chicago. The classic Seth Raynor designed golf course is a favorite among the local professionals and the golf course raters from several publications. Last year the championship was moved to the Merit Club in Libertyville, when Shore Acres was still recovering from issues to a few of it’s greens because of the harsh winter conditions.

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2015 IPGA Sr. Match Play Champion Doug Bauman

Billy Rosina and Mike Harrigan both with outstanding comeptitive records in the championship, were eliminated in the semi-finals.

To start the week, 47 local senior professionals tee’d it up in the competition.

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You can also a find a full recap of the brackets on the IPGA website for this championship.

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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 Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.