THREE TIED FOR LEAD AT ILLINOIS WOMEN’S OPEN

DSC04826 (1) Mt. Prospect new sign DSPrint The Mt. Prospect Golf Club reopens from renovation this Saturday and Sunday with a shotgun grand reopening outings. Call the pro shop at (847)-259-4200 for details. The Western Amateur with defending champion Beau Hossler in the field will be played from August 5-8 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, free admission and parking. The title match will be played about Noon on the 8th. Thewesternamateur.com for more details.   ______________________________________________________________________

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Mistwoodgc.com the home of the 21st Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open.

There is a 3-way tie for the lead in 21st Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood golf Club in Romeoville.

First round leader 15 year old Madasyn Pettersen of Rockford is tied with Chelsea Harris of Normal, and Ember Schuldt of Sterling. All three players are at 2 under par.

Brooke Ferrell of Edgerton Wisconsin is 1 shot back at 1 under par, the rest of the field is at 1 over par or higher. The cut fell at +12 and 35 players have advanced to the final round on Wednesday. The tournament plans to send out the players in twosomes and starting about 7:30, even though with an odd amount of players making the cut, one player might start out as single at 7:20 and play alone or with a marker.

There is a large group of players between +1 and +6 that are not out of contention, but would have to light it up in round 3 to have a chance to win or make a potential playoff spot.

Past champion Jenna Pearson is 8 shots back, and Samantha Postillion who lost in a playoff in 2012 is 9 back, and might have played herself out of it with a double bogey on 18. Samantha is daughter off three-time past champion Kerry Postillion who was caddying today for Samantha, who couldn’t find some of her mom’s magic in round 2.

Pro-am winner, professional McKenzie Lyng posted her second straight 74 and needs to make up 6 shots on the leaders.

Diane Daugherty the first winner of the IWO, missed the cut. But says she plans to return and play again.

To hear interviews with leaders Madasyn Pettersen, Chelsea Harris, pro-am winning professional McKenzie Lyng, and co-leader Ember Schuldt, click here.

For the IWO, Mistwood is playing at a par of 72, and a yardage on 6,249. Trophy presentation will take place immediately upon completion of play.

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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.