IPGA ANNOUNCES RAVINIA GREEN FOR ILLINOIS OPEN

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Patrick Flavin is the reigning Illinois Open and Illinois Amateur Champion

The Illinois PGA will have the Illinois Open return to the Glen Club for an 11th time. This year the second course will be the Ravinia Green Country Club in Riverwoods.

This will be the first time the Illinois Open will visit Ravinia Green.

Patrick Flavin is the defending champion. The first two rounds will be played at both courses, with final round play hedl at just the Glen Club.

THE 69TH ILLINOIS OPEN

“Once again we feel we have two outstanding championship sites to host the 69th Illinois Open Championship,” said Carrie Williams, executive director of the Illinois PGA. “The Glen Club has been a longtime partner of the Section and his to our headquarters and Illinois Golf Hall of Fame, and is truly a championship course. Ravinia Green’s tighter tree-lined layout contrasts in style to the Glen Club, and we are really looking forward to showcasing the clubs recently updates amenities. The two courses will provide challenging play in different ways and their close proximity to one another will ease logistics for players, fans, sponsors, staff and officials.

IPGA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Carrie Williams

This will be the fifth year of the Illinois Open needing two courses, due to an expanded field size. The 2018 field will have 264 contestants. In advance of the championship there will be eight qualifying events that will take place between June 26th and August 1st..

The first round of the Illinois Open will be played on Monday August 6th, the second round on the 7th, with the third and final round being played on Wednesday August 8th.

After the first 36 holes the field will be cut to the Low 50 player and ties, or any player within ten shots of the lead. The Glen Club plays to a par of 72 and will be set at 7,170 yards. Josh Lesnick, president of KemperSports the Glen Clubs management firm says that, “we take great pride in hosting the Illinois Open at the Glen Club, and have enjoyed a longtime relationship with the Illinois PGA.”

Danny Behr, head professional of the Ravina Green Country Club spoke on behalf of his club getting the opportunity to host it’s first Illinois Open.

“We are extremely excited for our club to partner with the Illinois PGA and be a host for the Illinois Open,” said Behr. ” the course and the club have been around for 50 years and as far as quality and difficulty it ranks right up there with all the other top courses in the North Shore.”

The first of eight qualifiers will be held on June 25th at the Bartlett Hills GC in Bartlett. the Illinois Open dates back to 1922, and to register to compete in this years championship please visit IPGA.com.

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