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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or on Facebook and Linkedin. On the 16th tee at Kemper Lakes home of this coming weeks KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

It was the first day of summer in Chicago, and for the most part rained all day, playing havoc with several local golf events.

FIRST ON TEE at Olympia Fields was the scheduled Thompson Cup Matches, a senior version of the Radix Cup Matches between CDGA Amateur players and Illinois PGA section professionals.

The early rain caused championship manager Chuck Thompson to call of the the matches mid-morning. No make-up date has yet been set.

THE 101ST WESTERN JUNIOR Championship at Evanston Golf Club got underway at 7 AM and play was halted due to heavy rains at 9:15 AM during round 3, on a 36 hole final day. Some players did play 12 holes, but after a long delay of over 7 hours, the Western Golf Association canceled the third and fourth round and declared second round leader Jeff Doty of Carmel Indiana the winner.

Doty and his group had played only three holes when play was stopped. Doty was +1 on the day and in tie with Karl Vilips of Australia. Doty called the win his No.1 accomplishment in golf. For Vilips it was his second straight second place finish at the Western Junior Championship. Doty gets an exemption into the Western Amateur this year at Sunset Ridge CC from July 30th to August 1st. Vilips is also in the Western Amateur Field. Will Thompson during Round 2, set the competitive course record at Evanston with a 7 under par 63.

Jake Beber-Frankel made a hole-in-one in Round 2 on the Par 3, 4th hole of 202 yards. The top local finisher was Luke Armbrust of Wheaton in 7th place.

THE CDGA AMATEUR in Deerfield saw it’s 36 hole final round shortened from 36 holes to 18 holes. Two Illinois State University teammates fought it out, and on the fifth playoff hole, David Perkins sank a birdie putt to defeat Trent Wallace. The rain delay ran 4 hours and 15 minutes. The players did play several holes in a steady rain.

“I’m truly honored to win this tournament at a course like Briarwood Country Club,” said Perkins. “It was a great venue all week long.”

Perkins had the early lead, but Wallace came back to lead Perkins made a birdie on 17 to force extra holes.

Next up for the CDGA on the tournament side is the Illinois State Amateur Championship at Bloomington Country Club from July 17-19.

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About Rory Spears

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 WCPT AM820 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.