SMALL-CHANG LEAD RAIN HAMPERED IPGA CHAMPIONSHIP

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IT’S BEEN WET AND SOGGY, the 97th Illinois PGA Section Championship has been fighting the weather for the first two rounds of the tournament.

Round 1 saw the field of 120 players needing to play Lift-Clean and Place from shots landing in your fairway, when weekend rains left Stonewall Orchard a bit on the soft side.

Round 2 had to be delayed  2 1/2 hours when heavy rains and lightning hit the Grayslake area around 6:30 AM about 45 minutes before the first group was to tee off. Play then continued through out the day until a second lightning delay struck the course at 5:14 Pm, that soon also turned into a rain delay as well. At 6:30 Pm play did resume for another 1 hour and 10 ten minutes that allowed a majority of the groups to finish, including the leaders University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small, and partners Medinah’s Travis John’s, White Eagle Country Club’s Curtis Malm. Co-leader Dakun Chang finished only 9 holes but was tied with Small at 4 under par.

The Stonewll Orchard golf club, home of the 2018 Illinois PGA Section Championship. A public course you can play.

Prior to the second delay the leader in the clubhouse was relationship coach, reverend and golf pro Roy Biancalana. Whose last IPGA major championship win was the 2001 Illinois Open at Royal Fox. Biancalana shot one over par in Round two, but was at one under par for the championship. Biancalana who has played only 8 competitive rounds in 8 years, told the assembled media he was tired after a long day in the humid, windy and soggy conditions.

Finishing just before darkness closed in for the day to end play, the group of leaders made it into the clubhouse. Play was called for the day due to darkness at 7:30 PM. The final group putted out at 7:35.

Click here to hear interviews with Roy Biancalana, Travis Johns and Mike Small.

Round 3 start times are yet undetermined, due to heavy rains in the area on Tuesday night.

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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.