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DSC01300 Mike Small with trophy at OFCC DS

Mike Small could be repeating this pose on Wednesday afternoon.

Could he do it again, sure why not. University of Illinois golf coach just seems to like the IPGA Section Championship. After all he won ten of them, and now there seems to be nothing in his way of getting the 11th one.

Small wins this championship so often, that one must wonder how he didn’t win this championship in 2011 on Medinah’s No.1 course and in 2012 at Stonewall Orchard.

In those two years Frank Hohenadel at Medinah and Steve Orrick at Stonewall Orchard, each had one low round that Small didn’t have in the bag that year. But Small wasn’t far behind in either case.

Round One had to be finished up on Tuesday morning at Stonewall Orchard, and after those 10 players were in the clubhouse. The entire field started round two at 8 AM. That however didn’t last long, by 10:14 Am tournament director Jared Nowak blew the horn and a 1:40 minute delay ensued. With tee times running 30 minutes behind because of the need to finish round one, the final group tee’d off at 4 PM.

With play in round one being halted at 7:55 Pm on Monday, the race was on by the final groups to get the round completed.

Small charged out of the blocks in round two. After a par on the first hole, he went on to go birdie-birdie-birdie on holes 2-3 and 4. For good measure, Small added an eagle on the par 5, 8th hole. After a birdie on the par 5 10th hole, Small made bogey on 11 and said he got “caught for speeding.” He played the last 8 holes in 1 over par and shot his second 67 and leads at 10 under par.

Before Small has even tee’d his ball up on the first hole, Conway Farms head golf professional Matt Slowinski backed up his first round 70, with a 3 under par 69. Slowinski was the early leader in the clubhouse at 5 under par, now he is tied for second place five shots behind Small.

Country Club of Decatur head professional Steve Orrick had a 70 to back up his 69, he is tied with Slowinski at 5 under par in second place. Orrick who shot 65 in the final round to win the championship at Stonewall Orchard in 2012, said maybe a 63 this time for his third round score. It’s out there, I feel the magic.”

Adam Schumacher an assistant professional at the Indian Hill Club, was tied with Small at 5 under when his first round ended early on Tuesday morning. But Schumacher couldn’t get the putts to fall in round two and struggled in with a 3 over par 75. His score of two under par leaves him eight shots off the lead.

Jim Sobb, director of golf at the Ivanhoe Club and a three time past champion in 1995-1999-2000, made a round two charge of his own. Sobb who missed a 4th title in 2009 when he was the runner up, shot a four under par 32 on the front nine. Then he birdied the par 5, 10th hole to move into a tie for second place with Slowinski. But Sobb gave one shot back coming in, and settled for a 68. His 4 under par score left him in fourth place.

Mike Haase who was in the third place at -4, after a first round 68 wasn’t able to keep pace with Small in round 2. Haase carded a 73 in round two and sits 7 shots back of Small.

61 players made the cut, the final round will start at 8 AM with players off of both the 1st and 10th tee’s. Public is welcome and admission is free.

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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 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.