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It didn’t take long upon his return to the Illinois PGA Section from a 10 year break from playing competitive golf, for Roy Biancalana to win the Errie Ball Senior Player of the Year Award for 2018.

Bianacalana is now working out of the St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in West Chicago.

His victory came by only 265.5 points over David Paeglow from the Kishwaukee Country Club. Danny Mulhearn from Glen Oak CC, was third.

” I didn’t know what to expect this season having spent so much time away from the competitive aspect of the game,” said Biancalana who returned as a golf instructor at St. Andrews after being a relationship coach in Florida the last 10 years. “There are many outstanding senior players in the Illinois Section and the competition is top-notch. I’m really happy to have won the senior title this season.

Biancalana earned 2,163 points in eight events between June and October, that included two wins at the Senior Stroke Play #1 at Balmoral Woods, and the Senior Stroke Play #4 at the Naperville Country Club. He was fourth at the Senior Players Championship at the Old Elm Club.

Roy Biancalana, photo courtesy of IPGA

“Roy had a very good comeback season this year at our Illinois PGA tournaments, and his skill and dedication to the game paid off with him winning the Senior Player of the Year honors,” said IPGA Executive Director Carrie Williams.

Biancalana who qualified this past summer to play in the U.S. Senior Open at the Broadmoor in Colorado, also qualified to play in the Senior PGA Professional championship this past week in Port St. Lucie Florida. Where he missed the 36 hole cut by 8 shots.

Biancalana was among nine Illinois Senior PGA professionals that participated in the Senior PGA Professional Championship last week. Eight players missed the cut, but University of Illinois Golf Coach Mike Small finished T-20 and advanced to the 2019 Senior PGA Championship, with a score of 1 under par.

The other senior Illinois section professional that played in Florida last week included, Doug Bauman of Biltmore CC, Connie DeMattia of Cantigny Golf, Mike Harrigan a PGA Life Member, Don Pieper of The Merit Club, David Paeglow of Kishwaukee CC, Kurt Rodgers from Red Tail Run Golf Club, and Billy Rosinia of Flagg Creek GC.

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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.