IPGA ANNOUNCES 2019 SCHEDULE-RIDGEMOOR JOINS ILL OPEN

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THE ILLINOIS PGA has announced it tournament schedule for the 2019 golf season.

In 2019 the 70th Illinois Open will tee off from August 5-7 at the permanent home of the Illinois Open, The Glen Club, and this years second course that is keep with mixing in one the Chicago area’s more classic venues, is the addition of Ridgemoor Country Club.

Ridgemoor underwent a renovation just a few years ago, so the course so prove to be a worthy challenge for this years contestants.

Another big change for 2019 is the addition of Ruth Lake Country Club to play host to the IPGA Section Championship, that breaks up the three course rota, that has just been Olympia Fields Country Club, Medinah Country Club, and Stonewall Orchard Golf Club for years.

Carrie Williams is the executive director of the Illinois PGA.

“We are thrilled to announce the 2019 Illinois PGA tournament schedule which includes two outstanding championship sites to host the 70th Illinois Open Championship,” said Carrie Williams, executive director of the Illinois PGA. “The Glen Club has been a longtime partner of the Illinois PGA and is home to our Section headquarters, and Ridgemoor,known as the city’s country club, will be a great addition. The two courses combined will provide challenging play for the championship field.”

The Illinois PGA tournament season tees off on April 8th with the Pro-Pro-Pro Scramble at the Harborside International-Port Course. The first IPGA Section major championship, the IPGA Match Play, will be contested at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club May 6-9. The Illinois PGA Assistants Championship is July 15th at Elgin Country Club. The Illinois PGA Senior Championship is August 12-13 at the Merit Club, The Illinois Senior Open Championship is September 16th and 17th at the Royal Fox Country Club, and the Illinois Super Senior Open Championship is October 8-9 at Makray Memorial G.C.

The starting field for the Illinois Open will be comprised at 264 players who will join the field by qualifying in one of the seven qualifying events held from June 24, through to July 31, in addition to those players who are exempt from qualifying.

Vince India is the 2018 Illinois Open champion.

Vince India is the defending Illinois Open Champion, but has said during an interview with 2019 Illinois Golf Hall of Fame nominee, Len Ziehm. That due to his promotion to the Web.com tour, is not planning on defending his Illinois Open title.

India who won the Illinois Open with a score of 202 (14 under par), is planning to play at the Glen Club this summer during the Evans Scholars Invitational on the Web.com tour. During the interview with Ziehm, India called the Evans Scholars event his Illinois Open for 2019.

The qualifiers for the Illinois Open are: #1 Calumet C.C. Monday June 24th, #2 Deerfield G.C. Wednesday June 26th, #3 Maple Meadows G.C. Wednesday July 3rd, #4 Deerpath G.C. Thursday July 11th, #5 Stone Creek G.C. Wednesday July 17th, #6 The Hawk C.C. Tuesday July 23rd, and the final qualifier is Willow Creek G.C. Wednesday July 31st.

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For more information on the Illinois PGA Section and it’s playing events for 2019, please visit IPGA.com.

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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.