Golf: Joe Kinney wins Illinois Open title in three-hole playoff
By Rick Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org July 24, 2013 9:14PM
Illinois Open Championship
The Glen Club, Glenview; Par 72-72-72 — 216, 7,218 Yards
NOTE: Joe Kinney defeated amateur Dustin Korte and Carlos Sainz Jr. (12-14-17) in a three-hole, total stroke playoff.
T1,Dustin Korte (a), Metropolis,69,71,71,211,-5
T1,Carlos Sainz Jr.,Elgin,68,71,72,211,-5
T4,Curtis Malm, Aurora,73,70,69,212,-4
T4,Brad Hopfinger, Lake Forest,70,69,73,212,-4
T4,Jack Watson (a), Lincolnshire,67,72,73,212,-4
T4,Michael Davan, Hoopeston,71,68,73,212,-4
8,Garrett Chaussard, Chicago,72,71,70,213,-3
T9,Milo French, Sugar Grove,70,73,71,214,-2
T9,Vince India, Deerfield,72,65,77,214,-2
T11,Michael Schachner, Libertyville,69,76,70,215,-1
T11,Bryce Emory, Aurora,71,71,73,215,-1
T11,Drew Chuipek, Algonquin,71,70,74,215,-1
T14,Andrew Godfrey (a), Homewood,73,74,69,216,E
T14,Jonathon Krick, Peoria Heights,74,71,71,216,E
T14,Kyle Kochevar (a), Glen Ellyn,73,72,71,216,E
T14,David Cooke (a), Bolingbrook,74,66,76,216,E
18,Matthew Weber (a), Saint Charles,72,71,74,217,+1
T19,Mitchell Gregson, Waterloo,70,78,70,218,+2
T19,Daniel Stringfellow (a), Roselle,72,75,71,218,+2
T19,Joe Willis (a), Lake Forest,75,70,73,218,+2
T19,Mike Small, Champaign,72,73,73,218,+2
T19,Geoff Lound, Chicago,73,72,73,218,+2
T19,Christian Heavens, Fairview Heights,70,74,74,218,+2
T19,Brad Marek, Arlington Heights,68,75,75,218,+2
T19,David Lawrence, Moline,68,73,77,218,+2
T27,Eric Ilic, North Riverside,72,75,72,219,+3
T27,Max Scodro, Chicago,71,76,72,219,+3
T27,Gary March, Arlington Heights,70,75,74,219,+3
T27,Matt Miller, Bloomington,72,73,74,219,+3
T27,Chris Ioriatti, Joliet,70,74,75,219,+3
T32,Bryan Luedtke, Woodstock,72,75,73,220,+4
T32,Kyle Nathan (a), Glenview,73,74,73,220,+4
T32,Bennett Lavin (a), Deerfield,76,71,73,220,+4
T35,Brian Carroll, Crystal Lake,71,75,75,221,+5
T35,Zach Barlow, Percy,71,73,77,221,+5
T35,Brandon Suzuki, Bannockburn,69,72,80,221,+5
38,Brian Bullington (a), Frankfort,72,72,78,222,+6
T39,Jerry Vidovic, Blue Island,72,75,76,223,+7
T39,Eric Pick, Park Ridge,73,74,76,223,+7
T41,Steve Orrick, Mt Zion,68,77,79,224,+8
T41,Matt Slowinski, Glen Ellyn,71,71,82,224,+8
43,Shane Smith, Godfrey,74,74,77,225,+9
T44,John Wright (a), Aurora,68,80,78,226,+10
T44,Gabe Aprati (a), New Lenox,76,72,78,226,+10
T44,Thomas O’Bryan (a), Aurora,71,77,78,226,+10
T44,Derek Meinhart (a), Mattoon,73,74,79,226,+10
48,Blake Biggs (a), Dunlap,70,77,80,227,+11
T49,Ryan Sharp, Wheaton,74,73,81,228,+12
T49,Kyle Gunther (a), Dunlap,76,70,82,228,+12
Updated: July 24, 2013 9:44PM
Paparazzi be damned?
Not by 64th Illinois Open champion Joe Kinney, who had reason to say “Cheese!” Wednesday afternoon.
“I felt like I had a really good chance (to be in contention) after I birdied No. 10 (to go back to 2-under-par on the day) but I had missed the leaderboard between the sixth and seventh holes and didn’t know where I stood,” the 26-year-old pro from Antioch said.
“Then I saw all the cameras coming out (to follow his group on the back nine) and thought, ‘Hmmm, I must be close.’ ”
He was, but still needed a gift from Hoopeston pro Michael Davan to close the deal. Christmas came early for Kinney, Metropolis amateur Dustin Korte and Elgin pro Carlos Sainz Jr. when Davan blew a two-stroke lead with two holes to play by finishing bogey, double bogey.
It sent the trio, who finished in a three-way tie for first place at 5-under 211, to the first hole for a three-hole playoff to decide the title. Kinney, who failed in several other birdie opportunities in his third round of 2-under 70, took no chances in the playoff.
His opening tee shot on the 566-yard par-5 first hole split the middle of the fairway after the other two strayed right, Korte into the 18-inch-high fescue, Sainz Jr. in the first cut of the rough.
Kinney then stuck his 2-iron hybrid on the front of the green, made an excellent lag putt from 75 feet and sank the birdie putt to go 1-up on Korte, who scambled to save par and 2-up on Sainz, who three-putted.
He stuck his tee shot to within eight feet on the second playoff hole, the 190-yard par-3 No. 17, and made par while the others again struggled.
“Congrats to him, that tee shot into 17 was awesome,” Korte said.
Kinney, who opened with a 65 Monday that tied for the tourney’s best round, said, “I did the work I needed to do on the first two playoff holes and then cruised in on 18.”
He played the three holes in 1-under 12 strokes, Korte was 1-over 14 and Sainz finished 4-over 17. Kinney also earned the $17,500 first-place prize in his third straight finish of top 10 or better at The Glen Club in this event.
“It was an up and down day,” said Sainz, coming off Sunday’s Canadian Tour win. “I hung in as best as I could. I was just looking to get into a playoff but we didn’t give him too much of a challenge in the playoff. No excuses, but hey, I’m getting better.”
Sainz Jr. tied for third here last year.
Davan, needing just par on the 18th to win but not knowing it, went for the green from 256 yards out on his second shot but hit into the pond guarding the green leading to the double bogey.
“I didn’t know where I stood but figured if I hit it next to the green I had a chance to get up and down and get it to 7-under,” Davan said. “I played great all day. You’ve got to lose some to win some and it was good to get the experience.”
Aurora’s Curtis Malm tied Homewood amateur Andrew Godfrey with a 3-under 69 for the best round of the day and moved up from a tie for 14th place to a tie for fourth.
Milo French, of Sugar Grove, returning to competitive golf this summer after a nearly two-year hiatus, tied for ninth at 2-under 214 after closing with 1-under 71.
Algonquin’s Drew Chuipek (74) and Aurora’s Bryce Emory (73), were in a tie for 11th at 1-under 215. Burlington Central senior Matthew Weber, of St. Charles, shot 74 in the final round to finish 18th at 217.
University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small (73) was a stroke back at 219.