Golf: Brad Hopfinger wins Illinois Open; Flossmoor’s Bryan Payne finishes in tie for fifth
By Rick Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org July 23, 2014 8:32PM
65th Illinois Open Championship
The Glen Club - Glenview; par-72-72-72--216 - 7,166 Yards
1,Brad Hopfinger,Lake Forest,68,71,71,210,-6,$13,500.00
T5,Michael Smith,Chicago ,73,72,71,216,E,$3,500.00
T5,Brian Payne (a),Flossmoor,75,69,72,216,E,$700.00
T5,Daniel Stringfellow (a),Roselle,70,69,77,216,E,$700.00
10,Thomas O’Bryan (a),Aurora,69,75,73,217,+1,$550.00
T11,Riley Bauman (a),Crystal Lake,74,73,72,219,+3,$458.33
T11,Kyle Gunther (a),Dunlap,74,72,73,219,+3,$458.33
T11,Alex Burge (a),Bloomington,67,78,74,219,+3,$458.33
T16,Brian Bullington (a),Frankfort,70,67,83,220,+4,$400.00
T20,Charlie Netzel (a),Western Springs,75,68,78,221,+5,$370.00
T20,Daniel Hudson (a),Western Springs,75,73,73,221,+5,$370.00
T23,Billy Rosinia,Indian Head Park,70,76,77,223,+7,$443.00
T23,Kyle Nathan (a),Glenview,72,73,78,223,+7,$340.00
T23,Brad Marek,Arlington Heights,70,75,78,223,+7,$443.00
T23,John Shaw III,Gurnee,74,74,75,223,+7,$443.00
T23,Jonathon Krick,Peoria Heights,71,73,79,223,+7,$443.00
29,Matt Slowinski,Glen Ellyn,72,74,78,224,+8,$410.00
T30,Guy Sciortino,Downers Grove,79,68,78,225,+9,$395.00
T30,Steve Orrick,Mt Zion,75,73,77,225,+9,$395.00
T32,Matthew Lavery (a),Peoria,74,72,80,226,+10,$305.00
T32,Eric Winters (a),Elgin,73,75,78,226,+10,$305.00
T32,Michael Fastert (a),Des Plaines,73,75,78,226,+10,$305.00
T32,Varun Chopra (a),Champiagn,74,74,78,226,+10,$305.00
T32,Raymond Knoll (a),Naperville,74,69,83,226,+10,$305.00
T32,Ryan Frederick (a),Lockport,77,72,77,226,+10,$305.00
T40,Doug Bauman,North Barrington,76,70,81,227,+11,$355.00
T40,Tim Streng,Arlington Heights,75,73,79,227,+11,$355.00
T40,Greg Bauman (a),Arlington Heights,72,76,79,227,+11,$270.00
T43,Bennett Lavin (a),Deerfield,70,77,81,228,+12,$246.00
T43,Matthew Weber (a),St. Charles,75,73,80,228,+12,$246.00
T43,Blake Johnson (a),Winnetka,71,77,80,228,+12,$246.00
T43,John Wright (a),Aurora,76,73,79,228,+12,$246.00
T43,Jerry Vidovic,Blue Island,76,73,79,228,+12,$332.50
T43,Michael Abrahamson (a),Chicago,69,80,79,228,+12,$246.00
T52,Michael Bubenicek (a),Downers Grove,74,72,83,229,+13,$230.00
T54,Talon Supak (a),Washington,73,76,82,231,+15,$225.00
56,Dylan Daxon (a),Milan,77,72,86,235,+19,$220.00
Updated: August 25, 2014 5:43PM
GLENVIEW — Go for it.
Finding himself in a two-man race for the title of the 65th Illinois Open over the final nine holes at The Glen Club, that’s just what Travis Johns did Wednesday.
“I’m really an aggressive player and I wanted to finish up well,” said Johns, who bogeyed the final two holes and came up one stroke short of Lake Forest pro Brad Hopfinger.
“I went down in style, though.”
An Australian native who lives in Oswego and works as a teaching pro at Medinah Country Club, Johns, 36, started the day alone in second at 6-under par and finished there with a 5-under total of 211 after shooting a 1-over 73.
Hopfinger, 26, is an Iowa grad who has been beating the bushes in lower-level tours the past three years in his bid to make it to the PGA Tour.
He started the day tied for third at 5-under and shot 1-under 71 to give him 210 (-6). His was one of only three sub-par rounds as scores climbed in the gusting north wind.
Second-round leader Brian Bullington, of Frankfort, who plays at Iowa, ballooned to 83 and finished tied for 16th. He had started the day at 7-under 133.
Brian Payne, of Flossmoor, entered the day tied for 13th and moved up the leaderboard into a four-way tie for fifth with a final round of even-par 72. It gave him a 54-hole total of 216, which also was even par after rounds of 75 and 69.
Payne and Auburn senior Daniel Stringfellow, of Roselle also tied as the top amateur finishers in the field.
Other finishers from the Southland included: Homewood’s Andrew Godfrey, who tied for 32nd after a final 78 gave him a 226 total; Lockport amateur Ryan Frederick, tied for 32nd after a 77 gave him 226; and Blue Island’s Jerry Vidovic, tied for 43rd after shooting 79 to finish at 228.
Hopfinger won a career-best check for $13,500 and Johns earned $8,500.
First-round leader Michael Davan tied for the best round of the day from among 57 finalists, his 2-under 70 giving him third place at 212 and $7,000.
“This win give me a little motivation and lets me know I’m working on the right stuff going forward,” said Hopfinger, who became the sixth player to claim both Illinois Open and State Amateur titles.
Hopfinger was playing in the next-to-last group, one ahead of Johns, and made the turn at 8-under for a two-shot lead after posting three birdies on the front nine.
Johns, a lefty, chipped in for a birdie 3 on the 12th hole to move into a tie at 7-under but promptly gave it away when he shot double-bogey 6 on the 377-yard 13th.
“Probably the largest doo-doo of my life,” Johns said. “I hit a great tee shot that was sitting perfect, 72 yards to the middle (of the green) and 81 to the flag. Then I hit a good shot but it went seven yards too long, went off the back and down in the garbage.
“I don’t mind hitting bad shots, but I do mind making bad decisions.”
Two straight birdies allowed Johns to draw even but then came a bogey on 17, a par 3, when he missed a tricky downhill putt. He was unaware, however, that Hopfinger’s approach to the 18th green was plugged in a greenside bunker, leading to a bogey 6.
“I figured I had to play for birdie (after the bogey on 17),” Johns said. “I knew I had a shot but totally came over it and pulled it right into more garbage and we lost it.
“I was hitting it everywhere on the back nine. I was having fun and it was entertaining, but I was hitting it everywhere.”