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August 2015


Top Story: A New Look for the Illinois Open

Author: Len Ziehm

Strange? Memorable? Different? Those are all apt descriptions for the 66th playing of the Illinois Open from July 20–22.

My first year covering the Illinois Open was in 1975—the last year the Illinois PGA (IPGA) and Chicago District Golf Association were joint managers of the event—and I’ve been to virtually every championship since then.

It was inevitable that this one would be different than all the others. The IPGA had announced months earlier that the finals would be contested at two sites for the first time and qualifiers for it would number 258 instead of the previous 156.

Those changes were made to bolster sagging entry numbers, and the goal was accomplish....