Frank Hohenadel wins 89th Illinois PGA Championship
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At the conclusion of the second round of the 89th Illinois PGA Championship, Frank Hohenadel was asked if he knew Mike Small. He didn't and went on to say that Small didn't know him either, but hopefully he would following the final round.
That hope became reality when Hohenadel was exiting the scoring area, and Small was the first to congratulate him with a handshake.
Final results of the 89th Illinois PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club
Par 71-71-71-213 - 6737 Yards
Frank Hohenadel, Tinley Park 65-70-72—207
Matt Slowinski, Glen Ellyn 67-71-73—211
Bryan Luedtke, Woodstock 74-69-69—212
Brian Brown, Clarendon Hills 72-70-70—212
Mike Small, Champaign 70-69-73—212
David Paeglow, DeKalb 73-72-68—213
Jonathan Duppler, Elgin 70-72-71—213
Jim Marinelli, Byron 75-70-69—214
Andy Shuman, Long Grove 71-70-73—214
Steve Gillie, Pingree Grove 69-72-73—214
Kevin Healy, Sugar Grove 68-69-77—214
Steve Orrick, Mt. Zion 73-73-69—215
Rich Dukelow, Orland Park 73-73-69—215
Jason Lee, Forest Park 69-76-70—215
Dino Lucchesi, Grayslake 74-71-70—215
Connie DeMattia, Golf 72-71-72—215
Billy Rosinia, Indianhead Park 71-71-73—215
Travis Johns, Oswego 73-72-71—216
Curtis Malm, Aurora 72-70-74—216
Gary Groh, Highland Park 73-73-71—217
Simon Allan, Chicago 74-69-74—217
Mike Harrigan, Chicago 71-72-74—217
BJ Paul, Westmont 71-69-77—217
Eric Ilic, Carol Stream 76-70-72—218
Jordan Schroeder, Bartlett 72-70-76—218
Jim Sobb, Barrington 74-71-74—219
Michael Troy, Naperville 73-71-75—219
Benjamin Putka, Antioch 73-73-74—220
John Varner, Chicago 72-75-73—220
Jason Hyatt, Aurora 72-74-75—221
Danny Mulhearn, Wheaton 75-71-75—221
Scott Baines, Chicago 75-74-72—221
Jonathan Prior, Libertyville 76-73-72—221
Nick Papadakes, Wadsworth 71-70-80—221
Kyle Sanders, Wheaton 72-75-75—222
ohn Billiter, Gurnee 76-70-76—222
Mike Haase, McHenry 75-73-74—222
Peter Latkiewicz, Aurora 73-72-77—222
Bill Reid, Glenview 76-73-74—223
David Hannon, La Grange Park 75-71-78—224
Chris Gumbach, Elmhurst 70-77-77—224
George Smith, Oakbrook Terrace 74-74-76—224
Jeff Pajula, Lake Zurich 77-73-74—224
Mike Carbray, Lisle 71-81-72—224
Jeremy Anderson, Arlington Hts. 71-76-78—225
Jonathan Sutera, Bloomingdale 75-74-76—225
Andy Krajewski, Plainfield 80-71-74—225
Jonathan Parsons, Bartlett 73-74-79—226
Dick Wagley, Winnetka 73-75-78—226
Lance Olson, Champaign 74-71-81—226
Jason Rasmussen, Ingleside 73-76-77—226
Joe Glomb, Naperville 75-74-78—227
Alex Mendez, Oak Brook 77-74-76—227
Jerry Swain, Watseka 77-75-75—227
Will Clopton, Champaign 76-76-75—227
Doug Bauman, North Barrington 79-70-79—228
Stan Wiel, Prospect Heights 75-74-79—228
Marty Schiene, Mokena 76-76-76—228
Ryan O'Connor, Shannon 75-77-76—228
Patrick Lenski, Geneva 75-76-79—230
Richard Lorenz, Schaumburg 75-75-81—231
Bob Sloan, Lansing 76-74-81—231
Matthew Flaherty, Lisle 71-81-81—233
Chad Callan, Oglesby 71-79-85—235
David Thompson, Crystal Lake 79-73-83—235
Hans Larson, Mount Prospect 78-72-87—237
Hohenadel captured the 89th Illinois PGA Championship going wire-to-wire in his first attempt. He carded a 1-over-par 72 in the final round. His 54-hole total of 207 (-6) was four strokes better than runner-up Matt Slowinski.
"It's all been such a blur," said Hohenadel. "It's been a dream. My goal coming in was to sneak into the top 10 and go to the national event. I've been playing well so I thought I had the potential to do that. Winning it? That was never really a goal."
Hohenadel, 28, PGA assistant golf professional at Midlothian Country Club, arrived to the first tee with Slowinski and was holding a three-stroke advantage. Both players got off to a great start by making birdie on the par-5 first hole. Hohenadel increased his lead to 5 after he made birdie on the par-3 third hole while Slowinski made bogey. Roles revered on the par-3 seventh hole where Hohenadel stumbled with a bogey, and Slowinski took advantage by making his second birdie of the day.
Slowinski, 33, PGA assistant golf professional at Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn, birdied the par-4 13th hole to cut his deficit down to two strokes. Following the par-4 14th hole, both competitors would be tied for the lead after Hohenadel double-bogeyed.
"I gave away two shots there," said Hohenadel following his round. "I was telling myself, 'It's an even game. Four holes left. Finish strong.'"
And finish strong he did. Hohenadel went on to chip-in for par on No. 15 while Slowinski struggled on the green, missing both his par and bogey putts following a difficult approach shot out of the rough.
"I was just trying to give myself a putt at par," Slowinski said. "I hit both putts exactly as I wanted to. I can't be disappointed in that. There are some tricky breaks out here but that's golf. I'm happy finishing second and qualifying for the National Championship next year in California."
Hohenadel parred his way in while Slowinski bogeyed two of his last three holes, giving Hohenadel the Illinois PGA Championship title.
Defending champion Mike Small, 45, men's head golf coach at the University of Illinois, finished with a 2-over-par 73 and a 54-aggregate total of 212, good for a tie for third place. His record-setting run of eight consecutive titles and nine overall came to an end Wednesday.
"When I played well I won all those tournaments," Small said. "This year I didn't play well, so that's how it should be. You know you won't win every one you play in. I had a good run."
Hohenadel won $12,000 for his victory and qualified for the 45th PGA Professional National Championship, which will be contested June 24-27, 2012, at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside, Calif., along with Small and the top 10 finishers. Small is exempt from qualifying for the National Championship, due to his past champion status in the event.
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