ORLAND PARK (WREX) – Kevin Flack (Mauh-Nah-Tee-See CC) won the National Car Rental Illinois Assistant PGA Professional Championship at Crystal Tree Golf and Country Club on Monday July 12th. Flack’s win marked his second career win at the event and his second win in three years. He will be accompanied by Paul Schlimm (Chicago Highlands Club) and Michael Schachner (DePaul University) at the 45th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship at the PGA Golf Club from November 11th to 15th.
“I played solid today,” said Flack. “This year was a little different than 2019 because I played with the lead the whole time. There was a bit more back and forth in 2019. Roy Biancalana gave me good advice last week. He said that to play well you have to swing freely. I felt a lot of pressure from the first stroke of the second round to the last putt. I took his advice and just tried to play freely and it paid off. “
Flack took 9 under par 135 to win his second National Car Rental Illinois Assistant PGA Professional Championship. Flack led the field with two strokes after having a 6 under par 66 on the first round. His first round consisted of eight birdies, including a bogey-free back nine.
His strong game continued into the second round, despite the pressure of the field to take the lead. Flack carded a bogey-free second round with three birdies. He made the turn at 8 under par for the tournament and led with one stroke. A birdie on the 11th hole put him in the lead with seven holes to be played. A strong short game on the track helped Flack take the win as he parried each of the final seven holes and climbed up and down to 16 to stay in the lead.
“I did everything that I saw on the first lap,” said Flack. “I didn’t do quite that many on the second round, but I left myself in good spots to come up and down and putt the birdies when I had them. When I was 16, I had a lot of ups and downs to keep the lead and that got me to the finish line. ”
Bad put a lot of pressure on the lead in the second half. He finished the first round in a tie in third place after 2 under par 70. He started the second round four strokes behind Flack, but would quickly fill that gap in the second round. He banged his first two holes in the second to take the lead before cracking on the second nine. Schlimm made 11 birdies, leveled the par 5 hole on the 13th hole and made birdies on 14 and 15 one after the other to tie Flack at 9 under par for the tournament. A bogey on the par-4 17th and several missed opportunities on the course left Schlimm one stroke behind Flack. He finished the tournament in solo runner-up with 8 under par 136.
Jeremy Nevius (Bloomington Country), Chris French (Aldeen Golf Club) and Jeff Kellen (Butler National Golf Club) are the three Illinois PGA alternatives for the 45th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship.
The National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship brings together a field of 132 entrants representing the 41 statewide sections of the PGA of America for a total of $ 150,000. All rounds are played on the Wanamaker Course at the PGA Golf Club. After 36 holes in the game, a cut is made on the 70 scorers and a tie.
The National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship, begun in 1977, is modeled after the PGA Professional Championship, with a field of PGA Professionals and PGA Associates going through 41 section championships from May to October of that year.
If eligibility is met and maintained, the champion will earn a spot in the 55th PGA Professional Championship.