MUNDELEIN, Ill. – August 31, 2022 – Doug Bauman (North Barrington, Ill.) came back from one stroke behind after round one to win the 2022 Illinois Super Senior Open at Pine Meadow Golf Club on Wednesday, August 31. This marks Bauman’s second victory at the event (2018). He joins Roy Biancalana, Jim Sobb, and Mike Harrigan as a two-time winner of the event.
“It feels great to join those guys as two-time winners,” said Bauman. “All those guys are good friends of mine, so this is a nice trophy to win and good company to join.”
Tough conditions on Tuesday resulted in only one player breaking par during the first round. Despite carding an even-par 72 in round one, Bauman kept himself in it as he only trailed round one leader, Billy Rosinia (La Grange, Ill.), by one stroke.
It took Bauman until the 18th hole to secure the victory as he carded five birdies in round two and played his final eight holes in 3-under-par.
Bauman struggled early on in round two. He started the day with a double bogey on the opening hole after hitting his tee shot behind a tree and added another bogey on the third hole. Birdies on the second hole and eighth hole got Bauman to 1-over-par for the tournament with nine holes to play. He trailed Roy Biancalana by one stroke at the time.
After opening the back nine with a bogey, Bauman settled in and played his remaining eight holes at 3-under-par. He birdied the 11th and 15th hole to draw back to even-par and was tied with Rosinia for the lead with one hole left to play. A great second shot into the 18th green left Bauman with a birdie putt. He capitalized on the opportunity to claim his second career Illinois Super Senior Open.
“I got off to a bad start,” said Bauman. “I had a bad break on one. I hit my tee shot on one in the left rough up against a tree and I had no shot. I ended up with a six there. I came back nicely and birdied two and eight. I almost made a hole-in-hole on eight. I had about a two-foot putt for birdie. Then I made another bogey on 10 after I hit it in the water. I birdied 11, 15 and 18 to end the day. I played really well on the back nine from 11 on in to get it done.”
Rosinia, who was the only player to break par in round one, finished in solo second place. In round two, he carded 1-over-par 73. He had a chance to secure his first career Illinois Super Senior Open on the 36th hole of the tournament but fell victim to Bauman’s birdie putt to finish in second place. This marks Rosinia’s best finish at this event.
Mike Harrigan (Chicago, Ill.), John Haffner (a), and Ted Pecora (a) (Winnetka, Ill.) all tied for third place and rounded out the top five. Harrigan carded rounds of 4-over-par 76 and 2-under-par 70 for a tournament total of 2-over-par 146.
Haffner (a) and Pecora (a) shared the Low Amateur Award. Haffner carded rounds of 2-over-par 74 and even-par 72, while Pecora carded rounds of 3-over-par 75 and 1-under-par 71.
The Illinois Super Senior Open marked the end of the Illinois PGA’s 2022 Open series. The Illinois PGA would like to thank Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Illinois Bone and Joint Institute for sponsoring the 2022 Open Series.
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