GLEN ELLYN, Ill. – October 18, 2022 – David Paeglow (Kishwaukee Country Club) won the 2022 Illinois PGA Senior Players Championship at Glen Oak Country Club on Tuesday, October 18. Paeglow completed the wire-to-wire victory with the low round of the day on Tuesday to secure his second victory of the season.
“It was quite a chore out here the past couple of days,” said Paeglow. “The weather in round one was really windy and cold. Today wasn’t as bad, but the greens were unbelievably fast and tricky. That was the big challenge today. I was lucky to get hot with the putter and was able to make a few putts to keep the round going today. I’m very fortunate to win in these conditions against such a strong field and I’m very happy with the outcome.”
This event was an invitational for the top 32 players on the 2022 Errie Ball Player of the Year Points list (plus the highest-ranking Senior PGA professional at the host facility).
Low temperatures and high winds resulted in a tough couple of days at Glen Oak Country Club. Paeglow managed to card rounds of 4-over-par 76 and even-par 72 for a tournament total of 4-over-par 148. The first round of this two-day invitational played harder than round two with a scoring average of 81.53. Paeglow managed to keep his card clean through the first five holes before making bogeys on the sixth and eighth holes. The back nine was a little more troublesome for Pagelow, who despite carding two birdies, made four bogeys on his way in. Nonetheless, Paeglow found himself in a tie for first place following the first round.
The final round proved to play a little easier, but the conditions still provided a tough test. Two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine left Paeglow with a comfortable lead with just nine holes left to play. It looked as if Paeglow would be the only competitor to post a number in red figures as he found himself 1-under-par for the day through 16 holes. However, he bogeyed the par-5 17th hole to drop back to even par. A routine par on the 18th hole secured the victory for Paeglow as he won by four strokes. His even-par 72 was tied for the low round of the day in round two.
David Hannon (Links and Tees) was the other player to post the low round of the day of even-par 72. Following a first-round score of 8-over-par 80, Hannon’s second round propelled him six spots up the leaderboard to finish in solo second place with a tournament total of 8-over-par 152.
John Varner (Beverly Country Club) also made a second-round push. He carded an 8-over-par 80 in the first round and was tied for eighth with 18 holes to go. Looking to post the score to beat, Varner finished his second round with a 2-over-par 74. He moved up five spots on the leaderboard to finish in third place with a tournament total of 10-over-par 154.
David Thompson (Crystal Lake Country Club) finished in fourth place after rounds of 79 and 76. He finished the tournament with an 11-over-par 155.
Mike Kinasiewicz (Old Elm Club) and John Cleary (Exmoor Country Club) rounded out the top 5 of the Illinois PGA Senior Players Championship. Both players finished with tournament totals of 12-over-par 156. Cleary was tied for the lead after 18 holes with a 4-over-par 76 in round one. He would drop four spots on the leaderboard after a final round 8-over-par 80. Kinasiewicz was able to pull together a nice round on Tuesday as he tied with Varner for the second-lowest round of the day with a 2-over-par 74. His second round moved him up seven spots to tie for fifth place.
Roy Biancalana (The Hawk Country Club) finished T7 at the Illinois PGA Senior Players Championship, which was good enough to secure the 2022 Illinois PGA Errie Ball Senior Player of the Year Award. Biancalana has now won this honor in consecutive years and four times in the last five years. His 2022 season was highlighted by his three victories, which included two Major Championships. Biancalana won the Illinois Senior PGA Professional Championship at Bryn Mawr Country Club in August, and the Illinois PGA Senior Match Play at Shoreacres earlier this month. His other victory came at the Illinois PGA Senior Masters at Onwentsia Club. He finished the 2022 season with seven top 10s in the eight Errie Ball Senior Player of the Year point events he played in.
The Illinois PGA Senior Players Championship was the final event on the Illinois PGA’s 2022 schedule that was eligible for Player of the Year points. The Illinois PGA will wrap up its season on Thursday, October 20 at the Illinois PGA Pro-Superintendent at Kemper Lakes Golf Club.
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