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Big group from county to compete for State Amateur golf title

The state’s best amateur golfers, ranging in age from 16 to 61, will be teeing it up this week in Wheaton as the Illinois State Amateur will be held at Cantigny Golf Course on Tuesday-Thursday.

Over the course of the three days, 136 golfers will play to have their name etched on the Louis L. Emmerson Trophy, right next to the name of the 2013 champion, Tee-K Kelly of Wheaton, who now plays at Ohio State University. He is in this week’s field.

The tourney format calls for 18 holes on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the top 35 playing 36 holes on Thursday.

Among the 136 players in the field are 21 from the far northeast corner of the state. That list includes:

■ North Barrington — Vance Antoniou.

■ Barrington — Greg Conrad.

■ Vernon Hills — Mike Crisanti.

■ Lincolnshire — David Feder & Jack Watson.

■ Highwood — Patrick Flavin.

■ Lake Forest — Alex Georges, Craig Sopko, Graham O’Connor-Brooks & Ian Mankoff.

■ Highland Park — Daniel Gunsberg & Mark Sider.

■ Lake Bluff — Andy Johnson & Jonathon Klein.

■ Deerfield — Bennett Lavin.

■ Mundelein — Johnny Pierpont, Jackson Wietecha & Tommy Schofield.

■ Libertyville — Alex Quenan.

■ Beach Park — Justin Schwab.

■ Waukegan — William White.

The youngest player in the field is Orion Yamat of Niles, who is the Chick Evans Junior Amateur champion. The oldest player is Tom Miller of Kewanee, who is the State Senior Amateur champion.

College players have ruled this tourney of late. In 2012, Quinn Prchal of Glenview and Princeton University won. In 2011, Lake Forest’s Brad Hopfinger, who played at Iowa, was the champ.

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