Golf: Paul Dagys advances to Illinois Mid-Amateur Championship
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media August 15, 2013 8:44PM
Paul Dagys. | Corey R. Minkanic~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 17, 2013 8:29AM
Eligible for the first time to play in the Mid-Amateur Championship, Paul Dagys could have imagined plenty of other better ways to start a qualifying round.
But Tuesday at Balmoral Woods Country Club in Crete, Dagys opened his round with a triple bogey on No. 1 and had a bogey at the second.
Nerves, maybe? Early struggles?
Whatever the problem, Dagys shook it off. He finished with a 74, tying with Chicago’s Matt Olson for first place at Tuesday’s Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championship Qualifier.
“Yes, my start was a little bit shaky, but I settled down and played well, considering the difficult, windy conditions,” Dagys said. “I just stuck to my game plan of hitting fairways and greens.”
Dagys, Olson and 16 other golfers advanced out of the qualifier and will play Aug. 27 and 28 at the Mid-Amateur Championship at Flossmoor Country Club.
Balmoral was one of three sites, including the University of Illinois Golf Course in Savoy and Lake Bluff Golf Course, that hosted qualifying rounds.
The championship is open to any Illinois resident with a handicap index of 5.4 or lower and who will be 25 by the date of the two-day tournament.
Dagys, 25, of Oak Forest, shot an eight on the par-5 No. 1 on Tuesday and a five on the par-4 No. 2. He finished his round with 10 pars and four birdies, closing with a birdie and four pars.
“I was fortunate enough to hit a lot of my iron shots close,” Dagys said. “I think I hit seven shots from 100 to 150 yards inside 10 feet. That allowed me to make four birdies and to save par on some of the holes that I was in trouble.
“I feel confident going into the championship at Flossmoor, a course I absolutely love.”
All qualifying individuals and exempt players will play 36 holes Aug. 27, with anyone within 10 strokes of the leader advancing to the final day’s Round of 18.
With less than a month until its third annual fundraiser, the Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation Golf Classic still has several sponsorship opportunities available.
The Foundation will hold the event Sept. 5 at Bolingbrook Golf Club. Three executive hole sponsorships, as well as individual hole sponsorships, are available.
Event proceeds will enhance services that support patients at Adventist Bolingbrook hospital.
“The increased interest we have seen in this year’s golf classic is evident of how much this community supports our hospital and its efforts,” Derek Cazeau, Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation’s executive director, said in a news release. “Our community partners are integral to ensuring the continued success and growth of our hospital.”
For more information, call (630) 312-6000.