WOODRIDGE, IL (April 27, 2014) -- The team of Steve Sawtell and Mike Natale won the 31st Annual Illinois State Scramble at Village Greens of Woodridge on April 26th and 27th . The duo led from beginning to end, shooting rounds of 60-61 to better the field of 66 teams over the 6638 yard layout to claim the $1,500.00 top prize.
Despite cool, gusty conditions, Sawtell and Natale recorded 10 birdies and an eagle to take the lead on day #1. Their eagle on #2 was the only skin recorded for the day. Past champions John Finnin and John Wright were lurking 3 strokes back, while Paul Dagys and Greg Takata were only a shot back entering day #2.
On day #2, Graham O’Connor-Brooks and partner Andrew Price fired a front nine 30 to pull within a stroke of the lead. Still up by 1 entering the final hole, Sawtell and Natale sealed the tournament by recording the only eagle 3 of the day on the par 5 18th.
Three skins were recorded on Sunday, including eagles on #6, #16.
The Illinois State Scramble is a 36-hole 2-person scramble which attracts top amateur players throughout the Midwest. Players from 5 states competed in this year’s event, and over $25,000 in prizes and gifts were awarded.