OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — Tennesseans Chad Tidwell and Chris Houston captured the 2015 Olympia Fields National Four-Ball, shooting 66 in the final round to win by two. The duo were part of a group of three players tied for first after the first round at 68.
Taking second place, after a second-straight 68, were brothers Brian and Will Hickey, while notable mid-amateur player Garrett Rank of Canada and his partner Simon McInnis, also of Canada, shot 67 on Friday to take third place.
The third first-round co-leader group, John Finnin and Troy Logan, shot 70 in the final round and tied for fourth place along with 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up Brad Nurski of Missouri and Pat Britt, as well as Andrew Hulett and Ryan Anetsberger.
Defending champions Kyle Nathan and Andrew Vitt, who won in an incredible six-hole playoff in 2014, were not in the field this year.
In the Senior Division, Vance Antoniou and Mark Esposito, both from the Chicagoland area, shot 69 in the final round to capture a two-shot win of their own.
Gary Simpson and Fred McCord posted the lowest senior round of the tournament, a 68, on Friday to follow up a 73 and take second, while Ken Kee and Michael Alsup, as well as Wayne Wielgus and Dennis Vaughn tied for third at two-over par 143.
The 36-hole tournament is held at Olympia Fields Country Club, site of the 2015 U.S. Amateur, and numerous other USGA events. Contestants play 18 on the North Course and 18 on the South Course. North is the more famous, having hosted the U.S. Open, most recently in 2003. But the South Course, renovated in 2008, is now the preferred club of the members and is slated to host several important professional and amateur tournaments in the coming years.
The invitational event involves entries usually being sent to U.S. Mid Amateur qualifiers and other players of note.
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