Chicago District Mid-Am: Playoff win for Mitchell

NAPERVILLE, Illinois (May 12, 2010) -- It's a great way to finish a tournament that finishes in a tie. We're talking about the aggregate playoff, where instead of playing until someone wins a hole (sudden-death, golf's version of extra innings) the players who tie in regulation go out and play a selected number of holes, with the lowest score winning.

We won't worry about what happens if they remain tied after that, usually it's sudden-death.

At the Chicago District Golf Association Mid-Am, a three hole aggregate is used at opposed to the four holes used by the British Open, which started it in 1989, when Marc Calcavecchia, Greg Norman, and Wayne Grady were tied at the end of regulation play (Calcavecchia won).

While the CDGA Mid-Am is far from a professional major, just tell that to the players, who work for a living.

Mitchell, of Bloomington, had his hands full with East Peoria's Sheppard, who had just fired a 4-under 68 to tie for the lead in regulation (Mitchell shot a final round 73). That round tied Cody Sundberg of Chicago for the lowest of the tournament, and was easily the lowest of the final round, when nerves and a tougher course setup usually kick in.

We don't have details on the three hole aggregate to report, but will add to this story as details are available. (if you have info, please send to amateurgolf1 *at sign* amateurgolf.com)

ABOUT THE Illinois Mid-Amateur

Open to mid-amateurs age 25 and older who are resident of the state of Illinois. Qualifying is required for those who do not meet the exemption criteria. Format is 54-holes of stroke play with the low 35 and ties advancing to the final 18-holes.

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