Governors Cup: Baker and Baker Win by Two
18 Jul 2010
see also: The Governors Cup, Knollwood Club


LAKE FOREST, IL - The 2010 Governors Cup proved to be one of the most exciting ever. The Governors Cup is a 54 hole best ball event for leading Mid-Amateur players from the Midwest and across the country. The 52nd annual Governors Cup was contested over Knollwood Club's acclaimed and newly renovated Colt & Allison golf course. In addition to hosting the annual Governors Cup, the Knollwood Club has hosted many other prestigious events including the United States Amateur, United States Mid-Amateur and PGA International Cup Matches. Knollwood Club will be co-hosting the 2012 US Mid-Amateur with nearby Conway Farms Golf Club.

This years event was played in scorching heat with temperatures topping 90 degrees in each of the three rounds. The golf was as hot as the temperatures with the team of Chris Baker (Lake Bluff, Ill) and Casey Baker (Ann Arbor, Mich) winning the tournament with the outstanding score of 204 (-12). Second place went to the team of John Gregorio (Northfield, Ill) and Jim Strickland (Scottsdale, Az) at 206 (-10). Gregorio and Strickland were three back heading into the final round, but their late charge was not enough to overtake the defending champions who closed with a solid 69. There was a tie for third between the Butler National team of Mike Affeldt (Chicago, Ill) and Chris Sekella (Naperville, Ill) and brothers Kevin and Casey Magner (Winnetka, Ill) at 207 (-9). The 2010 field included several past champions, including former Illinois State Amateur Champion and 4-time Governors Cup Champion Mortell; former Michigan State Match Play Champion, Casey Baker; and 2-time Governors Cup Champion and 13- time Knollwood Club Champion John Gregorio. The 2010 field included contestants from Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, California, Oregon and Arizona.

Knollwood Club's restoration is being directed by classic course architect Keith Foster and is widely regarded as one of the leading restoration projects of the year. The final phase of Knollwoods restoration will be completed in the fall of 2010.

52nd Governors’ Cup
Final results

1st Chris Baker – Knollwood Club 66, 69, 69 = 204 (-12)
     Casey Baker – Barton Hills CC

2nd John Gregorio – Knollwood Club 68, 70, 68 = 206 (-10)
     Jim Strickland – Whisper Rock GC

3rd Kevin Magner – Indian Hill Club 70, 65, 72 = 207 (-9)
     Casey Magner – Indian Hill Club

Mike Affeldt – Butler National GC 69, 68, 70 =207 (-9)
     Chris Sekella – Butler National GC


5th Blake Johnson – Exmoor CC 72, 68, 70 = 210 (-6)
     Don Miller – Golf Club of Georgia

6th Jay Dempsey – Bob O’Link 71, 73, 68 = 212 (-4)
     Erik Gustafson – Bob O’Link

7th Warren Vickers – San Luis Obispo GC 73, 74, 66 = 213 (-3)
     Mike Rowley – San Luis Obispo GC

Mike Mortell – Olympia Fields CC 73, 74, 66 = 213 (-3)
     Vance Antoniou – Butler National GC

9th Tony Cascino – Olympia Fields 73, 72, 69 = 214 (-2)
     Jerry Ledzinski – Tehama GC

Jerry Maatman – Chicago GC 73, 72, 69 = 214 (-2)
     Brian Coffman – Wilmette GC

11th Rob Mangini – Whisper Rock GC 74, 69, 73 = 216 (even)
     Jamie Stowitts – Whisper Rock GC

12 th Brad Rendell – North Shore CC 75, 71, 71 = 217 (+1)
     Mills Rendell – North Shore CC

13th Steve Peak – Lagrange CC 73, 76, 73 = 222 (+6)
     Rob Bower – Lagrange CC

14th Ted Pecora – Bob O’Link 76, 73, 74 = 223 (+7)
     Joe Valenti – Bob O’Link

ABOUT THE The Governors Cup

Inaugurated in 1959 in recognition of the efforts and contributions of all Knollwood Governors since the founding of the Club. In the spirit of the 1956 USGA Amateur Championship held at Knollwood Club, and won by E. Harvey Ward, the Championship Flight is made up of outstanding amateur players from the Midwest region. The member – guest field competes in a four-ball match play format, generally made up of club members and guests from fine clubs around the country.

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