Illinois State Open Champion

Eric Meierdierks captured the 61st Illinois Open Championship at Hawthorn Woods Country Club after finishing the final round with a 1-under-par 68. His 54-hole total of 201 (-6) was one stroke better than amateur Luke Guthrie from Quincy, Ill.

In his bag for the win was: Speedline Fast10 Driver (9.5 degrees), Speedline 9032 FW (14.5 degrees), Idea Pro Black Hybrid (20 degrees) and the Idea Black CB1 Irons (3-PW).

This was Meierdierks first Illinois Open title after making his debut in the Championship 9 years ago at the age of 16. With the victory Meierdierks earned the first place check of $14,000.

“It’s been a goal of mine to win this trophy for a long time and I’m very proud to finally hold it,” said Meierdierks. “It’s been a great week. This is one of the most important victories I’ve ever had. To win your state open is a pretty big deal.”

The 2010 Championship field was comprised of 156 participants including 57 amateurs and 5 past champions. The first and second rounds were held Monday and Tuesday, July 26th and 27th, respectively. Following 36 holes of play, the field was cut to the low 50 scorers plus ties for the final round that took place on Wednesday, July 28th.

Administered by the Illinois PGA since 1950, the Illinois Open has historical roots dating back to 1922. The “state championship of golf” is a 54-hole championship contested over three days to determine the finest player in the state of Illinois. The tournament is open to professionals and amateurs with a handicap of 10 or less who reside within the state of Illinois. Qualifying events conducted throughout the month of June finalize the championship field to the top 156 players.