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Geneva’s Tyler Isenhart and Wheaton’s Luke Armbrust also fell short in their bids to win this prestigious championship. Both were among a field of 156 entrants to compete in this year’s tournament at Rich Harvest Farms June 18-20 in Sugar Grove.
Just being able to compete was a victory of sorts. For these competitors, though, missing the cut was still disappointing.
“It was a tough tournament,” Armbrust said. “But I loved the event. WGA always does a great job hosting with great sites and I’ve had success, I got seventh place last year, so I was really looking forward to this.”
Isenhart recognized how great of an opportunity it was to play in the tournament once again.
“It was another fun week and it’s always enjoyable to play in this tournament,” he said. “I’ve played the last three years and it’s always run really well, the volunteers are nice and it’s only 15 minutes away so it’s close to home.”
Armbrust, a 2018 St.Francis grad who now plays at the University of Illinois, carded a three-over-par 75 during his opening round on Tuesday that kept him in the hunt, but posted an 80 on Wednesday.
He had seven pars on the back nine to finish up on Wednesday, but a triple bogey on No. 17. He finished 11 over for the tournament.
“I hit the ball OK,”he said. “It was not terrible, but tee to green I could’ve been better. My game was a little loose this week and my putting let me down. I had 35 putts both days so that’s definitely where I need to improve and where I lost all my strokes.”
Isenhart, who just graduated from Geneva last month, answered his round of 79 on Tuesday with a 3-over-par 75 on Wednesday to finish 10 over.
“I got off to a solid start [on Wednesday] with an eagle on the second hole and was playing well, but a couple iron shots on the front nine hurt,” he said. “On Monday I just had a tough front nine. I played better on the back, but it still was not a very solid round.”