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Eric Meierdierks tries to direct his shot with some body english during the Illinois Open Aug. 9 at The Glen Club in Glenview. Photos by Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media
Erik Meierdierks tees off
Matt Murlick keeps eyes on his tee shot
Matt Murlick knocks in short putt
Matt Murlick sizes up putt
Neil Milbert, Freelance Reporter
11:45 am CDT August 10, 2017

When Patrick Flavin won the 68th Illinois Open championship on Aug. 9 at the Glen Club in Glenview, the 21-year-old Highwood golfer did something that hadn’t been done in 37 years.

He became the first golfer to win both the Illinois Open and the Illinois Amateur in the same year since David Ogrin of the Bloomington Country Club accomplished the feat in 1980 and he was the 11th amateur winner in the Open’s 68-year history.