“Bombers” need not apply. This is one tournament where precision iron accuracy and a sharp chipping and putting game are essential. Welcome to the famous Zigfield Troy Open, one of the premier Par- 3 golf tournaments in America.
The Par-3 tournament honors course founder Zigfield Troy and is one of the few Par-3 events anywhere that is run like a PGA Tour event or other professional tournaments. Golfers’ names are announced on the first tee prior to tee off. A huge scoreboard highlights everyone’s name, score for each round, plus totals and the round’s leaders – all done in handsome professional calligraphy.
“We also make the golf course tougher for the tournament,” notes PGA Professional Mark Arentsen. The pin placements are tucked closer to the edges, and some longer “Tiger-proof” tees are set up.”
Since 1982, the ZTO has challenged professional and amateur golfers (up to 24.4 handicap) from throughout the Midwest. Winners have hailed from several Illinois cities, Indiana, Iowa, and even Texas and Florida!
The ZTO is contested annually in the summer on the 9-hole, par-27 Zigfield Troy golf course in Woodridge, Illinois. Contestants play four 9-hole rounds – 36 holes total – over two days. You don’t have to be a Scratch Golfer to enter and have a Great Time!
The Zigfield Troy Open 36-hole tournament record of 8-under par 100 was set in 2019 by Jack Korzon. Korzon set the competitive course record for 18 holes with his first round 8-under par (23/23) 46. Jason Buffone tied the 36-hole record in 2020. In 2006, Josh Butterfield of Oswego, Illinois set the competitive course record for nine holes with his second nine 6-under-par 21 in his first round. Jason Buffone tied the 6-under score in 2021. Andy Roderique of Frankford, IL went 26-26-26-24 to win in 2005; the first time in tournament history that a player broke par for all four nines. Remarkably, Andy’s brother Greg was the second winner to break par in all four nines, with 26-25-25-25 in 2014.
Jason Buffone (2010, 2011, 2020 and 2021) sits atop the multiple winners club with four championships. Andy Roderique (2002, 2005 & 2009) and John Woronick (1987, 1988 and 1989) are three three-time winners of the event.
Tom Sacco (1985 & 1997), Andy Krajewski (1986 & 1995), James Troy (1999 & 2003) and Raymond Knoll (2013 & 2017) have the distinction of having won two ZTO’s.
The entry fee for 2022 was $70.00, and there are ZTO flights for-
• Open / Championship flight
• High School (to age 18)
• Senior Men (ages 55 to 64)
• Super Senior Men (age 65 and over)
Appropriately, the Open Champion is crowned with a replica Zigfield Troy trademark straw hat, plus other prizes. Other high finishers, as well as women, high schoolers, seniors, and super seniors are awarded prizes. In 2022, the total value of prizes was $2,900.
Every contestant receives a practice round, bag tag and golf cap, and you’re invited to join us for lunch on Sunday in the clubhouse.
41 YEARS OF ZIGFIELD TROY OPEN CHAMPIONS
|Jason Buffone – 4 wins|
|David L. Griffins|
|Andy Krajewski – 2 wins|
|Andy Roderique – 3 wins|
|Tom Sacco – 2 wins|
|James Troy – 2 wins|
|John Woronick – 3 wins|
|2022||Jon Zolecki||Chicago, IL||28-27-26-25 – 106|
|2021||Jason Buffone||New Lenox, IL||26-25-21 – 72|
|2020||Jason Buffone||New Lenox, IL||26-25-23-26 – 100|
|2019||Jack Korzon||Downers Grove, IL||23-23-27-27 – 100|
|2018||Mitchell Davis||Valparaiso, IN||26-27-28-26 – 107|
|2017||Raymond Knoll||Naperville, IL||26-24-24-27 – 101|
|2016||Kelly Grassel||Chesterton, IN||26-28-24-29 – 107|
|2015||Ryan Grassel||Chesterton, IN||26-26-28 – 80|
|2014||Greg Roderique||Naperville, IL||26-25-25-25 – 101|
|2013||Raymond Knoll||Naperville, IL||26-23-27-29 – 105|
|2012||Sumeet Arora||Woodridge, IL||21-26-28-27 – 102|
|2011||Jason Buffone||Lockport, IL||27-27-26-27 – 107|
|2010||Jason Buffone||Lockport, IL||27-25-26-26 – 104|
|2009||Andy Roderique||Peoria, IL||26-24-28-26 – 104|
|2008||Paul Dagys||Oak Forest, IL||27-23-26-28 – 104|
|2007||Tim Cordes||Batavia, IL||28-25-27-27 – 107|
|2006||Josh Butterfield||Oswego, IL||26-21-27-28 – 102|
|2005||Andy Roderique||Aurora, IL||26-26-26-24 – 102|
|2004||Larry Brady||Barrington, IL||27-25-27-30 – 109|
|2003||James Troy||Clarendon Hills, IL||27-29-30-25 – 111|
|2002||Andy Roderique||Aurora, IL||25-26-26-30 – 107|
|2001||Dave Lee||Waukegan, IL||27-26-26-27 – 106|
|2000||David L. Griffins||Downers Grove, IL||27-27-26 – 80|
|1999||James Troy||Clarendon Hills, IL||25-25-25-29 – 104|
|1998||Mark Arentsen||Woodridge, IL||25-28-27-26 – 106|
|1997||Tom Sacco||Crest Hill, IL||34-31-24-26 – 105|
|1996||Ace Ellis||Lincolnshire, IL||29-27-25-25 – 106|
|1995||Andy Krajewski||Naperville, IL||26-27-29-23 – 105|
|1994||Mike Troy||Clarendon Hills, IL||26-26-26-27 – 105|
|1993||Rick Grassel||Plano, TX||29-28-28-27 – 112|
|1992||Jim Cavanaugh||Darien, IL||30-25-29-28 – 112|
|1991||Gary Beckman||Naperville, IL||28-29-29-26 – 112|
|1990||Bill Strauss||Mount Vernon, IA||27-27-27-30 – 111|
|1989||John Woronick||Palos Heights, IL||29-27-24-26 – 106|
|1988||John Woronick||Palos Heights, IL||29-27-24-26 – 106|
|1987||John Woronick||Palos Heights, IL||25-26-27-26 – 104|
|1986||Andy Krajewski||Downers Grove, IL||29-24-28-27 – 108|
|1985||Tom Sacco||Downers Grove, IL||25-27-28-29 – 109|
|1984||Joe Gorac||Clarendon Hills, IL||28-28-31-30 – 117|
|1983||Ken Brack||Clarendon Hills, IL||28-26-29-28 – 111|
|1982||Ken Boyce||Downers Grove, IL||29-28-30 – 87|