Complete Post-Event Survey

Middle Market Open™ Golf Tournament

Shoreacres, Onwentsia Club, & Knollwood Club
Lake Bluff & Lake Forest, IL

Monday, July 17, 2017

The 13th Annual Middle Market Open expanded to four elite courses, sold out in record time, and was the most successful event yet. 445 golfers from the private equity and deal making community came together on one day to raise more than $750,000 for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
From all of us at the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and the people we serve throughout the state, thank you for your incredible support and generosity!

A very special thanks also goes out to our board and committee members and our special guest, University of Illinois men's golf coach, Mike Small.


2017 Tournament Winners

Congratulations to this year's tournament winners!


1st Place: Joe Polancich & Mike Messersmith (Huron Business Advisory foursome)
2nd Place: Michael Keenan & Jim Trankina (PNC foursome)
3rd Place: Brian Soper & Danny Levene (BMS foursome)
Beat the Pro Winner: Tom Aronson

Onwentsia Club

1st Place: John Dvorak & David Britt (Wintrust Commercial Banking foursome)
2nd Place: Jeff Stern & Brian Klucznik (Houlihan Lokey foursome)
3rd Place: Patrick Jensen & Michael Jurasek (Prairie Capital foursome)
Beat the Pro Winner: Andy Shackelford

Knollwood Club

1st Place: Jamie Wildman & John Hatherly (William Blair foursome)
2nd Place: David Morris & John Didrickson (Mesirow Financial foursome)
3rd Place: Roy Gallagher & Matt Clemente (Ankura Consulting foursome)
Beat the Pro Winner: Mike Shean

Raffle Winners

Grand Prize (The Olympic Club and TPC Harding Park): Richard Bergman
Package 2 (Milwaukee Golf Club & Conway Farms Golf Club): Matt Schloop
Package 3 (Onwentsia Club & Skokie CC): Rob Ross
Package 4 (Medinah #3 & Olympia Fields Country Club): Dennis Regan

Highland Park Country Club (NextGen)

1st Place: Adam Ortega, Steve Greanias, Anthony Doughty & Jonathan Pearl (Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP foursome)
2nd Place: Clay Wortham, Steve Kolmin, Darin Wagner (Dentons US LLP foursome)
3rd Place: Tom Hill, Matt Maier & Brian Cercek 

For more information about the Middle Market Open, please contact Meghan Kelleher at (312) 321-1500 or

Register Online

Registration is closed for 2017.  Check back for 2018 details, coming soon! 


Middle Market Open


MMO NextGen




Shoreacres  |  Onwentsia Club  |  Knollwood Club  |  MMO NextGen - Highland Park Club



Directions to Shoreacres

Click here for a printable map and directions

Take Skokie Highway (4I ), Waukegan Road (43) or the Tri-State Tollway (94) to Highway 176 (Rockland Road). Go East on 176 to Sheridan Road. Go under the viaduct and loop to the right. When you come to Sheridan Road, you will be facing West. Turn right (North) on Sheridan Road and proceed one and one-quarter mile to Shoreacres Road. Turn right on Shoreacres Road and follow it to the Clubhouse.

The street address and phone number to Shoreacres are as follows:

1601 Shoreacres Road,
Lake Bluff, IL 60044

(847) 234-1470 Clubhouse
(847) 234-1472 Pro Shop


Directions to Onwentsia Club

Take the Kennedy Expressway west (90/94) to the Edens Expressway (94) and bear right (north). Stay on that until you get to Rte. 41 north to Waukegan. Take Rte. 41 north to Westleigh Road and make a right turn on to Westleigh. Take Westleigh to the 1st stop sign (Green Bay Road). Turn left and go north 1-½ miles.  The Club will be on your left.  There is a black and white wooden sign with “Onwentsia Club” on it

The street address and phone number to Onwentsia Club are as follows:

300 Green Bay Rd,
Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 234-0120 Clubhouse
(847) 234-6430 Golf Shop


Directions to Knollwood

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From Chicago: Take I-94 West (Toll Road) to Exit IL-60 East (East Townline Road). Go East on IL-60 for 1.4 miles to IL-43 (Waukegan Road) Turn left (North) on Waukegan Road. Go North on IL-43 for 2.3 miles and turn left onto Knollwood Road

The street address and phone number to Knollwood Club are as follows:

1890 Knollwood Road,
Lake Forest, IL 60045

(847) 234-1600 Clubhouse
(847) 234-1210 Pro Shop


Directions to Highland Park

From the North: Take US 41 South to Park Avenue West, and make a left on park Avenue West (traveling east). HPCC will be on the left side, about 1/4 of a mile.

From the South: Take I-94 West (merges with) to US 41 North. Continue on US 41 North until you reach Park Avenue West (first stoplight) and make a right, traveling east. HPCC will be on the left side, about 1/4 of a mile.

From the West: Take 1-294 North-South Tollway and exit at Deerfield Road East. Proceed to US 41 North, exit right (traveling east) at Park Avenue West. HPCC will be on the left sie, about 1/4 of a mile. 

The street address and phone number to Highland Park Country Club are as follows:

1201 Park Avenue West
Highland Park, IL 60035

(847) 433-9015 Clubhouse

MMO Event Details

Date: Monday, July 17, 2017

1601 Shoreacres Road
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
9:00 am – check-in begins
11:00 am – shotgun start

Onwentsia Club
300 Green Bay Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
9:30 am – check-in begins
11:30 am – shotgun start

Knollwood Club
1890 Knollwood Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
9:00 am – check-in begins
11:00 am – shotgun start

Locker rooms will be available for all participants. A grill lunch will be provided at all courses, and a reception and dinner will be held for all golfers at Onwentsia Club following golf.

Rules: The format of the Middle Market Open™ is a two-man, better ball. Each player on the team plays his or her own golf ball throughout the round, and on each hole the low net score or "better ball" of the group serves as the two-man team score. Pair 1 will be scored together and Pair 2 will be scored together. Players must have a verifiable index to be eligible to win prizes at MMO. Only players with amateur status may compete for prizes. There will be no rain date and no refunds for the Middle Market Open™.

Shoreacres Golfers - Participant Information

Onwentsia Golfers - Participant Information

Knollwood Golfers - Participant Information

MMO NextGen Event Details

Date: Monday, July 17, 2017

1201 Park Ave W. 
Highland Park, IL 60035
9:00 am - practice range is open
10:00 am - check-in begins
11:00 am - shotgun start

For more information about MMO NextGen™ or to purchase additional slots, please contact Meghan Kelleher at (312) 321-1500 or A reception and dinner will be held for all golfers at Onwentsia Club following golf.

Highland Park Golfers - Participant Information

Event Highlights

  • Fantastic prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams.
  • Silent auction and raffle with prizes that include access to some of the most exclusive golf courses in the country.
  • Evening program includes cocktails, dinner, and networking.
  • More than 5 million dollars raised for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

For more information about the Middle Market Open, please contact Meghan Kelleher at (312) 321-1500 or


    2015 MMO Raffle Winner Aaron Diefenthaler and NKFI Board President Matt Gilbert
                            enjoy a day on the green in Pebble Beach, California.

Raffle Tickets

This year's MMO raffle tickets are sponsored by The NKFI Board of Directors.



2017 MMO Raffle Prizes


Grand Prize

Unescorted foursomes at The Olympic Club & TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, CA
($2,000 for travel expenses included)

Second Prize

Escorted threesomes at Milwaukee Golf Club & Conway Farms Golf Club

Third Prize

Escorted threesomes at Onwentsia Club & Skokie Country Club

Fourth Prize

Escorted threesomes at Medinah #3 & Olympia Fields Country Club


Winners will be determined in a random drawing to be held July 17, 2017 at the 13th Annual Middle Market Open. Winners need not be present to win and will be notified. All proceeds from the raffle benefit the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. 

2017 MMO Sponsors


MMO Event Sponsor





MMO Platinum Sponsor






MMO Dinner Sponsor



MMO Gold Sponsors











Mark Schwartz        

MMO Silver Sponsors

Akerman LLPAlixPartners, LLPAlliantAlvarez & Marsal LLC •  Ankura ConsultingBaker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLPBank of America Merrill Lynch • BDO • Belmont Bank & Trust • CBRE • Dentons US LLP • DLA Piper LLP (US) •  Enterprise Fleet Management, Inc. • First Midwest Bank Houlihan Lokey • HUB InternationalJLL • Jones DayLenox Advisors Lincoln International LLC • Livingston Partners • Marsh USA, Inc. • Mayer Brown • Mesirow Financial • Moelis & Company • Neuberger Berman • Northern Trust Company • Perkins Coie LLP • Plante Moran • Proskauer Rose LLPResilience Capital Partners • Seyfarth Shaw LLP • Stout Thompson Flanagan • Vedder Price P.C.• Wells Fargo Capital Finance • Willis Towers Watson M&A GroupWilliam Blair • Wilmington Trust • Wind Point Partners


MMO Lunch Sponsor

Reed Smith LLP


MMO Flag Sponsor

Chris Segal


MMO Raffle Sponsor

NKFI Board of Directors


MMO Hole Sponsor

Baird Banking • BMC GroupColliers International • GCG • Hilco Global Mackinac Partners, LLC Valuation Research Corporation


MMO NextGen Lunch Sponsor


MMO NextGen Flag Sponsor

Mesirow Financial


MMO NextGen Cart Sponsor


MMO NextGen Foursome


MMO NextGen Hole Sponsor

Duane Morris LLP • FTI Consulting • Goldberg Kohn Ltd. • Hinshaw & Culbertson • Nixon Peabody LLP • Polsinelli • Siena Lending Group •  Strategic Resources, Inc. • Quarton InternationalWarady & Davis LLP • Wells Fargo Capital Finance



For information on available sponsorship opportunities, please click the ‘MMO AND NEXTGEN SPONSORSHIP PACKETS’ button at the top of this page or call (312) 321-1500.

2017 Middle Market Open Board Members

Bradley S. Schmarak, Reed Smith LLP
Scott H. Lang, City Capital Advisors
Chair Emeritus

Allan Allweiss, LBC Credit Partners
Bob Bartell, Duff & Phelps
Barbara Grant Bereskin, Lincoln Avenue Partners
Duncan Bourne, Wynnchurch Capital, LLC
Nathan Brown, Wind Point Partners
Jeffrey Clark, Northern Trust Company
Timothy Cummins, Stout
Frederick Fisher, Mayer Brown
Matthew Frank, Alvarez & Marsal LLC
David Gaito, PNC Business Credit
Matthew Gilbert, Green Door Capital
Lindsay Gray, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Thomas Hill, Alvarez & Marsal LLC
Neil Hughes, HUB International
Fran Jurkovic, Alliant/Mesirow
Michael Keenan, PNC Business Credit
Chris Killackey, Prairie Capital
Christopher McClure, Crowe Horwath
Amit Mehta, Paul Hastings, LLP
Mike Milani, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Paul Possinger, Proskauer
Jim Rolfe, The PrivateBank
Scott Rubenstein, BMO Harris Bank
Saul Rudo, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Andrew Sandquist, CBRE
Andrew Skoglund, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
David Smalstig, FTI Consulting, Inc.
Brian Soper, BMS
William Spizman, RSM US LLP
Jeremy Stillings, Attorney
Randy Thrall, Thrall Enterprises
Sam Valenzisi, Lincoln International LLC
Andrew Weil, DLA Piper LLP (US)
Dan Wikel, Huron Business Advisory


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