Golfers at Middle Market Open™ and NextGen Golf Tournaments Play Three Courses

August 24, 2016

More than $600,000 Raised by Chicago Middle Market Dealmakers for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

1.12 million people in Illinois, or 1 in 9 American adults, are living with kidney disease - and most don’t know it. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is working to change this statistic through one of their most successful fundraisers, the Middle Market Open Golf Tournament.

This year, the Middle Market Open was held in Lake Forest, Illinois, on Monday, July 25th at Conway Farms Golf Club and Onwentsia Club. Professional golfer Gary McCord, also a television commentator, author and actor, attended the event for the ‘Beat the Pro’ contest hole and evening reception. The second annual NextGen Tournament, geared toward the next generation of middle market dealmakers and typically held in conjunction with the Middle Market Open, was rescheduled due to weather for Monday, August 22nd at Briarwood Country Club in Deerfield, Illinois.

Since the event’s inauguration in 2005, the Middle Market Open has raised more than $5 million. This year, the event’s twelfth anniversary, the Middle Market Open and NextGen Tournaments raised more than $600,000 to support the life-saving programs of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.

On behalf of the NKFI, thank you to everyone who sponsored, golfed and purchased raffle tickets to support this year’s event. Special thanks to this year’s committee members, especially Chairs Scott Lang and Brad Schmarak, and MMO co-event sponsors, BMO Harris Bank and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, supporters of the tournament for many years.

Congratulations to all of this year's tournament winners, we hope to see you again next year!

Conway Farms Golf Club (MMO)

  • 1st Place: Jeff Boundy and Tom Happ (Mesirow Financial foursome)
  • 2nd Place: Brad Schmarak and Michael Solot (Reed Smith LLP foursome)
  • 3rd Place: David Gaito and Jason Rae (PNC Bank foursome)
  • Beat the Pro: Matthew Frank (Bankruptcy Management Solutions (BMS) foursome)

Onwentsia Club (MMO)

  • 1st Place: Lou Pagano and Michael Olson (DLA Piper LLP foursome)
  • 2nd Place: Andrew Weil and John Bintz (DLA Piper LLP foursome)
  • 3rd Place: Tom Walker and Mike Kamienski (Baker Tilly foursome)
  • Beat the Pro: Art Fogel (Northern Trust Corporation foursome)

Briarwood Country Club (NextGen)

  • 1st Place: Casey Zgutowicz (Lockton), Steve Sigfusson (Ashland Capital Partners), Ryan Deegan (Monroe Credit Advisors LLC), and Steven Drake (Wynnchurch Capital) - Lockton Companies, LLC and Monroe Capital foursome
  • 2nd Place: Todd Fredrick, Pat McCulloch (Jostens), Keith Jereb (TRICOR Systems Inc.), and Brian Loftin (LEI) - TRICOR Systems Inc foursome
  • 3rd Place: Kat Parker (HyperAMS), Jeremy Stillings (Proskauer), Brian Soper (Bankruptcy Management Solutions (BMS)), and Andrea Gonzalez (Alvarez & Marsal Disputes and Investigations, LLC) - Bankruptcy Management Solutions (BMS) foursome
  • Longest Drive: Jamie Cote (Madison Hawk)
  • Closest to the Pin Hole #1: Jeff Chaney (Pfingsten Partners – CapX Partners and Paul Hastings LLP foursome)
  • Closest to the Pin Hole #2: Steve Kolmin (Ernst & Young – Dentons US LLP foursome)
  • 50/50 Raffle: John Wojcik (RSM US LLP)

Raffle Winners

  • Grand Prize (The Olympic Club and TPC Harding Park): Mark Plaehn (Merrill Corporation foursome)
  • Package 2 (Milwaukee Golf Club & Onwentsia Club): David Light (Mayer Brown, LLP foursome)
  • Package 3 (Medinah #3 & Conway Farms Golf Club): Bradley Roberts
  • Package 4 (Skokie Country Club & Olympia Fields Country Club): Bill Barry

For more than a decade, Chicago’s leading middle market dealmakers have gathered for a day of networking, championship level golf, and philanthropic support of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. For more information about the Middle Market Open or NextGen Golf Tournaments, or the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, please visit or call (312) 321-1500.

Photos from the Middle Market Open Tournament.

Photos from the NextGen Tournament.




About the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois improves the health and well-being of people at risk for and affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment.