take your best shot
carry on a proud tradition, and support the future of the NKFI
Since 2011 this Golf Classic has benefitted the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, thanks to generous supporters, a dedicated planning committee and enthusiastic participants. Art Morris, MD and Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois (NANI) started the annual event as a fundraiser and an opportunity for socializing and networking among their physicians, leaders, vendors and clinical colleagues. The event grew each year; foursomes were in greater demand and fundraising revenue grew accordingly. All proceeds were donated to the NKFI by NANI each year, amounting to over $620,000. NANI subsequently allowed the NKFI to take over the Golf Classic as one of their Signature Events. It became the NKFI Golf Classic, open to all nephrology practices and supporters, some of whom travel from neighboring states each September for the event. Today, the NKFI Golf Classic planning committee honors this history, recognizing the legacy of NANI’s perennial support and leadership.
event details & overview
Tournament Format: The NKFI Golf Classic is played in a four-person, scramble format. Each team member begin each hole with a tee shot. Then, the team selects the best tee shot and continues play from that point. This process repeats on every shot until the ball is holed out.
Winners: First, second and third place foursomes will take home a beautiful crystal award and an exclusive prize.
Who Can Play: The NKFI Golf Classic is open to all amateur golfers.
Rain or Shine: The NKFI Golf Classic does not offer a back-up event date in the event of uncooperative weather, and it does not offer refunds.
location & schedule
your course to support the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois
Cantigny Golf Club
Cantigny Golf is widely regarded as one of the finest public golf facilities in the Midwest. Featuring a superbly maintained 27-hole championship golf course, and a first-rate clubhouse, Cantigny is owned by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and is managed by Kemper Sports.
27W270 Mack Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189
September 28, 2022
10:00am - Check in begins. The driving range and putting greens will be open for practice and the Putting Green Challenge, and a giveaway will be distributed.
11:50pm - Announcements
12:00pm - Shotgun Start
5:00pm - Receptions, Awards
winners & photos
relive the memories and revel in the glory
2021 Winners' Circle
Huntington National Bank - Stan Barnett, Erik Skogsbakken, Chris Traux, Chris Sweetland
Tito's Handmade Vodka - Hans Kief, Mike Dolphin, Glen Swider, Eric Barlaud
Dialize Direct - Scott Vaurinchik, Dr. John Leonetti, Mike Leonetti, Sr., Mike Leonetti, Jr.
2021 Winners' Circle
50/50 Raffle Winner:
Beat the Pro Winner:
Longest Drive Winner:
Mike Leonetti Sr.
Closest to the Hole Winner:
Golf Launcher Closest to the Hole Winner:
NANI Legacy Award Winner:
Sheilla Ntambo, CPA
nkfi golf classic committee
community in action
The members of the NKFI Golf Classic host committee are resolved to improve the lives of patients and families touched by kidney disease. This driven team of supporters has impacted community health all across Illinois, and their passion has helped the NKFI develop a number of free education and screening programs.
Scott Downing, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP
Yolanda Becker MD, UChicago Medicine
Jake Cilek, McGuire Woods LLP
Mary Jo Davis, Fresenius
Julia Gladis, Horizon Therapeutics
Brad Henderson, Fresenius
Bernd Imle, NxStage
Leadership Committee, cont'd
Kim Kempf, Horizon Therapeutics
Veeda Landeras, MD, Associates in Nephrology
Deepak Mital, MD, Advocate Christ Medical Center
Ryan Moore, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Bryan Murphy, NANI
Ken Murphy, Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois & Indiana
Erik Muse, NxStage
Nesko Radovic, McGuireWoods
Madhav Rao, MD, Associates in Nephrology
Mike Schrader, NxStage Medical
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