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Signature EventsNKFI Golf Classic

NKFI golf classic

September 27, 2023

Cantigny Golf Club
Wheaton, IL

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.

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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.

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Players can sign up to play in the NKFI Golf Classic as part of a foursome. 

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Support the NKFI's free community education and patient service programs. Click below to learn more about sponsoring this event.

Location and Schedule

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


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September 27, 2023



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

2022 Winners' Circle



First Place:

NxStage - Mike Schrader, Joe Hiro, Jeff Padlo, Erik Muse

Second Place:

Huntington National Bank - Stan Barnett, Erik Skogsbakken, Tim Horn, Chris Sweetland

Third Place:

Horizon Therapeutics - Justin Settle, Rob Walls, Matt Jolgren, Bob Nicholson

2022 Winners' Circle


50/50 Raffle Winner:

Bob Radke

Beat the Pro Winner:

Justin Settle

Longest Drive Winner:

Ritz Fatzinger

Closest to the Hole Winner:

Justin Settle

Golf Launcher Closest to the Hole Winner:

John Leonetti

Bozo Buckets:

Gerald Catalano

Photo Galleries



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.

Event Chair

  • Scott Downing, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP

Leadership Committee

  • Curt Anliker, National Dialysis Accreditation Commission

  • Jake Cilek, McGuire Woods LLP

  • Mary Jo Davis, Fresenius

  • Amishi Desai DO, Northwestern Medicine

  • Veeda Landeras MD, Associates in Nephrology

  • Tim Long, Associates in Nephrology

Leadership Committee, cont'd

  • Deepak Mital, MD, Advocate Christ Medical Center

  • Bryan Murphy, NANI

  • Ken Murphy, Nephrology Associates of Northern Illinois & Indiana

  • Erik Muse, NxStage

  • Madhav Rao, MD, Associates in Nephrology

  • Mike Schrader, NxStage Medical




nkfi golf classic sponsors

you make the difference

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois wouldn't be able to touch the lives of patients, families, and communities without the help of our dedicated, NKFI Golf Classic sponsors. Interested in sponsoring? Contact Allie Widmer at or 312-321-1500.

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