middle market open

July 11, 2022

Onwentsia Club | Shoreacres

Conway Farms Golf Club

Chicagoland area, IL

benefiting the

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Middle Market Open

Join over 400 of the brightest lights from Chicago’s middle market deal-making community in an incredible show of commitment to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. This one-of-a-kind event is one of the NKFI's premiere summer outings, and it is the only amateur golf tournament designed by, and for, the Chicago middle market.


You’ll spend your day on some of the midwest's finest, most exclusive golf courses, where you will enjoy friendly competition and the company of leaders in business, private equity, finance, law, strategy, wealth management, accounting, real estate, and capital management. Together, we'll toast to the future of NKFI supported programs. 


event details & tournament format

  • Format: Players of the Middle Market Open hit the links as part of a two person team, and play in groups of four. The format of game play is 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 #01 will be scored together and Pair #02 will be scored together.


  • Auctions, Raffles, and Prizes: The top three teams from each course will all win prizes, and the silent auction and raffle are each filled with unique treasures and experiences.


  • Who Can Play: Only players who have a verifiable index and an amateur status may be eligible to win and compete for prizes.


  • A Day at the Club: Locker rooms will be available for all participants, and a grill lunch will be provided at every course.


  • Rain or Shine: The Middle Market Open does not offer a back-up event date in the event of uncooperative weather, and it does not offer refunds.

how to participate

Players secure spots in the Middle Market Open through event sponsorship. The MMO Board is happy to provide a variety of packages, all of which offer unique benefits and branding opportunities.

player information 


Update your index and player information before the tournament. Review instructions here


location & schedule

your course to support the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois



1601 Shoreacres Road

Lake Bluff, IL 60044


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Monday, July 11, 2022


8:30am  -  Check in Begins

10:30am  -  Shotgun Start

Conway Farms Golf Club


425 Conway Farms Drive

Lake Forest, IL 60045


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Monday, July 11, 2022


8:30am  -  Check in Begins

10:30am  -  Shotgun Start

Onwentsia Club


300 Green Bay Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045


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Monday, July 11, 2022



9:00am  -  Check in Begins

11:00am  -  Shotgun Start

play the raffle

premier prizes and experiences

Purchase a raffle ticket or two and enter for your chance to win access to some of the most pristine and exclusive golf clubs in the country. Winners will be determined in a random drawing held on July 12, 2021 at the Middle Market Open.


Can't make it to the drawing but still want to enter? Don't worry, you don't have to be present to win. (We'll notify you afterwards). And remember: every ticket you buy supports the mission of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, and pushes us that much closer towards accomplishing our goals. Good luck!


2 rounds of golf for four and a 2-night stay in two rooms at Sand Valley Golf Resort


Purchase your ticket(s) for five chances to win! Only 550 tickets available. 


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Escorted threesomes at Conway Farms and Knollwood Golf Clubs



Escorted threesomes at Skokie and Lake Shore Country Clubs


Escorted threesomes at Northmoor and Exmoor Country Clubs


NKFI will prepare and submit the raffle ticket for you. No physical tickets will be distributed. Proceeds benefit NKFI Patient Education initiatives. Winners will be determined in a random drawing to be held July 12, 2021 at the 17th Annual Middle Market Open. Winners need not be present to win and will be notified. Participation in the MMO is voluntary and is not a requirement to win. Participants must be 18 years or older. Winners will coordinate with sponsor for non-holiday play. Players are subject to the Club’s rules of attire, date & times. Valid until July 12, 2022 unless otherwise notified. With regard to prizes, certain terms, conditions and restrictions may apply. The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois assumes no liability of any nature for any property loss or damage, personal injury or death occurring in connection with any prize. No substitutions, exchanges, or cash redemptions can be made. Prizes are non-transferable and any taxes or consumer-related charges are the sole responsibility of the prizewinner. No portion of the cost of this raffle ticket is tax deductible.

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middle market open board

the power of community spirit

The Middle Market Open Board is one of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' most active group of supporters. Over the years, their dedication to improving the lives of patients and families battling kidney disease has led to more than seven million dollars being raised on behalf of the NKFI mission.

Board Leadership

  • Jim Rolfe, Chair


  • Dan Kehoe, Co-Vice Chair

Goldman Sachs

  • Christopher McClure, Co-Vice Chair

Crowe LLP

  • Amit Mehta, Immediate Past Chair

Paul Hastings, LLP 

  • Duncan Bourne, Executive Committee

Wynnchurch Capital, LLC

  • Chris Killackey, Executive Committee

Prairie Capital

  • Bradley S. Schmarak, Executive Committee 

Reed Smith LLP

​Read a profile of Brad in the May 2018 issue of Sheridan Road  

Board Membership

  • Jason Abbott, FTI Consulting

  • Joe Arnold, Bank of the West

  • Bob BartellDuff & Phelps 

  • Barbara Grant BereskinLincoln Avenue Partners

  • Nathan BrownWind Point Partners 

  • John R. CastellanoAlixPartners

  • Jeffrey ClarkNorthern Trust 

  • Michael Conway, Jones Day

  • Timothy Cummins, Stout

  • Tim Derry, PNC Business Credit

  • Frederick Fisher, Mayer Brown LLP

  • Matthew Frank, Alvarez & Marsal

  • Lindsay Gray, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

  • Kyle Griffith, Patriot Capital
  • Jim Hess, BMO Harris

  • Fran Jurkovic, Alliant/Mesirow

Board Membership (continued)

  • Dave Light, Oak Hill Advisors

  • Adam Ortega, Huron Consulting 
  • Megan Pirooz, Winston & Strawn LLP

  • Paul Possinger, Proskauer Rose LLP

  • Saul Rudo, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

  • Andrew Sandquist, Newmark Knight Frank

  • Brian Soper, Stretto

  • Bill Spizman, RSM US LLP

  • Randy Thrall, Thrall Enterprises

  • Andrew Weil, DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Matthew Warren, King & Spalding

  • Jeremy Watson, Sidley Austin LLP

  • Dan Wikel, FTI Consulting


Lifetime Members

  • Steven Cohen, CIBC 

  • Scott H. Lang, Founder & Chair Emeritus

City Capital Advisors

  • Henry Munez, BMO Harris Bank



MMO sponsors

you make the difference

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois successfully impacts the lives of patients, families, and communities with the help of our dedicated, Middle Market Open sponsors.

presenting sponsor

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platinum sponsors

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gold sponsors

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in-kind donors

Advertising Partner

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Silent Auction Sponsor

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additional sponsors

Lunch Sponsor


Flag Sponsor


Contest Sponsor

King & Spalding

Hole in One Sponsor

McGrath Lexus


Raffle Sponsor 

Baker Tilly


Practice Area Sponsor 

Horizon Therapeutics

Hole Sponsors

Regions Bank

Valuation Research Corporation



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