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Signature Events: Middle Market Open

middle market open

August 5, 2024

Onwentsia Club
Lake Shore Country Club
Conway Farms Golf Club
Skokie Country Club

MMO 20th annual

benefiting the
National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

Middle Market Open

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We are celebrating 20 years of the Middle Market Open in 2024! 

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


20 YEARS by the numbers

Middle Market Open

nearly 6,000 players

140  sponsors

1,315  Foursomes


golf professionals



The funds raised are enough to provide nearly 70,000 Illinois residents at-risk for kidney disease with free kidney screenings.


photos from past tournaments

scenes from the fairway

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2022 Gallery

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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

  • Dan Wikel, Chair, FTI Consulting

  • Bill Spizman, Vice Chair, RSM

  • Christopher McClure, Vice Chair, Crowe LLP

  • Jim Rolfe, Executive Committee, CIBC

  • Amit Mehta, Executive Committee, Paul Hastings, LLP

  • Bradley S. Schmarak, Executive Committee Reed Smith LLP

  • Duncan Bourne, Executive Committee

Wynnchurch Capital, LLC

  • Chris Killackey, Executive Committee

Prairie Capital

Board Membership

  • Jason Abbott, FTI Consulting

  • Joe Arnold, Valley National Bank

  • Jeremy Baker, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

  • Bobby Bartell, Kroll Corporate Finance 

  • Graham Bayly, Epic PE Insurance Group

  • Matt Beresh, Accordion

  • Barbara Grant Bereskin, American Bankruptcy Institute

  • Justin Bernbrock, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

  • Brian Caldwell, PNC Business Credit

  • John R. CastellanoAlixPartners

  • Jeffrey Clark, Northern Trust 

  • Michael Conway, Jones Day

  • Timothy Cummins, Stout

  • Tony Danielak, Prairie Capital

  • Jim Dowd, Triumph Capital Market

  • Matthew Frank, Alvarez & Marsal

  • Roy Gallagher, Ankura

  • Brian Hahn, Neuberger Berman

  • Jason Gott, Latham & Watkins

  • Jim Hess, BMO Harris

  • Jeffry HodgeMarsh Private Equity and M&A Services

  • Tom Horenkamp, Mayer Brown

Board Membership (continued)

  • Fran Jurkovic, Alliant/Mesirow

  • Dan Kehoe, Goldman Sachs

  • Judd KohnWhite Wolf Capital LLC
  • Scott H. Lang, City Capital Advisors
  • Adam Ortega, Cohen & Company 
  • Adam C. Paul, Gordian Group

  • Paul Peterson, Wind Point Partners

  • Paul Possinger, Proskauer Rose LLP

  • Saul Rudo, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

  • Andrew Sandquist, Newmark

  • Brian Schafer, Winston & Strawn

  • Brian Soper, Stretto

  • Chris Ward, Polsinelli

  • Matthew Warren, King & Spalding

  • Jeremy Watson, Sidley Austin LLP

  • Andrew Weil, DLA Piper LLP (US)


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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Mark Schwartz

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in-kind donors

Advertising Partner

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Silent Auction Sponsor

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additional sponsors

Silver Sponsors (cont'd)

​​Flag Sponsor

Dinner Sponsor


Contest Sponsor

Raffle Sponsor 

Hole Sponsor

First Tee Greater Chicago

Hole in One Sponsor


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