SPRINGFIELD — Alex Burge of Bloomington fired rounds of 68 and 69 on Thursday to finish with a 6-under-par 278 total to take fourth place in the 85th Illinois State Amateur Championship at Panther Creek Country Club.

Burge was three strokes behind Tee-K Kelly of Wheaton and Conor Dore of Chicago. 

Kelly, who was runner-up to Burge in last month's Chicago District Golf Association Amateur, defeated Dore in a three-hole aggregate playoff by making three pars to claim his second State Am title title in the last three years.

The Ohio State senior-to-be became the first two-time winner since Todd Mitchell of Bloomington won back-to-back crowns in 2002 and 2003.

Burge's teammate at the University of Illinois, Nick Hardy of Northbrook, finished third at 276 after a final-round 65.

Lyle Burns of Mahomet placed 14th at 287 after rounds of 73-72. Illinois Wesleyan's Alex Quanan of Libertyville tied for 15th at 289.

Other area golfers were Mike Henry (291), Mike Cushing (299) and David Marquardt (303) of Bloomington; Illinois State's Zach Burry of Quincy (295); Trevor Gold of Eureka (296); and Branden Mounce of El Paso (305).

The round of the day belonged to defending champion Raymond Knoll of Naperville. He fired a course-record 63 in the final round, highlighted by a double-eagle 2 on the 576-yard 11th hole. Knoll tied for sixth at 281.

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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