THE 2017 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS MAY 19-31 AT RICH HARVEST FARMS IN SUGAR GROVE. The Women play from May 19-24 and the Men from May 26-31. Well priced tickets on sale now and parking of course is FREE, so come support your school or Alma-Mater. See today.           ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Medinah Country Club, the Illinois Patriot Day Golf Outing on May 30th.

The Medinah Country Club is close to finishing up it’s Course #2 restorations, as the course will reopen for play to the membership in June.

While the historic Tom Bendelow design will now have a modern but classical style to it, it will have something else.

That something else is called  “Golf for Life”, it’s system that lets golfers regardless of their skill level, a theater to improve their game in.

The key to the program is the addition of tee boxes on each hole, so that each hole will now have seven. This gives the club the option to try out various new events and programs.

A look at the new style golf hole on Medinah’s #2 course.

The Golf for Life program was created by Medinah Director of Golf Marty DeAngelo. Each Medinah member can meet with a club professional for a game evaluation, and then start a system that will help them improve.

DeAngelo said his golf staff will work with the membership, and have them start at one tee box. “As students work on their games, there will be recommendations for improvement to the next set of tees will occur.”

Medinah Course #2 has been closed for over a year, to give the course a design that is in touch with today’s game. The project did not change the course routing or topography and total fairway space has increased from 21-34 acres. Some fairways even connect with fairways on other holes, something not seen that much today, but not uncommon during the building of courses during the classic style era of 100 years ago or more.

In recent years Medinah’s other two courses #1 and #3 have both been restored in recent years as part of the clubs ongoing improvements. Course #1 was renovated by architect Tom Doak, and Course #3 by Rees Jones prior to the 2012 Ryder Cup.

The club has been improving other sections of the club as part of it’s 2020 Plan. For more information on the Medinah Country Club, please visit


 THE DONALD ROSS COURSE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS IN 2017 at the French Lick Resort, for details and golf specials all summer long. #Donaldisthedeal.  THE GREEN STREET GRILLE NOW OPEN and under new management. The Green Street Grille brought to you by the Two-Dome guys, Golf Dome Guys that is. M&M Munro and McWethy. See Part of a new downtown Bensenville.     _____________________________________________________________________

Golfers on Golf Radio, brought to you in part by the KPMG-PGA Championship at Olympia Fields from June 29-July 2.

Golfers on Golf Radio returns for week #2 today at 9 AM on Am 750 WNDZ. Our guests this week include Greg Billie from the Illinois Patriot Education Fund, that will be hosting it’s annual charity golf outing at Medinah Country Club on May 30th. Support our Illinois Veterans.

Jim Richerson the Director of Golf at Kohler Company, joins us to talk about everything golf and more in Kohler Wisconsin. The Kohler Beer fest is next weekend. Richerson is now the PGA of America’s national secretary, and recently served as a rules official at the Masters Tournament.

Jim Richerson of Kohler Company and National Secretary of the PGA of America.

The Ben Hogan award will be presented at a Black-Tie dinner at the Colonial Country Club on May 22nd, during the Dean and Deluca PGA Tour event.

Semi-finalists for the award include both Dylan Meyer and Nick Hardy from the University of Illinois Men’s golf team.

On Wednesday May 3rd the field will be trimmed to the three finalists who will attend the dinner.

Illinois Coach Mike Small said,” it’s a great honor for both Nick and Dylan to be recognized in this manner. They have a had a great season so far.”

ILLINOIS WOMEN are in 7th place at the B1G Ten Conference Championship tournament at TPC River bend in Ohio. Better news for Northwestern Women who are leading the championship by 3 strokes over Wisconsin.

ILLINI Men playing in the Ohio State Invitational today and tomorrow.

KEMPERSPORTS and the Kemper Club announced the dates for the fourth annual KemperClub Championship. The annual event takes place September 2-4, on two championship courses, including 2015 U.S. Open site Chambers Bay, and the Home Course home of the 2014 USGA Public Links Championship. For further information call (877)-29-LINKS or see

PURDUE UNIVERSITY needs volunteers for it’s upcoming NCAA Men’s Golf Regional from May 15-17. Volunteer sign up at

FOXFORD HILLS is back with it’s Glow in the Dark, “Par’s Under the Stars.” It will be held on May 13th from 5:30 to 10:00 PM.  Deadline is May 6th, cost is $70.00 per player and comes with a tasty Italian dinner. Call (847)-639-0400 to sign up.

GOLF 20/20 recently had it’s day at the state capital of Florida in Tallahassee. Golf’s impact on the state of Florida was reported in 2015, that in 2013 the number was up to $8.2 Billion up from $7.5 in 2007. The golf industry in Florida supports 132,000 jobs and 43.6 Billion in wages. Floirda is home to over 1,000 golf courses, more than in any other state. More information at or

We are live at 9 Am, join us then on Am 750 WNDZ-Chicago.


   THE FRENCH LICK RESORT is enjoying a special year. This July they will host the first Sr. LPGA Championship in July. All season long will be a celebration of the resorts Donald Ross Course that’s turned 100 years old. Details at THE 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships will be held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove from May 19-31. Ladies first from May 19-24, and the Men from May 26-31. Well priced tickets are now on sale at and parking is FREE.       _____________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Myrtle Beach and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris has decided when it comes to golf, he will keep on building more courses.

In Southwest Missouri in the suburb of Ridgedale, (Branson) Morris announced his intentions to create a public golf course in a partnership with the family of Payne Stewart. The golf courses will be designed by the firm TGR Design, owned by Tiger Woods.

With Woods on the shelf from golf for the rest of 0217, after his fourth back surgery in three years, Woods now has time to roll up his sleeves and work on course design projects.

Tiger Woods and Johnny Morris look over a set of plans for a new course in the Branson Mo. area, at Big Cedar Lodge.

Morris is working to make Big Cedar Lodge another one of the “Great Golf Destinations” in America.

Big Cedar Lodge will be a destination for fisherman and those who enjoy a variety of shooting experiences.

In addition to working with Woods on an 18 hole public course, there will also be a par-3 short course that will be created.

The golf course is scheduled to open in 2019, and will be named in honor of the late Payne Stewart. The official name for the new course will be Payne’s Valley. The course will have a 19th hole, called “The Rock” to help settle any wagers. The Rock was created by Morris and will be created in a dramatic geological area.

The Big Cedar Lodge.

The Payne’s Valley Course is to honor Stewart’s legacy, both Payne Stewart and his father Bill Stewart were a large part of growing golf in the area.

Morris is working with both Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in designing the Payne Stewart Learning Facility, that will be part of a Payne Stewart museum filled with many artifacts from Stewarts career.

Big Cedar Lodge is located on the shores of Table Rock Lake, and is only 10 minutes from the modern newly created Branson Airport. For more information on all the golf courses being built in the area, please visit or visit or


 The 2017 Men’s and Women’s NCAA National Golf Championships will be played from May 19th through the 31st at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. The Women’s Championship will be May 19-24 and the Men from May 26-31. Well priced tickets are on sale at parking of course is Free. See the pro’s of tomorrow up close, no nose-bleed seats here. Walk the scenic grounds of Rich Harvest Farms and see the NCAA Experience area. Both championships hosted by Northern IL University     _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Rich Harvest Farms for the NCAA Championships from May 19-31, or on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.


Tiger Woods on Thursday announced through his website that he has undergone his fourth back surgery.

The recovery time from this surgery is at least six months. As a result Woods is done from tournament golf through at least the end of October and now probably longer.

While it’s not 100 percent, it’s unlikely Woods will be seen on a golf course again in 2017.

The announcement of his fourth back surgery, is coupled with his four knee surgeries that he and his camp have reported. There are some unconfirmed reports that Woods has undergone as many as eight knee surgeries. The four back surgeries have come since April of 2014, which equals four surgeries in three years.

The Woods camp and the doctor performing the surgery, Dr. Richard Guyer of the Texas Back Institute called the surgery “successful”. However the other three surgeries, were all deemed successful as well.

“The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain,” said Woods, on his website. “When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling for so long.”

Woods agent, Mark Steinberg called the past operations a “band-aid approach” to the problem. Steinberg said that Woods “took the weight off his shoulders and decided this procedure was the right path to a full recovery.”

Steinberg said the grueling pain Woods was fighting, was when a nerve and a disc in Woods lower back were touching. The current fusion surgery is expected to put an end to that problem.

Once Woods recovers from the surgery, he will begin a gradual rehabilitation process that once completed, should allow him to return to competitive golf.

Woods did not play in the recent Masters Tournament, the years first major. A recent announcement showed that the Masters TV ratings were down this year, but that decline had no connection to Woods not competing.


    THE 2017 MEN’S AND WOMAN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS will be contested at Rich Harvest Farms from May 19-31. Well priced tickets now on sale at     ______________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

The Illinois Golf Hall of Fame has lowed the field of candidates for the Class of 2017, from 28 as I wrote earlier today.

However the field that is normally 10 finalists, will be 12 this year due to some ties for the 10th position.

The date for the final vote has also been changed from May 10th, to May 23rd.

The list of finalists is expected to be released at some point next week. The Gog Blog will have an update when that information becomes available.

So stay clicked in. RS


 THE FRENCH LICK RESORT welcomes you to an exciting summer of golf and more in beautiful and historic French Lick Indiana. It’s the centennial year for the Donald Ross Golf Course and teeing off of a new tournament the Sr. LPGA Championship, that will help bridge the gaps of women’s golf with other tours. See for details. The 2017 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Golf Championships will be held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove from May 19-31, tickets can be purchased at NCAA.Com/tickets. ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. Follow Rory to Rich Harvest Farms and the NCAA Championships May 19-31.

It always ceases to amaze me when PR firms continue to screw up, of course in golf there is growing problem with that, because only a few people or firms can get how to promote golf the right way.

One east coast based firm, continues to try and convince golf writers that they are the pulse of a movement, that is trying to get golf championships moved away from courses, with a connection to our new president Donald Trump.

The latest load of humor comes from the same firm, that got nowhere with it’s attempt to move the U.S. Women’s Open away from Trump Bedminster. Well that won’t happen I promise you that. With that failed effort in the books, now the focus is to go after the Sr. PGA Championship. The same PR firms, supporting a few biased liberal organizations, are now saying that Sr. PGA Championship sponsor Kitchen-Aid is under fire because the championship is being played at Trump national Golf Club in DC.

Trump National Golf Club

Well guess what, there is no fire and Kudo’s to the PGA of America for not moving this championship, and the USGA for not moving the US Women’s Open.

Then again maybe there is a small fire after all, it’s the campaign of a small group group of people, going up in flames, as they realize their efforts will have no effect on the big picture whatsoever. It would have been a sad day for golf and sport in general, had any of the above named golf organizations bowed to pressure and moved their championships.

The 2017 Sr. PGA Championship sponsored by Kitchen-Aid will be played from May 23-28 at Trump National Golf Club DC, in Potomic Falls, Virginia. Defending Champion is Rocco Mediate.

Luke Donald speaks with the media at Conway Farms during the BMW Championship.

It was good to see Northwestern alum Luke Donald playing well at his old stomping grounds, Harbour Town at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island this past weekend.

Donald was the co-leader after 36 holes, but could only move two more strokes under par on the weekend. That left him in a solo second place finish for the week. Donald earned 300 Fed Ex Cup points, and a check for the amount of $704,000 for his solid week of play. A few more starts like this for Donald, will hopefully put him in the field at his home club of Conway Farms in Lake Forest, when the BMW Championship returns in mid-September.

In studio at AM 750 WNDZ

It was great being back on the air last Saturday, with the return of Golfers on Golf Radio. Yes, Saturday mornings at 9 AM our new day, and on Am 750 WNDZ.

Our new signal hits a home run into four states. Thanks to former producer BIGG Jon Vic checking in from the Milwaukee suburbs, telling us he was listening to the show, and the reports from out in Indiana were just as good. Thanks everyone, and 22 more weeks to go. That being said, we hope for a report from our 4th this Saturday, Mike Munro about the new restaurant that he and Mistwood/MCQ’s owner Jim McWethy have opened as of today in downtown Bensenville called The Green Street Grille. More details on that in the days ahead.

Len Ziehm expanding golf coverage into Wisconsin.

Our story last week told of how there were 28 nominee’s for the 2017 Class of the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame.

After the voting in this past week, the field has been narrowed down to 10 finalists.

One of them is longtime golf reporter and media guy Len Ziehm, who is one of our BIG 3 Partners on the internet. On May 10th the final voting will take place. I’ll be presenting on Len’s behalf to the voting panelists. Hopefully Len will be part of the 2017 Illinois Golf HOF class when the dinner rolls around at the Glen Club in October.

Golf season is kicking into gear…more news coming up. Stay clicked in. RS


  The 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships from May 19-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Owner Jerry Rich welcomes everyone to come enjoy the best in college golf, and see the future pro stars of tomorrow, up close and personal. Well priced tickets on sale now at or visit the Rich Harvest Farms website. Parking is FREE. Women play May 19-24, the Men from May 26-31. #NCAA.    _____________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Golfers on Golf via Rory Spears on Facebook, linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With Rich Tock of Erin Hills Golf Club home of the 2017 U.S. Open.

With the U.S. Open on the tee this summer at Erin Hills from June 12-18, the golf season is a short one for all the golfers who just love to come up and play Erin Hills.

Erin Hills will open for the year shortly after the final putt drops at the U.S. Open, come the 18th or if playoff is necessary the 19th.

But as you might have guessed, a U.S. Open venue open to the public will be very crowded once the championship is over.

As a result, a majority of tee times and overnight rooms are sold out for the remainder of 2017. So the 2018 golf season is now underway in terms of booking your tee times and overnight stays. As of today you can book the 2018 Erin Hills golf season which runs from May 7th to October 28th.

The U.S. Open trophy visits the 15th hole at Erin Hills.

So if you want prime times in 2018, call today and get a head start on the field at Erin Hills. (866)-772-4769 is the number.

The course and restaurant are closed this year until July 1st. But the pro shop is open daily from 10 Am to 6 Pm on Weekdays and 10-5 on the weekends.

The new Erin Hills coffee table book by writer Gary D’Amato and premier picture taker Paul Hundley will be in stock at Erin Hills next week. You can Pre-order online now.

Drone picture of the clubhouse and cottages.

The 117th U.S. Open will be the first U.S. Open played in the state of Wisconsin.

Better news is that there are still some tickets available to attend a rare Midwest appearance of the U.S. Open, that won’t return to the Midwest until at least 2027 at the earliest.

There are still opportunities for companies that are looking to do corporate hospitality, to make those arrangements for championship week. If you don’t have your tickets, get them now while you still can. or call (866)-772-4769 get your 2018 tee times and lodging booked today.


 JERRY RICH Owner of Rich Harvest Farms invites everyone Out to the Farm to see the 2017 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Golf Championships. Women from May 19-24, and the Men from May 26-31. Well priced tickets on sale now at Free parking, root on your school, support your Alma-Mater. See the final fours of golf.   ______________________________________________________________________


THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and to the Loop at Forest Dunes GC. in Roscommon Michigan.

YES MICHIGAN, it’s that time of year when thoughts of heading up north start to linger. Sunlight until 10 pm offers the option of a quick 18 holes after dinner.

Michigan is known as a great golf getaway and has been for years, but what is new is catching the eyes of some golfers that are ready to see a golf course they haven’t played.

At Top 100 golf property Forest Dunes, the reversible golf course by Tom Doak is getting rave reviews. Opening late last June, The Loop that has two routing’s the Red and the Black, is a concept that golfers will see more of on properties around the country. You play the course in one direction one day, and the other direction the next. An interesting but fun concept for sure. When your through with the Loop Red and Loop Black, golfers just head over and play the highly rated Tom Weiskopf designed Forest Dunes course. Forest Dunes now has a lodge and cottages for overnight stays, see

Golf at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville Michigan

You don’t have to drive all the way to Traverse City to find a fantastic resort destination. Crystal Mountain is south of the big city and comes complete with not one, but two championship golf courses.

While the resort is a great ski destination in the winter, as soon as the snow melts the golf courses open up and it’s time for a different type of slope on the hills. The resorts golf schools are ranked Top 25 in the country by one national publication. For more on golf at Crystal Mountain see or call (855)-822-8895. In 2017 Crystal Mountain is celebrating it’s 60th or Diamond Anniversary, go join in on the fun.

Click here to hear interviews with Brian Lawson of Crystal Mountain resort and Jon Scott President of Gull Lake Resort.

“With our championship courses and top notch destinations, Michigan is constantly named among the best places in the country for golf,” said Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “As courses and destinations within the industry continue to make new investments, Michigan continues to be a destination of choice that offers world-class golf products and experiences that travelers come to expect.”

The New Stolten Brae at Gull Lake Resort.

The Renaissance Golf Design team part of the Tom Doak design firm has created the new Stolten Brae at Gull Lake Resort, located of course in Augusta Michigan.

The golf course will be the sixth course at the resort, which is now Michigan’s oldest and largest golf destination.

Stolten Brae is a different design than the other Gull Lake courses, and Third-Generation owner Jon Scott worked with the Renaissance Team to build a championship links style golf course, that plays to a yardage of over 6,800 yards and a par of 71.

For more information on Gull Lake resort, a shorter drive for all you Chicago area folks, please see

The Loop and Stolten Brae are not the only new courses in Michigan. The third course at Island Resort and Casino in Escanaba will open this fall. Sage Run was created by Michigan based architect Paul Albanese, who says the course is cut out of hardwoods but has some other land based formations called a drulin. This gives the course a little bit of a Royal County Down feel.

Dave Pelz and his short game schools are moving at the Grand Traverse resort and Spa. 15 clinics and instructional programs will be taught. Check the resorts website or for more details.

More tourism information on Michigan can be found at Yes Michigan, isn’t it time you went north for the summer and visited Michigan, and played some Michigan golf.


THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP                           TROPHY


THE 2017 NCAA MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS, will be contested at Rich Harvest Farms from May 19-31. There is FREE Parking, and well priced tickets are on sale now at Come cheer on your school, or Alma mater in back-to-back final fours. Hosted by Northern IL.  _____________________________________________________________________



THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Harbour Town at Sea Pines resort on Hilton Head Island and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy

From July 31st to August 5th, the Skokie Country Club will host the third oldest amateur golf championship, when it conducts the Western Amateur founded in 1899.

The British Amateur and the U.S. Amateur are the only older amateur championships.

The Western Amateur is operated by the Western Golf Association (WGA).

Last month defending champion Dylan Meyer who was victorious at Knollwood Country Club in 2016, confirmed to Golfers on Golf and Chicagoland Golf that he will return to defend his title. His teammate at University of Illinois Nick Hardy will join Meyer in the field.

The 2017 Western Amateur at Skokie Country Club

The field will include 156 top amateur players, and past champions include Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus.

2015 champion Dawson Armstrong who won at Rich Harvest Farms, has also committed to play at Skokie.

2014 medalist at Beverly Country Club, Doug Ghim of Arlington heights will play along with two of his teammates from the highly rated University of Texas Gavin Hall and Scottie Scheffler.

The 2010 Western Amateur was contested at Skokie Country Club and Stanford Universities David Chung, hoisted the George Thome trophy, over players like Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

“We’re excited to be bringing the Western Amateur and our elite field of amateur players back to Skokie,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “We received tremendous support from their membership and staff in 2010, and Skokie features one of the finest courses anywhere in the Chicago area. This classic course has withstood the test of time, and pose a formidable challenge to these future stars of golf.”

Skokie is considered a Donald Ross design, since it’s his layout and design that is now in play and preserved. Tom Bendelow did the original 9 hole design in 1897. The club sits on Golfweek Magazines Top 100 Classic course list.

Skokie hosted the 1922 U.S. Open, along with the 1909 Western Open and 1998 U.S Sr. Amateur. For more on the Western Amateur and it’s history please visit


Former University of Illinois star Brian Campbell knocks in the winning putt at the NCAA Sectionals at Rich Harvest Farms. Next month it’s for all the marbles at Rich Harvest Farms, the NCAA National Championships are coming. May 19-31

RICH HARVEST FARMS OWNER JERRY RICH, Welcomes you out to Rich Harvest Farms, to see the Men’s and Women’s 2017 NCAA National Championships of Golf.


NEWS FLASH: Illinois PGA announces both courses for 2017 Illinois Open. The Glen Club and the Briarwood Country Club, with the Glen Club to host the third and final round.

Golfers on Golf Radio Radio returns this SATURDAY at 9 Am on a new station 750AM WNDZ. Follow Golfers on Golf on facebook, linkedin and twitter @gogblogguy through the pages of Rory Spears.

WE’RE BACK and I know all the Chicago area golfers are thrilled they now have 23 weeks of golf talk radio coming up here in the Chicago and surounding area’s.

On behalf of Mike Munro, Ed Stevenson, Bill Berger and myself Rory Spears, Chicago’s favorite foursome returns for 23 weeks of golf talk. We look forward to bringing all you golfers all the golf news and more you need to hear.

This Saturday at 9 AM we are on the tee and you can join us all season long.

Golfers on Golf Radio would like to thank our presenting sponsor the French Lick Resort, home of the Pete Dye and Donald Ross Golf Courses and the historic French Lick Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK our sponsors the NCAA Golf Championships, the KPMG LPGA Championships, 2017 U.S. Open Course Erin Hills and the USGA, the Mt. Prospect Golf Club, Mistwood Golf Club, Arrowhead Golf Club, DuPage County Golf, Highlands of Elgin and Bowes Creek, Arlington Lakes Golf Club and the Arlington Heights Park District. Jakes Pizza on Grand in Franklin Park, and the Green Street Grille coming soon under new ownership in Bensenville.

The 23 weeks will end during the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

As Chicago’s longest running golf radio show we look forward to keeping the tradition of providing golf news to all the area golfers.

A reminder, while the radio show is on, we don’t stop writing features and column here on the website. There are a few changes to the look of the site, and we hope you enjoy them. Spring and outdoor golf are here, so lets get out and go play.

A new day and a new station. Saturday Morning 9 AM Am 750 WNDZ join us on the tee, won’t you. RS