THE NEW TOUR EDGE GOLF C & E 521 HOT LAUNCH SERIES see TourEdge.com    _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @gogblogguy or friend him on Facebook. File photo from the 2019 PGA Show.

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC strikes again.

With concerns and the effects still lingering from the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The PGA of America in partnership with Reed Expositions, that runs the annual PGA Merchandise show held every year in January, has elected to hold the 2021 show in the virtual format.

How this will effect the show, and what the overall reaction will be, remains to be seen. It appears that many regular attendee’s had concerns about coming next January to Orlando. The decision to move to a virtual format was made after feedback from PGA professionals, exhibitors, attendees, and various golf industry associations, vendor partners, and event stakeholders.

Welcome to the Major of Golf Business

The annual PGA Merchandise Show is the world’s largest meeting within the golf industry.

Around 40,000 golf industry professionals from around the globe meet to see the newest trends, updated technologies from both the biggest, and small new start up companies worldwide.

This coming year (2021) the show is comprising a plan for an inter-active virtual format, that will be comprised of exhibitor showrooms, education sessions, golf industry presentations, one-to-one meetings, group networking, special events, and golf celebrity engagement programs.

“We are thankful to the PGA of America, exhibiting companies, attendees, PGA Professionals and industry partners for their strong support and guidance that has allowed us to develop this exciting reimagination of the 2021 PGA Merchandise,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Vice President Marc Simon. “This years virtual PGA Show will offer unparalleled online engagement, connecting our industry to drive business and grow the game. Technology has brought us together in amazing new ways during the , and we plan to capitalize on these innovative solutions to make the PGA Show even better moving forward. Recognizing the increased interest in the game and potential growth in 2021 and beyond, we are excited to return to Orlando in 2022 to combined the best of technology advancements with the invaluable experience of face-to-face connections. Together, we are evolving and have the opportunity to emerge stronger and better connected than ever before.”

PGA of America President Suzy Whaley added this statement.

“Working in partnership with the PGA Show team, we are pleased to continue the longstanding tradition of connecting PGA Professionals and the global golf community with a new virtual PGA Merchandise Show experience and marketplace in 2021,” said Whaley. “The interactive virtual format will allow even greater participation from all corners of the U.S. and around the world, and together, we can collectively make the most of of the surging interest in the game. We share an optimistic outlook for the future of the sport and look forward to an exciting industry reunion when we all can meet face-to-face at the 2022 PGA Merchandise Show.”

Regular show attendee’s, PGA professionals, golf industry leaders, media members, and product manufacturers from around the world can now attend the show from the safety of their home or work location. The PGA of America says the show’s virtual platform will be come available for scheduling in Mid-December. With full live content provided during show week January 26-29, 2021.

The decision regarding moving the 2021 PGA Show to the virtual format saw the idea receive strong endorsements from Peter Broome SVP Acushnet-Titleist & FootJoy. From Callaway EVP Callaway Golf, Anne Broholm  CEO of AHEAD LLC, and Peter Millar Golf President Todd Martin.

Golfers on Golf will follow updates on the show and pass them along as they released. Golfers on Golf and Len Ziehm on Golf will announce show plans at a later date. Stay clicked in for updates.


THE NEW TOUR EDGE 521 HOT LAUNCH C & E SERIES-with the Houdini Sole. Stay tuned more coming up with Tour Edge including Parts 3 & 4 in our series. Touredge.com ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook or Linkedin. At Trappers Turn Golf Club in the Dells.

VACATIONS are usually a wonderful thing.

But not always when they end up being unplanned.

In the middle of a busy week, last week while on assignment in the Wisconsin Dells, our site went down. But finally and fortunately after an exhaustive process with our provider, we are back up and running. Sorry for the slow play in posting, but now I plan to be back catching up at full speed for the next week.

I just caught up with architect Greg Martin, and the renovation work has started at Settlers Hill in Batavia, but the golf course is still open for play. I hope the weather does not get to cold too quickly, so all the golf courses can stay open for a while yet. Come the day we all must take golf back indoors, I’m still worried about what Gov. JB “Shutdown” will do to our state.

THE QUICK TRIP up to the Wisconsin Dells allowed me to play 36 1/2 holes of golf, before Mother Nature opened up from the heavens and stuck a fork in my final round of the trip at Coldwater Canyon Golf Club at the Chula Vista Resort. Never fun to hit that opening tee shot down the middle of the  fairway on the first hole, and before you get to your ball, a massive downpour explodes. Two hours later you head home because fairways are starting to be under water, and the temperature has dropped down to 38, when it was supposed to be 60 that day. But the 1923 golf course, one of the 5th oldest courses in Wisconsin looks great and I will have to make a return visit.

WHAT I DID LEARN while in the Dells, is that there is plenty happening at Trappers Turn Golf Club. The Roger Packard-Andy North design property is getting some serious upgrades.

IN 2021 the brand new 1-acre lighted putting green will open. In addition June will be the opening of the new Andy North-with Oliphant Golf Partner-Craig Haltom, 12-hole par 3 golf course. Haltom is the person who found the Sand Valley land, and convinced Mike Keiser to step up and buy it, and start building golf courses there, which we know Keiser did, and now Sand Valley is a major success story and outstanding golf destination property.

What else is interesting at Trappers Turn, is the addition of a new vineyard that started in late 2018. No wine is on it’s way anytime soon, but some Trappers Turn Brandy will be around in a year or so. Stay tuned.

THE 2021 PGA merchandise Show schedule for late January in Orlando, has been converted to a Virtual-Show. What-ever that means. I did reach out to Reed Exposition’s that operates the show for the PGA of America for a comment (as I would always do when necessary), and they sent me the official press release, which I will post shortly.

What affect that will have on the golf industry in 2021 remains to be seen. It does seem that the equipment companies are rolling out new things in advance of the holiday season, in fact they have been rolling out new equipment in the last 4-6 weeks. Chicago based Wilson Golf is the latest to roll out new equipment, including a new set of Irons that was spotted on Wilson Golf President Tim Clarke’s Facebook page this afternoon.

If you need some warmer weather golf clothes, the Schaumburg Golf Club has a pro shop merchandise sale going on-nice discounts to be had.

THE HOT and FALSE RUMOR Department. If you have heard the one about KemperSports and Keiser Golf being splitsville, with KSM out at places like Sand Valley and Bandon Dunes. IT’s FALSE. I reached out to both parties (as I would always do when a comment is necessary) and both Mike Keiser and KSM CEO Steve Skinner responded to me and flat out denied the story.

Next on rumor tee, is that Roscommon Michigan destination property Forest Dunes could be getting sold to the Mosaic Company that own’s Streamsong in Central Florida. I reached out for comment (as I would always do when necessary), and I am still awaiting for an official response.

WORD FROM AUGUSTA NATIONAL that the famed Wednesday Par-3 contest is cancelled this year. Probably more fall-out from the Virus, but the champions dinner is still on.

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow. RS


THE TOUR EDGE HOT LAUNCH- E & C series, see the wedges in this coming week.    ______________________________________________________________________

TOUR EDGE E Series 521 3-Wood with the Houdini Sole (L) The Tour Edge C521 series Hybrid. Put a little magic in your game with a new Houdini Sole. #Gamechanger

PART 2. The new Tour Edge C and E series clubs, the largest rollout in Tour Edge’s 34 year history.

BY: RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook, or connect on LinkedIn.

WHAT IT MEANS: The E521 Series is an Extreme Spec Game Improvement, with the C-521 Series brings Competition Spec Game Improvement models. The two lines bring different shapes, specs and shafts with separate driver, fairway metal, hybrid and iron designs. Overall there are 46 lofts of clubs in right-handed clubs, with 20 lofts in left-handed clubs.

The E-Series design has provided a super-low Center of Gravity (CG), super shallow faces, offset designs and a extremely light premium shafts to get the ball off the ground for players with a slower to mid-tempo swing.

The C-Series includes a premium, state-of-the-art Competition Spec designs with a higher M.O.I. in a standard look that sits square at address, but provide players with a medium+ swing speed the power to launch the golf ball easier, but with added forgiveness and power across the face of the club. The new look for both series comes in a sleek all-black PVC finish.

Tour Edge Marketing VP Jon Claffey (R) appeared as a guest on Golfers on Golf Radio in August.

The E-Series 521 fairway woods come with the newly created Houdini Sole.

A thinner and lighter forged steel crown, will increase ball speed for more power and ease of use by the golfer.

What is Houdini Sole Technology?

The raised steel mass area at the rear of the club head, reduces the area the clubhead spends connecting with the turf and reduces drag. When that happens it allows for more improved shots and results from tough lies.

“The Houdini Sole becomes a complete life-saver from tight and tough lies,” said Tour Edge President and Lead Design Engineer David Glod. “Either series C or E, fairways or hybrids, these are your get out of jail free cards for anywhere on the golf course.”

CLICK HERE to hear Tour Edge Vice President of Marketing Jon Claffey explain the C and Series Clubs release by Tour Edge.

On the E-Series the CG is 23% lower and 6% further back than the previous HL4 fairway metal, which makes the E521 the highest launching easiest-to-hit fairway wood Tour Edge has ever created.

A  Control Length Shaft Technology that utilizes shorter shaft lengths for better control and accuracy. The premium Mitsubishi Fubuki Shaft is a super-light metalwood shaft that weighs in at 45-55 grams pending the flex. E-Series fairway woods retail at $149.99 and include Tour Edge’s lifetime warranty. Right handed lofts 16 degree 3-Wood, 20 degree 5-Wood, 23 degree 7-Wood, 25 degree 9-Wood. Left handed lofts-same as RH’ed except no 25 degree 9-Wood. Grips are Lamkin Z5 rubber available in various sizes.

HOT LAUNCH C521 Fairway Metals.  For players looking for optimal launch and spin rates with minima offset designs. High (MOI) that tightens dispersion and increases accuracy.

The lighter and thinner forged steel crown increases clubhead speed for an ultimate in power creation. Diamond Face technology with 29 different thick and thin diamond shapes behind the face of the metals for an enhanced sweet spot.

A deeper cup face on the C-series allows for better distance off-center hits.

“To be able to take an amazing innovation like Diamond Face that changed the level of what we produced with Exotics EXS and be able to bring it over to Hot Launch is a huge deal for the performance characteristics of these clubs,” says Glod. “This is going to help a lot of golfers gain speed and power.”

Other aspects of the C-Series 521. High Moment of Inertia/Rear Sole Weighting-more weight in the rear sole, and the weighting provides a 6% increase in the M.O.I. over the previous HL4 Fairway metal.

Acoustic Engineering-Power Channel-Premium Aldila Rogue Shaft. $149.99 retail and included in TE’s 48-hour custom fitting delivery program, from over 850 fitting locations.

Right handed lofts: 15-degree 3-Wood, 17-degree 4-Wood, 18-degree 5-Wood and 22 degree 7-Wood. Stick Shaft Aldila Rogue 50-gram and 60-gram options. Grip Lampkin Z5 rubber.

The Tour Edge Hybrid 521 C-Series.

HOT LAUNCH HYBRIDS: “The Extreme Spec 521 hybrid is going to give you the ultimate in getting you out of trouble or just getting the ball up in air due to amazingly effective Houdini Sole we’ve developed,” said Glod.

Hot Launch 521 series Hybrids and Fairways are available on November 1st.

“The Competition Spec 521 hybrid is loaded with advanced tech in a classic shape that is still extremely easy to launch, but in a design that suits the eye, the ear of the discerning golfer,” says Glod.

The innovation story of the hybrids is the same as the Driver and Fairway metals. The weighting, shallow face, offset designs, mixed with the Houdini Sole. The Hybrids come with the super-light Mitsubishi Fubuki Shafts.

Hybrids will retail for $129.99 and come with the Tour Edge industry leading lifetime warranty of manufacturer defects.

Lofts for Right-Handed #3/19 degree, #4/22 degree, #5-degree, and #6/28-degree. Lofts for Left-Handed are same as above. Shafts and grips remain the same.

The C-Series and E-Series Tour Edge Hot Launch Fairway Woods and Hybrids are Pound-for-Pound in a category of their own. More details at TourEdge.com.


THE NEW TOUR EDGE HOT LAUNCH C & E 521 SERIES CLUBS-TOUREDGE.COM _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook or LinkedIn. Wearing the new Sqairz Golf Shoes.

THIS WEEKS CRAZY SCHEDULE for the Illinois PGA Senior professionals leaves some questions to answer.

The week started with the Illinois PGA Senior Players Championship at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove on Monday and Tuesday, won by Black Sheep Club’s Kevin Healy.

Healy was the only player under par, and played great golf in windy conditions, in a round that was delayed by a frost delay.

Yes, it’s that time of year here in Illinois, and sad to say that Mother Nature is starting to close the door on a wild-ride golf season. Here’s hoping for some warm days through late October and November.

But back to our Illinois PGA Senior Professionals, who got a tough schedule handed to them, in what is a big week.

When the dust settled, or wind finally died-down yesterday, only Blackberry Oaks professional Roy Biancalana was left standing.

Biancalana who ended up as the 2020 Illinois PGA Senior Player of the Year-runner up, to Kishwaukee Country Club’s David Paeglow, came up 2 shots short of making it to Tulsa Oklahoma in May of 2021, to play in the Kitchen-Aid Senior PGA Championship.

MAYBE-JUST MAYBE if Biancalana had an easier week, he could have punched a ticket to Tulsa.

I’m not sure anybody is at fault here, but making the Illinois senior pro’s have to play 2 competitive rounds of golf on Monday and Tuesday. Race from Twin Orchard to O’Hare on Tuesday afternoon, arrive in Florida close to Midnight, then race to the PGA Golf Club on Wednesday morning for crazy Covid testing, might be asking a little too much.

In fact the PGA of America after testing the pro’s playing the Senior PGA Club Professional Championship on Wednesday morning, told the Illinois PGA pro’s they could not practice on the course or use the practice area’s until the results of their Covid tests could be proved as negative. Those results came in about 7 PM that night, too late to get a practice round or a bucket of balls in before teeing off in the CPC on Thursday morning. Extremely UNFAIR.

After no practice in Florida, the Illinois PGA professionals had to start the championship on Thursday, and try to play well enough to last 4 straight days. Play 6 rounds in 7 days and in between, fly close to a 1,000 miles, and deal with the 1 hour time change. In spite of all this the 10 IPGA senior professionals played pretty good, even if they missed the 36 hole or 54 hole cut. On Saturday afternoon in very windy conditions, Paeglow was at even par and only 10 holes from making the 54 hole cut, and being in position to earn a spot in Tulsa. Then he made a Quadruple-bogey on his 9th hole, and the last nine holes were a struggle as well. With that, Paeglow was done on Saturday night after missing the 54-hole cut.

University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small knew he could not catch Paeglow for Player of the Year, so he pulled out of the IPGA Sr. Players Championship and flew to Florida early. He got his Covid-testing done on Tuesday and practiced at the PGA Golf Club in Florida on Wednesday.

Round 1 on Thursday Small opened Eagle-Birdie and was 3 under through 2. A start every golfer would love to have. But he made only birdie the last 16 holes and finished at 1 under par. Small was T-27 after Round 1. Before Round 2, Small had to WD from the championship. Small got sick from what’s believed to be food poisoning, ending his week in Port St. Lucie earlier than he planned on.

Biancalana didn’t have it easy either. The airlines lost his laptop computer, and his rental car broke down after leaving the airport, forcing him to call-in for a different car, and at last word Biancalana is still trying to get his laptop back. Biancalana finally got to sleep well after Midnight, before dragging himself to Covid testing first thing on Wednesday morning.

I know it was tough to schedule the events that were played this year, a lot of people worked very hard to make them happen. Just next year I hope all of the local PGA professionals get dealt a better schedule heading into the Senior PGA Club professional Championship. All the players in the field, deserve an equally fair chance to compete.

I’ll HAVE more this week in fact all 3 parts of the Tour Edge Hot Launch Series 521 club rollout, stay clicked in.

This week, a quick visit to the Wisconsin Dells is on tap. Stay tuned for our story on the area. During my golf rounds there, I’ll be checking out the new heavy traction Sqairz Golf Shoes.

The weather is changing, get out and play while you still can. Don’t forget to listen on the Ziehm and Spears Podcast Series, that was posted on Saturday.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS


TOUR EDGE GOLF and the Hot Launch. Add magic to your game with the Houdini Sole. The C-Series or is the E-Series right for your game. Learn more at TourEdge.com _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Crushing the 5-Iron at Firestone Country Club in Akron Ohio.

GOOD SUNDAY MORNING Golfers, another week has passed us by, and it gets closer to the end fall golf season each day. Go play while you still can.

THE BOLINGBROOK GOLF CLUB has been named a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. The clubs superintendent Jeff Gerdes, completed the effort to obtain the designation on the course. Bolingbrook becomes one of 900 courses world-wide to hold the designation.

“Bolingbrook Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to it’s environment program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Christine Kane CEO at Audubon International. The Village Bolingbrook Golf Club for their efforts in water conversation, protecting nature wildlife and increasing native acreage on the property, Bolingbrook Golf Club is a community asset for all residents to enjoy.”

“To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas,” said Kane. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and ,Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

Bolingbrook Golf Club accomplishments include: Extensive native acreage on the property. Reducing irrigated areas to conserve water. Establishing buffers around bodies of water. Conducting outreach & education activities. For more details see Auduboninternational.org or visit the Bolingbrook Golf Club’s website.

WELCOME TO ERIN HILLS in Erin Wisconsin. Home of the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open

Erin Hills golf club in Erin Wisconsin is closing for the season today.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead for the 2021 golf season.

If your ready to book your Play & Stay for May or June of 2021, you can do it now.

If never hurts to visit Erin Hills when the daylight is at it’s peak, and colors hit full stride. The massive Drumlin putting green is rolling at top speed, and the Erin Hills Pale Ale and the Fescue Rescue is tasting better than ever. Erin Hill 2021 is ready for you, see ErinHills.com.

The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook-are you ready for a Fall Play and Stay?

IF YOUR READY FOR a fall trip to Florida, Innisbrook resort is the place to go.

Innisbrook Resort is a Salamander Property, and offers four golf courses, including the Copperhead Golf Course that is home ot the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship.

Currently when you book a stay, you can get a third night free, with divided billing for the three night stay. For more details and a chance for warmer fall temperatures, please visit InnisbrookResort.com Play where the pro’s and the PGA Tour Plays, Innisbrook.

LAB GOLF Putters-Lie Angle Balance

LAB GOLF PUTTERS, Lie Angle Balance.

One of the hottest and fastest growing putters in the world, LAB Golf putters is expanding in a way where you can find an easier way to put one in your bag.

You can now go the nations largest club fitter, Club Champion and get fitted for a LAB Putter in selected Club Champion locations.

Check out LABGOLF.com or visit Clubchampion.com for fitting locations for LAB Putters.

Lydia Ko will play in the night time version of the Omega Moonlight Classic in Dubai.

FROM NOVEMBER 4-6 under the lights in Dubai. LPGA and LET players will compete at night as part of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic.

The tournament will be played on the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club, redesigned by Sir Nick Faldo himself. Players like Minjee Lee, Georgia Hall and Lydia Ko will participate. The televised broadcast will reach at least 60 countries around the world.

THE BEN HOGAN equipment company has announced an online fitting alliance with FairwayJockey.com or visit BenHoganGolf.com for more details.

TOPGOLF has announced that AngryBirds a popular video game is now part of Topgolf and at locations across the country. The AngryBirds Game can be played at both Schaumburg and Naperville locations. Details at Topgolf.com.

Golf Ball Tender-Save the Cup.

If your tired of seeing the edges of the cups on the holes of your golf course, why not consider, Golf Ball Tender.

Golf Ball Tender is a pliable disk that attaches to the flagstick, and it rests on the bottom of the hole.

Players can simply lift the flagstick to retrieve the golf ball, and it helps keep from damaging greens from the flagstick being dropped on the green after it’s pulled from the hole.

Two satisfied customers include Maintenance Chair Bob Williams at TPC Treviso Bay in Naples Florida, and General Manager Steve Greene at Timacuan Golf and Country Club in Lake Mary Florida. Golf Ball Tender comes in custom colors. A set of 18 starts at $215.00 For more details see Golfballtender.com or call (800)-471-1345.

V1 Sports is on the rise with Video Golf Lessons, are you connected to a V1 App, is your teaching professional. Learn more about taking your lessons on line, through the phone, and it’s helpful when your on the road or during that next golf trip. See V1sports.com and learn more by visiting V1’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

THE CDGA CONCLUDED it’s 2020 Championship season with the Senior Amateur Four-Ball at the Aurora Country Club.

Tim Sheppard-Pekin CC and Tom Kearfott El Paso CC advanced to the championship match for the third time in the five year history of the championship. The third title came as a result of defeating Mike Karney-Crystal Lake CC and Mike Mcloone-Chicago GC by a 2 & 1 score.

Karney and Mcloone had a 1 Up lead at the turn, but Sheppard and Kearfott squared the match on the 12th with a par. Then back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 sealed the deal, after holes 15-16-17 produced no changes to the matches totals.

Sun Mountain-push cart designed golf bag. Details at Sunmountain.com

The Sun Mountain Sync golf bag has been created with the idea that, it fits well with most current styles of push carts.

With the pandemic in full-force this year, and riding cart rules being what they are, more golfers were walking during their round this summer.

As a result the Sync-Bag, that comes complete with a shape that fits into the upper and lower wraps, and leaves all pockets accessible during the practice session or round.

There are “slots” to divide your irons and woods. The bag comes in men’s and women’s styles and sells for a suggested retail price of $229.99. More details at SunMountain.com or call (800)-227-9224.

The new Callaway CB and Apex Irons

The equipment product rollout at Callaway Golf Continues.

Now available are both the latest in the Callaway Iron line.

New options include both the CB and the Apex Irons.

For more information on both sets of irons and the Callaway fitting process, see Callawaygolf.com.

Galway Bay rainwear stylish and dry on and off the golf course.

Galway Bay rainwear is perfect for the fall season, as temperatures drop, and rainy days mixed in with cooler temperatures, make for a rough day on the golf course.

Galway Bay comes in a lightweight, breathable fabrics, that allow golfers a full range of motion when they swing, while keeping players both warm and dry.

The Galway Bay Hydro-Flex 32 fabric is known to be the most breathable waterproof technology in the industry, while blocking out wind and rain. There are several colors available and the zippers are waterproof. While looking at the jackets, check out the matching pants, complete with belt loops, and deep pockets. Which can be ordered to a golfers exact waist and style. For more information see GalwayBayGolf.com

Chip Beck a member of the 59 club on the PGA Tour, shows off teaching with the Perfect Motion APP

Former PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour player, and member of the 59 club on the PGA Tour, Chip Beck has turned his efforts into teaching.

Beck 64, might have retired from tournament golf, but he willing to help your game, even in a virtual mode.

Beck after years of working with long time teaching professional to the professionals Dr. Jim Suttie, is now working with the Perfect Motion APP. See PerfectMotion.IO or to book lessons go to ChipBeck59.com.

EAGLE RIDGE RESORT in Galena has announced that it’s fall golf rates begin tomorrow October 19th. See EagleRidge.com for rates and information.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS


  THE NEW E & C SERIES 521 HOT LAUNCH FORM TOUR EDGE-Coming Nov. 1st.      ______________________________________________________________________

LEN ZIEHM and RORY SPEARS have teamed up to bring you Chicago’s most complete weekly golf wrap-up. Check out Ziehm and Spears Podcast Series 2020-Volume 31 below.

CLICK HERE to hear Ziehm and Spears Podcast Series 2020-Volume 31.

This week Len and Rory review IPGA-Senior Players Championship Golf, and the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port. St. Lucie Florida.

The new equipment rollout from Batavia based Tour Edge Golf. Another Women’s professional major is won by a South Korean Player.

What’s happening in Wisconsin, multiple renovation projects on-going and closer to home, Stonebridge is adding yardage to the championship tees. Check it out, and thanks for listening Len and Rory.


WELCOME TO PGA VILLAGE IN PORT. ST. LUCIE FLORIDA-Ryder Cup Course 12th. ______________________________________________________________________

2020 IPGA Player of the Year. University of Illinois Coach Mike Small.

University of Illinois Golf Coach Mike Small, the 2020 Illinois PGA Player of the Year, has had to Withdraw from the Senior PGA Club Professional Championship before todays second round.

Small shot a 1 under par 71 in yesterdays first round, and was T-27 after 18 holes, in the field of over 260 players.

No reason has yet been given for the WD. Small opened his first round with an eagle-birdie start, and 3 under through 2. But could only make one more birdie in the last 16 holes.

Small was joined at the PGA Golf Club by fellow IPGA members, Kevin Healy-Blacksheep Club, David Paeglow-Kishwaukee Country Club, Jim Sobb-Ivanhoe Club, John Varner-Beverly Country Club, John Guyton-Chicago Golf Club, Doug Bauman-Biltmore, David Hannon of Biltmore, Roy Biancalana-Blackberry Oaks, John Cleary of Exmoor Country Club.

Paeglow the 2020 IPGA Senior Player of the Year, shot a 1 under par 70 in Round 2, and at Even par will make the cut. David Hanlon from Links and Tee’s in Addison, sits at 1 over par, and made the weekend cut along with Roy Biancalana who made the cut on the number at +3 (146). Biancalana made the 3rd round cut and will play on Sunday. The only IPGA member to do so.

BROWN SCHOLARSHIPS for 2020. Carly Schiene is the 2020 Alice M. Brown scholarship recipient. Schiene is attending Valparaiso University. Grant Klepitsch from Prairie Ridge high School is the recipient of the 2020 Louis M. Brown scholarship. He will attend Wittenberg University.

Both Schiene and Klepitsch had outstanding high school golf careers, and will play on their respective college golf teams. Details at the Illinois PGA Foundation website.


THE TOUR EDGE HOT LAUNCH-Bringing Magic to your Game with the Houdini Sole.  _____________________________________________________________________

BATAVIA BASED TOUR EDGE GOLF has started it’s biggest launch of equipment in company history. You can get fitted for all of what’s new this month, and have new Tour Edge products in your bag on November 1st.

BY RORY SPEARS: Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy you can friend him on Facebook or connect on LinkedIn.

THIS IS PART 1 of a series of stories on west suburban Tour Edge. Tour Edge in the last couple of years, has made a dent on the PGA Champions Tour as more tour players that are paid or not paid, are simply putting Tour Edge in their bag.

What Tour Edge has launched this month is the biggest roll-out of equipment in the companies 34 year history.

Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer David Glod speaks to the media at Lake Nona Golf Club in Florida.

“We have designed the new Hot Launch 521 series to offer both sides of game improvement in one colossal launch,” said David Glod Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer.

As a part of it’s newest plan, Tour Edge has created the C and E series.

The E Series are Extreme Spec Game Improvement club designs that boast a super-low center of gravity (CG), super-shallow faces, offset designs and extremely light premium shafts designed to get the ball launching in the air with ease for slower to mid-tempo swing players.

THE C Series features premium state-of-the-art Competition Spec designs with a higher M.O.I. in classically shaped clubs that will provide the golfer with with medium+ swing speeds the ability to launch their golf ball easily and with more forgiveness and power across the face.

Both the E and C Series have newly created technologies that will produce different playing characteristics to a specific targeting of two distinct players looking for game improvements through their bag.

TOUR EDGE Marketing Vice President Jon Claffey spoke with Golfers on Golf about the entire release of the new C and E series clubs.

“What we’ve found is that the Game Improvement market falls into two distinct categories,” said Glod. “One side for players who want extreme ease of use and and launch to the maximum degree and those who want the benefits of game improvement clubs, but with classic head shapes.”

The E521 series was designed for an easy launch to the golf ball even with some looking club shapes. “Hot Launch E521 were designed to be the easiest clubs to hit on the market,” said Glod.

The C521 series is about clubs with minimal offset, but made for higher swing speeds, and higher ball speed with increased forgiveness. The club specs will suit the eye at address, and add classic sound and feel though impact.

“These high-tech performance clubs in a classic design, but with all the forgiveness and power attributes you need to start shooting lower scores,” says Glod.

Are you ready for the new Tour Edge Drivers. Go get custom fit and get delivery in 48 hours. There are now 850 custom fitting centers across the country.

Tour Edge clubs are built here in the USA and come with a lifetime warranty on any manufacturer defects to the product.

If you would like a new driver without a price point of $500 or higher. Try the Tour Edge C521 series or the E521 series that lists for $229.00. Details at TourEdge.com.

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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook, and LinkedIn.

THE ONWENTSIA CLUB of Lake Forest is welcoming back the The Western Junior.

THE 2021 Western Junior Championship is back at the Onwentsia Club, after the club was unable to host the championship in 2020, due to safety concerns from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“While we were greatly disappointed we were unable to conduct this year’s Western Junior, we’re grateful that Onwentsia has extended it commitment to support the championship by serving as our 2021 Western Junior host,” said Vince Pellegrino, Western Golf Association (WGA) senior vice president of tournaments. “We’re looking forward to welcoming some of the top junior golfers in the world to one of the most historic and time-honored courses in Chicagoland.”

As a result, Naperville that was to host the 2021 championship, will host in 2022, and Midlothian will now host in 2023.

The par 3, 9th hole at Onwentsia.

The 103rd Western Junior Championship will be played from June 21-24 in 2021.

It will be the first time since 1900, that Onwentsia has hosted a WGA golf championship.

Onwentsia Club was among the 11 charter clubs that helped establish the WGA in 1899. This helped expand golf around the Midwest during those years.

The second Western Amateur was contested at the club in 1900, the last WGA tournament played at the Onwentsia. In later years both the U.S. Open and the U.S. Amateur were held at Onwentsia.

“On behalf of the Onwentsia Club, our members and our staff, we are honored to host the 103rd Western Junior Championship,” said L. Peter Smith, club president. “In 2020, we celebrated our 125th anniversary. We cannot think of a better way to start the next 125 years than by welcoming the the oldest national junior golf tournament in the United States. We look forward to seeing golf’s rising stars compete for this coveted title.”

Since the first championship in 1914, the Western Junior has produced champions that have gone on to successful PGA Tour careers, such as Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk and Colin Morikawa. The Western junior has been played in 15 states and at several highly rated Chicago area clubs.

The clubs history dates back to 1893, when it was called the Lake Forest Golf Club, which was a short 7 hole course in the yard of Sen. Charles B. Farwell. In 1895 the club moved to it’s current location on Green Bay Road.

Famed architects have played a roll in the courses design and upkeep. Charles Blair Macdonald routed the original nine holes. In 1898 architects Herbert Tweedie, James and Robert Foulis added the second nine holes. With some renovation work done by Tom Doak in 1996.

Onwentsia has had 30 caddies go on to be Evans Scholars over the years, with the first being Charles Van Etten who attended Northwestern in 1948.

For more information, please visit TheWesternJunior.com


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TIM TROY of the Zigfield Troy Golf Club and Range. Holds the trophy for the IPGA Senior Match Play Championship at Biltmore Country Club.

MICHAEL TROY in just his second time competing in the Illinois PGA Senior Match Play Championship took home the trophy.

Troy defeated 2020 IPGA Senior Player of the Year David Paeglow from Kishwaukee Country Club 5 & 4.

The match was interesting as the “two dads” whose sons are roommates and teammates on the Illinois State University Golf Team battled for the title.

After Paeglow won the first hole with a birdie to go 1 Up, it was Troy who would not lose another hole the rest of the match.

Troy made birdies on holes 3 & 4 to take the lead he would never lose. But Troy blew the lead open to 4 Up at the turn, by winning holes 7,8, and 9. Troy opened the lead to 5 Up with a birdie on the 13th hole, and closed out the match and the championship on the 14th hole with a par.

“It was just fun to play this week,” said Troy. “It’s been a very busy year for everyone so it’s nice to just get out here and compete. I had some tough matches against some great competitors this week. It was a fight all day today. I didn’t play to well in the morning, but was able to pull it out. Then I started making some putts against David in the title match and that was the deciding factor.”

Troy entered the match play championship as a #13 seed.

Troy rarely trailed in a match the entire championship, and had to fight for tough wins against Roy Biancalana (Blackberry Oaks) 2 & 1, and John Clearly from Exmoor Country Club) 3 & 2 in the semi-finals.

The Senior Match Play Championship was the last event heading into the season ending IPGA Senior Players Championship at Twin Orchard Country Club.

THE GOG BLOG-by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or friend him on Facebook at Rory Spears.

The Gog Blog will have coverage from the season ending Illinois PGA Senior Players Championship at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove.