WELCOME TO THE BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT in Michigan. Boyne Resorts, three properties and 10 golf courses, see True Spec Golf now open in Highland Park above the Tesla Store, get fitted the right way, see       ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content, Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and to Boyne Resorts in Michigan. #Bayharborgolfclub

This past week there was yet another successful BMW Championship, and for the third time it was done at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.

It was a great week to see the money come in to support the Evans Scholars Foundation. A hole-in-one by Jason Day helped even more, not only from the 100K donated by BMW, but the BMW car that Day won was also donated to the scholars as well.

The BMW Championship that won by Aussie Marc Leishman, now moves on to Aronimink Golf Club outside of Philadelphia in 2018. In 2019 it then comes back to Chicago when it makes a stop at Medinah. Then where does the championship go in 2020. First up on the tee is BMW, the contract expires after Medinah and it’s not known if they renew or not. If they do, the first year of a new deal could take them out to Colorado again. While Cherry Hills might not be in the mix, Castle Pines could be. Stay tuned.

I found it amusing that Justin Rose who won the BMW Championship in 2011, the last year at Cog Hill, told me that he would like to see the championship go back to Cog Hill. Tour players always like to go back to places that they previously won at. I told Rose about the recent changes to the bunkers on Dubs, that includes the new tour edge white sand. Rose said the sand fits his eye and game. Could the BMW ever go back to the south side of Chicago, well not likely. Not enough dealerships down that way selling BMW’s.

BUT COULD A WESTERN OPEN go back to Cog Hill. Great story by Alex Miceli in the online golf publication called The Morning Read, where the question is asked, could the Western Open return. The are several reasons why it could, including the fact that the famed 4th of July dates could open up again with a Greenbrier pullout from the tour.

The real question is could the Western Golf Association benefit by a Western Open, and at times take on a BMW Championship as well. Well running or managing tournaments is what the WGA does. Next year the WGA will manage the Sr. Players Championship at Exmoor Country Club.

MARC LEISHMAN said the biggest improvement in his game this year is his driving, and gave credit to his new Callaway Epic Driver. I can see why, I having been playing the Epic driver now for three months and it has made a difference in my game. More coming up on that in the days and weeks ahead, along with new Callaway Steelhead fairway woods now in my bag.

THIS WEEK, taking it easy and playing golf in Michigan. Tried out the new Stoatin Brae at Gull Lake and Bay Harbor Golf Club at Boyne Resorts. More on this visit will be posted soon. Have a great week everyone. RS


   THE PRESERVE AT OAK MEADOWS IN ADDISION, now open for public play but closed on Tuesdays. See NORTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE is coming up next week at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove Sept 24-25 #NIUHUSKIES ______________________________________________________________________

2017 BMW Champion Marc Leishman takes questions after Sundays final round at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and all this week ahead at Boyne Golf Properties in Michigan, plus from the new Stolten Brae Course at Gull Lake Resort.

If you had bet an Aussie to win the BMW Championship this week, the first name that might have popped into your mind would be Jason Day. Since Day had won at Conway Farms in 2015, in fact if you takes Days score at Conway Farms in 2013-2015 and 2017 according to NBC, Day is 50, yes 50 under par. That being said, Day did not win, fellow Aussie Marc Leishman did at 23 under par, smashing an under par tournament record set by Tiger Woods.

Justin Rose carded a 6 under par 65, to tie for second place with Rickie Fowler at 18 under par, only 5 shots behind Leishman. Day ended up in fourth place at 16 under par. Another shot back was Matt Kuchar and Jon Rahm  at 15 under par. Jordan Spieth was T-7.

The amazing things was all the low rounds players put up on the board that did not help them win, only one player road it into the Tour Champion in Atlanta next week. Kevin Na and Brooks Koepka the U.S. Open champion at Erin Hills both shot 63. Koepka who said he was sick all week, and only on Sunday had a normal amount of energy to play was already in Atlanta, and with his 63 cemented a top 10 finish headed to Atlanta.

Tony Finau and Zach Johnson each had 64. Finau advances to Atlanta moving up from 39 to 24th place, and Johnson who finished 48th in the points heads home.

Leishman said that the biggest improvement in his game this year has been his driving, and he gave credit to his new Callaway Epic Driver as the main reason why. Leishman also gives the International team another weapon in the Presidents Cup that’s coming up in just a couple of weeks against Team USA.

One interesting thought came from runner up Justin Rose, who said he is looking forward to the BMW Championship returning in 2019 to Medinah. Rose was part of the victorious Team Europe Ryder Cup win over Team USA. A day Rose called one of the best in his life on a golf course.

But come 2021 or 2023, Rose was looking for a return to where he won the BMW Championship six years ago, Cog Hill. One never knows.

Next years BMW Championship moves to the Philadelphia area at the Aronimink Golf Club, and will be played Sept. 4-9.


    THE FRENCH LICK RESORT and the Donald Ross Golf Course. The Ross Course turns 100 this year, celebrate in style with your trip to historic French Lick. Home of the Senior LPGA Championship and the Pete Dye Golf Course. Visit             ______________________________________________________________________

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IT’S THE LAST WEEK OF 2017, 22 holes have been played and there is one to go.

The BMW Championship is underway and Marc Leishman is leading, and fellow Aussie and 2015 BMW Champion Jason Day is in hot pursuit. Rickie Fowler is right there as well, the weekend should be an exciting one in Lake Forest at Conway Farms Golf Club.

There are only 70 players left, and who are the top 30 that will make the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta next week.

This weeks final show will feature interviews with Jason (hole in one on 17) Day, who helped make a lot of money for the Evans Scholars, and then donated the BMW he won to the Evans Scholars Foundation. ( Day does have an endorsement deal with Lexus).

We will hear from leader Marc Leishman, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth from the field of the BMW. We asked Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson if they like the BMW Championship driving around form year to year, and switching cities. See what they had to say.

  STREAMSONG BLACK still on track to open at the end of the month. Scott Wilson spoke with Golfers on Golf about the fall out of Hurricane Irma on it’s three courses. Red and Blue will be open today. for more details.

Click here to hear our interview with Streamsong Director of Golf Scott Wilson, for an update after Irma on the resort.

The 5th hole on the Sand Valley course at Sand Valley Resort in Wisconsin.

Glen Murray the general manager of Mike Keiser’s Sand Valley Resort in Wisconsin, joins us as the final guest of the year.

Find out more about Sand Valley and the new course by David Kidd, called Mammoth Dunes. In our interview with Mike Keiser this past week it was revealed that Sand valley will have a unique par 3, course that will be open in June of 2018.

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Please join us on the tee at 9 AM Am 750 WNDZ for our final show of 2017. Coming this fall the posting of season’s shows here online so you can hear them again, and or see what you missed. Follow our coverage of the BMW Championship all weekend long.


           BANDON DUNES                  CABOT LINKS                  SAND VALLEY

  MIKE KEISER (R) with Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore at Bandon Dunes. Gog Blog Editor and Director of Content Rory Spears, on the floor of Sand Valley in Wisconsin during it’s early days of property clearing.

On Old Mac, at Bandon Dunes, one of the most fun golf courses you will ever play.

MIKE KEISER was once in the greeting card business, but he had bigger and better idea’s. Golfers everywhere are really glad he did.

What started out as nine hole course in New Buffalo Michigan, has grown into destination golf across America and into other countries as well.

For those in North America, Keiser and friends have created plenty of places to enjoy links style golf.

Keiser has heard all the terms that are “out there” about him. Visionary, magic man, and someone ahead of his time. But what he likes to say about himself, is that he is guy who likes to build “fun” golf courses. He jokes that he will continue to do so until he runs out of money. Then again if you know Mike Keiser, you know he might not be joking.

For those of you not up to speed on Keiser’s latest project Sand Valley in Wisconsin, it’s taking off and quickly. Keiser admits that they are doing more business than expected and the Midwest golfers who enjoy 18 holes across the sand dunes are enjoying themselves at Sand Valley.

The first 18 holes called Sand Valley, by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw has been open with all 18 holes since June 1st. Now Part 2 Mammoth Dunes the sequel by David McLay-Kidd is off and running as well. Nine holes are open already, and much of the other nine could be open before things shutdown in 2017.

Mike Keiser (L) and architect Jim Urbina survey Keiser’s Dunes Club, in new Buffalo Michigan. Some say it’s the best nine hole course in America.

The cottages have been full, and the Craig’s BBQ shack that overlooks hole 1 of Sand Valley has been packing them in. The main clubhouse is open too, and golfers are then headed out the door and onto Mammoth Dunes.

Coore and Crenshaw have built the par 3, course that will open in June of 2018, the only question now is when does course #3 get built and what lucky architect will get the call to start crafting up drawings.

After playing in the 2017 BMW Championship pro-am at Conway Farms to support the WGA and the Evans Scholars Foundation, Keiser took time to speak with Golfers on Golf, one-on-one. He spoke about Sand Valley, Bandon Dunes, Cabot Links and Cabot Cliffs, a small growth in destination golf courses coming online.

But what gets interesting is the fact Keiser might not be done in Oregon, could he have found a new U.S. Open location, maybe so. Hear the scoop in our interview below.

Click here to hear our interview with Mike Keiser at the BMW Championship.

The season is not over at Sand Valley in Wisconsin, Sand Valley GM Glen Murray joins Golfers on Golf Radio this Saturday in the 2017 season finale teeing off at 9 Am on AM 750 WNDZ.


   A PROPOSED PLAN OF THE CLUBHOUSE AT THE PRESERVE (L), the par 5, 5th hole (R). It heads out straight before curving and heading up the hill. The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison is now open for public play. Closed on Tues.  _____________________________________________________________________


Jordan Spieth (R) is back at the BMW Championship, and looking for another win in the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs.

Jordan Spieth is back and looking for another win in the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs.

Spieth returned to Conway Farms for the third time and says the course is quirky in a good way.

Spieth says the tour set up allows for two good “go for it” pins on each green and on a couple of others that pose a challenge.

In 2015 Spieth recorded an ace on the par 3, 2nd hole, and by doing that, the  tournament sponsor BMW put another caddie into college on a ” free ride”. Let’s hope Spieth can card another “ace” this week, and a bunch of other birdies as well.

Click here to hear Jordan Spieth’s press room interview before the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow with a 1 on 1 special interview with Mike Keiser. Stay clicked in.



 THIS CRADLE will rock. The new 9-hole short course at Pinehurst. Opening soon on September 30th. Visit or you can call (844)-804-3322. #4 closes in Oct.    _____________________________________________________________________

IN THE DEUCE with Pinehurst Resort President Tom Pashley, a man making all the right moves at the Home of American Golf. The Gog Blog by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy

The changes keep coming at Pinehurst and Resort President Tom Pashley continues to make all the right moves in keeping Pinehurst’s tradition and history, while a touch of new for those younger and newer visitors to the sandhills of North Carolina.

In recent months the new grill behind the 18th green of Pinehurst #2 has taken off, Dueces has been a hit with golfers, guests and members. (Yes, Pinehurst does have memberships).

A new pool just to the side of the newly improved members clubhouse has been a hit as well.

The new Pinehurst Brewery, coming in 2018.

Now it’s work on the courses that are coming to light. Course #4 is about to close so that architect Gil Hanse can make the changes and upgrades. The new par 3 short course called “The Cradle” opens in 18 days. There have been some changes to courses # 1&3 to help with the Cradle. A recent Holly Inn renovation has been completed and that will be featured here on the Gog Blog very soon.

Now it’s the new Pinehurst Brewery coming in spring of 2018, located with in walking distance of all the Pinehurst Resort Hotels.

It will have on-site brewing and comfortable indoor and outdoor seating along with a beer garden. While the old steam plant is getting restored, much of the original brick and other parts of the plant will be saved and restored as well. The original entrance will be recovered and have a glass entryway installed.

The backside and patio of the new Pinehurst Brewery. See for more information.

One major part of the restoration will be the full return of the famed smokestack, a major feature of the original Pinehurst Village. The plan calls for the original base of the smoke stack that still has it’s remains standing.

The Pinehurst Brewery will be an ideal setting for group functions, where some sections can be closed off for private use.

The building was originally known as the Power House and this steam power plant started it’s operation on December 31, 1895 so the Holly inn had electricity and steam heat when it first opened it’s doors to guests on New Years Eve. The plant provided heat, and electric for the community in it’s early years, which helped launch Pinehurst into the village it is today.

Now everyone can look forward to the brew’s it will create in spring of 2018. For more details please visit


    THE CRADLE-NEW AT PINEHURST. Coming September 30th. See NOW OPEN, Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison, closed Tuesdays ______________________________________________________________________

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO VISITS MYRTLE BEACH IN 2016. Stay dry this week everyone in SC. by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

THIS WEEK is week 22 of 23 for Chicago’s Favorite Foursome, the golfers from Golfers on Golf Radio Am 750 WNDZ. Tee Time is 9 Am on Saturday mornings.

This week the guys talk with Thomas Healy the COO-Head professional of SwingOIL. A golf energy product that helps the body through it’s physical strain of the day, on and off the golf course.

Used by Jason Day and 2016 U.S. Sr. Open Champion Gene Sauers. Now getting popular across the Champions Tour and in other sports as well.

Guest #2 Vince Pellegrino the Sr. VP of Tournaments for the Western Golf Association (WGA) with the BMW Championship driving in to Lake Forest this week ahead. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion. Get tickets at or pick them up at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

IF YOU ENJOYED our feature on the Cradle at Pinehurst, you should see whats coming up next from Pinehurst, where the changes just keep happening., and the home of American golf just keeps getting better. More on that tomorrow in our Sunday feature.

  THE 2018 KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP tickets at the championship will be played from June 26th through July 1st. #Volunteersneeded.                                                                   LINKS CAPITAL ADVISORS announces the sale of the Course At Aberdeen in Valporaiso Indiana. NOW ON THE MARKET the Antioch Golf Club in Chicago’s far north suburbs, cost now below $1,000,000 This 6,200+ yard golf course is the right venue for golfers of all skill levels. Off the golf course the clubhouse and banquet area’s are rated very highly. For more information contact Chris Charnas at (847)-866-7192.

WEST DES MOINES, IA – AUGUST 20: Catriona Matthew of Team Europe watches her tee shot on the first hole in her match against Stacy Lewis of Team USA during the final day singles matches of the Solheim Cup at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club on August 20, 2017 in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

TICKETS are now on sale for the 2019 Solheim Cup in Scotland, at the website

The matches will be contested on the Centenary Course at Gleneagles. After the 2017 matches in Iowa attracted record crowds, the organziers in Europe are hoping to break those attendance records set in Iowa.

Catriona Matthew who serves as an ambassador for Scotland the Home of Golf, who in Iowa played in her 9th Solheim Cup and recorded 3 points while doing so said, “the players are looking forward to Scotland in 2019”.

Matthew added that with all that Scotland has to offer, that 2019 could be the best Solheim Cup ever. Tickets are now on sale at

Illinois golf coach Mike Small with GOG Editor Rory Spears at the U of I golf facility in Champaign

The University of Illinois men’s golf team coming off another run to the final four this past spring at Rich Harvest Farms is ready for the fall season.

Led by seniors Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer the men’s team starts the fall season here in Chicago at Olympia Fields with it’s Fighting Illini Invite this coming Friday-Saturday and Sunday Sept. 15-17. 10 of the programs are in the top 25 in the country. Illinois is #6 and the top ranked team in the field is #2 USC. Open to the public and admission and parking are free.

The team will play in five fall events, among which includes it’s third straight appearance at the East Lake Cup in Atlanta reserved for team who make the final four the previous spring. The East lake Cup will be played from October 30 through November 1st, and is shown on the Golf Channel. Illinois has won the East Lake Cup in both of it’s appearances in the event.

“As a program, we are excited about the combination of the competition that we will see and the courses we will play this fall,” said head coach Mike Small. “We will face high quality competition on a combination of challenging  courses, which will make us a better team as we move into the Spring season.”

You can learn more on Illinois Mens golf at

The Gog Blog Returns tomorrow, the BMW Championship is this week at Conway Farms.


 IT’S BEEN AN EPIC YEAR FOR CALLAWAY GOLF check out the new Epic Driver the new Steelhead fairway woods and Mack Daddy Wedges, See THE time is right for fall golf at the French Lick Resort in Indiana, visit #Ross ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. The Gog Blog is an extension of Golfers on Golf Radio Am 750 WNDZ at 9 AM on Saturday Mornings. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. From there to Pinehurst where the home of American Golf is ready to rock again.

ONE OF THE NEWEST TRADITIONS in golf is getting ready to start at the home of one of the oldest traditions in golf, Pinehurst.

It’s not so uncommon to have a short course these days, more and more properties are putting them in. Now on September 30th, the home of american golf will open it’s new short course, “The Cradle.”

Designed by Gil Hanse, The Cradle is only 9-Holes and 789 yards. But it’s likely Hanse has created something that will catch the eye of those golfers who do make the trek to Pinehurst.

Golf has been on the scene in Pinehurst for almost 120 years, even founder James Walker Tufts could see in 1898, that golf had a way of fitting into the natural landscape of the sandhills of Pinehurst. Enter Hanse and and the first course at Pinehurst less than 18 holes, but that doesn’t matter because Gil Hanse one of the top talents in golf course design, has made this short course concept fit right in alongside where U.S. Opens and U.S. Amateurs are played.

The Cradle at only 9 holes and 789 yards has a very Pinehurst feel to it.

Who says courses have to be long and hard to challenge golfers of today’s game. In fact the new short course concept isn’t just something for Pinehurst or Bandon Dunes. It’s something that is catching on at many destination properties. In fact if there is to be any kind of new course “building boom” in the years ahead, it might very well be of the short course nature. There is no limit to how many holes these short courses can be. Perhaps the only limit is that there will be no limits in the terms of fun that can be enjoyed by golfers of all ages, sexes and ability.

The Cradle at Pinehurst, where it’s always a beautiful day. See

It would sure be interesting to see what the famed Pinehurst course designer Donald Ross would say, if he was here to see the launch of The Cradle.

One might have to think that Ross would enjoy the concept, anything that would create more golfers to test their game on his Pinehurst #2 design would be fine with him. On the back patio of the Ross home near the third fairway of Pinehurst #2, sits the actual rocking chair Ross would sit in as the golfers played down the fairway behind his backyard. Today Ross might move his rocking chair over to the Cradle and watch the games generations of golfers enjoy themselves.

The scorecard of The Cradle, opening at Pinehurst on September 30th.

It might not be long before both Pinehurst members and guests are sitting out near the cradle and waiting to see who can make the days first or last hole-in-one.

The first hole at 113 yards is one of the toughest and longest on the course. Only the fourth hole at 127 yards plays longer.

The final hole at 112 yards will be a fun test to end your round.

Click here to hear thoughts on The Cradle at Pinehurst by designer Gil Hanse.

WWRT-What Would Ross Think. One would have to believe that the famed designer would enjoy the concept of The Cradle at Pinehurst.

The Cradle isn’t far from the steps that wander around the famed main clubhouse at Pinehurst. It’s a short carry of the bag over the shoulder for those who wish to play.

“Pinehurst’s place in golf goes back almost as far as the time the game was first introduced in America,” says Pinehurst Owner and CEO Bob Dedman Jr. “As we embark on the latest era at Pinehurst, it’s symbolic that our newest course sits on the same ground as the original first holes of golf at Pinehurst. We look forward to watching players of all ages and all abilities enjoy golf at The Cradle.”

Hanse has weaved the native wiregrass and sandhills of Pinehurst into The Cradle. The green fees for the Cradle are at $50 this fall, and will vary by season. Kids under 17 play free when accompanied by a paying adult. Resort guests may book tee times in advance. Public tee times 24 hours in advance. Tee times can be made at 1-800-ITS-GOLF.

More on Pinehurst in our Saturday Morning Short Game column.


  SHEPHERD’S ROCK at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is now open for play, fall specials now in play, see This Saturday SwingOIL CEo Thomas Healy joins Golfers on Golf Radio, learn more about the best golf energy drink on the market used by Jason Day, and 2016 U.S. Sr. Open Champion Gene Sauers see ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and to the Schaumburg Golf Club where the improvements continue to happen.

Editors note: Last fall I toured the basement of the Schaumburg Golf Club and saw the improvements downstairs.

The new hitting bays with simulators and areas to eat and enjoy all your guests and company were well done. Now one year later the outdoor part of the project is coming together, and what has been done in 2017 looks great as the work in Phase 1 is near completion.

I spent this Wednesday with the clubs GM/Head Professional Jon Parsons and took a tour of the Players Nine and the Driving Range work. It’s eye opening for golfers that will love the finished product not only next summer, but in summer of 2020 when the entire renovation is all complete and reopened.

Schaumburg GM/head golf professional Jon Parsons shows off the 19th hole on the Players-9 at SGC.

The Schaumburg project is moving along quite well, and the clubs GM and head golf professional Jon Parsons could not be more pleased.

The truth is also that he should be and it starts with the new driving range. The old range had a yardage of 240-270. It will now be 305 to 340. That is a difference maker right there. The putting green that previously was about 3,000 square feet, will now triple in size to about 9,000. The back end of the range will now have a private lesson area, and a short game area with a green, chipping area’s and practice bunker. The practice area alone gives Schaumburg Golf Club a new presence that moves it into one of the Chicago area’s better public courses.

The new Schaumburg GC driving range. Wider, longer and more natural grass teeing area.

What golfers will see when they hit the golf course, is new looking bunkers with a flair to them. The will be loaded with the white tour sand, and the brand that was just put in at Cog Hill on course #4.

In addition the Players 9, the first nine to be redone will have two new holes for golfers to play. A pond was relocated and enlarged to hold more storm water. It then allowed architects Bob Lohmann and Todd Quitno to flip-flop holes 25 and 26, and change them from par 4 and par 3, to par 3 and par 4 on hole 26.

Hole 22 a par 4 back towards the clubhouse is growing in very well.

The back end of the driving range now has an area for private lesson instruction, and a newly improved short game practice area. That comes with a larger green,bigger practice bunker and larger chipping areas. This area is to the left side of hole 27.

Parsons says that the current plan is to get the renovated Players-9 open by the 4th of July in 2018. However since the last two holes are about to be seeded and the other seven holes are already having the fairways, tee’s and greens cut, if the fall allows for some good grass growing weather,a nd winter isn’t too harsh, Parsons admits that date “could be” moved up.

  Holes 24 (L) and 27 (R) have already started solid grow in, and should look almost playable even before winter hits. For more information on the Schaumburg Golf Club renovation project, stay clicked in on this site, or visit The course is located on Roselle Road in Schaumburg just south of Higgins road.


   THE PRESERVE at Oak Meadows in Addison is open for public play, The area’s biggest renovation project the Schaumburg Golf Club has it’s Players Nine work now almost completed except the grow in. See for details and see our story coming next on what will be new at Schaumburg Golf Club #Hole22    _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, follow Rory to the Schaumburg Golf Club and on Fscebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

35 Illinois PGA Professionals again this year have come through during the Birdies For Charities Outing this past Tuesday at the River Forest Country Club.

This was the seventh year of the outing that was first proposed by Medinah’s Travis John’s, who had played in a similar event in the North Texas PGA Section before coming to Illinois.

The figure raised by the event this year was $269,485 dollars, which brought the seven year total to $1.18 million.

The Illinois PGA Birdies For Charity Team at River Forest Country Club

“The pro’s really pulled through this year,” said Chris Gumbach, event co-chair and host PGA Professional at the River Forest Country Club. “Each year we have the generous support of our donors and the tireless effort of our fellow PGA pros that play golf for nearly 12 straight hours straight and raise significant for four deserving children’s charities . And, this year we reached some major milestones. Of course we have a lot of fun playing golf together as well.” The 35 pros that played, raised money for the following charities.

Ronald McDonald House Charities, JDRF, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and the Illinois PGA Foundation.

“Since the inception of this event seven years ago, Illinois PGA Professionals have continually demonstrated their dedication and enthusiasm for doing what they do best-play golf- to assist charities that help children and families improve their lives,” said Carrie Williams, executive director of the Illinois PGA Section.

Medinah’s Johns lead the field with 30 birdies, followed by Nick Papadakas (Onwentsia Club) and Sean McLeod (Medinah) with 29 birdies. Curtis Malm (White Eagle Country Club) had 26, with Brian Psenicnik (Twin Orchard Country Club) and Adam Schumacher (Indian Hill Club) having 25 birdies each. Chris Gumbach raided the most in donations with $28,085 and Papadakas with $26,480.

“When Travis suggested the idea and outlined the event for us, it was an immediate ‘yes’ for me, recalled Gumbach. “And it’s very satisfying to see all that we’ve been able to accomplish in seven years and the impact the event has had to help these charities and kids and their families.”

For information on the event and how to donate please visit