IPGA ASSISTANTS TO COMPETE AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB at 401 North Roselle Road, is open year round. When you can’t golf outside, the simulators are open on the lower level downstairs from Chandlers Chophouse, in the clubhouse. The award winning pro shop has a great variety of golfwear, for all seasons. See Schaumburggolf.com or call (847)-885-9000.     _____________________________________________________________________

Welcome to PGA Village in Port St. Lucie Florida, home of the PGA Assistants Professional Golf Championship.

The PGA of America National Assistant Club Professional Championship, is on the tee tomorrow in Florida.

The PGA Village’s Wanamaker Golf Course will be the host course. The course is located in Port. St. Lucie.

The Illinois PGA Section is proud to have four assistant’s, that have qualifed for the championship.

They are Kevin Flack (Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club), Sean Gervais (Chicago Golf Club), Jeff Kellen (Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club), and Adam Steinhofer (Ridgemoor Country Club). The field will be 132 players. And the championship will be a four-day 72 hole stroke play championship. The top four finishers get births into the National (Club) Professional Championship in 2020.

“We are very proud of the Assistant PGA Professionals that have qualified for this event,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA Section. “We have a competitive group of Assistants and Associates in the Illinois Section. And the individuals representing our Section this week, makeup a strong group. We wish them the best of luck.”

Mistwood Golf Club, Director of Golf Andy Mickelson is a past champion in this championship. All four players have their first tee time in Round 1 tomorrow, in the 8 Am hour.

ILLINOIS PGA ANNOUNCES 2020 OPEN SITES & SCHEDULE

THE WHITE EAGLE GOLF CLUB & THE STONEBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB will team up to host the 2020 Illinois Open from August 3rd-5th, the Illinois PGA has announced.   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Linkedin or Facebook. Teeing off on the 18th tee at White Eagle Golf Club.

The Illinois PGA has now officially announced the locations, and dates for it’s “Opens” in 2020.

The Illinois Open Championship will be played August 3-5. But for the first time since 2016, it moves away from the Glen Club.

2020 launches the combination of White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville, with the second course being Stonebridge Country Club. The Stonebridge development runs through both Aurora and Naperville.

So the distance between both courses is a short one, which will make it easy for the players to commute back-and-forth, between the courses.

The 18th hole at White Eagle Golf Club, will be the closing hole for the 2020 Illinois Open.

“We so cherish the relationship that we have with The Glen Club and Kemper Sports,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA Section. “The Illinois Open will be returning to The Glen Club in the future, but we are excited to move the state championship of golf around the state of Illinois.”

“We are thrilled to host the 71st Illinois Open at White Eagle,” said Curtis Malm, Head PGA Professional at White Eagle Golf Club. “The Illinois Open showcases the best golfers in the state of Illinois,both professionals and amateurs and we couldn’t be happier to bring this event to White Eagle.”

In 2019 the club emerged from a two-year architect Todd Quitno renovation of all 27 holes. Which has created a buzz about the golf course at White Eagle. The club’s membership numbers have grown by a significant amount, in the last 18 months.

THE PAR 3, 8TH HOLE at Stonebridge Country Club.

At Stonebridge, the club is also seeing a resurgence in membership, after making improvements in the last two years.

Tom Fazio the clubs orginal architect had his team return, and upgraded the golf course.

The new look Stonebridge has a current style, that would have been great to have, when the PGA Champions Tour and the LPGA were bringing tour events to the club. Back in the early 1990’s, and again after the year 2000.

The Illinois Open will have a field of 264 players, and qualifying events start in late June. So any legal resident of Illinois, professional or amateur. Can attempt to qualify for the Illinois Open. But amateurs must have a verified handicap index of 10.0 or less.

THE PAR 5, 3RD HOLE at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, home of the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open.

The 26th annual Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open, will be played in July of 2020.

And the Illinois PGA will now partner with Mistwood in running the event.

“We are very excited to partner with the Mistwood Golf Club to assist with this already highly regarded tournament,” said Williams. “The Illinois Women’s Open features some of the best female golfers in Illinois. And throughout the Midwest, and rest of the country. Mistwood Golf Club has been a great host of this tournament for many years.”

The 54 hole IWO championship is played over two days. However, 36 holes are on day one, before a cut to low 40% and ties for the final round. In addition, players handicaps must be 15.0 or less to enter.

“We are so excited to partner with the Illinois PGA,and to further the reach of the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open,” said Andy Mickelson, Director of Golf at Mistwood Golf Club. “This event has been the foundation for competitive women’s golf in Illinois and we have been proud to host for the last 20 years. It was Phil’s wish to host the best women in Illinois tournament golf and beyond. So partnering with the Illinois PGA only further ensures his legacy, and high levels of womens golf will remain in Illinois.”

The 2020 Illinois Senior Open returns to Royal Fox Country Club, after being held there for the first time in 2019. The late September event will be open to professionals and amateurs, who are 50 years old by the first day of play. And amateurs must a verified handicap of 10.0 or less.

The par 3, 12th hole at Pine Meadow GC in Mundelein.

The Illinois Super Senior Open returns to it’s orginal host course, the Pine Meadow Golf Club in October of 2020.

After 2 years at Makray Memorial Golf Club. The 36-hole event has no cut and four different age group champions. 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 and up. Players must be 60 by the first day of the championship. And amateurs must have a verified handicap index of 14.0 or less. The event is open to all legal residents of Illinois.

For more information  please visit IPGA.com.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-SNOW ALREADY, BOO !

  THE SCHUAMBURG GOLF CLUB at 401 N. Roselle Road has the pro shop fully stocked with warm weather golf gear. If your ready to start the holiday shopping, stop in the pro shop and pick up something your favorite golfer could use. (847)-885-9000. THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME ON RT. 53 in Bolingbrook is now open the indoor winter golf season. So is McWethy’s Sportsbar the best golf dome food in the Chicago area. So visit the dome complete with Toptracer and visit Mistwoodgolfdome.com.          _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy Linkedin or Facebook. In the snow with Putter Boy at Pinehurst.

NOT THIS AGAIN. Nothing like some snow to ruin a round of golf.

I played in light flurries at the Glen Club once, with Len Ziehm and the Late PGA Tour player Jarrod Lyle, it was a media day. We all quit after nine holes.

It was the smart thing to do that day. I have had to pull off the road in route to the PGA Show in January in Kentucky when the snow hit. It kept me from making it to Pinehurst that year. The following year I made it to Pinehurst, after it snowed all day. Four days later I wasn’t golfing yet, but got in a quick 9 on the Cradle (The Gil Hanse par 3 course) before leaving town. Which was mostly clear of snow. Five miles past Pinehurst there was no snow, that was the cut off line. Never fails. This year I hope the good folks in Pinehurst don’t suggest that, I brought the snow with me again.

What’s even worse is that this is not our first snow of the fall. I say that because it’s not officially winter yet. That, is still over a month a way. I know most of our courses will close, but if today and tomorrows now melts off, maybe there is still one more day of upper 50’s or 60 degrees, where we can hit it, outdoors one more time in 2019.

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN JACKET-Chad Johansen getting it done all winter long. #kidsrule

YOU HAVE TO appreciate “The Man with the Golden Jacket”.

He’s Chad Johansen the general manager and head golf professional, at Blackberry Oaks Golf Club in Bristol (near Aurora). Johansen created the slogan #kidsrule.

And they do at Blackberry Oaks, and in the Go For It sports dome in Yorkville (close to Blackberry Oaks). So why does golf season never end with Johansen and the Kidsrule programs.

It has a lot to do with giving kids something to do, and of course growing the game. But it’s an introduction to a great game that lasts a lifetime. Johansen has enlarged his space at the golf dome, and has started a winter golf program, and high school golf program for the winter season. Everyone is not on the football or basketball team, and kids are looking for sports to play. And because the kids who love playing golf summer, don’t need a 5 month break in the winter away from what they love to do.

That doesn’t mean you have to play all winter long. I have always believed in putting down the clubs and taking a winter break. It gets you fired up to play when the weather starts to break in the spring. In fact taking a break is good for the golfer. Steve Stricker once told me a story about how he puts down the clubs for a few months during the winter season. Stricker talked about going down south to play in a tournament and finding out kids that were better than him the previous year, had quit the game. He would learn that they “burned out” playing every day. “Just trying to get better” you know, the most over used cliche in sports these days.

Johansen has three simulators and putting greens, he is running contests. Like his own version of Drive, Chip and Putt. The kids love it, and parents are having fun watching, and maybe looking forward to joining their kids on the course next spring. I’d like to recommend for someone trying to get better at putting. Johansen’s Perfect Putting Aid is still one of the best swing aids for putting I’ve ever seen. In the meantime, check out Chadjohansen.com or Blackberryoaks.com for more details. Because #kidsrule even in the cold and snowy months. (630)-553-7170 to reach Blackberry Oaks.

TOPGOLF which opens it’s new Schaumburg facility (by Algonquin and Meachem Roads) this Friday, has hired Stuart Foster as it’s Chief Marketing Officer. Just in time for Topgolf’s expansion into the Far East. China, Hong kong, Taiwan and the Phillipines, all have Top golf headed their way. Topgolf.com.

IN THE PAST DUE COLUMN-I have been meaning to congratulate the Western Golf Association (WGA) for finally reaching it’s goal of 1,000 caddies attending school at a time. Because it’s been a goal of the WGA to make that mark for a few years, and this fall they finally did.

THERE are a few new releases on the equipment side, I’ll have for you this coming week from Callaway, Titleist, and Cleveland Golf. So stay clicked in.

FINALLY-Tiger Woods picks himself for the Presidents Cup Team. Why ? Picking himself. Hey everybody, I pick me. Seriously why. I think Woods should have kept himself on the bench, and just jumped in if Brooks Koepka’s knee flared up forcing the World’s #1 player to have to sit out a match or two.

Are you now more likely to watch the Presidents Cup at some early hour from Australia with the captain playing. I thought not.

THIS WEEKS Global Golf Post+ a great read by the way if you have not signed up yet for a subscription. Ed “the grip” Fiori recaps beating Tiger Woods at the Quad City Classic in 1996 (now the John Deere Classic).

THE SHARK should not be surprised. Greg Norman mentioned he was upset that Woods snubbed him, after Norman wrote out a congratulations note to his neighbor and drove it to the front gate of Woods estate. After Woods won at Augusta last April. So apparently Woods never acknowledged Norman’s letter, which rubbed the “Shark” the wrong way.

ON VETERANS DAY today, kudo’s to new World Golf Hall of Famer Jan Stephenson for holding an outing today, that benefits the vets at her Tarpon Woods Golf Course, in Palm Harbor Florida. With that, I’m off to see the new release of the movie Midway.

THE GOG BLOG RETURNS THIS WEEK. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-EARLY EDITION

BEHTPAGE BLACK on Long Island home of two U.S. Opens, the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup. And its one of the new courses on the simulators at the SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB, are you ready for the challenge. Call the pro shop at (847)-885-9000 and make your simulator tee time. COURSE IS OPEN today outside. Schaumburggolf.com located at 401 North Roselle Road #yearroundgolf  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy Linkedin or Facebook. On the tee at Bethpage Black, Bethpage NY.

Steve Orrick (Country Club of Decatur) is the 2019 Central Illinois Player of the Year for 2019.

Orrick has now won this award two straight years, and four times in the last seven seasons.

“Steve has long been one of the top players in both our Chapter and Section tournament events and it’s wonderful to see his efforts rewarded with the CIPGA Chapter Player of the Year honor this season,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA Section. Orrick was a top five finisher in all CIPGA events he played in this year. Orrick was T-11 at the Illinois Open, and T-3 in the fall at the Players Championship.

The new Topgolf in Schaumburg.

TOPGOLF will open it’s new Illinois facility on November 15th.

It’s location is alongside Interstate 90 just west of Rt.53. and on the property that was once the Motorola Communications campus, at Algonquin and Meachem Roads.

Because of it’s heated hitting bays, that keep temperatures 20-30 degrees warmer that actual outside temperatures. Topgolf is expected to remain open year round. Details at Topgolf.com.

The new Club Champion Store in Schaumburg

Club Champion that has recently opened seven new locations across America, is proud to announce it’s winter promotion.

The winter promotion doesn’t just run through the holidays, it runs through the end of January (Jan.31-2020).

So if your golfer needs better clubs for the winter, now is time to receive 50% off on a full-bag fitting. You can receive 33% off on all other fittings. Please visit Clubchampiongolf.com for details.

The new Erin Hills Drumlin putting course.

THERE ARE FOUR GREAT REASONS to book Erin Hills for 2020, so why wait, because you can do it now.

The Drumlin putting course is now open and stay’s open every night until 11 Pm, under the lights when needed.

In addition to the U.S. Open tested golf course, there is plenty of lodging on the property. And the food and beverage are top notch. Do try a Fescue Rescue drink, it’s good. Erinhills.com (866)-772-4769.

The entrance to Sand Valley Golf Resort in Nekoosa Wis.

SAND VALLEY RESORT reports in that 2019 was another great season for the resort.

During the 2020 season, work should start on the next golf course, created by golf architect Tom Doak.

But in the meantime, if you are starting your holiday shopping for your favorite golfers, why not check out Sandvalley.com because the online shopping specials have tee’d off. Don’t forget to play Sand Valley, Mammoth Dunes and the Par 3 course-The Sandbox in 2020.

With artist Cassy Tully at the BMW Championship

The Cassy Tully holiday artwork and her famed ornaments are ready to go for the holiday season.

Golfers if your in the need for golf art work to decorate your home, office, or even the dorm room for you college goers.

So visit online Cassytully.com And don’t forget to watch in 2020, to see what Cassy creates for the Ryder Cup.

GOING GREEN IN MYRTLE BEACH if you are tired of Brown being the new Green, like many golfers are, head to Myrtle Beach SC. where courses are going Wall-to-Wall Green. The Founders Group International the largest golf ownership group in Myrtle Beach, has overseeded it’s 11 courses to ensure lush green grass all winter and all spring long. Because the ryegrass overseed has already taken root, all 11 golf courses are in prime condition. To see the list of FGI courses see FoundersGroupInternational.com.

PINE MEADOW in Mundelein, is now running a sale on used PRO-V1’s and PRO V1x golfballs. Used only on Titleist Thursdays, so the balls have all been hit only 20-25 times. Less than 9 holes of play. $14.95 a dozen. Call the pro shop for details (847)-566-4663 (GOLF) or Pinemeadowgc.com.

BEN HOGAN GOLF has added PTx PRO BLACK Forged Irons, featuring a Diamond Black Metal finish. It’s the third product the company has added this year. But these products are only available to golfers exclusively at Benhogangolf.com.

Because the darker finish is 7 times stronger and more durable than nickel chrome. It reduces glare and provides better contrast with the golf ball. Besides it provides better alignment and accuracy.

Scott White CEO of Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, says the Hogan clubs have “execptional market momentum right now.” White says the company remains committed to creating the “highest quality and best performing golf equipment in the world.” And that the compnay remains committed to Mr. Hogan’s mission of building top level golf equipment. So White says the company took it’s time designing the PTx PRO Irons because they wanted them to perform as good as they looked.

More information at BenHoganGolf.com or social media facebook, twitter, instagram.

The new Srixon Green golf ball.

Srixon Golf has announced the launch of the Soft Feel Brite golf ball, and in three colors.

The new Soft Feel Brite ball is available in Brite Orange, Brite Green, and Brite Red. But it is now  only available for purchase in North America.

“Soft Feel Brite offers everything you love about Soft Feel,” said Brian Schielke, Marketing Director at Srixon. “It delivers distance, exceptional feel, and now, enhanced visibility from tee-to-green to form a high quality matte golf ball.”

The new Soft Feel brite ball offers more distance, with more feel and control. So golfers will be able to follow the ball flight, with the new visibility colorful covers. More information at Srixon.com.

THE GROVE CC TO HOST WWGA 2020 JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

  COMING IN JULY OF 2020-THE TOURNAMENT NINE (L) at the Schaumburg Golf Club. NOW HERE (R) new-Bethpage Black, on the simulators downstairs from Chandlers chophouse. Tee times at Schaumburggolf.com or by calling (847)-885-9000.  ______________________________________________________________________

Welcome to the Grove Country Club, in Long Grove. Home of the 2020 WWGA Junior Tournament.

The Grove Country Club will play host, of the 94th Women’s Western Junior Championship in 2020. Tournament week is scheduled from June 15-19.

For the second time, the WGA and the WWGA will conduct the championship as partners.

” We’re so elated to have The Grove host our Women’s Western Junior,” said Vince Pellegrino WGA senior vice president of tournaments. “Because this championship attracts some of the top junior golfers in the country, and the course layout will provide a worthy challenge.”

The Grove’s Clubhouse (front view)

78 of the top ranked women’s amateur players, who are 18 years of age or younger will comprise the field.

Players must have a handicap of 14.4 or less.

After a practice round on Monday June 15th. 36 holes of stroke play will follow on June 16-17 to determine the 16 players, that will advance to the mtach play portion of the championship on June 18-19.

“Each year, the girls who compete in the Women’s Western Junior represent golfs best and brightest rising talent,” said Jackie Wacker, Women’s Western Junior Chairman. “Our 2020 field is sure to be no exception.”

Renowned golf architect Robert Harris built the course in 1964. And the course plays to a par of 72, and length of 7,000 yards (shorter for the championship). But the routing has over 60 bunkers, and water in play on multiple holes so accuracy will be needed.

“We’re looking forward to hosting the Women’s Western Junior,” said Fred Reeder, Director of golf at the Grove. “We’re so excited to be hosting a national event with a long history. We expect a great week of competition.”

Gabrielle Gilrowski of Westfield Indiana was the 2019 champion. Some notable past champions do include, Cristie Kerr (1994), Grace Park (1993), and Nancy Lopez (1972-74). For more information visit womenswesternjunior.com.

RX.GOLF RAISES FUNDS FOR JUNIOR GOLF

KEEPING WARM OR GETTING A QUICK START ON HOLIDAY SHOPPING, is now something you can do at the Schaumburg Golf Club 401 N.Roselle Road. Since it’s now just plain cold outside, why not head indoors to the simulators at the Schaumburg Golf Club. Bethpage Black home of the 2019 PGA Championship, the 2024 Ryder Cup, and 2 previous U.S.Opens, is now available for play. Take the challenge of the famed Black Course. Schaumburg’s award winning pro shop has a wide variety of golf wear, and golf accessories.  For more details visit Schaumburggolfclub.com or call (847)-885-9000.    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or Linkedin and Facebook.

So do you like to support golf programs, especially junior golf.

Because now there is a great way to get more kids out on the golf course. And get them learning this great sport.

It’s by using Rx.golf, that is now the only prescription discount program, that’s dedicated to supporting junior golf across America.

The new Rx.golf card that’s accepted at over 68,000 pharmacies is helping reduce the growing cost of prescription medications. Plus it donates $1.00 to junior golf for each time used.

Rx.golf offers two options of receiving your card. One is by going online to www.rx.golf and printing out a card, and having it sent to your phone. You can visit www.rxgolf.app and download a web app to your phone. What the app does is to provide a pharmacy price search and digital card all at once.

“By using the Rx.golf card or app, consumers can save up to 87% on most prescription drugs,” said founder and creator Michael Thompson. “The pharmacy price search does all the legwork and finds the lowest prices, no matter where in America you are located at, so you can make smart choices and save money. The free Rx.golf prescription savings card means you haveaccess to lowest price on your prescriptions-either your insurance copay, the pharmacy retail price orthe Rx.golf price.”

Club Champion has started it’s winter promotion. 50% off full bag fittings, 33% off all other fittings through January 31, 2020

Thompson’s Rx.golf program receives an endorsment of support from the recently retired executive director of the Tennessee Golf Association and Tennessee Golf Foundation Dick Horton, who says “junior golf programs create better golfers and better citizens.” Part of the reason the TGA and TGF have partnered with Rx.golf.

Rx.golf can help if you have no prescritpion insurance, or if your stuck with a high deductible. So if your on temporary coverage, Rx.golf could be the plan for you.

Thompson is the managing director of RXVentures in Nashville Tennessee. Previously he was part of production teams, that launched various well known TV programs. Thompson went on to own and operate 15 FOX, or other affiliate stations in the Southeast.

So for more details on this program see www.rx.golf.com.

TOPGOLF READY TO OPEN IN SCHAUMBURG

SINCE IT’S A LITTLE COOL FOR OUTDOOR GOLF TODAY-take your golf inside at the Schaumburg Golf Club 401 N. Roselle Road. Simulators are now open with new golf courses like the newly added Bethpage Black (L). You win awards for your pro shop merchandise when you have selections like this. Holiday shopping season is almost upon us, see long sleeve options now available. Schaumburggolf.com (847)-885-9000.  _____________________________________________________________________

The new Topgolf in Schaumburg, opens November 15th.

TURN ON THE LIGHTS-THE PARTY HAS STARTED.

Wednesday night the party started at the new Schaumburg Topgolf, that will be managed by GM Brett Hintz. It opens on Friday November 15th.

One only had to be the parking lot, to hear the upbeat music, that brought the energy to this new fun golf venue.

So there is no snoozy or elevator music at Topgolf, there is a feeling of lets get to it. Tasty Blueberry Mush cocktails were flowing, the food was getting sampled, and the golf balls were flying. It was a night where sleet started mixing in the air, with a cross-wind that made hitting the target bays a little bit harder. But you could check your results, as you reviewed your Toptracer screen.

THE TOPGOLF RANGE lights up for opening night in Schaumburg, on the campus of the former Motorola Communications, and now called Motorola Solutions.

Topgolf is not new to the Chicago area. In fact it’s been around for 12 years, in both Wood Dale and Naperville. But that will change according to Topgolf CEO, Dolf Berle.

“Topgolf values the relationships we have built in the Greater Chicago community over the past 12 years,” said Berle. “We look forward to bringing an upgraded and modernized experience to Schaumburg, further connecting the local community in meaningful ways. Our experienced hourly Associates from Wood Dale, will be joining the Topgolf Schaumburg team. They will continue providing the hospitality and service, the community has grown to know and love.”

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content And Creation, follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook and Linkedin. At the new Topgolf in Schaumburg IL.

Over the next several months, the Wood Dale Park District that is in chagre of the communites recreational facilities, will convert Topgolf Wood Dale into a traditional driving range powered by Topgolf’s Toptracer technology. Toptracer Range gives driving ranges the real-time data to help players at all skill levels improve their game, with the same advanced ball-tracing technology that has revolutionized the way viewers view shots during tournaments on television.

Currently Topgolf has 60+ venues worldwide, and has now announced plans to open more venues through Europe over the next few years.

Click here to listen to our interview with Topgolf Regional Marketing Manager Chelsie Polifka.

The lower deck at Topgolf in Schaumburg.

Because the three level facility comes complete with climate controled hitting bays, it can be used year-round.

The 5,000 sqaure-foot outdoor patio and venue, has plenty of space for corporate and social events. Topgolf is located alongside of Interstate-90 at Meacham Road. And there are over 250 large high-definition flat screen televisions, three bars, and 3,000 square feet of private event space. So while Schaumburg is the newest Chicago area location, it might not be last.

CHAUSSARD AND BIANCALANA IPGA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

TOPGOLF SCHAUMBURG is preparing to open-more details coming soon right here. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB is open today for outdoor golf. So is the range and the indoor simulators. Details at Schaumburggolf.com or the pro shop (847)-885-9000.   _____________________________________________________________________

GARRETT CHAUSSARD with the IPGA Match Play Trophy (L)-(R) ROY BIANCALANA hits from the fairway (R). The 2019 IPGA Player and Senior Player of the year award winners.

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Facebook and Linkedin.

Garrett Chaussard of Skokie Country Club is the 2019 Illinois PGA Section Player of the Year Bernardi Award winner. Roy Biancalana from the St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, wins the 2019 Errie Ball Senior Player of the Year award.

For Chaussard it’s his time winning the award, for Biancalana it’s his second win, after receiving the award in 2018.

“We have some very elite players in the Illinois Section,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA Section. “The Player of the Year races are always fun to watch as they unfold throughout the course of the season. Garrett and Roy showcased some great golf this season and performed well at major events. We congratulate both of them on this outstanding achievement.”

Chaussard finsihed in the Top-10 of all 8 events he played in this past season, which included three wins. His biggest victory was going back-to-back in the season’s first IPGA major championship, the Match Play Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club. He was T-9th at the Illinois Open and 2nd at the IPGA Section Championship, falling only to final round partner Travis Johns. That second place finish earned him a place in the 53rd PGA (Club) Professional Championship in 2020, at Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin Texas.

Biancalana had four wins in 2019, a second place finish and seven Top-10’s in IPGA Senior tournaments. Biancalana finished second at the IPGA Senior Section Championship, which earned him a place in the 2019 Senior PGA (Club) Professional Championship played at Barton Creek in Texas. His T-22 finish earned him a place in the 2020 Senior PGA Championship, at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Beton Harbor Michigan. His low round of the year in section play, was a 64 at Kishwaukee Country Club. During Senior Stroke Play #4.

Golfers on Golf congratulates both players on their respective seasons. And wishes them well at upcoming IPGA events, and or national events they have qualified to be part of the field.

THE GOG BLOG’S EARLY WEEK NEWS

OPEN-OPEN-OPEN AND OPEN is what the Schaumburg Golf Club is today. Players 9, the Baer 9, the range and the simulators are all open today. The Schaumburg Golf Club at 401 N.Roselle Road has become a year round golf facility. With a renovated course outside and simulators on the inside, SGC allows golfers to enjoy the best golf has to offer all year round. For more information see Schaumburggolf.com or (847)-885-9000.   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Facebook or Linkedin. From the 18th fairway at White Eagle Golf Club.

IF YOU UP FOR SOME 40 degree outdoor golf, today could be your day.

So enjoy the sun, while we have it. Because you won’t get many more days like it. Besides playing outdoor golf, is still the best way to play.

So now that it’s November, the holiday shopping will soon begin. So to help you out with your holiday golf shopping, Golfers on Golf will have holiday ideas for you in the days and weeks ahead. Do stay clicked in for great golf idea’s.

Another fun idea has just landed and spun-back across our desk. HOCKEY NIGHT IN SCHAUMBURG. Besides, who needs hockey night in Canada when you have Hockey night in Schaumburg.

BETHPAGE BLACK home of the 2019 PGA Championship and 2024 Ryder Cup is among the newest courses added to the simulators at the Schaumburg Golf Club.

HOCKEY NIGHTS at the Schaumburg Golf Club include Nov. 17 vs Buffalo 6 pm, Dec. 29th at Columbus 4pm, Jan. 19th vs Winnipeg 6 pm, Feb. 23 at Dallas 2pm Feb. 29th vs Florida at 5 pm. Play 9 holes in the simulator bays while watching the Blackhawks game. Limited space available, so sign up today. Cost $40 per player, includes simulator fee (2 1/2 hours of simulator time) and a $12 voucher for Chandlers (valid on game night). Maximum amount of players 12, four players per simulator. To register call the pro shop at (847)-885-9000.

MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB IS OPEN, but the sun is setting on the outdoor golf season in Romeoville. But the good news is that McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood is open year round, and besides that, today and tomorrow is a BIG SALE in the pro shop. 30% off of outerwear, 35% off short sleeve polo’s, 35% off hats, 25% off footwear and accessories so get to the Mistwood pro shop for this 48 hour sale. Runs from 9 am to 5 pm both days. Top brands for sale. Mistwoodgc.com or (815)-254-3333 Renwick Rd Romeoville.

MISTWOOD GC is offering November 14th What’s Cooking with Chef Dan Casey-Noon. December 8th 5th annual brunch with Santa, 10 Am. December 15th is the 3rd annual brunch with The Grinch 10 Am. Mistwood Golf Club 1700 Renwick Road.

CHARITY AUCTION to raise money for YOUTH ON COURSE, runs from Nov. 10-14, and it’s an online auction. Proceeds benefit $5 rounds of golf for kids across America. You can follow YOUTH ON COURSE on Twitter and Instagrm @yocgolf #YOCAUCTION19 for latest details. Auction items include 10 Insanely private courses you likely will never get to play.

The par 3, 14th hole on Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach SC.

The leading package provider held an anonymous survey, with more than 50 local professionals in the Myrtle Beach area.

The pro’s had to pick their top 20 golf courses in the Grand Strand.

The top selections included the following courses. #1Dunes Golf & Beach Club. #2 Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, #3 Tidewater Golf Club, #4 Grande Dunes Resort Club, #5 Prestwick Country Club. For the remainder of the list of the Top 20 courses, see MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

THE AUDUBON GOLF TRAIL in Louisana expands to 18 golf courses, with three new additions. Between the Audubon Golf Trail and the great golf in Lake Charles area, Louisana has become a great southern golf state.

The Par 3, 6th hole at Gray Plantation in Lake Charles LA. Gray Plantation is part of the Audubon Trail.

NEW ADDITIONS Include the LaTour Golf Club in Mathews LA., this 18 hole course designed by PGA Champion David Toms, is deep in the heart of Bayou Country.

This par 72, layout sits in over537 acres of land. Total yardage is 7,232 and runs through rolling grasslands and white sand bunkers.

The LaTour Bar & Grill is a must stop after your round of golf.

OAK KNOLL Country Club-Hammond LA.. The course runs through thousands of beautiful Oak Trees, and is a great play for golfers of all ages and skill sets.

KOASATI PINES GOLF CLUB-Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder LA. Kosati Pines has already earned a #4 rating from Golf Digest on the Best in State List. The 18 hole par 72 layout, has six sets of tees, and multiple approach areas on three holes. Need more, well how about GPS enabled carts, and a 19th hole to break the bets. Bring your best shot to this island green finishing hole. Details on the total trail at AudubonGolf.com.

Club Champion has opened several new locations across the country.

EARLIER THIS WEEK Club Champion opened in seven new locations across America.

So now the nationawide total is 70 stores. Besides Richmond VA., Club Champion locations opened in Hartford Ct., Louisville Ky., Houston Tx., Birmingham Ala., Scottsdale Arizona, Grand Rapids Mich, and later this month in Omaha Neb.

Visit Clubchampiongolf.com to see what fitting specials are available. Club Champion is headquartered in Willowbrook IL.

MYRTLE BEACH SC. BASED Barefoot Resort will host Family Golf Week from july 15-18 in 2020. The Father-Son and Parent Child week will be played on seven of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses. More than 350 teams will participate. Details can be found at Familygolfweek.com.

THOSE SHOES…

Callaway Oceanside Spikeless Golf Shoes with PLUSfoam insoles. Pictured here is the Oceanside LX model.

CALLAWAY GOLF FOOTWEAR introduces the Oceanside Spikeless golf Shoes, with PLUSFOAM INSOLES.

Callaway has decided to expand it’s line of spikeless shoes for 2020.

The new Oceanside Line combines a lightweight design, with extreme comfort and traction features.

The new look offers style, stability and a responsive cushioning on any surface, on or off the golf course.

Traction control lugs help hold ground, and allow golfers to swing without slipping. Because of the Opti-soft EVA midsole, you get an arch that fits to your feet and provides a walk of comfort. 7mm of Plusfoam insole offers a soft but responsive cushion. Oceanside Specs include colors of Black and Gray, sizes 8-12, 13, 14, 15. Warranty 2-year limited waterproof. Suggested retail $99.95 available Nov. 15.

OCEANSIDE LX Model colors: White and Black sizes (same as oceanside) Widths Medium and Wide. Warranty, price and availability same as above or Callawaygolf.com.

SHOES Continued…New Balance the Fresh Foam Links Pro and Fresh Foam Links Pro SL from $89.95 to $119.95 See Newbalance.com with the FreshFoam level of comfort.

ECCO SHOES has launched it’s latest innovation the BIOM COOL PRO, a performance hybrid and the only golf shoe that has GORE-TEX SURROUND technology, that allows for a 360 degree breathable comfort, says Jesper Thuen, General manager, ECCO Golf USA. For more information see eccousa.com or call (800)-886-3226.

The New Miura MB-101 Wedge

MIURA has now introduced the MB-101 wedge, as the latest addition to it’s fine line of muscleback irons.

The MB-101 is the first new blade created by the family-operated clubmaker, the miura family in it’s Himeji factory since 2013.

Katsuhiro Miura first began designing irons in 1957, his sons Shinei, and Yoshitaka have joined their father in the club design business.

Shinei Miura says, “his father is as passionate about the MB-101, as any club he has ever designed. Our hope is that it will be recognized as one of the finest irons our factory has ever produced, and it will remain in our lineup for years to come.” It’s thin sole allows the club to cut throught turf effortlessly, and provide better impact.

The MB-101 runs for $280.00 and you can learn more at Miuragolf.com.

THE WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION announced during BMW Championship Week that Caddie Joe LaCava was inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame. It was created in 1991, and now run by the WGA since 2011. Details at CaddieHallofFame.org. LaCava started his career in 1987 looping for Ken Green, before moving on to Fred Couples in 1990. Other players in LaCava’s career included Davis Love III, Justin Leonard, Dustin Johnson and now Tiger Woods. The Gog Blog returns this week

 

 

 

 

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-SPRAYING TO ALL FAIRWAYS

THE NEW PUTTING GREEN BY THE BAER 9 IS CLOSED-but today with the sun out and temperautes in the low 50’s, the outdoor range is open on the mats. Indoors the simulators are open, how about a round on Bethpage Black on Long Island. Home of the 2019 PGA Championship. Details at Schaumburggolf.com or call (847)-885-9000.     _____________________________________________________________________

SPRAYED THIS ONE RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE FAIRWAY. The Gog blog by Rory Spears, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy Facebook or Linkedin.

IT’S NOT OVER, outdoor golf season is still happening. So don’t put the clubs away, at least just yet.

And it was nice to hear from more clubs that are still open in the last 48 hours. I did see quite a few golfers out playing Arlington Lakes today when I drove past. Glendale Lakes had some golfers out on the course as well.

Congratulations goes to IL PGA Section members, Garrett Chaussard of Skokie Country Club, and Roy Biancalana from the St. Andrews Country Club. Chaussard and Biancalana were named IPGA Players of the Year for 2019. Full details to follow this week.

SPEAKING OF THE IPGA, a total of 52 section members combined in two locations to raise over $400,000 in this years Birdies for Charity event September 3rd, at River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst. The nine year total of contributions now total’s $1.96 million dollars.

The charities involved are the Ann & Robert Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago, JDRF Illinois Chapter, Ronald McDonald House of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Crisis Nursery (Urbana), OSF Childrens Hospital of Illinois in Peoria and the Illinois PGA Foundation. The American Ling Association and the Loyola University Medical Center Burn Unit also received contributions.

Andy Mickelson Director of Golf at the Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, paced the field with 43 birdies. The CIPGA section was led by Kyle English of Crestwicke CC and Nick Taute of Southside CC with 38 birdies.

The Birdies for Charity event started in 2011, as Medinah CC teaching professional Travis Johns brought the idea with him from Texas. When Johns moved to the Illinois PGA Section. Great job by all the PGA professionals involved. #golfgivesback

WILSON GOLF and the KIDS GOLF FOUNDATION have created a partnership that has Wilson Golf providing clubs at the KGF Clincis this past summer. So it’s nice to see the KGF started by Jerry Rich and Rich Harvest Farms, working with Chicago based Wilson Sporting Goods/Golf, to help young kids pick up the game of golf.

CONDOLENCES to friends, and family of Daiwa Golf and Lynx Golf President John Carey, who passed away on October 25th at age 89. Carey had been fighting health issues for the past couple of years.

THE PGA of AMERICA will conduct it’s annual meetings November 4-8 at the Hilton West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Convention Center. The focus of the future is front and center over these next few days.

THE PGA HALL OF FAME ceremony tee’s off the start of the meetings, hosted by NBC’s Jimmy Roberts. The following have been named inductees to the PGA of America’s Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

DAVIS LOVE III PGA, Annika Sorenstam PGA/LPGA, Shirley Spork LPGA, Dave Marr II (deceased), Karsten Solheim (deceased), PGA Past President Derek Sprague,PGA. So in addition Barbara Nicklaus will receive the PGA Distinguished Service Award during the PGA of America Hall of Fame banquet. Her husband Jack Nicklaus won the award in 2000. They are second couple to win the award (Mark and Debi Rohlfing.

The PGA Golf Professional of the Year, is Eric Eshleman, PGA, Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.), and the Horton Smith Award will be presented to Todd Sones PGA, of Todd Sones Impact Golf-in Vernon Hills IL.

Former Seven Bridges professional and Kiawah Island Resort president Roger Warren, will receive a Legend of the PGA Award. More details at PGA.org. Golfers on Golf congratulates all the PGA of America award winners.

SPEAKING OF DAVIS LOVE III, his selection to the CBS Sports/Golf broadcasting team, has not been well received. As some of the national critics speak out. So the real question is, will Love III be afraid to speak out. Because when players don’t have their “A” game, he should say so. But will he have a little Johnny Miller or Brandal Chamblee in him. If he doesn’t, he should go back out on the PGA Champions Tour.