ED STEVENSON Director of DuPage Golf is getting ready to welcome golfers back into the new Preserve at Oak Meadows clubhouse in Addison. So follow DuPageGolf.com for all the details on opening day. But remember the golf course is already open for play. ______________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or LinkedIn/Facebook and Instagram.
John Deere Classic Tournament Director Clair Peterson, spoke with the media this week-via Zoom. Screen shot picture by Rory Spears.
THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC is almost back. Because tournament week is coming back July 6-11, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis Illinois.
So this past week the tournament held it’s second Zoom call with media members.
The purpose was to announce the classic’s sponsors exemptions, and some of the rules for championship week.
SO EARNING EXMEPTIONS for this years JDC.
MICHAEL FEAGLES 23, of Scottsdale Arizona. Feagles is now a graduate of the University of Illinois. Feagles helped the Illini win the Big Ten Conference Championship, and reach the final 8 at the NCAA Championships.
TRIPP KINNEY 23, of Waukee Iowa. The Iowa State graduate, played more rounds for the Cyclones, than any other player in school history.
LUKE KLUVER 21, Norfolk Nebraska. Kluver is currently a junior at Kansas. Kluver made it into the U.S. Open sectional qualifying.
WILLIE MACK 32, has won an estimated 65 times on various mini-tours. But his actions to save his clubs from a burning car before it exploded, made him an internet star. Mack played in two west coast PGA Tour events earlier this year.
DAVID PERKINS 23, of Peoria Illinois. Perkins the Illinois State alum, reportedly holds the course record at the ISU D.A. Weibring Golf Course. Perkins got support for this exemption from Weibring, the TPC Deere Run course designer himself.
ALEX SCHAAKE 23, Omaha Nebraska. The Iowa Hawkeye graduate was a two-time Big Ten Golfer of the Year. Schaake won the 2019-2021 Hawkeye Invitational.
But for more information on how the exemption process works, or worked this year. Listen to the recent media session below. Because Covid-19 protocols are still affecting the tournament, listen in to the press conference. Because you need to know, before you go.
SO CLICK HERE to hear this past weeks John Deere Classic Zoom conference. With tournament director Clair Peterson, and JDC staff member Ashley Hansen.
TICKETS ARE now on sale for the John Deere Classic coming up July 8-11. But for more information see JohnDeereClassic.com.
THE ILLINOIS PGA SECTION wins the 59th Radix Cup at the Oak Park Country Club in River Grove, over the Chicago District Amateur Team (CDGA) by a score of 11 to 7. _____________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf.
THE RADIX CUP & the Radix Cup players glassware (L)-Scorecard from Oak Park CC.
THE ILLINOIS PGA PROFESSIONALS have retained the cup. The Radix Cup that is, with a 11-7 victory over the Chicago District Golf Associations amateur team.
The Radix Cup is named in honor of the late Harry Radix and Oak Park member, and recent inductee into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame. But the day started slowly for both teams. Because just before the start of play. A 45 minute lightning delay hung over the historic Donald Ross designed Oak Park Country Club.
But when all six of the matches were complete. The Illinois PGA professionals had increased their lead in the all-time series to 36-20-2.
” I can’t give enough credit to our professionals. They dug deep on the finishing holes of the front nine to get back into it,” said team captain Chris Gumbach (River Forest Country Club). ” But then on the back nine, they turned the matches in our favor, which lead to victory today.”
OAK PARK host golf professional Carson Solien helped earn 2.5 points out of a possible 3, with partner Jim Billiter (Ivanhoe Club). ” It’s always a treat to have my fellow professionals out for this event and host some great amateur players here at Oak Park Country Club” said Solien. “So it’s nice to have all the guys out to show them how great our course is.”
Because there is a possible 3 points per team in each match, both teams can score points. So there is one point available for each nine holes of play. But then another point for winning the entire match.
The match final results were as follows.
MATCH 1, Tied between Frank Hohenadel and fellow Mistwood Golf Club professional Andy Mickelson, against James Morton and Tim Sheppard. 1 1/2 to 1 1/2
MATCH 2 Won by IPGA professionals Curtis Malm (White Eagle) and Travis Johns (Medinah) over John Ramsey and Chadd Slutzky 2 1/2 to 1/2
MATCH 3 Won by CDGA Amateurs Jordan Less and Charlie Nikitas. Over Garrett Chaussard (Skokie CC) and Jeff Kellen (Butler National) 2.1/2 to 1/2.
MATCH 4 Tied between professionals Andrew Godfrey (White Pines GC) and Tim Streng, and Brian Hickey and Mike McCormick. 1 1/2 to 1 1/2.
MATCH 5 Won by CDGA Amateurs Tommy Dunsire and Ethan Farnam. Over Brian Carroll and Chris Green 2 and 1.
MATCH 6 Won by IPGA Professionals Jim Billiter and Carson Solien over CDGA Amateurs Mike Henry and Logan Stauffer 2 and 1.
So with the win the Illinois PGA professionals kept the Radix Cup, won back in 2019. Because the Radix Cup was not held in 2020, due to Covid-19. But over the last 18 years, each side has now won the cup nine times.
For further details please visit IPGA.com and or CDGA.org. But for more photo’s, see Rory Spears on Facebook, or do visit GogBlogGuy-Rory Spears on Twitter.
OPENING SOON-The Preserve at Oak Meadows Clubhouse is almost ready to reopen. So stay tuned to Dupagegolf.com for details on opening day. The golf course is open to play, along with other DuPage County Courses Maple Meadows and Green Meadows. ______________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect-LinkedIn/Facebook/Instagram.
ALTWELL PRODUCTS-CBD Health and Wellness options.
PRODUCT Review for Altwell Products by RORY SPEARS.
So when you see U.S. Open players this week taking a spray to their mouth, or chewing on gummies.
It’s likely to be some type of CBD product, which is a quick growing health product for golfers. Both and off the professional tours.
I recently had the chance to try a newer line of CBD products. But from a company not new to the health and wellness industry.
Altwell CBD products are from the same family that created the popular energy drink, Muscle Milk. Something I drink every day and recommend. Because all three flavors including Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry’s N’Creme are very good.
The Altwell Gummies.
The Altwell Products I got to test came in lemon tasting flavors. But Tropical and Yuzu flavors were part of the great tasting gummies I received.
With gummies you should be prepared to enjoy a better nights sleep. Which is exactly what I got.
Because whether it was the gummies, the Tincture, or the softgells, during the time I was testing these products I enjoyed a deeper more relaxing sleep. But if there was a minor drawback, it would be that I was in no hurry to get out of bed in the morning, because I was so relaxed.
Altwell Lemon-flavored tincture.
TINCTURE WHILE it might be helpful for your body, it doesn’t always taste very good when you squirt it under your tongue.
Which is why more companies that create CDB products, are working hard to create better tasting Tincture. So the Lemon flavored Tincture I tried, was the best tasting Tincture I have tried yet.
I tested the Balance Soft Gels and they were helpful in getting the day going. Mix them with Muscle Milk for energy you can use as you work into your agenda for the day.
THE ALTWELL Sports Stick with CBD was the one product that did not help me as much as I hoped it would. But while it did provide some relief after a long work out on the driving range. I had hoped for better. I did have more success with other CBD balms I had used on arms and shoulders.
But do remember that your body will react to these types of products differently. From great success to no effect. Brand to brand you could feel a different level of success.
While looking at the Altwell products website, I found a plant-based protein mix that you can add to your shakes. I didn’t not get to sample that mix. But I hope to in the future. When you order CBD products from Altwell, you have options on whether to pick products for Balance or for Better Sleep. Decide what your needs are before you order.
The website has an area that is great for explaining any questions you might have, and you should research if your new to ordering these types of products.
Learn more at Altwell.com and begin to make your body feel better, during the day, or when you go to sleep at night.
OPENING SOON ! THE NEW CLUBHOUSE at the Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison. So follow Dupagegolf.com for details on opening day. The golf course is open. _____________________________________________________________________
IT’S Almost time for a cold one at the Preserve at Oak Meadows Club House-that will open soon. The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Director of Content and creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn/Facebook/Instagram.
WHAT A DAY yesterday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, for the final round of the Arnold Palmer Cup.
BECAUSE TEAM USA came up with a 33-27 win over the International Team. But both teams played some great golf.
So for Team USA, it’s some good payback for the blasting they took, at the hands of The International Team last year.
IT’S THE BEST GOLF EVENT that almost nobody saw. Because of the poor Covid restrictions that were placed on the event, that kept most of the fans away. The restrictions were basically lifted at the very last minute, when it was really too late to lift them.
OR MAYBE, should have at least a dozen or more players have lifted their arm and got a vaccination before coming to town. So Covid-19 wasn’t a factor that TPC organizers would not have to had to, worry about.
CONGRATS to the two MVP’s from Team USA. First to Brook Matthews from Arkansas, Matthews the University of Arkansas women’s golf team member, earned an exemption into the Evian Championship. But even more-so to Sam Bennett from Texas and member of the Texas-Am golf team.
Because Bennett made the trip north from his small home town of Madisonville Texas, getting on the plane only hours after his father passed away. Bennett telling me that only after his entire family told him go play, and that’s what his dad would have wanted, Bennett did just that. His courage and play earned him a trip to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill next March. Bennett will return to Illinois next month to play in the Western Amateur at The Glen View Club. He made final 8 in the Western Amateur last year at Crooked Stick, and is looking to go further this year.
CLICK HERE TO HEAR my interviews with Brooke Matthews and Sam Bennett.
Rich Harvest Farms owner Jerry Rich with the Arnold Palmer Cup.
IN 2015 Rich Harvest Farms hosted The Palmer Cup.
But this year, The Arnold Palmer Cup as it’s now called made it’s second trip to Rich Harvest Farms.
SO… could there be a third trip to Rich Harvest Farms for the APC.
ACTUALLY YES !, the next APC that has an open date is 2026. Jerry Rich tells me he is open to hosting again in 2026. That would make quite a year here in town. The best amateur players here in June, the best professionals here in September when Medinah Country Club host’s the Presidents Cup.
AUTOGRAPH’S AND MEDIA ACCESS. The two area’s that are lacking at sporting events, especially Major League Baseball (MLB) and the PGA Tour.
I’m not going out on a limb here when I say, if there was two things that players or athletes hate the most about their job, it’s signing autographs, and having to deal with a large amount of media.
SO what are two things lagging behind as sports slowly starts to reopen from the Covid-19 pandemic. Media access and signs up saying that players are not allowed to sign autographs. In my opinion this is not a coinsidence. Because with nearly 40,000 a day in Wrigley all weekend long, and the White Sox cleared for next week to have almost as many fans in the stands.
There should be no problem by now speaking with vaccinated reporters. By July 1st the autograph mandate can go as well. Because it’s time to do more than just say on Zoom, how happy you are to have the fans back in the park or on the course.
SO IT’S U.S. Open week-live from Torrey Pines. Who do you like. Bryson ‘The Bomber’ DeChambeau the defending champion, or someone else.
PERSONALLY I took a flyer in Las Vegas back in February on Dustin Johnson, when you could get him at 12-1 odds. DJ plays well in California, so lets see what happens.
WHAT I DO think is that USGA needs to find some different courses for California based U.S. Opens. Sure the ocean alongside the course is nice, looks great on TV as well. But Torrey Pines and Pebble Beach are PGA Tour stops, if you want the U.S. Open on the west coast, there plenty of other places to go than courses used every year as a tour stop. Which is why the Olympic Club works well for a U.S. Open.
NOW HOW BAD will the TV coverage be this week. Maybe Saturday Night Live will come on before the 3rd Round ends on Saturday. Will NBC spend the whole broadcast talking about Tiger Woods, because he won at Torrey in a playoff there 13 years ago. It’s great history yes. But a steady diet of this, is not what the viewers are looking for.
PINE MEADOW in Mundelein hosts the Illinois State Women’s Amateur the next three days. Thursday afternoon Oak Park Country Club hosts the Radix Cup matches-that pit the Illinois PGA professionals vs the Chicago District Golf Associations top amateur players. The Radix Cup is a great 1 day event, and after having to take last year off because of the pandemic. It’s nice to see both of these events return.
THE PRESERVE AT OAK MEADOWS in Addison is getting ready to open it’s new clubhouse. Stay tuned to DuPageGolf.com for details on opening day. But the course is open for play, in addition to Maple Meadows and Green Meadows-come out and golf. _____________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or LinkedIn/Facebook or Instagram.
THE ARNOLD PALMER CUP at Rich Harvest Farms.
THE ARNOLD PALMER CUP heads into it’s final day, with the USA leading the International Team 20-16.
Because rain stopped play yesterday, things wrapped up late. But the play is back on schedule this morning.
NORHTBROOK’S Nick Hardy is flying higher up the leader board in this weeks Korn Ferry Tour stop. Because Hardy shot a 7 under par 64, and sits in 3rd place heading into todays final round.
The future venue in North Charleston will be a similar design as Topgolf Buford (Georgia), which is featured in this photo.
DALLAS BASED-Topgolf is expanding once again.
Because a new Topgolf is ready to begin construction in Charleston South Carolina, in early 2022 and open later in the year.
The Charleston location will be the third location in the state of South Carolina.
Topgolf has three locations in Illinois, including Wood Dale, Naperville and Schaumburg. So for more information see Topgolf.com.
FAMILY GOLF WEEK will have it’s 24th annual Father & Son golf classic/Parent Child golf event from July 15-17. The tournament is spread out over 8 Myrtle Beach golf courses. Former Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman was named Mother of the Year by FGW. Tilghman and her 9 year old daughter will attend the tournament.
THE MYRTLE BEACH WORLD AMATEUR is setting records for sign ups for this years event. Because recent years have seen the average around 3,300 golfers. This year the number has exceeded 3,300 and you can sign up through August 5th, for the August 30th through September 5th championship. But better news is that the tournament’s World’s Largest 19th Hole will reopen this year. Details MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com
LEN ZIEHM of LenZiehmongolf.com has posted a recap of the new book-The Best Seat in the House. By Jack Nicklaus II, with writer Don Yaeger, which covers his look at his Father’s career in golf. Nicklaus II caddied for dad, and was on the bag for Jack’s famous Masters win in 1986.
JANEANN LANNING has joined Honma Golf America as it’s COO. Lanning comes over to Honma after 20 years at Bridgestone Golf.
THE LINKS COURSE at Lawsonia in Green Lake Wisconsin, has been named to host the 2021 Wisconsin Women’s State Open on June 15-16. Lawsonia is open for the public play, and is part of multiple Top 100 lists, by various national golf publications. But Lawsonia’s second course, the Woodlands has reopened from renovation. So learn more at Lawsonia.com.
VOLVIK GOLF BALLS are offering a special Fathers Day promotion of it’s VIVIK Golf Balls, the #1 Matte styled golf ball on the market. Two dozen balls for just $55.00 dollars, so visit Volvik.com for more information.
TIM SHEPPARD of Peoria defeated John Vernasco 4 & 3 to win the 2021 CDGA Senior Amateur at the Merit Club in Libertyville. But for a full recap, see more at CDGA.org.
PITCH FIX an award winning leader in golf green repair tools, has joined into a three year partnership with the Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG). The partnership will help with promoting education of how to keep greens in better shape. So get more details at Pitchfix.com.
DUPAGE GOLF DIRECTOR ED STEVENSON (L) shows off the bar area of the brand new Preserve at Oak Meadows Clubhouse opening soon. Complete with taps from brews made in DuPage County. (R) Men’s locker room is ready for business. Learn more about when opening day-Could Be-follow DuPageGolf.com The course is open. ____________________________________________________________________
RORY SPEARS in the WCPT Am 820 Studios-Chicago. Golfers on Golf Radio 4 Pm-For now- Saturdays.
GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO Week 9 today, with a tee-time of 4 PM on WCPT AM 820.
This week Rory Spears and Bill Berger bring you the best in Chicago area golf.
First on the tee joining us live is Shane McCassy the new President and CEO of Altwell Products. Makers of the hottest new CBD products on the market.
Learn more about why more golfers and athletes of all sports are turning to CBD products for a better lifestyle.
DIRECTOR OF GOLF from Kohler Company Michael O’Reilly gets a mulligan, and will join us this week to discuss the new “Baths” 10-hole par 3 course at Blackwolf run in Kohler.
WE WILL HEAR FROM Len Ziehm and John Deere Classic Champion Dylan Frittelli during the show. All this and more on this weeks edition of Golfers on Golf Radio.
Golfers on Golf radio is on the tee at 4 PM on WPCT AM 820. But you can also listen live on line at WPCT820.com. So need more, how about watching the show on the WCPT Facebook page.
SO IF YOUR OUT on the golf course or the range bring along your phone and use the Tune-In radio APP, just go to search WCPT 820. IF YOU Actually miss the show, you get a mulligan by tuning into Soundcloud.com/ChicagosProgressiveTalk. Then scroll down to the podcast of the show.
The only award winning golf radio show in Chicago. Golfers on Golf radio in it’s 31st season. Today at 4 Pm. But thanks for listening, Ed, Stevenson, Bill Berger, Rory Spears and Len Ziehm.
THE ISLAND RESORT-Island Green. Home of this weeks Island resort Championship, see more at IslandResortandCasino.com. Horseshoe Bay Resort near Austin Texas is fully reopened from a $100+ million dollar renovation. So learn more at Hsbresort.com. _____________________________________________________________________
Rory Spears (L) and Len Ziehm (R) bring you Chicago’s most complete weekly golf report, with the Ziehm and Spears Podcast Series. In the PGA Village studio’s in Port St. Lucie Florida.
SO ARE YOU READY !
ZIEHM & SPEARS are back again with Podcast Series 2021-Volume 19.
This week Len Ziehm and Rory Spears bring you the all the golf news from Chicago and beyond.
So listen in and hear the recap of the U.S. Women’s Open, some talk on what’s happening with network golf broadcasting.
Rory’s visit to Klein Creek in Winfield, now with PGA Pro Brian Tulk in charge. How Tour Edge Golf is gaining numbers on the PGA Champions Tour.
IS MUIRFIELD VILLAGE better since the recent renovation. But what about the Jon Rahm having to WD after Round 3, with a six shot lead. Because Rahm tested positive for the Covid-19. The Bath’s Course at Kohler. This weekends Arnold Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, that almost nobody will see.
JOHN DEERE CLASSIC champion Dylan Frittelli’s Media Day Zoom call.
CLICK HERE to hear Ziehm and Spears Podcast Series 2021-Volume 19.
NEXT WEEK-Len and Rory discuss the U.S. Open. But as for this week, thanks for listening. Len and Rory.
THE NEW CLUBHOUSE at the Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison is getting closer to opening every day. So stay clicked in to DuPagegolf.com to see what Ed Stevenson and his team have cooked up for opening day. The Preserve course is open for play. ____________________________________________________________________
THE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO in Escanaba Michigan, in the UP of The Great Lake State.
THE GOG BLOG, by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or connect with him on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.
SO WHEN YOUR READY to travel, and if your looking for some gaming on and of the golf course. Then make sure you consider the Island Resort and Casino in Escanaba, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
But from June 11-13, the tenth annual Island Resort Championship, on the Symetra Tour will take place.
HEADING UP THE FIELD include players like 2019 defending champion Daniela Iacobelli of Melbourne Florida, who has 25 Top 10 finishes on tour. Allie White of Lancaster Ohio comes in from playing the U.S. Women’s Open at the Olympic Club.
Michigan native and former Illinois Women’s Open champion at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville Samantha Troyanovich, is in the field that is comprised of 144 players. Golfers on Golf will provide updates over the weekend on the championship.
THE ISLAND RESORT CHAMPIONSHIP offers a purse of $200,000 with the winner earning a $30,000 first place check. Island Resort has 36 holes, two 18 hole golf courses. Both designed by architect Paul Albanese. Sweetgrass located next to the main hotel was built first. Sage Run was named among “Best New Courses” for 2019, by multiple publications. Sage Run is about 1 mile down the road from the main resort entrance.
The Island Green on Sweetgrass, home of this weeks Symetra Tour-Island Resort Championship.
So if you are ready for some gaming action off the golf course, Island Resort can now offer you that as well.
Because Island Resort and Casino is now offering gaming through it’s partnership with Twin Spires. Which is the official online site for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. So with all the great sporting events in June. Why not golf by day, and enjoy the sports book at night.
Because next week is the U.S. Open, the NHL and NBA playoffs are on-going. Major League Baseball is rolling through it’s third month of action. So now enjoy more than just slot machines and card tables, get in on the sports action.
Because with over 300 rooms, there is plenty space to relax and enjoy your stay and play. For more information see IslandResortandCasino.com 36 holes of golf and all the gaming you can ask for.
1766 LAND-THE HOMESTEAD in Hot Springs Virginia. If you haven’t been there, see the video feature by Tony Leodora, The Traveling Golfer at TravelingGolfervideo.com. (R) The first hole at the “Baths Course” at BlackwolfRun. See DestinationKohler.com _____________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS- Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Instagram.
The Cap Rock Clubhouse at Horseshoe Bay Resort (top), the Horseshoe Bay pool (bottom).
THE ROCK is tougher than ever.
Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay Texas (just outside of Austin) has finished it’s four-year $100-million dollar plus entire property renovation.
Because it’s guests were ready for more.
So why not enjoy a dazzling 50-mile+ view point at the top of the Rock Clubhouse.
Because when your ready to dine, at the home of the resorts famed Apple Rock and Ram Rock golf courses, the Cap Rock Clubhouse is ready to help enjoy your stay in grand style, in between the rock sculptures.
Welcome to golf at Horseshoe Bay-4 championship courses.
“When you hear people talking excitedly about the architecture, making comparisons to Frank Lloyd Wright. Because of the clean geometrical lines of the design, you know you have something special,” says director of golf Anthony Holder. “What the entire clubhouse space does so well, is bringing the outdoors in. While adding the comfort and refinement of the indoors to all the wonderfully designed outdoor spaces. The patios, outdoor dining and luxurious pool cabana (complete with outdoor dining and bar service, heated pools, deck lounging and waterfalls amid native boulders) all take incredible advantage of the setting and the ‘big sky’ views of hill country.”
The Waterfall par 4 hole on Slick Rock.
But along with the dining and atmosphere, comes the addition of a new putting green adjacent to the pro shop.
“The completion of the Cap Rock Clubhouse renews the pride our ownership, membership and dedicated staff have. In the now-completed revitalized Horseshoe Bay Resort,” says Horseshoe Bay Resort’s managing director Bryan Woodward. “We’re excited to see new traditions take shape on the exquisite patios, dining and lounging areas of this remarkable new building. Cap Rock is going to be so many people’s favorite hip, new restaurant, their favorite place to celebrate the Fourth of July, Easter and so many great occasions.”
But in addition to the amazing 18-hole miniature golf course, are four championship golf courses. Slick Rock, Ram Rock and Apple Rock designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.. Plus Summit Rock the resorts newest course, by Jack Nicklaus.
So when your ready to travel, well like now. Why not try Central Texas, and enjoy the Horseshoe Bay Resort. Learn more about over $100 million dollars of improvements at Hsbresort.com or call (877)-611-0112. Now fully open and ready for your next visit.