NCAA DAY 2 UNLV LEADS BUT ILLINI LURKING

 THE 2017 MEN’S NCAA NATIONAL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE UNDERWAY at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Round three and the first cut down day are tomorrow, when the field shrinks in half. So come out and cheer on your school or Alma-mater. Well priced tickets at NCAA.com/Tickets and of course Parking is Free.      _____________________________________________________________________

   WITH ILLINOIS Junior Nick Hardy (L) and Illini Coach Mike Small (R). Follow Rory to Rich Harvest Farms and the NCAA Championships, on Facebook and on Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. See the NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms. #NCAA

With the first 36 holes in the book the University of Neveda Las Vegas (UNLV) holds a 1 shot lead over the Sooner of Oklahoma, with Illinois in third place just three shots back. Day 2 of the men’s championship had warmer weather and sunshine for a change, but for the most part it didn’t improve scores across the board.

Scottie Scheffler of Texas did shoot his second straight 4 under par 68 and sits a top the individual leader board with a 136 score. Scheffler’s score only left the Longhorns in 12th place. Big 12 Player of the Year Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights bounced back on Saturday with a 2 under par 70, after opening with a +5 77 score. Playing as an individual Trent Wallace from Joliet who attends Illinois State University carded an even par round of 72, and sits at +1 (145).

FOR ILLINOIS, it was Dylan Meyer back in the saddle again after a sluggish regional. Meyer shot a 5 under par 67 that carried Illinois on day 2. Freshman Michael Feagles who had a 3 under par 69 in round one, had a four over par 76 (145 +1) for round 2. With with Meyer on the move and Nick Hardy grinding but at one under par, Illinois found it self in the hunt sitting just three shots back in third place. Oklahoma that had a great team round going on day day two, fell back with two of it’s players played the tricky par 4, 17th hole in a combined 7 over par. Oklahoma is in second place between UNLV and Illinois.

After Sunday’s round three there will be the first cut, that shortens the field from 30 teams to the top 15 and ties. On Monday the second cut will fall and the field will be reduced to just eight teams to start the match play.

The Golf Channel’s live coverage starts on Monday, but will include of the match play format. There will be Elite 8 and Final Four play on Tuesday, with the championship match on Wednesday.  The Gog Blog returns to RHF on Sunday for more coverage.

HAVOC RAINS ON DAY 1 OF MEN’S NCAA

 THE MEN’S 2017 NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS from Rich Harvest Farms in now underway, tickets online at NCAA.com/tickets or at the gate. Free parking across the street, cheer on your school or Alma-mater. Championship runs through Wednesday.     ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS. Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Rich Harvest Farms, and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy

ROUND 1 DID NOT FINISH-Darkness

ILLINOIS is-3 and in a four way tie for 5th place. Michael Feagles leads Illinois at -4 through 14 holes.

Different week and it’s the same story,one week after the Women’s NCAA Championship started in the rain, the men rained in the very same problem.

The morning groups got finished, some of the afternoon groups were not so lucky. Those afternoon groups that did not finish included Illinois and Texas with Arlington Heights native Doug Ghim.

Joliet native and Illinois State Redbird Trent Wallace, who won the Missouri Valley title got off to a bad start being four over par through five holes. But in spite of a few more mistakes, Wallace rallied to a 1 over par 73 finish.

2015 Western Amateur at Rich Harvest Farms on Saturday August 8, 2015.  Photo Courtesy of WGA

2015 Western Amateur championship winner Dawson Armstrong of Lipscomb College, who holed a miracle bunker shot to win at Rich Harvest Farms, rallied to shot a 1 under par 71. While on the clock on 18, and needing to finish the last hole in 8 minutes (he played it in 5) stiffed a wedge to 6 inches to make birdie and end his round.

Armstrong in an interview with Golfers on Golf said he told his teammates that Rich Harvest Farms is as hard a golf course as you want to make it. Armstrong called Rich Harvest, “quirky, but fun and hard.”

Armstrong noted that just about any championship could be played at Rich Harvest Farms including a PGA or a Ryder Cup., saying the course can be set up real hard, or turned into a birdie fest.

Illinois had an adventure having to start and stop because of the rain delays that lead to an incomplete round, stopped at 8:10 because of darkness. the Illini have to restart round 1 at 6:30 AM and will get a 3:30 Am wake up call to be back on time.

Click here to hear interviews with Illinois Coach Mike Small and Junior Nick Hardy.

Vanderbilt leads at 8 under par with it’s players on holes 15-18. Auburn is -6 and in the clubhouse. Oklahoma State is third at -5 with players on holes 15-18. #1 USC is 4th at -4 with players on holes 15-18.

Illinois sits in a four-way tie for 5th place with players on holes 11-14. Feagles has completed 14 holes.

Illinois tee times for round 2 run from 8:10 with Feagles out first, and Hardy out last at 8:54.

ARIZONA STATE ENDS NORTHWESTERN’S TITLE DREAMS

  NOW IT’S THE MEN’S TURN, the 2017 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship beings tomorrow at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, come see your school or Illinois compete for the national title. Well priced tickets on sale now at NCAA.com/Tickets or at the gate. Parking of course is FREE. The championship is hosted by Northern Illinois.   ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content, follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. Go to the NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms.

What a run, it came to an end at the end of the season, but Northwestern’s Women’s golf team gave it all they had, but came up a few made putts short in a 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 loss to Arizona State in the championship match.

But give the Wildcats credit, they earned the #1 seed in match play, the held off a scrappy Kent State team in the quarterfinals. Then they rallied in dramatic fashion to come from behind to defeat USC 3-2, and then as the fans wearing purple poured in they gave it all they had against the top ranked Sun-Devils of Arizona State. Arizona State won it’s eighth NCAA women’s title an NCAA record. But it’s first since 2009.

Northwesterns Players and Coach’s gather around the NCAA National Runner Up trophy on a practice tee at Rich Harvest Farms.

It was as close as Northwestern had been to a national title in years, and when the word came down to the athletic department that it’s women’s golf team had pulled off a miracle rally vs USC to advance to the finals. The universities athletic director Jim Phillips ordered the sports department closed for the remainder of the day, and ordered everyone to Sugar Grove to help bring the ladies home with a title in hand.

Within an hour a sea of purple was seen speeding down Rt.88 headed for Rich Harvest Farms. The students, the alumni and golf fans in general were on their way, hoping that NU was on it’s way as well.

“The support was something our girls were not used to, but in-braced it immediately” said head coach Emily Fletcher. ” They weren’t worried about a bad shot in front of everyone, and when a few our putts fell and everyone cheered and our kids loved it.”

Click here to hear interviews with NU’s Janet Mao, Coach Emily Fletcher, and Arizona States Monica Vaughn and NCAA 2017 Women’s National Champion.

The matches started out close with Arizona State taking the early lead, then a few matches flipped towards Northwestern’s way and the Wildcats briefly had a lead. But that didn’t last.

Arizona States Olivia Mehaffey soon took control of her match and set the tone by defeating Sarah Cho 4&3. Individual champion Vaughn went back and forth with NU’s Hannah Kim, but when Kim drained a 30 foot bomb on 17 she was 1 UP with one to play. Vaughn playing the champion she is birdied 18 to force the 19th hole. After both players tee’s off on 19, they were in the middle of the walking bridge to the first fairway when the match was decided and there match ended A/S.

The Arizona State Sun Devils celebrate with the national championship trophy.

For Northwestern one bright spot in the championship matches was Sr. Kacie Komoto ending her NU career with a win over Sophia Zeeb by a 3&1 score.

But Roberta Liti defeated NU’s Janet Mao 5&4 and Linnea Strom was a 5&3 winner over Stephanie Mao and those two matches gave ASU the crown.

If you were on property at Rich Harvest Farms during the title match, there was plenty of cheers that could be heard rolling through the grounds. If you were watching on The Golf Channel there was plenty drama to see. In fact so much even Coach Fletcher was anxious to get home and watch a replay of the match her team just lost.

While it would have been a rare national championship for Chicago’s Big Ten Team, and for a moment it looked like the Chicago area would get a college title in it’s own back yard. It just wasn’t to be.

Coach Emily Fletcher will have 4 starters back and a few new good recruits. In the meantime winning a title at Rich Harvest Farms in 2017 now falls on the shoulders of the men from Illinois. That journey starts tomorrow.

NORTHWESTERN WOMEN WIN STROKE PLAY

  THE 2017 MEN’S AND WOMAN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OF GOLF at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Tickets at the gate or at NCAA.com/Tickets. GO NU. Match play for the ladies starts today, the men’s championship tee’s off on Friday.           ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to TPC Deere Run and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy

They won, or did they. That’s the feeling right now for the Purple of Northwestern.

Yes they won the stroke play part of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship for 2017, now it gets tougher as the match play part of the championship gets underway this morning.

For the first two days of the championship the battle was between Northwestern and Kent State. But Kent State fell back to the 8th seed, and NU is the #1 seed, so they get to go head-to-head in the quarterfinals. Winner advances to the final four, loser goes home.

The Northwestern ladies celebrate a win, but their work is only halfway done.

With a three day total of 897, NU defeated Stanford by 8 shots to win the stroke play title and earn the top seed.

The other schools in the elite 8 are Arizona State and Florida, Stanford and Baylor, Ohio State and USC. Those are the other pairing for the quarterfinals.

Arizona States Monica Vaughn was the individual stroke play champion. It seemed like Jennifer Kupcho had the championship won. Sailing along and on the 17th hole with a two shot lead, Kupcho’s approach found the water, toss in a three putt and Kupcho makes a seven. Now she is one shot down with one to play. Both Kupcho and Vaughn make pars on 18 and 9, so Kupcho ends up with the heartbreaking 1 shot loss.

Click here to hear the interview with Northwestern’s Women’s Golf Coach Emily Fletcher.

The NU coach is extremely happy with her team, a team Fletcher said at the beginning of the year she felt was #1, having all her players back. Fletcher said she would put them up against any team, but over the year her team failed to get all five players going strong together.

This week has been a different story, as contributions have NU right where they want to be headed into the match play.

Quarterfinal matches

7:50 NU Sarah Cho-Kent St. Kelly Nielsen                                                                       8:00 NU Kacie Komoto-Kent St. Michaela Finn                                                                 8:10 NU Hannah Kim-Kent State Wad Phaewchiplee                                                         8:20 NU Janet Mao-Kent State Karoline Stormo                                                                 8:30 NU Stephanie Lau-Kent State Pimnipa Panthong.

The semi-finals or Final Four tee off at 1:30. NCAA.com/tickets, see all the action.

NORTHWESTERN LEAD GROWS AT NATIONALS

 THE 2017 MEN’S AND WOMAN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OF GOLF NOW UNDERWAY AT RICH HARVEST FARMS in Sugar Grove. Come the women the next three days, and the men starting on Friday. Support your college or Alma-mater. #NCAA ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG BY RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Rich Harvest Farms and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

NORTHWESTERN expanded it’s lead on day 2 of the Women’s NCAA National Championships at Rich Harvest Farms.

What was a two shot lead after 18 holes in 8 shots after 36 holes. On a day where the weather was not bad early, the temperatures did drop in the afternoon when the wind picked up.

By the time that was happening, the Northwestern Wildcats were almost done with their round, and safely in the clubhouse. There is no doubt that NU has played in the better half of the draw both days, but at the same time the entire team has played solid golf from top to bottom.

What was interesting was that both Sarah Cho of NU, and a Kent State player were both penalized two-shots for accepting a cart ride to the ladies room. While the rules do clearly state no cart rides during the round except for injury W/D, or threatening conditions, when there are no toilets close to the hole the players are playing, and round pace is running six hours, there needs to be a review of this rule.

Northwestern at 599 after two days, and at 23 over par for the championship, is eight shots better than Kent State which is at 607. Stanford is in third place at 609. 10 shots back.

The Wildcats were paced by Kacie Komoto the Sr. from Hawaii who shot an even par round of 72, Cho was in originally at 1 over par 73, that became a 75 with the penalty. Komoto told Golfers on Golf she had only one birdie as her birdie putts were not falling, but all of her par putts were dropping.

Click here to hear the interview with Northwestern Women’s head coach Emily Fletcher.

While Coaches normally look for good spring weather to get good practice in, both Coach Fletcher and her players admit they didn’t have many days this spring to practice in good weather, and that seems to be paying off.

Tomorrow morning the final round will be gin at 7:45 but it will 12:40 before Northwestern’s players start their rounds off the first tee box. The Golf Channel will start broadcasting at 2 PM with a Preround show. Live coverage of third and final round of stroke play will be shown from 3-7 PM, with a post round wrap up after that.

Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest university shot a 2 under par score of 70 in round 2, to be the individual leader. She is at even par for 36 holes.

NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2-RAINED OUT

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and to the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort in it’s Centennial year Happy 100.

Jerry Rich owner of Rich Harvest Farms welcomes everyone out to support the best college golfers in the nation, when the Men’s and Women’s NCAA National Golf Championships get underway May 19-31. The women have started play and the men tee off on Friday May 26th.Well priced tickets on sale at NCAA.Com/Tickets or at the gates of Rich Harvest Farms. Come support your college or your Alma-mater. #Golf.      _____________________________________________________________________

Second Round play of the Women’s NCAA national Championship’s was cancelled on Saturday due to rainy weather. Play resumes on Sunday morning at 7:30 AM with Saturday’s original tee times and pairings.

All 24 teams and the 12 individual players will compete on Monday. Pairings for Monday will be determined by the teams 36 hole scores. The medalist will be decided after 54 holes (instead of 72). The cut will be made after 54 holes and the field will go 8 teams for match play on Tuesday.

Tuesday will see the quarter finals in the morning, and the national semi-finals in the afternoon, which will be shown on The Golf Channel. TGC will have 30 hours of coverage during the championships.

The national championship match will tee off on Wednesday afternoon. Results and pairings can be found at ncaa.com/d1-w-golf-leaderboard-2017. Or at Golfstat.com. Golfersongolf.com will have daily coverage of the championships.

Northwestern University is leading the championship by 2 shots over Kent State University after the first 18 holes, that were completed on Friday.

NORTHWESTERN LEADS NATIONALS AFTER DAY 1

   THE NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT RICH HARVEST FARMS in Sugar Grove. The Women’s Championships are underway. Well priced tickets are for sale at NCAA.com/Tickets or through the Rich Harvest Farms website. You can now purchase them when you arrive at Rich Harvest Farms. Great golf today in cold, wet conditions.     ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Rich Harvest Farms and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy #NCAAChampionships

NORTHWESTERN AND THE PURPLE CATS are a top the leader board after day 1 of the Women’s NCAA Division 1 golf championships.

It was solid day of golf for Northwestern on a cold and rainy day, where play never stopped like it did at the baseball game downtown.

Northwestern head coach Emily Fletcher could not have been “more proud” of her ladies after the first 18 holes.

Fletcher and her players admitted they had some “pep talks” this past week from Wildcats head football Coach Pat Fitzgerald, and men’s basketball coach Chris Collins. Both coach and players said those talks meant a lot.

Click here to hear the interview with Northwestern head coach Emily Fletcher.

In a round that took NU players almost 7 hours to complete, saw Hannah Kim hit the final putt of the day for the cats as daylight was running out at 8:13 PM local time time. Kim layed up on the par 5, 18th hole, and then from about 110 yards, nailed a wedge to 3 feet and made one of the five birdie putts on the 18th that was recorded all day. Scoring average for the day was recorded at 80.77. None of the Northwestern players scored 80.

Janet Mao 73 +1 is T-3, Stephanie Lau is at 75 +3 and T-9 with Kim. Nu’s 4&5 players Sarah Cho and Kacie Komoto both shot 78 +6, and were T-33.

Click here to hear the interview with Soph. Janet Mao.

With a late start time on day 1, the Wildcats missed most of the rain that hit the morning schools, in fact after the rain left, the temperatures moved north about 5 degrees. Just two shots back of Northwestern is Kent State in second place. Kent States players paired with NU players in the last five groups had a couple of bogeys on 18, and a par in the last group (compared to Kim’s birdie) to allow Northwestern to take the lead.

Fletcher said her team didn’t need to be told again about last year, after missing the nationals by 1 shot. Fletcher said her team “realizes how important every shot is”. A quick reminder was Northwestern’s men’s team missing out on this years nationals by shot after losing in a playoff.

Four schools are tied for third place, Arizona State, Stanford, Baylor and Ohio State. Purdue is 9th but Boilermaker August Kim and Michigan’s Elodie Van Dievoet are the individual leaders after even par rounds of 72.

RICH HARVEST FARMS OWNER Jerry Rich was out watching the action and said he took the blame for the poor weather, admitting he was in charge of that. Rich said that even the priest of the catholic church across the street who’s name is Bobby Jones, could not help with the weather either.

STAR ALUM’S in the crowd. LPGA stars Meg Mallon with Ohio State, and Furman alum’s Beth Daniel and Betsy King were out supporting the players and their schools.

Northwestern tee times start at 8:30 Am for round 2, weather permitting. Golfers on Golf Radio on the tee at 9:00 Am tomorrow on Am 750 WNDZ. Illinois men’s coach Mike Small is on the show at 9:10.

ILLINI ADVANCE TO RICH HARVEST-CATS COME UP SHORT

  THE 2017 NCAA MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS underway at Rich Harvest Farms tomorrow with the ladies on the tee. The Northwestern Women’s team is in the field, come support the Cats. Tickets on Sale at NCAA.Com/Tickets Free parking.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Rich Harvest Farms and the NCAA Championships, and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy with Nick Hardy of Illinois. Photo by Jennifer Dewar U of I.

It took some soul searching, but the Fighting Illini dug down to finish third at the West Lafayette Regional at Purdue University, and clinch a spot for the 10th straight year in the NCAA National Championships at Rich Harvest Farms.

After a solid first day Illinois was one shot out of first place and in good shape to advance. Round two was a disaster and Illinois went backwards tumbling into sixth place.

With the season on the line and a chance to play for the national title in their home state, Illinois lead by Junior Nick Hardy who shot a 2 under par 70 to finish at 3 under par, and become the co-medalist of the regional. He is the fourth regional medalist in school history.

“We’ve qualified for the national championship every different way you can for 10 years,” said head coach Mike Small. “This was unique because we were treading water for a day-and-a-half and struggling. I feel the golf course helped us because it’s so difficult coming in. We handled those last five holes with some strength and finished them off with no doubles. It feels great that we preserved through a sluggish day-and-a-half.”

The NCAA logo on the 18th hole at Rich Harvest Farms.

Hardy feels like the U of I golf team is finding ways to get things done when they need to.

“Every team that’s come through in the last decade has found a way to get it done in the toughest moments,” said Hardy. ” If we wanted to be the team that has done that for the last ten years, we had to be that team. It was definitely not easy out there today, and it took a team effort. Everyone needed to know that we could do it.”

“We are excited about the nationals,” said Small. ” We need to have fun with it, and I think the energy from the fans will help us.”

The men start their championship one week from tomorrow.

HEART BREAK for the Northwestern Wildcats, sitting in 4th place after two rounds Northwestern lost ground on day three. Then lost to Jacksonville for the final ticket to Rich Harvest Farms in a playoff. Jacksonville only stayed alive when a player who accidentally dropped a ball into a green side water hazard, stripped to his shorts to go into the water to find the ball and save a penalty shot. A penalty there would have put NU into Sugar Grove. Dylan Wu did advance as an individual to the nationals, but won’t have his teammates with him.

TRENT WALLACE from Illinois State University and the Chicago area, has advanced to the nationals as a individual. Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights will be joined in Sugar Grove by his University of Texas Longhorn teammates.

Two weeks of great golf at Rich Harvest Farms starts tomorrow, come be part of the fun. Free parking and well priced tickets on sale online and at Rich Harvest Farms.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-SEE WHO ?

 JERRY RICH HAS ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET and welcomes everyone to the 2017 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Golf Championships at his Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. The ladies are on the tee this Friday, and the men start one week later. It’s two weeks of championship golf, and two final-fours. See the future tour stars of tomorrow, today up close and personal. Cheer on your school, or Alma-mater, well priced tickets are on sale now at NCAA.com/Tickets and of course Parking is Free.        _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy on the 18th hole at the Preserve (formerly Oak Meadows GC in Addison-for more see DuPagegolf.com).

I just drove past the new Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison. It’s not open for play yet, but it will this summer and likely under 60 days. It looks great right now, so I’m sure it will be in real good shape coming opening day whenever that is.

Last week I sat down for a round-table with DuPage County FPD Interim Executive Director Ed Stevenson, and project architect Greg Martin. The story will run in the June issue of our print partner Val Russell’s Chicagoland Golf, do look for it in your pro shops and golf retail stores.

THIS WEEK THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove get underway. The ladies are on the tee first, starting Friday, with the national championship match off the first tee on Wednesday afternoon the 24th. The men follow starting two days later. Do you have your tickets yet, you should. Do remember this is a much better buy than heading down to the ball parks and or the United Center, and the NCAA and Mr. Rich would never think of charging you to park your car. If you want an adult beverage for under $10, that’s not a problem either. Burgers are not $12, bring the family and see the future stars of professional golf today.

CONGRATS TO THE LADY CATS… The Northwestern Lady Wildcats will be in the field at Rich Harvest after a second place finish at the Athens Georgia regional.

THE MEN-round one today is underway. Illinois in good shape, in the house at even par and 1 shot off the lead of UNLV. Nick Hardy -1 but Dylan Meyer at +3, expect him to bounce back in round 2. Northwestern could move up yet today, but sitting now in eighth place. Dylan Wu with a slow start, that is not helping NU.

SI WOO KIM at age 21 is your Player Championship Champion. How, why did he win. Well for one he hit fairways, something the big names did not do. Then like any big tournament winner, he made putts. The big names all faded. Is this the start of something for Si Woo, like the 1997 Masters was for Eldrick Woods. Or might he fade away like other players have, who became one-hit wonders. Si Woo might be a good guy, but he speaks zero English, a nightmare for the media. Hopefully he will learn a few short English phrases by the time he wins again.

RORY MCILROY has a new equipment deal for big bucks with Taylor Made, or is it really Nike in disguise. The KSP Capital Partners who purchased Taylor Made, have some folks believing they are a shell company for Nike. Former Nike players are jumping to Taylor Made, and still wearing Nike garb in the tournaments. Hmm!

WARM WEATHER IS HERE, so go play the courses are looking for your business after a slow April. Warm temps on tap this week, that makes for great golf.

THE MEDIA hits Olympia Fields tomorrow and Erin Hills on Wednesday for media and preview days of the KPMG/PGA for the ladies and the men’s U.S Open. more reports on that later in the week.

CONGRATS to Deerfield’s Vince India on advancing out of U.S. Open local qualifying after an even par 72, earned him the last spot in his U.S. Open local qualifier at the Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Wisconsin last week.

Many local players are trying to qualify today at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton.

The Gog Blog returns this week. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SATURDAY MORNING SHORT GAME

    THE 2017 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE COMING THIS WEEK to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, well priced tickets on sale now, and parking of course is FREE. The Women are on the tee this week starting on Friday, and the Men one week later. Come support your school or Alma-Mater, and experience the pro stars of tomorrow up close and personal. Tickets on sale at NCAA.com/Tickets.       ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG BY RORY SPEARS, and Golfers on Golf Radio Saturday mornings at 9 Am on Am 750 WNDZ. Standing Mike Munro and Ed Stevenson, seated Rory Spears and Bill Berger.

Golfers on Golf Radio is on the tee for Week #5 as the season is off and running down the fairway. Today’s show includes guests the Jim’s.

Kemper Lakes head professional Jim Billiter, and golf course owner Jim McWethy (Mistwood-McQ’s and the new Green Street Grille located in Bensenville.

Billiter the winner of the Illinois PGA Match Play Championship this past week at Kemper Lakes.

McWethy in conjunction with mike Munro of Golfers on Golf and two other partners, has recently opened the Green Street Grille in Bensenville, and the ballroom at Union Station in Joliet.

WOMEN’S GOLF DAY is coming up on June 6th, please visit Women’sGolfDay.com for more details and the clubs closest to you that hosting this event.

DAVID LEADBETTER has announced a grow the game facility in Beijing China, his main USA based school operates out of Orlando Florida.

GOLFVISIONS golf management firm has added two more courses to it’s portfolio, Broken Arrow in Lockport and Antioch Golf Club in Antioch.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY GOLFER Dylan Wu has been named a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award, the award will be presented on May 25th during the Memorial Tournament.

TRICK SHOT ARTIST PETER LONGO will be performing at the NCAA Golf Championships at Rich Harvest Farms, see the championship website for dates and times.

CHRIS CHARNAS of Links Capital Advisors has announced the sale of the Pacific Golf Centers in Watsonville, California. More details at Linkscapitaladvisors.com.

BIG 3 Partner Len Ziehm has added a couple of new features to his website Lenziehmongolf.com, Ziehm’s stories include a look at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina and on the new golf movie, Tommy’s Honor.

KEMPERSPORTS MANAGEMENT was recognized by the National Golf Foundation by operating top public courses in the Over and Under $70 dollar range. More than $70 award went to Butterfield Trail Golf Course in El Paso Texas. The under $70 dollar award went to Sand Creek Station in Newton Kansas. Another winner in the under $70 category, not operated by KSM was the Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana, IL.

GOLF 360 Directed by Dave Lockhart, has announced the addition of former Chicago Bear Lineman Patrick Manelly an Ivanhoe member. Jill Carlson is not expected to return for the season ahead, that s of now will include three shows, that will air at least five times on Comcast Sports Net.

The Gog Blog Returns on Sunday. RS