About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.

THE 24 HOUR GOLF TOURNAMENT-NON STOP-JOIN THE FIGHT

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

IT’S THIS WEEKEND…sorry for the short notice.

Do you want to play golf for 24 hours straight, it’s not a race or a marathon, but your endurance is tested.

This is about Mason. You probably don’t know or ever heard of this young man before he passed away in 2017.

But Mason was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 7 in 2013. Almost 4 years later his fight was over but the battle continues.

This weekend July 18-19 at TPC Sugarloaf in Georgia. Is Mason’s 24 Hours Straight golf fundraiser outing will tee off. It goes 2-days and 24 hours. Golfers you will play through some back pain, headaches, tired feet and more. Just a little bit of what kids go through when they have to have cancer treatments.

NOW IN 2020-1 Division. 3 person teams, for a minimum of $3,000. Two members must remain on the course throughout the 24 hours. Your entry gets you Food, beverage and and tee gifts. The best fundraising team and that also completes the marathon also wins an all-inclusive golf vacation for 4.

IF YOUR TIRED of sitting in the house, and you need to work the rust off your game, go play golf for 24 hours straight.

http://team.curethekids.org/campaign/masons-twenty-four-straight/c268550.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-FINDING NEW EQUIPMENT

A DIRECTED FORCE 2.1 LAB GOLF PUTTER-THE CALLAWAY MAVERICK DRIVER  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, LinkedIn or Facebook. On the 1st tee at Schaumburg Golf Club on the soon to open Tournament Nine.

WITH THE VIRUS making this a weird summer golf season, golfers have taken a different approach to just about everything in their game.

Where they play, how much they play, will they travel more or less to play, or what about improving their equipment.

As for me, I’m taking some time to improve what’s in my bag, which will be a future column. I have an order in with Callaway Golf, because after hitting the Maverick Line, those clubs have shown me they are really something special. But what about the putters.

It’s easy to say that the big names in golf putters, like Scotty Cameron at Titleist, or Sean Toulon with Callaway and other companies like Taylor Made, Ping or Bettenardi have to be the best. That being said, all of the above make great putters. But if your willing to think outside the box of big name equipment makers, their are a few smaller custom companies who make good putters.

As research continues on putters, the putting stroke, the loft on putters, and whether the weighting on putters should be in the toe or the heel, should the shaft be in the middle of the club face or the heel. Should the putter be a blade, or have some big sized weighting on the back end, the options golfers have today continues to expand.

  THE LAB GOLF- B.2 (L) or DIRECTED FORCE 2.1 (R), not fancy but they make putts.

Last week I learned about what I’ll call a new or newer putter company called LABGolf Putters. Lab is-Lie, Angle, Balance. On the surface they look weird, on the putting surface they make putts. It’s as simple as that. It didn’t make me long to start rolling in putts with both of these putters on the carpet inside the PGA Tour Store in Vernon Hills. Players on mini-tours are starting to use them, and big name players on the PGA Tour are starting to inquire about them. Stay tuned.

After my first 8 putts with both putters, I started making everything. It was shocking how much my putting improved with no lessons, and in a span of 10 minutes. I’m not used to having a large grip on my putters, but even with a bigger grip the feel was really good. The lighter grip pressure on these putters seems to help you get a feel for how to put a good roll on every putt. If your thinking about a new putter, do check out LabGolf putters before you buy. Labgolf.com. Watch the video by CEO Highland Park Illinois native Sam Hahn.

RENOVATION REVIEW there is one course going into renovation, and one coming out of the renovation phase.

The Schaumburg Golf Clubs Tournament Nine is days away from reopening and putting the final touches on a plan that has been in the works for 5 years. At Sportsman’s Golf Course in Northbrook, the work has started. The old clubhouse and cart barn have been torn down, and many of the 27 holes have been dug-up. Architect Rick Jacobson and his team are hard at work in Northbrook.

The Good news at Sportsman’s is that with work getting underway early this year, there is hope for some golf there in 2021. In Schaumburg the final pieces of the puzzle are about to be put in place. August 1st is expected to be the opening day and club officials are looking forward to having 27 holes, finally reopened for play.

Architect Todd Quitno and along with the Schaumburg Golf Club renovation team headed up by GM Jon Parsons, have really delivered a facility golfers can enjoy. It will be hard for some golfers to play there and realize that Schaumburg Golf Club is a public golf course.

THE RYDER CUP is finally pushed back to 2021, and that had become one of the worst kept secrets in golf. Now how do you select a team, do the standards change. I agree with Davis Love III, who says lets take the 12 highest players in the point standings and put them on the team. A captains pick only in an emergency. By next September players will have had three years to earn enough points to make the team. Not a bad plan.

WHAT A DAY this past weekend at Blackberry Oaks Golf Club in Bristol/Yorkville. First on the tee, a horse had got loose in the area, and was racing down the fairways looking like it was ready to win the Kentucky Derby. Then the range picker and cart ended up in the drink, the driver was penalized. Later in the day a golf cart ended up in a pond. GM and head golf professional Chad Johansen was left speechless. So you wanted to be a golf professional, hey all in a days work. Video of the horse and pictures of the carts can be found on Johansen’s Facebook page.

I FIRST MET Collin Morakawa at the Western Amateur, he is a good kid and really showed what he is made of when he defeated Justin Thomas yesterday in the playoff at Muirfield Village. I hope golf fans get on board and support Collin, he is really worth rooting for.

KUDO’s TO NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Alum (Class of 2011) David Lipsky on his Korn Ferry Tour win this past weekend in San Antonio Texas. Lipsky closed out the win with a final round 65, and shot 25 under par for the championship. That’s great playing on any course at any tournament.

NICE JOB BY CBS in giving several mentions to the John Deere Classic on Sunday, this past week would have been JDC week. I’m looking forward to being at the 50th PGA Tour event in the Quad Cities, at TPC Deere Run next July.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS

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

LABGOLF Putters-Not Fancy looking-but good feeling-and Great Results. Labgolf.com.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram. With Wilson Golf President Tim Clarke at WCPT Am 820

Great weekend for golf at Muirfield Village in Ohio. The Wilson Golf staffers are playing great. Kevin Streelman, Gary Woodland in the hunt, with Brendan Steele not far back. Catch all the action today on Golf Channel and CBS, an early start is happening because of bad weather coming into the area by afternoon.

This weekend was supposed to be the final rounds at the John Deere Classic, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis IL. A suburb of the Quad Cities area.

While there was no John Deere Classic this year, there was a tournament at TPC Deere Run this past week, run by the Iowa PGA Section. The Deere Run Junior Open Tournament was won by Dillon Burr of Marion Iowa, with a two round score of 146 (+4) Burr won by one shot over Luke Lofgren of Rock Island (147). Congrats to the junior players who got to play TPC Deere Run this week, instead of the PGA Touring professionals.

BRIGHTON DALE Links part of the Kenosha County Golf Course system in Wisconsin. Has a Callaway Golf Fitting Day today July 12th, from 10 Am to 2 Pm. If you buy new clubs there are great trade in values on your old clubs. (262)-925-8004. Don’t forget the Kenosha County Open coming up on August 8th and 9th. Registration is now open.

Kemperlakesgolf.com

Head golf professional and multiple IPGA Section major champion Jim Billiter has moved on to the Glen View Club in Golf Illinois.

The historic Glen View Club will host the 2021 Western Amateur, the site of the first Western Amateur.

Matt Simon has joined Kemper Lakes as it’s new head golf professional.

Simon comes over to Kemper Lakes from Biltmore.

Linkscapitaladvisors.com

Links Captial Advisors has announced the sale of Heddles Hideaway Golf Club in Spartanburg South Carolina.

LCA has also announced the sale of Lakota Canyon Golf Club in New Castle Colorado. For more information on other listings, call Chris Charnas at (312)-543-7192 or visit LinksCapitalAdvisors.com.

FOR SALE-upcoming auction. The Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort and Conference Center in Western PA. hits the auction block at Noon EST, on July 25th. See Hostetter Auctioneers.

Architect Bobby Weed walks the grounds.

Golf Course Architect Bobby Weed’s redesign and renovation of the Soth Course at Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach Florida, has been selected to host the 74th Florida Open Championship from July 17th through the 19th.

Weed more recently has been recognized as the designer of the new Grove XXIII Golf Club owned by former Chicago Bulls and NBA star Michael Jordan.

The Florida Open will be held in conjunction with the famed Pine Tree Golf Club, also located in Boynton Beach.

Weed calls the Quail Ridge South Course, “a challenging but enjoyable venue for the Florida Open.” More details at BobbyWeed.com.

LANDSCAPES GOLF MANAGEMENT of Lincoln Nebraska, has been selected to manage the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan KS, and to provide select services to the Midvale Country Club in Rochester New York. Details at LandscapesUnlimited.com.

SRIXON-CLEVELND-XXIO fitting day is coming up at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Palos Heights formerly Lemont this coming Friday July 17th from 12-4 PM. To schedule a fitting time, call Cog Hill at (866)-Cog-Hill (264-4455).

HOLLAND MICHIGAN Golf Architect Ray Hearn known for his work in the Chicago area at both Mistwood Golf Club and Flossmoor Country Club, will soon begin work at the Midlothian Country Club in the South Suburbs of Chicago. The project includes both a bunker renovation and other course restoration work. Hearn is also working on four other projects this summer in both Michigan and New Jersey. RHGD.com for more information.

CHAD JOHANSEN GM-Head Golf Professional at Blackberry Oaks in Bristol IL., has announced his Boot-Camp, scoring clinics, a three hour session in the comfort of the Go-For-it indoor dome in Yorkville. See ChadJohansen.com or call Blackberry Oaks at (630)-553-7170. Coach Chad and his team of assistants will help you lower your golf scores like never before. #Shootlowerscores #FourstepProcess.

THE VOKEY WEDGE WORKS-T GRIND.

Wedge craftsman Bob Vokey is now making available to you, what he puts in the bag of PGA Tour players.

One of the favorite wedges of tour players Justin Thomas and Jordan  Spieth is the T-Grind wedge.

T-Grind was built for players with great hands and a creative short game imagination. The T-Grind comes in 58 and 60 degree lofts. It works well for a shallow angle of attack in firm conditions. Compared to the L-Grind has a wider back flange for a lower measured bounce.

” Wedge play is an art, and the T-Grind brings out the best in the artist,” Vokey said. “The leading edge stays low to the playing surface as the wedge is rotated which allows you to hit a variety of shots from tight lies. This is the wedge that really made Vokey Grinds an important part of our process-and to this day is a great option.”

You can find more details at Vokey.com or Titleist.com. The Gog Blog Speaks Out returns tomorrow. RS

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO WEEK 12-ON THE BACK NINE

  GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO Am 820 WCPT. Celebrating our 30th season. Join Bill Berger, Ed Stevenson and Rory Spears,as they give you the best golf coverage in the Chicago area. Tee time is 10 AM Saturday mornings, and you can also listen live at Wcpt820.com, watch on Facebook Live, get the Tune-In Radio APP in your phone Search Wcpt820. If you need a mulligan, Soundcloud.com/Chicagosprogressivetalk for a full replay of the show once your back in the clubhouse. Golfers on Golf Radio today.   ____________________________________________________________________

  We hear from the Daily Herald’s Len Ziehm, and Cog Hill GM Troy Newport joins us live at 10:30.

A Lab Golf putter, CEO Sam Hahn joins us

One of the new hot putters in the game that is gaining traction quickly, are the new LabGolf putters.

After almost heading out of business a few years ago, new CEO Sam Hahn a Highland Park native talks about pulling the company back together.

Before he heads out to play in the Oregon State Open. Hahn joins the show at 10:10 this morning.

We hope you will join us too. WCPT Am 820 at 10 Am this morning.

ZIEHM & SPEARS PODCAST SERIES 2020-VOLUME 17

2019 ILLINOIS GOLF HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE LEN ZIEHM & RORY SPEARS, bring you Chicago’s most complete weekly report on golf, with the Ziehm & Spears Podcast Series 2020.

CLICK HERE to hear this weeks Ziehm & Spears Podcast Series 202-Volume 17.

This week Len and Rory discuss the postponement of the Ryder Cup and President’s Cup, and ideas on how the team could be picked going forward into 2021. Is there another college golf coach who could be a force in the Illinois PGA Section.

The great field for a tournament that will be played the Western Amateur at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana.

Renovation review-who is wrapping it up, and who is just getting started. Some golf travel notes. Will fans be let in to the BMW Championship.

The 2020 World Long Drive championship is off at Cog Hill, but will it return in 2022.

Putting around the world of new putters, and what the hottest emerging putter could be.

All this and more, so thanks for listening, Len & Rory.

EAGLE RIDGE GOLF PACKAGE SALE-ENDS TONIGHT

THE GENERAL AT EAGLE RIDGE in Galena. One of 63 holes of golf you can play.

A SPECIAL GOLF PACKAGE SALE  is running through 9 PM tonight July 9th

Call 1-800-892-2269, restrictions apply, you can save up to 37% off normal rates. Call today, and enjoy three days and two nights at Eagle Ridge Resort. Play the North Course, The South Course, the East Course and the General. Eagleridge.com.

2020 RYDER CUP & 2021 PRESIDENTS CUP PUSHED BACK 1 YEAR

TEAM USA CAPTAIN-STEVE STRICKER (L) and TEAM EUROPE CAPTAIN PADRAIG HARRINGTON hold the Ryder Cup last September at Whistling Straits, and a press conference with the world golf media. Now they both have another year to play captain.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and Facebook or LinkedIn. With the Ryder Cup at the PGA Merchandise Show.

WELL NOW IT’S OFFICIAL- what was expected for a long time has now been announced.

This years 2020 Ryder Cup has been delayed into 2021. The dates for the Ryder Cup are now September 21-26 in 2021.

As a result, the 2021 President’s Cup scheduled for the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte North Carolina has been moved back to 2022. With dates moving up into September from the 19th to the 25th.

The PGA of America made the decision with Ryder Cup Europe, after consulting with the Center’s of Disease Control the State of Wisconsin and Sheboygan County.

“Unlike other major sporting events that are played in existing stadiums, we had to make a decision now about building facilities to host the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “It became clear that as of today, our medical experts and public authorities in Wisconsin could not give us certainty that conducting an event responsibly with thousands of spectators in September would be possible. Given that uncertainty, we knew rescheduling was the right call. We are grateful to PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and our partners at the Tour for their flexibility and generosity in the complex task of shifting the global golf calendar.”

As a result the Ryder Cups going forward will move back one year. Marco Simone Country Club Italy, in 2023, Bethpage Black New York into 2025, Adare Manor in Ireland in 2027, Hazeltine National Golf Club in 2029, 2031 location is TBA, 2033 The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

“White it is disappointing that the Ryder Cup won’t be played this year, the decision to reschedule is the right thing to do under the circumstances,” said U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker. “At the end of the day, we want to stage a Ryder Cup that will rival all the other Ryder Cups in my home state of Wisconsin, and now we have the opportunity to showcase the event as it was meant to be seen.”

Padraig Harrington, Captain of the European Ryder Cup Team said,” Rescheduling the Ryder Cup was never going to be an easy decision given the many factors to take into consideration. But I believe it is the right assessment given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing at this time. September of 2021 seems like a long time away, but it will come around quickly and our players will be ready when it does.”

Both sides will revisit their team selection process, tickets purchased for this year, WILL BE automatically valid for 2021. The PGA of America will offer full-refunds for those who can not attend next year. In addition the Junior Ryder Cup schedule for Blue Mound Country Club in Wauwatosa Wisconsin will be pushed back into 2021.

THE 118TH WESTERN AMATEUR-TIME TO PLAY

THE CROOKED STICK GOLF CLUB-in Carmel Indiana is home to the 118th Western Amateur from July 27-August 1. The championship will be played. WesternAmateur.com ______________________________________________________________________

BY-RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf Radio and GolfersonGolf.com Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or LinkedIn and Facebook.

2019 Western Amateur champion Garrett Rank is back to defend his title at Crooked Stick. Photo by WGA.

Defending Champion and current National Hockey League (NHL) referee Garret Rank heads up a powerful field at the 118th Western Amateur Championship.

Crooked Stick Golf Club will host the championship that will get played, from July 27 through the championship match on August 1.

Crooked Stick was one of the first and most revered designs, ever created by World Golf Hall of Fame inductee golf architect the late Pete Dye, who passed away earlier this year.

The Pete and Alice Dye statue has been moved to front circle by the clubhouse, from the golf course, to welcome everyone to Crooked Stick. Photo by Rory Spears.

After refereeing a Chicago Blackhawks game in early January, Rank told Golfers on Golf he was very much looking forward to defending his Western Amateur title at Crooked Stick. Rank called winning the 2019 Western Amateur at Point O’ Woods “a great day.”

The Western Amateur was first contested in 1899, at the Glen View Club in Golf Illinois, where the championship returns to in 2021. The championship is the third oldest amateur event, behind only the British Amateur (1855) and the U.S. Amateur (1895). Past champions include Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw and Chick Evans.

The last time the championship was cancelled, was from 1943-1945 for World War II. This years pandemic will not force a cancellation, says both WGA and club officials.

This year another solid field has come together for the championship, in addition to Rank there are six other players who advanced to the Sweet 16, Match Play part of the 2019 championship.

The Par 3, 6th hole at Crooked Stick.

World No.2 ranked amateur Ricky Castillo, and finalist for the Ben Hogan Award during his freshman year at the University of Florida is joined by Georgia Bulldog rival Davis Thompson World Amateur No.4.

Florida State Seminole junior John Pak, the No.5 ranked amateur in the world, Pak has advanced twice to the match play part of the Western Amateur, and 2018 Western Amateur Champion Texas sophomore Cole Hammer are four players to watch for championship week. Hammer had a T-9 finish at the Fighting Illini invite last September at Olympia Fields Country Club, and currently is the 7th ranked amateur player in the world.

“We strive each year to attract the best amateur players in the world, and we’re pleased that so many of them have chosen to play in this years Western Amateur,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA senior vice president of tournaments. “We’re excited to bring this years field to a venue as iconic as Crooked Stick.”

Click here to listen to the interview with Crooked Stick Director of Golf Operations Tony Pancake.

This years Western Amateur is the first one played in the state of Indiana since 1951, when Frank Stranahan won the championship at the South Bend Country Club. The Western Amateur has never been held in the Indianapolis area. The last golfer from the state of Indiana to win the Western Amateur Title, was Dylan Meyer who won at the Knollwood Club located in Lake Forest Illinois back in 2016.

Two BMW Championships have been played at Crooked Stick, first in 2012 when Rory McIlroy took the title, and then again in 2016 with Dustin Johnson hoisting the trophy.

Crooked Stick has produced 24 Evans Scholars caddies over the years, with one caddie Joe Conway currently attending Purdue University. For more information on the championship see Westernamateur.com.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-LONG DRIVE ALE WITH NO LONG DRIVE

THE CALLAWAY MAVERICK DRIVER-THE CALLAWAY JAWS WEDGES by Roger Cleveland. Both worth a look for those needing new sticks. Go Visit CallawayGolf.com  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on LinkedIn or Facebook. In the Mistwood Golf Course Performance Center in Romeoville.

THE TEST’S WERE POSITIVE, there is of course NO-Corona Virus, just golf clubs that add distance and accuracy.

Callaway Golf’s Maverick Line of clubs and the new Roger Cleveland designed Jaws Wedges, do just that.

I spent last Thursday morning in the Mistwood Golf Performance Center with fitting specialist Chris Ioriatti, both Chris and Eric Russell make a great team of fitters at the Mistwood Golf Club. Golf Digest named Mistwood one of the Top 100 fitting locations in the country.

I tried out the new Maverick Line of Clubs, and hit the Jaws Wedges both by Callaway. Thumbs-Up from me on both. I gained 17 yards on a Maverick 7-Iron over my current model, and some yardage and spin on the Jaws Wedges. If your in the market for new clubs, check out both products before you make a decision. More courses and companies are having demo days again, and you should attend one to learn more about what’s the best options available in equipment, and in golf balls.

Cog Hill Long Drive Ale-now available on tap or in cans at Cog Hill.

LONG DRIVE ALE-Now Available, but there are no long drives on the range to go along with it.

Over the winter Cog Hill was selected to have it’s biggest event since the 2011 BMW Championship was played on Course #4 and won by Justin Rose.

The World Long Drive Championship was coming to town, and more than once. In fact WLD was supposed to visit Cog Hill for the next five years in a row.

There was word a month or so ago, that the tour was for sale by the owners, The Golf Channel.

Now there seems to be no tour at all. Events are listed as cancelled, or in the case of the tour championship at Cog Hill in September. Suspended. I’m still waiting for more information from Cog Hill, but the WLD website says they are looking for new partner to take over the tour, who can operate it in a safe manner during these pandemic times. Stay tuned for more from this long drive as it tries to hit the fairway.,

The Illinois Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

SHOULD HE STAY OR SHOULD HE GO !

Former PGA of America President and the first and third winner of the Masters Tournament Horton Smith, was labeled as someone with racist views back in the 1950’s, when Smith served as the PGA of America President.

Smith tried to stop former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis from playing in the 1952 San Diego Open because Louis was black. But as an invited amateur, Louis did play in the SDO after-all. However black professional Bill Spiller was denied entrance into the 52-SDO. This was documented during an ESPN feature in 2008. The PGA of America has taken the Horton Smith Award and renamed it the PGA Player Development Award. That begs the question, what will the Illinois PGA Section do about it’s Horton Smith Award, last won in 2019 by teaching professional Todd Sones who works out of White Deer Run.

In 2017 after a push by Oak Park Country Club members, where Smith served as head golf professional for four years in the 1930’s, Smith was voted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame. Now will the IL. Golf Hall of Fame committee let him stay. Smith is also in the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, and in 1990 was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame. In Smith’s hometown of Springfield Missouri, there is a public course named after him.

Now that the PGA of America has opened this can of worms, that includes a statement from President Suzy Whaley that says “The PGA of America is taking ownership of a Failed Chapter in our history.” Where does it all stop. There is a lot more to the history of Horton Smith than just one national award, and some of it is found at the Glen Club in Glenview, where the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame resides.

MORE FROM THE PGA and the PGA Merchandise Show People. The news is all the safety precautions that will be in place for next January’s 2021 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando because of the pandemic. Wider isles, more hand sanitizers, different food options, and even a mask plan for all show-goers. But good news is that all of this could change and none of the above might be needed, so they say. Let’s hope the 2021 show plays out like the many shows before it and the major of golf business, is a major event that comes out a winner.

CONGRATULATIONS to 2015 U.S. Amateur Champion at Olympia Fields Bryson DeChambeau on his win yesterday at the Rocket Mortgage Championship in Detroit. Dechambeau should be returning to Olympia Fields late next month to play in the BMW Championship.

WHICH BEGS more questions….a planned BMW Championship media day was cancelled last week. Leaving some to speculate the tournament would be cancelled as well. That does NOT appear to be the case. What Western Golf Association (WGA) and PGA Tour officials would like to do, is get more information from health officials and the State of ILL. about the possibility of fan attendance and or how many before having the media event. So if someone tells you the BMW is cancelled, don’t believe them.

KUDO’s to Northbrook’s very own Nick Hardy on another Top 10 on the Korn Ferry Tour, with a 7th place finish in Colorado this past week, at the Art Schaupeter designed TPC Colorado. Schaupeter gets the credit for his design at Highlands of Elgin, plus an assist on the Greg Martin redesign at Oak Meadows, now known as “The Preserve”, part of DuPage Golf.

I’M LOOKING FORWARD to another tour around the final 9 holes coming in from renovation at the Schaumburg Golf Club. The Tournament Nine appears to be headed towards an August 1st opening, and finally after years of hard work. The facility improvements will be completed. Stay clicked in for more on the Schaumburg Golf Club.

THE GOG BLOG returns all week. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-FEELING THE 4TH

GOLF DIGEST has named Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville one of the Top 100 Club Fitting locations in America. See Specialists Chris Ioriatti (R) and Eric Russel to up your game to the next level, with today’s best equipment for your game see Mistwoodgc.com ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. At WCPT Am 820

THE WEEK AHEAD is expected to be hot and dry, take advantage of it, and go play some golf. Just stay hydrated.

Congratulations to Victoria (Vicky) McGowan on her promotion to Director of Golf at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. McGowan who has been at Rich Harvest Farms for ten years was promoted into the position by Jerry Rich on June 1st.

Rich Harvest Farms that was scheduled to host the Men’s Big Ten Conference Championship May 1-3 of this year, and had the championship cancelled by the Covid-19 Pandemic, will receive the championship again in a future year. Perhaps as early as 2023. Rich Harvest Farms will host the 2021 Palmer Cup, and the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate hosted by Northern Illinois University (NIU) this September 25-28. Admission and parking are free.

Chad Johansen summer camps, indoors and out. ChadJohansen.com

INDOORS and OUTSIDE the Chad Johansen summer golf programs are underway.

Do you know the 4StepProcess and how to shoot your lowest golf scores ever.

Junior golf programs for the summer finally have the green light and have been reset for launch. Summer and fall golf leagues are getting ready to tee off.

These programs fill up quickly, so sign up your junior golf today. Call Blackberry Oaks Golf Club at (630)-553-7170 or see Chadjohansen.com.

The Cog Hill Long drive Ale is now available on tap or in the can at Cog Hill.

IT’S HERE on Tap or in the Can. The Cog Hill long drive ale.

It sounds great, especially on a hot day, after a round of golf at Cog Hill. Pollyanna brewing has created the new flavor at Cog Hill.

NOW THE OTHER QUESTION, it appears the World Long Drive (WLD) National Championships are not happening this year at Cog Hill.

In fact the entire tour seems to be shut down at least for now anyway.

But the good news at Cog Hill is the golf courses, all four of them are open, demo days by major equipment manufacturers are back. Need more, okay there is a major sale in the pro shop all weekend long, so get there today and save up to 25% on some items. To learn more visit Coghillgolf.com.

MORE FROM JEMSEK GOLF-Pine Meadow has a Titleist Fitting event coming up this Thursday from 12-to 4:45 PM, but no walk-ups. You must make an appointment by calling (847)-566-GOLF (4653).

Golf 360 with Patrick Mannelly and Links Dave Lockhart. Tonight at 6 PM

Golf 360 is back again for another season, starting tonight at 6 PM on NBC Sports Chicago.

Host and former Chicago Bear Patrick Mannelly, along with “Links” Dave Lockhart put together several features on area golf stories.

Heritage Bluffs Golf Course, interviews with Illinois PGA Award winning instructors, plus a tribute to Mistwood Golf and Mistwood Dome owner Jim McWethy who passed away last week. The Zero Friction new Captain America golf glove. Details at Linksvideo.net/360tv.

The Drumlin putting green at Erin Hills.

BOOK IT-Yes you can and right now.

Since 2020 travel plans have changed due to the Pandemic, you can now look forward to 2021 at Erin Hills.

This way you can arrive before the USGA does with another championship in 2022.

Call reservations now and plan your play and stay at (866)-590-9468. The new Drumlin putting has lights for night time putting under stars. Erinhills.com.

FIVE MEMBERS of the Illinois Women’s Golf Team have been named All-American Scholars by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association. Illinois Senior Tristyn Nowlin, Junior Reena Sulkar, Sophomore’s Crystal Wang and Kornkamol Sukaree, Freshman Siyan Chen. More information at FightingIllini.com.

GALVIN GREEN Celebrates 30 Years with launch of a new Gore-Tex Line, and Interface-1, see GalvinGreen.com.

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TOPGOLF has opened in new style in the home of the Masters, Augusta GA.

Topgolf Augusta opened this past Friday July 3rd, and it’s a new style Topgolf, with a completely open air style, the first of it’s kind.

The new facility has 36 open-air hitting bays and will have the latest in Toptracer technology. Part of that new technology includes the hot new game Jewel Jam. Several Top 100 courses include St. Andrews in Scotland and Pebble Beach, Spyglass and Spanish Bay. Currently dividers have been added to for Covid safety precautions. Details at Topgolf.com/us/Augusta.

The Cleveland Golf RTX ZipCore wedges-coming August 14th.

CLEVELAND GOLF has announced the upcoming release of it’s new RTX ZipCore wedges on August 14th of next month.

Cleveland Golf says these new wedges push performance beyond the levels of anything Cleveland Golf has created in the past.

“Cleveland wedges are always just beautiful looking clubs, and this one is no different,” says 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowery. “”they’re very traditional and I just love them. You need to be able to trust what your wedges are going to do, and RTX ZipCore does everything I need it to do. I couldn’t ask for anything else in a wedge.”

The ZipCore comes with grooves that are 11% sharper, 7.3 deeper, and are 7.4%closer together to generate increased spin and consistent spin performance from any conditions that can be found on the golf course. “The new RTX ZipCore is a technological leap forward for Cleveland wedges,” said Jeff Brunski, Vice President of Research and Development. “The low-density core inside the clubhead design, allowed us to create a wedge with more consistency and exceptional feel.”

Currently the RTX wedge line comes in Tour Satin finish at MAP $149.99, with other finishes available later this year. Mid-Sole grind is now offered in 46-60 degree lofts. Low-Sole is 56-62 degrees. Full-Sole is 54-60 degree lofts. Shafts are the True Temper Dynamic Gold Spinner Tour Issue shaft, and grips are the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360. More information can be found at ClevelandGolf.com.

The Gog Blog Speaks Out-Returns tomorrow. RS