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 Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.

PUTTING OUT ON THE 2019 PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB on Roselle Road in Schaumburg has it’s simulators open on a rainy day like today. Call for a tee time at (847)-885-9000 be ready for the coming of the outdoor golf season. THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is open daily until 10 pm, check out Mistwoodgolfdome.com on the upcoming indoor tournament to be played on Toptracer. Beat the rain by beating some balls today at the Mistwood Golf Dome. Visit McWethys Sportsbar in the dome #NCAA   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. Welcome to the Snake Pit on Copperhead, watch the Valspar Championship the next four days from Innisbrook in Palm Harbor Florida. #PGATOUR

THE 2019 PGA MERCHANDISE show in Orlando Florida wrapped up in January, but our coverage of the event and stories from the show wraps up here, with a final review of the launch in golf for 2019.

There will still be a few features about properties that were visited during the trip over the next couple of weeks, so stay clicked in for those.

The PGA Merchandise show brings out the best and in some cases, below average products that you can just tell golfers won’t ever warm up to, but if you have the bucks and want to spend for booth, good right ahead. Those who run the show will take your money and provide space on the convention center floor.

Over 40,000 PGA professionals and industry people were expected for the show, due to extreme weather up north some people were not able fly out, and our estimated attendance was a little bit south of the 40,000 number. But there were more than 7,500 PGA professionals and industry experts from all 50 states and 89 countries attended. Over 1,000 companies were present, and over 200 of them were new to the show. If you think there isn’t much interest in golf, guess again. The number of media in attendance was around 1,000, which means there is a story to tell or be stories to be told.

The show always has some interesting finds, some come from the latest lines of new equipment, to the apparel that you wear. It can be new golf balls, bags, shoes, caps, or other accessories. Maybe it’s the items that are needed for your golf course, and the events it will host in the year ahead.

With all of that in minds, here are our Top 10 finds from the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show.

10. The product line from Zero Friction that has put together it’s 4-Pack tubes of golf balls, gloves and tee packages. One-stop shopping when needed, and Zero Friction’s line of gloves gets stronger every year.

9. Another yet improved Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls It’s amazing how Titleist keeps making a good ball, even better.

8.The new drivers from Tour Edge that make the Exotics line, they are getting stroner every year, and now making an impact with top players from the PGA Champions Tour.

7. The New Balance line of golf shoes. once known to be just a running shoe, New Balance is making major strides in improving it’s line of golf shoes. Plus new additions from other shoe lines, such as Callaway, FootJoy and Adidas. Walking around a golf course has never been easier on your feet.

6. The addition of stronger non-reflective colors on the faces of golf clubs. Are you tired of getting a sun reflection off the surfaces of your clubs on sunny days. Ned colors that help reduce the sigh of wear patterns. Try dark blue, or black in your favorite clubs.

5. The color is back in golf wear. Greg Norman’s line of golf shirts brings back coloring the line was missing the last few years. Refreshing looks for hot summer days.

4. the impact that Topgolf is having on the golf industry. Whether it’s a new Topgolf facility, or the idea of adding Toptracer to your facility. Topgolf is growing and here to stay in today world of golf.

3. Antigua, while there are numerous apparel makers in the golf world, Antigua stands out with it’s additions and changes in colors, styles and feel. Whether it’s golf, or golf style shirts with logo’s of your favorite sports teams or colleges. You can’t go wrong with Antigua.

2. Wilson Golf is really coming on strong. The new line of D7 Irons along with the released late in 2018 Cortex Driver, are clubs every golfer should look at before picking out a new set for the season ahead.

1. Callaway’s Epic Flash Driver and fairway woods. These are game changer products that are making a difference on tour, and for every day golfers. The Flash Barry Allen would love them, you will too. Callaway’s improvements in irons, wedges, putters and golf balls are solid. Callaway and how they grow as a company in 2019 will be fun to watch.

The 2020 PGA Merchandise Show is Jan. 21-24. Golfers on Golf will be there.

INNISBROOK-CASEY READY FOR VALSPAR

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, is now open daily until 10 PM. The revamped McWethy’s Sports Bar, is your place after golf for all the Blackhawks games and NCAA hoops action. Be ready for outdoor golf, but hitting it indoors. Visit the McWethy’s Golf Dome (630)-739-7600 THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB can get you ready for outdoor golf, by teeing it up on their simulators. Book a time at (847)-885-9000 ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook and Linkedin. At the Snake Pit on Copperhead, home of this weeks Valspar Championship.

IT SHOULD BE A GREAT WEEK, the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook is one of the great weeks on the PGA Tour.

The players love Copperhead and even if all the big names don’t make it every year, they usually do almost every other year.

Paul Casey is the defending champion and he will return to defend his title. Hear from Casey at the recent media day below.

This week a stellar field will tee it up on the Copperhead Course that is in great condition. In addition to Casey, this weeks field includes Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Jon Rahm, Jim Furyk, Bubba Watson and Ryder Cup Captain Steve Stricker.

Your on the first at Copperhead

For golf fans from Illinois, former Illini guys include Stricker, DA Points, Scott Langley and Dylan Meyer.

Northwestern fans, you have a representative in the field, and that’s past Valspar Champion Luke Donald who just signed a new deal with Mizuno.

Chicago based Wilson Golf has staff players in the field including past champion at Valspar Kevin Streelman, along with Brendan Steele and Gary Woodland. Question is, will any of them use the new Cortex Driver this week, the winner of the Driver vs Driver 2 contest on the Golf Channel.

 

THE COPPERHEAD bush line on the par 3 17th hole, part of the famed Snake Pit, (R) Defending Champion Paul Casey’s picture in the main clubhouse behind the Valspar trophy.

Click here to hear Paul Casey’s media day interview on defending his title and more at this weeks Valspar Championship.

Do you know that Copperhead like the rest of the golf courses on the PGA Tour in the Florida swing is open for public play. Once the pro’s leave Innisbrook on Sunday night, the resort is back wide open for you the public golfer. When you are done golfing on Copperhead right there in the Copperhead Clubhouse is the (Larry) Packard’s steakhouse.

Do check local listings but round one starts on Thursday, and enjoy coverage through Sunday’s final round. The last three holes are known as the Snake Pit, where players will get quite a challenge, and it gives the viewer some great television golf.

For more information on Innisbrook, see Innisbrookgolfresort.com a Salamander Property.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-ROAR-REE ON ST. PADDY’S DAY

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has a place for your final tune up round or two, before it’s time to move outside. The simulators are ready to help you test your game against Top 100 courses and Ryder Cup venues. Schaumburggolf.com (847)-885-9000 MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is the place to experience Toptracer technology, and a solid all around facility that offers club fittings, lessons, a putting green, McWethy’s Sports Bar, and the OTB that will get you ready for the Derby in just over 50 days. Check out Mistwoodgolfdome.com or please call (630)-739-7600 located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. With Peakvision Sunglasses, hopefully needed frequently in the days ahead. Peakvision.com

ROAR-REE was there ever a doubt that the Irishman would win on St. Patricks Day ?

Well there was, as Rory McIlroy again got off to a rough start in the final round of The Players Championship, but saw that no one in the field was making a move to run away and win the championship. He felt confident that there was time to make a move and he did.

McIlroy made solid pars on the island green 17th, and the tricky par 4, 18th hole to defeat 48 year old Jim Furyk, who played great at TPC Sawgrass which is practically in his backyard. McIlroy who has had several top 5 finishes this year, finally got over the finish line in first place, for the first time in over a year. What he did was not only win $2.25 million, but make himself the favorite for the Masters. The only major he hasn’t won, and McIlroy will be gunning for the career grand slam.

As for the broadcast. I give NBC credit, normally the worst when it comes to golf. They excelled on this Sunday. What they can do when Tiger Woods is not playing is amazing. There was a star-studded leaderboard, and NBC finally did what they should do every week, they moved around and covered everyone. There was a fair amount of coverage for every player the audience should have seen and did.

While I’m not Dan Hicks biggest fan, he had a good chemistry with Paul Azinger today, and Hicks really stayed on-point. He stuck to talking about the players still playing and players with a chance to win, he did a great job. But with a leaderboard that included McIlroy, Jim Furyk, Tommy Fleetwood, Jon Rahm, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Adam Scott, Jhonattan Vegas Brian Harman, and Justin Rose, plus the up and coming Abraham Ancer, and Eddie Pepperell, he had plenty to talk about.

Hicks and NBC have a chance for back-to-back stellar weeks, no Woods this week. But plenty of big names and great Chicago area locals are playing at Valspar. Luke Donald, Kevin Streelman, several U of IL players including Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker, and up and coming Dylan Meyer. Several Wilson Staff players are in, will any of them use the new Cortex Driver, winner of the Driver vs Driver 2 show. I’m hoping one of them will use it on tour soon. I’m anxious to watch the Valspar this week, it should be a great week to watch golf.

OPENING UP, it appears the weather is starting to come around and some courses are gearing up to open on Wednesday. Including GolfVisons managed courses, that include Tanna Farms and Settlers Hill. Cog Hill #2 joins Courses 1 & 3 in opening. Cog #4 will open on April 13th.

TOPGOLF as I wrote on the weekend is opening in Schaumburg in late summer, but what’s news is that by 2020 it appears that their competitor Drive Shack lead by former Topgolf CEO Ken May is coming to town. Not sure on a location, but the Oakbrook Area could be the target.

Welcome to Reynolds at Lake Oconee, six golf courses, a Ritz Carlton and more. Do you have Georgia on your mind.

THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA rallied to shoot an 11 under par final round team score, to win the Linger-Longer Men’s Collegiate Golf Invitational at Reynolds on Lake Oconee in Greensboro GA. If your looking for a great golf destination this year, check out Reynolds at Lake Oconee, now headed up by former Medinah Country Club golf pro Mike Scully. Reynoldslakeoconee.com Six golf courses a Ritz Carlton and much, much more.

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO will return on Saturday March 30th, Bill Berger, Ed Stevenson and I are looking forward to returning for 22 weeks of great golf talk. Several guest hosts will join us of the season. GOG Radio tee’s off for 2019 at 10 AM, on the BIG AM 750 WNDZ-Chicago.

THE MORNING READ an online golf publication gets 2-shot penalty for a cheap shot at Phil Mickelson, who deserved better. Mickelson isn’t guilty in the college admissions scandal, he and his family might have been victims. Good thing they really didn’t the services of the scandal group in the first place.

ON THE OTHER HAND..I’m really enjoying the GPP+ you should too. Global Golf Post+, get a subscription today, the Masters is coming. GGP Publisher Jim Nugent live from Augusta National during Golfers on Golf Radio Saturday April 6th, join us. Am 750 The BIG WNDZ-AM Chicago.

In the week ahead, I’ll wrap up the final stories from the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show and surrounding trip. I’ll have my 10 best things I found at the show. Outdoor golf season is coming, get ready. In the meantime, hit our indoor facilities for golf practice, NCAA Hoops and four big Blackhawks games. It should be a great week, after all Spring comes on Wednesday.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME

SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB is open all year round for golf. In the simulators during the winter season, and on the golf course all summer long. The outdoor season is coming up quickly, be ready by getting a round in on the simulators. Then while you’re there, grad some food and drinks from Chandlers Chophouse located right upstairs. The Baer Nine should open from renovation around July 1st. Schaumburggolfclub.com.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and or Facebook. On the National Golf Course at Reynolds at Lake Oconee in Greensboro GA.

HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY, are you ready for a little green in your day ?

In Greensboro Georgia at Reynolds of Lake Oconee, the Linger-Longer Invitational men’s college golf tournament is rolling into it’s final round with Louisville and Alabama at the top, with Big Ten schools Ohio State, and Penn State just 6 and seven shots back off the lead.

Are you ready for a destination golf trip to get your outdoor golf season going. New Reynolds at Lake Oconee GM, Mike Scully formerly of the Medinah Country Club is welcoming resort guests, potential members and homeowners down for a great time. Get Georgia on your mind. Reynoldsatlakeoconee.com. Six Golf Courses.

BLOW THE HORN, opening day is coming this week for more area golf courses, as the temperatures will start locking in at the mid-40’s level and 50’s by the weekend. Several of the Golfvisions golf courses, such as Tanna Farms and Settlers Hill have announced they are opening on Wednesday this week. Courses such as Tamarack and Cantigny were open last Thursday as temps jumped up in the low 60’s. Check in with your favorite course and see if opening day is coming soon.

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO is getting ready to return. Saturday March 30th with a tee time of 10 AM on the Big Am 750 WNDZ-Chicago. French Lick Resort’s Brendan Sweeney (the former Medinah caddie) is confirmed as out first live guest of the year. Won’t you join us for the first of 22 weeks of great golf talk.

 MYRTLE BEACH-IS READY TO HOST THE 36TH annual World Amateur Handicap Championship from August 26-30 on 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses. Like the Grande Dunes (above right) and you can book rooms at hotels near many of the golf courses like the Double Tree Hilton located right on the ocean. More than 3,000 golfers sign up to play every year. ENTRIES are NOW being accepted. The 72 hole stroke play tournament that includes a gift bag and nightly access to the World’s Largest 19th hole has a registration fee of just $35 through May 16th after which the fee increases. Players that register by April 12th, are eligible to win one of 55 randomly drawn prizes, that are collectively valued at $10,000, including clubs, travel bag and Peak Vision LX2 sunglasses. For more details and flight information see MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com

Topgolf is spreading across America find out where.

Topgolf that calls itself a Global entertainment leader has just announced a new venue design that will increase it’s ability serve more guests across the country.

Topgolf is now looking at markets across America with a population of 100,000 to 500,000 residents.

“We’re incredibly excited to launch the next evolution of our venue business. Our mission is to share the Topgolf experience while creating moments that matter for everyone, no matter where in the country they are located. Introducing a new venue design will bring us a step closer to accomplishing that goal by expanding our addressable market more than ever before,” said Topgolf COO Craig Kessler. For more details on Topgolf and Toptracer technology please see Topgolf.com Topgolf will open a new venue in late summer in Schaumburg on the land of the former Motorola Campus.

Dan Pady shows off some of the Zero-Friction product line in the home offices in Oakbrook Terrace IL.

ZERO FRICTION=CDGA

Oakbrook Terrace based Zero Friction LLC, has signed with the Chicago District Golf Association to be a major sponsor of the CGDA Scramble Tour, and the “Official Tee Sponsor” of the CDGA for 2019.

The CDGA Scramble Tour will be contested at nine area Chicago Golf Courses, with the championship being played on September 13th at Bowes Creek Country Club in Elgin. As the official tee sponsor, Zero Friction Maxx 3-Prong Tees with CDGA logo’s will be available to all CDGA contestants on the range and first tee of every CDGA event this year.

“The Chicago District Golf Association provides great benefits and access to tournament play for amateur golfers in the Chicago area,” said Dan Pady, Business Development Manager at Zero Friction. ” Since Zero Friction is a Chicago area-based company, we are very excited to be at CDGA events this year to connect with Chicago area golfers that have long supported our golf products.

Zero-Friction offered the new Zero Friction Super-Tube to new or renewing members at the Chicago Golf Show, that created an increase of the overall memberships sign up when compared to recent years. The Super-Tube is 4-ball pack with a glove and tees included. Zero Friction won a ING Industry Honors Product Ingenuity award for the packaging of it’s Super-Tube. Zero-Friction’s licensed gloves and Super-Tubes with logo’s from NFL, MLB, NHL and the Top 20 collegiate teams are among the Zero Friction hottest selling items. For details see zerofriction.com or call (630)-317-7700.

  THE ISLAND RESORT AND CASINO in Michigan’s UP has announced that it’s newest golf course, the Paul Albanese designed Sage Run, will open Memorial Day weekend in 2019. The course opened for limited play in 2018, but closed early and will open later this spring, giving the course a bit of time to mature. The resorts 1st course Sweetgrass could open sooner. See Islandresort.com and set up your great golf getaway to the UP.

The Gog Blog will return tomorrow with the Gog Blog Speaks Out. RS

TOPGOLF COMING TO SCHAUMBURG AND GROWING

INDOORS AND OUTDOORS the Schaumburg Golf Club is now a year-round golf facility and those outdoors rounds are coming soon. Are you ready to take your game back outdoors, some courses in the area opened last week. Be ready for April when most our area clubs open 2019, by getting your game ready in the simulator bays at the Schaumburg Golf Cub, 401 Roselle Road. Call today for your tee time (847)-885-9000.   _____________________________________________________________________

TOPTRACER-TOPGOLF Demo Day at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando Florida, (R) ground breaks for the new Top Golf going up in Schaumburg on the grounds of the former Motorola Campus.

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. Golfers on Golf Radio returns Saturday March 30th, Am 750 WNDZ-Chicago our Tee-time is 10 AM.

Topgolf is expanding in the Chicago area with a new location in Schaumburg, this will bring the amount of Topgolf’s in the area to three. There are questions on whether of not the Topgolf in Woodale will kept or not, when Schaumburg does open expected to be in late summer. The Naperville Topgolf is continuing to be successful since it’s launch a few years back.

One thing that has become very apparent, is the success of Topgolf is spreading and more locations around the country are springing up. Competition for the Topgolf business model is growing. A competitor has sprung up with the former Topgolf CEO now at the helm.

Recently at the PGA Merchandise Show, Golfersongolf.com caught up with Andrew Macaulay Topgolf’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), who says the Schaumburg is going to be another fantastic location for Topgolf, that opened 10 locations in 2018, and is looking for 8-10 new locations in 2019, with Schaumburg being one of them.

NAPERVILLE is still one of Topgolf’s newer facilities and is attracting plenty of golfers looking for a fulfilling experience and a lot of fun.

Click here to hear our interview with Topgolf CTO Andrew Macaulay, who talks about new locations around the country, and improving the Topgolf product, and technology.

Toptracer technology that has made it’s way into the Mistwood Golf Dome has brought our golfers to the Mistwood Golf Dome in record numbers. When you need to work on your game, or enjoy some top golf courses in simulator fashion during the winter season, Toptracer found in one dome only, the Mistwood Golf Dome is a great way to play or practice.

Find out more about Topgolf at Topgolf.com. Golfersongolf.com will have more on Topgolf over the next two days.

TOUR EDGE PLAYING WITH THE CHAMPIONS

GET READY IN HERE, SO YOUR READY OUT HERE. The Schaumburg Golf Club will have nine newly renovated holes open in mid-summer, so be ready to play them and the Players nine that opened last summer, by hitting the simulators now. You can play this weeks PGA Tour stop TPC Sawgrass today. Would you hit the green or would you put two shots in the drink like Tiger Woods. Schaumburggolf.com or call (847)-885-9000 ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook. At the French Lick Resort on the Pete Dye Golf Course.

TOUR EDGE GOLF, for Chicago golfers they are right down the street, as in Batavia in the western suburbs.

So they know what Chicago golfers like, they know how the weather plays in the windy city, and they are doing it right because the company is taking off in the right direction.

Behind company founder and President David Glod, Tour Edge is producing some solid golf clubs, and their impact is being felt all the way to the PGA Champions Tour.

Six Champions Tour players has signed deals to be Tour Edge staff players, and the players are not fringe players on the tour.

One of the hottest players on the champions tour in the last few years is Scott McCarron, and what’s now in his golf bag on tour, if you answered Tour Edge you guessed right.

Scott McCarron grips a new Tour Edge Driver with president David Glod looking on at the PGA merchandise show in January.

McCarron is not alone, he is joined by Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate, Duffy Waldorf and a few others. Along the Champions Tour there are a few other players that have a few Tour Edge Clubs in the bag, other players from the PGA Tour are finding room in the bag for a club or more from Tour Edge as well.

The Tour Exotics line was launched 12 years ago, and they have come a long way. The workmanship that goes into an Exotic Club is among the highest quality of any clubs in the sport. In the past 12 years, as the design process and materials available improve, so do Exotics.

Click here to hear our interview with Tour Edge Company Founder and President David Glod, and find out more about Tour Edge golf clubs, and what’s making them such an impact player on the PGA Champions Tour.

Tour Edge Golf Clubs.

The EXS Tour Edge Driver,comes with carbon fiber toe, that allows weight to be re-positioned lower and towards the rear of the head which allows for extremely high MOI.

The Slipstream Sole, with wider speed channels to create a faster club head speed.

The club has options with a FTS (Flight Tuning System), that allows for adjustable sole weights .

Dual Carbon Technology that allows for the carbon fiber crown and toe to provide extreme weight savings, that gets pushed back in the head to maximize MOI.

Tour Edge does not stop with just EXS Drivers, there are EXS fairway woods and hybrids. Need more, how about the long hitting EXS Tungsten Irons, that Glod calls “silly long” and EXS wedges in a variety of lofts.

To learn more about Tour Edge clubs and other Tour Edge lines and products, please visit Touredge.com or call (800)-515-3343.

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO RETURNS FOR 2019

THE FRENCH LICK RESORT of French Lick and West Baden Indiana, welcome you next getaway for fun and golf. Two professional golf events in 2019, the Symetra Tour comes in July, and the Sr. Women’s LPGA Championship in October. Frenchlick.com. Mistwood Golf Club is ready to welcome everyone back to the outdoor golf season starting in early April, owner Jim McWethy’s commitment to golf is outstanding. While at Mistwood Golf Club, enjoy McWethy’s Tavern, Mistwoodgolfclub.com (815)-254-3333.    _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS. Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy. The boys are back.

THE BOY’S ARE BACK, the boys of summer are back. Outdoor golf season is coming.

With the changes to the PGA Tour Schedule, Golfers on Golf Radio returns earlier than ever, making it’s first time at 10 AM on Saturday March 30th, on AM 750 WNDZ.

Our 22 week show season will end in late August after the BMW Championship that will take place at Medinah Country Club.

Along the way, the show will be stopping off at other tournaments such as The John Deere Classic, the U.S. Sr. Open, the Women’s Western Golf Association’s National Amateur Championship, the Western Amateur, and the brand new Evan Scholars Invitational on the Web.com Tour, and Men’s and Women’s Illinois Open’s, the Western Junior Championship and a few other tournaments.

The book on Erin Hills

Special thanks to our sponsors led by presenting sponsor the French Lick Resort in French Lick Indiana, Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin Wisconsin, Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, the Mt. Prospect Golf Club of Mt. Prospect, Arlington Lakes Golf Club and the golf facilities of the Arlington Heights Park District, Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, DuPage Golf and the courses of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District, and to the other facilities and golf organizations, that are finalizing their plans to be a part of Golfers on Golf Radio this summer.

Your hosts are Ed Stevenson, Bill Berger and Rory Spears, with a variety of guest hosts joining us through out the season. So join us every Saturday morning on the tee at 10 AM, on March 30th, through the end of August, for 22 great weeks of golf talk.

Golfers on Golf radio has a focus on Chicago, but hits it long into the big national picture of golf, that Chicago’s golfers want to know more about. In the meantime keep it here and stay clicked in to Golfersongolf.com, Chicago’s only daily all year round golf news source.

TITLEIST PRO V1 & PRO V1 X NOW IN HIGH OPTIC YELLOW

THE PRO’S ARE GETTING READY FOR THE ISLAND GREEN-ARE YOU ? This week you too can play TPC Sawgrass just the PGA Tour professionals, when you challenge Pete Dye’s Sawgrass design, at the Schaumburg Golf Club on Roselle Road. 70 degrees tomorrow, need to get some swings in. Schaumburggolf.com (847)-885-9000.  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and or Facebook. On the National Course, Reynolds at Lake Oconee Greensboro GA.

If your game needs a little color in it, and your golf ball does as well, why not check out Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x now in High Optic Yellow.

These new colored golf balls will be in pro shops and golf retail stores this Friday March 15th.

You can even get these new golf balls personalized by visiting Titleist.com and checking out My Titleist.

These golf balls were first seen on the PGA Tour when Bubba Watson put them in play during the Waste Management Open in Phoenix. Watson upon testing them could not wait to put them in play. Watson leads the tour in driving average with a distance of 316.6 yards.

The new Titleist Pro V1’s in Optic yellow, along with the longtime favorites in white.

This past weekend, on the PGA Champions Tour, Kirk Triplett made an eagle on the second hole of a sudden death playoff, to win the Hoag Classic. Triplett used a Pro V1x Optic Yellow ball, giving the new ball it’s first win a professional tour.

The new Yellow Optic Pro V1 golf ball is still providing optimal flight and spin for most golfers. While Pro V1x still delivers higher ball flight, and spins more on Irons.

For more information visit Titleist.com MAP is suggested at $47.99 per dozen.

EVENTLIFY GOLF with KICKER ROBBIE GOULD

  THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME located on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook is now open until 10 PM daily. Come see what all the excitement is about when you try out Toptracer, hit balls play Pebble Beach, get fitted for clubs, trade in the old clubs and get credit towards new ones, have some great food and beverages in the remodeled McWethy’s Sportsbar, and get ready for the derby in the OTB. Mistwoodgolfdome.com #allyeargolf   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or Linkedin and Facebook. With Kicker-Golfer Robbie Gould.

HE’s BACK ! Well no, not in a Bears uniform anyway, but Chicago area resident and NFL Kicker Robbie Gould is back in town when the NFL is not in season, and his company EVENTLify is helping get your golf outing off the ground and making the impact you want to have.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to put on a golf outing, whether your raising money for charity or other causes. Are you just having an outing for fun, or having a corporate outing for employees and clients.

If your looking for a way to maximize your outing, in terms of fun, and the money it raises, it’s time for you to speak with EVENTLify (Event-lif-fie).

Eventlify with kicker and golfer Robbie Gould.

So why is Gould who still kicks in the NFL involved with a company like EVENTLify.

Gould’s official title is CMO-Chief Marketing Officer and yes he is involved hands on with the company. He is not just a celebrity figure-head using his name for a paycheck.

Gould is an avid golfer and carries a low single-digit handicap at his home club the Medinah Country Club.

If you have run a golf outing, it’s an event that needs a team of workers to pull it together, whether it’s people in the office, or volunteers, there is more than enough to do. If it all seems a bit overwhelming, that’s where EVENTLify comes in.

If your running a charity outing, and looking to raise funds, the question arises, how do we raise the most money possible, how can we reach more people. What about the people who support what we’re doing and they don’t play golf, how about golfers who suddenly can’t attend the attend the outing because of another conflict, how do you get those people involved. Should your outing have it’s own website, how do you get golfers registered, are you putting together tee gifts, how do you get them to come back and play again next year, Eventlify can help answer all those questions and drive your outing right through the uprights.

Click here to hear our interview with Robbie Gould, and learn how EVENTLify can make your golf outing one for everyone to remember.

If your trying to get the most out of your golf outing, and raise the level of the amount of dollars you bring in, and take the strain off your team of people putting the outing together, visit Chicago based Eventlify.com or call (800)-961-6554.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-A BRIEF WARM UP

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

THE WARM UP IS COMING…I’m so ready and so are many other people, especially golfers. Upper 40’s on Tuesday, 50’s on Wednesday, and 60’s on Thursday, then a drop off. But maybe most of the remaining snow piles can melt off, wouldn’t that be wonderful.

It will still be a few weeks before our courses thaw-out, and they can open for the season. But with a a few more warm days, maybe by around the first of April, most of them can open for the season. No joke…

New wedges, Callaway Mack Daddy 4’s, with a good stamping.

I have talked all winter long about putting some new clubs in your bag. I started the process of flipping the bag, when my new Callaway Mack-Daddy 4’s arrived.

It’s a great feeling to come and find the big box next to your door, instead of just bills in the mailbox. I’ll go hit them this week in the Mistwood Golf Dome, and see if I get some spin. It’s been awful the last few years to repeatedly waste scoring opportunities by having bad wedges, THAT is about to change in 2019. Time to lower the handicap back into single digits.

If you haven’t already done so, get fitted. Even if you don’t buy clubs right away get your numbers dialed in, so when the time comes, you’ll know what buy. If your waiting for the right sale, be ready when it comes along. I know it’s tough these day to buy a full set of clubs all at once, it gets pricey. But analyze what part of your game is hurting the most, and replace those clubs. No distance off the tee, get some new top grade golf balls and a new driver, and see what happens. Can’t get out of bunkers or the rough around the green, new wedges. Not making putts, try a new putter. Lessons are ALWAYS a great idea, but it never hurts to put the best club you can in your hands. Or at least take the wrong clubs out of your hands, by taking them out of your bag. Do start the year with a few dozen new balls that didn’t sit in the garage all winter long.

Outside of clubs, new comfortable golf shoes, a new golf bag, a new towel, a new shirt, slacks, shorts or a hat, add to you looking sharp on the course and at the 19th hole, or the short game area. Where to get fitted, there are plenty of places now in the area, the Mistwood Golf Dome is a great place and Top 100 location in America per Golf Digest. Custom fitting locations such as Club Champion, True Spec, and the PGA Tour Stores are among the other good locations. Watch for demo days in the area, they are great options as well.

I hope you have enjoyed our run of stories from our trip to the PGA Merchandise Show, and down to and back from Orlando. I do expect to finish up the content over the course of this week.

IN THE WEEK AHEAD…my interview with former Chicago Bears Kicker Robbie Gould, on his company EventLIFY, if your running an outing and want to maximize it’s potential check in with EventLIFY.

I WILL ANNOUNCE THE DETAILS of the return of Golfers on Golf Radio that starts this month, yes a new start date, stay clicked or dialed in.

A CONGRATULATIONS to our IPGA Section award winners for 2018, they will be awarded tonight in a special awards ceremony. Special Kudo’s to IPGA Section professional of the year, Chris Gumbach of River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst.

FINALLY…I was disappointed to hear that longtime friend and golf architect Keith Foster got sentenced to 30 days in a federal prison, for illegally importing certain protected animal items into the country. His golf business was never under suspicion from the government, but the charges and guilty plea have cost him work at several of the nations top clubs which is sad to hear. Some of the clubs that cut ties with him, would not be on the map if Foster’s renovation work had not brought them back into the eye of the golf world, and helped them get Top 100 ratings, top level professional and amateur championships and increases in memberships. I’ll have more on this topic in the days ahead.

The Gog Blog returns with Robbie Gould and a story on his golf company tomorrow, stay tuned. RS