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 GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME NEWS COLUMN

THE PETE DYE COURSE (L) at the French Lick Resort- (R) THE DONALD ROSS COURSE-all golf courses and casino are open. For more details visit Frenchlick.com .    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and Facebook or LinkedIn. At the Elgin Country Club, home of this weeks Illinois PGA Match Play Championship.

Today is the final round of the Evans Scholars Invitational at the Chicago Highlands Club in Westchester.

Local players Brad Hopfinger at 9 under par to start the final round 11th place, and Nick Hardy 6 under par to start the day is in 32nd place.

Players are teeing off both the front nine and back nine, with the first groups out at 9 Am and the leaders at 11 Am.

Follow PGATour.com for details and up to the minute leader boards. The Golf Channel has coverage of every tour today, except the Korn Ferry Tour, so don’t look for the event on television.

CDGA.org

THE CDGA’S Senior Amateur tee’s off tomorrow at the Mt. Hawley Country Club in Peoria. The field of players 55 and up will contest the 34th annual edition of the championship through Monday through Wednesday. Players compete for the Earl L. Liff Trophy, which will be awarded after play concludes on Wednesday. The Low-Super Senior honors for players 65 and older, will be awarded on Tuesday after 36 holes of play.

This years field is 81 players, after Tuesday’s play and the completion of 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 35 players and ties. 173 players with handicaps of 10.4 or below registered for the event. 24 players received exemptions into the event, while 57 players advanced to the championship through qualifying.

Favorites to watch this week include 2018 CDGA Senior Amateur Champion Brad Kay, three-time past champion Tom Miler, and Dave Ryan a four-time past champion.

Mt. Hawley Country Club opened in 1922, and was renovated by Bob Lohman in 1996. This is the 8th time the club has hosted the championship, most recently in 2000. Yardage will be 6,380 and play to a par of 72. More details at CDGA.org.

Honmagolf.com

MacKenzie Tour Player Albert Pistorius won this past weekends tour event at TPC Toronto, on the clubs Heathlands course.

Pistorius won using the new Honma TR 20 Driver.

Pistorius first turned professional in 2005, and took a break from golf in 2013 before returning to the game. More information on Honma, at Honmagolf.com.

Mission Inn Resort near Orlando Florida.

THE MISSION INN Resort and Club located in Howey-In-The-Hills, FL. will host the inaugural Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship, presented by the Insurance Office of America (IOA).

This championship has just been added to the Symetra Tour schedule, and will be contested from October 15-17 of 2020.

For more details MissionInnResort.com. currently there is no information on whether fans will be allowed on the grounds to view the championship, because of the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the country at this time. Tournament week is Oct. 11-17. Mission Inn Resort can be reached by calling (352)-324-3101. Mission Inn is located only 30 minutes from Orlando.

The Gog Blog Returns tomorrow. RS

ZIEHM & SPEARS PODCAST SERIES 2020-VOLUME 26

   A SHOUT OUT TO OUR FRIENDS IN LAKE CHARLES-LOUISIANA. Best wishes in cleaning up after hurricane Laura. VisitLakeCharles.com on how to help relief efforts.      ______________________________________________________________________

LEN ZIEHM ILLINOIS GOLF HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE (L) AND RORY SPEARS (R) long time golf media and industry specialist, put together Chicago’s and beyond most complete weekly golf report, at the Ziehm & Spears Podcast Series 2020-Volume 26.    _____________________________________________________________________

CLICK HERE To hear this weeks edition of Ziehm & Spears Podcast Series 2020-Volume 26.

This week Len and Rory discuss the Western Golf Associations Korn Ferry Event, the Evans Scholars Championship at Chicago Highlands Golf Club.

The upcoming Illinois PGA Championship Match Play Championship at Elgin Country Club, this coming week.

The USGA moving part of it’s operation to Pinehurst, which has been awarded four more U.S. Open Championships.

Is a U.S. Open rotation of just a few courses good for golf ? Some thoughts on our local professionals on the Korn Ferry Tour-and Doug Ghim on the PGA Tour.

No local coaches get announced for the U.S. Team at the 2021 Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms.

Thanks for listening……Len and Rory

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO-WEEK 21-ESI-PINEHURST-LAKE CHARLES

L’AUBERGE HOTEL & CASINO (L) THE GOLDEN NUGGET HOTEL & CASINO (R)  both hotels are in Lake Charles Louisiana and currently closed from Hurricane Laura. Both have storm damage and the reopening date is still unknown. #SaveLakeCharles.    _____________________________________________________________________

Golfers on Golf Radio L-R Rory Spears-Ed Stevenson and Bill Berger at WCPT Am 820 home of Golfers on Golf Radio.

Golfers on Golf Radio in it’s 30th season is well into the Back-Nine.

Week 21 today at 10 AM on Am 820 WCPT, and Wcpt820.com or watch us on the WCPT Facebook Page. If you need a mulligan, you can watch on the Facebook page later, or revisit the show on SoundCloud.com/ChicagosProgressiveTalk.

Today’s show we welcome back Will Precht from the Lake Charles Convention Bureau, tells us about the damage and recovery from Hurricane Laura, and what you can do to help.

Pinehurst Resort President Tom Pashley in his office over the 18th green of Pinehurst No.2

Tom Pashley the President of the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club joins us for he back nine today, to talk about the new USGA operations moving to Pinehurst, and what’s that meant in terms of receiving several new U.S. Opens for years to come.

We’ll learn more about where the new buildings and museum will be on the Pinehurst grounds, near the main clubhouse.

From the Evans Scholars Invitational at the Chicago Highlands Golf Club, we hear from Korn Ferry Tour Players, Nick Hardy from Northbrook, and Patrick Flavin of Highwood Illinois.

Len Ziehm of the Daily Herald joins us from PGA Village in Port St. Lucie Florida, with some thoughts on Brad Hopfinger who is third place at the Evans Scholars Invitational.

Golfers on Golf Radio Am 820 WCPT-WCPT820.com watch us on the WCPT Facebook Page. It’s week 21 only 2 weeks to go. Join us.

USGA EXPANDS PRESENCE AND CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PINEHURST

THE EVANS SCHOLARS INVITATIONAL TEE’S OFF TODAY in Westchester at the Chicago Highlands Golf Club. Several local players will be teeing it up, VERY limited VIP tickets can be purchased, visit the website. PINEHURST North Carolina will be getting an expanded USGA office and championship presence for years to come. #Golf  _____________________________________________________________________

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

The main clubhouse at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. Photo courtesy of the USGA.

THE USGA IS ON THE MOVE.

This time it’s not to another television network, it’s south, to North Carolina.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) is taking part of it’s New Jersey operation in Liberty Corner, and moving it to Pinehurst North Carolina.

Great move.

What many golfers might not know, is that the USGA is already in Pinehurst. They have been for a while. So few people know that, that in fact USGA CEO and Executive Director Mike Davis once wondered, how many of the USGA staff in New Jersey even knew the organization had an office in Pinehurst, and if the ones that knew about the office could they find it, if they were suddenly put in the center of the Village of Pinehurst. The current small USGA Pinehurst office is on the second floor above the Pinehurst Deli, in downtown Pinehurst.

THE USGA in Liberty Corner New Jersey, won’t be fully relocating to North Carolina.

What some are calling this partial move for the USGA, is that Pinehurst is becoming a second home for the USGA, in the home of American golf.

“This is one of the great days in the 125-year history of the USGA,” said Davis. “It’s the start of something wonderful.”

It’s been suggested by those who know the USGA from the inside-out, that having championships in Pinehurst is a win-win for the organization.

Several members of Davis’ championship staff live in Pinehurst anyway, so the hotel bill is much smaller when the USGA holds a championship there. The current USGA office has about 15 employees, the number is expected to be over 50 when the new buildings open.

Golfers on Golf Rory Spears (L) with USGA CEO Mike Davis (M), and Illinois Golfer’s Tim Cronin (R) at the CDGA 100th anniversary dinner in 2014.

The Pinehurst area that already has it’s share of USGA championships, will be getting even more of them.

The U.S. Open was already scheduled for Pinehurst in 2024, has now also been given the 2029 U.S Open, the 2035 U.S. Open, the 2041 U.S. Open and the 2047 U.S. Open.

Which makes Pinehurst the first host in a possible rota of courses that would receive a U.S. Open every few years, or at least once in ten years.

What could happen is the U.S. Women’s Open already scheduled for Pine Needles in nearby Southern Pines in 2022, could get a back-to-back situation and receive the U.S. Women’s Open in 2029, the week after the men play at Pinehurst No.2.

Pinehurst is expected to be come the permanent home of the USGA annual meetings starting in 2022. The new buildings at the Pinehurst resort will include a new USGA testing center, and a museum area to showcase a history that’s full of USGA artifacts.

20 Jun 1999: Payne Stewart of the United States celebrates victory with the trophy after winning the 1999 US Open Tournament played on the number two course at Pinehurst in North Carolina, USA. Photo USGA.

“We are humbled the USGA has named Pinehurst No.2, as the first U.S. Open anchor site. Eight U.S. Opens in less that 50 years is a real testament tour partnership.”

BOB DEDMAN-for the Dedman family owners of the Pinehurst Resort.

Construction on the new USGA facilities is expected to start in 2022. With the facilities opening in 2023.

The buildings will be built on the site of the current tennis courts, between the main Pinehurst Clubhouse and the historic Carolina Hotel.

In addition to U.S. Open’s other USGA championships will added to the Pinehurst area.

The project was first in talks between all parties- 5 years back, and the most recently the North Carolina legislature approved $18 million dollars in incentives to secure this agreement. Economic impact is expected to be over $2 Billion dollars in the years ahead.

More news on this development is expected next week during the U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York.

IPGA BIRDIES FOR CHARITY-FLYING HIGH IN THE RAIN

Chris Gumbach head professional River Forest Country Club-Elmhurst IL.

THE RAIN FELL but the birdies flew, before they dropped into the hole. Cha-Ching !

It was the 10th annual Illinois PGA Birdies for Charity (BFC), and the winners are the kids.

In the 10 years of the BFC event, with this years totals added, the total amount raised is now over $2 million dollars. The charities that see these dollars are the Ronald McDonald House, The Lurie Children’s Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Association, and the Illinois PGA Foundation.

Way to go IPGA professionals. Some 35 Illinois PGA Section professionals took part again this year, and unfortunately they had to get wet while doing so. The amount of holes played this year, was a few less then in recent years due to rain delays, but the pro’s got plenty of golf in, and raised more than few dollars moving around the River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst.

The IPGA professionals not only donate their time on a day off, but search for sponsors to support their efforts on the golf course. It’s a simple strategy, more birdies-more money $$$$.

Medinah Country Club teaching professional Travis Johns. Photo’s by Nick Novelli-courtesy of IPGA.

The program was started with an idea from current Medinah Country Club teaching professional Travis Johns.

Johns brought the idea with him from Texas, and presented it to River Forest Country Club head professional Chris Gumbach. Gumbach a member of the IPGA board and sponsorship committee chairman, moved the idea along, got his club involved, and the plan was off and running.

As the years have passed, more and more IPGA professionals have got involved and played in the event, this year there was 4 professionals who have now played all 10 years.

This year helping out the professionals raise some money, was former Chicago Bear and host of the Golf 360 TV show Patrick Mannelly. Mannelly a single digit handicapper, made his fair share of birdies, which led to a nice contribution.

During the lunch break-the professionals were treated to two video’s by people who have need the support, of the charities who benefit from the BFC Day by the IPGA.

The Birdies for Charity day, takes place the Tuesday after Labor Day, and donors can pledge to the amount of birdies made by their favorite professional, or just donate to the event in general. Visit IPGA.com/BirdesforCharity for more details.

The final numbers are not in yet, but Birdies For Charity didn’t come up short, they raised a lot of money for kids and their families that need the support.

The IPGA Birdies for Charity Day, is just another example of how golf gives back, and how Illinois PGA professionals are more than just golf pro’s, but leaders in their community.

If you couldn’t support the event this year, please plan ahead for the 11th edition of Birdies for Charity in September of 2021. The donations mean so much to the families that have children being helped through the charities.

BY-RORY SPEARS for Golfersongolf.com follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or Facebook and LinkedIn.

BIANCALANA WINS SUPER SENIOR IPGA CHAMPIONSHIP

THE L’AUBERGE RESORT in Lake Charles LA. which is currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Laura-reopening date unknown. #PleaseHelpLakeCharles Golfers on Golf-thinking of our friends there at this time-wishing them a quick recovery.   _____________________________________________________________________

IPGA’S BIRDIES FOR CHARITY event today at River Forest CC, in delay from rain.

Roy Biancalana is the IPGA Super Senior Open Champion

Roy Biancalana won the 2020 IPGA Super Senior Open by 3 strokes, coming two spots behind in Round 2, to win.

Biancalana shot 68-68 to finish with an 8 under par score.

“Round 2 was much more difficult,” said Biancalana. “I didn’t make a bogey until the last hole, so I was proud of that. The greens were perfect this week and the course played a little difficult with the wind. Overall, I’m happy with the win.”

Mike Harrigan and Ted Pecora finished T-2 at 139-5 under par for the championship.

The Illinois PGA thanked Pine Meadow Golf Club head golf professional Dennis Johnsen for hosting the championship.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-SAVE LAKE CHARLES

THE L’AUBERGE CASINO RESORT (Upper row), The GOLDEN NUGGET HOTEL AND CASINO-in Lake Charles Louisana. Now in the recovery mode from Hurricane Laura, that damaged much of the community less than 2 weeks ago. Both of the main hotels pictured above suffered damage to their entire facilities. #SaveLakeCharles

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy-or Facebook and LinkedIn. With Dave Daubert eSoutherngolf.com (M) and Rich Styles (R) Golf Aficionado Magazine, at Grays Plantation in Lake Charles Louisiana.

“IT IS UNKNOWN WHEN WE CAN REOPEN THE HOTEL & RESORT” Harold Rowland GM, L’Auberge Resort and Casino.

By:Rory Spears

IT WAS almost a year ago I was In Lake Charles Louisiana, enjoying what this community was turning into. It had come a long way in recent years, new homes, new buildings, new hotels with gambling helped lead the rebirth of Lake Charles.

My trip there was related to golf of course, as part of a group of golf media to study the growing golf presence in the community. Writers from around the country were there, in another great what’s called a FAM trip, organized by Pam Shaheen of Crossroads Marketing in Atlanta. Even Chicagoland Golf Publisher Val Russell made the trip, so I was not the only Chicago area based media along to take some swings around Lake Charles.

Contraband Bayou is the Tom Fazio design at L’Auberge, 7,077 yards and a par of 71. The yardage shows your at a casino property.

L’Auberge Casino and Resort was our home base for the week. I arrived on Monday afternoon, and departed on Friday afternoon, after full week of enjoyment in Lake Charles, where the golf was good, and the food, beverage, and the people we met were even better.

Lake Charles doesn’t have as many courses as say Myrtle Beach, but the ones they have are really fun and playable for all skill levels.

Our hosts for the week were from the Visit Lake Charles Convention Bureau (CVB), the media relations team of Will Precht and Kathryn Duncan. Between the golf, the tours around town and the dinners, a great time was had by all the golf media in attendance.

I had Precht on Golfers on Golf Radio last year to preview Lake Charles, and what I would see when I arrived. Since the radio show ended for 2019 before I got to Lake Charles, the plan was to have a Lake Charles feature back in April when the show returned. Then Covid hit, and GOG Radio was 3 weeks late to the first tee box, and other issues were waiting to be resolved. Like how to get golf up and running in Illinois, with surrounding states being open for play.

So the plan was changed to bring Lake Charles back to the show, to talk some Louisiana golf here in September. When the weather was starting to turn colder up north, and a trip down south would be a great idea.

On my way home from the Illinois PGA Section Championship at Medinah 2 weeks back, I got a call from a friend who said, “weren’t you in Lake Charles last year.” I said yes, a great community, and I’m having someone from there on our golf show in a couple of weeks. The response was not what I expected.

“Have you seen the Weather Channel,” my friend said. No, I replied. My friend said that Lake Charles was right in the path of Hurricane Laura, and her 150 MPH winds. The residents had been ordered to evacuate, but the question was would they have a town to comeback to. That’s when the feeling of a full punch in the gut hit’s you.

The Golden Nugget Country Club, that was supposed to host it’s first Korn Ferry Tour Championship last March, then Covid hit 2 weeks before championship week, wiping out the tournament.

When Laura came, she left a pile of destruction, and Lake Charles will need a major rebuilding project.

The main casino hotels have damage, roofs torn off and windows blown out. Many homes and business’ are destroyed. To make matters worse, the average temperature for the last 10 days in Lake Charles has been 103 degrees.

Which isn’t too bad if you can go inside and sit in the air-conditioning. Except for the fact all the electric poles are down, and the town is not expected to have power for 4-8 weeks. Residents are coming back to see what’s left of their homes, getting more of their belongings and leaving again, to anywhere they can go.

The clubhouse and 18th green at Gray’s Plantation. The club pro Jon Jester was my playing partner that day. I have not been able to reach him, I hope he is doing as good as possible.

Precht’s apartment didn’t fair so well, so he’s at his brothers in Lafayette about an hour away. Duncan’s home did better. Both are commuting to their home town and spending several hours a day, and driving back to where they are staying.

Precht says the good news is that after a week, most of the roads around town are open. Like the Sam’s Club store that didn’t have much, if any damage at all. So Sam’s gas station was open, one of the few open ones in town. But when you need gas, the line is about 100+ cars long at a time.

I was relieved to hear from both Precht and Duncan via Facebook, then Precht was able to call. He will return to Golfers on Golf Radio this Saturday at 10:10 Am, that’s the plan as of now, providing the phone service still works on Saturday.

As a media person, it was hard to see the town’s TV station main antenna had buckled in half, and crashed the stations roof. The studio’s and offices are a mess. Kind of like Precht’s and Duncan’s offices at the CVB. The tower on the top of atrium blew away, and the water poured into the building, collapsing the ceiling into the CVB offices.

Mayor Nic Hunter admits his community needs ” a lot of help” and will for a while. But the news cycle changes every 24-48 hours and Hunter is afraid with the presidental election coming up, and Covid-19 being what it is, Lake Charles will soon be forgotten. Hopefully people wont’ forget and will help as they can.

A BIG tip of the cap and golf visor to Bob Parson’s at PXG Golf who is donating money and matching donations to Team Rubicon in the name of Lake Charles. The Capital One Center is the big building shown in many of the film clips on TV, that is missing quite a few windows. The towns college of McNeese State saw it’s buildings, take it’s share of hits. Laura left the football field under a foot of water. The Civic Center and the Lake Charles Airport that I flew into and back home from, have suffered damage.

Precht says if time permits he will look into some of the golf courses I visited, and see how they held up. A new clubhouse was under construction at The National Golf Club of Louisiana when I played there. I hope now only a year later, it won’t need to be rebuilt again from ground up.

As we celebrate Labor Day 2020 in America, I know it will take months of labor to rebuild Lake Charles. When the power returns, and clean up is over, I hope you will visit Lake Charles and it’s golf courses. Lake Charles will need the tourist business to help get back on it’s feet and continue to move forward, as it was before Laura hit.

More on Lake Charles as time moves forward-Will Precht joins Golfers on Golf Radio this Saturday, I hope you can as well.

The WGA’s Evans Scholars Invitational on the Korn Ferry Tour tee’s off this Thursday, Golfers on Golf will be there to cover. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-NEWS COLUMN

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THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook,LinkedIn or Instagram, with the new Sqairz golf shoes-try them out today. Sqairz.com.

THE NEW SQAIRZ Golf Shoes are really comfortable, and give you a solid feeling around your feet. I’ll be trying them out on the golf course in the week ahead.

More Traction-More Yardage, let your feet grab the turf, and allow you to go after the ball on your tee shots, giving you a little more distance down the fairway.

Lightweight shoes might be comfortable on your feet, but who wants shoes where you feel the ground on every step. No thanks. Check Out Sqairz, before you purchase another pair of golf shoes. Sqairz.com.

GOLF360 with Dave Lockhart and Patrick Mannelly

GOLF360 is back tonight on NBC Sports Channel at 6 PM.

With your host former Chicago Bear Patrick Mannelly, and “Links” Dave Lockhart. When your out at the golf course try a “Long Snapper” beer that is in honor of Mannelly.

On this weeks show Golf360 visits the Preserve at Oak Meadows, and interviews Golfers on Golf Radio Host Ed Stevenson.That and more-tune in tonight at 6 PM on NBC Sports Chicago.

EAGLE AND ONE golf outing September 18th, Eagle River Wisconsin. It’s this simple, the golf course Eagle River Golf Course, will be transformed into 18 par-3 holes, with holes averaging about 150 yards per hole. Prizes for an ace include a 2020 Chevy Equinox, $25,000 in cash, $15,000 in cash, a Ford-150 truck and more. The shot gun outing starts at 11 Am, call (800)-359-6315 to enter and visit the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce website for more details. EMAIL info@EagleRiver.org

NEW from Pitch Fix-Aqua Brush.

PITCH FIX a global golf company in various products has added ye another new product to it’s fine line of products, to help golfers enjoy their rounds of golf even more.

AQUABRUSH now adds a way to clean your clubs or golf balls during your rounds on the course.

Don’t have a caddie, the ball washer is bone dry. Enough, take Aquabrush out and give the necessary cleaning to the product that needs cleaning. The very portable product can hang on the side of your golf bag, just one quick squirt cleans golf balls covered in mud, and club faces dirty from your last divot. While your at it, don’t forget PitchFix line of Divot tools, Pitchfixusa.com.

Club Champion Putter fittings this month-what a deal !

CLUB CHAMPION has decided that September is “Putter Fitting Month.”

From September 1st through September 30th, of this year, all 74 Club Champion locations will waive your putting fitting fee, with the purchase of a new putter. Quit turning birdie putts in bogey saves, with three putts that should not have happened.

“We see golfers come in all the time wanting more distance or looking to increase the amount of fairways they hit, but somehow they ignore the putter,” says Nick Sherburne, Master Fitter and Club Champion founder.

“Putting may not be as sexy as bombing the ball off the tee box, but your putter is arguably the most important club in the bag if your looking to truly better golf and to lower your scores.”

Club Champion works with the (SAM) Putt Science and Motion technology, and matches your putter to your game. High handicappers see the best results from a putting fitting, but single digit handicappers can move their game to an even high level making changes to their putter and the stroke path they use. (888)-340-7820 or please visit Clubchampion.com.

The Kids Golf Foundation-part of Rich Harvest Farms.

The Kids Golf Foundation (KGF) part of Jerry Rich’s Rich Harvest Farm’s, will have a 2020 mentoring event on October 10th for the Boys, and on October 11th for the Girls.

Due to Covid-19, the Kids Golf foundation has turned this event into a 2-day event.

The Nine-Hole scramble allows kids to meet business leaders who can give kids an opportunity to start making goals for their future path.

Fore more details, contact Michala Mika at mmika@kidsgolffoundation.org. or call her at (630)-466-0913.

HARRY RADLEY survived a 3-hole playoff to win the World Largest Amateur this past week in Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. The World’s Largest Amateur that normally has over 3,300 entries, had just over 2,200 this year due to the pandemic. In addition the World’s Largest 19th hole had a 1-year hiatus. Congrats Harry, and more information can be found at Myrtlebeachworldamateur.com.

ERIN HILLS is starting to drive it towards it’s year end dates next month in October, with many of it’s tee times already filled. If you would like to play Erin Hills before the season ends on October 18th, visit Erinhills.com. #fescuerescue #EHPilsner #drummlinputting

THE NEW Titleist Tour Speed Golf Balls-get fitted for them now.

TITLEIST GOLF BALL FITTING-now available for virtual consultations.

From Monday through Friday golfers can get a virtual golf ball consultation if they can attend an on-site fitting.

Golfers would speak to the same fitters they would meet if they attended a ball fitting in person.

At the end of the call, the fitter will recommend the golf ball they feel the golfers should be playing. These virtual fittings take only 30 minutes and are complimentary. Golfers can ask any questions they have about ball performance and fitting. Learn more at Titleist.com/fitting/golf-ball-fitting.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-returns tomorrow RS.

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO WEEK 20- THE FINAL THREE HOLES

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO-WCPT AM 820 this morning at 10 AM. Golfers on Golf Radio is L-R above Rory Spears, Ed Stevenson and Bill Berger. Listen along on WCPT Am 820 or Wcpt820.com, watch us on Facebook Live WCPT Page, on your phone with the TuneIN Radio APP-Search WCPT820, or if you miss the show, check out the mulligan on Soundcloud.com/Chicagosprogressivetalk, or the WCPT Facebook Page.    _____________________________________________________________________

ILLINOIS GOLF Hall of Fame inductee Len Ziehm joins us today.

Golfers on Golf Radio Week 20, as we head into the final month of the year for the radio show.

First on the tee today is Innisbrook Resorts GM Mike Williams, we’ll talk Florida travel, and why it won’t be a bad idea this winter to head there, even with the pandemic still hanging on.

Innisbrook the home of the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship. Four golf courses and plenty more to do. Innisbrook, just north of Tampa Florida.

DIRK WILLIS returns, the Director of Golf from Kohler Company, who oversee’s both Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits. Since Dirk was last on there have been two big announcements from Kohler golf, Willis shares them with us today.

TO ALL OUR READERS and our listeners…Please if you can help Lake Charles LA., that is a great golf destination, as they go through rebuilding from hurricane Laura. Will Precht #VisitlakecharlesCVB joins us next weekend from Louisiana to talk about what happened, and how clean up efforts are underway.

Golfers on Golf Radio on the tee at 10 AM join us…Bill-Ed-Rory.

ZIEHM & SPEARS Podcast Series 2020-Volume 25

LEN ZIEHM (L) with 50+ years in the Chicago golf media, has teamed up with long time area golf journalist and industry expert RORY SPEARS-to create Chicago’s best weekly and most informed podcast, for golf in the Chicago area and beyond. Please listen in.    _____________________________________________________________________

 

CLICK HERE to hear the Ziehm and Spears Podcast Series 2020-Volume 25.

This week Len and Rory wrap up the BMW Championship, and what last week could mean for Olympia Fields Country Club moving forward.

What about the USGA-are they moving the main corporate operation out of New Jersey and down to Pinehurst, North Carolina.

The opening of the Payne’s Valley Course at the Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri will start off with a bang.

A Charity week ahead, both Patriot Weekend for the Folds of Honor, and it’s Birdies for Charity for the Illinois PGA.

Course renovations, Batavia based architect Greg Martin has added another course to his to do list. What Michigan architect is eyeing White Pines in Bensenville for a renovation.

Equipment companies enjoying a record month in July, all this and more. Thanks for listening, Len and Rory.