THE SATURDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-GOG RADIO

  THE 2017 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S NCAA DIVISION 1 FINAL-FOUR’S AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS May 19-31 at Jerry Rich’s, Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. the Women play from May 19-24 and the Men from May 26-31. Well priced tickets on sale now at NCAA.com/Tickets parking of course is FREE. Come cheer on your school. The DONALD ROSS COURSE at the French Lick Resort is celebrating it’s 100th Birthday, come enjoy the Centennial on this classic style golf course, Visit Frenchlick.com.             ______________________________________________________________________

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO is Standing L-R Mike Munro and Ed Stevenson, Seated L-R Rory Spears and Bill Berger. GOG RADIO Saturday Mornings at 9 Am on AM 750 WNDZ.

Golfers on Golf Radio is back for Week #3, on Saturday morning at 9 AM, on AM 750 WNDZ.

Our guests include Chicagoland Golf Publisher Val Russell, and Gary D’amato writer from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Along with news from various golf events and the tours. The B1G 10 Men’s Conference Golf Championship is underway at the Baltimore Country Club’s East Course known as Five Farms.

Jr. Dylan Meyer the defending Western Open Champion is the first round leader at the Big Ten Championship

Junior Dylan Meyer shot a 7 under par 63, and Junior Nick Hardy shot a 3 under par 67 as Illinois opened up a 14 shot lead over Ohio State and and 15 shot lead over 3rd place Purdue.

Tournament play concludes on Sunday, with 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday.

ILLINOIS GOLF HALL OF FAME, the finalists list has been made public, and due to ties there are 12 finalists this year.

They include. 1, Doug Bauman, 2. Emil Esposito, 3. Gary Groh, 4. Gary Hallberg, 5. Phil Kosin, 6. Greg Kunkel, 7. William Langford, 8. Carol Mann, 9. Francis Peabody, 10 Gary Pinns, 11. Horton Smith, 12. Len Ziehm. Final voting is on May 23rd at the Glen Club the home of the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame.

The Women’s KPMG/PGA Championship this June 29-July 2nd at Olympia Fields, tickets on sale now.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship that will be played at the Olympia Fields Country Club the final week of June and Rounds 3 & 4 on July 1-2. has announced that Czech golfer Klara Spilkova has accepted a sponsors exemption into the field. Spilkova has won one tournament in play over-seas.

Tickets for the championship are on sale now. Come out and see the championship live on the Southside.

It’s a great opportunity to Olympia Fields one of the great clubs in the Chicago area, and in all of America.

For tickets see KPMGWomensPGA.com of look for the championship on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

IT’S outdoor Demo day at Cog Hill today Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM, event will be held rain or shine. Come hit the clubs by all the major manufacturers, discounts for those who purchase and buy while at demo day. Check with the equipment reps and Cog Hill pro staff for more details. See Coghillgolf.com. Callaway-Titleist-Taylor Made, Ping and more.

Join us on the air, tee time is 9 AM, at Am 750 WNDZ. The Gog Blog returns tomorrow.

THE SR. LPGA CHAMPIONSHIP AT FRENCH LICK RESORT

  JERRY RICH owner of Rich Harvest Farms invites everyone to come and enjoy the 2017 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Division 1 Golf Championships, hosted by Northern Illinois University. The ladies are on the tee first, from May 19-24 and then the men from May 26-31. Well priced tickets on sale at NCAA.com/Tickets, parking of course is Free.   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to the Donald Ross Course at the French Lick Resort, and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy

IT WAS TIME for a Senior Women’s Major Golf Championship, and the French Lick Resort along with the Old National Bank has stepped up to the tee and made it happen.

This July 10-12, on the Pete Dye Golf Course, the field of 81 players will embark on a journey that will bring senior major championship golf to women of age 45 and older.

The Sr. LPGA Championship comes to the Legends Tour before the U.S. Sr. Women’s Open that will be contested for the first time at the historic Chicago Golf Club in July of 2018. The Sr. LPGA Championship has a Five-year deal with the resort and the Golf Channel.

The Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort.

“French Lick is proud to host such a prestigious event,” says Steve Ferguson, Chairman of the Board for the Cook Group, owners of the French Lick Resort. “We have long supported women’s golf and to now be part of the first major championship for senior women is indeed an honor. We look forward to a great relationship with the LPGA and an outstanding championship.”

The 81 player field will consist of a variety of the, “Whose-Who” in women’s golf. Including LPGA Hall-of-Famers, some current LPGA members and major champions over the age of 45. The championship will be 54 holes and include a purse of over $600,000. There will not be a cut.

“This is a landmark event for the LPGA because it provides a larger platform to celebrate the legends of the game,” said Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner. “With the USGA’s recently announced U.S. Sr. Women’s Open and now our event, the women that forged the way for the current generation will now have two major championships each year.”

The entrance to the now 100 year old Donald Ross Course in French Lick.

In addition to major championships, there are two tournaments as part of the celebration of Women’s golf.

The Symetra Tour will begin the Sr. LPGA Championship week, as the two tours bridge the gap in women’s golf.

The Symetra Tour with today’s up and coming golfers starts on Friday July 7th and runs through the 9th on the Donald Ross Course, as part of the Donald Ross Centennial Classic. On Friday the 7th and Saturday the 8th, the Senior LPGA Pro-Am will be played on the Dye Course.

With the Senior LPGA to tee of on Monday July 10th. The Sr. LPGA Championship will conclude on Wednesday July 12th. The Women’s U.S Open from Trump Bedminster will begin on Thursday the 13th, essentially having a week plus of days where all the women’s professional golf tours will be bridged together.

Click here for the Sr. LPGA Championship media day interviews with Jane Blaylock, Jan Stephenson, and Michelle McGann. Who give their thoughts on the new Sr. LPGA Championship, and the long awaited for U.S. Sr. Women’s Open in 2018.

(L-R) Lindsey Gahm Symetra Tour, Jan Stephenson, Michelle McGann, and Jane Blaylock. Photo by Joy Sarver.

The Pete Dye Course adds the new championship to it’s list of other championships contested there.

The 2015 Sr. PGA Championship, the Big Ten’s Men’s and Women’s Conference Championships from 2012 to 2014. The 2010 PGA-PPNC club professional championship, and the Legends Tour event from 2013 to 2016.

Women’s golf history in French Lick reaches back to 1957, when the late Louise Suggs won the French Lick Women’s Open on the Donald Ross course. In 1959 Betsy Rawls won the championship followed by Mickey Wright in 1960.

The sponsor from the championship is the famed Riley’s Children’s Hospital and Foundation.

Tickets are $15 for adults, and Free for kids under 17. Tickets are valid for all three days of the championship, and can be purchased at Frenchlick.com/seniorpga.

To visit the French Lick Resort, please visit Frenchlick.com. You can come enjoy golf on three of the resorts golf courses.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-SR. LPGA AT FRENCH LICK

  THE DONALD ROSS COURSE turns 100 in 2017, and the French Lick Resort has launched the Sr. LPGA Championship for this July. Find out how you can come enjoy all great things happening this summer in Southern Indiana, please visit Frenchlick.com.     ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content, Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and to the French Lick Resort.

It’s always a good time in golf when something new comes along, and in women’s golf something new is headed to the first tee at the French Lick Resort.

This July the Sr. LPGA Championship, the first ever senior women’s major championship will start a new chapter senior women’s golf.

Today is media day at the French Lick Resort, and the gathered group will find out more about what’s to come.

The is a Symetra Tournament on the front end of the Senior Championship that will help build the bridge between the two groups. Some LPGA players could play in a pro-am that runs in between the two championships, but more to come after today.

TIGER WOODS, is done again for the year after his fourth back surgery, that and four knee surgeries his camp admits he had, some say as many as eight. The real question is Woods done for good. I would say not yet, but if this surgery doesn’t get it done, then it will be time for him to call it quits. If the surgery takes hold, Woods might compete for a title on the PGA Tour in the right event on the right course. But another major does seem out of the question.

PARS UNDER THE STARS, clubs looking for a fun event should try and put together a night golf evening with glow in the dark golf balls. While I have not played in one of the recent events, I did try this one night while in high school on the course where I worked in Prospect Heights, Rob Roy. The game for our group didn’t last long, because we ran out of painted glow in the dark golf balls. But it was fun while it lasted. Foxford Hills in Cary is having such a night on May 13th, it runs from 5:30 Pm to 10 PM you need to sign up by May 5th, and to do so call the pro shop at (847)-639-0400.

ICYMI.. if you missed Golfers on Golf Radio last Saturday morning, Jim Richerson the Director of Golf at Kohler, who also serves as the national secretary of the PGA of America, and now a rules official at the Masters joined us. Among all the good stories and information that Jim had for us, he did remind us that all the courses in Kohler are now open for the season, including Whistling Straits. See Destinationkohler.com.

DEMO DAY at Cog Hill comes up this Saturday starting at 9 AM, all the major golf companies will be present, come check out all the new equipment. Discounts on club purchases if you buy that day after getting fit.

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow, with more. RS

MEDINAH ADDS GOLF FOR LIFE PROGRAM

  THE 2017 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS MAY 19-31 AT RICH HARVEST FARMS IN SUGAR GROVE. The Women play from May 19-24 and the Men from May 26-31. Well priced tickets on sale now and parking of course is FREE, so come support your school or Alma-Mater. See NCAA.com/tickets today.           ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Medinah Country Club, the Illinois Patriot Day Golf Outing on May 30th.

The Medinah Country Club is close to finishing up it’s Course #2 restorations, as the course will reopen for play to the membership in June.

While the historic Tom Bendelow design will now have a modern but classical style to it, it will have something else.

That something else is called  “Golf for Life”, it’s system that lets golfers regardless of their skill level, a theater to improve their game in.

The key to the program is the addition of tee boxes on each hole, so that each hole will now have seven. This gives the club the option to try out various new events and programs.

A look at the new style golf hole on Medinah’s #2 course.

The Golf for Life program was created by Medinah Director of Golf Marty DeAngelo. Each Medinah member can meet with a club professional for a game evaluation, and then start a system that will help them improve.

DeAngelo said his golf staff will work with the membership, and have them start at one tee box. “As students work on their games, there will be recommendations for improvement to the next set of tees will occur.”

Medinah Course #2 has been closed for over a year, to give the course a design that is in touch with today’s game. The project did not change the course routing or topography and total fairway space has increased from 21-34 acres. Some fairways even connect with fairways on other holes, something not seen that much today, but not uncommon during the building of courses during the classic style era of 100 years ago or more.

In recent years Medinah’s other two courses #1 and #3 have both been restored in recent years as part of the clubs ongoing improvements. Course #1 was renovated by architect Tom Doak, and Course #3 by Rees Jones prior to the 2012 Ryder Cup.

The club has been improving other sections of the club as part of it’s 2020 Plan. For more information on the Medinah Country Club, please visit Medinahcc.org.

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO-SATURDAY’S IN THE AIR

 THE DONALD ROSS COURSE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS IN 2017 at the French Lick Resort, Frenchlick.com for details and golf specials all summer long. #Donaldisthedeal.  THE GREEN STREET GRILLE NOW OPEN and under new management. The Green Street Grille brought to you by the Two-Dome guys, Golf Dome Guys that is. M&M Munro and McWethy. See Greenstreetgrille.com. Part of a new downtown Bensenville.     _____________________________________________________________________

Golfers on Golf Radio, brought to you in part by the KPMG-PGA Championship at Olympia Fields from June 29-July 2.

Golfers on Golf Radio returns for week #2 today at 9 AM on Am 750 WNDZ. Our guests this week include Greg Billie from the Illinois Patriot Education Fund, that will be hosting it’s annual charity golf outing at Medinah Country Club on May 30th. Illinoispatriot.com Support our Illinois Veterans.

Jim Richerson the Director of Golf at Kohler Company, joins us to talk about everything golf and more in Kohler Wisconsin. The Kohler Beer fest is next weekend. Richerson is now the PGA of America’s national secretary, and recently served as a rules official at the Masters Tournament.

Jim Richerson of Kohler Company and National Secretary of the PGA of America.

The Ben Hogan award will be presented at a Black-Tie dinner at the Colonial Country Club on May 22nd, during the Dean and Deluca PGA Tour event.

Semi-finalists for the award include both Dylan Meyer and Nick Hardy from the University of Illinois Men’s golf team.

On Wednesday May 3rd the field will be trimmed to the three finalists who will attend the dinner.

Illinois Coach Mike Small said,” it’s a great honor for both Nick and Dylan to be recognized in this manner. They have a had a great season so far.”

ILLINOIS WOMEN are in 7th place at the B1G Ten Conference Championship tournament at TPC River bend in Ohio. Better news for Northwestern Women who are leading the championship by 3 strokes over Wisconsin.

ILLINI Men playing in the Ohio State Invitational today and tomorrow.

KEMPERSPORTS and the Kemper Club announced the dates for the fourth annual KemperClub Championship. The annual event takes place September 2-4, on two championship courses, including 2015 U.S. Open site Chambers Bay, and the Home Course home of the 2014 USGA Public Links Championship. For further information call (877)-29-LINKS or see Kemperclub.com.

PURDUE UNIVERSITY needs volunteers for it’s upcoming NCAA Men’s Golf Regional from May 15-17. Volunteer sign up at www.purduegolf.com/2017-Regional-2.html.

FOXFORD HILLS is back with it’s Glow in the Dark, “Par’s Under the Stars.” It will be held on May 13th from 5:30 to 10:00 PM.  Deadline is May 6th, cost is $70.00 per player and comes with a tasty Italian dinner. Call (847)-639-0400 to sign up.

GOLF 20/20 recently had it’s day at the state capital of Florida in Tallahassee. Golf’s impact on the state of Florida was reported in 2015, that in 2013 the number was up to $8.2 Billion up from $7.5 in 2007. The golf industry in Florida supports 132,000 jobs and 43.6 Billion in wages. Floirda is home to over 1,000 golf courses, more than in any other state. More information at Golf2020.com or wearegolf.org.

We are live at 9 Am, join us then on Am 750 WNDZ-Chicago.

BRANSON TO BUILD MORE NEW GOLF

   THE FRENCH LICK RESORT is enjoying a special year. This July they will host the first Sr. LPGA Championship in July. All season long will be a celebration of the resorts Donald Ross Course that’s turned 100 years old. Details at Frenchlick.com. THE 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships will be held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove from May 19-31. Ladies first from May 19-24, and the Men from May 26-31. Well priced tickets are now on sale at NCAA.com/tickets and parking is FREE.       _____________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Myrtle Beach and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris has decided when it comes to golf, he will keep on building more courses.

In Southwest Missouri in the suburb of Ridgedale, (Branson) Morris announced his intentions to create a public golf course in a partnership with the family of Payne Stewart. The golf courses will be designed by the firm TGR Design, owned by Tiger Woods.

With Woods on the shelf from golf for the rest of 0217, after his fourth back surgery in three years, Woods now has time to roll up his sleeves and work on course design projects.

Tiger Woods and Johnny Morris look over a set of plans for a new course in the Branson Mo. area, at Big Cedar Lodge.

Morris is working to make Big Cedar Lodge another one of the “Great Golf Destinations” in America.

Big Cedar Lodge will be a destination for fisherman and those who enjoy a variety of shooting experiences.

In addition to working with Woods on an 18 hole public course, there will also be a par-3 short course that will be created.

The golf course is scheduled to open in 2019, and will be named in honor of the late Payne Stewart. The official name for the new course will be Payne’s Valley. The course will have a 19th hole, called “The Rock” to help settle any wagers. The Rock was created by Morris and will be created in a dramatic geological area.

The Big Cedar Lodge.

The Payne’s Valley Course is to honor Stewart’s legacy, both Payne Stewart and his father Bill Stewart were a large part of growing golf in the area.

Morris is working with both Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in designing the Payne Stewart Learning Facility, that will be part of a Payne Stewart museum filled with many artifacts from Stewarts career.

Big Cedar Lodge is located on the shores of Table Rock Lake, and is only 10 minutes from the modern newly created Branson Airport. For more information on all the golf courses being built in the area, please visit BigCedarLodge.com or visit Branson.com or ExploreBranson.com.

TIGER WOODS HAS 4TH BACK SURGERY

 The 2017 Men’s and Women’s NCAA National Golf Championships will be played from May 19th through the 31st at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. The Women’s Championship will be May 19-24 and the Men from May 26-31. Well priced tickets are on sale at NCAA.com/Tickets parking of course is Free. See the pro’s of tomorrow up close, no nose-bleed seats here. Walk the scenic grounds of Rich Harvest Farms and see the NCAA Experience area. Both championships hosted by Northern IL University     _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Rich Harvest Farms for the NCAA Championships from May 19-31, NCAA.com/Tickets or on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

ONE MORE TIME…

Tiger Woods on Thursday announced through his website that he has undergone his fourth back surgery.

The recovery time from this surgery is at least six months. As a result Woods is done from tournament golf through at least the end of October and now probably longer.

While it’s not 100 percent, it’s unlikely Woods will be seen on a golf course again in 2017.

The announcement of his fourth back surgery, is coupled with his four knee surgeries that he and his camp have reported. There are some unconfirmed reports that Woods has undergone as many as eight knee surgeries. The four back surgeries have come since April of 2014, which equals four surgeries in three years.

The Woods camp and the doctor performing the surgery, Dr. Richard Guyer of the Texas Back Institute called the surgery “successful”. However the other three surgeries, were all deemed successful as well.

“The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain,” said Woods, on his website. “When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling for so long.”

Woods agent, Mark Steinberg called the past operations a “band-aid approach” to the problem. Steinberg said that Woods “took the weight off his shoulders and decided this procedure was the right path to a full recovery.”

Steinberg said the grueling pain Woods was fighting, was when a nerve and a disc in Woods lower back were touching. The current fusion surgery is expected to put an end to that problem.

Once Woods recovers from the surgery, he will begin a gradual rehabilitation process that once completed, should allow him to return to competitive golf.

Woods did not play in the recent Masters Tournament, the years first major. A recent announcement showed that the Masters TV ratings were down this year, but that decline had no connection to Woods not competing.

IL GOLF HALL OF FAME-UPDATE

    THE 2017 MEN’S AND WOMAN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS will be contested at Rich Harvest Farms from May 19-31. Well priced tickets now on sale at NCAA.com/tickets.     ______________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

The Illinois Golf Hall of Fame has lowed the field of candidates for the Class of 2017, from 28 as I wrote earlier today.

However the field that is normally 10 finalists, will be 12 this year due to some ties for the 10th position.

The date for the final vote has also been changed from May 10th, to May 23rd.

The list of finalists is expected to be released at some point next week. The Gog Blog will have an update when that information becomes available.

So stay clicked in. RS

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-NO FIRE AT KITCHEN-AID

 THE FRENCH LICK RESORT welcomes you to an exciting summer of golf and more in beautiful and historic French Lick Indiana. It’s the centennial year for the Donald Ross Golf Course and teeing off of a new tournament the Sr. LPGA Championship, that will help bridge the gaps of women’s golf with other tours. See Frenchlick.com for details. The 2017 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Golf Championships will be held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove from May 19-31, tickets can be purchased at NCAA.Com/tickets. ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. Follow Rory to Rich Harvest Farms and the NCAA Championships May 19-31.

It always ceases to amaze me when PR firms continue to screw up, of course in golf there is growing problem with that, because only a few people or firms can get how to promote golf the right way.

One east coast based firm, continues to try and convince golf writers that they are the pulse of a movement, that is trying to get golf championships moved away from courses, with a connection to our new president Donald Trump.

The latest load of humor comes from the same firm, that got nowhere with it’s attempt to move the U.S. Women’s Open away from Trump Bedminster. Well that won’t happen I promise you that. With that failed effort in the books, now the focus is to go after the Sr. PGA Championship. The same PR firms, supporting a few biased liberal organizations, are now saying that Sr. PGA Championship sponsor Kitchen-Aid is under fire because the championship is being played at Trump national Golf Club in DC.

Trump National Golf Club

Well guess what, there is no fire and Kudo’s to the PGA of America for not moving this championship, and the USGA for not moving the US Women’s Open.

Then again maybe there is a small fire after all, it’s the campaign of a small group group of people, going up in flames, as they realize their efforts will have no effect on the big picture whatsoever. It would have been a sad day for golf and sport in general, had any of the above named golf organizations bowed to pressure and moved their championships.

The 2017 Sr. PGA Championship sponsored by Kitchen-Aid will be played from May 23-28 at Trump National Golf Club DC, in Potomic Falls, Virginia. Defending Champion is Rocco Mediate.

Luke Donald speaks with the media at Conway Farms during the BMW Championship.

It was good to see Northwestern alum Luke Donald playing well at his old stomping grounds, Harbour Town at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island this past weekend.

Donald was the co-leader after 36 holes, but could only move two more strokes under par on the weekend. That left him in a solo second place finish for the week. Donald earned 300 Fed Ex Cup points, and a check for the amount of $704,000 for his solid week of play. A few more starts like this for Donald, will hopefully put him in the field at his home club of Conway Farms in Lake Forest, when the BMW Championship returns in mid-September.

In studio at AM 750 WNDZ

It was great being back on the air last Saturday, with the return of Golfers on Golf Radio. Yes, Saturday mornings at 9 AM our new day, and on Am 750 WNDZ.

Our new signal hits a home run into four states. Thanks to former producer BIGG Jon Vic checking in from the Milwaukee suburbs, telling us he was listening to the show, and the reports from out in Indiana were just as good. Thanks everyone, and 22 more weeks to go. That being said, we hope for a report from our 4th this Saturday, Mike Munro about the new restaurant that he and Mistwood/MCQ’s owner Jim McWethy have opened as of today in downtown Bensenville called The Green Street Grille. More details on that in the days ahead.

Len Ziehm expanding golf coverage into Wisconsin.

Our story last week told of how there were 28 nominee’s for the 2017 Class of the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame.

After the voting in this past week, the field has been narrowed down to 10 finalists.

One of them is longtime golf reporter and media guy Len Ziehm, who is one of our BIG 3 Partners on the internet. On May 10th the final voting will take place. I’ll be presenting on Len’s behalf to the voting panelists. Hopefully Len will be part of the 2017 Illinois Golf HOF class when the dinner rolls around at the Glen Club in October.

Golf season is kicking into gear…more news coming up. Stay clicked in. RS

ERIN HILLS NOW ACCEPTING 2018 TEE TIMES

  The 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships from May 19-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Owner Jerry Rich welcomes everyone to come enjoy the best in college golf, and see the future pro stars of tomorrow, up close and personal. Well priced tickets on sale now at NCAA.com/tickets or visit the Rich Harvest Farms website. Parking is FREE. Women play May 19-24, the Men from May 26-31. #NCAA.    _____________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Golfers on Golf via Rory Spears on Facebook, linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With Rich Tock of Erin Hills Golf Club home of the 2017 U.S. Open.

With the U.S. Open on the tee this summer at Erin Hills from June 12-18, the golf season is a short one for all the golfers who just love to come up and play Erin Hills.

Erin Hills will open for the year shortly after the final putt drops at the U.S. Open, come the 18th or if playoff is necessary the 19th.

But as you might have guessed, a U.S. Open venue open to the public will be very crowded once the championship is over.

As a result, a majority of tee times and overnight rooms are sold out for the remainder of 2017. So the 2018 golf season is now underway in terms of booking your tee times and overnight stays. As of today you can book the 2018 Erin Hills golf season which runs from May 7th to October 28th.

The U.S. Open trophy visits the 15th hole at Erin Hills.

So if you want prime times in 2018, call today and get a head start on the field at Erin Hills. (866)-772-4769 is the number.

The course and restaurant are closed this year until July 1st. But the pro shop is open daily from 10 Am to 6 Pm on Weekdays and 10-5 on the weekends.

The new Erin Hills coffee table book by writer Gary D’Amato and premier picture taker Paul Hundley will be in stock at Erin Hills next week. You can Pre-order online now.

Drone picture of the clubhouse and cottages.

The 117th U.S. Open will be the first U.S. Open played in the state of Wisconsin.

Better news is that there are still some tickets available to attend a rare Midwest appearance of the U.S. Open, that won’t return to the Midwest until at least 2027 at the earliest.

There are still opportunities for companies that are looking to do corporate hospitality, to make those arrangements for championship week. If you don’t have your tickets, get them now while you still can.

Erinhills.com or call (866)-772-4769 get your 2018 tee times and lodging booked today.