THE MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB IN ROMEOVILLE, is home to one of the top golf facilities in the state, and this summer Mistwood will serve as home to the Women’s Western Golf Association’s National Amateur Golf Championship in June, and the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open July 16-18. Mistwood is also home to McWethy’s Tavern a great place for food and drink before or after your round. For great golf and more make the trip to Mistwood, for tee times or more see or call (815)-254-3333.  ______________________________________________________________________

  MISTWOOD DIRECTOR OF GOLF Andy Mickelson joins Golfers on Golf Radio this morning on Am 750 WNDZ as our guest host. Mistwood owner Jim McWethy joins us as a guest. It’s Golfers on Golf Radio, week #4 on the tee at 10 AM this morning. #GOG

Multiple sources confirm to Golfers on Golf  that the Sportsman’s Country Club and the Northbrook Park District are expected to announce the winning team of who will get the job to renovate the golf course and the clubhouse starting in 2019.


  CHICAGOLAND GOLF PUBLISHER VAL RUSSEL holds up the first issue of 2018, but now you can pick up the third issue of the season at your favorite course or golf retail store. NCAA golf is on the road to Stillwater Oklahoma and the National Championships ______________________________________________________________________

  NICK HARDY (L) in the University of Illinois practice center, on the right Illinois men’s golf coach MIKE SMALL. Hardy and Small both with Golfers on Golf Radio writer and radio host Rory Spears. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Facebook and Linkedin. Golfers on Golf Radio air’s Saturday mornings on Am 750 WNDZ Chicago.       _____________________________________________________________________

They did it again. Last weekend the University of Illinois Men’s Golf Team won their fourth straight Men’s Big Ten Title at the Baltimore Country Club. Senior Nick Hardy won the Big Ten Championship for his second time at Illinois, the first time being his freshman year. As a result Hardy was named Big Ten Player of the Year, and Small was named Coach of the Year.

Earlier today, Golfers on Golf spoke with both Coach Mike Small, and Nick Hardy on the Big Ten Championship, the NCAA regional ahead and closed with some thoughts on their individual summer plans, that include Hardy turning professional at the Rust Oleum Championship the first week of June.

Click here to hear the interviews with Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small and University of Illinois senior Nick Hardy, The Big Ten Player of the Year.

Golfers on Golf Radio will recap the Big Ten Championship this coming Saturday morning on Am 750 WNDZ Chicago starting at 10 AM. Nick Hardy will be a guest host of Golfers on Golf at some point this summer, date TBA.


    ARE YOU READY TO GO ROGUE, try the new Callaway Rogue Driver, and the full Rogue line of Callaway Clubs, Learn more at TICKETS ARE NOW on sale for the U.S. Sr. Women’s Open at the Chicago Golf Club July 12-15, come see the first ever U.S. Sr. Women’s Open, get tickets at #USGA         _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, follow RORY on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. Hitting it long and straight on Copperhead at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor Florida

THE NCAA has announced the regionals for the men’s golf championship. The NCAA national championship will be played at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater Oklahoma from May 25-30. Home of the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

As for the regional’s, No. 12 Illinois heads up a strong field at the Scarlet Course, part of the Ohio State University Golf Club, in Columbus Ohio. The Scarlet Course recently renovated by Ohio State Alum Jack Nicklaus, serves as the home course to both the Ohio State men’s and women’s golf teams. It is a par 72 course that totals out at 7,455 yards.

The 54 hole regional will be contested from May 14-16, and all schools play 18 holes per day, unless weather conditions force play into the next day.

The top five teams and low individual not on a qualifying team,will move on to the national championships.

The field for the Columbus regional includes, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, UNLV, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Penn State, Tennessee, Louisville, Jacksonville, Michigan State, Yale and Cleveland. last year Illinois had a third place finish to advance to the NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove Illinois.

Purdue University of the Big Ten was sent south to play at Reunion Resort in Orlando Florida. Big Ten players earning spots in the Ohio State regional included Daniel Wetterich of Ohio State, Kyle Mueller of Michigan, Alex Schaake of Iowa, Maryland’s David Kocher and Peter Knade.

Indiana Universities Jake Brown will compete as an individual in Bryan Texas, at the regional hosted by Texas A&M University.

Coming up tomorrow, Illinois head coach Mike Small and Big Ten Champion Nick Hardy of Illinois, join Golfers on Golf to wrap up the Big Ten Championship and look ahead to the NCAA Regional’s and Championships. Small and Hardy both comment on their busy summers ahead, including his professional debut at the Rust Oleum championship at the Ivanhoe Country Club in Mundelein the first week of June.


   THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS coming later this month to Stillwater Oklahoma, start following the progress on the Golf Channel and here at Golfers on Golf Radio Am 750 WNDZ 10 AM Saturday morning is proud to welcome Mistwood Golf Club Director of Golf Andy Mickelson this Saturday as our guest host. Stay tuned in. The Donald Ross Course at the French Lick Resort has now started it’s second century of fun, book your play and stay’s for the French Lick Resort at #petedye ______________________________________________________________________

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

The Big Ten has announced it’s All Big Ten Team’s after the conclusion of the 2018 Men’s Big Ten Championships.

Big Ten Champion Nick Hardy from the University of Illinois and Northbrook Illinois was named the Player of the Year. From Michigan State James Piot was named Freshman of the Year. Illinois head coach Mike Small was named Coach of the Year.

Hardy had a top-six finish in 9 of his 11 tournaments this year, he became the eighth consecutive Big Ten Champion from Illinois, and seventh straight Player of the Year from Illinois. For Coach Mike Small it was his 10th Coach of the Year award, and his fourth straight.

Between Illinois and Northwestern, the Illinois based state schools filled up a majority of the spots on the First Team All Big Ten roster.

Illinois placed Hardy, Sr. Dylan Meyer and Michael Feagles on the first team, Bryan Baumgarten was named to the second team. From Northwestern Ryan Lumsden and Dylan Wu were both named first team players, with Sam Triplett earning second team honors,

Sportsman ship awards were earned by Hardy, and Pete Griffith of Northwestern. Both Illinois and Northwestern both, will wait to see the locations they will be sent to for the NCAA regional Championship play.


  BLACKBERRY OAKS GM Chad Johansen who also serves as the clubs head golf professional, holds the Blackberry Amateur trophy. The Blackberry Amateur will be played June 23-24, this years goal is to fill the field at 120 players. So lets make it a sell out at Blackberry Oaks, sign at, or or call Blackberry Oaks at (630)-553-7170. THE SANDBOX at Sand Valley Resort i Nekoosa Wisconsin Opens today, golf the newest par 3 Course in America, created by Bill Coore and team. See David Kidd’s Mammoth Dunes Opens May 30th.    ______________________________________________________________________ The Gog Blog by RORY SPEARS. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or on Linkedin and facebook. On the first tee at harbor Shores home of the 2018 Sr. PGA Championship. With the Sr. PGA Championship trophy.

84 DEGREES TODAY, yes a bit windy but after the awful spring we have had, I’ll take it, and so will you I would think, Go Play !

If there was no spring, and the summer is almost upon us, that would be great. I’m so ready to swing the clubs.

As I move into the golf season ahead, i was just looking forward to hitting the 500 Club this year. Earlier this spring I wrote about joining the 500  Club (as in different courses played) in my April story in Chicagoland Golf. I was hoping that I could just have some fun with courses I played leading up to a special course #500 and that could happen. But what lies ahead are some challenges, that are more difficult that a Pete Dye bunker.

FIRST UP-MY EYESIGHT. After some minor struggles with my eyesight in recent months, a trip to the eye doctor revealed some bumps on the eye from a dry eye condition (via years of allergy medications) and cataracts in both eyes that will require laser surgery. The good news is that all is cure-able, and by late summer I should no longer need to wear glasses anymore. I am looking forward to that, but the next couple months until all is settled won’t be a lot of fun. It will also limit how much golf I play. I’m still good from about 140 yards and in, but following my drives and fairway woods is now a challenge. I don’t like asking the rest of my foursome where my ball went all the time. If you face vision challenges, get you eyes checked, it’s worth it. I’ll have more on my procedures as the process moves along. Open your golf experience to views you might not have had in recent months or years.

CLUB CHANGES even if your pretty stubborn and loyal to one brand of club as I have been for years, sometimes there comes a day when you realize the market is changing and there are other equipment options that can help your game.

In the last two plus years, Chicago area Callaway Golf representative Paul Schlimm has opened my eyes (pun intended) to the new direction of Callaway. From CEO Chip Brewer and everyone on down, Callaway Golf is doing things that other companies are not doing, and they are growing as a result. Not closing down like the Swoosh team. I got to play the back end of last summer with a new Callaway Epic Driver, and Callaway Steelhead fairway woods. I quickly carved my handicap back into single digits for the first time in about 7 years. I got the Steelheads through a fitting at True Spec Golf in Highland Park and my fairway wood game saw a major improvement. The fact that I was repeatedly hitting fairways with my Epic driver helped also helped. I have gone through several testings and using a Callaway Chrome X golf ball works just as well for me as the Pro V1x did for years.

While the Callaway  golf ball might not be better than Pro V1, it certainly these days is just as good. I have now hit the Callaway Rogue line of clubs and they are really good, and nothing else I have hit or played in recent years compares. Callaway Wedge designer Roger Cleveland has hit a home run with his new Mack Daddy Wedges, and I am looking forward to a fitting on those as well. Once the eyes are dialed in, it will be time to do the same thing with new golf clubs.

IT IS A couple of big humps to get over this summer, but I am looking forward to the long term benefits for years ahead.

LONG TERM BENEFITS seem to be in-store for the Northbrook Park District as they plan to do a major renovation to the entire Sportsman’s Country Club property. The park board is listening to final presentations from teams of both golf course and clubhouse architects for a new plan for Sportsman’s. (see our story here from last Friday). The NBPD hopes to start work late next summer, and the property would likely be closed for at least a year and probably longer. A course re-routing, movement of the driving range, clubhouse, and elimination of the miniature golf course are in the works.The concept of having two types of architects working together as a team is very interesting one, But could save some problems on backside of putting the design together.

CONGRATULATIONS  to the University of Illinois Men’s Golf team, Coach Mike Small and Senior Nick Hardy of Northbrook, who won his second Big Ten Title. For Illinois it’s their fourth title in a row, and 9th in the last ten years. Both Coach Small and Nick Hardy will sit for a 1 on 2 with me this week on the big win, and what’s ahead in the NCAA post season.

OUR RADIO SHOW guest host this week is Mistwood Golf Club’s Director of Golf, Andy Mickelson who just won the IPGA first stroke play event of the season with a 69 at the Merit Club. Andy will get to play, ASK THE BOSS, when Mistwood owner Jim McWethy calls in. Join us Saturday morning at 10 AM on Am 750 WNDZ.

The Gog Blog returns this week, stay clicked in. RS



   BLACKBERRY OAKS GM/HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL  Chad Johansen holds the Blackberry Amateur trophy. The Blackberry Amateur is played on June 23-24 and you can sign up now at or call (630)-553-7170. Mistwood golf Club in Romeoville home of the Illinois Women’s Open is open for another season, come play Mistwood and enjoy the Performance Center and McWethy’s Tavern in the sprawling new clubhouse. Sign up for the Mothers Day brunch, (630)-254-3333.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Creation and Content. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin and Facebook. With University of Illinois Men’s Golf Coach Mike Small.

IT’S FOUR IN A ROW and a Grand Slam of sorts for the University of Illinois, with their fourth straight Big Ten title, after a 15 shot win over the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The third and final round started with Illinois holding a 1 shot lead over the Buckeyes, but within three holes it was Ohio State with a 1 shot lead.

That didn’t last long, as Illinois behind Senior Nick Hardy roared back and took control on the front nine, and then poured it on across the back nine. Hardy who will turn professional in about 30 plus days, ended his run at the Big Ten Championship the same way he came in four years ago, with a win. Hardy’s three under par 67 on a windy Baltimore Country Club,capped off what head Coach Mike Small called a “huge week” for Hardy.

Illinois was the only team to finish under par for the week, and Hardy became the 8th straight member of the Fighting Illini to win the Big Ten Championship, and the fourth member of the Illini to win more than one title.

Nick Hardy (L) in the Illinois practice center

“I’m so proud of the guys for handling the adversity that was thrown at them this week and for finishing off the tournament on such a difficult day,” said Small. “Contending for a Big Ten Championship is a priority for this program and I’m so proud of the guys for accepting the expectation. (Nick) showed great maturity and patience through out the week and positive things came his way in the end.”

Hardy took over the lead from Penn States Cole Miller late in the front nine, and added two birdies in the last three holes to win by two shots. Only two players shot under par during Sunday’s final round. Along with Hardy Michael Feagles and Bryan Baumgarten earned All-Big Ten Championship Team.

Senior Dylan Meyer finsihed in 8th place, Meyer recorded top 10 finishes all four of his years at Illinois. Illinois won it’s ninth title under Coach Small, and is the first Big Ten School to win nine titles in ten years, since Ohio State accompisihed the feat from 1976 to 1987.

To view the championship watch a tape delayed broadcast on May 7th at 4 PM CST. Illinois will find out on Wednesday which of the six regional’s it will compete in.

The university of Iowa finished in third place, 21 shots behind Illinois, with Penn State three shots back of Iowa, and Northwestern was fifth. The Wildcats were led by Dylan Wu who had a third place individual finish.


April 28 Broadcast

Golfers on Golf Radio is talk radio created by golfers for golfers, and is broadcast live on WNDZ 750AM in Chicago. The program is hosted by Ed Stevenson, Rory Spears, Bill Berger, and Mike Munro.  This week’s show includes:

  • Golf Writer and Author Tim Cronin, publisher of Illinois Golfer, joins Rory Spears and Ed Stevenson, and Bill Berger in studio.
  • A LIVE interview with United States Golf Association Senior Historian Michael Trostel, who discusses the U.S. Sr. Women’s Open at Chicago Golf, the USGA museum and USGA history in Chicago.
  • Conversation about the search for a design team to lead renovation plans for Sportsman’s Country Club in Northbrook.


   THE CALLAWAY ROGUE DRIVER, taking the industry by storm, check out Rogue Drivers, Woods and Irons at THIS WEEK THE SANDBOX at Sand Valley Golf Resort opens for play, the 17 hole par 3 course is expected to be the biggest new hit on the list of par 3 courses in America, for information  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or on Facebook or Linkedin. With Illinois Men’s Golf Coach Mike Small at the U of I practice facility.

THE 12TH RANKED Fighting Illini are position to won yet another Big Ten Championship, this year again at the Baltimore Country Club, known as Five Farms in Maryland.

After trailing Ohio State by two shots after the first 18 holes, the Illini rallied behind seniors Nick Hardy with a 2 under par 68,  (T-2) and Dylan Meyer a 69 (T-8) with teammate Michael Feagles who carded an amazing second round 6 under par 64.

As a team Illinois is 11 under par through 36 holes. Ohio State the first round leader is still sitting right on the heels of the Illini, only 1 shot back. From there the rest of the field is some distance behind. Iowa is in the third place with Penn State, but those schools are 14 shots back of Illinois, and then there is more drop off to Northwestern in fifth place.

“I’m very proud of the presence and the look we had today, that was Illini golf.” said head coach Mike Small. “This is a five man team and five guys showed up today. I’m proud of the way that Michael Feagles and Giovanni Tadiotto bounced back with strong rounds. Ohio State is playing great golf and we’re excited for the challenge on Sunday. It’s going to be a good, old=fashioned Big Ten Championship.”

Today is the final round of the championship on the 7,181 yard, Par 70 Five Farms East Course at Baltimore CC. Final round action is now underway and Ohio State is now back in the lead after 4 holes by 1 shot. Northwestern is the second highest rated Big Ten team at #35, Ohio State is at #73.

Dylan Wu leads Northwestern early in Round 3, and is 2 under par for the championship.


Illinois is looking to bounce back after leading at the 36 hole mark a week ago and losing to Ohio State at the Robert Kepler invitational in Columbus Ohio, as the Buckeyes rallied to win on the final day.

ILLINOIS WOMEN”S GOLF ; Coach Renee Sloan’s Team finished in second place at the Big Ten Women’s Golf Championship, the teams best finish since 1976. The final round score of -7 matched a program best single round score.

Illinois had four players get selected to the All Big Ten Team, Grace Park to the First Team. Bing Singhsumalee First Team, Tristyn Nowlin Second Team, Chayanid Prapassarangkul Second Team.

The Illinois Women’s Team will move on to NCAA Regional play and will compete alongside of Big Ten teams Northwestern, Ohio State,Purdue and Wisconsin. Six of the team will move on to the NCAA national Championships in Stillwater Oklahoma.

NORTHWESTERN had four women make the All Big Ten team lead by Sr. Hannah Kim who made the First team All Big Ten team for a Northwestern school record fourth time. teammate Janet Mao was also named to the First team. Northwestern players Sarah Cho and Stephanie Lau earned All Big Ten Second-team honors. Northwestern is ranked #11 in the country heading into post season play.


  GO ROGUE-GO CALLAWAY Try out the new Callaway Rogue Line of clubs at Today’s demo day at Cog Hill in Lemont from 9 Am to 1 Pm, and visit NICK HARDY (L) is one under par and leads Illinois at the Big Ten Championship. Illinois is in second place two shots behind the leaders, the Ohio State Buckeyes. Round 2 is today. ______________________________________________________________________

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO is back for Week #3, with guest host Tim Cronin. please join Ed Stevenson, Bill Berger and Rory Spears for an exciting hour of golf talk on Am 750 WNDZ starting at 10 Am this morning.

IT’S WEEK #3 and Golfers on Golf Radio is back with another exciting week of golf talk, with the tee time being 10 Am on AM 750 WNDZ.

Rory Spears, Ed Stevenson and Bill Berger, will be joined by special guest host, long time golf writer and author Tim Cronin.

This week our guest is USGA historian Michael Trostel, who will talk the U.S. Sr. Women’s Open at Chicago Golf, the USGA museum and USGA history in Chicago.

Among other topics discussed today will be the news broke here at about the renovation at Sportsman’s Country Club in Northbrook. The six teams left in the running will present to the board this week, which should be exciting. A decisions by the board could be just over one week away on who will do the project.

More golf news coming during the show, we hope you will join us at 10 AM on AM 750 WNDZ.


   GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO tomorrow at 10 AM, on Am 750 WNDZ with guest host writer and author Tim Cronin, and USGA Historian Michael Troestel, stay tuned in. COG HILL Golf and Country Club has it’s outdoor demo day tomorrow at the range. Come try out all the big equipment names such as Callaway, Taylor Made, Titleist, Ping and more, including US Kids Golf for all the junior golfers in your family. Hours from 9 Am to 1 PM.  ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook and Linkedin. With an Antigua windvest at TPC Deere Run.

THE NORTHBROOK PARK DISTRICT operators of the Sportsman’s Country Club on Dundee Road in Northbrook, is preparing to go under the wrecking ball for a major renovation, Golfers on Golf has learned.

Work would start if possible late in the summer of 2019, and the course is expected to be closed at least one year while changes are made.

The golf course that currently includes 27 holes, will be changed and redone. The clubs current clubhouse will be taken down and could be moved on the property. The clubs miniature golf course is expected to be removed completely, but could be brought to another Northbrook Park District location.

Welcome to Sportsman’s Country Club

The next step is to decide which team of architects will win the bid to redo the golf course and clubhouse.

The Northbrook Park District’s board of drirectors came up with a unique plan to rebuild Sportsman’s.

They made interested architects create a team, so that submitted plans were on the same page for both the clubhouse and the golf course.

After initial reviews, the field has been trimmed to six teams, and final presentations will be made this Wednesday and Thursday. the board is expected to decide on the winning team shortly after that.

Golfers on Golf has learned the following architects have made the cut for this weeks presentations.

1.Dave Esler, who recently redesigned Mt. Prospect, and is working again at Ravisloe.  2. Mike Benkusky, who is coming off the renovation of Arlington Lakes and St.Charles.  3. Bob Lohmannm currently working on a 3-year project at the Schaumburg Golf Club.  4. Ray Hearn, who will head up the project at Oak Brook Hills, and designed Mistwood.  5. Richard Mandell from Pinehurst, designed the famed Country Club of North Carolina. 6. Greg Martin who is raking in awards for his work at the Preserve at Oak Meadows.

While the clubhouse architects are not known, one source tells Golfers on Golf that Dan Wohlfeil, who will design the clubhouse at the Preserve at Oak Meadows, is currently working on the Chicago Highlands clubhouse, and recently did the new Mistwood Clubhouse has teamed with Martin.

Golfers on Golf will continue to follow the story as it develops.