25TH PHIL KOSIN IWO COMING UP AT MISTWOOD

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has reopened the first seven holes of the Baer Nine as Phase Two of the golf course renovation nears completion. Holes 17 and 18 to open later this month. Construction has begun on the Championship Nine, that will reopen next July in 2020. For tee times call the club at (847)-885-9000 or Schaumburggolf.com _____________________________________________________________________

                    Hannah Kim 2018                                   Alexandra Farnsworth 2017

                Stephanie Miller 2016                   Madasyn Pettersen 2015-with Jim McWethy

THE GOG BLOG-by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy. and on Linkedin and Facebook.

LADIES..who is up next to win the Phil Kosin, Illinois Women’s Open trophy at the Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville.

DATES: July 15-16-17. The format Pro-Am on Monday the 15th, with 36 holes on Tuesday, make the cut and play 18 more on Wednesday for the championship.

The Joe Kosin IWO Scholarship is awarded at the champions dinner. And all proceeds are donated to, the Chicago Friends of Golf Foundation.

Call Mistwood at (815)-254-3333 or visit Mistwoodgc.com for more information. On playing in the championship or the pro-am on Monday the 15th.

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON NEW FOREST DUNES PAR 3 COURSE

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has reopened most of the renovated BAER NINE, as the second phase of the golf course renovation wraps up. Holes 17-18 will open later this month. For tee times call the club at (847)-885-9000 or visit Schaumburggolf.com.    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin or Facebook. At Payne’s Valley-part of the Big Cedar Resort in MO.

The Roscommon Michigan golf destination known as Forest Dunes, continues to add to it’s scenic and highly rated property.

The construction has started on a new 10-hole, par 3 golf course. The new golf course will be located on a piece land, that sits between the Loop, and Forest Dunes courses.

And close to the practice area, the clubhouse and HillTopPutting course.

The new course will have 10 fun and strategic holes, that will range between 50 and 155 yards. And the overall yardage will be 957 yards.

Welcome to Forest Dunes Golf-Roscommon Michigan

Forest Dunes owner Lew Thompson considered several top rated architects, before electing to hire Riley Johns and Keith Rhebb. Both have worked on well known projects with Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore in past years.

Johns and Rhebb received recongition for their work, at the Winter Park Nine in Orlando Florida. Johns has worked at Forest Dunes before, under Tom Doak. During the construction of the Loop course.

Construction has started on the Par 3 course at Forest Dunes.

“We’re thrilled how quickly this project came together this year with the huge amount of trust that Lew has given us,” said Johns. “He wants a golf course that will be fun and playable for his grandkids and any golfer of any skill level, so that’s the main goal we’re keeping in mind as we build holes where you can play a vairiety of shots and trajectories and take different angles to get to the hole.”

The overall look should be visibly enticing to golfers. Fesuce features will be in some areas of the course. With the bentgrass greens to be sloped, this help’s shots feed near the hole. Bowl shaped features resembling catchers-mitts or table tops await golfers who play the course.

The blue prints of the new par 3 course.

“When you come to Forest Dunes, we want you to have a good time,” says Thompson. Who add’s he will allow music-eightsome’s and barefeet if that’s what it takes to make the game fun.  What Kieth and Riley are building is going to bring life and energy to the property. It’s going to bring people together, and make their time at Forest Dunes more enjoyable.”

One of the features in the design, is that holes 1 and 10 will be crossover holes. A tree protects direct ball flight complications. Because the course is in the central area of the property, golfers on the Par 3 course could have a gallery.

So with course is expected to be ready next summer (2020). Work was started, as soon as possible, this summer. Because grassing of the course starts in August.

To learn more about Forest Dunes, please visit Forestdunesgolf.com.

JACK IS BACK AT REYNOLDS-LAKE OCONEE

   THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC is coming up next week, at the TPC Deere Run Course in Silvis Illinois. Michael Kim is the defending champion, and will return to defend his title. Tickets at JohnDeereClassic.com. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has opened the BAER NINE, or at least the first seven holes of it, 10-16. Holes 17 and 18 to open by August 1st. Details on tee times, see Schaumburggolf.com or call (847)-885-9000 .    _____________________________________________________________________

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

THE GOLDEN BEAR IS BACK. So is the Great Waters Golf Course at Reynolds-Lake Oconee.

Because the Great waters Course in under renovation, Reynolds is currently short one golf course. But when it returns, Lake Oconee will shine unlike ever before.

The Great Waters Course will reopen this October, and Jack Nicklaus himself will be there to open it.

To help celebrate the reopening, one lucky twosome, gets to join in for all the fun. And they get to meet the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus.

The 18th hole mid-renovation on the Great Waters Course.

Great Waters was originally built in 1992. As part of the current project, Nicklaus and his design team are taking out around 1,000 trees.

This will not only open up the golf course for better golf, but give golfers some outstanding views of the area.

The golf course will add some yardage that could allow for tournaments to return.

The Jack’s Back Getaway for two does include. A meet and greet with Nicklaus, with pictures taken.

Click here to hear Golfers on Golf, exclusive interview with Jack Nicklaus on the renovation of the Great Waters golf course, at Reynolds-Lake Oconee.

Jack Nicklaus at the recent U.S. Senior Open. photo by Rory Spears.

A special piece of Nicklaus headwear and other Nickluas apparel. A 4-day/3-night accommodations in a Reynolds Cottage. Round-trip domestic airfare and ground transportation. One round of golf on the Great Waters Golf Course. Another round of golf on the Oconee or National golf course. A Reynolds Kingdom of Golf presented by the Taylor Made club-fitting experience.

All meals included. And Tickets to the Reynolds “Rhythm & Brews Festival, that includes regional beers and wines. The cost of the giveaway package is, more than $6,000 dollars.

For more details on the “Jack is Back” promotion. Please visit reynoldslakeoconee.com.

Reynolds features more than 350 miles of shoreline, Six golf courses and much more. It is just 1 hour from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport.

MEDINAH READIES FOR FINAL BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

IRONS AND WOODS-COMING SOON TO LONG GROVE behind the Menards Store that is located on Lake-Cook Road just west of Rt. 53. Irons and Woods will be sports simulator driven, with plenty of golf. But with a bar, bands, slots and more. #staytuned. THE BMW Championship returns to Chicago at the historic Medinah Country Club, this coming August 12-18. For details visit Bmwchampionship.com. Ticket are now on sale.

 

THE GOG BLOG BY RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. At the Warren Course in South Bend.

THE LAST BMW Championship is coming to Medinah Country Club, the week of August 12-18.

Keegan Bradley is the defending champion, and via video hook-up he joined the media day press conference at Medinah yesterday. You can hear from him below.

The Medinah Country Club is thrilled to be hosting the PGA Tour again, for the first time since 1966. When the club hosted the Western Open for the third time.

Medinah has hosted six major championships, and the 2012 Ryder Cup.For Bradley he called the first two days of the Ryder Cup, among the most fun he has ever had on the golf course.

THE 18TH HOLE on Course 3, is rounding into shape.

The Top 70 remaining players in the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs, will be in the field at Medinah.

The top 30 players in the point standings, after the BMW Championship move on to Atlanta for the Tour Championship. Justin Rose won the Fed Ex Cup Championship in 2018.

The 2020 Chicago Fed Ex Cup event, will take place at the Olympia Fields Country Club, in South Suburban Olympia Fields. Olympia Fields has recent hosted the 2017 KMPG-Women’s PGA Championship, won by Danielle Kang. And the 2015 USGA Amateur Championship won by current PGA Tour star Bryson DeChambeau. Next years championship sponsor, is still to be determined. Because BMW is not renewing it’s contract with the PGA Tour.

Since the 2012 Ryder Cup Medinah has under-gone changes around the club. All of the clubs three golf courses have had renovation, or restoration work done on them.

     THE OPENING HOLE on Course #1-renovated by Tom Doak. THE 8TH HOLE on Course #2. No longer known as the ladies course, but called the Family Course. The Tom Bendelow class design, was restored by former Medinah Superintendent Curtis Tyrell, with help from Rees Jones.

  THE PAR 3, 17TH HOLE (L) will create plenty of excitement during championship week. And the new elevated deck located on the back of the clubhouse, will be hot spot for Medinah’s members and guests during the tournament.

Course #3, Medinah’s Championship Course, has had both bunker and tree work done in recent years. It can play to yardage of 7,657 yards, and a par of 72. Championship week, yardage set by the PGA Tour will likely beover 7,400 yards. Off the golf course, the clubs pool, and tennis area’s have been renovated. The range has been improved, and a teaching-fitting building was built.

Various area’s inside the club house have had upgrades done. Including the wine area, inside bars added, painted and recarpeted locker rooms. The club decided to honor it’s golf history, with replica trophys of the major tournaments it has hosted. It has them on display behind glass in the main lobby.

The Medinah Country Club you saw during the Ryder Cup in 2012, has changed. But in many ways the same, because the club does an excellent job preserving it’s long history.

Championship week will have all kinds of fun things for the fans to do, says WGA Sr. VP of Tournaments, Vince Pellegrino. Great food and interactive golf contests await. Click on below to hear the interview with Keegan Bradley and news about championship week.

The BMW Championship media day press conference, click on above.

Click on above to hear the interview with Medinah Club President Michael Scimo.

Stay clicked in to Golfers on Golf for updates on the championship through out the next several weeks. Tickets and hospitality plans are available at BMWChampionship.com.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-STRICKER

  THE SENIOR OPEN TROPHY-Won by Steve Stricker at the Warren Course in South Bend Indiana. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has reopened “most of” the Baer Nine, holes 10-16 on the course. Holes 17 and 18 will open later this month. The work begins today on the Championship Nine in the last phase of the renovation. For tee times and more, call the club that is located at 401 N. Roselle Road at (847)-885-9000.   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin or Facebook. At the Sr. U.S. Open

IT TOOK, 25 USGA Championships but Steve Stricker is now a USGA Champion. Congratulations Steve, you earned it with a wire-to-wire win down in South Bend.

The Warren Course seemed to fit your eye from the start. 62-64-66-69 got it done. Taking down fellow Wisconsin buddy Jerry Kelly, and best field in golf for guys 50 and over.

Now let’s see if you can win #4 in two weeks at John Deere. That would really be something, so much for being in the 50 and over group.

I was down in South Bend a couple times this past week, and it was great to see the last U.S. Open in the area maybe until 2025.  Because that’s when the U.S. Women’s Open heads to Erin Hills. Between now and then, it’s a little dry around the Midwest with USGA Championships.

WHOEVER AT FOX scheduled the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox for a three hour window on Saturday, needs to have their head examined. Seriously, the game that ran 4 hours and 42 minutes, never had a chance of being played in less than three hours. It left golf fans searching for the live coverage of Round 3 of the Senior Open all over the cable box. Joe Buck finally told viewers where the golf was at, after everyone missed the first holes, and Stricker and Kelly together on the first tee. UGH.

TODAY IS MEDINAH DAY and the last BMW Championship media day, after over a decade of having them. The WGA finally made it official last week, after several of us knew it for months, and said as much. The Western Golf Association says they have conversations going with six or seven Chicago area companies, about keeping the tournament here in the Chicago area every year.

Let’s hope that happens. For the WGA, this is new experience. Recruiting. They haven’t had to look for sponsor in years, haven’t had to recruit players, that’s decided for them. Even the Evans Scholars caddies come to them, and apply for that free college ride.

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB reopened most of the Baer Nine this past Saturday. Holes 10-16 are open. 17 and 18 will be along within a few weeks. Work starts today on the Championship Nine. Can’t wait for next July when it’s all done in Schaumburg. Golf Architect Todd Quitno and his team are doing great work at Schaumburg. And now the White Eagle Country Club in Naperville.

THAT BIG RAIN STORM yesterday afternoon, wiped out Round 2 of the Blackberry Amateur at Blackberry Oaks. Tough break for GM/PRO Chad Johansen and everyone who pulled the event together. Most of the players had finished, or were most of the way through their round when, 2.5 inches of rain fell in 20 minutes. And that was that.

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow. RS.. Go play everyone.

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-SENIOR OPEN

  THE USGA SENIOR OPEN TROPHY gets presented today. Watch live on the Fox Network station by you. Or visit USGA.org. THE SCHUAMBURG GOLF CLUB has now reopened 7 of the 9 Baer Nine holes. Holes 17 and 18 will reopen by August 1st, and maybe sooner with good weather. Visit Schaumburggolf.com or call (847)-885-9000.       _____________________________________________________________________

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

FINAL ROUND PLAY in the U.S. Sr. Open in South Bend IND, on the Ben Crensahw and Bill Coore designed Warren Golf Course.

Team Wisconsin on top of the leaderboard. Steve Stricker is first at 18 under par. Jerry Kelly is econd at 12 under par. Can anyone catch them. Can Kelly catch Stricker. That will be a tough go.

It’s the last scheduled U.S. Open in the Midwest until the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open at Erin Hills.  See USGA.org

The 2017 U.S. Open collection in the clubhouse at Erin Hills.

ERIN HILLS has opened the new first tee box, as the new drumlin putting green gets closer to opening. The new large putting green should be very entertaining. There is a video on the Erin Hills website, and on Youtube.

The club has announced it is taking reservation now, for the 2020 calendar year through mid-September. As the dates get closer to the Ryder Cup, there will be announcements regarding both golf and overnight stays. Erinhills.com or call Erin Hills at (866)-772-4769.

THE MEN’S GOLF SEASON at the University of Illinois came to an end at the NCAA Championships, as the Illini could not survive the 54 hoe cut. But good news came for head coach Mike Small. Small was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year, by the College Coaches Association of America for the tenth time. Small guided the Illini to their 5th consecutive Big Ten Title. And10th title in 11 years. Illinois won it’s NCAA regional to advance to the nationals. Where they have played for 12 straight seasons.  And that is the second longest streak in the country behind the University of Texas with 13 straight years.

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THE WOMEN’S WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION has announced it’s 2019 Woman of Distinction. Beth Daniel the Women’s Golf Hall of Famer, and 2009 Solheim Cup Captain, who lead team USA to the cup at Rich Harvest Farms.

Daniel will be honored on October 3rd at the Glen View Club.

The Women’s Western Golf Association’s National Amateur Golf Championship, will held the week of July 15th. It will be contested at Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove.

PINE MEADOW in Mundelein has announced it’s new White/Silver tee markers layout is open and rated by the CDGA. The yardage for these markers play at 5,800 yards. Getfitted for the new Titleist TS-Drivers this Tuesdays July 2nd (847)-566-GOLF.

THE WORLD AMATEUR HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP in Myrtle Beach SC. has announced they have received over 3,000 entries for this years championship. The current figure is 3,002 for the August 26-30 event. Four days, and one practice round. The championship takes place on 60 golf courses through the Myrtle Beach area. See Playgolfmyrtlebeach.com for more details.

Myrtle Beach has announced that this May the area saw over 306,000 rounds of golf played. An over 10% increase from one year ago. Course profits were up over 17%. Myrtle Beach Golf, a true golf destination. Playgolfmyrtlebeach.com.

FOUNDERS GROUP MYRTLE BEACH HAS ANNOUNCED that the Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood Golf has closed for renovation. FGI has hired Dan Schlegel and Schelgel Golf Design to renovate the golf course. The sizes of the greens will increase by 28%, and all bunkers will be reshaped, and redone. The course closed on June 24th and will reopen on September 1st. Details at myrtlewoodgolf.com.

CHARLIE RYMER, was named Father of the Year for 2019. As part of the Myrtle Beach Family week that took place earlier this month in Myrtle Beach SC.

GRANDE DUNES GOLF RESORT in Myrtle Beach, a course you can play. Will host the South Carolina State Open Championship July 8-11. The championship is 54 holes.

BEER-BIRDIES and more. Destination Kohler with specials now through September 3rd. Call (888)-293-7337. Four Championship Pete Dye Golf Courses. #kohlergolf

THE ALDILA ROGUE GOLF SHAFT MSI-returns August 1st, now in Black.

The JOHN DEERE CLASSIC will have country singer Dustin Lynch performing championship week, on July 10th. As part of the Birdies for Charity Bonus Fund. The concert will take place at, THE RUST BELT a new concert venue in East Moline. See Johndeereclassic.com for further information.

The Gog Blog returns on Monday, with the Gog Blog Speaks Out. RS

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO WEEK 14

STEVE STRICKER LEADS the U.S. Sr. Open at the Warren Course in South Bend Ind. Catch all the action on the Fox Network. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has reopended most of the Baer Nine, in fact seven holes of it. The final two holes will be open by August 1st and maybe sooner. For tee times visit Schaumburggolf.com or call the club located at 401 N. Roselle Road at (847)-885-9000 #golf #chandlerschophouse  ______________________________________________________________________

Golfers on Golf Radio Am 750 WNDZ 10 am this morning L-R Ed Stevenson-Bill Berger and Rory Spears.

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO is back for Week 14, yes Week 14. And the season is flying past us.

Today’s show will feature a guest from the United States Golf Association (USGA) in connection with the U.S. Sr. Open from the Warren Course in South Bend Ind.

Likely to be USGA Historian Michael Troestel. So we will talk USGA records being set this week, at the during the Senior Open.

  WELCOME TO BIG CEDAR RESORT in Ridgedale MO. And the U.S. Sr. Open trophy.

Matt McQueary the Golf Sales and Marketing Director for Big Cedar Resort joins us to talk the new Ozarks National Golf Course, and the under construction Payne’s Valley Golf Course, that opens in 2020. Southwest Missouri the ozarks and the Branson area,  all in one, therefore quite a destination.

We will check in with Blackberry Oaks General Manager and head golf professional Chad Johansen, because the Blackberry Amateur is taking place today and tomorrow in Bristol.

Join us. Interviews with Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly and Chris Dimarco, and Medinah professional Rich Dukelow, who played in the U.S. Senior Open.

AM 750 THE BIG WNDZ..tee time is 10 am.

STRICKER AND KELLY 1-2 AT US SENIOR OPEN

  IT’S SENIOR OPEN WEEK. THE BAER NINE at the Schaumburg Golf Club will have seven holes open tomorrow for play. With the last two holes opening by August 1st. For details please call the club at (847)-885-9000 or visit online at Schaumburggolf.com.       _____________________________________________________________________

BY: Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Facebook or Linkedin.

REPORTING FROM THE WARREN COURSE in South Bend Indiana.

  STEVE STRICKER and JERRY KELLY Team Wisconsin on the Champions Tour are tearing up the Warren Course here in South Bend. Stricker with rounds of 62-64 is as hot as the temperatures outside.

Stricker is -14 in the U.S. Senior Open that looks more like the John Deere Classic, with the shootout thats going on. One USGA official told Golfers on Golf, we would love to crown Steve a USGA Champion. Just wish he could make a few less birdies.

Stricker is making the Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore designed Warren Course in South Bend, look easy, and not like a U.S. Open venue. But he is enjoying the course and admitted he is motivated to win. Sticker would love to avenge the loss he had to Kelly at his American Family tournament last weekend in Madison Wisconsin in a playoff.

He would love to win his first major, and he would like to be crowned a USGA Champion. Right now he is making putts from everywhere, and seems ready to win. Even the big gun on the PGA Champions Tour Bernhard Langer, when asked if he can make a run this weekend, answered, “yes if I start playing golf like Steve Stricker, and making putts like him.”

Click here to hear Steve Strickers interview after his second round at the U.S. Senior Open in South Bend Ind.

Stricker has his entire family here, and his wife Nikki is on the bag this week. He seems at ease with her by his side for the entrie round. Win or lose this weekend, Stricker will be tough to beat.

JERRY KELLY is right behind Stricker, after round of 64-64 and is 12 under par. Kelly calls Stricker a good friend, and that the two of them have been there for each other in the good times and bad. He says if he is paired with Stricker on Saturday or and or Sunday as well, they will be good times.

Kelly like Stricker is putting well, and says he played some of the tought holes on the course very good.

Team Wisconsin they are, good friends they are, and both want to win come Sunday.

Click here to hear the flash area interview with Jerry, in second place at the U.S. Sr Open.

NOTES: Course designer Ben Crenshaw was out on the golf course today watching golf. He watched Medinah professional Rich Dukelow tee off on the 13th hole. Dukelow missed the cut, shooting +9 for his 36 holes. Dukelow had two great putts on the 15th and 16th holes in Round 2. Both died on the lip of the cup, and the one on 15 seemed to have the ball hanging over the hole.

Crenshaw was asked about the low scores for the first two rounds. “With all the rain that we’ve had, their is not much they can do with the golf course. The guys playing well, will eat it up.”

GOG spoke with the Golden Bear Jack Nicklaus, who was roaming the course in a golf cart driven by a USGA security chief. When I asked him about watching his son Gary Nicklaus compete again, Nicklaus answered, “He is not competing yet. He has been a way from it (the game) for so long. He needs to learn how to play out here again, then he can go compete.”

Spoken like a true champion.

More on Golfers on Golf Radio tomorrow morning at 10 AM on Am 750 The Big WNDZ-Chicago.

WGA ANNOUNCES BMW TO DRIVE OFF COURSE

  THE TOP DRESSING IS HAPPENING as the BAER 9 prepares to open the first seven holes this Saturday, at the SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB. 401 N. Roselle Road, just a short distance from Woodfield Mall. The final two holes will open by August 1st. So call the club at (847)-885-9000 or online visit Schaumburggolfcom for tee times and more.    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin or Facebook. At the Flash area, US Sr. Open at the Warren Course.

THE WGA has finally made it official. BMW is driving off the golf course and into the sunset.

When the BMW Championship ends at Medinah in August, they are done. How much BMW stays invovled with golf remains to be seen.

So, what I have said for months is now clear. BMW is leaving. Who drives in next remains to be seen. I have written on multiple occasions, over the last several months, that BMW appeared to be going, going, and now gone.

Last summer BIG 3 partner, Tim Cronin (The Illinois Golfer) and I, sat down with WGA Sr. VP of Tournaments Vince Pellegrino at Exmoor Country Club, during the Sr. Players Championship.

Pellegrino was asked about BMW, and what was happening with the contract that expires after Medinah. Pellegrino said that there was “discussions to be had”, and nothing was final. But he made it clear, that BMW was a great partner. And the WGA would love to extend them. However, if BMW did not return, it could leave the door open for the WGA and the PGA Tour to find a new local sponsor. And that would not be a bad thing.

If that happened, it could keep the tournament in the Chicago area every year. It could allow the tournament to go back to the southside of the Chicago, where BMW did not want to go. Pellegrino said he would love to go to Olympia Fields Country Club, and who could blame him because that’s a great idea.

So when the tournament was announced a few months ago to be heading to Olympia Fields in 2020, and was staying in the Chicago area for two straight years. You knew the deal with BMW was as flat as one of their tires. Recently according to Cronin, the 2020 hospitality brochures called next years tournament the, 2020 PGA Tour Fed Ex Cup event. Not the BMW Championship.

Who could be the front runners to be the new sponsor. Will it be somebody big and well known. The new sponsor name for the former Web.com Tour, now the Korn-Ferry tour, has been met with an UGH and a Splat. The Ferry-Tour, has no-appeal what so-ever. But I wish them the best, and thank them because they are supporting professional golf.

The word on the streets is that Discover Card based in Riverwoods has meet with multiple golf groups in the last few years, about sponsorship talks. But hasn’t pulled the trigger. Could McDonald’s be an option ? More likely some financial group will appear. Wintrust was in talks to have their name on White Sox park, before the current name appeared.

I wonder if there is a company that makes caddie bibs that could be a sponsor. That, would be fitting. RS

NICKLAUS-DUKELOW READY FOR US SENIOR OPEN

   THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB 401 N. Roselle Road is ready to open the Baer 9 this Saturday-holes 10-16. Holes 17 and 18 coming soon. For details on tee times andmore please visit Schaumburggolf.com or call the club at (847)-885-9000 #BAER     ____________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears-Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy. The U.S. Senior Open trophy. Reporting from South Bend Ind.

It’s the last U.S. Open of any kind in the Midwest for a few years, and it’s only a couple of hours drive from Chicago.

It’s at the Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore designed, Warren Course in Soth Bend Ind. on the campus of Notre Dame.

David Toms is the defending champion and he is back in the field this year.

Joining him in the field, is Gary Nicklaus, yes a Nicklaus, son of Jack who will be out for Round 1 to see his son play.

Click here to hear the interview with Gary Nicklaus, who talked about his game and his dad, the all-time greatest golfer who ever lived.

Joining Nicklaus in the field is local Chicago area teaching professional Rich Dukelow who teaches at Medinah. Dukelow was the medalist in a qualfifer at Inverness Country Club, that earned him a spot in the field. Dukelow gives the Wilson Golf family, another chance for another major title.

Click here to hear the interview with Medinah teaching professional Rich Dukelow.

The Gog Blog returns all this week.