Print2016 UL International Crown 4c dsncaa_wordmark_logo_large ds   The Progression Continues at Rich Harvest Farms, Western Amateur August of 2015, The UL LPGA International Crown July of 2016, The NCAA Men’s and Woman’s Golf Championships May of 2017. See for more information.              _____________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With the Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms.


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Team USA has returned the Palmer Cup to the United States, with an 18 to 12 victory over Team Europe at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.

Europe fought hard during Sunday’s singles matches, and was the winner on Sunday by a score of 5 1/2 to 4 1/2. But that was not enough to over take the commanding seven point lead the USA had built up over the first two days of play. Defending Western Amateur Champion Beau Hossler who went out in the third match of the day, clinched the cup winning point when he defeated Pep Angles 2 & 1. Hossler who plays on the University of Texas golf team, will return to Rich Harvest Farms this August to play in the Western Amateur.

The key heading into the final day was that the USA had built up a a seven point lead after the first two days at 13.5 to 6.5. Team USA won 7.5 out of a possible 10 points on Saturday flipping a couple of matches on the 18th hole into key points. The USa did the same thing on Sunday or the score would have been a little closer, but the outcome was not in doubt.

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Coach Bruce Heppler holds the Palmer Cup trophy for Team USA.

Heavy rains fell over night and into the early hours at Rich Harvest Farms, leaving some playing area’s a little on the wet side. But it had no outcome on the matches.

Europe tried to mount the improbable rally, when Clement Sordet went out first and defeated Andres Albertson by a 2 & 1 score.

But Hunter Stewart of the USA turned things around quickly against the hot handed Thomas Detry who plays his college golf for the University of Illinois.With some U of I supporters cheering him on, Detry found that Stewart was too much for him falling by a 4 & 3 score.

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Team USA’s Beau Hossler with caddie, after clinching the Palmer Cup.

Then it was time to put the Palmer Cup back into the hands of the USA. Hossler who was 2 DN on the back nine rallied early to make the match All-Square.

On the 15th hole Angles approach shot plugged a green side bunker, and failed on his first attempt to get out. His second attempt flew long and just over the green. Hossler putted up close and the hole was conceded. Then on the par 3, 16th hole, Hossler hit the green leaving a 30 foot putt over a ridge, but Angles missed the green left and his ball was in the weeds and at the base of a tree. Under the advice of Coach Jan Van deVelde, Angles went back to the tee and hit his third shot just short of the green. After Hossler putted up to two-feet, and Angles chip came up short of the hole he conceded the putt and Hossler was 2 UP with two holes to play.

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Rich Harvest Farms owner Jerry Rich, with Team USA at the closing ceremonies.

The 17th hole saw Hossler hit the back fringe with his approach shot, and Angles just miss the green short right. After Hossler putted up to inside two feet, and Angles could not hole his chip shot, the hole was halved and the match was over and the Palmer Cup was back in the hands of the USA.

Maverick McNealy playing behind Hossler , was defeated by Europe’s Adrian Meronk 3 & 2. But after play was concluded, McNealy was awarded by a vote of his teammates the invitation to play in the 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on the PGA Tour. His caddie from Rich Harvest Farms will join him in Orlando next March.

After Ollie Schneiderjans won his match 5 & 3 over Max Rottluff, the Europeans came on to win the next three matches. Before Robby Shelton defeated Mattias Eggenberger, 4 & 3 to give the USA another point. The final match saw Lee McCoy rally from 2 Dn with 2 holes to play to earn a half point against top rated amateur Jon Rahm. McCoy got up and down from a greenside bunker to make a six foot birdie to win the match after Rahm missed his birdie from 15 feet.

Click here to hear interviews with Team USA players Maverick McNealy, and Beau Hossler, followed by Coach Bruce Heppler.

The 2016 Palmer Cup matches will held at the Formby Club on the Irish Sea in England, before returning to the USA in 2017 and the Atlanta Athletic Club.


Print2016 UL International Crown 4c ds   THE 2015 WESTERN AMATEUR AT RICH HARVEST FARMS, coming this August. Defending Champion Beau Hossler from the University of Texas will play. Next July the LPGA UL International Crown, who will wear the crown in the world of women’s golf.             ______________________________________________________________________

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The Palmer Cup is about to return to the hands of the United States.

Team USA entering Day 2 of play made a serious move on Team Europe to open up a 7 point lead heading into the final day of singles matches at Rich Harvest Farms.

TEAM USA leads by a score of 13.5 to 6.5 over Team Europe. There are ten points available on Sunday, all in singles matches.

On Saturday team Europe broke quickly from the gates lead by University of Illinois to be Senior Thomas Detry, who defeated University of Georgia’s Lee McCoy 5 & 4. But then Team USA responded with a point from Ollie Schneiderjans with a 2 & 1 win over Europe’s Jon Rahm.

But then after Europe won Match 3, a 1 Up win for Max Rottluff over Carr Vernon, and then halved Match 4, they failed to win a point the rest of the day. In match four Adrian Meronk had Kyle Jones of the USA 2 down with three holes to play, but lost holes 16 and 18 for the half point.

Then the USA won six straight matches. Robby Shelton over Rowin Caron 3 & 2, Hunter Stewart over Mathias Eggenberger 6 & 5, Anders Albertson over Clement Sordet 2 & 1, Jack Mcguire over Gary Hurley 6 & 5.

Beau Hossler had his match with Matthias Schwab go back and forth until it was All-Sqaure headed to 18. But when Schwab missed his 20 foot birdie putt and Hossler converted his 12 footer for birdie, the match was won by Hossler 1 UP.

Maverick McNealy in the final match held off Pep Angles by a 2 & 1 score.

Europe needs 15 points to retain the cup, the USA needs 15.5 or another 2 points to take it back.

The final day’s singles matches were scheduled to start at 8:30 but have been pushed up to 8 AM local time (CST). But heavy rains in the area expected overnight could delay them.

Click here to hear interviews with Thomas Detry, Beau Hossler, and Maverick McNealy.

The Gog Blog will have a recap on Sunday night. Golfers on Golf Radio will be discussing the Palmer Cup in the morning starting at 9 AM on WSBC AM 1240 and WCFJ AM 1470. Join us live.


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Multiple sources have confirmed that the Medinah Country Club has voted to accept the 2019 BMW Championship at it’s annual meeting today at the club.

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The Medinah Country Club.

With apparently no movement on getting a tournament from the USGA or the PGA of America, after hosting the most successful Ryder Cup ever back in 2012, the Medinah Country Club has voted to accept a PGA Tour event in 2019.

The BMW Championship in the final year of it’s contract, will head to Medinah. The last PGA Tour event at Medinah was the 1966 Western Open won by Billy Casper. Medinah has hosted three Western Opens.

Golfers on Golf Radio will discuss this anouncement in the morning at 9 Am on WSBC AM 1240 and WCFJ AM 1470. Join us live in the morning.


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The morning foursomes matches started 40 minutes late due to threats from lightning, but then it was the USA that struck quickly winning four of five matches to take a 4-1 lead.

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Arnold Palmer speaks at the opening ceremonies.

The USA was up 3-0 before Europe knew what hit them.

Lee McCoy and Ollie Schneiderjans won a 4-3 match over Thomas Detry ( U of I) and top rated amateur Jon Rahm. Europe was 2 Up after 3 holes, but the Americans were back in charge 1 UP by the turn.

Match 2 between Kyle Jones and Carr Vernon against Max Rottluff and Matthias Schwab took off on the back nine when the Americans won holes 12-13-14 and won 3 & 2. Match 3 saw Americans Robby Shelton and Hunter Stewart rally from 2 Down to win 3 & 2.

Europe got on the board when Pep Angles and Adrian Meronk closed out the Team USA anchor team of Maverick McNealy and Beau Hossler by a 3 & 2 score. Euurope won holes 12-13-14 to pull away.

The final morning match saw Americans Anders Albertson, and Jack Maguire hold on to win 1 UP over Europe’s Mathias Eggenberger and Gary Hurley. The USA was 3 UP on back nine but the Europeans made it All-Square on 17. But a par on 18 allowed the USA to win.

Europe came right back after lunch winning the first two matches to cut into the USA lead, at one point it looked like Europe could win all five matches. But the USA rallied to win two matches.

Match 3 saw Robbie Shelton and Hunter Stewart defeat Rowin Caron and Clement Sordet 1 UP.  The USA didn’t lead in the match until a birdie by Shelton on the 17th hole.

In the days final match Hossler and McNealy  bounced back from the morning defeat to win 2 & 1. McNealy’s birdie on the 13th hole gave the USA the lead for good.

Saturdays singles matches have started, with the final match just now teeing off. Please come out and enjoy the matches at Rich Harvest Farms,  it’s free admission and free parking. Stay clicked in here for more details this afternoon.


Print2016 UL International Crown 4c ds       The next step at Rich Harvest Farms, the Western Amateur coming this August, and then the LPGA UL International Crown, Coming July of 2016. This weekend The Palmer Cup.

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Arnold Palmer speaks at the Palmer Cup Opening Ceremonies

The Matches are here, it’s the Palmer Cup, and Arnold Palmer the King himself was on hand to speak at the opening ceremonies yesterday at Rich Harvest Farms.

The opening matches tee off this morning starting at 7:30 Am, there are six groups and the last match goes at 8:30.

After the morning session is complete, the teams break for lunch and tee off again around 12:30 to 1 PM. There are two different formats, Foursomes and Fourballs.

Prior to the opening ceremonies, both coaches spoke with the Gog Blog. Team USA Coach Bruce Heppler first,and then Team Europe Coach Jean Van deVelde. Click above to hear our interviews with the coaches.

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Print2016 UL International Crown 4c ds      THE PROGRESSION HAS STARTED the first of three major events at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove tee’s off tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM the Palmer Cup, with Arnold Palmer on hand. In August it’s the Western Amateur and next July it’s the UL LPGA International Crown.

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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlog Guy. With the Palmer Cup.

The time has arrived. The first of four major tournaments coming to Rich Harvest farms begins with the Palmer Cup in the morning.

Arnold Palmer “The King” himself will be on hand to watch the golfers hit their opening tee shots. Both team USA and Team Europe are ready to go.

Rich Harvest Farms is ready to welcome you out and does so by offering Free Parking and Free Admission. There are no ropes so enjoy walking the fairways with these great college players. There are both Foursome and Four Ball matches on Friday, with singles matches on Saturday and Sunday before the closing ceremonies.

This afternoon The Gog Blog spoke with University of Illinois Player and Team Europe Player Thomas Detry, and followed that with an interview with Team USA player and defending WGA Western Amateur Champion Beau Hossler from the University of Texas.

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Click here to hear Interviews with Thomas Detry (first) and then Beau Hossler.

The Gog Blog spoke with the head coaches from Team USA Bruce Heppler from Georgia Tech, and Jean Van deVelde the coach from Team Europe. That feature will be coming up soon.

The Gog Blog will have additional coverage of the Palmer Cup on Friday and the weekend, so stay clicked in.

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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor & Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With the Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms.

Palmer Cup week is here and the opening ceremonies are underway tomorrow after practice rounds. It’s Team USA vs Team Europe, with the King Arnold Palmer in the house.

The competition begins with the opening matches on Friday morning. Four-Ball and Foursome matches.

Singles matches will be played on both Saturday and Sunday, with the closing ceremonies to follow Sunday’s play.

JohnDeereClassicHorzTM Tournaments week July 9-12, tickets now available.

The John Deere Classic and Tournament Director Clair Peterson today made their announcements of sponsors exemptions.

As normal, Peterson’s selections are excellent additions to the tournament.

No.1 world ranked amateur Bryson Dechambeau of SMU, who recently won the NCAA National Championship was the first selection. Dechambeau wears a Hogan Cap, and Plus-fours to honor Ben Hogan and Payne Stewart.

Lee McCoy is World No.4 in the amateur and just helped the Georgia Bulldogs advance to a third place finish in the NCAA Championships. He will be joined by graduating senior from Illinois Brian Campbell part of the Illinois team that finished T-3 in the NCAA Championships.

Patrick Rodgers a former World No.1 amateur player while at Stanford and now on the PGA Tour, gets his fourth exemption to the JDC.

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World No.1 Rory McIlroy holding the British Open Claret Jug in his left hand, is the defending champion for this years Open Championship at St. Andrews.

NBC has the open back. Well the British Open that is. After losing the U.S. Open to Fox Sports, NBC has become the new TV home for the Open Championship in America.

The new contract kicks in for the 2017 Open and runs for 12 years through 2028. This contract allows NBC or it’s broadcast partners to have rights to the Senior British Open, the Walker Cup when overseas,and the British Amateur.

R & A Chief Executive Peter Dawson, said “We are delighted to announce that from 2017, The Open Championship will be broadcast by the NBC Sports Group. The first British Open NBC will broadcast will be held at Royal Birkdale.

THE FOREST DUNES GOLF CLUB, in Roscommon Michigan has announced that Brian Moore has joined the club to oversee the grow-in to the new course by architect Tom Doak. Moore leaves his position at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton to assume his new post at Forest Dunes.

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The University of Illinois Men’s Golf Team. Coach Mike Small on far right.

Illinois Men’s Golf Coach Mike Small has been named the Coach of the Year winning the Dave Williams Award presented by Golf Pride Golf Grips. Six coaches do win this award every year, and Small joins five other coaches in receiving it.

Small lead the Illini to a final-four finish at the NCAA National Championships, in his 15th season at the helm. Illinois has gone to eight straight NCAA National Mens Golf Championships under Small.


The Western Golf Association (WGA) has announced that the 2017 WGA Junior Championship will be played at the Park Ridge Country Club from Jun 15-18.

Park Ridge stepped forward when Rich harvest Farms had to postpone it’s date to host the 2017 NCAA Men’s and Women’s National Championship.

The design at Park Ridge was created by architects Herbert Tweedie  and later Tom Bendelow each getting credit for nine-holes. In 2001 architect David Esler did a renovation. This years Western junior Championship will be played next week June 15-18 at the Riverside Country Club in North Riverside Illinois.

THE BMW CHAMPIONSHIP has ticket specials available through Fathers Day on June 21st, for the 2015 BMW Championship to be played at Conway farms in Lake Forest. For ticket information see There are still a limited number volunteer positions open for both the WGA Amateur in August at Rich Harvest Farms and the BMW Championship in September.

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The Golf Movie THE SQUEEZE.

Now available on DVD and suggested retail price is $20.99.

The movie has received outstanding reviews from media and film critics. Professional golfers such as Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus give it “Two Thumbs Up”.

NORTHWESTERN WOMEN’S GOLF COACH Emily Fletcher has received a contract extension from the University said VP-Athletics for Northwestern Jim Phillips. The Lady Wildcats finished 10th in the country this year at the NCAA National Championships.

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Volunteer Registration is now open for the 2016 Sr. PGA Championship to be played at the Harbor Shores Golf in Benton harbor Michigan.

The Volunteer fee is $130.00,volunteers will receive a full Ralph Lauren uniform, 1-golf shirt, outerwear and head wear, all with logo from the championship.

Free parking, meals and water vouchers, an official championship program. A one-time discount at the championship shop. One round of golf for a $25 cart fee to be used by November of 2016. Visit and click on the volunteer tab for more information.

THE LINKS TECHNOLOGY OUTING will be played on August 12th at the Schaumburg Golf Club, it benefits the Schaumburg Park Foundation. Registration is open by calling (847)-985-2115 payment is due at that time.

KEMPERSPORTS announces the Chambers Bay Challenge site of the 2015 U.S. Open, during U.S. Open week (next week) certain KemperSports courses will have designated hole-in-one holes. If you make a hole-in-one you will win an all expenses paid trip to Chambers Bay, if you ace the par 3 17th hole while playing Chambers Bay, you will win $1,000,000 dollars. See for more details.

I’LL SEE EVERYONE AT THE PALMER CUP at Rich Harvest Farms starting tomorrow.


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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor & Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin & Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With the Palmer Cup at Rich Harvest Farms, see you there.

The golf season is moving into full swing and at Chicago’s biggest golf property Cog Hill, there is much going on.

You can come enjoy Cog Hill by yourself, with friends or with family, especially on family night, that’s right Family Golf is back.

Every Saturday and Sunday night with tee times starting at 6 PM. The cost is only $10 per person and that includes a cart. Each group must be accompanied by a child 12 years of age or younger.

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DEMO DAY will be held outside on the driving range on June 20th. You can come hit some of top names in golf equipment.

Callaway, Nike, TaylorMade, Ping are just some of the companies that will be in attendance. Hours are from 10 AM to 3 PM. Range balls to test the clubs are free.

The 2015 summer Junior Golf memberships are available. These memberships are a great way for the juniors to play and practice daily.

FATHERS DAY, do you needs gifts for dad. If so there are sales on golf merchandise and gift certificates if you are not sure what to buy, or what size to buy.

UPCOMING OUTINGS, June 19th is the 4-hour challenge, a 7 Am scramble on course No.1. June 24th Senior Donuts & Doubles, 7 Am shotgun on Course No.3. June 27th is the Couple Scramble and Barbecue from 12-2 Pm on Course No.1. July 1st is the Senior Moment scramble, 8 Am on Course No.1.

GOLF CLINICS & LESSONS, Cog Hill is running Adult programs, Junior programs and clinics. Cog Hill is now a regional site for Golf Channel Academy.

COG HILL PUTTING THE KIDS TO WORK,  Cog Hill caddies are trained and ready for work this summer. Do consider a caddie when you play Cog Hill. Cost is $20, and do call in advance to reserve your caddies.

COG HILL Teaching Professional Carol Rhoades has been named the Horizon League Coach of the Year, in helping the UIC-Flames to it’s best record in program history.

Cog Hill has four courses and plenty of tee times, so consider Cog Hill in Lemont for your next round of golf. Visit or call (866)-COG-HILL for more information.

Don’t forget another Jemsek golf property, Pine Meadow in Mundelein for golfers up in the northern suburbs of Lake County. (847)-566-GOLF.


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

IT’S PALMER CUP week at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, as tournament season begins here in the Chicago area.

You know it’s golf season when the King himself Arnold Palmer is in town, to help get the first tournament in the Chicago area launched.

It’s Team USA vs team Europe, in the Palmer Cup Matches. The USA has a slim lead in the series, and will be hard pressed by the Europeans to extend it. Come out and see the best college players from two continents battle it out at Rich Harvest Farms. Jerry Rich has really stepped up to host this event, and has opened the doors to for everyone to visit Rich Harvest Farms, stop by and see it, along with some great golf.

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Jerry Rich has Rich Harvest Farms ready for your visit, won’t you join him.

Georgia tech Coach Bruce Heppler will coach Team USA, and Frenchman Jean Van de Velde of British Open fame will coach Team Europe. Janice Moody will be an assistant coach for the Europeans, she played for team Europe in the 2009 Solheim Cup played at Rich Harvest Farms won by Team USA.

University of Illinois Men’s Golf Team member Thomas Detry will play in the Palmer Cup for Team Europe, Detry hails from Belgium.


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Logo5_bwlinearwordmarklores 2019 on Medinah No.3. Could it Happen, and yes it could. According to a published media report it might happen and with the USGA and PGA absent in Chicago, maybe the PGA Tour will be moving around. Of course the BMW Championship drives all over anyway, why not have it drive around Chicago. The BMW is more mobile than a M*A*S*H* unit.

According to multiple sources, the WGA reached out to Medinah for the 2019 edition of it’s local championship. Which likely means Conway Farms needed to be out of the picture for that year, and what’s still up in the air is 2017. Conway Farms, or maybe the new player who is an old player in the big tournament game again Kemper Lakes, could return for that season.

What’s interesting for Medinah is having a tour event, since the last PGA Tour event at Medinah was the 1966 Western Open won by Billy Casper, his second of four Western Open wins. What will it take for Medinah to host a professional event, that’s not a major.

Perhaps a seven figure guaranteed check, and making sure the newly renovated courses No.1 and No.2 don’t get torn up from being used as a parking lot. Another thing for Medinah to think about, is that 2019 is the last year of a deal between BMW amd the PGA Tour. If it’s not extended before 2019, do you want a sponsor who would be pulling out after the event. Which normally means they go with a cheap presentation.

TIGER WOODS..somehow World # 156 and sinking by the week is still generating conversation. This week Woods did it by hitting the ball sideways in round one, then after just making the cut in round 2, he rallied with a +13 over par 85 on Saturday. the worst score of the year on the PGA Tour. Going out first on Sunday, he carded a 2 over par 74 to finish in last place of those who made the cut.

This leads to the question of what can we expect from Woods at the U.S. Open. If the Memorial is any indication, we can’t expect much of anything. In fact, if Woods can’t pull it together in the next week, he needs to do everyone a favor and WD from Chambers Bay. No one wants to watch him shoot another score in the 80’s or high 70’s, and then have half the broadcast wasted breaking down his bad round and swing. Professional athletes talk about distractions and avoiding them, well that’s what Woods has become, a distraction to the game.

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Kemper Lakes Par 5, 15th hole, soon to be near 625 yards.

It was great to tour Kemper Lakes last week with BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm, who has written his thoughts about Kemper Lakes on his site

Kemper Lakes plans to “Restore the Roar” and bring tournament championship golf back to the Kildeer based golf club.

I’ll have more thoughts on this in a future upcoming column, but it’s nice to see Kemper Lakes moving in the right direction again. Kemper Lakes gives the major golf organizations a nice option in the Chicago area to bring in a needed championship. You can visit our “Past shows” area of this website and listen to our show from yesterday that included Kemper Lakes GM John Hosteland.

SPEAKING OF KEMPER, a tip of the cap to KemperSports Managment on it’s long time running KemperSports Golf Invitational that tee’s off today at the Tom Fazio designed Glen Club in Glenview. Let’s hope the weather holds off and a great time is had by all.

I’m looking forward to being at the Palmer Cup this week, and seeing the players and Arnold Palmer. I hope you will join me out there, and GO PLAY everyone. RS


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Golfers on Golf Radio Standing L-R Mike Munro & Ed Stevenson, Seated L-R Rory Spears & Bill Berger. The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor & Director of Content.Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin & Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

Golfers on Golf Radio is on the tee for week No.8 of the 2015 golf season. You are welcome to join us from 9-10 AM on WSBC-AM 1240 & WCFJ-AM 1470.

If you miss us live because you are on the golf course or at the practice range, you do get a mulligan. The show will be posted on this site, and you can hear the show online.

Chicago’s Favorite Foursome will be short one golfer, so we hope you can join us live.

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Rich Harvest Farms Owner Jerry Rich at the 2014 International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club.

Golfers on Golf Radio welcomes back to the show, Mr. Jerry Rich owner of Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, the home of this weeks Palmer Cup Matches.

Mr. Rich will have all the details about this weeks event. You will learn about the coaches players and more. The progression starts this week at Rich Harvest Farms, we will have some details about the Western Amateur coming to Rich Harvest Farms this August, and the UL LPGA International Crown coming in July 2016. It’s a big 13 months coming in Sugar Grove.

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The Par 4, 12th hole at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer.

John Hosteland the General Manager at the Kemper Lakes, joins us to talk about his clubs plans to “Restore the Roar”.

It’s now been some 26 years since Payne Stewart won his first major at Kemper Lakes, and club is now ready to get back into the tournament business.

A recent bunker renovation program by architect Rick Jacobson has the club looking great. A tree removal program and the addition of several tee’s will bring the clubs back tee yardage from 7,217 up to 7,500+. Kemper Lakes on the comeback trail.

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The Medinah Country Club Clubhouse, with the clock style putting green in front.

A published report says that Medinah could be a front runner for the 2019 BMW Championship, when the event would return from Aronimink near Philadelphia where it will be played in 2018.

Golfers on Golf Radio will discuss this possibility of the BMW Championship moving away from the North Shore area of Lake Forest and Conway Farms for 2019.

NORTH CAROLINA and the OUTER BANKS area are in fine shape this time of year, and some great golf in the area is waiting for you to make your tee-time today. Starting with Nags Head Golf Links on the south-end of the strip and the Carolina Club on the north-side, and several stops in between golfers have plenty of places to pick from.

Some of the other courses include the Currituck Club, the Kilmarlic Club, the Pointe Golf Club and Duck Woods Country Club. These courses are located just minutes off the Atlantic Ocean.

For more information on a visit to the Outer Banks area of North Carolina in the finest part of it’s season, see or call (800)-916-6244.

COG HILL has brought back Family Golf for another season. It is now on Saturday and Sunday nights starting at 6 PM. Cost is just $10 and includes a cart. All groups must have a child of 12 or under to be part of the family promotion.

DEMO DAY at COG HILL will be June 20th from 10 AM to 3 PM. Among the companies that will be participating are Callaway, Nike, TaylorMade, and Ping. Club fitting will be available. Junior memberships are now available for juniors to play and practice on a daily basis. For more visit or call (866)-COG-HILL.

The Gog Blog Returns tomorrow, stay dry today and Go Play. RS