THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to the French Lick Resort and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy
THE FRENCH LICK RESORT home of the Award Winning Pete Dye Golf Course, and this July come to the inaugural Sr. LPGA Championship, see Frenchlick.com for details, The French Lick Resort is the presenting sponsor of the Chicago Golf Show Feb. 24-26 that will be held this year at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. ______________________________________________________________________
Final day the Tinley Park Golf Expo, until 4 PM.
THE GOG BLOG’s SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME… with all the golf news you need to know.
The Chicago Golf Show, will be held from Friday Feb. 24th until Sunday Feb. 26th in the usual place the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Doors open at Noon on Friday.
The Show has a special on weekend tickets, if you buy them this Tuesday on Valentines Day, how about that for a sweet gift. $2 discount. Online you can order them at Chicagogolfshow.com.
More news from the Chicago Golf Show, Chicagoland Golf will sponsor the show program with a nice glossy edition, a change from the newsprint style. Make sure you pick up a copy, in the issue there will be a story on the new name for the Oak Meadows Golf Club in Addison, that will reopen this summer after an almost two year renovation, headed up by architect Greg Martin.
NCAA.com tickets on sale now. The Men’s and Women’s Final Four and national championships at Rich Harvest Farms.
The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships will be played from May 19 through May 31, at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.
Ticket are on sale now at NCAA.com and the championships will be hosted by Northern Illinois University, that uses Rich Harvest Farms as a home course.
The men’s team from the university of Illinois is expected to be in the field, and so is the women’s team from the University of Northwestern. The women’s team at Illinois lead by 2016 Illinois Women’s Open Champion Stephanie Miller is pushinghard to make the nationals for the first time. The men’s team at Northwestern is also making a late push to make the field as well. The Wildcats just won the B1G Ten match play championship yesterday in Florida (Top rated Illinois did not compete) at Hammock Dunes Resort on the Conservatory Course designed by the great Tom Watson.
Pam Miller VP of Operations for Antigua shows off some of the new Antigua line for 2017, at the recent PGA Merchandise Show.
ANTIGUA has been named as the official supplier for the 2017 U.S. Solheim Cup team.
This years Solheim Cup will be contested between Team USA and Team Europe from August 14-20 at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in Iowa.
Team USA Captain Juli Inkster says that “Antigua has been great to work with and will have our team looking great during the matches.”
You can shop for Antigua products in your favorite pro shop or online at Antigua.com or ShopAntigua.com
The American Club in Kohler Wisconsin.
ARE YOU READY TO GET AWAY, how about “Taking Time for Two”, it might not be golf season quite yet in Central Wisconsin, but the American Club is open year round.
If a little R&R is what you need, now might be the time to slip away up north and get your body ready for the golf season ahead.
If you enjoy Chocolate, Kohlers Celebration of Chocolate will ‘taste’ place from Feb. 17-19, with Chef Josh Johnson leading the way. For more information see Destinationkohler.com.
CHICAGO/NORTHBROOK based KemperSports has been selected by the Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans MO. to manage the club. St. Albans is considered one of the top private clubs in the St. Louis area. The club has 36 holes fo championship golf.
KEMPERSPORTS has announced it’s new program for private clubs called BackSpin Club services. This service helps club GM’s and Boards of Directors in operating their clubs more efficiently in various parts of club operations. For more information on this program see Backspinclubservices.com.
Coming June 29-July 2nd to Olympia Fields Country Club
THE 2017 KPMG at Olympia Fields will be conducted from June 29-July 2nd. But this past week on the Wanamaker Course at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Alison Curdt of Simi Valley California shot a 1 under par 71 (54 hole total 215 -1) to grab runner up honors and earn an a position in the field. The winner Karen Paolozzi who totaled a -5 211 score had qualified last summer Teaching and Club Professionals National Championship.
Curdt and Paolozzi are two of the four PGA professionals who earned a spot in the field at Olympia Fields.
Mcqsdome.com a part of Mistwood Golf
McQ’s Wing eating competition is having it’s qualifier round #2. Winner advances to Wing Bowl main event on March 3rd. The evening starts at 6:30 with the ladies from Deep Eddy Vodka.
Prior to eating some tasty wings, why not get out the golf clubs and go hit some balls in the golf dome, or work on your chipping and putting.
McQ’s Dome on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, is a one-stop fun and run location. Watch the horses run in the OTB, while enjoy the food and beverage on the new menu. Mcqsdome.com.
The first hole at the course formerly known as Oak Meadows DuPagegolf.com
DuPage Golf is getting you ready to plan your golf season at Dupage Golf Courses.
Permanent Tee-times are now available. Are you ready for a 1-club tournament at Maple Meadows on Saturday afternoon April 15th, the tournament is 9 holes, you can sign up now and pay online at DuPagegolf.com.
Does your league need a new location, bring it to Dupage Golf.
Oak Meadows, will have a new name when it reopens this summer, what will it be, check out the Chicagolandgolf program at the Chicago Golf Show for the answer, and Golfersongolf.com will have the answer about that time as well.
OAKBROOK BASED ZERO FRICTION golf gloves now with GPS are rated in the top 5 gloves in the marketplace. Former U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller was the Zero friction booth at the PGA Show. The glove was well received at the show, and you can learn more about Zero-Friction at Zerofriction.com.
BLACKBERRY OAKS in Bristol GM Chad Johansen inventor of the Perfect Putting Aid, and the Guide for Golf has announced some of the 2017 events at BBO’s. Registration is now underway for the PGA Jr. Golf League, and the Senior League. Plus dont’t forget to book your outing before all the best dates are filled. Call (630)-553-7170 or visit Blackberryoaks.com.
Buying or selling golf properties, contact Chris@Linkscapitaladvisors. New property now on the market is Manistee National Golf and Resort, 36 holes of golf and a 42 room lodge. Current asking price $1.9 million dollars. More information contact Chris Charnas
The Long Putt contest at the Chicago Golf Show, Feb. 24-26-2017.
Baseball and golf will shae the stage at the Chicago Golf Show Feb. 24-26 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
Hall of Famer’s Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs and tim Raines fo the Chicago White Sox will visit the show.
Both players are avid golfers and are looking forward to attending. Raines will be on the mainstage on Saturday at 1 PM. While Sandberg will appear on the mainstage at 1:15 on Sunday.
Raines will be formally inducted to the hall in Cooperstown on July 30th. For more information see Chicagogolfshow.com.
The Gog Blog Speaks Out returns tomorrow on Monday. RS