COG HILL ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY AND WINTER PLANS

  MIKE MUNRO & JIM MCWETHY invite you this holiday season to try the Green Street Grille in Bensenville (L), located in downtown Bensenville on Green Street (of course) visit Greenstreetgrille.com for more information. (R) McQ’s Dome in Bolingbrook is now open for winter golf season. The Black Friday sale starts at 8 AM on Friday and starting at 10 Am is the Black Friday Brunch. Check out Mcqsdome.com for more information.     _____________________________________________________________________

THE SIGN AT COG HILL TELLS IT ALL…..

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

CONGRATS to Coach Kevin Weeks and Team Illinois from Cog Hill, on their 7th place finish at the PGA Jr. League National Championships last week in Arizona.

Happy Holidays from Everyone at Cog Hill. The Cog Hill annual Holiday Open House is coming up on Saturday December 2nd starting at 10 AM and running until 3 PM. Almost everything in the pro shop is on sale. There is gift wrapping, punch and Hors D’oeuvres.

The Par 3, 14th Hole on Course #4 Dubsdread at Cog Hill, with the new cart park.

The Three Club Frosty Open will be held on December 10th, pick your best Three-Clubs and try to go low. A warm jacket that day might help as well.

Are you getting ready for the first Chicago area golf tournament of the 2018 golf season.

Well again this year it’s the Eskimo Open at Cog Hill, to be contested on Sunday January 7th, unless the weather is really really bad.

Do you need the perfect holiday gift for the serious golf in your family. If so Cog Hill has the right choice for you, and one that will have your favorite golfer beaming with joy.

IT’S THE COG HILL COURSE #4  Dubsdread Membership for only $4,900.00 dollars in 2018.

The Dubsdread membership gives the golfer not only special benefits on Dubsdread a Top 100 public course you can play, but for other activities at Cog Hill, and for your guests when they join you for golf at Cog Hill. If you have junior golfers in your family they too can benefit with a discount on their Cog Hill Junior membership.

A COG HILL REMINDER, Cog Hill is open all year. Courses #1 & 3 never close, so if the winter weather is mild, and can always get out and play Cog Hill. The range is open daily and is partially enclosed and has heaters overhead.

So why not make Cog Hill a stop for holiday golf needs, and or winter golf play, practice or lesson sessions in the barn on the back of the range. See Coghillgolf.com for details or call (866)-COG-HILL.

 

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-DOME SEASON IS HERE

   THE CALLAWAY MACK DADDY WEDGES, Callaway 2018 Coming Soon. Innisbrook Golf Resort Tarpon Springs Florida, A Salamander Resort. The renovated North Course is now open for play. Visit Innisbrookgolfresort.com for more information #Copperhead.   _____________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by Editor and Director of Content, Rory Spears. In the simulator bay at the Schaumburg Golf Club. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

FALL GOLF, it just raced by too fast this year, and while winter might not officially be here yet, but it sure seems like it as Thanksgiving comes to our tables later this week.

What Thanksgiving brings besides some turkey, football and family, is the start of golf dome season.

This Friday the McQ’s Dome in Bolingbrook will tee off the holiday season with a 8 Am Black Friday Sale, that will have plenty of goodies from Mistwood Golf Club. Get there early while the picken’s are good.

The dome is up and running at Links and Tee’s in Addison and also over White Pines in Bensenville. While I have been a visitor to all three domes over the years, you really can’t beat McQ’s, where there is a real triple play.

THE Dome at McQ’s, hit the target.

When owner Jim McWethy bought the former Ditka Dome in Bolingbrook, it was losing money and going in the wrong direction.

McWethy however changed all that by first off creating a top notch indoor golf facility, and bringing his highly respected professional staff over to McQ’s from Mistwood for the winter.

Once the golf dome was up and running, McQ’s Bar and Grill was as well. With plenty of TV’s to catch all the golf and sports action, and a BBQ menu that left nobody hungry, McQ’s has it going. Then you bring an OTB and an opportunity to play the ponies, win a few dollars and have your golf and BBQ on the house and it’s a successful day. When it comes to MCQ’s, it’s a Winner, the Place to be, and it’s a show all year long.

I LOVE Links and Tee’s as well. Charles Sims and his staff at the Addison Park District do a wonderful job, and every year there is something new. New Mats, new range balls, or targets to shoot at. If your in the Addison area, stop at Links and Tee’s on Lake Avenue.

IF YOUR IN BENSENVILLE on your way to the Green Street Grille where you will find former White Pines Golf Dome owner Mike Munro, Munro’s old stomping grounds is yet another place to hit the golf ball during the winter golf season. 37’s the clubs 19th hole is usually open for food and drink.

THERE ARE SOME other domes around, and more clubs are importing simulators to keep their customers on property when the snow is piled up and the cold is lurking outside. The best simulator set up I have seen is at Schaumburg Golf Club, where most of the basement has been redone. Toss in the food from Chandlers Steakhouse upstairs and it’s a winter must eat and play. Schaumburg GC on Roselle where the first phase of the renovation on the club’s 27 holes, is a little grow in time from being done.

If your thinking about new equipment or a winter golf trip, it’s time to get the changes made, or the warm up in before heading south.

Dome Season, yeah it’s here. But I’m still hoping for one more outdoor round of golf in 2017. The Gog Blog returns this week. RS

ARONIMINK TO HOST 2020 KPMG & 2027 PGA

  THE INNISBROOK RESORT AND GOLF CLUB a Salamander Resort, Tarpon Springs Florida, North Course is now reopened from renovation, see Innisbrookgolf resort.com. McQ’s Golf Dome in Bolingbrook, Black Friday Sale this Friday 8 AM. McQsDome.com. ______________________________________________________________________

Aronimink home of the 2020 KPMG Championship and the 2027 PGA Championship. But will host the 2018 BMW Championship next year.

The PGA of America has announced that Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square PA. (home of the 2018 BMW Championship) will now host the 2020 KPMG/Women’s PGA Championship and the 2027 PGA Championship.

The club has a long championship golf history. Starting with the 1962 PGA Championship won by Gary Player, and then the 1977 U.S. Amateur that had John Fought as its champion. John Jacobs was the winner of the 2003 PGA Sr. Championship. Justin rose was the champion of the 2010 PGA Tour AT&T National with Nick Watney winning the same tournament in 2011.

With the announcement the Aronimink Golf Club will be come the first club to host all three of the PGA’s rotating major championships.

Danielle Kang won the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA at Olympia Fields

Danielle Kang winner at Olympia Fields this past summer, will defend her title at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in June of 2018. Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska Minnesota will host the 2019 KPMG Championship before Aronimink steps to the tee.

“The PGA of America is thrilled to return major championship golf to Aronimink Golf Club,” said PGA of America Paul Levy. “We’re certain that the best players in the world both men and women-will be pleased, and, when the time comes, sufficiently challenged by one of America’s special layouts. We’re excited to twice celebrate golf and to plug into the enthusiasm for sport that Philadelphia is famous for.”

Both KPMG Chairman Lynne Doughtie and LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan issued statements of support for the decision of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to be held at Aronimink in 2020.

Long before the KPMG CWomen’s PGA Championship arrives in 2020 and the PGA Championship tee’s off in 2027, Aronimink will host the 2018 BMW Championship the third leg of the PGA Tour’s Fed Ex Cup Playoffs, and major fund raiser for the WGA’s Evans Scholars Foundation in September. Mark Leishman who won the BMW this past September at Conway Farms is the defending champion.

The Aronimink golf course was designed by the famed Donald Ross in 1926. During the club’s centennial in 1996 a plaque was unveiled behind the first with a 1948 quote from Ross.

“I intended to make this (club) my masterpiece, but not until today did I realize that I built it better than I knew.”

Follow Golfers on Golf for more details about the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink.

TEAM ILLINOIS COMPETES AT PGA JR. LEAGUE NATIONALS

 HAPPY HOLIDAYS from COG HILL- Courses 1 & 3 open year round, Coghillgolf.com. McQ’s Dome in Bolingbrook, part of Mistwood Golf. Black Friday Sale this Friday 8 AM. ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. Congrats to Team Illinois from Cog Hill.

PGA Junior League National Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Team Illinois with Coach Kevin Weeks of Cog Hill. Photo’s from the Southwest PGA Section and courtesy of Bill Ibrahim.

For three days the top PGA junior league teams from across the country are on the golf course, trying to win their version of the Little League World Series.

Powerhouse Team Georgia is back in the finals as the final days play tee’s off. In fact a team from Georgia has made the finals in all five of the previous five years have done. For the first time though, Georgia will not play a team from California. This year it’s New Jersey in the championship bracket along with Georgia.

The two divisions are named the Wanamaker and the Ryder Divisions, and four states get round-robin style matches with team from three other states. Georgia and New Jersey both went a perfect 3-0 in their division matches to advance to the finals.

The third place match will feature teams from Ohio and Texas. Teams from Arkansas and California will battle for fifth place. Illinois and New Hampshire will meet to decide the seventh place match.

80 kids are competing at Grayhawk golf Club for the national championship. This number comes from the record total of over 42,000 who played in the league in 2017. to make the nationals a team has t win it’s state championship and them advance through regional competition. The Golf Channel will broadcast a special about the national championships on Dec. 5th at 7 pm CST.

Illinois PGA teacher of he year three time award winner Kevin Weeks of Cog Hill is the Captain of Team Illinois, Weeks lead Team Illinois to the championship match in the PGA Junior Leagues first year in 2012.

SEA PINES BUILDING PETE DYE ROOM

  THE NEW CLUBHOUSE at Harbour Town part of the Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head South Carolina. (R) The Par 3, 4th hole at Harbour Town home of the RBC Classic. The Harbour Town is a Top 100 you can play, for more information visit Seapines.com/golf     ____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS. Editor and Director of Content follow Rory to Harbour Town at Sea Pines Resort on beautiful Hilton Head Island, and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy on the 18th green at Harbour Town.

The construction of a room to honor course architect Pete Dye has begun in the clubhouse at the Harbour Town golf course, a Top 100 You Can Play.

The room will open in February of 2018, and will incorporate the relationship of Dye’s Hall of Fame career as a course designer, to his creation of Harbour Town.

“Harbour Town made my career,” says Dye who got an assist on the course by a young golfer/aspiring architect by the name of Jack Nicklaus.

The course opened almost 50 years ago and just in time for the PGA Tour to come and play the Heritage Classic. That first tournament was won by the “King” Arnold Palmer, who made a late final round charge to win.

 (L) THE PAR 3, 17TH HOLE at Harbour Town. (R) Former Illinois PGA Professional Mike Jones now at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington PA. stands with Pete Dye in 2016 on the new Dye Designed Shepherds Rock Golf Course.

    THE PETE & ALICE DYE STATUE at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel Indiana (L). Pete Dye at the French Lick Resort and the Pete Dye Course with yours truly.

The Pete Dye room honors the life and works of Dye, and how Dye left his trademarks on course design, including the use of railroad ties, and Smithco bunker rake.

There will be three video’s that one through the themes of Dye’s work. One video will have players and friends discuss favorite holes and courses. Another video relives the famed shots on Dye’s greatest holes. The final video recaptures Dye’s creation and building of Harbour Town.

There will be a Pete Dye award and trophy display, that provides a record of what Dye brought to course design.

“We are thrilled to honor the life and work of the great Pete Dye in our Harbour Town Clubhouse,” says Cary Corbitt, Vice President of Sports and Operations. “The stewardship of Pete Dye’s seminal design is important to us and his longtime contributions to Sea Pines, Hilton Head, and the golf world at large are immeasurable.”

For more information on Sea Pines, Harbour Town and Heron Point designed by Dye, visit Seapines.com/golf or call (866)-561-8802.

FRENCH LICK RESORT ANNOUNCES 2018 GOLF PACKAGES

  TRUE SPEC GOLF now open in Highland Park and in Florida at Trump National Doral in Jupiter Florida, see TrueSpecGolf.com. McQ’s Dome the Black Friday Sale Nov. 24.   _____________________________________________________________________

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.

Golfers are you ready for the 2018 golf season already, if so it’s not to early to start planning your golf trip to the French Lick Resort, located in historic French Lick Indiana.

New golf packages are available in 2018, and they are perfect for a buddies trip, couples retreat, or a girls get-away.

French Lick is your opportunity to play courses designed by hall of Fame designers Donald Ross and Indiana’s very own Pete Dye.

The two hotels that comprise the French Lick Resort, both have history on their side. Both the French Lick Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel (The Dome) make for a unique and relaxing experience.

The 17th green on the Donald Ross Course, celebrating it’s 100th year.

For those of you heading for the first tee, your first option is the Eagles,Birdies and Pigeons Package.

Golfers can take their best shots on and off the course. After holing your final putt you can now go shoot sporting clays on the new 73-acre shooting range.

The Hall of Fame Package. This has been French Lick’s most popular golf package. The Pete Dye Course and the Donald Ross Course, are the top 2 “You can Play” courses in Indiana. Both of the courses are ranked in the Top 100 Public Course’s in America. This package includes a 1-night stay at either hotel, with unlimited range use, and course play on both golf courses, prices do vary based on choice of hotel or single or double occupancy.

French Lick Resorts Golf Marketing Director Brendan Sweeney a former Medinah Caddie, show’s off the resorts features at a recent Chicago area golf show.

The Donald Ross Experience.

The 100 year old Donald Ross is a throwback in time as to how golf was meant to be played.

You can experience a golf course by one of the great designers in golf history, and experience how he built it into the rolling Indiana hillside.

The package includes two days of golf on the Ross Course, with your choice of hotel. Carts are included for all round, and shuttle service is available to the course from either hotel. Rates start at $334 per person and fore caddies are available for Ross Course play.

Welcome to the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort

THE PETE DYE VIP LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

This package includes 4 nights at either hotel, and then three days of golf, with four hours or personalized instruction on the Pete Dye Range.

Pricing can vary on the Pete Dye package, so call ahead for current rates. The Pete Dye Course has been the home of various major championships and remains the home of the Sr. LPGA Women’s Championship for the next four years. In addition to the well stocked pro shop at the Dye Course, the Pete Dye pavilion over looking several holes is a great place for events and Pre-or-post round activities.

To review French Lick Resort packages for golf or other activities, please call (888)-936-9360 or online see Frenchlick.com/golf/packages. French Lick Resort is just over a 5 hour drive from the Chicago area.

2018 KPMG OFFERS JUNIOR VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

  THE GREEN STREET GRILLE IN BENSENVILLE. Come visit former White Pines Golf Dome owner Mike Munro and the staff of Green Street. 120 W.Green Street Bensenville ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the new 16th tee box at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer. Home of the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA.

The Women’s KPMG/PGA Championship will be held from June 26 through July 1st in 2018. Danielle Kang is the defending champion, having won the title last year at Olympia Fields Country Club.

This year younger fans will be given the chance to be near the players they love to watch.

One of the best ways to do that is to sign up to be a junior volunteer, and their are still positions open so sign up while you still can.

“We look forward to inspiring the next generation of young golfers in the Chicagoland area during the 2018 Championship, our second year of golf in this major golf market,” said 2018 Championship Director Jackie Endsley. “Planning a Major Championship begins months in advance and it would not be possible to execute such a significant and memorable event without the support of all of our volunteers, especially juniors. We hope that junior golfers in this community will continue to support us this year and participate in the championship.”

The 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer.

The following positions are still available if you sign up quickly.

Junior Leader Board and Thru Boards- Junior volunteers will assist adult volunteers and post scores on Leader Boards & Thru Boards throughout the golf course. Leader Boards display the top eight contestants and how they stand for the day and the event. Thru Boards display the contestants on a particular hole and their relation to par.

Junior Monster Board-Junior volunteers will work with adult volunteers to post the top 10 leaders scores on the large main board.

Junior Standard Bearers- Junior volunteers will follow a specific group in the Championship, carry a scoreboard with their assigned players current scores.

All volunteer positions are filled on a first come, first serve basis and Junior Volunteer positions will be assigned on needs and committee size. Junior volunteers are between the ages of 14-21. Junior volunteers who are ages 14-15 are required to have a parent or legal guardian present with them.

There is no fee for junior volunteers. All junior volunteers will receive a volunteer uniform (Ralph Lauren golf shirt & headwear item), food and water vouchers to use at any on-course concession stand and a copy of the official 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship program.

To volunteer, please visit the Championships website at KPMGWomensPGA.com

COG HILL GEARS UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

  THE US SENIOR WOMEN’S OPEN volunteer opportunities coming soon. THE SR. PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, now accepting volunteers. Both events in July of 2018.       _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by Editor and Director of Content Rory Spears, with Mike Jones the birthday boy at Shepherd’s Rock Golf Club at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington PA. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

If there is one Chicago area golf facility that doesn’t close for the winter season, it’s Cog Hill.

Courses #1 and #3 do stay open all year round, along with the practice facilities on most days. Kevin Weeks remains hard at work in the Cog Hill Barn on the back end of the range.

In the barn is Chicago’s top putting facility complete with everything a golfer could need. Weeks himself is a three-time Teacher of the Year award winner from the IPGA.

One of the fun things that tee’s off the Christmas and holiday season is the Cog Hill Christmas Sale in the 2-4 building. This year it’s 10-4 and will be held on December 2nd.

The Red Barn at Cog Hill, on the back of the range. Coghillgolf.com

Before that is the Black Friday outing on Course #2.

then on Sunday Decembers 10th is the famed Cog Hill Frosty 3 club open, always a favorite.

Then soon to be announced will be the Eskimo Open coming in January of 2018.

On sale now id the Cog Hill 131 Card, which gives those 4 rounds for the price of three. For $131 you get a round of golf on Courses 1-2-3 and a fourth round for free on one of those courses. See which course you like the best and go play it again. The chance to buy a 131 Card ends on New Years Eve. More information on Coghillgolf.com or call (866)-COG-HILL.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-HEY PGA DON’T RUN AWAY

THE GOG BLOG by Editor and Director of Content Rory Spears. Follow Rory to French Lick Resort and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. Plan your next trip to the French Lick Resort at Frenchlick.com

THE PGA IS ON THE MOVE, where, anywhere but here it is starting to feel like.

While top Chicago area clubs like Olympia Fields and Kemper Lakes have or will be hosting the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, it seems like other top clubs are getting the even bigger prizes.

It is quite an honor to host the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, but

Callaway’ Paul Schlimm holds the Epic Driver, one of the hottest new clubs in 2017. Callawaygolf.com

some clubs are looking at the other tournaments on the PGA’s list of championships. With the PGA Championship or a Ryder Cup on the top of the list. Olympia Fields and Kemper Lakes would take either one.

There are some folks who will tell you that Olympia Fields got the shaft from the USGA, for hosting the U.S. Amateur in 2015 and then not getting awarded a U.S. Open in return for doing so.

While hosting the U.S. Amateur is something special, the cost clubs

The indoor golf area at the Schaumburg Golf Club, ready to keep you playing golf, all year long. Schaumburggolf.com

endure for hosting such an event is starting to become close to a million dollars. The amount they receive in return from the USGA for doing so is less than $50,000.

Where U.S. Amateur hosting clubs get that money back, is by putting on a U.S. Open a few years later. The profit for a U.S. Open is in the millions.

PGA of America events turn a profit as well, including the KPMG. But that number is not what one receives for a PGA Championship, a Ryder Cup or even in some cases a Sr. PGA Championship. With the future dates of the PGA Championship changing to May starting in 2019, the PGA is now looking at other clubs to host it’s biggest tournaments.

THE PAR 4 16TH HOLE at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer is now a brute with it’s new tee boxes. It might play as the toughest Par 4, in the Chicago area. Standing on the 16th tee box at Kemper Lakes.

Several weeks ago the word broke that Southern Hills in Tulsa Oklahoma will receive a PGA Championship between 2025 and 2030. Southern Hills which I have played twice, in my opinion is overrated.

My favorite architect Keith Foster is the clubs current architect. Even Foster has not yet been able to make the course into what it needs to be. But he’s trying to give it some credibility. Olympia Fields North is a much better golf course, and not just because it’s in the Chicago area. During my last visit to Southern Hills, I heard from various club staff members that the last PGA held at Southern Hills (2007) would be the last one ever, and experience with the PGA was terrible. The PGA of America would never be welcomed back, apparently times have changed.

Then last week the news broke that the Olympic Club in San Francisco has jumped from being a USGA site, and will host a PGA Championship and likely the Ryder Cup in 2032. Then this week the announcement is expected that Valhalla, a club owned by the PGA will host the 2024 PGA Championship. Former PGA of America President Ted Bishop even once suggested that Valhalla should be the permanent American soil site of the Ryder Cup. Umm No !

I like Valhalla it’s a nice Jack Nicklaus designed course. I was there to cover the 2000 PGA Championship won by Tiger over Bob May in a playoff, and played the course the next day. While it also did a nice job hosting the Ryder Cup in 2008, it really isn’t a course that screams out for a quick return of an event like the Ryder Cup. Medinah might, but Valhalla does not. Some players joked that the 18th green is shaped like a toilet seat and that’s the rep the closing hole has. So when you lose a match on the 18th hole, I guess all you do is flush it away.

TODAY THE NEWS IS that 2018 BMW Championship host Aronimink will land the 2020 KPMG and the 2027 PGA Championship. So why is Aronimink getting a quick PGA Championship after hosting a KMPG, while both Chicago clubs hosting a KPMG Women’s PGA, have been awarded nothing going forward.

I’M WAITING for the PGA to jump up and award Olympia Fields the National Club Pro Championship, since the championship needs to two courses and Olympia Fields has, yes you guessed it, two championship golf courses.

Before the PGA of America runs out of dates over the next ten years, it would be nice for either Olympia Fields or Kemper Lakes to be awarded another championship from the PGA.

In 2024 the USGA will remember Payne Stewart during the 25th year of his passing and his last major championship, the 1999 U.S. Open by returning to Pinehurst. The PGA could honor Stewart that year as well by going back to the site of Stewart’s first major win, the 1989 PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes. It makes so much sense that it likely won’t happen.

It’s time to announce a Sr. PGA and another PGA Championship in Chicago. I hope Olympia Fields and Kemper Lakes are not being sold false hopes of another big PGA event by the PGA of America, while both clubs have or will be going all out for the KPMG.

Chicago golf fans and both clubs deserve more and deserve better. RS

ILLINI MENS GOLF SIGNS FOUR PLAYERS

   IT’S BEEN AN EPIC YEAR for CALLAWAY GOLF. The Epic Driver has taken the golf world by storm, Roger Cleveland’s Mack Daddy Wedges have players improving their wedge and short game play. Callaway will soon announce their 2018 line. #Staytuned.    ______________________________________________________________________

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

The University of Illinois and Coach Mike Small announced the signing of four letters of intent to student athletes who will join the Illinois program in 2018.

Two future members of the team hail from Illinois, one from Indiana and one from the nation of Belgium.

The new players include Luke Armbrust of Wheaton Illinois and St. Francis High School. Tommy Kuhl of Morton Illinois, and Morton High School. Noah Gillard of Greenwood Indiana, and Center Grove High School. Adrien Dumont De Chassart of Belgium and the College of DU Christ-Roi.

“We’re excited to welcome four accomplished and successful golfers into our program in 2018,” said coach Small.” Each one of them will bring a strong resume and uniqueness to our team. Together with their skill, work ethic and integrity, they will push each other to new heights in our program for the next four years.”

Senior Nick Hardy from Northbrook (L) is one player Coach Mike Small will have to replace before the start of the 2018-2019 golf season.

Armbrust will join Illinois after a high school career that included being the Illinois State 2A Champion in 2016. Armbrust also won the MAJGT Championship at Geneva National in Wisconsin.

Dumont De Chassart’s career in Europe includes, being the 2017 French Boys Champion. He won both the International Juniors of Belgium and he is the reigning 2017 Belgium International Amateur Champion. He was the winner of the 2017 European’s Men’s Club Trophy.

Noah Gillard is the 2017 IHSAA boys Individual Champion. Gillard was a Rolex Junior All-America Team Honoree, helped his high school win the 2017 ISHAA golf team title. He was the 2017 medalist at the 2016 Hoosier Junior Championship.

Tommy Kuhl is a two-time IHSA state champion in the 2A division (2014-2017). Kuhl set an Illinois state finals record with an 8 under par 63 during the 2017 championship. His two round score of 13 under par is a new state record.

Coach Small feels that all four players not only have great credentials coming into the freshman year at Illinois, but expects all four them to improve and have their games evolve while at the University of Illinois.

The Illinois golf team is currently on winter break and will resume play in February down in Florida.