CHICAGOLAND GOLF PUBLISHER VAL RUSSELL holds up a copy of Chicagoland Golf, pick up your new issue this week at golf courses and golf stores around the area, the June issue includes our U.S. Open preview section. THE FRENCH LICK RESORT is your Midwest Golf destination getaway, come and enjoy the Pete Dye and Donald Ross golf courses. French Lick Resort is home to the 2018 Sr. LPGA Championship and the Symetra Tour. For more information please visit Frenchlick.com #Golfgetaway _____________________________________________________________________
THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS> Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin and Facebook. On the 1st at Harbor Shores home of today’s final round of the Sr. PGA Championship.
A RETURN TO THE GOLF NEWS. Scott McCarron and Tim Petrovic are tied for the lead heading into the final round at the Sr. PGA Championship. Catch all the action this afternoon as the shootout on the Shores continue.
NCAA Men’s Golf. in Stillwater Oklahoma, Illinois and Northwestern are fighting hard to make the first cut that lowers the field to 15 teams for the fourth and final stroke play round of the championships tomorrow. As of now Illinois is in and Northwestern could be on the wrong side of the bubble when it breaks for 15 schools. The match play part of the championships for the final 8 schools starts on Tuesday, and the national championship match is Wednesday.
SOLD BY LINKS CAPITAL ADVISORS, The Hills at Hernando Country Club , in Hernando Mississippi. For more details on this sale or if you are interested in selling or purchasing a golf club contact Chris Charnas at (847)-866-7192.
KEN LAPP has retired after 71 years with the Jemsek family. Lapp started at age 12 working for the Jemseks at the Fresh Meadow Golf Club and was promoted to superintendent at age 19. ken worked at Cog Hill for 45 years, and in recent years helped out Pine Meadow in Mundelein. Lapp has retired to North Carolina to be closer to his family.
GET YOUR GAME READY at the Mistwood Performance Center in Romeoville, Mistwoodgc.com. (815)-254-3333
Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville is getting ready to host the 118th annual Women’s Western Golf Associations national amateur championship from June 25-30.
The field of 120 players is one of the best fields on women amateur players from around the world.
Past champions include Nancy Lopez, Patty Berg. Joanne Carner, Beth Daniel, Grace Park, Christie Kerr, Louise Suggs, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright, Babe Zaharias, and Stacy Lewis.
Tournament Chairman and WWGA, first vice-president Cece Durbin said this about Mistwood, “The club has hosted numerous professional and amateur tournaments including 19 Illinois Women’s Open’s. The scenic course, that winds around two quarry ponds, will provide a challenge to every player. The WWGA is excited to be at one of the best courses in the Chicago area. Mistwood Golf Club that opened in 1998 and is designed by Ray Hearn, it will host it’s 20th Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open this July 16-17-18. To participate players must have a handicap of 7.4 or less. For more details on the WWGA and it’s scholarships see wwga.org. Details on the Mistwood golf Club are found at mistwoodgc.com or by calling (815)-254-3333.
THE POINT O’WOODS GOLF CLUB IN Benton Harbor Michigan that will again host the Western Amateur Championship in 2019, made 1992 and 1993 champion Justin Leonard and honorary member this Friday Friday night. The club has made several improvements in the last year, and is considering selling off 9 acres of unused land to a nearby business.
GOLF BLOGGER AND CONTENT GUY RICK SHIELS has reached over 300,000 You Tube subscribers and is the first to do so. Shiels is providing content for the Open Championship coming up in July. Follow him on You-Tube.
John Ehrgott was the winner for the second time in four years at the 2018, CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship at the Hinsdale Country Club.
Ehrgott who plays out of the Mt. Hawley Country Club, defeated Blake Johnson 3&2 of the Glen View Club.
Ehrgott 43, called the win “validation”. With the kids coming up now that hit it over 300 yards, it’s nice that us old guys can still be competitive.”
Ehrgott made a birdie on the Par 3, third hole and never trailed after that point in the match.
TRUE SPEC GOLF that recently opened it’s first fitting studio in Illinois, in North Suburban Highland Park, has added another facility in California at the Omni Lacosta Resort just north of San Diego. true is a leader in club fitting and with two championship courses on property, bringing True Spec to Lacosta made total sense said Tim Briand, Director of Fitting and Sales for True Spec Golf. For more details call (800)-854-5000 and online at omnilacosta.com.
FORELINX Golf Corporation has announced that 26 courses operated by the American Golf Company, have joined Forelinx.
THE CALLAWAY GOLF SUMMER SHOE PROMO
This summer through June 30th, golfers who purchses Callaway golf shoes will in addition receive a Callaway Golf hat with a retail value of $30.
All of the Callaway footwear line including new models like the recently introduced LaGrange and the Swami 2.0 are part of the promotion. The new Callaway golf shoes include the POWERdrive platform, with a Duo-Max midsole. The midsole has the soft top layer of EVA foam, that is now supported by a bottom layer of foam to provide optimum support and stability. The LaGrange model has TPU heel stabilizer for more support during your swing. On tour Marc Leishman and Adam Hadwin are players who wear the Callaway Golf Shoe. To learn more about Callaway Golf apparel and the footwear collection please visit callawayapparel.com.
BLACKBERRY OAKS in Bristol is having weekly golf clinics, and is getting ready to start all of it’s junior kids golf camps, for a variety of ages. See Blackberryoaks.com or call (630)-553-7170. Blackberry Oaks is hosting the Blackberry Amateur June 23-24, sign up today and let’s fill the field at 120 players.
THE 2018 CONSTELLATION SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP has very limited volunteer opportunities for championship week, July 9-15. The championship will be played at the Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, and be available to work shifts of 4-6 hours. Volunteer packages cost $75 dollars and are a $353 dollar value. To sign up see cspgolf.com. Scott McCarron is the defending champion. This is the first time since 1997 a senior men’s major will be contested in the Chicago area.
80BREAKR one of the top new products unveiled at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show this past January, has now unveiled new APP Features for the Android Version, at the Google Play Store. Company founder and former Silicon valley engineer Thomas Stewart says he and his team are excited about the release of the Android version of 80BREAKR.
80BREAKR is now available at over 30,000 courses worldwide, and does a variety of services for golfers on and off the golf course. Keep score, order drinks from the beer cart, get your GPS yardage and more. See 80BREAKR.com for more information, or ask the professionals at your course about 80Breakr or adding it to course services.
NORTHBROOK BASED KEMPERSPORTS has announced the appointment of Kylen Trevor to the position off Regional Sales and Marketing Director over properties in the Western region. Trevor is an alum of Oregon State and was raised in the Portland Oregon area.
KSM has alos announced the next generation of TRUESERVICE a customer service training program. KemperSports introduces it’s staffers to this program immediately so they can deliver exceptional service from the start of employment.
TPT GOLF SHAFTS with it’s growing staff of PGA Tour players has added Arnie Cunningham as it’s Director of PGA Tour promotions. Cunningham has attended some 1,250 PGA Tour tournaments in 33 years and is one of the tours most experienced tour fitters. For details on TPT shafts one of the industry leaders see Tptgolf.com. Fins out where you can be fit for TPT shafts already being used by several PGA Tour players, including the recent winner of the Wells Fargo Championship Jason Day.
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