CORTEX WINS WILSON GOLF’S DRIVER VS DRIVER 2

 THE BEST OF INDOOR GOLF, the renamed Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook is now complete with Toptracer technology, check out all the options Toptracer gives you when you visit the Mistwood Golfdome, Mistwoodgolfdome.com (630)-739-7600 for more details. Enjoy McWethy’s Sportsbar while you are there. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has updated the course list on it’s simulators. Can you win your Ryder Cup match, play 2018 venue LeGolf National, or 2020 Ryder Cup home Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Schaumburggolf.com or (847)-885-9000 for times. #chandlerschophouse.

Schaumburg Golf Club GM Jon Parson’s has more on SGC’s simulator’s for indoor play.

  THE JUDGES HAVE SPOKEN- (L) President of Wilson Golf Tim Clarke and former NHL star Jeremy Roenick two of the three judges on Driver vs Driver 2 at Demo Day 2018 in Orlando. Along with social golf media guy Rick Shields the three judges made the final votes last night on Driver vs Driver 2.

Congratulations to winner Evan Hoffman whose Cortex Driver with Cage technology ($499.00) defeated Tim Slama’s Rozwell in the final episode.

Hoffman wins the $250,000 and in a great move by Tim Clarke, Wilson Golf was very impressed by Slama’s design, so as a surprising runner up prize, Wilson golf is paying for Slama’s final year of college at Oregon State University. In addition, Slama made it clear during the program that he wants to design golf clubs for a living when he finishes school next year, and Wilson appears they will be giving Slama a job at Wilson after he gets his engineering degree. So maybe some form of Rozwell will come along someday if, Slama becomes a Wilson golf club designer sometime in 2019.

**Editors note** During an exchange of emails with Tim Clarke yesterday, Clarke admits he has a crazy schedule for the next 48 hours, but will speak with Golfers on Golf as a soon as possible about the show and the new Wilson Cortex Driver. GOG is attempting to speak with winner Evan Hoffman as well. As soon as Wilson has a Cortex available here in Chicago to hit, GOG will post a review.

Here’s hoping Wilson continues with the format, but maybe it’s time for Putter vs Putter. RS.

THE GOG NEWS BLOG PART 2-A BUSY TIME FOR GOLF

   THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has become a year-round golf facility with the addition of it’s state-of-the-art simulator facility. Top 100 courses along with 2018 Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National and 2020 Ryder Cup venue Whistling Straits are now part of the course options that golfers have, along with TPC Sawgrass home of the famed 17th hole Island green, and the par 3, 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale the most exciting hole on the PGA Tour. For more information see Schaumburggolf.com or call the club at (847)-885-9000. Enjoy great food and drinks from Chandlers Chophouse while playing.  SGC GM Jon Parson’s explains what’s available to golfers visiting the simulator bays.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook or Linkedin, and now Insatgram. Rory will attend the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando come January, only 70 days away.

THE COLD WEATHER IS HERE but the news from the golf world is still coming out fast and furious, here are a few more things from the news front, as I try and catch up with all that is going on. RS

CONGRATULATIONS to Mistwood Golf Club/Dome’s Director of Golf Andy Mickelson on being selected to the Bradley University’s Sports Hall of Fame, his Alma-mater. Mickelson will be inducted during a luncheon at the university on Feb. 1, 2019. Mickelson set school scoring records while being a member of the Braves Men’s golf team.

The US Open showcase at Erin Hills.

Erin Hills is holding a pro shop sale from November 23rd through the 26th, all items online are 30% off, no including gift cards. Free shipping is available for orders over $150.00.

In the pro shop. The pro shop is closed now, but reopens on Nov. 26th and stays open though January 4th of 2018. Monday though Friday and Saturday Dec. 8th. All items bought on the 26th of November in person are 30% off. In addition, you can now book tee times and overnight reservations for 2019, the course open on May 6th. (866)-772-4769.

TOP GOLF has opened it’s 50th venue in Pharr Texas, in the Rio Grande area. Top Golf will open a new venue here in Schaumburg Illinois, in late 2019.

Blackberry Oaks GM and Head Golf professional Chad Johansen (seen here holding the Blackberry Am trophy) is holding an open house this Saturday at 9 AM.

SEVEN TIME nominated teacher of the Year award, Chad Johansen will be holding an open house this Saturday morning at 9 AM, at the GOFORIT indoor sports facility in Yorkville, just minutes away from Blackberry Oaks.

If you wish to work on your game this winter, you can do so with Johansen at the facility, now in partnership with the Blackberry Oaks GC and the CJGA.

Blackberry Oaks golf memberships for 2019 are now on sale. You can call the club at (630)-553-7170 and get your membership today. Dates have not ye been set for the 2019 Blackberry Amateur. Visit Blackberryoaks.com for updates.

The University of Illinois Golf Facility

The university of Illinois wrapped up it’s fall golf season with a T-10th place finish at the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational in Windermere Florida.

Illinois was +13 for the championship, and was lead by Jr. Michael Feagles and Fr. Adrien Dumont de Chassart who tied for 29th place with four over par scores for the three rounds of the tournament.

Vanderbilt was first, 44 shots ahead of the Illini, that left Coach Mike Small unhappy with the fall finish.

“This is a disappointing way to finish off our fall season,” said Small. “We can’t expect to be in contention at a tournament if we start every round the way we did this week. We ran into trouble on the second hole today and it was hard to fight back from that. I saw a lot of positive things this fall season, so we will put this behind us and get down to business. We will take out NCAA-mandated time off and come back in a week and begin our off-season work.”

The Illini will head to Florida in January for the Tinervin Cup and compete at the Big Ten Match Play on Feb. 8th in Florida.

Giovani Tadiotto was named the Big Ten men’s golfer of the week, for the week of October 10th, after leading Illinois with a fourth place finish at the Fighting Irish Classic in South Bend, on the Universities Warren Course that will play host to the 2019 U.S. Sr. Open.

FORMER UNIVERSITY of IOWA head golf coach Charles Zwiener has passed away at age 93. Zwiener was the Hawkeye’s head coach for 32 years (1958-89). He was inducted into the schools HOF in 2001. His graduation rate for players was 100%. He coached 19 players who went on to be PGA of America professionals and 6 that played on the PGA Tour, including Dave Rummells and Guy Boros. He was a medalist at the USGA Men’s Amateur Championship and served as Director of Golf at the Finkbine Golf Course for 33 years.

THE ILLINOIS WOMEN’S TEAM won the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Cup, paced by Kentucky native Tristyn Nowlin who won the tournament at 6 under par. Illinois beat runner-up Big Ten foe Maryland by 19 shots. Nowlin was named Big Ten Player of the Week for her accomplishment. Coach Renee Slone was proud of how her team played in windy conditions. Bing Singhsumalee was T-2 finishing at even par. Singhsumalee a senior, earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors the week after Nowlin, with a T-2, -1 second place finish in Texas at the Trinity Forest Invitational.

Illinois Women’s Team member Freshman Kornkamol Sukaree was named AJGA Second Team All-American for her play over the last season in AJGA events.

NORTHWESTERN FR. DAVID NYFJALL, earned Big Ten Men’s Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks with a win at the UNC-Grandover Collegiate in Greensboro NC.. Nyfjall’s three round total of 211 five under par helped Northwestern to a third-place finish. Nyfjall overcame a six shot final round deficit to win the event.

TPC RIVER’S BEND in Maineville, Ohio will host the 2019 Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships. It will be the third straight year the club has hosted the championship. Michigan State has won the championship the past two years. The clubs GM and Director of Golf Jack Hunter says the club is proud of it’s partnership with the Big Ten Women’s Conference Golf Championship. The private club, an Arnold Palmer design has been recognized as one of the best courses in Ohio nine times by Golf Digest.

BGT Breakthrough Golf announces new partnership with The Duran Group, as U.S. based sales and distribution company. The focus of the partnership is for on course golf facilities and off course fitting retailers. Barney Adams, CEO/Founder of BGT said,” our relationship with the Duran Group is further testament to the growing popularity of the stability shaft (for putters). As putters have grown in size, and weight the shafts for years had not changed. But along came BGT in 2014 to launch new shafts, and to bring a more precise and technological shaft to the market. For more details visit the website at breakthroughgolftech.com.

WE ARE GOLF, that serves as a voice for the game of golf, will take industry leaders around Capitol Hill on May 1st of 2019, the 12th annual National Golf Day. National Golf Day is a celebration of the $84.1 billion dollar economy, and $4 billion annual charitable impact, the many environmental and fitness benefits. The meetings with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies, will cover the games 15,000 diverse businesses, two million jobs impacted, tax revenue creation and tourism value. For more details visit wearegolf.org.

 THE HARBOR SHORES GOLF CLUB in Benton Harbor Michigan home of the 2020 Sr. PGA Championship (L), Medinah C.C. home of the 2019 BMW Championship (R).

THE PGA OF AMERICA has announced that Jeff M. Fettig will serve as the General Chair for the 2020 Sr. PGA Championship at the Harbor Shores Golf Club. Fettig who serves as the Whirlpool Corporation’s chairman of the board of directors, will serve as the ambassador for the championship and help establish the structure for the 1,600 volunteers who will work the championship. Fettig was previously CEO of Whirlpool Corporation from 2004 through 2017, the parent company for the championships  sponsor Kitchen-Aid. Fettig sits on the Indiana University Foundation and on the board of the Kohler Company. For further information on the 2019 Sr. PGA Championship to be played May 21-26 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester New York, see PGA.org.

THE PATRIOT EDUCATION CLASSIC  will be played on Tuesday May 28th, 2019 at the Medinah Country Club. The charity golf event one of the Chicago’s premier golf charity events, provides scholarships and educational opportunities to veterans and their dependents. Sign up this year and receive a discount. Patrioteducationfund.org.

PART 3 of the Gog News Blog will return this week. RS

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-HAPPY BIRTHDAY JERRY RICH

 THE NEWLY NAMED MISTWOOD GOLF DOME (formerly McQ’s) in Bolingbrook is up and running with the Toptracer technology to enhance your golf experience, visit MGD and check out the OTB and the McWethy’s Sports Bar, see Mistwoodgolf.com #golf. IN SCHAUMBURG the Schaumburg Golf Club 401 N. Roselle Road has outdoor golf open weather permitting, but the simulator bays in the clubhouse are open for play on cold days. Several Top 100 courses have been added, along with Ryder Cup Venues from 2018 Le Golf National, and 2020 Whistling Straits located in Haven/Kohler Wisconsin. For details visit Schaumburggolf.com or call the club at (847)-885-9000. #Chandlers

SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB GM JON PARSON”S talks about indoor golf season at the Schaumburg Golf Club and what’s new in the popular downstairs simulator bays.

 THE GOG BLOG BY RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin, Facebook and Instagram. The lights are on at the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook, home of McWethy’s Sportsbar and Toptracer golf.  PHOTO’S Above Top row Jerry Rich at Rich Harvest Farms, and Bottom Left Wilson Golf GM Tim Clarke with Driver vs Driver 2 judge former NHL star Jeremy Roenick at demo day in Orlando in January of this year.

WHAT A WEEKEND it was, plenty to do, and on the golf front during a cool November weekend. The big event was on Saturday night downtown, when Rich Harvest Farms owner Jerry Rich was stunned by a group of over 160 people, that shouted surprise at at his 80th birthday party downtown. The gathering put on by his son Keith and his friend Myrna Kulp, was something he was not expecting.

Jerry Rich with Myrna Kulp. Happy 80th Birthday.

Rich was presented the Illinois license plate JR 23 by Secretary of State Jesse White himself. Rich who made the #23 famous when he played basketball in high school, long before some guy named Jordan did on the west side. Now all he needs is plates for the other 80 cars in his famed car-collection and all will be well. The guests all signed a Rich Harvest Farms logo’d golf bag as one of the surprise gifts for Rich, who will put the bag on display at Rich Harvest Farms. Rich Harvest Farms will host the 2019 WGA Junior Championship, the 2020 Big Ten Golf Championships, and the 2021 Palmer Cup named for the late Arnold Palmer. The Palmer Cup was played at Rich Harvest Farms in 2015 and was won by the United States team. Happy 80th Birthday Jerry Rich, and here’s to many more.

Ground has been broken for the new Topgolf in Schaumburg, on the site of now being torn down Motorola campus

NO SOONER did the media visit the Mistwood Golf Some in Bolingbrook (McQ’s name is gone) and learn about the new Toptracer technology that is now in it’s first dome in America, we find out that another Topgolf is coming to the Chicago area.

Ground has been broken for the new Schaumburg Topgolf that is expected to open in late 2019, bringing what Topgolf says is another 500 full and part-time jobs to the area. Meanwhile Driveshack

a company that has spun-off from American Golf has hired Topgolf CEO Ken May away to be it’s new CEO. Driveshack is competing with Topgolf for a piece of the entertainment/golf entertainment market. While Driveshack is expanding in 2019, there are no plans as of now to open a Driveshack in the Chicago area. When the the Schaumburg Topgolf opens, it’s expected the neighboring Topgolf in Wood Dale/Itasca on Thorndale Road will close.

CONDOLENCES to WWGA PR Director Susan Wagner, Chip Wagner and the Wagner family on the unexpected passing Bob Wagner (Sue’s son-Chips brother) at the young age of 47 this past weekend from a heart attack. Bob served as webmaster for the Women’s Western Golf Association on their wwga.org website.

KUDO’s to the newly elected or promoted officers of the PGA of America. Suzy Whaley as president and a good friend of myself and GOG, VP Jim Richerson now with Troon Golf. IPGA teaching professional Terry Russell makes the District 6 board of Directors.

IF YOU HAVE NOT been to the Mistwood Golf Dome Rt.53 in Bolingbrook just north of Boughton Road, you need to. It’s a case of the best dome in town just got better. Toptracer will add an element to your indoor golf experience that you should enjoy with all the options it offers. McWethy’s Sports Bar has some nice upgrades to it. LPGA Veteran Nicole Jeray is a great addition to the professional teaching staff.

DRIVER VS DRIVER 2 the final episode air’s tomorrow night at 8 Pm on the The Golf Channel, I don’t know yet if I like the Cortex or the Rozwell better, so it will be interesting to see what Wilson GM Tim Clarke and the other judges with decide. They both look pretty neat, so I’m anxious to hit one. Both sides, the USGA and Wilson Golf tell me that there will NOT be another conforming issue like what the first winning driver had to go through, I hope that’s the case.

HERE’S HOPING that Chicago area native and Chicago Golf Club member Tony Anderson who is up for nomination to the USGA Executive Committee, gets the votes in February to join the committee. The voting will be held in Texas at the USGA annual meeting. More USGA events in the Chicago area. #VOTEYES.

SATURDAY WAS THE FINALS of the Golf Scene TV Show winners contest, and a competition was held for prizes at the Schaumburg PGA Tour store, the contest was filmed and one lucky winner walked away with a set of new Callaway Rogue Irons, watch the next issue of the Golf Scene hosted by Kashul and produced by Tom Miller to see who the top winners were.

I WAS SURPRISED when I got told that Jane Blaylock had stepped back from the Legends Tour as CEO, as a result there have been some changes there that have drawn several stories in the last few days. The first was by BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm who got a pretty good look at things from Blaylock herself. What’s up for the Legends Tour in 2019, tough to say, but the board needs to find some sponsors and create a few more events.

ARE YOU getting excited about the Phil vs Tiger PPV from Las Vegas yet? nope, me neither.

BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm has hit the road and will be writing more about travel golf in Louisana & Texas in the days ahead, stay clicked in here and to LenZiehmongolf.com.

I HAVE TO wonder how many clubs this company Honma expects to sell by signing Justin Rose to play their product, as Rose walks away from Taylor Made for the first time in his pro career. Word is that prices are over $1,000 per club, and you thought PXG is pricey.

CALLAWAY GOLF is coming out with new driver for 2019 that is creating a buzz already, even though almost nobody has one yet. Details as soon I get them.

FORMER MEDINAH Country Club Director of Golf Michael Scully starts his time as General Manager Reynolds-Lake Oconee, formerly Reynolds Plantation today in Georgia.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS native Doug Ghim the low-am at this years Masters Tournament, is saying on Twitter that Las Vegas is now his new home town. Ghim recently advanced to the third and final stage of the Web.com tour school.

I’ll have more Gog News Blog over the next few days and some holiday golf ideas starting next week in advance of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

I am still hopeful that Mother Nature will cut us a break and give us a day or two of warm weather yet, before the heavy snow falls. I would like to get in another round or two outdoors before taking it inside full time for the winter ahead. RS

CHICAGO’S ANDERSON UP FOR USGA POST

 THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB is open year round for golf, and the simulator room is a drive full of fun. Several Top 100 and Ryder Cup venues have been added, and while you are teeing it up, enjoy the good food of Chandlers Chophouse located right upstairs. For details visit Schaumburggolf.com or call the club at (847)-885-9000. #golf

SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB GM Jon Parson explains the indoor golf season at SGC.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. With the U.S. Sr. Women’s Open trophy at the Chicago Golf Club.

THE USGA has announced that there are three new candidates up for election to the USGA Executive Committee.

Those three include Chicago area native Tony Anderson, Deborah Platt Majoras of Cincinnati, and Fred Perpall of Dallas Texas.

If elected at the 2019 annual meeting next Feb. 23rd in Texas, the three will replace three members who are retiring, Greg Morrison, Mark Reineman and Clifford Shahbaz.

“This is an exciting and pivotal time at the USGA, as we continue to undertake game-changing work to ensure a healthy future for golf,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “The business acumen, executive-caliber skill, and governance experience demonstrated by these nominees further strengthen an already exceptional group of leaders who genuinely care about the game. We are thankful for their willingness to give back to the game.”

USGA CEO Mike Davis (L) and USGA President Mark Newell stand in front of the first green at the Chicago Golf Club during the U.S. Senior Women’s Open in Round 1 of the 2018 Championship.

In the center of the nominee’s is current USGA President Mark Newell, of McLean, Va., Newell has been nominated to serve a second one-year term as president of the United States Golf Association.

Newell was elected this February at the USGA annual meeting to be the associations 65th president. Newell directs the committee that serves as the policy-making board for the USGA.

Stuart Francis of Hillsborough, Calif., is nominated as president-elect, which is a position created to provide the committee leadership succession  and continuity going forward. Francis competed in three USGA Amateur Championships, two NCAA Championships and was All-American honorable mention at Princeton University. With his work in the Silicon Valley technology industry, he has served as an advisor to many technology corporations and companies.

THE USGA will conduct the U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach in June of 2019. Photo-courtesy of USGA.

Anderson a member at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, had a 35 year career with the accounting firm Ernst & Young. He has and does serve on several boards in the Chicago area. He is a graduate of Chicago State University. He took up the game of golf at age 28 when a client gave him a set of clubs and challenged him to start playing the game.

Majoras is the Chief Legal Official and secretary for Procter & Gamble. Over the years Majoras has served as chairman for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission from 2004-2008, where she served as co-chair for the President’s Identity Theft Task Force, and several other boards that include both government work and as part of private corporations. She calls TPC River’s Bend her home course and has played golf for more than 15 years.

Fred Perpall a native of Nassau, Bahama’s, is the CEO of the Beck Group, and leads the firm’s domestic and international design, planning real estate consultancy and construction business. He has been an architect since 2003, and has degree’s from both University of Texas-Arlington and the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the board that built the new Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas- the home of the Byron Nelson AT&T Classic on the PGA Tour.

There are two current members of the Executive Committee that have nominated to serve as officers. Martha Lang as secretary and Thomas Barkin treasurer. Eight other members have been nominated to continue their service on the committee, with Dick Shortz being nominated to continue service at General Counsel.

For further information on the USGA and it’s committee’s, please visit USGA.org.

WHALEY 1ST PGA WOMAN PRESIDENT-RICHERSON NOW VP

  THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB is a year-round golf facility. While the golf course renovation work is happening outside, the warmth of the simulator room is glowing with Top 100 golf courses from around the globe. You can golf the 2018 and 2020 Ryder Cup venues, how the Island Green 17th of TPC Sawgrass, or the loud and rowdy Par 3, 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. While golfing, taking a lesson or going through a club fitting you can enjoy the food and your favorite beverage from Chandlers Chop House right upstairs, and they deliver to your tee box. For details see Schaumburggolf.com you can call the club at (847)-885-9000 or listen below to Gm Jon Parsons for more.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook, Linkedin and or Instagram. At the front door of Bellerive Country Club, home of the 100th PGA Championship.

Suzy Whaley has been elected the 41st president of the PGA of America, at the Associations 102nd Annual Meeting.

Whaley is the Director of Golf at Suzy Whaley Golf in Cromwell, Connecticut and PGA Director of Instruction at the Country Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Florida.

Jim Richerson who has served as Secretary the past two years, moves into the role of Vice President, with John Lindert, PGA of Grand Ledge, Michigan was voted in as Secretary.

Former President Paul Levy moves into the role of Honorary President, as Derek Sprague has completed his two year term in that role.

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 9: PGA of America President, Suzy Whaley during the 102nd PGA Annual Meeting held at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa on November 9, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America

Whaley becomes the first woman to serve as PGA President, Vice President and Secretary. Whaley is known as one of the top instructors in the country.

“Serving the nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals as PGA President is the honor of a lifetime and my way of saying thank you for all the PGA of America has given me,” said Whaley. “I may be the first woman to serve as President, but first, I’m a PGA Professional, and I am incredibly excited by the opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to helping advance the careers of our members, by highlighting the profound impact PGA Professionals have as coaches, in operations and sales, and as executives. We’re committed to exploring innovative new approaches to coaching that deliver the experience today’s consumer is seeking. Together, we aim to invite everyone to join a game they can play for a lifetime, so our courses closely resemble the communities we serve. I am grateful for the trust our Membership has placed in me, and I look forward to pursuing these opportunities with optimism, purpose and joy.”

Whaley’s resume includes numerous awards including multiple Top 50 Instructor Awards, and two-time Connecticut PGA teacher of the Year. More than 300 children she has instructed have gone on to play college golf.

Jim Richerson is now the Vice President of the PGA of America

Vice president Jim Richerson serves as the Sr. VP of Operations for Troon Golf, the nations leader is golf management. Richerson helps oversee and grow Troon’s portfolio of managed properties. Became National PGA secretary in 2016 after being elected from the Wisconsin PGA Section. He was the first Wisconsin PGA Member to be elected as an officer of the Association. Richerson is a two-time recipient of the Wisconsin Professional of the Year (2013-2016) and won the 2011 Horton Smith Award and in 2012 was name the winner of the sections Bill Strausbaugh Award.

Jon Lindert the new Secretary comes from Grand Ledge Michigan, Lindert a PGA Member for 35 years is the Director of Golf and CEO of The Country Club of Lansing Michigan. Lindert is past president of the Michigan Section, and in 2009 was the Michigan PGA Professional of the Year award winner. He has served on four national PGA committees and has won four Michigan PGA Section Awards in various area’s. Lindert has competed in five PGA Championships and serves on the board of the First Tee of Mid-Michigan, he has been a board member since 2007.

Several PGA Board of Directors were sworn in from several districts, including District 6, that included IPGA member and professional Terry Russell of Medinah C.C. where he works as a teaching professional.

For more details on the officers of the PGA of America, visit PGA.com.

TOP GOLF LAUNCHES IN SCHAUMBURG

 THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB is a year round golf facility. As the cold settles in the simulators are warming up for a season of golf on many Top 100 rated courses from around the world. The food and beverage from Chandlers Chop House upstairs can be delivered to the tee box. For tee times and more Schaumburggolf.com (847)-885-9000.  ______________________________________________________________________

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

THE NEXT NEW GOLF EXPERIENCE in the Chicago area is now being built in Schaumburg.

Located at Rt. 90 and Meacham Road on the corner of the Motorola Campus that, little by little is being dismantled.

Top Golf that is now considered a global sports entertainment leader, has broken ground on a new 65,000 square foot venue and should open for public use in late 2019. It is then expected that the Wood Dale Top Golf, an older design will get shut down.

  THE TOP GOLF FACILITY located in Naperville is currently the most modern Top Golf in the Chicago area. That will change when the Schaumburg Top Golf is built.

“Chicago is the third largest city in the U.S. and Schaumburg is it’s leading suburb, consistently ranked as one of the top places to live in the state,” said Topgolf Chief Development Officer Chris Callaway. “We first opened our doors in Chicago back in 2007, and we are humbled  at the privilege to continue expanding in this market.”

Topgolf is an experience where visitors can have fun, compete in games, while enjoying good food and music. Big screen TV’s that allow guests to see the big game, watch professional golf, or monitor major events.

“The Village of Schaumburg is excited that Topgolf is developing in the newly created Veridian. Topgolf will lead the transformation of the former Motorola campus into a new global place for business that is unique to the Chicago Region.,” said Village President Al Larson. “The area will be a vibrant and prosperous mixed-use center with high quality developments and entertainment venues spurred by Topgolf, and we look forward to its opening.”

Topgolf first opened in Wood Dale in 2007, followed by Naperville in 2015. Both locations employ more than 800 associates. Topgolf is expected to create another 500 full and part-time jobs in Schaumburg.

The three level facility will have 102 climate controlled hitting bays, with a full service restaurant and three bars. 250 high-definition TV’s and a 5,000 square foot patio, will be joined by 3,000 square feet of private event space. Golfers or non-golfers can follow the progress of the facility on Facebook.com/Topgolf-Chicago-Schaumburg, and on Twitter and Instagram.

For more information on Topgolf, visit Topgolf.com

TOPTRACER LAUNCHES AT MISTWOOD GOLF DOME

 MCQ’S IS GONE and the Mistwood Golf Dome has replaced it. McWethy’s Tavern at Mistwood, has been joined at the dome by McWethy’s Sports Bar. LPGA veteran Nicole Jeray has joined the staff, Toptracer has arrived in Bolingbrook. Mistwoodgolfdome.com ______________________________________________________________________

The lights are on at the Mistwood Golf Dome. The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook, Linkedin.

The premier golf dome in the Chicago area, just got even better.

Owner Jim McWethy has put his best foot forward again, just as he did at his Mistwood Golf Course in Romeoville.

McWethy working with his GM Dan Bradley, and Director of Golf Andy Mickelson, have brought the golfing public the next step in indoor golf.

MCQ’s Dome is no more, and to put his golf course in-sync with his golf dome, the Mistwood Golf Dome is now the name moving forward. Not only does the Mistwood Golf Dome sound better, it tastes better.

The bar and grill is now McWethy’s Sports Bar, with another upgraded menu that features some award winning chicken wings. Do I hear Winner-Winner Chicken Dinner. You do, because the winning can start in the dome’s OTB, and with one correct bet on the ponies, your experience at the dome can be free of charge, so-to-speak.

 MISTWOOD OWNER JIM MCWETHY explains the changes to his dome, now called the Mistwood Golf Dome (L). Mistwood’s Director of Golf Andy Mickelson looks on while Sales Manager Matt Vinge explains the Toptracer technology found at Top Golf, but now in a dome (Mistwood GD) for the first time in America.

*BREAKING NEWS* Top Golf breaks ground in Schaumburg on a new location.

Among the other news was the addition of Chicago area (Berwyn) native LPGA veteran Nicole Jeray to the professional staff at Mistwood. But McWethy wasn’t dome quite yet, as he and Mickelson announced that Toptracer technology was part of the dome. As a  result, the serious golfers can continue to use to the dome as they have in the past, and those who want to add a Top Golf style of game to enjoy as a single or with a group can do that too.

Toptracer allows one to practice, keep their stats, and continue to monitor improvement, session after session. Long game-short game, and more, Toptracer does it all for you.

   NICOLE JERAY joins the professional staff at Mistwood, and the dome is getting reset with the new targets and more, as Toptracer settles in to a new home in a dome.

Fore more details visit Mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600. Located on Rt.53 in Bolingbrook.

TRAVIS JOHNS AND JEFF KELLEN IPGA GET POTY HONOR

 THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is open for business, formerly known as McQ’s, the newly renamed dome has a new look with Toptracer golf and a redone sports bar. Checkout Mistwood golfdome in Bolingbrook, see Mistwoodgolfdome.com For details. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB 401 N. Roselle Road has it’s simulators open for the winter season ahead, play golf on 2018 Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National and or 2020 Ryder Cup venue Whistling Straits, details at Schaumburggolf.com or (847)-885-9000.

THE GOG BLOG visits the new look Mistwood Golf Dome today, stay clicked in for updates from the dome, now with Toptracer technology.

   TRAVIS JOHNS OF MEDINAH (L) and JEFF KELLEN of the Rockford based Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Club (R) wins the IPGA Assistant Player of the Year Award.

Medinah teaching professional Travis Johns has won the 2018 IPGA Players of the year Award of the Illinois PGA Section Johns second place finish at the season’s final major the IPGA Players Championship at Eagle Ridge in Galena earned him 480 points and that was enough to pass front runner Brian Carroll of Royal Hawk CC, and win the Bernardi Player of the Year Honors. While Kellen was leading the Don Drasler Assistant  POTY honors and wrapped it up by winning the Players Championship and earning another 600 points.

“We have some very talanted PGA Professionals in the Illinois Section and each season Player of the Year races are close and often come down to the final events of the year like they did this year,” said Carrie Williams, Executive Director of the Illinois PGA Section. “Travis and Jeff both played very consistently throughout the season and performed well at major events. Congratulations to both of them for this outstanding achievement.”

Johns a teaching professional at Medinah Country Club and IPGA member since 2010, competed in 10 tournaments in 2018, and finished Top 10 in all of them. He finished in second place in two events including the season finale at Eagle Ridge.

“To win my fourth Player of the Year Award is a great honor,” said Johns. “I could not have won without the support of my professional colleagues and members at Medinah. “I’d like to thank the Illinois PGA staff for managing such great events as well as the sponsors and golf courses that make it possible for us to play our tournament season.”

Kellen returned back to his native Rockford, after playing the mini-tour’s, and accepted a assistant professionals position at the Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Club and begin the PGA-PGM program. Kellen played in 12 events this year and won three of them including the fall event at Eagle Ridge the Players Championship.

“To win the Assistant Player of the Year was a goal of mine this season so to win it is very exciting to me,” said Kellen. “The Illinois PGA Section allows us to compete and play on some great golf courses against some great players and I feel fortunate to win this award.”

Carroll has a Top-10 finish at the Players Championship, and ended up in second place for Player of the Year. Dakun Chang of Twin Orchard CC was third.

Two Mistwood Golf Club professionals Andy Mickelson and Chris Ioratti were second and third finishers in the Assistants race for player of the year.

THE GOG NEWS BLOG-AND THERE IS PLENTY

 THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB’s simulators on the lower level of the clubhouse, provide golfers with new Top 100 and Championship Courses including 2018 Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National, see SchaumburgGolf.com or call (847)-885-9000. THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME is now open for golf with the Toptracer technology. The former McQ’s Dome is now unified under the Mistwood Name. More details coming on the Mistwood Golf Dome after Thursdays media day. Mistwoodgolf.com #Mcwethys.      _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, on Facebook and Linkedin. On the Cradle, the new Pinehurst par 3 golf course by Gil Hanse.

THE GOG NEWS COLUMN is so full of news that has come in over the last month, all the news will likely not make it into this one column. So stay clicked in for Part 2 and or Part 3 if needed.

FIRST UP is the indoor golf season in the Chicago area. From the Dome scene the big story are the changes at Chicago’s premier golf dome, now called the Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook. The golf side gets a major upgrade with Top Tracer coming in, the F&B area gets an upgrade with the changes and the name change to McWethy’s after owner Jim McWethy. Chicago’s LPGA star Nicole Jeray is now on Andy Mickelson’s staff as a teaching professional. More details coming in on Thursday after media day.

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has upgraded it’s simulators, just as it has done with it’s 27 holes and practice area’s outside. Check out the new courses indoors at the Schaumburg Golf Club while you enjoy the great food from Chandlers Chop House upstairs. Visit Schaumburggolf.com or call (847)-885-9000.

THE BUFFALO GROVE Golf Dome will open for the winter season on November 10th, and hours are from 7 Am to 8 Pm. A season pass is $600.00. To reach the dome you can call (847)-353-7575.

The 17th hole on Medinah’s #3 Course, home of the 2019 BMW Championship.

THE BMW CHAMPIONSHIP returns to the Chicago area in August of 2019, when the top professionals in the world, return to Medinah Country Club for the first time since the 2012 Ryder Cup. To be on a ticket buying priority list, visit BMWChampionship.com by Wens. Nov 7th (today).

The BMW Championship is part of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs, that have been moved up to August, so they get completed before the start of the NFL season.

LINKS DAVE LOCKHART and his Golf 360 Program, has a great September Show that can be viewed on line. Features include the award winning Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison. To see the September show and view the upcoming holiday Christmas Show see http://linksvideo.com/golf360tv/. More information on Facebook or Instagram.

THE TWIN ORCHARD COUNTRY CLUB will again hold the year end merchandise sale on Thursday Nov. 15th from 10-8 PM, Friday November 10-8 PM, and on Saturday Nov. 17th from 8 Am to 4 Pm. Sales of 50-60% off clubs, balls, shoes and more. The event accepts cash, check, Visa, Mastercard and Amercian Express.

Len Ziehm of Lenziehmongolf.com

Veteran Golf Writer, and Illinois Golf Hall of Fame Nominee, and BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm has been back on the road this fall in his Ziehm machine.

After a stop in Pinehurst to see the Par 3 Cradle Course designed by Gil Hanse, play the restored # 4 Course again by Hanse, and to test out the food and beverages at the new Pinehurst Brewery, Ziehm took it north to the historic French Lick Resort for the Senior LPGA Championship.

From there it was off to Branson Mo., to see the recently opened Coore and Crenshaw design of Ozark National. Along the way Ziehm penned features on Pinehurst, French Lick and the changing of the guard on the Legends Tour of senior women’s golf. Ziehm writes about the launch of Ozark National. To read all the details, visit Lenziehmongolf.com.

The Cog Hill All-stars are on their way back to Arizona for the national championships of the PGA Jr. League.

There is more good news coming from Cog Hill down in Lemont.

First on the tee is the news that the Cog Hill Junior team has won it’s sectional and will return under Coach Kevin Weeks to the PGA Junior League National Championships.

The annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner from 11 Am to 3 Pm is back for another year, book early as this event normally sells out. The annual Cog Hill Christmas Sale is back on December 2nd from 10 Am to 3 Pm. Come enjoy the Cog Hill Christmas Punch and Snacks while you shop. The Cog Hill range is open year round, winter hours are from 8 Am to 5 Pm. A season membership is $349.00. Details at Coghillgolf.com or call (866)-264-4455.

THE GOLF SCENE with Steve Kashul.

THE GOLF SCENE GOLF Challenge Finals are at the PGA Tour Superstore in Schaumburg, this coming Saturday November 10th at 1:30 PM. The public is invited to view the competition where the 12 finalists will compete for prizes that include a fitted set of Callaway Rogue Irons for first place. Second place is a set of Cleveland Golf Short Game package. Third place is a full season of Titleist Pro V1 Golf balls.

The event was created by Golf Scene president Tom Miller, presenting sponsors are the PGA Tour Superstore and the Golf Scene.

KEMPERSPORTS finishes work on renovation at the Forest Creek Golf Club in Round Rock Texas. Northbrook/Chicago based KemperSports and it’s KSM Team worked with city officials on a 9-month 45.1 million dollar project. The golf course has now reopened for play. The plan included the rebuilding of all 18 greens, the putting green and chipping area to USGA specifications. The creation of a par 3, 19th hole. A full restoration and improvements on the driving range. All the bunkers were reconstructed, drainage was improved, and bridges and other infrastructure on the golf course were replaced. New visual corridors were opened up with a tree removal program. For more details on one of the top rated public courses in central Texas, can be found at ForestCreek.com.

Linkscapitaladvisors.com

Links Capital Advisors and Chris Charnas, are handling the sale of the Minnie Monesse, which is on the market for the asking price of $1.2 million dollars.

The club that opened in 1926 has been one of the top golfing facilities in Kankakee County. The family owned and operated club, is looking for owners of a new generation who can carry-on the history and traditions of the club. For more details contact Chris at (847)-866-7192 or chris@linkscapitaladvisors.com.

The Women’s Western Golf Association (WWGA) has announced that long time LPGA star Beth Daniel, who served as Captain for the winning Team USA Solheim Cup Team at Rich Harvest Farms in 2009, has been selected as the WWGA’s Woman of Distinction for 2019.

Daniel will be honored at a luncheon on October 3rd of next year at the Glenview Club in Glenview. In 1977 Daniel won the 78th WWGA National Amateur Championship, that was held that year at Flossmoor Country Club.

FOOTJOY has announced the launch of it’s 1857 Collection. It is comprised of shoes, with a woodtrim looking sole, with topsides in a more newer traditional styles. The entire line in the collection is comprised of shoes, apparel and gloves. See Footjoy.com.

DUPAGE GOLF has announced that The Preserve at Oak Meadows has closed for the season to begin fall maintenance. Green Meadows is expected to remain open until the day before Thanksgiving. Maple Meadows will stay open beyond Thanksgiving weather permitting. For more on DuPage Golf and video on the Golf Scene with Steve Kashul visit DuPagegolf.com

Blackberry Oaks GM and head golf professional Chad Johansen in his putting lab at Blackberry Oaks.

Chad Johansen the GM and Head Golf Professional at Blackberry Oaks in Bristol has announced a new winter partnership with the indoor GOFORIT Sports facility in Yorkville.

GO FOR IT is located less than 5 minutes from Blackberry Oaks. Winter golf practice, lessons, fittings, and clinics will happen all winter long in the sports performance center.

GOFORIT will have places for the juniors golfers to practice their skills all winter long. For more information please visit Blackberryoaks.com or call (630)-553-7170.

PART 2 OF THE GOG NEWS BLOG will get posted later this week. RS

MEDINAH READIES FOR BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

 THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB a year round golf facility. The simulators are open indoors for the upcoming cold weather months. The Baer Nine is rolling through it’s renovation, and is expected to open around July 1st next summer. The Players Nine reopened to rave reviews this summer and 18 outdoor holes remain open for play. The club is home to Chandlers Chophouse for food and beverage. SchaumburgGolf.com.

Click here to hear more about the Schaumburg Golf Clubs renovation of all 27 holes.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook, Linkedin. With Peakvision Sunglasses peakvision.com

2019 won’t leave the Chicago area with all the top level golf tournaments it has hosted in the last two years, but it will have it’s own major PGA Tour event.

The BMW Championship returns to the Chicago area when it visits Medinah Country Club in Mid-August. This will be the first big golf tournament at Medinah since the Ryder Cup in 2012,  and it’s been many more years since the PGA Tour has visited the club. In fact, it’s been since 1966 when Billy Casper won the third Western Open contested at Medinah, when the PGA Tour last came to golf on Course #3.

The par 3, 13th hole on Medinah’s #3 course is ready for the BMW Championship.

With the PGA Tour schedule changing in 2019, the shuffle of dates for several tournaments will take place.

The Players Championship moves back into the month of March, and the PGA Championship moves from August and forward into May. As a result, the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs have fully moved up into the month of August so they conclude before the NFL season begins. The new August dates for the BMW Championship will have the championship being played before kids return to school, and the weather is expected to be nicer than some of the cooler weeks the BMW has played through in the Chicago area, during the month of September.

The par 4, 5th hole on Medinah Course #3, show’s off the new sand from the clubs bunker renovation program.

While Medinah has renovated or done restoration work on all three of it’s courses over the last decade, there wasn’t much to be done on Course #3 in advance of the BMW.

But that didn’t stop the club from doing a bunker renovation over this past season. No bunkers were taken out, none were added, none of them were moved in preparation for the arrival of the big hitters. All of the popular white tour style sand was replaced, with new bunker liners being added. Drainage in the bunkers was checked or improved where needed. A few bunker faces were redone and bunker edges were cut, trimmed or reshaped. If any other minor work is needed, or requested by the PGA Tour, it will done next summer.

 Medinah’s new Performance Center on the practice range comes with all the comfort’s of home, and some new simulators. The clubs teaching professionals Travis Johns, Rich Dukelow and Sean McLeod have all the tools and technology needed to handle the needs of the clubs membership. While the touring professionals can use the clubs regular practice area during BMW week if needed, the main range for practice will be parts of holes 12 and 13 on Course #1, in between the main driveway and Medinah Road. It will give the players a short walk to the first tee when they complete warming up, and spectators can watch the players on the range while being close to the 18th green and first tee box.

The new food truck moves around the club to all facilities on the property.

As part of Medinah’s 2020 program, the club continues to enhance all of it’s facilities. The first phase of work on it’s three golf courses came before the 2012 Ryder Cup on Course #3 by Rees Jones. Phase two was the renovation of Course #1 that started the morning after the Ryder Cup ended, and was done by Tom Doak. The last piece of course restoration was done in 2016 and 2017 on Course #2, when Jones along with the clubs former Director of Grounds Curtis Tyrell came up with a user friendly plan that has both the membership and it’s guests excited about playing the golf course. Seven sets of tee’s and new playing options around the greens, have made Course #2 so enjoyable to play that many of the clubs male members are flocking to the course that years ago was called the “women’s course.” Having all three courses up and running has allowed the clubs large membership to have no problems in getting tee times, when they wish to tee it up.

Medinah’s new trophy wall contains replica’s of the trophies from the major golf events the club has hosted over the years.

Medinah’s 2020 program has been more than just improving it’s golf courses and it’s practice and lesson area’s. It has been a top to bottom overhaul of the entire club.

The pool area and building has been rebuilt, the tennis and paddle ball courts have been redone with a new full sized building that is similar to the building that was created by the driving range.

It’s golf and club history has been restored and put on display in various area’s of the clubhouse. The locker rooms have been repainted. The dining area’s have been upgraded, along with upstairs bar and the dining area that overlooks Courses 2&3. The clubs facilities around the property can have food and beverage services enhanced with the clubs new food truck that can roam the clubs grounds and be placed where needed on any given day. All of the clubs buildings have had a parking space created next to the new buildings to park the food truck. Saving the club’s need to build additional kitchens and food storage area’s all over the property. Tree’s have been removed near the lake to create a new outdoor picnic area, or just having open space for a variety of outdoor events.

The new member deck will be built in 2019.

The backside of the club’s famous and historic clubhouse will get an addition, with the creation of a new member deck slated to open next year.

The clubs members and guests will be able to view activities happening on Courses 2&3 and the back putting green while sitting or standing out on the deck.

So if you are attending the BMW Championship next summer, and you haven’t been to Medinah since the 2012 Ryder Cup or before. There will be plenty of new things to see around the club in addition to all the championship level golf happening out on Course #3.

If you wish to purchase tickets for the BMW Championship, you can sign up for the Priority Ticket Purchase Plan by tomorrow Wednesday Nov. 7th, and be able to purchase tickets in advance of them going on sale to the general public. Please visit BMWChampionship.com for more details and to sign up.