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The Allied Golf Association that is comprised of the Illinois PGA, the Chicago District Golf Association, the Club Managers Association, and the Midwest Golf Course Superintendents Association, has been hard at work trying to drive home what works and what doesn’t during our Covid-19 times, to the State of Illinois governors office.

In this past week they made some progress.

Starting on Friday May 29th some of the very restrictive rules on golf will be lifted, and golf in Illinois will return a little bit more towards normalcy.

The return of foursomes really helps, and getting carts out isn’t bad either. While the terms on driving ranges and lessons are still a little cloudy, it does appear they will open, and maybe club fittings will be an option as well.

Robert Markionni Executive Director of the Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA).

Robert Markionni the Executive Director of the Chicago District, is among those in the front lines leading golf back to NORMAL in Illinois.

For that golfers, golf media, club operators, owners, and the over 50,000 people employed in the golf industry in Illinois, thank him.

It’s been a tough fight for golf in Illinois, as Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) has left golf behind the curve in getting the industry back on it’s feet.

Let’s hope it won’t take until July to get even more of the golf restrictions lifted.

On Friday, Markionni spoke with Golfers on Golf, and spoke about the restrictions getting lifted this coming Friday and how tough it was to cancel both the CDGA Amateur and the Illinois State Amateur, both event who last saw interruption back in World War II.

CLICK HERE to hear the interview with CDGA Executive Director Robert Markionni.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow, don’t forget live TV with the Skins game in Florida raising money for Covid-19 relief tomorrow afternoon. RS

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.