THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-NEWS COLUMN

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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. Crushing the 5-Iron at Firestone Country Club in Akron Ohio.

GOOD SUNDAY MORNING Golfers, another week has passed us by, and it gets closer to the end fall golf season each day. Go play while you still can.

THE BOLINGBROOK GOLF CLUB has been named a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. The clubs superintendent Jeff Gerdes, completed the effort to obtain the designation on the course. Bolingbrook becomes one of 900 courses world-wide to hold the designation.

“Bolingbrook Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to it’s environment program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property,” said Christine Kane CEO at Audubon International. The Village Bolingbrook Golf Club for their efforts in water conversation, protecting nature wildlife and increasing native acreage on the property, Bolingbrook Golf Club is a community asset for all residents to enjoy.”

“To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas,” said Kane. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and ,Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

Bolingbrook Golf Club accomplishments include: Extensive native acreage on the property. Reducing irrigated areas to conserve water. Establishing buffers around bodies of water. Conducting outreach & education activities. For more details see Auduboninternational.org or visit the Bolingbrook Golf Club’s website.

WELCOME TO ERIN HILLS in Erin Wisconsin. Home of the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open

Erin Hills golf club in Erin Wisconsin is closing for the season today.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead for the 2021 golf season.

If your ready to book your Play & Stay for May or June of 2021, you can do it now.

If never hurts to visit Erin Hills when the daylight is at it’s peak, and colors hit full stride. The massive Drumlin putting green is rolling at top speed, and the Erin Hills Pale Ale and the Fescue Rescue is tasting better than ever. Erin Hill 2021 is ready for you, see ErinHills.com.

The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook-are you ready for a Fall Play and Stay?

IF YOUR READY FOR a fall trip to Florida, Innisbrook resort is the place to go.

Innisbrook Resort is a Salamander Property, and offers four golf courses, including the Copperhead Golf Course that is home ot the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship.

Currently when you book a stay, you can get a third night free, with divided billing for the three night stay. For more details and a chance for warmer fall temperatures, please visit InnisbrookResort.com Play where the pro’s and the PGA Tour Plays, Innisbrook.

LAB GOLF Putters-Lie Angle Balance

LAB GOLF PUTTERS, Lie Angle Balance.

One of the hottest and fastest growing putters in the world, LAB Golf putters is expanding in a way where you can find an easier way to put one in your bag.

You can now go the nations largest club fitter, Club Champion and get fitted for a LAB Putter in selected Club Champion locations.

Check out LABGOLF.com or visit Clubchampion.com for fitting locations for LAB Putters.

Lydia Ko will play in the night time version of the Omega Moonlight Classic in Dubai.

FROM NOVEMBER 4-6 under the lights in Dubai. LPGA and LET players will compete at night as part of the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic.

The tournament will be played on the Faldo Course at Emirates Golf Club, redesigned by Sir Nick Faldo himself. Players like Minjee Lee, Georgia Hall and Lydia Ko will participate. The televised broadcast will reach at least 60 countries around the world.

THE BEN HOGAN equipment company has announced an online fitting alliance with FairwayJockey.com or visit BenHoganGolf.com for more details.

TOPGOLF has announced that AngryBirds a popular video game is now part of Topgolf and at locations across the country. The AngryBirds Game can be played at both Schaumburg and Naperville locations. Details at Topgolf.com.

Golf Ball Tender-Save the Cup.

If your tired of seeing the edges of the cups on the holes of your golf course, why not consider, Golf Ball Tender.

Golf Ball Tender is a pliable disk that attaches to the flagstick, and it rests on the bottom of the hole.

Players can simply lift the flagstick to retrieve the golf ball, and it helps keep from damaging greens from the flagstick being dropped on the green after it’s pulled from the hole.

Two satisfied customers include Maintenance Chair Bob Williams at TPC Treviso Bay in Naples Florida, and General Manager Steve Greene at Timacuan Golf and Country Club in Lake Mary Florida. Golf Ball Tender comes in custom colors. A set of 18 starts at $215.00 For more details see Golfballtender.com or call (800)-471-1345.

V1 Sports is on the rise with Video Golf Lessons, are you connected to a V1 App, is your teaching professional. Learn more about taking your lessons on line, through the phone, and it’s helpful when your on the road or during that next golf trip. See V1sports.com and learn more by visiting V1’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

THE CDGA CONCLUDED it’s 2020 Championship season with the Senior Amateur Four-Ball at the Aurora Country Club.

Tim Sheppard-Pekin CC and Tom Kearfott El Paso CC advanced to the championship match for the third time in the five year history of the championship. The third title came as a result of defeating Mike Karney-Crystal Lake CC and Mike Mcloone-Chicago GC by a 2 & 1 score.

Karney and Mcloone had a 1 Up lead at the turn, but Sheppard and Kearfott squared the match on the 12th with a par. Then back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14 sealed the deal, after holes 15-16-17 produced no changes to the matches totals.

Sun Mountain-push cart designed golf bag. Details at Sunmountain.com

The Sun Mountain Sync golf bag has been created with the idea that, it fits well with most current styles of push carts.

With the pandemic in full-force this year, and riding cart rules being what they are, more golfers were walking during their round this summer.

As a result the Sync-Bag, that comes complete with a shape that fits into the upper and lower wraps, and leaves all pockets accessible during the practice session or round.

There are “slots” to divide your irons and woods. The bag comes in men’s and women’s styles and sells for a suggested retail price of $229.99. More details at SunMountain.com or call (800)-227-9224.

The new Callaway CB and Apex Irons

The equipment product rollout at Callaway Golf Continues.

Now available are both the latest in the Callaway Iron line.

New options include both the CB and the Apex Irons.

For more information on both sets of irons and the Callaway fitting process, see Callawaygolf.com.

Galway Bay rainwear stylish and dry on and off the golf course.

Galway Bay rainwear is perfect for the fall season, as temperatures drop, and rainy days mixed in with cooler temperatures, make for a rough day on the golf course.

Galway Bay comes in a lightweight, breathable fabrics, that allow golfers a full range of motion when they swing, while keeping players both warm and dry.

The Galway Bay Hydro-Flex 32 fabric is known to be the most breathable waterproof technology in the industry, while blocking out wind and rain. There are several colors available and the zippers are waterproof. While looking at the jackets, check out the matching pants, complete with belt loops, and deep pockets. Which can be ordered to a golfers exact waist and style. For more information see GalwayBayGolf.com

Chip Beck a member of the 59 club on the PGA Tour, shows off teaching with the Perfect Motion APP

Former PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour player, and member of the 59 club on the PGA Tour, Chip Beck has turned his efforts into teaching.

Beck 64, might have retired from tournament golf, but he willing to help your game, even in a virtual mode.

Beck after years of working with long time teaching professional to the professionals Dr. Jim Suttie, is now working with the Perfect Motion APP. See PerfectMotion.IO or to book lessons go to ChipBeck59.com.

EAGLE RIDGE RESORT in Galena has announced that it’s fall golf rates begin tomorrow October 19th. See EagleRidge.com for rates and information.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow. 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 WCPT 810AM 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.