TRAPPERS TURN GOLF CLUB in the Wisconsin Dells, now offers 39 holes of golf. A new lights at night putting green will open soon. So for more see THE CHULA VISTA RESORT on the north side of the dells, offers the Cold Water Canyon Golf Course and Kaminski’s Steak House, more details ChulaVista _____________________________________________________________________

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PUT DOWN THE WAR PAINT-put away the Pom-Pom’s and the mini U.S. flags.

IT’S OVER and Team USA has lost the Solheim Cup…again!

Because the big rally came up short, and Team Europe, with almost no-fans in the stands, played some great golf and took the cup, back to Europe, and over to Spain, the home of the 2023 Solheim Cup.

BUT WHAT HAPPENED! when it was over Team USA Captain Pat Hurst said everybody had fun. FUN? really. Losing is now apparently fun. So since when is spending all this time effort to put a team together, just to lose, again fun. Many of world’s top women’s players always come to Toledo Ohio for a week just to have fun. Hurst seemed to want to get out of her players way, and just let them play. That strategy failed miserably.

MAYBE the best comment regarding the Solheim I heard all weekend, came from Brandel Chamblee, when The Golf Channel analyst asked the question, why hasn’t Dottie Pepper ever been named captain. Good question! better answer is pick her now. For 2023 or 2025 or whenever the next opening for captain is. Because I have a feeling that Pepper would add a little pepper to her squad.

FOR THE MOST PART the excuses and apologists for the US Team need to step up and request some accountability. Because if Europe was getting trounced, do you think the tabloids go soft. I would bet, and really pound that bet, the answer is no. But things could have been worse. Had Europe added Annika Sorenstam, even at age 50, the score would have been worse for the USA.

BUT THE DRAMA the event provided was really good. But maybe the biggest winner was the Inverness Club. Because the recent renovation of this Donald Ross Course was really well done. So I’ll add it to my bucket list, and hope they host another big time golf event in the next few years. The list of great golf courses in Ohio seems to be growing all the time.

TOMORROW the Illinois PGA puts together one of the biggest golf fundraisers of the year, when their Birdies for Charity event tee’s off this year at Oak Park Country Club (with normal home River Forest CC undergoing a tee box renovation). Pledge some support for your local IPGA professional, and support Birdies for Charity. But for further details visit

LEN ZIEHM and I will be out and about around town this week. Details as they happen. Golfers on Golf Radio is planning on Tour Edge Golf VP Jon Claffey in studio with us this coming Saturday.

BOTH LEN ZIEHM AND I spent some time in the Wisconsin Dells last week. The new shorter courses in the Dells, and in Kohler with the Baths, really bring a needed fun aspect to golf. But wait, that’s right, golf is about having fun.

LOCAL FINALS for Drive, Chip and Putt, take place at Medinah CC next Saturday afternoon. 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 AM820 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.