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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the South Course at NCR.


Not sure I will play today as I always do, when I get another year older, and hopefully wiser.

Heavy rains have pounded the Chicago area on Sunday. Because of this huge downpour, the rainout maybe on.

So as much as I like to play golf. It’s hard to do, when you need an ark to get to your ball.

But what I do hope, is that courses in the area won’t throw in the towel on the 2021 outdoor golf season just yet. Because things should dry out, in a day or two, or week or so.

22 YEARS AGO we lost Payne Stewart today. I’ll never forget him, what a golfer, what an amazing personality. Golf could use more players like him.

CONGRATULATIONS to Blackberry Oaks teaching professional Roy Biancalana and University of Illinois Coach Mike , for their fine showing in the Senior Professional Championship in Port St. Lucie Florida.

Because Small finished 1 shot out of a playoff to win it all. Biancalana dug-in and by two shots, will join Small at the 2022 Senior PGA Championship. The Senior PGA will be held at the end of May at Harbor Shores Golf Club, in Benton Harbor Michigan. I can’t wait to see both of them there in competition next year.

WITH ONE WEEK left of October, which is also known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Several golf companies have specials on “Pink Items” or are donating money per sale. So do check around and see if there is something you can purchase this week.

SPEAKING OF PURCHASING THINGS-there are still reports that it might be wise to order holiday gifts early this year. Because of the many issues in the worlds supply chain. Golf has had it’s issues as well. So don’t be afraid to start getting golf gifts now, and don’t wait until Black Friday. Because your favorite golfer or golfers will be glad to receive their gifts in late December.

I HAVE TO ADMIT I’m really getting impressed with University of Illinois Sophomore Piercen Hunt. Hunt had a nice win in Florida at Isleworth in the last U of I men’s fall tournament. Hunt came from six shots back in the final round to win. Coach Mike Small has to be hoping Hunt sticks around for a few more years before going pro.

STAY DRY everyone and I hope you get a few more outdoor rounds in before it becomes golf dome and simulator season. 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.