MISTWOOD-MATT (Matt Carter) points out the improved numbers from a recent product testing, in the Mistwood Performance Center in Romeoville. SO with summer gone, and if your game is still struggling, visit Matt or Eric Russell at Mistwood Golf Club and get retested, refitted, or re-shafted. It makes a world of difference. to book a fitting appointment today. PINEHURST #8 has reopened from a summer-long restoration of this Tom Fazio designed golf course. Learn more go visit

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Rory Spears (L) and Len Ziehm (R) in the lobby of the Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Northbrook Illinois.

***The Presidents Cup continues into todays final round at Quail Hollow-with the USA holding a big lead over the International Team 11-7 ***.

LEN ZIEHM of has just posted a recap of his golf trip to Gulf Shores in Alabama. So read more from Len on top rated courses like Kiva Dunes.

What’s the best golf in Gulf Shores, Alabama ?

Get the updates from the Daily Herald’s Len Ziehm-co-host of Golfers on Golf Radio, and the Ziehm & Spears Podcast Series.

Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA)

THE CDGA is winding down it’s 2022 golf championship season.

Scott Frankenreider 55, of Peoria won the 36th annual Illinois State Senior Amateur at Riverside Country Club.

Frankenreider survived a three hole playoff with Ted Pecora of Winnetka, scoring 12 to Pecora’s 13.

The final round saw Pecora card a 2 under 69, compared with Frankenreider’s (+1) 72. Which forced the playoff. Frankenreider who had stepped away from competition to follow his children’s athletic endeavors for years, appeared to not miss a-beat during his time away. But for full results see

THE CDGA wraps up it’s 2022 championship season with the CDGA Senior Amateur Fourball, this Monday through Thursday Sept. 26 through the 29th. But the first day of play will determine which 16 teams move on the match play portion of the championship. Among the favorites are Vince Antoniou (Butler National) and Mark Esposito (Blackberry Oaks), this team has reached the match play five times. So for more information and results, see


Pine Meadow one of the few places in Illinois to find the work of famed architect William S. Flynn.

PINE MEADOW has announced that starting Monday October 3rd, range ball sales will cease at 5 PM.


Pine Meadow has announced that there will be NO core aerification this fall.

Core samples were tested and proved that aerification would NOT be needed. So golfers enjoy the run to the end of the season.

THE DENIL-SCRAMBLE still has a few sports available for next Sundays event. So to sign up-call Pine Meadow at (847)-566-GOLF (4653).

TOPTRACER MOBILE RANGE is now at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville. So check out all the options Toptracer Range gives you to play or practice while on the range. But for more information you can call (815)-254-3333.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS Senior Adrien Dumont de Chassart has earned the Men’s Golfer of the Week award, from the B1G Ten Conference. Chassart finished in a T-2 for the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club. Illinois was second in the team championship, behind Stanford University.

VATTANAC GOLF RESORT-Cambodia, announces new management team at the Troon Golf property.

Chris Geraghty is the new General Manager, with James Durkin as the Golf Operations Manager, Rory Tinker is the new Head Golf Professional, and Sambath Chheang will be the Sales & Marketing Manager. The resorts 36 holes were designed by Nick Faldo. But for more information see

LAB GOLF Putters in nickel.

LAB GOLF has a special on blemished putters. But this limited supply is going quickly.

So there are various models and editions of those models you can find a “steal of a deal on.” LAB GOLF Factory Second putters.

But for more information, please visit

THE PODCAST-LAB Golf CEO Sam Hahn jumps on the podcast with Club Champion founder Nick Sherburne and Co-Host Cassie Bausch to talk LAB Golf Putters and getting fit for a LAB Golf putter at Club Champion. But for the details on LAB Golf putter fittings at Club Champion, visit or see

Sqairz For Women.


Because they could be the best golf shoe you will ever wear.

But what has been for the guys, is now ready for the gals.

Because ladies feet aren’t just a different size, they are built differently. So Sqairz golf shoes, built golf shoes for gals in a different way. So ladies see what your missing in golf footwear.

DUNLAPS SPORTS AMERICAS the umbrella over companies such as XXIO, Srixon, Cleveland Golf and ASAICS, has announced it’s return to the 2023 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando Florida-Jan. 24-27. Mike Powell President and COO said,” it’s time to get back to doing things in person.” DUNLAP joins Peter Millar and others in announcing a return to the show, that saw a decrease in participation last year because of the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

THE WGA CADDIE ACADEMY is been awarded a $125,000 donation from the PGA-Korn Ferry Tour. The award will help programming at the five caddie academies (with a sixth facility located in Ohio) on the way in 2023. But for more information see or visit

The Sun Mountain stand alone golf bag.

MISSOULA MONTANA based Sun Mountain has created the new WeatherMax Stand Bag, and Weather Max Cart Bag.

The new golf bags, Sun Mountain says will offer the ultimate in golf bag durability.

Because over time fabrics that are exposed to sun and UV rays-fade and grow weaker.

The new golf bags are part of the 2023 Sun Mountain line. But they are now arriving in golf shops.

Retail prices are $359.99 for the stand bag, and $439.99 for the cart bag.

But not only will these new bags offer Sun-UV resistance, but they are water resistant and durable.

So for more information visit golf retail stores, pro shops and or visit

Grande Dunes Resort Course in Myrtle Beach has reopened from summer restoration project.

THE GRANDE DUNES RESORT COURSE in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, has opened from a summer restoration project on September 15th.

The four month project was directed by architect John A. Harvey, who worked with original architect Roger Rulewich.

Grande Dunes greens now have the new TifEagle ultradwarf bermudagrass greens and the restoration of the courses greens to their original size.

So add almost 40,000-square feet of putting surface, which amounts to a 33% increase. But add the original shapes of the bunkers, that make the golf course more visually appealing. Because of an additional 8 acres of fairway, golfers now have less excuses not to hit them.

But the improvements were not just on the golf course, throw-in clubhouse renovations that include outdoor dining area’s. Founders Group International has 21 Myrtle Beach golf courses in it’s portfolio. So view the view list of courses, many of them having had recent improvements at or

The Gog Blog Speaks Out-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.