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THE ILLINOIS WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION held the 53rd Illinois Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena.

Alison Basseto of Naperville won the championship on the General Golf Course with a three round total of 233. DeAnne Stolarik of Zion was second and Ellen Martin was third. There were also winners in the A,B,C, D, E, F, G, H flights, for the full recap visit The IWGA thanks the resort for hosting the championship.

Matthew McClean the 2022 USGA Mid Amateur Champion at Erin Hills. Photo courtesy of USGA

The 2022 USGA Mid-Amateur at Erin Hills was quite a success.

Because both champion Matthew McClean and runner-up Hugh Foley made the final match, where McClean defeated Foley 3 & 1.

But even more interesting was that both finalists are from Ireland, McClean from Belfast and Foley from Dublin.

McClean with his win, earns a spot in the 2023 U.S. Open, and likely will receive an invitation to the 2023 Masters Tournament. Both McClean and Foley are friends and flew over from Ireland together on the same flight to play in the championship. They shared housing and rental cars upon arriving in the USA.

The championship ended two days late, due to heavy rains on Day 2, that spilled into Day 3. So the 36-hole was played over 2 days, something not normally done. But after a really long week McClean said,” it really hasn’t sunk-in yet but it will tonight.”

McClean entered the championship with a World Golf Rating (OWGR) of #120 in the amateur rankings (Foley at 195). But after a late charge by Foley, McClean wrapped up the title, with a solid approach shot on the 35th hole with a 7-Iron. Because Foley had missed the green and could not get up and down.

For a full list of what the champion receives, please visit

The PGA Cup 2022

THE 2022 PGA CUP from Surrey England.

The United States won the 30th PGA Cup for the first time overseas since 2009 by a score of 15.5 to 10.5 over the Great Britain and Ireland Team (GBI).

The PGA Cup started in 1973 in Pinehurst, and this win by the USA was it’s 19th, in the series of matches.

Former PGA of America President Suzy Whaley served as Team Captain. Whaley formerly served as Captain for the victorious USA Women’s team in the 2019 inaugural event for women.

The USA Team had a 4 point lead heading into the final singles matches. The USA set the tone in the first match out, when Michael Block who was 4 DN after 12 holes. Made birdies on five of the last six holes, to win the match 1 UP. Whaley said that win “set the tone for US.”

The clinching point for the USA, was recorded by PGA Life member Omar Uresti who defeated Simon Lilly 4 & 3. But for the full results, visit

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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.