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BY: RORY SPEARS, EDITOR & DIRECTOR OF CONTENT. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

WANNA GOLF AWAY…Mississippi is the place to be. The Gog Blog is down south and ducking out of the snow storm at home in Chicago. Biloxi Mississippi is warm, with Gulf breezes, and the sounds of golf shots. The Champions Tour is here this week.

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Former Golfers on Golf Radio Guest and Champions Tour Player Brian Henninger at the grand Bear GC Pro-AM

The PGA Champions Tour is here in Biloxi Mississippi this week, and so is the Gog Blog.

Tournament week will be well covered once it tee’s off by the networks, but right now it’s pro am time and there are three of them.

The first one tee’d off today at the Jack Nicklaus designed Gran Bear Club an outstanding golf course here in the Biloxi area.

The second one is Wednesday and the final one is Thursday at the tournament host course at Fallen Oak Golf Club. It was fun to tee it up today with Brian Henninger who was stripping it well, he could be right around the lead this week once the tournament tee’s off.

Some of the other names on the course today at the Grand Bear club included the following players.

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The clubhouse at Grand Bear.

Former Western Open Champion Joe Durant, Illinois Slam winner (with wins at Cog Hill and in the Quad Cities) Scott Hoch, Jim Thorpe, Jay Don Blake, former Masters Champion Ian Woosnam and many others.

The winning team in a Shamble format with handicaps, shot 29 under par. Yes you read that right, 29 under par. Okay !

Team Henninger rolled in with 18 under par, and settled for a middle of the pack finish, but a lot of fun was had. Pro-Am’s are a bunch of fun and if you have never done it, try to find a professional tournament where you can. You won’t regret the experience.

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The Par 5 second hole, 540 yards.

The Par 5 second hole plays 540 yards and with a good drive, players can try to get home in two shots. But the bunkers on the back side of the ravine that guard the green, can grab even the biggest of hitters. As some of team Henninger found out today.

The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic week is rolling here in Mississippi, check out the action at Fallen Oak rated highly by more than one national golf publication. The golf course is for guests of the Beau Rivage Casino and Resort Hotel, part of the MGM family. See for more information.

There is a lot more from Mississippi in the days and weeks ahead, stay clicked in. A golf destination you just have to visit.

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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 WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.