THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT- MONTY OPENS TOURNAMENT SEASON

Palmer_Cup_Final_2015Medinah patriot day picthe squeeze logo The Palmer Cup June 12-13-14 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Medinah Patriot Day is May 26th, See Illinoispatriot.org. The Squeeze now in theaters, including the AMC theater in Skokie.

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The Senior PGA Championship is just about a month away, this year it tee’s off at the French Lick Resort in French Lick Indiana.

The championship will be played on the Pete Dye Course, that was designed by you guessed it, Pete Dye.

Last year at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Colin Montgomerie was the champion, and he will defend his title at French Lick. One sure way to know that golf season is coming is the planning of golf media days. It’s where the defending champion of the tournament comes and speaks, and media members get all the details of what needs to be passed out to the fans, or patrons when discussing the Masters Tournament.

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The Senior PGA Championship at French Lick Resort.

It’s a chance to see the golf course and what has been to test the professionals when they arrive to play. Information tickets and charities benefiting from the championship. If you need corporate hospitality this is where the information comes out. Final head counts on volunteers needed and more.

Monty will sit fireside and talk with media about his hopes to repeat on the challenging Pete Dye course and what it might take to win again in 2015. PGA officials will fill us in on what (you) we need to know.

YES, media days it’s really the start of golf season when they start to appear on the calendar. While the Dye Course will closed for the tournament around Memorial Day weekend, it is open the rest of golf season for your enjoyment. Visit French Lick Resort and play the Pete Dye Course, The Donald Ross Course and the Tom Bendelow Course. The spa and casino await you as well.

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Golfers on Golf Radio, they are back, Chicago’s Favorite Foursome standing L-R Mike Munro & Ed Stevenson, seated L-R Rory Spears & Bill Berger.

It came up so quickly that week 1 of 23 is the cup, and we are on to the next hole.

We are working with a new producer this year Mike Mercado, who might last all 18 holes if we don’t drive him nuts first. We’re putting everything back together for a great run of golf talk this year. Next week Mike Munro might even join us, in fact we know he will. Mike might not have a dome anymore, but he is still one busy golf guy.

Next week more information on tournament No.1 the Sr. PGA Championship, and a recap of my visit to the Biloxi Mississippi area. Biloxi a new golf destination that you will enjoy.

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This past week I traveled to Kohler to do some advance work on the PGA Championship coming this August.

I found the Irish Course and the original Blackwolf Run course are open for play, But by the weekend Whistling Straits and the full River Course and Meadow Valley Course will be open.

The Kohler beer festival is coming up and that is one party you don’t want to miss. Taste test them all, and there are plenty to try. The beer festival outing is always fun to play in. Other great events in front of the PGA Championship headed Kohlers way, see DestinationKohler.com for more details.

THE ONLY GREEN, is coming you way. Need to work on your putting at home or at the office, need something fun for a corporate event, well the Only Green might be what you need. The wood grain finished product is coming to Great Escape stores around the Chicago area, more coming up this week.

The Gog Blog returns this week with more on the Only Green, and other golf news. Until then, the courses have opened GO PLAY.

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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.