Palmer_Cup_Final_2015Print2016 UL International Crown 4c ds Rich Harvest Farms is ready for the “Progression” are you. June 12-14 The Palmer Cup, This August the Western Amateur, Coming July of 2016 The International Crown, come make the Crown even bigger than the Solheim Cup was in 2009. Jerry Rich is ready for great amateur and professional golf, are you ?

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The Gog Blog, by Rory Spears, Editor & Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linked and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With the Senior PGA Championship Trophy.

It’s coming this week to the French Lick Resort, the Kitchen-Aid Sr. PGA Championship with defending Champion Colin Montgomerie. It should be a great week this week in the state of Indiana, the 500 and great golf. It doesn’t get any better than that.

The first Midwest major tournament of the season is coming, and it’s the Senior PGA Championship. The Pete Dye Course and it’s volcano bunkers will be the center of attention this week. BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm will be checking in live on Golfers on Golf with updates about the championship. The latest trvael story includes more about the famed Southern Indiana Resort, that is fresh off  winning yet another top voters award for best resorts in America.

Hole+17IslandHills2014Cottages0134a-XL Villa living room DS    Are you ready for that next play and stay golf trip. How about Island Hills Golf Clourse in Centreville Michigan, only 2 hours from the Chicago Loop, and not far from South Bend. The Ray Hearn 18 hole championship design golf course has some of the great closing holes you will find anywhere, the 12th hole plays the ruins of a historic area site. Visit the new website Islandhillsgolf.con and set up your round today.

Enc_Champ_Wrdmrk_Vert_4cpDSDSC02604 Tom Lehman trophy pic 2 DS                    The Encompass Championship coming to North Shore Country Club In Glenview July 10-12, Defending Champion Tom Lehman with trophy, for tickets and more.

The local golf tournament golf scene starts rolling with media day today at North Shore Country Club with Tom Lehman here to tee things off. More information will be coming out here on the GogBlog about the Encompass Championship this week. Come out in July and enjoy this fun and competitive championship that has gone down to the last putt on 18 two straight years.

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The Glen Club, home of the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame.

The Illinois Golf Hall of Fame committee held it’s final voting this past week. Three new members were elected to be the Class of 2015.

Congratulations to H. Chandler Egan, a top amateur player and later on course designer out west. His credits include reworking Pebble Beach, that as I write this is having it’s 17t hole re-worked again. 17 has lost size and isn’t holding shots these days the way it should. Maybe a return to Egan’s design could help.

The other two inductee’s include Leon McNair of Fox Bend Golf Club in Oswego and Jim Sobb from the Ivanhoe Club, both club professionals. All deserving of the honor to be inducted. That being said…

I do have issues with the vote. Number one is that each of the 18 voters can vote for up to Five of the final Ten finalists. But you don’t have to use all five, several votes were not used. With the quality of the ten finalists that were on the ballot, all votes should have been used. Two candidates fell just two votes short and it would have been nice to use those votes to add another person.

Another problem is the imbalance of who is going into the hall. The amount of club professionals that have been enshrined, compared to the amount of people in other categories who have been voted in, is staggering. Is the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame a golf hall of fame, or is it the Illinois PGA Section Club Professional Hall of Fame, it’s getting hard to tell. Maybe the class of 2017 should not include any club professionals.

Rory and trophies

Rory McIlroy is gearing up for a big summer.

If you watched the PGA Tour on Saturday you saw Rory McIlroy being Rory the No.1 Golfer in the World.

He was on a pace to shoot 59 but came up a couple of birdies short. But his win yesterday in Charlotte coupled with other past showings this year, have him looking like he is ready to just go crazy on the major championship scene this summer. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him with more trophies like these come August.

I’m looking forward to his PGA Championship media day at Whistling Straits next month, to hear what the young Irishman has to say about his world of golf, and defending in the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile World #133 and dropping like an anchor, was caught cheating AGAIN, yes AGAIN. That is all.

CONGRATS TO Illinois and Coach Mike Small as the Illini have won the NCAA Regional to advance to the NCAA National Championship at the Concession Golf Club in Sarasota Florida. Go Illini bring home the National Championship. Illinois was led by Senior Brian Campbell who won the individual championship with a final round 65.

DSC01629 Welcome to Mt. Prospect golf course DSDSC03380 2nd green gets mowed in october DS   Coming August 1st, the NEW Mt. Prospect Golf Club, a David Esler renovation. Stay clicked in to hear about opening day at Mt. Prospect.

The temps will be a little cool this week, but get out and play. Golf season is here. 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.