Enc_Champ_Wrdmrk_Vert_4cpDSDSC02604 Tom Lehman trophy pic 2 DS  THE ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP, Returns to the North Shore Country Club the week of July 7-12. Defending Champion Tom Lehman returns. Pro-am leading up to Fridays first round, and celebrities will play with the pro’s the first two days. For tickets and more information please visit                                     ______________________________________________________________________

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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor & Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin & Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

The U.S. Open is over and now it’s time to prepare for more of the local golf season, while the Palmer Cup might be behind us, the Encompass Championship of the Champions Tour and the John Deere Classic are right around the corner. Those tournaments are not the last on the list either. More coming up on that front in the days ahead.

All of us at Golfers on Golf Radio would like to thank everyone who had nice things to say about our U.S. Open show last Sunday. If you missed it and need a mulligan, you can check it out right here on the website under past shows. We did not have our annual segment on the future U.S. Open site, in this case Oakmont Country Club. The good news is that a representative of the club has been in touch with us, and they are looking forward to joining us this weekend. Most of their staff was at Chambers Bay this past week, and we could not make contact in time to have them join us last Sunday.

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U.S. Open Champion Jordan Spieth

Good news fans of the John Deere Classic, he is still coming to the Deere. He as in Jordan Spieth the 2015 Masters and newly crowned U.S. Open Champion.

Spieth who won for the first time on the PGA Tour at the JDC in 2013, is coming back to the championship, and will take the JDC Charter over to the British Open. He told the European press at the U.S. Open that has plans had not changed and he will still play the JDC, in spite of being halfway home to a possible Grand Slam. For tickets at the John Deere Classic see The Deere the next tournament for Jordan Spieth.

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Buying or selling a golf property, contact Chris Charnas at Links Capital Advisors.

Are you buying or selling a golf course, if so Chris Charnas at Links Capital Advisors is the person you need to see.

First up is the Gambit Golf Club in downstate Vienna Illinois, but closer to Chicago located in the North Shore area is the Glen Flora Golf Club. For more information on either one of these clubs call Chris at (847)-866-7192 or email

Enc_Champ_Wrdmrk_Vert_4cpDSDSC00230the First tee ball DS      The Encompass Championship already has 8 Champions Tour winners in the field for this year including Lee Janzen who won 2 U.S. Opens, and 6 past John Deere Classic Champions are in the field as well including TPC Deere Run course designer and Illinois State University Alum D.A. Weibring. The First Tee of Greater Chicago will have it’s 3rd annual Fashion Show at NSCC during the Encompass Championship on  Wednesday July 8th tickets are $85 or VIP ticket $150 and they are limited. Contact the First Tee for tickets, that are going quickly. The first two shows have been sellouts.

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The 4th of July Weekend what are going to do, how about getting the fireworks going on July 3rd by teeing it up in the 17th Annual Stars and Stripes Golf Classic at Mistwood. Play 6 holes from the Red Tee’s, 6 holes from the White Tee’s and 6 Holes from the Blue Tee’s.

The shotgun start is at 7:30 AM  and cost per golfer is $125.00. Includes 18 holes/cart and breakfast and BBQ lunch. prizes on the golf course and a Skins Game (optional) per team. Call (815)-254-3333 for more information or to sign up.


The Golf Channel Academy is now a partner of the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont. The Golf Channel Academy Golf Schools include, One-on-one swing instruction, Tailored Golf School Agenda either Half or Full Day. Swing Analysis, Short Game Instruction. half Day Schools are either 9 Am to 12 Pm or from 1 Pm to 4 Pm.

The cost for the school is $299.00 on a half day school, the Corporate Clinic and Golf on Dubsdread is $499.00 per person, includes lunch and two hours of golf instruction before playing the famed Cog Hill No.4 Dubsdread Golf Course. See for more information.

HOW ABOUT 7 NIGHTS IN SOUTH WALES in the are helping Americans with their golf vacations in the British Isles and at a price that won’t kill your budget before you leave. Do you want to play St. Andrews the home of golf and this years British Open, Royal Birkdale or Turnberry, or Royal Country Down and more. Try and take that golf trip you have always wanted to take to the British Isles. Call (855)-699-5853 or visit the website for more information on the golf trip of a lifetime.

MORE ON US OPEN COURSES YOU CAN PLAY COMING UP TOMORROW, Stay clicked in. Now Go Play summer is here.

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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.