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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy at Rich Harvest Farms, with the International Crown Trophy.

If you were looking forward to enjoying the summer golf season, well I hope you did, because as of now it is over in spite of what the weather outside looks like at the moment.

The weather we have had over the last few weeks, is some of the best we have had in recent months.

Around the Chicago area some of the best time to enjoy golf is in the fall season, the temps have cooled off, the colors on the course are coming out and there is nothing like a good fall walk around places that are home to a great 18 holes on your scorecard. The courses are a little less crowded on some days and that makes for a better pace of play. I know I’ll being as much as possible in the next 6 weeks or so, until Mother Nature takes away golf season, and it becomes dome season.

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Northwestern 3rd at the Windon Memorial

These past two days the Northwestern Wildcats have hosted their own invitational, the Windon Memorial. This year the winner was the Purdue University Boilermakers, who won their first tournament since 2011.

It was the first time Purdue has won a tournament other than their own invitational, and outside of the state of Indiana since 2010.

The margin of victory was 15 shots over the second place Michigan Wolverines.

Northwestern who finished with a 54 hole score of 4 under par, ended up in third place, the tournaments was played at Lake Shore Country Club.

CHICAGO IS HOSTING some national golf championships in the next few weeks, and just when you thought tournament season in town was over. First up is the first ever national championship in Footgolf, and it will be played at Waveland Golf Course on Lake Michigan in Chicago, not far from Wrigley Field this Saturday. The course is also known these days as Sidney Marovitz. The nine-hole course will host both a morning and afternoon session to decide the championship. Over 100 players will take part.

Then don’t forget Mid-October at the Glen Club in Glenview, the Speed Golf National Championship is coming. These guys are fast, running up and down the holes, while carrying their own golf bag’s, no caddies here.

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Jordan Spieth on the right is the 2015 PGA Tour and Fed Ex Cup Champion.

A tip of the cap or golf visor to Jordan Spieth who is the 2015 Fed Ex Cup and PGA Tour Championship.

With the win, Spieth took Tiger Woods out of the record book (as so many players have done in recent years) by making the most on course money in one year, as any player on the tour has ever done. Some 23 million and change for those of you who are counting at home.

With the win Spieth moves back into the No.1 position in the world golf rankings, sending Jason Day back into the No.2 spot, with Rory McIlroy still at No.3. Congrats Jordan, well played well deserved.

THERE IS new equipment coming out on the market, Titleist, Callaway and Cleveland are among the companies, coming out with new product in time for the fall season.

The Gog Blog needed a little break last week, so I was short on content, but that will change this week and next. I did miss doing the radio show yesterday for the first time in 24 weeks, but I did enjoy playing some golf and taking second place in the Shepherd’s Crook Players Club Scramble. 60 and a second place finish is not bad. Neither is the Chili Scramble Shepherd’s Crook is hosting on October 10th, sign up quickly time is running out. Call the course at (847)-872-2080.

With that, I’m headed off to Cog Hill, it’s golf season. GO PLAY. 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 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.