THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-ANOTHER CUP TO PLAY FOR

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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At Bethpage State Park, on the Black Course.

On this day where I sit at Wrigley Field about to see the St. Louis Cardinal and Chicago Cubs play Game 4 of the NLDS, I feel the temperatures around town start to drop. #GoCubs BTW.

While baseball is one the mind today, my focus returns more to golf tomorrow and the next few days, when tee times is what I will be arranging instead of pre-and-post game coverage’s.

But it’s that chill in the air that makes me start to be concerned, along with the calendar that we are quickly running out of days to golf outside. The dome season is quickly sneaking up upon us and the outdoor days will end.

Today at Wrigley Field if the Cubs bring their sticks and club out some baseballs, they could go where I was about 1 year ago, and that is New York to play their likely NLCS opponent the New York Mets. Cubs fans who might make the possible trip, could end up enjoying some Long Island golf including Bethpage State Park and the Black or Red Courses, both good tracks. If the Cubs actually do make the World Series, hopefully it will not be against Toronto, because Texas would be a better destination if you wish to bring your clubs.

Maybe this year and not next year, the Fall Classic will be made of both baseball and golf for the long suffering Cubs fans.

ANOTHER CUP TO PLAY FOR: The Presidents Cup did provide some interesting drama this past week. But in spite of the fact that the battle for the cup in Korea went right down to the last match, and their was a little drama, I’m still not ready to find myself glued to this event. Hey we won the Cup ! okay now that we have it, what do we do with it. Good question, it will be back in the U.S. in 2 years and it still remains to be seen if the U.S. golf fans flock out to this event, that the USA holds a 9-1-1 record in.

Meanwhile in Minnesota they are already gearing up for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, the 1 year out event was just held, and everyone around the Twin-Cities is getting ready for the biggest golf event in that state since YE Yang dusted Tiger Woods in the 2009 PGA Championship. I’m sorry but there is still something about the Ryder Cup that gets me more fired up for the battle of that cup.

BIG 3 partner Len Ziehm is rolling through the state of Washington, and just played Chambers Bay the site of the 2015 U.S. Open, for more read his website, Len Ziehmongolf.com for details.

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Putterboy is fired up about the Cubs. Visit Pinehurst.com to book your next trip to the home of American Golf.

The Crooked Stick Invitational is underway just north of Indianapolis, The Stick that played host to John Daly’s exciting 1991 PGA Championship and the 2012 BMW Championship won by Rory McIlroy.

Illinois has jumped out to a lead after the first 36 holes, with Purdue that is coming into the tournament fresh off a win in the Windon Memorial run by Northwestern University is alone in second place.

The Crooked Stick Golf Club designed by Pete Dye will host the 2016 BMW Championship and the 2020 WGA Western Amateur.

SPEAKING OF THE WGA.. BIG 3 golfer Gary Player hits town later this week to be the guest speaker at the Black Tie WGA Fundraising dinner. One golf publication is reporting that Player’s mansion located in the United States is up for sale, asking price is $6.6 million.

IN THE MEANTIME GO PLAY OUTSIDE, time is running out. 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.