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The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy, with Gary Player at the WGA Green Coat Gala.

The Western Golf Association hosted it’s annual Green Coat Gala last Friday night downtown in the city. The guest speaker was was Gary Player the”Black Knight” winner of nine majors.

Kudo’s to the WGA for landing Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in the last three years to help raise funds for the Evans Scholars Foundation.

The dinner in 2014 raised over $800,000 dollars, I hope that 2015 was just as successful. There are now more than 10,000 alumni of the ESF program.

If you didn’t see my story from over the weekend, please scroll down and check it out, Player as always was candid with his opinions from our interview. I was joined by an Evans Scholar in asking Player questions.

Titleist Golf has rolled out several new products, and some upgrades to their current line. I will have some previews coming up during the week ahead. Their new driver the 915 is receiving rave reviews, and is sitting the bag of PGA Tour Player of the Year Jordan Spieth, and British Open Champion Zach Johnson.

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On the Olympia Fields South Course, using the new Titleist 915 Driver.

I have been using the 915 since I received it in march of this year, and I have regained some of the distance I felt I had lost with a previous driver.

I hope to test out some of the new Titleist products in the weeks ahead, and provide some feedback. I will also be posting some stories about Cleveland Products and some new things from the world of apparel.

I do plan to travel to the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando early 2016, to see all the new products. Demo days will be coming to town shortly as our indoor golf season gets started next month.

THE SPEEDGOLF INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP tee’s off this morning at the Glen Club in Glenview, final round play is Tuesday.

Speedgolf is a round of golf, that includes your score for 18 holes with your time to play them added together. This marks the fourth time the Speedgolf national championship has been held, the first three were held at Bandon Dunes in Oregon.

Most players carry a very light bag, and only carry about 4-5 clubs and a few golf balls and tee’s. Defending Champion Eri Crum, who shot a 76 in 46 minutes for a Speedgolf score of 122, will be in the field. For more information see

IT WAS INTERESTING to find out that there are changes coming to the famed Cog Hill Course #4 Dubsdread. Architect Rees Jones has returned and will be taking out some of the bunkers that have drawn criticism from tour players and amateur golfers alike. As many as ten bunkers will go, and few more might become grass bunkers. Tree work, new bunker sand and more is part of plan. Spectator mounds for another tournament will get improved, now if Cog Hill could just land a tournament. But that might take some doing.

THE NEW CLUBHOUSE at Mistwood is quite ready to open just yet, but the staff at the club begins to take ownership of the new building today. Training and bringing in the merchandise begins, tentative opening day for customers will be about November 9th, hopefully outdoor golf season is still going on by them.

Our outdoor fall golf season is starting to slip away, the weather should be nice this week, so get out and enjoy it. 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.