EGAN, MCNAIR AND SOBB ENTER ILLINOIS GOLF HALL OF FAME

DSC05366 Welcome to Ivanhoe 1 DSDSC05488 Leon McNair highway with Tom Cross DS  Ivanhoe Club home of the 2016 Web.com Tour Event the Rust-Oleum Classic. Former IL. State representative Tom Cross awards the Leon McNair highway sign to McNair at the 2015 Illinois Golf Hall of Fame dinner Friday night at the Glen Club in Glenview.        _____________________________________________________________________

DSC05344 Rory at tgvc 1 DSDSC05506 IGHOF sign DS The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With the Chick Evans portrait at the Glenview Club (L), at the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame 2015 dinner at the Glen Club.

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L-R Grandson-Grandson of H Chandler Egan, Leon McNair and Jim Sobb

They are in, the 2015 Class of the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame was inducted into the hall at the awards dinner held at the Glen Club in Glenview.

This years class was made up of three members, H. Chandler Egan, who grew up in Highland Park. Egan won the Western Amateur 4 times, and the U.S. Amateur twice. Egan was champion of the Intercollegiate in 1902, and the 1904 Olympic games held at Glen Echo, and the 1909 U.S. Amateur. Egan then went into course design out west, where he designed 18 courses. His work includes the famed Eugene Country Club and helping with the remodeling of Pebble Beach in 1928. He was a Five-time winner of the Pacific Amateur and a long time member of the Exmoor Country Club.

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H. Chandler Egan Hall of Fame Plaque.

Leon McNair the long time IPGA professional at the Fox Bend Golf Club in Oswego, who also spent years working with golf course builder Brent Wadsworth.

McNair is a board member of the First Tee of Aurora and the Fox Valley.

McNair has been involved in charity and finding ways to give back to the community just as much, as he has done on or around the golf course. With the help of the community where he served, and former state representative Tom Cross, part of Rt. 34 that runs past the Fox Bend golf club has been renamed Leon McNair highway.

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Ivanhoe Director of Golf Jim Sobb during his Hall of Fame acceptance speech.

Jim Sobb the only head professional the Ivanhoe Club has ever had, was the final member to be selected.

Sobb has been a leader and a champion on and off the golf course for years. It started at Palatine High School where he played golf and football, and then onto Western Illinois University to play on the golf team.

After school ended he became a member of the Illinois PGA, working at a few area clubs before joining Thorngate Country Club. That club was sold and moved up to it’s current location in Ivanhoe. Sobb oversaw the transition and the move.

On the course Sobb has won several IPGA majors including three IPGA Section Championships (1995-99-2000) and four Illinois PGA Match play titles (1990-93-95-2011). In 2011 Sobb became the only player to win the IPGA Match Play title and the IPGA Sr. Match Play title in the same year. He has played in 22 Radix Cups, the most of any professional. Sobb is two-time winner of the IPGA professional of the year award (1995-2000). He has played in the PGA Championship, the U.S. Sr. Open and the Sr. PGA.

Sobb has organized the Ivanhoe Invitational, that brings many of the top high school golf programs to the club for a tournament every fall.

The next class to join the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame will be selected in the spring of 2017. The selection committee chairman is Tim Cronin, who served as the MC at the induction dinner.

The Illinois Golf Hall of Fame, is located at the Glen Club in Glenview, it is open when the club is open, and there is no charge for admission.

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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.