THE CHICAGO GOLF CLUB GETS THE USGA BACK TO TOWN

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DSC04035 CGC clubhouse DSDSC04034 CB Mac DS  The historic and famed Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton will host the next USGA event in the Chicago area, when the inaugural U.S. Sr. Women’s Open comes in July of 2018. The Charles Blair Macdonald statue outside the clubhouse.

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The Chicago Golf Clubs famous logo, Far and Sure.

When the final putt fell at Olympia Fields last August during the U.S. Amateur Championship, the United States Golf Association was done here in the Chicago area.

It marked the first time in decades that anyone could remember, the USGA not having a future event on the calendar in the Chicagoland area.

The USGA and the PGA of America both had Chicago and it’s area clubs off the radar.

During an interview with then USGA President Tom O’Toole, O’Toole suggested to the local media in attendance at Olympia Fields that it was time for the media to convince our local clubs to start sending invites to the USGA, that they were ready to invite the USGA back to town.

Fortunately for the golf fans of Chicago, what was already in the works was the USGA and one of it’s founding members the Chicago Golf Club, discussing the very first U.S. Senior Women’s Open coming to Chicago.

“The USGA was looking for a location that had a wow factor,” says Brad Kinsey, president of the Chicago Golf Club.

Chicago Golf did succeed in landing the inaugural Sr. Women’s Open, while Peggy Kirk Bell’s Pine Needles Resort in Southern Pines North Carolina received the second one.

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The Chicago Golf Club’s centennial book tells an amazing story about one of America’s most historic golf clubs.

But for Chicago area golf fans, and golf fans from further destinations that are likely to attend, the 2018 U.S. Sr. Women’s Open will be as much about the chance for spectators to walk the grounds of Chicago Golf, as it will be to see who wins the championship.

The story line is amazing and will bring another great chapter in the game of golf’s history.

How much do we know about what July of 2018 should look like at the Chicago Golf Club.

The field for a U.S. Open will be smaller than normal, with only 120 players. As Chicago Golf Club is more suited for a smaller field with the facilities it has. In fact the club did not have air-conditioning in 2005 for the Walker Cup, so it was brought in for the week.

For more details on how this inaugural championship came together, and what it might look like when it tee’s off in 2018, the Gog Blog spoke with the Chicago Golf Club’s President Brad Kinsey. With the championship still 28 months off, there is still some planning to be done and details to work out. But here is where things stand fresh off the announcement, that the USGA is back on the schedule in Chicago.

Click here to hear the interview with Brad Kinsey, President of the Chicago Golf Club.

What the Chicago Golf Club should provide this USGA championship, is a place where the atmosphere is contained and spectators will feel like they got to see the entire golf course and the championship during that day.

The Gog Blog and Golfers on Golf Radio will continue to follow the championship over the next two-plus years, as it gets closer to teeing off and making golf history. For more information on the championship, see USGA.org.

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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.