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Entrance to the Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette.

This afternoon at 1 PM a memorial service will be held at the Westmoreland Country Club for the late Gary Planos, who passed away on March 26th in his Hawaiian home on the island of Maui.

Mr. Planos was an Evans Scholar who attended the University of Illinois while caddying at Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette.

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Gary Planos

Mr. Planos went on to become a Western Golf Association Director, while holding down several positions in Hawaii, including Director of Golf Operations at the Kapalua Resort, and Tournament Director of the Tournament of Champions PGA Tour golf event that normally starts the PGA Tour season in January.

Mr. Planos still worked the driving range at the BMW Championships where ever they have been conducted in recent years.

Memorial gifts can be made to the Evans Scholars Foundation. For more information on the Western Golf Association and the Evans Scholars Foundation, please visit

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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.