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THE EARLY EDITION THIS WEEK…from the LPGA International Crown. Coming in 2016 to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove IL.

gog-blog-logo2 DSC00722 Chicago's Favorite Foursome DS             GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO 9 AM ON SUNDAY’S. WSBC-AM 1240 AND WCFJ AM 1470. Chicago’s favorite foursome on right is standing Mike Munro and Ed Stevenson, seated Rory Spears and Bill Berger.

This Sunday we have an outstanding show that looks at the heart of golf this weekend nationally and next week in the Chicago area. If you miss the show live, you do get a mulligan. That is if your on the golf course or the practice range. Look for a re-posting of the show right here on this website.

527365_365601030181871_1095266013_n LPGA Crown Logo FB DSC02854 Crown trophy on 18 green pic 5 DS 10_08_05_316 RHF photoDS          THE INTERNATIONAL CROWN-has  been launched from the Caves Valley CC in Owings Mill. More International Crown News will be made later this week in Naperville, stay clicked in later in the week for details.

Up first on the show is your’s truly live at the International Crown, we will recap the week and look ahead to 2016 at Jerry Rich’s Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. plus what effect the USA’s early exit might have on this years International Crown and going forward.

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WGA Vice President of Tournaments Vince Pellegrino joins the show at 9:20.

The Western Amateur Championship tee’s off on Tuesday this week at Beverly Country Club in Chicago. Jordan Niebrugge returns to defend his title. Northbrook’s Nick Hardy who is Illinois bound this fall, joins the field after a second place finish in the WGA Junior Championship.

A stellar field is prepared to to do battle in one of the top amateur tournaments in the world. Spectators are welcome all week at Beverly and the admission is FREE.

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Mistwood GC owner Jim McWethy joins the program at 9:40.

Getting underway today at the Mistwood GC in Romeoville is the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open. Defending Champion Elise Swartout is in the field. Sunday marks the start of championship week with a pro-am, tournament rounds are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

There is a cut after 36 holes on Tuesday, several other past champions will be entered in the field. McWethy will talk about the improvements he and his staff have made at Mistwood. Those improvements have made Mistwood on of the top public courses in the Chicagoland area.

BREAKING NEWS out of Champaign where the University of Illinois and Coach Mike Small have announced the departure of assistant coach Justin Fetcho, who has been named the new head coach at Southern Illinois University.

It’s expected that Small will begin a search for a new assistant coach immediately.

LINKS & TEE’S in Addison has announced that Foot Golf has been delayed until August, some of the items needed to get the program going are back-ordered due to demand.

OLIPHANT GOLF that is now managing the classic designs at the Lawsonia Golf Club in Green Lake Wisconsin, is telling the Gog Blog that progress is moving forward at the new Sand Valley project in Central Wisconsin. Over 600 acres have been cleared and a layout for the first 18 holes is near completion by architects Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore.

BIG 3 partner has a recap of the International Crown watch parties and how it was viewed in Chicago. See

THE GOG BLOG returns later today with our story from the International Crown. The Gog Blog Speaks Out is back on Monday.

In between the broadcasts Go Play. 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.