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  THE FRENCH LICK RESORT is one of the top Midwest 5-Star properties with multiple golf courses. The famed Pete Dye Course home of the Sr. LPGA Championship, and the Donald Ross Course celebrating it’s 100th season. For more information please see Frenchlick.com. The Senior LPGA Championship is coming to French Lick from July 10-12, with the Symetra Tour playing July 7-8-9 with a pro-am in between. #Legendstour.     ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content, follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the 17th green of the Donald Ross Course.

IT’S KMPG WOMEN’S PGA WEEK at Olympia Fields, come see the top 100 women’s golfers and then another 56 players at Olympia Fields. Tickets here on site at Olympia Fields, park nearby and take the FREE shuttle over to the golf course and enjoy a day on one of the nations Top 100 rated courses.

Defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada is back to defend her title.

THE KPMG/Women’s PGA Championship will return to the Chicago area next year, when it comes to Kemper Lakes in north suburban Kildeer, more on Kemper Lakes in the days ahead, after the final putt falls at Olympia Fields. Stay clicked in for updates on this weeks KPMG Championship right here.

THIS WEEK AT OLYMPIA FIELDS the KPMG Championship is part of LPGA major Championship series. The player that has the best combined results in the majors will win the 2017 Rolex Annika (Sorenstam) Major Award. So far this year So Yeon Ryu is the leader with Lexi Thompson in second place. To take home the award a player must win one of the five majors. Lydia Ko won the award in 2016.

THE GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE newsletter says that a new Perry Dye course near London has been granted, planning permission. The course is part of a housing development near Edgware UK. Donald Ross Characteristics will be put back in the upcoming work at Pinehurst #3, says the resort. The course will have some rerouting done to make room for the new Gil Hanse nine-hole short course. PGA Tour star Jordan Spieth will begin working on a new course for the University of Texas with architect Roy Bechtol.

Jordan Spieth celebrates his 2015 John Deere Classic win, in his post round press conference.

Jordan Spieth winner of the 2013 and 2015 John Deere Classic is not ruling out a return to the tournament this year, from July 10-16.

Spieth told the Gog Blog at the US Open that the John Deere has been a successful place in the past, and it not ruling it out. “There’s a chance” said Spieth.

The tournament office has just announced that Bubba Watson and Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III have also just committed to the tournament for this year. Deadline for player entries is July 7th. For tickets see Johndeereclassic.com. TPC Deere run is an easy drive down Rt-88.

THE MASSACHUSETTS Golf Association and The Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts, have announced a merger through the Buffalo Agency. It’s a historic move for golf and golf in the state of Massachusetts. For more information please visit mgalinks.org.

PAM MILLER OF ANTIGUA looks at a vest line at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show, carrying the Pinehurst logo

THE BIG A IN APPAREL ANTIGUA Group Inc. is now a participant in over 3,000 events in 2017, from professional events to amateur events, to country club scrambles, Antigua is there. Antigua is a lead sponsor for the 2017 Solheim Cup.

“The event business is a very important aspect of all our business channels,” says Ron McPherson, CEO of Antigua. “Whether it’s a superbowl, a major golf event, a corporation’s national sales meeting, or an event on the professional tennis circuit, Antigua is there to provide customized products and services, on time and through completion.” For more information see Antigua.com or ShopAntigua.com.

BIRDIES, BREWS and BBQ on Friday August 25th with a shotgun start at 1 Pm at the Glenwoodie golf Club in Glenwood, benefits the First Tee Program of the Greater Chicagoland. Save the date. Live music after golf.

JAMEY LEWIS elected 23rd President of the Southwest PGA Section. Lewis is the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf at the Sun City Country Club. The new secretary is former Medinah head professional Mike Scully, who serves as Director of Golf at Desert Mountain. Former Illinois PGA Executive Director Michael Miller currently serves in the same capacity in the southwest section.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS STANDOUTS Dylan Meyer and Nick Hardy have been named to the PING NCAA All-American team. Meyer was selected to the First Team, while Hardy was named to the Second Team.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS native and member of the University of Texas golf team Doug Ghim was named to the second-team along with Hardy.

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THE 98TH CDGA Amateur moves into Indiana. It is the fifth time in history the championship has been played out of state. The field is 76 golfers at the Briar Ridge Country Club in Schererville Indiana.

The championship has now completed the stroke play part of the championship and moved on to the match play.

The four remaining finalists are Kyle Slattery, Patrick Mudd, Drake Bushong and Michael Fastert. the championship match will be played on June 30th.

TOP TEACHING PROFESSIONAL RANDY HENRY will be joining Overload Golf. Henry is currently the lead instructor for the Golf Channel Academy at Hayden Lake Country Club in Northern Idaho, and he plans to open a new million dollar facility later this summer. For more information on Overload Golf please visit overloadgolf.com.

THE MSOP  the Major Series of Putting comes to Cog Hill on Sunday June 25th. This is a 9-hole qualifier. It is open to golfers 21 and over to try an earn a berth in the MSOP championship in Las Vegas. The competition runs from 11 Am to 3 Pm. You can register on line at msop.com/Chicago or do it on site.

ROCCO MEDIATE and John Daly are among six players who will use the new verticle grooved river at this weeks U.S. Sr. Open at the Salem Country Club in Salem MA. for more information on the new Verticle groove driver see vertgolf.com.

Erin Hills site of the 2017 US.S. Open will reopen for publiv golf this Saturday July 1st.

The Erin Hills pro shop is already open for business and there is a limited amount of U.S. Open merchandise still on sale.

Erin Hills will remain open until October 29th this season and the course is taking tee times for 2018. The best way to book your tee time is on the phone, who needs the hassle of trying to do it on line. Call  Erin Hills at (866)-772-4769.

LINKS CAPITAL ADVISORS AND Chris Charnas  have confirmed the sale of the Nippersink Golf Club and Resort in Wisconsin has been sold. LCA has announced that Weaver Ridge Golf Club in Peoria IL. has had it’s sale priced reduced to $3.5 million. For more information visit Linkscapitaladvisors.com.

THE GOG BLOG returns on Thursday.

 

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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.