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WELCOME TO THE late Edition of the Monday GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT COLUMN.

THE GOG BLOG is part of Golfers on Golf Radio, and is written by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to the Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison, and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

LABOR DAY IS HERE, which means the end of summer golf is coming, and the fall golf season approaches. It’s that time of year that makes you wonder where summer has gone, and how it passed by so quickly.

It leaves me asking how I didn’t play more golf, and why I spent too much time at the ballparks, again!

THE PLAYOFFS!!! yes playoffs are underway, and next up on the schedule next week is the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest. But more on that to come.

First up is getting out to enjoy the last couple of weeks on the golf course while it is still summer. Now that it’s past Labor Day there are specials to be found, keep your eyes open. It’s a fun time of year to play, courses are not as crowded, it’s not so hot out and not yet to cold either.

Both the University of Illinois and the Northern Illinois University have Invitationals coming up if you want to see some good college golf. Illinois at Olympia Fields, and Northern Illinois at Rich Harvest Farms.

In just a couple of weeks fall will be here and while it’s one of the nicest times of the year to play golf, it does go by quickly. It’s about a 6 week window to enjoy the game, between the trees, lakes, ponds, creeks and high grass. It’s all very colorful, but as the colors turn our season turns towards the end of the round. Before you know it, it’s time to hit the simulators and the golf domes, while think about a winter trip and maybe some new clubs. Go enjoy what’s left of the 2017 golf season while you can. I know I will.

THE BMW Championship, are you ready. Conway Farms is getting there as the top 70 players will arrive and try to make the top 30 the following week in Atlanta. Dustin Johnson the defending champion is back in the field, so is Jason Day who won at Conway Farms in 2015. Need tickets BMWChampionship.com,support the Evans Scholars and put a caddie in college.

THE ILLINOIS PGA PROFESSIONALS are raising money with a birdie for charities day at the River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst, the IPGA pro’s have now raised over 1 million dollars in the years they have been playing the fund raiser. Great job everyone.

IT WAS tough to see the damage at my old place of employment the Chevy Chase golf course in Wheeling. That mid-July rainstorm really hurt many of the area courses, it brought back memories of my year there cut short by a flood in the late 80’s. I wish CC good luck at getting back on it’s feet. The Wheeling Park District is hopeful to get the course back open this month. After viewing the property my guess is week 1 or 2 in October.

I’m planning on heading over this week to see the Schaumburg Golf Club’s renovation project that is in phase 1 of 3, details as I have them. The Gog Blog returns this week. 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.