THE CRADLE-NEW AT PINEHURST. Coming September 30th. See NOW OPEN, Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison, closed Tuesdays ______________________________________________________________________

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO VISITS MYRTLE BEACH IN 2016. Stay dry this week everyone in SC. by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

THIS WEEK is week 22 of 23 for Chicago’s Favorite Foursome, the golfers from Golfers on Golf Radio Am 750 WNDZ. Tee Time is 9 Am on Saturday mornings.

This week the guys talk with Thomas Healy the COO-Head professional of SwingOIL. A golf energy product that helps the body through it’s physical strain of the day, on and off the golf course.

Used by Jason Day and 2016 U.S. Sr. Open Champion Gene Sauers. Now getting popular across the Champions Tour and in other sports as well.

Guest #2 Vince Pellegrino the Sr. VP of Tournaments for the Western Golf Association (WGA) with the BMW Championship driving in to Lake Forest this week ahead. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion. Get tickets at or pick them up at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

IF YOU ENJOYED our feature on the Cradle at Pinehurst, you should see whats coming up next from Pinehurst, where the changes just keep happening., and the home of American golf just keeps getting better. More on that tomorrow in our Sunday feature.

  THE 2018 KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP tickets at the championship will be played from June 26th through July 1st. #Volunteersneeded.                                                                   LINKS CAPITAL ADVISORS announces the sale of the Course At Aberdeen in Valporaiso Indiana. NOW ON THE MARKET the Antioch Golf Club in Chicago’s far north suburbs, cost now below $1,000,000 This 6,200+ yard golf course is the right venue for golfers of all skill levels. Off the golf course the clubhouse and banquet area’s are rated very highly. For more information contact Chris Charnas at (847)-866-7192.

WEST DES MOINES, IA – AUGUST 20: Catriona Matthew of Team Europe watches her tee shot on the first hole in her match against Stacy Lewis of Team USA during the final day singles matches of the Solheim Cup at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club on August 20, 2017 in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

TICKETS are now on sale for the 2019 Solheim Cup in Scotland, at the website

The matches will be contested on the Centenary Course at Gleneagles. After the 2017 matches in Iowa attracted record crowds, the organziers in Europe are hoping to break those attendance records set in Iowa.

Catriona Matthew who serves as an ambassador for Scotland the Home of Golf, who in Iowa played in her 9th Solheim Cup and recorded 3 points while doing so said, “the players are looking forward to Scotland in 2019”.

Matthew added that with all that Scotland has to offer, that 2019 could be the best Solheim Cup ever. Tickets are now on sale at

Illinois golf coach Mike Small with GOG Editor Rory Spears at the U of I golf facility in Champaign

The University of Illinois men’s golf team coming off another run to the final four this past spring at Rich Harvest Farms is ready for the fall season.

Led by seniors Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer the men’s team starts the fall season here in Chicago at Olympia Fields with it’s Fighting Illini Invite this coming Friday-Saturday and Sunday Sept. 15-17. 10 of the programs are in the top 25 in the country. Illinois is #6 and the top ranked team in the field is #2 USC. Open to the public and admission and parking are free.

The team will play in five fall events, among which includes it’s third straight appearance at the East Lake Cup in Atlanta reserved for team who make the final four the previous spring. The East lake Cup will be played from October 30 through November 1st, and is shown on the Golf Channel. Illinois has won the East Lake Cup in both of it’s appearances in the event.

“As a program, we are excited about the combination of the competition that we will see and the courses we will play this fall,” said head coach Mike Small. “We will face high quality competition on a combination of challenging  courses, which will make us a better team as we move into the Spring season.”

You can learn more on Illinois Mens golf at

The Gog Blog Returns tomorrow, the BMW Championship is this week at Conway Farms.

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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.