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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. With Illinois Golf Coach Mike Small at U of I. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

The Senior PGA Club Professional Championship is underway, and with three rounds in the books, Illinois Golf Coach Mike Small has a great chance of stamping his ticket to the Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton harbor Michigan next spring, to compete in the Sr. PGA Championship, sponsored by Kitchen Aid.

Small started out great with a seven under par 65, to take the lead by 4 shots after round one.

But day two was a different story, when Small shot 79 and gave back his seven shots under par. Round three he settled back into being himself and carded an even par 72. That leaves Small in a T-18 headed into today’s final round.

The championship is being contested at the Desert Mountain Golf Club in Arizona, Director of Golf is former Medinah head golf professional Mike Scully.

The field of 264 players at the Sr. PGA Club Professional Championship, is fighting for 35 spots in the field at the Sr. PGA, and possession of the Leo Fraser Trophy.

Colin Montgomerie hits one off the first tee on media day 2016, at the Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, home of the 2018 Sr. PGA Championship.

Moving into the final round, Frank Esposito Sr. at 8 under par is the leader by one shot.

In addition to Small, also making the third round cut was Biltmore head professional Doug Bauman, who made the second cut on the number at +6. Bauman is tied for 70th place after rounds of 72-71-79.

Missing the third round cut was Ivanhoe head professional Jim Sobb, who had rounds of 77-71-78.

Illinois PGA Section professionals who missed the 36 hole cut included, Glen Oak head professional Danny Mulhearn, PGA Life members Randy Cochran, and Dick Wagley.

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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.