THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT, RAIN GO AWAY

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It was one of those types of weekends. The Gog Blog by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. At the Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes on Hilton Head island.

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY, just what the Chicago area didn’t need this past weekend, a downpour the size of the one we had.

The entire area got over 4 inches of rain, with the some area’s getting 8-9 inches.

Yes we might have needed the rain in some area’s but certainly not that much, or enough to where flooding becomes a problem.

Unfortunately, flooding is already a problem for some courses. Some clubs like Chevy Chase in Wheeling haven’t recovered from the July 11th flood that still has them shut down. I can bet the courses like Cranes Landing at the Marriott’s Lincolnshire Resort and others along the Des Plaines River or the Fox River have their challenges today. 2017 Western Amateur Course Skokie Country has some flooding issues again. Superintendent Don Cross and his crew did a great job getting Skokie in shape over three weeks to be ready for the Western Amateur, won by new U.S. Amateur Champion Doc Redman.

Blackberry Oaks in Bristol is closed until Wednesday and White Eagle CC in Naperville got over 8 inches of rain the club reports. Their island green is now truly an island.

I have checked in with my broadcast partner Ed Stevenson the Executive Director at DCFPD for an update on the Preserve at Oak Meadows, and I am still waiting for his report. There is probably about 30 days left in our fall golf season, here’s hoping we stay dry for the rest of it.

COG HILL reports that it’s planned Aeration for Course #4 Dubsdread of two weeks ago, has been pushed back to this week. The course will reopen for public play this Thursday. Coghillgolf.com for more details.

THE WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION (WGA) will hold it’s annual Black Tie Fundraiser/Green Coat Gala on Nov. 3rd. Nick Faldo will be the guest speaker this year. See WGAESF.com for more details.

BIG 3 PARTNER LEN ZIEHM has two columns recently posted on his website Lenziehmongolf.com. The first is on Florida golf after Hurricane Irma, and the second on on Florida Pan-Handle Golf for those of you headed that way this fall or winter.

CONGRATULATIONS to long time friend J. Michael DeAgostino on his upcoming retirement from the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme Michigan. Michael has been a long time friend to many of us in the golf media, and he will be missed.

ON THE RETIREMENT FRONT, Titleist President and CEO Wally Uihlein will retire on January 1st after 40 years with the company, per multiple reports. The Wall Street Journal (take this for what it’s worth) says Uihlein is dumping slumping sales and a outdated business model on his successor.

TIGER WOODS, remember him? Is putting out video’s showing him swinging a golf club again. ZZZzzzzzzzzzz!

MAVERICK McNealy who is expected to be one of the new big names in golf, and recently made his professional debut at the Safeway Classic, has signed deals with both KPMG and Callaway Golf. he now becomes the younger model of Phil Mickelson.

MCQ’s Dome in Bolingbrook, will reopen for golf in two weeks, says it’s Director of Golf Andy Mickleson. See MCQsDome.com for details.

The University of Illinois Men’s golf team is competing this week at the Crooked Stick Invitational in Carmel. The tournament begins today.

THE GOG BLOG returns this week, stay clicked in for more golf news. 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.