THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-OPEN SUNDAY

THE 16TH HOLE AT Shinnecock Hills home of this weeks 118th U.S. Open Championship, the final round is today. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there. Today’s final round can be followed on Fox Sports and or online at USGA.org. The U.S. Sr. Women’s Open will be played for the first time at the Chicago Golf Club July 12-15.  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, time for a hand-off. With the U.S. Open trophy at Gino’s East in Rosemont. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Facebook and Linkedin.

IT’S U.S OPEN SUNDAY  who will win, several have a chance. Some people already believe that Shinnecock Hills and the USGA have won this week. That could be correct.

Does the U.S. Open have you fired up and ready to play, if so why not tee it up at Blackberry Oaks in Bristol, next weekend in the Blackberry Amateur June 23-24 The BBA is sponsored by Wilson Golf and Michelob Ultra, and there will be plenty of that around if next weekend is as warm as this one. visit Blackberryamateur.com or call the clubhouse at (630)-553-7170. It will be a fun time for everyone, you can sign up through this coming Friday. So it’s not too late.

NEED MORE GOLF, okay the Red-White and Blue 4th of July scramble will take place at the Mistwood Golf Club. The Stars and Stripes Classic is in it’s 20th year. It’s a new format every six holes in this format. Sign up today by calling (815)-254-3333 or for more information see Mistwoodgc.com.

Tickets at KPMGWomensPGA.com

THE KPMG Women’s PGA Championship tee’s off at the kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer during the week of June 26 through July 1st. Danielle Kang is the defending champion and she will return to defend her title. Kang recently finsihed 4th at the U.S Women;s Open so her game is rounding into shape.

Notice to spectators. there si FREE parking at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake located on Peterson Road.

There are FREE shuttles that will take you to the Kemper Lakes during championship week. Hours are 6:30 to 8 Pm on Tuesday, 6:30 to 7 PM on Wednesday. 6:30 to 8:15 on Thursday and Friday, and 6:30 to 7 Pm on Saturday and Sunday.

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION is open for the Illinois Open that will be played from August 6th through the 8th, at both the Glen Club and the Ravina Green. For more information on shifts and what volunteers receive please visit IPGA.com.

THE KIDS GOLF FOUNDATION based out of Jerry Rich’s Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, has received a $1,000,000 dollar donation from the Hansberger family, that is known for it’s association with the Ram Golf. To date this is the largest donation ever received by the KGF.

” I want to help the kids,” said Allan Hansberger of the donation. “I want the kids to be brought up with the game like I was.”

The money will be used to  cover the cost of running program sites, from Southern Illinois to as far north as the Wisconsin border. “We are extremely grateful to Mr. Hansberger and his family,” said Michala Mika, Director of the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois.

Jerry Rich the owner of Rich Harvest Farms and founder of the kids golf foundation, was instrumental in bringing the Hansberger family to the table of discussion, that led to the donation. For more information see KidsGolfFoundation.com.

THE SUMMER RESORT’S ARE WAITING FOR YOU…If your headed to Western New York, and maybe a stop at Baseball’s Hall of Fame, think about the Otesaga Resort Hotel,  it’s home to a great variety of history and some great golf as well. The resorts Leatherstocking Golf Course is #3 on the Best You can play list in New York. Orignally designed by the famed Devereux Emmet, who also designed the Top 100 course Congressional Country Club. Bob Cupp did an upgrade in recent years.

IN WESTERN PA., the Shepherd’s Rock Golf Club enter’s into its’ first full season at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington. The resorts first course Mystic Rock was also designed by Pete Dye. The property has three top hotels and several restaurants. The resorts golf academy headed up by former Oakmont CC teaching professional Eric Johnson is first rate. See Nemacolin.com for more information.

IF south for the summer works for you, the U.S. Virgin Islands might be your next destination. The Buccaneer the oldest family run resort  in the Caribbean is celebrating it’s 70th anniversary, and is near all of the islands top sight-seeing area’s. The Buccaneer golf course is short at 5,810 yards, but has ocean views on 13 of it’s 18 holes. Details at thebuccaneer.com.

THE CDGA Amateur tee’s off tomorrow at the Briarwood Country Club in Deerfield. The final round is Thursday, the field of 75 golfers plays to a handicap of 5.4 or below. the championship is 36 holes of stroke play, before the top 16 players move on to match play. the course is a par 71 and will play to a yardage of 6,853. Greg Bauman the 2017 CDGA Mid-Amateur Champion and Michael Fastert the runner in the event last year, are among the favorites this week.

JUST CATCHING UP TO THIS ONE, the Titleist AVX ball is now available in your local pro shops and retail golf stores this high performance golf ball sells for a MAP of $47.99 per dozen. titleist says the ball has longer distance and a softer feel that golfers expect, see Titleist.com for details.

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow,

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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.