THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB AND ACADEMY will open its newly renovated Players Nine and and enlarged putting green this Saturday June 30th, at the that time the Baer Nine will close and begin renovation. Tee times are being taken for Saturdays reopening of the Players Nine, visit or call (847)-885-9000 today.  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Standing on the 16th tee box at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer. The 16th hole is the beginning of “The Gauntlet” the final three holes at Kemper Lakes. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin and Facebook. #Womenspgachampionship

THEY ARE HERE, the first big women’s championships of the year in the Chicago area, the Women’s Western Golf Association National Amateur Championship tee’s off at the Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville on Tuesday and then on Thursday it’s the  KPMG Women’s PGA Championship  at Kemper Lakes.  Where all of the Top 100 Players on the LPGA Tour’s money list are playing. That is a great field. Defending Champion Danielle Kang who won in 2017 at Olympia Fields returns to defend her title.

           Chicago, your host courses for week, come out and enjoy the very best in amateur and professional women’s golf.

The KPMG Women’s Championship will be shown on The Golf Channel and NBC, it starts off the week with private event today at Soldier Field for some odd reason.Which is located nowhere the championship site, but then again media day was held in the Chicago River for reasons still unknown. In spite of that, hopefully fans will still come out to Kemper Lakes.

Preview interviews with the main players of the championship begin on Tuesday and I will be there to begin the Golfers on Golf coverage for the week. Today the media assembles at Mistwood Golf Club to meet some of the world’s best amateur women’s players. It should be a great week I hope for both tournaments. Plenty more right here all week long from both championships.

THIS PAST WEEKEND three of our local players were in the field at the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour in Hartford Ct., Kevin Streelman a past champion ended up 33rd, Nick Hardy made the cut, got a check as was 61st. Doug Ghim making his professional debut shot 78 in his first round as a pro (nerves maybe) but came back with an even par 70 the next day,but missed the cut by 10 shots, This week Ghim will play at Quicken Loans in DC on the PGA Tour, Hardy comes back to Illinois for a tourney the Land of Lincoln Championship downstate.

THIS PAST WEEKEND it was sad that all the hard work done by our friend Chad Johansen at Blackberry Oaks got washed away by the heavy rains of last week. Johansen had to make the tough call of canceling the Blackberry Amateur that was scheduled for the last two days. Johansen had a record sized field of 109 players in a field that had room for 120. But Johansen, a Cubs fan, knows the meaning of the saying “wait til next year”, and I’m sure the BB-AM in 2019 will be the best ever. In the meantime go play BB-Oaks, it’s a fun course and a play “Where Kids Rule” so bring our your favorite junior golfer.

ONE EVENTthat won’t get flooded out is the World Amateur Championship in Myrtle Beach, that will be held August 27-31. Yje World’s largest Amateur normally draws over 3,000 golfers, and with over two months left to sign up, the number of entrants is over 2,900. the championship gets played on more than over 60 of Myrtle Beach’s golf courses. Part of the nightly fun in the worlds largest 19th hole. Registrations are taken at  Myrtle Beach is a real fun place for golfers, if you have not been there you need to be.

PGA TOUR PRO Kevin Streelman will give back to the game when he works with junior golfers at his old stomping grounds of Cantigny Golf in Wheaton on July 9th. time is from 9-4 PM, and Pre-registration is required and junior golfers can bring one guest. Cost is $45. The day includes Driving range and on course presentation with Kevin, Short Game Skills competition, a BBQ lunch, A photograph with Kevin, autograph session with Kevin and a silent auction fundraiser. To sign up (630)-257-9806.

THE GOG BLOG returns all week, get out and play or watch some golf this week. There are plenty of places to pick from. 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 WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.