THE 2018 SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP AT EXMOOR

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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and at Linkedin, Facebook, and now on Instagram. On the 14th hole at Exmoor Country Club.

THE 2018 SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park tee’s off this week on Thursday July 12th. With the final round being played on Sunday the 15th.

The Accenture pro-am is on Wednesday along with other activities that day, which is the first day that Exmoor is open to the public.

Defending champion Scott McCarron who won in 2017 at Caves Valley in Baltimore, heads up a strong field that includes Bernhard Langer, U.S. Sr. Open Champion David Toms and Wisconsin’s very own Jerry Kelly. From the Illinois area or with local ties other players include Barrington Native Gary Hallberg, former Hinsdale Resident Jeff Sluman, and Illinois Golf Coach Mike Small. Kelly heads up a group of seven former Western Open Champions, that does not include Steve Stricker who will skip the championship to play at the John Deere Classic. Speaking of John, “Long John Daly’ will play at Exmoor.

   THE SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY and the front of the famed Exmoor Country Club. clubhouse.

The yardage for the championship will be 7,149 and the course record at Exmoor is by Jake Higginbottom while playing a practice round for the 2012 Western Amateur. Higginbottom is a professional. The Western Amateur was supposed to be played this tear at Exmoor but was moved back to 2022 so the club could present the Seniors Players Championship.

Click here to hear WGA Sr. VP of Tournaments Vince Pellegrino discuss this weeks Senior Players Championship.

Click here to hear our interview with Champions Tour Player Fred Funk at Exmoor Country Club on media day.

Exmoor (1896) is the third oldest club in Illinois as only the Chicago Golf Club and Onwentsia are older. Famed architect Donald Ross designed the golf course in 1915, while architect Ron Pritchard did the renovation in 2003.

There are different ticket packages available for the week, to oder tickets in adavnce please visit SPCGolf.com. Parking will be off site and spectators will be bused into the championship.

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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.