THE SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY (L) AND THE U.S. SENIOR WOMEN’S OPEN TROPHY. IT’S a full week of golf events here n the state of Illinois,     ____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With Nancy Lopez

She is on the tee, but something is not right, Nancy Lopez one of the greatest women’s golfers of all time does not have a club in her hand.

Instead Lopez is dressed up in a navy blue blazer and she has a pile of paperwork in her hand.

Thanks to a classy gesture by the USGA, Lopez has a role this week at the first U.S. Sr. Women’s Open, she is the honorary starter.

If the senior women’s open had started 10 years ago Lopez has no doubts she would be playing. But now after a knee replacement and work on both knees, that might yet require another surgery, Lopez just takes in this weeks atmosphere with the smile she is known for.

Click here to hear our interview with Nancy Lopez, on the first U.S.Sr. Women’s Open.

The championship has been moved up on the calendar to May in 2019 at Pine Needles resort in Southern Pines North Carolina. As a result if Lopez has more knee surgery this fall, she might not be where she belongs next year either, but she could be back on the tee making sure her fellow professionals all get a proper introduction before they tee off.

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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.