PGA-CBS AND ESPN REACH 11 YEAR DEAL

 THE 12TH HOLE ON THE BAER 9 at the Schaumburg Golf Club on Roselle Road in Schaumburg, Phase two of the renovation is moving along, and the Baer 9 should be open for play by July 1 of 2019. When the weather turns, take it inside to the SGC simulators. Play Le Golf National home of the 2018 Ryder Cup, Schaumburggolf.com. THIS COMING WEEK, the Senior LPGA Championship at the French Lick Resort in French Lick Indiana, tickets for all three rounds just $5 per day. See Frenchlick.com. Trish Johnson the winner in 2017 is back to defend her title on the Pete Dye Course.      ______________________________________________________________________

  THE MAPLE MEADOWS CLUBHOUSE PART OF DUPAGE GOLF is ready for this weekends Rambo Scramble, sign up now if you wish to play in the challenging pin placement 2-man scramble. DuPagegolf.com. THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS the Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or Facebook, Linkedin and now Instagram. At the French Lick Resort in the French Lick Hotel lobby.

THE PGA OF AMERICA CENTENNIAL BOOK

The PGA Centennial Book that came out a couple of years back, could add a new chapter if it was being written today.

The PGA of America has announced a new partnership with both CBS and ESPN to run from 2020 through 2030, to include start to finish coverage of the PGA Championship. The new contract gives the PGA and CBS a relationship that will extend for 40 consecutive years. ESPN and ESPN+ will increase viewer coverage during early round play. The 2020 championship that will be played at Harding Park near San Francisco will be the first championship under the new agreement.

With the championship moving to May next year, and becoming the second major on the calendar, the date change is expected to heighten the PGA brand and it’s other initiatives. The new May dates should improve television viewership, and puts the PGA at the front end of golf season for most of it’s PGA members. This should also help the PGA of America promote it’s “grow-the-game” initiatives.

    BETHPAGE BLACK (L) WILL HOST THE 2019 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP and the OCEAN COURSE at KIAWAH ISLAND (R) will host the 2021 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP.

“For nearly half a century, CBS Sports has been a vital member of the PGA of America extended family while delivering our major championship to golf fans across the country,” said PGA Chief Executive Officer Seth Waugh. “We are also thrilled to partner with ESPN and connect with sports fans through the reach of the ESPN networks. The PGA is a major that not only typically delivers the strongest field in golf, but is synonymous with historic moments that resonate with golf fans everywhere. As we move this iconic championship to May, we are extremely excited that CBS and ESPN will present the highest quality product with the state-of-the-art technology through a broadcast team that shares our mission to grow the sport of golf.”

CBS Sports first broadcast the PGA Championship from 1958-1964 and has been the home of the PGA Championship since 1991. The opening tee shot through the final putt drop, should allow viewers some 175 hours of championship golf.

The PGA will use both networks to showcase it’s programs in several area’s to help grow the game.

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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.