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  THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, is Chicago’s premier indoor golf dome. Now complete with Toptracer technology, the Mistwood Golf Dome is also home to McWethy’s Sportsbar, the best dining experience at any dome in the Chicago area. Play the ponies in the OTB and be ready for derby day that is less than 90 days away. See mistwoodgolfdome.com or call (630)-739-7600. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has become a year round facility with the addition of it’s simulator bays in the basement. Located on Roselle Road near Woodfield Mall. Schaumburg has added new Top 100 and Ryder Cup courses. Call (847)-885-9000 or Schaumburggolf.com. #golf      _____________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by RORY SPEARS. Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin or Facebook. On the 17th green at the Ocean Course of the Hammock Beach Resort.

THE BIG TEN MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP went to the Buckeyes of Ohio State. Who thumped Illinois the #1 seed in the semi-finals and earn a chance to play #10 Maryland in the finals. Earlier in the championship, Maryland knocked off #2 Northwestern, that did not play well in the matches.

Ohio State had Illinois down 5-1 late in the match, but Illinois rallied to lose by only a 3.5-2.5 score. Illinois won it’s third place match over Nebraska by a score of 5-1.

Northwestern that entered the matches with a #2 seed, never got going. Losing all three of it’s matches, to Maryland, then Purdue, and finally Michigan State.

THE DORMIE NETWORK  has acquired the Lester George designed Ballyhack Golf Club. The club that fits into the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke Virginia, and rolls through some 400 acres. George calls the property, “the prettiest piece of land in the entire Shenandoah Valley for a golf course. It has that Scottish Highlands look, and it just intrigued me.”

George known for his work at the acclaimed Kinloch Golf Club near Richmond, needed a while to line up the investors, then purchase the land. George pieced together some two dozen routing’s so that his partners had options to look at. The work began in 2007, and opened in 2009 as the economy went down the drain.

Now entering year four as part of the Dormie Network, improvements continue to be made on this course that has matured into the original vision. For more information on Ballyhack or the Dormie Network, visit Dormienetwork.com, and see what membership can offer to various golf destinations.

THE FIRST TEE of The Quad Cities hires it’s first Executive Director, Sara Cross. Cross has a background in Sports Management, from Northern Illinois University, and had worked previously with the Boy Scouts of America. For more information on the First Tee Program of the Quad Cities Area, see thefirstteequadcities.org.

FOXFORD HILLS in Cary will host it’s 16th annual Night-Golf Event “Pars Under The Stars on Friday May 10th starting at 5 PM, and the event runs through 10 PM. $280 per foursome, includes golf/cart, glow in the dark golf balls, dinner Italian Choices, dessert an raffle prizes. To register call the golf shop at (847)-639-0400.

KEMPERSPORTS has announced that Jody Graham as been promoted to Vice President of Business Development for the company’s eastern region. He will lead KSM’s growth strategy for the portfolio if it’s managed properties, that includes public, private and resort courses. Graham has more than 25 years of experience in the golf industry, and is entering his fifth year with KSM.

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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.