THE FRENCH LICK RESORT-West Baden Hotel, see for your next golf destination getaway to Indiana. Further South in the Peachtree State where it is now Green Jacket season, Reynolds at Lake Oconee in GA. See    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin or Facebook. On the tee at the National Golf Course at Reynolds at Lake Oconee.

WEEK 2 in the books for Golfers on Golf Radio, our guests were Jim Nugent from Augusta National Golf Club and the Women’s Amateur, and Mike Scully of Reynolds at Lake Oconee.

CALLAWAY GOLF is offering through May 5th of 2019, a 50% extra bonus on trading in of old clubs towards the purchase of new Callaway Clubs,

Callaway Golf Club fitting day at Pine Meadows Golf Club in Mundelein is April 27th from 10 Am until 2 PM, stop by the clubhouse to sign up for your appointment or call the club at (847)-566-GOLF.

CALLAWAY GOLF APPAREL has signed 16 new ambassadors for 2019, headed up by two-time major champion Retief Goosen. The other players included Brice Garrett, Cody Gribble, Brandon Harkins, John Chin, Roberto Diaz, Steven Brown, Rico Hoey, Nicholas Echavarria, Andres Gallegos, Steven Ihm, Matthew NeSmith, Carlota Ciganda, Emma Talley, Cheynne Knight. For more details see Callawat Apparel by Perry Ellis International.

Northwestern’s Stephanie Lau was named Big Ten player of the week after a T-1 at the Ping/Arizona State Invitational. Lau shot 209 (-7).

DEVEREUX NEW ERA-has released some new masters week style hats that are priced at just $35.00. See our social media for pictures and styles. @GogBlogGuy on twitter and the Rory Spears Facebook page. See for details.

The Par 3 11th hole at Grande Dunes Golf Club in Myrtle Beach SC.

The South Carolina Golf Course ratings panel, has recently named 13 of the top 32 courses in the state of South Carolina, to be located in the Myrtle Beach-Grand Strand area.

This list includes courses that the public can access. The best course in the Grand Strand region was list as the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club.

Other Myrtle Beach Courses included TPC Myrtle Beach, Grande Dunes Golf Club, Pawleys Plantation and three of the courses at the Barefoot Resort. For more details on courses you can play in the Myrtle Beach area, you can visit

THE WGA HAS ANNOUNCED that CIBC Bank has expanded it’s partnership with the Western Golf Association and will support the CIBC Pro-Am at the inaugural Evans Scholars Invitational and the events volunteer program. the pro-am is May 22 at the Glen Club in Glenview and the tournament is May 23-26. 52 players will play in the pro-am.

Topgolf is ready to open it’s 55th location in the DC area.

Topgolf is ready to open yet another location in America. The newest location is in National Harbor near Washington DC.

Before the new facility opens the plan is to hire at least 500 new positions on the Topgolf team.

The National Harbor location is the 55th location for Topgolf.

More Topgolf locations will open in 2019, including Schaumburg IL. just outside of the Chicago area. Details at

COGHILL has announce they have hired their new General Manager to replace Nick Mokelke who is retiring this year, after 56 years with the Jemsek family, and the last 39 years at Cog Hill. Troy Newport joins Cog Hill after coming over from Troon Golf in Kansas.  In addition at Cog Hill teaching professional Kevin Weeks has been named a Top 100 teacher by Golf Magazine. Information on Cog Hill at

THE MEN’S GOLF TEAM at Illinois took 7th place at the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational. Varun Chopra led the Illini with a score of 213-3 under par. Adrein Dumont De Chassart and Michael Feagles finished at 2 under par. Wake Forest won the championship at -36, 30 shots better than Illinois.

WOMEN”S GOLF DAY is now less than 60 days out. June 4th is the day and since 2016, over 900 locations in 52 countries have participated. More details can be found at register your golf facility now.

The Gog Blog Returns tomorrow. 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 WNDZ Am 750 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.