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  THE PRESERVE at Oak Meadows-part of DuPage Golf, see Dupagegolf.com for more on all three courses, that include Maple Meadows and Green Meadows. The U.S. Open trophy case at Erin Hills, opening day in Monday May 6th. Details are at Erinhills.com.    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy Linkedin and Facebook. On the 18th green at Harbor Town-design by Pete Dye and the #GOAT Jack Nicklaus.

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE !!!!

Tune is this afternoon to see the final round of the RBC Heritage tournament at Sea Pines Resort, on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

The championship can be seen on CBS. The PGA Tour moves on to New Orleans this coming week.

ARE YOU READY for the summer scramble championship. The CDGA Scramble Championship sponsored by Jersey Mike’s Sub’s starts on June 7th, and runs through September 13th. You can register at CDGA.org/scramble.

Cost per team is $300, or $75 per player. Prizes will be awarded on September 13th at Bowes Creek in Elgin at the tournament finals. Prizes include a trip to Tullymore Resort in Michigan.

PINE MEADOW GOLF CLUB in Mundelein will host a Taylor Made Golf fitting day on Saturday May 11th, from 10-2. For information on signing up for a personalized fitting appointment, visit Pine Meadows website and follow the link. You can call Pine Meadow at (847)-566-GOLF.

Topgolf in Naperville

TOPGOLF is encouraging everyone to “Take a Swing at Golf”, on National Golf Day on May 1st.

50 U.S. Topgolf venues will offer complimentary group golf instruction classes Wednesday May 1st.

Topgolf is partnering with WE ARE GOLF. These classes will take place at 4:30-5:30 and 6:30 P.m., last year Topgolf gave out more than 4,300 free golf lessons on National Golf Day.

For more information you can visit Topgolf.com/lessons or learn more on Topgolf social media sites. Topgolf will open a new Chicago area location later this summer in Schaumburg, on the location of the former Motorola Campus.

The future drawing of the new Finkbine Clubhouse for the University of Iowa.

The University of Iowa shot a 36 hole score of 29 under par, to lead the Hawkeye Invitational by three shots over Illinois.

The Fighting Illini now ranked 30th in the nation, were lead by Varun Chopra whose 36 hole score was 8 under par.

The Hawkeye Invitational will conclude today, after another 18 holes are played on the schools Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City. The field includes four other Big Ten teams in addition to Iowa and Illinois.

Welcome to TPC Deere Run home of the John Deere Classic

THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC has announced that Korean native Ho Sung Choi, with the fisherman style golf swing has accepted a sponsors exemption to play in the classic this July 11-14.

Choi 45, has won four times around the globe, including the 2018 Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour.

This will be Choi’s second event in the United States.Choi recently played in the AT&T Pro-am at Pebble Beach. For more information or to purchase tickets for this years tournament. Visit Johndeereclassic.com.

KUDO’s to former Chicago tackle Jim (Jimbo) Covert on winning the Hootie and Blowfish Monday after the Masters charity golf tournament. The team was captained by PGA Tour player Billy Hurley.

THE STRACKA LINE celebrates 10 years of growth and Innovation. What was first a new product idea at the PGA merchandise Show in 2007, has grown into being part of PGA Tour telecasts in 2019. The USGA approved the books earlier this year, 11 years after making a debut on the PGA Tour. The Stracka Line book was created when owner Jim Stracka bought out yardage book founder “Gorjus” George Lucas. For more details on Stracka Books visit Strackaline.com.

THE GOLF COURSES OF KOHLER are now open for the 2019 Golf Season. The original Blackwolf Run design and the Irish Course are also now available to golfers for only $80.00. Call (844)-338-8518.

The Gog Blog returns on Monday. 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 Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.