THE LAST U.S. OPEN in the Midwest for years to come tee’s off in South Bend Indiana this Thursday, on the Warren Course. Info at Tickets available on site. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB is getting ready to open the Baer Nine this Saturday. The first seven holes (10-16) are ready to go. Holes 17 and 18 are a few weeks away. For more details visit or call the golf course at (847)-885-9000.#GOLF ______________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears-Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and Facebook, or Linkedin. On the range at the Warren Course home of this weeks U.S. Sr. Open.


So do the awards. Buffalo Ridge Springs part of the Big Cedar Golf Resort, has been named the Best Course You can Play in the State of Missouri. For more details see

THE HORSESHOE BAY Resort near Austin Texas, has been selected by Golf Digest as among the “Best Resorts inn the Southwest.”

Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Horseshoe Bay located on the shores of Lake LBJ. Is in the final stages of a $90 million dollar golf course and full resort renovation. All 3 golf courses, Slick Rock, Ram Rock, and Apple Rock have seen renovations totaling $7.5 million dollars. The new Cap Rock Clubhouse with it’s views of the area, are stunning. The final touches of the resorts renovations should be in place this summer. See

The waterfalls of Slick Rock, at the Horseshoe Bay Resort near Austin Texas. Forest Dunes is located in Roscommon Michigan, and his home to the LOOP and Forest Dunes Golf Courses.

Forest Dunes of Roscommon Michigan, is home to the famed reversable golf course called “The Loop”, by Tom Doak. And the Forest Dunes course designed by Tom Weiskopf. Both the Red Course #47 and the Black Course #45 that comprise the Loop, have been named in the Top 100 public golf courses by Golf Digest. The Forest Dunes golf course was named to the list at #28. This year the new Hilltop 2 acre putting course is open. And in 2019 the Loop is allowing golf carts. For more see


The Southern Indiana resort has received more awards, as it has been recongnized by Golf Digest, for being among the Best Resorts in America.

French Lick received an Editors Choice Award as one of the Best Resorts in the Midwest.

The Pete Dye Golf Coursemoved up two places to No.17, and Donald Ross Course came in at No.99 on the Top 100 public courses in the country. The Cook group has invested over $600 million dollars into the renovation, and the additions to the resort. New suite rooms and a sports bar will open this fall by the casino. The resort will host the Sr. LPGA Championship in October. The LPGA Symetra Tour will visit the Ross Course in two weeks. Learn more about the resort at

Tim Sheppard became the first player to win the Senior-Trifecta.

Sheppard won the 18th CDGA Senior Amateur Championship at Briar Ridge Country Club.

With his 5-and-4 win over Doug McCoy, Sheppard became the first player to win all three of the CDGA senior championships.

Sheppard has now won the CDGA Senior Amateur, the Illinois Staet Senior Amateur, and the CDGA SeniorAmateur Four-Ball.

“It’s pretty neat,” said Sheppard. “I’ve been playing in CDGA events since 1997 or 1998. I always wanted to earn a trophy. It was nice to get this done. Hopefully, I” have a few more in me. It’s tough, there’s a lot of good competition and good players.”

The Sheppard-McCoy match started and they played two-holes, before rain caused a 2 hour and 30 minute delay.

ERICKSON wins CDGA Mid-Amateur at Northmoor Country Club. Jake Erickson of Springfield/Panther Creek finally came away with a win, after hvaing runner-up finishes in the Illinois State Amateur and the Illinois State Mid-Amateur Championships.

Erickson 28, won the championship match by a 3 and 2 score over Zach Jecklin of Chicago/Buttefield CC. ” I wanted to close the door today and get my first win in a CDGA event,” said Erickson. “It was a great win, I beat a lo fo quality players.”

The match was played in soggy conditions, with 3/4 of an inch of rain falling overnight at the the club. More details at

WOMEN’S GOLF DAY A SUCCESS at Innisbrook Resort in Tarpon Springs Florida. Well over 100 women showed up to take part in Women’s Golf Day on June 4th at Central Florida Resort. Home of the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Golf Course. Innisbrook is owned by Sheila Johnson, and has earned previous awards for being among the top golf facilties for women in America. Details at

THE GOG BLOG returns this week, with more from the U.S Sr. Open and the Western Amateur media day, at Point O’Woods in Benton Harbor Michigan. RS

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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 WCPT AM820 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.