THE USGA SENIOR OPEN TROPHY gets presented today. Watch live on the Fox Network station by you. Or visit THE SCHUAMBURG GOLF CLUB has now reopened 7 of the 9 Baer Nine holes. Holes 17 and 18 will reopen by August 1st, and maybe sooner with good weather. Visit or call (847)-885-9000.       _____________________________________________________________________

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FINAL ROUND PLAY in the U.S. Sr. Open in South Bend IND, on the Ben Crensahw and Bill Coore designed Warren Golf Course.

Team Wisconsin on top of the leaderboard. Steve Stricker is first at 18 under par. Jerry Kelly is econd at 12 under par. Can anyone catch them. Can Kelly catch Stricker. That will be a tough go.

It’s the last scheduled U.S. Open in the Midwest until the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open at Erin Hills.  See

The 2017 U.S. Open collection in the clubhouse at Erin Hills.

ERIN HILLS has opened the new first tee box, as the new drumlin putting green gets closer to opening. The new large putting green should be very entertaining. There is a video on the Erin Hills website, and on Youtube.

The club has announced it is taking reservation now, for the 2020 calendar year through mid-September. As the dates get closer to the Ryder Cup, there will be announcements regarding both golf and overnight stays. or call Erin Hills at (866)-772-4769.

THE MEN’S GOLF SEASON at the University of Illinois came to an end at the NCAA Championships, as the Illini could not survive the 54 hoe cut. But good news came for head coach Mike Small. Small was named the Midwest Region Coach of the Year, by the College Coaches Association of America for the tenth time. Small guided the Illini to their 5th consecutive Big Ten Title. And10th title in 11 years. Illinois won it’s NCAA regional to advance to the nationals. Where they have played for 12 straight seasons.  And that is the second longest streak in the country behind the University of Texas with 13 straight years.

THE WOMEN’S WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION has announced it’s 2019 Woman of Distinction. Beth Daniel the Women’s Golf Hall of Famer, and 2009 Solheim Cup Captain, who lead team USA to the cup at Rich Harvest Farms.

Daniel will be honored on October 3rd at the Glen View Club.

The Women’s Western Golf Association’s National Amateur Golf Championship, will held the week of July 15th. It will be contested at Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove.

PINE MEADOW in Mundelein has announced it’s new White/Silver tee markers layout is open and rated by the CDGA. The yardage for these markers play at 5,800 yards. Getfitted for the new Titleist TS-Drivers this Tuesdays July 2nd (847)-566-GOLF.

THE WORLD AMATEUR HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP in Myrtle Beach SC. has announced they have received over 3,000 entries for this years championship. The current figure is 3,002 for the August 26-30 event. Four days, and one practice round. The championship takes place on 60 golf courses through the Myrtle Beach area. See for more details.

Myrtle Beach has announced that this May the area saw over 306,000 rounds of golf played. An over 10% increase from one year ago. Course profits were up over 17%. Myrtle Beach Golf, a true golf destination.

FOUNDERS GROUP MYRTLE BEACH HAS ANNOUNCED that the Palmetto Course at Myrtlewood Golf has closed for renovation. FGI has hired Dan Schlegel and Schelgel Golf Design to renovate the golf course. The sizes of the greens will increase by 28%, and all bunkers will be reshaped, and redone. The course closed on June 24th and will reopen on September 1st. Details at

CHARLIE RYMER, was named Father of the Year for 2019. As part of the Myrtle Beach Family week that took place earlier this month in Myrtle Beach SC.

GRANDE DUNES GOLF RESORT in Myrtle Beach, a course you can play. Will host the South Carolina State Open Championship July 8-11. The championship is 54 holes.

BEER-BIRDIES and more. Destination Kohler with specials now through September 3rd. Call (888)-293-7337. Four Championship Pete Dye Golf Courses. #kohlergolf

THE ALDILA ROGUE GOLF SHAFT MSI-returns August 1st, now in Black.

The JOHN DEERE CLASSIC will have country singer Dustin Lynch performing championship week, on July 10th. As part of the Birdies for Charity Bonus Fund. The concert will take place at, THE RUST BELT a new concert venue in East Moline. See for further information.

The Gog Blog returns on Monday, with the Gog Blog Speaks Out. 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 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.