THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-STRICKER

  THE SENIOR OPEN TROPHY-Won by Steve Stricker at the Warren Course in South Bend Indiana. THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has reopened “most of” the Baer Nine, holes 10-16 on the course. Holes 17 and 18 will open later this month. The work begins today on the Championship Nine in the last phase of the renovation. For tee times and more, call the club that is located at 401 N. Roselle Road at (847)-885-9000.   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS-Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin or Facebook. At the Sr. U.S. Open

IT TOOK, 25 USGA Championships but Steve Stricker is now a USGA Champion. Congratulations Steve, you earned it with a wire-to-wire win down in South Bend.

The Warren Course seemed to fit your eye from the start. 62-64-66-69 got it done. Taking down fellow Wisconsin buddy Jerry Kelly, and best field in golf for guys 50 and over.

Now let’s see if you can win #4 in two weeks at John Deere. That would really be something, so much for being in the 50 and over group.

I was down in South Bend a couple times this past week, and it was great to see the last U.S. Open in the area maybe until 2025.  Because that’s when the U.S. Women’s Open heads to Erin Hills. Between now and then, it’s a little dry around the Midwest with USGA Championships.

WHOEVER AT FOX scheduled the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox for a three hour window on Saturday, needs to have their head examined. Seriously, the game that ran 4 hours and 42 minutes, never had a chance of being played in less than three hours. It left golf fans searching for the live coverage of Round 3 of the Senior Open all over the cable box. Joe Buck finally told viewers where the golf was at, after everyone missed the first holes, and Stricker and Kelly together on the first tee. UGH.

TODAY IS MEDINAH DAY and the last BMW Championship media day, after over a decade of having them. The WGA finally made it official last week, after several of us knew it for months, and said as much. The Western Golf Association says they have conversations going with six or seven Chicago area companies, about keeping the tournament here in the Chicago area every year.

Let’s hope that happens. For the WGA, this is new experience. Recruiting. They haven’t had to look for sponsor in years, haven’t had to recruit players, that’s decided for them. Even the Evans Scholars caddies come to them, and apply for that free college ride.

THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB reopened most of the Baer Nine this past Saturday. Holes 10-16 are open. 17 and 18 will be along within a few weeks. Work starts today on the Championship Nine. Can’t wait for next July when it’s all done in Schaumburg. Golf Architect Todd Quitno and his team are doing great work at Schaumburg. And now the White Eagle Country Club in Naperville.

THAT BIG RAIN STORM yesterday afternoon, wiped out Round 2 of the Blackberry Amateur at Blackberry Oaks. Tough break for GM/PRO Chad Johansen and everyone who pulled the event together. Most of the players had finished, or were most of the way through their round when, 2.5 inches of rain fell in 20 minutes. And that was that.

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow. RS.. Go play everyone.

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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.