THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-DEERE AND A 3 IN 1 WEEK

  THE SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB has reopened 7 of the 9 holes on the Baer Nine and the last two holes will be open later this month. Stay-ready. The consturction phase on the final nine is underway, and should be ready for play by mid-summer of 2020. For tee times call the club at (847)-885-9000 or check the website at Schaumburggolf.com for more information on everything that the club has to offer. Eat at Chandlers Chophouse.  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS-Director of Creation and Content. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy and on Facebook or Linkedin. Putting the big ball at the JDC.

THE 49TH JOHN DEERE CLASSIC is in the books. Dylan Frittelli is the winner and becomes the third texas Longhorn to win the JDC in five years.

Jordan Spieth, Frittelli’s former teammate at Texas has the other two wins.

The John Deere Classic was realy good golf this year. The players had a slightly different golf course to play. TPC Deere Run was in year 6, of a six-year plan to upgrade the quality of the golf course. And it showed. Players who had played in the tournament many times over the years, said it was never in this great condition.

What I saw was firm and fast fairways, that the players enjoyed. A rain free week and a few dry days in front of championship week really helped. Even with so much rainy weather all sprin. The dry and hot weather period came at the right time.

Dylan Frittelli is the 2019 John Deere Classic Champion.

Frittelli went out on Sunday and really grabbed the tournament, by the horns you might say.

It appears he was someone who was ready to win. It would not surprise me, if he played great this week at the Open Championship. Frittelli was the one player who seemed to know the golf course, and had played it in recent years. Rory McIlroy is very motiviated to win in his home country as well. This could be a big week for him.

BACK TO THE DEERE some final thoughts on the 49th. It was great to see the young stars up close and personal. Collin Morikawa, Matt Wolff and Viktor Hovland are all exciting young players to watch. They should have a great futures.

What was troublesome regarding Wolff and Hovland, was the handling they had from a young representitive of their management firm. She was out-of-line on how she played Mother-Hen.

The firm-Wasserman did have a great reputation. They have always done great with Zach Johnson, this weekend they failed. Both kids, are great kids. They are friendly, and Wolff even took time to shake hands with all the media who interviewed him. And thank them. Both players signed plenty of autographs, and didn’t turn down any of the kids. Fans will enjoy watching their aggressive style of play during tournaments.

Golf architect Todd Quitno works on the Baer Nine at the Schaumburg Golf Club, that is now almost fully reopened. Currently Quitno and his team are working on the Tournament Nine, in the final phase of construction at the club.

NEXT YEAR IS the 50th anniversary of the PGA Tour in the Quad Cities.

The tournament has had several different names over the years. But it’s current one the John Deere Classic is probably the most fitting.

Deere and Company have really stepped up, in several area’s. Building TPC Deere Run, adding the British Open plane for the players. What’s around the course tournament week. They run the best charity arm, with their Birdies for Charity program.

For those of us in the media. The cart-barn press room under the clubhouse, beats a tent anyday. The entire history of the tournament will come out next year in book form. Written by longtime Quad Cities golf writer Criag DeVrieze. A project that he has spent over two years working on.

Better news is that they will keep their second week of July dates next year, even though it’s an Olympics summer. Mark it down-July 6-12 in 2020.

THREE IN ONE WEEK. After the debacle that took place last year. I didn’t think it could happen again, but it did. This week there are three tournaments in the same week. Starting tomorrow is the 25th annual Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open, at Mistwood.

THE WOMEN’S WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION (WWGA) has it’s national amateur golf championship at Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove. The Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) is running the men’s Illinois State Amateur at Cantigny in Wheaton.

What’s amazing is how golf organizations don’t speak with one-another and get things coordinated. Guess how many tournaments there are next week. Yep-Zero. Didn’t someone want the entire spotlight all to their own. The WWGA and the IWO are all costing their fields good players going head-to-head this week. That’s sad. The following week is the Western-Amatuer back at Point O’Woods.

I DON’T CARE who was here first and who scheduled on top of the other event. What I do know is that, myself and several other media types are ready to call-out the guilty parties going forward.

What else I see, is too many days in high-heat that players will be playing 36 holes a day. What’s the rush…lets keep it to 18 in the future.

SOME NEWS. I will have more this week. But both Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena and Weaver Ridge Golf Club in Peoria have been sold to new owners. Look for golf and more improvements at both places in the weeks and months ahead.

IT’s HOT OUT. But drink the fluids and go play. It’s time. 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 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.