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BY: RORY SPEARS

10312084 Illinois At OFCC

THE ILLINOIS GOLF TEAM at Olympia Fields.

ILLINOIS is No.1. The Fighting Illini have finished their fall season, and have remained No.1 in the polls. Which is the GCAA Coaches Poll.

Illinois finished fourth in it’s final fall event of the year down in Florida. The Illini go back to class and prepare for another run to the NCAA championship in early 2015.

To remain No.1, Illinois got six first place votes, and a total of 503 points overall. No.2 Florida State got nine first place votes, but totaled only 501 points. Oregon was the biggest mover in the polls, Oregon got five first place votes and moved up from 14th to No.3.

No.4 Texas was the only other school receiving a first place vote (1), as the Longhorns moved up from 16th place. Rounding out the top 10 were Baylor, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, LSU, Wake Forest. No.11 Georgia Tech fell from 2nd, and No.14 Stanford fell from 3rd. Two-time national champion Alabama is 16th.

GOLFWEEK MAGAZINE has the ladies golf program at Northwestern ready to make a run at the national championship next spring. Visit Golfweek.com for the story.

DSC02799 Len Ziehm with Lawsonia Drawings DS

BIG 3 PARTNER LEN ZIEHM at Lawsonia Golf in Green Lake Wisconsin.

DSC01476 Hazeltine 9 DS

2016 Ryder Cup Clubhouse Hazeltine CC, Minnesota

BIG 3 PARTNER LEN ZIEHM visits Hazeltine Country Club in Minnesota. Ziehm says the club looks ready to host the 2016 Ryder Cup right now. For more on his visit see Lenziehmongolf.com.

The 65th Illinois Open Championship

2014 IPGA Player of the Year, Medinah’s CC, Travis John’s.

Travis Johns the teaching professional at Medinah Country Club, was named the Illinois PGA Player of the Year for 2014. Johns took the lead in points at the final IPGA event of the Year the Players Championship that was held at the Metamora Fields Golf Club near Peoria Illinois.

Johns also won Player of the Year honors in 2010. In 2010 Johns won the IPGA Match Play Championship at Kemper Lakes for his first IPGA Major Victory. His win this year at the Players Championship was major championship No.2. Johns just needs a win in the Illinois Open and the IPGA Section championship to complete the IPGA Grand Slam.

This past week Johns was given his award at the IPGA Section Awards dinner at Medinah Country Club. In addition Mick Smith was honored as IPGA Assistant player of the Year. Smith works at Twin Lakes in Palatine. Jim Sobb was named 2014 Senior Player of the Year, Sobb is the Director of Golf at Ivanhoe Country Club in Mundelein.

Chapel Hill Golf Club in McHenry and several other clubs operated by GolfVisions are offering deals on 2015 season passes. Sign up and get your golf pass for next year, this year at a discount. Tanna Farms, Settlers Hill, and more clubs as well.

Great weather today and tomorrow. GO PLAY.

 

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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.