COG HILL TO HOST WORLD LONG DRIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Golfers on Golf has learned that Cog Hill Golf and Country Club has been selected to host the World Long Drive Championships. The contract is for five years, and in two of the years, Cog Hill will host the tour championship finals. On the three other years, Cog Hill will serve as a tour stop for the World Long Drive.

The space to be used at Cog Hill is now decided, and will be across the street from the Cog Hill red barn, on the back of the driving range. The land to be used was used as a car park for the BMW Championship and the Western Open in years past. There could still be a zoning issue to be worked out with the local community.

Dates have now been decided, September 3-9 this year, and this deal will run from 2020-2024. The events at Cog Hill will be shown on The Golf Channel.

Click here to hear the interview with Cog Hill General Manager Troy Newport, on Cog Hill hosting the World Long Drive National Championships.

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World Long Drive has partnered with Cog Hill to host the WLD Championship in 2020. Cog Hill hosted the Western Open and BMW Championship from 1991-2007, and the BMW Championship again 2009-2010-2011. During the years, Cog Hill has also hosted multiple USGA championships including the 1997 U.S. Amateur won by Matt Kuchar.

The new hitting grid for the championship will be constructed and the championship will be under the lights.

“For over 90 years, Cog Hill and the Jemsek family have been at the forefront of introducing and promoting the game of golf,” said Katherine Jemsek, president, Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. “We’re thrilled that our facility will host  the 2020 World Long Drive Championship. Long drive contests are in our blood, as our founder-my grandfather, Joe Jemsek-won the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair Long Drive contest. (With a drive of 501 yards off the top of tower). We look forward to welcoming fans, sports enthusiasts as well as competitors to historic Cog Hill in September.”

World Long Drive tour member, Wheaton’s Steve Kois, a former Cantigny Golf employee, warms up on the Cantigny range for a feature that ran last August in the CGDA magazine. Kois carried the project of bringing WLD to Chicago, with local courses and tour organizers.

“Coming off a memorable 2019 season, we’re expanding our commitment to global development of the sport through broader qualifying series that includes expansion in Asia and in other parts of the world,” said Matt Farrell, executive director, World Long Drive Association. “We also thrilled to bring our flagship event to the No.3 media market in the United States through a partnership with Cog Hill, whose tradition in the sport reflects our own storied history as we celebrate the 45th edition of the World Long Drive Championship this fall.”

The World Long Drive tour will begin later this month in Thailand, and will continue through the tour championship at Cog Hill.

The “Top Flite Bomb” will be the new official ball of World Long Drive, and will be used in all WLD events through 2020. Among the other long drive tour partnerships, is the Callaway Golf Company.

More information on the World Long Drive, can be found on the Golf Channel website.

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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 WNDZ Am 750 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.