THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-2020

THE TINLEY PARK GOLF SHOW has entered it’s final day. Come out and take a chance to walk out the door $500.00 richer if your golf swing is in form. Admission is $10.00 to the show at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Harlem Ave, and Rt. 80. THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME home to Toptracer and McWethy’s Sports Bar is open today until 9 PM, hit the golf ball and stick around for the Bulls and Blackhawks Game. The professional staff at the dome, includes former LPGA Tour player Nicole Jeray. Stop in for a lesson, to practice, or to go through a club fitting. Mistwoodgolfdome.com. The dome is located on Rt.53 in Bolingbrook, call the dome (630)-739-7600 #mistwoodgolf¬† ¬† _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Sitting in the newly rebuilt WNDZ-AM 750 studio’s. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

THE NEW STUDIO’S on Milwaukee Ave. are really well done. Golfers on Golf Radio is expected to return on the first Saturday of April, the 4th.

Our first show could have a special location to it, stay tuned for details. I checked out the newly revamped studio’s, WNDZ Am 750 and on the other side of glass, WCPT-Am 820 and the new look studio’s are amazing.

The stations now offers better signals, live online listen, and some video options are in the works. So when Golfers on Golf Radio returns, be prepared for a new wrinkle or two. It’s going to be an exciting golf season, brought to you by Chicago’s final remaining golf radio show. If your course, golf store, or product has not been a sponsor in past years, now is the time to book your tee-time with Golfers on Golf for the 2020 golf season ahead. RS

MCWethy’s Sports bar in the Mistwood Golf Dome, 730 Bolingbrook Drive in Bolingbrook (630)-739-7600

IT’S GAME DAY are you bringing your game to the Mistwood Golf Dome. Golf and the Bulls and Blackhawks, are both playing late this afternoon.

Have you joined the Mcwethy’s Loyalty Rewards program yet. By texting the following MCWTHYS2 to 578277, your in and you get $5 off on your next visit.

Plus just in time for March Madness comes Sauce Madness, from March 17th through April 6th. Be bold, and get out of the cold, McWethy’s Sportsbar in the Mistwood Golf Dome-Bolingbrook.

GO YOU NORTHWESTERN-Congrats to the Northwestern Wildcats for winning the Men’s Big Ten Conference Match Play Championship’s on the Jack Nicklaus designed Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort. The Wildcats won the tie-breaker in the championship match against the Penn State Nittany Lions to win the championship. After the six matches concluded, the score was 3-3. So the team winning the most holes wins the tie-breaker.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS LADIES golf team finished 11th, at the University of Central Florida Golf Invitational in Orlando. Due to injuries and illness, the Illini had to finish the last two rounds of the tournament with only four players. Ali Moraloss led Illinois with a score of 215 (-1) for the championship. U of I heads to Arizona for the University of Wisconsin Ladies Invitational Feb. 23-24.

THE ILLINOIS Men’s team headed up by Coach Mike Small, plays in the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate that tee’s off tomorrow. #15 Louisville is the highest ranked team in the field.

THE MAVRIK DRIVER HEAD-Callaway Golf, new for 2020.

FREE 30 MINUTE CLUB FITTINGS at the Mistwood Golf Dome.

Callaway is first on the tee, Feb. 19th from 4-7 Pm. Mavrik Drivers and Irons are now available.

Mizuno is up the very next day Feb. 20th, from 4-7 Pm.

Then Taylormade hits the dome on Saturday March 7th from 9-1 Pm. For more details, call fitting specialist Eric Russell at (630)-739-7600. Mistwood Golf Dome is Chicago’s premier indoor golf center, located on Rt. 53 Bolingbrook Dr. in Bolingbrook.

FUJIKURA a world leader in golf shafts. has been named the title sponsor for the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championships in Myrtle Beach South Carolina from Feb. 28-Mar. 1st of 2020. The field will showcase 90 of the top junior players from around the world, and will be played at TPC Myrtle Beach.

ERNIE ELS has announced he is a “One and Done” as a Captain for the International Team in the Presidents Cup. Els came close to leading the underdog International Squad to an upset of Team USA led by Captain Tiger Woods.

BLACKBERRY OAKS GM/HEAD PROFESSIONAL CHAD JOHANSEN has now opened registration for his summer golf camps at Blackberry Oaks. The summer program run by Johansen has sold out the past few years, so sign up while you still can. In the meantime Johansen is running his indoor programs at the CJIGF in Yorkville. To sign up for the indoor season, or the summer program at Blackberry Oaks, that is fulling up fast, visit Chadjohansen.com.

Get your picture with the Sr. PGA Championship Trophy

Would you like your picture with the Sr. PGA Championship Trophy, it’s one of the largest trophies in professional or amateur golf.

The trophy will be making the rounds of three indoor golf shows this winter, in preparation for the 2020 Kitchen-Aid Sr. PGA Championship at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor Michigan. Championship Week is from May 19-24. The Alfred Bourne Trophy will go to the Western Michigan golf Show, the Michigan Golf Show, and the Chicago Golf Show in Rosemont IL. from Feb. 28-March. Purchase tickets and more in the both at the show. Learn more at PGA.com.

GOLFERS ON GOLF send congratulations to Katarina Sheirok and Mallorie Clifton for earning their way to the First Tee Champions Challenge in Naples Florida, where they will represent the First Tee of Greater Chicago. Participants from 12 different First Tee Chapters will play in the 3-day 54 hole event. Good luck to Katarina and Mallorie.

The new University of Iowa clubhouse, in Iowa City. Photo courtesy of University of Iowa.

The University of Iowa has announced the opening of it’s new $10 million dollar clubhouse in March, at it’s Finkbine Golf Course.

Finkbine which is open for public play, serves as the home golf course for both the mens and women’s Hawkeye golf teams.

The new clubhouse was made possible by a donation from the Duda family, a University of Iowa Alumnus. The clubhouse will be named the Duda Family Clubhouse, and the old clubhouse will be torn down later this month.

Topgolf announces another new location opening in Charlotte NC.

Topgolf riding the wave of success from recent opening across America, including last September in Schaumburg Illinois, has announced a second location in Charlotte North Carolina.

The new location will be near the UNC-Charlotte Campus and the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Northlake Mall. this venue should open around the end of 2020.

Topgolf has announced a new community venue concept plan based on Toptracer, for more information see Topgolf.com.

CHRIS CHARNAS and Links Capital Advisors have announced the sale of the Asheboro Country Club in North Carolina, and the Reems Creek GC in Weaverville NC, part of the Warrior Golf Portfolio Club sale. For more details on golf course sales or purchases call Chris at (847)-866-7192.

ECCO SHOES has signed 2016 British Open Champion Henrik Stenson as a Brand Ambassador.

THE DRUMLIN PUTTING COURSE at Erin Hills in Erin Wisconsin.

Erin Hills in Erin Wisconsin has revamped the reservations page on it’s website.

However if you wish to book again with the personal touch you used in the past you still can.

Erin Hills that hosted the 2017 U.S. Open, will host the 2022 Mid-Amateur and the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open. In addition if you want to play all day, on the longest days of sunlight, there are now special prices. Call Erin Hills at (866)-772-4769, and visit Erinhills.com.

NEED MORE ON MYRTLE BEACH one of America’s great golf destinations, you can visit Myrtlebeachgolftrips.com/podcasts. The Podcasts are hosted by Mrs. South Carolina 2014, Meredith Kirk. Kirk talks golfs and everything Myrtle Beach and the Grande Strand.

  THE WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION (WGA) has announced that the Evans Scholars Invitational will return to the Glen Club from May 20th though the 24th. (R) Piercen Hunt won the Western junior Championship in 2019 at Rich Harvest Farms. The 2020 edition of the Western Junior championship will be played at Onwentsia Golf Club in Lake Forest IL. A full story on the WGA 2020 schedule coming up here later this month. More details at WGAESF.org.

THE BIG TEN MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP will be played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. May 1-3

The 2020 Men’s Big Ten Golf Conference Championship, will be played at Jerry Rich’s-Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove IL. May 1-3.

The University of Illinois is the defending champion. Northwestern University has already won the 2020 Men’s Big Ten Match Play Championship, this past weekend in Florida. (Illinois did not compete in the match play).

The championship is now looking for volunteers to help over the practice round and three tournament rounds. For details Richharvestfarms.com/tournaments.

THE COG HILL GOLF CLUB-home of Dubsdread Cog Hill Course #4.

Cog Hill Golf and Country Club has multiple programs available this year for golfers to enjoy golf at Cog Hill.

First on the tee is the 2020 Senior Club, visit Coghillgolf.com for details then plug in the App, to learn more. Some great deals on golf for seniors when you join the 2020 Senior Club.

The 123 Club for golf deals on courses 1-2 and 3, and this membership allows for specials on more things Cog Hill. There are also Cog 4 memberships for 2020, at $5,000. More information online or by calling (866)-COG-HILL.

The main clubhouse at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club.

The Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst North Carolina is looking for your business off the course.

Does your business need a location with a championship golf background to hold your next business meeting.

Have you considered Pinehurst to be that location.

Whether your in a conference room, at one of the historic hospitality hotels, the Pinehurst Resort could be your setting for when business has to get done. For more details visit Pinehurst.com. It’s always a beautiful day in Pinehurst.

SAND VALLEY in Wisconsin has announced it’s list of special events for 2020, to learn more and see the full schedule, visit Sandvalley.com. The Gog Blog returns on Monday.

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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 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.