THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-GOLF SEASON STARTS TO HEAT UP

THE MISTWOOD GOLF DOME-on Bolingbrook Drive and Rt.53 is your home for winter golf. The dome is home to the Toptracer technology screen, that allows you to track your shots. McWethy’s Sportsbar, the best dome food and beverage operation in town. A pro staff for lessons and club fittings. See Mistwoodgolfdome.com to see next weeks free club fitting nights for Callaway and Mizuno. (630)-739-7600 #mistwoodlovesgolf      ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG-by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, LinkedIn and Facebook. In the new WNDZ-AM 750 studios.

THE TINLEY PARK GOLF SHOW is in the books, next on the tee is the Chicago Golf Show in Rosemont. That show tee’s off Feb. 28-29 and March 1.

In between there are some demo days at the Mistwood Golf Dome, next week both Callaway and Mizuno are at the dome. #freefittings go take advantage.

Great job by Dan Fitzgerald of the Tinley Park Convention Center, and Brad Gray from Silver Lake to bring back the Tinley Park show. I did think I would see more booths on the floor than I did. Maybe the show was re-launched too late to get all the courses out, hopefully a better turn out next year. I expect a good turn out of booths for the Rosemont show, both local and around the Midwest. I hope that’s the case anyway. I’ll have more on the Chicago Golf Show as it approaches.

In the next couple of days, there is some local news from the CDGA, the IPGA, and the WGA that I will post, and then I’ll get back to more stories from the PGA Merchandise show in Orlando. There are plenty of equipment stories to post. if your looking at new equipment this year, check out what I’ll post in the next couple of weeks before you purchase anything.

THE CDGA has posted it’s schedule for the six social competitions. To get the full list please visit cdga.org/socialcompetitions.

AS FOR GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO…we do expect to return in April. But there a few wrinkles to iron out yet, before we hit the airwaves for the season. The station ownership group has changed up things, mostly selling off one station and moving things around. Like our former studios don’t exist anymore. Our home studio will be bigger and better. It’s also 3 blocks south of where we were. Live online listen is now a part of the show, video options are starting to emerge. I’ll have more when they do.

The new look Am-750 WNDZ studio’s.

Golfers on Golf Radio-2020 might open up on the road. Details are emerging, do stay clicked in for details. If your property wants to be property promoted in 2020, please contact me. The Chicagoland Golf Magazine is gone, and so is the WSCR-AM 670 golf show. As for sponsors, there is always room for one more. Join us, you will be glad you did. Let’s fill up the tee sheets this summer, the practice and lesson area’s, the 19th hole, and galleries at the tournaments in town. This year there are plenty of tournament options.

PEBBLE BEACH-what a great Sunday at Pebble Beach. Winfield Illinois native and former Cantigny Golf employee Kevin Streelman, a Wilson Golf Staff player, beat out Phil Mickelson for second place. Streelman and partner NFL WR Larry Fitzgerald became the fourth team to win the pro-am more than once.

I’M KEEPING my fingers crossed. But the area has not been really dumped on by major snow yet this winter. Now of course that I have jinxed things, hope not.  Maybe our area courses can get a jump on the golf season. Maybe those courses that had fall improvement work done, might be ready this spring, more sooner than later.

ARE YOU THINKING OF HEADING SOUTH for a spring golf trip. A few places ready for your business include, Pinehurst area resorts. Innisbrook in Florida north of Tampa, the Myrtle Beach area, and Georgia’s #1 golf destination property Reynolds at Lake Oconee. Are you headed out to spring training in Arizona, and want to get in some golf in between Cubs and White Sox spring training games, I’ll have some thoughts in a week or so, on where to go.

THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP is just one month out, and the Masters is two months away. The golf season is coming up faster than you think. Have your game ready. Now on the tee. 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 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.