MCNEALY LEADS RUST OLEUM AFTER 36 HOLES

  SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB GM/HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL JON PARSONS points out the renovated first hole on the Players nine which will reopen shortly, and when it does the Baer Nine will close for renovation. The newly expanded driving range is open and the new large putting green will open shortly . For more information on the Schaumburg Golf and it’s three year renovation program, see Schaumburggolf.com or call the club at (847)-885-9000, while there, grab a bite to eat at Chandlers Chophouse,  _____________________________________________________________________

   THE RUST OLEUM CHAMPIONSHIP is under way at the Ivanhoe Country Club in Mundelein, come out all weekend long and see the Web.com Tour in full swing with plenty of our local players, including Nick Hardy in his first professional tournament.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or on Linkedin and Facebook. Rory will host Golfers on Golf Radio on Saturday Morning on Am 750 WNDZ Chicago, tee time is 10 AM, join us.

Callaway Staff player Maverick McNealy leads the Rust Oleum Championship after 36 holes

Maverick McNealy shot an 8 under Par 64 to take a one-shot lead after 36 holes at the Rust-Oleum Championship at the Ivanhoe Golf Club. McNealy is at 12 under par and  holds a one shot lead over  Kyle Jones who shot 67.

McNealy’s round included 6 birdies and an eagle, with one of those birdies coming on the last hole to take the lead.

Former University of Illinois standout Nick Hardy, playing on a sponsors exemption and in his first tournament as a professional, shot a second round 5 under par 67, to make the cut by two shots. Hardy was the Big Ten Player of the Year in his senior season at Illinois. Hardy’s only bogey of the day came on his last hole.

Two former Iowa Hawkeyes Brad Hopfinger of Lake Forest, and Vince India of Deerfeild also made the cut, Hopfinger is T-4 at 8 under par. and India made the cut right on the number at 3 under par.

2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir is in the field, and carded a second round 5 under par 67 to reach six under par., after his round he spoke with reporters.

Click here to hear the interview with former Masters Champion Mike Weir.

First round leader Wes Roach carded a 1-under par 71, and is now in 9th place at 7-under par. Web.com tour money leader Sungjae Im of South Korea, shot a six under par 66 to make the cut. He is one of the six players playing this week at the Rust-Oleum Championship who is in the field in next weeks U.S. Open.

Golf fans come out and enjoy the final two rounds of the Rust-Oleum Championship over the weekend at the Ivanhoe Country Club in Mundelein.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-BELLERIVE AND MORE

THE GOLF SCENE WITH STEVE KASHUL returns for it’s 25th year on television in Chicago, on NBC Sports Chicago, at 6 PM on June 10th. More down below in our column. IT’S OPEN the new driving range at the Schaumburg Golf Club located on Roselle Road in Schaumburg. The Players nine is about to reopen and when it does the Baer nine will be closed for renovation. The newly expanded range is open, and the new putting green will open with the 9 holes. Schaumburggolf.com or (847)-885-9000.    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, at the front door of the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis Missouri. Home of the 100th PGA Championship coming in August. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook and Linkedin.

I’M BACK from St. Louis and PGA Media Day in St. Louis. What a trip it was. Down and back by car, and only saw 21 Illinois State troopers out looking to write paperwork and collect $$$, sad but true. Be careful if you are headed to Bellerive in August. There was four nasty construction zones, and high winds in the Mid-part of Illinois that dded to the driving adventure, UGH!

THAT being said, the PGA of America made it an interesting media day to say the least. The defending champion Justin Thomas was a good sport dealing with the program the PGA put on for over an hour, he had to walk in to Justin Timberlake music carrying the Wanamaker Trophy. JT and JT music, you get it, right?

PGA Tournament Director Kerry Haigh has the rough way up, over six inches, and the ball drops to the bottom all the time. Good luck getting out, because it’s not easy, trust me I know. I’m Happy with my six pars and I’ll go from there. If Haigh doesn’t trim the rough over 100 guys in the PGA won’t break 75, and the Par will be a U.S. Open like 70. It’s the worst I have ever scene, or tried to play out of, UGH!

Justin Thomas unloads on a drive on the 17th hole at Bellerive Country Club site of the 100th PGA Championship in August.

Thomas however was not fazed by Haigh’s rough, he simply went on during a casual round of golf and shot 65, that included him putting one in the drink on the second hole, and still making par.

The 17th hole playing 605 par 5, Thomas went driver-3 wood, and got home in two shots. He followed that up on 18 a par 4, playing 455, with driver of 335, and then in front of the camera’s and assembled media behind the 18th green, holed his pitching wedge from 125 for an Eagle 2.

Bellerive has had a reputation for shaky greens over the years, the new course superintendent that took over in 2017, was a former assistant and knows the course and what to do and what not. His work is paying off, as the greens while slow, did roll well and are in great shape. The collars in most part have had some work done and are settling in still. fairways and tee boxes are mint and the players should love that part of the golf course. I’ll have more on Bellerive in the weeks ahead.

BACK TO THE U.S. OPEN, making it into the field from Monday’s Sectional Qualifiers included, Northwestern’s Ryan Lumsden who carded a 6 under par 36 hole score to advance, he will be joined at Shinnecock by Dylan Meyer who just graduated from Illinois. Another Illinois alum is back in the field at age 51, Steve Stricker heads to Shinnecock after being double digits under par at his qualifier. Winning his sectional was Garret Rank the NHL hockey referee, who was runner-up in the 2012 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Conway Farms. Ranks frequently plays in the Western Amateur as well, look for him doing some Blackhawks game at the UC this coming winter.

THE GOLF SCENE with Steve Kashul returns for it’s 25th season this Sunday night at 6 PM on NBC Sports Chicago.

They are back. The Golf Scene With Steve Kashul returns this Sunday night at 6 PM, on NBC Sports Chicago. (Formerly Comcast Sportsnet).

The Golf Scene is the longest running golf TV show in the country, and it’s one of the top 5 longest running TV shows in Chicago history.

In the season’s first episode, segments include Ravisloe CC, and a close up look at Cleveland Golf’s Irons.

While the first run of the show is this Sunday, watch local listings for repeats of the show that also will be seen on NBC Sports Chicago.

THE GOLF SCENE promo with Steve Kashul, click here to hear it now.

Congrats to Steve and show owner Tom Miller on their long run of success with The Golf Scene. See more from The Golf Scene on Facebook.

FOR SALE is the Klein Creek Golf Club in Winfield, per Chris Charnas at the Evanston based Links Capital Advisors, price now reduced. Call Chris at (847)-866-7192 for more information.

It was great to see defending John Deere Classic Champion Bryson DeChambeau get his second PGA Tour win at the Jack Nicklaus Memorial Tournament in Ohio last week. Apparently DeChambeau is winning PGA Tour events two years after getting sponsor’s exemptions to play in them. Both John Deere and Memorial come two years after Clair Peterson and Jack Nicklaus gave them to DeChambeau, who is now in the Top 8 spots for the Ryder Cup team.

MT. PROSPECT GOLF CLUB Director of Golf Operations Brett Barcel joins us as studio guest host this Saturday, on Golfers on Golf Radio Am 750 WNDZ-AM Chicago, tee time is 10 AM.

CLUB FITTERS TRUE SPEC GOLF, that has a great studio in Highland Park, is expanding. True Spec recently opened a new studio in Pinehurst at Pine Needles resort on June 4th, and will open in new Yrok City and Boston next week on June 12th. See more at Truespecgolf.com.

THE NEWS IS still good for Callaway Golf, last month’s sales have Callaway’s Rogue Club line being a #1 seller in several categories, and soon to arrive is Callaway Rogue in a Jet-Black, check it out if you are thinking of buying. Callawaygolf.com.

Callaway is also announcing that Marc Leishman and Adam Hadwin are wearing some of the new line of Callaway Golf Shoes at the U.S. Open next week.

OUR BIG 3 PARTNER LEN ZIEHM has posted at his Lenziehmongolf.com more golf travel news on Branson and Lake in the Ozarks Missouri golf, and a look at the Pete Dye Trail in Indiana. If your hitting the road for golf, follow the Ziehm Machine to your next golf destination.

THE GREENBRIER RESORT in West Virginia has announced that they are the next resort to be constructing a new Par-3 course, good to see.

Nice to see Illinois Men’s head golf coach Mike Small win the Midwest Region Coach of the Year Award, sponsored by Golf Pride Grips, and voted upon by the College Golf Coaches Association.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT, IT’S REALLY EMBARRASSING to see just about everyone having to add TW’s name somehow to every golf interview. Every player doesn’t need to comment on his return to the tour this year. Let’s talk golf, not one guy.

This week the Rust Oleum Championship tee’s off at Ivanhoe Golf Club in Mundelein, hope to see you there. RS

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO WEEK 8-WITH PATRICK FLAVIN

SCHAUMBURG GOLF CLUB GM JON PARSONS stands in front of the newly renovated first hole on the Players nine, that will reopen shortly, then the Baer nine will close, Schaumburg Golf Club has opened it’s new driving range and the newly expanded putting green will open soon as well, for details Schaumburggolfclub.com or call (847)-885-9000. THE GOLF SCENE with longtime host STEVE KASHUL will return to NBC Sports Chicago (formerly Comcast Sports Net) on Sunday June 10th at 6 PM.    ______________________________________________________________________

 GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO WEEK 8 is on the tee this morning at 10 AM on AM 750 WNDZ-Chicago, joining Rory Spears in studio this week is 2017 Illinois Open Champion Patrick Flavin, who was also the 2017 Illinois State Amateur Champion, here more about Patrick’s plans for defending both titles and turning professional at some point in the future. Join us.

Illinois PGA Executive Director Carrie Williams joins us as one guest and another special guest might call in as well, stay dialed in from 10-11 Am this morning. More news here in this column later today.

GOLFERS ON GOLF  welcomes our new summer sponsor the Schaumburg Golf Club to the radio show and website. The first phase of the three year renovation is almost complete.

GOLFERS ON GOLF welcomes our new TV partner The Golf Scene with Steve Kashul, that returns to NBC Sports Chicago on June 10th at 6 PM.

GOLF 360TV with Dave Lockhart is on the tee for 2018, with former Bear Patrick Mannelly,tonight (Sunday) at 6 PM on NBC Sports Chicago. The first round of the show takes you to Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville and looks at some of the professional tournaments coming to the are this summer.

CALLAWAY GOLF has announced that it’s new Black finished Rogue Clubs are now ready for order, Check out CallawayGolf.com for details.

THE CONSTELLATION SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP at Exmoor Country Club, is offering a pre-Fathers Day ticket special. Buy a ticket package before June 17th and receive a Championship Commemorative Coin. For details visit cspgolf.com.

The Gog Blog Returns from St. Lois and Bellerive Country Club home of the 100th PGA Championship on Monday, stay clicked in.

16 WOMEN’S OPEN CHAMPIONS TO PLAY US SR. WOMEN’S OPEN

  CHICAGOLAND GOLF PUBLISHER VAL RUSSELL holds up a copy of the magazine, the June issue should be out this weekend, and includes our preview on the U.S. Open. THE MEDIA learns more today on the Sr. Players Championship at Exmoor #Mediaday  ______________________________________________________________________

    THE CHICAGO GOLF CLUB HOSTS THE INAUGURAL U.S. SR. WOMEN’S OPEN FROM JULY 12-15, Tickets are on sale now, please visit USGA.org for more details.       _____________________________________________________________________

GOLFERSONGOLF.COM by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory to the U.S. Sr. Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club, and on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Facebook, and Linkedin.

THE SWEET 16 are on their way to Wheaton and the Chicago Golf Club to participate in the first ever U.S. Sr. Women’s Open July 12-15.

The USGA has now announced that 16 former U.S. Women’s Open champions will compete in the Sr. Women’s Open.

Those players are three-time champion Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Jeriyln Britz, Laura Davies, Jane Geddes, JoAnne Gunderson Carner, Juli Inkster,, Betsy King, Murie Lindstrom Breer, Lauri Merten, Liselotte Neumann, Alison Nicholas, Sandra Palmer, Patty Sheehan, and Jan Stephenson. Joining the past champions in the field are six players who had runner-up finishes in U.S. Women’s Open, Helen Alfredsson, Donna Andrews, Tammie-Green Parker, Rosie Jones, Sally Little and Kris Tschetter.

“We’re thrilled by the response our USGA Champions have had to this inaugural championship, and know the Chicago Golf Club will provide an outstanding venue for fans to watch some of the games greats tee it up on what will now be senior women’s golf grandest stage,” said Mike Davis, USGA CEO. “The consistent growth in women’s golf has been inspiring and we hope this inaugural event is just one of the many great new moments for this important segment of the game.”

The new U.S. Sr. Women’s Open is open to women who are professional golfers, or amateurs whose handicap index does not exceed 7.4, all player must be 50 years of age or older by the start of the first round of the championship on July 12th.

Sectional qualifying for the remaining places in the field of 120 players, will begin on June 4th, and continue through June 20th. They will be held at 17 sites across the country in a total of 16 states including two sites in California. The USGA received 462 entries from golfers in 39 states to play, with the most entries (73) coming in from Florida.

Susan West of Tuscaloosa Alabama was the first player to apply just minutes after registration opened up on March 7th. Pat Bradley was the first exempt player to apply, and Lynn Thompson from Cincinnati Ohio, was the player to apply only three minutes before the deadline.

For more information see usseniorwomensopen.com.

ILLINOIS CONCLUDES SEASON AT NATIONALS

  CHAD JOHANSEN the head golf professional at Blackberry Oaks in Bristol holds the Blackberry Amateur trophy, the Blackberry Amateur will be played June 23-24, this year it’s time to FILL THE FIELD at 120 players. To sign up visit BlackberryAmateur.com or call Blackberry Oaks at (630)-553-7170. IT’S MORE THAN GREAT GOLF at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, visit McWethy’s Tavern and enjoy some great food and beverage before or after your round, in fact McWethy’s is so good that you don’t even need to be golfing that day to stop in and spoil your taste-bud’s. Mistwoodgc.com           _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin and Facebook. With Illinois golf coach Mike Small.

IT’S ALL OVER, the golf season for the University of Illinois Men’s Golf Team, ended abruptly yesterday at the NCAA National championships in Stillwater Oklahoma.

The field started with 30 teams and after Round 3 on Sunday, the field was cut in half to 15 teams. While Northwestern University who was the first round leader, was the best team eliminated, the Illini held on barely to live and fight for another day.

While the Illini made a bit of a charge in round 4 it wasn’t enough to advance to the match play part of the championship that begins today for the final 8 schools. Illinois ended up 8 shots out of the match play.

It marked the end of the careers of seniors Dylan Meyer and Nick Hardy. Meyer took to Facebook this morning to thank everyone who helped him have a four great years at Illinois. Meyer took 4th individually at the nationals in the stroke play part of the championship.

For Nick Hardy he ended up in 32nd place and was +4 for the stroke play part of the championship. Earlier in the week hardy was named to be a PING All-American First team member. Joining Hardy was University of Texas senior Doug Ghim who just won the Ben Hogan award, Ghim hails from Arlington Heights Illinois.

Illinois Coach Mike Small called his team final round, “a good effort.”Our front nine was solid and we put ourselves in position to do something special, and then on the back nine we got off point a little to often.”

Coach Small said this about his two decorated seniors,” It was a pleasure as a coach to have Nick and Dylan for four years, all the success they have had individually and as a team will leave a legacy that will last for a long time. As their coach I will always remember their strong commitment to this program and the University of Illinois.”

The Men’s team at Illinois next year will have five returning players including bryan Baumgarten, Michael Feagles, Brendan O’Reilly, Giovanni Tadioto, and varun Chopra. Four new players join the team, including Luke Armbrust of Wheaton, Tommy Kuhl of Morton Illinois, Noah Gillard of Greenwood Indiana, Adrien Dumont from Belgium

hardy will now turn professional at the Rust Oleum Championship next week at Ivanhoe Country Club in Mundelein, and Meyer is also expected to turn professional at some point this summer as well.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-MEMORIAL DAY

  THE NEW CALLAWAY GOLF SHOES, buy a pair before June 30 and get a free Callaway Golf Hat, see Callawaygolf.com for details. CHICAGOLAND GOLF Publisher Val Russel holds up a copy of Chicagoland Golf, pick up a copy of the new June issue this week, with our look at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island.   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation, follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or on Linkedin and Facebook. On the 18th green on Heron Point Golf Club at Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island SC.

Happy Memorial Day, one of the busiest golf weekends of the year, and hopefully you are out playing golf at one of your favorite courses.

If you are enjoying some time on the links today or over this past weekend, do take time to thank the veterans you know or might see for their sacrifice and the fact you are enjoying golf.

The University of Illinois Men’s team is enjoying another day of golf, by barely making the 15 team third round cut at the NCAA nationals in Stillwater Oklahoma, home of the OSU-Cowboys. Illinois needs to make a move today to keep it’s streak alive of making it into the match play part of the championship. The news was not so good for the Northwestern University Wildcats who just missed advancing by a couple of shots. NU was the leader after the first round of the championship. Better luck today for U of I, especially seniors Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer.

ON THE PGA TOUR Justin Rose wins at Colonial, as the Euro’s seems to be hitting stride in advance of the Ryder Cup in France. Steve Stricker decided to play Colonial instead of the Senior PGA at Harbor Shores won by Paul Broadhurst who putted lights out at the tough greens at Harbor Shores.

ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS of the Sr. PGA Championship week wasn’t known until after it happened. Course designer and the greatest golfer of all-time Jack Nicklaus arrived on Friday to receive an award from sponsor Kitchen-Aid. It was too bad the PGA of America and it’s assisting PR firms didn’t tell the media about the Golden Bear’s arrival until when it was too late, said and over.

MORE MICHIGAN… the LPGA and the PGA of America weren’t talking, as both organizations did what multiple golf organizations did here in Chicago twice this summer, schedule on top of each other. A little over two hours part in Benton Harbor (PGA) and in Ann Arbor (LPGA) were both playing, forcing fans, volunteers and sponsors to make choices they should not have to make. Who run’s these organizations anyway.

MAYBE, JUST MAYBE one year the PGA Tour, Champions PGA Tour, the PGA of America, the LPGA, and the USGA can all sit down together and pull out calendars, it might just work.

The Links 9 runs up to the bay at Bay Harbor. BACK TO MICHIGAN..last year I went up to Boyne Mountain Resort and played several of the resorts great golf courses. So it’s nice to see this year that Boyne Golf has received, The Editors Choice Award from Golf Digest as one of the Best Resorts in America.

Boyne Resorts is one of the best resorts in America, and they deserve the Editors Choice Award from Golf Digest.

A full congratulations goes out to Bernie Freidrich the resorts Sr.VP of Golf Operations, and the Director of Sales Ken Griffin. the Boyne Resorts golf team runs a great operation that thousands of golfers enjoy every year. I fully recommend a visit there if you have never been there, of if you have been there it’s time to return.

The Nay Harbor golf course all 27 holes designed by Arthur Hills is one of the best courses not only in the Midwest, but around the country. For more information please visit BOYNEGolf.com.

BGT- Dallas based Breakthrough Golf Technology has introduced the Stability Shaft for putters. BGT points out that the same thought that is used on the other clubs in your bag, applies to your putter as well. These days as putter club heads get bigger, wider, deeper, the need for a shaft the is stable is important.

The company’s CEO Barney Adams calls the stability shaft a step forward in equipment technology. Adams says the pro’s are already great putters but inconsistent amateurs can use this type of technology. Testing of this shaft was done with a variety of high-speed cameras, robots, SAM Putt Lab, Quintic Ball Roll software and Trackman4. The end result was the reinventing of the putter shaft.

THE STABILITY SHAFT has a MAP of $199.99 an is available from golf retailers in the United States and Canada. BGT is a company that was launched in 2014, but has a team with over 100 years of experience. See more at Breakthroughgolftech.com.

FROM an amateur golfers standpoint, I have to send a top of the cap or golf visor to Barney Adams and his team, and wonder why this idea had been thought of before, well done Mr. Adams.

DENNIS WALTERS and his golf trick shot show will be visiting the area with several shows in the next month. Golf Lessons-Life Lessons all starts tomorrow night at the Renwood Golf Club in Round Lake Beach. On Thursday June 7th a special show starting at 5:30 PM on the range of the Glen Club. The show will have a golf demonstration prior to the Walters show, by 2017 IPGA teacher of the Year Louis Sauer and 2017 Illinois Amateur and Illinois Open Champion Patrick Flavin. Walters feats are more impressive since he is in part paralyzed, from a car accident.

I have seen part of his show before and it’s amazing what Dennis can do to begin with,not to mention his accomplishments with his handicap. Do register at the Glen Club and attend on the 7th.

ANOTHER TIP OF THE CAP OR GOLF VISOR to the Illinois PGA and the IPGA Foundation for it’s assistance to Claire Castetter of Cary. Castetter was working on her degree through Methodist University PGA Golf Management Program, and had just started an internship at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, when the extreme flood water hit the historic resort, leading to millions of dollars in destruction and the Greenbrier Classic having to get canceled.

Castetter went home to her parents house, but through her school and the IPGA was hooked up with Nick Papadakes at the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest. through the Golfworks program Claire has moved forward earning her PGA membership last year and is now an assistant at Onwentsia Club.

GOOD WEATHER is ahead, go play, it’s about time. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME

 CHICAGOLAND GOLF PUBLISHER VAL RUSSELL holds up a copy of Chicagoland Golf, pick up your new issue this week at golf courses and golf stores around the area, the June issue includes our U.S. Open preview section. THE FRENCH LICK RESORT is your Midwest Golf destination getaway, come and enjoy the Pete Dye and Donald Ross golf courses. French Lick Resort is home to the 2018 Sr. LPGA Championship and the Symetra Tour. For more information please visit Frenchlick.com #Golfgetaway    _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS> Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and on Linkedin and Facebook. On the 1st at Harbor Shores home of today’s final round of the Sr. PGA Championship.

A RETURN TO THE GOLF NEWS.       Scott McCarron and Tim Petrovic are tied for the lead heading into the final round at the Sr. PGA Championship. Catch all the action this afternoon as the shootout on the Shores continue.

NCAA Men’s Golf. in Stillwater Oklahoma, Illinois and Northwestern  are fighting hard to make the first cut that lowers the field to 15 teams for the fourth and final stroke play round of the championships tomorrow. As of now Illinois is in and Northwestern could be on the wrong side of the bubble when it breaks for 15 schools. The match play part of the championships for the final 8 schools starts on Tuesday, and the national championship match is Wednesday.

SOLD BY LINKS CAPITAL ADVISORS, The Hills at Hernando Country Club , in Hernando Mississippi. For more details on this sale or if you are interested in selling or purchasing a golf club contact Chris Charnas at (847)-866-7192.

KEN LAPP has retired after 71 years with the Jemsek family. Lapp started at age 12 working for the Jemseks at the Fresh Meadow Golf Club and was promoted to superintendent at age 19. ken worked at Cog Hill for 45 years, and in recent years helped out Pine Meadow in Mundelein. Lapp has retired to North Carolina to be closer to his family.

GET YOUR GAME READY at the Mistwood Performance Center in Romeoville, Mistwoodgc.com. (815)-254-3333

Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville is getting ready to host the 118th annual Women’s Western Golf Associations national amateur championship from June 25-30.

The field of 120 players is one of the best fields on women amateur players from around the world.

Past champions include Nancy Lopez, Patty Berg. Joanne Carner, Beth Daniel, Grace Park, Christie Kerr, Louise Suggs, Kathy Whitworth, Mickey Wright, Babe Zaharias, and Stacy Lewis.

Tournament Chairman and WWGA, first vice-president Cece Durbin said this about Mistwood, “The club has hosted numerous professional and amateur tournaments including 19 Illinois Women’s Open’s. The scenic course, that winds around two quarry ponds, will provide a challenge to every player. The WWGA is excited to be at one of the best courses in the Chicago area. Mistwood Golf Club that opened in 1998 and is designed by Ray Hearn, it will host it’s 20th Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open this July 16-17-18. To participate players must have a handicap of 7.4 or less. For more details on the WWGA and it’s scholarships see wwga.org. Details on the Mistwood golf Club are found at mistwoodgc.com or by calling (815)-254-3333.

THE POINT O’WOODS GOLF CLUB IN Benton Harbor Michigan that will again host the Western Amateur Championship in 2019, made 1992 and 1993 champion Justin Leonard and honorary member this Friday Friday night. The club has made several improvements in the last year, and is considering selling off 9 acres of unused land to a nearby business.

GOLF BLOGGER AND CONTENT GUY RICK SHIELS has reached over 300,000 You Tube subscribers and is the first to do so. Shiels is providing content for the Open Championship coming up in July. Follow him on You-Tube.

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John Ehrgott was the winner for the second time in four years at the 2018, CDGA Mid-Amateur Championship at the Hinsdale Country Club.

Ehrgott who plays out of the Mt. Hawley Country Club, defeated Blake Johnson 3&2 of the Glen View Club.

Ehrgott 43, called the win “validation”. With the kids coming up now that hit it over 300 yards, it’s nice that us old guys can still be competitive.”

Ehrgott made a birdie on the Par 3, third hole and never trailed after that point in the match.

TRUE SPEC GOLF that recently opened it’s first fitting studio in Illinois, in North Suburban Highland Park, has added another facility in California at the Omni Lacosta Resort just north of San Diego. true is a leader in club fitting and with two championship courses on property, bringing True Spec to Lacosta made total sense said Tim Briand, Director of Fitting and Sales for True Spec Golf. For more details call (800)-854-5000 and online at omnilacosta.com.

FORELINX Golf Corporation has announced that 26 courses operated by the American Golf Company, have joined Forelinx.

THE CALLAWAY GOLF SUMMER SHOE PROMO

This summer through June 30th, golfers who purchses Callaway golf shoes will in addition receive a Callaway Golf hat with a retail value of $30.

All of the Callaway footwear line including new models like the recently introduced LaGrange and the Swami 2.0 are part of the promotion. The new Callaway golf shoes include the POWERdrive platform, with a Duo-Max midsole. The midsole has the soft top layer of EVA foam, that is now supported by a bottom layer of foam to provide optimum support and stability. The LaGrange model has TPU heel stabilizer for more support during your swing. On tour Marc Leishman and Adam Hadwin are players who wear the Callaway Golf Shoe. To learn more about Callaway Golf apparel and the footwear collection please visit callawayapparel.com.

BLACKBERRY OAKS in Bristol is having weekly golf clinics, and is getting ready to start all of it’s junior kids golf camps, for a variety of ages. See Blackberryoaks.com or call (630)-553-7170. Blackberry Oaks is hosting the Blackberry Amateur June 23-24, sign up today and let’s fill the field at 120 players.

THE 2018 CONSTELLATION SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP has very limited volunteer opportunities for championship week, July 9-15. The championship will be played at the Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, and be available  to work shifts of 4-6 hours. Volunteer packages cost $75 dollars and are a $353 dollar value. To sign up see cspgolf.com. Scott McCarron is the defending champion. This is the first time since 1997 a senior men’s major will be contested in the Chicago area.

80BREAKR one of the top new products unveiled at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show this past January, has now unveiled new APP Features for the Android Version, at the Google Play Store. Company founder and former Silicon valley engineer Thomas Stewart says he and his team are excited about the release of the Android version of 80BREAKR.

80BREAKR is now available at over 30,000 courses worldwide, and does a variety of services for golfers on and off the golf course. Keep score, order drinks from the beer cart, get your GPS yardage and more. See 80BREAKR.com for more information, or ask the professionals at your course about 80Breakr or adding it to course services.

NORTHBROOK BASED KEMPERSPORTS has announced the appointment of Kylen Trevor to the position off Regional Sales and Marketing Director over properties in the Western region. Trevor is an alum of Oregon State and was raised in the Portland Oregon area.

KSM has alos announced the next generation of TRUESERVICE a customer service training program. KemperSports introduces it’s staffers to this program immediately so they can deliver exceptional service from the start of employment.

TPT GOLF SHAFTS with it’s growing staff of PGA Tour players has added Arnie Cunningham as it’s Director of PGA Tour promotions. Cunningham has attended some 1,250 PGA Tour tournaments in 33 years and is one of the tours most experienced tour fitters. For details on TPT shafts one of the industry leaders see Tptgolf.com. Fins out where you can be fit for TPT shafts already being used by several PGA Tour players, including the recent winner of the Wells Fargo Championship Jason Day.

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May 26 Broadcast

Golfers on Golf Radio is talk radio created by golfers for golfers, and is broadcast live on WNDZ 750AM in Chicago. The program is hosted by Ed Stevenson, Rory Spears, Bill Berger, and Mike Munro.  This week’s show includes:

  • Award Winning Golf Course Architect Greg Martin joins Rory Spears and Ed Stevenson, and Bill Berger in studio for the full hour as the guest host.
  • Greg Martin talks with the guys about golf industry challenges and opportunities addressed through golf course design, and highlights from his recent term as President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
  • Golf news, including updates on the NCAA Championships, golf course projects, and a recap of recent DuPage Junior Classic.

GOG RADIO WEEK 7 WITH GUEST HOST GREG MARTIN

 IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR the NCAA Championships are underway. Congratulations to Arizona Wildcats on winning the Women’s National Championship. After day 1 on the men’s side with Round 1 not complete, the Northwestern Wildcats are leaders in the clubhouse, and Illinois sits T-14 with Senior Nick Hardy leading the way for the Illini. THE MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB is ready to get your game on track with the premier fitting center in the Chicagoland area. Visit Mistwoodgc.com or call (815)-254-3333.        ______________________________________________________________________

 ARCHITECT GREG MARTIN JOINS Golfers on Golf Radio this morning on Am 750 WNDZ at 10-11 AM as guest host. Golfers on Golf Radio hosts Ed Stevenson, Bill Berger and Rory Spears (R) our theme today is golf course architecture, and what’s happening in the Chicago area.

Martin along with partner Dan Wohlfeil were just named to lead the renovation of the Sportsman’s Country Club in Northbrook, that will begin next year. We hope you can join us for an interesting show.

WE LOOK AT THE NCAA national Championships, that have Northwestern leading during Day 1, which is not complete due to weather. Illinois still has all it’s players on the golf course with most of the back nine left to play.

THE SR. PGA at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor Michigan is through 36 holes and Kevin Sutherland and Scott McCarron lead the way at 9 under par Jerry Kelly is in third.

AT COLONIAL on the PGA Tour, Justin Rose at 10 under par leads. Steve Stricker is now 7 shots back at 3 under par, Kevin Streelman of Winfield is making a move and sitting 15th.

JOIN US FOR GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO AM 750 WNDZ 10 Am is our tee time. Today Saturday, then Go Play.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-COURSES ARE CHANGING

  BLACKBERRY OAKS GM and head golf professional Chad Johansen holds the Blackberry Amateur Trophy, this years Blackberry Amateur will be played on June 23-24 at Blackberry Oaks, this year lets Fill the Field with 120 players. To sign up for the event sponsored by Wilson Golf  see Blackberryamateur.com or please call (630)-553-7170. THE MISTWOOD GOLF CLUB is hosting to women’s golf tournaments, but there are plenty of tee times left for you. See Mistwoodgc.com or call (630)-254-3333 for details.   _____________________________________________________________________

Golfersongolf.com by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, and Linkedin and Facebook, On the Sandbox at Sand Valley GC, Wisconsin

THERE IS NEWS ON THE GOLF COURSE FRONT, and it’s good news to the ears of most golfers. First on the tee box is that the Preserve at Oak Meadows new look has it winning awards from national golf publications and other organizations. renovation of the year by Golf Magazine is the latest award.

The Schaumburg Golf Club is getting close to reopening the first nine that is under construction, and start work on the second nine of the three year project in July, that will encompass all three nines.

In the private sector the North Shore Country Club gets ready to reopen from it’s restoration of the Colt-Alison design. Early in August the Sunset Valley Golf Course in Highland Park will restarts from the renovation it has spent the last year undergoing.

THIS PAST WEEK Olympia Fields lost one champion when Carol Mann passed away, then the club hired another when they brought in architect Keith Foster to redo both their North and South Courses.

The Par 4, 3rd hole on the Olympia Fields North Course.

The question is already being raised as to why? But there have been a few people I have spoke with over the last year who were not “wow’d” by Olympia Fields. Including a few rating panelists from national publications.

Foster however is the kind of architect that brings a wow factor to his restoration projects. You could say he is the leading architect in the classic course restoration and renovation industry. Foster beat out some of the heavy hitters in the industry in landing the Olympia Fields project. His work at places like the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Eastward Ho, TPC Old White at the Greenbrier, Orchard Lake and Knollwood has really put him on the map. His first two big renovation projects that included Southern Hills and Colonial were winners.

The real question is what’s in this for Olympia Fields. Word on the street is that Olympia Fields could use a few more members, but that’s what most private clubs need. Is Olympia in need of another big tournament that they could make some money off of, sure, many of the big clubs are looking for that. But what’s out there that could bring bucks to the south side and OFCC. The long term agreement that OFCC signed with the PGA of America, seems worthless now, with the schedule change coming in 2019.

While Olympia could host another KPMG or a Ryder Cup in 2036 based on the calendar, 2036 might be too long of a wait for what the club wants to do now, It will be interesting to see what Olympia Fields can attract when Foster wraps up his restoration work on both courses. The first thing will likely be a pile of new members.

CALUMET COUNTRY CLUB could be a south side casualty of progress. There is no secret the club has been for sale for a while. But what’s interesting is who the top buyers on the table are. They are rumored to be two package distribution companies looking to build new centers for their trucks, and not to play golf even though one company is tied to the PGA Tour’s Playoffs. The other is asking, “what can Brown do for Youre

IN THE NORTH BURBS, there is the Lake Bluff Park District asking donors to come up with $265,000 to remain open in 2019. Seriously, that’s sad. But maybe there are some 50 people who can write checks for about $5,000 a piece to help keep things running. Lake Bluff needs an architect who can come in and renovate the course, so it makes money Doing nothing at Lake Bluff will make that course continue to lose money

SPORTSMAN’S COUNTRY CLUB in Northbrook will get a full renovation from the hands of golf course architect Greg Martin and clubhouse specialist Dan Wohlfeil. The work should begin late summer in 2019. This will be another winner when it gets done.

Greg Martin joins Golfers on Golf Radio tomorrow morning on Am 750 WNDZ as a guest host, from 10-11 AM. Please join us.

Yes the courses are changing, who is next. RS