NCAA PICKS GRAYHAWK FOR 2020-21-AND 2022

THE 2017 US OPEN at Erin Hills Round 1 teeing off today. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion, a few limited tickets are still available see USOPEN.com.               ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to the US Open at Erin Hills, and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

The NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms were a big success. in spite of some bad weather, the 2017 championships at RHF had record crowds.

The weather wasn’t always great, but with Northwestern’s Women, and the Men from Illinois playing well, the galleries were good.

But the NCAA has come up with a plan going forward on it’s Division 1 men’s and women’s golf championships. Keep them in the same place for three straight years.

A small group of clubs did make proposals to be the host of the championships in 2020-2021-2022. Clubs that could host two weeks of golf for three straight years.

This years championships were played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove and hosted by Northern Illinois University.

 

It was reported here first that Rich Harvest Farms owned by Jerry Rich, was one of the finalists.

But in the end the NCAA elected to stay in a very warm weather climate, by selecting the Raptor Course at Grayhawk in Tempe Arizona.

In 2018 the championships move to the Karsten Creek golf Club in Oklahoma with Oklahoma State as the host May 18-30. The University of Arkansas will be the host in 2019 at the Blessings Golf Club, May 18-30.

Then off to Grayhawk for the next three years. Three straight years at one venue is expected to help The Golf Channel and the NCAA staff. Of course maybe some players who might return from year to year, will get an advantage from having seen the course before.

Rich Harvest farms owner Jerry Rich spoke with Golfers on Golf about the decision. Rich said he was not disappointed, saying that Rich Harvest Farms got record ratings and record crowds. Rich also said that the course help up very well in spite of bad weather, and his staff and everyone at RHF got a large amount of compliments from the players, coaches, officials, and The Golf Channel staff.

The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division 1 golf championships should now have a great warm weather for the next few years to come. For more information see NCAA.com.

NCAA Golf chairman Brad Hurlbut called the decision a ” difficult one”, and the NCAA was thrilled to get the all the interest it did, from all the clubs that applied.

PARK RIDGE TO HOST CENTENNIAL WGA JUNIOR

 WHO NEEDS TWO or Got a Foursome. The last amount of US Open tickets are going quickly as Erin Hills in spite of it’s size is about sold out. US Open Week is underway. Be a part of it, see who the new US Open Champion will be in person USOPEN.com.     ______________________________________________________________________

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THE WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION is celebrating it’s 100th Western golf Association Junior Championship from June 19-22, at the Park Ridge Golf Club.

The WGA has announced that defending champion Sean Maruyama will attempt to be the first player to repeat as champion in 76 years.

Maruyama has made an oral commitment to play college golf at UCLA, heads up a stellar field of top players.

Maruyama is the son of PGA Tour player Shigeki Maruyama, and Sean collected his first big junior win at the Red Run GC in Royal Oak Michigan in 2016. The last repeat champion Ben Downing in 1940-41.

The championship dates back to the year of 1914 and has been a launching pad for several future PGA Tour stars. Past champions of the championship include Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, and Jim Furyk. Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and 2015 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Daniel Berger have participated in the championship.

The tournament was not held during certain years during WWi and WWII. This will be the first time the championship will be conducted at Park Ridge Country Club that opened in 1906. The original architect for the first nine holes was Herbert J. Tweedie, with Tom Bendelow being brought in, in 1911 to build a second nine holes.

“Given it’s rich history and heritage, Park Ridge is a fitting venue to host an event steeped in tradition as the Western Junior,” said Vince Pellegrino, the WGA’s Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “We are honored and excited to celebrate this momentous occasion with the club and it’s membership. This years field is exceptionally deep, with a mix of local, national and international talent. It’s this level of talent that sets the Western Junior apart from other junior events.”

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The Park Ridge Country Club was last renovated in 2001 by local architect David Esler. Golf greats Bobby Jones, Chick Evans and Arnold Palmer have all played the club over the years.

Park Ridge is filling in for original host of the championship the Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club in Sugar Grove. But the championship was moved when dates conflicted with the recently completed NCAA national championships at Rich Harvest.

This year all three of the Western Golf Association championships are being contested in the Chicago area. The Western Amateur will be played at Skokie Country Club in late July and early August. The BMW Championship will be played in mid-September at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-OPEN WEEK RETURNS

 

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory at this weeks US Open at Erin Hills, and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With the trophy on the 18th green at Erin Hills.

IT’S HERE, US OPEN WEEK in the Midwest, finally after 17 years. So who wins it’s, we will see but I’ll have a thought on this later in the column.

The US Open filled with controversy the last years, with crazy rule infractions, or just crazy courses like at Chambers Bay, or the same course twice in two weeks at Pinehurst, or the course that was supposed to be too small, that played just right at Merion.

The new TV guy on the block Fox Sports needs a great week this time around, it’s year three of the deal.

THE US OPEN TROPHY sits on the 15th tee at Erin Hills.

Some will look ahead to 2018 and Shinnecock Hills, but they need to look no further than Erin Hills to see a splash of Shinnecock in Erin Hills, minus a dead green or two.

Having played both courses, it seems like Shinnecock Hills is more Erin Hills than Erin Hills is Shinnecock. But if you have enjoyed the opens at SHGC out on Long Island, you will enjoy this sandy piece of property located in the far west burbs of NW Milwaukee.

Mike Davis is the Executive Director of the USGA

Will this week be a shinning moment for USGA Executive Director Mike Davis, since he ducked out on a pregame visit with Golfers on Golf Radio to make sure all the final preparations were just right, they had better be.

Only a few years ago, it was Davis that was earning praise for finding new sites like Chambers Bay and Erin Hills, while the PGA’s version of a new championship site was taking sites that the USGA had since abandoned, like Bethpage Black, now after the US Open at Chambers Bay had it’s issues, now Erin Hills is under the spotlight as the second chance for Davis, and he needs to get it right.

Still I give Davis credit for trying new sites, instead of wearing out all the same OLD ones. It would be good to see a new course that has never hosted a US Open before, get one about every four years.

THE USGA dodged a major bullet when Steve Stricker qualified to play in this weeks US Open, had Stricker not been in the field, the USGA would have been run out of America’s Dairyland. It is bad enough that neither of the two finalists from the 2011 US Amateur at Erin Hills, Kelly Kraft and Patrick Cantlay won’t be playing this week in Wisconsin.

BREAKING NEWS PGA of America VP Suzy Whaley to play in the inaugural Sr. LPGA Championship at the French Lick Resort in July. It’s been a while or maybe this is a first time ever that a sitting officer of the USGA or PGA or America has actively played in a major championship on any tour.

GOLFERS ON GOLF will cover the US Open all week, as I will be on site starting tomorrow in Wisconsin.

WINNER.. with the physical demands and length of Erin Hills, the winner will have to be someone in shape to handle that, along with a US Open style game. They will need to be healthy and get their rest. Jordan Spieth is my pick this week.

FOR AN UPCOMING STORY IN CHICAGOLAND GOLF, I spent this morning at Cog Hill with owner Frank Jemsek and Superintendent Chris Flick driving around Dubsdread. If you haven’t played Cog 4 in awhile, it’s time to go back. See my story out around July 1 in Chicagoland Golf.

THE SOUTHERN HILLS Golf Club in Tulsa has been named a future site for Sr. PGA Championship in 2021, and they will get a PGA Championship somewhere between 2024 and 2030.

Which is interesting because club officials told me on my last visit that they would never take a PGA Championship again, because August doesn’t work in Oklahoma, and that June is better. The previous experience the club had with the PGA of America didn’t go so well. I hope if the club is going to host a major, they let architect Keith Foster do something about that annoying ditch that zig-zags the golf course. Plus they have some tree’s that need to go as well.

WWGA Amateur Championship is underway at River Forest CC in Elmhurst. Northwestern’s Hannah Kim is one of three players tied for the lead after the first day at 1 under par, with a score of 71. Kim is joined by Sophia Schubert a University of Texas Senior and Emily White from Saline Michigan.

Click here to hear interviews with Sophia Schubert and Hannah Kim from Round 1 of the WWGA National Amateur Championship.

THE GOG BLOG RETURNS with more on the US Open in the hours ahead. RS

IN THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY NEWS

US OPEN TICKETS do you have yours yet. Not many left, visit USOPEN.com and get yours today.

THE 2017 US OPEN WEEK TEE’S OFF TOMORROW, are you ready. The 117th US Open at Erin Hills in Erin Wisconsin. USGA.org or USOPEN.COM should be on your visit list all week long.

Golfers on Golf Radio and Golfersongolf.com will be onsite from Tuesday to Sunday, and next Monday for the playoff if needed. Here is hoping there is no playoff.

OUR US OPEN PREVIEW with all the news will be here late Monday, please check it out. I will be on site at Erin Hills from Tuesday through Sunday. I will be live from Erin Hills on Golfers on Golf Radio next Saturday morning.

ON THE LOCAL FRONT…

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY Men’s Coach Betty Kaufmann has retired and assistant coach Marty Schiene will take over as head coach. Kaufmann spent 19 years as the head coach of the Blue Demons, and raised the program to new levels not seen in the past at DePaul. Kaufmann went out with a strong finish at the Big East Championship. Kaufmann is credited to working out a partnership that allowed it’s program’s work at Ruffled Feathers GC in Lemont.

Schiene said he is very “excited to take over the role of head coach of the DePaul Men’s golf team and hopes to build on the success of Coach Kaufmann.” Schiene joined DePaul after 1 year as an assistant at Loyola and five years as head coach at Chicago State. Schiene played several tours including the PGA Tour in 1993 during his professional career.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

 

FROM THE RESORTS…FOOTJOY has announced a partnership with the famed and historic Pinehurst Resort during this summer.

The FootJoy-Pinehurst package does include a 2-night stay, and two rounds of golf on courses 1 or 3-9 (#2 for an extra $195). A complimentary FootJoy fitting session at the Pinehurst Resort Golf Shop to confirm shoe size and the best choice of Foot Joy footwear to ensure comfort and performance for your game.

Enjoy the famous Pinehurst breakfast and a $100 Pinehurst gift card toward purchase of FootJoy footwear or apparel. Rates are $699 at the Holly Inn or $749 at the Carolina Hotel per person from June 23 to September 5th in 2017. Call (877)-901-8373.

THE 4TH OF JULY AT THE GREENBRIER…America’s Resort is welcoming the guests back in advance of the Greenbrier Championship on the PGA Tour July 3-9. Book by today and receive a complimentary one category upgrade. Call (844)-361-9316.

KEMPERSPORTS has announced it’s been selected to manage to courses in Pierce County Washington. KemperSports already manages Chambers Bay in Pierce County. The new courses are Lake Spanaway and Ft. Steilacoom courses. Lake Spanaway is a over 7,000 yard golf course with championship history, while Ft. Steilacoom is a 9-hole par 34 course, loved by the junior golfers and foot-golf players.

GCSAA the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, has announced that it’s communications manager Craig Smith will retire at the end of the month. Smith joined the GCSAA in 2014, but is well known in the golf industry for his many years as a communications director at the USGA. Smith created the successful “Thank a Superintendent” campaign that has shed light on the members of the hard working and important industry in the golf world.

TGA PREMIER GOLF continues to grow with new franchise in Arizona. The fastest growing junior golf program TGA Premier Golf, has added a second franchise in the Tucson area. TGA is run by Mike Owens. TGA takes golf right into the schools at a grass roots levels. The program gets kids ready for the transition to golf courses. TGA is now in 80 markets across 27 states. For more information see Playtga.com and you can follow TGA on Twitter.

THE GOG BLOG RETURNS on Monday.

ILLINI COACH MIKE SMALL TO PLAY AFI CHAMPIONS EVENT

  WHO NEEDS TWO? US OPEN TICKETS RUNNING OUT buy the last few left today at USOPEN.com That rare Midwest US Open appearance is upon us, starting on Monday. ______________________________________________________________________

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

Illinois mens golf coach Mike Small has received a sponsors exemption to play in the American Family Insurance Champions Tour event in Madison Wisconsin.

The tournament will be played from June 23-25 at the University Ridge golf Course in Madison Wiscosnin.

Small will join his former teammate at Illinois, Wisconsin’s very own Steve Stricker  who is the tournaments host.

Small turned 50 early last year and is now eligible to play on the Champions Tour. For the third straight year, Small’s Illinois team reached the final four in the NCAA Championships. Prior to that Small was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 8th time.

Small played 5 years on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour. Since becoming the coach at Illinois, Small has made 34 starts on the PGA Tour, and has made the cut in 15 events. He was the low club pro at the PGA Championship in both 2007-2011, and has qualified for the PGA Championship in seven other years. He has won the PGA Professional National Championship three times.

The 1988 Big Ten Championship Team with Mike Small and Steve Stricker.

This spring Small played as a sponsors exemption at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic. In three rounds Small shot 69-72-73 for a 42nd place finish for his best finish on tour. last year Small was T-43 at the U.S. Senior Open Championship.

During the 1988 Big Ten Championship won by Stricker, Small came in second place.

Tickets are now on sale for the championship. The general admission ticket is $25, the clubhouse ticket is $50 and includes special amenities. Active duty military and retired military can receive a three day-pass for free. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation and the AFI childrens hospital. More than 1 million dollars was raised last year.

Mike Small speaking on playing in the Steve Stricker AFI Champions Tour event.

Recent additions to the field include 2017 Champions Tour winners Tom Lehman and Scott McCarron. There will be a celebrity foursome on Saturday that includes Brett Farve, Derek Jeter, Darius Rucker and Andy North.

For more details on the championship or to get tickets for the June 23-25 event please visit AmFamChampionship.com or social media sites on Twitter-Facebook and Instagram.

THE GOG BLOG’S SATURDAY MORNING SHORTGAME-PM EDITION

   THE U.S. OPENS RARE MIDWEST APPEARANCE IS HERE, starting in less than 48 hours at Erin Hills just Northwest of Milwaukee, limited tickets still available. For more details visit USOPEN.com. NOW sold out 1895 Club premium tickets all tournament days, Trophy Club tickets on Saturday, and Gallery tickets on Saturday. Today from 10-6 the merchandise tent is open, no tournament ticket is need for admission today and tomorrow. If you wish to give the USGA your money, they will take it. Buy your summer or Fathers Day presents this weekend. Thinking ahead-get that holiday shopping done.  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Erin Hills, and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO AM 750 WNDZ-AM this morning on the tee at 9 AM.

OUR GUESTS from the Mt. Prospect Golf Club head professional Brett Barcel, and the head coach of the Northwestern University Women’s Golf Team Emily Fletcher.

Your hosts Ed Stevenson, Bill Berger and yours truly will being you another great week of golf talk, when your awake to hear it.

OUR SHOW RECAPS, in the next few weeks Golfers on Golf Radio will catch up on posting our radio shows on the website and we will let you know when that happens.

     

US OPEN WD-Defending John Deere Classic Champion Ryan Moore has had to WD from the US Open due to an undisclosed injury. John Deere Classic officials say they have spoke with Moore’s camp and Moore is expected to be sidelined only two weeks and should be healthy by John Deere Classic Week of July 10-16.

THE WOMEN’S WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION will conduct it’s 117th national amateur golf championship starting on Monday at the River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst. The 36 hole championship match will be played next Saturday. starting at 8 AM. For more details see WWGA.org.

THE RUST OLEUM CHAMPIONSHIP of the Web.com Tour is underway in Round 3 at the Ivanhoe Country Club in Mundelein. Jason Gore at 10 under par is the leader and live Golf Channel coverage is today and tomorrow at 4-6 PM local CST time.

PAM MILLER of Antigua show’s 2017 men’s wear at the PGA Merchandise Show this past January in Orlando. Antigua is now announcing Sleeveless styles for the ladies in 2017

ANTIGUA, an industry leader on golf apparel has created 4 new sleeveless styles for women in 2017.

As the summer weather and temperatures heat up, it’s the perfect time for women golfers to add a sleeveless piece of apparel to their collections.

Antigua Sr. Designer Danielle Dellios say the new fashions follow the “Goldilocks Rule”

“The Armhole opening cannot be too deep, nor too shallow, it must be just right,” says Dellios. Who used a variety of model with all body types to test that women all of all sizes can feel fit when enjoying their new Antigua wear. The new styles include the S/L Jewel. The new stretch woven style called “Trust”, the two other designs are called Mischief and Avail.

For more information see Antigua.com and or ShopAntigua.com more information on Facebook, Twitter twitter.com/AntiguaWear and now see video’s about Antigua on U-Tube at youtube.com/AntiguaWear.

BAY HARBOR GOLF Club in Petoskey Michigan and the main flagship property for Boyne Resorts one of the largest golf resort companies in North America has been selected in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses. For more information on all of the Boyne Resorts please visit BOYNEGolf.com

THE OUTER BANKS GOLF COURSES OF NORTH CAROLINA, have just recently received several top ratings from the GolfAdvisor. Three Outerbanks courses including the famed Wild Mustangs #3 and the Currituck Club #9. At #10 is the Carolina Club and at # 15 the Pointe Golf Club.

More clubs in the Outerbanks area has received top billing from NCGolfPanel.com. For more information on courses in this area, see PlayOBXGolf.com or call (800)-916-6244.

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow. RS

WWGA AMATEUR SET FOR RIVER FOREST COUNTRY CLUB

                             THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Rolling Green Country Club the site of the USGA 2016 Women’s Amateur, and the 2017 Women’s Western Amateur River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst this coming week. You can follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy

WWGA Amateur media day celebs. L-R Heather Ciskowski, Alexandra Harkins, Maddie Hurt, Brooke Kochevar, Kate Lillie, Brook Riley.

This Monday the WWGA 117th National Amateur Championship will commence at the River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst.

A field of over 100 women will play for the W.A. Alexander Cup. The finalist wins the Babe Didrikson Zaharis Trophy, the medalist wins the Margaret Lenz trophy,

Play starts on Munday June 12th with the first round of qualifying. The championship flight a 36 hole final is Saturday June 17th.

Click here to hear interviews with Kate Lillie, Maggie Hurt and Brooke kochevar.

The River Forest Country Club will be set up at a par of 72, and will play to a yardage of 6,328.

Kate Lillie won the 2016 WWGA junior championship, and now moves up to the WWGA Amateur Championship. More information can be found at WWGA.org.

 

CDGA STARTS 2017 TOURNAMENT SEASON

  THE US OPEN AT ERIN HILLS, on the tee this week in Erin Wisconsin. Some very limited tickets remain see USOPEN.com and do so quickly. THE DONALD ROSS golf course in French Lick Indiana is celebrating it’s centennial year, come be part of the celebration and see the LPGA Sr. Championship in July, visit Frenchlick.com for more.   ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the Donald Ross Course.

The Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) is off to great tournament start in 2017. First up the CDGA Amateurs defeated the Illinois PGA Professionals at the 56th Radix Cup Matches at Oak Park Country Club yesterday 10-8.

In the first CDGA Championship of the year, the CDGA Senior Amateur that was played at Ridge Country Club, saw Terry Werner win the championship by a 3&2 score over John Finin of Olympia Fields Country Club.

“This is the top of the list, the greatest win for me,” said Werner, after becoming the first non-Illinois resident to win a CDGA-sponsored amateur championship since 1954. “it’s just a great venue to play at and tournament to be in.”

After Werner got out of stroked play with a 74, he became the 5th seed for the match play. In the opening match Werner in the Round of 16 Werner recorded a hole-in-one.

Six straight pars in the championship match earned Werner a 3-UP lead. He closed out the match on 16, when the hole was halved.

WGN TV Sports anchor Dan Roan advanced to the quarterfinals before losing his match in 19 holes.

CDGA.org

THE CDGA MID-AM at Mistwood May 22-25.

Chadd Slutzky was the only player in red numbers in the stroke play qualifying with a 2 under Par 70. Slutzky then went on to win the match play with a 3&2 win over Brian Hickey. Slutzky never trailed in the match.

Slutzky was the 2015 Illinois State Mid-Amateur winner and he tuned up for this event with a win in the I-80 Amateur at The Sanctuary Golf Course, his final round was a 66.

“My swing has just been working,” said Slutzky. “I came out here on Monday for the stroke play and it continued. I’m just feeling good with my swing right now.”

In the championship match Slutzky took an early 2 UP lead after two holes, but it was gone two holes later. But after Hickey hit poor drives on 5 and 6, Slutzky won both holes with pars, and he led all the way in from there when the match finally ended on the 16th hole.

The CDGA has a full schedule of tournaments, to learn more about the rest of the schedule visit CDGA.org.

CDGA AMATEURS WIN 56TH RADIX CUP

 THE GREEN STREET GRILLE NOW OPEN IN BENSENVILLE on 120 W. Green Street in downtown Bensenville, see Greenstreetgrille.com #eatatgreenstreet. The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison opening this summer. See Dupagegolf.com.          _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Donald Ross courses like Pinehurst #2 and Oak Park Country Club, on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy.

FINAL SCORE CDGA 10 IPGA 8

The CDGA Amateurs got back on the winning side of the Radix Cup matches contested at the Oak Park Country Club.

Almost of of the six matches went back and forth before they were decided. There was some great golf played on the newly improved OPCC, that is missing over 300 trees from this time last year, and the new white tour looks stunning on the golf course.

Now back to the golf as birdies and eagles came about through out the round, some holes a great “tailwind” and the players took advantage.

The Radix Cup named after the late Harry Radix.

The first match out was IPGA pro’s Kyle Bauer and Adam Schumacher vs CDGA amateur Paul Schlimm Jr. and Raymond Knoll.

The end result of the match was that it was halved and each side got 1 1/2 points.

Oak Park head professional Frank Bruno and partner Brain Carroll, had the lead most of the way against the amateur team of Tim Sheppard and Dave Ryan, (the 2016 USGA Sr. Am Champion). But Ryan hit a great approach on 18 that lead to winning the hole and the match. Scoring saw the pro’s get 1 point and the amateurs 2 points.

Match 3 saw the professionals retake control of the scoreboard when Chris Green and Brian Janty helped the IPGA side to 2 1/2 point, giving the amateurs just a 1/2.

Match 4 saw a comeback on the back nine by amateurs Kyle Nathan and Chadd Slutzky, to earn a full three points against University of Illinois Coach Mike Small and Skokie pro Garrett Chaussard, just back from US Open qualifying in Ohio.

That trend continued in Match 5 when the CDGA Amateurs rolled to another 3-0 sweep of the professionals. Charlie Netzel and Kyle Slattery grabbed a 6 UP lead the turn over Travis Johns and Matt Slowinski and never looked back.

The final match was a 3-0 win by the professional team of Brian Brodell and Frank Hohenadel both of Mistwood GC, they defeated the team of Andy Johnson and Steve Sawtell.

Click here to hear interviews with CDGA players Chadd Slutzky and Dave Ryan, IPGA and Oak Park head golf professional Frank Bruno talks the Radix Cup and the mew look Oak Park Country Club.

The official record between the sides after 56 years of playing now stands at, Professionals 35, Amateurs 19 victories and there have been two ties.

For more information on the Radix Cup see IPGA.com or visit CDGA.org.

56TH RADIX CUP AT OAK PARK-PRO’S VS AM’S

  THE 117TH US OPEN AT ERIN HILLS, Do you have your tickets yet? USOPEN.com The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Olympia Fields June 26-July 2. Tickets are now on sale at Kpmgwomenspgachampionship.com July 2018 KPMG at Kemper Lakes ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG BY RORY SPEARS, EDITOR AND DIRECTOR OF CONTENT. Follow Rory to Oak Park Country Club and the playing of the 56th annual Radix Cup on Wednesday June 7th.

THE 5TH ANNUAL RADIX CUP MATCHES will be contested at the Oak Park Country Club starting at 12:45 Pm tomorrow June 7th.

The Illinois PGA professionals are the defending champions, having won last year by a score of 11-7. Overall the IPGA professionals lead the CDGA Amateurs by a score of 35-18-2. But since the year 2000, it’s the CDGA that leads the series 9-8.

Neither side has won more than two years in a row since the IPGA run of 7-0-1 in between 1991-1998.

          THE CDGA AMATEURS         VS      THE ILLINOIS PGA PROFESSIONALS

Match 1 IPGA Kyle Bauer-Glenview Club and Adam Schumacher-Indian Hill Club           12:45    CDGA Ryamond Knoll-Cress Creek and Paul Schlimm Jr. Mistwood GC

Match 2 IPGA Frank Bruno-Oak Park and Brain Carroll-Royal Hawk                                 12:55     CDGA Dave Ryan-Illini CC and Tim Sheppard Lick Creek

Match 3 IPGA Chris Green-Glenview Club and Brian Janty-Exmoor CC                            1:05      CDGA Vance Antoniu-Wynstone and Bob Youman-Oak Park

Match 4 IPGA Garrett Chaussard-Skokie CC and Mike Small U of Illinois                         1:15       CDGA Kyle Nathan-Glenview Club and Chad Slutzky The Grove CC

Match  5 IPGA Travis Johns-Medinah CC-Matt Slowinski Hinsdale CC                              1:25      CDGA Charlie Netzel-Chicago Golf Club and Klye Slattery Mauh-Nah-Tee-See

Match 6 IPGA Brian Brodell Mistwood-Frank Hohenadel Mistwood GC                            1:35     CDGA Andy Johnson Calumet-Steve Sawtell The Glen Club