JERRY RICH Owner of Rich Harvest Farms invites everyone Out to the Farm to see the 2017 Men’s and Women’s NCAA Golf Championships. Women from May 19-24, and the Men from May 26-31. Well priced tickets on sale now at NCAA.com/tickets. Free parking, root on your school, support your Alma-Mater. See the final fours of golf.   ______________________________________________________________________


THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and to the Loop at Forest Dunes GC. in Roscommon Michigan.

YES MICHIGAN, it’s that time of year when thoughts of heading up north start to linger. Sunlight until 10 pm offers the option of a quick 18 holes after dinner.

Michigan is known as a great golf getaway and has been for years, but what is new is catching the eyes of some golfers that are ready to see a golf course they haven’t played.

At Top 100 golf property Forest Dunes, the reversible golf course by Tom Doak is getting rave reviews. Opening late last June, The Loop that has two routing’s the Red and the Black, is a concept that golfers will see more of on properties around the country. You play the course in one direction one day, and the other direction the next. An interesting but fun concept for sure. When your through with the Loop Red and Loop Black, golfers just head over and play the highly rated Tom Weiskopf designed Forest Dunes course. Forest Dunes now has a lodge and cottages for overnight stays, see Forestdunesgolf.com.

Golf at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville Michigan

You don’t have to drive all the way to Traverse City to find a fantastic resort destination. Crystal Mountain is south of the big city and comes complete with not one, but two championship golf courses.

While the resort is a great ski destination in the winter, as soon as the snow melts the golf courses open up and it’s time for a different type of slope on the hills. The resorts golf schools are ranked Top 25 in the country by one national publication. For more on golf at Crystal Mountain see Crystalmountain.com or call (855)-822-8895. In 2017 Crystal Mountain is celebrating it’s 60th or Diamond Anniversary, go join in on the fun.

Click here to hear interviews with Brian Lawson of Crystal Mountain resort and Jon Scott President of Gull Lake Resort.

“With our championship courses and top notch destinations, Michigan is constantly named among the best places in the country for golf,” said Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “As courses and destinations within the industry continue to make new investments, Michigan continues to be a destination of choice that offers world-class golf products and experiences that travelers come to expect.”

The New Stolten Brae at Gull Lake Resort.

The Renaissance Golf Design team part of the Tom Doak design firm has created the new Stolten Brae at Gull Lake Resort, located of course in Augusta Michigan.

The golf course will be the sixth course at the resort, which is now Michigan’s oldest and largest golf destination.

Stolten Brae is a different design than the other Gull Lake courses, and Third-Generation owner Jon Scott worked with the Renaissance Team to build a championship links style golf course, that plays to a yardage of over 6,800 yards and a par of 71.

For more information on Gull Lake resort, a shorter drive for all you Chicago area folks, please see Gulllakeview.com.

The Loop and Stolten Brae are not the only new courses in Michigan. The third course at Island Resort and Casino in Escanaba will open this fall. Sage Run was created by Michigan based architect Paul Albanese, who says the course is cut out of hardwoods but has some other land based formations called a drulin. This gives the course a little bit of a Royal County Down feel.

Dave Pelz and his short game schools are moving at the Grand Traverse resort and Spa. 15 clinics and instructional programs will be taught. Check the resorts website or pelzgolf.com for more details.

More tourism information on Michigan can be found at Michigan.org. Yes Michigan, isn’t it time you went north for the summer and visited Michigan, and played some Michigan golf.


THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP                           TROPHY


THE 2017 NCAA MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS, will be contested at Rich Harvest Farms from May 19-31. There is FREE Parking, and well priced tickets are on sale now at NCAA.com/tickets. Come cheer on your school, or Alma mater in back-to-back final fours. Hosted by Northern IL.  _____________________________________________________________________



THE GOG BLOG by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory to Harbour Town at Sea Pines resort on Hilton Head Island and on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy

From July 31st to August 5th, the Skokie Country Club will host the third oldest amateur golf championship, when it conducts the Western Amateur founded in 1899.

The British Amateur and the U.S. Amateur are the only older amateur championships.

The Western Amateur is operated by the Western Golf Association (WGA).

Last month defending champion Dylan Meyer who was victorious at Knollwood Country Club in 2016, confirmed to Golfers on Golf and Chicagoland Golf that he will return to defend his title. His teammate at University of Illinois Nick Hardy will join Meyer in the field.

The 2017 Western Amateur at Skokie Country Club

The field will include 156 top amateur players, and past champions include Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus.

2015 champion Dawson Armstrong who won at Rich Harvest Farms, has also committed to play at Skokie.

2014 medalist at Beverly Country Club, Doug Ghim of Arlington heights will play along with two of his teammates from the highly rated University of Texas Gavin Hall and Scottie Scheffler.

The 2010 Western Amateur was contested at Skokie Country Club and Stanford Universities David Chung, hoisted the George Thome trophy, over players like Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

“We’re excited to be bringing the Western Amateur and our elite field of amateur players back to Skokie,” said Vince Pellegrino, WGA Senior Vice President of Tournaments. “We received tremendous support from their membership and staff in 2010, and Skokie features one of the finest courses anywhere in the Chicago area. This classic course has withstood the test of time, and pose a formidable challenge to these future stars of golf.”

Skokie is considered a Donald Ross design, since it’s his layout and design that is now in play and preserved. Tom Bendelow did the original 9 hole design in 1897. The club sits on Golfweek Magazines Top 100 Classic course list.

Skokie hosted the 1922 U.S. Open, along with the 1909 Western Open and 1998 U.S Sr. Amateur. For more on the Western Amateur and it’s history please visit Wgaesf.com.


Former University of Illinois star Brian Campbell knocks in the winning putt at the NCAA Sectionals at Rich Harvest Farms. Next month it’s for all the marbles at Rich Harvest Farms, the NCAA National Championships are coming. May 19-31

RICH HARVEST FARMS OWNER JERRY RICH, Welcomes you out to Rich Harvest Farms, to see the Men’s and Women’s 2017 NCAA National Championships of Golf.


NEWS FLASH: Illinois PGA announces both courses for 2017 Illinois Open. The Glen Club and the Briarwood Country Club, with the Glen Club to host the third and final round.

Golfers on Golf Radio Radio returns this SATURDAY at 9 Am on a new station 750AM WNDZ. Follow Golfers on Golf on facebook, linkedin and twitter @gogblogguy through the pages of Rory Spears.

WE’RE BACK and I know all the Chicago area golfers are thrilled they now have 23 weeks of golf talk radio coming up here in the Chicago and surounding area’s.

On behalf of Mike Munro, Ed Stevenson, Bill Berger and myself Rory Spears, Chicago’s favorite foursome returns for 23 weeks of golf talk. We look forward to bringing all you golfers all the golf news and more you need to hear.

This Saturday at 9 AM we are on the tee and you can join us all season long.

Golfers on Golf Radio would like to thank our presenting sponsor the French Lick Resort, home of the Pete Dye and Donald Ross Golf Courses and the historic French Lick Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK our sponsors the NCAA Golf Championships, the KPMG LPGA Championships, 2017 U.S. Open Course Erin Hills and the USGA, the Mt. Prospect Golf Club, Mistwood Golf Club, Arrowhead Golf Club, DuPage County Golf, Highlands of Elgin and Bowes Creek, Arlington Lakes Golf Club and the Arlington Heights Park District. Jakes Pizza on Grand in Franklin Park, and the Green Street Grille coming soon under new ownership in Bensenville.

The 23 weeks will end during the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

As Chicago’s longest running golf radio show we look forward to keeping the tradition of providing golf news to all the area golfers.

A reminder, while the radio show is on, we don’t stop writing features and column here on the website. There are a few changes to the look of the site, and we hope you enjoy them. Spring and outdoor golf are here, so lets get out and go play.

A new day and a new station. Saturday Morning 9 AM Am 750 WNDZ join us on the tee, won’t you. RS


  McQs Dome part of Mistwood Golf on Rt. 53 in Bolingbrook, is a great place for indoor golf, playing the ponies in the OTB, and for food and beverage in the dome or in McQs Restaurant, McQ’s is an offical Blackhawks bar, where are you watching the Jan. 2nd Winter Classic. Hit balls, get lessons or club fittings. Mcqsdome.com or (630)-739-1592. ______________________________________________________________________


  THE NCAA MEN’S AND WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS coming to Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove IL. May 19-31, The women play first May 19-24, and then the men from May 26-31. Tickets on sale NOW, see NCAA.com/Tickets hosted by NIU.        _____________________________________________________________________

The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. On the 18th green at 2017 Men’s U.S. Open site Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

I have already written in past weeks about two organziations that are trying to create problems for the U.S. Women’s Open.

Ultra Violet and Color of Change, are trying to use women and golf to attack our nations 45th President Donald Trump.

This summer the United States Golf Association will contest the U.S. Women’s Open at Trump Bedminster in New Jersey. The club is owned by President Trump.

The two above organziations would like the masses to believe their concerns are about golf or women and women’s sports. They are not. They are simply politicial attacks on the White House and the President. The members of these two groups are entitled to their point of view. But both have hired PR firms, to send members of the golf media emails, in regards to interviewing their spokespeople.

However those emails show just how unorganized these groups and PR firms are. First up they accuse the LPGA of taking the championship to Bedminster. The LPGA has no input on where the U.S. Women’s Open is played, the USGA fully decides when and where the championship will be contested.

Perhaps the best news of all is that the USGA will not move the championship, regardless of any actions taken by these political groups. The USGA recently released a statement that says the following.

“The USGA has a deep respect for the freedoms we all enjoy in our country to express our views. We are committed to fostering a game that is welcoming and inclusive to all who choose to play it, and ensuring our championships are conducted without discrimination and in a safe and secure manner for athletes, volunteers, staff and fans. We are excited to provide a comprehensive test of golf for the very best female players in the world.”   USGA STATEMENT IN FULL.

Golfers on Golf fully supports the USGA, and it’s right to hold and contest it’s championships on the golf courses their committee’s select for such competitions. The Bedminster course should offer a great test of golf for this years U.S. Women’s Open.


  THE 2017 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S NATIONAL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE COMING TO RICH HARVEST FARMS FROM MAY 19-24 THE WOMEN, MAY 26-31 THE MEN TEE IT UP.  Well priced tickets are on sale now at NCAA.Com/Tickets. Hosted by NIU.   ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on facebook, linkedin and twitter @GogBlogGuy and to the Glen Club home of the 2017 Illinois Open.

The Illinois PGA has finally announced the second course to be used for the 2017 Illinois Open.

Briarwood Country Club in Deerfield has been named to join the Glen Club in hosting the state of Illinois’ golf championship.

The states history books will have some action this year, as the Glen Club will host for the tenth time, more than any other golf course. Briarwood returns after a 51 year absence. The last visit to Briarwood saw long time Illinois PGA Professional Emil Esposito win the title, his first of two titles (1966-1974).

                                                                    IPGA Executive Director Carrie Williams (L) and defending Illinois Open Champion Carlos Sainz jr. (R).

“We are thrilled to announce two outstanding championship sites to host the 68th Illinois Open Championship,” said Carrie Williams, executive director of the Illinois PGA. “the Glen Club has been a longtime partner of the IPGA and is home to our Section headquarters, and Briarwood has both a tremendous history and a membership and staff excited to welcome back the state championship of golf. The two courses will provide challenging play and their close proximity to one another will ease logistics for players, fans, sponsors, staff and officials.”

The field  for the fourth year is 264 players. A majority of the field will need to qualify in one of eight qualifying events that will be held between June 26 and August 3rd.

The Illinois Open will be contested started on August 7th, with round two on August 8th. On those two days when rounds 1 & 2 are played, both courses will be in use. After round two the field will be cut to the top 50 players and any player within ten shots of the lead.

All remaining players after round two will be olay the Glen Club for the third and final round.

Briarwood was first opened at the Briergate Country Club in 1921, and was designed by the famed architecture team of Colt and Alison. The club was renamed in 1958. It now plays to a yardage of over 6,900 yards and to a par of 71.

The qualifer schedule is as follows: #1 June 26, at Willow Crest. #2 June 30, at Ravisloe. #3 July 5th at Maple Meadows. #4 July 11th, at Red Tail. #5 July 17th at Bartlett Hills. #6 July 19th at Makray Memorial. #7 July 26th at Deerfield. #8 August 3rd at site that is still TBA.

For more infomration visit IPGA.com.


 JERRY RICH’S-RICH HARVEST FARMS WILL PLAY HOST TO THE 201 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM MAY 19-31. The ladies are on the tee May 19-24, and the Men from May 26-31. Come root on your school or alma mater fight for the national championship. Two final fours in two weeks, and you can purchase the well priced tickets now at NCAA.com/tickets. Northern Illinois University is the host.  _____________________________________________________________________

 THE ENTRANCE TO AUGUSTA NATIONAL (L). The Gog Blog by Rory Spears, follow Golfers on Golf via Rory Spears on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy. In case you missed it, Golfers on Golf Radio returns this SATURDAY at 9AM on AM 750 WNDZ. Check us out on our new day and new station, hear us in IL-WIS-MICH-IND.

BREAKING NEWS-IPGA ANNOUNCES COURSES FOR 2017 ILLINOIS OPEN. The Glen Club in Glenview, and the second course is Briarwood in Deerfield.

The front gate of Augusta National Golf Club.

A TRADITION UNLIKE ANY OTHER, yes it is. It is sport in the truest form of sport, most people get it, only a few people don’t.

When the week is over at the 81st Masters Tournament, another golfer will have a green jacket to wear. It might be a player who already has a green jacket, or maybe one that is getting his first. Regardless, it is always a special moment when the defending champion slips the green jacket over the shoulders of that years current champion. Even players who who don’t play the following year, or might miss the cut on Friday, are there on Sunday to present the winner his new green jacket.

Speaking of Sunday, another one of the slogans at the Masters is that the tournament starts on the “Back Nine on Sunday”, and there is nothing like the stretch run at the Masters, the best part is that you the patron, get to enjoy it for more than a minute like at a horse or car race, it lasts for a few hours.

The term “patron” even gives the average fan a little more status than they normally have, but if your on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National you need to act like it. There are plenty of “Pinkertons” around to make sure security and safety measures are enforced. There will be no running, screaming, or yelling stupid slogans from the Howard Stern show, the last one especially will get you ejected quickly.

THE NEW MEDIA center by some estimates might have cost the club just over $50 million dollars, and based on the pictures I saw (posted on my facebook page) it’s how you operate media coverage, media seating, media food and beverage the right way. If you want to present the product or control the message, this is how you do it. Most professional sports teams or colleges could learn a lot from Augusta National

SPEAKING OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE the Masters Tournament gets it right. There are no $8.50 cent domestic “watered-down” light beers. There are no $7.00 pizza slices or $12.00 burgers or sandwiches. They all run about $3.00, and beverages such a soda cost $2.00. There are no $5.00 bottles of water, they too run about $2.00. The famed Pimento cheese sandwich is still $1.50.

TELEVISION does not do the golf course justice, but most golfers that have ever taken a picture on a golf course with some sort of elevation change understand that. Augusta National is much more hilly, than CBS makes it appear. What CBS and the Masters do a great job of, is keeping commercials to a minimum. There is only two minute ad breaks, not five, there will not be countless promo’s for a new edition of some show four days away.

TRADITION, yes it starts early in the week with a champions dinner and par 3 contest, and then ceremonial tee shots by the greats of the sport and master history. It ends with the winner getting an invitation to keep coming back for years to come.

The Masters Tournament is a week in sports we all wish we could enjoy more than one week per year, it’s a special event in one of the few remaining cathedrals of sport.

CONGRATULATION’S  Sergio Garcia on that first major championship and the new green jacket, wear it well. RS.

The Gog Blog returns tomorrow with more on the return of Golfers on Golf Radio.


 THE 2017 MEN’S AND WOMEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS at RICH HARVEST Farms in Sugar Grove. The Women are on the tee from May 19-24 and the Men follow from May 26-31. Get your tickets now, they are on sale at NCAA.Com/tickets. #Twofinalfours ______________________________________________________________________

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO is, Standing L-R Mike Munro and Ed Stevenson. Seated L-R Rory Spears and Bill Berger. Follow Golfers on Golf through Rory Spears on facebook, linkedin and twitter @GogBlogGuy.

THE WAIT IS OVER, Golfers on Golf Radio returns this Saturday April 15th on a new day, and a new station for 23 fun weeks of golf talk.

2017 will be a great summer to talk golf because there are plenty of great tournaments in the Chicago area, and the U.S. Open hits the Milwaukee area when it comes to Erin Hills the third week of June.

The tee time is still the same 9 AM, but new station is WNDZ 750 AM right in middle of the Chicago Am dial. (In between WGN 720 Am and WBBM at 780). So when you split the fairway right between those two big stations, you will find another big station and you will find us.

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO is Mike Munro, who will spend sometime talking about his new restaurant venture in Bensenville. Ed Stevenson the new Executive Director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve and Director of Golf. Bill Berger owner of Jakes Pizza on Grand Avenue in Franklin Park. Rory Spears, the longtime sports journalist that will have you covered on the all the tournaments, and the restoration and renovation projects around town.

This summer there are plenty of tournaments to cover. The NCAA Men’s and Women’s National Championship’s in May at Rich Harvest Farms. In June the Web.com Rust-Oleum Championship at Ivanhoe Country Club, The U.S. Open at Erin Hills, the KPMG/PGA Championship at Olympia Fields, The Sr. LPGA Championship at the French Lick Resort in July, The John Deere Classic, The WGA Centennial Junior Golf Championship at Park Ridge, The Western Amateur at Skokie Country Club, the BMW Championship at Conway Farms. Illinois PGA section majors and the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open Championship at Mistwood.

 Golfers on Golf sends out a special thanks to our 2017 presenting sponsor the famed French Lick Resort, in French Lick Indiana. In 2017 the French Lick Resort will see it’s Donald Ross Course celebrate 100 years of great golf. Plus the launch of the inaugural Sr. LPGA Championship. French Lick Resort and Spa and Casino see Frenchlick.com.

Brendan Sweeney the former Medinah Country Club caddie and now Director of Golf Marketing at the French Lick Resort, joins us Week 1 to start off the season.

Golfers on Golf looks forward to having our listeners join in by calling the studio line this year, and listening to us in places they have not heard us before. With our new signal, golfers you can now hear us in Milwaukee and Southern Wisconsin, in South bend and Northwest Indiana, in Benton Harbor and all of Southwest Michigan. In Chicago and out to Rockford, past Elgin, Aurora, and Joliet.

We invite our listeners to enjoy the radio show, click in here at Golfersongolf.com and watch for our ad’s in our print partner, Val Russell’s Chicagoland Golf.

The radio show is working with several properties on being a site for a live show, details this summer on that as it happens.

Golfers on Golf Radio Saturday April 15th at 9 AM, on our new home 750 AM WNDZ, join us on the tee.   


 THE 2017 MEN’S AND WOMEN’S NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS AT RICH HARVEST FARMS in Sugar Grove. Women play May 19-24. The Men are May 26-31. Well priced tickets on sale now at NCAA.Com/tickets, parking of course is FREE. The Championships presented by Northern Illinois University. Two Final-fours in two weeks.  _____________________________________________________________________


GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO-GOLFERSONGOLF.COM Welcome to the Gog Blog, by Rory Spears, Editor and Director of Content. Follow Rory on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter @GogBlogGuy and to Blackwolf Run in Kohler.

Destination Kohler TODAY, wraps up a special 72 hour sale with discounts on stays fro the month of May.

From May 1 to May 31 you can stay at the Amercian Club, the famed Carriage House, and the Inn on Woodlake with new renovations. How about specials at the Kohler Waters Spa.

There are early season rates on golf as well. If you book your May stay’s by 5 PM today (CST), you can get some of the best deals of the year.

 SHIPWRECK the par 3, 7th hole at Whistling Straits, home of the 2020 Ryder Cup.

     THE AMERICAN CLUB  a 5 Star Destination, and the Kohler Waters Spa, one of the best places anywhere, to rest and relax.

CALL by 5 PM today about book your STAY FOR MAY. (866)-520-7452 or book online at Destinationkohler.com.

Four great golf courses and more. Drive time form the Chicago area is 2- 2 1/2 hours.


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. With the U.S. Open trophy at Gino’s East in Rosemont.


THE U.S. OPEN makes a rare Midwest appearance this June when it visits Erin Hills just Northwest of Milwaukee. Do you have your tickets yet, if not visit USGA.org/tickets.

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO RETURNS SATURDAY APRIL 15TH AT 9 AM, ______________________________________________________________________

The Seventh Hole of the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, IL as seen on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. (Courtesy USGA)

The USGA has announced that there will be 26 exemption categories for the inaugural U.S. Sr. Women’s Open, that will be contested from July 12-15 in 2018.

The U.S. Sr. Women’s Open is open to professionals or amateurs whose handicap index does not exceed 7.4 and have reached their 50th birthday by the first round of the championship on July 12th.

THE CENTENNIAL BOOK on the Chicago Golf Club.

The field will be 120 players, and exempt players who wish to compete must file and entry. Qualifying siteswill be announced in spring of 2018.

“Starting in summer fo 2018, the U.S. Sr. Women’s Open Championship will provide the game’s ultimate test for some of the most decorated women in golf, both professional and amateur,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee Chariman. “Chicago Golf Club, one of the five founding member clubs of the USGA, will serve as a grand stage that will celebrate these incredible players who have paved the way for the current generation while continuing to elevate the game we all love.”

The clubhouse and MacDonald statue at the Chicago Golf Club.

There are several players who already fit the exemption criteria. They include three time U.S.Women Open champion Hollis Stacy, two-time champion Juli Inkster, Amy Alcott, Pat Bradley, Laura Davies, Meg Mallon and Liselotte Neumann. All past U.S Women’s Open Champions.

Any player in her first three years of age eligibility who has won the U.S. Women’s Amateur, the ANA Inspiration, Ricoh Women’s Open, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Evian Championship or the Ladies British Open Amateur, players exempt from this category are Dottie Pepper ANA Champion 1992-1999, Kay Cockerill 1986-1987 U.S. Amateur Women’s champion, and Pearl Sinn 1988 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion.

The Chicago Golf Club is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary this year, and will be in it’s 126th year during tournament week. The Pine Needles Resort in Southern Pines, North Carolina, will be the host of the 2019 U.S Sr. Women Open Championship. The 2020 site has not yet been announced.

For more information visit USGA.org and see the championships section.