THE COG HILL DEMO DAY TODAY-starting shortly until 1 PM. Cog Hill on Archer Avenue in Lemont. All the major companies Happy 20th Anniversary to Bandon Dunes.  ______________________________________________________________________

Golfers on Golf Radio Am 750 The BIG WNDZ Chicago. L-R Ed Stevenson-Bill Berger-Rory Spears 10 AM Saturdays.

WEEK #5 Already for Golfers on Golf Radio, on Am 750 The Big WNDZ radio Chicago.

Tee time is 10 AM, and this week, we take a look at this weeks upcoming 20th anniversary of the opening of Bandon Dunes, with the resorts first GM Josh Lesnick of Kemper Sports.

Whatever Mike Keiser was thinking the plan sure worked out just fine.

David Feaser the President of the Myrtle Beach based Peakvision Sun glasses joins us. Sunglasses by golfers for golfers.

We have the 10 finalists for the 2019 Class of the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame, stay tuned in to see who they are. Tee time is 10 AM, AM 750 WNDZ. To cold outside to play, soak up some golf by joining us. Updates on the B1G Ten Men’s golf championship from the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Join us.


THE COG HILL OUTDOOR DEMO DAY tomorrow from 9 Am to 1 Pm, rain or shine, or snow. Hit under the roof with the heaters going if needed. All the main companies will be there. See NEW BALANCE GOLF SHOES, New Balance no longer just for runners, just very comfortable shoes for golfers. Please visit     _____________________________________________________________________

THE 18TH HOLE at the Philadelphia Cricket Club-Wissahickon Course. (R) Rory Spears Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf puts his approach in the right greenside bunker wasting a 304 yard drive on the 18th. You can follow more from Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, or on Linkedin and Facebook. #Phillycricketclub.

AFTER ROUND 1 of Men’s Big Ten Golf Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, Purdue holds a five shot lead over top rated Illinois (24) and Minnesota.

Varun Chopra and Michael Feagles with +1 scores of 71, lead Illinois. They are tied for 8th place in the championship. Tee times for Round 2 start at 8 Am CST.

The course is set up at a Par 70, and is playing at 7,119 yards. Illinois is the defending champions, having won in 2018 by shots at the Baltimore Country Club.

Live scoring is available at

“We didn’t have our best today, but we preserved through a challenging day on the golf course,” said Illinois coach Mike Small. “The course played fast and the pins were tucked.”

Northwestern is T-9 with Nebraska at +15, the Cats are 13 shots back. David Nyfjall led Northwestern with a 2 over par, round of 72.


THE WEST BADEN HOTEL and the Pete and Alice Dye portrait in the mansion at the Pete Dye Golf Course at the French Lick Resort. See to book your stay.

Happy 10th Pete Dye Golf Course from all of us at Golfers on Golf. Rory Spears on the rock at the Dye Course.

It was 10 years ago today that the Pete Dye Golf Course opened at the French Lick Resort in French Lick Indiana.

It was another one of the great moments in the resort’s recent history under the Cook Group that owns the resort.

When the ownership decided to build a new golf course on the high part of the resorts land, they new that only one architect was the right person.

Indiana’s very own, Pete Dye.

It’s too bad that Dye now in 90’s is not in good health, and unable to come enjoy 10 years of success. But today’s golfers are are likely enjoying their round.

THE FRENCH LICK RESORT-the Volcano bunkers on the Pete Dye Course.

Visit French Lick Resort, home of the Sr. LPGA Championship this October. For details on the all the tournament golf, and the new rooms by the casino. See the resorts website at or visit the resort on it’s social media pages.


  NEW BALANCE SHOES not just for runners anymore. Golfers NB has you covered in comfort THE CALLAWAY EPIC FLASH    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. The Cog Hill Range is open all year round.


Come rain, sleet or snow. The Cog Hill driving range is open year round.

Tomorrow is no exception. From 9 Am to 1 Pm is the largest Chicago area outdoor equipment demo day.

If the weather is a challenge (and it could be), no worries. You can hit under the roof and under the heaters.

The following companies have signed up to take part in Cog Hill’s demo day.

Callaway, Titleist, TaylorMade, Wilson, Ping, Cleveland/Srixon, Zero Friction, U.S. Kids, Tour Edge, Bettinardi,Clic Golf Carts.

Cog Hill is located at 12294 Archer Avenue, Lemont. (866)-264-4455 or visit Time for new clubs ? come hit the best products on the market and see where all the improvements have taken the game.


NEW BALANCE GOLF now making golf shoes for those on their feet, on the course. See The Mistwood Golf Club Performance Center. One of the Top 100 fitting locations in America says Golf Digest. (815)-254-3333    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS. Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. In the Mistwood Golf Club Performance Center.

GOLF IS A GREAT SPORT, millions of people play the game.

Plenty of golfers up north are looking to put a very cold winter behind them. The thought is of getting outside and playing golf to many, is like going to opening day in baseball. It’s more than just Game 1 of 162, it’s the start of summer.

The same can be said for golf, that first round of the year, makes it feel like spring or summer has arrived. There are plenty of golfers who love the game, and just can’t wait to go play.

They don’t need any encouragement, other than no snow on the ground, some sunshine and warmer temperatures. Plain and simple. Golfers don’t head for the course in droves, because somebody won a tournament. It doesn’t work that way.

When you go out and say otherwise, and or post that on a social media network you insult a lot of people. If I’m an owner, a golf professional, a marketing director, a staff member or superintendent, and the director of golf or head professional claims they only have a crowded course because of the Masters winner. You just drove one in the face of everyone you work for, and or works for you. So think before you post, and believe in your product. If you don’t, it’s time to go work somewhere else. The WARM and sunny weather all weekend long, felt really good, and let’s hope it stays for a while.

CLUB FITTING…I have talked about it all winter. Because it’s really the best way to decide what clubs should be in your golf bag. So today, I will go through a fitting to determine what I need in terms of a new driver, fairway woods and irons. So i’m having two friends who need new clubs tag along, and work through fittings of their own.

If you think this is the year to lower your handicap, hit the ball a little further because you need to, then get to a club fitting now. Why spend the summer watching your handicap rise, continue to miss fairways, greens and putts. Are you the one filling up your partners wallets, after the weekly round every weekend. Are you the “D” player on your 4-player scramble team all the time. Do you have to buy the drinks all the time. How about having the joy of seeing a ripped drive go right down the fairway, because it is a great feeling. See that lofted mid-iron shot hit the green and from over 130 yards. Those wedge shots get out of the rough and the bunkers, so they land on the green.

My group and I are headed to Mistwood Golf Club to get it right. I’ll have more on my club fitting process on this site, and on Golfers on Golf Radio in the weeks ahead.

The University of Illinois Men’s golf team was second, behind the host Hawkeye’s, at the Hawkeye Invitational this past weekend. Six shots behind Iowa.

TOPGOLF has now opened it’s 50th venue, with the opening of the newest Topgolf in Greensville, South Carolina.



  THE PRESERVE at Oak Meadows-part of DuPage Golf, see for more on all three courses, that include Maple Meadows and Green Meadows. The U.S. Open trophy case at Erin Hills, opening day in Monday May 6th. Details are at    ______________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy Linkedin and Facebook. On the 18th green at Harbor Town-design by Pete Dye and the #GOAT Jack Nicklaus.


Tune is this afternoon to see the final round of the RBC Heritage tournament at Sea Pines Resort, on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

The championship can be seen on CBS. The PGA Tour moves on to New Orleans this coming week.

ARE YOU READY for the summer scramble championship. The CDGA Scramble Championship sponsored by Jersey Mike’s Sub’s starts on June 7th, and runs through September 13th. You can register at

Cost per team is $300, or $75 per player. Prizes will be awarded on September 13th at Bowes Creek in Elgin at the tournament finals. Prizes include a trip to Tullymore Resort in Michigan.

PINE MEADOW GOLF CLUB in Mundelein will host a Taylor Made Golf fitting day on Saturday May 11th, from 10-2. For information on signing up for a personalized fitting appointment, visit Pine Meadows website and follow the link. You can call Pine Meadow at (847)-566-GOLF.

Topgolf in Naperville

TOPGOLF is encouraging everyone to “Take a Swing at Golf”, on National Golf Day on May 1st.

50 U.S. Topgolf venues will offer complimentary group golf instruction classes Wednesday May 1st.

Topgolf is partnering with WE ARE GOLF. These classes will take place at 4:30-5:30 and 6:30 P.m., last year Topgolf gave out more than 4,300 free golf lessons on National Golf Day.

For more information you can visit or learn more on Topgolf social media sites. Topgolf will open a new Chicago area location later this summer in Schaumburg, on the location of the former Motorola Campus.

The future drawing of the new Finkbine Clubhouse for the University of Iowa.

The University of Iowa shot a 36 hole score of 29 under par, to lead the Hawkeye Invitational by three shots over Illinois.

The Fighting Illini now ranked 30th in the nation, were lead by Varun Chopra whose 36 hole score was 8 under par.

The Hawkeye Invitational will conclude today, after another 18 holes are played on the schools Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City. The field includes four other Big Ten teams in addition to Iowa and Illinois.

Welcome to TPC Deere Run home of the John Deere Classic

THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC has announced that Korean native Ho Sung Choi, with the fisherman style golf swing has accepted a sponsors exemption to play in the classic this July 11-14.

Choi 45, has won four times around the globe, including the 2018 Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour.

This will be Choi’s second event in the United States.Choi recently played in the AT&T Pro-am at Pebble Beach. For more information or to purchase tickets for this years tournament. Visit

KUDO’s to former Chicago tackle Jim (Jimbo) Covert on winning the Hootie and Blowfish Monday after the Masters charity golf tournament. The team was captained by PGA Tour player Billy Hurley.

THE STRACKA LINE celebrates 10 years of growth and Innovation. What was first a new product idea at the PGA merchandise Show in 2007, has grown into being part of PGA Tour telecasts in 2019. The USGA approved the books earlier this year, 11 years after making a debut on the PGA Tour. The Stracka Line book was created when owner Jim Stracka bought out yardage book founder “Gorjus” George Lucas. For more details on Stracka Books visit

THE GOLF COURSES OF KOHLER are now open for the 2019 Golf Season. The original Blackwolf Run design and the Irish Course are also now available to golfers for only $80.00. Call (844)-338-8518.

The Gog Blog returns on Monday. RS


THE USGA RETURNS TO ERIN HILLS in 2022 and 2025, find out more this morning. Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville is Open for summer (815)-254-3333 ______________________________________________________________________

Golfers on Golf Radio (L-R) Ed Stevenson, Bill Berger and Rory Spears. In studio at the BIG AM 750 WNDZ Saturday mornings at 10 AM.

Golfers on Golf Radio Week #4 is back on the tee this morning at 10 AM, on the BIG AM 750 WNDZ Chicago.

Ed Stevenson, Bill Berger and Rory Spears will bring you the best of golf talk on Chicago’s radio dial from 10-11 am.

Among our topics today, a tribute to sports talk radio pioneer Chet Coppeck.

The USGA is returning to Erin Hills, find out when and with what championships. This weeks PGA Tour stop takes us to one of the best resorts in the country, Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

Our guests include Rich Tock from Erin Hills and Cary Corbitt of Sea Pines will join us today. So stay tuned in. Am 750 WNDZ 10 Am this morning. It’s GOG Radio Week #4.


THE USGA WILL RETURNS TO ERIN HILLS IN 2022 AND 2025, find out why. Visit IF THE COOL WEATHER doesn’t suit you. See   _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS. Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy Linkedin and Facebook. At Mid Pines Golf Resort in Southern Pines North Carolina.

THE U.S. SENIOR WOMEN’S OPEN is getting ready for it’s second meeting.

After an extremely successful inaugural championship, round 2 tee’s off next month in Southern Pines North Carolina.

Laura Davies is on a roll when it comes to winning senior majors. She took the senior slam or half slam, since there are only two senior women’s majors in 2018.

Davies wasn’t to upset about getting only 10 months, with the newest of USGA trophies after winning at the Chicago Golf Club last July.

Laura Davies with the trophy at the Chicago Golf Club.

With this years edition of the U.S. Sr. Women’s Open hitting the first tee next month, at Peggy Kirk Bells Pine Needles Resort, Davies feels she can correct that shortfall be simply winning again.

If she does, she will keep the trophy for 14 months this time, as the 2020 version of the senior women’s open moves back up north and into July.

With the first championship into the history books, what did the USGA learn from the experience last summer in Wheaton at Chicago Golf. What changes for this year, what stays the same.

JoAnne Carner (L) at the Chicago Golf Club with USGA PR manager Julia Pine.

One of the more exciting moments of that first championship, was watching JoAnne Carner hit the first tee shot. Carner then shot her age of 79 in the first round, by making a birdie on the par 5,18th hole.

Can that moment be repeated ? It could be, as Carner will have another shot to play with, since recently turning 80.  Because Carner is returning to play in the championship again this year.

If there is one disappointment, it’s that Bell herself is not here to witness the championship. After passing away a couple of years ago. When told her course would hold the championship, she requested her staff speak with USGA CEO and Executive Director Mike Davis. And see if Davis would add a super-senior division in the championship. If Davis would do that, she would dust off her clubs and come out and play. Nobody who knew Bell, doubts that she would have done just that.

  WELCOME TO PINE NEEDLES home of the 2019 U.S. Sr. Women’s Open, and now the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open. The par 3, third hole on the Pine Needles Course.

Click here to hear our interview with USGA championship manager of the U.S. Senior Women’s Open Katherine Thigpen.

Thigpen talks about the first year at the Chicago Golf Club, what to expect this year in year two, the return of 80 year old JoAnne Carner, on media day with Laura Davies who is ready to win again. Where is the 2020 U.S. Senior Women’s Open being played, find out where.

Tickets are now on sale for both the U.S Sr. Women’s Open, and the U.S. Amateur Championship that will be played on Pinehurst #2 and Pinehurst #4 in August.

For more information on the U.S Senior Women’s Open, please visit or visit the Pine Needles and Mid Pines resort website.


WHISTLING STRAITS HOME OF THE 2020 RYDER CUP-and the American Club, a Midwest 5-star property. Visit with four, Pete Dye golf courses.  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook With the Ryder Cup in Milwaukee.

THE PGA OF AMERICA, has opened registration to purchase tickets, for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Haven Wisconsin.

Starting today, through September 13th of 2019. Fans must register online for the opportunity, to purchase Ryder Cup tickets.

Tickets are only awarded through a PGA of America, Random Selection Process.

To register for tickets see,

“The Ryder Cup is one of the few sporting events in the world, where ticket demand requires this random selection process. So that all fans get a fair shot, at witnessing sports history first-hand,” said Jason Mengel, Director for the 2020 Ryder Cup. “We encourage everyone with interest in purchasing Ryder Cup tickets, to fill out the registration form on line. Due to the high number of individual inquiries we’ve received about our Random Selection Process, record setting demand is expected. We wish all registrants, the best of luck.”

The opportunity to purchase tickets and view the competition, between the best professional golfers of Europe and the United States. Will only be available to those, who fill-out and complete the online process at,

Once the registration process is completed in October of 2019, winning applicants will be notified via email. If, they have been selected to purchase tickets. Because of the high demand for tickets, not everyone who applies will be awarded a chance to purchase tickets.

PGA of America President Suzy Whaley and Steve Stricker, the 2020 Ryder Cup Team USA Captain, hold the Ryder Cup.

The PGA of America, remains the only source for 2020 Ryder Cup tickets, and or on-site hospitality options.

Ticket options do include, the corporate hospitality package. To review corporate options, please contact Larry Sinclair at (502)-245-2000, and or Nick Dockter at (920)-565-6110.

There are complimentary ticket plans for military personnel. These are for practice rounds only, which are held Tuesday through Thursday. Children age 17 or under are free for practice rounds, when accompanied by a paying adult.

Team Europe won the 2018 Ryder Cup played in Paris France. Team USA was last victorious in the Ryder Cup, when it was held in 2016. At the Hazeltine National Golf Club, in Chaska Minnesota.

The history of the Ryder Cup dates back to 1927, with the initial matches played in Worcester Massachusetts. In the history of the Ryder Cup, the USA has won 26 times with Europe winning 14 times. There have been two ties.

For more information on the PGA, and or to follow player point totals as they compete to make the team, visit


THE FRENCH LICK RESORT and the West Baden Hotel are ready to host your next golf trip, see Registration has now opened to buy tickets for the 2020 Ryder Cup to be played at Whistling Straits in Kohler/Haven Wisconsin.  _____________________________________________________________________

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Facebook and Linkedin. At the front door of Erin Hills with the USGA.


What had been rumored is now official.

The 2022 USGA Mid-Amateur and the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open will be played at Erin Hills in Erin Wisconsin.

The championships will be the fourth and fifth USGA championships, played in Kettle Moraine country of Wisconsin. Located in the far Northwest suburbs of Milwaukee.

The 2025 U.S. Women’s Open will be played from May 29-June 1, and the 2022 Mid-Amateur Championship is held from September 10-15. Blue Mound Country Club which co-hosted the 2011 USGA Amateur Championship with Erin Hills, serves as the second course for the Mid-Amateur.


“We are thrilled to return to Erin Hills, and bring the U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. to such a memorable and deserving golf course,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “To bring these championships to a public facility all golfers can enjoy is especially exciting for us. The USGA has a great relationship with Erin Hills and the club has proven to be one of the premier golf venues in the nation as well as an excellent test of golf.”

The 2017 US Open Championship memorabilia case at Erin Hills.

Erin Hills was designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten of Golf Digest magazine.

The golf course opened for play in 2006, and was renovated twice, most recently in 2010. Since 2010 the club has built a new clubhouse, and added several cabins for overnight guest stays.

Past winners of USGA Championships at Erin Hills include, Tiffany Joh in the Women’s Public Links (2008), Kelly Kraft in the U.S. Amateur (2011), and Brooks Koepka in the U.S Open (2017).

The 18th green and clubhouse at Erin Hill, set up for the 2017 U.S. Open.

“We’re honored that Erin Hills has been selected to host the most prestigious event in women’s golf,” said Andy Ziegler, owner of Erin Hills. “We made history here two years ago at the U.S. Open and are extremely excited to have the USGA return for more championships in the coming years.”

The 80th U.S. Women’s Open will be the third U.S. Women’s Open to be played in Wisconsin. The 1998 and the 2010 U.S Women’s Opens were played at the Blackwolf Run course in Kohler. The championships were won by Se Ri Pak in 1998 and Na Yeon Choi in 2012. These will be the 16th and 17th USGA Championships played in Wisconsin. The 15th championship will be played this July 22-27, in Stevens Point Wisconsin on the Sentry World golf course.

Click here to hear the interview with Erin Hills PGA Ambassador Rich Tock.

The last USGA Mid-Amateur Championship played in the area was in 2012, at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest.

Blue Mound Golf Club a Seth Raynor design, has previously hosted the 1916 Western Open, the 1933 PGA Championship, but most recently the 2010 Western Golf Association Junior Championship. Blue Mound will host the 2020 Junior Ryder Cup.

Erin Hills will open for the 2019 golf season on May 6th. The first tee of the course is seeing construction happen today. As work on the nearby new massive putting green continues.

Book your golf trip to Erin Hills, by visiting and then calling (866)-772-4769.