THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-THE ILLINOIS FINISH AT THE JDC

THE PRESERVE at OAK MEADOWS NEW CLUBHOUSE is open. So before or after golf, stop in and try Chef Mike’s new menu Wednesday to Sunday. But make your tee time by calling the Preserve or online visit DuPagegolf.com DuPage Am is July 23-24.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook. In the WNDZ Studio.

HAPPY 4th EVERYONE-Get out and play some golf.

***Breaking news*** Condolences to those effected by the Highland Park Parade shootings.

AS A RESULT several area golf courses are closed tomorrow, with the suspect still on the loose.

WHAT A FINISH at the John Deere Classic on Sunday by our local players. Kevin Streelman, Nick Hardy and Patrick Flavin all went low. Streelman made a hole-in-one that CBS used to start the Sunday broadcast with. Flavin’s Sunday run put him into the top 5 on the leaderboard, until a par-bogey finish left him Top-10.

Flavin had the pleasure of playing with Team USA 2023 Ryder Cup Captain Zach Johnson on Sunday, and enjoyed played well in front of Johnson. But Flavin is still not a likely Captains pick for the Ryder Cup.

THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC didn’t have the best luck with the new dates. In my opinion attendance was down, and many of the top players that were coming, happened to WD in the final days before Round 1. Disappointing for sure.

There are players on the PGA Tour who keep preaching loyalty to the tour, in the face of the growing LIV series of golf events. But some of those players who received sponsor’s exemptions to the John Deere even while in college, have been no-shows for years the JDC. Why ? The last two years have been the tournaments 50th anniversary, and this year was tournament director Clair Peterson’s last year before retirement. Where were the players who got those exemptions. No where to be found, both years. Loyalty, well former Cubs manager Lee Elia gave a speech once, look it up and see what he had to say about loyalty.

NEW GOLF CONSTRUCTION always a good thing has a few announcements. Cabot Golf is taking over at Castle Stuart in Scotland. They will add a new Tom Doak designed course on the site. But there is more, in the Sand Hills area of Nebraska, David Kidd of Bandon Dunes fame, will build a new layout there. Paul Albanese will work with PGA Tour pro KJ Choi on a new course in Viet Nam. Architect Ray Hearn an Evans Scholar will build 3-par 3 courses in three states (1-in Michigan) for Boyne Golf.

IT’S AMAZING how the PGA Tour schedule will change over the next two years, different payouts. Different money for some tournaments, and smaller fields for the playoffs. Because when the BMW Championship returns to Olympia Fields in 2023, the field size will be 50 not 70. About the size of a LIV Series event, who would have thought that.

CHARLIE WADDELL won the 102nd CDGA Amateur 6 & 4 over Zachary Mulhearn at the Glen Flora Country Club. Waddell (37) and father of three, held off yet another college age player in Mulhearn. Waddell a member at Shoreacres and Mulhearn a Glen Oak member, where his father Danny is the head golf professional. The match was broke open during the second 18, after the players were tied after the first 18 holes. For a full recap see CDGA.org.

Plenty more coming up this month, with several tournaments on tap. So if you have not signed up yet, it’s for both the Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood, and the DuPage Amateur at the Preserve at Oak Meadows and Maple Meadows.

THE GOG BLOG returns all week. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-NEWS COLUMN

WELCOME TO THE CLUBHOUSE at THE PRESERVE at OAK MEADOWS. Now open with the on-tap brews made in DuPage County. So book a tee time at DuPageGolf.com

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Highwood Illinois Patrick Flavin made a furious charge on Sunday at the John Deere Classic, see how he did, and the other local players at the John Deere Classic in Silvis.

LEN ZIEHM of Lenziehmongolf.com and the Daily Herald has a full recap of a wild Sunday at the John Deere Classic, especially for our local players who went really low, and moved up the leaderboard.

CBS even caught on by opening the national broadcast with Wheaton’s Kevin Streelman making a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh hole. But things didn’t stop there, as Streelman, Nick Hardy and Patrick Flavin all went really low on the final day at TPC Deere Run.

LEN ZIEHM the travel machine also went all through Michigan, and a recap of his wild stretch of travel golf appears at Lenziehmongolf.com. So do check it out.

WILSON WEDGES-WINE and GOLF this Friday night for the ladies at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. Sign-up today at Coghillgolf.com or call (886)-254-4455.

THE ILLINOIS WOMEN’S OPEN is three weeks from tomorrow. So ladies get signed up today if you have not already done so. Mistwoodgc.com or call (815)-254-3333.

CABOT GOLF will take over at Castle Stuart in Scotland, and then add a second course to be designed by Tom Doak. Details unfolding and visit cabotgolf.com.

THE CALLAWAY GOLF FITTING DAY at Pine Meadow Golf Club in Mundelein has been rescheduled to July 12th from 2-6 Pm. So call Pine Meadow at (847)-566-GOLF (4653) to get on the schedule.

FIGHTING ILLINI MEN’S TEAM GOLFERS Piercen Hunt and Tommy Kuhl have both advanced from a qualifier in Watertown Wisconsin, to the 122nd U.S. Amateur at Ridgewood Country Club in New Jersey. More at USGA.org.

OCEANS GOLF CLUB in Daytona Beach is doing a summer renovation to it’s 13-hole par course. The course has remained open during the construction process. Details at Daytonabeach.golf.

Katie Kearney host of GOLF360TV

GOLF 360TV returns with it’s second episode of the season

New host social media golf star Katie Kearney hosts.

This edition that tee’s off at 2 PM on NBC Sports Chicago. Then hits the first tee with a look at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

GOLF360TV also visits Tour Edge Golf, Boyne Golf in Michigan. Plus a tour of the golf retail stores for those of you looking for what’s new in golf shoes.

See more at Linksvideo.net/golf360tv. Golf360TV with former Bears player patrick Mannelly and Mr. Golf Video Dave “Links” Lockhart-creator of Links Lager Beer.

The new clubhouse at The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison. Part of Dupagegolf.com

THE DUPAGE AMATEUR is back by popular demand.

So this July 23 and 24 are the dates for this 36-hole event. But even better is that there is no cut. So no matter what you shoot on Day 1, you get to play another day.

Because it’s 18 holes at Maple Meadows for one round, and 18 holes on the Preserve at Oak Meadows. So it’s already July so sign up now, as the deadline is coming up soon. For more information contact DuPageGolf.com The championship is flighted by handicap.

THE GREENBRIER RESORT in West Virginia-America’s Resort is now forming a Legacy Club, which gives members a variety of privileges at the historic resort. So to learn more visit Greenbrier.com.

BLOODLINE GOLF has announced the release of it’s NEW T8 Milled Putter. So if your looking for balance, this putter stands up on it’s own. “We are excited to introduce this new design to our line,” said Brad Adams, Bloodline CEO. Tour professional and major champion Ernie Els has won 5 times on professional tours with Bloodline putters.

But the T8 has features that include an innovative head design that maximizes alignment stability. A fiber shaft with a profile EVA grip. The T8 comes with a center shafted neck and is available in lengths from 32-36″. The MSRP is $449.00. But for more details do visit Bloodline.golf. to see the full line of putters.

THE GOG BLOG returns on Monday. RS

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO WNDZ AM 750 WEEK 9-JOHN DEERE

HERITAGE OAKS 3535 DUNDEE ROAD NORTHBROOK is no longer your Fathers Sportsman’s. Heritage Oaks has more than a new name. Because there is now a new clubhouse-with simulators and the Acorn Grill. There is a new Trackman driving range, and the much improved Classic 18 golf course. Learn more (847)-291-2351 #NBParks

Golfers on Golf is Ed Stevenson-Len Ziehm-Bill Berger and Rory Spears (L-R) Chicago’s Favorite Foursome is heard from 10-11 Am every Saturday morning on WNDZ AM 750-Chicago.

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO is Back!

Chicago’s Favorite Foursome is here, with another week of golf talk, during the only week with the PGA Tour in Illinois.

The John Deere Classic is in full-swing in Silvis Illinois, a neighbor of the Quad Cities in Western Illinois.

Rory Spears was at TPC Deere Run on Thursday for the opening round, and Len Ziehm arrived for Round 2 on Friday.

Ziehm will be there all weekend long, and joins us live from TPC Deere Run for the entire show. But more good news from the John Deere Classic, is that Kevin Streelman, Nick Hardy and Patrick Flavin all made the cut. But sorry to add that Doug Ghim did not.

CLICK HERE to hear the July 2nd edition of Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750.

Rory was at BMW Media Day on Monday, at Wilmington Delaware and will have more on that experience during the show.

Golf Book Author Dave Berner joins us to talk about the Sandman. A golf tale with some Chicago flavor, mixed with Links style golf.

We will also hear Rory’s interviews with Kevin Streelman and Northbrook’s Nick Hardy.

So tune-in and thanks for listening, Ed, Bill, Len and Rory.

PRESERVE AT OAK MEADOWS CLUBHOUSE OFFICIALY OPENS

THE PRESERVE at OAK MEADOWS has formally opened it’s clubhouse, after a soft opening last fall. So check the DuPage made brews on tap, and enjoy golf on this award winning golf course. Chef Mike’s new menu is one to enjoy. See Dupagegolf.com

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Welcome to the Preserve at Oak Meadows, part of DuPage Golf and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

OVER A DECADE is how long it took to replace the clubhouse that burned down years ago.

But the good news is that it has been worth the wait. Because golfers and visitors to the property, are going to enjoy the new clubhouse at the Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison.

But while the front doors did open late in 2021. The entire operation of the clubhouse was not up and running at full speed. Now both the pro shop, the dining room, and bar area, are full with everything golfers or non-golfers need.

DuPage Golf Director of Golf Ed Stevenson (L) and Forest Preserve District of DuPage County board President Daniel Hebreard (R) gave the opening remarks.

But after the original clubhouse burned down, a long process started to get the charred framework cleared away, before a new clubhouse to be built.

Director of Golf Ed Stevenson had a suggestion, of redoing the golf course first with money received from the insurance settlement. As a result, the golf course reopened before the clubhouse.

Oak Meadows had severe flooding issues that cancelled golf and caused course damage, more times that anyone would like to remember. Greg Martin was hired to masterplan a new design, that would eliminate flooding problems. Martin’s redesign has passed the test, numerous times with flying colors.

Guests at the opening ceremony heard from Stevenson, DuPage Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Daniel Hebreard who made opening remarks. Illinois PGA Executive Director Carrie Williams talked about the upcoming Illinois Senior Open. Followed by Martin who spoke about the golf-side of rebuilding “The Preserve.”

INDOOR and OUTDOOR dining are now options at the new Preserve Clubhouse.

Architect Greg Martin will redesign The Preserve’s sister course across the street-Maple Meadows in the months ahead.

The new clubhouse took over a year to construct, as a few road blocks popped up along the way.

A month into construction, the old underground oil-fuel tank was discovered and needed to be removed, soil samples needed be taken, before work could continue.

Then Covid-19 came along that caused further delays, and supply chain issues caused delays in getting the needed supplies for the building process.

CLICK HERE to hear the interview with architect Greg Martin on the renovation of the Preserve. Then on his future work at Maple Meadows across the street from the Preserve at Oak Meadows.

But now the delays are behind the project. Head Golf professional Jamie Nieto has settled into his office. The on-tap brews all produced in DuPage County are now flowing in the bar and grill. The golf course complete with the white tour-angle sand has the golf course looking sharp.

So there is no time like the present, to come out an enjoy a day at The Preserve at Oak Meadows. Enjoy the new experience now found at the Preserve. See more online at DuPageGolf.com.

POSTON JUMPS OUT TO ROUND 1 LEAD AT THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

CHICAGO AREA GOLFERS-THERE ARE 2 NEW CLUBHOUSES TO CHECK OUT.  So go take advantage of the opportunity and see both new places before or after your round of golf at the Preserve at Oak Meadows (L) in Addison OR Heritage Oaks Golf Club in Northbrook (R). Online see DuPagegolf.com or go visit HeritageOaksgc.com

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn or Facebook.

MAG*C Happens Here-Yes it does. Welcome to John Deere Classic Week.

(WRITING FROM TPC DEERE RUN in SILVIS ILLINOIS).

John Deere Classic week is here, quicker than normal with new dates. Because it’s now part of the 4th of July holiday weekend, which should bring the fans out to enjoy this PGA Tour event.

Defending champion Lucas Glover is back. But it’s disappointing that many other expected stars are not here as planned. Glover will need a strong comeback on Friday after an opening round of 74 (+3).

Several weeks back Bubba Watson was coming, but is not here. John Deere sponsored player Daniel Berger has withdrawn. Former PGA Champion and John Deere sponsors exemption from years back Jason Day, has also had to withdraw. But maybe an even bigger disappointment is that three-time champion Steve Stricker is also a WD. There is a Champions Tour major next week, and Stricker is reportedly nursing a lower-back strain. Get well Steve.

For Illinois golf fans, the full force of our local hero’s are here. Wheaton’s Kevin Streelman, Northbrook’s Nick Hardy, Highwood’s Patrick Flavin, Arlington Heights Doug Ghim, Luke Gannon from the Champaign area, and Pekin’s DA Points.

Wheaton’s Kevin Streelman eyes a putt on the 9th green-his 18th hole at TPC Deere Run during Round 1.

Streelman had the best start, with an opening round of 69 (-2) his fourth straight round in the 60’s on tour.

That being said, Streelman admitted he didn’t have his best game in the opening round. He is looking to have a great finish this week, since he did not qualify for the British Open.

Streelman said he enjoys the open and is disappointed to not be going to the 150th edition of the championship which is being played at St. Andrews.

CLICK HERE to hear our interview with Kevin Streelman after Round 1 at the John Deere Classic.

Northbrook’s Nick Hardy ponders his putt on the 18th green (which he made), in Round 1 of the JDC.

Northbrook’s Nick Hardy was sailing along most of Round 1 under par. But then that short little par-3 16th hole popped up and nearly ruined Hardy’s day.

Hardy hit his tee shot in a greenside bunker. So it seemed that was no big deal, after Hardy put his bunker shot 13 feet from the cup.

Now facing a par saving putt, Hardy ended up three-putting and making a costly double bogey. Which was not exactly what Hardy had in mind. But Hardy then showed what good players do, he rallied to birdie both 17 and 18 to finish at even par. But Hardy knows he will have to play good in Round 2, to make the weekend cut.

CLICK HERE to hear the Round 1 interview with Northbrook’s Nick Hardy.

Flavin started his round with a bogey on the first hole, after his approach shot found a greenside bunker. But after both playing partners missed the second fairway with their tee shots. Flavin ripped his tee shot down the middle of the par-5 second hole and made birdie. Flavin is -1 after 18 holes. Ghim was fighting his driver mid-round and was +1 after his first 18 holes.

Patrick Flavin tee’s off on the par-5 second hole, he went on to make a birdie and get back to even par.

The story of the day was still J.T. Poston’s 8 under par 63.

Poston who has 1 career victory on the PGA Tour, was putting great all round.

The leaderboard so far suggests yet another first time winner on tour, at this weeks tournament.

But can Poston hold off the field and go wire-to-wire.

Time will tell. But I’m hoping the galleries grow as the weekend comes along. Things were quiet at TPC Deere Run for Round 1. Follow the classic at PGATour.com, and root on our local players.

But if your headed down to the tournament, you can get tickets on site. Details at Johndeereclassic.com.

JOHN DEERE CHAMPION LUCAS GLOVER TALKS EVERYTHING GOLF

THE NEW CLUBHOUSE at THE PRESERVE at OAK MEADOWS has officially opened. So get the full menu for lunch and dinner Wednesday’s-to-Sunday’s. Then go tee it up on the award winning Preserve golf course-renovated by Greg Martin DuPagegolf.com.

2021 John Deere Classic champion Lucas Glover speaks at media day-previewing this years championship.

THIS WEEKS JOHN DEERE CLASSIC should be a good one.

Because of new dates (A week earlier than normal) and being part of a holiday weekend. There is plenty of time for the people of the Quad Cities area to come out and enjoy the biggest summer event in town.

A few weeks back the JDC brought back 2021 championship Lucas Glover, and Highwood Illinois sponsors exemption Patrick Flavin in for media day. The media day was held at the Bally’s Casino instead of the normal location TPC Deere Run.

After the main press conference was over, Glover did a series of 1 on 1 interviews, including a 1 on 2, with both Golfers on Golf and Quad Cites writer Tom Johnston of the Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus newspapers.

Glover was kind enough to discuss pretty much every topic in the world of golf, during a 20+ minute session that sprayed to all fairways. Topics included the JDC, winning again on tour after a 10 year drought, equipment and today’s golf ball, winning the U.S. Open on a tough course (Bethpage-Black), and the LIV series of golf.

2021 JDC Championship Lucas Glover on a verity of topics in the world of golf.

Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open in rainy conditions. He won in the rain at the John Deere Classic last year on Sunday. But this in Silvis Illinois looks like good weather, a challenge maybe for Glover.

Follow the tournament all week at PGATour.com or at Johndeereclassic.com. Here from players on this Saturday’s Golfers on Golf Radio program. At WNDZ AM 750 10 Am is the tee time.

MIKE SMALL WINS FIRST CAREER ILLINOIS SENIOR OPEN

THE PRESERVE at OAK MEADOWS has officially opened it’s new clubhouse. So come out and enjoy golf and more. Get the details at DuPagegolf.com #ThePreserve

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy or connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small with the Illinois Senior Open trophy, at the Preserve at Oak Meadows.

MIKE SMALL IS NO STRANGER to winning tournaments and trophies in Illinois PGA Section events, and the 2022 Illinois Senior Open can now be added to his list of victories.

But while Small took home the first place check, it didn’t come easy.

Because Glen Oak Country Club head professional Danny Mulhearn didn’t go away so fast. Then there was amateur Mike Henry the Bloomington Illinois resident who ended up tied for second place with with Mulhearn.

Small the men’s golf coach at the University of Illinois, didn’t even have the lead after 18 holes, of the 36 hole event. Because he was two shots behind Mulhearn.

Mike Small follows his shot during Round 2 of the Illinois Senior Open.

But the deficit didn’t stay at two shots for very long. Because when Small made bogey on the par-5 second hole, and Mulhearn made birdie on the fourth hole, Small when then down three shots.

But Small answered with a birdie on short par-4 fourth hole, and then made eagle-3 on the par-5 fifth hole. Small’s second shot on the fifth hole, was nearly a double-eagle 2. So all Small had to do was tap-in for eagle. Going three under par for two holes, put Small right back on Mulhearn’s heels, and the battle was on.

Mulhearn then upped his lead with a birdie on the par-4 sixth hole to three shots. But that didn’t last. While Small and Henry were making par’s on holes 7-8 and 9. Mulhearn had his difficulties, and made bogeys on 7 and 9, dropping back into a tie for the lead.

The draft beers at the Preserve at Oak Meadows are all brewed in DuPage County.

After 12 holes there was still a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard. But then Small hit the green on the par-5 13th hole in two shots. After lagging his eagle putt close to the hole, Small made birdie while Mulhearn and Henry settled for par. Small now lead for the first time.

But after a Small bogey on the par-5 15th hole, as Mulhearn and Henry made pars, the lead was back to being a three-way tie.

Then the par-4 16th, which had the tee’s moved up to 290 yards as a risk-reward short par-4, saw Small gamble and go for the green. The gamble paid off as Small hit the green with his drive and then drained a 65-foot eagle putt for a two. Henry made birdie to stay within one shot, and after a poor chip Mulhearn made par and was now two shots back of Small.

Then Small missed the par-3 17th green with his tee shot, and could not get up and down t save par. Henry did make par and tied Small once again for the lead, with Mulhearn now one shot back.

The 18th hole was an incredible finish. After all three players hit the fairway on their tee shots. Henry missed his approach shot into a greenside bunker, Small followed up and also missed inti a greenside bunker. Mulhearn’s approach hit the far backside of the green, but he had a birdie putt.

Henry left his first bunker shot in the bunker, then after reaching the green on his third shot, three-putted for double-bogey. Small blasted out of the bunker and just a two-foot putt to save par. Mulhearn then needed his birdie putt to force a playoff, but it came up just short of the cup, giving Small the win.

“I thought it was a well played round for all three of us for about 14 holes,” said Small. “Starting on 15 we all made a variety of errors. I didn’t have my best stuff there at the end, but was just able to hand on.”

The 2022 Illinois Senior Open, was the first state open to be played at The Preserve at Oak Meadows in Addison. It’s likely it won’t be the last. A full scoreboard can be found at IPGA.com.

THE GOG BLOG SPEAKS OUT-GOLF IN DELAWARE & WHY THE LIV

HERITAGE OAKS 3535 DUNDEE ROAD IN NORTHBROOK is open with a new name, a new clubhouse, new Trackman range and renovated golf course. So do check out one of the Chicago’s area’s new golf facilities, part of the Northbrook Park District. You can call the club for tee times at (847)-291-2351, or online check out HeritageOaksGC.com.

THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation for Golfers on Golf. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy. With Bull Valley Golf Club owner and candidate for Governor of Illinois Gary Rabine. Vote Rabine in Tuesdays primary election.

(WRITING FROM WILMINGTON DE.)

Why Wilmington De. you ask. Because today is BMW Championship media day, at Wilmington Country Club.

One of the top courses in Delaware and most recently renovated by architect Keith Foster in 2008, Wilmington Country Club’s South Course will be a fine home for the 2022 BMW Championship. The clubs North Course was designed by Dick Wilson, the architect of Cog 4-Dubsdread.

The media group could be hearing from Patrick Cantlay today, the 2021 winner of the BMW Championship at Caves Valley. I’m also seeing an old historic public course called Rock Manor in Wilmington, that has a great story behind it. Rock Manor is a 100 year old course, which was saved from a road construction project, with great planning by architect Lester George.

More details on the Wilmington adventure in the days ahead.

WHY THE LIV…

THE LIV SERIES of golf has people talking, and plenty of it. But I still get questions about why would PGA Tour players jump tours, and risk severe penalties from the PGA Tour.

Because there are plenty of reasons to do so. So yes money is one of them, or maybe not just one reason why. But millions of reasons why. But ask yourself this question, if it was you. Would you like to work less days per year, and less hours per day, and make more money doing it. But of course you would.

SO IF you could work four days a week instead of five would you do it. The PGA Tour makes some of top stars get out of bed at 4 AM to make a 7:10 tee time. So does getting out of bed at 4 Am to go to work sound enticing to you. How about finishing your round at 5 PM, head back to hotel and have to be back at 6 AM the next day. Not always fun.

BECAUSE in other sports many players don’t starting at noon. You think NFL guys want to be getting hit at lunch time. NBA and NHL players look sluggish on early starts. Many baseball players hate day games. Say what you want about golf, but it is an athletic competition that you have to perform at the highest level to win and make money.

SPEAKING OF MONEY would you like to travel for work, spend money on plane fares, hotels and meals, and have to pay an associate (caddy) and then not get paid. Which is what happens when you miss the cut. So what happens when you make the cut, and the money barely covers expenses for the week. LIV golf guarantees a profit, even if you finish last.

IT’S BIGGER PURSES require player to rely less on corporate sponsors. Because companies paying you millions, require you to appear in ad’s. But also come to events where you need to hang out with a bunch of people you might not enjoy being with. Bottom line, it’s demands on your personal time that you don’t want to give up. IF YOUR A PRO GOLFER and you can make more money working 10-12 weeks a year than in 25 weeks a year, why not work 12 weeks.

PRO GOLFERS in some ways are like the rest of us. They have families, and could use the time off to deal with life brings them. So I think it’s time for the PGA Tour the DP European Tour and the LIV series to get together for the benefit of golf. Plus to all those world wide who love to watch the best players-play.

SHE MIGHT NOT HAVE WON BUT! Kudo’s to Lisa Copeland of Naperville, a fast rising star in golf. Copeland lost the Women’s Western Golf Association (WWGA) Junior championship in a playoff. But Copeland who is getting ready to start high school, lost to a player who is ready to start college. I suspect Copeland will win the WWGA Junior in the next four years, if she continues to play in the tournament.

JOHN DEERE CLASSIC WEEK IS HERE and that’s always a good thing. Because this year being a week earlier is great thing for the championship. 2022 could be one of the best fields at the JDC in recent memory. If your looking to see the PGA Tour in Illinois, head down to TPC Deere Run-always a lot of fun.

IF YOU HAVE NOT VOTED YET-think about making one for Bull Valley Golf Club owner Gary Rabine (Ray-bine), Illinois could sure use a golfer in the governor’s mansion in Springfield. the golf industry in Illinois supplies plenty of jobs, and brings in plenty of dollars and tax dollars for the Illinois economy.

THE GOG BLOG returns tomorrow. RS

THE GOG BLOG’S SUNDAY MORNING SHORT GAME-NEWS COLUMN

NEW GOLF COURSE-NEW CLUBHOUSE-NEW GRILL-NEW TRACKMAN RANGE Heritage Oaks Golf Club 3535 Dundee Road in Northbrook, is no longer your parents Sportsman’s. So see everything that is new at HeritageOaks.com or (847)-291-2351.

Chicago’s Favorite Foursome was back in the WNDZ-Am 750 Studio on Saturday. Ed Stevenson, Len Ziehm, Bill Berger and Rory Spears. The Gog Blog is written by Rory Spears, Director of Content and Creation.

LEN ZIEHM IS BACK IN TOWN and Nick Hardy is in contention on the PGA Tour at the Travelers in Hartford Ct..

So if you missed it, check out the Golfers on Golf Radio show from yesterday, with Len Ziehm in studio, and guests John Deere Classic Tournament Director Clair Peterson who is retiring later this year.

But jumping in from the election and campaign trail, was Bull Valley Golf Club owner Gary Rabine, who is running for Governor of Illinois.

The show is posted on our previous post.

LEN ZIEHM has posted yet another great travel piece at his site, Lenziehmongolf.com on the A-GA-Ming golf resort in Kewadin Michigan (Northern Michigan). So check it out.

DALLAS BASED TOPGOLF has announced it’s first location in the State of Iowa is coming to Des Moines, see Topgolf.com for more details.

MUSCAT RESORTS located in the country of Oman and in other locations in the Middle Eat and in Asia, has announced they have partnered with Troon management. Details at Troon.com.

THE JOHN DEERE CLASSIC has announced a sponsors exemption to former Southern Illinois University and MVC star Luke Gannon. Gannon recently survived USGA local and sectional qualifying to advance to the U.S. Open field at The Country Club. The John Deere Classic starts this week on June 30th. Johndeereclassic.com

GLEN FLORA GOLF CLUB will host this weeks 102nd CDGA Amateur, with 36 holes of stroke play tomorrow June 27. But then the top 16 players advance to match play, with the 36 hole championship match on Thursday June 30th. CDGA.org.

PAPA’s porch is open at the Club at Lac LaBelle

PAPA’S PORCH IS OPEN.

Just over a week ago the Gog Blog visited The Club at Lac La Belle.

But in spite of over 5 1/4 inches of rain the night before the course was in pretty good shape.

But now even more great news. Because Papa’s porch is open, named after founder Matt Morse, who passed away earlier this year. But in keeping with the spirit of Morse’s six grandkids, Papa’s porch has been born.

So if you haven’t visited The Club at Lac LaBelle, take the trip up, about 30 miles west of Milwaukee in Oconomowoc. But more details at Clubatlaclabelle.com.

DISNEY WORLD GOLF has announced a reimagining of it’s Magnolia Golf Course, with construction now underway. Golfersongolf.com will have more details in the days ahead.

The Gog Blog Speaks Out-returns tomorrow. RS

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO WEEK 8-JDC-GARY FOR GOVERNOR

HERITAGE OAKS GOLF CLUB 3535 Dundee Road in Northbrook-not your Father’s Sportsman’s anymore. Updated and renovated golf course, NEW Clubhouse, NEW Trackman driving range, NEW practice green and bunkers. Really big NEW putting green. Indoor simulators for golf leagues, lessons and club fittings. But while you are there before or after golf, try the Acorn Grill. (847)-291-2351 or Heritageoaksgc.com.

GolfersonGolf.com is on the air at 10 Am today on WNDZ AM 750

GOLFERS ON GOLF RADIO is back for Week #8.

This week promises to be an exciting show.

The 4th member of Chicago’s Favorite Foursome, Len Ziehm is in the house live.

Our guests today include retiring John Deere Classic Tournament Director Clair Peterson. With a look ahead at this weeks John Deere Classic in Silvis Illinois.

Bull Valley Golf Club owner Gary Rabine who is running for Governor of the State of Illinois, joins us to discuss what political decisions the state faces, and how it could effect golf in Illinois.

Illinois Governor Hopeful Gary Rabine and Rory Spears.

Rabine is expected to be very charged up about how he expects to turn around the State of Illinois, should he become Governor.

So expect a great interview.

Tournaments are happening, this past week was the Women’s Western Golf Association (WWGA) Junior Girls Championship.

But also the Western Golf Association (WGA) Junior Championship for the boys. So stay tuned for championship results and more, that include the USGA Senior Open and the Women’s KPMG-PGA Championship.

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CLICK HERE TO HEAR this weeks edition of Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ-AM 750.

So thanks for listening Ed-Billy, Len and Rory.