Len Ziehm On Golf

Chicagoland Golf

Most recent Chicagoland Golf columns:

  • Major changes are coming to the Illinois Open in 2015 Last month’s 65th Illinois Open revealed one change – the addition of First Tee of Chicago as a charity partner. More changes are coming, and they’re likely to be just as good. The Illinois Open officially dates back to 1950, when Felice Torza won at Onwentsia, but tournaments of the same name were played as ...
  • Troyanovich, the 2012 champion, could be first Mistwood player to win IWO July will be a huge tournament month for Chicago’s best golfers, but especially for the women. The biggest spectator event for the women comes first – the new International Crown at Caves Valley in Owings Mills, Md., from July 21-27. This is big for Chicago in particular, because the international team event’s second staging – ...
  • Here’s 10 good reasons to go to the Encompass Championship The Encompass Championship on the Champions Tour is coming to North Shore Country Club in Glenview from June 16-22. Tournament rounds are June 20-22. If you love golf you should be there. Here’s 10 good reasons why: 1, It’s Unique. The pro golf tours are making fewer and fewer appearances in the Chicago area, and ...
  • Harbor Shores prepares for its second Senior PGA shootout You know what might be the nicest part of the Senior PGA Championship? It’s the one golf major played on any of the pro tours that seems to like coming to the Midwest. In fact, this Champions Tour shootout is the major played closest to Chicago in 2014. The closest the PGA ...
  • Wilson, CDGA centennials should be celebrated, and look out for SwingSmart, too Since Chicagoland Golf made its debut back in 1989, the first issue of each year has focused on the year ahead. Not so in 2014. A look back is essential this time before we delve into the exciting developments on the horizon. In Chicago, at least, 2014 is a year for centennials. One-hundred ...
  • LPGA Legends event will bring something special to French Lick If you had to pick one thing to feel good about in this golf season, what would it be? For me it’s what’s happening on the women’s side – both locally and nationally. The Illinois Women’s Golf Assn. showed again that it isn’t reluctant to play its State Amateur in the Chicago area anymore. It ...
  • Here’s some tips for your visit to the John Deere Classic It’s almost here now, the only annual Illinois stop on the PGA Tour. Yes, the John Deere Classic is something special. Those visiting the spiffy TPC Deere Run course in Silvis, on the outskirts of the Quad Cities, will realize that in a hurry if they’re first-time visitors to this July 8-14 shootout. The JDC is one ...
  • Mistwood’s new Performance Center is spectacular Mistwood Golf Club, the long-time Illinois Women’s Open site in Romeoville, closed early the last two years and opened a bit later than most of the other Chicago public courses this spring. Now those hard decisions, made by owner Jim McWethy and his veteran staff, are paying off. The August closings in 2011 and 2012 enabled ...
  • Celebrity involvement will make Encompass a spectator-friendly tourney The Champions Tour is returning to the Chicago area for the first time since 2002 and nobody – repeat nobody – is as happy about this most positive development as I am. Chicago’s been losing its pro tour stops, and the return of the Champions will help correct that. The Encompass Championship will be held ...
  • CHICAGO PREVIEW: No Ryder Cup, but season won’t be dull No Ryder Cup. No Western Amateur. A quiet year is ahead for golf in Chicago, right? WRONG!!! Chicago golf is never dull, and this season will be as inspiring as the last one – and maybe even more so. Believe me. Yes, the epic Ryder Cup at Medinah has come and gone – and will ...
  • Let’s not forget about the U.S. Mid-Am The U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship could get lost in the shuffle with the Ryder Cup coming to town just two weeks later. That might be understandable, but I hope it doesn’t happen. Chicago, in particular, and the Midwest, in general, need more big tournaments each year – not less. And, make no doubt about it, the U.S. ...
  • July, 2012, was a milestone month for golf in the Midwest Where do I begin? Rarely, in my nearly 43 years covering golf in these parts have I witnessed so many noteworthy tournament developments in a month’s span. The tournament schedule was bunched up this season, and all the things that happened in July were almost overwhelming. We’ll try to put them all in perspective ...
  • RYDER CUP: A look behind the scenes with three months to go There’s still a few months to go before the 39th Ryder Cup matches take over Medinah Country Club and put Chicago in the forefront of world sports. Big events like this one don’t just happen, though. Tons of work, by literally thousands of people, is required before that first ball is struck. Much – but by ...
  • Dr. Jim Suttie answers all our questions Dr. Jim Suttie is, at least arguably, Chicago’s best-known golf teaching professional. Noted as a pioneer in applying biomechanical principles to the golf swing, Suttie was the PGA of America’s national teacher-of-the-year in 2000 and won that award three times from the PGA’s Illinois section. He’s also been among GOLF magazine’s top 100 instructors and among ...
  • Haney’s “Big Miss” is well worth reading Please forgive me, but I must vent. I’ve been a member of the national golf media for over 40 years, and I’m proud of it. There are times, though, when I don’t agree with the majority of my brethren and this is definitely one of those times. It seems to me that most media members devoted to ...
  • No BMW here, but this summer will be extraordinary Maybe — MAYBE — this will be a quiet summer for golf in Chicago. At least there won’t be a PGA Tour stop. The BMW Championship will be played at Crooked Stick in Indianapolis this year, but the absence might not be long. While nothing’s official as of this printing, the Western Golf Association is expected ...