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  • Next LPGA tourney could be a momentum-builder for Jeray Nicole Jeray has been toiling on the LPGA Tour since turning pro in 1993, and this week’s Wegmans Classic could be critical to her remaining on the women’s premier circuit. “I need to play good in Rochester (N.Y.) so I can get up on the money list,’’ she said. “I started the year really well. ...
  • Malm’s alternate status for PGA has evaporated Yes, there will be a Chicago area contingent in the year’s last major. Luke Donald, Steve Stricker and Kevin Streelman will tee it up Thursday in the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla, in Louisville, Ky. But there’ll be some notable absentees, too. Mark Wilson and D.A. Points, both going through sub-par seasons, have the week ...
  • Endurance will be the key to winning Western Amateur at Beverly No tournament in golf, amateur or professional, requires as much to win as the Western Amateur. The Western Golf Assn. is conducting its annual golf marathon for the 112th time this week at Chicago’s Beverly Country Club, and Wednesday is an especially big day because it includes the largest cut of the event – ...
  • IWO celebrates its 20th anniversary with a sold-out pro-am at Mistwood The 65th Illinois Open ends on Wednesday. Then it’s the women’s turn. The 20th anniversary staging of the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open will tee off on Monday at Mistwood in Romeoville. Like the men’s tournament, the IWO is a 54-hole competition that concludes on a Wednesday, July 20. The men’s had state-wide qualifying ...
  • Strong JDC showing suggests a Zach attack is possible in British Open Twenty-five players who competed in the John Deere Classic were on the tournament’s jet to the British Open on Sunday night. Zach Johnson figures to have the best chance of that group when the third major championship of the season tees off on Thursday at Royal Liverpool. Johnson was the runner-up in the Quad Cities’ ...
  • Can Niebrugge match Spieth’s feat at JDC? There’s an interesting combination in the field for this week’s John Deere Classic, the only PGA Tour event played in Illinois in 2014. Steve Stricker, who considers himself semi-retired because he plays only a limited tournament schedule, has long been a JDC mainstay. He became the 44-year old tourney’s only three-peat winner when he ruled ...
  • JDC playoff win provided a career breakthrough for Spieth The only PGA Tour event in Illinois is coming up next week, and that means the return of Jordan Spieth. His victory in the John Deere Classic last year was one of the best feel-good stories in golf last year. Spieth was just 19 when he survived a five-hole playoff with 2012 champion Zach Johnson and ...
  • Newly-opened Medinah No. 1 might be more popular than No. 3 layout Medinah Country Club has seen it all in its 90 years of existence – three U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, three Western Opens, the last Ryder Cup in September of 2012. Virtually all the big events were held on Medinah’s No. 3 course, and that eventually became a problem. The demands for member and guest ...
  • Couples is out, but Montgomerie is in for Encompass tourney This week’s second Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club has two major differences from the first staging as far as the 81-player field is concerned. Fred Couples, last year’s runner-up, won’t be there when play begins on Friday at the Glenview course but Colin Montgomerie will. Though Couples is one of the most popular players ...
  • Family matters have affected Streelman’s U.S. Open preparations Wheaton’s Kevin Streelman remains one of golf’s most promising up-and-coming players, but he’s not going into this week’s U.S. Open with any momentum. Chicago’s only homegrown PGA Tour player missed the cut in his last three tournaments. “It’s been a strange year golf-wise,’’ said Streelman, “but it’s been a wonderful year off the course thanks ...
  • Four top college stars will get PGA Tour experience at JDC Illinois’ only PGA Tour event of 2014 has thrived by appealing to young players, and director Clair Peterson saw no reason to change that approach when he announced his sponsor exemptions for the John Deere Classic this week. Peterson invited four of the very best college stars to battle the PGA Tour players in the 44th ...
  • Five local medalists spur Chicago hopes in U.S. Open sectional play The U.S. Golf Assn. scheduled one of its sectional qualifiers for the U.S. Open at a Chicago area course for at least four decades. That policy changed two years ago and it’s especially unfortunate this year, given the results at the 111 nation-wide local qualifiers. Players with Chicago roots were medalists at five of those ...
  • Stadler ailing for his Encompass title defense Chicago’s only pro tour stop of 2014, the Encompass Championship, is less than a month away. It’ll return to North Shore Country Club in Glenview from June 16-22, and this week’s tourney update suggests the event has some issues. Defending champion Craig Staler visited North Shore and revealed health issues that have sidelined him for ...
  • Rich Harvest is good site for Illini to earn a return to NCAA finals Jerry Rich makes no bones about it. The biggest event he’ll ever host at his Rich Harvest Farms course in Sugar Grove is the International Crown, which won’t arrive until 2016. Rich calls that new LPGA international team event “my legacy,’’ but that doesn’t mean that Rich Harvest won’t take on other big events. ...
  • India’s 61 in U.S. Open qualifying precedes Malm’s bid for a three-peat Deerfield product Vince India has been struggling as a rookie on the PGA’s satellite Web.com Tour this year, but he didn’t struggle on Monday in a local qualifier for the U.S. Open. The former University of Iowa golfer shot a 10-under-par 61 to earn medalist honors in a local qualifier at Waterlefe, in Sarasota, FL. ...
  • Chicago trio seeks success on Web.com Tour The PGA Tour changed its qualification procedures last year, relegating its brutal 90-hole fall Q-School tournament to offering only spots on the satellite Web.com Tour in 2014. The new format, though, resulted in unprecedented success for Chicago players. Rarely did a local golfer make it through Q-School to the PGA Tour under the older format, but ...
  • NU, Illini will defend titles in Big Ten golf at French Lick Illinois and Northwestern have become perennial contenders for the men’s and women’s golf titles in the Big Ten Conference, and that’ll again be the case when collegiate postseason play begins this weekend. The NU women shared last year’s Big Ten title and are the highest-ranked conference team (No. 12) in the national polls. Last year coach ...
  • Winter damage is creating a difficult spring at Chicago golf courses Chicago golfers beware. In most years virtually all Chicago courses are in full swing by the time the Masters tournament tees off in April. This year that wasn’t the case, and that’s not all. The Midwest Golf Course Superintendents Assn. is conducting a survey of its courses this week and executive director Luke ...
  • Donald is best bet among local players at the Masters The 80th playing of the Masters tournament, beginning on Thursday at Georgia’s Augusta National, won’t be like any previous stagings of golf’s first major championship of the year. This one won’t have Tiger Woods, back surgery a week ago forcing his withdrawal, and the landmark Eisenhower Tree left of the No. 17 fairway is gone, ...
  • Ex-Kemper pro wants to take Kinderlou Forest to a new level VALDOSTA, Ga. – Bob Spence is about to hit the 60-year mark as a golf professional. Now his focus is on Kinderlou Forest, a stunning 18-holer just 16 miles from the Florida state line, but Chicago golfers should remember him well. Spence, who turned pro in 1954 – a few months after graduating from high ...
  • Encompass tourney gets the spotlight at Chicago Golf Show The only pro golf tour event in Chicago in 2014 will also headline the 31st Chicago Golf Show. The Encompass Championship, which made its Chicago debut on the Champions Tour in 2013, will be the presenting sponsor of the winter attraction that begins a three-day run at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on Friday (FEB ...
  • KemperSports ready to take charge at Cantigny February is again show-time for Chicago golfers. The third annual Tinley Park Golf Expo begins a three-day run on Friday (FEB 7) at the Tinley Park Convention Center and the 31st Chicago Golf Show takes over the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on Feb. 21 for a similar three-day run. In the meantime, though, there has ...
  • New putters highlighted this PGA Merchandise Show ORLANDO, FL. – The 61st PGA Merchandise Show was just all the previous 60 such stagings. All the latest and greatest products for golfers were on display at the Orange County Convention Center. This year, though, there seemed to be an abundance of unusual new putters. The one that got the most attention was Veritas Golf’s Cure ...
  • Fitzpatrick’s stay at NU didn’t last long Northwestern men’s golf coach Pat Goss labeled Matt Fitzpatrick as “our most high-profile recruit since Luke Donald.’’ Unfortunately for NU, Fitzpatrick’s stay in Evanston didn’t last long. Fitzpatrick, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and No. 1-ranked amateur in the world, withdrew from the school on Thursday to pursue more playing opportunities as an amateur in ...
  • Chicago Open is revived again, this time at Cantigny There’s just one major tournament left in the Chicago area golf season, and it’s both an old and new one. The Chicago Open, which tees off at Cantigny in Wheaton on Monday, has been played 23 times but the stagings have been spread out with a variety of competition levels. The first was in 1914 ...
  • Streelman uses Bears, Urlacher to get ready for BMW Championship It was back to work this week for Kevin Streelman, Chicago’s lone homegrown PGA Tour player and one of the elite 70 players in the field at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest. Last week’s break in the FedEx Cup Playoffs gave Streelman a chance to get away from the rigors of the ...
  • Expanding tournament schedule to include BMW could pay dividends for Stricker The 70-man field for next week’s BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest is finally official. It will include four players with Illinois connections, including Conway member Luke Donald. Donald’s play has dropped off since he was the world’s No. 1-ranked player in 2011, but he will go into the BMW Championship ranked No. 54 ...
  • Streelman, Points in good shape but Wilson is out of BMW Championship Streelman, Points in good shape but Wilson out of BMW Championship Now there’s just one FedEx Cup Playoff tourney left before the PGA Tour makes its first return to the Chicago area since 2011. The Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston has a Friday-Monday run this week, and the low 70 in the standings after that 72-hole $8 ...
  • Malm’s 63 at Elgin bodes well for his chances in IPGA tourney Clearly Curtis Malm is the player to watch in next week’s 91st Illinois PGA Championship on Olympia Fields Country Club’s South course. Malm, first assistant professional at St. Charles Country Club and the IPGA’s player-of-the-year in 2012, fired a 9-under par course record 63 at Elgin Country Club on Monday in the section’s fifth stroke play ...
  • Playing in BMW Championship isn’t a done deal for Donald, Wilson Luke Donald and Mark Wilson, Chicago-based PGA Tour players and members of the Western Golf Assn. board of directors, put on an exhibition this week to promote next month’s BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest. The nine-hole closed-to-the-public event, which included new Northwestern basketball coach Chris Collins and Bulls’ guard Kirk Heinrich, raised $45,000 ...
  • Illini coach Small will try to revive his game at the PGA Championship Playing in the PGA Championship isn’t anything new to Mike Small, the University of Illinois men’s coach who qualified for this week’s final major championship of 2013 for the ninth time. Small, who got into the tourney by finishing in a tie for fourth at the Professional Players National Championship in June, has made the cut ...
  • Opening up the field did wonders for Illinois Women’s Open The 19th Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open, which tees off Wednesday at Mistwood in Romeoville, has taken a different approach from the men’s 64th Illinois Open, which had one of its most exciting stagings last week at The Glen Club in Glenview. The men’s version, won by Antioch’s Joe Kinney in a three-hole playoff, is ...
  • LPGA veteran Jeray returns, hopes to win third IWO title The men’s Illinois Open concludes its 64th staging on Wednesday. Now it’s the women’s turn. Mistwood, in Romeoville, will again host the 19th Illinois Women’s Open next week. There’ll be a pro-am on Tuesday and the first of three tournament rounds is Wednesday. That’ll put the spotlight on Berwyn’s Nicole Jeray, who will bid ...
  • Illinois’ two biggest tournaments are now back-to-back The Chicago District Golf Assn. revamped its tournament schedule this year, and the biggest change comes this week when the men’s 83rd Illinois State Amateur tees off a month earlier than previous years. It began a three-day 72-hole run at Aldeen, in Rockford, on Tuesday. After its conclusion on Thursday many of the same players ...
  • Bradley, bigger foreign contingent give JDC strongest field ever Zach Johnson’s title defense and three-time winner Steve Stricker’s return to the PGA Tour may be the focal points of the John Deere Classic, which tees off Thursday in Silvis, IL., on the outskirts of the Quad Cities. The 43-year old $4.6 million championship, though, may have its best field ever thanks to the first-ever participation ...
  • Affrunti must forget critical 4-putt before teeing off in JDC Good things may still be ahead for Joe Affrunti, who gets back on the PGA Tour at the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities in two weeks, but the Crystal Lake golfer will have a hard time forgetting what happened to him in his last tournament. Affrunti, who missed half of his rookie season ...
  • Jeray, Harris are U.S. Women’s Open hopefuls This week’s golf, both nationally and locally, is all about the women. The U.S. Women’s Open tees off on Thursday at Sebonack, a seven-year old New York course co-designed by Tom Doak and Jack Nicklaus. Meanwhile, the Illinois Women’s Amateur begins the match play portion of its competition on Wednesday (TODAY) and concludes on Friday at ...
  • Nick Price returns to Champions Tour at Encompass event Some of Nick Price’s best days in a Hall of Fame career on the PGA Tour came in Chicago, when he won back-to-back Western Opens at Cog Hill in 1993 and 1994. Price’s participation in this week’s new Encompass Championship is big news on the Champions Tour simply because he’s playing again. He hasn’t competed ...
  • Couples, Lehman, two ex-Bulls give Encompass plenty of star power Everything’s coming together for next week’s Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. Fred Couples and Tom Lehman have formally entered the first Champions Tour stop in Chicago since 2002, assuring the event one of the strongest fields on the 50-and-over circuit. The 81 starters include all of the top 10 on the circuit’s ...
  • Wait to get into U.S. Open begins for Medinah’s Travis Johns Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open, aptly dubbed “golf’s longest day,’’ was especially long for the Chicago players hoping to land a berth in the Open proper at Pennsylvania’s Merion course in two weeks. None made it through Monday’s 11 nation-wide 36-hole sectionals, and newly named Medinah assistant pro Travis Johns is the only one ...
  • Chicago hopefuls talke U.S. Open dreams to St. Louis’ Old Warson St. Louis was the site of the Senior PGA Championship, which concluded on Sunday, and it’ll also be the place of choice for the Chicago golfers who survived local qualifying for the 113th U.S. Open, to be played later this month at Merion in Ardmore, Pa. Old Warson Country Club, in St., Louis, will have a ...
  • Hallberg has been Chicago’s best ever home-grown golfer No Chicago-born and raised golfer has accomplished more than Gary Hallberg, and now he’s coming back. Hallberg was a state high school champion at Barrington, an Illinois Open winner twice, an NCAA champion at Wake Forest and the first player to earn PGA Tour playing privileges without going to qualifying school. As a professional he was the ...
  • Chicago 10 must travel to find a U.S. Open sectional this year Chicago’s two local qualifying tournaments for the U.S. Open are over. Now comes the hard part for the 10 golfers who survived. They were the lucky ones among the 180 who entered the 18-hole eliminations at Northmoor, in Highland Park, and Seven Bridges, in Woodridge, the last two weeks. Next up is the U.S. Golf Association’s ...
  • Martin’s Fox Run, Arrowhead renovations are unveiled April storms created a nightmare for Chicago’s golf course operators, but they were especially troublesome at Fox Run, the Elk Grove Park District facility. Fox Run has undergone a $2 million renovation for two years under the supervision of Aurora architect Greg Martin. He started on the front nine in 2011 and completed the back late ...
  • Celebrity pro-am will make new Champions Tour event special Tampa’s loss is Chicago’s gain. The Champions Tour is preparing for its return to Chicago after an 11-year absence, and the new version will be much different than the 12 tournaments played here from 1991-2002. The Encompass Championship will be top-heavy in pro-ams when it takes over North Shore Country Club in Glenview from June 17-23, ...
  • Affrunti’s finally playing again after shoulder rehab Finally there’s some good news involving Joe Affrunti, the Crystal Lake golfer who suffered a serious shoulder injury months after earning his PGA Tour card. Affrunti earned the right to play on golf’s premier circuit by finishing in the top 25 on the Web.com Tour money list in 2010. In June of 2011, however, he ...
  • LPGA schedule is finally working in Jeray’s favor Berwyn golfer Nicole Jeray spent most of the winter in Augusta, Ga., and she had a pass to get into last week’s spectacular Masters tournament there. The Chicago area’s lone member of the Ladies PGA Tour, however, had more important things to do. “I could have gotten in off my LPGA pass, ‘’ said Jeray. ...
  • Donald has “special short game shot” ready for the Masters Last year Luke Donald was the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer entering all four of the sport’s major championships. He was No. 1 for 55 weeks, and it was at the 2012 Masters that his duel for the top spot with Rory McIlroy started. This year’s Masters begins Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club and Donald ...
  • Streelman looks for a better result in his second Masters Kevin Streelman may be the best feel-good story in golf these days, and maybe in all of sports. Last month Streelman, who grew up in Winfield and built his golf game playing and working at both Cantigny and Arrowhead public courses in Wheaton, won the PGA Tour’s Tampa Bay Championship. That got him into next week’s Masters, ...
  • Malm is the player to watch in IPGA’s last major at Eagle Ridge It’ll be nothing like the just-completed Ryder Cup, but there is one big competitive event left in the Chicago golf season. The Illinois PGA will stage the last of its four major tournaments, the IPGA Players Championship, at Eagle Ridge in Galena on Monday and Tuesday. The section’s player-of-the-year and assistant player-of-the-year awards will be ...
  • Tour Championship will set the stage for the Ryder Cup Get ready, get set….. The golf season is reaching a climax, with The Tour Championship concluding the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs this week and the 39th Ryder Cup coming the following week to Medinah Country Club. Medinah, though, will open its gates to the public on Saturday. There won’t be any PGA Tour players there, but ...
  • Break in the FedEx playoffs is a good thing with two big weeks coming up There’s a rare break in the PGA Tour season this week, and that’s a good thing. The best players are tired after playing three straight weeks of FedEx Cup playoff events and they’re welcoming a rest before the big two-week stretch coming up. The climax to the playoffs, The Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, ...
  • WGA did smart thing in moving BMW tourney to Crooked Stick In the past six years this would have been a big week in Chicago golf. During five of those years the PGA Tour made its annual stop at Cog Hill, in Lemont, for the BMW Championship, a FedEx Cup playoff event. Only in 2008 was there no event – and that was because ...
  • Europe will have big experience edge in Ryder Cup If Ryder Cup experience means anything the U.S. team will be in big trouble when the biennial matches come to Medinah Country Club for their 39th staging beginning Sept. 25. Europe’s 12-man squad is loaded with veterans, to say nothing of talent. The European team, which has won four of the last five Ryder Cup battles ...
  • Hohenadel wants to prove IPGA title wasn’t a fluke What a difference a year makes. Last year the biggest tournament at Medinah Country Club was the Illinois PGA Championship, which decides the best player among the state’s club professionals. Next month, of course, Medinah hosts the 39th Ryder Cup matches and the player who shocked the Chicago golf scene with his win last year ...
  • Only Stricker is sure bet for a U.S. Ryder Cup captain’s pick The first phase to determine who will be playing in next month’s Ryder Cup matches at Medinah is over. Point standings, accumulated over two years, determined the eight automatic berths on the U.S. team after Sunday’s PGA Championship was completed and those earning berths were Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, ...
  • Small, Guthrie elevate the profile of Illini golf program This would figure to be a big week for Mike Small, the Illinois men’s coach. He’ll make his 11th appearance in a major championship when he tees off at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C., in the PGA Championship on Thursday. This is the last of golf’s four majors this season and the final ...
  • Rodgers wants to add Western Amateur to his WGA titles Four of the world’s top six amateurs will be battling for the title in the 110th Western Amateur at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park this week. Among them is Patrick Rodgers, who won the Western Golf Association’s Junior tournament in 2011. “The Western Am and the U.S. Amateur are the two biggest in amateur ...
  • Pearson goes for third title on more challenging course in Illinois Women’s Open Wheaton’s Jenna Pearson can become only the second player to win the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open three times when the 18th annual tournament begins today at Mistwood in Romeoville. “I’m definitely hoping to be in that category,’’ said Pearson, who plays on the LPGA’s Symetra (formerly Futures) Tour. She captured the IWO as an ...
  • U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN: Pak’s win in ’98 triggered big changes for LPGA KOHLER, Wis. – Blackwolf Run was where women’s golf took a dramatic turn back in 1998. That’s where Se Ri Pak, a South Korean player, captured one of the most dramatic U.S. Women’s Opens ever. Her win in the biggest tournament in women’s golf triggered a huge influx of players from her ...
  • U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN: Neff, Armstrong get into starting field The 67th U.S. Women’s Open, which tees of Thursday at Blackwolf Run, in Kohler, Wis., has two late qualifiers with Chicago connections. Aimee Neff, winner of the Illinois Women’s Open in 2008 and 2009, and amateur Ashley Armstrong, a Notre Dame sophomore-to-be who won the 2011 Western Junior title, were promoted to the starting field in ...
  • JDC is in the spotlight thanks to Stricker’s four-peat bid By far the biggest month of the golf season in the Midwest begins in just a few days. July offers the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin and the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities , followed by the two state opens for Illinois golfers and the start of the Western Amateur ...
  • Illinois Open site change delights defending champion Arouca For over three decades Illinois club professionals dominated their amateur counterparts. Those days are apparently over. Last week the Chicago District Golf Association’s amateur stars beat the Illinois PGA’s best 11 ½-6 ½ in the 51st Radix Cup matches at Oak Park Country Club. That was the CDGA’s fourth win in five years in the competition, ...
  • Hot nine on Scarlet course got Streelman into the Open Kevin Streelman’s golf game may be peaking at just the right time. The PGA Tour player from Winfield got into this week’s U.S. Open with an extraordinary nine holes in last week’s 36-hole sectional qualifier in Columbus. After shooting a 71 in the first 18, played at Scioto – Jack Nicklaus’ home course as a youth, ...
  • Mistwood shows off its new bunkers Stacked sod-wall bunkers are an extreme rarity at Chicago courses, but they won’t be as much a mystery after owner Jim McWethy re-opens his Mistwood course in Romeoville. That’ll happen for the course’s members and permanent tee time holders on Saturday (JUNE 2). Michigan-based course architect Ray Hearn incorporated 19 ...
  • Harrigan, Rosinia take aim at Senior PGA This is an unusual year for big-time tournament golf in Chicago. Only September’s Ryder Cup at Medinah is on the calendar, but five other big-time events are within a short drive. The first of those is the 73rd Senior PGA Championship, one of the majors on the Champions Tour. It begins a 72-hole run on Thursday ...
  • Sobb’s streak is over in IPGA match plays For two years now Jim Sobb has been the man whenever the Illinois PGA holds a match play tournament. This year, though, his reign can to an abrupt halt. The Ivanhoe pro won the section’s senior match play title in 2010 and 2011, was runner-up in the regular match play in 2010 and became the first ...
  • Chien, Hopfinger lead first U.S. Open local qualifier Monday’s rains forced the Illinois Public Links Championship to be reduced from 36 to 18 holes, but the bad weather didn’t hamper the first of two local qualifying rounds for the U.S. Open – the first significant competition of this Chicago golf season. Northwestern student Sam Chien, an amateur, and Iowa alum Brad Hopfinger, winner of ...
  • Affrunti’s return to PGA Tour will take awhile Last Sunday’s conclusion of the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open created a time of reflection for Crystal Lake’s Joe Affrunti, whose last appearance on golf’s premier circuit was at that tournament in 2011. For Affrunti, a former Illinois Open champion and University of Illinois graduate, the last year has been difficult – and that’s putting ...
  • Only minor changes coming at Cog Hill Cog Hill is off the PGA Tour calendar for only the second time since 1991 this year, but that won’t keep owner Frank Jemsek from tweaking his Dubsdread layout that hosted both the Western Open and BMW Championship. Jemsek opened the premier course on his 72-hole Lemont complex last week with some minor changes. The fifth ...
  • Batavia’s Martin is one busy course architect Batavia-based Greg Martin has been one busy golf course architect within the Chicago area of late. Three of his public course projects are about to open for the season, and at least three others are in the works. Martin handled two renovation projects last fall — the front nine at Fox Run in Elk ...
  • Can Wilson, Donald tame Augusta National? When the first major championship of the PGA Tour season tees off Thursday there’ll be two players with Chicago roots in the field. Luke Donald, the Northwestern alum and the world’s No. 1-ranked player will try to make the Masters his first major title. So will Mark Wilson, who has made Elmhurst home in recent years ...
  • Don’t expect Butler National to allow women members soon Every few years, it seems, somebody in Butler National Golf Club’s membership suggests that the all-male facility may be willing to accept women as members, thereby making it possible for big-time golf to be played in Oak Brook again. Citing “industry sources,’’ that same old story surfaced again in a Chicago newspaper this week. Such ...
  • Ceremonies set for Illinois Golf Hall of Fame Another Chicago golf season is almost history now. All that is left — except for the few recreational rounds remaining when weather permits — is the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. They’re coming up on Oct. 21 at The Glen Club in Glenview. The Hall of Fame welcomed its first inductees in 1989. Classes ...
  • Could Oak Brook’s Butterfield CC land BMW? Conway Farms, the home course of world No. 1 Luke Donald, remains the consensus favorite to land the 2013 BMW Championship, but the Lake Forest layout isn’t the only private facility Western Golf Association officials have checked out for the next time PGA tournament golf returns to Chicago. Cog Hill, the public facility in Lemont that ...
  • Ryder Cup captains like what they see at Medinah Medinah Country Club, plagued by course conditioning issues last month, received glowing reviews as next year’s site for the Ryder Cup matches. Top players from the U.S. and Europe will battle on the club’s No. 3 course next Sept. 25-30. The club and PGA of America celebrated the one-year countdown to the next Ryder Cup this ...
  • Signs point to North suburbs landing BMW in 2013 An announcement won’t likely come for a few weeks, but the BMW Championship figures to be played in the north suburbs when it returns to the Chicago area in 2013. The tourney’s 20-year run by Cog Hill Golf & Country Club figures to come to an end after complaints by three high-profile players. Phil Mickelson, Steve ...
  • Streelman’s PGA career on rise despite missing BMW The PGA Tour’s BMW Championship will be heavy on Illinois talent when it tees off Thursday at Cog Hill in Lemont. World No. 1 Luke Donald is fourth in the FedEx Cup point standings, with Steve Stricker eighth, Mark Wilson 17th and D.A. Points 49th. FedExCup Top 10 leaders Here’s a look at the point standings as the ...