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Len Ziehm On Golf

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  • Only eight other Illinois PGA players have matched Billiter’s feat Jim Billiter and Matt Slowinski were cart partners in Wednesday’s final round of the 93rd Illinois PGA Championship. Slowinski called it “a good pairing’’ and said they had a “great time.’’ It was Billiter, though, who hung on to claim the $10,000 first prize in the first big tournament played on Medinah Country Club’s No. ...
  • Inkster, Stephenson are both Legends champions at French Lick FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Two of the greatest names in the history of women’s golf were champions again on Sunday in The Legends Championship, played on the rugged Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. Juli Inkster won the main tournament for players who have passed their 45th birthday. Jan Stephenson took the Super Legends ...
  • Legends’ leaderboard is loaded for shootout in final round FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Sunday’s final round of The Legends Championship is loaded at the top of the leaderboard with eight players within one shot at the top of the leaderboard. That select group includes a recently named World Golf Hall of Famer (Dame Laura Davies), a recently-named Legends Hall of Famer (Rosie Jones), the current ...
  • Past champs paired in Legends’ final twosome of Round 1 FRENCH LICK, Ind. – The pre-tournament festivities ended Friday night. Now 58 members of the LPGA Legends Tour will battle for two days in the circuit’s biggest tournament over the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. Players arrived here in time for practice rounds on Thursday and Friday was devoted to the day-long pro-am competition. ...
  • Rinker is ready to defend her Legends title at French Lick FRENCH LICK, Ind. — The Legends Championship tees off at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort this week, and the defending champion is ready. Laurie Rinker arrived at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, in time for a Thursday practice round. She may be a bit on the tired side after enduring a weather delay ...
  • This U.S. Amateur champion is already something special Rain delays, caddie changes, a bad tee shot at a critical moment. Nothing was going to keep Bryson DeChambeau from joining some of golf’s most elite company on Sunday. In winning the 115th U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club DeChambeau joined Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) as ...
  • DeChambeau, Bard reach U.S. Amateur final Only four golfers have won the NCAA individual title and the U.S. Amateur in the same year, and three of those are household names. Bryson DeChambeau can join the select group – one that includes Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore — with a victory on Sunday at Olympia Fields Country Club. ...
  • U.S. Amateur is down to the Final Four The 115th U.S. Amateur started with over 7,000 entries world-wide, and 312 qualified for this week’s finals at Olympia Fields Country Club. Now there are only four players left. Saturday’s semifinals pit Japan’s Kenta Konishi against Derek Bard, a University of Virginia golfer, and Bryson DeChambeau, the NCAA champions from Southern Methodist, against Sean ...
  • Mitchell, 37, is last Illinois golfer eliminated in U.S. Amateur It didn’t take long to realize that Thursday wouldn’t be a good day for the Illinois players still competing in the 115th U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club. University of Illinois golfer Alex Burge was in the first match of the day in the Round of 32. He lost 2-up when his opponent, Kyle Mueller ...
  • Illinois-connected players go 4-0 in U.S. Amateur matches Illinois coach Mike Small was delighted that four of his players were among the 312 qualifiers for this week’s 115th U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club. He was even more happy that two of them, Alex Burge and Thomas Detry, were among the winners in Wednesday’s first round of matches. Both had to do it ...
  • Burge, Cooke beat the rain, advance at U.S. Amateur Alex Burge and David Cooke both won big tournaments this summer, and now they’re poised to win something much bigger. Though it’s not official yet, Burge and Cooke most likely survived the 36-hole stroke play portion of the 115th U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club and will be among the 64 qualifiers for the match ...
  • No U.S. sweep of 2015 majors, but Day deserved this PGA SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – No longer is Jason Day the best golfer without a major championship. The 27-year old Australian had been in the conversation for that dubious honor for several years, but he took himself out of it on Sunday by winning the 97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. Day had this one coming. He ...
  • Spieth overshadows McIlroy before the storm hits SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Featured pairings don’t always work out, but this one was a no-brainer. Rory McIlroy, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, played the first two rounds of the 97th PGA Championship with Jordan Spieth, ranked No. 2 after winning the Masters and U.S. Open this year. The third member was Zach ...
  • Spieth is great American hope on final day of the PGA SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – American golfers could complete a sweep of the four major championships on Sunday. That hasn’t happened since 1982 – but don’t count on it happening this time. Yes, Jordan Spieth won the Masters and U.S. Open and Zach Johnson took the British Open. Though Spieth is in contention again, any thought ...
  • DJ puts aside 2010 nightmare, leads at Whistling Straits SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Dustin Johnson knew the questions would be coming. After all, he blew a chance to win the last PGA Championship staged at Whistling Straits and – though that was five years ago – people into golf don’t forget. Johnson grounded his club in a bunker on the last hole of regulation play ...
  • PGA women’s event will have an unusual two-year run at Chicago courses SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Usually the PGA of America, PGA Tour, U.S. Golf Assn. and Ladies PGA announce their tournament sites at least five years in advance and, until Wednesday, Chicago seemed largely out of the mix. The USGA has no Chicago tournament scheduled after next week’s U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields and the LPGA had only ...
  • This Western Amateur was filled with the unexpected Dawson Armstrong and Aaron Wise were unlikely finalists – maybe even Sweet 16 qualifiers – when the Western Amateur teed off at Rich Harvest Farms last week. Then again, nothing much was usual in the 113th playing of the championship put on by the Western Golf Assn. Armstrong earned the title with a miracle bunker shot ...
  • Knapp finds two ways to win matches in Western Am There won’t be any player with local ties in Saturday’s conclusion to the Western Amateur. Charlie Danielson, the University of Illinois stalwart, was eliminated in Friday’s Round of 16 matches at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. With Danielson out, the coveted title in the 113th playing of the championship will go to one of ...
  • Western Am players — especially a Wise guy — go low at Rich Harvest The sense of urgency arrived for the first time at the 113th playing of the Western Amateur on Wednesday, and that was evident with some of the scores posted at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Most of the 156 starters were eliminated after Wednesday’s second round, as only the low 44 and ties advanced to ...
  • IWO’s youngest-ever champion wins by five Madasyn Pettersen, at 15, was the youngest player in the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood, in Romeoville. She was also the best – and by a long shot. Pettersen, who enters her sophomore year at Auburn High School in Rockford in the fall, finished off the 54-hole competition with a 66 and won ...
  • Cooke’s Illinois Open win was an emotional runaway David Cooke’s victory in the 66th Illinois Open was a run-away. His five-shot victory at Royal Melbourne, in Long Grove, was the biggest since Gary Hallberg’s triumph in 1977. Though the tourney lacked suspense, it was loaded with emotion and another historical touch. Cooke was the first amateur to win the title since Brad Benjamin ...
  • Moline’s Lawrence starts Illinois Open with a record 62 Monday turned out a big day for the golfers at Conway Farms – but an even bigger one for David Lawrence. The Moline golfer shot a 9-under-par 62 at Royal Melbourne in Long Grove. That’s the lowest round in the 66-year history of the Illinois Open. Lawrence, who has been playing golf’s mini-tour since attending ...
  • Medinah’s Tee-K Kelly wins Illinois Amateur again SPRINGFIELD, IL. – A year ago Naperville’s Ray Knoll and Northbrook’s Nick Hardy battled through four playoff holes before Knoll won the Illinois State Amateur title. Knoll couldn’t repeat this year, and Hardy didn’t win, either, but nobody played better than those two during this year’s final round at Panther Creek Country Club on Thursday. ...
  • JDC win gives Spieth momentum boost for St. Andrews SILVIS, IL. – Bring on the British Open. Jordan Spieth is more than ready to claim the third leg of what could be the first modern day golf Grand Slam. The 21-year old Masters and U.S. Open champion won the John Deere Classic for the second time without his best stuff on Sunday, then boarded ...
  • A 61 at JDC is Spieth’s lowest round as a pro SILVIS, IL. – Another John Deere Classic hasn’t been won yet and the British Open – the third leg of golf’s Grand Slam — is next week’s target. Still, Jordan Spieth’s game is good enough right now to win them both, no doubt about it. That was underscored on Saturday when the 21-year old Masters and ...
  • Spieth shows his game is British-ready at the JDC SILVIS, IL. – Second-guessers abounded when Jordan Spieth announced he would return to the John Deere Classic for his last tuneup tournament before next week’s British Open. A large segment of the world-wide golf community felt Spieth was short-changing himself by not heading to Europe a week ahead of his bid for a third straight major ...
  • U.S. stays focused, regains Palmer Cup The U.S. team in the Palmer Cup certainly didn’t want a repeat of the epic collapse the country’s professionals had in the 2012 Ryder Cup matches at Medinah. In that Ryder Cup the U.S. took a 10-6 lead into the final day’s singles matches and blew it. In the Palmer Cup, a similar team event ...
  • Memories of Medinah? U.S. takes big lead into last day of Palmer Cup Beau Hossler vowed even before the Palmer Cup matches began that he wouldn’t be looking ahead to his title defense in August’s Western Amateur. Both competitions are being played at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. The Palmer Cup is a 19-year old team event pitting the college stars of the U.S. against their counterparts ...
  • U.S. gets off to a fast start in Palmer Cup Just two weeks ago Thomas Detry was on the popular side, a key player in the University of Illinois’ drive to the semifinals of the NCAA golf tournament in Florida. Now, as a member of the European team in the Palmer Cup matches at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, he’s trying to do in the ...
  • Sluman’s charge comes up short against Montgomerie FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Hinsdale’s Jeff Sluman made a run at the title in the final round of the 76th Senior PGA Championship on Sunday. After making five birdies in his first 10 holes Sluman even thought he had a chance to catch front-runner Colin Montgomerie. “I just played excellent golf, which you have ...
  • Another Montgomerie-Langer duel in Senior PGA finale FRENCH LICK, Ind. – The Senior PGA Championship has been played for 75 years and only four players have successfully defended a title. Colin Montgomerie could be the fifth on Sunday. The Scotsman enjoyed a solid career on the European and PGA Tours but never won a major title. That changed when he joined ...
  • Lehman leads, Beck, Sluman survive on tricky Dye course FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Scores were much higher than usual over the first two rounds of the 76th Senior PGA Championship at the Pete Dye Course, but not all the Champions Tour players were suffering. Tom Lehman, who will defend his title in July’s Encompass Championship at North Shore in Glenview, claimed the 36-hole lead after ...
  • Billiter survives a week of surprises at IPGA Match Play Jim Billiter, a 10-year assistant pro at the Merit Club in Libertyville, won the 64th Illinois PGA Match Play Championship on Monday, climaxing a week in which nothing went as expected at Kemper Lakes in Long Grove. The first major tournament of the Chicago season figured to be another duel between Curtis Malm, the head pro ...
  • Winning Masters’ Par-3 contest was a just reward for Streelman Wheaton’s Kevin Streelman won the traditional Par-3 Contest that precedes the Masters tournament on Wednesday. That’s not necessarily a good thing, because players consider winning the Par-3 a bad omen. No Par-3 winner has ever gone on to win the Masters. In Streelman’s case, though, things might turn out differently. He didn’t take his participation ...
  • Illinois Open gets a major facelift The Illinois PGA, in an effort to stimulate more entries in its biggest annual tournament, announced major changes in the Illinois Open on Friday. For the first time the finals in the 65-year old tournament will be played at two sites – Royal Melbourne in Long Grove and Hawthorn Woods Country Club. The field will also ...
  • LPGA’s 66th season got off to a good start at Golden Ocala OCALA, FL. – The first event of the LPGA’s 66th season wasn’t held very far from the site of the circuit’s very first tournament, in 1950. That one was at Palma Cella Country Club in Tampa. The 2015 debut also wasn’t far from the organization’s headquarters. It was played at Golden Ocala Golf & ...
  • RETURN OF THE TIGER: Spieth was clearly the star of Woods’ tourney WINDERMERE, FL. – Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf figured to be the most noteworthy event in the sport last week. Now, maybe it wasn’t. Woods played hurt, and tied for last in his Hero World Challenge at Isleworth. Just an hour away his niece, Cheyenne Woods, earned her playing privileges on the LPGA ...
  • Sainz, Small come up short in Chicago Open; Ruthkoski wins in playoff Carlos Sainz Jr., the new PGA Tour member from Elgin, was in position to defend his Chicago Open title Tuesday and Mike Small, the University of Illinois men’s coach, had a chance to win, too. He jumped into a tie for the lead after making five birdies in a row in a furious back nine ...
  • Steinhauer’s bomb brings Handa Cup back to U.S. WEST POINT, MS. – Given the Americans’ lack of success in the last three Ryder Cup matches and the last two Solheim Cups, Sunday’s U.S. victory in the ISPS Handa Cup represented a breath of fresh air. The U.S. had struggled in the previous two Handa Cups, the premier team event put on by the LPGA ...
  • Davies-Johnson duo dominates first day of Handa Cup WEST POINT, MS. – Juli Inkster received a rude welcome in her debut on the LPGA Legends Tour on Saturday. Winner of seven major titles in a Hall of Fame career on the LPGA circuit, Inkster partnered with Meg Mallon in both of her matches in the ninth annual ISPS Handa Cup at Old Waverly Golf ...
  • Old Waverly return makes this Handa Cup special WEST POINT, MS. – The ninth playing of the Handa Cup begins Saturday at a most appropriate location. Old Waverly Golf Club is the first site used for the LPGA Legends Tour’s premier team event that had previously hosted a U.S. Women’s Open. Old Waverly hosted the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open 11 years after opening ...
  • HANDA CUP: Will Inkster’s debut get U.S. back on winning track? WEST POINT, MS. — This week in golf isn’t all about the Ryder Cup. The LPGA Legends Tour will have its premier team event, the ISPS Handa Cup, going on at the same time. The Handa Cup isn’t as old as its male counterpart, but the U.S. teams in both are in precarious positions. ...
  • LPGA LEGENDS: Final round rainout makes Rinker a champion FRENCH LICK, Ind. – The final round of the LPGA Legends Championship was impacted by weather for the second straight year Sunday, and this time it prevented a ball from being struck. Anticipating weather problems, Legends officials scheduled a 7:30 a.m. start of play off both the Nos. 1 and 10 tees, but a night of ...
  • LPGA LEGENDS: Steinhauer’s 63 likely a tour record FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Sherri Steinhauer posted a round for the ages on the LPGA Legends Tour Saturday, but – as good as her 9-under-par 63 was – it wasn’t good enough to give her the lead going into Sunday’s final round of the $500,000 Legends Championship, played on the tricky Pete Dye Course at ...
  • LPGA LEGENDS: Co-leaders present a sharp contrast in golf careers FRENCH LICK, Ind. – There’s a tie at the top of the leaderboard after Round 1 of the LPGA Legends Championship, and the co-leaders couldn’t be much more different. Rosie Jones and Lisa Grimes both covered the Pete Dye Course in 3-under-par 69. Jones is one of the stalwarts on the Legends circuit and won last ...
  • LPGA Legends Tour braces for its biggest tournament FRENCH LICK, Ind. – The Legends Championship, which made its debut on the Pete Dye Course here last year, is bigger and better for its second staging. It begins on Friday as the climax to a week of festivities designed to celebrate women’s golf. The two-day Alice Dye Invitational drew 112 amateur players from throughout ...
  • PGA: McIlroy shines brightest — even with a finish in darkness LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No major golf tournament ever ended quite like the 96th PGA Championship did on Sunday. The finish came in darkness with players from the last two twosomes clustered around the 18th green playing much like a foursome would. There could have been some controversy, but both Phil Mickelson nor Rickie Fowler ...
  • PGA: Fowler looms as best bet to overtake McIlroy LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It’s certainly not a case of Rory McIlroy being unable to win his third straight tournament and second major championship in a row on Sunday. The world’s No. 1-ranked golfer owns a one-stroke lead going into the final round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla. The challenge of closing out another tournament, ...
  • PGA: Missed cut probably means the end to Tiger’s season LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 96th PGA Championship is only at the midway point, but its two weekend rounds will be lacking something. Tiger Woods won’t be around when the pursuit of front-running Rory McElroy resumes on Saturday. Woods missed the cut after shooting his second straight 74 in Friday’s second round at Valhalla, and that could ...
  • PGA: McIlroy’s back nine comeback shows how good his game is now LOUISVILLE, Ky. – If you were expecting the big-name American golfers to jump into immediate contention at the 96th PGA Championship on Thursday you would have been disappointed big-time. Tiger Woods, after his dramatic late arrival at Valhalla on Thursday, shot 74. He admitted “that wasn’t very good,’’ but at least he had a better ...
  • PGA: Late arrival, health report puts Tiger back in the spotlight LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The suspense is over. Tiger Woods showed up at Valhalla on Wednesday, just a few hours before Thursday’s start of the 96th PGA Championship. After a brief practice session promised he’d tee off in Thursday’s first round. Woods left the Bridgestone Invitational after nine holes on Sunday after injuring his back. He returned ...
  • WESTERN AMATEUR: Champion Hossler proves spoiler for Illinois contenders Rarely, if ever, have Illinois golfers made as big an impression at the Western Amateur as they did last week in the 112th staging of the prestigious tournament at Chicago’s Beverly Country Club. Doug Ghim, of Arlington Heights, tied the course record with a 63 in stroke play qualifying and was the tourney’s medalist – the ...
  • IWO: A record 9-shot win for U. of Oklahoma golfer The 20th Illinois Women’s Open may have seemed like a ho-hum affair. Emily Collins started the final round with a five-stroke lead and won by nine. It wasn’t quite that easy for the University of Oklahoma graduate, however. Collins, in her second tournament as a professional, started double bogey-bogey and her playing partner, Michigan ...
  • IWO: Hot second round gives Oklahoma golfer a 5-shot cushion Mistwood’s recently renovated course has proven a tough challenge for the players in the 20th Illinois Women’s Open – with the exception of Emily Collins, that is. Collins, a recent University of Oklahoma graduate preparing for the LPGA qualifying school, posted a 4-under-par 68 in Tuesday’s second round to open a five-stroke lead entering Wednesday’s final ...
  • ILLINOIS OPEN: Win puts Hopfinger among the Lucky 7 Only seven players have won titles in both the Illinois State Amateur, which has been played for 84 years, and the Illinois Open, which just completed its 65th staging. Brad Hopfinger, a Lake Forest resident who attended the University of Iowa before turning pro, was the latest and he joined a selected group – David Ogrin, ...
  • ILLINOIS OPEN: Another Hawkeye is in position to win University of Iowa golfers have won three of the last five Illinois State Amateur golf titles. Now another Hawkeye is poised to claim the Illinois Open crown. Brian Bullington, a Frankfort resident who will be a senior at Iowa in the fall, coped with windy conditions at The Glen Club in Glenview on Tuesday to ...
  • ILLINOIS OPEN: Davan shakes off tough finish in 2013 tourney Monday’s first round of the 65th Illinois Open was full of surprises, the most notable of which was provided by Michael Davan. Davan, from downstate Hoopeston turned pro after playing collegiately at Indiana-Purdue Indianapolis. Starting late in the day he shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead into Tuesday’s second round at The Glen ...
  • ILLINOIS AMATEUR: Knoll makes most of 257-hole odyssey The reign of college players continued in the 84th Illinois State Amateur on Wednesday, but this time it took a four-hole playoff to decide the champion. Deer Park’s Chadd Slutzky, a 36-year old financial trader, took a two-shot lead into the 36-hole finale of the tournament at Cantigny, in Wheaton. He wilted, finishing solo fourth ...
  • ILLINOIS AMATEUR: Collegiate domination could be coming to an end Chadd Slutzky, a 36-year old financial trader from Deer Park, is in position to reverse a trend in the 84th Illinois State Amateur golf tournament on Thursday. College players have won the prestigious title every year since 2003 but Slutzky was better than all of them in the first two rounds at Cantigny, in Wheaton. ...
  • JDC: Johnson, Stricker can’t keep up with Harman SILVIS, IL. – Local heroes Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker were in the hunt and the weather couldn’t have been better. That assured the John Deere Classic its best year for attendance and revenue since tournament director Clair Peterson invited Michelle Wie to spice up the field eight years ago. Johnson and Stricker, though, couldn’t ...
  • JDC: Hot threesome is combined 24-under; Brown posts 61 SILVIS, IL. – If ever there was a day for low scoring it was in Saturday’s third round of the John Deere Classic. The course was softened by an overnight downpour, and the lift, clean and place rule was put into effect. Only a light breeze factored into the playing conditions on what has ...
  • JDC: Zach’s at the top of the leader board again SILVIS, IL. – The John Deere Classic isn’t Zach Johnson’s personal showcase. It just seems that way at times. Johnson, from Cedar Rapids, has long been Iowa’s premier touring pro. He got his start thanks to sponsor exemptions offered by the JDC and he used them well at his closest hometown tournament . Eventually Johnson won ...
  • ENCOMPASS: Cochran’s 64 was the best at North Shore It may have been too little too late, but Russ Cochran took more than a mediocre paycheck away from the Encompass Championship on Sunday. The left-handed golfer claimed the tournament 18-hole record with an 8-under-par 64. The previous low round in the Champions Tour event was 65 posted by 2013 champion Craig Stadler and Bob ...
  • ENCOMPASS: North Shore is a good place for two Tripletts Kirk Triplett wasn’t excited about his Saturday round in the Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, even though it was a good one. Triplett, an early starter, posted his second straight 5-under-par 67 and his 10-under 134 is three strokes behind leader Tom Lehman entering Sunday’s final round. “If you drive the ball well ...
  • ENCOMPASS: Perry couldn’t keep up U.S. Open momentum in Round 1 Kenny Perry won the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup last year and was the circuit’s only player in action last week when he tied for 28th in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, N.C. At 53 he was the oldest player to make the cut at the Open, but he wasn’t so good in his return ...
  • ENCOMPASS: Opening day had its share of sidelights — including soccer talk The first day of Chicago’s only pro tour stop of the year certainly had its share of twists on Friday. So many, in fact, that Tom Lehman’s 7-under-par 65 was almost an after-thought. Here’s a sampling: In the middle of the first round Tiger Woods announced on his Facebook page that he’s ready to compete again. ...
  • SR. PGA: Montgomerie’s dryspell in majors is over BENTON HARBOR, MI. – The rap on Colin Montgomerie was that he couldn’t win the big ones. That changed on Sunday at Harbor Shores. Montgomerie finally won a major title and finally won on American soil. In his Hall of Fame career he had done neither until his four-stroke romp in the 75th ...
  • SR. PGA: Is Montgomerie on the brink of a breakthrough? BENTON HARBOR, MI. – Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie is in the World Golf Hall of Fame, but he has yet to win a tournament in the United States. That could change Sunday when he takes a one-shot lead over Germany’s Bernhard Langer into the final round of the 75th PGA Championship at Harbor Shores. Montgomerie ...
  • SR. PGA: Murota, Tinning could keep a tradition going BENTON HARBOR, MI. – Little known foreign players won the last two titles in the Senior PGA Championship, and that could happen again. Japan’s Kiyoshi Murota shot the best score of Friday’s second, holing from off the green twice en route to a 6-under-par 65 – and is in a six-way tie for the lead at ...
  • NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL: Illini, Campbell rule at Rich Harvest Illinois saw its five-year reign as men’s Big Ten golf champion come to an end two weeks ago, but the Illini still have a longer run going. They qualified for the NCAA finals for the seventh straight time on Saturday by winning the Central Regional at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Coach Mike Small’s ...
  • IPGA MATCH PLAY: Malm notches three-peat; Harris is next target Curtis Malm hadn’t even been born when Bill Ogden won three straight Illinois PGA Match Play titles from 1970-72. That’s the last time any player scored a three-peat in the section’s first of four major championships. Malm ended that dryspell when he took a 1-up victory over Medinah teaching pro Travis Johns in the 63rd ...
  • HANDA CUP: World Legends finally beat U.S. on eighth try OLD HICKORY, Tenn. – It took eight tries, but the LPGA Legends Tour finally witnessed a breakthrough in its premier team event on Sunday. The Legends’ U.S.-born players had won the ISPS Handa Cup six straight times and retained it last year after the matches ended in a 24-24 tie at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. ...
  • HANDA CUP: Jones wins twice, but U.S. trails after Day 1 OLD HICKORY – Some golf history could be made on Sunday at the LPGA Legends Tour’s ISPS Handa Cup. The World team was winless in the first seven stagings of the team competition that matches LPGA players 45 and over from the U.S. against their Legends counterparts who were born internationally. The U.S. won the ...
  • HANDA CUP: Captains Carner, Nilsson take opposite approaches with pairings . OLD HICKORY, Tenn. – The ISPS Handa Cup is one of the premier events on the LPGA’s Legends Tour and its eighth staging at Hermitage Golf Club on the outskirts of Nashville figures to be something special. In fact, it could result in a breakthrough for the World team. It has never won the Handa ...
  • HANDA CUP: U.S. Legends have never lost to the World team HANDA CUP: U.S. Legends have never lost to the World team OLD HICKORY, Tenn. – The biggest season in the 13-year history of the LPGA Legends Tour reaches a climax this week with the eighth playing of the ISPS Handa Cup at Hermitage Golf Club. The international team event features some of the biggest names in women’s ...
  • LPGA LEGENDS: Chip on 18 gives Kane a big win in the rain FRENCH LICK, Ind. – Lorie Kane let a victory slip away on the LPGA Legends Tour two weeks ago when she lost in a five-hole playoff to Rosie Jones in the Harris Charity Classic in Maine. There was no such negative carryover to Sunday when Kane put herself in position to win again, however. The ...
  • LPGA LEGENDS: Kane, Rinker are best at coping with Dye Course in Round 2 FRENCH LICK, Ind. – The wind blew harder and from a different direction in Saturday’s second round of the LPGA Legends Championship. Some of the pin positions at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort were more difficult, too. “Add in that Pete Dye designed this place, and that raised it another notch,’’ ...
  • LPGA LEGENDS: Tour rookie sets course record in Round 1 FRENCH LICK, Ind. – The five-year old Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort figured to be a mystery to the players in the LPGA Legends Championship. The layout, loaded with elevation changes and spectacular views, had never hosted a premier women’s event before welcoming the biggest in the history of the LPGA’s senior circuit. Dina ...
  • French Lick hosts biggest-ever LPGA Legends event FRENCH LICK, Ind. – The stage is set for what amounts to more than just a golf tournament. The Legends Championship presented by Humana is a week-long celebration of women’s golf at French Lick Resort. The Legends is the official senior tour of the Ladies PGA. It has been in existence since ...
  • BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: A home game was just what Luke Donald needed This has been a tough season for Luke Donald. The world’s No. 1 player for 55 weeks in 2011 and 2012 missed the cut in both the British Open and PGA Championship. Some home cooking, though, got him out of his funk. The former Northwestern golfer came into the BMW Championship on his home ...
  • BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: Monday finish dampens first visit to Conway Farms Slugger White, the PGA Tour’s vice president for rules and operations, knew rain was going to fall at the BMW Championship on Sunday. He just didn’t know how much. The PGA Tour deals with weather issues all year long, and usually has the answer to minimizing the problems related to them. That wasn’t the ...
  • BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: Leaders benefitted by not hitting a shot For Jim Furyk, leader of the BMW Championship through 54 holes, Sunday turned into a day to watch football on television. For Steve Stricker, his closest pursuer, it was a day for family time. For all the 64 players left in the third event of the four-tournament FedEx Cup Playoff series it was a ...
  • BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: Schedule change continues to benefit Stricker Play less, but play better. Not a bad formula for a golfer as long as it works. It’s definitely worked for Steve Stricker this season. Seeking more family time Stricker cut his PGA Tour schedule almost in half but that didn’t reduce his skill level. On Saturday the University of Illinois alum from Madison, ...
  • BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: Furyk’s 59 takes attention away from Streelman Life is good for Kevin Streelman this week. On Sunday Chicago’s only homegrown PGA Tour player enjoyed a Bears’ game and steak dinner with some old high school buddies. On Friday the plan was to watch a high school football game between Wheaton South, Streelman’s alma mater, and arch-rival Wheaton North. Each night in between ...
  • BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: Stricker raves about Snedeker’s putting Steve Stricker posted a solid 66 in the first round of the BMW Championship on Thursday, but he knew he was just a side show. Playing partner Brandt Snedeker put on a putting display that was hard to match, and Stricker found it a challenge to focus on his own game instead of becoming more of ...
  • BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: 66 isn’t good enough for Tiger Forget that shocking tie for 65th place finish that Tiger Woods posted in the Deutsche Bank Classic in Boston two weeks ago. That knocked the world’s No. 1-ranked player from first to second in the FedEx Cup Playoff standings, but that blip is a distant memory now. Woods didn’t have his best stuff on Thursday ...
  • A move to the north will freshen up the BMW Championship The PGA Tour hasn’t visited the north suburbs in 41 years, when the Western Open was staged at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield. That’s surprising, given the golf enthusiasm demonstrated annually in the area and the wide area of quality courses available. Other golf tours did make appearances. The U.S. Women’s Open was played at ...
  • Pro-ams are an important part of the BMW Championship The biggest reason the top golfers on the PGA Tour will be at Conway Farms in Lake Forest this week isn’t because of the $8 million in prize money that’ll be on the line. The Western Golf Assn. conducts its BMW Championship to raise money for its Evans Scholars Foundation. While the 72-hole tournament doesn’t start ...
  • ILLINOIS WOMEN’S OPEN: Fifth Michigan golfer in six years wins the title There were possibilities for Chicago golfers to make significant history in Friday’s final round of the 19th Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood in Romeoville. Berwyn’s Nicole Jeray tried to become the first professional to win event three times. Burr Ridge’s Samantha Postillion hoped to give her family a fourth IWO titles, her mother Kerry having ...
  • ILLINOIS WOMEN’S OPEN: Another Jeray-Postillion duel — but with a twist ILLINOIS WOMEN’S OPEN: Another Jeray-Postillion duel – but with a twist The story lines couldn’t be more appropriate going into Friday’s final round of the 19th Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood in Romeoville. Nicole Jeray, the LPGA Tour veteran from Berwyn, is poised to join amateur Kerry Postillion as the only three-time champions of Illinois’ ...
  • ILLINOIS OPEN: Kinney dominates playoff for first pro victory There were lots of doubts about who would win the 64th Illinois Open during Wednesday’s final round at The Glen Club in Glenview. In fact, no one did. Antioch’s Joe Kinney, who’s been laboring on golf’s mini-tours, clearly showed who was best in the three-man three-hole cumulative score playoff that determined the champion, however. Kinney, 26, ...
  • ILLINOIS OPEN: India takes lead despite double bogey finish Deerfield’s Vince India played his college golf at Iowa and started his professional career this spring on the PGA Latino-American circuit, where his tournaments were in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. India was right at home on Tuesday in the 64th Illinois Open, however. Opening with a 20-foot putt for eagle ...
  • ILLINOIS STATE AMATEUR: Tee-K Kelly is halfway to a sweep ROCKFORD – Tee-K Kelly had an inkling this would be his week at the 83rd Illinois State Amateur golf championship at Aldeen Golf Club. “I told my Dad on the first day that this was the most nervous I’ve been in a long time, because I knew I had a shot to win,’’ he said. ...
  • JDC: Spieth becomes PGA Tour’s first teenage champion in 82 years SILVIS, IL. – It’s not unusual for golfers to get their first PGA Tour victory at the John Deere Classic. Jordan Spieth became the 19th player in the tourney’s 43-year history to do it on Sunday. Spieth’s win, though, was different from all the others – a lot different. Still two weeks away from his 20th ...
  • JDC: Changing of the guard after Summerhays shoots 62? SILVIS, IL. – Could Sunday bring a changing of the guard at the John Deere Classic? Saturday’s developments at TPC Deere Run certainly suggested that’s a strong possibility. Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker, the poster boys for the PGA Tour stop over the last four years, fell off the pace in the third round as ...
  • JDC: Zach Johnson doesn’t need to be perfect to retain lead SILVIS, IL. – Zach Johnson is not only on the board of directors for the John Deere Classic, he’s also the defending champion. Those roles might seem a burden for the PGA Tour’s leading member from nearby Iowa, but so far Johnson’s kept his focus. He tacked a second round 66 to the 64 he ...
  • ILLINOIS WOMEN’S AMATEUR: Youngest champion in 80 years is just 16 ILL. WOMEN’S AMATEUR: Youngest champion in 80 years is just 16 The Illinois Women’s Golf Assn. has conducted a state amateur championship for 80 years, and this year’s version produced its youngest-ever champion. Bing Singhsumalee, 16, won the tourney in spectacular fashion, chipping in for birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat ...
  • ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP: Couples’ birdie blitz didn’t faze Stadler Craig Stadler’s first Champions Tour win in eight years seemed a foregone conclusion for awhile on Sunday. After all, he had a five-shot lead after playing his first six holes at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. That lead wasn’t so safe, though. A combination of Fred Couples’ birdies and Stadler’s own shaky play turned the ...
  • ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP: Stadler’s a surprise leader entering final round ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP: Stadler’s a surprise leader entering final round Who would have expected Craig Stadler to be the 36-hole leader of the Encompass Championship? Well, certainly not Craig Stadler. The veteran long ago nicknamed the Walrus hasn’t won a tournament since 2004 and hasn’t even been in contention in one since 2007. Three months ago he was on ...
  • ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP: Another Langer-Frost duel begins A 3-hour 28-minute rain delay disrupted the return of the Champions Tour to Chicago on Friday, but it didn’t interrupt the season-long duel of the circuit’s two top players. Bernhard Langer, the season money leader and No. 2 in the season-long battle for the coveted Charles Schwab Cup, posted a 5-under-par 67 at North Shore ...
  • ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP: Irwin aims for sixth victory on Chicago courses No golfer ever has had the success that Hale Irwin has enjoyed on Chicago courses. Not Fred Couples, not Mark O’Meara, not Bernhard Langer, not Tom Lehman, not even Illinois Golf Hall of Famer Jay Haas or Nick Price – the last winner of back-to-back Western Opens at Cog Hill back in the early 1990s. All ...
  • SENIOR PGA: Kohki Idoki overcomes three Champions Tour superstars ST. LOUIS – Who would have expected this? Three of the top stars in American golf were in position to win the 74th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on Sunday. None did. The first major title of the year on the Champions Tour instead went to Kohki Idoki, a 5-foot 5-inch 136-pound Japanese golfer ...
  • SENIOR PGA: Perry-Cochran scenario makes for a neat story ST. LOUIS – It’s not unusual for the PGA to pair friends in the first two rounds of its tournaments. That’s why Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran played together in the first two rounds of the 74th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club. The results, though, don’t always come out they did on Thursday and ...
  • IPGA MATCH PLAY: Malm notches an historic repeat Curtis Malm won both player-of-the-year awards handed out by the Illinois PGA last year, and – judging by what happened in the first of the section’s four major championships of 2013 – there’s no reason to think he won’t pull off another sweep this season. Malm became the first player in 25 years to win back-to-back ...
  • Northwestern golfer breaks a Luke Donald record Luke Donald was a three-time All-American and an NCAA champion for Northwestern before he went on to his brilliant career as a professional, which included his earning the status of the world’s No. 1 golfer. One of Donald’s most cherished collegiate records went by the wayside on Tuesday when NU junior Jack Perry posted a 54-hole ...
  • IPGA PLAYERS: Orrick wins again, but Malm sweeps player-of-the-year awards GALENA, IL. – It was a rarity when Steve Orrick won the Illinois PGA Championship in August. He was the first non-Chicago area club professional to take that title in 60 years. It wasn’t so unusual for Orrick, the head man at Country Club of Decatur, to rule the last of the section’s four major ...
  • RYDER CUP: Kaymer’s attitude adjustment paid off in the end Germany’s Martin Kaymer changed his attitude. For that he was rewarded Sunday with the honor of assuring the Ryder Cup would remain in Europe for two more years. Kaymer hadn’t been playing well leading into this year’s Ryder Cup. In fact he skipped the last qualifying tournament for Team Europe even though he held the ...
  • RYDER CUP: Donald’s fast start was the key to Europe’s comeback Luke Donald did his job perfectly for Team Europe on Sunday. With his team trailing 10-6, captain Jose Maria Olazabal sent former world No. 1 and Northwestern alum Donald out first in Sunday’s singles in hopes of building some quick momentum for his team. Donald didn’t disappoint. His opponent, long-hitting Bubba Watson, had been a ...
  • RYDER CUP: Poulter’s five-birdie finish gives Europe some hope There may be no better match play competitor in Ryder Cup history than England’s Ian Poulter. He’s kept Team Europe alive – at least barely – through two days of the 39th staging of the event at Medinah, and he gave a pulsating finish to Saturday’s session. After playing partner Rory McIlroy made birdie at ...
  • RYDER CUP: European captain’s picks were too much for Tiger Opening day at the 39th Ryder Cup didn’t go well for Team Europe on Friday, but the gang that won four of the last five competitions did win one battle. The two captain’s picks made by European captain Jose Maria Olazabal were twice as productive as the four captain’s picks made by U.S. captain Davis Love ...
  • U.S. MID-AMATEUR: Nathan Smith’s well-earned fourth title sets a record Pittsburgh’s Nathan Smith made U.S. golf history Thursday en route to earning another coveted invitation to next April’s Masters tournament. Smith became the first four-time winner of the U.S. Mid-Amateur – the national championship for players 25 and over — with a tense victory over Canadian Garrett Rank in the 36-hole final at Conway Farms, in ...
  • U.S. MID-AMATEUR: Smith, Rank final will be historical — no matter who wins No golfer in the 32-year history of the U.S. Mid-Amateur has won the tournament four times. Nathan Smith could be the first to do it today at Conway Farms, in Lake Forest. Smith, from Pittsburgh, won the national championship for amateurs 25 and over in 2003, 2009 and 2010. He advanced to another final ...
  • BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: McIlroy is simply the best as season reaches its climax CARMEL, Ind. – Sunday’s wrapup to the BMW Championship didn’t bode well for the U.S. team’s chances in the upcoming Ryder Cup matches at Medinah. Two members of the European Ryder Cup team, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, played together in the next-to-the-last twosome and finished at the top of the leaderboard with McIlroy reinforcing his ...
  • BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: Ten-birdie round shows Mickelson is back in the groove CARMEL, Ind. – Phil Mickelson was a reluctant competitor when the Western Golf Assn. held the Western Open and its successor, the BMW Championship, at Cog Hill in Lemont. He just didn’t like the course, and said so. The results showed it, too. From his first appearance in 1992 until the final staging at ...
  • ILLINOIS PGA: Finally a non-Chicago club pro wins The likelihood of Steve Orrick winning the 90th Illinois PGA Championship Wednesday didn’t seem good. No club professional from outside the Chicago area had won the event since Mike Sipula in 1952, and Orrick had two better established playing partners in the final threesome at Stonewall Orchard in Grayslake. Illinois coach Mike Small had ...
  • ILLINOIS AMATEUR: Prchal ends title run by college players MARION, IL. – The college players’ domination of the Illinois State Amateur golf tournament is over. Collegians had won eight straight times until Glenview’s Quinn Prchal came through with rounds of 66-69 on Thursday at The Links at Kokopelli to notch a two-stroke victory over Derek Meinhart of Mattoon. Prchal went through the three-day ...
  • WESTERN AMATEUR: Williams completes an historic sweep The Western Golf Assn. went to its present format for its Western Amateur Championship in 1956,. Calling for 72 holes of stroke play qualifying and then four rounds of match play, the 110-year old tourney is one of the most grueling in golf and few players handled that immense challenge as well as Chris ...
  • WESTERN AMATEUR: Williams betters his own record in stroke play Chris Williams set the Western Amateur scoring record for 72 holes when he went 16-under-par last year at North Shore Country Club, in Glenview. This year, with the 110-year-old tourney moving to Exmoor, in Highland Park, he did even better. The University of Washington senior buzzed around Exmoor in 66-67 in Thursday’s 36-hole session to ...
  • ILLINOIS WOMEN’S OPEN: First three-way playoff goes to Tulane’s Troyanovich The men’s Illinois Open is limited to in-state residents, the women’s version isn’t. The impact of that was clearly evident in Friday’s final round of the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood in Romeoville. For the first time in the tourney’s 18 stagings the title was decided in a playoff with Michigan amateur Samantha ...
  • ILLINOIS WOMEN’S OPEN: Miller could become first high school champion In its 17 previous stagings the Illinois Women’s Open has never had a high school champion. That could change today when Stevenson’s Stephanie Miller enters the final round as the co-leader. Miller, 17, also has a great pairing for the shootout at Mistwood, in Romeoville. She’ll play with the other co-leader, Chicago amateur Nora Lucas. ...
  • ILLINOIS OPEN: New pro Scodro is thriving on state Opens Wednesday’s final round of the 63rd Illinois Open didn’t have the spectacular shots that were so abundant in Round 2, but it certainly had more drama. Recent Notre Dame graduate Max Scodro and Eric Meierdierks, the tourney’s 2010 champion, waged a two-man duel all day long at The Glen Club in Glenview before Skodro took the ...
  • ILLINOIS OPEN: Back-to-back eagles, 263-yard hole-out ignite Round 2 Wilmette’s Eric Meierdierks shot 68s in both the first and second rounds of the 63rd Illinois Open at The Glen Club in Glenview. His second 18, on Tuesday, was the more notable on a day in which the weather was so hot players were allowed to wear shorts for only the fourth time in the ...
  • JOHN DEERE CLASSIC: Johnson steals the thunder from Stricker this time SILVIS, IL. – Steve Stricker’s bid for an historic four-peat at the John Deere Classic fizzled on Sunday, but the end result was almost as good for an emotionally-drained gallery at TPC Deere Run. Zach Johnson, almost as popular as Stricker in the Quad Cities, got the win in one of the strangest playoffs in PGA ...
  • JOHN DEERE CLASSIC: Stricker, Johnson both have a chance to win this time SILVIS, IL. – As far as the multitudes of fans pouring into the John Deere Classic are concerned the leaderboard couldn’t be any better than this for today’s final round. Steve Stricker, going for an historic fourth straight title, is in the final twosome. Iowa resident Zach Johnson, a long-time tournament board member who has spurred ...
  • JOHN DEERE CLASSIC: Stricker’s still within striking distance after Round 2 SILVIS, IL. – Steve Stricker is still very much in contention for an historic fourth straight win midway through the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, but the battle lines were more clearly drawn on Friday. Stricker, hoping to become only the fifth player in professional golf’s last 140 years to win a major tournament four straight ...
  • JOHN DEERE CLASSIC: Stricker within 4 of leader after Round 1 SILVIS, IL. –If Steve Stricker is to make golf history by winning the John Deere Classic for a fourth straight year he’ll have to pick up his game on the front nine of TPC Deere Run. Stricker struggled badly on the front nine in Thursday’s opening round, the shot 6-under-par on the back side to post ...
  • U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN: Choi ignites another Korean celebration KOHLER, Wis. – There was a poignant moment midway through the final round of the 67th U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday. Se Ri Pak, who won the tournament at Blackwolf Run in 1998, was finishing her round just as two other Korean golfers – Na Yeon Choi and Amy Yang – were making the turn for ...
  • U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN: Another Korean golfer is poised to win KOHLER, Wis. – There doesn’t seem to be a question about whether a South Korean golfer will contend for the U.S. Women’s Open title. After all, four players from that little country won the biggest tournament in women’s golf in the last seven years. Now the question is, which one will win it ...
  • U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN: This is what Wie has been waiting for KOHLER, Wis. – Finally Michelle Wie is back – well, at least for a day. Long touted as the next superstar of women’s golf, Wie fired a 6-under-par 66 in the second round of the 67th U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run on Friday, an indication that her lengthy run of mediocre play might ...
  • CDGA AMATEUR: Rain delay was a boost for Davan Friday’s 36-hole championship match of the 93rd Chicago District Amateur was interrupted by a 2-hour 40-minute rain delay, and the break had a big impact on the outcome. Michael Davan and David Lawrence, two players who just completed their collegiate eligibility with plans to turn pro in the fall, were locked in a tight battle when ...
  • SENIOR PGA: Chapman surprise win is still hard to imagine BENTON HARBOR, MI. — To put it mildly, it’s hard to fathom Roger Chapman’s victory in the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday. In 16 full seasons (and parts of a few others) on the European PGA Tour Chapman had just one victory – in a tourney called the Brazil Rio De Janeiro 500 Years Open ...
  • SENIOR PGA: A Chapman breakthrough, or an Irwin comeback? BENTON HARBOR, MI. – If you look at golf’s big picture, there are two significant stories brewing going into Sunday’s final round of the 73rd Senior PGA Championship. The more obvious one is Roger Chapman, the English pro who tied the record at the new Harbor Shores course with a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday to ...
  • BIG TEN MATCH PLAY: Donald is helpful in spurring NU’s three-peat BRADENTON, FL. — The current Northwestern men’s team was no match for the Wildcats’ alumni, but taking a pasting from world No. 1 Luke Donald and his cohorts did have its upside. It prepared the Wildcats well for another un at the Big Ten Match Play Championship. Despite winning the title the previous two years, the ...
  • BMW Championship: Rose Holds Off Senden LEMONT, IL. — Wire-to-wire champions were rare in the 20 years that Cog Hill has hosted the PGA Tour, and European winners of the BMW Championship and its longstanding predecessor, the Western Open, were rarer still. England’s Justin Rose met both criteria Sunday after holding off his Australian playing partner, John Senden, on what’s expected to ...
  • John Deere Classic: Stricker Pulls Off A Miracle SILVIS, IL:. — Steve Stricker had 10 previous wins on the PGA Tour, but none had quite the flair of Sunday’s three-peat at the John Deere Classic. Stricker, now the 20th player to win a PGA Tour event three years in a row since World War II, had a five-stroke lead entering the back nine only ...
  • Western Amateur: Cantlay Upset In Final GLENVIEW, IL. — Patrick Cantlay was the world’s top-ranked amateur golfer entering Saturday’s championship match of the 109th Western Amateur at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. The UCLA sophomore was low amateur at this year’s U.S. Open and a top -25 finisher in three PGA Tour events. Not only that, but Cantlay had eliminated Chris ...
  • Illinois Amateur: Iowa Golfers Rule Again GLEN ELLYN, IL. — The Illinois State Amateur seems to be turning into the Iowa Invitational. At least over the last two year’s the big event for Illinois players ended up as a showcase for the University of Iowa’s golf program. In 2010 Deerfield’s Vince India was a seven-shot winner of the State Am at Beverly ...
  • Illinois Open: Another Win For New Trier HAWTHORN WOODS, IL. — Wilmette’s Philip Arouca hadn’t done much in professional golf — until he teed off in the 62nd Illinois Open at Hawthorn Woods Country Club. Then he couldn’t do much of anything wrong. Arouca, 26, opened 65-67 in the 54-hole tournament, then held off a challenge by Libertyville’s Michael Schachner to take a ...
  • Illinois Women’s Open: A Milestone Win For Pearson ROMEOVILLE, IL. — Wheaton’s Jenna Pearson became the first golfer to win the Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open as both an amateur and a professional when she captured the 17th staging of the event at Mistwood in Romeoville. Pearson, in her fourth year as a touring pro after a solid collegiate career at South Carolina, posted ...
  • CDGA Amateur: English Is Best On Medinah No. 3 MEDINAH, IL. — The 92nd Chicago District Amateur took an unusual twist. The championship match was played on a different course than all of the preliminary competition, but no one was complaining. Medinah Country Club played host to the tournament, and the 36-hole stroke play qualifying competition was to be played on its Nos. 1 and ...
  • U.S. Girls Junior: Thailand Golfer Is Medalist, Champion OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL. — Ariya Jutanugarn was the easily the medalist at the 63rd U.S. Junior Girls Championship at Olympia Fields, but she was leery about getting into a match play situation with the title on the line. “I don’t like match play, because you don’t know when you’re going to lose,” the 15-year old from ...