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[caption id="attachment_1241" align="alignnone" width="584"]Ziehm at LaCosta California’s famed LaCosta was one of our favorite stops during our coast to coast golf tour.[/caption] Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm Our latest, extended travels to golf destinations are over now, and they were unprecedented. We were basically on the road for six months - from Oct. 1 to April 10 - and made visits to destinations in Nebraska, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California. Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Indiana. We covered about 14,000 miles on this all-driving odyssey and hit 18 destinations with a lengthy stay in Winter Haven, FL., in between - a period during which we tested a number of golf facilities in the Orlando area. All were chronicled in my reports and Joy’s photos. (more…)

Two months away from the first year of the Tour’s Rust-Oleum Championship

Rust-Oleum Championship By Andrew Lamie, Tournament Coordinator, Rust-Oleum Championship We are just two months away from the first year of the Tour’s Rust-Oleum Championship to be held at the Ivanhoe Club. What exactly is the Tour? Many casual golf fans probably do not know that much about the Tour. First off, alumni of the tour include PGA Tour superstars Jim Furyk, Zack Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker and current world #1 and Masters favorite, Jason Day. Right now much of Chicago has Cubs fever. To put in terms relative to baseball, the Tour is the AAA league of professional golf.   (more…)

EWGA – THE Golf Community for Women

By Julie Suh, President, EWGA Chicago Metro Chapter Attention Women Golfers! Are you looking to play more golf?  Join a golf league?  Improve your game?  Play competitive golf?  Meet other golfers?  Expand your business and social network?  EWGA is the answer! EWGA is an international women’s golf association, with chapters in more than 100 major cities in the U.S. plus international locations.  EWGA is comprised of a broad range of golfers from beginners to experienced players, including accomplished, interesting professional women from a collection of diverse backgrounds.  (more…)

Eight countries finalized for 2016 UL International Crown

UL International CrownEight nations to compete for second UL International Crown at Merit Club in July By Molly Gallatin, LPGA Media After the conclusion of the ANA Inspiration, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced the eight countries that will compete in the second playing of the UL International Crown, which will be held on July 21-24 at the Merit Club outside Chicago. Based on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings, the eight countries that will compete in the second playing of the UL International Crown are - Republic of Korea, United States, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, England, China and Australia. Team Australia was the last team in with 390 points, edging out ninth place Sweden by a mere eight points. The defending champions, Spain, did not qualify and finished in 11th place 96 points out of the final spot. (more…)

Could Thistle be the best of Myrtle Beach’s gems?

[caption id="attachment_1216" align="alignnone" width="584"]The ninth hole of the Stewart nine was our most memorable hole at Thistle. The ninth hole of the Stewart nine was our most memorable hole at Thistle.[/caption] Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm SUNSET BEACH, North Carolina – I’m frequently being tipped off about “hidden gem’’ golf courses. They’re in all parts of the country and are said to be great courses that are off the beaten path enough so that many golfers don’t know about them. The last such course brought to my attention was Thistle Golf Club, a 27-hole facility that opened in 1999. Whether it fits the “hidden gem’’ category is a matter of opinion. Without doubt it is a gem. We will get to that later. (more…)

The First Tee: My grandson’s introduction to golf was much different than mine

[caption id="attachment_1210" align="alignnone" width="584"]Putting wasn’t part of the first session at First Tee but there was still time to use the practice green. Putting wasn’t part of the first session at First Tee but there was still time to use the practice green.[/caption] Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm DURHAM, North Carolina — Everything that I had heard suggested The First Tee program was a most worthwhile thing, but I’d never seen the program in action until my grandson, Sterling Stewart, joined The First Tee of the Triangle for youngsters between the ages of 7-10. Sterling, 7, had a better introduction to golf than I did. After hitting balls on a driving range with his father a few times he had tried The First Tee program at Hillandale golf course last year, but many of the sessions were rained out. Hopefully this spring’s sessions won’t be, but the first session seemed well worthwhile. (more…)

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UL International Crown — July 19-24

By Drew Blass, LPGA Tournament Director
The most exciting women’s team golf event on the LPGA’s 2016 schedule is coming to Chicagoland!
The UL International Crown will be played at the Merit Club in Gurnee, Illinois the week of July 19-24. The UL International Crown is a match play competition between the top 4 players from the top 8 nations by the Rolex Rankings. The inaugural event took place in 2014 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland where Spain was crowned champion over the likes of the USA, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Sweden.

It Ziehms to Me: Ross or Raynor? Lake Wales course has a nice dilemma

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm LAKE WALES, Florida - I can’t think of a much more pleasant golf experience than playing a Donald Ross course on a crisp, sunny day. That’s what we thought we were doing when we visited Lake Wales Country Club, which is about 40 miles from Orlando. Lake Wales is managed by Chicago-based GolfVisions, and we found it a well-conditioned, nicely designed layout that clearly had the feel of a Ross course. [caption id="attachment_1182" align="alignright" width="150"]Lakes Wales’ latest logo honors only one of its designers. Lakes Wales’ latest logo honors only one of its designers.[/caption] The club proclaims it a Ross design in its website and uses a likeness of the legendary architect in its most recent logo. There’s only one problem. Ross was involved in the course’s creation for sure, but recent research suggests he wasn’t the only architect and may not have even been the main one. Another almost-as-famous architect, Seth Raynor, was involved as well. (more…)