Chicago’s Merit Club to host 2016 UL International Crown

Northern Suburban gem also site of 2000 U.S. Women’s Open Kraig Kann, LPGA Chief Communications Officer, Kelly Schultz, LPGA Director of Media Communications, DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 24, 2015) - The 2016 UL International Crown will be held at the Merit Club in Gurnee, Illinois, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced today. The biennial team match-play event is slated to take place July 21-24. Opened in 1992, the Merit Club has been ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the United States by both Golfweek and Golf Magazine. The suburban Chicago venue also has a major championship pedigree. It hosted the 2000 U.S. Women’s Open conducted by the USGA, which was won by LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Karrie Webb. (more…)

American FootGolf League to hold U.S. FootGolf National Championship At Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course Saturday, October 3

Harvey Silverman, Editor, This is FootGolf and Mike Galeski, AFGL Senior Advisor [caption id="attachment_1135" align="alignright" width="236"]Sydney Marovitz aerial Sydney Marovitz aerial[/caption] (Palm Springs, CA) – The American FootGolf League (AFGL) will conduct the first annual U.S. FootGolf National Championship at historic Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course in Chicago, IL on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The tournament will host more than 100 FootGolf players representing over 20 states across the country competing in the inaugural competition. Kicking off at 8AM., the 36-hole, stroke-play tournament is open to all players; divisions include adult male, senior male, women and clubs. Entry is $59 for American FootGolf League members and $79 for non-members which includes a one-year AFGL membership. Proper golf attire is required, and competitors must supply their own No. 5 soccer ball. (more…)

Jordan Spieth’s Hole-in-One at the 2015 BMW Championship Results in BMW Donation of Full, Four-Year BMW Evans Scholarship Worth $100,000 in Spieth’s Name

Jordan Spieth Trudy Hardy ESF John Kaczkowski 2015 BMW Championship HIO Lake Forest, IL - September 18, 2015: On the first day of play at the 2015 BMW Championship, Jordan Spieth recorded a hole-in-one, resulting in the donation of another BMW Hole-In-One Scholarship, a full, four-year Evans Scholarship worth $100,000. Spieth aced the 2nd hole, his 11th hole of the day, on Wednesday, September 17 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, IL, with a  7-iron, from 184 yards.   (more…)

Updates announced for BMW Championship

BMW Championship at Conway Farms First round play will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. Gates will open to spectators at 7:30 a.m. Due to current and expected inclement weather conditions, second round tee times are now scheduled from 9–11:01 a.m. Parking locations for Friday, Sept. 18, have been moved. The following parking locations have been moved to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois (1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee, IL 60031):

This golfer is not only good — he’s fast, too!

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm Eri Crum arrived at Stanford University in 1994, the same year that Tiger Woods did. They were teammates on the school’s golf team for two years, before Woods started his legendary career as a touring pro. Crum stayed at Stanford, earning his letter in golf his final two seasons, and now he’s still involved in his sport as a professional. His role is a bit different than Woods’, however. Crum has discovered Speedgolf, and he’ll defend his title in the Speedgolf World Championship at The Glen Club in Glenview on Oct. 19-20. In Speedgolf you’re judged on both your score and pace around the course. (more…)

Dawson Armstrong Holes Bunker Shot to Win 2015 Western Amateur

Western Amateur Olympia Fields Find more photos from the Western Amateur in our Flickr album here. From Barry Cronin On the second hole of a sudden death playoff, Dawson Armstrong holed a 20-yard bunker shot for eagle to win the 113th Western Amateur in the most dramatic fashion in memory. Armstrong's stunning shot from the sand fronting the par 5 second hole at Rich Harvest Farms meant that his opponent, Aaron Wise, needed to hole his 25-foot putt to match Armstrong's 3 to continue the playoff. But Wise's putt slid by, and when it did Armstrong fell into the arms of his father, Dale Armstrong, a former mini-tour player who caddied for his son during the two-day match play segment of the championship. (more…)

97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits

2015 PGA Championship Find more photos from the PGA Championship in our Flickr album here. JASON DAY WINS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP; CLAIMS FIRST MAJOR OF HIS CAREER Jason Day seized the 97th PGA Championship today with a final-round 67 to edge Jordan Spieth by three strokes. Day’s closing 67 included seven birdies, nine pars and two bogeys. Day was playing in his sixth PGA Championship. Before today, his best finish in this Championship was T-8 in 2013 at Oak Hill. The win was the fifth of his career; two have come in three weeks. He won the RBC Canadian Open on July 26. (more…)

No “Gimme’s” Here…Windy City Amateur Tours Offer Competitive Golf for All Skill Levels

By Jim Zuccarelli GWAT, WCGT, NIMAGA, GCAM, and NAGT is an alphabet soup of acronyms that may not be recognizable to the average Windy City golfer, unless they are a member of one of the amateur golf tours that operate in the metro Chicago area. Some are affiliated with nationwide organizations that feed into national championships, while others are locally independent, but all exist to provide an outlet for local golfers to compete in tournaments guided by the USGA rule book. “I played competitive 12-inch softball into my early 50’s, and when I couldn’t play anymore due to injuries, the amateur golf tournaments provided an outlet for me to fill the competitive void,” shared Bill Stuhr of Carpentersville at the Golf Week Amateur Tour event at Harborside in May. Round Lake Beach resident Rob Davis drove 70 miles to the south side of Chicago and offered a different spin. “My friends like to stay close to home and don’t like to play the more expensive courses, so this is a chance for me to play the better courses in the area.” GolfWeek Amateur Tour Chicago (more…)

Erin Hills update: 2017 U.S. Open site keeps getting better

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Zeihm ERIN, Wis. - Erin Hills has gotten nothing but better since its opening in 2006. That was clearly evident when the facility on the outskirts of Milwaukee conducted what has become an annual outing leading into its ultimate showing - as the site of the 2017 U.S. Open. Jim Reinhart, general chairman for the big event, was presented with a good opportunity to compare Erin Hills with a similar facility. Chambers Bay, in Washington, hosted a U.S. Open that wasn’t without controversy a week before Erin opened its doors to about 50 media members from around the Midwest. Reinhart tried hard to steer clearly of controversy in making comparisons. "Both courses are in new areas that had never hosted a U.S. Open," said Reinhart. "Both have incredible community support. Both areas are naturally beautiful, but Chambers Bay was manufactured on a gravel pit while Erin Hills’ architects took advantage of a more natural area. Both have fescue fairways, and both play long. Erin Hills is not a true links-style course. Chambers Bay is much more a links style. We have eight times as many trees – we have eight!" (more…)