Encompass Championship – A New Annual Pro Tournament Event for Chicago

Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23 Encompass Championship 2013 PlayersThe Celebrity/Tour Player Pro-Ams kicked off on Friday & Saturday of the Encompass Championship – part of the Champions Tour that debuted this year in Chicago’s North Shore area at the famed North Shore Country Club in Glenview, IL.  A field of 81 players competed for the $1,800,000 purse with the winner taking home $270,000.  During the week of June 17-23, we along with thousands of Chicago golf fans came out to cheer on some of the most recognized names in golf, including World Golf Hall of Fame members Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer and Nick Price.  In addition, Ryder Cup co-captain Jeff Sluman and Chip Beck, who both live in the Chicago area, also were there and competed in the tournament along with Freddy Couples, John Cook, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Steve Elkington, Kenny Perry and fan favorite Rocco Mediate. (more…)

2013 Four Winds® Invitational

June 21-23, 2013 The Symetra® Tour: The Road to the LPGA® is returning to Blackthorn Golf Club again this summer, and it’s bringing up-and-coming women golfers back to South Bend! The Four Winds® Invitational features a field of professional women golfers from around the world, all chasing the $150,000 purse, the largest on the 2013 Symetra Tour.  If the last year is any indication, the competition will be tight and down to the wire. In 2012 Symetra Tour rookie Julia Boland headed into the final round three shots behind the leader. She shot a 3-under 69 to earn her first-career victory, giving her a one-stroke win. (more…)