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…)

Top 70 Tour Players Return to BMW Championship!

BMW Championship - Round ThreeFor the second time in three years, the Western Golf Association will bring a star-studded field of the PGA TOUR’s best to Chicago’s North Shore for the 2015 BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest. Tickets can be ordered online at:  www.BMWChampionshipUSA.com or by phone at 847-724-4600. Daily tournament round tickets start at $50 with weekly badges priced at $125. The 2015 BMW Championship will be played Sept. 14-20. (more…)

World Golf Hall of Fame Elite Return to Encompass!

Bernhard Langer Encompass2015 Encompass Championship North Shore Country Club, Glenview, Illinois July 6-12, 2015                                                                        The 2015 Encompass Championship returns for the third year with its unique Pro-Am format to North Shore Country Club and the greater Chicago area on July 6-12. This unique and fun Pro-Am format will be played during the first two rounds of competition on Friday and Saturday pairing all 81 Champions Tour professionals with celebrities and amateurs. Sunday’s final round will see Champions Tour professionals competing for the individual title and the $1.9 million dollar purse. (more…)

2015 U.S. Amateur Championship

By Andrew Lamie, Championship Director 115th U.S. Amateur Championship (708) 679-6776 • andrew.lamie@kemperlesnik.com The U.S. Amateur Championship is the nation’s oldest golf championship dating back to 1895. Past winners of the U.S. Amateur include Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The last time a U.S. Amateur was contested in Chicago was in 1997, when Matt Kuchar was victorious at Cog Hill. This summer, the 115th U.S. Amateur Championship will be contested over the North and South courses of Olympia Fields Country Club. Competition will begin on August 17, when 312 of the world’s best amateurs will battle to reach the match play portion of the championship. Match play begins on August 19 with the low 64 players from the stroke play portion of competition. The final day of competition, August 23, will see the two finalists compete in a 36-hole match for the famed Havemeyer Trophy.  (more…)

It Ziehms to Me: Senior Women’s Open is finally a reality

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm The U.S. Golf Assn. has finally committed to holding a national championship for senior women players. Though long overdue, that’s good news. On the other hand, the first such tournament won’t be held until 2018 and there will be differences between the first U.S. Senior Women’s Open and the only other major event for senior women, which is put on by the LPGA Legends Tour. [caption id="attachment_878" align="alignright" width="300"]French Lick’s Pete Dye Course hosts the only major championship for senior women now, but that will change in 2018. French Lick’s Pete Dye Course hosts the only major championship for senior women now, but that will change in 2018.[/caption] The Legends Championship has been played the last two years at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind., which is also the site of the Legends Hall of Fame. The Legends event is over 54 holes; the first U.S. Senior Women’s Open will be over 72 holes. Players can ride in the Legends event, won the first two years by Lorie Kane and Laurie Rinker. As per USGA tradition in open championships, the Senior Women’s Open will be walking-only. And, of course, the Legends is for former LPGA players while both amateurs and professionals can compete in the Senior Women’s Open. (more…)

It Ziehms To Me: Hazeltine is Ryder Cup-ready already

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm CHASKA, Minn. - In just a couple years a golf club that is just 52 years old will become only the second in history to host all of the top six championships played on American soil. Hazeltine National, which opened in 1962, has already hosted the U.S. Open (1970, 1991), the U.S. Women's Open (1966, 1977), the PGA Championship (2002, 2009), the U.S. Senior Open (1983) and the U.S. Amateur (2006). [caption id="attachment_841" align="alignright" width="254"]Hazeltine’s Walking Man statue may soon become as famous as PInehurst’s Putter Boy. Hazeltine’s Walking Man statue may soon become as famous as PInehurst’s Putter Boy.[/caption] All that's missing is the Ryder Cup, and Hazeltine went on the clock to host that epic battle duel between the U.S. and Europe in 2016 after Europe continued its recent domination of the competition at Gleneagles in Scotland earlier this fall. Hazeltine will be the place to be from Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2016. The only club to host all those big event is North Carolina's Pinehurst No. 2, which opened in 1907 – 55 years before Hazeltine. Pinehurst, which became the first course to host both the men's and women's U.S. Opens in back-to-back weeks last June, also hosted the U.S. Senior Open (1994), PGA Championship (1936), U.S. Open (1999, 2005) and Ryder Cup (1951). (more…)