75th Senior PGA Championship Presented by KitchenAid Media Day

Today, at the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid media day, Kohki Idoki, of Osaka, Japan, hit a golf shot from the roof of the new Inn at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., to a target green more than 200 yards away. Idoki is the reigning Champion of the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and will return to defend his title this year at Harbor Shores, May 22-25. The 2014 field includes golf legends such as Tom Watson, Colin Montgomerie, Fred Couples, Kenny Perry and Roger Chapman, the 2012 Senior…continue reading →

It Ziems To Me: Getting No. 1 Seed Gives U.S. Boost For International Crown

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

There's a drawback to designating one prime superstar in a sport. That policy can work to the detriment of others, and that's what happened this week, when Tiger Woods announced he wouldn't play in this year's Masters. In this case the victim was the LPGA, which had its own big news to unveil at its first major championship of the season. (more…)

Women’s Events Will Trigger Busiest Year For French Lick

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

FRENCH LICK, Ind. - Golf's newest Hall of Fame has been slow in developing since Dave Harner, director of golf at French Lick Resort, announced plans for the LPGA Legends Hall of Fame last September.

The facility, to be located off the lobby of the West Baden Springs Hotel in this little southern Indiana town, is still vacant though Harner has no doubts that the Hall will be a major attraction when the Legends Championship returns to French Lick's Pete Dye Course from Aug. 15-17. (more…)

Help the First Tee of Greater Chicago during the BMW Championship

Good friends and PGA TOUR Professionals, Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald have pledged to support The First Tee of Greater Chicago by donating $1,000 for every birdie and $2,000 for every eagle they make at the BMW Championship, September 9-15, at Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, IL. Please consider joining in this effort to support The First Tee of Greater Chicago by pledging to donate as little as $1, $2 or more for every birdie and eagle that Sergio & Luke make at The BMW! (more…)

Exciting Tournament Results and Golf Recap Week of June 17-23

Professional Tour Golf is Definitely in Full Swing! by Publisher, Cheryl Justak Wow!  What a great week it was in the Chicagoland area for professional golf tournaments. Both the Encompass Championship (Part of the Champions Tour) and the Symetra Tour/Four Winds Invitational (Road to the LPGA Tour) were taking place at the same time during the week of June 17 through the 23. One taking place in Glenview, Illinois and the other in South Bend/Notre Dame, Indiana. Lots of driving and miles that week! MPI Event at Mission HillsWe started the week off on Monday, June 17 by playing in the 18th Annual Meeting Professional’s International Golf Classic and Summer Soiree at Mission Hills Country Club in Northbrook, IL.   This annual event is attended by the “Who’s Who” in the Meeting & Event Planning Industry and every one of the 18 holes had a major sponsor residing for the day to entertain and challenge the golfers coming through. I had not played Mission Hills in quite a few years.   It’s a great course, that’s tight and narrow and winds through an entire residential golf course community. New owners have recently purchased Mission Hills and are working hard to make improvements to the banquet facilities and the golf course. It was a great event and one we look forward to attending every year. (more…)

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…)

Four Winds Invitational Tournament Week Schedule Highlights

The Four Winds Invitational Tournament, a Symetra Tour golf tournament of the LPGA is at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, IN June 17-23. Here are some tournament week schedule highlights: Wednesday night, June 19 from 5-7 PM is the First Annual Golfing on the Gridiron Presented by Double Tree Hotel event at the College Football Hall of Fame that is open to the public at no charge.  View the attached flyer for all of the details.  Come out and see a football field full of young kids participating in a night of games, golf and fun! (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…)