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As Summer Nears The End, The World's Best Golfers Heat Up!

There is still lots of great golf left as summer starts to wind down, vacations end and school is around the corner. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet to the BMW Championship, now is the time!! The world's best golfers will be at a new location this year in just 4 short weeks!!


This year will mark the first time a PGA TOUR golf championship will be contested on the North Shore since the 1972 Western Open came to Sunset Ridge CC in Northfield. Benefiting the Evans Scholars Foundation, this year's BMW Championship will be played Sept. 12-15 at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Rory McIlroy, one of the world's best golfers, won the 2012 BMW Championship at Crooked Stick GC just outside Indianapolis.

The BMW Championship is the third of four FedExCup Playoff events, and features a field of 70 players who survive elimination in the first two Playoff tournaments. The top 30 finishers at the BMW Championship will move on to the TOUR Championship, where the FedExCup winner earns $10 million in prize money.

Also, there is still time to enter for a chance to win our "Championship Experience." Read more for all of the package details. Enter now before the deadline of August 25!


Your chance to win is only a click away at

Enter for a chance to win our Championship Experience at The 2013 BMW Championship! 
September 9-15, 2013
Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Illinois 

The Championship Experience includes: Two (2) Tournament Round Trophy Club Upgraded Tickets to attend during any day of your choice Thursday-Sunday of the tournament week. 
The Trophy Club is an exclusive climate-controlled hospitality area with open seating, elevated above the 15th green, with access to private restrooms and upgraded food and beverage choices for purchase. In addition, each ticket holder will have access to the championship grounds, this shared table hospitality area, and the following amenities:  
  • One (1) Preferred VIP Parking Credential
  • Two (2) Complimentary Official Programs and Pairing Sheets
  • Two (2) BMW Championship Golf Towels
  • Two (2) BMW Championship Water Bottles
  • Access to an exclusive climate-controlled hospitality area
  • Private restrooms and upgraded food and beverage choices 
No purchase necessary. Winner will be selected by random drawing. Drawing will be held on August 25, 2013. Limit one (1) entry per person; all rules apply. (Package value: $500).

Guest Writer, Len Ziehm

ROCK FALLS, IL. --  I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for golf history. That explains why it seemed a good idea to stop by what had been Rock River Country Club en route to the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic in Silvis, about 40 miles further west.

Officially known now as Rock River Golf & Pool, the facility is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013.

Several clubs in the Chicago suburbs have long past year No. 100. The Downers Grove golf course was America's first 18-hole course when it opened in 1892. It was reduced to a nine-holer long ago and is now owned by the Downers Grove Park District.

That course was originally called Chicago Golf Club, and its members soon wanted a better facility so they built another 18-holer in Wheaton in 1893 and that layout is now considered America's first 18-hole course. Private clubs Onwentsia, Midlothian and Glen View also opened before 1900 as did Jackson Park, which became the first public course in the Midwest in 1899.

The Rock River visit, though, showed that golf clubs thrived in downstate Illinois a century ago, too. Probably the best example of that is in Rock Island, where the Arsenal Golf Club has a course dating to 1897. It was a private club serving military personnel until 2010. Now the sporty layout on the Mississippi River is open to the public.

Rock River, however, is something different and we got a bigger dose of its history purely by accident... 
Grand Traverse Tower at The Bear
PGA Bevacqua and Fettig with Community

Guest Writer, Len Ziehm

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Golf course openings are rare in these tough economic times. Three decades ago that wasn't the case, but none back then were as celebrated as Jack Nicklaus' The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort. 

Grand Traverse, then just five years old, took an extraordinary step when The Bear was ready for play. Virtually every member of the media covering the 1985 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills was invited to play the layout the day after Andy North won his second Open title, and most of them showed up. 

That type of send-off for a new golf course was unheard of, and media members from throughout the country found the layout appropriately named. It was indeed a bear...


Continues as official home appliance brand of the PGA of America
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - KitchenAid, one of America's best-known brands of premium kitchen appliances and part of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR), has extended its presenting sponsorship of the Senior PGA Championship, the most historic and prestigious event in senior golf. The sponsorship will extend through 2018, and KitchenAid will continue as the Official Home Appliance brand of The PGA of America. 
The 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will be held May 22-25, 2014, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., with return visits to the Southwest Michigan site in 2016 and 2018. The Championship sites and dates for 2015 and 2017 will be announced at a later date....