75th Senior PGA Championship Presented by KitchenAid Media Day

Kohki Idoki Golf ShotToday, 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 PGA Champion. As a result of Idoki’s “Shot at the Inn,” 1,000 tickets to the Championship were donated to local area youth organizations.

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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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

It Ziehms To Me: Georgia’s Summer Grove Course Could Be Called Jemsek South

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

NEWNAN, Ga. – It’s no secret that the Jemseks are the first family of golf in Chicago. In fact, it’s been that way for a long time.

It all started when Joe Jemsek purchased St. Andrews, in West Chicago in the 1930s. He later bought Cog Hill, in Lemont, and expanded it from 36 to its present 72 holes.

A cheery welcome greets golfers when they arrive at Summer Grove.

The Jemseks are now three generations deep in Chicago golf. For years the family operated Glenwoodie, in Glenwood, and – in addition to Cog Hill and St. Andrews -the Jemseks also operate Pine Meadow, in Mundelein.

But the family’s golf involvement isn’t limited to the Chicago area. Though it’s not widely known, the Jemseks also have a course in Georgia – and it’s one that in some ways has more family involvement than the Chicago layouts. Continue reading

Springtime = Discounts At Top Area Courses

By Jim Zuccarelli

April is one of my favorite times of the year to golf, as the lengthy Chicago winters always have me anxious to dust off the clubs, and I love taking advantage of the spring discounts offered by many of the top courses, a great way to play some of the best the area has to offer at an excellent price.  With a few notable exceptions (ThunderHawk 4/23 and Mistwood 4/25), most every course in the Windy City area has opened for play, but the historically severe winter of 2014 has taken its toll on the turf and several facilities have extended the spring rates to the end of the month and into early May to account for the conditions. Continue reading