Golf watch around Chicago

Though it is September, golf just keeps rolling in Chicagoland. Aug. 20 and 21, the 84th Midwest Amateur, held at Sidney R. Marovitz, on the Lake, was won by Victor Tyson. The Elmhurst resident stroke play scores were 52 and 52, for a total of 104. Second place was shared by Cully Johnston and Chester Augustyniak with 107 totals.

For professional sports fans, the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont brings seventy male pro golfers to battle for eight million dollars in prize monies. Dustin Johnson was the 2010 winner. The week of Sept. 12 has something for everyone.

Proceeds from these fun seven days are directed to sponsoring college scholarships for caddies. Throughout the US, caddies are nominated by their country club. Then these high school students are judged on their caddie record, character and leadership, academics, and financial need. Annually the Chick Evans Caddie scholarship is awarded to 200. It includes full tuition and housing, renewable for up to four years at one of fourteen universities, including Northwestern and the University of Illinois in Champaign. Monday is the Chick Evans Pro-Am. Tuesday at 7 a.m. begins the Professional Practice Rounds. On Wednesday the Gardner-Heidrick Pro-Am for fifty-two groups is held. Then Thurs,, Sept. 15 through Sun., Sept. 18 is the BMW Championship rounds. This tournament has the seventy best ranked players in the Fed Ex standings golfing for the PGA Tour FedEx Cup. That winner receives ten million US dollars in bonus money. For the FedEx Cup (determined by a point system), presently Dustin Johnson is in first place, with Matt Kuchar second and Nick Watney third.


Dustin Johnson during at his 2010 win

On Chicago's North Side, the Robert A. Black 16th Annual International for amateurs will be Sept. 17 and 18. This short but challenging course, 2099 yards, is located at 2045 West Pratt. The unique Stableford Scoring System will be used. Points are earned in relationship to par; for eagles, par, birdies, and bogies rather then counting total stokes. The entry fee is $20 plus daily greens fees. Sept.3 is the deadline to enter. For additional information call the Black clubhouse at 312.742.7931 or go on the web

Since it is not raining, enjoy September golf by watching or playing. Many golf courses in the area are involved with Patriot Golf Days, Sept. 2 - 5, the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a nonprofit that provides postsecondary educational scholarships for the spouses and children of US military killed or disabled while serving their country. At your golf course this Labor Day week-end, you may donate to this cause.

Remember, golf is the only sport where the most feared opponent is you.




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