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Terry Russell Elected As District 6 Director

October 16, 2017

ILLINOIS PGA SECTION BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS TERRY RUSSELL AS DISTRICT 6 DIRECTOR TO SERVE ON PGA OF AMERICA BOARD Nick Cuca Elected to Serve on Illinois PGA Board   GLENVIEW, Ill. – The...

Stevenson Leads Course Renovation for Forest Preserve District...

September 21, 2017

Ed Stevenson’s name doesn’t appear on the leaderboard in any Illinois PGA tournaments.  Only very rarely has he even played in them.  Still, Stevenson is considered by all as the...

Illinois PGA Section Announces 2017 Special Award Winners

September 14, 2017

GLENVIEW, Ill. – The Illinois PGA Section has announced its slate of Special Award winners for 2017 which includes the first female Professional of the Year winner, two winners from the same facility...

Junior Golf Programs Thrive In Illinois Section

September 07, 2017

Sunday afternoons often have a different look at Village Links. It doesn’t have the sedate feel of golfers sprinkled throughout the course playing leisurely rounds before embarking on another work...

Illinois PGA Professionals Raise Record Amount For Children's...

September 07, 2017

The 7th annual Birdies for Charity fundraising event did not disappoint as 35 Illinois PGA Professionals descended on River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst with one goal in mind: make as many birdies as...

Schumacher Roars from Behind to Win Illinois PGA Championship

August 23, 2017

Adam Schumacher had a goal driving into Medinah Country Club on Wednesday morning. Make the top 10 in the Illinois PGA Championship and advance to next year’s National Professional Championship,...

‘Nervous’ Billiter Leads Illinois PGA by Two

August 22, 2017

Jim Billiter says nobody has an advantage regarding local knowledge when it comes to playing Medinah Country Club’s No. 1 Course. He ought to think that over. Billiter’s second straight...

Nadler Family Has Impacted Chicago Golf in Many Ways

August 21, 2017

Theirs is a success story unlike most others in the world of golf.   For starters, the Aurora-based Nadler clan has the longevity factor going. Nadler Golf Cars has been in business over 50 years...

95th Illinois PGA Championship Round 1 Recap

August 21, 2017

The first round of the 95th Illinois PGA Section Championship is in the books, and it was a very eventful day on and off the golf course. At about 1:20 p.m., today’s round featured the first total...

Thirty-Two Illinois Junior Golfers Qualify for Drive, Chip and...

August 16, 2017

GLENVIEW, Ill. – The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying has officially ended in the state of Illinois, and from thousands of junior golfers who competed in ten Local Qualifiers and two...

Flavin Completes The Double

August 09, 2017

Glenview, Ill. -- Patrick Flavin didn’t win a penny at The Glen Club on Wednesday. He won a place in history. Flavin added the Illinois Open title to last month’s Illinois Amateur triumph...

Flavin Expands Illinois Open Lead

August 08, 2017

GLENVIEW, Ill. – Here, according to Highwood’s Patrick Flavin, is the secret to playing consistently good golf: “The biggest key is one shot at a time, like today.” Today being...

Flavin Jumps To The Front In The Illinois Open

August 07, 2017

DEERFIELD, Ill. – It must be catching, this pattern of successful players changing caddies. First it was Phil Mickelson. Then Rory McIlroy. Now Patrick Flavin. In July, with brother Connor...

Carlos Sainz, Jr. Returns to Defend Illinois Open Championship...

August 02, 2017

Hardy, Kelly, O’Reilly, Groh, Farnam, Flavin Round Out Field of Players to Watch     GLENVIEW, Ill. – July 26, 2017 – Carlos Sainz, Jr., 31, will return to defend his...

Illinois Section Examines the State of the Game

July 25, 2017

Patrick Lynch is well aware golf has some issues attracting young players in their 20s and 30s. The head professional and his associates at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton came up with a marketing approach to...

Emil Esposito Recalls Final Round of His 1966 Illinois Open Championship...

July 25, 2017

Emil Esposito vividly recalls the 1966 Illinois Open, but then how could he forget it? The popular long-time Chicago club professional won the title on the same course that will co-host the tournament...

Twelve Illinois PGA Pros to Compete in PGA Professional Championship...

June 16, 2017

GLENVIEW, Ill. – June 16, 2017 – The Illinois PGA Section will be well represented at the PGA Professional Championship (Sunday, June 18 to Wednesday, June 21) at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver,...

ILLINOIS OPEN RETURNS TO THE GLEN CLUB, BRIARWOOD C.C. ADDED...

April 10, 2017

GLENVIEW, Ill. – April 10, 2017 – This year’s Illinois Open Championship will achieve two noted milestones: marking the 10th time The Glen Club will host the championship round, the most...

MARK LABIAK ELECTED 27TH PRESIDENT OF THE ILLINOIS PGA

December 02, 2016

GLENVIEW, Ill. – December 2, 2016 – Mark Labiak of Plainfield, Ill., was recently elected the 27th President of the Illinois Professional Golfers’ Association of America by members at...

THE ILLINOIS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP A CENTURY OF CHAMPIONS

September 17, 2016

The Illinois PGA Championship, the annual battle for the Illinois Section crown, is older than it appears. Look at the Willie Marshall Trophy, the original bauble that sits proudly in the Section’s...

6th Annual Illinois PGA Birdies for Charity Sets Record

September 06, 2016

The 6th Annual Birdies for Charity fundraiser took place on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at River Forest C.C. in Elmhurst, Ill. Thirty-four Illinois PGA Professionals participated in this sixth installment...

MALM LEADS CROWDED ILLINOIS PGA LEADERBOARD

August 22, 2016

Some days, one good shot can trigger a series of them. Steve Orrick hit one of those shots on Monday morning, and it led to a handful of similarly good shots that brought him within a stroke of leader...

ILLINOIS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO OLYMPIA FIELDS COUNTRY CLUB

August 20, 2016

GLENVIEW, Ill. – The 94th installment of the Illinois PGA Championship & PGA Professional Championship (PPC) qualifying is scheduled to take place Aug. 29-31 at Olympia Fields Country Club in...

ILLINOIS PGA CENTENNIAL FEATURE NO. 4 - "TOMMY ARMOUR"

August 05, 2016

Fourth in a series of articles covering prominent people and pertinent subjects associated with the centennial of the Illinois Section. Tommy Armour was one of a kind. Courtesy of the horrors of...

PHIL BENSON AND BOB KOSCHMANN TO BE HONORED AS SENIOR MASTERS

July 25, 2016

When they say golf is a lifetime sport, they are, of course, referring to Phil Benson. Giving him his first lesson at the age of three, Benson's father wasted no time getting a golf club into his son's...

ILLINOIS PGA CENTENNIAL FEATURE NO. 3 - "JOCK HUTCHISON"

July 08, 2016

Third in a series of articles covering prominent people and pertinent subjects associated with the centennial of the Illinois Section. The world of golf a century ago was one steeped in formality. Men...

ILLINOIS PGA CENTENNIAL FEATURE NO. 2 - "WILLIAM MARSHALL"

June 27, 2016

The man behind the name on the trophy. William Marshall came to America with a great pedigree, and proceeded to exceed it. Born in St. Andrews, Scotland in 1878 and rooted in golf from his earliest...

CARROLL, HEAVENS CHARGE TO ILLINOIS OPEN LEAD

June 22, 2016

ST. CHARLES — Brian Carroll arrived at Royal Hawk Country Club at 6:30 a.m. Monday, fully six hours ahead of his tee time. When you're opening the golf shop and the 67th Illinois Open is being...

ILLINOIS PGA CENTENNIAL FEATURE NO. 1 - "BEGINNINGS"

June 06, 2016

​Robert White isn’t exactly a household name in golf these days. In his time, he was an invaluable leader. Without White’s experience, much of it gained in a long stint in the Chicago...

BRODELL SWITCHES ROLES TO HELP A FRIEND

May 29, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of racing fans flocked to Speedway, Indiana last weekend for the 100th running of the Indy 500. Yet John Dal Corobbo, lead golf instructor and PGA Assistant Professional at Speedway’s...

ILLINOIS OPEN R3 GAMER - SAINZ SETS RECORDS IN WINNING ILLINOIS...

May 20, 2016

ST. CHARLES - Carlos Sainz Jr. went so low on Tuesday at Royal Fox Country Club, he didn't know how low. "I think it's 10 (under)," he said after scoring 6-under-par 65 in the second round of the 67th...

THREE-WAY TIE IN ILLINOIS PGA, BUT SMALL MAY HAVE THE EDGE

May 06, 2016

If you pick one hole of the 18 on Olympia Fields Country Club’s stout South Course and call it a difference maker, the par-5 10th may be the one. At 500 yards, the dogleg left is reachable in...

SMALL PREVAILS IN IPGA FOR 12TH TIME

April 25, 2016

Mike Small thought Wednesday’s final round of the 95th Illinois PGA Championship turned on the 14th and 15th holes on Olympia Fields Country Club’s testing South Course, where a brace of birdies...

HARRIS IN FOR THE LONG RUN

April 12, 2016

The Harris family rode into the golf car business on two wheels. They've grown within it by concentrating on the foundation of any smart business: customer service. "We work hard at it,"...

2016 DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

April 05, 2016

Eighty junior golfers representing 30 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces have earned an invitation to Augusta National Golf Club to compete in the third annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship National...

THE 67TH ILLINOIS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO ROYAL FOX C.C.

February 22, 2016

Royal Fox C.C. and Royal Hawk C.C. to host the first two rounds with a 258 player field GLENVIEW, Ill. – February 22, 2016 – Until 2013, Royal Fox Country Club held the distinguished honor...

BILL ABRAMS HONORED AS ILLINOIS PGA GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE...

December 10, 2015

GLENVIEW, Ill. - October 12, 2015 – Bill Abrams, PGA head golf professional at Balmoral Woods C.C. in Crete, Ill., has been named the 61st recipient of the Illinois PGA Golf Professional of the Year...

BRIAN BRODELL CAPTURES ILLINOIS PGA PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS

October 22, 2015

GLENVIEW, Ill. - October 22, 2015 – In one of the closest player of the year races in Illinois PGA history, Brian Brodell edged out Jim Billiter to capture the 2015 Illinois PGA Player of the Year...

BILLITER BIDS FOR FIRST ILLINOIS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

October 09, 2015

MEDINAH, Ill. –It may be time for Jim Billiter to revise his goal for the Illinois PGA Championship. “My goal is top nine,” Billiter said, referring to the placing needed to qualify...

BILLITER RUNS TO ILLINOIS PGA TITLE

September 16, 2015

​MEDINAH, Ill. – Three holes into the round, and Jim Billiter’s three-stroke overnight lead in the 93rd Illinois PGA Championship was gone. “Thank God I birdied No. 3 or it would...

ORRICK PACES PROFESSIONALS IN THE ILLINOIS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

August 30, 2015

MEDINAH, Ill. – Golf course architect Tom Doak will love to hear what the players said about his re-imagination of Medinah Country Club’s Course One on Monday. “It’s a thinking...

ILLINOIS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO MEDINAH COUNTRY CLUB

August 22, 2015

Mike Small seeks record 12th Illinois PGA Championship GLENVIEW, Ill. – The 93rd installment of the Illinois PGA Championship & PGA Professional National Championship (PNC) qualifying is scheduled...

EMOTIONAL COOKE WINS ILLINOIS OPEN

August 03, 2015

LONG GROVE, Ill. – The numbers were astounding. An aggregate score of 199, 16 under par for 54 holes. A total of 128 for the final 36 holes. All were records, all set by 22-year-old David Cooke,...

NADLER GOLF CARS TRULY A FAMILY AFFAIR

July 27, 2015

Theirs is a success story unlike most others in the world of golf. Nadler Golf CarsFor starters, the Aurora-based Nadler clan has the longevity factor going. Nadler Golf Cars has been in business over...

COOKE, MAREK LEAD ENTERING FINAL ROUND

July 24, 2015

LONG GROVE, Ill. – Everything lined up perfectly for David Cooke on Tuesday. The 22-year-old amateur from Lisle was in the second group off the tee at Royal Melbourne Country Club. The wind was negligible,...

LAWRENCE STANDS ALONE

July 18, 2015

LONG GROVE, Ill. – David Lawrence is one of the countless players with enough game to play in the big leagues of golf who has yet to have the opportunity to play for millions. Monday, he may have...

THE 54TH RADIX CUP MATCHES

June 25, 2015

The 54th Annual Radix Cup Matches, conducted by the Chicago District Golf Association (CDGA) and the Illinois PGA, is scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 3rd at Oak Park Country Club in River Grove,...

BRIAN MORRISON AND RICK GROESSL TO BE HONORED AS SENIOR MASTERS

June 21, 2015

Not only is Brian Morrison a teacher of the game of golf, he is a student as well.  He is constantly learning and evolving as the game changes.  Brian has a true passion for the game that he...

EGAN, MCNAIR AND SOBB ELECTED TO ILLINOIS GOLF HALL OF FAME

June 14, 2015

GLENVIEW, Ill. – A two-time U.S. Amateur champion, a lifetime professional dedicated to the charitable side of the game, and a seven-time winner of state major championships are the newest inductees...

2015 ILLINOIS GOLF HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES NARROWED TO TEN

June 01, 2015

GLENVIEW, Ill. – The slate of candidates for induction as the 16th class in the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame is down to 10 finalists after the Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s first-stage deliberations...

THE ILLINOIS PGA WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBERS

June 01, 2015

LENVIEW, Ill. – The Illinois PGA is proud to announce the addition of new staff members Robert Duke as the Director of Rules and Competitions and Catherine Wagner as the Manager of Foundation Programming...

THE 66TH ILLINOIS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE CONTESTED ON TWO COURSES

May 29, 2015

Hawthorn Woods C.C. and Royal Melbourne C.C. to host first two rounds with expanded field GLENVIEW, Ill. – For the first time in the history of the Illinois Open, the state championship of golf...

TWENTY-FIVE NOMINATED FOR ILLINOIS GOLF HALL OF FAME

April 08, 2015

GLENVIEW, Ill. – The 16th class for the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame, the highest honor for the sport in the state, will come from among 25 distinguished candidates spanning the earliest days of the...

IAN GRANT JOINS THE ILLINOIS PGA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

March 11, 2015

Recently elected with returning Board members Hans Larson, Patrick Lynch and Mike Picciano GLENVIEW, Ill. – The Illinois PGA is pleased to announce that Ian Grant, Hans Larson, Patrick Lynch and...

KATHY KREFT PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF MEMBER AND PARTNERSHIP SERVICES

January 12, 2015

GLENVIEW, Ill. - January 12, 2015 – Illinois PGA Executive Director Michael Miller today announced the promotion of Kathy Kreft as the Director of Member and Partnership Services. The change will...

4TH ANNUAL BIRDIES FOR CHARITY

May 12, 2014

The 4th Annual Birdies for Charity fundraiser took place on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst, Ill. Thirty-three Illinois PGA Professionals participated in the annual...

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Terry Russell Elected As District 6 Director

October 16, 2017

Stevenson Leads Course Renovation for Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

September 21, 2017 | Author: Len Ziehm, Contributor

Illinois PGA Section Announces 2017 Special Award Winners

September 14, 2017 | Author: Palmer Moody

Illinois PGA Professionals Raise Record Amount For Children's Charities

September 7, 2017 | Author: Palmer Moody

Junior Golf Programs Thrive In Illinois Section

September 7, 2017 | Author: Ed Sherman

Schumacher Roars from Behind to Win Illinois PGA Championship

August 23, 2017 | Author: Tim Cronin

"Nervous"™ Billiter Leads Illinois PGA by Two

August 22, 2017 | Author: Tim Cronin, contributor

95th Illinois PGA Championship Round 1 Recap

August 21, 2017 | Author: Adam G. Gracik

Nadler Family Has Impacted Chicago Golf in Many Ways

August 21, 2017 | Author: Len Ziehm, feature writer

Thirty-Two Illinois Junior Golfers Qualify for Drive, Chip and Putt Regional Event

August 16, 2017

Flavin Completes The Double

August 9, 2017 | Author: Tim Cronin

Flavin Expands Illinois Open Lead

August 8, 2017 | Author: Tim Cronin

Flavin Jumps To The Front In The Illinois Open

August 7, 2017 | Author: Tim Cronin

Carlos Sainz, Jr. Returns to Defend Illinois Open Championship Title

August 2, 2017 | Author: Palmer Moody, IPGA Communications

Emil Esposito Recalls Final Round of His 1966 Illinois Open Championship Victory at Briarwood Country Club

July 25, 2017 | Author: Len Ziehm, Contributor

Illinois Section Examines the State of the Game

July 25, 2017 | Author: Ed Sherman, IPGA Columnist

Twelve Illinois PGA Pros to Compete in PGA Professional Championship at Sunriver Resort

June 16, 2017 | Author: Palmer Moody

ILLINOIS OPEN RETURNS TO THE GLEN CLUB, BRIARWOOD C.C. ADDED TO ROTATION

April 10, 2017

MARK LABIAK ELECTED 27TH PRESIDENT OF THE ILLINOIS PGA

December 2, 2016

THE ILLINOIS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP A CENTURY OF CHAMPIONS

Author: by Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

6th Annual Illinois PGA Birdies for Charity Sets Record

September 6, 2016 | Author: Claire Hillman

MALM LEADS CROWDED ILLINOIS PGA LEADERBOARD

August 22, 2016 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

ILLINOIS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO OLYMPIA FIELDS COUNTRY CLUB

August 20, 2016

ILLINOIS PGA CENTENNIAL FEATURE NO. 4 - "TOMMY ARMOUR"

August 5, 2016 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

PHIL BENSON AND BOB KOSCHMANN TO BE HONORED AS SENIOR MASTERS

July 25, 2016 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

ILLINOIS PGA CENTENNIAL FEATURE NO. 3 - "JOCK HUTCHISON"

July 8, 2016 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

ILLINOIS PGA CENTENNIAL FEATURE NO. 2 - "WILLIAM MARSHALL"

June 27, 2016 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

CARROLL, HEAVENS CHARGE TO ILLINOIS OPEN LEAD

June 22, 2016 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

ILLINOIS PGA CENTENNIAL FEATURE NO. 1 - "BEGINNINGS"

June 6, 2016 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

BRODELL SWITCHES ROLES TO HELP A FRIEND

May 29, 2016 | Author: Claire Hillman, Illinois PGA

ILLINOIS OPEN R3 GAMER - SAINZ SETS RECORDS IN WINNING ILLINOIS OPEN

May 20, 2016 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

THREE-WAY TIE IN ILLINOIS PGA, BUT SMALL MAY HAVE THE EDGE

May 6, 2016 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

SMALL PREVAILS IN IPGA FOR 12TH TIME

April 25, 2016 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

HARRIS IN FOR THE LONG RUN

April 12, 2016 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

2016 DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

April 5, 2016

THE 67TH ILLINOIS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO ROYAL FOX C.C.

February 22, 2016

BILL ABRAMS HONORED AS ILLINOIS PGA GOLF PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

December 10, 2015

BRIAN BRODELL CAPTURES ILLINOIS PGA PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS

October 22, 2015

BILLITER BIDS FOR FIRST ILLINOIS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

October 9, 2015 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

BILLITER RUNS TO ILLINOIS PGA TITLE

September 16, 2015 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

ORRICK PACES PROFESSIONALS IN THE ILLINOIS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

August 30, 2015 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

ILLINOIS PGA CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS TO MEDINAH COUNTRY CLUB

August 22, 2015

EMOTIONAL COOKE WINS ILLINOIS OPEN

August 3, 2015 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

NADLER GOLF CARS TRULY A FAMILY AFFAIR

July 27, 2015 | Author: Len Ziehm for the Illinois PGA

COOKE, MAREK LEAD ENTERING FINAL ROUND

July 24, 2015 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

LAWRENCE STANDS ALONE

July 18, 2015 | Author: Tim Cronin for the Illinois PGA

THE 54TH RADIX CUP MATCHES

June 25, 2015

BRIAN MORRISON AND RICK GROESSL TO BE HONORED AS SENIOR MASTERS

June 21, 2015

EGAN, MCNAIR AND SOBB ELECTED TO ILLINOIS GOLF HALL OF FAME

June 14, 2015

THE ILLINOIS PGA WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBERS

June 1, 2015

2015 ILLINOIS GOLF HALL OF FAME CANDIDATES NARROWED TO TEN

June 1, 2015

THE 66TH ILLINOIS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE CONTESTED ON TWO COURSES

May 29, 2015

TWENTY-FIVE NOMINATED FOR ILLINOIS GOLF HALL OF FAME

April 8, 2015

IAN GRANT JOINS THE ILLINOIS PGA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

March 11, 2015

KATHY KREFT PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF MEMBER AND PARTNERSHIP SERVICES

January 12, 2015

4TH ANNUAL BIRDIES FOR CHARITY

May 12, 2014