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  • Veteran golf writer Len Ziehm, left, chats with Mary and Mike Bavier of Barrington during an event for Daily Herald subscribers Wednesday at Golf Nation in Palatine.

    Getting into the swing of golf season at subscriber eventMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the Masters just two weeks away, Daily Herald subscribers got a jump on the golf season by taking part in a discussion Wednesday night with veteran sports writers Mike Spellman and Len Ziehm.

     
  • Former USA Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III worked with Bob Spence to help create Kinderlou Forest golf, a 10-year-old course in Valdosta, Ga., as part of his Love Golf Design team.

    Ex-Kemper Lakes pro takes Georgia course to a new levelMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Kemper Lakes pro Bob Spence wants to take Kinderlou Forest in Valdosta, Ga., to a new level, and Len Ziehm checks in with Spence, who has spent 60 years as a golf pro, about his stunning 18-hole course.

     
  •  The emergence of Elena Delle Donne (11) changed the fortunes of the Chicago Sky, which made the WNBA playoffs for the first time and posted the franchise's first winning season.

    For women’s sports, 2013 loaded with great storiesDec 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Patricia Babcock McGraw reviews the top women's sports stories of 2013, touching on international soccer, the LPGA, the WNBA, college volleyball, pro tennis and college basketbal.

     
  •  Rich Harvest Farms owner Jerry Rich is working hard to promote the International Crown golf event coming to his course in 2016, and working to see that it comes back often.

    Rich goes the distance for International Crown Nov 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    In 2016, Rich Harvest Farms golf club in Sugar Grove will host the second staging of the International Crown, an innovative biannual team competition involving eight countries with the best women's golfers in the world. Owner Jerry Rich, meanwhile, hopes the event will become a regular event at Rich Harvest. Len Ziehm has more in this report.

     
  •  Lexi Thompson lines up a putt during her final round at the Malaysian LGPA event Sunday in Kuala Lumpur.

    American teen wins Malaysia title by 4 shots Oct 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    American teenager Lexi Thompson shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday to win the LPGA Malaysia title by four strokes. The 18-year-old, who won her second career LPGA title and first of the season, finished on 19-under 265 to end the South Korean dominance at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

     
  •  LPGA golfer Lexi Thompson hits a ball off a tee Monday following an announcement that the Solheim Cup will be held at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club in 2017.

    Iowa course awarded 2017 Solheim Cup Sep 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    The LPGA announced Monday that the 2017 Solheim Cup will be held at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club. The biennial contest between teams of European and American golfers was held in Colorado last month with Europe winning 18-10.

     
  •  Michelle Wie works on her putting during a practice round Wednesday in Parker, Colo. The Solheim Cup, a biennial event between teams representing Europe and the United States, starts Friday.

    Wie in the spotlight again as a Solheim pick Aug 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Few other golfers have received so much attention for winning so little. Now Michelle Wie faces additional pressure as a captain's pick for the U.S. Solheim Cup team.

     
  •  Michelle Wie tees off on the 13th during the third round of the Women’s British Open golf championship Saturday on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland.

    Wie, Piller added to Solheim Cup team Aug 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    The U.S. Solheim Cup team was completed Sunday at St. Andrews when Morgan Pressel tied for fourth and bumped Jennifer Johnson from the last of two spots through the world ranking. Mallon took Michelle Wie and Solheim Cup rookie Gerina Piller as her captain’s picks.

     
  •  American Stacy Lewis poses with the trophy after winning the Women’s British Open golf championship Sunday on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland.

    Lewis wins Women’s British Open Aug 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    American Stacy Lewis finished with a pair of exquisite birdies on the Old Course on Sunday and closed with an even-par 72 at the Women's British Open. It’s her second major on the LPGA Tour, and it ends a record streak of 10 straight majors won by Asian players.

     
  •  South Korea’s Inbee Park putts on the 9th green during the fourth round of the Women’s British Open golf championship Sunday on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland.

    Park ends bid for 4 straight majors Aug 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Inbee Park’s bid for a Grand Slam ended long before she walked up to the 18th green at St. Andrews, giving her plenty of time to find perspective. “I’ve done something amazing this season,” she said. “I won three straight majors. I don’t know if I can do that again.” Park closed with rounds of 74-78, more than a dozen shots out of the lead at the Women's British Open.

     
  • Michelle Wie of the US, left, reacts to France's Karine Icher, right, after play has been suspended due to the high winds on the 13th fairway during the third round of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland, Saturday Aug. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Wind suspends 3rd round at Women’s British Open Aug 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Inbee Park was hopeful of tough conditions to help her make up an eight-shot deficit at the Women’s British Open. It turned out to be too tough. Park’s ball moved on the fourth green from 40 mph gusts at St. Andrews, and the third round was suspended a short time later.

     
  •  Elise Swartout, a Michigan pro, earned the 2013 Phil Kosin Illinois Women's Open title at Mistwood Golf Club with a 3-under 69 on Friday.

    Michigan pro takes IWO title again Aug 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    While there were possibilities for Chicago golfers to make significant history in Friday’s final round of the 19th Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood in Romeoville, Elise Swartout became the fifth Michigan golfer in the last six years to win the premier Illinois event.

     
  • Christina Kim of the U.S., gestures on the 17th green during the first round of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland, Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Inbee Park falls 8 shots behind at St. AndrewsAug 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Inbee Park caught bad end of the draw at St. Andrews, made worse by not having her best golf. Before she can think about a chance to make history as the first golfer to win four professional majors in the same season, Park faced a more immediate concern Friday afternoon in the Women’s British Open — how to make up an eight-shot deficit against Na Yeon Choi.

     
  • It sure does seem like this season might be it for Paul Konerko, but whenever it is that he decides to walk away from the game he should go out with all the praise and accolades he has earned as a star for the White Sox.

    Not his style, but Konerko really deserves fitting send-offAug 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    If Paul Konerko decides to hang him up after the season, here's hoping he gives the fans fair warning so they can show their appreciation for a player who has meant so much to his team and his city. That and more White Sox talk in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

     
  • South Korea's Inbee Park watches her shot on the first fairway during the first round of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland, Thursday Aug. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Park, seeking 4th straight major, opens with 69 Aug 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Wearing a black rain suit and a soft smile, Inbee Park looked calm as ever standing before the imposing Royal & Ancient clubhouse just moments before she teed off Thursday in the Women’s British Open. Only after her unsteady round of 3-under 69 did Park reveal perhaps the biggest surprise at St. Andrews. She was nervous.

     
  •  Inbee Park throws the ball into the stands after winning a playoff for the LPGA Championship on June 9.

    Park refreshed at NW Arkansas Championship Jun 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Top-ranked Inbee Park will tee off Friday at the NW Arkansas Championship after a week in Florida, a much-needed bit of rest after a difficult LPGA Championship win two weeks ago.

     
  • Chella Choi waves after her birdie on the 10th hole during the first round LPGA Championship golf championship, Friday, June 7, 20123, in Pittsford, N.Y. (AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Shawn Dowd) MAGS OUT; NO SALES

    Choi shoots 67, leads LPGA Championship by a shot Jun 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Not a late band of rain, a soggy course, nor those pesky orange flags could deter Chella Choi. Not with her father on the bag.The 22-year-old South Korean, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Morgan Pressel after the first round of the rain-delayed LPGA Championship.

     
  •  Nicole Jeray

    At 42, LPGA’s Jeray ready to make her move Apr 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Berwyn golfer Nicole Jeray is the lone Chicago golfer on the LPGA Tour. While she's also one of the oldest at age 42, she's making strides with the help of her longtime swing instructor, Dr. Jim Suttie. The former NIU golfer, who is one of the straighest off the tee, believes she finally has solved some issues with her short game. Len Ziehm catches up with Jeray as she prepares for three straight tournaments.

     
  • International Crown a great response to Solheim Jan 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Jerry Rich and the Solheim Cup, along with 120,000 fans who came out to witness the biennial women's professional golf event in 2009, made an impressive and lasting impression. And, as Mike Spellman explains, the new International Crown competition coming in 2016 to the Sugar Grove course could leave an even bigger one.

     
  • Trumpeting the announcement of a new LPGA international golf event, The International Crown, were from left: pro golfer Stacy Lewis, pro golfer Yani Tseng, Rich Harvest Farms golf course owner Jerry Rich, LPGA commissioner Mike Whan, businessman William L. Jews, and pro golfers Azahara Munoz and Na Yeon Choi.

    World-class golfers returning to Rich Harvest Farms Jan 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Ladies PGA Tour is returning to Chicago — but it won't be until 2016. And then it will be for the staging of an extraordinary new team event, the International Crown. Mike Whan, the LPGA commissioner, announced Thursday the tournament will make its debut in Owings Mills, Md., in 2014, and the second staging will be in the summer of 2016 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Jerry Rich, owner and designer of the Rich Harvest private facility that hosted the record-setting 2009 Solheim Cup matches, was a leader in making the new event happen.

     
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