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  • Wheaton’s Pearson going for third Illinois Women’s Open title Jul 24, 2012 11:13 PM
    Wheaton's Jenna Pearson is seeking to win her third Illinois Women's Open title this week. Pearson, who played collegiate golf in the SEC at South Carolina, won the IWO in 2006 and 2011. Our golf columnist, Len Ziehm, has more on her golf career, and the lastest on Illinois golf coach Mike Small and other tournament news of note.

  • Ten Broeck finds success as a caddie and player Jul 17, 2012 12:50 PM
    It's been 28 years since Lance Ten Broeck won the Illinois Open at Flossmoor Country Club. And while seven winners of that title after him went on to earn PGA Tour cards, not one has had the staying power in golf that Ten Broeck has achieved. Len Ziehm talks with Ten Broeck about his success on the PGA Tour as a player and caddie, and his strong performance at the U.S. Senior Open last week.

  • Will Stricker slam his way to golf history? Jul 10, 2012 11:33 AM
    Call it the Stricker Slam. That's the piece of golf history that Steve Stricker will go after beginning Thursday in the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., on the outskirts of Moline. In the last 140 years, only four players have won any big pro tournament four straight times. Stricker would become the fifth if he continues his reign at the $4.6 million JDC — the only PGA Tour stop in Illinois in 2012. Daly Herald golf columnist Len Ziehm previews that event, plus the upcoming Illinois Open and other golf news and notes in this week's column.

  • Choi shoots 65, takes control in US Women's Open Jul 7, 2012 10:16 PM
    Na Yeon Choi was just a kid when Se Ri Pak won the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in 1998. Today, Choi is living proof that Pak's landmark victory 14 years ago really did have the power to inspire girls in South Korea to try to make it in professional golf. And after posting one of the best rounds in Open history, Choi is poised to repeat Pak's feat in the same event at the same course.

  • Kerr, Lincicome, Salas share lead at Open Jul 5, 2012 9:30 PM
    Although plenty of athletes have used sports to lift themselves up from difficult backgrounds, Lizette Salas' path to the pros isn't the sort of story that's often heard in golf. The 22-year-old Salas shot a 3-under 69 in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open on Thursday, grabbing a share of the lead along with fellow Americans Cristie Kerr, the 2007 Open winner, and Brittany Lincicome.

  • U.S. Women’s Open still feeling impact of Pak’s 1998 win Jul 4, 2012 1:28 PM
    Blackwolf Run was the Kohler, Wis., course where Si Re Pak, a South Korean player, captured one of the most dramatic U.S. Women's Opens ever. Her win in the biggest tournament in women's golf triggered a huge influx of players from her country onto the LPGA Tour. So Yeon Ryu, another Korean, is the defending U.S. Women's Open champion, and 28 Koreans are in the field to test Blackwolf Run again starting Thursday. Pak talks with golf writer Len Ziehm about the impact her victory had on her sport.

  • Two area golfers join U.S. Women’s Open field Jul 3, 2012 12:01 PM
    The 67th U.S. Women's Open, which tees off Thursday at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wis., has two late qualifiers with Chicago connections: Aimee Neff, winner of the Illinois Women's Open in 2008 and 2009, and amateur Ashley Armstrong, a Notre Dame sophomore-to-be who won the 2011 Western Junior title. Len Ziehm has more on the U.S. Women's Open in his weekly golf column, plus details on a caddie change for Zach Johnson at the upcoming JDC, and Mike Small's qualifying bid for next month's PGA Championship.

  • Stricker’s four-peat bid highlights busy July Jun 26, 2012 1:45 PM
    In his weekly golf column, Len Ziehm looks ahead to the busiest season in Midwest, with July offering the U.S. Women's Open at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin and the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities, followed by the two state opens for Illinois golfers and the start of the Western Amateur at Exmoor in Highland Park. The biggest story may be Steve Stricker's bid at the John Deere Classic to become the fourth PGA Tour player to win a tournament four straight years. Len will tell you which other players did it first.

  • Streelman, Points qualify for U.S. Open Jun 5, 2012 1:40 PM
    In his weekly golf column, Len Ziehm runs through the local qualifiers for the U.S. Open and takes a look at Steve Stricker's bid for a fourth straight John Deere Classic victory in Silvis. He also provides results of the Illinois PGA Match Play Championship, and previews from upcoming events at suburban golf courses.

  • Mistwood’s sod bunkers offer unique perspective May 30, 2012 11:57 AM
    In his weekly golf column, Len Ziehm explores the new sod-wall bunkers and redesign at Mistwood Golf Club, the home of the Illinois Women's Open. He also takes a look some likely challengers for the upcoming U.S. Open sectional qualifier at the Village Links of Glen Ellyn, and provides other news and notes on the suburban golf scene.

  • Former Medinah pro ready for Senior PGA Championship May 22, 2012 7:17 PM
    In his weekly golf column, Len Ziehm reports on the Chicago connections with the the 73rd Senior PGA Championship, one of the majors on the Champions Tour. It begins a 72-hole run on Thursday at the new Harbor Shores resort course in Benton Harbor, Mich. Mike Harrigan, a former Medinah pro, is in the starting field.

  • ND golfer wins Open qualifier at Schaumburg May 16, 2012 4:31 PM
    In his weekly golf column, Len Ziehm checks in on the Illinois PGA match play tournament and defending champion Jim Sobb, the results from the local U.S. Open qualifying event at Schaumburg Golf Club, the reopening of the Woodside course at Cantigny, and much more on the local golf scene.

  • With renovation, Eagle Ridge puts disaster in its past May 1, 2012 6:20 PM
    In this week's golf column, Len Ziehm takes a closer look at the renotations at Eagle Ridge Golf Resort, the opening and changes at the South Course at Arrowhead in Wheaton, the Big Ten golf tournament winners, and the latest points figures for contenders for the 2012 Ryder Cup teams. Plus lots of helpful online links and more.

  • Local qualifying under way for U.S. Open May 15, 2012 4:14 PM
    Daily Herald golf columnist Len Ziehm has the latest news on the local qualifiers for the U.S. Open, and all the dates for the next rounds. Plus he looks at several events and some changes at suburban courses, and other news in golf.

  • Winfield’s Streelman readies for third U.S. Open Jun 12, 2012 5:20 PM
    In his weekly golf column, Len Ziehm catches up with Kevin Streelman of Winfield, who qualified his third U.S. Open by finishing third in the tough Columbus sectional qualifier last week. He also highlights the 79th Illinois Women's Amateur and the 51st Radix Cup, which are both in the Chicago area this week.

  • Illinois Open champ ready to return to play Jun 19, 2012 12:29 PM
    For Philip Arouca, the defending champion in the IPGA's Illinois Open, tells Daily Herald golf columnist Len Ziehm he's anxious to start his competitive schedule this week. Since his biggest win of 2011, Arouca developed a stress fracture in his right wrist during the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying school last fall, forcing him to not touch a club for five weeks. He's hoping his health struggles are behind him.

  • Slowly but surely, PGA’s Affrunti recovering Apr 24, 2012 6:39 PM
    :Last Sundays conclusion of the PGA Tours Valero Texas Open created a time of reflection for Crystal Lakes Joe Affrunti, whose last appearance on golfs premier circuit was at that tournament in 2011 For Affrunti, a former Illinois Open champion and University of Illinois graduate, the last year has been difficult and thats putting it mildly. He became one of the few Chicago golfers in the last four decades to earn a coveted PGA Tour card in 2010, thanks to his showing on the Nationwide Tour. A shoulder injury, though, has prevented him from demonstrating his talents on the biggest stage in golf.

  • Minor changes in place for Cog Hill's top course Apr 19, 2012 9:33 AM
    Cog Hill is off the PGA Tour calendar this year for only the second time since 1991, but that won't keep owner Frank Jemsek from tweaking his Dubsdread layout that hosted both the Western Open and BMW Championship. Daily Herald golf columnist Len Ziehm reveals the changes, and covers a lot more ground with Ryder Cup news and other highlights in his weekly report.

  • Spellman's scorecard: If BMW goes to Conway, get ready for a treat Feb 10, 2012 9:20 AM
    One of the worst-kept secrets over the past year was that if the BMW Championship returned to Chicago in 2013, the front-runner to host the event would be Conway Farms in Lake Forest. If and when they do make it official, though, golf fans who haven't seen the CF layout are in for a real treat. It's a beauty with some of the most protective swans ever seen.

  • LPGA season begins with more events, optimism Feb 6, 2012 9:22 PM
    A new LPGA Tour season gets under way this week at Royal Melbourne with the Women’s Australian Open, one of four additional tournaments on the 2012 schedule that have helped nudge momentum in a favorable direction. “It’s a blip if we have a nice ramp up and then ball back down,” said LPGA Tour Commisioner Mike Whan, who starts his third full year as commissioner. “It took a year to take us from negative momentum to positive momentum, and the next year to turn that positive momentum into success.”

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