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Ryder Cup highlights 2012 calendar

Writing from Chicago
Monday, January 2, 2012
updated Friday, January 13, 2012

The calendar below shows it will be an interesting year for golf - both the spectator and participant variety – in the Chicago area.

While Crooked Stick near Indianapolis hosts Chicago's very own Western Open – oops, BMW Championship – the U.S. Women's Open is played north of Milwaukee at Blackwolf Run and three-year-old Harbor Shores, the pride and hope of Benton Harbor, Mich., features the Senior PGA Championship, Chicago and its suburbs will have to make do with quality, not quantity when it comes to gawking at pro golfers.

We'll have the 39th Ryder Cup Matches at Medinah Country Club at the end of September. Twenty-four players, three days, plus practice and festivities, and that's it.

It will, of course, be a veritable feast of golf, but, like the urchin in "Oliver," we want more. So plan now to make a trip to Indy or Benton Harbor or bucolic Kohler, where Blackwolf Run is hidden. Or down I-88 to Silvis and the John Deere Classic, the state's remaining annual top-rank professional tournament.

Or, better yet, tee it up yourself. You may not meet the qualifying standards for the CDGA-conducted amateur tournaments on the calendar that follows, but the year is young. After today's Rose Bowl, hie yourself to a golf dome and get to work on that swing. Remember, the forecast for Friday is 45 and partly sunny. If that's not golf weather in January, what is?

– Tim Cronin

2012 Golf Calendar
including international majors, pro tour appearances in area, and local tournaments and exhibitions of interest


26-28 PGA Merchandise Show, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.


17-19 Inaugural Tinley Park Golf Expo, Tinley Park Convention Center, I-80 and Harlem Avenue, Tinley Park, (708) 990-3379.
24-26 29th Chicago Golf Show, Stephens Convention Center, North River Road, Rosemont, (312) 541-0567.


29-4/1 41st Kraft Nabisco Championship, Mission Hills Country Club (Shore), Rancho Mirage, Calif.


5-8 76th Masters Tournament, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.
21-22 Will County Amateur, Balmoral Woods Country Club, Crete


7-8 21st Illinois Public Links Championship, Dunne National Golf Course, Oak Forest
10-13 39th Players Championship, TPC Sawgrass (Players), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
14-17 61st Illinois PGA Match Play Championship, Kemper Lakes GC, Hawthorn Woods
15-16 20th Illinois Mid-Amateur, Flossmoor Country Club, Flossmoor
17 12th CDGA Public Links Championship, Plum Tree National Golf Club, Harvard
21-24 11th CDGA Senior Amateur, Rockford Country Club, Rockford
24-27 73rd Senior PGA Championship, Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor, Mich.
29-31 Illinois PGA Senior Match Play Championship, Shoreacres, Lake Bluff


7-10 58th LPGA Championship, Locust Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y.
13 51st Radix Cup Matches, Oak Park Country Club, River Grove
14-17 112th United States Open, Olympic Club (Lake), Daly City, Calif.
18-23 112th Women’s Western Amateur, Monroe G&CC, Monroe, Mich.
19-22 95th Western Junior, Country Club of Florida, Golf, Fla.
26-29 93rd CDGA Championship, Cantigny Golf, Wheaton


5-8 67th U.S. Women’s Open, Blackwolf Run (combination), Kohler, Wis.
9-13 88th Women’s Western Junior, Cincinnati Country Club, Cincinnati
12-15 42nd John Deere Classic, TPC Deere Run, Silvis
16-18 63rd Illinois Open, The Glen Club, Glenview
19-22 141st British Open Championship, Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club, Lancashire, U.K.
30-8/4 110th Western Amateur, Exmoor Country Club, Highland Park


6-7 Illinois PGA Senior Championship, Whisper Creek Golf Club, Huntley
7-9 82nd Illinois Amateur, Kokopelli Golf Course, Marion
9-12 94th PGA Championship, Kiawah Island (Ocean), Kiawah Island, S.C.
27-29 90th Illinois PGA Championship, Stonewall Orchard Golf Club, Grayslake


6-9 BMW Championship (109th Western Open), Crooked Stick Golf Club, Carmel, Ind.
8-13 32nd U.S. Mid-Amateur, Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest
10-11 Illinois Senior Open, McHenry Country Club, McHenry
17-19 26th Illinois Senior Amateur, Prestwick Country Club, Frankfort
24-25 Junior Ryder Cup Matches, Olympia Fields Country Club (South), Olympia Fields
25 4th Prairie State Challenge, Bloomington Country Club, Bloomington
28-30 39th Ryder Cup Matches, Medinah Country Club (No. 3), Medinah


8-9 Illinois Players Championship, Eagle Ridge Resort (General), Galena

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