The Scorecard presented by Chicago District Golfer

The CDGA has partnered with WSCR 670 The Score to have Chicago District Golfer magazine serve as the presenting sponsor of "The Scorecard", a weekly two-hour radio show dedicated to covering golf in the Chicago District and nationally.

Hosted by Chicago District Golfer editor Barry Cronin and The Score’s Mike Esposito, "The Scorecard" presented by Chicago District Golfer Magazine airs every Saturday from 6-8 a.m. on 670-AM. See below for links to full episodes and select segments from each week’s show.

September 18, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened the Scorecard by reacting to the PGA Tour action at the Fortinet Championship at the Silverado Resort in Napa Valley. Later, Merit Club head pro Don Pieper joined the show for a conversation. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of the Scorecard, Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Kemper Sports CEO Steve Skinner, who discussed the golf world since the pandemic started. Later, Ron Green Jr. of the Global Golf Post joined the show to preview the Ryder Cup next weekend. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Steve Skinner, KemperSports CEO - A key player in the golf industry, Skinner discusses some of the latest trends and developments surrounding the game.
  • 3:20 – The change of the demographic of golf and younger generations joining country clubs
  • 6:15 – The future and new commitment to golf as a business
  • 9:18 – The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the golf industry
  • 11:30 – Customer service for destination golf

Ron Green, Global Golf Post Senior Writer - Longtime golf journalist Ron Green, Jr. of Global Golf Post joins the program to preview the Ryder Cup.
  • 1:40 – Weather conditions and what to expect during the Ryder Cup
  • 5:20 – World rankings and getting picked for the Ryder Cup  
  • 6:15 – Ian Poulter at the Ryder Cup
  • 7:50 – Matchups for the Ryder Cup

September 11, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by reacting to Team USA making six captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup. After that, Cronin recapped his daughter’s wedding, which was at the American Club. Later, Conway Farms Golf Club director of instruction Jamie Fischer joined the show for a conversation. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Boyne USA marketing director Ken Griffin to discuss last-chance getaways for the summer. Later, Wisconsin.golf senior writer Gary D’Amato joined the show to preview the Ryder Cup. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Ken Griffin, Boyne Director of Golf Sales & Marketing - Griffin joins the program to discuss the allure of golfing in northern Michigan.
  • 0:20 – Impact of COVID-19 at Boyne Resorts
  • 1:00 – Golfing opportunities in the Fall at Boyne
  • 3:00 – Award winning courses and course conditions
  • 3:37 – Most popular courses, Cuff Links and The Heather
  • 5:15 – Variety of courses
  • 7:10 – Available packages at Boyne Resorts
  • 8:50 – Transportation to Boyne Resorts
  • 11:15 – How to book a trip to Boyne Resorts

Gary D’Amato, Wisconsin.Golf - In advance of the Ryder Cup, one of Wisconsin’s top golf journalists previews the event.
  • 0:50 - Steve Stricker preparing for the Ryder Cup
  • 2:10 – D’Amato’s respect for Stricker
  • 4:30 – Brooks Koepka’s injury and plans for the Ryder Cup
  • 6:00 – Koepka’s potential replacement
  • 7:45 – New ages of United States Golf
  • 9:00 - Wisconsin.golf and coverage during the Ryder Cup

September 4, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by taking a look back at the incredible playoff at the BMW Championship last Sunday. After that, they welcomed on Steve Kois, a long drive competitor from the Chicago area. Later, River Forest Country Club head pro Chris Gumbach joined the show for a conversation. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Chicago District Golf Association senior business development director Mike Gilligan to preview the Ryder Cup. Later, they welcomed on Tim Morris, the producer of the Member Skills Challenge Championship on NBC Sports Chicago.CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Steve Kois, Long Drive Competitor - A Wheaton native, Kois discusses the upcoming Ultimate Long Drive Championship at Cog Hill and the long drive realm as a whole.
  • 0:50 – The upcoming Xtreme Long Drive Championship at Cog Hill
  • 1:40 – The location and specs of the Cog Hill long drive grid
  • 2:30 – The importance of physical fitness in long drive
  • 3:30 – How Kois got in to long drive competitions
  • 5:00 – The specs of the upcoming competition at Cog Hill
  • 6:35 – How long drive generates interest in golf as a whole
  • 7:35 – How Bryson has given long drivers credibility
  • 8:40 – Combining accuracy and distance
  • 10:00 – Long drive training advice

Michael Gilligan, CDGA Senior Business Development Director - Now the Senior Business Development Director at the CDGA, Gilligan reflects on his years as a Ryder Cup Tournament Director and shares his unique insights.
  • 1:30 – Why the Ryder Cup is golf’s greatest event
  • 2:45 – Unique challenges of the event as a tournament director
  • 3:55 – How the fan experience is different for the Ryder Cup
  • 5:30 – The pressure on the players for the Ryder Cup
  • 7:45 – Memories of the 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah
  • 11:10 – Bernhard Langer’s missed putt at the end of the 1991 Ryder Cup
  • 13:10 – How far the Ryder Cup has come since 1991
  • 14:05 – The historic comeback of 1999
  • 16:50 – Justin Leonard’s remarkable putt in 1999
  • 20:08 – Potential chemistry issues for Team USA

August 28, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by marveling at Bryson DeChambeau’s incredible 12-under 60 at the BMW Championship on Friday. Later, they conducted their weekly Swing Thoughts segment with Andy Mickelson, who won the Illinois PGA Championship at Ivanhoe Club last week. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by John Hawkins of the Morning Read to discuss how the PGA Tour can improve its playoffs. Later, the guys were joined by James Piot, who won the U.S. Amateur championship.CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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John Hawkins, Morning Read Writer - Hawkins, a longtime prominent golf journalist, shares his thoughts on the most notable aspects of the professional golf landscape.
  • 0:50 – Hawkins’ opinion of the PGA postseason
  • 4:45 - How to fix the FedExCup
  • 9:00 – Hawkins explaining the Koepka and DeChambeau ‘feud’ and the potential effect on the Ryder Cup
  • 16:55 – Hawkins opinion on the attention DeChambeau receives and if he is good for golf

James Piot, 2021 U.S. Amateur Champion - The 2021 U.S. Amateur winner, who also made match play at the Western Amateur, discusses his successful summer and what’s next in his golf career.
  • 1:25 – Piot winning the 2021 U.S. Amateur Tournament  
  • 2:40 – Recap of play at the U.S. Amateur Tournament and Western Amateur Tournament
  • 5:00 – Piot’s golf plans after graduating from Michigan State in 2022
  • 7:30 – Balancing golf while being a student-athlete

August 21, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by discussing the action at the Northern Trust. Later, they conducted their Swing Thoughts segment by welcoming on Brett Packee, who has been professional golfer Nick Hardy?s lifelong instructor. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Wisconsin Golf Trips founder/owner Jason Kauflin. Later, writer Hank Gola joined the show to discuss the Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Brett Packee, CORE Golf/Nick Hardy?s Instructor - Packee, the longtime coach of recent PGA Tour Card-securer Nick Hardy, gives his insights on Hardy?s journey to the Tour and shares putting advice for the amateur player.
  • 1:00 – COVID-19’s effect on golfers receiving their PGA Tour Card
  • 3:30 – Nick Hardy’s performance on the Korn Ferry Tour and practice schedule
  • 4:35 – Packee explaining Hardy’s putting
  • 5:00 – Packee’s experience working with Nick Hardy
  • 6:00 – Packee’s putting advice
  • 12:40 – Nick Hardy’s schedule for the rest of the season

Jason Kauflin, Wisconsin Golf Trips Founder/Owner: One of the foremost experts on golf travel packages in Wisconsin, Kauflin joins the program to discuss some of the best golf in America?s Dairyland.
  • 0:45 - Best golf trips in Wisconsin and available packages
  • 3:00 – Target demographic for golf trips
  • 5:00 – Pricing and packages for Bucket List golf trips
  • 7:33 – Kauflin’s career background
  • 10:30 – Kauflin discussing Lawsonia Links Golf Course and other golf destinations in Wisconsin
  • 14:07 – Building Blackwolf Run Golf Course and turning it into a destination golf course

August 14, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: As we were in the "missing Mike" formation this week, Barry Cronin was joined by producer Adam Studzinski, who filled in for Mike Esposito. The pair opened its show by looking back at the WGC-Fedex St. Jude Invitational last week and by discussing what’s happening at the Wyndham Championship this week. After that, 2021 Illinois Open winner Tee-K Kelly joined the show to discuss his victory. Later, the guys were joined by Dave Hannon, a golf instructor at Links & Tees in Addison. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of the Scorecard, Barry Cronin and Adam Studzinski welcomed on Jason Becker, who founded Golf Life Navigators in Florida. Later, they chatted with John Dell of the Winston-Salem Journal, as he’s covering the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina this weekend. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Tee-K Kelly, 2021 Illinois Open Champion - Fresh off his victory in the 2021 Illinois Open, the two-time Illinois State Amateur winner discusses his triumph at Stonebridge Country Club and his professional golf journey.
  • 0:43 – The increasing status of the Illinois Open
  • 1:13 – What fueled Kelly’s Illinois Open victory  
  • 2:12 – Kelly’s professional golf journey
  • 4:31 – Who Kelly admires on the PGA Tour
  • 5:56 – What Kelly views as his areas of improvement
  • 7:32 – Kelly’s distance off the tee
  • 9:13 – What elite players like Kelly can do to increase ball speed
  • 11:42 – Kelly’s thoughts on fellow OSU alum Justin Fields
  • 13:10 – Kelly’s next steps this summer

Jason Becker, Golf Life Navigators Co-Founder and CEO: The PGA Professional and entrepreneur discusses his company that helps individuals find their ideal golf lifestyle.
  • 0:26 - What Becker’s company, Golf Life Navigators, does
  • 1:37 – How Golf Life Navigators creates a new community for you
  • 2:37 – The steps to finding an ideal club through Golf Life Navigators
  • 4:34 – How Becker started Golf Life Navigators
  • 6:40 – The type of people who use Golf Life Navigators
  • 7:35 – The areas of the country Golf Life Navigators covers
  • 8:55 – How COVID impacted Golf Life Navigators
  • 11:05 – How the real estate aspect of Golf Life Navigators works
  • 13:10 – The evolving residence preferences of individuals
  • 14:25 – Destinations in the U.S. with hidden value
  • 16:05 – Average costs for clubs throughout the country
  • 18:08 – How Golf Live Navigators connects with real estate agents

August 7, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by recapping the Olympic golf tournaments, in which Team USA swept the gold medals with Xander Schauffele winning on the men’s side and Nelly Korda the victor on the women’s side. Later, Illinois Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Pinns joined the show for a conversation. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Mike O’Reilly of Whistling Straits Golf Course for a conversation. Later, they welcomed on Marissa Wenzler, who won the Women’s Western Amateur on July 24. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Mike O’Reilly, Destination Kohler Golf Operations Manager - With the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits just around the corner, O’Reilly joins the program to discuss the venue’s ability to host championship golf and Kohler as a golf destination.
  • 0:30 – O’Reilly’s background in Chicago
  • 1:30 – Championship destination golf in Kohler, Wisconsin and hosting the Ryder Cup  
  • 2:30 – Preparation for the Ryder Cup
  • 4:35 – O’Reilly explaining the design of Whistling Straits Golf Course
  • 7:20 – Background and experience of Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run Golf Couse
  • 9:56 – New courses near Whistling Straits Golf Course
  • 14:05 – Bringing destination golf to Wisconsin

Marissa Wenzler, Women’s Western Amateur Champion: Wenzler, a collegiate golfer at Kentucky, talks about her victory in the Women’s Western Amateur at Park Ridge Country Club.
  • 0:10 - Winning the Women’s Western Amateur
  • 1:15 – The competition at the Women’s Western Amateur
  • 2:03 – Wenzler reviewing Park Ridge Country Club and how the course played
  • 3:00 – Wenzler picking a college and choosing University of Kentucky
  • 4:20 – Wenzler’s experience at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Tournament
  • 8:00 – Background of Wenzler’s golf career
  • 11:05 – The story of Wenzler’s caddie for the Women’s  Western Amateur

July 31, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by reviewing the leaderboard at the Olympic men’s golf competition. Later, they were joined by Andrew Stevens for the Swing Thoughts segment. Stevens is the head pro at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Steve Hulka, a Chicago area native and longtime PGA Tour caddie who shared great stories. Later, Western Golf Association vice president of tournaments Vince Pellegrino joined the show. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Andrew Stevens, Stonebridge Country Club Head Golf Professional - In advance of this week’s Illinois Open at his club, Stevens previews the elite tournament. He also gives helpful putting advice sure to make an impact on your scoring.
  • 1:00 – Memories associated with the Ameritech Senior Open at Stonebridge
  • 1:55 – Modernizing the club in advance of hosting the Illinois Open
  • 3:04 – Names to watch in the Illinois Open
  • 4:35 – Basics of reading a green
  • 6:35 – When in doubt, play more break
  • 7:35 – How to read the speed of putts
  • 10:00 – The importance of putting technique

Steve Hulka, PGA Tour Caddie: The Chicago native shares his stories and insights garnered from decades as a caddie on the PGA Tour. Hulka also discusses his unique business venture used by Tour professionals.
  • 0:52 – Hulka’s history of caddying at Chicago Golf Club
  • 1:40 – Beginning his caddying career in Robinson, Illinois
  • 3:07 – How Hulka began caddying on the PGA Tour
  • 5:15 – The nomadic nature of life as a caddie
  • 6:58 – Who Hulka has caddied for
  • 9:15 – Hulka’s familiarity with Hawk Harrelson
  • 11:00 – Common questions asked as a PGA Tour caddie
  • 12:45 – Hulka’s business of transporting professionals’ equipment
  • 17:30 – Hulka’s son caddying for C.T. Pan

July 24, 2021

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Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by reflecting on Collin Morikawa’s win at the Open Championship last week. After that, they were joined by Illinois State Amateur winner Ethan Farnam to discuss his victory. Later, Glen View Club director of instruction Chris Green joined the show for a conversation. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by new USGA CEO Mike Whan. Later, Cronin and Esposito recapped their time at the Western Amateur media day last week. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Mike Whan, USGA CEO - The new top executive of the USGA, Mike Whan, is a Naperville native. He discusses his transition from the LPGA to the USGA and what he has in store for the organization and golf as a whole.
  • 0:25 – Whan’s transition to CEO of the USGA
  • 2:00 – Whan’s golf background
  • 6:30 – LPGA and Whan’s impact on the organization
  • 11:50 - The USGA and interviewing for the CEO position
  • 14:40 - Whan’s itinerary for the USGA
  • 17:55 – Should the USGA put limits on distance or change equipment standards for the PGA

Ethan Farnam, 2021 Illinois State Amateur Champion: About 36 hours after claiming his second consecutive Illinois State Amateur Championship in dramatic fashion, Ethan Farnam joined the program to reflect on his victory.
  • 1:00 – A recap of Farnam’s performance at the 90th Illinois State Amateur Championship at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville.
  • 2:20 – Farnam’s mindset throughout the final day of the Illinois State Amateur Championship
  • 3:15 – Farnam’s competition to get into the play-off at the State Amateur Championship
  • 8:45 – Farnam’s future golf plans
  • 10:00 - Farnam’s winning history and defending his State Amateur Champion title

July 17, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: In the first hour, Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito talk about the 2021 British Open. After, Barry and Mike talk to Tristyn Nowlin, the winner of the 2021 Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood Golf Course in Romeoville. After, Barry and Mike welcome in the head pro at Mistwood Golf Course for Swing Thoughts to get you the best advice for your swing. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of the Scorecard, Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Bob Harig of ESPN.com to discuss the British Open live from Royal St. George’s. After that, Cronin and Esposito shared an update on the Open leaderboard. Later, they were joined by Mulbe Dillard IV, who was ranked as the No. 1 amateur minority golfer in the nation before he recently turned pro. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Andy Mickelson, Mistwood Golf Club Director of Golf: In advance of the Illinois State Amateur Championship being contested at his facility, July 20-22, Andy Mickelson previews the tournament, gives some short game advice and shares his insight on the golf industry.
  • 0:30 – Mistwood Golf Club preparing for the Illinois State Amateur Championship
  • 1:30 – Mickelson explaining the knock down shot
  • 4:40 – Renovation and playing conditions at Mistwood Golf Club
  • 5:28 – Mickelson reflecting on his time playing at the PGA professional championship
  • 7:05 - Technology used in both indoor and outdoor training facilities at Mistwood Golf Club
  • 8:30 - The golf industry after the COVID-19 lockdown
  • 11:20 - Mistwood Golf Club hosting and targeting tournaments

Mulbe Dillard, Professional Golfer - As seen in the June issue of Chicago District Golfer magazine, Chicago’s Mulbe Dillard IV is in the midst of launching his professional golf career.
  • 0:34 – Dillard discussing playing at TPC Deere Run for the Advocates Professional Tour
  • 2:55 – Mulbe Dillard’s Golf Academy at Jackson Park Golf Course
  • 4:20 – Dillard’s golf background
  • 5:00 - Transition from playing college golf to becoming a professional golfer
  • 7:21 - The impact of Tiger Woods on minority golfers
  • 11:00 – Dillard’s "pinch-me" moments

July 10, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by discussing the John Deere Classic, which Cronin helps run. After that, they were joined by Dan Hotchkin of Palatine Hills Golf Course. Later, GOLFTEC director of instruction TJ Sullivan joined the show for a conversation. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Craig DeVrieze, who wrote "Magic Happened," a book about 50 years of golf in the Quad Cities. Later, Andrew Catalon of CBS Sports joined the show to discuss the John Deere Classic, for which he’s anchoring the coverage. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Dan Hotchkin, Palatine Hills Golf Course Head Golf Professional: On the day of a CDGA Four-Person Scramble Championship presented by Jersey Mike’s Qualifier being contested at this club, Dan Hotchkin of Palatine Hills discusses the event and what makes his facility unique.
  • 0:30 – The CDGA Four-Person Scramble Championship presented by Jersey Mike’s Qualifier at Palatine Hills Golf Course
  • 1:30 – CDGA Social Competitions
  • 2:40 – Skill level and selecting teams for CDGA social events
  • 3:42 – Background of Palatine Hills Golf Course
  • 5:32 - Palatine Hills’ driving range and short game area

Craig DeVrieze, Quad City Times Writer - As seen in the July issue of Chicago District Golfer magazine, Craig DeVrieze is one of the foremost John Deere Classic historians. He discusses 50 years of the event’s playing in the midst of the 2021 iteration being conducted at TPC Deere Run.
  • 0:39 – DeVrieze’s book, "Magic Happened"
  • 2:50 – History and struggles of funding the John Deere Classic
  • 6:00 – Bridies for Charity
  • 7:39 - DeVrieze reflecting on past winners of the John Deere Classic
  • 11:18 - Local support behind the John Deere Classic
  • 15:00 – Crowd and player interaction at the John Deere Classic

July 3, 2021

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Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by highlighting the controversy that Phil Mickelson is fighting related to illegal gambling. After that, they were joined by Kevin O’Regan, who won the 52nd Illinois State Junior Championship at Makray Memorial Golf Club last week. Later, two-time Illinois Women’s Open champion Nicole Jeray joined the show for the Swings Thoughts segment. She’ll compete in the Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood beginning Tuesday. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson to get an early preview of the event. Later, Kevin Frisch jumped on to discuss the top travel spots to golf in Michigan. He runs a golf public relations firm. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Nicole Jeray, Mistwood Golf Club LPGA Teaching Professional: In advance of the Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood Golf Club, Jeray - a two-time winner of the event and club professional at Mistwood - previews the event and discusses various aspects of her playing and teaching careers.
  • 0:45 – Nicole Jeray’s golf and athletic background
  • 1:35 – Highlights of Jeray’s pro golf career
  • 2:11 – How Jeray’s playing background translates to golf instruction
  • 3:13 – How important the mental aspects of golf are
  • 3:55 – The difficulty of “trying to relax” and how it can be practiced
  • 4:32 – The upcoming Illinois Women’s Open at Mistwood Golf Club
  • 5:57 – How golfers approach Mistwood’s difficult layout
  • 6:46 – Jeray’s practice plans in advance of the Illinois Women’s Open
  • 7:41 – How Jeray’s golf career began
  • 9:33 – The high demand of golf lessons currently
  • 10:28 – Characteristics of the people Jeray gives lessons to

Clair Peterson, John Deere Classic Tournament Director - As seen in the July issue of Chicago District Golfer magazine, the John Deere Classic turns 50 this coming weekend. Tournament Director Clair Peterson joins the program to discuss the milestone and the event in general.
  • 0:47 – The John Deere Classic turning 50 in 2021
  • 2:15 – Early history of the JDC
  • 3:51 – The success of Birdies for Charity, even during 2020
  • 5:50 – The efficient nature of Birdies for Charity organizations
  • 6:56 – Highlights of the 2021 JDC field
  • 8:55 – The JDC’s unique sponsor exemptions, including numerous locals
  • 11:40 – Final preparations in advance of the JDC
  • 13:05 – The status of the JDC’s annual charter to the British Open
  • 15:26 – COVID protocols in place for the British Open charter
  • 16:55 – The JDC’s presence in the July issue of Chicago District Golfer

June 26, 2021

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Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by recapping Jon Rahm winning an exciting U.S. Open last weekend. After that, Illinois Junior Golf Association executive director Matt Wennmaker joined the show. Later, they were joined by Dave Paeglow, the head pro at Kishwaukee Country Club in DeKalb. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Tommy Roy of NBC Sports to share an inside look at producing golf tournaments. Later, Dan O’Neil of the Morning Read joined the show. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Matt Wennmaker, Illinois Junior Golf Association Executive Director: With the Illinois State Junior Amateur Championship slated for June 29-July 1, Wennmaker discussed the upcoming event and the role the Illinois Junior Golf Association plays within the golf landscape.
  • 1:02 – The age range of the Illinois State Junior Amateur field
  • 1:37 – A recap of the 2020 Illinois State Junior Amateur
  • 2:09 – The difficulty of the course set up for the State Junior
  • 2:58 – Past State Junior Am winners
  • 4:12 – The generosity of Makray providing the course for the event
  • 5:40 – The increased interest in competitive junior golf
  • 7:05 – Running lots of tournaments with a small staff
  • 9:11 – The importance of fun within junior golf events
  • 10:36 – Growth in female IJGA membership
  • 11:21 – How to spectate the Illinois State Junior Amateur

Tommy Roy, NBC & Golf Channel Emmy Award-Winning Producer - Fresh off of producing a dramatic U.S. Open, Roy reveals behind-the-scenes insights from the production truck during key moments and reveals some overall guiding principles he and his team incorporate into golf coverage.
  • 0:45 – The excitement of the U.S. Open finish
  • 2:59 – Behind the scenes of producing the 17th hole of the U.S. Open
  • 5:25 – Queuing up replays for potential big moments
  • 7:52 – The breadth of coverage provided for 46 hours of U.S. Open coverage
  • 8:40 – Unique difficulties of covering golf
  • 9:57 – Reflecting on the 2008 U.S. Open
  • 10:36 – How to follow a crowded leaderboard
  • 12:08 – Hiring Bones Mackay
  • 15:25 – How Tommy Roy ended up in broadcasting

June 19, 2021

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Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by welcoming on Nick Papadakes, who’s the head pro at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest. Later, the guys conducted their weekly Swing Thoughts segment with Louis Sauer. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by John Iacono, the founder of Zero Friction Golf. Later, Dave Shedloski of Golf Digest joined the show to discuss the U.S. Open. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Nick Papadakes, Onwentsia Club Head Golf Professional: In advance of the Western Junior visiting Onwentsia Club, June 22-24, Papadakes discusses the club’s rich history and the talent level of the event’s field. Onwentsia recently turned 125 years old, as highlighted in the June 2020 issue of Chicago District Golfer.
  • 0:40 - The club’s excitement level for the Western Junior
  • 1:28 - Onwentsia Club’s rich history and 125th anniversary
  • 4:10 - The heavy college coach presence at the Western Junior
  • 4:43 - Locals slated to compete in the Western Junior
  • 5:47 - Modernizing the club while embracing history
  • 7:30 - Highlights of the Western Junior field
  • 8:25 - How Onwentsia will hold up to the talented field
  • 10:29 - The story surrounding Onwentsia’s course record
  • 13:07 - How hosting this event fits into the club’s history

John Iacono, Zero Friction Founder & President: As the Founder & President of Chicago-based Zero Friction, Iacono joins the program to chat about his company’s unique and high-quality product lines.
  • 1:11 - How Zero Friction got started with performance tees
  • 2:34 - The performance difference of Zero Friction’s tees
  • 3:55 - Iacono’s product design philosophy
  • 5:18 - Zero Friction one-size-fits-all golf gloves
  • 8:16 - The golf ball design process
  • 10:23 - Zero Friction’s newest tee
  • 11:56 - Unique features of Zero Friction’s revolutionary golf bags
  • 15:52 - Zero Friction’s guiding principles

June 12, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" with Esposito sharing his story of finally getting out to play golf earlier this week. After that, Northern Illinois golf coach John Carlson joined the show. Later, Illinois Golf Hall of Famer Jim Suttie joined the program for a conversation. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Tony Dirks of the PGA Tour Superstore. Later, former Bears long snapper and Golf360 host Patrick Mannelly joined the show for a conversation. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Tony Dirks, PGA TOUR Superstore General Manager: With Father’s Day right around the corner, Dirks, who runs the PGA TOUR Superstore’s Downers Grove location, discusses some of the hottest trends in golf retail.
  • 1:25 - Most popular Father’s Day gifts at PGA TOUR Superstore
  • 2:35 - Product selection at PGA TOUR Superstore
  • 5:40 - Club fittings
  • 7:40 - New and popular golf technology
  • 11:25 - Father’s Day gift advice

Patrick Mannelly, Golf360 Host: The former Chicago Bear, CDGA member and avid golfer joins the program to talk about his passion for the game and his role hosting Golf360 presented by Chicago District Golfer on NBC Sports Chicago.
  • 1:20 - Bernie Cup fundraiser
  • 3:20 - COVID-19’s effect on Golf360
  • 5:10 - Mannelly’s golfing schedule while playing for the Chicago Bears
  • 6:18 - Mulbe Dillard IV and growing golf
  • 9:00 - Mannelly’s golfing background and hosting Golf360
  • 10:28 - Adjustment to hosting Golf360

June 5, 2021

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Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by reflecting on the Evans Scholars Invitational. After that, they were joined by Bob Malpede, the head pro at White Deer Run in Vernon Hills. Later, they welcomed on Joel Hirsch, a member of the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour, Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Tour Edge founder/CEO David Glod. Later, Korn Ferry Tour player Nick Hardy joined the show to discuss qualifying for PGA Tour status. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Bob Malpede, White Deer Run Golf Club Head Golf Professional: In this week’s "Swing Thoughts" segment, Malpede joins the program to give advice, share stories of his career in the industry and delve into the new ownership structure at White Deer Run.
  • 1:00 - Ameritech Senior Open memories
  • 3:27 - The change in hand of White Deer Run Golf Club
  • 4:33 - Background of Malpede working for golf courses in Germany and California
  • 5:30 - Golfing stories with celebrities like Joe Namath and Glen Campbell
  • 6:42 - Malpede’s advice for golfers today
  • 9:15 - Malpede’s opinion and tips for a golf grip

David Glod, Tour Edge President/Founder: As the founder and president of a local club manufacturing company that is making strides globally, Glod discusses his backstory and how his company has succeeded in a competitive market.
  • 0:30 - Glod’s entrepreneurial and personal story
  • 3:07 - Glod’s education and learning how to repair clubs
  • 4:00 - What the playing field and competition was like in 1986, when Tour Edge was founded
  • 5:45 - Tour Edge’s original audience/market
  • 6:57 - Staff players and building the Tour Edge brand
  • 8:15 - New products from Tour Edge
  • 9:34 - Glod discussing his product cycle and how he comes up with new ideas for clubs
  • 11:12 - COVID-19’s effect on Tour Edge
  • 12:10 - Advancements in repairing and customizing clubs

May 29, 2021

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Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by reflecting on 50-year-old Phil Mickelson winning the PGA Championship. Later, they were joined by Ryan Ochs of Sunset Valley Golf Club and Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour, Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito conducted their Swing Thoughts segment, which featured Scott Fawcett, a former tour pro from Dallas. Later, they were joined by Brad Marek, one of two PGA professionals to make the cut at the PGA Championship. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Ryan Ochs, Sunset Valley Golf Club General Manager: Less than a week after Sunset Valley Golf Club dedicated its new Youth Golf Development Center, Ochs joined the show to discuss that initiative and the overall Sunset Valley experience.
  • 0:33 - The grand opening of the Sunset Valley Youth Golf Development Center
  • 1:53 - How the Youth Golf Development Center fit into the Sunset Valley renovation plan
  • 2:19 - The recent comprehensive renovation project at Sunset Valley
  • 3:36 - More younger individuals playing the game and visiting Sunset Valley
  • 4:22 - The promising start to Sunset Valley’s 2021 season
  • 4:58 - Sunset Valley’s junior clinics
  • 6:04 - Ryan Ochs’ background in turfgrass management
  • 7:32 - Rakes being back in the bunkers

Scott Fawcett, DECADE Founder: Considered by some to be the hottest instructor in golf, Scott Fawcett discusses his revolutionary, data-based program that is taking the PGA Tour by storm.
  • 1:03 - Fawcett’s background and how he ended up in golf
  • 3:50 - Fawcett’s work with Will Zalatoris and Bryson Dechambeau
  • 5:05 - The origins of Fawcett’s relationship with Zalatoris
  • 6:14 - The importance of limiting bogeys as opposed to tallying birdies
  • 10:25 - How Fawcett’s methods compare to the data revolution in baseball
  • 12:14 - How DECADE uses data and removes emotion from golf
  • 13:44 - How the DECADE program is structured, for elite and mid-level players alike
  • 17:08 - Unique features in the DECADE app
  • 19:48 - How DECADE can be used by "feel" players

May 22, 2021

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Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by discussing the PGA Championship. After that, Tim Troy of Zigfield Troy Golf joined the show for a conversation. Later, they were joined by Jamie Wilson, who received a sponsor exemption from the Western Golf Association to play in the Evans Scholars Invitational at The Glen Club. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour, Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Dottie Pepper of CBS to discuss the PGA Championship. Later, The Glen Club in Glenview head professional Ethan Roush joined the show for a conversation. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Tim Troy, Zigfield Troy Golf Head Golf Professional: On the morning of Zigfield Troy Golf hosting the CDGA Foundation Golf Marathon for the 13th consecutive year, the course’s head golf professional, Tim Troy, joined the program to discuss the event and unique nature of his facility.
  • 0:26 - Hosting the CDGA Foundation Golf Marathon
  • 1:30 - The history of the Troy family
  • 3:30 - The format of the CDGA Foundation Golf Marathon
  • 5:07 - The increasing popularity of nine-hole rounds
  • 5:50 - How courses like Zigfield Troy can introduce new golfers to the game
  • 6:19 - Zigfield Troy’s junior programming
  • 7:17 - How COVID impacted nine-hole golf
  • 8:48 - The increasing amount of play among people in their 20s
  • 10:04 - The age range of individuals who come to Zigfield Troy

Dottie Pepper, GOLF ON CBS Lead On-Course Reporter: Pepper checks in from South Carolina to discuss the ongoing PGA Championship. She also reflects on her playing career stops in Chicago and her new book, "Letters to a Future Champion."
  • 0:48 - PGA Championship storylines heading into the weekend
  • 1:27 - The strong South African contingent at the PGA Championship
  • 2:24 - Hideki Matsuyama’s PGA Championship
  • 4:22 - Dottie Pepper’s memories of her win in the 1992 Chicago Sun-Times Challenge
  • 6:12 - How she transitioned from playing to broadcasting
  • 8:05 - Dottie Pepper’s new book
  • 11:05 - The significance of her letter correspondence with George Pulver
  • 16:27 - George Pulver’s role in golf history

May 15, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by welcoming on Ed Stevenson of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Later, golf writer Art Stricklin joined the show to discuss the Byron Nelson tournament taking place this weekend. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour, Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Roger Warren, who’s president of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina, where the PGA Championship will be held later this week. Later, Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year Dan Kochevar joined the show for a conversation. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Ed Stevenson, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Executive Advisor: Stevenson joins the show to discuss The Preserve at Oak Meadows’ environmentally friendly renovation project (highlighted in the April 2020 issue of Chicago District Golfer magazine) and the 2020 golf boon.
  • 1:42 - Stevenson’s role in revamping and reinventing The Preserve at Oak Meadows
  • 2:54 - How the renovation helped to mitigate flooding
  • 3:59 - The challenges associated with renovation and golf design in general
  • 4:30 - How golf courses can positively impact the community
  • 6:16 - The ongoing Illinois Junior Golf Association event at The Preserve and Maple Meadows
  • 8:01 - The quality of junior players
  • 9:24 - The increase of play at Forest Preserve courses in 2020

Roger Warren, Kiawah Island Golf Resort President: A native of the western suburbs and former PGA professional in Illinois, Warren checks in from South Carolina as the Ocean Course gets set to play host to the PGA Championship.
  • 0:38 - Warren’s back story of beginning his golf career at Village Links of Glen Ellyn
  • 1:05 - The excitement level at Kiawah for the upcoming PGA Championship
  • 1:46 - How COVID-19 will impact PGA Championship attendance
  • 3:30 - Warren’s history working as a club professional in the Chicago District
  • 4:13 - Golf’s resurgence
  • 5:47 - How the golf industry can retain new golfers
  • 7:44 - What it takes to plan for hosting a PGA Championship
  • 11:16 - Warren’s thoughts on the equipment debate
  • 14:12 - Warren’s recommendation on utilizing bifurcation for the golf ball

May 8, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by discussing the Wells Fargo Championship. Later, they were joined by Ron Cassidy of Glenview Park Golf Club and Ron Green Jr. of Global Golf Post. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, who founded the Folds of Honor and American Dunes Golf Course in Grand Haven, Michigan. Later, University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small joined the show to discuss how his Illini have been playing. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Ron Cassidy, Glenview Park Golf Club Director of Golf: As the Director of Golf at Glenview Park Golf Club, a Member Club Marketing Partner of the CDGA, Cassidy checks in on a chilly Saturday morning and sheds insight on where the golf industry stands following a record-breaking year.
  • 0:30 - Cold weather golf
  • 1:26 - A drier than usual spring
  • 2:03 - Glenview Park’s busy April
  • 3:02 - How working from home impacts golf demand
  • 4:28 - Golf in a post-pandemic world
  • 6:45 - Defining characteristics of Glenview Park Golf Club

Lt. Col. Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor Founder: One week after the re-opening of American Dunes Golf Club in Grand Haven, Michigan, Rooney discusses the unique nature of the course and delves into detail about Jack Nicklaus’ involvement in the project.
  • 0:55 - The backstory of American Dunes and Jack Nicklaus’ involvement
  • 2:01 - Some unique characteristics of American Dunes
  • 3:17 - How American Dunes supports Folds of Honor
  • 5:54 - What it’s like to work alongside a golf legend
  • 7:45 - Jack Nicklaus’ belief in the mission of American Dunes and Folds of Honor
  • 9:16 - The welcoming nature of American Dunes

Mike Small, University of Illinois Head Men’s Golf Coach: Fresh off of leading the Illini men’s team to another Big Ten title, Small checks in to recap the season up to this point and share some advice on how all golfers can improve their games.
  • 1:17 - Illinois’ 2020-21 golf season and the Big Ten Championship
  • 4:39 - The keys to building and maintaining a successful program
  • 7:00 - The state-of-the-art golf facilities at Illinois
  • 9:16 - Advice for how to successfully start a new season on the course
  • 10:50 - Learning to "work the hole backwards"
  • 12:38 - The importance of practicing chipping and putting

May 1, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by discussing Cronin’s trip to Florida to observe operations at the Valspar Championship. Later, they welcomed on Ravisloe Country Club general manager Bob Carpenter and Jackson Park Golf Association president and chair Tracy Raoul for conversations. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Steve Burkowski of the Golf Channel to discuss the Valspar Championship and how Phil Mickelson missed the cut. Later, the guys welcomed on Bill Abrams, who’s the Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Tracy Raoul, Jackson Park Golf Association Chair: As chair of the Jackson Park Golf Association, Raoul shares her personal experiences with the game of golf and why completion of the proposed Jackson Park/South Shore renovation project would be beneficial to the local community.
  • 0:41 - How the Raoul family got into golf
  • 1:50 - The inherent benefits of the game of golf
  • 3:26 - The latest in the ongoing Jackson Park renovation project
  • 4:48 - The Jackson Park Golf Association’s initiatives
  • 5:33 - The rich history of the Jackson Park course
  • 7:29 - The purpose behind the Jackson Park/South Shore renovation project
  • 8:40 - The impact a professional golf event would have on the south side of Chicago
  • 9:31 - The latest in junior golf initiatives
  • 11:16 - How a renovated Jackson Park/South Shore would be used as a practice facility
  • 12:00 - The affordable and accessible nature of a future renovated course

Steve Burkowski, Golf Channel: A longtime Golf Channel journalist, Burkowski checks in from the Valspar Championship in Florida to reveal how COVID has altered the golf media landscape and shed light on Phil Mickelson’s status in advance of the U.S. Open.
  • 0:45 - COVID-19’s impact on golf journalism
  • 2:45 - How Burkowski builds relationships and the importance of maintaining them
  • 4:30 - The future of golf journalism post-COVID
  • 6:10 - Phil Mickelson missing the cut at the Valspar
  • 6:45 - Phil Mickelson’s self-proclaimed inability to focus
  • 7:45 - Phil Mickelson’s status for the U.S. Open
  • 9:45 - The surprising nature of Mickelson’s comments over the weekend
  • 10:28 - Is Phil Mickelson underrated?
  • 12:28 - The history of special exemptions into the U.S. Open
  • 14:04 - Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s unique adventure with a tree

April 24, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by discussing the ongoing Zurich Classic on the PGA Tour. Later, Chicago District Golf Association senior director of communications Casey Richards joined the show for a conversation. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by golf memorabilia collector Jim McCormick to discuss his vast collection. Later, Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel joined the show to discuss the latest PGA Tour storylines. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Casey Richards, CDGA Senior Director of Communications: In advance of the CDGA Foundation Golf Marathon, Richards delves into how the event works, the CDGA Foundation programming that the event benefits and the good the game of golf does in our communities.
  • 0:42 - The manageable format of the CDGA Foundation Golf Marathon
  • 2:27 - An outline of the programming that the Golf Marathon benefits
  • 5:15 - The fun nature of the CDGA Foundation Golf Marathon
  • 6:51 - How to get involved in the Golf Marathon as a player or donor
  • 8:58 - Why golf is able to make a positive impact on so many lives

Jim McCormick, Preeminent golf memorabilia collector: The subject of the cover story in the February issue of Chicago District Golfer, McCormick is considered one of the preeminent golf collectors in the world. The Chicago native shares his insights on collecting and reveals some of his favorite pieces of memorabilia.
  • 1:31 - How McCormick got started collecting
  • 2:55 - McCormick’s tennis background and how he transitioned to golf
  • 3:59 - An outline of McCormick’s collection
  • 5:16 - The oldest club McCormick has
  • 7:09 - Chicago-specific memorabilia that McCormick owns
  • 9:30 - McCormick’s selling philosophy
  • 11:47 - McCormick’s membership at Royal Troon
  • 13:28 - The increasing value of Masters-specific items
  • 14:45 - Information on the Golf Heritage Society

Rex Hoggard, Golf Channel Senior Writer: On site in New Orleans for the Zurich Classic, Hoggard checks in to share his thoughts on a variety of PGA Tour topics.
  • 0:49 - Reaction to the new PGA Tour Player Impact Program
  • 2:51 - The unique format of the Zurich Classic
  • 4:06 - The latest on Tiger Woods

April 17, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito opened "The Scorecard" by recapping Hideki Matsuyama’s win at the Masters last weekend. Later, Chicago District Golf Association senior business development director Mike Gilligan joined the show for a conversation. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer Magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Bob Turner, the longtime interpreter for Hideki Matsuyama. Turner reflected on Matsuyama’s win at the Masters last weekend. Later, longtime golf reporter Ed Sherman joined the show for a conversation. "The Scorecard" is presented by Chicago District Golfer Magazine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Mike Gilligan, CDGA Senior Business Development Director: In the wake of Matthew Wolff being disqualified from the Masters, Gilligan discusses the importance of keeping an accurate scorecard during events and some similar occurrences over the course of golf history.
  • 1:20 - Looking back on Roberto De Vicenzo’s scorecard gaffe in the 1968 Masters
  • 2:52 - How keeping score works in organized events
  • 4:42 - Why Matthew Wolff was disqualified from the Masters
  • 6:31 - Why it’s important to keep an accurate scorecard
  • 8:39 - Gilligan’s personal experience with signing an incorrect scorecard

Bob Turner, Hideki Matsuyama’s translator and manager: The longtime translator and manager of the 2021 Masters champion, Turner reflects on how he initially became linked to Matsuyama, his thoughts and emotions on the victory and how significant the triumph was in Matsuyama’s home country.
  • 1:13 - How Turner began working with Matsuyama
  • 2:12 - The scope of the work Turner does for Matsuyama
  • 3:28 - The emotions that came with Matsuyama’s win
  • 4:37 - The surprising nature of Matsuyama’s win
  • 6:20 - The swing adjustments Matsuyama has made
  • 7:31 - The significance of Matsuyama’s win in Japan
  • 9:13 - The international sponsorships that will come with Matsuyama’s triumph
  • 10:09 - Matsuyama’s defining characteristics
  • 11:58 - The cultural significance behind Matsuyama’s bow on the 18th green

Ed Sherman, Chicago District Golfer Contributor: As detailed in the "Final Word" column of the April 2021 issue of Chicago District Golfer, longtime golf writer Ed Sherman reflects upon his infamous column in advance of the 1997 Masters and the fallout following Tiger Woods’ historic victory.
  • 0:55 - The scene heading into the 1997 Masters
  • 2:08 - Sherman’s infamous Tribune headline
  • 3:13 - The moment Sherman knew his prediction was in trouble
  • 4:43 - Sherman’s mea culpa
  • 5:28 - A scolding from Oprah
  • 6:28 - The lasting legacy of an ill-fated prediction

April 10, 2021

Full Episode


Hour 1: "The Scorecard" presented by Chicago District Golfer Magazine with Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito is back for another season. In the first hour of the program’s return, the guys were joined Chris Oehlerking, who’s the director of instruction at the Golf Practice. Later, Chicago District Golf Association executive director Robert Markionni joined the show for a conversation. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Hour 2: In the second hour of "The Scorecard," Barry Cronin and Mike Esposito were joined by Bob Harig of ESPN to discuss the Masters, as he’s in Augusta covering the tournament. Later, the guys were joined by a pair of 12-year-old golfers -- Logan Keeter and Reese Wallace -- to discuss what it was like for them to participate in the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National last Sunday. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Robert Markionni, CDGA Executive Director: Markionni discusses the golf landscape following the sport’s meteoric rise in popularity during 2020, as well as the main benefits of CDGA membership and upcoming Association and Foundation events.
  • 0:55 - How the golf industry navigated the uncertainty of 2020
  • 2:08 - Golf’s popularity in the latter part of 2020
  • 4:32 - Information on the Youth on Course program
  • 6:45 - How will the golf industry adapt in 2021?
  • 10:05 - Will bunker rakes return in 2021?
  • 12:12 - How to become a CDGA member

Bob Harig, ESPN.com: A former caddie who grew up in suburban Chicago, Harig checks in from Augusta National as the Masters unfolds. Harig is a Chicago District Golfer contributor, having written the "Final Word" column in April of 2020.
  • 0:22 - Chicago upbringing and Indiana University education
  • 1:23 - The significance of Lee Elder’s ceremonial tee shot
  • 4:20 - A Tiger-less Masters

Logan Keeter and Reese Wallace, Drive, Chip and Putt National Finalists: As seen in the "Around the CDGA" section of the April 2021 issue of Chicago District Golfer, two Chicago-area youngsters - Logan Keeter of Northrbook and Reese Wallace of South Barrington - advanced to the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National. They reflect on their experiences.
  • 0:30 - Keeter recaps his trip to Augusta
  • 0:59 - Keeter’s initial impressions of Augusta
  • 2:00 - Keeter on the significance of experiencing Augusta
  • 2:25 - Keeter outlines how he first got into golf
  • 3:04 - Keeter on what he enjoyed most about the competition
  • 3:57 - Who Keeter is taking lessons from
  • 4:35 - What’s next for Keeter?
  • 5:55 - Wallace on her Augusta experience
  • 6:57 - The hospitality shown to Wallace and her fellow competitors
  • 7:45 - Wallace on advancing to the National Finals for the first time
  • 8:35 - Wallace’s comeback from injury and physical transformation
  • 10:00 - Where and how Wallace practices