Ivanhoe Club Prepares for its Second Rust-Oleum Championship

rustoleum-championship2017The beautiful, secluded grounds of Ivanhoe Club will be presenting their second public appearance with the second of three hostings of the Rust-Oleum Championship, June 8-11, 2017. “The Rust-Oleum Championship is very excited to welcome a group of very talented and extremely ambitious players to Ivanhoe Club, where they will be competing for a highly-coveted spot on the PGA Tour,” said Tournament Director Scott Cassin. “Last year’s event went down to the wire and featured plenty of drama, and we expect more of the same this year.”

This year’s Rust-Oleum Championship figures to attract a great field of past and future stars of professional golf. Many of the current top-100 Web.com Tour money winners are expected to participate, of which a dozen or more have PGA Tour experience: Nicholas Thompson (Lexi’s brother), Alex Prugh, Chris Tidland, Scott Langley (former NCAA champion), Josh Teater, Scott Gutschewski, Andrew Svoboda, Luke Guthrie, James Driscoll, and Brad Elder. Additionally, pro golfers with at least one PGA Tour victory are eligible for the field: Jason Gore, Ted Potter Jr., D.J. Trahan, Robert Allenby, Jonathan Byrd, Eric Axley, Tommy Gainey, Robert Gamez, Peter Lonard, Daniel Chopra, Shaun Micheel, and Mark Hensby. Look for these veterans to be challenged by Web.com up-and-comers like Talor Gooch, Roberto Diaz, and Ethan Tracy. A purse of $600,000 is up for grabs and $108,000 will be awarded to the tournament champion.

“Having fun is fun,” Rust-Oleum’s CEO Tom Reed declared in his address at the tournament’s media day, and this slogan has become the unofficial motto of the 2017 Rust-Oleum Championship. As the tournament builds to an exciting finish, Saturday, June 10, will be Family Day at this year’s Rust-Oleum Championship, as the first 200 youngsters through the gate at Ivanhoe will receive a free t-shirt; a junior golf clinic, Kids Zone, and special concession prices round out the fun for kids and their families. Photo contests at ‘the big red chair’ are sure to add fun and entertainment.

Competitive fun will be held on Tuesday of tournament week with a 2018 Drive-Chip-Putt local qualifying event for juniors ages 7-15. And, there will be fun on Monday for the amateur participants playing alongside current or former professional athletes Ryan Hartman, Ian Cole, Glen Kozlowski, Jim Thornton, Jay Hilgenberg, Toni Kukoc, Olin Kreutz, Patrick Mannelly, and college basketball coaches Chris Collins and Steve Wojciehowski in the Monday Forsythe Celebrity Pro-Am.

Golf fans may spot something new and unusual at the 2017 Rust-Oleum Championship, as this tournament is one of only four Web.com events that will permit the use of distance measuring devices during tournament play. No such test will be tried on the PGA Tour this year.

A prominent part of the Ivanhoe golf experience are its water features; fifteen lakes and ponds, a manmade waterfall and countless bridges enhance the 27 holes. Ivanhoe is one of a few select clubs to earn the Certified Signature Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status in America. In addition, 4,000 trees frame the fairways and scores of ornamental flowerbeds feature horticulture themes which complement each particular Nine.

The Marsh Nine embraces wetland wildlife; herons, red-winged blackbirds, terns and turtles can be seen at close distance; the closing hole is a spectacular par-4 hole that features an elevated tee shot over Lake Ivanhoe, with an additional long approach shot over water to a heavily guarded green. Golf Magazine has named this, and Ivanhoe Club’s Forest Hole number 9, two of the prettiest finishing holes in golf.

Admission to the grounds for all four days is just $20; a $10 ticket upgrade (total $30) will allow fans a seat at the 18th hole pavilion area, good for all four days. Juniors, ages 17 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult admission. Tickets are available online or at the gate. Competition rounds are Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11. The tournament week opens with a celebrity pro-am on Monday, June 5; Tuesday, June 6, is the practice round; and Wednesday, June 7, is the Rust-Oleum Championship Pro-Am.

If you are unable to attend in person, the Golf Channel will televise the four competitive rounds live — early portion of rounds on Thursday and Friday, and final hours of rounds on Saturday and Sunday (June 8-11).

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Greg Miles

Greg Miles has been a writer following golf in Chicago since 1990. For the past 30 years he has been a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and currently is classified as a GWAA "Life Member". He played his first round of golf on his 11th birthday, and since then has played more than 7,300 rounds of golf in his lifetime at 517 different courses. He has interviewed more than 280 golfers across all the professional tours along with famous celebrity golfers. Additionally, he is a member of several other competitive and honorary golf associations, as well as the Golf Nut Society.

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