Tournament Week at the Rust-Oleum Championship

RUSTOLEUM-RANGE 2018 marks the third consecutive year that Ivanhoe Club in Mundelein has showcased one of the premier tournaments of the Web.com’s schedule, the Rust-Oleum Championship. With terrific weather and course conditions in place, PGA director of golf Jim Sobb, superintendent Tom Pritchard, and members of Ivanhoe welcomed the Web.com Tour golfers to their club.

Following the wettest May in Chicago history, kudos to the Ivanhoe Club management team and to the tournament staff for their efforts readying the course for the third time, a hosting hat trick. Comments from the players, of both the overheard and published varieties, heaped praise upon those responsible for preparing the grounds and facilities.

The Rust-Oleum Championship is the first professional tour golf event to be played this year in the Chicago area and kicks off Chicago’s 2018 terrific summer of in-person golf viewing.

The week started on Monday at Ivanhoe with a Sirius Pro-Am shotgun start at noon. Spectator admission began on Tuesday, a day that was set aside specifically for professional practice rounds.

A Wednesday pro-am tournament consisting of 52 professionals and more than 150 amateurs filled the Ivanhoe course for the day, with proceeds benefiting Rust-Oleum Cares, The Sports Shed, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, Orchard Village, 12 Oaks Foundation, Partners for Progress, Over the Rainbow, and the United Way of Lake County.

Admission to the grounds of Ivanhoe for all four days of competition for the Rust-Oleum Championship is just $20. For a truly special VIP experience a $100 daily ticket will allow fans a seat at the 18th hole hospitality pavilion including all beverages in the Pavilion and all food and beverages in the Thorngate Room in the clubhouse. Juniors, under age 18, will be admitted free with a paid adult admission. Tickets are available online or at the gate.

As the tournament builds to an exciting finish, both days of the weekend rounds will feature the Kids Zone located near the 9th green. Free T-shirts and other goodies, along with free or special reduced concession prices are incentives rounding out the fun for kids and their families. This year ten Big Red Chairs provide for photo-ops and memories of the tournament.

An incentive for the players is the hefty $600,000 total purse which attracted the current leading money leaders on the Web.com Tour and PGA Tour veterans like Steve Marino, Jason Gore, Erik Compton, Derek Ernst, Stuart Appleby, Spencer Levin, Ken Duke, and Brendon de Jonge.

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 (June 7 & 8), and final hours of rounds on Saturday and Sunday (June 9 & 10). A photo gallery of this year’s highlights is shown below.

Additional information is available at the website: www.rustoleumchampionship.com.

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Greg Miles

Greg Miles has been a writer following golf in Chicago since 1990. For the past 28 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 7,000 rounds of golf in his lifetime at 514 different courses. He has interviewed more than 275 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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