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Golf: Cog Hill Junior Tour enjoys growth spurt

Peter Kolyvas (center) recently wBoys 13 15 Division's Event No. 5 Cog Hill's Junior Tour summer series. He's flanked by

Peter Kolyvas (center) recently won the Boys 13 to 15 Division's Event No. 5 on Cog Hill's Junior Tour summer series. He's flanked by Chris Dufort (left) and Tim McNally. | Supplied photo

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Updated: August 20, 2013 6:38AM



When the Cog Hill Junior Tour debuted in 2008, it drew 40 golfers over the course of the season.

It’s safe to say that in its sixth season word has spread and momentum clearly has been building.

Tour director Chris Poolitsan said this week the tour now welcomes more than 1,000 golfers combined from the season’s beginning to end.

He hopes that’s just a number along the way.

“By the second year, we had enough kids to add age divisions, and it’s grown since each year,” Poolitsan said. “We have even been able to add a spring series this year.”

The Cog Hill Junior Tour runs from June through early August, offering nine events leading to a tour challenge and championship Aug. 4 and Aug. 6, respectively, played at Dubsdread.

Points are awarded each event depending on where a golfer finishes his or her round, with points accumulating over the course of the season. Once the nine events are finished, a cutoff is made and any golfer with more points advances to the Tour Championship.

Some touches have been made to the scoring, but the point is simple: Golf more, and your chances increase.

“If you play more events, you are setting yourself up with a better opportunity to earn more points,” Poolitsan said. “However, we have added that if you win an event, you automatically qualify for the championship. It’s nice and simple for some of our better players to advance.”

By the end of the season, a Player of the Year is named in each age division: Boys 13 to 15, Boys 16 to 18 and a Girls Division.

With the potential to play on the Dubsdread course, golfers get geared up, according to Poolitsan. Dubsdread was the site of the Western Open between 1991 and 2006, and also hosted the BMW Championship in 2010 and ’11.

“The kids see it on TV or saw it here (on the course) with the BMW, but they love to have that opportunity to play here,” Poolitsan said.

Of course, it isn’t all business for the Cog Hill Junior Tour. Event No. 4, run in early July, featured a two-player team event with a Best Outfit award given out. Nick Petrakos and Kyle Yaeger earned clothing top honors.

For Poolitsan, having fun with it is the ultimate goal.

“The tour has grown far beyond what we expected,” Poolitsan said. “We wanted to have a competitive tour — and it is — but we also wanted golfers of all play abilities to play and enjoy golf. We want to help create avid golfers out there.”

There also is an unforeseen element from a tour in its sixth season.

“We’re starting to see younger brothers and sisters of golfers who started the tour with us,” Poolitsan said. “It’s been cool to see the transformation from young golfers to young men and women heading off to college, seeing the change both as people and golfers.”

Queen of Peace Classic turns 21

Queen of Peace High School is taking registration forms for the 21st Annual Peace Golf Classic, scheduled for Aug. 9 at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park.

For more information on the nine- and/or 18-hole events, email kmettyc@queenofpeacehs.org or call (708) 496-4750.

Bear Down for Golf

Chicago Charities will host its 16th Annual Golf Invitational on Wednesday at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont. Two members of the Bears’ Super Bowl XX championship squad, Shaun Gayle and Emery Moorehead, will be in attendance.

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.catholiccharities.net/golf or contact Hillary Fash at hfash@catholiccharities.net or (312) 948-6797.



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