Cog Hill out of BMW Championship rotation
By Phil Arvia email@example.com February 9, 2012 11:08AM
Justin Rose (left), his wife Kate and son Leo pose with the J.K. Wadley Trophy (right) and the BMW trophy after Rose won the 2011 BMW Championship at Cog Hill. It appears the course is out of the rotation for future BMW Championships.
Updated: February 9, 2012 2:23PM
The Western Golf Association’s vice president of tournaments, Vince Pellegrino, would neither confirm or deny a report Thursday that the 2013 BMW Championship will be awarded to Lake Forest’s Conway Farms.
But it certainly seems that way.
“There’s no contract signed,” Todd Marsh, Conway Farms’ general manager, said Thursday afternoon. “We’re still working out some of the details.”
According to Pellegrino, an annoucement of the 2013 site would come, “within the next three or four weeks.”
It appears Lemont’s Cog Hill is out of the picture.
“I can’t confirm that,” Pellegrino said. “Cog Hill was certainly one of the courses definitely in consideration for the event.”
Note the “was.”
The Chicago Tribune reported late Wednesday that Conway Farms would host the 2013 BMW Championship. Cog Hill has been Chicago’s home to the event, and to the Western Open from which it sprang, since 1991.
The 2012 tourney site is Crooked Stick, outside Indianapolis. Cherry Hills, near Denver, will host in 2014.
Cog Hill president Katherine Jemsek said Thursday she hadn’t been informed of any decision by the WGA. But, she seemed resigned to the 2011 BMW being Cog’s last taste of big-time golf for a while.
“The Western Open has been here for 20 years,” she said. “Maybe they do need to try something else.”
The Jemsek family dream remains bringing a U.S. Open to Cog Hill’s Dubsdread track.
“I think we’ll always strive to host a U.S. Open,” she said. “That’s the ultimate goal — but I think it will be a while before they return to the midwest after Erin Hills (northwest of Milwaukee) in 2017.”
Cog Hill hosted the Western from 1991 to 2006, and the BMW in 2007 and 2009-2011. In 2008, the event was played at Bellerive in St. Louis while Rees Jones renovated Dubsdread.
The renovation was heavily criticized by PGA Tour players in the last few years.