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May 2013

Top Story: A Long Time Coming

Author: Len Ziehm

The Champions Tour is returning to the Chicago area for the first time since 2002, and nobody is happier about this development than I am.

Chicago has been losing its pro tour stops, and the return of the Champions will help right that wrong. The Encompass Championship will be held June 17-23 at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. It will add to the rich history the 50-and-over circuit has had in Chicago, even if the cyclehas endured an 11-year absence that is attributable to sponsorship problems.

Plus, the new event will introduce a new, spectator-friendly format and should draw virtually all of the top players. They’ll be well-rested because the Champions Tour doesn’t have an event the preceding week, when the....