News

  • Congratulations to Brandon Cauldwell, 2012 Walker's Bluff Amateur Champion. Brandon fired 64-71 to take the Championship. 
  • COGC is saddened by the recent passing of Ruth Heckel, mother of Director of Golf, Steve Heckel. Ruth was 96 years old at her death. She will be greatly missed by her COGC family..
  • Congratulations to Mike "Junior" Burke on his hole in one. Mike aced the 10th hole on Saturday, March 31. The hole was playing at 183 yards. Mike hit a 5 iron for his second career ace. Witnesses included Red Rushing, Denny Lingle, Mike Skelcher, and Wardell Riggs.
  • Congratulations COGC Director of Golf, Steve Heckel, on his recent win in the PGA Quarter Century Championship. This Championship is a part of the PGA Winter Tournament Series held in Port St. Lucie, FL. The Quarter Century Championship is made up of golf professionals from across the country that have been PGA Members for over 25 years. 
  • Crab Orchard Golf Club recently hosted the IHSA Boy's Regional and Girl's Sectional Championships. Thanks to the many who volunteered to make these events a success.
  • Congratulations 2011 Club Champions--Joe Davidson, Club Champion, Kevin Brunk, Runner Up.  Flight winners include--A-Bob Smith, B-Brad Ogden, C-Chris Egelston.
  • Crab Orchard Golf Club was proud to host country music star, Tracy Lawrence and his band leader, Joe, before their June 25 concert at Walker's Bluff.  Director of Competitions, Sarah, enjoyed playing golf with them.
  • Congratulations to Gary Otey on his hole in one on June 4. He aced the 167 yard seventh hole with a five iron. Witnesses included Joe Blazine and Randy Talley.
  • Congratulations to Terry Hanley on his Memorial Day hole in one. He made his ace on the 4th hole with a pitching wedge. Witnesses included Joe Davidson, Glen Davidson, Jerry Joiner, and Ron Hickman.
  • Crab Orchard Golf Club's Jr. Program is sure proud of one of their own!! Over Christmas vacation, Jacob Eklund, competed in the 15th Annual PARS International Tournament in Port St. Lucie, FL.  He played in the 11-12 year old age group.  Competing on the 6000 yard Ryder Course at PGA Golf Club, Jacob had rounds of 77, 78, and 79.  After the 54 hole competition, Jacob and one of his fellow competitors were tied and returned to the 18th hole for a sudden death playoff. They tied again and returned to 18 for another try to break the tie. Fortunately, Jacob was able to par the hole and take the third place award. COGC is very proud of Jacob!!
  • Here is a hole in one story that is hard to believe!! COGC Member, Dan Finke, was out with his regular buddies Sil Gentry, Charlie Barnes, Larry Harris, and Chalkie Hall for their regular 11:00 round. Dan aced the 142 yard fourth hole with a #8 iron.  Later in the round while on the 16th tee, the guys were discussing how good a beer would taste when Dan bought.  Chalkie asked why Dan was buying. The guys all looked at him like he had fallen out of the sky and replied, "because of his hole in one on #4". Chalkie, Dan's partner, honestly replied that he didn't know that Dan made one. Can anyone imagine playing in a group with a hole in one and someone not knowing it??? Gives being a witness a whole new meaning. Chalkie was looking for his ball when the hole in one was discovered but...................??????
  • Third hole in one in eight days!!!!  Congrats to Joe Davidson (aka Papa Joe) on his seventh career hole in one. Joe aced the 168 yard tenth hole with a six iron during the Tuesday night scramble. Witnesses included Bev Roland, Chris Egelston, Robin Egelston, Sean Greenlee, and Carol Bedar.
  • Congratulations to Jim Lamb on his Sept. 8, 2010 hole in one.  Jim got his big surprise on #16 with a nine iron. Witnesses included Jean Pate, Arma Raski, Bess Hogan, and April Lamb. Congrats, Jim!!
  • Labor Day was no labor for Mike Galloway! Mike aced the 165 yard 7th hole with a six iron.  Witnesses included his "working" buddies Steve Simmons, Dave Pritchett, and Rick Orlandini. Congrats, Mike.
  • Roger Chitty is the newest member to get his name on the Hole In One board. Roger aced the 120 yard seventh hole on August 5, 2010. For the perfect shot he chose a nine iron.  Witnesses included Norrel Wallace, Walt Wear, Ed West, and Gary Pulley.
  • Newsflash!!!!  Longtime COGC Member, Dale Taylor, shoots 11 shots (69) better than his age-June 21, 2010. How about that???
  • Congratulations to Brian Norman, COGC Asst. Golf Professional on winning the Gateway PGA Match Play Championship. COGC is proud of Brian!!
  • Wow! Talk about a Florida vacation--Member, Jan Jackman, recently had an ace on the Wanamaker Course at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL. She knocked it in the 98 yard hole with a #9 iron. Joining her for the trip were Ken Suchy, Bob Smith, and Karen Parrish.
  • Congratulations to Kay Egelston who aced the 117 yard seventh hole on May 15. Kay kit a #5 wood for her first ace. Witnesses included Bev Roland, Nancy Sorgen, and Marsha Talley.
  • The Kick Off Scramble was won by the team of Joe Davidson, Kathy Hall, and Terri Hanley with a ten under par 60. Taking second place was Mike Galloway, Jim Fraser, Bob Privett, Janice Storme-Lingle, and Robin Egelston with a score of 64. 
  • Ron Hickman, go buy a lottery ticket!!! Congratulations to Ron on his 9th Hole In one. Joe Davdison, Bev Roland, Jan Jackman and Ken Suchy saw the ace on the 162 yard seventh hole on May 4, 2010.
  • First hole in one of the year goes to Jim Johnson.  Jim aced the 126 yard sixteenth hole with a seven iron on Sunday, April 18. Joining Jim for the round and getting an up close look at the shot was Gary Otey and Brad Ogden.
  • A rare treat..........a winter hole in one!  Kudos to Bill Mau who aced the par 3 fourth hole on Monday, Dec. 21. What a great Christmas present!  According to the "very reliable" group he plays with, "it was a really good shot, a slam dunk." .
  • Congratulations to COGC junior golfers Hannah Gill, Dana Kaufmann, Hannah Pool, and Kyle Kinley on their recent selection for the All South team. The All South team is selected by the Southern Illinois Coach's Association.
  • Congratulations to Birdie Norris on his 4th hole in one.  Birdie had his regular buddies Ernie Gwaltney, Mike Steh, and Doug Tackett with him for the big event which occurred on the 167 yard seventh hole September 20.
  • Congratulations to COGC Assistant Golf Professional, Brian Laur, on his recent hole in one.  Brian aced the 200 yard 10th hole with a 19 degree hybrid.  The shot was witnessed by COGC Superintendent, Shannon Watson. Interestingly enough, Brian's last hole in one was on the corresponding Friday exactly a year earlier.
  • Crab Orchard Golf Club extends its sympathy to the Mike Deck family.  Mike passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2009.  Mike was a long time member of COGC and will be missed by all.
  • Congratulations to COGC Jr. Dana Kaufmann.  Dana was recently selected to play in the Solheim Cup Jr. Amateur.  This is a HUGE honor for Dana and our area.  She will play on August 17.  You go, Dana!!
  • Congratulations to COGC Jr., Jacob Eklund, who recently qualified for the Optimist National Jr. Championship.  Jacob will be playing in Florida in July representing our area.  We are proud of Jake!
  • Congratulations to COGC Golf Professional, Brian  Laur, and his wife, Dana, on the birth of their third child, Banx Nicholas Laur.  Banx was born on June 2 at 5:58 p.m.. He weighed in at 7 pounds 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. Banx joins his big sisters Delaney and Patrice.
  • Aces are wild.  Second one this month goes to Dan Shannon.  Dan holed out on the tenth hole with a #5 iron.  The hole was playing 168 yards.  Wintesses included Jerry Boren, Mike Kinley, and Larry Blake.  Congrats to Dan!
  • First Hole in One of 2009 goes to COGC Member, Jeff Chatham.  Jeff aced the 187 yard tenth hole with a #4 hybrid.  Witnesses included Jimmy Blades, Fred Koller, JR Sutton, and a frustrated Mike Fisher who had just hit a great shot 5 inches from the hole but lost out on "the game" thanks to Jeff's great shot.  The ace was Jeff's second.    Congrats, Jeff!
  • Crab Orchard Golf Club was hit on May 8 by 107 mph sustained winds for an extended period of time.  The course was heavily damaged.  Restoration efforts are under way.  COGC is closed for play until further notice.
  • Congratulations to COGC Superintendent, Shannon Watson, and his wife, Katherine, on the birth of their son, Max David Watson.  Max was born on Monday, March 16 weighing in at 10 lbs. 3 oz. and 221/2 inches long.  Max joins big sister, Emma, and brother, Drew.
  • Our sympathy goes out to COGC Member, Bob Privett, with the recent death of his father.
  • Congratulations to former COGC Office Manager, Rhonda Radford, on the birth of her newest grandchild.  William Eugene Ellis was born on January 27, at 8:14 a.m..  He was 5 lbs. 15 oz. and 181/2 inches long.  William will  join big sister, Whitney, keeping things at the Ellis house very busy.
  • Congratulations to former COGC Staff Member, Donna Barnes Compton on the birth of her second child, Kash Patrick.  Kash was born on Saturday, January 17, at 3:00 p.m. and joins Daddy, Adam, and big sister, Kenadi.  Kash was 7 lbs. 10oz. and 21 inches long.
  • Congratulations to former COGC Assistant Golf Professional, Scott Roe and wife, Kristen, on the birth of their first child.  Mia Jane Roe arrived on Thursday, January 8, at 10:13a.m..  She was 7 lbs. 7 oz. and 18.5 inches long.
  • Sympathy goes out to Member, Greg Ingram, in the recent death of his grandmother.  Greg has the promise of good blood lines as his grandmother was 101 years old at her passing.
  • Crab Orchard Golf Club and Carterville High School will become the host site for the Class A IHSA Girl's State Championship beginning in 2009.  Dates for the 2009 event are October 16, 17.  This will be an exciting opportunity for our area.
  • Crab Orchard Golf Club Jr. Golfers Zachary Bagwell, Quenton Bagwell, and Natalie Hendricks were recently named to the "All South" Golf Team.  Congratulations to these fine young people.
  • Congratulations to Charlie Tow on his recent hole in one. Charlie aced the 118 yard par 3, 7th hole on November 7th with a #7 iron.  7's wild, perhaps Charlie should buy a lottery ticket with all sevens.   Witnesses were Norrell Wallace, Jim Johnson, and Ed West.
  • Crab Orchard Golf Club has made a big impact in the Gateway PGA Section Awards this year.   Director of Golf, Steve Heckel has been named Teacher of the Year and Super Sr. Player of the Year.  Additionally, he will be inducted into the Gateway PGA Hall of Fame at their awards banquet on Dec. 1.  Assistant Golf Professional, Brian Norman, has been named Assistant Player of the Year.  Larry Emery has been named Sr. Player of the Year.  COGC is proud to have such good players and instructors at our club.
  • Congratulations to COGC Assistant Golf Professional, Brian Norman, who won the Gateway PGA Assistants Championship on September 29. Brian will represent the Section in the National Championship Oct. 30-Nov 2 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL. GO BRIAN!!!
  • The Gateway PGA Slice of Life event held on Friday, August 22 was good to COGC Staff Professionals Brian Laur and Brian Norman. Brian Laur aced the 172 yard sixteenth hole while Brian Norman won the event with a four under par 66.  Proud of you guys!!
  • Congratulations to COGC Members, Andrea and Scott Burzynski, on the birth of their first child, a little girl.  Emma Kay was born on July 24 weighing in at 7 pounds, 15 ounces, 20 inches long.  
  • Condolences to COGC Member, Bob Bandy, on the recent death of his mother.  COGC has Bob and his family on our mind.
  • Condolences to COGC Clubhouse staff member, Ron Oakley, on the recent death of his mother.   Our thoughts are with Ron and his family.
  • Way to go.........Director of Golf, Steve Heckel, is first alternate for the United States Sr. Open Championship to be held later this month at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.  We are crossing fingers, legs, and eyes hoping he gets in.
  • Congratuations to Barb Harris, Flag Day winner.  Fred Koller took second and Jimmy Blades captured the booby prize.
  • Congratulations to Jan Jackman on a hole in one on June 29.  Jan aced the tenth hole with a driver into a stiff wind.  Enjoying the big moment with her was Nancy Sorgen, Karen Parrish, and Joan Schullian.
  • 2008 Ladies Spring Fling winners--The event was won by Cassie and Carol Rushing with a 4 under par, 67. COGC Members winning were: April Lamb, JoAnn Galloway, Jan Jackman, Janice Lingle, Bev Roland, Sally Parrish, Terri Hanley, Rhea Hasemeyer, Adeline Walker, Barb Finney, and Lola Bird.  Congrats, girls.
  • Congratulations to COGC Member, Stan Copeland, on his 50th wedding anniversary.  Must be all the time he spends playing golf that has contributed to the many years together.
  • Congratulations to COGC Jr., Ryan Hudson!  Ryan, 18, won an event on the Plantation Junior Golf Tour recently.
  • Joining one of COGC's most active golf families is Alexis Lauryn Pate.  Alexis was born on April 18.  She was 19.5 inches long and  weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces.  She is the daughter of  Scott and Alicia Pate and first grandchild of  Steve and Jean Pate.  Congratulations!
  • Welcome to the COGC family, Noah Grant Brookhouse.  Noah was born on Leap Day, Feb. 29.   He joins brother, Alex, and proud parents Darren and Christi Brookhouse.
  • Congratulations to staff member, Rhonda Radford, on the birth of her second grandchild, Tyler James Radford.  Tyler will join cousin, Whitney, having a great time with Grandma.
  • Much sadness came to COGC on Monday, January 28 with the passing of President and Owner, Phil Heckel.  Services were held on January 31.  Phil made a difference in the lives of everyone here at the club and will be sorely missed.
  • Crab Orchard Golf Club extends sympathy to the families of Bob Pryor and Don Head in their recent passing.  Bob was a member of our maintenance staff for many years.  Don was a long time member.  Both will be sorely missed.
  • Welcome to the COGC family, Isabel Moore. Isabel was born on January 12th to proud parents Tyson and Melissa Moore.   She was 21 inches long and weighed in at 8 lbs. 6 oz.
  • Aces continue to fill the holes at COGC. Congratulations to Bob Privett on his hole in one on #16 during the Phil Heckel Invitational Team Championship.  Bob hit a #7 iron for the 137 yard shot.  Witnesses included his teammates Kent Parrish, Mark Parrish, and Brad Mausey.
  • Congratulations to the Carterville High School boy's golf team.  They placed 2nd in the IHSA Regional Championship and will advance to the IHSA Sectional Championship on October 9th.  Good luck, boys, we are proud of you!
  • COGC wishes Member Gene Turner a quick recovery.  Gene broke his arm while playing golf in the rain recently.  We are quite sure he can still enjoy one of his favorite activities which only requires one arm while he is in rehab.
  • Crab Orchard Golf Club's Cup Team took the coveted SIGA Nancy Scranton Cup title on Sunday at Franklin County Country Club.  It was a wire to wire finish with COGC taking a 3 shot lead following the first round on Saturday at Crab Orchard and expanding it into a 6 shot win.  Congratulations to team members Robin Lester, Vicky Gentry, Karen Parrish, and Sarah Haas. 
  • Congratulations to 9 year old Jacob Eckland on his first career hole in one.  It came September 19th on the 165 yard tenth hole.  Witnessing the ace was Director of Golf, Steve Heckel, who was giving Jacob a golf lesson.  Anybody else want to sign up for lessons?
  • Congratulations to 2007 Club Champions--Men's Stroke Play, Joe Davidson. Women's Stroke Play, Robin Lester.  Men's Match Play, Ernie Gwaltney. Good going on this fine accomplishment.
  • COGC enjoyed Alice Cooper as a special guest on Saturday, August 25. Alice was in the area to do a concert at the DuQuoin State Fair.  Staff members, Brian Laur and Sarah Haas had the opportunity to play golf with him. He is an avid golfer and played very well.  We are all hoping he will join us again someday.
  • Congratulations to Zach Barlow, 2007 Dippin' Dots Amateur Champion.  Zach is a University of Illinois Golf Team Member and the 2004 IHSA State Champion.  We are proud to add Zach to a very elite list of players who can call themselves Dippin' Dots Amateur Champion.
  • Congratulations to new COGC Match Play Club Champion, Ernie Gwaltney. Ernie bested Bill Mau to take the title with a 6 & 4 victory. Winning A Flight was Brent Broshow who beat Tyson Moore 3 & 2. Good playing, guys!
  • Midsummer Scramble winning team was Terry Hanley, Mike Kinley, Jim Jenkins, and Kay Egelston with a score of ten under par, 60. Taking second in a playoff was Bob Rigdon, Bruce Hasemeyer, and Richard Adams. Congratulations!
  • Congratulations to COGC Member, Ed West, on his second career hole in one. The ace came on July 20 on the 7th hole playing at 185 yards. Ed used a new #4 hybrid that he had just bought in the golf shop at COGC.
  • Congratulations to COGC Member, Ray Kemp, who had a double eagle on the par 5 fifth hole on Wednesday, July 18.  Ray hit a #5 wood in the hole to accomplish this very rare feat. 
  • Congratulations to COGC Director of Golf, Steve Heckel, who tied for first place in the Gateway PGA Callaway Pro Am held at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis on July 16. His team of John Nugent, Dr. Bob Golz, and Bill Woods also finished in the money.
  • Congratulations to COGC Director of Golf, Steve Heckel, who won the Sr. Division of the Gateway PGA's Southern Illinois Open held at Rend Lake on July 9.
  • The Pro/Member was won by the team of Mike Fisher, Fred Koller, Jeff Chatham, and COGC Pro, Steve Heckel with a score of 119. Low round of the tournament was a 66 from John Danielson.
  • Congratulations to Flag Day Winners--Jan Jackman took first place. Jan Cobb finished second and Robin Lester took third.
  • Member, Marsha Talley, made a hole in one on the 114 yard 4th hole on Saturday, June 30. Congrats Marsha!
  • Member, Dr. Joe Karmos, aced the 193 yard 10th hole on June 20. Congrats, Dr. Joe!
  • Member, Mike Bush, made his first hole in one recently while visiting his daughter's family in Tennessee.  Congratulations, Mike.
  • Staff Member, Sarah Haas, aced the 108 yard eighth hole on June 1.
  • Welcome Sarah Isabella Reynolds to the COGC family.  Sarah was born to COGC Staff Member, Laura, and husband, Rob, on Sunday, June 3.