Glenview country club approves stop on Champions Tour
Updated: August 20, 2012 10:58AM
GLENVIEW — North Shore Country Club wasn’t looking for money or its name in the papers.
The Glenview club membership voted to the host a Champions Tour event because of one simple reason:
“It’s fun,” said Reb Banas, the club’s president. “It’s something that brings the membership together for a good time. It’s something we are going to enjoy.”
Encompass Insurance, a division of Northbrook-based Allstate, will be the title sponsor, and the tournament, scheduled to begin a two-year run next year with an option for a third, is slated to be played in the third or fourth week in June.
Banas said the final step of the deal is working out the contract language. He hopes to have everything completed next month.
North Shore, which plays to 7,103 and par 72, isn’t new to the big stage.
Last year, the club hosted its second Western Amateur. It’s also been the site of two U.S. Amateurs and the 1933 U.S. Open.
North Shore was in the running to host the 2013 BMW Championship, formerly the Western Open, but the club was passed over in favor of Conway Farms in Lake Forest.
“We were one of the finalists, but there were some logistic concerns, like parking,” Banas said. “It failed, but it was no big deal.
“The tour then asked us about the Champions Tour. After some time, they swayed us. We had no personal agenda either way, and it is something we will try.”