Jerry Rich Brings Major Golf Tournament to Chicago Area
" 2016 International Crown, the largest event in women s golf, will be held in the Chicago area for the first time at the Rich Harvest Farms golf club. Jerry Rich, the owner of the golf club, organized a kick-off gathering during the biennial event of this year, which took place July 22 to 27, and invited international communities in the greater Chicago area to encourage them to participate in the 2016 event.
" Mr. Jerry Rich answered Shimpo s interview questions and shared his enthusiasm for golf, childhood memories, and devotion to youth programs.
" Rich grew up in the Northwest suburban
area and attended Northern Illinois University, where he met his wife Betty,
and graduated in 1957.
Jerry rich, the owner of Rich Harvest Farms golf club
" One day, an individual asked Rich if he wanted to be a caddie. After a five-minute instruction, he put a golf bag on a cart and accompanied a woman. He remembered that the golf bag was taller than he was. The woman played nine holes and gave him a dollar with 10-cent-tip.
" He said that the experience changed his life. The individual could have said Hey kid, get out of here, but he gave me an opportunity I never had before, and I never forget that, he said.
" He established the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois in 1998. According to the website, the Foundation had introduced over 150,000 Illinois children to the game of golf by 2009.
" Back in 2002, Rich made a proposal to the LPGA for hosting the 2009 Solheim Cup, which brought the best Europeans against the best Americans. At that time, the commissioner said that competitors throughout the U.S. had an equal chance; however, Rich Harvest was selected because it had devoted itself to bringing children to the game of golf throughout the State of Illinois. Rich Harvest was awarded the contract in 2004 for hosting the 2009 Solheim Cup.
" Right after the major cup ended, Jerry Rich proposed hosting the 2016 International Crown. He said, The best players in the world are not from Europe and America, which is the Solheim Cup, The best players winning at golf are from Asia. That s why we started the idea with the concept we have today.