By Len Ziehm

Chris Kirk Champion lifts the Honda Classic Trophy for the final time in 2023 – Photo by Beverly Wise

The sign explains it pretty well with the end of the Honda Classic – Photo by Beverly Wise

Scottie Scheffler – The Players 2023 Champion and Kurt Kitayama 2023 API Champion
– Photo and Graphic by Greg Wise

Defending Champion Taylor Moore – Photo and creative by Greg Wise

One way the Valspar shows it is the PGA’s most colorful tournament is in the decorating of the parking spots for its past champions. This one is for defending champion Taylor Moore. Photo by Joy Sarver

Party Deck along the 18th Hole at The Copperhead Course – Photo by Greg Wise


Len has been covering golf for over 56 years. He was the golf columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for 41 years and has been in the same role for the Daily Herald and several regional newspapers since 2009. Len is also a regular contributor to the Chicago District Golfer magazine  and his travel pieces are regularly published in Pro Golf Weekly, New England.Golf, eSouthernGolf and the Ohio Golf Journal. His works for all publications are available at It is in its 15th year of operation and has been enhanced by the photography provided by his partner Joy Sarver. An inductee into the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004 (for his reporting and youth coaching, not as a player), Len was also inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame in 2019. He is also on the Advisory Board of the International Network of Golf, is a lifetime member of the Golf Writers Association of America and a member of the Golf Travel Writers of America.