18 Holes with … Hunter Hillenmeyer

Hillenmeyer is not bitter, saying: "I'm hoping the Bears staff was ahead of the curve in terms of how they handled concussions. Hopefully the long-term symptoms making the front page of the paper these days will not get me decades down the road."

In a column for ChicagoSideSports.com, he compared "The Hunger Games" to the NFL's Bounty-gate.

Back to the golf course, one of Chicago's elite. It's in such immaculate shape that I felt compelled to refrain from tossing broken tees onto the grass. It's so exclusive that we didn't spot another player for 3 1/2 hours. Architect Seth Raynor's 1916 design yields split fairways, ravines, a blind shot over a 45-foot bank, dramatic bunkering, a green that's 88 yards long and a variation of the famous "Road Hole" at St. Andrews.


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The course is rarely photographed. Members, such as actor Chris O'Donnell, seek privacy.

Hillenmeyer completed his round without a three-jack. So much for the jinx.

Then he was off to a function at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, where he earned an MBA, before returning to wife Shannon (daughter of former Bulls coach Tim Floyd) and their 16-month-old daughter, Harper, at their Winnetka home.

If he has a son, Hillenmeyer vows to steer him toward golf, not football.

"I'm hoping my children will be professional golfers," he said. "I'll be their caddie."

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18 Holes with … Hunter Hillenmeyer



Five-second bio: NFL veteran joked about being the "Ringo" of the Bears linebacking corps. He's now president of a soon-to-be rebranded endorsement company called Pro Player Connect that links athletes to fans.

Where: Shoreacres, Lake Bluff (black tees: 6,530 yards).

Hillenmeyer's handicap: 3.

What he shot: 75.

How he describes his game: "Inconsistent. Normally I look like a sandbagger or like I have an ego handicap."
 

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