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Rick Smith Headlines West Michigan Golf Show

Acclaimed teacher and rising course designer Rick Smith comes to Grand Rapids on Feb. 19-21 to headline the 11th annual West Michigan Golf Show. "I'm excited about returning to the West Michigan Golf Show which has long been recognized as one of the best shows in the U.S.," said Smith. Smith, the instructor and swing confidant to such Tour players as U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen, Billy Andrade and Rocco Mediate, will provide free clinics at the Show, to be held at the Ford Fieldhouse, Grand Rapids Community College. A noted course designer, Smith will also share insights and video of his newest creation, the stunning Arcadia Bluffs GC--located just north of Manistee. "I feel so fortunate to be given such a spectacular site to design a golf course. Overlooking Lake Michigan, Arcadia Bluffs will provide a breathtaking, memorable golf experience," said Smith. "And you won't need a passport to get there." Arcadia Bluffs was commissioned by RVP Development Co. in Grand Rapids.

Joining Smith on the headliner stage will be Dr. Bob Winters, a sports psychologist from the University of Virginia. Appearing courtesy of SoBe beverage, Winters recently co-authored with Dr. Patrick Cohn the highly regarded audio cassette, "Great Putting--Right Now." "I'm looking forward to coming to Grand Rapids and sharing my thoughts and advice on being a better putter," said Winters, who also works with a number of Tour and NIKE players. "For example, it's so important to develop a positive putting routine and to learn to putt without fear and doubt."

Along with Smith and Winters, the Golf Show will attract thousands of golfers to over 130 exhibits by resorts, retail golf shops, golf schools, and specialized golf equipment. In addition, there are free golf lessons, courtesy of CenturyTel, given by area PGA pros in a huge hitting net inside the Ford Fieldhouse. With over $20,000 in door prizes, one lucky attendee will walk away with the Grand Prize--courtesy of Scottish Golf and Travel (1-800- 847-8064) --of a trip for two to Scotland, including air, rooms and tee-times. Other popular activities at the Show which runs Friday to Sunday, include a Pontiac/GMC Truck $10,000 Putt Contest and a Compaq Closet to the Pin Contest. Both events will raise dollars for charity: the local ALS Chapter and Grand Rapids Public Schools' Training and Transition program respectively. The West Michigan Golf Show is presented by the West Michigan Pontiac/GMC Truck Dealers, and sponsored by Michigan Golfer, CenturyTel, Orson E. Coe Pontiac/GMC, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, SoBe and First Tee beverages, Scottish Golf & Travel, and WZZM TV-13. Show hours at the Ford Fieldhouse (616-234-3990) are Friday: 5pm to 9pm; Saturday: 10am to 5pm; and Sunday: 11am to 4pm. Admission is at the door: $5 for adults; $2 for children 6-12 years; children under 6 free. For more information on the West Michigan Golf Show, call the Show hotline starting Feb. 9 at 616-234-3750 or call 616-247-1931.

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