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Michigan Golf News
January 10, 2003
Edited by Art McCafferty


We want to welcome the membership of the Michigan Section PGA to the family of associations that carry Michigan Golf News. We welcome any news you would care to share with our regular readers and also those that receive their information from the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, the Golf Association of Michigan and now the Michigan Section PGA. http://michigan.pga.com

And for those PGA members that would like to take another look at

Ken Allard winning the 2002 Michigan PGA Championship you only have to go to the Michigan Golfer TV site and pull up the show. http://michigangolfer.tv/2002shows/show26/index.html

Or if you wanted to recapture Scott Hebert winning the Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open Championship you need only to click on to http://michigangolfer.tv/2002shows/show20/index.html


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It is always nice to stop by the Michigan Section PGA office. This is one of the top if not the top sections in the country. On hand were Ken Devine, CEO; Lori Church, Administrative Assistant; Christy Baker, Bookkeeper; Kevin Helm, Director of Operations; Diane Lazaros, Membership Administrator and Tim Czelada Tournament Supervisor. They have one of those offices that you can read while you are waiting. They have some great photos of Walter Hagen and other Michigan golf greats. Nice place.

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Last week, wireless hotel connectivity was a cover story in USA Today. In this edition of the Michigan Golfer Show, our guest host (We let Bill have some time off), Jennie McCafferty takes us on a tour of hotels in Michigan to check on their connectivity. Jennie visits with Bill Knopp of the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City; Barry Owens of Garland Resort in Lewiston; Rob Levitt of Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti and Bob Barker of the Comfort Inn in Mt. Pleasant. While not everybody has wireless connectivity, they definitely have it in their plans. Http://michigangolfer.tv
24/7 Always On

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Hope you are having a Happy New Year.   I have noticed in your Michigan Golf e-mailed newsletters that the Buick Open dates are incorrect.  The Buick Open will be held July 28 - August 3, 2003.  Buick and the PGA moved the date back one week when they renewed the contract through 2006.    Keep up the good work.  I enjoy the newsletters. Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Rich Fairman, General Manager of Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, for the update

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The number of web surfers looking for Michigan travel information at http://michigan.org jumped dramatically in 2002. Inquiries in 2002 to the state’s official web site for tourism information rose 53 percent over web inquiries in 2001.  Nearly 2.25 million web user sessions were recorded in 2002, up from the nearly 1.5 million the previous year.  Some 62% of michigan.org web users were Michigan residents, while 38% inquired from out of state.

"We certainly view this as a positive indicator for leisure travel in Michigan," said George Zimmermann, vice president of Travel Michigan.  "We know from independent research that 65% of consumers who use michigan.org for tourism information then travel to and within Michigan."

Calendar Year    Web User Sessions    Increase
2002                    2,226,663      53%
2001                    1,455,202    

Since Travel Michigan launched its first web site in December 1995, michigan.org has become an increasingly popular source for Michigan travel information online.  The current site saw its last major redesign in July 2002.  Improvements to michigan.org included advanced capabilities such as allowing visitors to search for Michigan tourism activities by interest or by location.  Web visitors also can sign up for a free monthly e-newsletter featuring Michigan destinations, events, attractions, deals and discounts.

Research completed since the redesign of the travel information on michigan.org shows positive results for the latest version of the site.

Consumers gave the new site particularly high marks for ease of navigation, ease of finding information and site organization.  In a separate survey of the tourism web sites of all 50 states, michigan.org ranked 6th in the nation.

Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is the State of Michigan’s official agency for the promotion of tourism.  Travel Michigan markets the state’s tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services.

Taken from a Travel Michigan Release.

*Governor Granholm please take note and keep this team together.

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One of Microsoft's finest technicians was drafted and sent to boot camp. At the rifle range, he was given some instruction, a rifle, and bullets. He fired several shots at the target. The report came from the target area that all attempts had completely missed the target.

The technician looked at his rifle, and then at the target. He looked at the rifle again, and then at the target again. He put his finger over the end of the rifle barrel and squeezed the trigger with his other hand. The end of his finger was blown off, whereupon he yelled toward the target area, "It's leaving here just fine, the trouble must be at your end!"

Contributed by Tom "riding into the sunset" Diroff of the Internet Advisor Show on WJR.

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Last week, we ran a list of stories we felt were some of the top ones in Michigan for 2002 Dave Richards, of Golf Marketing Services, felt that Tom Gillis getting his tour card was certainly one of top stories of 2002. Tom qualified by firing a 32 on the back nine of the PGA West Stadium Course.

Thanks for the input and a Tip of the Tam, Dave for passing this suggestion on.

Cover Story-Double JJ Resort
Mike Terrell continues with his history of Michigan Golf Resorts with this timely article on Double JJ Resort.

Then and Now: Mary Queen of Scots and Hootie Johnson
Craig Brass, gives his slant to the Masters controversy with an article that only he could write. http://michigangolfer.com/jan03/augusta.html

Michigan PGA Update
Mike Shiels brings gives us a view into 2003 http://michigangolfer.com/jan03/PGA2003.html

The Mississippi Golf Coast-Golfing, Gaming and Good Fishing
Bill Shelton, host of the Michigan Golfer Internet Television Show, gives us a look at some of the exciting golf now available in Mississippi. http://michigangolfer.com/jan03/mississippi.html

Jamaica Golf
Mike Shiels, takes us to a warmer climate as he tells us about his Jamaica golf adventure. http://michigangolfer.com/jan03/Jamaica.html

Indiana Golf Preview for 2003
Art McCafferty, brings us up to date with the golf available in Indiana. He visits Swan Lake Resort, The Fort, Sultan's Run, Rock Hollow, Nobleshawk and Cobblestone for openers. http://michigangolfer.com/jan03/2003_Indiana.html

Michigan Golfer Magazine
Total Readership for 2002
Monthly Readership 20,398

The Michigan Golfer
The Write Stuff
24/7 Always ON

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Toby Hilton, Director of Marketing and Sales for McCamly Plaza Hotel http://www.mccamlyplazahotel.com in Battle Creek, will take a similiar position with Yarrow Conference and Golf Resort http://www.yarrowinn.com/

The Golf Club at Yarrow, is a Ray Hearn/Paul Albanese design that will open this summer. http://www.rhgd.com/current/cur_yar.htm

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After a highly successful move to the Grand Center, the West Michigan Golf Show returns to its traditional February dates in ‚03 to welcome thousands of winter-weary golfers already dreaming of greens and fairways.  Produced by nationally recognized ShowSpan Inc., the West Michigan Golf Show will offer the next best thing to actually playing golf outdoors with hundreds of booths, a variety of interactive golf areas, displays, lessons and seminars.

Submitted by Terry Moore, Media Relations, Sportserv Ltd.

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"Sam Snead never mistook his ball for that of another player because the Wilson Company imprinted special balls for him with the number zero on them."

Taken from Astonishing but True Golf Facts, by Allan Zullo

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01/23-26 PGA Mechandise Show-Orlando

02/07-09 London Golf and Travel Show, London, CA http://www.golf-show.com
02/07-09 Cleveland Golf Show-Cleveland http://northcoastgolfshows.com/
02/07-09 Gibraltar Golf Show-Taylor, Gibraltor Trade Center
02/14-16 Chicago Golf Show-Chicago- http://www.imggolfexpo.com/
02/21-23 IMG National Golf Expo I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
02/21-23 Atlanta Golf Show -Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA
02/21-23 West Michigan Golf Show-Grand Rapids http://westmichigangolfshow.com
02/21-23 Cleveland Golf Show-Cleveland http://www.imggolfexpo.com/
02/21-23 Cincinnati Golf Show-Cincinnati- http://northcoastgolfshows.com/
02/24-25 NGCOA Annual Trade Show-Palm Springs, CA
02/28-3/02 5th Annual Lansing Golf Show-Lansing Center http://michigangolfshow.com
02/28-3/02 Indiana Spring Golf Show-Indianapolis http://www.golfexpos.com/homeflash.html

03/07-09 11th Annual Michigan Golf Show-Novi Expo Center http://michigangolfshow.com
03/07-09 Wisconsin Golf Show http://www.jsonline.com/adsections/golfshow2003
03/15 Midland Golf Show- Holiday Inn Conference Center

05/06 Fuller Cup-Prestwick Village Golf Club, Highland
05/20-23 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Purdue University) in West Lafayette, Indiana

06/02-03 Taylor Made/adidas State Pro-Am- Boyne Highlands Resort
06/10-11 Club Car Michigan Senior Open- Bedford Valley
06/16-22 Farmers Charity Classic, Egypt Valley GC, Ada
06/17-21 Michigan Amateur Championship, Belvedere GC, Charlevoix
06/23-26 Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open-The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort
06/30-07/02 Michigan Girls Championship
06/30-07/01 ESPN Par 3 Shootout-Treetops Resort
06/30-07/03 Great Lakes Junior Masters Golf Championship, Stonebridge, Ann Arbor

07/07-08 Shanty Creek Classic, Bellaire
07/07 Father and Son Championship, Paint Creek, Lake Orion
07/14-16 Detroit Newspapers'sThe Michigan Women's Open-Crystal Mountain Resort
07/14-15 GAM Women's Mid Amateur Championship, Glacier Club, Washington
07/08-14 Ford Senior Players Championship, TPC of Michigan, Dearborn
07/21/23 Detroit Newspapers Tournament of Champions-Boyne Mountain Resort
07/28-31 Michigan Junior Boys Championship, Battle Creek CC, Battle Creek
07/28-29 Michigan Senior PGA Championship,The Loon, Gaylord
07/28-08/03 Buick Open, Warwick Hills GC-Flint

08/11-13 GAM Championship, Grand Haven GC, Grand Haven
08/18-20 Michigan PGA Championship-Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire
08/18-19 GAM Women's Championship, Clio CC, Clio
08/25-26 GAM Women's Senior Amateur Championship, Crystal Mountain,Thompsonville
08/28-29 GAM Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, Treetops, Gaylord

09/08-11 Lincoln Mercury Classic-Pine Lake CC
09/03-04 GAM Men's Senior Amateur Championship, Lakewood Shores Resort, Oscoda
09/13-14 Michigan Net Amateur Championship, Pilgrim's Run
09/20-21 Atlas Matches, The Loon, Gaylord
09/30 Tournament of Club Champions (Men and Women) Egypt Valley, Ada

10/19-21 The GOLF 20/20 Conference, World Golf Village, Florida http://golf2020.com

Tour and Association Calendars

Golf Association of Michigan http://www.gam.org/champ/schedule.cgi
Michigan Section PGA http://www.Michigan.PGA.com
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America http://www.gcsaa.org

Canadian Tour- http://www.cantour.com
European Tour- http://www.europeantour.com
Hooters Tour- http://www.ngahooterstour.com
Futures Tour- http://www.futurestour.com
PGA-- http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/pgatour.html

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