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January 1, 2007 Vol. 7, No. 1

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AMERICA'S VALUE GOLF DESTINATION
Golf Packages From $47.00 Per Day
Santee South Carolina http://www.santeetourism.com THINK SPRING: THE OSPREY COLLECTION OF FINE COURSES
PLAN NOW TO PLAY IN 2007 http://www.golfospreyonline.com/
Black Forest, Canthooke Valley, Cutter's Ridge, Ridgewood,
The Medalist and Wilderness Valley

******* SHOW TIME *******
WEST MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW-FEBRUARY 9-11
Web: http://westmichigangolfshow.com

LONDON GOLF SHOW - FEBRUARY 9-11
Web: http://golf-show.com

MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW-MARCH 10-12
Web: http://michigangolfshow.com

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__/MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-TWO NEW SHOWS
Michigan Golf Show with Jennie McCafferty and Laurie McCann Marquette County Golf with Marc Gilmore, Frank Guastella, Mike Beckman and Peter Allen
__/ CANADIAN GOLF SHOWS STILL ON GROWTH CURVE
__/ BARTON HILLS TO HOST U.S. WOMEN'S MID-AMATEUR IN 2008
__/SMILES FOR MILES
__/AARP NEGOTIATES RULE CHANGES WITH USGA
__/OLDIES BUT GOODIES CADDY COMMENTS
__/MICHIGAN PGA JUNIOR TOUR CONTINUES TO GROW
__/RODNEY GRANT TO HEADLINE NATIVE AMERICAN CUP III
__/MICHIGAN GOLF HALL OF FAME SENDS OUT 2007 BALLOT
__/ WHAT EVER BECAME OF....BILL NEWCOMB?
__/MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GOLF ASSOCIATION BEGINS ITS 21ST YEAR
__/NOVEMBER ROUNDS INCREASE SLIGHTLY
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
__/ CALENDAR
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER ONLINE RESOURCES
__/ GLSP TELEVISION NETWORK
__/ COURSE VIDEOS
__/ ARCHIVES-MICHIGAN GOLFER

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MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-TWO NEW SHOWS

Michigan Golf Show with Jennie McCafferty and Laurie McCann
Last year, the Michigan Golf Show moved into their new digs and the golf world loved it. There was plenty of space to move around, the parking was less of a headache and there were bars in the exhibit area. Our host Jennie McCafferty, had the chance to chat with Laurie McCann about the success of last year's show and what to expect this year. And to be sure, our video alos highlights many of the booths and their boothkateers. As the golf show season, begins, you can watch these shows to whet your appetite. It's like hitting a bucket of balls before the match begins. Enjoy http://michigangolfer.tv/2007shows/michigangolfshow/index.html

Marquette County Golf with Marc Gilmore, Frank Guastella, Mike Beckman and Peter Allen
This past fall, we had the opportunity to visit Marquette County and sample some of their golf inventory, namely, Greywalls and Chocolay Downs. Other courses that are included in their golf packages are Gentz's Homestead Golf Course, Red Fox Run and Wawonowin CC http://www.marquettecountry.org/recreation_golfing.php We also recommend the excellent Landmark Inn for lodging http://www.thelandmarkinn.com/

Our reporters for the show are Mike Beckman and Peter Allen and their guests are Marc Gilmore of the new Greywall GC and Frank Guastella of Red Fox Run. We also take the viewer for a little tour of Marquette, the Upper Peninsula's largest city.

http://michigangolfer.tv

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CANADIAN GOLF SHOWS STILL ON GROWTH CURVE
Claudio Demarchi, the impresario of the Hamilton (Feb 2-4) and London Golf Shows (Feb 9-11) is bullish about the coming golf show season. "Our booth count in our new Hamilton show is up and the London Show, where we have added more space is also ahead of last year." There is a strong contingent of Michigan golf properties at the show each year.

The Michigan Golfer Television show will be visiting the London Show to give our viewers a look at the new and bigger London Show. For those not familiar with the show, you can look at a video we did a couple of years ago. http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/show5/index.html

http://golf-show.com

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BARTON HILLS TO HOST U.S. WOMEN'S MID-AMATEUR IN 2008
According to the Wednesday, Detroit Free Press, Barton Hills CC in Ann Arbor has been selected to host the Mid-Amateur from September 6 - 11, 2008. The club hosted the U.S. Women's Amateur in 1998.

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SMILES FOR MILES
Miles of Golf has again claimed honors from Golf World Business magazine as one the “100 Best Golf Shops in America.” The announcement comes in the magazine’s January issue and cites Miles of Golf as one the country’s top retail golf operations of the past year. This is the seventh consecutive year Miles of Golf has made this honor roll of golf shops.

“We work very hard at being one of the best club-fitting shops in the country and that focus distinguishes us from our competitors,” said Chris Mile, the president and co-founder of Miles of Golf.

In addition to its retail operation, Miles of Golf boasts the Kendall Academy, long-recognized as one of the state’s top instructional facilities. The staff of PGA professionals includes 2006 Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year and two-time Teacher of the Year Dave Kendall, highly-regarded instructor Paul Haase and two-time Michigan PGA Player of the Year Tom Harding.

Miles of Golf is located at 3113 Carpenter Road in Ypsilanti, just 1.5 miles northeast of the US-23/I-94 interchange.

http://www.milesofgolf.com.

Taken and edited from an All About Golf release

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AARP NEGOTIATES RULE CHANGES WITH USGA

Rule 1.a.5
A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placedon the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled intothe rough with no penalty. The senior should not be penalized for tall grasswhich grounds keepers failed to mow.

Rule 2.d.6 (b)
A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to have hit the tree.This is simply bad luck and luck has no place in a scientific game. The senior player must estimate the distance the ball would have traveled ifit had not hit the tree and play the ball from there.

Rule 3.b.3(g)
There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is onor near the course and will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, making it a stolen ball. The player is not to compound the felony by charging himself or herself with a penalty.

Rule 4.c.7(h)
If a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to havedropped. The law of gravity supersedes the Rules of Golf.

Rule 5.
Putts that stop close enough to the cup that they could be blownin, may be blown in. This does not apply to balls more than three inches from the hole. No one wants to make a travesty of the game.

Rule 6.a.9(k)
There is no penalty for so-called "out of bounds." If penny-pinching golf course owners bought sufficient land, this would not occur. The senior golfer deserves an apology, not a penalty.

Rule 7.g.15(z)
There is no penalty for a ball in a water hazard, as golf balls should float. Senior golfers should not be penalized for manufacturers' shortcomings.

Rule 8.k.9(s)
Advertisements claim that golf scores can be improved by purchasingnew golf equipment. Since this is financially impracticable for many seniorgolfers, one-half stroke per hole may be subtracted for using old equipment.

Please advise all your senior friends of these important rule updates. Submittted by Jim Neff of the Neff Zone

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OLDIES BUT GOODIES CADDY COMMENTS

# 10 -- Golfer: "Think I'm going to drown myself in the lake." Caddy: "Think you can keep your head down that long?"

# 9 -- Golfer: "I'd move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course." Caddy: "Try heaven, you've already moved most of the earth."

# 8 -- Golfer: "Do you think my game is improving?" Caddy: "Yes sir, you miss the ball much closer now."

# 7 -- Golfer: "Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?" Caddy: "Eventually."

# 6 -- Golfer: "You've got to be the worst caddy in the world." Caddy: "I don't think so sir. That would be too much of a coincidence."

# 5 -- Golfer: "Please stop checking your watch all the time. It's too much of a distraction."
Caddy: "It's not a watch - it's a compass."

# 4 -- Golfer: "How do you like my game ?" Caddy: "Very good sir, but personally, I prefer golf."

# 3 -- Golfer: "Do you think it's a sin to play on Sunday?" Caddy: "The way you play, sir, it's a sin on any day."

# 2 -- Golfer: "This is the worst course I've ever played on." Caddy: "This isn't the golf course. We left that an hour ago."

And the # 1 Best Caddy Comment.....

Golfer: "That can't be my ball, it's too old."
Caddy: "It's been a long time since we teed off, sir.

Submitted by Mike Biber

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MICHIGAN PGA JUNIOR TOUR CONTINUES TO GROW
The Michigan Section PGA has launched the second season of the Michigan PGA Junior Tour sponsored by Carl’s Golfland and Nike Golf. Boys and girls ages thirteen (13) to eighteen (18) will be able to compete at top quality facilities throughout the state of Michigan. Barton Hills Country Club, Battle Creek Country Club, Prestwick Village Golf Club and the Country Club of Lansing are just a few of the host facilities for the 2007 season.

Membership on the tour is $100 and the average cost per event is $50. The tour will consist of ten (10) single day events, two (2) two-day 36-hole events and a season ending 36-hole Tour Championship. A Player of the Year will be awarded in each age division for boys and girls. Age divisions will consist of boys and girls ages thirteen (13) to fifteen (15) and ages sixteen (16) to eighteen (18).

The boy and girl winners in the sixteen (16) to eighteen (18) division of the season ending Tour Championship will each earn an exemption into an American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) event. In addition, two college scholarships will be awarded, courtesy of Osprey Recreational Properties, to junior tour members meeting pre-determined criteria.

Information and online registration can be obtained at the official website of the Michigan PGA at http://www.michigan.pga.com, by calling the section office at 517.641.7421, or by e-mailing Director of Tournament Operations / Growth of the Game to Tim Czelada at tczelada@michiganpga.com.

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RODNEY GRANT TO HEADLINE NATIVE AMERICAN CUP III
Henry Boulley Jr., CEO of the Native American Cup, has landed another headliner for his Grand Traverse Resort based tournament. Rodney Grant, the Native American actor who played "Winds in his Hair: in the movie Dance with Wolves will be the special guest of honor. Past guests have included, Notay Begay NAC I and Cheryl Mitchell for NAC II.The dates for NAC III are August 3-4-5.

Boulley indicates that they will have three tribe's from New York, fivefrom Michigan and one each from Oklahoma, Arizona and Canada. It will be the strongest field to date.

NAC http://nativeamericancup.org/nac_home.shtml

NAC http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/nativeamericancup/

BAC http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/nativeamericancup/

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MICHIGAN GOLF HALL OF FAME SENDS OUT 2007 BALLOT
The 2007 Michigan HOF ballot has been sent out with a due date of February. The list of 10 nominees will be cut in half with the awards being given at the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame golf outing on May 20.

This year's list includes, Bruce Fossum, Michael Kerr, John Lindholm, Steve Maddalena, John Morgan, Cliff Taylor, Jack Van Ess, Evan "Big Cat" Williams, Mark Wilson and Theodore "Ted" Woehrle.

Interview of past inductees can be viewed at http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/ghf/

Those interviewed include:
Jerry Matthews
Stan Aldridge
Joan Garety
Elaine Crosby
Dan Pohl
Ben Davis

There are rememberances of :
Jack Saylor
W. Bruce Matthews

The interviews are by Hall of Famer, Jack Berry

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WHAT EVER BECAME OF....BILL NEWCOMB?
Our first Michigan Runner Television Show in March, 2001, featured noted Michigan golf architect, Bill Newcomb. The show highlighted Bill's career in golf course design, touched on his invitation and play at The Masters and his latest design, Calderone Farms. Bill had had a pretty good run up until that time, but circumstances changed subsequently he seems to have dropped out of sight.

He mentored under Pete Dye, and was involved with Pete during the construction of Radrick Farms at Michigan and Crooked Stick in Indiana. He has a pretty good run and then a run in with Everett Kircher of Boyne. i remembered getting a note from Steve Kircher when we ran our first show, congratulating us on our move into Internet video and also indicating, we might have launched it with a different guest. The email was a little tongue in cheek, but those feelings only subsided with the passing of Everett..

The wheels began to come off when the golf rounds at Wishbone Glen did not meet with expectations and the financing was not robust enough to keep it solvent. Newcomb was involved financially in the project, actually being the one who put the deal together and he suffered a setback. The course was eventually sold to Osprey Management, who renamed it the Medalist.

Calderone Farms, which was the course he was promoting in our first video, suffered a setback when a monster storm hit the course and took out about three of the newly groomed holes. As I recall they had been seeded and had started the grown in process when the storm hit. It set back the opening almost a year. This also set back the timing of the clubhouse and again, the amount of play was less than expected. The last time I saw Bill was at the Michigan Women's Open, where the ladies were busy trying to master his course. I have heard that he left for Florida, but I am not positive.

Here are most the courses that Bill was involved in.

1962 Hickory Hills GC, Jackson
1963 Ann Arbor CC, Ann Arbor
1963 Vassar Golf and CC, Vassar
1967 Clarkston Creek GC, Clarkston
1970 Boyne Mountain Alpine, Boyne CityE. Kircher/William Newcomb
1970 Green Hills GC, Pinconning
1972 Alpine at Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls
1973 Brookwood GC, Rochester Hills
1975 Moor at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs
1976 Concord Hills GC, Concord
1979 Spruce Run at Grand Traverse Resort, Acme
1980 Westland Municipal GC, Westland
1984 Monument at Boyne Mountain - Boyne Falls
1986 Pine Mountain GC - Iron Mountain Back Nine
1987 Heathers Club Bloomfield Hills
1988 Huron Breeze GC - Au Gres
1989 Donald Ross Memorial Course Harbor Springs
Everett Kircher, Jim Flick & Steve Kircher
1991 Boyne Highlands - Donald Ross, Harbor Springs
1991 Links at Whitmore Lake, Whitmore Lake
1991 Tanglewood, South Lyon
1992 Crystal Mountain Resort - Creek Course, Thompsonville
1993 Glacier Club, Washington
1995 Polo Fields, Ann Arbor
1996 Crystal Mountain Resort - Ridge Course, Thompsonville
1996 Wishbone Glen (now the Medalist), Marshall
1997 Links at Bowen Lake, Gowen
1997 Thorneapple Pointe, Grand Rapids
1998 Links at Bowen Lake, Rockford
2001 Calderone Farms, Ann Arbor

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MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GOLF ASSOCIATION BEGINS ITS 21ST YEAR
The Michigan Women’s Golf Association begins its twenty-first season of competitionwith a schedule of events designed to appeal to women competitive golfers of allabilities.Tournaments and events are held twice a month (May through October) at golf courses in the greater metropolitan Detroit area.

The season kicks off in April with the highly – popular Reality Rules Clinics, held at St. John’s Golf Club in Plymouth on April 21. A variety of scramble, best – ball, and stroke play events begins on May 12 with the Annual Meeting and 4 Woman Spring Scramble, hosted by Dunham Hills Golf Club in Hartland. The MWGA Two Day State Championship (a stroke play event) is scheduled for July 28 and 29 at Hunter’s Ridge Golf Club in Howell. Hunter’s Ridge was voted the Number1 “Female-Friendly Golf Course” in the metro Detroit area in 2005.

Outside the metro Detroit area, a 2 Woman Scramble is planned for September 8 at Hawk Hollow Golf Club in Bath. The 2 Day, 2 Person Best Ball event takes place on September 23 and 24 at Lakeview Hills Resort in Lexington. The season concludes with the 4 Woman Fall Farewell Scramble on October 6 at Pine View Golf Club in Ypsilanti.

Membership queries may be addressed to Jane Kersjes, Membership Chair, (734) 420-0854, email kersjesj@dteenergy.com. Log on to MWGA http://www.mwgolf.org MWGA 20 Year Anniversary Celebration at Washtenaw CC
http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/mwga/

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NOVEMBER ROUNDS INCREASE SLIGHTLY
Rounds played rose 1.1% in November 2006 vs. November 2005, the National Golf Foundation reported. This follows a 6.7% decline in October and a 2.3% decline in September.

Year-to-date rounds played held at a 0.3% increase for the first 11 months of 2006. Through June, year-to-date rounds played had been up 3%. The reporting is based on data from operators at more than 1,800 golf facilities.

For the full year 2005, rounds played were down 0.1%.

Year-to-date, regions experiencing the largest positive swings werethe Southeast (+3.9%), Central/South Florida (+3.9%) and Gulf Coast (+3.3%). The sharpest year-to-date declines were in the Lower Midwest (-1.3%) and the Southwest (-1.0%).

At all public courses, rounds played were up 0.1% for 2005; year-to-date 2006, up 0.3%. At private clubs, 2005 rounds played were down 1.0%; year-to-date 2006, up 0.5%.

Year-to-date, play at premium public courses (those with peak season weekend green fees with cart above $70) is down 0.4%. At value courses (those with peak season weekend green fees with cart below $40), rounds played rose 0.2%. At standard courses ($40-70), play was up 0.7%.

Golf Datatech reported that rounds played in November 2006 wereup 1.3% compared to November 2005 and the year to date is up0.4%. Thereportincludes 2,890 reporting courses.

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2007 MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR
http://michigangolfer.com/calendar.html"

ASSOCIATION LINKS
American Association of Golf Course Architects
http://asgca.org
Golf Association of Michigan
http://www.gam.org/
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
http://www.gcsaa.org
Michigan Section PGA
http://www.Michigan.PGA.com
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
http://mgcoa.org
Michigan High School Athletic Association
http://www.mhsaa.com/
Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association
http://migca.com
Michigan Publinx Seniors Golf Association
http://mpsga.net
National Golf Course Owners Association
http://ngcoa.org
National Golf Foundation
http://ngf.org
National High School Golf Coaches Association
http://www.nhsgca.org

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MICHIGAN GOLFER ONLINE RESOURCES
Website: http://glsp.com
Ezine http://michigangolfer.com
News: http://www.webgolfer.com/news.html
Video: http://michigangolfer.tv
Podcast: http://glsp.com/podcasts.html

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