Michigan Golf News
January 16, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 3
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-2003 PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW AND INTERNATIONAL GOLF
PGA Merchandise Show
Our 2003 PGA Merchandise Show featured interviews with Stuart Hall of the Wire; Glenn Pierce and Tres Hill of UpLink Corporation: David Hamilton of Club Car; Jeanene Ness of Firethorn; Charles Gelman and Head
Golf Nut Ron Garland, of Clock Tower Press; Larry Peck of the Buick Scramble; Ron Skenes of EZ-GO Damian Ryan, Director of Golf for the Irish Tourism Board and Tim Ummel, CEO of the Umlex Group. Look for our 2004 Show on February 4th.
EMU Sports Marketing Class & International Golf
Our cameras traveled to Eastern Michigan University as our host for the show, Vanessa Bell, visited EMU's Sports Marketing class. Her guest for the show, Dr. Sam Fullerton, is an expert on sports marketing, a scratch golfer, and the Interim Department Head of Marketing and Law at EMU. The topic for the day was "International Golf: Similarities and Differences". Our show covers golf in Germany, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia and the U.S.
FUTURES GOLF TOUR ANNOUNCES DATES
The FUTURES Golf Tour, the official developmental tour of the LPGA, released today its 2004 tournament schedule. The Tour's 24th season will feature 18 tournaments in 15 states. One of the 18 is the Bank of Ann Arbor Futures Golf Classic from June 4 -6. at Lake Forest Golf Club
Lisa D. Mickey
FUTURES Director of Communications
GMS TO REPRESENT DAN OLSON
Michigan native Dan Olson, who fulfilled a lifelong goal by qualifying to play on the PGA Tour, has selected Bloomfield Hills-based Golf Marketing Services to handle his public relations and marketing efforts. Golf Marketing Services will be handling promotional efforts for Olson while he competes on the 2004 PGA Tour.
For media wishing to arrange interviews with Dan Olson, please contact Dave Richards at 248-642-6420 or email email@example.com.
NYQUIST NEW MARKETING MANAGER AT SHANTY CREEK
Dave Nyquist is the new Marketing Manager at Shanty Creek Resort.
Shanty Creek Resort and Club
MARK MCCORMACK AND FRED FUNK HONORED BY GWAA
International Management Group founder Mark McCormack, the man whose handshake deal with Arnold Palmer changed the face of golf, and 2003 Presidents Cup player Fred Funk have been honored with a pair of prestigious awards given by the Golf Writers Association of America.
McCormack, who died last May at the age of 72, won the William D. Richardson Award, given annually to recognize an individual who has consistently made an outstanding contribution to golf. The 47-year-old Funk, a five-time PGA TOUR winner, was the ASAP/Jim Murray Award winner for 2003. That award recognizes a player for cooperation, quotability and for accommodation to the media and for reflecting the most positive aspects of the working relationship between athlete and journalists.
They will be honored at the Annual GWAA Awards Dinner, April 7 in Augusta, Ga.
Golf Writers Association of America
GOLF ROUNDS PLAYED INCREASE IN NOVEMBER; 11-MONTH YTD ROUNDS REMAIN NEGATIVE
Golf Datatech reports that in November, golf rounds played increased 5.6% compared to the same month in 2002. However, the year-to-date rounds in 2003 trailed the same period the previous year by 2.7%.
A mild autumn allowed many of the northern and northeastern states to experience double-digit increases in rounds played in November. Among cold-weather states, only Wisconsin showed a decline in rounds played.
NSGA Research Newsletter
Thomas B. Doyle
vp/information & research
JANSON WINS PGA QUARTER CENTURY CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Lynn Janson of Grand Rapids, Mich., Al Kelley of Eustis, Fla., and Tom Talkington of Jackson, Tenn., were the big winners Wednesday (Jan. 7) in the 50th annual TaylorMade-adidas Golf/PGA Quarter Century Club Championship at the PGA Golf Club.
Janson, 56, shot 69-71-140 and was the low scorer on the North course for age groups 49-and-under through 60-64. It was his third PGA Winter Tournament Program title.
Janson said he got off to a slow start Wednesday with bogies at the first, fourth and seventh holes. This was balanced by birdies at Nos. 5, 6, 8 and 10 and he parred the last eight holes. In the opening round, he made five birdies and two bogies for 69.
"I just didn't make any major mistakes," he said. "It's been a long time since I've won against top competition like we had here this week. This is a pleasant surprise."
THE BULL AT PINEHURST FARMS BEGINS TO HARVEST AWARDS
The Bull at Pinehurst Farms made GOLF Magazine's Top 10 New Courses You Can Play list. This list recognizes the top new public courses in the United States. According to the article, 270 new golf courses opened nationwide last year, and the courses on their list are the finest public-access courses that opened their gates in 2003.
In 2004, The Bull will be hosting:
WSGA Senior Match Play Championship
PGA Championship & GMO Saturday Series Pro-Am
WSGA State Match Play Championship
U.S. Open Championship Local Qualifying
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK-TIGER WOODS
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Tiger Woods World No. 1 Tiger Woods spoke with reporters Wednesday before the start of the Mercedes Championships in Kapalua, Hawaii.
Q.: Being a former child prodigy yourself, do you have any words about Michelle Wie playing next week? Do you have any sage advice to give her?
TIGER WOODS: Actually, I saw her today. I met her for the first time today. It's just pretty neat. I didn't realize she's taller than I am (laughter). Oh, man.
But, no, I think it's pretty neat that she's playing. I wished her all the luck in the world, and I hope she goes out there and plays her game.
I think it's good experience to obviously move up and play against people who are better than you. You do learn that way. But I also look at the philosophy, too, you need to play and win, too, learn the art of winning. My dad was a big believer in that. We didn't really move up from junior golf to maybe -- let's say local junior golf, I didn't go nationally until I was playing well enough to win consistently at the junior level in my own Orange County. Then when I went nationally, I didn't play amateur golf until I was able to win consistently. So I learned the art of winning.
I think that's what she needs to try to do, because she's won one tournament, which is a big tournament, women's Publinx, but I think there's a certain art to winning. If you can instill that early on, I think you're going to have more of a successful career. Mickelson did exactly the same thing. He won at each and every level. Actually, he dominated at each and every level. When he came out here, he knew he could win. I felt the same way.
Q.: Arnold is playing in his 50th and allegedly last Masters. Do you have any thoughts, recollections about playing a practice round with him?
TIGER WOODS: I have probably two. I had a pretty neat experience. I was 19, my first Masters. It was Wednesday. I wrote a letter to Jack and Arnold, whether I could play with them in a practice round. They said yes. I joined them on Wednesday afternoon. We played all 18 holes in a Skins Game. Arnold birdied the last hole, took all the skins (smiling). We were walking off the green. Jack, said, "Typical Arnie."
I was going to go up there and have lunch in the Crow's est. They said, "Would you like to join us in a par 3 contest?" I thought, "This is great." I went over there, had a great time playing the par 3 contest.
Probably the entire year -- you know, I wasn't a very good iron player at the time. I was across the line, couldn't control any of my distances. You saw that. On the 9th hole of the par 3 contest, Arnold hits it in there stiff, Jack hits it in there stiff. They're both about two feet. Now I got to hit. The crowd is high-fiving, roaring.. I'm thinking, "I know I'm going to put it in the water." I hit it up on the green. One of the highlights, because I knew if I could handle that, I could handle the rest of the tournament. So the tournament seemed a lot easier because of that one little moment. Arnold is high-fiving me, telling me, "Great job, you can do it."
The last one, what we thought was his last Masters, Mark and I and Arnold played in the par 3 contest again. That was pretty cool. Arnold hit one of those typical shots of his, just got the follow-through going, staring at it. It hits in the water. He said, "Where did that go?" He was just posing on it (laughter). "Where did that go?"
"It's in the water, Arnie."
"Oh, all right."
Q.: People speculated for years about if you ever got married, had a family, the impact it might have on your career. I want to hear what your opinion is now on how that may or may not impact your focus, drive, long-term.
TIGER WOODS: Well, I think getting engaged and getting married doesn't really change anything. I think the biggest thinking change is when you bring another life into this world. They're completely dependent on you. That's a big responsibility, and one that I know Elin and I will take very seriously. I think that will be the biggest adjustment to my time management.
As you know, I don't sleep well anyway, so I'll be up anyways all night (laughter). Doesn't really change from that aspect.
Taken from ASAP FastScripts....
A husband shopping center (Husband Mart) has just opened where a woman may go to choose a husband from among many men. The store is comprised of six floors, and the men increase in positive attributes as the shopper ascends the flights. There is, however, a catch. As you open the door to any floor╩you may choose a man from that floor, but if you go up a floor, you cannot go back down except to exit the building.
So a woman goes to the shopping center to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads: "Floor 1 - These men have jobs." The woman reads the sign and says to herself, "Well, that's better than my last boyfriend, but I wonder what's further up?" So up she goes.
The second floor sign reads: "Floor 2 - These men have jobs and love kids."
The woman remarks to herself, "That's great, but I wonder what's further up?" And up she goes again.
The third floor sign reads: "Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love kids and are extremely good looking." "Hmmm, better" she says. "But I wonder what's upstairs?"
The fourth floor sign reads: "Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking and help with the housework." "Wow!" exclaims the woman, "very tempting. BUT, there must be more further up!" And again she heads up another flight.
The fifth floor sign reads: "Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love kids, are extremely good looking, help with the housework and have a strong romantic streak." "Oh, mercy me! But just think... what must be awaiting me further on?" So up to the sixth floor she goes.
The sixth floor sign reads: "Floor 6 - You are visitor 123,456,789,012,345 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at Husband Mart and have a nice day."
A Tip of the Tam and a check for one google to Creigh Kelley for the 19th Hole contribution.
01/23-25 Atlanta Golf Show
01/29-02/02 PGA Merchandise Show-Orlando, Florida
02/06-8 West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Place
02/13-15 London Golf and Travel Expo at the Western Fair Event Centre
03/05-07 12th Annual Michigan Golf Show- Novi Expo
03/13 Midland Golf Show WMPX/WMRX
03/19-21 6th Annual Lansing Golf Show- Lansing
03/19-21 Chicago Golf Show
05/22-24 Girls Golf MHSAA Regionals -- L.P. -- May 20, 21, 22 or 24 U.P.
05/31-06/06 Farmers Charity Classic, Egypt Valley CC, Ada
06/04-6 Bank of Ann Arbor FUTURES Golf Classic, Ann Arbor
06/04-5 Girls Golf MHSAA Finals -- L.P. -- June 4-5; U.P.
06/25-27 2004 Michigan Open-Pro Am-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
07/05-11 Ford Senior Players Championship TPC of Michigan Dearborn╩ ╩
07/15-18 Detroit Newspapers Tournament of Champions-Pro Am-Boyne Mountain and Bay Harbor
07/23-28 Michigan PGA Womens's Open Pro-Am and Tournament 2004, Crystal Mountain Resort
07/26-08/01 Buick Open, Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc,
08/20-23 PGA Championship Pro Am-Shanty Creek
09/14-19 The Ryder Cup -Oakland Hills CC
09/15 The Ryder Cup Captains Challenge, Detroit Golf Club
09/16 The Ryder Cup Champions Invitational, Oakland University
10/07-9 Boys Golf Regionals -- October 7, 8 or 9
10/15-16 Boys Gol MHSAA Finals -- October 15-16
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