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January 30, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 5


Sponsored by:

Bay Mills Resort and Casino/Wild Bluff-Brimley
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Michigan Golf Show- March 6,7 & 8
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Edited by Art McCafferty-Publisher-Michigan Golfer

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__/ COUNT DOWN TO THE RYDER CUP- THE 1927 MATCH
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-"THE HAIG AND THE FIRST RYDER CUP" AND BILL SHELTON VISITS THE "2003 MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW"
__/ MICHIGAN AND LANSING GOLF SHOWS GET READY FOR THEIR MARCH MADDNESS
__/ GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA RECEIVES 2003 PINNACLE AWARD
__/ AND SPEAKING OF AWARDS
__/ LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK
__/ FRANK BECKMAN LAUNCHES HIS OWN SHOW
__/ NEW GOLF WEB SITE DEBUTS JANUARY 29TH
__/ AMERICANS ARE PLAYING MORE AGAIN, ACCORDING TO LEISURETRAK STUDY
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
__/ MICHIGAN AND LANSING GOLF SHOWS GET READY FOR THEIR MARCH MADDNESS
__/ 2004 MICHIGAN GOLFER EDITORIAL SCHEDULE AND RATE SHEETS ARE NOW ONLINE
__/ QUOTE OF THE WEEK
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS



COUNT DOWN TO THE RYDER CUP- THE 1927 MATCH

1927 Worcester Country Club, Worcester, Massachusetts
Captains: Walter Hagen (US), Ted Ray (GB)
USA 9 1/2GB 2 1/2

Beginning with the first formal match, the U.S. Ryder Cup Team elected to field a team of native-born Americans. Only Walter Hagen, Bill Mehlhorn and Al Watrous remained from the informal U.S. squad of the previous year. The British team was virtually intact from 1926, with the exception of Charles Whitcombe, who replaced his brother Ernie, and Ted Ray, who took over the captain's duties from Abe Mitchell, who was diagnosed with appendicitis. The competition at Worcester Country Club featured four foursomes and eight singles matches. The Americans won nine matches, with only two defeats and one halve. Ted Ray later summed up the initial Matches: "One of the chief reasons for our failure was the superior putting of the American team. They holed out much better than we did."

Taken and Edited from The Ryder Cup-The Official Site by IBM
http://2002.rydercup.com/europe/history/pastwinners27.html



MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-"THE HAIG AND HIS FIRST RYDER CUP" AND A LOOK BACK AT THE "2003 MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW

THE HAIG REMEMBERS HIS FIRST RYDER CUP
Bill Shelton interviews "The Haig" to start off our Michigan Golfer Television Show series on the Ryder Cup. In this segment Bill and The Haig discuss the the challenges of getting the Ryder Cup started and Sam Ryder's part. The Haig also discusses the possible impact a six day trip on the Aquitania had on the British team.

THE MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW
Join our host Bill Shelton as he visits last year's Michigan Golf Show with Laurie McCann and Debbie Overlee. Our cameras capture the excitement of the show, its vendors, the contests and the equipment. The 2004 Michigan Golf Show is just right around the corner.
http://michigangolfer.tv



MICHIGAN AND LANSING GOLF SHOWS GET READY FOR THEIR MARCH MADDNESS

Michigan Golf Show-March 5, 6 & 7, 2004
The Novi Golf Show, the largest consumer golf show in the country, covering 200,000 sq/ft and showcasing 450 exhibitors, continues to be THE "not to miss" event kicking off the golf season. This interactive golf show offers a variety of activities including the $25,000 Chipping Challenge, The Sand Blast, Longest Drive Contest, and the new 50 Foot Putting Contest. Retailers, Resorts, and More!
http://michigangolfshow.com

Lansing Golf Show- March 19, 20 & 21, 2004
The Lansing Show will be celebrating its sixth year at the Lansing Center. The show continues to draw golfers from Mid-Michigan that are looking for great deals and a chance to beat the winter blahs. Free pro instruction, seminars, hitting nets, and putting greens will help get your game ready for the spring. Retailers will be offering everything from golf tees to a full set of clubs at unbelievable prices.
http://michigangolfshow.com



MICHIGAN GOLFER RATES ONLINE

The 2004 editorial schedule and rate sheets for the Michigan Golfer Online Magazine, Michigan Golf News and the Michigan Golfer Television show are now online at http://glsp.com/advertise.html



GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA RECEIVES 2003 PINNACLE AWARD

Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, the Midwest's largest full-service, year-round resort, was awarded the 2003 Pinnacle Award by Successful Meetings Magazine. The resort was one of 33 hotels and resorts in the Midwest to receive the award, and one of only four in Michigan. Readers voted based on the following criteria--overall service, meeting rooms, meeting equipment, recreational facilities, quality of food, exhibit space, accessibility and social consciousness. For additional information about the Pinnacle Awards, visit http://www.successfulmeetings.com.



AND SPEAKING OF AWARDS

Five Michigan resorts have been honoured by Travel & Leisure Golf magazine.
Known by golf travelers as "America's Summer Golf Capital," Michigan had more resorts selected in the top 25 than any other state in the region, which included the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Those honored were Bay Harbor, Boyne Highlands, Treetops, Shanty Creek and Grand Traverse Resort.

All five Michigan resorts were selected in the top 25 in all resort categories.
"Having five of our top resort destinations selected among the best in the region by Travel & Leisure Golf shows the quantity and quality of great golf destinations in Michigan. These rankings, along with the Ryder Cup coming later this year, further solidify the State of Michigan as one of the leading golf destinations in the world," said George Zimmermann,- Vice President of Travel Michigan.

Also included in the survey was a list of the top public courses in the region. Michigan courses listed included Arcadia Bluffs, Bay Harbor (Links/Quarry), Pilgrims Run, Lakewood Shores-Gailes, and Tullymore Golf Club.

Taken and edited from a PR of Golf Marketing Services



LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK

Short game
For better control with short shots around the green, hold the club toward the end of the grip close to the shaft, just like when your write with a pen. Keep the hands and arms soft. Favor more weight on your front foot. Take a practice swing visualizing the type of shot you want to hit. Pick out a spot on the green to land the ball and always clip the grass with the club head to ensure correct contact with the ball. For a low, running shot, visualize hitting a low shot under a tree branch. Place the ball back in your stance with your hands ahead of the ball. For high, soft shots, visualize tossing a ball high in the air. Place the ball in the center of your stance and keep your hands and club in the center of your body.

This week's tip courtesy of Krista Dunton, Forsgate Country Club, Jamesburg,NJ



FRANK BECKMAN LAUNCHES HIS OWN SHOW

Effective Monday, February 2nd, veteran broadcaster, Frank Beckmann will launch his own talk show to be heard Monday through Friday from 9AM till 11:30 AM on WJR.

Of the move, Mike Fezzey, President and General Manager of WJR said, "While people most associate Frank with his stellar work as a sportscaster, Frank's years of fill-in work has proven him to be equally skilled as a talk show host." Fezzey added, "Listeners will now be able to hear Frank on a range of topics that encompass local, national and of course, breaking news."

Taken and edited from a PR from Tim Hygh
Director Regional Sales| WJR Radio

*Note-Congrats to Frank. We had the opportunity to work with Frank for a year during his stint as the host on the Golfing the Great Lakes television show. The team at that time included Frank, Tom Durant of Video Images, Tim Hygh and The Michigan Golfer.



NEW GOLF WEB SITE DEBUTS JANUARY 29TH

www.GolfObserver.com, a new golf web site created by veteran golf reporter, statistician and television producer Sal Johnson, debuts January 29th. Johnson, who will continue to provide statistical information and articles to Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine and Golfonline, has created a new electronic vision for avid golfers and avid fans.

GolfObserver.com features articles by well-known golf insiders such as former USGA Executive Director Frank Hannigan; ABC analyst and former PGA Champion, Bob Rosburg; and BBC and ABC commentator Peter Alliss. In addition, stats, such as those for a player's career and for major championships for all category of players will be featured.

Golf Notebook will guide readers to the best on the web each day. And history buffs will enjoy the original pages of The American Golfer, started in 1908 by Walter Travis and later edited by Grantland Rice.

Find the site at http://www.golfobserver.com



AMERICANS ARE PLAYING MORE AGAIN, ACCORDING TO LEISURETRAK STUDY

The gradual upturn in sports, fitness and recreational activities noted in recent LeisureTRAK reports continued in the second quarter, despite weekend rains that discouraged outdoor activity in the East for much of the period. For the second quarter, the participation level reached 57% versus 54% in the same quarter last year. Participation levels have been up from year-earlier levels for the last three quarters.

The two most popular activities were walking (31%) and exercising (18%). Each reached rare levels of activity, boosted by participants age 45 and older (45% and 21%, respectively). Golf (15%) and cycling (13%) also saw activity spikes, thanks to those ages 35-44.

Golf continues to appeal to one of its most important traditional audiences, the wealthiest Americans. A whopping 26% of those with incomes of more than $80,000 played golf during the second quarter. Golf's prestige status is firmly intact. The wealthy, in fact, are anything but lazy. Nearly twice as many Americans with income of more than $80,000 go to health clubs and lift weights. These monied Americans are also more likely to jog or run. They are twice as likely to take a hiking or backpacking vacation.

The LeisureTRAK® Report, produced by the Leisure Trends Group, Boulder, Colo., is based on a quarterly poll of 1,000 American adults age 16-older, with results projectab http://www.leisuretrends.com.
Thomas B. Doyle
tdoyle@nsga.org



MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS

Golf Association of Michigan
http://www.gam.org
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
http://mgcoa.org
Michigan PGA
http://michigan.pga.com
Michigan Women's Publinx Golf Association
http://www.mwpga.com
Michigan State Amateur Golf Association
Dick Loring-skillplay@aol.com
Upper Peninsula Golf Association
http://upga.org



GOLF QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"I've always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win." -Arnold Palmer

Arnold is celebrating 50 years in golf.

"We have scored a 300 million mile interplanetary hole-in-one."
RE: Opportunities landing by an engineer on the Mars Project



GOLF CALENDAR 2004

JANUARY
01/23-25 Atlanta Golf Show
01/29-02/02 PGA Merchandise Show-Orlando, Florida
Web: http://www.pgamerchandiseshow.com
Video; http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/show1/index.html

FEBRUARY
02/06-8 West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Place
http://showspan.com
02/13-15 London Golf and Travel Expo at the Western Fair Event Centre
Web: http://golf-show.com
Video http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/show5/index.html

MARCH
03/05-07 12th Annual Michigan Golf Show- Novi Expo
Web: http://michigangolfshow.com
03/13 Midland Golf Show WMPX/WMRX
03/19-21 6th Annual Lansing Golf Show- Lansing
http://michigangolfshow.com
03/19-21 Chicago Golf Show
http://chicagogolfshow.com

MAY
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

JUNE
06/04-6 Bank of Ann Arbor FUTURES Golf Classic, Ann Arbor
http://futurestour.com/2004/AnnArbor.html
06/04-5 Girls Golf MHSAA Finals -- L.P. -- June 4-5; U.P.
http://www.mhsaa.com/
06/22-26 Michigan Amateur-Grosse Ile G&CC
06/25-27 2004 Michigan Open-Pro Am-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
http://michigangolftour.com
06/28-07/01 Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open Championship, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.
06/28-30 Michigan Girls Jr. Amateur-Midland CC
06/27-07/02 5th Annual Great Lakes Junior Masters Golf Championship, Shanty Creek Resort

JULY
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
http://michigangolftour.com
07/23-28 Michigan PGA Womens's Open Pro-Am and Tournament 2004, Crystal Mountain
Resort
http://crystalmountain.com
07/26-08/01 Buick Open, Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc,

AUGUST
08/9-10 GAM Championship,Plum Hollow CC
08/16-17 GAM Women's Championship, Owosso CC
08/20-23 PGA Championship Pro Am-Shanty Creek
http://michigangolftour.com
08/23-29 Bay Mills Open Player Championship,Wild Bluff GC - Brimley
http://baymillsopen.com
08/30-31 GAM Women’s Senior Amateur, Mt. Pleasant CC

SEPTEMBER
09/8-9 GAM Senior Amateur, Belvedere GC
09/11-12 Michigan Net Amateur, The Loon
09/14-19 The Ryder Cup -Oakland Hills CC
http://rydercup.com
09/15 The Ryder Cup Captains Challenge, Detroit Golf Club
09/16 The Ryder Cup Champions Invitational, Oakland University
09/25-26 Atlas Trophy Matches (Men & Women), Yarrow GC
09/28 GAM Tournament of Champions Egypt Valley CC

OCTOBER
10/07-9 Boys Golf Regionals -- October 7, 8 or 9
10/15-16 Boys Gol MHSAA Finals -- October 15-16
http://www.mhsaa.com/



Tour and Association Calendars

Associations
Golf Association of Michigan http://www.gam.org/champ/schedule.cgi
Michigan Section PGA http://www.Michigan.PGA.com
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association http://mgcoa.org
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America http://www.gcsaa.org Shanty Creek http://www.shantycreek.com/calendar.html

Tours
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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