Michigan Golf News |
March 21, 2008 - Vol. 8, No. 12
THE NATURAL / MARSH RIDGE: CELEBRATING 16 YEARS OF GREAT GOLF-JOIN US IN 2008
Double Play Golf Packages http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvHhaw1rCS0
The Natural Golf Course: http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/natural/
TREETOPS RESORT http://treetops.com
Rick Smith Golf Academy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGY7_h-0Fpc
Treetops Ladies Golf School http://youtube.com/watch?v=aLbT63A6QkE
Golf Packages http://www.treetops.com/index.php?method=golf&subpage=golfpackages
Golf Preview with Kevin McKinley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5UZF8CLleE
OSPREY GOLF-2008 RATES AND PACKAGES
"WE ARE MICHIGAN GOLF"
Black Forest & Wilderness Valley, Gaylord http://youtube.com/watch?v=PH6nRXCKgnA
Manistee National, Manistee http://youtube.com/watch?v=qFl7636RXCo
Medlaist GC, Marshal http://youtube.com/watch?v=FBmrh_vozzA
Otsego Club-The Tribute and Classic, Gaylord http://www.otsegoclub.com/allpackages.php
Ridgeview GC, Kalamazoo http://youtube.com/watch?v=QLDpexEh84Q
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__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER ON THE ROAD
Lansing-Lansing Golf Show
__/ REMOTE OBSERVATIONS: By Terry Moore
__/ LOCAL QUALIFYING EVENTS THE 2008 PGA McGLADREY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-TWO NEW PREVIEWS
__/ TREETOPS RESORT ROLLS OUT ITS ONLINE TELEVISION COVERAGE FOR 2008
__/ BOOK REVIEW: "THE LONG DRIVE BIBLE" By Sean "The Beast" Fister and Matthew Rudy
__/ GOLF PREVIEWS FOR 2008 ON MCHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION CHANNEL
__/ INDIANA'S HISTORIC FRENCH LICK RESORT CASINO NAMED SITE OF 2010 PGA PROFESSIONAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
__/ GOLF'S REVISED RULES FOR SENIORS
__/ ORCHARD LAKE ST. MARY'S SETS DATE FOR 56TH FOUNDER'S DAY GOLF AND OUTING
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
__/ HELP DESK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ supplied by Jim Neff
Edited by Art McCafferty
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MICHIGAN GOLFER ON THE ROAD
Lansing-Lansing Golf Show
The "Friday is Free" day for seniors has been and continues to be a huge hit at the Lansing Golf Show. As attendees filed into the show at the 2:00, it seemed that 80% of the early show goers went in the senior entrance. Of course, that made a lot of sense, as most of these folks were retired and not working. Anyway, it immediately packed the show and the vendors were quickly put to work.
This show has always been up against March Madness and they have always done a nice job accommodating the fans. They had a lounge in the middle of the show, with 6-8 flat screen tv's turned on to the games. There was also a bar next to the lounge area as well. Nice touch.
There were fewer booths at the show this year, a trend that seems to mirror the state of our economy. There were times in the late 80's and 90's where there were 10-15 new booths each yea,r just to market the new golf courses coming on board. This year, the only new course Michigan has is Sweetgrass, located in Harris, near Escanaba, in the U.P.
REMOTE OBSERVATIONS By Terry Moore
Here's a suggestion: let's give Tiger Woods a real challenge, like combating high gasoline prices or shoring up the U.S. financial markets. That's my thought after watching Tiger win this past weekend in spectacular fashion at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. Going into the tournament, I thought Tiger's current victory streak might end simply due to the spotty conditions of Bay Hill's greens. But even bumpy and uneven putting surfaces couldn't break Tiger's tremendous willpower to get the ball into the hole. The most telling Tour statistic was Tiger's ability to scramble, getting it up and down and into the hole for par, when he missed the green in regulation. For the week, Tiger was 17 out of 22 (75%) for getting up and down for par while the rest of the field averaged 57%. This is the essence of Tiger's mastery—the ability to make big putts not merely on the 72nd hole but throughout the tournament. For the week, Tiger only suffered one three-putt, that occurring on the 10th hole of the final round.
The other observation is how Tiger corralled his oft-wayward driver on the tight, demanding fairways of Bay Hill. During the last two rounds—when he went 66-66—Tiger smartly used his three-metal and five-metalwoods to keep his tee-ball in play. As a result, he never incurred more than a bogey during the event and only five bogies for the week. In contrast, Vijay never recovered from a disastrous stretch of bogey-double-bogey-bogey on Saturday which brought the entire field back into the tourney.
Meanwhile, the NBC telecast was solid with the incomparable Johnny Miller reigning supreme with timely and frank commentary. Yes, Miller can get too chatty at times but no one consistently offers such keen insight and historical references. I particularly like Miller's "institutional memory" when it comes to the game, courses, the Tour and its players. This is one big plus Miller has over Nick Faldo. Faldo is good but he doesn't have the same depth of experience and intimacy with the PGA Tour and as a result doesn't make as many apt connections as Miller does. And Miller setting the stage on 18 for Tiger's putt with the stat that he hadn't sunk anything over 20 feet all week was "priceless." (Fittingly, MasterCard was an event sponsor.)
I also relished NBC's Jimmy Roberts' interview with host Arnold Palmer on Sunday when Palmer's U.S Amateur victory in Detroit in 1954 (at the CC of Detroit) was cited. But the Arnie story that really caught my ear was the King retelling the story of the 1958 Masters when he played a practice round with Ben Hogan. Palmer related how he and his partner Dow Finsterwald took $35 in a friendly wager from Hogan and Jackie Burke Jr. Palmer recalled overhearing the ever-grumpy Hogan asking Burke afterwards, "How did that guy (Arnie) get into this tournament?" Of course, Palmer had the last laugh because he won the first of four green jackets that year.
This weekend Tiger will attempt to surpass Hogan's win total of 64 Tour victories. If he were still alive, Hogan wouldn't bet $5 let alone $35 against him.
LOCAL QUALIFYING EVENTS THE 2008 PGA McGLADREY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
The PGA McGladrey Team Championship marks its second season in 2008. The Championship is the result of a partnership between The PGA of America and RSM McGladrey, the Official Accounting, Tax and Business Consulting Firm of The PGA of America. There are three steps to the national championship. 1) Local Qualifying Events from January through August. 2) 41 Section Championships through September. 3) the National Championship, Oct. 20-22, at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort.
Host Site: Eagle Eye Golf Club
Date: August 18, 2008
05/01 The Wyndgate Rochester, MI
05/17 Watermark Country Club Grand Rapids, MI
05/31 Prestwick Village Golf Club Highland, MI
06/01 Lincoln Golf Course Muskegon, MI
06/07 Grand Haven Golf Club Grand Haven, MI
06/14 Boulder Lakes Golf Club Chesterfield, MI
06/22 Huron Breeze Golf Club Au Gres, MI
07/10 Grand Traverse Resort & Spa Acme, MI
07/12 Cross Creek Golf Club South Lyon, MI
07/12 Detroit Golf Club Detroit, MI
07/12 Traverse City G&CC Traverse City, MI
07/13 Treetops North Resort Treetops Village, MI
07/13 Owosso Country Club Owosso, MI
07/13 Scenic Golf and Country Club Caseville, MI
07/17 Golf Club @ Thornapple Pte Grand Rapids, MI
07/17 Manistee Nat'l Golf & Resort Manistee, MI
07/19 Sauganash Golf Club Three Rivers, MI
07/19 The Heathers Club Bloomfield Hills, MI
07/19 Ella Sharp Park Golf Course Jackson, MI
07/26 Edgewood Country Club Commerce Twp, MI
07/26 The Moors Golf Club Portage, MI
07/26 Walnut Creek Country Club South Lyon, MI
07/26 Paint Creek Country Club Lake Orion, MI
07/26 Harbor Point Golf Club Harbor Springs, MI
07/27 Eagle Eye Golf Club Bath, MI
08/02 Sunnybrook Country Club Grandville, MI
08/02 Ann Arbor Country Club Ann Arbor, MI
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-TWO NEW PREVIEWS
Black Forest Golf Club
The Medalist Golf Club
TREETOPS RESORT ROLLS OUT ITS ONLINE TELEVISION COVERAGE FOR THIS YEAR
Kevin McKinley, Director of Golf for Treetops Resort, indicated that Treetops will once again, provide online video coverage for a number of their events and tournaments this year. Both The Amateur Par-3 Shootout on August 30 and 31 and the Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational from September 28-30 will be having same day coverage. In addition, the resort will feature shows on their Couples Golf School, headed up by Gene Bone II, Head Professional at the Jones Course. This will compliment the show on the Treetops Ladies Golf School that was put up last year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLbT63A6QkE
The same day coverage of the Par 3 and the Pepsi tournaments, will be the first time that this type of coverage has taken place. In the You Tube and iPhone era of communication, people have an elevated their expectations on video coverage. With a show up each day, media outlets will be able to monitor the tournaments and utilize the links in their own coverage.
The Treetops Resort Television Network
BOOK REVIEW: "THE LONG DRIVE BIBLE" By Sean "The Beast" Fister and Matthew Rudy
For openers, the book's foreword is by John Daly, who used to beat Sean Fister off the tee like a drum in their younger days. Fister, tiring of that abuse, developed a training program for himself and began to outdrive Daly on a regular basis.
"The Long Drive Bible" is a great grip it and rip it book for those that aspire to increase their length without the bother of those little pills they try to sell you online. Fister's resume is impressive, as his longest recorded drive was 515 yards, his longest drive in competition 450 yards, his fastest recorded club head speed, 171.2 mph and his fastest recorded ball speed, 218 mph.
Fister does a nice job in allowing the reader into his world and how he addresses the competitive world he lives in. I was introduced a little bit to this life, when I golfed with Evan "Big Cat" Williams when he was representing Garland about 15 years ago. It really is unbelievable how far they hit.
Here are his 10 Commandments of Distance
1) Take a wide stance.
2) Tee it up forward and high.
3) Keep your wrists "oily".
4) Take it back low and slow.
5) Keep your thumbs away from your chest.
6) Turn your left shoulder over you knee at the top (if lefthanded, do the opposite.)
7) Rotate don's slide.
8) Tighten your downswing angle. (This is called "the snap")
9) Keep your head behind the ball at impact.
10) This is the most important and for the that you need to buy his bookl
Wiley $22.95 http://wiley.com
GOLF PREVIEWS FOR 2008 ON MCHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION CHANNEL
Antrim Dells GC http://youtube.com/watch?v=hcBnINXVRsc
Black Bear GC http://youtube.com/watch?v=KOP2QcvCM60
Black Forest Golf http://youtube.com/watch?v=PH6nRXCKgnA
Boyne Tournament of Champions http://youtube.com/watch?v=WgSeKlWSSdM
Boyne Golf School http://youtube.com/watch?v=WgSeKlWSSdM
Buick Open http://youtube.com/watch?v=7TbVVp5ZT9U
Eagle Crest Resort http://youtube.com/watch?v=XqX767SUE_A
FlorIda Golf http://youtube.com/watch?v=keSWNMLve5Y
Gaylord CC http://youtube.com/watch?v=j4xzw0P1Qfg
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa http://youtube.com/watch?v=lv_46GMWvek
IMA Flint http://youtube.com/watch?v=4R3tNBJDCTo
Ireland Travel http://youtube.com/watch?v=F_9tzDfbJag
Manistee National http://youtube.com/watch?v=qFl7636RXCo
Marsh Ridge/The Natural http://youtube.com/watch?v=MvHhaw1rCS0
Medalist GC http://youtube.com/watch?v=FBmrh_vozzA
Michaywe GC http://youtube.com/watch?v=lv_46GMWvek
Oakland Hills and the PGA Championship http://youtube.com/watch?v=STo939AIWbY
Otsego Club http://youtube.com/watch?v=Iv7ysMQZGwg
Pilgrim's Run http://youtube.com/watch?v=sx1sRN1Fjfo
Pine Hollow GC http://youtube.com/watch?v=_hA0gg-dFb8
Ridgeview GC http://youtube.com/watch?v=QLDpexEh84Q
Riverwood Resort http://youtube.com/watch?v=lv_46GMWvek
Treetops Golf School and Tournament http://youtube.com/watch?v=h5UZF8CLleE
Treetops Ladies Golf School http://youtube.com/watch?v=aLbT63A6QkE
True North GC http://youtube.com/watch?v=tPN66YFlZxo
Western Amateur http://youtube.com/watch?v=BtSzkKHC_v8
INDIANA'S HISTORIC FRENCH LICK RESORT CASINO NAMED SITE OF 2010 PGA PROFESSIONAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
French Lick Resort Casino of French Lick, Ind., site of the 1924 PGA Championship, which marked a remarkable major winning streak by legendary Walter Hagen, has been named the site of the 43rd PGA Professional National Championship. The showcase event for PGA Professionals will be conducted in June 2010.
It will mark the first visit by the PGA Professional National Championship to Indiana, and to a resort that features courses designed by two of the game's legendary golf architects – Donald Ross and Pete Dye.
The National Championship, featuring a nationwide field of 312 PGA Professionals, will utilize the par-70, 7,000-yard Donald Ross Course, which opened in 1917 and the par-72, 7,400-yard Pete Dye Course, which is scheduled for a grand opening in the spring of 2009. The Championship's final two rounds will be conducted on the Pete Dye Course.
"The PGA Professional National Championship has maintained a tradition of bringing this showcase event to some of the premier courses in the country," said PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb. "It is exciting to have the opportunity to bring the Championship to the site where Walter Hagen, one of our Association founders, elevated his legend. I can think of no better story for our finest playing PGA Professionals than to compete for the Walter Hagen Cup in Indiana."
The Donald Ross Course, the creation of famed Scottish architect Donald Ross, also has hosted the 1959 and 1960 LPGA Championship and was the home of the Midwest Amateur from the 1930s through the 1950s. Coincidentally, Dye captured the 1957 Midwest Amateur on the course.
The Donald Ross Course completed a $6 million renovation program in 2006, conducted by architect Lee Schmidt of Scottsdale, Ariz., which restored the original Ross design.
GOLF'S REVISED RULES FOR SENIORS
Rule # 1
A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the rough with no penalty. Senior
players should not be penalized for uncontrollable mechanical phenomena.
Rule # 2
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 player must estimate the distance the ball would have traveled had it not hit the tree and can play the ball from there.
Rule # 3
There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is on or 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 him or herself with a penalty stroke.
Rule # 4
If a putt passes over a hole without dropping in it is deemed to have dropped. The law of gravity supersedes the law of golf.
Rule # 5
Putts that stop close enough to the cup that they can be blown in 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
There is no penalty for so called "out of bounds". If penny pinching golf club owners bought sufficient land, this would not occur. The golfer deserves an apology not a penalty.
Rule # 7
The is no penalty for ball in a water hazard as golf balls should float. That they do not is a technical problem that manufactures have yet to overcome. Golfers should not be punished for manufacture's shortcomings.
Rule # 8
Advertisements proclaim that golf scores can be improved by purchasing new clubs, balls, shoes etc., and since this financially impossible for the average Senior golfer, a stroke per hole may be subtracted for using old equipment.
[Thanks to Steve Kilbride]
HOW HE GOT THE NAME LORD BYRON
"After I won the Masters in '37, O.B. Keeler, who was a sportswriter for the Atlanta Journal and AP, interviewed me in the upstairs locker room that the pros used during the tournament. Things had kind of quieted down by then, and he said, "Byron, I watched you play the back nine today and it reminded me of a piece of poetry that was written by Lord Byron when Napoleon was defeated at the battle of Waterloo." We did the rest of the interview then, and the next day, the headline in the article of the Associated Press read "Lord Byron Wins Masters", and the nickname stuck."
Taken from Short Stories of Lloyd Byron by Shawn Humphries
ORCHARD LAKE ST. MARY'S SETS DATE FOR 56TH FOUNDER'S DAY GOLF AND OUTING
Orchard Lake St. Mary's A day-long celebration to benefit Orchard Lake Schools with festivities to include a multi-course golf outing, mass, dinner, live music, silent auction, games of chance and pontoon boat rides. Friday, June 20, Brentwood Golf & Country Club, White Lake, Beacon Hill Golf Club, Commerce Township,Bay Pointe Golf Club, West Bloomfield & Shenandoah Country Club, West Bloomfield Dinner and festivities to follow at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Campus
For tickets for more information call (248) 683-0411
2008 MICHIGAN GOLFER CALENDAR
10-13 The Masters, Augusta, GA
3-4 West Michigan Best Ball, LE Kaufman GC, Grand Rapids
17-18 West Michigan Amateur, Candlestone GC, Belding
18 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, Indianwood Golf and Country Club, Lake Orion
19 City Match Play, Crystal Springs CC, Grand Rapids
23-25 Memorial Day Madness, Gaylord
29/6-1 Memorial Golf Tournament, Dublin, OH
30 U.P. Michigan Highs School Boys State Championship
30 U.P. Michigan Highs School Girls State Championship
5 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series, The Medalist, Marshall
6-7 L.P. Michigan High School Boys State Championship
9-11 Michigan Open Championship GTR (Wolverine / Bear)
12 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Polo Fields, Ann Arbor
12-13 Kent County Amateur, LE Kaufman GC, Grand Rapids
12-15 U.S. Open Torrey Pines Golf Course. La Jolla, CA.
17 Mizuno Junior Tour-Centennial Acres, Sunfield
17-21 97th Michigan Amateur The Moors Golf Club
20 Walter Hagen Golf Tournament, Elmbrook Golf Course, Traverse City
23 13th Annual St. Mary Mercy Hospital Tee It Up Golf Classic, at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville,
24 Mizuno Junior Tour Grand Ledge CC, Grand Ledge
24-25 Club Car Michigan Senior Open , Bedford Valley GC
26-29 Buick Open, Warwick Hills, Grand Blanc
26-29 U.S. Women's Open, Interlachen CC, Edina, Minnesota
27 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Forest Akers -West-East Lansing
30 Mizuno Junior Tour-The Emerald GC, St. Johns
7-11 92nd Michigan Women's Amateur Walnut Hills CC
7-8 E-Z-GO Shanty Creek Classic presented by Page & Tuttle Shanty Creek Resort (Cedar/Schuss)
8 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Eagle Crest Resort-Ypsilanti
10-13 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, Highland Meadows GC. Sylvania, OH
11 Mizuno Junior Tour-Morrison Lake CC, Saranac
12 Michigan PGA Women's Open Pro Am , Crystal Mt. Resort
14-16 Michigan PGA Women's Open Crystal Mt. Resort(Mountain Ridge)
15 Mizuno Junior Tour-Royal Scot of Lansing, Lansing
15 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series, Oakland University Golf and Learn, Rochester
18-19 Tournament of Champions Pro Am , Boyne Mountain / Bay Harbor , Boyne Mountain (Alpine)
21 Mizuno Junior Tour-The Medalist, Marshall
21-23 Tournament of Champions, Boyne Mountain / Bay Harbor , Boyne Mountain (Alpine)
22 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Meadows GC, Grand Valley University, Allendale
28 Mizuno Junior Tour-Willow Wood GC, Portland
28-29 Michigan PGA Sr Champ / Sr. CPC Qualifying, Forest Dunes Golf Club
28-31 30th Mi Junior State Amateur Forest Akers - West
28-8/3 Western Amateur, Pointe O'Woods, Benton Harbor
1-3 Western Amateur, Pointe O'Woods, Benton Harbor
4 Mizuno Junior Tour-College Fields GC, Okemos
7 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Golf Club of Coldwater-Coldwater
7 Mizuno Junior Tour-Forest Akers, East Lansing
7-10 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP , OAKLAND HILLS CC,
11-12 87th GAM Championship Orchard Lake CC
24 Michigan PGA Championship Pro Am Eagle Eye GC
25-27 Michigan PGA Professional Championship, Eagle Eye GC / Hawk Hollow GC,
30-31 Treetops Amateur Par 3 Shootout
TBA 22nd GAM Senior Championship Point O'Woods G & CC
15-18 Michigan PGA Match Play presented by Boylan Sales/ProLink, Polo Fields Golf and Country Club
19-21 Ryder Cup, Vahalla CC. Louisville, KY
28-30 21st Annual Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational
18th 2005 http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/treetops/
TBA GAM Chrysler Club Championship Indianwood Golf & Country Club
12 Michigan PGA Fall Merchandise Show Eagle Eye Golf Club
13 Fall Meeting / Michigan PGA Fall Merchandise Show , Eagle Eye Golf Club
American Association of Golf Course Architects
Golf Association of Michigan
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Michigan Section PGA
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
Michigan Golf Foundation
Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association
Michigan High School Athletic Association
Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association
Michigan Publinx Seniors Golf Association
Michigan Women's Golf Association
National Golf Course Owners Association
National Golf Foundation
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HELP DESK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ supplied by Jim Neff
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