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March 12, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 11



Sponsored by:

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Edited by Art McCafferty-Publisher-Michigan Golfer

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__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
Ann Arbor
Novi-Michigan Travel Show
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOW-WALTER HAGEN AND THE RYDER CUP
__/ BARRY REDMOND JOINS THE CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN GOLF SCHOOL
__/ JEFF DANIELS COMEDY GOLF JAM SETS DATE
__/ COUNT DOWN TO THE RYDER CUP- THE WAR YEARS
__/ LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK
__/ DAVID PANDEL SAVIC ON COLLEGE FIELD
__/ NOW APPEARING ON OUR MICHIGAN GOLFER ARCHIVES
__/ NEW PRODUCTS
__/ PAUL DICENZO MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
__/ 19TH HOLE
__/ QUOTE OF THE WEEK -SEVE BALLESTEROS
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS




MGN ON THE ROAD

Ann Arbor
Michigan Golfer Television Show host, Bill Shelton, takes a break from his duties as Interim Chancellor of East Carolina University, to tape a series of Michigan Golfer Television Shows this week. He will team up with his on camera partner, "The Haig" (played by Michael McCafferty) to product seven more Ryder Cup shows for the upcoming year.

Novi-The Michigan Golf Show
Laurie McCann was extremely pleased with the turnout for last week's Michigan Golf Show. She, as do others, feel an upturn in the business is forth coming. The lines were long each morning as thousands of golfers waited to get into the show. Wait, instead of me telling you, let's hear it from Laurie

"Art - We had a great weekend - attendance was up significantly over last year and last year was GREAT! Final number 34,016 - up 13%. Retailers did unbelievable - one guy said he's been doing shows for 15 years and 20 shows/year and this was his best one ever by 30%!!!! We have already had 65 exhibitors sign up for next year! Lansing is two booths from being sold out! Everyone is really excited - timing seems to be great - final show of the show season! We will see you next weekend!"
Laurie

Architects
Arthur Hills was on hand to sign copies of his book, "The Works of Art". Art was assisted on the book by partner Steve Forest and wordsmith Michael Patrick Shiels. Art had the opportunity to tape an upcoming special on the Arthur Hills Golf Trail, with Jack Berry. Chatting with Art and Jack were Bernie Friedrich of Boyne, Jim Roland of Stonebridge, Ty Love of The Thoroughbred, Gordon Marmion of Fieldstone, Jode Ellis of Red Hawk and Rich Apodaca of Fox Hills. The shows will debut later next month.

W. Bruce Matthews III was also on hand to hype his latest, Angel's Crossing. He was working the booth with head pro Mike Hill and owner Jim Thompson.

Ray Hearn blazed by our booth, but that is the speed he needs to travel to keep up with what is on his plate. He reorganized his company, during a time when he had many projects in the works, including the new Macatawa Legends Golf Club in Holland. Mike Husby's bulldozers are silent for the moment as he continues to build up play at The Loon and administer the Bay Mills Open Canadian Tournament.

John Jessup, of High Pointe, indicated that their Triple Play has been going great guns, doubling every year in play. Dave Hill of The Big Chief is pumped because the new Hawk's Eye is coming on board this year. Darin Philport said that Hidden River Golf and Casting Club had a good year and is looking forward to 2004. Peter Fitzsimmons, of the Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Boyne CVB was running out of brochures. He felt the show was solid. Larry Bowden, of Beaver Creek Resort was back from the south all tanned and ready to go. Judy Mason, has slipped into her new duties as the Director of Golf at Michaywe. She is also on tap to due her highly successfull golf schools at Treetops.

Bill Fountain continues to do well at the Majestic. He has a first rate team and is always concentrating on giving customers a quality golf experience. Doug Bell has his hands full, but he seems to be loving it. The Osprey company that owns and manages Manistee National and The Medalist has now entered into an agreement with Dave Smith to manage Wilderness Valley and Tom Doak's Black Forest. Greg Babinec was looking good in the Arcadia Bluffs booth, getting people excited about playing that sensational course. Nick Nerbonne of the Homestead Resort was telling us about the new Dave Pelz village being planned for their area. Mark Hogan indicated that the Otsego is coming off a great ski year and that their "Take us out for a Test Drive" campaign was very successful. Sandra Snook was booking rooms faster than you can say "Golf On The Brink". Her successful Pine Cone Accommodations is partnering with Michaywe, The Loon, Marsh Ridge, all located on Brink Road in Gaylord, to serve the lodging needs of discerning clients. The Preserve has a new team in this year, who are promising great service, great golf and great rates.

Dave Richards and Kevin Frisch were all over the place, working with their clients. Golf Marketing Services is working with the Travel Michigan folks to leverage all of the media we are getting on the Ryder Cup and trying to turn that into Michigan rounds of golf this year and in the foreseeable future. The Golf Marketing crew were also heavily involved with getting Crystal Mountain and Fox Hills GC together for the extension of the Brad Dean Golf School. Barry Redmond will be the go to pro at the Fox Hills layout.

Bay Valley Resort was working hard to attract golfers to their layout. The hotel has been completely renovated and is a terrific place to go to or visit on the way north. Jon Maddern and Scott Landane were working the booth for Elk Ridge. Jon is fresh off his year of being President of the National Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Kurt Kraly and Barry Beard from Club Car were extolling the virtues of their latest Club Car.

Sue Nielson, the director of the inaugural 2005 Muskegon Golf Show, was on hand as well as Ty Love of The Thoroughbred, to talk up the event. The Muskegon Golf Show will be the second golf show in the last two years to open. This past spring, The Jackson Golf Show opened to tolerable enough numbers that they are already planning for next year.

Author of "How to Quit Golf", Craig Brass stopped by to chat. His mystery novel with the Grand Hotel as the setting has been put on hold as he needs to devote more time to his business. He is excited about the 9th Annual Jeff Daniels Golf Jam now scheduled for the Polo Fields on May 24th.



MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOW-WALTER HAGEN AND THE RYDER CUP

Walter Hagen, "The Haig" is excited about the 2004 Ryder Cup and also, that it will take place at Oakland Hills CC. Oakland Hills CC was the site of his first professional golf position after leaving New York. In this show "The Haig" discusses his friendship with the Duke of Windsor, the first U.S.Ryder Cup win on "American soil" and the love he had playing for his country. As many of you know, Hagen captained six of the first Ryder Cup teams.
Show duration: 6:16
http://www.michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/hagen/



COUNT DOWN TO THE RYDER CUP- THE WAR YEARS

The Ryder Cup closed down until 1947. A good book to read while you are awaiting the next chapters of our saga is, " Bullets, Bombs and Birdies: Golf in the Time of War", By Dale Concannon and available at Clock Tower Press.
http://clocktowerpress.com



LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK

Addressing your posture
Because the hands, arms and club are highly visible throughout the swing, they get most of the blame for anything that goes wrong. However, it is important to understand that the hands, arms and club are only responding to what the body is or is not doing.

Swing performance can be improved with proper posture at address. This means not only a good starting position posture, but also, more importantly, maintaining the posture throughout the swing motion and throughout the round.

In a good setup, the golfer should be bent forward from the hips so that your arms are hanging from your shoulders. Your shoulder blades should be pulled back to open up your chest. This allows your hands to stay relaxed directly under your shoulders. This is easier to do when your lower abdominal muscles are strong, since these muscles support your low back, pelvis and hips.

To maintain proper posture remember two things: feel as though your shoulder blades are connected with a rubber band; and bow from the hips with your body weight balanced toward the balls of the feet. You will definitely see an improvement in your swing by improving your posture.

This week's tip courtesy of Patty Driapsa, The Club Pelican Bay, Naples, Fla.



DAVID PANDEL SAVIC ON COLLEGE FIELD

College Field Club and Port Huron Golf Club were very exciting projects for our company, Old Course Design. They made for a great year along with Clovernook (1923 restoration / Langford & Moreau)in Cincinnati and several other projects. We are very proud of our accomplishments in 2003 and we thank the people and state of Michigan for much of this success.

On another note, PHGC has been placed on the ballot for rating for The Top 100 Classic Courses in The United States by Golfweek in 2004, and will host The 2004 CAN-AM CUP: 5/17/04 (an event between America/Michigan & Canadian Superintendents). We are very pleased with the results of our work at PHGC (special thanks to John Nowakowski/Super and Doug O'Rourke/Dozer Construction/Golf Course Contractor).

Thanks again for the plug in Michigan Golf News.
David Pandel Savic/Savic Golf/Old Course Design



BARRY REDMOND JOINS THE CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN GOLF SCHOOL

The Crystal Mountain Golf School at Fox Hills has hired Michigan PGA professional Barry Redmond.

Redmond joins award-winning Director of Golf Brad Dean, and Fox Hill's Director of Instruction, Scott Wilson, as well as former LPGA tour pro Elaine Crosby to form one of the strongest golf school staffs in Michigan.

"Fox Hills is extremely excited to have someone with Barry's Redman's credentials come on board to further enhance our first class PGA golf instruction program", said Rich Apodaca- General Manager at Fox Hills.
FMI http://www.foxhills.com



JEFF DANIELS COMEDY GOLF JAM SETS DATE

Judy Gallagher, a significant other at Chelsea's Purple Rose Theater, sends this missive along.

"The 2004 9th Annual Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam, on May 24th, is off and running.Everyone's excited about this year's theme MI, my MI. The script is already written and will be especially funny this year. We will be showcasing everything from a Motown hole to a Sparty versus Wolverines hole with the Spartan mascot fighting a big wolverine, while cheerleaders from both State and U of M cheer them on. And of course, we will have a Hell (Michigan, of course) Hole. There's 15 other holes with some of our best entertainment ideas yet. Plus a surprise opening act with Jeff."

For a view of last year's craziness visit http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/show22/index.html



NEW PRODUCTS

Some new products at the show included a Disappearing Ball Retriever from David Pettinga. The handle of your putter holds a mini ball retriever to allow you to pick up a ball a little easier. Club Stake is a product that allows you to rest your clubs on while around the green. It keeps your grips dry on rainy days. Also there were Swing Stix, a weighted excercise club without a head, that allows you to swing away and not lose any balls or hit any slices

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**********MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-THE ARCHIVES*****************

Now Appearing in the archives of the Michigan Golfer Television Show
24/7/365 and 24/7/366
http://michigangolfer.tv/archives.html

Golf Series-5 shows
Caddies of French Lick
Howard Hughes and Lana Turner
Driving the new gas golf carts in the creek

Golf Series-8 shows
Walter Hagen and the Ryder Cup
His Michigan Legacy
The Haig Golf Tournament
The Ryder Cup Years
Retiring in Cadillac

Golf Courses
Michaywe Pines, Gaylord, MI
Pheasant Run, Canton, MI
Quail Chase GC, Louisville, Ky
The Bull, Sheboygan, WI
The Natural GC at Beaver Creek Resort, Gaylord, MI
The Preserve GC, Hartland, MI
Timberstone GC, Iron Mountain, MI
Wild Bluff GC, Brimley, MI

The Golf Architects
Charles Scott
Steve Forrest
Ray Hearn
Arthur Hills
Harley Hodge
Mike Husby
Robert Trent Jones
W. Bruce Matthews
W. Bruce Matthews III
William Newcomb
Jack Nicklaus

Outstate Golf
A Tour of Indiana
Golfing Ontario
Mississippi Golf
Sandhills, North Carolina Golf
Ohio's Trumbull County
Northeast Indiana Golf

Tournaments
Annual Fight Against Breast Cancer Tournament, Brutus
Bank of Ann Arbor Futures Golf Classic, Ann Arbor
Bay Mills Open, Brimley
GAM Women's Senior Amateur Championship, Brimley
Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam, Ann Arbor
The Fifth Third Bank Womens Michigan Open, Thomsonville
The Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open Championship, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
The Michigan PGA Championship at Shanty Creek, Bellaire

Jack Berry's take on:
The Majors
Detroit Golf
The Ryder Cup

24/7/365 and 24/7/366
http://michigangolfer.tv/archives.html


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PAUL DICENZO MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING

Gary Dicenzo was at the show. Gary lost his son to muscular dystrophy and has put together the 1st Annual Paul Dicenzo Memorial Golf Outing at Pine Knob. Paul has an interesting story to tell and we wish him well. The tournament date is May 2 and the course is Pine Knob.
FMI- http://pauliegolf.com



19TH HOLE

Last month, the UN conducted a worldwide survey. The only question
asked was: "Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions
to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"
The survey was a huge failure....
In Africa they didn't know what 'food' meant.
In Eastern Europe they didn't know what 'honest' meant.
In Western Europe they didn't know what 'shortage' meant.
In China they didn't know what 'opinion' meant.
In the Middle East they didn't know what 'solution' meant.
In Nigeria they didn't know what 'please' meant.
In the USA they didn't know what "the rest of the world" meant.

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM:
You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
You sell the herd and retire on the income.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
You are surprised when the cow drops dead.

A FRENCH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You go on strike because you want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You re-design them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow
and produce twenty times the milk.
You then create irritating cow cartoon images called Cowkimon and
market them world-wide at a fantastic profit.

A GERMAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month,
and milk themselves.

AN ENGLISH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
Both are mad.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows, but you don't know where they are.
You break for lunch.

A RUSSIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
You count them again and learn you have 12 cows.
You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

A SWISS CORPORATION
You have 5000 cows, none of which belong to you.
You charge others for storing them.

A HINDU CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You worship them.

A CHINESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim full employment, high bovine productivity, and arrest the
newsman who reported the numbers.

A WELSH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
The younger one is rather attractive

AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION
Western suburbs style....
You have 2 stolen bulls but think they are cows You die the first
time you try and milk them.

AN IRISH CORPORATION
Who cares, The EU Really owns them now and the pub is still serving

A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You don't know what they are used for as they aren't sheep You shag
them anyway.

Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Jim McIntyre of Knorr Marketing for providing this gem.
http://knorrmarketing.com



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 Golf Association, MWGA
http://www.mwgolf.org
Michigan State Amateur Golf Association
Dick Loring-skillplay@aol.com

Upper Peninsula Golf Association
http://upga.org



GOLF QUOTE OF THE WEEK-SEVE BALLESTEROS

"Fairways should be made more narrow. then everyone would have to play from the rough, not just me." - Seve Ballesteros



GOLF CALENDAR 2004

MARCH
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

APRIL
04/21 Club Car Tournament, Boulder Point,

MAY
05/02 Paul Dicenzo Memorial Golf Outing, Pine Knob
http://pauliegolf.com
05/16 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Outing-Indianwood
http://michigan-golf-foundation.com
05/22 Play Golf America-Carl's Golfland in Plymouth
05/22-24 Girls Golf MHSAA Regionals -- L.P. -- May 20, 21, 22 or 24 U.P.
05/24 Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam
05/31-06/06 Farmers Charity Classic, Egypt Valley CC, Ada
http://www.farmerscharityclassic.com

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
http://gam.org
06/25-26 3rd Annual Hickory Open, Kingsley Club, Traverse City
http://www.hickorygolf.com
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- 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
08/2-8 Jamie Farr LPGA Owens Corning Classic presented by Kroger, Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, OH
http://jamiefarrowenscorning.com
08/9-10 GAM Championship,Plum Hollow CC
http://gam.org
08/16-17 GAM Women‚s Championship, Owosso CC
http://gam.org
08/19 MGCOA Summer Meeting and Outing, Gull Lake View, Augusta
http://mgcoa.org
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
http://gam.org
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
http://gam.org

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/

NOVEMBER
11/28-30.MGCOA Annual Meeting at the Somerset Inn in Troy.

Ryder Cup
2006 36th Ryder Cup Matches The Kildare Hotel & Straffan, Ireland
2008 37th Ryder Cup Matches Valhalla GC, Louisville, Kentucky
2010 38th Ryder Cup Matches The Celtic Manor Resortm Newport, Wales
2012 39th Ryder Cup Matches Medinah CC, Medinah, Illinois





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
Michigan High School Athletic Association http://www.mhsaa.com/
Hichigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association http://migca.com
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America http://www.gcsaa.org

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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