Michigan Golf News
March 19, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 12
MGN ON THE ROAD
Bill Shelton returned to Michigan as well as "The Haig", (Michael McCafferty), to continue their highly popular Ryder Cup Series. The series has picked up three new sponsors, Dick's Sporting Goods, Travel Michigan and Vintage Press.
The new shows which pick up from the start of the series after WWII will highlight each decade as the event approaches September. "The Ryder Cup Series: The Decade of the 40's" will debut in April.
The Lansing Show Golf show will be celebrating its sixth year at the Lansing Center. The show continues to draw golfers from Mid-Michigan looking for great deals and a chance to beat the winter blahs.
Show Hours. The Michigan Golfer Television Show will be there with our reporters Brian Manning and Russ Cunningham.
Friday 4pm - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOW-OUR OWN MARCH MADNESS-IZZO AND MARIUCCI GOLF CLASSIC
Okay, so State lost to Nevada 72-66, it can happen. Obviously, the bad news is that Tom and the Spartans lost. However, the good news is that they can begin practicing on their hand eye coordination for next year, by breaking out their golf clubs.
Tom Izzo and Steve Mariucci have been the best of friends since their high school days in Iron Mountain. Each year they host their Izzo-Mariucci Golf Classic and raise money for their former high school. Thus far, they are half way to a 1.5 million dollar goal of building the school a first rate health club. The tournament is held on the Timberstone GC and Pine Grove CC golf courses. Timberstone is one of a number of terrific courses that Jerry Matthews built. Pine Grove CC just celebrated 100 years of golf by getting a course and facility make over.
After the golf, Tom and Steve take over and the auction begins. A lot of money changes hands in a hurry as both Tom and Steve work the mike and the prizes.
Join our host Bill Shelton and reporters Jennie McCafferty and Susie Fox for this terrific show.
JACOBSEN LEAPS INTO FORD SENIOR PLAYERS ELIGIBILITY POSITION
On the strength of a third-place finish in his Champions Tour debut yesterday, rookie Peter Jacobsen already finds himself within the top 76 on the Ford Senior Players Championship points list. Jacobsen, a first-round co-leader with four others at the SBC Classic, earned $108,000 in his first start to put him 70th on the points list. Gil Morgan, the 1998 winner at the TPC of Michigan in Dearborn, won the SBC title by two shots over Larry Nelson and three over Jacobsen.
The top 76 players from the Ford Senior Players Championship points list are eligible for the Champions Tour major. The list is based on official money won on the Champions Tour from last year's Championship through the event that immediately precedes this year's tournament, the Commerce Bank Long Island Classic.
The popular Oregon native is expected to make two or three more Champions Tour starts prior to the July 5-11 Ford event. He is playing this week's PGA TOUR event, the Bay Hill Classic presented by MasterCard, in Orlando, FL. Tournament host, Arnold Palmer, and Jacobsen are very close friends.
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ARNOLD PALMER LAUNCHES TURNING POINT INVITATIONAL AT CC OF DETROIT
He considers the feat so indelible on his persona that Arnold Palmer wrote a book about it, calling his victory in the 1954 United States Amateur, "my turning point in golf."
And now, closing in on the 50th anniversary of Palmer capturing the most prestigious prize in amateur golf, he and 24 of his fellow U.S. Amateur champions are combining to create turning points in the lives of children in urban Detroit with the inaugural Arnold Palmer Turning Point Invitational. The two-day event is scheduled to begin with a gala fundraising dinner Aug. 29, followed by a one-day pro-am Aug. 30 at the Country Club of Detroit - the site of Palmer's come-from-behind, 1-up victory over Robert Sweeny.
Former U.S. Amateur champions who have agreed to participate in the inaugural Arnold Palmer Turning Point Invitational include: Palmer (1954), Harvie Ward (1955, 1956), Gary Cowan (1966, 1971), Bob Dickson (1967), Bruce Fleisher (1968), Steve Melnyk (1969), Lanny Wadkins (1970), Vinnie Giles (1972), Craig Stadler (1973), Fred Ridley (1975), John Fought (1977), John Cook (1978), Mark O'Meara (1979), Nathaniel Crosby (1981), Scott Verplank (1984), Buddy Alexander (1986), Billy Mayfair (1987), Phil Mickelson (1990), Mitch Voges (1991), John Harris (1993), Hank Kuehne (1998), David Gossett (1999), Jeff Quinney (2000), Ricky Barnes (2002) and Nick Flanagan (2003).
"The 1954 U.S. Amateur was a turning point in my life, and I am thrilled that so many other U.S. Amateur champions have agreed to join me in this endeavor to create a turning point in the lives of these children," Palmer said.
"Arnold Palmer's life has been an inspiration for generations," said Clark Durant, founding chair of The Cornerstone Schools, and the co-chairman of the Arnold Palmer Turning Point Invitational. "On behalf of Cornerstone Schools, we are grateful for the tremendous generosity shown by Mr. Palmer and the other 24 past amateur champions who are donating their time to benefit the educational needs of children in Detroit."
"When Clark and I first visited with Arnold at his home in Latrobe (Pa.) to discuss the creation of this event and how to help the Cornerstone Schools, we were both very touched by Arnold's generosity and his desire to help others," said Harold "Red" Polling, former chairman and CEO of the Ford Motor Company, and the other co-chair of the Turning Point Invitational.
The Arnold Palmer Turning Point Invitational will be a two best ball championship with 25 fivesomes, each captained by a past U.S. Amateur champion. One-hundred golfers will have the opportunity to play in his historic tournament with Palmer and the other past amateur champions.
For further information regarding the Arnold Palmer Turning Point Invitational, please visit the website at http://www.turningpointinvitational.org, or call 313-892-1860 ext. 261.
DETROIT NEWSPAPERS 2004 MICHIGAN GOLF TOUR
Detroit Newspapers, in conjunction with the Michigan PGA, released its upcoming Pro-Am Schedule.
Michigan Open Pro-Am
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
June 25, 26, 27
Tournament of Champions Pro-Am
Boyne Mountain Resort/Bay Harbor
July 15, 16, 17, 18
Michigan Women's Open Pro-Am*
July 23, 24, 25
* Women's and mixed foursomes only.
Michigan PGA Pro-Am
August 20, 21, 22
Each Pro-Am consists of deluxe accommodations, two rounds of golf with a cart, breakfasts, lunches, invitations to the opening night reception, invitations to the Pro-Am Banquet and a wonderful Pro-Am award ceremony with top-quality amateur prizes including airline tickets, golf packages, golf equipment and more!
GOLF MARKETING SERVICES IS NOW RESORT & GOLF MARKETING
Golf Marketing Services, for many years a foremost promoter of golf in the U.S., is changing its name and its mission. The company will be now be known as Resort & Golf Marketing.
The company has added Cynthia Boal Janssens to its team. Janssens is the former travel editor of the Detroit News and a past president of the Society of American Travel Writers. Dave Richards and Kevin Frisch will continue as the principals in the firm, which is based in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Dave Richards, CEO of the new R&GM indicated that, "Janssens is a tremendous asset to our staff, We have worked for 20 years to develop the best media relations with golf writers in the country and now Cynthia brings the same level of contacts in the travel industry that we have had in the golf industry."
Resort & Golf Marketing's current client list includes; BOYNE USA, Bay Harbor Golf Club, Shanty Creek Resort & Club, The Homestead Resort, Mission Point Resort, Treetops Resort, Garland, Shepherd's Hollow, Fox Hills, Double JJ Resort Ranch and golf course architects Tom Doak and Ray Hearn.
For more information on Resort & Golf Marketing, contact Dave Richards at email@example.com or (248) 642-6420 or Kevin Frisch at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989) 614-0241.
THE RULES OF GOLF IN PLAIN ENGLISH-NEW FROM UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS
It took a trial lawyer, Jeffrey S. Kuhn and a bestselling author, Bryan A. Garner to tackle the Rules of Golf to make it more reader friendly. "The Rules of Golf in Plain English", just out from the University of Chicago and authored by these two fine gentlemen, have done just that. The Rules of Golf can trace their history to the 338 word 13 Rules of Play that were drawn up at Leith, Scotland. In 1812 the Rules were updated to 541 words. By 2003, a 132 page booklet with 40,000 words was being used by the golfing officials and public. Our authors, have taken 115 pages and certainly thousands of words to "Tell it like it is."
THE NATURAL AT BEAVER CREEK NOW BOOKING AMERICAN AND CANADIAN ROUNDS
The folks at Beaver Creek are now booking golf packages for the 2004 golf season. Their prices start at $69.95 per person per day and include lodging, continental breakfast and golf with cart at The Natural. Mid-week packages include unlimited golf. For their Canadian friends, they offer golf at Par; May 16-20, May 23-27, August 15-19 and October 1 to the end of the golfing season. These dates are all mid-week and include unlimited golf!
MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
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Michigan Women's Golf Association, MWGA
Michigan State Amateur Golf Association
Upper Peninsula Golf Association
GOLF QUOTE OF THE WEEK-PETER JACOBSEN
"I've had to sing the fight song three times, I had to clean (Ben) Crenshaw's clubs, change J.C. Snead's spikes, and Bruce Lietzke walked behind me, grabbbed my underwear and gave me a wedgie. Other than that, it's been OK."
Peter Jacobsen On his inititation as a Champions Tour member.
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Brian Kemp for passing this quote along.
GOLF CALENDAR 2004
03/19-21 6th Annual Lansing Golf Show- Lansing
03/19-21 Chicago Golf Show
04/15 MGCOA Educational Support Foundation "Work then Play" Phil Immordino of the Champion Group presents
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04/21 Club Car Tournament, Boulder Point,
05/02 Paul Dicenzo Memorial Golf Outing, Pine Knob
05/16 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Outing-Indianwood
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
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.
06/22-26 Michigan Amateur-Grosse Ile G&CC
06/24-25 Izzo Mariucci Golf Classic, Timberstone and Pine Grove Golf Courses
06/25-26 3rd Annual Hickory Open, Kingsley Club, Traverse City
06/25-27 2004 Michigan Open-Pro Am-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
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
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
08/2-8 Jamie Farr LPGA Owens Corning Classic presented by Kroger, Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, OH
08/9-10 GAM Championship,Plum Hollow CC
08/16-17 GAM Women's Championship, Owosso CC
08/19 MGCOA Summer Meeting and Outing, Gull Lake View, Augusta
08/20-23 PGA Championship Pro Am-Shanty Creek
08/23-29 Bay Mills Open Player Championship,Wild Bluff GC - Brimley
08/3-0 Turning Point Invitational, Country Club of Detroit,
08/30-31 GAM Women's Senior Amateur, Mt. Pleasant CC
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
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
10/07-9 Boys Golf Regionals -- October 7, 8 or 9
10/15-16 Boys Gol MHSAA Finals -- October 15-16
11/28-30.MGCOA Annual Meeting at the Somerset Inn in Troy.
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
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