Michigan Golf News
April 18, 2008 - Vol. 8, No. 16
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
The Natural http://glsp.com/natural/
True North http://glsp.com/true_north/
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__/ MASTERS THOUGHTS-By Terry Moore
__/ GEORGE BUSH SHELL OIL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
__/ HEALEY, MOORE AND SCOTT FEATURED IN LATEST GOLF BUSINESS MAGAZINE
__/ THE PRO'S AND GOD
__/ ENGLISH HILLS COMING BACK ONLINE
__/ TOP 10 MOST PROLIFIC MICHIGAN GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS
__/ GOLFERMD.COM: FITNESS AND MEDICINE WEBSITE TO GOLFERS
__/ HELP-WHAT EVER BECAME OF BEN NICHOLLS OF BROOKLAND GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB?
__/ TOP 10 OLDEST MICHIGAN TOURNAMENTS
__/ GOLF PREVIEWS FOR 2008 ON MCHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION CHANNEL
__/ 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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MASTERS THOUGHTS-By Terry Moore
The story is well known by now. Before embarking for a long international flight to the Middle East, Gary Player left an encouraging voice mail last Saturday night for Trevor Immelman, fellow South African native and the third round leader of the Masters. (At a junior golf event when he was only five-years-old, Immelman was first introduced to Player.) A veritable mentor for the 28-year-old Immelman, the three-time Masters champion told Trevor he believed in him and that Trevor needed to believe in himself. Player also told him to keep his eye on his putts an extra second to quiet his head so as to avoid “peeking.” Finally, Player advised Immelman to just go out there on Sunday and “be strong through adversity,” because adversity would surely arrive during the final round. (Off the course, Immelman had already overcome adversity, battling back from a stomach parasite episode a year ago and from surgery to remove a benign tumor four months ago.)
24 hours later, defending Masters champion Zack Johnson helped Trevor Immelman slip on the coveted green jacket for winning the 2008 Masters at eight-under 280, three shots better than Tiger Woods. Immelman held or shared the lead all four rounds, the first player to accomplish the feat since Seve Ballesteros in 1980.
The preceding is all true and has been reported. What follows is a figment of imagination.
Later that evening following the traditional champion’s dinner inside the Augusta National clubhouse, Immelman leaves a series of voice mails to Gary Player and selected others. Edited transcripts of these voice mails by Immelman have been obtained and authorized for release.
Voice mail left for Gary Player:
Immelman: Mr. Player, I know you’re somewhere over the Atlantic probably headed for Dubai, but I can’t thank you enough for being so kind and considerate to leave me that thoughtful and positive message last evening. I played it over and over several times until it was embedded in my brain. No one in golf has meant so much to me. From the time I first met you at that junior event, I’ve admired you as a consummate Masters champion, South African leader and sportsman, and a tireless global ambassador for the game itself. I’ve also admired your unused frequent flyer points!
Also, thank you for all those practice rounds at the Masters when you were nice enough to share your knowledge and experience. I kept them in mind the whole week especially the one where you said, “If the wind starts blowing over 25 mph, forget everything I’ve told you and fend for yourself.” And the putting tip worked wonders. I only peeked once and it cost me. I had a three-foot birdie putt on the seventh and I yanked it badly, never even touching the cup. It took me several holes to regain my footing, so to speak. The 11th hole, as you warned me so many times in the past, was a real test, especially with the gusting winds. It was the hardest hole on the course for both the day and the week. I desperately needed to sink a 20-footer just on the fringe to save par. Keeping my head quiet, I stroked the ball right into the cup. Whew! Note: Cell phone call “dropped” at this point.
Immelman: Mr. Player, sorry about that dropped call. My battery was dying so I’ve switched to my wife’s mobile. By the way, Carminita says hello and thanks you for the fitness advice for our little Jacob -- who’s still awake amid the commotion here. Even though he’s only 21-months old, Jacob really enjoys doing those little push-ups. Anyway, thanks again for believing in me and supporting my golf career. I had some doubts along the way, even last week when I missed the cut in Houston, but you told me to work through it and never quit. Thank you. By the way, I received several nice compliments about wearing black on Sunday as you did on so many occasions. It goes well with the green jacket. See you in Cape Town very soon. Cheers, Mr. Player.
Voice mail left for Tiger Woods:
Immelman: Tiger, this is Trevor. Trevor Immelman. I just wanted to tell you again that what you’ve accomplished just boggles my mind. I mean, to have four green jackets is amazing. As I told the writers tonight, I'm an avid sports watcher and I study top sportsman and what you’ve done so far is phenomenal. To have won 13 majors is just frightening. I agree with something Zach Johnson said. For someone to win a major when you’re in the field and playing at the peak of your career is a hell of an achievement. I'm not sure if I'll ever get it done again, but I'll be trying my best. Sorry to hear – well, sort of -- about how your putter went sour today. Jim Nantz said it all by saying, “when you’re a fraction off at Augusta, you’re a mile away.” See you at Torrey Pines in June. And if you have any advice on dealing with the expected media questions on a Grand Slam, I’d appreciate a return call. Cheers.
Voice mail left for Masters Chairman Billy Payne:
Immelman: Mr. Payne, I want to thank you again for the marvelous dinner tonight at the club. I also forgot to mention something to you. You and the Masters are to be congratulated on the new Junior Pass Program which allowed youngsters age 8 to 16 to be admitted free on tournament days. What a wonderful way to inspire a young golfer. But may I kindly suggest lowering the age to five? Thanks to my Mom and Dad and Gary Player, that’s when I fell in love with the game.
GEORGE BUSH SHELL OIL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD TO MARY FLOWERS OF FIRST TEE OF DETROIT
Kudos to Mary Flowers of the First Tee of Detroit for winning the George Bush Shell Oil Volunteer of the Year Award. It has been a challenging time for the First Tee of Detroit, but stories like this are welcomed by everybody. Cheers and a Tip of the Tam to Mary Flowers.
HEALEY, MOORE AND SCOTT FEATURED IN LATEST GOLF BUSINESS MAGAZINE
The April issue of the NGCOA's "Golf Business" feature Handicomp's Stewart Healey, Gull Lake's Jim Scott and MGCOA's Kete Moore in an article entitled, "A League of Their Own" written by Trent Bouts. Handicomp has developed a piece of golf software which has made the administration of league play, almost to the stage of a tap in. The product has been around for a couple of years and is starting to get some traction in Indiana, Ohio, Iowa and here in Michigan. It is the hope that the software will entice more league play and thus more rounds for golf courses.
In Michigan, there is a culminating experience with a League Championship. MGTV has covered a couple of these events http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/mgcoa/ and had interviews with Scott, Healey, Moore and current MGCOA President, Bill Fountain. It looks like they really have something here, but it also looks like it is going to take some time to gain more acceptance.
THE PRO'S AND GOD
God asks Arnie first : "What do you believe ?" Arnie thinks long and hard, looks God in the eye, and says : "I believe in hard work, and in staying true to family and friends. I believe in giving. I was lucky, but I always tried to do right by my fans."
God can't help but see the essential goodness of Palmer, and offers him a seat to his left.
Then God turns to Nicklaus and says : "What do you believe ?" Jack says, "I believe passion, discipline, courage and honor are the fundamentals of life. I, too, have been lucky, but win or lose, I've always tried to be a true sportsman, both on and off the playing fields.'"
God is greatly moved by Jack's high-pitched eloquence, and he offers him a seat to his right.
Finally, God turns to Woods : "And you, Tiger, what do you believe ?"
Tiger replies : "I believe you're in my seat."
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Mike Biber for this dandy.
ENGLISH HILLS COMING BACK ONLINE
Hello Art I just wanted to send you a note. I've been listening to you on the radio and want to thank you for all you have been doing for thegame of golf in Michigan. I know that these are challenging times for many golf courses. And your efforts have not gone unnoticed. I am writing you to say that we have started efforts to reopen English Hills! I'll give you a little history on English Hills G.C.
The golf course shut down in 2003 for development. the developers eventually pulled out and nothing was done with the course. We havedecided to get back to what we do best. We are excited but realize the challenge ahead of us are many. I just thought you would like to know.
*Editor's Note: Stephen, I am sure that a lot of fans of English Hills, will enjoy resuming their play. Let us know when you are holding the re-opening. Art
THE VAULT: GROWING UP ON "THE MONSTER"
by Jack Berry
Tom Watrous' memories of Oakland Hills reach back to when he was five years old and his father, Al, was professional. Pete Jackson's memories go back to the 1951 Open when he and his brother, Mike, sold lemonade from a stand by their house behind the third green. Their lives have been entwined with the club on Maple Road ever since.
"I remember playing nine holes with my dad, Johnny Osgood, who was a member, and the fella who played the bellcap in the Philip Morris cigarette ads_the little guy who would walk around in a bellcap uniform saying 'Call for Philip Morris!' I was nine years old and about as tall as he was," Tom Watrous said.
"We had quite a few people following us and I hit a good drive on the eighth hole and then I had an uphill lie_and I whiffed it. I was so embarrassed."
Crowds following Tom's father weren't unusual at Oakland Hills and neither was the appearance of celebrities, especially the game's best golfers.
"Walter Hagen and Tommy Armour would come to play and Dad would beat them_no one could beat him at Oakland Hills. He had so many rounds in the low and mid-60s that you couldn't count them. He averaged in the high 60s through the years."
Al Watrous was Michigan's preeminent golfer. He won the Michigan Open a record six times, the first time in 1926 and the last in 1949. He won the Michigan PGA championship an incredible nine times and with an even more incredible spread_he won the inaugural in 1922 and won his last in 1954 with titles in four separate decades. Al died in 1983, two months before his 85th birthday.
Pete Jackson's father built a home behind the third green in 1950 and Pete was 12 at the time of 1951 Open.
"Johnny Bulla and Fred Haas stayed at our house. My brother (Mike) and I had a lemonade stand and Ben Hogan bought from us all four rounds.
"I remember the rough on the second hole being almost knee-deep. I found 22 balls in that stuff before the tournament started. It was aptly named 'The Monster.' "
Pete won the club championship in 1965 with rounds of 74-71-69 on the South Course and his best rounds have been 67s playing to par of 72. During major championships, the par 5 eighth and 12th holes are turned into long par 4s for a par of 70.
The Vault: 1996 June Issue of the MG http://webgolfer.com/june/monster.html
August 7-10 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP , OAKLAND HILLS CC, http://pgatour.com.com/
Robert Trent Jones with some thoughts about Oakland Hills, Al Watrous and Walter Hagenan
TOP 10 MOST PROLIFIC MICHIGAN GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS
W. Bruce Matthews
W. Bruce Matthews III
GOLFERMD.COM: FITNESS AND MEDICINE WEBSITE TO GOLFERS
SportsMD.com- a premiere sports-health and medicine related website provider recently announced the launch of the first fully comprehensive health, fitness and medicine related website for the golf community- http://GolfersMD.com. With all content provided free, no registration required and staffed with the top medical and golf instruction experts in the industry, GolfersMD.com establishes an online resource sorely needed by a golf audience that is looking beyond equipment advances to improve their golf game.
Highlights of the GolfersMD.com website include:
The Best Streaming Video Community Section in Golf- GolfersMD.com is the YouTube of golf-related online video with over 150 free instructional, health, medical and fitness related golf videos available and the archives growing weekly
Objective Content- All GolfersMD.com content is objective and product and service agnostic as GolfersMD.com receives no payment to review or sell products on the GolfersMD.com website
Discussion Forums- Share and gather advice on a wide array of golf-related health and medicine topics with fellow golfers as well as GolfersMD.com’s own experts
Doctor Finder- GolfersMD.com’s own exclusive doctor finder can help you locate a golf specialist in your area
Top Experts in Golf- Members of GolfersMD.com expert staff include:
o Dr. Morris Pickens- Sea Island Resort- Sports psychologist to Masters Champion Zach Johnson
o Gale Peterson- Sea Island Resort- selected in 1996, 1999, 2001 and 2003 by Golf Magazine as one of the “100 Greatest Teachers”
o Michael Breed- Golf Channel Commentator, GOLF MAGAZINE Top 100 Instructors since 2003
o Mike Shannon- Developer of the Laser Optics Putting Improvement System used by over 100 players on the Tour
Taken and edited from a Canaam Parish Group release
HELP- WHAT EVER BECAME OF BEN NICHOLLS OF BROOKLANDS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB?
Gary Rennie from the Windsor Star, is trying to find out more information about Ben Nicholls and the former Rochester area course, Brooklands Golf and Country Club. We know that he represented the club at the 1920 US Open held at Toledo Links. But that is as far as we got. We also think that Brooklands morphed into the Rochester CC. Anybody out there have any information on this I can pass on to Gary Rennie? firstname.lastname@example.org
GAYLORD GOLF MECCA OPENS 2008 SEASON WITH FREE GOLF AND NEW PARTNERSHIPS
The Gaylord Golf Mecca will open the 2008 golf season with FREE golf, and new partnerships to further lead the golf co-op group into the 21st century. The Mecca has developed a strategic alliance with online tee-time partner, GolfSwitch and major golf package wholesaler, GolfPac. These partnerships will strengthen the Gaylord area's presence in the marketplace.
The 3rd Annual Gaylord Golf Mecca FREE Golf Weekend, originally scheduled for April 18-20, has been extended to April 25-27. Due to the longer then normal winter season, most area courses have pushed back opening dates. Make sure to check with the participating hotels and golf courses for conditions if you have already booked, but also feel free to participate the following weekend April 25-27 as well. This is a celebration of spring and a "thank you" to the many golfers from around the Midwest who have frequented the scenic destination over the past twenty years.
Visitors who book an overnight stay at one of the participating hotels will be able to play a FREE round of golf on one of the participating Gaylord Golf Mecca courses. For a complete list of participating hotels, golf courses and rates please log onto www.freegolfgaylord.com. Golfers simply call one of the participating hotels to book your room and mention you would like to participate in the FREE Golf Weekend. Each hotel guest will receive a golf certificate to upon check in. The certificate is then presented to the golf course in order to get the FREE round of golf.
A close-out FREE Golf Weekend in the Fall will take place October 17-19.
Taken and edited from a Resort & Golf Marketing release
TOP 10 OLDEST MICHIGAN TOURNAMENTS
1958 Buick Open Invitational
1955 Michigan Amputee Golf Association Tournament
1955 State Match Play Championship
1935 Pro-Amateur Championship (State Pro-Am) Walter Hagen Trophy
1935 Assistant Professional Championship - Dave Griffith Trophy
1922 PGA Championship - Gilbert A. Currie Trophy
1920 GAM Championship
1916 Michigan Open Championship James D. Standish Jr. Trophy
1915 Michigan Women's Amateur
1910 Michigan Amateur
GOLF PREVIEWS FOR 2008 ON MCHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION CHANNEL
A-Ga-Ming with Mike Brown http://youtube.com/watch?v=U7V7B_LRaXU
Antrim Dells GC with Jerry Matthews http://youtube.com/watch?v=hcBnINXVRsc
Black Bear GC http://youtube.com/watch?v=KOP2QcvCM60
Black Forest Golf with Corey Corwell http://youtube.com/watch?v=PH6nRXCKgnA
Eagle Crest Resort http://youtube.com/watch?v=XqX767SUE_A
Emerald at St. John's with Jerry Matthews http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoAQBZoOrJY
Gaylord CC with Kevin Whitmore http://youtube.com/watch?v=j4xzw0P1Qfg
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa with Scott Hebert http://youtube.com/watch?v=lv_46GMWvek
IMA Flint Golf with Sherlynn Everly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R3tNBJDCTo
Manistee National with Doug Bell http://youtube.com/watch?v=qFl7636RXCo
Marsh Ridge/The Natural with Larry Bowden http://youtube.com/watch?v=MvHhaw1rCS0
Medalist GC with Lowell Weaver http://youtube.com/watch?v=FBmrh_vozzA
Michaywe GC with Don Childs http://youtube.com/watch?v=lv_46GMWvek
Oakland Hills with Robert Trent Jones http://youtube.com/watch?v=STo939AIWbY
Otsego Club with Gary Koch http://youtube.com/watch?v=Iv7ysMQZGwg
Pilgrim's Run http://youtube.com/watch?v=sx1sRN1Fjfo
Pine Hollow GC with Lance Avery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hA0gg-dFb8
Ridgeview Golf Course with Bruce Williams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLDpexEh84Q
Riverwood Resort with Marth Figg http://youtube.com/watch?v=lv_46GMWvek
True North GC with John Hover and Dave Mocini http://youtube.com/watch?v=tPN66YFlZxo
Treetops Preview with Kevin McKinley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5UZF8CLleE
2008 MICHIGAN GOLFER CALENDAR
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
HELP DESK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ supplied by Jim Neff
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