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April 18, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 16

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Edited by Art McCafferty __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/__/__/

__/ MGN ON THE ROAD Dearborn

__/ BEBOW'S BACK John Bebow, minus 17 pounds, lots of hair and a sporting a stiff shoulder from his rollover accident is back in Ypsilanti. The locals will be holding a party for John's return this Saturday. (John, a reporter for the Detroit News and a stringer for MG, was one of the reporters embedded in a unit in Gulf War II.)

*** MGN ON THE ROAD Dearborn - The Michigan Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, held its annual education meeting at the elegant Dearborn Inn this week and many of the executive directors were cautiously holding their breath for the upcoming golf season. Barb Barden, of Livingston County, indicated that her board is backing off some of their golf promotion dollars due to the downturn in the sport. On the other hand, Paul Beachnau of Gaylord, indicated that they had some growth last year, and feels that some of the early energy of the Gaylord Golf Mecca is coming back. Peter Fitzsimons of Boyne Country was a little tentative on his outlook, but hopes for the best.

*** __/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TV-"THE HAIG" RETURNS The Michigan Golfer TV Show introduces "The Haig" this week. "The Haig", Walter Hagen, will be joining host Bill Shelton from time to time to comment on his extraordinary career, his years in Michigan and the upcoming Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills where he served as the first golf professional. In this week's show, Bill and "The Haig" chat about his love of nice cars, especially Cadillacs, his mode of dress, the famous double eagle of Sarazen at the Masters and his storied match with Bobby Jones.

*Note: "The Haig" is played by Michael McCafferty, who was a regular actor in the series, "The Invisible Man" and has appeared in "Six Feet Under", and the new "Hunter" series. http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/hagen1/

*** SARNIA'S MIKE WEIR AND THE WEARING OF THE GREEN Phil Winch, Convention and Visitor Bureau of Sarnia-Lambton, is quick to share the news of Canadian accomplishments with his friends in the states. If the Red Wings get beat by a Canadian team, we are sure to hear about it. Two years ago, he was able to bring out attention to a 58 that was shot during the Bayer Championship in Sarnia. This morning his email went out to herald Mike Weir's stunning victory at the Masters. We are happy for you Phil.

*** STADLER TO MAKE CHAMPIONS TOUR DEBUT AT EGYPT VALLEY Craig Stadler has committed to play in the Farmers Charity Classic, June 16-22, 2003 at Egypt Valley Country Club.

Stadler, winner of the 1982 Masters Tournament, 11 PGA TOUR tournaments and five international tournaments during his golfing career, will be making his official PGA Champions Tour debut at the Farmers Charity Classic.

"There is no question that he was at the top of our list of sought-after players," said Lance Hartman, Executive Director of the Farmers Charity Classic. "You can imagine his expectations are high and he will want to win, right away, on the Champions Tour. Craig embodies what the Champions Tour is all about: personality, star power and playing ability that reflect his talents, not his age."

Taken and edited from a tournament press release




Author Showcase: Interviews with David Joy, Dennis Walters, Bradley Klein, Don Wade, Ron Garland and Sidney Matthews

Michigan Golf Hall Of Fame: Bill Shelton interviews, Michigan Golf Hall of Famers Sara Wold and Betty Richart and committee member Thad Gutowski about the current status of the HOF. Show Duration: 8:52

David Graham- Executive Directorof the Golf Association of Michigan chats with Bill Shelton about the historic year of 2002 and what lies ahead for this year. Show Duration: 8:14

Ken Devine, CEO of Michigan Section PGA, stops by the studio to discuss the past year and what lies ahead for the Michigan PGA this year. Show Duration: 6:36

The Golf Reporters Part II: Bill Shelton discusses 2002 and the upcoming season with WJR's Tim Hygh and new Michigan Hall of Famer, Jack Berry. Show Duration: 8:51

The Caddies of French Lick Part I: Dave Harner, French Lick Director of Golf, brings together a number of former caddies to discuss the glorious past of this storied resort. Joe Louis, Lana Turner, Arthur Fiedler, Howard Hughes, Bing Crosby and George Jessel are but a few of the memories they bring before the camera. Show Duration: 7:45

The London Ontario Golf Expo: We join Claudio Demarchi, as he chats about the Canadian treasures that await Michigan golfers across the border. Show Duration: 6:12

Mississippi Golf: Host, Bill Shelton, visits his boyhood roots, as we examine the golf that is now available in the state of his birth. Show Duration: 8:01

2003 Golf Schools and Academies: Our cameras make on site visits to the Jim McLean golf school at the Grand Traverse Resort and the United States Golf Academy at Swan Lake Resort in Indiana. In addition, Scott Wilson brings us up to date with what is happening at Crystal Mountain Resort's Top 25 golf school. Show Duration: 6:48

The PGA Merchandise Show: The largest golf show in the world, only opens its doors to the media, golf professionals and merchandise buyers. It is a fabulous show and we catch some of the magic.

UPCOMING SHOWS THIS SPRING AND SUMMER The 2003 Western Amateur at Point O'Woods The 2003 Bank of Ann Arbor FUTURES Golf Classic at Lake Forest GC The 2003 Bay Mills Open at Wild Bluff GC The Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open-The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort Mike Husby and The Loon GC Arthur Hills Prepares Oakland Hills for the Ryder Cup Golfing in Ohio's Trumbull County Chuck Kocsis-The Best There Ever Was The Caddies of French Lick The Fieldstone Golf Course of Auburn Hills: Another Arthur Hills Masterpiece Louisville Golf and a Visit to PowerBilt Park Place and Traverse City Golf Michigan Golf Real Estate for 2003 Golf Packages for 2003 Sneak Peak-Yarrow GC, Angels Crossing, Hawk's Eye, Eagle's Eye, Hawk's Ridge, Crimson Ridge GC and Diamond Springs. Harley and Greg Hodge: Michigan Golf Architects Indiana Golf Hall of Fame Fall Golf in St. Joseph Don White and The Lake Course at Michaywe Bay Mills Open Preview with Judy Mason

The Michigan Golfer TV Show 24/7 Always On

----------------------------------------------------------------ADV------------ *** FIFTH THIRD BANK MICHIGAN WOMENS'S OPEN-CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN RESORT "Art, in your MGN on the Road, you mention the FUTURES Golf Classic as the only professional womens' tournament in Michigan, when actually there is another important event scheduled this year as well

As I believe you are aware, the Detroit Newspapers have teamed up with Crystal Mountain to host the Fifth Third Bank Michigan Women's Open, July 11-16, 2003. This is the first time this event has moved to a Northern Michigan resort and we are honored to serve as host. Having been awarded one of the Top Women-Friendly Courses in the Nation(#24) by Golf for Women Magazine as well as a Top Five National ranking for instruction from the same publication, and hosting this great tournament, there are really two "centers for women's golf in Michigan" in 2003, one in Ann Arbor and one at Crystal Mountain.

With a total purse of $40,000 and growing by the day, this event will no doubt attract women professionals not only from Michigan, but the entire Midwest."

Rick Schmitt Vice President of Sales & Marketing

*Ed.Note: Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Rick and also Dave Richards for setting the scorecard straight on this.

*** FARMERS CHARITY CLASSIC TICKETS ON SALE: CHILDREN UNDER 12 ADMITTED FREE Tickets for the Farmers Charity Classic, June 16-22 at Egypt Valley Country Club are now on sale. For families attending the tournament together, children under the age of 12 will be admitted free to the tournament grounds every day. Approximately 60,000 spectators attend the tournament each year. For information on sponsoring, tickets or volunteering for the 2003 Farmers Charity Classic, please call (616) 949-8412 or visit http://www.farmerscharityclassic.com

*** JEFF DANIELS COMEDY GOLF JAM TO BE ON THE GOLF CHANNEL The 8th Annual Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam will be carried by the Golf Channel this year. This year's event will be held at the Polo Fields Golf and Country Club in Ann Arbor. The theme for the year will be to honor the top 100 movies. The mayhem begins Tuesday, June 24.

*** CLEARWATER CLEARING THE DECKS Felicia Fairchild, of Saugatuck-Douglas, wanted everyone to know that the recently remodeled Clearwater GC is having its earliest opening ever. Furthermore, Jim and Candy Jeltema have done some remodeling and put in some very nice wines for the summer season in their restaurant.

*** MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOW TO COVER LAST ROUND OF THE WESTERN AMATEUR Final day coverage of the 101st annual Western Amateur Championship at Point O'Woods will be shown on Michigan Golfer TV. Gary Holaway, Communications Director of the Western Golf Association, will provide the on air talent.

The 101st Western Amateur will be played July 28-August 3 at Point O Woods Golf & C.C. in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Point O'Woods has hosted the championship annually since 1971. The Western Amateur, first held in 1899, traditionally features an international field of top-ranked amateur golfers in a grueling medal and match play format. The champion will earn an exemption into the 2004 Western Open. The 2002 Western Amateur field included competitors from more than 30 states and five foreign countries. Past champions include Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ben Crenshaw, Curtis Strange, Hal Sutton, Lanny Wadkins and Justin Leonard.


*** SIZE DOES MATTER "The average size of the driver used by professionals at the Buick Invitational has increased to 352 cubic centimeters, from 267 just three years ago. The USGA, the governing body for rules and equipment, has increased the maximum allowable size to 470 cubic centimeters from 385 in just 14 months." Jeff Gerth in April 13, New York Times

*** GULL LAKE IS CELEBRATING THEIR 40TH Gull Lake View is celebrating its 40th year in the golf business. In 1963 the front nine on Gull Lake View West opened to the public. Developer and operator Darl Scott pride fully pointed out to Jack Moss of the Kalamazoo Gazette "We'll offer public fee play in a country club atmosphere." Green Fees were $1.50 for 9 holes and $2.50 for 18 holes. In celebration of this exceptional accomplishment we will be hosting a Fortieth Fourth of July Scramble on Gull Lake View. For details call the club.


*** U.S. AMATEUR RETURNS TO PINEHURST Pinehurst reinforced its strong amateur golf roots today, as the United States Golf Association announced the return of the U.S. Men's Amateur Championship to the resort in 2007.

David Fay, executive director of the USGA, made the declaration at an afternoon media conference near Pinehurst's No. 2 course, where the championship's final rounds will be played.

The event propels Pinehurst's 103-year old heritage in amateur golf into the 21st century, a tradition that began with the North and South Amateur Championship's opening round at the resort in 1901. It thrived under the direction of past Pinehurst and USGA president Richard Tufts, grandson to the resort's founder, who welcomed the best in amateur golf to Pinehurst during his tenure.

Tufts "Creed of the Amateur" is etched in bronze just off No. 2's 18th green, where many of golf's greatest moments have been immortalized. That legacy and dedication to the amateur experience brought the 1962 Amateur Championship to Pinehurst, and continues through today's announcement.

"We are pleased to have been selected as the site of one of the greatest championships in all of golf," said Patrick Corso, President and CEO of Pinehurst. "The principles of amateur golf are at the very core of Pinehurst values, and the heart of our mission to continually deliver a timeless experience to all golfers."

*** QUOTE OF THE WEEK "When it's breezy, hit it easy." Davis Love, Jr.


05/06 Fuller Cup-Prestwick Village Golf Club, Highland
05/20-23 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Purdue University) in West Lafayette, Indiana

06/02-03 Taylor Made/adidas State Pro-Am- Boyne Highlands Resort
06/10-11 Club Car Michigan Senior Open- Bedford Valley
06/16-22 Farmers Charity Classic, Egypt Valley GC, Ada
06/17-21 Michigan Amateur Championship, Belvedere GC, Charlevoix
06/20-22 Bank of Ann Arbor FUTURES Golf Classic, Lake Forest GC- Ann Arbor, MI
06/20 Vintage Club Golf Classic-Elmbrook GC, Traverse City
06/23-26 Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open-The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort
06/24 8th Annual Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam, Polo Fields, Ann Arbor
06/23 J.P. McCarthy Memorial PAL Invitational, Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Michigan, Dearborn
06/30-07/02 Michigan Girls Championship
06/30-07/01 ESPN Par 3 Shootout-Treetops Resort
06/30-07/03 Great Lakes Junior Masters Golf Championship, Stonebridge, Ann Arbor

07/07-08 Shanty Creek Classic, Bellaire
07/07 Father and Son Championship, Paint Creek, Lake Orion
07/07-11 87th Annual Michigan Women's Amateur Championship, Black Lake GC, Onaway
07/07-11 2nd Annual Michigan Women's Senior Amateur Championship, Black Lake GC,Onaway
07/13-14 2003 Independent Insurance Agent Junior Classic, Fortress GC, Frankenmuth, MI
07/14-16 Fifth Third Bank Michigan Women's Open Tournament presented by Detroit Newspapers-Crystal Mountain Resort
07/14-15 GAM Women's Mid Amateur Championship, Glacier Club, Washington
07/08-14 Ford Senior Players Championship, TPC of Michigan, Dearborn
07/21/23 Detroit Newspapers Tournament of Champions-Boyne Mountain Resort
07/28-31 Michigan Junior Boys Championship, Battle Creek CC, Battle Creek
07/28-29 Michigan Senior PGA Championship,The Loon, Gaylord
07/28-08/03 Buick Open, Warwick Hills GC-Flint
07/30-08/03 Western Amateur, Point O'Woods, St. Joseph

08/11-13 GAM Championship, Grand Haven GC, Grand Haven
08/16-17 Michigan Women's Publinx State Championship, Forest Akers West GC, East Lansing
08/18-20 Michigan PGA Championship-Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire
08/18-19 GAM Women's Championship, Clio CC, Clio
08/18-24 Bay Mills Open, Brimley-Wild Bluff GC
08/25-26 GAM Women's Senior Amateur Championship, Crystal Mountain,Thompsonville
08/28-29 GAM Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, Treetops, Gaylord

09/08-11 Lincoln Mercury Classic-Pine Lake CC
09/03-04 GAM Men's Senior Amateur Championship, Lakewood Shores Resort, Oscoda
09/13-14 Michigan Net Amateur Championship, Pilgrim's Run
09/20-21 Atlas Matches, The Loon, Gaylord
09/30 Tournament of Club Champions (Men and Women) Egypt Valley, Ada

10/19-21 The GOLF 20/20 Conference, World Golf Village, Florida

Tour and Association Calendars

Golf Association of Michigan http://www.gam.org/champ/schedule.cgi
Michigan Section PGA http://www.Michigan.PGA.com
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America http://www.gcsaa.org

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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