Michigan Golf News |
April 20, 2007 - Vol. 7, No. 16
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AMERICA'S VALUE GOLF DESTINATION
Golf Packages From $47.00 Per Day
Santee South Carolina http://www.santeetourism.com
THE NATURAL: CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF GREAT GOLF-PLAN NOW TO JOIN US IN 2007
Golf Package for 2007 http://golfthenatural.com
Video: The Natural Golf Course and Jerry Matthews
TREETOPS RESORT- CELEBRATING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE JONES MASTERPIECE
Golf Packages for 2007
Video: Robert Trent Jones and Treetops
THE MICHIGAN GOLFER: MICHIGAN'S INTERNET PORTAL FOR GOLF
Michigan Golf News Archives http://www.michigangolfer.com/news.html
Michigan Golfer Magazine http://www.michigangolfer.com/#pastissues
Michigan Golfer Television http://michigangolfer.tv/archives.html
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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__/ APRIL CALENDAR
__/ZACK JOHNSON PLAYS "SMALL BALL" TO WIN THE MASTERS
__/MGN ON THE ROAD
Augusta, Georgia-The Masters
Santee, South Carolina-Santee National GC
__ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION 2007 Golf Course Previews
Treetops- with Kevin McKinley
The Natural Golf Course at Gaylord with Larry Bowden
Shanty Creek- with Brian Kautz
Lakewood Shores Resort
Manistee National- with Doug Bell
Santee, South Carolina
_/ ODDS AND ENDS-By Terry Moore
__/RYAN BREHM BIG TEN AND GOLFWEEK PLAYER OF THE WEEK
__/ BOOK REVIEWS:
JOHN DALY: MY LIFE IN & OUT OF THE ROUGH
THE GOLFER'S BIBLE
__/MHSAA SPORTS CALENDAR-SPRING GOLF FOR ALL
__/WATER -DRINK UP THIS SUMMER
__/NOW ISN'T THAT INTERESTING
__/FAMILY FRIENDLY-GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT & SPA AND BOYNE MOUNTAIN
__/MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE'S TOP 10 LISTS
__/TOP TEN CHOKES OF ALL TIME
__/ MORE PUNS
__/ OSPREY MANAGEMENT PICKS UP GRAND BLANC GC
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
__/ ARCHIVES-MICHIGAN GOLFER
2007 MICHIGAN GOLFER CALENDAR-APRIL
21-22 Fossum/Spartan Invitational, East Lansing
27-28 Free Gaylord Golf Weekend
28 MIAGT at Fore Lakes GC, Kimball Township
MGN ON THE ROAD
The Gaylord Golf Mecca is readying for its 20th anniversary year. We stopped by Treetops and The Otsego Club to see what was up. Treetops had a full conference center of people and the marketing folks were booking tee times. At the Otsego Club, the new carpeting in the main building has been completed and three of the lodging buildings are getting new roofs. The proshop at Otsego was in the process of being stocked for the coming season. Most of the snow is gone, after getting a fresh dump a week ago.
Harbor Springs-Boyne Falls-Boyne 2 Boyne
After stopping in at Boyne Mountain to have a glass of Everett's Ale in the Grand Mountain bar, I headed to Harbor Spring to meet with Liza Gillespie. Gillespieis the event manager for Boyne and is in the process of promoting the new Boyne 2 Boyne Marathon, scheduled for the two resorts on September. Runners will start at Boyne Highlands and complete the 26.2 miles at Boyne Mountain.
John Brehm said his tee times were sold out for this weekend as the Pohlcat begins it 14th year of operation. Brehm indicated that designer, pro golfer Dan Pohl, is having a tough time with his comeback on the Champions Tour due to his chronic bad back. Pohl finished 20th in theAllianz Championship this year and picked up 20K. However, he still needs to go to Monday qualifiers on most of the Champion Tour events..
Brehm was going to visit MSU this weekend to watch his nephew, Ryan Brehm compete in the Fossum/Spartan Invitational.. Ryan Brehm, recently won the Boilermaker Invitational at Purdue, a victory that made him eligible for some great tournaments this summer.
Brehm's father recently passed away, and family members feel it may be time to reduce some of their holdings. The Soaring Eagle Casino folks have long thought about buying the Pohlcat and perhaps the time is now right. Brehm said they have the land for a second golf course and have had Bill Newcomb and Bruce Matthews III take a look at the site at various times in the past. Brehm said people would be surprised at the site because of its elevation. "When they talk about Mount Pleasant, this is where the "Mount" comes from," said Brehm. Newcomb hailed it as a great site for e a golf course.
Native American Cup
COO and founder of the Native American Cup http://nativeamericancup.org. Henry Boullley Jr., is a resident of Mt. Pleasant. He is beginning to gear up for the third installment of the tournament. He notes that tribes from New York and Oklahoma will field teams at the tournament, which is scheduled for The Grand Traverse Resort in early August.
Ypsilanti-Miles of Golf
We stopped by our neighborhood golf shop, Miles of Golf, to begin the search for a new set of clubs. They have really done a great job at creating a first rate showplace for golf equipment and instruction. I did not settle yet on my new weapons, but I certainly was exposed to all the major brands.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
Lakewood Shores Golf with Craig Peters
Craig Peters and his staff at Lakewood Shores Resort offer a plethora of great golf packages. In our video, Peters chats about what the golfer will experience in the golf getaway land of Oscoda. The latest ratings from Golf Magazine and Golf Digest, continue to point to the excellence of both the Gailes and Blackshire courses .
Larry Bowden, course owner and one of the original members of the Gaylord Golf Mecca, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his Jerry Matthews course, The Natural http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/natural/ Take a moment to check out what Bowden has to say about what is coming up this year.
Manistee National Golf Preview
Host professional, Doug Bell, chats about the upcoming season at Manistee National. Manistee National, which features 36 holes of golf and lodging, is one of the courses in the Osprey Recreation Group.
Shanty Ceek Resort
Brian Kautz is the new Director of Golf and Club Operations at Shanty Creek. Kautz has his course knowledge down in our video, and also brings the viewer up to date with some of the changes now happening since the new ownership has taken over.
Santee Tourism-South Carolina
Santee locals, Mary Shriner and "Shot" Shuler, provide a commentary on their South Carolina golf in an interview we did at the London Golf Show.
Kevin McKinley, the new Director of Golf at Treetops, has jumped into the job with both spikes. In our preview of the 2007 Treetops season video, McKinley lets his audience know what they can expect under his reign. With the warming temperatures, McKinley, has put away his skis and hosting duties of the Amazing Race. http://michigangolfer.tv/miskier/season_6/amazingrace/ to ready himself for a busy season.
NEXT WEEK'S SHOW
Mississippi Golf with George Herning
If you are looking for great golf and great value, you need to check out this video with George Herning. He points out that Mississippi took a fairly good hit with Katrina, but is coming back strong. They need golfers and they are willing to deal to get them to come there.
ODDS AND ENDS
By Terry Moore
As noted in last weekıs column, Masters Chairman Billy Payne made the right call in restoring the past practice of automatically inviting PGA Tour winners into the Masters. This past week during the final round of the Heritage Verizon Classic, CBS anchor Jim Nantz quickly jumped on the Masters invite angle for Boo Weekley even before his remarkable final chip-in. Such Masters tie-ns will be duplicated all year long for first-time winners.
Speaking of Weekley, itıs a safe guess the ³good ole boy² from Milton, FL and graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will become a ³Peopleıs Choice² fan favorite in the vein of John Daly. In fact, the plain-spoken Weekley is akin to Daly but without all of the baggage.
Suggestion to those fun-loving but raucous fans at the Buick Openıs famed 17thhole: when Weekley plays the par-three this June, donıt chant ³Boo.² Instead, give it a Detroit Tigers fan twist and chant, ³Lou.²(And letıs see if CBS announcers Feherty or McCord pick up on it.)
On a more serious note, wouldnıt it be terrific to see Michigan native and actor Jeff Daniels, whoıs the centerpiece of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.ıs savvy³Upper Hand² media spots, in some out-of-state ads focusing on Michiganıs sizable travel and tourist assets? Set Daniels up at Arcadia Bluffs or Bay Harbor in golf gear; dress him up in fly fishing gear along the Pere Marquette River, show him at a winery in Traverse City; have him strolling inside Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, etc. Of course, Michigan is battling for its life in saving and creating manufacturing jobs, which have slipped at an alarming rate with no relief in sight, so our stateıs travel strategy is taking a back seat. But the ³Upper Hand² campaign by our state must recognize (and invest) more the importance of Michiganıs travel industry of which golf plays a vital role.
In a related ³good news² development, the Chrysler Group announced this week a nearly $2 billion investment in two new plants for southeast Michigan which could result in 1500 new jobs. Even with the rumors of U.S-DaimlerChrysler possibly being sold, this news is a refreshing break in the clouds.
We got a note from Eastern Michigan University golf coach, Bruce Cunningham, urging us to attend this week's Fossum/Spartan Invitational to sample some great collegiate golf. He reminds us that the Eagles have anover-all D-1 record of 75-51 and are 21-7 againstMAC programs. Currently, they are ranked #110 on Sagarin/GolfWeek and #115 on the Golfstat National ranking.
The Fossum Invitationalat Forest Acres West, is a very competive field. For those that cannot make it there, you can monitor the event at http://golfstat.com
RYAN BREHM BIG TEN AND GOLFWEEK PLAYER OF WEEK
Michigan State junior Ryan Brehm earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Week and Golfweek Player of the Week honors after claiming the individual title at last week's Boilermaker Invitational. Brehm recorded a 2-under-par 72-70 - 142 total and was the only player in the field to finish the 36-hole tournament under par. The win was Brehm's first collegiate victory and fifth top-five finish of his career.
Brehm's performance propelled MSU to a nine-shot victory, its first tournament win since the 2005 Big Ten Championship and eighth in the Mark Hankins coaching era. On the season, Brehm owns the team's second-lowest scoring average (74.85) and leads the team with seven rounds of par or better.
Entering the tournament ranked No. 146 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Brehm improved his national ranking to No. 75 and is now the sixth-highest ranked player in the Big Ten. The honors were the first of Brehm's career, and first for a Spartan since Matt Harmon earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors after winning the 2006 EZ-Go Schenkel Invitational.
GOLF COURSE CLOSINGS IN PAST DECADE
1. BOGIE LAKE/ 18 HOLES/ WHITE LAKE
2. ROCHESTER HILLS/ 18 HOLES/ ROCHESTER
3. UNION LAKE /CLOSED 9 NINE, KEPT 9/ COMMERCE TWP
4. WESTBROOK/ 18 HOLES/ NOVI
5. SHADY HOLLOW/ 18 HOLES ROMULUS
6. PARTRIDGE CREEK/ 45 HOLES/CLINTON TWP
7. TEE-JıS/ 18 HOLES/ MACOMB
8. MEADOWLANE/18 HOLES/ KENTWOOD
9. MITCHELL CREEK/ 9 HOLES/ TRAVERSE CITY
10. WOLVERINE/54 HOLES/ MACOMB
11. BYRON HILLS/ 27 HOLES/BYRON CENTER
12. FOUR WINDS/ 9 HOLES/ EAST LANSING
13. ENGLISH HILLS/ 18 HOLES/ GRAND RAPIDS
14. MORAVIN HILLS/ 18 HOLES/ CLINTON TWP
15. MARION OAKS/ 18 HOLES/ HOWELL
16. SPARROW HAWK/ 18 HOLES/ JACKSON
17. VERONICA VALLEY/ 9 HOLES/ LAKE LEELANAU
18. MATHESON GREENS/ 18 HOLES/ NORTHPORT
In response to a query a couple of weeks ago, Peter Allen of Hornungs, gave us a list of course closings he knows of.There should be more on this list and if you know of some, let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Peter Allen for helping us out.
NOW ISN'T THAT INTERESTING
At 3 minutes and 4 seconds after 2 AM on the 6th of May this year, the time and date will be:
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Jack Minzey for passing this nugget on.
FAMILY FRIENDLY-GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT & SPA AND BOYNE MOUNTAIN
Golf For Womenjust realeased its annual Top 25 Family Friendly Resorts list and two Michigan resorts made it; Grand Traverse Resort & Spa and Boyne Mountain. Here is the total list.
Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina
Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah, South Carolina
SeaIsland in Sea Island, Georgia
Hershey Resort in Hershey Pennsylvania
Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia
Celebration in Celebration, Florida
Palmetto Dunes Resort in Hilton Head Island, SC
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme, MI
Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, SC
Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, VA
The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa in Litchfield Park, AZ
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Phoenix AZ
Omni Orlando Reort at ChampionsGate in ChampionsGate, FL
The WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in PawleyĠs Island, SC
Seaview Resort & Spa in Galloway, NJ
The Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ
Sunriver Resort in Bend, OR
Kingsmill Resort & Spa in Williamsburg, VA
Sea Island in Sea Island, GA
Waikoloa Beach Resort in Kohala Coast, HI
Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, TX
Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls, MI
Skamania Lodge in Stevenson WA
La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA
Taken and edited from a Golf For Women release.
BOOK REVIEW: JOHN DALY: MY LIFE IN & OUT OF THE ROUGH
By Glen Waggoner
This New York Times Bestseller is now out in paperback and you can read it in about the time John Daly can down a six pack of brewskis and smoke a couple of Marlboros. As with his fascination with fast women, fast food, fast divorces, fast games of golf and life in the fast lane, this is a fast read. John tells all in the book and devotes his half life story to his followers and fans.
John Daly on:
Tiger-" One time when Tiger was walking through the clubhouse on his way to the gym, "I say to him, 'Hey man, don't you ever get tired of that workout s___? Why don't you come and have a couple of beers with us and hang out" He goes. ' If I had your talent, John, I would not have to work out.'"
Food- "I think Burger King has the best burgers. Wendy's burgers ain't bad. And I love McDonald's fries and their sausage biscuits. And their Quarter Pounders are good, too. But my favorite is the Double-Double, Animal Style at the In-N-Out chain in California."
Marriage- "All my exes wear Rolexes" is the title of a song he wrote for his CD
Fun read. You can order at http://harpercollins.com $13.95 U.S. and $17.50 Canadian
BOOK REVIEW: THE GOLFER'S BIBLE
Obviously, the book is not new and the story line has not changed over the past two thousand years. However, the book targets the golfer in its packaging. This is part of a series of bibles targeted after niche groups. Prior books include; "The Brides Bible", The Soldiers Bible", "The Sailiors Bible" . etc. The release of The Golfer's Bible, coming on the heels of Zach Johnson's Masters win and his spiritual post tournament remarks, should give the "Golfer's Bible, an extra boost in sales.
MHSAA SPORTS CALENDAR-SPRING GOLF FOR ALL
The Supreme Court decided it would not hear the decade old suit between the Michigan High School Athletic Association and Grand Rapids-based Communities for Equity. With that decision, the MHSAA decided it would comply with a schedule it submitted to the Kalamazoo federal court that originally ruled against it.
The decision impacts most high school sports. On the golf side, it means that both the girls and boys golf season will be held in the Spring. Bob Lober, the Executive Director of the Michigan Golf Coaches Association, said that while they are unhappy with this decision, they will comply. He indicated that golf courses will be a bit more crowded this spring with all those high school golfers.
Extracted from a story by Rob Hoffman, in the April 13th issue of the Ann Arbor News.
WATER-DRINK UP THIS SUMMER
1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population.)
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.
4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7.A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen oron a ! printed page.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% lesslikely to developbladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?
This healthy tip is supplied by Jack Minzey. A Tip of the Tam to Jack for reminding that water can be more than a hazard.
UPCOMING MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOWS IN 2007
French Lick Resort's Renaissance-with Dave Harner
Mississippi Golf Coast-with George Herning
Harbor Point Golf Course-with Shaun Bezilla
Hemlock Golf Course-with John Kennedy
Ireland's Ryder Cup-with Susan Bairley and Mike Biber
Jack Berry and the PGA Lifetime Journalism Award-with Tom Dreesen
Masters Major Achievement Award-with William Porter Payne and Craig Heatley
Native American Cup III-with Henry Boulley Jr.
Santee-Cooper Golf-with"Shot" Shuler and Bob Peebles
Dave Hill-with Jack Berry
The Michigan Golfer Television Channel http://michigangolfer.tv
YTD 643,897 viewers (13 months)
SCOTT HEAD UPDATE
Jack Berry, got a congratulatory call on his recent PGA Lifetime Journalism Award from "Say Nice Things About Detroit" Emily Gail Gail, who now says nice things about Hawaii, has a weekly golf radio show, "Emily Talks Golf"(850AM in Hilo, 790AM in Kona).
Berry mentioned that Scott Head, former Head Professional at Treetops, had just taken the top position atWaikoloa on the Big Island.Emily contacted and interviewed Head for her show.
We then got an email from Head indicating that all is well, now that his family has joined him.
Scott Head returned to Hawai'i to become the Director of Club Operations for Waikoloa Beach & Golf Resort. The position is a new one for the resort.Head had played golf for four years at the University of Hawaii , graduating in 1990. He was assistant pro at Waialae Country Club before moving up to head pro at Princeville Resort from 1996 to 2000. He was the Aloha Section PGA Professional of the Year in 1999.
For the past seven years, Head had been director of golf operations at Treetops Resort. He worked with resort owner and popular pro instructor Rick Smith at Treetops. Head also helped coach former Hawai'i state high school champion Parker McLachlin on the Mainland. He and McLachlin, now a rookie on the PGA Tour, still work together.
Head will oversee management, maintenance, marketing and sales for Waikoloa's Kings' and Beach courses, and develop new strategies and programs.
Some information on this piece taken and edited from the Honolulu Advertiser
OSPREY MANAGEMENT PICKS UP GRAND BLANC GC
Lowell Weaver, Head Professional at The Medalist and one who heads up the marketing at Osprey Recreational Management, told us that his firm is now managing Grand Blanc GC. He pointed out , that they will just be managing the property for the creditors, until the property is sold or auctioned off. Grand Blanc, with its North and South courses, provides 36 hole of golf. Jerry Matthews was the architect of the courses.
Osprey also owns and manages, Ridge View, The Otsego Club, The Medalist, Wilderness Valley and Manistee National.
* Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you A -flat miner.
* When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
* The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.
* A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France, resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.
* You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
* He broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
* A calendar's days are numbered.
* A lot of money is tainted: 'Taint yours, and 'taint mine.
* A boiled egg is hard to beat.
* He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
* A plateau is a high form of flattery.
* Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
* When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
* When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.
* Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.
* Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
* Acupuncture: a jab well done.
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Dr. Jack Minzey for this list.
MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE'S TOP 10 LISTS FOR 2006
TOP TEN CHOKES OF ALL TIME
1985 U.S. Open. Blew all four strokes of the lead with a quadruple bogey on the fifth hole of the finalround, including a penalty for a double hit, and lost by one.
1956 Masters. Shot a closing 80 to lose by one attempting to become the only amateur to win TheMasters.
1990 U.S. Women's Open. Wasted a nine-stroke lead over the last 27 holes.
2001 U.S. Open. Three-putted from 12 feet on the 72nd hole to slip into a playoff.
1939 U.S. Open. Gambled on the final hole not knowing he only needed a par to win. Made triplebogey.
1989 Masters. Missed a two-foot putt for victory on the first playoff hole.
1961 Masters. A double bogey on the 72nd hole turned a one-stroke win into a one-stroke loss.
Jean Van de Velde
1999 British Open. Needed a double bogey to win on the 72nd hole, but made a triple.
1970 British Open. A miss from three feet on the 72nd hole dropped him into a playoff withJack Nicklaus, which he lost.
1996 Masters. Shot a 78 to become the only player to blow a six-stroke lead after 54 holes in amajor.
Source- Golf Digest Editors http://www.successclinic.com/topgolfchokes.html
GOLF COURSE VIDEOS ON MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
Buck's Run with Jerry Matthews
Rose Creek-with Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest
Timberstone @ Pine Mountain with Jerrty Matthews
The Bull at Pinehurst with Jack Nicklaus
The Loon with Mike Husby
The Majestic at Lake Walden with Jerry Matthews
The Natural at Gaylord with Jerry Matthews
True North with Jack Berry and Jim Engh
Tribute with Gary Koch, Rick Robbins and Keith Gornick
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