Michigan Golf News
April 30, 2004 VOL. 4, No. 17
MGN ON THE ROAD
We ventured into the Buckeye state to check out the new Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest course in Powell. Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club is an 18 hole layout amidst some very nice homes. "It is a straightforward, strategic golf course with a reward for every good shot and ample room to recover for lesser play. Challenge, strategy and redemption, this is what golf is all about and Kinsale is the epitome of the game." Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest
The course, which has been allowed to grow in, will have a media day in May and then a Grand Opening for members in mid June. We had the chance to chat with Andrea Kruse, Sales Director for the development and she indicated that sales were brisk. Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest have an amazing track record in developing high end golf/real estate developments. They are the best in the world at it. Brent Kalb is the Golf Professional at Kinsale. Their website is a basically a place holder now, but will launch later this spring as their new course rolls out. http://golfkinsale.com
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ANGELS CROSSING-A NEW COURSE IN VICKSBURG
Tim Hygh chats with owner Jim Thompson and architect W. Bruce Matthews III, about the new Angels Crossing course that will be opening in Vicksburg this year. The course, an economic answer for a community that lost some of their industrial base, is a throwback to how a golf course use to look in the early 20th Century. When you think architectural style, think 1903.
Grand Hotel Golf Course (Resort)
Mackinac Island. Back nine designed by Jerry Matthews
Manistee Golf and Country Club (Semi-Private)
Manistee. Designed by Tom Bendelow
Bruce Matthews/ back nine -1930
Pine Grove Country Club (Semi-Private)
Iron Mountain. Larry Packard/back nine- 1962
Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club (Private)
Sault Ste. Marie Country Club (Semi-Private)
Sault Sainte Marie. Re-designed by Jerry Matthews
Hillsdale Golf & Country Club (Private)
Highlands, The (Private)
Grand Rapids. Built in 1908- Redesigned/ Donald Ross- 1916
Muskegon Country Club (Private)
Muskegon. Designed by Donald Ross
Prairie's Golf Club (Public)
West Shore Golf & Country Club (Private)
Grosse Ile. Designed by George Ferry.
Battle Creek Country Club (Private)
Battle Creek. Designed by Willie Park, Jr.
Kalamazoo Country Club (Private)
Kalamazoo. Designed by Tom Bendelow
Flint Golf Club (Private)
Flint. Designed by Willie Park, Jr.
Cadillac Country Club (Semi-Private)
Cadillac. Designed by Paul Blick.
"CELEBRATE RYDER CUP 2004"
Tim Hygh chats with Kevin Frisch of Resort and Golf Marketing Services, about the effort that Michigan is putting forth to leverage the publicity that the state is getting from hosting the Ryder Cup. Both Tim and Kevin attended the last Ryder Cup held at the Belfry and offer their observations.
MIDNIGHT GOLF PROGRAM-FUNDRAISER
The Midnight Golf Program is having a golf outing at Western Golf & CC in Redford on Monday, May 24. This event is a fundraiser to benefit the program that changes the lives of young men and women (between the ages of 17-22) from the inner-city by exposing them to golf and critical life-skills. The program has had tremendous success with participants staying in school, dramatically increasing their grade point averages, continuing their education at the collegiate level, and gaining employment and becoming a positive member of their community.
The program founder, Renee Fluker, can be contacted at 248-766-0126(cell) with any questions. Golf outing info. and more info. about the program can be obtained from HTTP://www.midnightgolf.org. The Michigan PGA is very involved in the program with mentoring, instruction, etc... and sit on the Midnight Golf Board.
Taken and edited from a release from Kevin Helm of the Michigan PGA
JANSON ADDED TO FARMERS CLASSIC
Michigan Golf Hall of Fame and Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame member Lynn Janson, Director of Golf at Egypt Valley Country Club, has been awarded a special exemption and will be part of the field competing for this year's Farmers Charity Classic title.
Janson is a multiple winner of the Michigan Open and Michigan PGA Championship as well as having been named Michigan PGA Player of the Year several times throughout his career and was recently named the "Greatest Golfer in the History of Michigan State University". During his time at MSU, Janson was named 2nd Team All America along with golf legends Tom Kite and Tom Watson in 1971.
The 19th Farmers Charity Classic will be played at Egypt Valley Country Club from May 31 - June 6, 2004. Call 616.949.GOLF for more details or visit us on the web HTTP://www.FarmersCharityClassic.com
Taken and edited from a Brian Kemp release
MEADOWS MEASURES UP
The Meadows has become hallowed sporting ground according to Golf Digest magazine, which ranks the club as a "4-1/2 star" destination in its May 2004 issue "We're pleased to be recognized by Golf Digest as a premier golf club and facility in America's top state for public golf," said Terry Sack, general manager of The Meadows. "Our goal has always been to be a club where people can, not only play, but learn the game of golf." The award comes following the polling of some 20,000 Golf Digest subscribers, who were asked to rate courses on the basis of pace of play, service, value and overall golf experience.
Taken and edited from a Tom Cleary release
MIDLAND GOLF SHOW SETS DATE
The Midland Golf Show has chosen, March 5th as its golf show date. In addition, it will move the show to Valley Plaza Resort. The show is sponsored by, WMPX and WMPX and WMRX in the Tri State area.
LADIES GET A "BIG BREAK"
The Golf Channel announces that it has started a contestant search for The Big Break III: Ladies Only, the channel's reality golf television series, which will feature a grand prize entry into select LPGA tournaments. The series is scheduled to air in January, 2005.
*Editor's Note-As some of you viewers remember, MGTV reporter Vanessa Bell, asked show host Rick Smith about doing a women's only version. You can see Rick's response at http://michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/show5/index.html
Golf radio fires up this month with Jim Hobson of MGolf Live, Jeff Lessons on Golf and now Tom Gibson, Sports Director for 3 radio stations in Sarnia, Ontario, that also services Southeastern lower Michigan. Tom recently debuted a local hour Golf Show called 'Par For The Course' on 1070 CHOK, every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm-3pm.
2003 GOLF ROUNDS PLAYED SLIP 1.5%
Rounds played in the U.S. decreased from 502 million in 2002 to 495 million in 2003, according to the National Golf Foundation and GOLF 20/20. The decrease of 1.5% is half of the 3% decrease the previous year. The two most frequent reasons provided by those facilities reporting a decrease in rounds were weather (62%) and the economy (55%).
U.S. SPORTS EQUIPMENT IMPORTS HIT $6.6 BILLION
Imports of sports equipment reached $6.6 billion in 2003, a 4.5% increase over the previous year's imports, according to an analysis of U.S. Department of Commerce data by SBRnet. Exercise/fitness equipment led imports, with a dollar value of $1.03 billion. This represented a 20.4% increase over the $858 million imported in 2002.
Golf equipment imports rose 10.1% to $905 million, versus $822 million in 2002.
DICK WEBER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT DATE SET
Michaywe and the Gaylord Tourism Bureau announced the Third Annual Dick Weber Memorial Golf Tournament, Dinner, and Auction. Many friends have stepped forward and created this special event to honor his memory, and all that Mr. Weber brought to the Golf MECCA of Gaylord.
The Memorial tournament will be held Saturday, June 12, 2004 on The Pines Golf Course at Michawyé in Gaylord. Proceeds from the event benefit the Will and Jenny Weber Education Fund, the children of Dick and Sharon Weber.
The tournament format is a foursome scramble, with a shotgun start at 8:30 AM on The Pines course. The $100.00 entry fee includes golf, box lunch, prizes and dinner.
The dinner and the silent auction begin at 6:30 PM at the Michaywe' main clubhouse. The silent auction includes golf packages, fishing expeditions, artwork and other interesting offerings. Guests not playing in the tournament may attend the dinner and the auction for $35.00 per person.
For registration information and tournament details please contact Judy Mason, the Director of Golf at Michaywe, 888-746-3742. Donations may be made directly to the Dick Weber Memorial c/o Michaywe 1535 Opal Lk. Rd. Gaylord, MI 49735
For more information and interview arrangements, contact:
Lindy Hebel, Director of Marketing and Sales, at (989) 939-8800.
MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE SPRING ISSUE NOW ONLINE EVERYWHERE
*Editor's Note-We have divided up the Michigan Golfer by stories, in our PDF presentation, You can now download a story, without having to download the entire magazine. Try it you'll like it. Art McCafferty
TABLE OF CONTENTS
MICHIGAN'S GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS-W.BRUCE MATTHEWS AND ROBERT TRENT JONES-PART I
By L'anse Bannon and Art McCafferty
We have chosen W. Bruce Matthews and Robert Trent Jones for the first of our series, on "Michigan's Golf Course Architects ". Both were born at the turn of one century and died, as a new one was to begin. We hope you enjoy our words, and just as importantly our supportive video. While it is always interesting to study and write about the accomplishments of architects, it is quite another thing to offer readers of a magazine the opportunity to become viewers, by simply clicking on a link.
THE BIG BREAK VISITS THE GAYLORD GOLF MECCA
by Vanessa Bell and Brian Manning
The Golf Channel launched "The Big Break" reality TV show this past fall, and it was a hit. Vanessa Bell, Art McCafferty and Brian Manning bring you the story, as they interview "The Big Break" host Rick Smith and 2nd place winner, Rochester Hills' Anthony Sorentino.
NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH, TYRONE WILLINGHAM ON GOLF AND FOOTBALL
by John Wukovitz
Tyrone Willingham, Notre Dame head football coach, chats with John Wukovitz about the parallels between football and golf. Wukovitz thought he might catch the coach in a more laid back atmosphere. It was nothing doing as Willingham seems to be just as uptight as a golfer as he is as a coach.
RISK AND REWARD:REACHABLE PAR FIVES
by John Bebow
John Bebow, formerly of the Detroit News and now a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, discusses the risk and rewards of the 3rd hole at The Bear, the 16th at Eagle Crest Resort and a number of other temptations that golfers will find interesting.
SLICE OF LIFE
by Terry Moore
" Pardon the interruption, but I must get a few things off my chest. Usually a nice, comforting essay about some aspect of golf is in order for this column but spring fever and the emergence of the Michigan golf season have gotten the better of me. There have been so many incidents and media tempests surrounding the game that I must jump in and offer my two cents worth.
Terry Moore offers another look at his view of the golf life."
MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE SPRING ISSUE NOW ONLINE EVERYWHERE
19TH HOLE-TIP OF THE TAM TO JACK MINZEY FOR THIS MEN'S ONLY TALE
A man was golfing with a friend and went to the restroom. He came out sighing audibly.
His friend asked him, "Feel better?"
"Yeah," he said, "It's the only place on the whole course where nobody
tells me how to improve my stance or change my grip!"
BOBBY JONES STOKE OF GENIUS
The new Bobby Jones film is opening nationwide and has a major tie in with a number of golf associations, the GCSAA for one. You can check out the trailer @
OLIN EARNS INDIVIDUAL INVITATION TO NCAA CENTRAL REGIONAL
Junior Laura Olin (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie HS) of the University of Michigan women's golf team was selected Monday (April 26) as an individual participant for the 2004 NCAA Central Regional.
"This is sort of bittersweet," said Olin. "Hands down this would have been so much better if the entire team qualified and were going as well, but things just didn't work out this year. I never really looked at it from the standpoint that I could go as an individual."
The regional will be Thursday through Saturday (May 6-8) at Illinois State's University Golf Course in Normal, Ill. The top eight teams and the top two individuals not on a qualifying team will advance to the NCAA Championship May 18-21 in Auburn, Ala.
GAM AMATEURS PREPARE TO DEFEND FULLER CUP
The top amateur and professional golfers are set to compete for the Fuller Cup on Tuesday, May 4 at Eagle Eye Golf Club in East Lansing. The GAM amateur team defeated the PGA team 12-6 at the 2003 Fuller Cup for only the 4th time in the 32 year history of the Fuller Cup.
LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK
Left is right!
How you line up a golf shot pretty much determines where it will go. Aim and alignment are factors you can control before you swing. Because we rarely hit it "pure" every time, a good pre-shot routine that gets you properly aligned to the target may help you have "superior miss-hits."
Begin your pre-shot routine from behind the ball. This is the only way that you can clearly establish the target line using both eyes (binocular vision). Once your brain has the intended message about alignment, you can begin your approach to the golf ball with confidence because this information is now stored in short-term memory.
From this point, the procedure is straight forward and can become automatic with repetition. First, place your hands on the handle, keeping the clubface square. Then, aim the square clubface to the target on the line you established from behind the ball. Next, align your body (checking feet, thighs, hips and shoulders) parallel and left of the target line, addressing the golf ball. Last, with confidence, trust your aim and alignment and make your best effort to create the shot. Even if you do not hit it perfectly, it will likely be on line, heading towards the intended target—a great miss at the very least!
With experience and repetition, this pre-shot routine will become automatic. So remember, left is in fact right! Take time to work on a quality pre-shot routine because if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.
This week's tip courtesy of Deb Vangellow, Sweetwater Country Club in Houston, Texas
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GOLF QUOTE OF THE WEEK
I had a wonderful experience on the golf course today. I had a hole in nothing. Missed the ball and sank the divot.
-- Don Adams
GOLF CALENDAR 2004
05/02 Paul Dicenzo Memorial Golf Outing, Pine Knob
05/16 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Outing-Indianwood
05/17 2004 CAN AM Cup, Port Huron Golf Club
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.
06/05 Greyhound Tournament, Cattails GC, South Lyon
06/12 Dick Weber Memorial Golf Tournament, Michaywe Pines, Gaylord
06/16 Washtenaw County Hospitality Golf Outing, Lake Forest GC, Ann Arbor
06/21 Mel Trotters Marathon of Hope, Kent Country Club, Grand Rapids
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
06/28-29 Tylenol Par-3 Shootout, Treetops Resort,
06/28-30 Michigan Girls Jr. Amateur-Midland CC
06/27- 5th Annual Great Lakes Junior Masters Golf Championship, Shanty
07/02 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
07/23-28 Michigan PGA Womens's Open Pro-Am and Tournament 2004, Crystal Mountain
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.
Michigan Golf Calendar 2005
01-27-30 PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, FL
02/25-27 Lansing Golf Show, Lansing Center, Lansing
03/05 Midland Golf Show, Valley Plaza Resort
03/11-13 Michigan Golf Show, Novi Expo, Novi
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Golf Association of Michigan
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Michigan Section PGA
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
Michigan High School Athletic Association
Hichigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association
National Golf Course Owners Association
National Golf Foundation
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