Michigan Golf News
May 23, 2008 - Vol. 8, No. 21
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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
Michigan Golfer News http://www.michigangolfer.com/news.html
Michigan Golfer Television http://michigangolfer.tv/archives.html
Michigan Golfer Magazine http://www.webgolfer.com/#pastissues
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__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER ON THE ROAD
Pebble Beach, California -Cypress Point Golf Club
Lake Orion-Indianwood CC
__/ PARDON OUR MISINFORMATION: CANDLESTONE GC IS A JERRY MATTHEWS DESIGN
__/ PGA OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES SEASON OF WOMEN'S GOLF INITIATIVES
__/ OAKLAND HILLS' PROUD PGA PROFESSIONAL LEGACY
__/ AFSCME COUNCIL 25 SETS OUTING DATE
__/ JUNIOR GOLF JOURNAL TEES UP A GREAT START FOR YOUNG GOLFERS
__/ CRANBROOK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE WILL HOST THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY EXHIBIT
__/ GOLF COURSE VIDEO PREVIEWS
__/ UPCOMING MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOWS
__/ AFSCME COUNCIL 25 SETS OUTING DATE
__/ 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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MICHIGAN GOLFER ON THE ROAD
Lake Orion-Indianwood CC
The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame folks put together another enjoyable outing for this year's inductees; Ken Janke, Meriam Leeke, John Morgan and the fine folks of The Buick Open. We had the opportunity to catch some of the action from the event and will bring you some interviews done by Jack Berry and Susan Bairley in the coming weeks.
For now, you can view the 16 videos we have of Michigan Hall of Fame members at http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/ghf/
Pebble Beach, California -Cypress Point Golf Club
We reported a couple of weeks ago that we had visited the Country Club in Brookline Massachusetts and chatted with their staff about the book and movie, "The Greatest Game Ever Played, written by Mark Frost and directed by Tom Paxton. It was a companion piece to go with a 2005 video we did with Mike Shiels interviewing Paxton about the movie for the Michigan Golfer http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/greatestgame/ . As we were picking up a few goodies at the Country Club, Nathan Ollhoff, an Assistant PGA Golf Professional, suggested we pick up Mark Frost's latest book "The Match". "The Match" captures a storied match at Cypress Point between two amateurs, Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward and two professionals, Ben Hogan and Bryon Nelson.
At this week's Michigan Hall of Fame dinner, we had the chance to chat with Tom Chisholm, while the players were winding up their round, and he raved about the book. He also indicated that if he had one round to play, he would like to play it on the Cypress course.
Armed with the book and the conversation with Chisholm, we scheduled a visit to Cypress Point this week to do a little more research. Jim Langley, the club pro, who we had met in our last visit, almost 18 years ago, had recently retired. However, we did have an opportunity to look around a few minutes. A few minutes was enough, the course was staggering in its beauty. It also assisted in framing the great match that took place there in 1956.
Cypress Point Golf Club used to be in the rotation at the Bing Crosby tournament, but got bumped after the New York Times ran a story about Vice President Dan Quayle playing the course in 1990. The rub, was that the club, at the time, had an all-white membership. In September of that year, the Professional Golfers Association ruled Cypress Point ineligible for the 1991 A.T.& T. Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
OAKLAND HILLS' PROUD PGA PROFESSIONAL LEGACY
From now until the PGA Championship in August, The PGA of America will be sending out a brief newsletter with insider facts and information about the Championship, the host club, the host community, and other golf-related topics that we hope golf enthusiasts around the world will find fun and interesting.
A Candid Moment with Walter Hagan
Before he was a flamboyant, charming and skilled major champion, Walter Hagen toiled and campaigned for social acceptance of the golf professional. Hagen's first head professional position was at Oakland Hills Country Club, where his golf shop was an old chicken coop on the south side of Maple Road.
From 1916 to 1919, during which time Hagen helped found The PGA of America, there began a legacy of high-profile and successful PGA Professionals at Oakland Hills.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Hagen would later call Michigan home and would spend years in one of the guest rooms overlooking the first tee in a clubhouse that was opened in 1922, and has since undergone a magnificent renovation.
Pat Croswell, PGA head professional
Pat Croswell, the eighth in a proud roster of Oakland Hills head professionals, has been with the club since 1981. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Croswell turned professional in 1975, and after serving as an assistant at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, arrived at Oakland Hills.
In 1986, at age 31, Croswell succeeded Al Mengert, a legendary player in Michigan PGA golf annals, as head professional.
"When I arrived at Oakland Hills, my goal was to get an assistant professional position at a great club," said Croswell. "When the position of head professional opened up, it was a dream come true. But, it also has been truly special to be part of the families that represent this club, and part of any golf professional's goal is to see them enjoying the game. I feel fortunate to be a part of this club and I still feel that way. It's one of those places you walk in and you know it's special.
"I have had wonderful assistants over the years who have gone on to great positions around the country. Their dedication and hard work has been a great thing for the membership."
Croswell, who has witnessed major championships and many special moments at Oakland Hills, including watching his childhood idol Jack Nicklaus compete, said his top moment in golf came when the club honored him for 25 years of service.
Since it hosted the U.S. Open in 1996, Oakland Hills has been the site of the 2002 U.S. Amateur and the 2004 Ryder Cup. This summer, Oakland Hills will host the 90th PGA Championship.
"I guarantee you that few other clubs or membership in the country has been able to do that in a 12-year span," said Croswell. "Augusta National Golf Club gives up its course annually, but its membership base is vastly different and not full-time residents."
Included in Oakland Hills' "Vision Statement" is a paragraph that symbolizes the membership's ongoing commitment to being a host of major golf.
"Our golf courses and members have played, and will continue to play an integral part in the history of golf in the United States. We are dedicated to providing the resources necessary to preserve our courses as championship venue and as hosts to state, national and international championships. Our members fully understand the responsibilities and sacrifices involved with our role in golf history and accept them gladly."
The words could easily have been written by Hagen, whose spirit smiles down from the upper floor of the majestic clubhouse as Oakland Hills once again prepares for another major championship.
The Great Eight -- Oakland Hills' Host Professionals
1916-1919- Walter Hagen
World Golf Hall of Fame, winner of 11 majors
1920-1924- Mike Brady
PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame, Western Open Champion, runner-up in 1911, 1919 U.S. Open
1924-1930- Ernie Ford
1930-1966- Al Watrous
3-time Senior PGA Champion, 2-time U.S. Ryder Cup Team member; Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
1967-1972- Mike Souchak
2-time U.S. Ryder Cup Team member; 16 PGA Tour victories
1973- Leo Conroy
1974-1986 - Al Mengert
Legendary Michigan PGA performer
1987-Present- Pat Croswell
Premier leader, inspiration to young professionals
Contributing Editor: Bob Denney, Senior Association Writer, The PGA of America
Tickets to the Season's Final Major, the 90th PGA Championship, Aug. 4-10, are now on sale! This major championship will be contested on the historic South Course at Oakland Hills Country Club located in the Bloomfield Township in Southeastern Mich.
Tickets range in price from $30 -- $700, and may be purchased by visiting www.pga2008.com or by calling 1-800-PGA-GOLF. Make sure to reserve your ticket today while they are still available!
Oakland Hills CC with Robert Trent Jones http://youtube.com/watch?v=STo939AIWbY
PARDON OUR MISINFORMATION: CANDLESTONE GC IS A JERRY MATTHEWS DESIGN
A couple of weeks ago, when we were reporting on the sale of Candlestone Golf and Resort, we indicated that it was a W. Bruce Matthews design. At last week's Michigan Hall of Fame dinner, Jerry Matthews pulled us aside and set the record straight by indicating that he was the designer. Our apologies for the mistake.
Here is our video gallery of Jerry Matthews golf courses:
Antrim Dells http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcBnINXVRsc
Buck's Run GC http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/jerrymatthews/
Cutter's Ridge GC http://youtube.com/watch?v=9gpkp83VAzc
Majestic at Lake Walden http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/jerrymatthews/
Natural GC at Marsh Ridge http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/jerrymatthews/
Timberstone GC http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/jerrymatthews/
PGA OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES SEASON OF WOMEN'S GOLF INITIATIVES
The PGA of America recently announced a busy schedule of women's golf initiatives ranging from grassroots player development, an online video series, an alliance with the WNBA, Play Golf America Days and special events in conjunction with major spectator championships to help grow this influential segment of golfers and bring more women to the game.
PGA of America research revealed that women accounted for 63 percent of all the new players to the game of golf through 2006, while the National Golf Foundation reported in 2007 that the total women players in the U.S. grew to 64 million, an eight percent growth since 2002, including 926,000 junior girls ages 6 to 17 and 5.5 million women ages 18-and-older.
"The PGA of America recognizes the key role that women players have in the growth of the game of golf," said PGA of America President Brian Whitcomb. "Our Association is engaging our membership to reach out to their local communities; to encourage facilities to participate in American Express Women's Golf Month, to take advantage of Play Golf America Days and market to this influential segment of the game.
"The woman golfer is a vital key to the game's vitality, and we are pleased with the initial response to these programs in bringing more to the game and sustaining interest among many age divisions."
The women's initiatives coincided this week with The PGA of America presenting the 2008 PGA First Lady of Golf Award to LPGA and PGA Professional Carol Mann, who conducted a clinic Monday afternoon for the Rochester Chapter of the Executive Women's Golf Association.
Taken and edited from a PGA of America release.
AFSCME COUNCIL 25 SETS OUTING DATE
The AFSCME Council 25 of Southfield will hold its golf outing to benefit the Mental Health Association in MichiganA on ugust 22, 2008, 8:00 am. at the IMA Brookwood Golf Club located at 6045 Davison Road, in Burton.
For more information contact http://www.mha-mi.org
Contact Person: Bill Tennant, 248-647-1711
Contact: Cyndi Summers, email@example.com or 586-945-8775
JUNIOR GOLF JOURNAL TEES UP A GREAT START FOR YOUNG GOLFERS
The Junior Golf Journal, a series of books for young golfers by author Susan Greene, is a serious tool for helping junior golfers--ages 8 to 17--improve their game, and it's a handsome keepsake, as well.
The beautifully illustrated, spiral-bound volume includes tabbed dividers, a scorecard pocket and plenty of room for writing. Sections are devoted to Goal Setting; Golf Lessons; Statistics; Practice, Practice, Practice; The Longest Drive; Tournament Play; Rounds to Remember; A Different Course; It's A Ringer; and Free Form. Tips and advice, along with inspirational quotes from golf greats Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez, Gary Player ("The harder I practice, the luckier I get") and others make this a highly useful book, and the charming illustrations by Dagne Angersbach Klavins add to its keepsake value.
"This book is designed to help junior players improve their game, track their progress, preserve golf memories...and have fun along the way," emphasizes author Greene of Troy, Mich., herself a club champion. She dedicates the book to her junior-golfer daughter, Jamie.
Susan Greene is author of five books, including a delightful series for younger children: The ABC's of Golf, Count on Golf, Consider it Golf and Swing into Opposites with Golf.
The Junior Golf Journal, from Excel Publishing, retails for $24.95 and can be purchased in bookstores, through online retailers and at http://www.childrensgolfbooks.com.
CRANBROOK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE WILL HOST THE PGA CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY EXHIBIT
The PGA Championship History Exhibit Presented by The Royal Bank of Scotland, opens May 23-July 30 at Cranbrook Institute of Science. This popular and historical exhibit offers an unprecedented opportunity to get an in-depth look at one of the sport's major tournaments.
"Cranbrook Institute of Science is proud to be a part of the excitement of the 90th PGA Championship by serving as the host site for this spectacular exhibit," says Institute Director Dr. Michael Stafford. "We know public interest will be very strong, and we're excited that his exhibit makes the museum the ultimate rental venue for the golf enthusiast."
The PGA Championship History Exhibit combines both golf artifacts and memorabilia that reveal the history and tradition of the PGA Championship and its past 89 champions. The exhibit features acclaimed memorabilia such as Jack Nicklaus' putter after capturing the 1980 PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson's wedge that clinched his victory on the 18th hole in 2005, a straw hat worn by Sam Snead and the legendary Walter Hagen's walking stick. Following its run at Cranbrook Institute of Science, a portion of the exhibit will move to Oakland Hills Country Club for the duration of the 90th PGA Championship.
Volunteers are needed to help staff this exhibit during its run at Cranbrook Institute of Science - to become a PGA volunteer, please contact Laura Dodd, Manager of Visitor Services, at 248 645.3211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taken and edited from a Golf and Resort Marketing release
GOLF COURSE VIDEO PREVIEWS
Michigan Golf News is being sent from California this week as we are in Chico attending the graduation of our daughter, Heather, who is just finishing up her Master's degree. Since we have traded off time in front of our computer for time to enjoy a pub crawl in California, we leave you with some great video to watch during our brief hiatus.
Golf Courses - Michigan
Antrim Dells GC
Buck's Run GC
Cutter's Ridge GC
French Lick Resort- The Dye Course (Preview)
Hawk's Eye GC
Majestic at Lake Walden
Michaywe Pines GC
Natural GC at Marsh Ridge
Oakland Hills CC
Red Hawk GC'
Sweetgrass GC (Preview)
True North GC
Golf Courses - Out State
Quail Chase, Kentucky
Rose Creek, Oklahoma
The Bull of Pinehurst Farms, Wisconsin
UPCOMING MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOWS
Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Indianwood
Thomas Chisholm (2006)
Sara Wold (2003)
Betty Richart (2002)
Jeanne Myers (2006)
Golf for Breast Cancer Prevention - The Legend GC - Shanty Creek Resorts
Michigan Open Championship - Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Sights and Sounds of the Buick Open's 50th Anniversary
Tournament of Champions - Boyne Mountain
WJR's Fastest Round of Golf - Boyne Mountain
The Alpine Golf Course - Boyne Mountain
The Monument Golf Course - Boyne Mountain
Sights and Sounds of the PGA Championship
Amateur Par-3 Shootout - Treetops
Ryder Cup - Kentucky
21st Annual Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational - Treetops
2008 MICHIGAN GOLFER CALENDAR
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
2006 Michigan Amateur http://youtube.com/watch?v=m-69kM2wz30
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
9-12 The 1st Annual Greater Jackson Michigan Classic Golf Tournament, Arbor Hills Golf Club, Jackson
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
The Natural http://glsp.com/natural/
True North http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/truenorth/
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