Michigan Golf News
May 30, 2008 - Vol. 8, No. 22
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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/
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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
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Edited by Art McCafferty
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__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER ON THE ROAD
Lake Orion- Michigan Golf Hall of Fame
__/ ATSMA WINS WEST MICHIGAN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
By Greg Johnson-The Grand Rapids Press
__/ FROM THE VAULT: "BUICK OPEN LIMBO - HOW LOW CAN THE GO?" By Jack Saylor
In celebration of the upcoming 50th Buick Open
__/ BOOK REVIEW: "THE RIGHT STICKS" By Tom Wishon with Tom Grunder
__/ THE NATURAL LAWS OF GOLF
__/ UPCOMING MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOWS
__/ HOLE IN ONE CLUB
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
__/ VIDEO GALLERIES
__/ HELP DESK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ supplied by Jim Neff
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MICHIGAN GOLFER ON THE ROAD
Lake Orion-Indianwood CC -Michigan Golf Hall of Fame
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.
Our selection this week, is from the Hall of Fame class of 2006, Thomas Chrisholm. Chrisholm was a long time executive of the Golf Association of Michigan and then also served the U.S.G.A. for a stint. Jack Berry, a Hall of Famer himself, conducts our interview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWGvnRu7Kc0
In addition, you can view the 16 videos we already have of Michigan Hall of Fame members at http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/ghf/
ATSMA WINS WEST MICHIGAN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
By Greg Johnson-The Grand Rapids Press
BELDING -- Eric Atsma plans to turn professional and make a living playing tournament golf after one more summer as an amateur.
The Caledonia resident started his final amateur season with a hot putter and a win in the West Michigan Amateur Championship on Sunday at Candlestone Resort.
Atsma, 22, a recent graduate of the University of Findlay, rolled in six birdies in a closing 2-under-par 70 to secure his first major title on the local men's scene in come-from-behind fashion.
The former South Christian standout finished at 4-over-par 220 in chilly and windy conditions, two shots in front of defending champion Tom Werkmeister, who shot a final-round 76, and Scott Worst, who shot 77.
Eight-time champion Bob Sakocius shot 75 for 223 and fourth place, and Drew Preston (72) and Cameron Thomas (77) tied for fifth at 224.
"I didn't hit it all that well, but the putter got hot in the final round and I made six birdies," Atsma said. "It feels great to win. I haven't won a tournament in just over a year, so it's time to get one and get some confidence with it."
MORE AT MLIVE - http://www.mlive.com/sports/grpress/index.ssf?/base/sports-1/1211201105199110.xml&coll=6
Video of Championship: http://youtube.com/watch?v=iJ_5Qd96_vU
FROM THE VAULT: "BUICK OPEN LIMBO - HOW LOW CAN THE GO?" By Jack Saylor
In celebration of the upcoming 50th Buick Open
Here comes the good old Buick Open, the All-American shoot-out at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, a tournament and a 7,000-yard course that combine to inspire golf's version of that happy pastime born in Caribbean bars - the limbo.
For every player that enters this event, the question is the same: How low can you go? It has been a slow, strange metamorphosis of Warwick Hills, which debuted on the PGA Tour in 1958 as the longest tournament track, to one in which scoring records are seemingly up for grabs every year.
In its early days, the course had little to recommend it. It was just long, long, long and not even completely grown in when Billy Casper won the inaugural Buick Open at three-under-par, a shot in front of Arnold Palmer and Ted Kroll.
But the Buick hospitality, the unheard of perk of courtesy cars and the tour's first $50,000, then $100,000 payoff kept the big names coming. The winners were big-time, even if the scores weren't that great. Jackie Burke, Tony Lema, Tom Weiskopf and Julius Boros, all won the title at no more than eight under par.
Boros, on the first of two championships, had the best score of 12 tournaments of the Early Buick Period, 14-under 274 in 1963.
The scores began to tumble after Joe Lee's great revisions of Warwick Hills, which trimmed off some the excess length and made the course an interesting trip. But it still took time as the patient people at Buick, with Buick and Buick Goodwrench joining forces, to get better dates and attract the name players to the now lush, vulnerable acreage.
Peter Jacobsen approached Boros' best early score as he won the final Buick Goodwrench Open, his initial tour victory, at 12-under 276.
But that tore the wraps off . . . the Buick Open was back, big time. It didn't help Warwick's defenses any when rain - usually a minimum of one day in every tournament - softened the course, left the big greens prime targets for the outstanding field's dart practice with their approach irons.
The winning score tumbled each year for four years after Hale Irwin's 277 in the first re-born Buick in 1981. It was lowered to Lanny Wadkins' 273, Wayne Levi's 272, Denis Watson's 271 to Ken Green in 1985 when he tumbled the tally to 20-under 268.
Since then, all bets have been off. Just two years later, following Ben Crenshaw's modest 15-under270 in '86, an unobtrusive pro named Robert Wrenn walked in unannounced and ripped the unsuspecting Warwick asunder with his 1987 victory at 262. The thunderous 26-under-par was barely one too many to join Ben Hogan (1945) and Souchak ('55) in the PGA Tour's all-time record book.
That figure has since gone by the boards on the Tour and while Wrenn's record remains intact in Grand Blanc, players are taking hellish potshots at it.
Wrenn, unable to work that kind of magic anywhere else (his lone victory was the '87 Buick), but the challenge was there. Justin Leonard reached 22-under in '96, Rocco Mediate got it to 20-under in 2000 and last summer Kenny Perry nudged within a stroke of Wrenn as he won with 25-under 263.
Along the way, Perry became the first player in tour history to shoot 29 twice in the same tournament, doing it in the second round and again in the third. Amazingly, he held the spotlight only overnight as Billy Mayfair showed up with an early tee time in the final round, picked on the still unscarred greens and proceeded to shoot virtually zero . . . well, not quite.
But the blond putting machine from Arizona went on a tear with the best birdie-eagle streak in Tour history, making birdie, then an eagle, then followed with six more birdies. Resulting was the best sub-par nine holes ever recorded, 27, plus the Buick Open's best-ever 18 holes, 11-under-par 61. Still, Mayfair had to settle for a 14th place tie as Chris DiMarco and Jim Furyk finished two shots behind Perry, despite being 23 shots under par.
So where does it all end?
We caught up with Mayfair earlier this summer and asked about the Buick. "It's a birdie-fest up there,'' he said, then, after mulling the way modern players and their equipment and the golf balls they use are turning nearly every course to mush, he added:
"I don't think they've hit the limit there, probably not. For the Buick, it depends a lot on the weather. If they get a lot of rain and the course gets soft, we can shoot a lot of low numbers.''
There are a lot of outstanding putters out there nowadays, but Mayfair says low scores can be attained, even by putters not nearly as proficient as himself.
"If you can hit it close, you can make putts," he said, then added with a laugh, "and absolutely remember that everything breaks to Flint."
The limbo game goes on. How low can they set the bar and who can wiggle under? MG
* This article was written by the late Jack Saylor for our August 2002 issue.
BOOK REVIEW: "THE RIGHT STICKS" By Tom Wishon with Tom Grunder
This seems to be the definitive word on the science of club making. It is, in fact, a required read for new members of the British PGA. Wishon's clubs have been used for 33 years, some winding up in major tournaments like the Ryder Cup and PGA. Revered club maker Arnold Palmer, endorses the book and says that he has learned much from Wishon. The golf writing duo also authored, "In Search of the Perfect Golf Club" and "In Search of the Perfect Driver"
The book is wonderful at dispelling golf myths, but also focuses on ajj the basics as the chapter headings denote. Headings include; Clubheads, Shafts, The Assembled Club, Fitting, Grips and Golf Balls, Special Population, The Golf Industry and The Mother Of All Myths. Finally, he gives you some thoughts on where you can find clubmakers in your state.
It is the latest golf book from Sports Media Group, a publishing firm in Ann Arbor. They were very active under the leadership of Skip Dewall, then grew quiet when the golf book market went South. The publishing house seems to focus on niche books in the industry and has published a surprising number of them. http://www.greatgolfbooks.com/
THE NATURAL LAWS OF GOLF
1. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the footprint.
2. Don't buy a putter until you've had a chance to throw it.
3. Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe.
4. If you want to hit a 7-iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard.
5. To calculate the speed of a player's downswing, multiply the speed of his backswing by his handicap. Example: backswing 20 mph, handicap 15, downswing 300mph.
6. There are two things you can learn by stopping your backswing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove.
7. Hazards attract; fairways repel.
8. You can put "draw" on the ball, you can put "fade" on the ball, but no golfer can put "straight" on the ball.
9. A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.
10. If there is a ball in the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker.
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Jim McIntyre for these chestnuts.
HOLE IN ONE CLUB
Wayne Stewart, of Troy, aced the 142 yard 11th hole at the Beacon Hill Club. He has been playing this game for 55 of his 68 years, and this is his first one. He used his trusty 5-iron and there was no doubt when the ball left the clubface. Cheers.
UPCOMING MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOWS
Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Videos
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
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
Video: 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
Video: 2007 http://youtube.com/watch?v=U9gOvRGTgP8
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
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
The Natural http://glsp.com/natural/
True North http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/truenorth/
HELP DESK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ supplied by Jim Neff
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