Michigan Golf News
May 21, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 21
MGN ON THE ROAD
MGN was the guest of Susy Avery and Andrew Johnson of the Henry Ford Museum. The Henry Ford will be hosting Irish Night during the Ryder Cup week. The Irish will continue to celebrate the fact that they are hosting the 2006 Ryder Cup. Damien Ryan, a representative indicated that American golfers have played hundreds of thousands of rounds on their courses since Ireland was awarded the 2006 playing for the Cup. Find out about that and more at http://michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/show7/index.html
If you have not visited the Henry Ford lately, do it. They have completely revamped the Village, have an Imax that constantly sells out, have redone many of their displays, have made it kid friendly, have great restaurants and a "can do" attitude. I have visited the place many, many times in my life, but I was just blown away by what they have done.
Lots of things happening in our flagship city. MGN spent 24 Hours in Detroit, and while we did not have the Kiefer Sutherland excitement, had excitement none-the-less. We took in the Greek Arts Festival, watched the last five innings of a Tiger loss to Texas, caught the Seinfeld show at the Fox, had an adult beverage while listening to LeAnn Rimes at the Detroit Country Hoedown, walked along the new Detroit River Walk, breakfasted in Greektown, visited the Eastern Market which was featuring Flower Day and then left the city under sunny skies to visit Indianwood in Lake Orion for the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.
We noticed considerable construction going on in the downtown. The GM headquarters is nearing completion, the Detroit River Walk is becoming a reality, new hotel properties are rising, developers are submitting proposals to GM to construct additional dwelling and office spaces next to their headquarters located on the Detroit River.
I would think that the visiting Ryder Cup folks will find enough interesting things to do during their week long stay.
Ken Griffiths, main buyer for the Boyne Country Sports store on Woodward, welcomed the great sunny and warm day we were having. The Woodward store also houses the Boyne Real Estate office.
Ken indicated that Boyne Country Sports will hosted a "Women's Night" at its Bloomfield Hills location on Thursday, May 20 from 6 to 9 P.M.. The women saw the latest in golf equipment and apparel. Manufacturers representatives were on hand to discuss what's new for the 2004 season. Additionally, information on fitness and swing technique, complimentary beverages and hors d' oeuvres, and great prizes were offered. For information on other Womens' Nights, please call the store at (248) 338-0803.
Indianwood CC hosted the latest Michigan Golf Hall of Fame meeting. It was a wonderful day for golf at the facility. The Hall of Fame inducted, Dan Pohl, Elaine Crosby, Mary Jane Anderson, Lloyd Syron and the late Jack Saylor. MG/TV will have a show on the festivities early next month.
See Jack Berry's article on the Michigan Golf HOF http://www.webgolfer.com/news/051404.html
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-MIKE TIRICO
MG/TV-"Mike Tirico at the GAM"
Mike Tirico, ABC broadcaster, headlined the annual GAM get together at the Detroit Golf Club last week. Tirico, who has lived in Michigan for the past five years, is a member of Barton Hills CC in Ann Arbor. Doug White of Barton Hills accompanied him. Here are his remarks
MGN/MICHIGAN TALK RADIO NETWORK
This morning, MGN will be visiting the studios of the Michigan Talk Radio in Charlevoix to talk golf. We will be chatting about golf with Shawn Peterson, host of Michigan Talk Radio. MGN has been featured on Friday's from 10:35 to 10:55 on many of the following stations.
Currently the Michigan Talk Radio Network line up of affiliates includes:
Call Letters Location Dial Position
MLIVE Internet mlive.com
WQTX Lansing 92.7 FM
WBBL Grand Rapdis 1340 AM
WTRX Flint 1330 AM
WVFN Lansing 730 AM
WQSN Kalamazoo 1660 AM
WDOW Dowagiac 1440 AM
WMUS Muskegon 1090 AM
WMIQ Iron Mountain 1450 AM
WDMJ Marquette 1320 AM
WIAN Ispheming 1320 AM
WJML Petoskey 1110 AM
WWKK Petoskey 750 AM
WMMI Mt. Pleasant 830 AM
WMFN Grand Rapids 640 AM
WKLA Ludington 1450 AM
WMTE Manistee 1340 AM
WLDR Traverse City 1210 AM
WBCH Hastings 1220 AM
WSGW Saginaw 790 AM
WTVB Coldwater 1590 AM
WABJ Adrian 1490 AM
WSJM Benton Harbor 1400 AM
WIDG St. Ignace 940 AM
WMIC Sandusky 660 AM
WHAK Rogers City 960 AM
WBRN Big Rapids 1460 AM
WXDX Detroit 1310 AM
WTKG Grand Rapids 1230 AM
A-GA-MING DESIGNED BY CHICK HARBERT
Just wanted to make a small correction about A-Ga -Ming. It was my distinct pleasure to work for Chick Harbert and Bill Siebenthaler at A-GA-Ming for 8 years back in the 80's. Chick was a great guy and deserves the recognition, especially with the way he felt about Hagen! Just wanted to let you know. Hope all is well.
*Note-A PR we ran last week, mentioned that Walter Hagen was involved with the design of A-Ga.Ming. Ken is setting the record straight here.
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Ken Anderson of Shanty Creek for the correction.
MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE MAY/JUNE 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: THE LEGENDARY TOM BENDELOW
By Art McCafferty
Tom Bendelow, built 55 golf courses in Michigan, and not many people know that. However, his grandson, Stuart, is on a mission to make sure his grandfather gets his rightful place in golf course architecture. This is a little known story that will get bigger.
CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COMING UP THIS SUMMER
By Managing Editor Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill, makes sure that we know everything we need to know about this summer's golf championships. One of the upcoming tournaments is the Bay Mills Open. See Tim Hygh's interview with Tournament Director Mike Husby at http://www.michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/showdgc/
WESTERN MICHIGAN'S JUNIOR GOLF TOURNAMENTS
By Managing Editor-Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill brings us up to date on the 21st edition of this tournament and all the work that founder Ed Ripmaster has done to make sure junior golfers have tournaments to play in.
By Mike Shiels
Mike Shiels takes us on another tour or southern golf. Our wandering reporter, takes a well rested vacation after writing, "The Works of Art", to bring us up to date with Mississippi golf.
*Note- You can also catch some of these Mississippi courses, with Bill Shelton's visit two years ago on one of our Michigan Golfer Television Shows http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/show2/index.html
A JEWEL REPOLISHED
By Marc Van Soest
In the last issue of the MG, we brought our readers the story of W. Bruce Matthews and his detailed his contributions to Michigan golf architecture. http://MICHIGANGOLFER.COM/spring04/spring0304-4.pdf In this issue, Marc VanSoest chronicles the changing face of the course that was near and dear to W. Bruce Matthews heart, the Grand Haven Golf Course.
RYDER CUP CAPTAINS CHALLENGE
By Art McCafferty
The Detroit Golf Club will host the Ryder Cup Captains Challenge on September 15. Lee Woodruff, COO of DGC, brings us up to date with this portion of our Ryder Celebration in this article.
Check out our interview with Lee at http://www.michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/showdgc/
SLICE OF LIFE
By Terry Moore
Terry Moore, who has had some problems with his back, tells us about his problems in his “Slice of Ache” column.
MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE MAY/JUNE ISSUE NOW ONLINE EVERYWHERE
19TH HOLE-WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE FAIRWAY?
GEORGE W. BUSH
We don't really care why the chicken crossed the fairway. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either against us or for us. There is no middle ground here.
Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.
Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road I am now against it!
The chicken's habitat on the other side of the road had been polluted by unchecked industrial greed. The chicken did not reach the unspoiled habitat on the other side of the road because it was crushed by the wheels of a gas-guzzling SUV.
I don't know why the chicken crossed the road, but I'll bet it was getting a government grant to cross the road, and I'll bet that somebody out there is already forming a support group to help chickens with crossing-the-road syndrome. Can you believe this? How much more of this can real Americans take? Chickens crossing the road paid for by their tax dollars. And when I say tax dollars, I'm talking about your money, money the government took from you to build a road for chickens to cross.
No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
Because the chicken was gay --- isn't it obvious? Can't you people see the plain truth in front of your face? The chicken was going to the "other side." That's what they call it the other side. Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we Boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like "the other side."
Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad?
Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.
To die in the rain. Alone.
Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart-warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.
Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together - in peace.
To boldly go where no chicken has ever gone before.
I have just witnessed eChicken2003, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook and Internet explorer is an integral part of eChicken.
I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of chicken?
Did I miss one?
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Jim Neff for this material.
TREVINO AND CHI CHI RODRIGUEZ TO PLAY AT FORD SENIOR PLAYERS
Lee Trevino and Chi Chi Rodriguez have accepted exemptions to play in the 22nd edition of the Ford Senior Players Championship.
Trevino won 29 tournaments on both the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour. He is second to Hale Irwin on the all-time wins list with 39, but never captured the Ford Senior Players title.
Rodriguez won eight times on the PGA TOUR and 22 times on the Champions Tour. Chi Chi won the 1986 Ford Senior Players Championship.
The complete list of Ford Senior Players Championship Points is available
HARBOR LINKS PUBLISHING ROLLS OUT NEW TOME:
SOUTHERN GOLF ASSOCIATION: THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS
The names of the great players from the South are ringing like a Who’s Who of Golf. Starting with the greatest of them all – Bobby Jones – the list includes names from nearly every era of the 20th Century, to current PGA Tour stars such as Justin Leonard and Charles Howell III.
These and many other great players are highlighted in a book entitled Southern Golf Association: The First Hundred Years. The author is Tennessee historian Gene Pearce, and the book was published for the SGA by Harbor Links Publishing of Dexter, MI, a small niche publishing company owned by former GAM executive director Brett Marshall.
The book is available for purchase through the Southern Golf Association at a retail price of $35.00. http://www.sgagolf.com
Harbor Links Publishing specializes in golf club and association histories, organizational and corporate histories and other golf and sports-related subjects. http://www.harborlinkspublishing.com
TREETOPS AND THREETOPS ARE TOPS
Golf Digest latest "Best Places to Play 2004-2005" list includes three courses at Treetops Resort which earned 41/2-star ratings. The courses are the Robert Trent Jones' Masterpiece, Tom Fazio's Premier, and Rick Smith's Signature.
Treetops is home to the ESPN Par-3 Shootout (June 28-29, 2004). This year's field consists of Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Fuzzy Zoeller and Lee Trevino. It was also the site for "The Big Break," a reality golf show featured on the Golf Channel. http://www.treetops.com
GOLF IS FRENCH?
The new, "Golf Through The Ages" book just released by Golf Links Press, indicated that the game actually started in France. The book was written and researched authors Mike Flannery and Richard Leech. Say the authors, "Golf evolved in the Loire region, meaning French-with medieval roots in the brutal precursors of rugby, hockey, lacrosse and other games such as European pallemall, Flemish colf, and Dutch kolf and ijskolf."
Taken and edited from an article in the Wall Street Journal, May 7, 2004
CATTAILS GOLF CLUB IN INDIANA
Indiana PGA golf professionals, Jeff and Brad Mays, have purchased Elwood Country Club and renamed it Cattails Golf Club. The existing golf course is undergoing restoration. At completion, this project will provide an eighteen hole golf course for public play. Formerly a private country club, the original nine hole golf course, Cattails Golf Club, is now open for public play.
The original none hole golf course was constructed in 1924. It was designed by golf architect, William (Bill) Diddel. Bill Diddel, a native hoosier, is one of America’s great golf course architects. He was a charter member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. The ASGCA, formed in 1947 at Pinehurst, included in its membership distinguished golf architects Donald Ross, Stanley Thompson and Robert Trent Jones, among others.
Bill worked on more than 250 golf courses, mostly in the midwest. Many of his golf courses are in small towns. He always felt an obligation to promote the game to all walks of life, especially in his home state of Indiana. Some of Diddel's Michigan courses include the original Shanty Creek course and The Classic at the Otsego club.
Taken and edited from an email from Ron Kern, ASGCA
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GOLF QUOTE OF THE WEEK
In primitive society, when native tribes beat the ground with clubs and yelled, it was called witchcraft; today, in civilized society, it is called golf.
GOLF CALENDAR 2004
05/29–30 Harry Melling Memorial Invitation
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 and Spa.
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
08/05 32nd Michigan State Junior Golf Championship, A-GA-MING
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
09/04-05 Par-3 Amateur Shootout
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
09/25-27 Pepsi® Fall Charity Invitational
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
03/26-27 Lakeshore Golf Show and Travel Show
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 High School Athletic Association
Hichigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association
National Golf Course Owners Association
National Golf Foundation
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