Michigan Golf News |
June 22, 2007 - Vol. 7, No. 24
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Courses: Ridgeview, Manistee National, Black Forest, Otsego Club, Medalist, Grand
Blanc GC http://www.golfospreyonline.com/page/290-12546.htm
2007 Season Preview Videos
Manistee National- with Doug Bell http://michigangolfer.tv/2007shows/manisteepreview/index.html
Otsego Club- with Mark Hogan http://michigangolfer.tv/2007shows/otsegopreview/
GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA-GRAND NEW-HOST OF THE MICHIGAN OPEN
Web: Golf Packages http://www.grandtraverseresort.com/index.php/do/Golf_Packages
Web: Michigan PGA Open http://michigan.pga.com/index.cfm?listid=325&action=details&option=
THE NATURAL / MARSH RIDGE: CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF GREAT GOLF-JOIN US IN 2007
2007 Season Preview with Larry Bowden
Web: Golf Packageshttp://www.thenaturalgolf.com/rates.php
Video of The Natural Golf Course: http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/natural/
Spring Stay & Play packages start at just $69.95 per person/per night.
TREETOPS RESORT- CELEBRATING THE 20TH YEAR OF THE JONES MASTERPIECE
2007 Season Preview with Kevin McKinley http://michigangolfer.tv/2007shows/treetopspreview/
Web: Golf Packages http://treetops.com/index.php?method=golf&subpage=golfpackages
Video: Robert Trent Jones and his Masterpiece:
GLSP INTERNET TELEVISION NETWORK-**SHOWS NOW APPEARING ON YOU TUBE
Michigan Golfer Television http://michigangolfer.tv
Michigan Runner Television http://michiganrunner.tv
Michigan Skier Television http://miohiganskier.tv
Michigan Travel Television http://michigantravel.tv
Running Canada http://runningcanada.tv
You Tube http://youtube.com
Year to date network viewership 1,291,711
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
St. John's-The Emerald at Maple Creek
__/ WILL WEBER OF GAYLORD
__/ MAURIICE FLITCROFT "THE GREAT PRETENDER" PASSES
__/ THE BEAR AND WOLVERINE ARE IN TOP 40 CASINO COURSES
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER BUICK OPEN ARCHIVES
__/ THE SITE IS DOWN, BUT WE FEEL WE CAN RETRIEVE THE DATA
__/ IF YOU TELEVISE IT WILL THEY COME... AND SEE IT ?
__/ MICHIGAN OPEN VIDEOS
__/ TREETOPS RESORT ANNOUNCES $10,000 "HIGH FIVE" EVENT ON THREETOPS THIS WEEK
__/ MSU'S SARA BROWN, HOLLY NIEDERKOHR AND MANDI MCCONNELL MAKE IT TO THE ROUND OF 16
__/ THE FIRST TEE: THE REST OF THE REST OF THE STORY-THIS WEEK BATTLE CREEK
__/ TREETOPS RICK SMITH SIGNATURE, THE HEATHER AT BOYNE HIGHLANDS AND BLACK LAKE GC
CHOSEN FOR THE TOP 50 COURSES FOR WOMEN IN "GOLF FOR WOMEN"
__/ JUNE CALENDAR
__/ HOLE IN ONE CLUB
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER SPRING ISSUE
__/ UPCOMING SHOWS ON MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
__/ ARCHIVES-MICHIGAN GOLFER
2007 MICHIGAN GOLFER CALENDAR-JUNE
22-23 96th Michigan Amateur-Red Run Golf Club
See our 2006 Boyne Highlands coverage at
23 Golf Channel Amateur Tour-Mulberry Hill GC,Bloomfield Hills
25-27- 29th Michigan Girls Junior State Amateur -Owosso Country Club
26-27 Michigan Players Tour -The Ravines, Saugatuck
26-7-1 Buick Open, Warwick Hills G & CC, Grand Blanc
28-30 The Hickory Open, Belvedere CC
See our 2005 coverage at Kingsley Golf Club at
30 MIAGT at Devils Ridge GC, Oxford
MGN ON THE ROAD
St. John's-The Emerald at Maple Creek
The Emerald at Maple Creek came on board in 1996. Jerry Matthews was the course architect
and it was one he really enjoyed putting together. The Emerald has rolling hills
throughout and Maple Creek makes a number of appearances trying to entice your ball to
join it. It always seems to have that lush green look when you pass by it when heading to
or returning from up north on U.S. 127.
The Emerald has all the trappings for your round of golf or outing. They have a superb
range, grill area and well stocked pro shop. Kurt McDowell, a graduate from the Ferris
Management program, is the golf professional.
Jay Eccleton, CGCS, is now the Director of Golf Course Operations, having served as
superintendent for a number of years. They have freshened up their website by providing
more information and a breezier appearance. We video taped the course and will bring it
to you next year in all its green beauty.
Will Weber, son of Dick and Sharon Weber of Gaylord, grabbed some considerable real
estate on the front page of the Detroit Free Press's June 20th edition http://www.freep.co
m/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070620/SPORTS14/706200419 . Sharing front page space
with three Detroit Tiger stories and a header featuring Tiger Woods, the article by George
Sipple pointed out that Weber is a sleeper in this coming NHL draft.
The story is pertinent for the MGN as Will's father was the late Dick Weber, one of the
forces in developing the Gaylord Golf Mecca. Weber was tragically killed in a plane crash
during an approach to the Gaylord airport. While any death is tragic, the loss of Weber
was especially meaningful because of the legacy he was building. Weber, was the GM for
Otsego Club Resort and then worked for Jack Bott at Marsh Ridge. At the time of his death,
he was involved with a number of hotel properties in the north, both in management and
Weber played hockey at Cornell, along with his twin brother, Bill. He was also the force
behind building the hockey arena in Gaylord. . He was the epitome of cool and had a huge
following. Cheers to young Will and Cheers to his father, the late and great Dick Weber.
For a number of years after his death, the Gaylord area had a memorial golf tournament.
We attended one and had the opportunity to speak with many who new him and also got an
interview with members of his family inclding, Will,. Will spoke about his father's impact
on his life and particularly the game of hockey.
MAURICE FLITCROFT "THE GREAT PRETENDER" PASSES
The July Golf Digest, carries a story about the passing of Maurice Flitcroft, "The
Great Pretender". Flitcroft gained his "15 minutes of fame" by attempting
to qualify for the British Open, some six times in all. On his first attempt, he shot a
121. As he built his legend of golfoolery abroad, then Michigan Golfer Editor Terry Moore
and his brother, Tim, thought it would be a hoot to bring him to America and their
member-guest tournament they had named in his honor.
"'In the glow of making a hole-in-one in the first Flitcroft, I though, Wouldn't it
be great to bring Maurice over for the tournament?'" said Moore.
"In May 1988, Flitcroft and his wife came to Michigan. The man himself spoke to
gathered worshipers at the Blythefield Country Club. He said one relative was so
astonished by the Flitcroft's martial adventure that she said. "It the first time
they've been out of the house togerher since the gas oven exploded"
Quote taken from the July issue of Golf Digest's story on Flitcroft by Dave Kindred
THE BEAR AND WOLVERINE ARE IN TOP 40 CASINO COURSES
Golf Digest has come up with another list, this one on the top casino courses in the U.S.
Two of the four casino courses in Michigan, were named, The Bear tied for number 24 and
The Wolverine which came in at 39. Courses that did not make it were the The Lac Vieux
Desert Golf Course opened in 1998 and the Bay Mills owned Wild Bluff GC, which hosted
four Canadian Tour events. Lac Vieux plans on opening a second nine in 2008 while
Sweetgrass, a new championship golf course in Harris wiil open in 2008. Sweetgrass is the
property of the Island Resort Casino and is being designed by Paul Albanese and Chris
Video of Casino Courses
Wild Bluff GC at Brimley http://michigangolfer.tv/2002shows/show6/
Barona Valley, California http://michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/show25/index.html
MICHIGAN GOLFER BUICK OPEN ARCHIVES
As you begin to prepare for your Buick Open visit or telecast, here are some past stories
that might be a fun read for you.
2002 Buick Open Limbo-How Low Can They Go by Jack Saylor http://michigangolfer.com/aug02/b
2001 Buick Rolls into Warwick Hills by Jack Saylor http://www.webgolfer.com/aug01/buickop
2000 Buick's 10 Most Memorable Moments by Jack Saylor http://webgolfer.com/aug00/buick_top
1999 Mayfair Set for Buick Defense by Jack Saylor http://webgolfer.com/aug99/buick_lead.ht
1998 Berlick on the Buick by Jack Berry http://webgolfer.com/aug98/BERKLICH.html
1997 Justin Time- Leonard Defends at the Buick by Tom Cleary http://webgolfer.com/aug97/ju
1996 Austin Returns to Defend Buick by Brian Wright http://www.webgolfer.com/august/austi
THE SITE IS DOWN, BUT WE FEEL WE CAN RETRIEVE THE DATA
Those were the chilly words from Rick Rountree, the owner of our ISP (Internet Service
Provider) last week. Chilly in the respect that we have assembled some very valuable
content on that site since we began putting up golf videos in 2001. It was one of those
act of God deals, where a gusting wind knocked down a tree over a power line, that in turn
dropped down on a truck that resulted in a massive power surge that fried some of their
ISP storage devices. They had to hire a special data retrieval firm to capture the data,
with a cost of just over $5,000.
Rick Rountree is the CIO of Dundee Internet Service, one of three ISP companies, we have
three. He is also a former student of both Jennie and I during his master degree work at
EMU. He was such a bright student, we knew we wanted to go with his new company back in
2001. Rick proved that the A's we gave him were not fluke by moving quickly to correct
the of the situation.
We were down for about four days, and at 1,173 videos viewed per day, we inconvenienced a
little over 5,000 viewers. We alerted our clients of the situation and indicated the
service would be back up again.
I guess the point of this story is to alert you to what happened last week, when you had
problems logging on to our site. Secondly, for those of you that have content on the web,
you might want to find out the back up plans your ISP has for your data.
IF YOU TELEVISE IT WILL THEY COME... AND SEE IT?
Well yes, thanks to the newly improved Google search engine, they will come and come in
Earlier this month, Google announced that they had revamped their search engine. The newly
revamped search engine, will now steer searchers to digital books, movies, images, news
articles, maps and yes, video.
"The new search engine at google.com, whose features are going to be slowly rolled
out over the coming months, combines half a dozen search engines that were previously used
only by a handful of cognoscenti who knew where to find them on Google’s sprawling Web
Marissa Mayer, vice president of search and user experience, said the change represented
the first step toward “universal search” the ability for Google’s computers to sift
through digital content of all kinds in response to queries typed into the search box on
Google’s famous home page.
A request for the “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. provides an example of
what this means. While the old search engine linked to Web sites about King, the new
search engine provides the text of the speech and a video of the civil rights icon making
the speech as the top results."
We tested out the search engine with a number of our videos, and true to their word, each
of these videos appeared on the FRONT PAGE, a web publisher's dream.
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Native American Cup
Robert Trent Jones and Treetops
The Natural Golf Course
Timberstone Golf Course
Crim Festival of Races
Amazing Race Treetops
Around the Bay Road Race
Buck's Run Golf Course
Silver Lake / Hart Michigan
Obviously, this is great news for those golf courses that have invested in video for their
website, as traffic will continue to increase.
Thanks Google. Last year, over 600,000 viewers came to the Michigan Golfer Television
Channel. Now with this new search capability, those numbers should continue to soar.
Quote taken from ELISE ACKERMAN's article in the San Jose Mercury News
Issue date: 6/6/07 Section: BizTech
MICHIGAN OPEN VIDEOS
Our site was down last week, so we were not able to bring you these archived videos that
depict the last five winners at the Michigan Open.
2007 Andrew Ruthkoski with Jennie McCafferty-Coming Soon
2006 Scott Hebert with Jack Berry http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/michiganopen/
2005 Michael Harris with Tim Hygh http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/michiganopen/
2004 Jeff Roth with Tim Hygh http://michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/show23/index.html
2003 Bob Ackerman with Tim Hygh http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/show16/index.html
2002 Scott Hebert with Tim Hyghhttp://michigangolfer.tv/2002shows/show20/index.html
TREETOPS RESORT ANNOUNCES $10,000 "HIGH FIVE" EVENT ON THREETOPS
Golf fans can experience the excitement of Lee Trevino's one-lucrative swing of club.
Treetops Resort may not be hosting the Par 3 Shootout again until 2008 due to a one-year
hiatus granted by the PGA TOUR, but that does not mean golf fans cannot still experience
the excitement the event has brought for the previous eight years.
Where were you on July 30, 2001 when Lee Trevino was making history at Treetops Resort by
striking the single most lucrative shot in golf history earning him a total of $1,090,000
after the closest to the pin and the skin validation. On June 25 - 26, Treetops Resort is
giving golfers a chance to experience what Lee Trevino experienced by simply playing the
#1 ranked Par-3 course in the nation.
Every guest who plays a round on Threetops on Monday, June 25th or Tuesday, June 26th will
have the opportunity to win $10,000 should they ace the 150 yard 7th hole, "High
Five", that Lee Trevino made so famous. The best thing about this opportunity is that
the The Ryder Group, who has insured this event, will pay $10,000 for every hole in one
made over the two days, not just the first.
Hole #7 "High Five" on Threetops. Site of Lee Trevino's most lucrative shot in
Participation is simple. Golfers who come to Treetops and play the Threetops Par 3 Course
on either June 25th or June 26th will have a chance to win $10,000.00 with one-swing of
the club on hole #7. However, in true Treetops' style, the fun doesn't end there. Three
other holes will be insured for additional prizes including a Taylor Made R7 Superquad
Driver, a vacation package at the Peabody in Memphis, TN, and a vacation package at
Treetops Resort. The Treetops golf professionals will also be conducting a "Beat the
Pro" contest on the famed Hole #7 giving golfers the chance to double their money in
golf shop credit should they hit their shot closer than the pro's shot.
In addition, Treetops has developed a special "High Five" Shootout Package,
which includes one night's lodging and a round on Threetops for only $99.
For the past eight years, legends of the game such as Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond
Floyd, Fuzzy Zoeller and Arnold Palmer along with PGA Tour stars such as Paul Azinger,
Chris Dimarco, Fred Couples, Lee Janzen and Phil Mickelson have graced the tees and greens
on the #1 ranked Par 3 Course in America, Threetops. This made for TV event has
entertained millions of fans throughout the golfing world airing on ESPN and ESPN2.
For additional information on this event and to book the special promotional package,
please log onto http://www.treetops.com or call 1-888-TREETOPS.
Treetops Resort Tish Jankowski, (989) 731-8661, firstname.lastname@example.org
Resort & Golf Marketing Kevin Frisch, (989) 614- 0241, email@example.com
MSU'S SARA BROWN, HOLLY NIEDERKOHR AND MANDI MCCONNELL MAKE IT TO THE ROUND OF 16
Sara Brown, Holly Niederkohr and Mandi McConnell all made it to the round of 16 at the
Women’s Western Amateur Championships this week and three other Spartans advanced to the
match play portion of the championship at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana, Ill. Brown,
Niederkohr and McConnell were all eliminated on Thursday afternoon.
Brown (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic), an incoming senior, posted the sixth-best score
in the qualifying rounds, as she posted a two-round score of 143 (69-74) before entering
match play. She beat Jessica Parmenter, 3 and 2, in the first round on Wednesday before
knocking out Tyretter Metzendorf, 2 and 1, in the second round on Thursday morning before
falling to Florida’s Mallory Blackwelder, 3 and 2, in the round of 16.
Niederkohr (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville), an incoming junior, also made it to the round of
16 after posting the 34th-best qualifying score, coming in at 153 (79-74) during the
Monday and Tuesday’s rounds. On Wednesday, she beat Jill Hardy, 1 up to advance to the
round of 32 where she took care of Illinois’ Stephanie Mory, 1 up. However, her run ended
in the round of 16 when Ana Imelda Tampinco beat her, 3 and 2.
McConnell (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc), who recently finished up her collegiate career
with her second top 50 finish at the NCAA Championships, qualified for match play for the
third time with the 19th-best score on Monday and Tuesday, finishing with a 148 (76-72).
She then posted a 4 and 2 victory over Carly Nathanson in the first round before posting a
1 up win over Kristen Ingram on Thursday morning to advance to the round of 16. She fell
to Auburn’s Marisa Milligan, 2 up.
Laura Kueny (Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall), an incoming sophomore, tied for the second-best
score during the qualifying rounds, posting a 141 (72-69) to reach match play. She posted
an opening round win, 6 and 5, over Kelsey Johnson, but fell in the second round to Maria
Imelda Piccio, 3 and 2. Kueny has had a great start to the summer, winning the Fidra
Midwest Collegiate Series event at the Firestone Country Club with an even-par 144 (72-72)
and followed that by winning The Medallist in Marshall, Mich., with a 10-over-par 154
Redshirt freshman Natalie Brehm (Mt. Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant) and Jennifer Domagalski
(Okemos, Mich./Okemos) also qualified for the match play, posting identical 158s during
the Monday and Tuesday.
The Women’s Western Amateur Championship is in its 107th year. The field is comprised of
144 golfers that compete in two qualifying rounds with the 64 making it to the match play
portion of the tournament.
Head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll also posted an impressive win during the week, winning
the Golf Association of Michigan’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Edgewood Country Club,
posting a 147 (73-74) at the tournament to win by five strokes. It was the third straight
year that Slobodnik-Stoll took medallist honors at the tournament.
Taken and edited from a release from Joe Guistina Michigan State University Sports
Office - 517.355.2271
THE FIRST TEE: THE REST OF THE REST OF THE STORY
I wanted to let you know that The First Tee of Battle Creek is up to way more than being
adopted by the Parks and Rec Dept. If you would like to know more about what we are doing
and how we are managed and such please let me know I would be happy to catch you up to
Roy Tooke Executive Director
The First Tee of Battle Creek
Editor's Note: I followed up Roy's note with a call and found out that the Battle Creek
First Tee Chapter is doing very well, even in this tough economy. "We will put
through 400 kids in our summer program and have taught another 2,000 elementary kids,
grades 3-6," said Tooke. "We get a lot of support from Kellogg's as well at the
Battle Creek Community Foundation." Tooke, also indicated that fund raising for the
chapter is ongoing.
When they opened the chapter, they had a brand new teaching area that was part of their
initial grant from First Tee. The building located on the newly renovated Binder Park
teaching area is excellent. They have a driving range, with tees front and back, a green
with bunkers and three practice holes.
Chili's Open, their golf outing fundraiser, is scheduled for August 11th at Binder Park,
Other sponsors include:
The Cereal City Lions Club
Binder Park Golf Club
The Battle Creek Parks and Recreation Department
TREETOPS RICK SMITH SIGNATURE, THE HEATHER AT BOYNE HIGHLANDS AND BLACK LAKE GC CHOSEN
FOR THE TOP 50 COURSES FOR WOMEN IN "GOLF FOR WOMEN"
Three of Michigan finest golf courses landed in the "Golf For Women" top 50
courses for women. Taking the highest honor,,was the Rick Smith Signature course at
Treetops at No. 29, The Heather Course at No. 37 at Boyne Highlands http://michigangolfer.
tv/2006shows/boynegolf/heather/ and Black Lake GC in Onaway.
Course are selected from a pool of courses that have a least one set of tees under 5,300
yards and should have at least two under 6,000. The course should have few forced carries
from the forward tees, be in top condition and present a women friendly atmosphere.
"Golf For Women" has 100 course raters that wander the U.S. in search of these
Cheers and a Tip of the Tamette to these terrific courses.
Information gleamed from the July/August issue of Golf For Women. 2007.
2007 Carl’s Golfland / Nike Golf Michigan PGA Junior Tour
The 2007 Carl’s Golfland / Nike Golf Michigan PGA Junior Tour got off to an exciting start
with some great low scores and a hole in one during the first event at Bay City CC. Alex
Sanford started off the excitement with a hole in one on the 16th hole. Alex is 13 years
old and is from Holt, Michigan. A playoff was needed to decide the winner of the girls
16-18 division. Joan Dulieu from Bloomfield Hills defeated Katrina Templar from Greenville
on the second playoff hole, both players had great rounds of 82. In the boys 16-18
division Reed Black took the top honor by shooting an even par 72. Reed is from
Frankenmuth, and is the son of Mark Black, PGA Professional at The Fortress. In the boys
13-15 division it was some stellar playing from Kyle McInerney that landed him in the top
spot. Kyle shot an 80 and is from Davision, Michigan.
Taken and edited from Carrie Hagerty, Administrative Assistant of Michigan PGA
US OPENS HELD IN MICHIGAN
1924 Cyril Walker
1937 Ralph Guidahl
1951 Ben Hogan
1961 Gene Littler
1985 Andy North
1996 Steve Jones
1994 Indianwood Golf and Country Club-Patty Sheehan
1989 Indianwood Golf and Country Club-Betsy King
1958 Forest Lake Country Club-Bloomfield Hills-Mickey Wright
UPCOMING SHOWS ON MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
Antrim Dells Golf Course-Jerry Matthews
Candlestone Golf Course-W. Bruce Matthews with Mike Husby
French Lick Resort-Bendelow, Ross and Dye
The Emerald at Maple Creek-Jerry Matthews
TOURNAMENTS AND EVENTS
Ireland's Ryder Cup-with Susan Bairley and Mike Biber
2007 Michigan Open
Native American Cup III
Treetops "High Five" Event
Treetops- "Got a Minute" Golf Tips with Judy Mason
Dave Hill Interview II-with Jack Berry
Jack Berry and the PGA Lifetime Journalism Award
Judd Heathcote at Eagle's Eye Grand Opening
Masters Major Achievement Award with William Porter Payne and Craig Heatley
Santee-Cooper Golf-with "Shot" Shuler and Bob Peebles
2008 Michigan Golf Show Preview
2008 West Michigan Golf Show Preview
HOLE IN ONE CLUB
James Robinson, of Commerce Twp, hit his 6-iron 148 yards on the 17th hole and watched it
go in for his 1st hole-in-run in 15 years of play, Robinson was playing Beacon Hill GC in
SPRING ISSUE OF THE MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE NOW ONLINE
Vol 25. No. 1 http://www.michigangolfer.com/april07/index.html
Jack Berry and the PGA Lifetime Journalism Award-By Terry Moore
Mike Biber and Osprey SA by Jack Berry
Gaylord Golf Mecca Celebrates its 20th Anniversary-Art McCafferty
Tom Bendelow Remembered-Art McCafferty
President Ford Left His Ski and Golf Legacy at Beaver Creek-by Mike Shiels
Osprey Golf http://www.golfospreyonline.com/page/290-12546.htm
Treetops Resort http://treetops.com
The Natural http://golfthenatural.com
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