Michigan Golf News
June 4, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 23
MICHIGAN GOLF LEGEND CHET JAWOR DIES OF HEART FAILURE
By Jack Berry
Chet Jawor never played on the PGA Tour or in the many tournaments sponsored by the Michigan Section of the Professional Golfers Association but Jawor left an indelible mark on public golf in southeast Michigan as a tireless promoter of the game.
Jawor, 76, passed away May 29 of heart failure. He was one of five brothers who became PGA professionals, one of the largest golfing families in the country. Frank, a former president of the Michigan PGA and longtime professional at Warren Valley Golf Course; Stan, the 1976 and 1981 Michigan PGA Senior champion; Cass, who played on both the PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour and twice won the state PGA Senior championship, and John, owner of Wynd Ridge Oaks Golf Course, survive him. He also is survived by sisters Helen Whited and Wanda.
The Jawors were a large family - 11 children - on the west side of Detroit and the boys learned golf as caddies. Chet not only learned to play golf, he learned to cook from his mother. In later years, especially at his golf store and range on Gratiot and 14 Mile Rd. in Roseville, recognizable by the big flying pink elephant above the miniature course, Chet often had big pots of food cooking in the back room for his staff and some steady customers. On Dec. 24 he always had a big spread, featuring a lot of Polish sausage and other delicacies, for friends and customers.
But golf always was the main event, during the time he served as Head Professional for Detroit's six municipal courses in the 1960s and then at Jawor's Gratiot Golf which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2003.
Rackham Golf Course was Jawor's headquarters when he was the head city pro and it was the place to meet and play for many of the area's top athletes and media types, both broadcast and print. It was the same at Gratiot Golf where you'd bump into local judges, doctors, politicians and many private club members.
While Chet was a deadly chipper and putter, his best game was promoting golf and he did it through golf schools for juniors with the Detroit Free Press, for women with the Detroit Times and for everyone with the Detroit News spring golf schools. Among the junior golf school alumni are Joyce Kazmierski, an All-American at Michigan State, then an LPGA Tour player and eventual LPGA president who was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame last year, Bob Proben, who played the PGA Tour, and Janina Parrot Jacobs who is one of the leading women amateurs in the state.
The junior schools were held at all six Detroit municipal courses and youngsters who attended all of the lessons were permitted to play on mornings the rest of the summer for 25 cents. Thousands of youngsters picked up the game through those schools and when a PGA Tour event was in town during the schools, Jawor would get stars like Mike Souchak and Gene Littler out to talk to the juniors.
During winter he had indoor schools where golfers hit into nets. At the range in the summer he'd often meander along the tee line and give a tip here and there to someone struggling with his or her swing. Jawor was an innovative marketer long before the days of the big-box golf stores. And because he always was there to chat and explain new clubs, not out playing tournaments, his business flourished and he was one of the biggest sellers of golf equipment in the state. Golfers flocked to his range because the balls always were the best, not the hacked-up, bruised balls many of his competitors used.
Jawor rejected offers from developers to sell his busy property and up to the end, he was at the shop, sitting in a corner of the shoe section, talking with salesmen and old friends, and answering the telephone while his son, Don, and the staff of longtime employes was up front working with customers.
MGN ON THE ROAD
We caught up with Bob Shorter of Eagle Beach GC in Alanson to check out the Larry Mancour designed course that opened late in 2002. Larry also designed Chestnut Valley and Dunmaglas. Shorter said that real estate lots on Eagle Beach were moving as good as could be expected, considering the slow economy. Currently Eagle Beach is nine holes with nine more on the drawing board. Eagle Beach is a little tough to find, so you will most likely have to go to an Internet map.
The Wednesday kick-off party for the Bank of Ann Arbor Futures Golf Classic, was very well attended despite threatening skies. On Thursday, ABC sportscaster and friend of the tournament, Mike Tirico and his wife Debbie, who is the Honorary Chairman of the event, played in the Pro/Am. Today the Bank of Ann Arbor Futures Golf Classic fires up for its 4th edition. Tournament Director, Gilda Johnson, has worked very hard on to grow this tournament and make it the success that it is. Mary Kerr of the Ann Arbor CVB was in the guest and sponsor mix. She indicated that events such as this, has made Ann Arbor into a hot spot of sports related events for visitors.
The "Countdown to Opening Celebration" for the Avalanche Bay & Mountain Grand Lodge at Boyne Mountain was held last week. MGN stopped by ahead of the festivities, but we feel the year long celebration will be worth it. It is an exciting project and will offer yet another reason to visit the North country. For up to date info, visit http://boyne.com
Craig Stadler was the guest speaker at the Ford Seniors Players Championship Media Day this past week. The trip to Dearborn was all set up to be eagles and birdies for Stadler. It was here where he got the first of two wins, one in the Champions Tour and then a week later in the BC Open, to enable him to become the first professional to win a tournament in each tour in the same year. However, the visit to Dearborn quickly turned into bogies. Stadler was arrested for drunk driving in Ionia on Monday evening as he was heading for Dearborn to participate in media day. He appeared, though late, at the media day on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Stadler returned to Ionia and pleaded guilty on a reduced count. It cost Stadler $900, a date with an alcohol awareness program and he has to attend a victim impact panel. He also withdrew from the Farmers Charity Tournament in Grand Rapids.
Taken from a report in the Ann Arbor News.
Treetops was gearing up for their hectic summer. Besides the golf schools firing up, there is the annual Tylenol Par 3 Shootout and Big Break II taping to get ready for. Treetops has coughed up a million dollars plus to rework and eliminate the old registration area, spruce up the guest rooms and build a new spa area. http://treetops.com
Michawye Pines has been all gussied up for play this year, as architect Don Childs revisited and renovated the course he designed early in his career. Childs made changes at Michaywe that took over a million to implement. Judy Mason, new head pro, has made the pro shop a must visit, with all the great clothes. There were a ton of players on the course, which is always great. Judy is getting ready for the Dick Weber Memorial Tournament coming up on June 12. We chatted with Sharon Weber and shared some memories of her late husband. Dick Weber was a great person. Catch our MGTV show this week for a look at last year's tournament. http://michigangolfer.tv
Scott Chesley was on hand to bring us to date on what is happening at the Otsego Club. First of all, they have had a nice increase in memberships after their "Test Drive the Otsego Club" promotion. They are settling in after their divestment of the Lake and Loon courses. Their new Tribute and The Classic courses are a great one-two punch of golf. http://otsegoclub.com
Don White has joined Marsh Ridge GC as its golf professional. Marsh Ridge is open under new management. This Mike Husby designed course is still a popular one in the Gaylord area. The classy, Don White should help out this resort that has struggled a little bit in the past couple of years. Don has served as a golf professional at Treetops, Michaywe and now Marsh Ridge. http://michaywe.com
We had the opportunity to feature Gaylord CVB Executive Director, Paul Beachnau on our Friday golf radio show that is hosted by Shawn Peterson. Beachnau, fresh from being on a great lakes freighter for a week, felt bullish about the remaining portion of the golf season. Paul is getting ready to run the Twin Cities Marathon. http://gaylordmichigan.net
We ran into Mike Husby, Director of Golf at The loon as he competed in his first road race. The five mile Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Run, held this past weekend, was a very appropriate course for Mike. He has crossed that bridge hundreds of time in the past 10 years, while designing Wild Bluff GC and the second nines of both Indian River and Newberry GC. He said he was absolutely thrilled to run on the bridge, something he had always wanted to do. Mike indicated that play is up, but the weather has been brutal. http://theloon.com
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
"THE DICK WEBER MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Michigan golfer is pleased to be able to bring you some remembrances of Dick Weber of Gaylord. Dick was a great husband, father and a marketing genius for the Gaylord area. We are all diminished by his sudden departure. Highlighted in our show is wife, Sharon, Dick's children and close friends. Join, our host Bill Shelton, reporter Jennie McCafferty and head professional at Michaywe, Judy Mason, Sandra Snook, Mike Husby, Don White and family friends as we bring you the story. Dick Weberis greatly missed by all of us.
"GOLFING MICHIGAN'S UPPER PENINSULA"
This is the first of two shows on "Golfing Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Bill Shelton introduces Frank Guastella of Red Fox Run to talk about UP Golf. Our show contains visits to Escanaba courses, Highland GC, Terrace Bluff GC, Gladstone GC, Escanaba CC, Pictured Rocks in Munising, Red Fox Run near Marquette, Hessel Ridge GC, Keewanee Mountain Lodge GC, Les Cheneaux GC and St. Ignace Golf and CC, near the Mackinaw Bridge.
You can find out more by clicking on to http://upga.org
MICHIGAN TALK RADIO GOLF SHOW TO VISIT BANK OF ANN ARBOR FUTURES TOUR
Shawn Peterson/s Michigan Talk Radio Golf Show, will visit with Gilda Johnson, Tournament Director of the Bank of Ann Arbor Futures Golf Classic this morning from 10:35-10:55. The radio network stations are listed on http://michigantalkradio.com
NICKLAUS TO RECEIVE GCSAA'S 2005 OLD TOM MORRIS AWARD
Jack Nicklaus, one of golf's most influential forces on and off the course, has been selected to receive the 2005 Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). The award will be presented at the GCSAA Opening Session, Thursday, Feb. 10, held in conjunction with the 2005 Golf Industry Show, Feb. 7-12, in Orlando.
GCSAA's most prestigious honor, the Old Tom Morris Award, is presented each year to an individual who "through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris." Morris (1821-1908) was greenkeeper and golf professional at the St. Andrews Links Trust Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland; a four-time winner of the British Open (1861, '62, '64 and '67); and ranked as one of the top links designers of the 19th century.
Previous Old Tom Morris Award Winners:
1984 Bob Hope
1985 Gerald Ford
1986 Patty Berg
1987 Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
1988 Gene Sarazen
1989 Chi Chi Rodriguez
1990 Sherwood Moore, CGCS
1991 William C. Campbell
1992 Tom Watson
1993 Dinah Shore
1994 Byron Nelson
1995 Dr. James R. Watson
1996 Tom Fazio
1997 Ben Crenshaw
1998 Ken Venturi
1999 Jaime Ortiz-Pati–o
2000 Nancy Lopez
2001 Tim Finchem
2002 Walter Woods
2003 Pete Dye
2004 Rees Jones
Taken from a GCSAA release
DAVE MOCINI, FORMER PRESIDENT OF MICHIGAN PGA , TO HEAD TRUE NORTH GC
KemperSports Management named David Mocini as general manager of True North Golf Club, located in Harbor Springs, a resort region in northern Michigan. The 18-hole private club is slated to open in August.
Mocini is no stranger to Michigan's golf scene. He served as longtime head golf professional at Clearbrook Golf Club in Saugatuck, Michigan. Mocini then moved to the Arnold Palmer-designed Ravines Golf Club, also based in Saugatuck, where he played an instrumental role in development, opening and operations as general manager and director of golf. Golf Digest also ranked Mocini, a past president of the Michigan PGA and current member of the National PGA Education Committee, among the "Top 15 Instructors in Michigan" for 2000.
Harbor Springs' native, Jeff Brown, and partner Brad McGinnis are the founding developers of True North Golf Club, with nationally acclaimed golf course architect James Engh designing the Michigan gem. Engh recently received Golf Digest's first annual "Architect of the Year" award.
Taken from a KemperSports release
HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY ELMBROOK GC-TRAVERSE CITY
Elmbrook GC in Travese City has aged nicely over the years. Of late that nourishment has come under the steady hand of Carole Olson. We did a television show at Elmbrook when they hosted "The Haig" tournament. Terrific course on the outskirts of Traverse City. http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/hagen/index.html
MIKE MORRIS OF CRYSTAL DOWNS CO-HOSTS GREEN SPEED WEBCAST ON JUNE 10
Does your golf course have an ideal green speed?
If you want to know how to identify an ideal green speed for your golf course, join Mike Morris, of Crystal Downs on Thursday, June 10, for an informative 90-minute educational opportunity titled Taking Control of Green Speed Part I: Establishing the Ideal Green Speed for Your Golf Course. This GCSAA webcast will be facilitated by Dr. Tom Nikolai and Mike Morris, CGCS, and will be delivered directly to you through your computer via the Internet.
Taking Control of Green Speed Part I covers the problems that have led to golf course superintendents being on the defensive in the green speed debate and offers a proven method for establishing your course's ideal green speed. Superintendents that adhere to these recommendations just may discover better ways to manage their greens, to open up lines of communication with their clientele, and to effectively manage golfer expectations.
Date: Thursday, June 10
Time: Noon (Central time)
Location: Your computer
Member Price: $30
Non-Member Price: $45
Education Points: 0.2
Register for this webcast today!
LPGA GOLF TIP OF THE WEEK
Mop away that dirty "casting" habit
I sometimes find that students have difficulty understanding how the club actually comes down to hit the ball. Since the student is holding the club with their hands, the instinct is to use the hands immediately on the way down from the top of the back swing. This results in "casting," which will produce a shot that is weak and to the right. Typically, it makes most of the longer irons (3, 4 and 5) go the same distance.
Here's how to practice the correct downswing:
- Take a rag top mop and soak it in water (make sure you are outside and away from anything you do not want to spray with water!). Begin swinging the mop as if hitting a golf ball. If you are "casting," you will see the water spray out before you reach the ground where the ball would be. Continue to swing the mop until the water sprays out at the ball. This will teach you to keep the water in the mop until impact.
- You can also use a short iron (8, 9, pitching wedge) to practice the "Pump It Drill." This will help you feel the correct path on the downswing. To view this drill, go to the following link on my website: HTTP://www.progolflesson.com/drills.html.
This week's tip courtesy of Michelle Dube, Tijeras Creek Golf Club, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
CHANCE TO PLAY GOLF WITH TIGER WOODS IN BUICK OPEN CHARITY AUCTION
A chance to play golf with Tiger Woods is among several items available to the public in a special auction to raise money for the Buick Open charities. The items will be available for bid on ebay (go to http://www.ebay.com) starting at 10 p.m. (ET) on May 29th through June 5th.
Among the other golf-related items available in the auction is an all expense-paid trip to meet and greet Tiger Woods at the Buick Scramble National Championships at the new Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando; a Pro-Am spot & trip for two to the 2005 Buick Invitational; and a tour for four of the Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla.
"There are some great items up for bid in the auction," said Larry Peck, Buick's Golf Marketing Manager. "This is an excellent opportunity to raise additional funds for the Buick Open charities and we encourage everyone to participate."
Buick is offering to the highest bidder a package that includes roundtrip airfare for two, hotel accommodations, and an opportunity to partner with Tiger Woods at the Buick Open Pro-Am in Grand Blanc, Michigan, on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 (or the next Buick-sponsored tournament that Tiger plays in). The starting bid is $10,000.
Media Contact: Al Abrams
AAGMC to Merge With NGCOA
The American Association of Golf Course Management Companies (AAGMC) and the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) have announced a merger of their operations, to establish a single program of products and services for owners and operators of multiple golf courses.
For more information on AAGMC and NGCOA, visit online at www.AAGMC.com and
Cynthia Smith, AAGMC firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLE IN ONE CLUB
Bob Cooper, of Ada, aced the 141 yard 6th hole at Egypt Valley recently. His gallery included, Jack Maynard, Steve Allie and Don Hammersmith.
19TH HOLE-IF PRESIDENT BUSH WAS A GIRL, WHAT WOULD HE/SHE LOOK LIKE
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GOLF CALENDAR 2004
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
06/21-24 Golf Your Daylights Out-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.
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 DearbornĘ
07/15-18 Detroit Newspapers Tournament of Champions-Pro Am-Boyne Mountain and Bay Harbor
07/23-28 Michigan PGA Womens's Open Pro-Am and Tournament 2004, Crystal Mountain Resort
07/26-08/01 Buick Open, Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc,
PALS FOR PAL ANNOUCES CHANGES AND DATE AUGUST 16, AT DGC
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 Paul W. Smith: Pals for Pal, Detroit Golf Club
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 Arnold Palmer 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
09/16 Irish Night and Ryder Cup Celebration at The Henry Ford,
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
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