Michigan Golf News
June 10, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 24
BAY MILLS RESORT AND CASINO/WILD BLUFF GOLF COURSE
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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Stan Aldridge-Michigan Golf Hall of Fame-Class of 2005
East Lansing-College Field
East Tawas-Red Hawk Golf Club
It was a very special two-day event that featured the likes of Paul. W. Smith, of WJR, Phyllis Barone of Michigan Golf Guide, Mike Shiels, author of "The Works of Art", Mike and Bob Duff of the Michigan Golfer, Tom Walsh of Michigan Golf Live, Neal Rubin of the Detroit News, Doug Vanderveen of the Grand Rapids Press and many others. Basically, the Red Hawk folks are trying to create some addition buzz about this very nice golf course.
Well they did. It was a very festive time and the media really enjoyed themselves and a special Michigan golf course, Red Hawk. Dave Little is the course superintendent.
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McCord: Well, it should be very entertaining I would think. It will be good to see the boys again. Obviously, they have found their way around that golf course, so I have got to find out some way, sometime to get up there and at least play a couple of days of practice rounds up there because I do not want to get embarrassed by the boys. So it will fun. It will be a lot of fun and we will try to make it very entertaining.
Robin: When you especially get somebody like Fred who had that near miss at Memorial last week that you got a front row seat for.
McCord: Yeah, Freddie came to play that week, loves that golf course, and obviously when he is on, when he gets rolling, he is very good and hopefully maybe that new back brace he has got will stabilize him a little bit and at least he will show up out there on the tour more and play with that resolve he had.
Robin: Talk a little bit about next week, the US Open coming up, your experiences with the Open, your experiences with Payne Stewart. Any good Payne Stewart stories or anecdotes that have come up from your travels?
McCord: Well, I used to go down and play with Payne a million years ago when he had his Pro-Am done in Springfield. I only remember one day, we were kind of sitting around talking, having a beer or something and kind of talking about life on the tour and this must have been his first or second year out there maybe his rookie year, I am not sure and we were talking about his knickers that he was starting to wear. I said, ³What is that all about?² He goes, ³You know, my dad was a salesman and he would go door to door and he had the wildest looking coats, jackets, anything just to put on because he always said when they open that door, he said, I wanted them to remember me.² And he said, ³Thatıs the one thing that I really remember and I took that into golf. Just to have somebody ... I do not know if I am going to play good out here. I have no idea. But I want them to remember me for how I looked.² And he carried that off very well, but basically what my philosophy w as, and so we have some sort of kinship there. The Pinehurst, it will be a fantastic venue. That golf course, obviously, every guy wants to play that. They want to play it in US Open conditions, set up with those greens and try to figure out the chipping and the short game aspect of it. It is always very entertaining, every shot, because we just John Daly and I played in that thing last year, the Pros versus the Amateurs and they have it set up pretty good. They set it up like the Open other than the fact the greens were not speedy and it was just fantastic. What a great golf course.
Robin: Can you give us a little bit of background with your experience in playing in these types of events. Have you done some skins in the past and what is your record?
McCord: These made for television deals, I have played in a few of them and basically recently. The last one I played in was with John Daly in that Pros versus the Amateurs. Basically, it is like anything. These things are made for television. It is a competition, there is money there, but basically they are going to go play the Open, they are going to play the PGA and the Masters and they are going to try real hard and their eyes are going to get real wide. This is the time to have some fun with it, get the personalities out and get these guys going. That is basically what I do at these deals. I just try to find a way in. Obviously, I know Fred. I know all these guys very well. Phil and I played a lot of golf together at home. So it is going to be just kind of the guys jabbing each other and I am going to try to be the one jabbing. They know they can beat me. The only chance I have is to get them flustered with my incessant banter and that is going to be my 15th club. So that is what I am going to give it a shot with.
Interviewed by Brian Robin, Brener Zwikel & Associates,
"These surveys mine a wealth of valuable information from golf course superintendents," GCSAA President Timothy T. O'Neill, CGCS, said. "The responses also reveal the breadth and complexity of management issues these professionals face on a daily basis. Golf courses are financial, recreational and environmental assets to communities and golf course superintendents enhance the value of the facility in all three areas." Growing the game Thirty percent of superintendents polled said they have implemented alternative golf course set-ups and/or events to attract new or nontraditional golfers and have achieved a 70-percent success rate. The most popular include night golf, short course, par-3 events and alternative routing.
In defense of par?
Concerns have been raised that the latest and greatest technological advances to golf equipment are challenging the integrity of the game. As golf ball/club technology continues to evolve, some courses have been renovated or remodeled to compensate for the changes in distance and accuracy. But is this just an isolated trend, or are more and more facilities following suit? Twenty-one percent of superintendents said that they have recently undertaken a course renovation or remodeling solely to compensate for changes in golf ball/club technology or intend to. Feedback from golf course industry professionals indicates the renovations were occurring at old courses that had never undergone such work or had not done so in a considerable time. Where the wildlife is Golf courses are located in diverse settings and provide invaluable wildlife habitat. Golf course superintendents not only manage the golf course for playability; they also foster environmental stewardship on the course. I n this year's survey, superintendents were asked if they have added or subtracted wildlife habitat at their facility in the last five years. An overwhelming 52 percent said they have added wildlife habitat, with 14 percent of those adding a significant amount (six or more acres) and 38 percent of these adding a small amount (less than six acres).
Taken and edited from a release from
General Wrestling Scoring Procedures
With the differences noted above, four general scoring procedures are common to freestyle, Greco-Roman, and collegiate-style wrestling:
(1) Takedowns are scored when one wrestler brings the opponent down to the mat from a standing position. Additional points are awarded when a wrestler takes the opponent directly to his or her back. Common takedowns include single legs, double legs, high crotches, headlocks, body locks, shrugs, and fireman's carries.
(2) Reversals are scored when a wrestler, controlled by the opponent on the mat, executes a move that allows the wrestler to assume a controlling position on top of the opponent, thus reversing the situation. Common reversals include switches, rolls, and hip heists.
(3) Exposing an opponent's back to the mat is a scoring technique in all styles of wrestling. In international wrestling, all a wrestler must do to earn points is tilt the opponent's back toward the mat, breaking a 90° angle. In collegiate and secondary school wrestling, a wrestler must not only tilt the rival's back toward the mat, breaking a 45° angle, but also hold the back in this position to score points. Common "pinning combinations" include the half nelson, bar arm, cradle, and tilt leg ride.
(4) Escapes are scored when a wrestler, controlled by the opponent on the mat, frees him or herself and moves to a standing position, facing the opponent. Common escapes include the standup and the sitout. NCAA Rules
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The Haig is a hickory stick golf tournament dedicated to the memory of golfing legend and Traverse City resident Walter Hagen. Teeing off at Elmbrook Golf Course, players wear vintage clothing while playing with classic clubs. Participants are provided hickory stick clubs and appropriate golf balls or have the option to use their own. Teams compete in a scramble format with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.
The tournament is a fundraising benefit for the Grand Traverse Heritage Center. Since its inception in 2003, The Haig has raised more than $20,000 to preserve Traverse Cityıs historic Carnegie Library and lay the foundation for a premier historical center that protects and shares the artifacts and stories of our regionıs earlier days. Presenting sponsor for The Haig is Cherryland Electric Cooperative. Additional major sponsors include Corporate Title, Hockey Heroes and Elmbrook Golf Course.
Cost to compete in The Haig is $125 per person or $500 for a team of four. Registration includes greens fees, hickory clubs, balls, lunch, dinner and entertainment. Guests can also choose to attend only the dinner and entertainment. Dinner tickets are $50 and also benefit the Heritage Center.
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* Note, you can check out The Haig at http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/hagen/
The hardest hit regions in April were the Northwest (down 19.1%) and the Southeast (excludes Florida) which was down 5.9% over last year. By contrast, South/Central Florida and the Gulf Coast were up 3.1% and 6.1%, respectively. Among the states NGF is tracking, four showed an April increase in rounds vs. 2004 Arizona, Florida, South Carolina and Texas. California and Georgia showed decreases in rounds. In fact, California is down 11% through the first four months of 2005. Taken and edited from a NGF release firstname.lastname@example.org
"Garland is excited at the prospect of staging a world-class event for select teams from private and up-scale resort clubs for what promises to be a tremendous event. It is the first of what will be an annual event designed to promote friendly competition and fellowship among some of the country's most exclusive golf clubs," said Owens.
The three-day event calls for several different formats including, Chapman, scramble, best ball, and individual competitions. Included in the entry fee [$500 per player] are all championship rounds with cart, a practice round, unlimited range balls, player receptions and other social events, as well as prizes and tee gifts. In addition, Garland has put together an attractive room rate for the event.
http://www.GarlandInvitational.com Taken and edited from a Legendary Marketing release
"You talk?" he asks.
"Yep," the Lab replies.
"So, what's your story?"
The Lab looks up and says, "Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA about my gift, and in no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping. I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies and now I'm just retired."
The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.
"Ten dollars," the guy says.
"Ten dollars!?! This dog is amazing. Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?"
"Because he's a liar. He never did any of that stuff." Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Dr. Jack Minzey for this gem.
"Macatawa Legends has been a fantastic chapter in my life and career," said Hearn. "In the last few months I've seen all the pieces for a great operation put into place and felt there probably wasn't much more that I could do. When I talked to Cal Prins about it he was completely understanding about my desire to return full-time to design."
Cal Prins says Hearn will stay on as an operation and design consultant at Macatawa Legends for at least the next year. "Ray deserves so much credit for what we've achieved. I'm sure when the golf industry sees the course he's designed and built here it'll be a boost to his reputation and career aspirations."
Taken and edited from an All About Golf release
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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