Michigan Golf News |
June 23, 2006 Vol. 6, No. 25
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OTSEGO CLUB & RESORT-GAYLORD
SHANTY CREEK RESORT & CLUB
DESIGN YOUR OWN IRELAND GOLFING GETAWAY
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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Grand Traverse Resort & Spa has hosted the Michigan Open since 1981. From 1981 through 1984, the Open was played on the Resort's Spruce Run golf course, then the championship moved to The Bear. This is the first year that part of the Michigan Open will be played on The Wolverine.
Last year's champion, Michael Harris of Troy, who played on the Canadian Tour, scored a record 20-under-par 268 for the four-day championship, handily defeating professional Colby Beckstrom of Lincoln Golf Club by six strokes. The low amateur was Korey Mahoney of East Lansing, who finished third with an 11-under-par 277
Once again this year the Michigan PGA will have live scoring available starting Monday, June 26. To access the live scoring, go to the Michigan PGA's Web site, http://www.michigan.pga.com and follow the prompts on their home page.
This year, an expanded field, no Pro-Am, no title sponsor and a reduced purse are four serious changes to this year's Michigan Open. On the glass is half full side, the players will be spending their 25th year at the newly renovated Grand Traverse Resort & Spa. In addition, one of their hosts is Scott Hebert, the resort's new head pro and a five time winner of the event. With the loss of The Farmer's Charity Golf Classic, The Ford Seniors Players Championship Tournament, the Ann Arbor Futures Tour and the Bay Mills Open, the Michigan Open has moved up the ladder in importance and prominence in Michigan's professional golf tournaments.
You can catch some of the action of the past five tournaments on the Michigan Golfer Television Channel at http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/michiganopen/
*J. Michael DeAgostino, public relations manager of GTR&S contributed to the above information.
*Note-You can check out our interview with Arnold Palmer, when he played the Shootout in 2002. The always gracious Palmer talked about how much he enjoyed Gaylord, his friendship with the great Walter Hagen and his thoughts about the format for the Par-3 Shootout.
In addition, the UAW Rolling Thunder Ride from UAW HQ in Canton will be picking up riders along the way and then escorted through Grayling to the Grayling Army Airfield by the National Guard and their specialty Recruiting Hummer. Finally, there will be a golf outing on Red Fox on August 25th date.
All of this activity is being done to raise money for the Michigan National Guard Family Support Fund. Last year the Rally raised $18,000 and the Golf Outing raised $37,000.
The GAM was led by David Graham, Tonia Branch, Susan Smiley and other members of their staff.
Sweet 16 pairings
FRIDAYıS THIRD-ROUND PAIRINGS
The match play will continue through today and Saturday with two rounds of matches per day. The 18-hole Championship match is set for Saturday afternoon. The past champions in the field included, 2005 Champion Christian Vozza, 2002 Champion Korey Mahoney, 2000 Champion Kevin VandenBerg, and 1999 and 1992 champion Randy Lewis.
Some information taken from a GAM release.
*Note-Michigan Golfer Television, Michigan's Golf Channel, will be covering the event this year. The show will go up June 30.
Press: What are your thoughts on the US Open and how difficult it played?
North: Winged Foot is truly one of the great golf courses in our country, and it's very, very difficult. This is now the fourth year US Open, and in those four US Opens there, only two players have ever been under par, and that was Fuzzy and Norman back in '84. It is one of the most difficult courses that you will ever see. And I think we saw that on Sunday. I mean, anytime you hit it offline or in the rough, you paid the penalty. And if you can get a par out of that, that is really special. So one, the course is very difficult, and two, you have the pressure of a Sunday at a US Open and trying to win a major champion for the first time or the fourth time or whatever it might be. It is just a Sunday pressure like you do not get anyplace else.
Press: Last year when you were invited to participate, obviously, the appeal was the opportunity to play with Mickelson and Couples and Gary McCord. But now that you have been to Gaylord and experienced Treetops and the Courts, what is your thought about Gaylord and Treetops?
North: I think Treetops is just an absolute, fabulous spot. I can surely see why when you talk to people and they talk about eight of us are going up there to play or four couples are going up there to play or whatever, what a wonderful place. You have lots of different golf options, you have nice accommodations, and you have summer weather, where it is hopefully a little bit cooler there than some of the other spots south of there.
Press: Andy, have you played many competitive rounds with Craig Stadler, and how well do you know Craig?
North: Oh, gosh. We go back a long, long time. How many competitive rounds with Craig, I would not have any idea, but I imagine it is 50 or so or 60 over the years. We played the tour for years together. He came out on tour two or three years after I did and probably two or three before Fred did, so the three of us have played an awful lot of golf together. He has a lot of fun; obviously, he is a terrific player. But I think it will be a foursome that will do a lot of talking like last year and have a lot of fun, and hopefully, we can get some good shots.
Press: There is going to be a lot of talk around the US Open. And as a former two-time champion, do you feel that some of your colleagues in the media have been a little bit too critical and too harsh in regards to what happened to Mickelson on the last few holes?
North: Well, I think it is hard to be much harder on Phil than Phil was on himself. I mean, he basically stood up and took it, and I think if he there are a lot of ways to look at this, but would he have done anything differently? I do not know he would have to answer that question.
Press: What were you thinking as you were watching the final couple holes there on Sunday?
North: Well, sitting, watching, I thought it was great television. The last 45 minutes, you still had five or six guys that had a great chance. And once Phil bogeyed 16 and Monty made that long putt at 17, all of a sudden it just showed you how quickly things can change. So going to 18, you basically still had four guys that had a great chance to win, or even five guys had a chance to win playing the last hole, depending on what guys did. I was surprised Furyk missed the short putt at 18; you do not see that out of Jim very often. I was surprised that Monty, one of the best iron players in our business, from the fairway, you know, hit such a poor shot for him and then either lost concentration a little bit or whatever happened, and ended up three-putting for double. And I was surprised that one, Phil hit driver off the last hole, and then when he did, I was surprised he hit such a poor tee shot. So there was a whole lot of stuff going on in that last half an hour that I think the golf fan at home probably found quite intriguing.
Taken and edited from Zwikel & Associates release
In March of 2003, our Michigan Golfer Television host, Bill Shelton and reporter Jack Berry sat down with Chuck Kocsis to discuss some of his golfing memories. In iight of the passing of Mr. Kocsis, argueably one of the greatest amateur players of all time, we bring this interview to you. Mr. Kocsis talks about his early career, the types of clubs he used, modern age golf and his thoughts about Sarazen, Shead, Nelson, Palmer, Hagen and Tiger. We open the interview with Jack Berry on the 17th tee of The Monument Golf Course at Boyne Mountain. The 17th was chosen by Chuck Kocsis as his favorite hole on The Monument and has a plaque there describing his achievements.
You can see all of these on their great website at http://boynecountry.com or for those that are click impaired, we offer you this sample:
Something Old: Habor Point GC- Established in 1896, it is one of
Michigan's oldest courses -$60
*Prices are courses highest rates with cart. Most courses have seasonal rates or discount programs to lessen the wallet trauma.
Submitted by David Fox-Tournament Supervisor- Michigan Section PGA
Poor Phil Mickelson. After all the criticism thrown at him (and his caddie) for botching the 72nd hole of the U.S. Open, Iım almost hesitant to add any further comment. Mickelson is a gentleman, an admirable individual and family man, and a world-class player. But for all of the hoopla about his meticulous ³majors² preparation over the past few years, the one important element seemingly missing in his arsenal last Sunday was a sense of golf history that would inform his course management skills. I mean, why couldnıt Mickelson and his longtime caddie Jim ³Bones² Mackay remember what transpired on the 72nd hole of the 1999 U.S Open at Pinehurst? Mickelson should possess an indelible memory of how Payne Stewart handled that final hole while leading him by a single shot. As most avid golfers will recall, Stewartıs last tee shot missed the fairway into the heavy, wet rough. But sizing up the situation and his lie at the difficult closing par-four, he smartly wedged out to the fairway and played for a one-putt par. A few minutes later after watching Mickelson miss his birdie attempt, Stewart secured his second Open title by holing his par putt. This all unfolded right in front of Mickelsonıs and Mackayıs eyes.
Two years later at the PGA Championship in Atlanta, Mickelson and Mackay watched leader David Thoms hit his final drive into the first cut of the rough leaving him some 209 yards from the green on the treacherous, par-4, 490-yard 18th. Thoms pulled out a wedge and laid up short of the water and 88 yards from the pin. From there, Thoms got up and down for a par and won the PGA title over Mickelson by a single stroke. Again, Mickelson and Mackay are in same final pairing with the winner.
In a similar case of final round discretion, Ben Crenshaw won the 1984 Masters by wisely laying up on the par-five 13th hole with his second shot after mistakenly thinking he saw Billy Joe Patton in the gallery. Crenshaw, ever the student of the game and its history, knew Patton lost the 1954 Masters by a single shot. In the words of Herbert Warren Wind in the seminal The Story of American Golf, Patton squandered that title ³after his all-out tactics cost him penalty strokes in two different water hazards (13th & 15th holes) on his hectic last nine.²
This past Sunday, Mickelson and his caddie should have drawn from those ³course studies² about the risks of ³all-out tactics² while playing the final holeespecially during their disastrous deliberations on the second shot. Come on, Phil: with a one shot lead, get back to the fairway, play for a one-putt par for the win; or at worse, make a bogey leaving you alive for a Monday playoff. Instead, we all watched in disbelief at Philıs mental meltdown. In a final round of a major, course management and lessons learned from previous champions must be part of a playerıs mindset. They must trump any gamblerıs instincts and tendencies. As Phil sadly learned, those lessons are more critical components to oneıs game than a fourth wedge or a second driver.
A little over five years ago, we launched the Michigan Golfer Internet Television Show, the first of its kind in the world. Frankly, we are still learning about this relatively new medium. And just when we are figuring out video traffic patterns within our ISP software, we are now challenged by the traffic that our shows are now generating with podcasts and cell phone downloads. Is this a great country or what?
This year's traffic, as cited below, represents a portion of the 555,755 golfers that have viewed one of our over 260 golf shows now online. For those interested, we have four other channels that have another 450+ shows archived online that have generated another 633,509 viewers this year. Our viewers, while mostly clicking on from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Japan, Germany and China, also login from 130 other countries. For a publisher starting out almost 30 years ago, who thought it was a big deal to get a subscriber from Canada or one of the neighboring states, this is pretty cool and heady stuff. Anyway, thanks to all of your for viewing Michigan's Golf Channel.
YEAR SHOW VIEWERS
2003 2003 Golf Packages 31,311
Stats from Sawmill software -555,755 viewers 260 shows.
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