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July 27, 2007 - Vol. 7, No. 29
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Web:  Golf Packages http://www.thenaturalgolf.com/rates.php Video of The Natural Golf Course: http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/natural/ 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 Rick Smith Golf Academy http://www.treetops.com/index.php?method=golf&subpage=golfacademy THE MAJESTIC AT LAKE WALDEN Web: http://www.majesticgolf.com/ Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=nUVXolhXROg 105TH WESTERN AMATEUR-August 1 - 5, Point O'Woods Golf and Country Club, Benton Harbor Free Admission Website: http://www.thewesternamateur.com/ Preview:  http://michigangolfer.tv/2007shows/westernam/ 2003 Western Amateur http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/show20/index.html _/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/__/ __/ __/ __/ __/ HARRIS WINS THIRD-STRAIGHT TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS __/ MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GOLF ASSOCIATION SPONSORS THREE EVENTS IN AUGUST __/ OAKLAND HILLS QUALIFIERS AT THE OPEN __/ TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2008 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP __/ MIKE SHIELS PICKING UP WHERE J.P. LEFT OFF __/ MICHIGAN GOLF TELEVISION SHOWS __/ THE GLACIERS, FORMERLY THE GLACIER GOLF CLUB, SET TO REOPEN AUGUST 1 __/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TV __/ BOOK REVIEW: "YOU'RE STILL AWAY"-By Robert Sullivan __/ RESULTS: MICHIGAN PGA 2007 CARL'S GOLFLAND/NIKE GOLF JUNIOR TOUR/BARTON HILLS CC __/ RESULTS: MICHIGAN PGA 2007 CARL'S GOLFLAND/NIKE GOLF JUNIOR TOUR/CC of LANSING __/ FOUNDERS MATCH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC GOLFERS __/ HOLE IN ONE CLUB-Devils Lake GC __/ FOUNDERS MATCH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC GOLFERS __/ MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR ********************************************************************** ********************************************************************** ************* BILL FLEMMING 1926-2007 ******************* ********************************************************************** **********************************************************************   ====================================================== HARRIS WINS THIRD-STRAIGHT TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS ====================================================== BOYNE FALLS, MI – Defending champion Michael Harris, a touring professional from Troy, shot 71 (-1) Wednesday to win his third consecutive Michigan PGA BOYNE Tournament of Champions. “I didn’t play my best golf today, but on the back nine, I just hit the shots I needed. When opportunities presented themselves, I took advantage of them,” said Harris, who finished with a three-round total of 69-64-71—204 (-12). Harris, 29, began the third and final round with a one-stroke lead over Brian Cairns, a professional from The Highlands Golf Center in Milford, who shot 72 in the final round to finish as runner-up, two shots behind Harris. All three rounds were played on Boyne Mountain Resort’s 6,938-yard Alpine Course. “Winning this means I’ll have the money to try to qualify for the PGA Tour again this fall. Hopefully I’ll make it this time, but if not, I’ll be back here again next year,” said Harris, a University of Michigan alum who competes on the Canadian Tour. He collected $12,000 for the win – his fifth BOYNE Tournament of Champions victory. He won in 2000, ’02, and ’05 through ’07. “Another year with my name on the trophy. Being a five-time champion is pretty special.”   During the final round, Cairns birdied the first hole, and Harris bogeys on the second and third holes gave Cairns an early, but temporary, lead. “I was upset, but I knew there was a lot of golf to go. I had 15 holes left to play and just had to ride it out. I knew if I hit it in the right spots on the back nine I would make some birdies,” said Harris. “It was just an inner confidence that it would turn around and things would be alright.”  “I lost my patience on the 12th and 13th holes. I hadn’t hit it in the rough all week but today I was in the rough four or five times. I had too much adrenaline going and got too pumped up,” said Cairns, who has a 2000 Michigan PGA Championship win among his titles. “I learned a lot from Michael about how to manage your game when you’re not playing well. He’s a good champion and a good guy. I expect him to do very well in the future.” Cairns was proud of the way he played the par-5 last hole. He used a 241-yard 3-wood to hit his ball over a creek to reach the green in two shots. “I didn’t give up. I had an eagle putt but made the birdie to secure the runner-up spot,” he said. Andy Matthews, a 27-year-old touring professional from Ada, finished in third place at 9-under-par. Ian Harris, an amateur from Bloomfield Hills, was the lowest scoring amateur in the event, with a three-round total of 209 (-7). Suzy Green Roebuck, a past Michigan Women’s Open champion, was the lowest-finishing woman in the event, finishing the tournament at 4-under-par. 128 champions of all varieties competed against each other from staggered tees, until Harris emerged from a field full of professionals, amateurs, women, men, juniors and seniors. All entrants qualified to compete by capturing an important, sanctioned state title at some stage in their playing career. 40 of the competitors were amateur golfers. The winner, in addition to prize money, receives a green blazer and a membership to the Country Club of Boyne. Overall winner: Mike Harris                                       69-64-71--204             -12       Low amateur:  Ian Harris                                            69-68-70—209           -7                     Low Female:   Suzy Green Roebuck                          71-69-72 --212            -4                     Low Senior:     Bob Ackerman                                    66-72-73--211             -5    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------  1st       Michael Harris     Shorewood       69      64      71         204              $12000.00 2nd      Brian Cairns        Highland Golf Center 65      69     72 206                $5000.00 3rd       Andy Matthews  Ada        71      68      68   207                $3500.00 4th       Tom Harding     Kendall Academy of Golf   72      68      69    209      $2200.00              Ian Harris-A      Bloomfield Hills    71      68      70    209                      $750.00 6th       Bob Ackerman   Bob Ackerman Golf  66      72      73    211               $1450.00             Shawn Koch      Country Club of the South 70      68      73    211       $1450.00              Scott Hebert     Grand Traverse Resort  Spa  71      70   70  211       $1450.00 9th       Korey Mahoney  East Lansing   71      68      73      212                 $1075.00             Suzanne GreenRoebuck Brighton   71         69      72         212           $1075.00    Taken from a Promedia release ================= MGN ON THE ROAD ================= Birmingham-Oakland Hills CC Members of the Michigan golf media were in high cotton this past week as they had the opportunity to play the newly remodeled Oakland Hills South Course.   Rees Jones, had the opportunity to continue to improve on the original work of Donald Ross and then that of his father, Robert Trent Jones.   Rees Jones lengthened 15 holes, narrowed a number of fairways   added, changed and renovated  fairway and greenside bunkers and expanded two of the ponds. Oakland Hills CC, Michigan's most storied course,  has been  the  site of 15 major championships; six U.S. Opens, two U.S. Senior Opens, U.S. Women's Amateur, U.S. Men's Amateur, Western Open, Carling World Open; the 35th Ryder Cup in 2004; and three PGA Championships. Oakland Hills was born the same year as the PGA of American and its first golf professional was fittingly,  Walter Hagen. It was a perfect afternoon for golf and the course was spectacular.  It was a very special day for golf writers, photographers and videographers.  (See PGA article "Jones' Renovations Result in Longer, More Menacing 'Monster'" at http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2008/news/pga08_renovations041907.ht
) ===================================================================== MICHIGAN WOMEN'S GOLF ASSOCIATION SPONSORS THREE EVENTS IN AUGUST ===================================================================== The Michigan Women’s Golf Association will hold three events in August at various golf courses in the metro Detroit area. “We schedule our events in a variety of locations for the convenience of our members, and to encourage non-members to try our events,” said Nancy Serra, president of MWGA.   A 2 Woman Best Ball tournament will be held at the Lakes of Taylor Golf Club in Taylor on Monday, August 6. An Arthur Hills design, the course is pleasantly routed among four major lakes and will be played at 5,111 yards with a slope rating of 69.4 for the women. The entry fee of $66.00 ($86.00 for non-members ) includes golf, cart, range, luncheon, and prizes. The tournament kicks off with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start.   Tournament Director Jane Kersjes may be contacted at (734) 420-0854 orkersjes@mwgolf.org.   At the other end of the metro Detroit area, a 2 Woman Best Ball tournament will be held at Heather Hills Golf Course in northern Macomb county on Saturday, August 18. Tournament Director Joyce Harlukowicz says: “This course is a little gem hidden in the hills north of Romeo. The holes are interesting and challenging with many elevation changes, and the course is usually in immaculate condition.” Entry fee of $64.00 ($84.00 for non-members) includes golf, cart, range, and prizes. Tee times begin at 9:00 a.m. Harlukowicz may be reached by email at harlukowicz@mwgolf.org.   On Saturday, August 25 a completely new event in the MWGA schedule takes place: the 4 Woman “Trifecta”! This madcap event is played as follows: six holes are played “stroke play”; six holes “best 2 of 4 scores”; and six holes as a “scramble.” The venue for the tournament is Salem Hills Golf Club in Northville, a perfect setting for the “strategy” that each team will need to decide upon! Entry fee of$69.00 includes golf, cart, range, and prizes, and the tee times will begin at 11:00 a.m. JackieMcFarlane,Tournament Director, may be contacted at (586) 438-9602, or by email at mcfarlane@mwgolf.org. ===================================== OAKLAND HILLS QUALIFIERS AT THE OPEN ===================================== Three Oakland Hills qualifiers left The Open with a check this past week. Charley Hoffman (35th). Ryan Moore (42nd) and John Senden (45th).  They were part of the back story of an incredible golf tournament.  Oakland Hills was one of only three International sites to have an Open qualifier this year. http://scoring.opengolf.com/leaderboard.sps?itourno=2007060&optsel=pos ====================================================================== THE GLACIERS, FORMERLY THE GLACIER GOLF CLUB, SET TO REOPEN AUGUST 1 ====================================================================== The original Glacier Golf Club was designed by William Newcomb and opened for play in 1993.   In the past year, the course has had a redo from the Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and Associates firm.  Golfers will find the usual adjustment of former tees, greens and bunkers in the redo. Basically, the owners felt that the course needed to be upgraded to match up with the upscale homes and condos that surround it. http://glaciersgolf.com =============================================== TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2008 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP  =============================================== The PGA Championship, one of golf's premier events conducted by The PGA of America, announced the start of general ticket sales on this past Monday, Oakland Hills Country Club will host The PGA of America's 90th PGA Championship, the Season's Final Major, on the famed South Course, August 4-10, 2008. The announcement was made at a press conference  and a celebrity four-hole tournament.  Celebrity players included; Dino Ciccarelli, Former Detroit Red Wing, Rich Homberg, Vice President and General Manager, WWJ Newsradio 950, Al Kaline, Former Detroit Tiger and Hall of Fame Outfielder, John Kitna, Starting Quarterback, Detroit Lions, John Lindert, Secretary of the Michigan PGA and Head Pro at Country Club of Lansing, Mike Mihalich, General Chairman, 2008 PGA Championship, Dan Miller, Sports Director, WJBK-TV, Big Al Muskavito, On-Air Personality, WOMC-FM 104.3, Dave Payne, Bloomfield Township Supervisor, Jim Roschek, President of Michigan PGA and Head Golf Pro at Milham Park Golf Course,  Don Shane, Sports Director, WXYZ-TV, Bernie Smilovitz, Sports Director, WDIV-TV Joe Steranka, CEO, The PGA of America, Steve Vickery, Michigan PGA Member and Head Pro at Paint Creek Country Club and Doug White, Michigan PGA Member and Head Pro at Barton Hills Country. Tickets for the 90th PGA Championship are available starting Monday, July 23, 2007.  Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.   The Executive Club Ticket: $700 ·      Access to all seven days of the Championship • Admission to the Executive Club located on the signature 16th hole of the South Course, including:        Air conditioning, television monitors and patio seating in a spirited, VIP atmosphere        Food and beverage available for an additional charge ·      Complimentary off-site parking & shuttle service ·      Copy of the official 90th PGA Championship Journal   The Season Grounds Ticket: $350 ·      Access to all seven days of the Championship ·      Complimentary off-site parking & shuttle service ·      Copy of the official 90th PGA Championship Journal   Daily Practice Round Ticket: $30 ·      Available Monday-Wednesday, August 4-6, 2008 ·      Access to the grounds for one day of the Championship ·      Complimentary off-site parking & shuttle service                         Junior Practice Round Ticket: $15 ·      Available Monday-Wednesday, August 4-6, 2008 ·      Available to children 17 years of age and younger ·      Must be purchased by a PGA Championship ticketed adult ·      Available on daily basis at Admission Gate, no advance purchase                                     Junior Championship Round Ticket: $30 ·      Available Thursday-Sunday, August 7-10, 2008 ·      Available to children 17 years of age and younger ·      Must be purchased by a PGA Championship ticketed adult ·      Available on daily basis at Admission Gate, no advance purchase http://www.pga2008.com ===================================================== MICHAEL PATRICK  SHIELS PICKING UP WHERE J.P. LEFT OFF ===================================================== Tim Hygh dropped us a note, pointing out the an article by the Lansing Pulse http://lansin
gcitypulse.com/  that
had some nice things to say about Michael Patrick Shiels and his morning Lansing drive time Big Show.  Shiels, formerly the producer of the J. P. McCarthy Show, enjoyed the life of a freelance writer, but not the pay.  He has written or ghosted a number of books and had his share of articles in various golf publications, including ours.  Shiels worked for Hygh in some of the media rooms on the Michigan golf circuit and Hygh was so impressed with him that he hired Shiels to take over from then host, Dave Scott. More:  http://www.wjimam.com/skin/blurb.php?sectionId=180&contentId=165165 Ed. Note: Here is a look at Michael Patrick  Shiels as he interviewed film director and actor, Bill Paxton on his "Greatest Game Every Played" media tour. Great Stuff. http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/greatestgame/ ===================================================================================== MICHIGAN GOLFER TV- Western Am Preview and Michigan PGA Women’s Open -Presented by Century 21 ===================================================================================== 15th Michigan PGA Women’s Open presented by Century 21 We utilized one of the attributes of You Tube, the ability to quickly launch and present a video to the world, and put Lisa Fernandes's  eagle up.  We will be preparing a more in depth show for use later in the year. Enjoy this one now at You Tube  http://youtube.com/w
  Western Amateur Preview Show We had Robert Trent Jones, the designer of Point O'Woods, step up to the tee to begin the show, picking up some of his thoughts in a 1987 video we shot.  It was Jones who said that " golfers attack par and the architect defends". We then sprinkled into the mix,  some footage from past winners of the Western Amateur; Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickleson, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Melynk, Bubba Dickerson, Tiger Woods, Ryan Moore & Jamie Lovemark.  In addition, we give you a peek or two of  this storied course. This year's Western Amateur starts August 1 and runs through August 5. Enjoy. VIDEO:   http://michigangolfer.tv/2007shows/westernam/ YOU TUBE: http://youtube.com/watch?v=BNIJpX-CCXI =============================================== BOOK REVIEW: "YOU'RE STILL AWAY"-By Robert Sullivan =============================================== Perhaps the best way to review this book is to quote another reviewer, John Garrity, Senior Writer of Sports Illustrated. "'You're Still Away' is the best golf collection I've ever read in years.  Sullivan is a graceful writer and his powers of observation are preternaturally sharp.  If you've got Wodehouse, Wind and Jenkins on your bookshelf, you'll want to make room for Sullivan."    Since I amazingly have Wodehouse, Wind and Jenkins on my bookshelf and I also totally agree with Garrity's assessment of Sullivan's writing, I have found the room. Maple Street Press  $19.95 http://maplestreetpress.com ================================================================================= RESULTS: MICHIGAN PGA 2007 CARL'S GOLFLAND/NIKE GOLF JUNIOR TOUR/BARTON HILLS CC ================================================================================= BOYS 16-18 1  Andrew Walukonis  Traverse City  71  2  Joe Fransted  Novi, 73 3  Brent Muse  Ann Arbor, 74 T4  Reed Black  Frankenmuth, 75 T4 John Maddox  Birmingham,  Boys 13-15  1  Alex Willnow  Adrian, 74 2  Joseph Szmadzinski  Northville, 74 3  Michael Panek  Livonia, 76  4  Alex Wunderlich  Ann Arbor, 81 T5  Cameron Barber  Cassopolis 84 T5  Chad Gehres  Brighton, 84  Girls 16-18  1  Joan Dulieu  Bloomfield Hills, 78 2  Maddi Massa  Holt, 81  3  Kelley Hill  Northville, 96 Girls 13-15  1  Chelsea Guoynes  Traverse City, 81 2 Devon Compton  Rochester, 83 3  Mariah Massa  Holt, 90  ============================================================================== RESULTS: MICHIGAN PGA 2007 CARL'S GOLFLAND/NIKE GOLF JUNIOR TOUR/CC of LANSING ============================================================================== Boys 16-18  1  Chet VandenBerg  Martin,   73  2  Ronald Young  Warren,  73  3  Matthew Lockemy  Macomb Twp  74  T4  Andrew Walukonis  Traverse City,  75  T4  Steve Schumacher  Farmington Hills,  75  T4 Todd Spangler  Grand Ledge  75  Boys 13-15  1  Alex Wunderlich  Ann Arbor,  75  2  Jon Sanford  Holt, 76  3  Kyle Sawyer  Grand Ledge, 77  4  Kollin Jensen Gladstone, 78  Girls 16-18  1      Maddi Massa  Holt,  75  2     Jennifer Cleary  East Lansing,  82  T3  Collette Hansen  West Olive,   86  T3  Katrina Templar  Greenville,   86  5  Alexandra Hunter Grosse Ile,  97  Girls 13-15  1 Chelsea Guoynes  Traverse City, 76  2  Devon Compton Rochester, 82  3 Mariah Massa Holt, 88  ================================= HOLE IN ONE CLUB-Devils Lake GC ============================= Edward Davenport hit a 6-iron to the 157 yard 5th hole at Devil's Lake GC and watched it roll in for his ace. Davenport is from Clark Lake. ============================================ FOUNDERS MATCH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC GOLFERS ============================================ By Greg Johnson The Grand Rapids Press GRAND RAPIDS -- Even at the recent state championship events, golfers were talking about the upcoming Founders Challenge. "Everything about it is fun," said Kim Kester of Grand Rapids, a graduate of the University of Toledo who will be part of the private club team in the Aug. 4-5 amateur event at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University and Egypt Valley Country Club. "It's the event I've looked forward to all summer. I think everybody looks forward to it -- the team competition. It's like college golf, only with people you usually just play against." Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Joan Garety of Ada and Michigan State University women's golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll serve as the team captains. Garety, an Egypt Valley member, heads the private club team, and Slobodnik-Stoll heads the public team, 2-0 in the event. Better-ball foursomes matches are the first-day format at The Meadows. The final day at Egypt Valley is singles play. Egypt Valley recently hosted many of these players in the Michigan Women's Amateur. Laura Bavaird, a Western Michigan University golfer crowned the state champion at Egypt Valley, will be a member of the private team. Also on the private team are a host of local golfers, including Kester and Egypt Valley members Barb Schmid and Allison Tyler, a Grand Valley golfer. Jenny Calkins of Greenville, a University of Louisville golfer; Heather Scholten, a former Northwestern golfer; and Susie Barbour of Michigan State are others with local ties. Rounding out the private roster are Ashley Bauer, a University of Michigan golfer;Shasta Averyhardt, a Jackson State University golfer who was runner-up to Bavaird in the state amateur; Jennifer Domagalski, a Michigan State golfer; and Caitlin Bennett, a Grand Valley golfer. Slobodnik-Stoll's public team will include local golfers Michelle Boogaard, who plays for Grand Valley; former Eastern Michigan golfer Kelly Boogaard and Kristina Langton, a Catholic Central golfer headed to Grand Valley. Others on the team include Rachel Meikle of MSU; Stephanie Mory, a University of Illinois golfer; Shannon Warner, a prep standout from Livonia; Sue Campbell of Kalamazoo, Indiana University golfer Mary Vajgrt, Ferris State golfers Becky Hoffman and Missy Ward and Grand Valley golfer Ashley Smith. "These players really represent the best of golf in this region," said Slobodnik-Stoll, who led her team to the Big Ten Conference title and a berth in the NCAA championships this year. "It's a nice change of pace from stroke-play competitions." The Founders Challenge started in 2005 under the sponsorship of Founders Bank & Trust of Grand Rapids. =============================== 2007 MICHIGAN GOLFER CALENDAR =============================== JULY 28    MIAGT at Cattails GC,South Lyon    http://www.miagt.com/Schedule 28-29  2-Day State Championship  Hunters Ridge GC , Howell http://www.mwgolf.org/ 30-8-5  105th Western Amateur, Point O'Woods G&CC,  Benton Harbor http://www.thewesternamateur.com/ 31     Michigan Players Tour - Yarrow Golf and Conference,Augusta http://michiganplayertour.com

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