Michigan Golf News
July 3, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 27
Okay, so we don't have an entire staff. However, if we did, we would all wish you to hit 'em straight and avoid any three putts.***
UPPER PENINSULA GOLF ASSOCIATION IS A NEW ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBER TO
MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS
MGN welcomes the members of the Upper Peninsula Golf Association to our weekly newsletter. The association represents 55, 18 and 9 hole golf courses in the Upper Peninsula, Northern Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. Frank Guastella, one of the association officers, indicated that the association wants to continue to develop stronger communication and economic ties with the lower peninsula as well as northern Wisconsin and Northern Ontario. You can check out their new website http://upga.org***
MGN ON THE ROAD
Escanaba-The Highlands CC and Terrace Bluff GC While on our way to the IM Golf Classic, we dropped by Escanaba to catch up on the news at Terrace Bluffs and The Highlands. Both counters were backed up with golfers waving money for tee times, so we did not stay long. Terrace Bluff offers golfers great value and a spectacular view of Little Bay de Noc. The Highlands CC looked to be in terrific shape. http://www.travelbaysdenoc.com/golf.htmlGwinn-Red Fox Run
Frank Gustella, owner and PGA professional at Red Fox Run, indicated they were up over a 1000 rounds for the year. In addition, he indicated that their Junior Golf program had over 120 students in it. Frank and his partner, Bill Roberts, former President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association, have turned their focus to the golf course, after having created the Red Fox Inn lodging and restaurant facility. http://redfoxrun.comIron Mountain- Timberstone GC and Pine Grove CC
The headlines in most Upper Peninsula sports pages carried the smiling faces of MSU's Tom Izzo and the Detroit Lions Steve Mariucci. They were in their home town to dedicate the new training facility they have donated to their alma mater, Iron Mountain High School.
This is one of the hottest tournaments in the UP and tickets are hard to come by. They usually raise a ton of money, this year take being over $285,000. The one day tournament took place on the awesome Timberstone GC and the venerable Pine Grove CC. Pine Grove, now in its second century, has a new clubhouse and it is a dandy. We had a chance to catch the action and will bring it to you later this month on Michigan Golfer TV.
The new A-Ga-Ming golf course http://a-ga-ming.com/newcourse.gif is taking shape and well on the way to its opening in 2004. You can see the construction as you approach the clubhouse. Jerry Matthews, course designer, will add to his legacy with the Torch course at A-Ga-Ming.
Real estate is an important part of the Torch course of A-Ga-Ming and they should be able to close a lot of deals if they take them up to the clubhouse to sign the papers. There are golf views of equal brilliance in Michigan, but none better. The perfect "Sip and Chip" program, would be between A-Ga-Ming and Chateau Chantal on the Old Mission Peninsula.Traverse City-Grand Traverse Resort, Elmbrook GC
One of the great views in golf, is watching the Grand Traverse Bay light up with the morning sun while high atop the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa's Tower. Yes, golf writers are occasionally tossed a bone with a lot of meat on it. This is a time when the golf press lives in high cotton. Thanks to Mike DeAgostino and all the fine folks at GTR for a great tournament. Also on hand to keep things moving along was Tim Hygh, WJR representative and press room grand llama. http://grandtraverseresort.com
Dave Krause, committee member of The Haig Grand Traverse Heritage Center Golf Tournament, indicated that everyone one thought the tournament was a great success. John and Carolyn Olson, owners of the course, were heavily involved in the planning and execution of the tournament.St. Ignace-St.Ignace GC
The St. Ignace course looked dazzling in a morning sun as vintage cars drove by her fairways. Golf took the rumble seat to the 26th Annual Straits Area Antique Auto Show that was in town. This is a great event. Golfers can pick up some rounds in St. Ignace or Mackinac Island and then pull up a chair at their motel and watch all these great cars cruise the city. Great time.***
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION VISITS CANADIAN COURSES
Our host Bill Shelton, had the opportunity to catch up with a number of our Canadian friends and chat about their golf courses. Tune in to Bill as he chats with representatives of Forest Golf and Country Hotel, near Sarnia, Monterra Golf at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood and Crimson Ridge in Sault Ste Marie.
FORBES TOP 100 CELEBRITIES-WOODS AND PALMER MAKE THE CUT
Tiger Woods came in third and Arnold Palmer was listed at 64th, on Forbes Magazine Top 100 Celebrity List in the July 7th issue. Basketball did much better listing,Michael Jordean at 13, Shaquille O'Neal at 22, Kevin Garnett at 51, Allen Iveerson at 53, Grant Hill at 66, Karl Malone at 73, Scottie Pippen at 77, Alonzo Mourning at 79 and Juwan Howard at 80. The number one celebrity, was Jennifer Aniston, who has captured more magazine covers than any star.
PAR 3 SHOOTOUT RESULTS AT TREETOPS RESORT
Fuzzy Zoeller - $330,000 (Three skins $280,000; closest to five pins $50,000)
Fred Couples - $90,000 (One skin $40,000; closest to five pins $50,000)
Lee Trevino - $90,000 (One skin $40,000; closest to five pins $50,000)
Phil Mickelson - $30,000 (closest to three pins $30,000).
Taken from an article from the Associated Press
BOB GRAVES PASSES FROM US
Bob Graves, a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, died June 28 in Bend, Ore., after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.
Graves served as ASGCA president in 1974-75, and was elected a Fellow at the recent annual meeting in Pittsburgh.
Most of his work was done in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Malaysia. Among his courses are the Golf Club at Quail Lodge, Lake Merced Golf and Country Club, La Purisima Golf Club and Sea Ranch Golf Club in California; Black Butte Ranch Golf Club, River's Edge Golf Club and Seventh Mountain Golf Club in Oregon; and Port Ludlow Golf Club in Washington.
A noted author and lecturer, Graves' most recent work Classic Golf Hole Design was done with Geoffrey Cornish, with whom he conducted many two-day seminars on golf course architecture.Submitted by Lisa Gunggoll-ASGCA
MICHIGAN BOASTS FOUR MEMBERS IN ASGCA
Paul Albanese, Ray Hearn, Jerry Matthews and W. Bruce Matthews III are Michigan members of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. They are, collectively, responsible for building hundreds of golf courses in our state.
AN APPEAL FROM BILL FOUNTAIN OF THE MAJESTIC
Two Hartland students, Jamie and Lisa Hearn (12 and 10 years old) lost their father to cancer on May 10. Immediately following the funeral, their mother, Laura, took Lisa to the hospital because she had collapsed during the funeral. That night they discovered that 10-year old Lisa has Hepatoblastoma Liver Cancer! There are many hardships these three ladies now face since their father/husband is gone, but the battle of cancer once again is challenging.HERE IS WHERE YOU CAN HELP!
We are having a raffle to benefit Lisa's educational and medical expenses. We are selling 1000 tickets for 1000 golf balls at $25 a piece (raising $25,000). The golf balls will be numbered 1-1000. On August 9, at 5:30 pm, the golf balls will be dropped out of a helicopter on the Majestic Golf Course driving range and the 5 closest balls to the target will each win $1,000. (You do not need to be present to win.) The remaining $20,000 will go to the Hearns.
The cost is $25/ticket (your ticket number will be with the corresponding ball number). For ticket information contact the Majestic email@example.comThank you, Bill Fountain
PERRY AND MEDIATE TO PLAY IN BUICK
Kenny Perry will go for his second Buick Open title in three years. Perry earned the $558,000 first prize at the 2001 Buick Open with a two-shot victory over Chris DiMarco and Jim Furyk. He is second on the all-time Buick Open earnings list with $678,803. This will be his 11th appearance at the tournament. Perry, 42, is currently seventh on the PGA Tour money list with $2,892,538. He already has two victories in 2002 and five top-10 finishes. He has six career PGA Tour victories.
Rocco Mediate, the 2000 Buick Open champion, is 4th on the all-time Buick Open money list with $624,847. Mediate,40, won the 2000 Buick Open with a one shot victory over Chris Perry. This will be Rocco's 14th appearance at the tournament. He is currently 46th on the 2003 PGA Tour money list with 836,094 and has two top-10 finishes. Mediate has five career PGA Tour wins.*** KERNICKI RETURNS TO MICHIGAN AT TRUE NORTH
Michael Kernicki, a former president of the Michigan Section of the PGA of America and a longtime director of that organization's national board, has returned to Harbor Springs to develop the membership programs at True North.Ê After a two-year stint as the general manager of The Golf Club of Georgia, Kernicki is back in his home state, where he spent two decades in director of golf positions at Bloomfield Hills Country Club near Detroit, and the Wuskowhan Players Club near Holland. Prior to those postings, he was the head golf professional at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club in Harbor Springs, just a few miles away from True North.
"I missed Michigan the minute I left," said Kernicki. "I would get back from time to time, but I am excited to be in the state that has always been my home. It is an honor to return to this beautiful area and to be able to use my skills to help the owners build the membership at True North," said Kernicki.http://www.truenorthgolf.com or contact Michael Kernicki at 231-526-3300.
JULY /AUGUST MICHIGAN GOLFER NOW ON SALE
The latest MG is now on sale at newstands or complimentary at your local pro shop.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Alice Dye: Guest Editor- "Annika's Challenge"
Kelly Thesier-"Sisters Recognized by NGCOA"
Janina Parrott Jacobs-"Color! That's the Word in Golf Apparel"
Susan Bairley-"Alice Dye-A Designing Woman Who's Par Excellence"
Jack Berry-"Golf Canada's Rocky Mountains"
Phyllis Barone and Susan Bairley-"Crystal Mountain Women's-Only Golf
School is Top Notch"
Sheila Tansey-"Equipment That Suits Your Game"
Paul Bairley-"Off-Season Golf Paradise Found-In Scottsdale"
Judy Mason-"Tips for the Seasonal Woman Golfer"
Susan Bairley-"Golf Getaways"
Ken Tabacsko-"Tri City Golf"
Carter Sherline-"Tigers Coming-a Photo Essay"
Terry Moore-"A Slice of Life"
Art McCafferty-"Angels Crossing, Seven Lakes, Crimson Ridge,
Norm Sinclair-Forest Dunes
Jason Deegan-Eagle Eye
Diamond Springs-Marc Van Soest
Mike Terrell-Hawk Ridge and Hawk's Eye
Thad Gutowski-Wyngate-A video Interview with Kevin Muir http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/newcourses/westwynd/
Art McCafferty- Yarrow-A video Interview with Frank Boyd
BOB ACKERMAN WINS SECOND DETROIT NEWSPAPERS MICHIGAN OPEN
Bob Ackerman's indicated that he was a touring pro in a teaching pro's job. He has seen big time competition since his early college day's. His twin wins of the Michigan Open and Senior Open could launch him on the Champion's Tour this coming year. He is Michigan's top gun right now and has done that while toiling in lesser known fairways.***
NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY HAVE FRONT PAGE STORIES ON BAY MILLS OPEN BOUND
Tim Hygh indicated that the press tent will have to get a little bigger to accommodate the amount of press that will be covering the participation of 13 year old U.S. Amateur Champion, Michelle Wie. Judy Mason and Mike Husby, Co-Directors of the Bay Mills Open, offered the Hawaiian phenomenon a slot in the tournament months before her amateur win. Now with stories in the New York Times and USA Today, the youngster is starting to get the same build up as Annika Sorenstam. http://baymillsopen.com***
GENE SARAZEN AND SHELL'S WONDERFUL WORLD OF GOLF
You would have had to be living in an Amazon rain forest or not born yet, to not have seen this wonderful ground breaking golf show golf travel show in the early 60's. It was also a program staple when the Golf Channel started up a few years ago.
Co- authors, Al Barkokw and Mary Ann Sarazen take us back to those pioneering days of golf in Clock Tower Press's latest entry into the golf book market, "Gene Sarazen and Shell's Wonderful World of Golf is a quick but memorable read. Dave Griscom, the new National Sales Director of Clock Tower Press, had an advance copy and was kind enough to lend it to me. http://clocktowerpress.com***
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Golf is twenty percent mechanics and technique. The other eighty percent is philosophy, humor, tragedy, romance, melodrama, companionship, camaraderie, cussedness, and conversation." -Grantland Rice
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