July 9, 2004 VOL. 4 No. 28
Bay Mills Resort and Casino/Wild Bluff-Brimley
Treetops: Home of "Rick Smith and The Big Break" and "The Tylenol
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Edited by Art McCafferty-Publisher, Michigan Golfer http://michigangolfer.com
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__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
__/ Benton Harbor-Western Amateur-'The Storm' an excerpt from an article--by Kelly Hill
__/ Dearborn-Ford Senior Players Championship Traverse City
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
__/ MGN RADIO
__/ TEBO RETIRES
__/ MG'S VANESSA BELL A WINNER AT LADIES 9 HOLE PAR 3 ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF WEEKLY SCHEDULE
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF HISTORY BUFFS-HELP NEEDED
__/ GOLF FOR WOMEN SELECTS 3 MICHIGAN COURSES IN TOP 50
__/ BUICK JUNIOR OPEN SET FOR SPRING MEADOWS COUNTRY CLUB
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS - ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
__/ LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK
__/ TNT TO HIGHLIGHT HISTORY AND PRESTIGE OF THE OPEN
__/ 19TH HOLE-MORE FROM RODNEY DANGERFIELD AKA AL CZERVIK
__/ BOWDEN BUYS MARSH RIDGE AND GETS TO WORK
__/ CITY OF SOUTHFIELD GETS SOME USA TODAY INK
__/ TRUE NORTH TO OPEN THE WEEKEND OF AUGUST 14-15
__/ GARLAND A ROOM AND A ROUND FOR $79 DBL
__/ WI FI IN HOTEL & TOWER GUEST ROOMS AT GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT
__/ HOLE IN ONE CLUB
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS
__/ PALMER RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
MGN ON THE ROAD
Benton Harbor-Point O' Woods and the Western Amateur Point O' Woods hosted a media day, in preparation for the upcoming 102nd Western Amateur being held there. It is always a treat to step on to a Robert Trent Jones course and our outing was no exception. The major news coming out of the status of this venerable course. Straight line winds of over 100 miles per hour hit the course accompanied by a tornado that corkscrewed and smashed over 200 trees of the Point O' Woods forest inventory.
The course was shut down for the week and a team of workers and tree removal specialists headed up by course superintendent Ron Fox, has rid the course of the carnage and prepared it for the upcoming tournament. Holes 9, 12 and 13 were especially impacted, in that strategic trees that protected par on these holes are only a photographic memory.
Dennis Mitchell, Tournament Chairman, was generous with his praise of the Point O' Woods ground crew and indicated that the whole story will be chronicled by Kelly Hill in the tournament program.
In addition, to the news from damage control center, Mitchell, also spoke about their new green complex at No.2, the addition of two more bunkers and new sand that will be less punitive for the golfers.
Gary Holaway, Publicist for WGA, also announced that TaylorMade-adidas Golf will be a presenting sponsor of the tournament.
For highlights of last year's tournament, you can go to our Michigan Golfer Television site and catch the action. http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/show20/index.html
The Storm -An excerpt from an upcoming article in the Western Amateur Program
By: Kelly Hill
"Ron Fox took one look at the southwest sky and knew it meant trouble.Fox, the course superintendent at Point O' Woods Golf and Country Club, had no idea, though, just how much trouble was coming.
Trouble stormed into Point O' Woods at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 21. It was an unusual time of the day for a spring storm in Michigan, but also a time when the golf course was littered with playing members and working staffers.
"The sky was an unbelievable color," Fox recalls. "It was gun-metal black. To the southwest, the sky was that incredible color: gun-metal black. "The wind came first," Fox continued, reliving that morning. "The lightning and the rain came last." When the wind came, it came hard. And it continued for more than 20 minutes. The lightning and rain followed a path of destruction across the golf course at Point O' Woods.
"The official forecast called for straight-line winds," Fox said. "If you follow the coast to the north, though, there was a definite path as it continued up the (Lake Michigan) coast. "There were members all over the golf course who were literally running for their lives. One member reported seeing a funnel cloud on the 18th green. One member was out with guests and they were driving down the cart path on 16 and trees were falling all around them."
Dearborn-Ford Senior Players Championship
Be there or be square, as the Senior Players Championship begins its second round of golf this morning. Don't forget the grand finale and the concert by Hootie and the Blowfish after the presentation ceremony.
It was nice seeing Barry Godwin in TC. Barry, formerly marketing director at Shanty Creek, is currently the CEO of his own firm and specializes in Marketing and Public Relations.
John and Carol Olson, said that their second Hickory Club Tournament at Elmbrook was very successful and a third is planned for June 17, next year. They also joined others that had swarmed around Dave Richard's car to hear the latest Kid Rock album. Their son plays guitar for Kid Rock. "He was a beginning golfer, until he picked up a guitar one day, and then golf was forgotten," say an extremely perplexed and proud father, John Olson.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISIONhttp://michigangolfer.tv
"The Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest Michigan Golf Trail"
Join our reporter Jack Berry as he interviews golf architect extraordinare, Arthur Hills about the footprint his firm has left on Michigan golf architecture. Among his Michigan courses are, Complete Course Listing:
Double JJ Resort Rothbury 18
"The Craig Stadler Interview"
Craig Stadler, winner of last year's Ford Senior Players Championship at the TPC of Michigan Dearborn, chats about his win, the Champion's Tour, wine and his Ryder Cup matches at the annual media day for the event. http://michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/show17/index.html
For those who like their golf news over the radio, MGN is now heard on many of the Michigan Radio Network shows on Friday's at 10:35 -10:55 A.M. Host of the Charlevoix based show, is Shawn Peterson.
For our Canadian neighbors, the show is carried by CHOK in Sarnia and is on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 2:45. The host of the Canadian Golf Show is Tom Gibson.
Speaking of radio, as I was keyboarding this missive, I caught Larry Adderley doing a remote from the TPC for WTKT 1050 in Ann Arbor. Larry, a press room regular at golf tournaments for over a quarter of a century, is always a treat to listen to.
MG'S VANESSA BELL A WINNER AT LADIES 9 HOLE PAR 3 ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP
While her fiance, Tim Broe battles for a 5000 meter Olympic berth at this week's upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, MG's Vanessa Bell, is battling golfers in her own country.
Vanessa fired a 2 under par to capture and win some much need Euros at the Ladies 9 Hole Par 3 English Championship. Vanessa will be playing a number of European tournaments, until she returns during the Ryder Cup to do a stint with the Michigan Golfer Television Show. Her fiance, Tim, recently ran in Rome and is listed as the 9th fastest 5K runner in the latest issue of Track and Field magazine.
Art Tebo, vice president of government affairs of Boyne USA Resorts announced that after careful consideration, he has decided to retire effective July 9th, 2004. This announcement follows nearly 35 years of dedicated service.
Tebo is a significant force in the Michigan resort and tourism industry and is widely recognized by the many organizations working to promote these industries in and around the state. He began his career with Boyne in December of 1966 and gained knowledge of the company's ski, golf, resort lodging and real estate operations by working in various capacities over his tenure.
"Art's leadership helped to guide us to through our considerable growth over the past three decades and his efforts have set the stage for many great opportunities in the organization's future. His legacy of honesty, ethics and integrity will be maintained and built upon," said Stephen Kircher, president of eastern operations of Boyne USA Resorts.
Taken and edited from a Boyne USA release
MICHIGAN GOLF WEEKLY SCHEDULE--hosted by Jeff Lesson and Janina Jacobs Saturdays at 11:00 -WWJ, CBS Detroit, Channel 62.
Ran into Janina Jacobs at the Western Amateur Media Day and she indicated that the show is doing well. She also indicated that the show has a new time slot, 11:00 rather than the earlier reported 11:30.
Jul 17 Elk Ridge GC, Atlanta
MICHIGAN GOLF HISTORY BUFFS-HELP NEEDED
I was told many years ago by my grandfather (I am 63) that there use to be a golf course in The St. Johns Marsh just south of Algonac and north of Fair Haven. I remember seeing what was left of the club house at one time. How might I find out if this is true and get some facts? Hope someone can advise what I should do to get this information.
Can anyone help Bob? Thanks
GOLF FOR WOMEN SELECTS 3 MICHIGAN COURSES IN TOP 50
Crystal Mountain Resort (26), Tullymore (29) and Boyne Highlands Resort (50) all made the Top 50 in GFW. Congrats to all.
BUICK JUNIOR OPEN SET FOR SPRING MEADOWS COUNTRY CLUB Buick will celebrate its 20th year of sponsorship of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) with the 2004 Buick Junior Open at Spring Meadows Country Club in Linden, Mich., July 20-22.
Several AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former juniors currently play on the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickleson, Davis Love III, Mike Weir, Charles Howell III, Jim Furyk, Grace Park, Christie Kerr, Beth Bauer and Vicki Goetz-Ackerman.
For more information, please contact Dick Marr (810) 733-0761 x241
LPGA TEACHING TIP OF THE WEEK
This week's tip courtesy of Cherie McCammon, Grayson Woods Golf Club, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Uphill lie (shot tends to fly high and short) Position the ball even with the higher (front) foot, tilt your body to match the grade of the hill, and swing along the slope. Use a less-lofted club than normal to lower the trajectory of the shot.
Downhill lie (shot tends to fly low and long) Position the ball even with the higher (back) foot, align your body to the angle of the hill and swing along the slope. Use a more lofted club than normal to get the ball in the air.
Ball above your feet (shot tends to go left) Stand farther from the ball, and set your weight over the balls of your feet. Take a less-lofted club to reduce the amount of curve. Aim slightly right of the target.
Ball below your feet (shot tends to go right) Grip at the end of the club, stand closer to the ball and place your weight back on your heels. Take a more lofted club to reduce the amount of slice and to help get the ball airborne. Aim left of the target.
TNT TO HIGHLIGHT HISTORY AND PRESTIGE OF THE OPEN
Turner Network Television (TNT) recently announced its production plans to bring viewers the drama of the 133rd British Open Championship, from the Royal Troon Golf Club in AyrShire, Scotland, July 15-18. TNT's coverage will include three special features focusing on the history and prestige of the British Open Championship and Royal Troon Golf Club.
The first feature (Thursday, July 15) will include TNT essayist Jim Huber's interview with TNT analyst Bobby Clampett as they look back at the 1982 British Open at Royal Troon, where Clampett led the field through the second round, before faltering at the imposing 599-yard par five 6th hole. The second feature (Friday, July 16) will focus on the 8th hole at Royal Troon, known as the "Postage Stamp", as TNT's Billy Kratzert provides a historical account of this imposing hole, known as the shortest par-three in the British Open rotation.
The third feature (Sunday, July 18) will highlight the history of the Open Championship with footage from a golf round at Prestwick Golf Course, featuring TNT's Ernie Johnson , Huber and Kratzert, donning 18th century period clothing, using hickory shafted clubs and turn-of-the-century Gutta Percha golf balls. Johnson, along with Royal Troon head golf pro, Frank Rennie, will provide historical commentary about the British Open Championship as it was originally played in the 1800's.
2004 British Open Championship on TNT Programming Schedule:
Thurs., July 15
Thurs., July 15
Fri., July 16
Sat., July 17
4 a.m. - 6 a.m. PT
Coverage 3 a.m. - 5 a.m. PT
Information taken from a TNT release
19TH HOLE-Exerpts from Rodney Dangerfield's: "It Isn't Easy Being Me"
Dangerfield played Al Czervik in the movie Caddyshack "My ol' man took me to a freak show. They said, "Get the kid outta here. He's distracting from the show." "I never got girls when I was a kid. One girl told me, "Come on over, there's nobody home.' I went over. There was nobody home." "I tell you ya, yesterday was a tough day. I found some guy's wallet. Inside was a picture of my two kids."
"I told my dentist my teeth were all getting yellow. He told me to wear a brown necktie." "I told my landlord I wanted to live in a more expensive apartment. He raised my rent" "I loaned a guy $10,000 to get plastic surgery. Now I can't find him. I don't know what he looks like." "We were so poor, too. If I wasn't born a boy, I would have nothing to play with."
"When I was a kid, I got no respect. I was kidnapped. They sent my parents a piece of my finger. My old man said he wanted more proof." "My doctor told me he had good news and bad news. I said, "Doc only tell me the good new, all right?' He said, All right, They're going to name a disease after you."
BOWDEN BUYS MARSH RIDGE AND GETS TO WORK
Larry Bowden, of Beaver Creek Resort and The Natural Golf Course, has recently purchased the lodging facilities at Marsh Ridge. Larry has established himself as a major player in golf, resort facilities and rental properties for the Gaylord area. He is putting together a marketing plan for the selling of condos on the site and the following is a pitch letter on the project.
"We are pleased to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase a condominium at Marsh Ridge Resort, one of Northern Michigan's most unique and desirable four-season resorts. This first class retreat is situated in a beautiful natural setting three miles south of Gaylord on the east side of Otsego Lake. Adjacent to the condominiums is the Marsh Ridge Resort golf course. The resort course has been heralded as one of Northern Michigan's most enjoyable courses, due in part to it's beauty, challenge and superb condition."
For more information you may contact:
CITY OF SOUTHFIELD GETS SOME USA TODAY INK
Wednesday's USA Today contained a major article on the new PGA Play Golf America program and cited the City of Southfield for lowering their senior discount age from 62 to 55 and as a result doubled the rounds that were played at each of their nine hole courses.
TRUE NORTH GC TO OPEN THE WEEKEND OF AUGUST 14-15
True North the new Jim Engh design, is scheduled to open on August 14. The club will remain open to the public until membership decides differently. You can check out the club by going to their website at: http://truenorthgolf.com
GARLAND A ROOM AND A ROUND FOR $79 DBL
There are restrictions to be sure, but if you have calendar flexibility in your life, you could nail down some great golf at a great price this summer. You need to call for details at 877-4-GARLAND http://garlandusa.com
WI FI IN HOTEL & TOWER GUEST ROOMS AT GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT
In just over one year of ownership by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, close to $5 million in renovations have been completed at the 660-room, 900-acre Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, Michigan.
Wireless high speed Internet access installed in all Hotel and Tower guest rooms was the finishing touch to the most recent renovations, phase two, completed between November 2003 and June 2004. Phase two included $2 million for remodeling all (238) of the guest rooms in the Hotel section of the resort. Further work included completely refurbishing the resort's laundry facility with the purchase and installation of all new equipment, a $600,000 item.
Other items in phase two include purchase and installation of a new key-card entry system in all 660 guest rooms and condominiums, upgrades to computer hardware and software systems, kitchen and service equipment, and continued infrastructure improvements.
For further information on specials, rates, and packages, and to make reservations, please call 800-748-0303, or visit the resort's Web site at http://www.grandtraverseresort.com
*Editor Note-We had the opportunity to utilize the new service at the Michigan Open and it worked wonderfully.
MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
Golf Association of Michigan
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
Michigan Women's Golf Association, MWGA
Upper Peninsula Golf Association
PALMER RECEIVES PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
The King of Golf, Arnold Palmer added another title to his legacy when he was honored last week by President Bush with the highest civil award in the United States -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Don't miss your chance to see Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Palmer in action on Aug. 30 for the inaugural Arnold Palmer Turning Point Invitational (www.turningpointinvitational.org) at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms. The Invitational will unite Palmer with 28 former U.S. Amateur Champions including golf greats Phil Mickelson, Mark O'Meara and Lanny Wadkins to commemorate Palmer's 1954 U. S. Amateur Championship.
HOLE IN ONE CLUB-PATRICK ANTONELLI
Pat Antonelli, recorded his second hole in one, this time at Greystone GC, when he hit a nine wood, 152 yards to the 16th hole. Congrats Pat.
GOLF CALENDAR 2004
07/12 Fore Kids Golf Classic, Moravian Hills CC, Clinton Township
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 Mike Weir Dino Ciccarelli Charity Classic, Huron Oaks GC, Sarnia. Ont
07/26-08/01 Buick Open, Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc
07/27 Mike Weir All-Star Challenge, Huron Oaks GC, Sarnia, Ont.
07/28-08/1 Western Amateur-Point O' Woods CC, Benton Harbor
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
02/04-06 West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Center, Grand Rapids
02/11-13 London Golf and Travel Show, London, Ontario
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
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Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
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