Michigan Golf News |
July 14, 2006 Vol. 6, No. 28
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GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT & SPA
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NATIVE AMERICAN CUP-AUGUST 4-6
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Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER-TV
Scott Hebert Wins the Michigan Open-Jack Berry Interview
Greg Davies: The 95th Michigan Amateur Champion-Jack Berry
__/ SUMMER EDITION: MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE - NOW ONLINE
__/ HILL AND VIZINA WIN THE E-Z-GO SHANTY CREEK PGA CLASSIC
__/ FOUR GOLFER CAN NOW PLAY FOR THE PRICE OF THREE!
__/ NGF REPORTS MAY GOLF ROUNDS DOWN, YTD UP
__/ MANDI MCCONNELL GAM MICHIGAN WOMEN'S AMATEUR MEDALIST
__/ RESORT AND GOLF MARKETING ADD UNITED ARAB EMIRATES TO THEIR ROLEDEX
__/ CHOK RADIO-Traverse City-Native American Cup
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION UPCOMING SHOWS
__/ MICHIGAN TOURNAMENTS
__/ 2006 MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR
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MGN ON THE ROAD AND IN THE CLASSROOM
The Leelanau Peninsula, one of the most beautiful places in our
state, has the golf to go with it. King's Challenge is one of five
Arnold Palmer golf courses in our state, the Dunes Golf Club is a
terrific 18 hole course located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes area. The
Leelanau Club is the newest golf property in the area and offers some
significant terrain undulations and beauty. For those that want to
work on their short game, you can check out the Homestead's par 3
course. The par 3 course costs $25 to play and it is gorgeous. The
Homestead is also the home of Dave Petz's Short Game Golf School.
We spent the past week teaching a class for Eastern Michigan
University entitled Sports and Events Marketing. It is a senior
level undergraduate business course and it is taught in a compressed
one week format. It was a fun class, in that we were able to invite
a number of guest speakers that included Henry Boulley of the Native
American Cup, J. Michael DeAgostino, Public Relations Manager of the
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Chris MacInnes and Joan O'Neill of
Crystal Mountain Resort, Mike Husby, GM of Candlestone Resort, Jim
McIntyre of Knorr Marketing, EMU President John Fallon, Dr. Sidney
Fallon and a number of other guest speakers.
We learned that The Native American Cup is continuing its path
toward becoming a "major" within the Native American Tribes of
American. Henry Boulles,Tournament Director, indicated that this
year the competitors will include golfers from the Grand Traverse
Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe,
Seneca Nation of Indians and a special team from Oklahoma. The
tournament is scheduled for August 4-6 at the Grand Traverse Resort &
Spa. J. Michael DeAgostino, Public Relations Manager, indicated that
the renovations will continue at the resort with the Trillium
Restaurant the next to be upgraded. The newly renovated lobby is
spectacular. Mike Husby indicated that Candlestone Resort business is
up, way up for the year and that June was awesome. Chris MacInnes and
Joan O'Neill brought us up to date on their plans for celebrating
Crystal Mountain's 50 years in the resort business. Jim McIntyre
reminded us of those great Garland radio ads that played on
WJR a few years ago, some of the best golf advertising ever.
Finally, we learned that the new President of Eastern Michigan
University, John Fallon loves golf and a variety of other sports.
Traverse City was still in a celebratory mood after having record
crowds for the National Cherry Festival. The town continues its
growth stage, with new buildings popping up everywhere.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
The Michigan Open at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Scott Hebert won his 6th Michigan Open at what is now his home course,
The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. Jack Berry interviews
Scott about his domination of The Bear and his place in Michigan golf
history. Hebert tied the legendary Al Watrous, of Oakland Hills fame, with
his 6th win. Kevin Helm, CEO of the Michigan PGA, steps up to the
podium and gives away the hardware and the checks at the awards ceremony.
95th Michigan Amateur
Actually, we have a number of shows for you to watch on our Michigan
Amateur coverage; The 95th Michigan Amateur Winner Greg Davies, The
Michigan Amateur Awards Presentation with Ryan Brehm and Greg Davies, The
Sweet 16 Dinner with an Interview with Medalist Korey Mahoney and Owner
Steve Kircher, The First Tee of Boyne Highlands with Shauna Bezilla, a
recipient of a $5,000 gift from Boyne and presented by Bernie Friedrich,
a show on the Boynes, Boyne, Michigan and Boyne, Ireland and a show
about the Harbor Springs, Petoskey and Boyne areas. Bon Appetit.
SUMMER EDITION: MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE - NOW ONLINE
Chuck Kocsis-The Best There Ever Was-by Jack Berry
Jack Berry reflects on the past achievements of Michigan's greatest
golfer. You can also see the video we prepared on Kocsis at
The 95th Michigan Amateur-by Jack Berry
The Michigan Amateur shares the spotlight with The Heather at Boyne
Highlands. Greg Davies, a 38-year- old journeyman amateur, won in his
20th Michigan Amateur. The Heather, the course that launched Northern
Michigan golf turns 40 this year. She never looked so good. You can also
check out our Michigan Amateur show at http://michigangolfer.tv
Michigan Golfer Internet Television: The First Five Years and 250
Courses-by Art McCafferty
Our first of 250 shows was with Bill Newcomb, designer of Calderone
Farms. It was a gamble five years ago to see if golfers would watch TV on
their computer, but almost a million viewers later our vision seeems to
have paid off.
The Ambassador Club-by Thad Gutowski
Canada's most famous golf architect, Thomas McBroom, adds another to
his impressive list of great courses. Other McBroom courses include:
Domaine Laforest Segard, Quebec,, Ussher's Creek Niagara Falls,
Ontario ,The Algonquin St. Andrews by the Sea, New
Brunswick , Timberwolf Sudbury, Ontario and
Monterra Collingwood, Ontario to name a few.
Beeches Golf Club-by Kelly Hill
The latest from W.Bruce Matthews III and his Matthews Golf Design firm.
W. Bruce Mathews III: Small Budgets, Big Courses-by Bernice Phillips
Matthews Golf Design still has work. Although the golf building boom
has gone bust, the Matthews Golf Design keeps pumping out courses. The
Beeches, puts Matthews over 40 new course designs.
Michigan Golf Hall of Fame: Class of 2005-by Jack Berry
Jack Berry, a Hall of Fame member himself, chronicles this classy
Slice of Life-The DeVicenzo Code, The Movie - by Terry Moore
Terry Moore revisits the mystery of the DeVicenzo and Goalby Masters
Readership of the Michigan Golfer Ezine averaged 9,789 per issue in
HILL AND VIZINA WIN THE E-Z-GO SHANTY CREEK PGA CLASSIC
by Tim Hygh
The team of Mark Hill and Tom Vizina has been close to winning the E-
Z-GO Shanty Creek PGA Classic in the past. Over the past 7 years,
theyıve lost in two playoffs and been a consistent top 5 finisher.
Now they have their names on the trophy. A final round 12-under par
60 gave the northern Michigan team a 1-stroke lead in this 27th
annual pro/pro event.
Hill and Vizina came into the final round 2-shots off the pace and in
a tie for 5th. A slow start today didnıt give them much hope of
turning around their 7-year streak. But a birdie on the 4th hole at
Shanty Creekıs Schuss Mountain Golf Course followed by an eagle on
the fifth got them thinking otherwise.
³I made a bomb of a putt on number four² Hill of Kalkaskaıs Twin
Birch GC said. ³And then Tom made an eagle by himself on the par 5
fourth². The final round is a 2-man scramble format.
Meantime, the first round co-leading teams started slowly too. The
Mogg brothers, Andrew and Peter never felt comfortable in the format
and incurred a rare penalty stroke with a putting infraction. They
slid to a tie for ninth with a final round 66. The other co-leading
team, made up of Grand Rapids based professionals Joe Pollack and
Gary Smithson finished tied for 4th with a final round 64.
The hottest round of the day came from the middle of the pack. George
Bowman (Oakhurst CC) and Kevin Muir (The Wyndgate) started the day in
a tie for 13th place. They had a torrid round of 58 to finish a shot
back which tied them with the team of Bob Pillard and Jim Szlaga.
Hill and Vizina got hot again on the back nine. They played the 14th
thru 16th holes at 4-under par. ³Thatıs when I thought we had a
chance to win it² Vizina, SS Marie Country Club Head Professional said.
³Itıs very sweet,² Hill said. ³We started slow, but were never in
trouble and had 2 balls in play a lot which made for a stress free
day² and put $900 inn each of their pockets. Their share of the
FOUR GOLFER CAN NOW PLAY FOR THE PRICE OF THREE!
Tha Natural Golf Course in Gaylord is offering four rounds for the
price of three through July 31. Some restrictions may apply, so you
will need to visit the coupon section of their web site for more
details. Also, there is a Marsh Ridge Resort and The Natural offer
Gaylord ıs best golf and condo lodging packages starting at only $99.95.
Call their reservation specialist toll free 1.800.743.7529
NGF REPORTS MAY GOLF ROUNDS DOWN, YTD UP
Although rounds played slipped 3.2% in May 2006 vs. May 2005, the
National Golf Foundation reported a 4.5% increase in rounds played
for the first five months of 2006. The reporting is based on data
from operators at more than 1,800 golf facilities. For the full year
2005, rounds played were down 0.1%.
Year-to-date, regions experienced the largest positive swings were
the Northeast (+10.1%), Mid-Atlantic (+11.6%) and Upper Midwest
(+6.4%). Only the Northwest (-4.6%), which had experienced above
normal precipitation in the Jan-Feb timeframe, showed a y-t-d decline.
For May, play was down at all types of facilities. Year-to-date, play
at premium public courses (those with peak season weekend green fees
with cart above $70) is up 2.5%. At value courses (those with peak
season weekend green fees with cart below $40), rounds played rose
4.6%. At standard courses ($40-70), play was up 4.5%.
At all public courses, 2005 rounds played were up 0.1%; year-to-date
2006, up 4.4%. At private clubs, 2005 rounds played were down 1.0%;
year-to-date 2006, up 4.9%.
Golf Datatech reported May rounds declined 2.7% versus May of 2005,
while year-to-date rounds played showed a 3.4% increase compared to
the same period last year. Golf Datatech_s numbers are based on
information reported by 2,462 courses.
MANDI MCCONNELL GAM MICHIGAN WOMEN'S AMATEUR MEDALIST
GAM Michigan Womenıs Amateur defending champion Mandi McConnell
(Grand Blanc) continued her strong play today at Barton Hills Country
Club in Ann Arbor following Mondayıs round of 73 with a round of 72.
Her 145 total for two days of stroke play earned her medalist
honors.³Itıs just awesome,² said McConnell. ³Itıs very exciting. So
now the real excitement comes because we are going into match play. I
love it because it is one shot, one hole at a time. You are out there
with one person and you are just focusing on that. Itıs
great.²McConnell had five birdies for the day, but felt that her play
was more consistent Monday. With three bogeys and one double on
Tuesday, the round was a roller coaster for her. On Monday she had
one birdie, two bogeys and shot par on the rest of the holes.
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RESORT AND GOLF MARKETING ADD UNITED ARAB EMIRATES TO THEIR ROLEDEX
Dave Richards got a request for a Rick Smith head shot from Zacharias
Joseph, Chief Ideations and Operations Officer, of ZACH Multimedia,
an integrated marketing communications consultancy based in the
United Arab Emirates. He is also the cousin of Sanjay Kuttemperoor a
golfer who got two hole in ones while golfing with Smith. Smith was
the teacher of Sanjay Kuttemperoor, of Naples, Fla., who he was
playing with when he made his two aces in a matter of minutes on the
Treetops Courseıs fifth and ninth holes. Lloyds of London, a company
that supplies hole-in-one insurance, sets the odds of such an
occurrence at 67,000,000 to 1. Based on those odds, a golfer would
have to play a round of golf 365 days a year for 183,561 years in
order to accomplish the feat.
This morning's show will take place in Traverse City and our guest
will be Henry Boulley, Tournament Chairman of the Native American Cup.
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