Michigan Golf News |
July 21, 2006 Vol. 6, No. 29
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Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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Scott Hebert Wins the Michigan Open-Jack Berry Interview
Greg Davies: The 95th Michigan Amateur Champion-Jack Berry
__/MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION TO PROVIDE DAILY COVERAGE OF NATIVE
__/KRIS TAMULIS WINS MICHIGAN WOMEN'S OPEN-Michael Patrick Shiels
__/GOLF'S TV WARS
__/BOOK REVIEW- "PAPER TIGER:AN OBSESSED GOLFER'S QUEST TO PLAY WITH
__/SNOWBIRD SAFETY ALERT
__/SUMMER EDITION: MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE - NOW ONLINE
__/MURPHY AIMS FOR A 4TH STRAIGHT OTTAWA COUNTY AM TITLE
__/DAVIS WINS WOMEN'S MICHIGAN AMATEUR-By Susan Smiley
__/MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION UPCOMING SHOWS
__/ CHOK RADIO GOLF SHOW-BRAD DEAN, OF CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, CHATS ABOUT
THEIR GOLF ACADEMY
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MGN ON THE ROAD
Thompsonville-Crystal Mountain Resort
A fierce storm rolled through the north this past week, but the folks
at Crystal Mountain cleared the the Ridge course of downed trees and
bade the game go on. Michael Patrick Shiels writes about the results of
the Michigan Women's Open in another space here, so I will not doddle
too much. I would only say that it was great seeing Brad Dean, Rodger
Jabara, Joan O'Neill and Jim MacInnes on the Crystal Mountain side, and
Kevin Helm, David Fox and other members of their team. The course was
in great shape and it was fun to reacquaint myself with some of those
pictresque Bill Newcomb holes. Crystal Mountain will be celebrating 50
years of service this year.
Wine and golf packages continue to flourish on Michigan's Golf Coast
Michigan wine industry has much of its firepower located in the north,
with the six wineries on Old Mission Peninsula
http://www.wineriesofoldmission.com/and the 13 wineries on the
Leelanau Peninsula http://www.lpwines.com/ Our favorites include Chateau
Chantal, Ciccone Vineyard and Wineryand Black Star Farms. On the golf
side you have a ton of courses, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, King's
Challenge, High Pointe, Leelanau Club and Bay Meadows.
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.
KRIS TAMULIS WINS MICHIGAN WOMEN'S OPEN
By Mike Shiels
LPGA professional Kris Tamulis shot a final round 70 to win the $40,000
Michigan Womens Open presented by Century 21 Wednesday. Tamulis, 25,
who summers in Onekama, finished two strokes ahead of LeAnna Wicks, a
26-year-old professional from Brighton, MI, who closed with a 71. Tamulus
completed the tournament, staged on Crystal Mountain Resorts Mountain
Ridge Course, with rounds of 72-75-70217 (1-over-par). She began
Wednesdays final round two strokes off of the lead.
I wasnt ever out of it. As the day wore on, I think maybe it was
getting to some of the other girls. The pressure builds. I just kept doing
what I do. I kept hitting the greens - letting other people make
mistakes, said Tamulis. Everyone else was starting to hit it in not so
fantastic places. I was just going to keep going on because I cannot
control what theyre doing, but I had legitimate birdie chances throughout
most of the back nine.
Tamulis, who collected $5,500 for the victory, has won $54,640 playing
on the LPGA Tour this season. She arrived back in northern Michigan at
1 a.m. Sunday night after competing in the LPGAs Jamie Farr Classic in
Toledo over the weekend.
I guess the pressure of people knowing I play on the LPGA means people
expected me to play well here, so its nice to play here and win, said
Tamulis, who made three birdies and two bogeys. Im proud of the way I
kept going at the end and giving myself chances to increase my lead.
The 25 year-old practices regularly at Crystal Mountain since she
summers with her parents at Andys Point in Onekama.
She was here for two weeks at the end of June and came out to play
from time to time, said Crystal Mountains director of golf Brad Dean.At
LPGA tournaments they announce my name and where I am from and Ive
always said Michigan. My parents and sisters still live here and I am
proud to be from Michigan, said Tamulis, who attended Florida State
University and maintains a residence in Naples. I still say pop instead of
Tamulis will compete next August 3 in the British Womens Open at Royal
Lytham and St. Annes in Lancashire, England.Im going to cool it for
the next couple of days and not worry about it too much. I hit good
shots today which make me feel better. I have some things to work on
before I go to England, but Im not going to worry about it for the next
couple of days, she said.
Wicks, who collected $4,000 as runner-up, finished T-6 in the Michigan
Womens Open in 2003 her best previous finish. She withdrew from last
years competition during the third round due to a pulled back
Professional and amateur golfers from 13 different states competed in
the $40,000 Michigan Womens Open presented by Century 21 on Crystal
Mountain Resorts Mountain Ridge course.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION TO PROVIDE DAILY COVERAGE OF NATIVE
The Michigan GolferTelevision Show will offer daily wrap up shows of
the Native American Cup that will be held August 4-6. The coverage will
allow tribal supporters from the Seneca Tribe in New York, Team
Oklahoma and Team America to see their team in action. The Native America
Cup, now in its second year, has a five year commitment from theGrand
Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians to host the tournamet through
the year 2010. Henry J.Boulley Jr. is the Tournament Director.
GOLF'S TV WARS
A rare Saturday off of the roads, allowed me to catch both Fox
Network's Michigan Golf Live http://www.michigangolflive.com/, who were
visiting Mackinac Island and CBS's Michigan Golf
Weekly http://wwjtv.com/michigangolfweekly/with Jeff Lesson and Janina Jacobs
who were doing their show from White Pine National. Both shows are
well done and have engaging hosts. Michigan Golf Live has a helicopter
to spice up some of their coverage, whereas, Jeff Lesson and Janina
Jacobs have better on screen patter.
BOOK REVIEW- "PAPER TIGER:AN OBSESSED GOLFER'S QUEST TO PLAY WITH THE
By Tom Coyne
Tom Coyne pulled off a golfer's dream, by quitting his day job, putting
his engagement on hold and then devoting the next 14 months of his
life to improving his golf game. His goal was to qualify as a
professional, a journey that took him to three qualifiying schools in three
different countries, cost him over $50,000, but on the plus side, motivated
him to lose 38 pounds. Coyne's premise, not unlike that of Paper Lion's
George Plimpton, was to entice the reader and then keep them there with
his humorous and suspenseful writing. I found it a terrific read and
highly recommend it. Coyne also wrote "A Gentleman's Game".
A Gotham Book
SNOWBIRD SAFETY ALERT
The Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising golfers to
take extra precautions and keep alert for alligators while in : Okaloosa
, Alachua, Marion, Lake, Collier, Lee, Seminole, Osceola, Polk,
Brevard, Putnam and Orange counties.
They advise people to wear noise-producing devices such as little bells
on their shoes or clothing to alert but not startle the alligators
unexpectedly. They also advise the carrying of pepper spray in case of an
encounter with an alligator.
It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of alligator activity.
People should learn to recognize the difference between small young
alligator and large adult alligator droppings.
Young alligator droppings are smaller and contain fish bones and
possibly bird feathers. Adult alligator droppings have little bells in them
and smell like pepper spray.
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Jack Minzey for this safety tip.
MURPHY AIMS FOR A 4TH STRAIGHT OTTAWA COUNTY AM TITLE
Four of a kind is a strong poker hand and its usually unbeatable.
Some West Michigan golfers may be making the same comparisons to Kyle
Murphy as he tees off this weekend, July 22-23, as the three-time
defending champion at the 4th annual Ottawa County Amateur at The Meadow in
Allendale. No other player has claimed the trophy since the tournament was
launched in 2003. In fact, only Bob Sakocius has won an area amateur
event four times in a row and hes done it twicewinning the West
Michigan Amateur from 1992-1995 and the Kent County Amateur from 1989-1992. I
do feel I have an advantage when playing The Meadows since Ive played
the course so many times, said Murphy of Kentwood. And the Ottawa
County Amateur seems to come at just the right time of the golf season for
me. My game normally peaks at this time of year, said Murphy, a fifth
year senior player on Grand Valley State Universitys golf team.
Entry is $80 and is limited to the first 120 golfers with a USGA
Handicap Index of 8.0. Available online at
http://www.gvsu.edu/meadows, entries are accepted only at The Meadows golf shop in Allendale. A portion
of the events proceeds will benefit the Newspapers in Education Fund
of the Holland Sentinel, a presenting sponsor, as well as the GVSU
I very pleased how the quality of the field has grown over the past
few years, said Terry Sack, General Manager of The Meadows. And having
such worthy causes the NIE and the Scholarship Fundsbenefiting from
the tournament will make it especially worthwhile.
For more information, contact The Meadows at 616-895-1000.
Taken and edited from an All About Golf release.
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
DAVIS WINS WOMEN'S MICHIGAN AMATEUR
By Susan Smiley-GAM
When Lindsay Davis (Whitmore Lake) said after Thursdays quarterfinal
match play round that she felt unbeatable, she did not know how accurate
her prediction was. Davis, 20, defeated defending champion Mandi
McConnell (Grand Blanc) 4&2 to win the GAM Michigan Womens Amateur Friday
afternoon at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor.
A large gallery from Davis home club at Barton Hills followed her
throughout the round. Many members who were following live scoring in the
semifinal matches on the GAMs web site left work at lunch time to come
to the course and support Davis during her match.
I have come in second so many times, said Davis. To win on my home
course and have the majority of members out watching and having so much
support and to accomplish what I did -- I am feeling that I am on top
of the world right now.
Davis was 2 up for the majority of the match, but said having that
cushion did not lessen her focus. Today was all about doing whatever it
took to win.
I really dont think having the cushion of being 2 up was an
advantage, said Davis. I just kept playing like I was 1 down the whole time.
My stroke play this week was average. I had a different attitude in the
last four matches. I played with very high intensity.
Davis admitted the fact that she plays for the University of Michigan
and McConnell plays for rival Michigan State helped fuel her competitive
fire. Also, McConnell defeated Davis younger sister Katelin 6&4 in the
first found of match play on Wednesday.
The college rivalry came into it big time, admitted Davis. I almost
wore all blue and gold today. But I figured the bag; the towel and head
covers were enough. That is a mental edge for sure. Then the fact that
she beat my sister in the first round was a mental edge. My sister is
going to be a senior in high school and she has no experience, but just
because (Mandi) beat my sister I had a little bit of a chip on my
Davis topped Christina Cibrario 5&4 in the semifinal. McConnell
defeated former high school rival and friend Katie Strawser 3&2 to advance to
the final round.
McConnell said that pain was a factor in her rounds again today. She
did not feel that she played her best the last two days of the event.
I dont want to make excuses, but I was in a lot of pain. It was the
worst it has been, said McConnell. I was not playing good today or
yesterday. It was not good golf. So to make it this far without playing
what I feel is good golf, I do have a sense of accomplishment about
CHOK RADIO GOLF SHOW-BRAD DEAN, OF CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, CHATS ABOUT THEIR
Brad Dean guests on the show this morning at 11:30, 1070 on your AM
dial. Dean and others have created a much honored golf school at both
Crystal Mountain and Fox Hills.
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