Michigan Golf News
July 25, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 30
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__/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/ __/__/__/ __/ STACY SNIDER MAKES HISTORY AT T OF C by Mike Shiels
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-DOUBLE FEATURE
FIFTH THIRD BANK WOMEN'S MICHIGAN OPEN
DAVE PELZ OPENS SHORT GAME SCHOOL AT HOMESTEAD
__/ MICHELLE WIE TO PLAY THE BAY MILLS OPEN
__/ DAVE PELZ'S 10 MINUTES A DAY TO BETTER PUTTING
__/ WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT
__/ MARSH RIDGE RESORT ON THE BLOCK
__/ MORE ON BROADBAND GROWTH
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF LIVE
__/ ARTHUR HILLS/STEVE FORREST RENOVATES CATAWBA ISLAND CLUB
__/ GOLF COURSES FOR SALE AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING ONE
__/ THE PLAYER LINE UP AT BUICK OPEN
__/ JAMIE FARR KROGER CLASSIC FIELD GROWS
__/ WHAT WILL THEY THINK OF NEXT IN MARKETING GOLF PACKAGES
__/ QUOTE OF THE WEEK
__/ HOLE IN ONE CLUB-EAGLE CREST RESORT
__/ GOLF CALENDAR
Stacy Snider made history by becoming the first female to win the
54-hole, $100,000 Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions Wednesday at
Boyne Mountain Resort. Snider, 23, competed against a mixed field of
winners of sanctioned Michigan golf tournaments, including
professionals and amateur men, women, seniors and juniors. Snider, 23,
graduated from Michigan State University in May and turned professional
two weeks before the tournament, which was founded in 1992 by Michigan
PGA CEO Ken Devine and Boyne USA's Stephen Kircher. Snider, who
qualified for the tournament by winning the 2000 Michigan Amateur
Championship, began the round two-shots behind five-time Michigan Open
champion and former Nationwide Tour player Scott Hebert, 34. Snider,
who'd opened with rounds of 68-68, closed with a 71 to win the
championship at 207 (-9), a shot better than Hebert.
"I now know what people mean when they say they are speechless,"
said Snider, fighting back tears moments after sinking a five-foot par
putt to win. "When I made the putt, I didn't know what to do.
Everything I've done in my career I've done myself andSvIt's just nice
that it finally paid off."
FIFTH THIRD BANK WOMEN'S MICHIGAN OPEN
Vanessa Bell, Futures Tour player and Michigan Golfer Television reporter, brings you the final day action of the Fifth Third Bank Women's Michigan Open at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. In our show, Vanessa interviews winner Breanne Hall, course architect Bill Newcomb and resort teaching professional and former LPGA star, Elaine Crosby.
DAVE PELZ OPENS SHORT GAME SCHOOL AT THE HOMESTEAD RESORT
Dave Pelz has opened a number of short game schools in Michigan,
Homestead Resort, being one of them. Join us as our host, Nick
Nerbonne, takes us for a brief tour of Homestead, gives us a look at
the teaching facility and chats with Dave Pelz, one of the most dynamic
teachers in the game.
Michigan Golfer Television
Marsh Ridge Resort, formerly Nordem Hem, is officially on the real
estate block, as owners are asking 3.9 million for the property. The
property, owned by Jack Bott, has come full circle as a resort. It was
known for many years as Nordem Hem, a cross country resort. In the
early 80's it began marketing itself to the golf crowd as part of the
Gaylord Golf Mecca and then went totally after the market by building
Marsh Ridge Golf Course, under the emerging architectural hand of Mike
Jack Bott turned it over to his daughter to run along with the
administrative stewardship on Ted Bott. Unfortunately, it became a
victim of the golf recession and began a retrenchment by closing its
doors in the winter season. Larry Bowden, owner of Beaver Creek Resort
had looked at the property as one that would compliment his own, but a
deal could not be worked out.
Mike Husby, who had put together a group of investors to build the golf
course at Marsh Ridge, said he had taken Mr. Bott for a ride to show
him the property. The group needed another infusion of capital to get
the course up and thought, Bott, a member of Michaywe might be a
suitable candidate. After the ride, Mike ask Mr. Bott if he would be
interested in investing with the group and he told Mike, better than
that, he wanted to buy the whole thing. Bott also owns Fenton Farms
In just over a month from now, Michigan's Upper Peninsula will be
hosting the largest tournament of the season on the Canadian Tour, the
"Bay Mills Open", The Players Championship From August 18th through
August 24th, players from world-wide locations will make the journey to
the famous Wild Bluff Golf Course, located in Brimley, Michigan.
Wild Bluff is part of the popular Bay Mills Resort & Casinos and is
hosting its second tournament on the Canadian Tour. Last year's
inaugural event was won by 2000 U.S. Amateur Champion, Jeff Quinney.
This year's Bay Mills Open is the last event on the Canadian Tour
schedule this season; much is at stake with this tournament. The top
two players on the "Order of Merit" are exempt through the first round
of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. In addition, the top eight in
the season long standings are exempt in the 2003 Canadian Open on the
PGA Tour. The importance of the event is highlighted by The Golf
Channel- airing 4 days of live broadcast of the tournament.
The championship is closed for members of the Canadian Tour. The
Tournament Committee has created a special invitation condition that
allows six international amateurs an opportunity to test their skills
against the talented field. The tournament will debut the sensational
Michelle Wie from Hawaii. "The tournament makes perfect sense for
Michelle to compete.", said Mike Husby Tournament Director. "Wild
Bluff is long and lays on the shores of Lake Superior. Players must
deal with treacherous winds just like one would have to learn to handle
in Hawaii.", Husby went on to say.
Taken and edited from a Bay Mills Open press release
Well I must admit, after having recently had the opportunity to meet
Dave Pelz at The Homestead Resort during the launch of his new short
game school, I reached for his new book a little faster than I normally
would. Pelz is an extremely articulate individual and his knowledge of
golf is vast. His newest book, might not have the firepower to buy him
a plane, like his last one, but by the looks of it, it should do well
enough to buy him a hangar. the four color hard cover book is filled
with a variety of tools, tips and timely topics to help you with your
putting. The book sells for $29.95 and can be ordered from
Don't forget, we are featuring this golf guru on Michigan Golfer TV
Two recently conducted surveys reveal the golf course superintendent
profession has strengthened its position in the marketplace.
Employing the resources of the National Golf Foundation, GCSAA repeated its 1996 survey "Avid Golfer Attitudes and Perceptions: Report of Key Findings Regarding Golf Course Conditions, the Environment and Superintendents." An online survey of 510 avid golfers (those who play 25-plus rounds annually) from across the nation provided the feedback. Among the key findings were:
* 91 percent of avid golfers believe that golf courses are in better
condition than they were 10 years ago, compared to 84 percent in 1996.
"The findings validate what we have been hearing anecdotally in recent
years," said GCSAA President Jon D. Maddern, CGCS. "Avid golfers are
gaining a greater understanding and appreciation of the superintendent
and golf course management issues. Ultimately that leads to a better
decision-making process at facilities and a more enjoyable experience
for the golfer."
GCSAA contracted with Survey Research Associates LLC to compile its
"2003 Compensation and Benefits Report." Again, the results were
encouraging. The average salary for golf course superintendents in 2003
jumped 10.5 percent to $63,065 from $57,057 in 2000. For certified golf
course superintendents, salaries rose 9.8 percent to $77,023 from
$70,134 in that same time frame.
Taken and edited from a report by, Jeff Bollig, GCSAA Director of
"THE INN AT BAY HARBOR"
Our cameras and host, Jennie McCafferty, dropped by the Inn at Bay
Harbor to chat with Maureen Vipperman and visit her spa, do some
stretching with Eric Huffman and his yoga school and then have a
conversation with Brian Sanderson of their golf complex. This is one of
Michigan's great resorts. If you have not been there, you can check it
out with our show.
Halloween on Mackinac Island
The Michigan Legacy Art Park
Washtenaw: County Your Advantage
Labor Day Celebration: The Crysler Art, Eats and Beats Festival in Pontiac, and the Detroit Jazz Festival
MICHIGAN TRAVEL TV SHOW
Turns out there really was a good reason that metro Detroit wasn't
included in the Nielsen/NetRatings study two days ago of growth rates
in America's top 10 wired cities. That's because we're -- you guessed
it -- No. 11. (The cities are ranked on total number of people in the
metropolitan area online.) However, Detroit showed a really nice growth
rate over the year that, if it continues, should get us into the top 10
next year. Detroit had 2,072,000 unique Internet users in June 2003, up
13 percent from 1,831,000 in June 2002. That growth rate trailed only
No. 1 Atlanta (19 percent growth rate) and the two cities tied for No.
2, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., both at 14 percent. The number of
Web users overall in the United States grew 7 percent over the year.
You can check out the study at
Taken from Matt Roush, The Great Lakes IT Report Technology
Finally caught Michigan Golf Live this past weekend. Bill Hobson
interviewed Mike Husby and Judy Mason from Wild Bluff and one of Mike's
former students Todd Campbell,with Jon Bloom at Garland. In addition,
they also had a live report on from the British Open. It was a pretty
terrific show. You can catch them each week on the following radio stations.
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They have also indicated that they will be doing a special Buick Open
Show from 6-8PM on the final day. Some, but not all of the stations
above will be carrying the show.
A golf course renovation project designed by Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest
and Associates is featured in the latest improvements at the Catawba
Island Club. The condominium communities at The Sanctuary and Harbor's
Edge are the latest in several phases of construction at this private
resort on the shores of Lake Erie near Port Clinton.
Catawba Island Club is located midway between Toledo and Cleveland,
just north of the State Route 53 North (Catawba Island) exit off of
State Route 2. Contact Ted or Cathy Greene with Realty One's Catawba
office at (877) 734-5751 or (419) 563-4968 for additional information
regarding The Catawba Island Club, Harbor's Edge or The Sanctuary, or
to schedule an appointment.
We received an email from Mike Kahn of Golfmak, Inc, that indicated
that an 18 hole course in Rocky Mount, NC was available for 2.7
million. For those of you that might be interested you can go to their
site and get the details.
What was most helpful, was a check list of things to look for when
buying a course, For example, they point out that a golf course ages
about 10 faster than a human. The courses main arteries, the
irrigation system, generally has a life expectancy of 10-15 years and
might have to be repaired soon after that. Anyway, for those of you
that have dreamed about owning one of the 17,000 golf courses in the
U.S., it is an information read. Just go to their website.
We also visited our own McKay Golf Properties website at
#MI 2008 Central Michigan: 9-hole, 3,000 yards, par 35 layout on
99+ acres. Designed by the world renowned architect Donald Ross, the
course has rolling hills, surrounded by mature woods and presents
challenges for all levels of play. Clubhouse contains pro shop,
dining/banquet facilities, bar/grille and locker rooms. Several
building sites are included with the property. An updated automatic
irrigation system and pond were completed in 1998. One of a kind.
#MI 2016 Southwestern Michigan: 18-hole, 6,500+ yards, upscale
course. The property has 265+ acres of pure golf. Its topography
consists of rolling hills, a mix of tree and water lined holes, and
visually outstanding landscapes of wetlands and a 10 acre lake. Close
to a large population base. A striking 7,000 sq. ft. clubhouse with
golf shop, bar/grill and dining room. The lower level has private
dining/meeting room with great golf views. There is a large patio
located off bar/grille for events. It is a secluded course , allowing
you to enjoy nature and the true spirit of the game.
#MI 2014 South-central Michigan: A golf practice facility and
discount retail outlet situated on 18+ acres. The practice facility
includes a full-length driving range with a simulated fairway and
target greens. It has both grass and mat outdoor stations and heated
indoor stations for poor weather days. Other practice amenities
include a putting green, chipping green with sand bunkers and a fairway
sand bunker. The facility host a golf learning academy under the
supervision of a PGA professional. A 4,500sq. ft. merchandise show
room with a separate club fitting room. An excellent opportunity to
own the practice faculty of your dreams.
#MI 2018 South-central Michigan: 27-hole golf facility. The
property has 200+ acres with rolling topography, a mix of tree lined
fairways and water hazards, and has been well maintained. Ideally
positioned in the market and the flexibility of 27 holes are a few of
the properties strengths. The clubhouse is well appointed with a golf
shop, bar/grill and dining room/banquet center. There is also a patio
for outside events. Additional development land is also available (not
#MI 2020 Southwestern Michigan: 18-hole, upscale course. The
property has 282+ acres with rolling topography, a mix of tree lined
fairways and wetlands. In a vacation area with easy access to major
state highways. A clubhouse with golf shop, bar/grill and banquet
facilities. An additional amenity is the expansive practice
Contact McKay by calling 800-833-7726
Following is the preliminary 2003 Buick Open field:
Submitted by Al.Abrams@momentum-na.com
Beth Bauer, Natalie Gulbis, Grace Park, Kelly Robbins, Meg Mallon,
Kelli Kuehne, Beth Daniel, Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, and amateur-Michelle
Wie have announced that they will be atttending the 2003 JFKC.
I was in the midst of quaffing down a can of Coca Cola during the Ann
Arbor Art Fair, when I noticed the can had an ad on it promoting golf
packages at Shanty Creek.
His team was in plenty of trouble as Anthony Evans of Troy, stepped up to the 6th tee at fabled Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti. He knew he was pumped up and that he would have to club himself downward because of the fury that he was about to unleash. He grabbed his sandwedge and muscled into the shot. It seemed to hang there forever before it dropped onto the green and then dove into the hole. The applause from his group was deafening. It was Anthony's first hole in one, but at age 41 he knew there would be more. Mike Crawford
Mike, hit his 5-wood 177 yards to the 3rd green at Forest Lake Country
Club and then watched it trickle into the hole. Mike is from
"My finishing holes stood up." Golf architect, Bill Newcomb, after
following around participants of the Fifth Third Bank Women's Michigan
Open and observing that they did not break par for the tournament on
Crystal Mountain's courses.
Golf Association of Michigan
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
Michigan Women's Publinx Golf Association
Michigan State Amateur Golf Association
Upper Peninsula Golf Association
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08/11-13 GAM Championship, Grand Haven GC, Grand Haven
09/08-11 Lincoln Mercury Classic-Pine Lake CC
10/17-18 Fall Golf, Ski and Travel Show- Novi Expo
03/05-07 12th Annual Michigan Golf Show- Novi Expo
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