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July 28, 2006 Vol. 6, No. 30
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NATIVE AMERICAN CUP-AUGUST 4-6
OTSEGO CLUB & RESORT-GAYLORD
SHANTY CREEK RESORT & CLUB
DESIGN YOUR OWN IRELAND GOLFING GETAWAY
GLSP TELEVISION NETWORK
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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__/JACK SAYLOR: BUICK'S 10 MOST MEMORABLE PLAYERS- AN ENCORE COLUMN
__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
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Buick's 10 Most Memorable Players
by Jack Saylor
2. Peter Jacobsen, 1980. It may have been the hybrid Buick-Goodwrench, but didn't lessen the impact on this talented, friendly competitor. The lasting memory was Jake holding month-old daughter Amy with one arm while accepting the trophy as Amy barfed all over Daddy's shirt.
3. Hale Irwin, 1981. Although he usually prevailed on more difficult tracks (i.e. three U.S. Opens, two Memorials, etc.), this all-time great showed he could go birdie-to-birdie in a shoot out, too. He emerged from one of the tightest Buick finishes from a four-way playoff with defending champion Jacobsen, Gil Morgan and Bobby Clampett.
4. Ben Crenshaw, 1986. Scored a popular victory by pulling off one of the best shots in Buick history. At the short, par-five 13th, where a par usually lost you ground to the field, his second shot nestled against the trunk on the wrong side of a little pine tree for the right-handed Crenshaw. No problemo. Gentle Ben turned lefty, flipped his wedge to the reverse side and popped a shot within a couple of feet to save his birdie-and perhaps the title.
5. Robert Wrenn, 1987. This likeable Virginian picked Warwick Hills for his "15 minutes of fame," which lasted a torrid four days in which shot an unbelievable 26-under par 262 and missing tying Ben Hogan's record by a Sunday bogey at No. 14, one of the very easiest holes. The victory touched off seven financial-productive years, but no more wins before he exchanged clubs for microphone.
6. Julius Boros, 1963. Nobody tired of watching Big Jay's rhythmic, easy-going, smooth swing, wondering how he generated such power, plus the equally effective work around and on the greens. A giant of the era, he beat perennial runner-up Dow Finsterwald by one shot. He loved fishing the ponds in his spare time so he returned and won again in '67.
7. Dave Hill, 1969. One of the hardest workers and greatest strikers of the ball ever to trod the tour, Peck's Bad Boy avenged brother Mike Hill's loss of 1968 (to Tom Weiskopf), with a fine 11-under 277 that put him in the books as the last Buick Open champ as management pulled the plug on the event until cooler heads thankfully prevailed nine years later.
8. Fred Couples, 1994. Coming to Warwick after a long layoff and fighting back problems, Couples seemed like a poor bet even to make the cut. But with his lazy, effortless Boros-like swing style, Couples ignored inclement weather, even endured a 36-hole day and won going away with a blazing 18-under 270.
9. Chip Beck, 1990. Never altering his smile whether making birdie or double-bogey and had the groove this week to win another exciting four-man playoff with another fan favorite, Fuzzy Zoeller, along with U.S. Open playoff rivals that year, Hale Irwin and Mike Donald. The company liked Beck, too, and signed him as a Buick spokesman.
10. Billy Casper, 1958. There was more chalk lines on Warwick Hills than on the local football field to mark unplayable, free-drop areas on the new and quite rough golf course, but the $100,000 purse was crisp (Sam Snead said theyd play down Woodward Ave. for that money). The field was classy and so was the winner as Buffalo Billy nicked Arnold Palmer, along with Ted Kross, by one shot. It started a great Michigan tradition.
Other Saylor Archives
Brad Dean, who seems to be a coach to all the hot young golfers coming up, made the early call onKris Tamulis's win of the Open. He has worked with her as well as Korey Mahoney of EMU and Ryan Brehm.
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
For those that are new to our offerings, Michigan Golfer Television ran a series of videos on the history of the Ryder Cup a couple of years ago. The shows were hosted by Bill Shelton and Mike McCafferty (in the role of Walter Hagen) Over the past two years our Ryder Cup series has totaled just North of 30,000 viewers. In these nine weeks leading up to the Ryder Cup, we most proudly repeat these Michigan Golfer Television "Classics".
The Ryder Cup began during the "Roaring Twenties" at a time when Michigan added 89 courses to its golf course inventory; thus giving the state 162 as it headed into the 1930's.
In 1922 the Michigan PGA elected their first President, Alex Ross. Al Watrous reigned supreme during that time by winning the Michigan Open Championship four times and finish up with a total of six. The Michigan PGA Championship was won a couple of times by Al Watrous on his way to nine wins and once by architect, Wilfried Reid. Over at the GAM, John Sweeney, Malcolm McGregor and Will Curtis of the Detroit Golf Club, were to fill the President's chair for the decade.
The 20's saw the continuation of Donald Ross's fine work as he completed an even dozen courses in Michigan. The Scottish duo of Wilfried Reid and William Connellan teamed up to do a number of projects in Michigan, notably Indianwood, Brae Burn, Bald Mountain and Tam O'Shanter.
The U.S. Open was played at Oakland Hills for the first time during this decade and this was also the time when women's golf started to heat up with the matches of legendary English players Cecil Leitch and Joyce Wethered. They competed famously in the British Women's Amateur, each winning four times during a stretch from 1914 to 1929. Babe Zaharias would finally win as the first American in 1947.
The 20's had Walter Hagen front and center with his winning four British Opens and five PGA Championships. "I don't want to be a millionaire, I just want to live like one," the affable Haig would state on many occasions. He became the first professional golfer at the new Oakland Hills and started his love affair with Michigan.
In our first of three shows of the 20's we introduce our viewers to our reporters, Bill Shelton and "The Haig". In our second show, Bill discuss the challenges of getting the Ryder Cup started along with Sam Ryder's part in it. The Haig also discusses the possible impact a six day trip on the Aquitania had on the Bristish team.Inourthirdshow, the Haig recalls the thumping that the American Ryder Cup team got at Moortown in 1929. Enjoy.
Also, Vanessa Bell joins our 20's team with her interviews of the Ryder family when they were in town. The interview really started to come together when Vanessa realized that the surviving Ryder family lived in her home town, Ipswich, England.
Harris wrote his name in the record books by shooting an Alpine course record 62 in the second round. He began the final round a stroke behind fellow mini-tour player Eric Jorgensen. His three-round total of 15-under-par was enough to overcome and then best runner-up Jorgensen by four strokes. I was happy I maintained poise and didnt try to force anything. I just tried to stay steady and I knew that if I just kept going forward Id be alright. It was kind of a plodding round, said Harris, but its my first win this year, and it's always good to get back into the winners circle. Hopefully its a sign of good things to come.
119 champions of all varieties began the Tournament of Champions competing against each other for a purse of $65,000 from staggered tees. The two-round cut came at 153, and Harris emerged the winner from a remaining field of 71 professionals, amateurs, women, men, juniors and seniors. While the field is diverse, the entrants had one thing in common: theyd all captured an important, sanctioned state title at some stage in their playing career.
Taken and edited from a Pro Tour Media release
1st Michael Harris - 15 $12,000
Robinson also indicated that Birch Falls, an unfinished course near Hillman, is a dead project. A DEQ lawsuit against the owners for erosion damage to nearby streams has caused his clients to back off. This is the first project of Robinson's to have failedin his 38 years in the business.
The victory for Mango ended a run of three straight titles for Grand Valley teammate Kyle Murphy of Kentwood. Murphy and Laker golfer Steve Larson of Manistique were in contention down the stretch before fading in the final holes of the 54-hole event at The Meadows Golf Club at Grand Valley State University. Larson slipped to a closing 74 to finish 3 shots back in third, while Murphy's final round 73 left him in a tie with Doug Hoey at even-par 216. Nick Blake of Grand Valley tied for fifth at 217 with Bob Verolme. Blake shot 70 over the last 18 holes while Verolme had a 71.
West Olive's Curt Bobeldyk was crowned the Senior Division winner after 36 holes with a two-round total of 149. Bobeldyk finished ninth overall in the event thanks to a closing 71.
A full field of 120 players turned out for this year's fourth annual event, sponsored by the Holland Sentinel.
Ottawa County Amateur Results
1. Tony Mango 73-70-69-4
The public is welcome to attend the event for free at both sites; six better-ball matches will be played the first day at The Meadows Golf Club at Grand Valley, while 12 singles matches will conclude the event the following day at Egypt Valley.
Taken and edited from an All About Golf release
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More than 30 two-man teams from 14 states will compete Aug. 3-5 on the five-year-old Kingsley Club course that Golfweek magazine ranks 19th of the 100 Best Modern Courses built since 1960.
Traverse City architect Mike DeVries, at the request of owners Edward Walker and Art Preston, designed the Kingsley Club with the same philosophy as legendary British Open links big rolling fairways with natures own humps and bumps, strategically placed awesome bunkers reflective of old world links bunkers and open-fronted varying sized undulating greens that welcome bump and run shots along with finely placed soft landing approach shots.The course is intended to play firm and fast and to allow the contour of the ground to be an integral part of play, states DeVries.
The teams will find something new this year. A grove of trees that separated the 10th and 18th holes was removed over the winter and large deep bunkers were placed along the right side of the 10th fairway and the left side of the 18th fairway. Additional trees that restricted air movement and limited sunshine were removed from several areas of the back nine. Consequently, the back nine has taken on more of the visual essence of the front nine.
Taken and edited from an All About Golf release
Named the Best U.S. Women's Public Golf Association in 1996 by Golf for Women magazine, the MWGA continues its mission to promote knowledge and enjoyment of the game of golf for amateur women golfers of all skill levels. The association schedules a variety of tournaments each golf season and provides skills clinics and rules seminars. In 2006, a beginner's league is being offered to help more metro Detroit women learn the basics and etiquette of the game.
For more information visit http://www.mwgolf.org.
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Chuck Kocsis-The Best There Ever Was-by Jack Berry
The 95th Michigan Amateur-by Jack Berry
Michigan Golfer Internet Television: The First Five Years and 250
Courses-by Art McCafferty
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 class.
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 2005.
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 shoulder.
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 that.
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