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August 4, 2006 Vol. 6, No. 31

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GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT & SPA
Web: http://grandtraverseresort.com
Video: Michigan Open http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/michiganopen/

NATIVE AMERICAN CUP-AUGUST 4-6
Web: http://nativeamericancup.org
Video: http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/nativeamericancup/

OTSEGO CLUB & RESORT-GAYLORD
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SHANTY CREEK RESORT & CLUB
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DESIGN YOUR OWN IRELAND GOLFING GETAWAY
Click on - http://www.sullivangolf.ie/quoteform.html
Sullivan Golf & Travel The Ireland Golf Travel Specialist

IN GAYLORD, GOLF THE NATURAL: A JERRY MATTHEWS COURSE
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Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP

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Dowagiac-Elks CC
Grand Blanc- Warwick Hills GC
Plymouth-Fox Hills GC
Jackson-Whiffletree GC
Ypsilanti-Washtenaw CC
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RYDER CUP COUNTDOWN-The 30's -with Bill Shelton and Michael McCafferty as The Haig"
An Encore Series Sponsored by Sullivan Golf and Travel http://www.sullivangolf.ie
__/ MOORE MUSINGS-by Terry Moore
__/FERNANDEZ JOINS TREETOPS AS GENERAL MANAGER
__/FOUR MICHIGAN QUALIFIERS JOIN RYAN BREHM AT THE WESTERN AMATEUR
__/KEN ALLARD WINS MICHIGAN SENIOR AT FOREST DUNES
__/SECOND NATIVE AMERICAN CUP STARTS TODAY
__/ CHOK GOLF RADIO VISITS GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND THE NATIVE AMERICAN CUP
__/KEVIN KLEMENT WINS STATE PUBLINX STATE MATCH PLAY, TOM SINGER THE SENIOR'S
__/A FRIENDLY AD FOR A PINEHURST RENTAL
__/ 2006 MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER ONLINE RESOURCES
__/ COURSE VIDEOS

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MGN ON THE ROAD
Dowagiac-Elks CC
This 1967 nine hole course is celebrating its 40th anniversary and seemed to be all dressed up for the occasion. We did not golf the Elks, rather we looked at over 1300 runners using it as part of their course at Steve's Run in Dowagiac. Scenic golf courses have always been the best friend of cross country runners.

Grand Blanc- Warwick Hills GC
Plymouth-Fox Hills GC
A couple of buckets of balls and a couple of cold beers were enough to satisfy our thirst for some practice and some heat reduction last week. The award winning Fox Hills golf complex has everything a golfer needs.

Jackson/Homer -Whiffletree Hill GC
At one time, according to the Rand McNally folks, Jackson had more golf holes per capita than any community in the U.S. A lot of golf courses have been built during that time, but Jackson still ranks up there. Burr Oak Golf Club, Calderone Golf Club, Cascades Golf Course Clark Lake Golf Course, Concord Hills Golf Course, Country Town Golf Course, Deer Run Golf Course, Ella Sharp Park Golf Course Gauss's Green Valley Golf Course, Grande Golf Club, Greenbriar Golf Course,Hankerd Hills Golf Course, Hill's Heart of the Lakes Golf Course Hickory Hills Golf Course,Irish Hills Short Course, Lakeland Hills Golf Course, Pine Hollow Golf Club, Waterloo Golf Course and Whiffletree Hill Golf Course represent the inventory. http://www.jackson-mich.org/courses.php

Whiffletree Hill GC is not one of those courses that quickly come to mind when your are setting up a golf trip with your buddies. However, it serves the farming community of Homer just fine. It was jammed on Saturday when we dropped by. Whiffletree Hill was built in 1967 and we have not be able to track down the architect.

Ypsilanti-Washtenaw CC
The MWGA held its 20th Anniversary celebration at the century old Washtenaw CC. As the saying goes, anybody who was anybody was there. President of the association, Nancy Serra, Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Sara Wold, headliner Joyce Kazmierski, Betty Richart and numerous ladies involved heavily in the game, Pat Shelton, Inez Bridges and Jane Kersjes. Also on hand were Janina Jacobs of Michigan Golf Weekly, Susan Bairley of the Michigan Golfer and Rhonda Walker of the Rhonda Walker Foundation. Walker is the morning anchor of WDIV TV and her foundation was the recipient of a $2,000 grant from the group for her "Girls into Women" program.

Joyce Kazmierski was the keynoter for the evening. The former LPGA player is now a teaching professional at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Indiana and the co-owner of Sun Spirit Golf Tours. She gave a very enlightening talk.

Washtenaw CC was in terrific shape and while the heat for the tournament was a bit overpowering, the ladies trudged on. Darci Stocker got a hole in one on hole #4, 125 yds. Flight 1, low gross at 56 was Darci Stocker, Irene Sauve, Carissa Duckworth and Stephanie Walton. Flight 1. low net at 57 was Karen Engle, Anne Doriean, Betsy Lee, and Debbie Van Kulken. Flight 2 Low gross at 69 was Jane Kerjses, Linda Neff, Joan Cleland, and Jodie Chapa. Flight 2 low net at 58 was Pat Shelton, Monical Oliver, Barb Coury, and Linda Turman.

Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Sara Wold for supplying some of the stats for the article.

*Note-Michigan Golfer Television cameras were on hand for the event and we will be bringing you the shows next week.

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MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISIONRYDER CUP COUNTDOWN-The 30's -with Bill Shelton and Michael McCafferty as The Haig" An Encore Series Sponsored by Sullivan Golf and Travel http://www.sullivangolf.ie

The 1931 match was played at Scioto CC in Columbus, Ohio. The U.S. squad won handily 9-3. , The 1933 Ryder Cup was a controversial tournament for "The Haig". The match played at Southport & Ainsdale in front of 15, 000 spectators, was tied going into the final hole. At the time "The Haig" was in the presence of the Duke of Windsor and hesitated to go to Denny Shute to apprise him of the score. Shute, not realizing he could lay up with his putt, hit it firmly past the hole and missed coming back.

The 1935 Ryder Cup at Ridgewood Country Club in Ridgewood, New Jersey, had Walter Hagen as the captain and they routed the trio of Whitcombe brothers 9-3. Henry Picard and Johnny Revolta acquitted themselves nicely as they beat Percy Alliss and Alf Padghan. Hagen, who competed for the final time, joined Sarazen for an easy 7-6 win over Alf Perry and Jack Busson. Hagen passed up his final match and finished his Ryder Cup career with a 7-1-1 record.

Walter Hagen sat out the 1937 Ryder Cup as he made room for new blood, notably Slamming Sammy Snead. The U.S. broke through to capture the first Ryder Cup won on foreign soil, winning 8-4 at Southport & Ainsdale Country Club, Southport, England. The U.S. playing captains were Ben Hogan (US) and Henry Cotton (GB).

http://michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/ryder/index.html

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The Native American Cup
Our encore show of the first Native American Cup highlights the appearance of PGA pro Notah Begay. Notah conducts a terrific clinic and has his share of fun in a new event on the American golf scene. This week, the second Native American Cup takes place at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The event will televised on an upcoming Michigan Golfer Television Show.
http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/nativeamericancup/

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MOORE MUSINGS-by Terry Moore
It's the American auto economy, stupid.

In the middle of an excellent and heartfelt media interview session with Tiger Woods on Wednesday at the Buick Open, this was the James Carville-inspired campaign thought that came to my mind. Yes, it was exceedingly good news to be at the Buick Open this week, watch Tiger contend in our home state, and to hear the announcement that the state's premier tournament will continue at Warwick Hills through 2010. A few years back, rumors about the Buick Open leaving Grand Blanc and Warwick Hills were not only rampant but dangerously close to fact. It was thought that another more upscale and expansive venue say in Ann Arbor or near Auburn Hills might allow the sports marketers, in an oft-used phrase, to grow the event. But fortunately cooler and smarter heads prevailed at both Buick and the PGA Tour and the Buick Open remained at Warwick Hills.

Then a few months ago, the rumors re-emerged as the Buick Open contract with the Tour was set to expire with this years event. On the top of it, was the canary in the mineshaft sequence of Ford Motors pulling out of golf, dropping not only its highly successful Doral tournament but also the Ford Senior Players Championship in its own backyard. I mean, if Ford pulled out of golf, could Buick be next especially considering the dire straits of the American auto industry? That thought is quite staggering given Buick's longstanding relationship with the PGA Tour (begun in 1958!) and as seen not only by the Buick Open but by its tie-in with Tiger Woods, its official car status with the Tour since 1984, and its sponsorship of two other Tour events the Buick Invitational in San Diego and the Buick Championship in Connecticut. Buick has been one of the corporate cornerstones of the amazing success of the PGA Tour.

But all of this Buick, Warwick Hills, and PGA Tour cooperation and partnerships revolve around a more important question: will American consumers continue to buy Buick and other GM vehicles in sufficient numbers? There are some daunting challenges facing the domestic automakers, particularly when viewed against their fierce foreign competitors, in terms of labor and health care costs. No need to delve into that sober topic. But at more basic discussion level, are the GM vehicles attractive buys? For me, I was impressed with the look and details of Buick's new Lucerne which was on display in June at the Buick Media Day. Hey, this is a sharp-looking car, I said to myself. Looking into it further, I read the USA Today's glowing review of the Lucerne earlier this year when it described it as Among the best, big, front-drive sedans on the market. Yes, better in significant ways than Toyota Avalon, the standard setter for mainstream, big sedan, category. Now that's high praise for Lucerne and it's very positive news for Buick. Now it's a matter of American car shoppers, after a period of perceived weaknesses with domestic brands, really taking a serious look at Buick and giving it a fair evaluation in their buying deliberations. If in fact they do, then we'll all be enjoying Tiger Woods and the Buick Open at Warwick Hills for many years to come.

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FERNANDEZ JOINS TREETOPS AS GENERAL MANAGER
By Peter Comings, News Editor, Gaylord Herald Times

When the opportunity came up to manage Treetops Resort, Michael Fernandez took the job - moving his wife and son from Florida, barreling straight into northern Michigan's golf season, one of the busiest seasons of the year. It also happened to be the week before the resort hosted the annual Par-3 Shootout.

Fernandez began his experience gathering 10 years ago, working for the Ritz Carlton in Dearborn. He worked as the general manager of the Tides Hotel in South Beach, Fla.; resort manager at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and hotel manager at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills

He now manages 400 employees, 237 rooms, and 4,000 acres of rolling golf courses and accommodations in Dover Township at a time when revenues are down, despite an increase in the number of rounds played. There were 329,497 golf rounds played in the Gaylord Golf Mecca in 2005, up 12,551 rounds from 2004.

Fernandez, who has played golf his entire life and enjoys skiing, seems undaunted by his choice to accept the job. I found an absolutely beautiful resort in northern Michigan with a rich history and even brighter future, he said. The community in which we operate is very important to me. I want to reach out to as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

*Edited for length
The complete article at
http://www.gaylordheraldtimes.com/articles/2006/07/27/news/business/business01.txt

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FOUR MICHIGAN QUALIFIERS JOIN RYAN BREHM AT THE WESTERN AMATEUR
Thirty-six golfers qualified for the 2006 Western Amateur, presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf, on Monday at Lake Michigan Hills G.C. in Benton Harbor, Mich., and The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind.

The first player to make the field in a seven-man playoff for three spots at the Lake Michigan Hills qualifier was Chad Carroll, 22, of Bexley, Ohio. Carroll, a senior at Hofstra University, chipped in for a birdie on the first playoff hole.

"I'm excited," said Carroll. "It was a long day. I had my ups and downs but I just kept my cool. I've worked hard this summer, and it finally paid off. I can't wait to get out and post some numbers.

The qualifiers were among approximately 270 golfers attempting to make the field in the championship, which began Wednesday at Point O'Woods G. & C.C. in Benton Harbor. The nation's top amateur golfers will be competing in the 104th Western Amateur championship, playing 18 holes each day on Wednesday and Thursday followed by a cut to the low 50 scores and ties.

Lake Michigan Hills G.C. Qualifiers
18 Qualified

Pos
1 Brett Kanda La Crescenta, CA 69
Matthew Thompson Battle Creek, MI 69
Larry Blatt Orland Park, IL 69
4 Greg Carlin Kensington, MD 70
Kenny Kim Cerritos, CA 70
Ryan Johnson New Boston, MI 70
7 Christian Heck Munsing, Germany 71
Chris Smith Alpharetta, GA 71
Jeremy Evans Palm Harbor, FL 71
Lucas Lee Torrance, CA 71
David Kite Austin, TX 71
Patrick Wilkes-Krier Ann Arbor, MI 71
Charlie Holland Dallas, TX 71
Brad Wright Cambridge, OH 71
Braden List Boynton Beach, FL 71

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KEN ALLARD WINS MICHIGAN SENIOR AT FOREST DUNES
The 2006 Michigan Senior PGA Championship/Senior CPC Qualifying was held July 31-August 1 at the Forest Dunes Golf Club. Ken Allard from Detroit Golf Club finished with a 70-69-139, 5 under par total to win the Senior PGA Championship and well as medalist honors in Senior CPC Qualifying. Finishing one shot back was John Traub with a 69-71-140, 4 under par total. Also, qualifying for the National Senior CPC were Bob Ackerman, Randy Erskine, Denis Husse, Buddy Whitten, and Frank McAuliffe.

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KEVIN KLEMENT WINS STATE PUBLINX STATE MATCH PLAY, TOM SINGER THE SENIOR'S
This semi-final and final matches for the State Publinx State Match Play Championship were conducted today at the Eagle Glen Golf Course in Farwell, Michigan. In the Championship division, Kevin Klement of White Lake defeated John Leach of Macomb 1 up in 19 holes. His second shot on the first playoff hole ended up 10 inches from the cup. The second semi-final match saw 48 year old Bob Klingbeil of Sheriden defeat young Oakland University star golfer Jonathan Pauli. This match also went extra holes with Klingbeil birding the 20th hole.

In the final match, played in 95 degree temperatures, Kevin Klement defeated Bob Klingbeil 2&1. Mr. Klement birdied the 13th and 14th holes to pull ahead in the match. He will take home the Bill McDonald traveling trophy.

In the Senior Championship Division, Tom Singer of Ferndale defeated Dave DeWulf, Oakland University golf coach and former Championship and Senior winner 3&2. The other semi-final match saw Larry Hogard of Flint defeat Cliff Davis of Rochester Hills 2&1.

In the final match, Tom Singer of Ferndale edged Larry Hogard of Flint 1up.

Taken from a Michigan Publinx release kmcdonald940@hotmail.com

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A FRIENDLY AD FOR A PINEHURST RENTAL
A former Eastern Michigan University colleague, Dennis Lefond, has a condo for rent on Pinehurst #5. If you are interested, you can contact him at dlefond2@nc.rr.com

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SECOND NATIVE AMERICAN CUP STARTS TODAY
Nine teams will compete in the second annual Native American Cup Presented by Charter Communications, August 4-6, 2006, to be played on The Bear, The Wolverine, and Spruce Run golf courses at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

The Native American Cup Presented by Charter Communications is a three-day invitational golf tournament with a Ryder Cup-style format composed of teams of Native American golfers representing their Tribes or Associations. Each team consists of twelve golfers, and the competition is a mixture of team and singles matches. The teams that compile the most points earn the Cup for their respective division. Corporate partners also take part in the event with a two-day Sponsors Tournament.

There are nine teams competing for the 2006 Cup. They include, from Michigan, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians, the host Tribe, as well as the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Hannahville Indian Community, Bay Mills Indian Community, and Team Michigan. Teams from outside of Michigan include the Seneca Nation of Indians (New York), Team Oklahoma, Team NAFOA (Native American Finance Officers Association), and Team Native America, the last two composed of various tribal chairmen, councilors, and Native businessmen. Henry Boulley, Native American Cup Founder and Executive Director stated, "Our goal is for this event to grow so that in future years dozens of Native American Tribes from across North America are represented and more scholarships are awarded. We're already seeing that growth and with the increased number of tribes and sponsors we will be awarding four $1,500 scholarships upon the conclusion of this year's event."

Taken and edited from a J. Michael DeAgostino release.

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CHOK GOLF RADIO VISITS GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND THE NATIVE AMERICAN CUP
Since Canadian Mike Weir is leading the Buick Open this morning, it will be difficult for host Tom Gibson, to give air time to any other topic, but he always saves 10 minutes to find out what is happening in Michigan. This morning he will be talking to Henry Boulley, originator of the Native American Cup, which is holding the second Cup this weekend.
http://nativeamericancup.com

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SUMMER EDITION: MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE - NOW ONLINE
http://webgolfer.com/summer06/index.html

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 http://michigangolfer.tv/2006shows/kocsis/

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.

New Courses:
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 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.

http://www.webgolfer.com/

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MICHIGAN TOURNAMENTS
http://michigangolfer. com/tournaments.html

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2006 MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR
http://michigangolfer.com/calendar.html" ASSOCIATION LINKS
American Association of Golf Course Architects
http://asgca.org
Golf Association of Michigan
http://www.gam.org/
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
http://www.gcsaa.org
Michigan Section PGA
http://www.Michigan.PGA.com
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
http://mgcoa.org
Michigan High School Athletic Association
http://www.mhsaa.com/
Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association
http://migca.com
Michigan Publinx Seniors Golf Association
http://mpsga.net
National Golf Course Owners Association
http://ngcoa.org
National Golf Foundation
http://ngf.org
National High School Golf Coaches Association
http://www.nhsgca.org

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Ezine http://michigangolfer.com
News: http://www.webgolfer.com/news.html
Video: http://michigangolfer.tv
Podcast: http://glsp.com/podcasts.html

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