Michigan Golf News |
August 4, 2006 Vol. 6, No. 31
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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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Grand Blanc- Warwick Hills GC
Jackson/Homer -Whiffletree Hill GC
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.
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.
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).
The Native American Cup
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.
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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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