Michigan Golf News
August 8, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 32
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__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-THE WESTERN AMATEUR-POINT O'WOODS
__/ WESTERN AM LOSER WALKER CUP WINNER
__/ MORE INTERNET TELEVISION FOR GOLF
__/ TRAVEL MICHIGAN WILL HIGHLIGHT GOLF ON NEXT RADIO PROGRAM ON WJR
__/ MICHIGAN AMATEUR PUTTING CHAMPIONSHIP AUGUST 23-24
__/ BARRONS ROLLS OUT THE GRIM NEWS WITH THEIR "A ROUGH ROUND" STORY
__/ FORBES LAUDS GRAND BEND'S OAKWOOD INN AND OTHER GOLF ON THE
CANADIAN SIDE OF LAKE HURON
__/ BOYNE COMMERCIALS
__/ CLIO CC HOST GAM WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
__/ RIP: ROCHESTER HILLS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
__/ MICHIGAN SENDS TWO OF EIGHT BIG HITTERS TO LONG DRIVE CONTEST IN
__/ MISSISSIPPI TO HOST ING
__/ NAME IS SORTA THE SAME
__/ GOLF CHANNEL COVERAGE OF BAY MILLS OPEN
__/ QUOTE OF THE WEEK
__/ GOLF CALENDAR
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-THE WESTERN AMATEUR AT POINT O'WOODS
We visit the prestigious Western Amateur this week and follow the
semi-finals and final match. Jennie McCafferty brings us the action
with comments from Mike Stoltz- President of Point O'Woods and R.E. "Buffy"
Mayerstein of the Western Golf Association.
Compete results are on
Chris Botsford, 22, Pasadena, Calif. Fifth-year senior, University of
Southern California, where he was co-captain in 2003. Medalist, 2003 and
2002 U.S. Amateur qualifying. Round of 32 at the 2002 U.S. Amateur.
J.J. Jakovac, 21, Napa, Calif. Junior, Cal State-Chico. 2003 California
Collegiate Athletic Association MVP. 2003 and 2002 NCAA Division II
first-team All-American. Winner, 2002 NCAA Division II individual
Adam Rubinson, 23, Forth Worth, Texas. 2003 graduate, Texas Christian
University. Winner, 2003 Rice Planters Amateur. 2003 third-team
All-American, honorable mention in 2002. 2003 Conference USA Player of
Year, All-Conference in 2002 and 2003. Runner-up, 2002 Western Amateur.
Justin Smith, 21, Franklin, Pa. Senior, University of Minnesota. 2003
honorable mention All-American, 2002 third-team All-American. Helped
Minnesota to 2002 NCAA Championship, tying for fourth individually.
Co-medalist, 2002 NCAA Division I Western Regional.
Chris Botsford was the winner with J.J. Jakovac runner up.
Michigan Golfer Television
WESTERN AM LOSER WALKER CUP WINNER
The United States Golf Association recently named eight of the 10
for the 2003 Walker Cup matches to be contested at Ganton Golf Club in
North Yorkshire, England.
The matches, which will take place on September 6 and 7, pits 10
from the United States against a team representing Great Britain and
Ireland. The final two players will be selected to the squad after the
Amateur Championship on August 24.
Adam Rubinson, a semi-finalist at the Western Am was one of the eight
Those selected Monday included Bill Haas, Trip Kuehne, Matt Hendrix,
Mackenzie, Ryan Moore, Chris Nallen, Adam Rubinson and Casey
The coach of the team is Bob Lewis, a four-time Walker Cup team member
three-time USGA championship runner-up.
Haas and Kuehne recently qualified for the U.S. Open. Kuehne is the
one of the eight players that has previous Walker Cup experience,
played on the 1995 team. Haas meanwhile was a semifinalist in the 2002
Amateur after being the medalist during the stroke play portion.
Hendrix, who will be a senior this fall, was a member of Clemson's 2003
NCAA Championship and Atlantic Coast Conference Championship team.
Mackenzie finished fifth in the 2003 NCAA Championship while a member
the University of Washington's golf team. He set a school record with
71.1 stroke average in 2002.
Moore won the 2002 U.S. Amateur Public Links championship and was a
quarterfinalist at the 2002 U.S. Amateur. He also qualified for the
U.S. Open and made the cut at the 2003 Masters Tournament. Nallen won
2003 Northeast Amateur and finished fourth at the 2002 Porter Cup.
Rubinson was the 2003 Conference USA Player of the Year and recently
finished fifth at the 2003 Northeast Amateur. At 18, Wittenberg is the
youngest member of either squad. In 2003, he has posted victories at
Southern Amateur and the Porter Cup.
Taken and edited from the Sports Network
MORE INTERNET TELEVISION FOR GOLF
America Online, the world's leading interactive services company, and
Turner Sports Interactive, producer of PGA.com, will offer AOL and AOL
Broadband members the chance to catch live action from the 6th and 11th
3 holes at the 2003 PGA Championship's over the tournament's four
In addition, fans will also be able to see the live action on
http://pga.com for $4.95. The 2003 PGA Championship will be played
14-17 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY.
The streamed video coverage will also include a live audio feed for the
final two hours of play during the first two rounds, and over the final
three hours of play for the last two rounds. Audio updates on all
will be available every 30 minutes.
TRAVEL MICHIGAN WILL HIGHLIGHT GOLF ON NEXT RADIO PROGRAM ON WJR
Dave Richards, CEO of Golf Marketing Services, was a guest on last
Travel Michigan program. Interest was of such a nature that the entire
will be devoted to golf on this week's show. Travel Michigan is on from
6:00 to 7:00 on 760 WJR.
MICHIGAN AMATEUR PUTTING CHAMPIONSHIP AUGUST 23-24
Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club will host the inaugural Michigan Amateur
Putting Championship Saturday and Sunday, August 23-24. The
two-day, 36-hole event, is open to two-person teams of any composition
men, women, seniors, juniors, public players and private club members
all welcome to form teams and compete.
"This is a genuine competition designed to allow players of all
to compete fairly. Everyone can compete evenly when it comes to putting
puttings about feel and touch - not power. Anyone has a chance to win,"
said Mike Bylen, managing partner of Shepherd's Hollow, who founded the
event. "We're going to use the 27-best greens in the area to determine
best putters in Michigan."
Both rounds will begin with a shotgun start at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday
Sunday. The entry fee is $125 per-team, which includes golf cart,
soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres at a Saturday night reception.
For more information or to enter the championship, phone Shepherd's
at (248) 922-0300 s
Taken and edited from a Golf Marketing Services PR release.
BARRONS ROLLS OUT THE GRIM NEWS WITH THEIR "A ROUGH ROUND" STORY
By Jonathan Laing.
The Barrons July 28 issue featured a cover story on golf entiled, "The
Glut". It is available online for a fee at http://barrons.com and is a
great read. Some of the highlights included:
...rounds dropped from 518 million in 2000 to 502 million in 2002. We
currently on track to do 491 million this year.
...50 courses closed because of financial matters
...400 courses are up for sale
...bank financing is drying up
...green fees have become outrageous
John Rooney, who presented at the 1st Michigan Golf Summit and is a
consultant to the golf industry, indicated that the five-six hour
commitment to golf is less attractive for time pressed adults.
However, everything is cyclical and while the Barrons story was
a downer, it did point out that there will continue to be another 200+
courses coming online each year and that a comeback in the market would
create a comeback in the golf market and could cure many current ills.
FORBES LAUDS GRAND BEND'S OAKWOOD INN AND OTHER GOLF ON THE
CANADIAN SIDE OF LAKE HURON
Forbes Magazine ran a nice article lauding our Canadian neighbors, many
whom get the MGN, in particular, singling out Oakwood Inn Resort in
Bend. This resort has gone through some considerable changes this
adding a new indoor pool, a conference area and a new pine lodge with
more rooms. They have a nice 18 resort course that is celebrating its
year of serving the golfing public.
The new :30 television commercials that Boyne is running are
They continue to benchmark golf marketing in Michigan.
CLIO CC HOST GAM WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
The 12th GAM Women's Championship will be held August 18-19 at Clio
Club. This event, sponsored by Ford Division, will feature many of the
state's top female amateur golfers.
The GAM Women's Championship will begin on Monday, August 18 with the
18-hole round of stroke play. The second and final round will be on
Tuesday. In case of a tie for the Championship, an immediate
playoff will be used to determine the winner.The tournament is open to
female GAM members with a GAM/USGA Handicap Index of 15.4 or less. The
field is limited to 144 golfers.
Submitted by Toni Branch
MICHIGAN SENDS TWO OF EIGHT BIG HITTERS TO LONG DRIVE CONTEST IN
The first two of 18 district finals conducted in the United States and
Canada for the 2003 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship awarded 18
drivers tickets to the big show in Mesquite.
Eight RE/MAX WLDC competitors headed to Mesquite after District 11
in Hartland, Michigan on August 9 are:
Brett Cleverdon, Markham, ONT, 365 yards
Graeme Elstob, Keswick, ONT, 353 yards
Tim Hanley, Gaylord, MI, 353 yards
Rick Tijerina, West Chicago, IL, 350 yards
James Mantell, Cleveland, OH, 343 yards
Al Helsel, Gowen, MI, 342 yards
Jennifer Whitmore, Brownsburg, IN, 264 yards
Super Senior Division
David Rowles Sr., Akron, OH, 318 yards
Championship week in Mesquite takes place at the Palms Golf Club on
14-18, 2003. The RE/MAX finals, with a $350,000 total purse, unfold
the lights on Saturday night in front of a full house and ESPN's
RIP: ROCHESTER HILLS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
Rochester Hills Golf and CC will become a new neighborhood, Country
Village of Rochester Hills, of 256 single-family homes, reportedly
Taken from Andrew Dietderich story in Crain's Detroit Business, August
MISSISSIPPI TO HOST ING
The International Network of Golf, who held their conference in Gaylord
couple of years ago, has selected Mississippi this year. Mississippi
recently named the "Best Up-and-Coming Domestic Golf Destination of the
Year" by The Golf Insider (http://www.thegolfinsider.com), a leading
This does not come as a big surprise to us, our Michigan Golfer
Show host, Bill Shelton visited Mississippi last year and filed this
NAME IS SORTA THE SAME
Cedar Chase Golf Club Cedar Springs
Cedar Creek Golf Course Battle Creek
Cedar Glen Golf Course New Baltimore
Cedar Hills Golf Course Traverse City
Cedar Valley Golf Club Comins
GOLF CHANNEL COVERAGE OF BAY MILLS OPEN
- Thurs. Aug. 21st 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Live First Round Coverage
- Fri. Aug. 22nd 2:00am - 4:00am
First Round Coverage (Tape Delay)
- Fri. Aug. 22nd 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Live Second Round Coverage
- Sat. Aug. 23rd 2:00am - 4:00am
Second Round Coverage (Tape Delay)
- Sat. Aug. 23rd 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Live Third Round Coverage
- Sun. Aug. 24th 2:00am - 4:00pm
Third Round Coverage (Tape Delay)
- Sun. Aug. 24th 12:00am - 2:00pm
Live Final Round Coverage
- Mon. Aug. 25th 2:00am - 4:00am
Final Round Coverage (Tape Delay)
- Tues. Aug. 26th 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Third Round Coverage (Tape Delay)
- Wed. Aug. 27th 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Final Round Coverage (Tape Delay)
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Talking to a golf ball won't do you any good. Unless you do it while
opponent is teeing off." -Bruce Lansky
MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
Golf Association of Michigan
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
Michigan Women's Publinx Golf Association
Michigan State Amateur Golf Association
Upper Peninsula Golf Association
08/16-17 Michigan Women's Publinx State Championship, Forest Akers West
08/17-18 Wendy's Charity Golf Classic LPGA Pro-Am, Country Club of
08/18-20 Michigan PGA Championship-Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire
08/18-19 GAM Women's Championship, Clio CC, Clio
08/18-24 Bay Mills Open, Brimley-Wild Bluff GC
08/25-26 GAM Women's Senior Amateur Championship, Crystal
08/28-29 GAM Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, Treetops, Gaylord
08/29-31 Par 3 Amateur Shootout-Treetops, Gaylord http://treetops.com
09/08 6th Annual Fight Against Breast Cancer Fundraiser,Hidden River
09/08-11 Lincoln Mercury Classic-Pine Lake CC
09/03-04 GAM Men's Senior Amateur Championship, Lakewood Shores Resort,
09/13-14 Michigan Net Amateur Championship, Pilgrim's Run
09/20-21 Atlas Matches, The Loon, Gaylord
09/28-30 Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational, Treetops, Gaylord
09/30 Tournament of Club Champions (Men and Women) Egypt Valley, Ada
10/17-18 Fall Golf, Ski and Travel Show- Novi Expo
10/19-21 The GOLF 20/20 Conference, World Golf Village, Florida
11/14-16 The International Golf Show is November 14-16, 2003 at the
Congress Centre. http://golf-show.com
01/23-25 Atlanta Golf Show
01/29-02/02 PGA Merchandise Show-Orlando, Florida
02/06-8 West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Place
02/13-15 London Golf and Travel Expo at the Western Fair
Event Centre http://golf-show.com
03/05-07 12th Annual Michigan Golf Show- Novi Expo
03/19-21 6th Annual Lansing Golf Show- Lansing
03/19-21 Chicago Golf Show
Tour and Association Calendars
Golf Association of Michigan http://www.gam.org/champ/schedule.cgi
Michigan Section PGA http://www.Michigan.PGA.com
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association http://mgcoa.org
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America http://www.gcsaa.org
Canadian Tour- http://www.cantour.com/schedule.php
European Tour- http://www.europeantour.com
Hooters Tour- http://www.ngahooterstour.com
Futures Tour http://www.futurestour.com/Schedules.html
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