Michigan Golf News
August 12, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 33
BAY MILLS RESORT AND CASINO/WILD BLUFF GOLF COURSE
MARSH RIDGE & THE NATURAL-TWO GAYLORD LEGENDS NOW STAY AND PLAY
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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ROGER WARREN: Thank you, Julius. The mission of the PGA of America since 1916 has been to grow the game of golf, grow participation and raise the standards of our profession. This September, we will be initiating our PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame on September 8, and we will be initiating into that Hall of Fame 122 golf professionals in various categories. It will be done at our historic center down at Port St. Lucie.
JULIUS MASON:Ladies and gentlemen, the CEO of America, Mr. Jim Awtrey.
JIM AWTREY: Good morning. This is the first time we had been to New Jersey since 1942 at Seaview Country Club in Atlantic City. Sam Snead won that championship, and that gives us a perspective on the rich history of the Championship and particularly in those years where you're talking about match play.
Certainly Baltusrol fits the mold of testing the greatest players in the world, the highest percentage of the top-100 players in the world, it tests those players.
The rich history of this club, 100 years, and all of the major championships held are consistent with what we believe the PGA Championship is all about. This year we play the golf course at just under 7,400 yards and a par 70, and we may actually have a par-5 that the players won't reach in two; I said may, the 650-yard, par-5, 17th hole.
I think it's always interesting to go back to these golf courses who have hosted so many major events and compare the modern-day player and the scoring and how they play the holes to the way that the piece of history did when you go back.
As I said before, our goal is to get the highest percentage we can of the top-100 players of the world. This year, we've got 93 world-ranked players, including 62 international players representing 21 countries. That's the most ever in a U.S. major, and it certainly sets a record for us.
It's an exciting week, a wonderful golf course, another piece of rich history for the Championship, and we hope you enjoy the week and it's a special week for everyone.
Editor's note: On Wednesday at the PGA Championship, the high-ranking officials of the PGA of America met with the media for its annual State of the Association press conference. Following are excerpts from the press conference.
The transcript was provided by ASAP Sports.
Here is Saturday's schedule:
Tee Time / Golf Course The Bear Spruce Run The Wolverine
The Michigan Golfer Television Show has been privileged to capture and present the work of some of America's finest golf course architects. If you have missed these shows in the past, we hope you enjoy them now. We also wanted to alert you to some of the architects and their courses that we will be working on for next year.
Jack Nicklaus/Tony Jacklin On Designing The Concession-with Vanessa Bell
Jerry Mathews on Designing The Natural
Jerry Matthews on Designing Timberstone Golf Club
Jerry Matthews and a Sneak Preview of Sundance Golf Course
ARTHUR HILLS/STEVE FORREST
Arthur Hills On Designing Red Hawk-with Mike Duff
Arthur Hills & His Redesign of Inverness-with Bill Shelton
Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest on Designing Rose Creek
Steve Forrest Discusses the Third Nine at Pheasant Run-with Bill
Mike Husby On Designing Wild Bluff Golf Course-with Bill Shelton
Mike Husby On Designing The Loon Golf Club http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/Loon/index.html
ROBERT TRENT JONES
Viewership from July 1, 2004 to August 1, 2005 = 418,000
After weeks of behind-the-scenes lobbying and legislative maneuvering, Senate leadership has indicated they are prepared to schedule hearings and a floor vote on HB 4803 to require all schools to open after Labor Day. But there IS a condition, which must be met first. They will move HB 4803 when we can show that the votes are there.
This means the final outcome of an issue we've wanted for years ... is totally up to us. It all comes down to how many calls, emails, faxes and contacts can be made to State Senators in support of HB 4803.
It all begins now and continues until we have a commitment either for, or against HB 4803 from every single Senator in the state. And when we say commitment, we mean either good or bad, for or against. It's time to tally up the votes and see where we and the State Senate stand on this issue.
Call your Senator today and encourage every one of your staff to do likewise! Urge family and friends who support Post Labor Day School to call as well. This initial effort must register the importance of this issue, and we can only do so through the raw volume of calls!
If you need to find the contact information for your State Senator, go to: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/FindYourSenator/michiganfys.asp
If you need additional information on HB 4803 Talking Points, go to: http://www.ParentsForFamilyVacations.org
Go to the phones! Fire up those faxes, emails, telegrams, and yes, even personal visits! Whatever it takes! Now is the time for all who support Post Labor Day Schools to contact their State Senators!
When you call your Senatorıs office make sure to cover the
2. Shoot us a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know their position so that we can follow-up.
3. If your Senator supports HB 4803, respectfully ask them to help build support for the bill amongst fellow Senators.
4. If your Senator opposes HB 4803, respectfully ask that they reconsider. Do not argue with them, but make sure they understand that HB 4803 will generate additional economic activity, tax revenues and jobs statewide ... and that this issue is supported by 60% of voters. Thank them for their time and let them know that you and other concerned constituents will be in touch with them in coming days.
Steve Yencich, President-Michigan Hotel, Motel & Resort Association, MHMRA Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan, TICOM
Chris Vozza and Eric Spencer of Oakland Hills Country Club posted a 17-under-par best ball of 65-63-68196 to win the Mid-Amateur Flight of the inaugural Peninsula Cup at The Kingsley Club.
Michael Wharton-Palmer and Eric Spencer of Texarkana, AR, shot 64-69-65198 for second place and John Benson and Frank Fairman of Punxsutawney, PA, took third with 67-65-67199.
Michael McBride and Ron Gelatka of Chicago combined for a 69-69-70--208 to win the Senior Flight in the Aug. 4-6 championship. The seniors also played the 6,672-yard gold tees on the par 71 course.
Al Reigel of The Kingsley Club and Denny Spencer of Sylvania, OH, were second at 71-67-71209 and Fred Cahill of Egypt Valley Country Club and fellow Grand Rapids resident Steve Basinski of Quail Ridge were third with 68-66-76210.
³We are very pleased with this first Peninsula Cup,² said Bryant Ewing, the tournament director. ³Twenty-three teams from all sections of the country responded to our invitation and to a man they praised the course, said they will return and, with word of mouth, we expect the field to double next year.²
Designed by Mike DeVries, The Kingsley Club is strictly golf, no swimming pool or tennis courts. It has an extensive practice area, range, short game and putting green. In the tradition of the old links, itıs walkable. Golfweek magazine ranks it as the 22nd top design in the country for modern courses. For more information about The Kingsley Club, call 231-263-3000 or visit http:/ www.kingsleyclub.com.
Jack Berry, All About Golf Jtb100731@aol.com
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Jack Berry for pointing out this bit of bogey journalism.
The Ann Arbor Media Group remains the major golf-publishing house in
Michigan. AAMG, headed up by Skip DeWall, the publishing house
recently released, "The Book of Golfers".
The Bay Mills Open is scheduled for August 22-28 at Wild Bluff GC in
Art Hills and Red Hawk-by Mike Duff
New Golf Courses-Class of 2005
Sundance Golf Club-by Mike Terrell
Macatawa Legends-by Kelly Hill
Slice of Life-By Terry Moore
With a new twist, The Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe will introduce a new team format but, ultimately, will name only one golfer as champion. The winner will receive exemptions into select events on the PGA European Tour and an endorsement contract from Bridgestone Golf.
In true ³Ryder Cup² style, each episode of The Big Break IV will pit a team of golfers from the United States against a team from Europe in various skills challenges on the golf course. Although playing for country and team, the showıs unique twist will turn the tables at the end of each episode as teammates are faced with competing against each other to avoid being eliminated from the show.
The team representing the USA includes: Randall Hunt, 26, a golf pro and youth counselor from Los Angeles, currently living in Arlington, Texas; Tommy ³Two Gloves² Gainey, 29, a golf pro from Bishopville, S.C.; T.J. Valentine, 28, a teaching professional from Plymouth, Mass.; David Carnell, 28, a mini-tour player from Park Forest, Ill., currently living in Miami, Fla.; Paul Holtby, 38, a teaching professional from Simi Valley, Calif.; and Bart Lower, 28, a real estate professional from Ionia, Mich., currently residing in Naples, Fla. Lower, also a contestant on The Big Break II, was voted back on the show by a viewer poll.
The team representing Europe includes: Warren Bladon, 38, former
British Amateur Champion from Leamington Spa, England; Guy Woodman,
27, a golf pro from Old Windsor, England; Edoardo Gardino, 29, former
tour caddy and current teaching and golf pro from Azti, Italy,
currently living in Crans-Montana, Switzerland; Marty Wilde Jr., 24,
a golf pro from Tewin, England; Richard Gillot, 30, a golf pro and
entertainer, from Paris, France; and Thomas Blankvoort, 25, a golf
pro from Wassenaar, Netherlands.
RHONDA GLENN: Morgan, how much does it mean to you to be the champion?
MORGAN PRESSEL: It means a lot to me. I came here this week expecting big things of myself, had a lot of expectations from everybody, and you know, just to pull through and to be able to play as well as I did this week, this means a lot. It's definitely encouraging.
RHONDA GLENN: What do you think this title is going to mean to you as you go along?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Oh, I don't know. Obviously it's the one of the most prestige amateur events in the country, in the world, so it's got to mean something. Ask me in a year or so; I haven't felt the effects yet.
Q. How about just being Women's Open runner up and then the development of your career in the next year?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Well, it definitely has been a pretty decent year so far in two of three USGA events, so that's promising. You know, it's just going to give me a lot of confidence. I've got a lot going on the next few months or so. We'll see how it all unfolds. I mean, I have to be confident the way that I am swinging the club.
RHONDA GLENN: What is going to be happening in your life the next few months?
MORGAN PRESSEL: Well, I'm going to go to the Q School at end of September and see what happens from there. Hopefully make it through.
RHONDA GLENN: And you've got the North and South coming up?
MORGAN PRESSEL: North and South next week and then a couple LPGA events, the Wendy's and the State Farm, which is back to back and then the Junior Solheim Cup is right after that. Then I'm going to go to the first stage in California. If I happen to not play well for the four days, then I would come back to Florida and play in the qualifier.
Q. So I guess the next summer you will not be defending your title?
MORGAN PRESSEL: I would love to do that. I just don't know. I mean, if I don't make it, then I would imagine I'd stay an amateur, but I don't know. I don't know if I would have to turn pro right away or how that would work; I really don't know.
Wednesdays at 1:35 pm with Tom Gibson on CHOK 1070, Sarnia, Ontario,
In a recent national survey, we confirmed that four out of five Core golfers donıt decide to play until just days before playing, and nearly one-quarter decide the same day:
(Core golfers average 37 rounds a year, with a minimum of eight.)
³These numbers donıt surprise me,² says Meadowbrook Golfıs vice president of marketing and development Mike Kelly. ³In fact, I think a lot of operators would say that this is how their tee sheets fill up on a weekly basis.²
Letıs look at the slices of the pie a little more closely:
Regulars. The 18% who decide a week or more in advance tend to be the ³regular² customers, many of who are older and retired. Operators can expect a high wallet share (percentage of rounds) from these golfers.
Exploiters. The 59% who decide a few days in advance tend to be ³exploiters² who are not loyal to any one course, and shop for deals. Operators usually get a low wallet share from these patrons.
Opportunists. The 23% who decide the same day tend to be ³opportunistic² players. They are younger with lower incomes, are more likely to have children, and may also be transient business people. They play when opportunity strikes, such as when their spouse takes the kids to the mall.
In theory, the Regulars should get the lowest price, to reward their loyalty and advanced tee time bookings; the Exploiters should get the next best price to try to increase the number of rounds they play at your course; and the Opportunists should get the highest price (as in the airline industry) to punish their last-minute shopping.
But in practice, in the golf business, the reverse is often true!
The Opportunists get the best price in order to fill tee sheets. Meanwhile the Regulars pay full price, as they should, for prime tee times; however, their loyalty should be rewarded, for example, through frequency reward programs.
The challenge for operators and in order to grow rounds played is to primarily work on the Exploiters, the 59% with wavering loyalty. Why? Because the Regulars are already captured and the Opportunists are too fickle.
The Exploiters must be induced to change their behavior and play more rounds at your course. They must also be influenced to book tee times earlier and fill those weekend tee sheets sooner. An operator with a tee sheet that is more full earlier in the week is in a better position to decide what to do about the remaining last-minute shoppers and that may not necessarily include discounting.
Source: NGF/Allied Golf Associations
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