Michigan Golf News
August 29, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 35
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__/ RODNEY BUTCHER WINS BAY MILLS OPEN
by Marty Henwood
__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-DOUBLE FEATURE
BAY MILLS OPEN & GRAND OPENING OF THE BULL AT PINEHURST FARMS
__/ JACK SAYLOR RETIRES FROM FREE PRESS
__/ OSIRUSOFT SHUTS DOWN--BLOCK THE PLANT: EMAIL WORLD-WIDE TO TAKE
LOSTS OF COLLATERAL DAMAGE
__/ GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA ANNOUNCES PHASE TWO OF THREE
YEAR $10 MILLION RENOVATION
__/ "MEN ON THE BAG"-NEW BOOK FROM ANN ARBOR MEDIA GROUP
__/ NEW PROGRAM LINKS HIGH SCHOOL GOLFERS WITH COLLEGIATE COACHES
__/ JAYCEES FOUNDATION SEEKS NEW TITLE SPONSOR FOR CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT
__/ FALL COLORS AND FALLING PRICES AT BEAVER CREEK RESORT
__/ GOLF DIGEST'S WHITTEN: THE QUARRY AT GIANTS RIDGE
'HANDS-DOWN FINEST COURSE IN MINNESOTA'
__/ GULL LAKE VIEW CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP DATES ANNOUNCED
__/ NAME IS SORTA THE SAME
__/ QUOTES OF THE WEEK-BAY MILLS OPEN
__/ GOLF CALENDAR
RODNEY BUTCHER WINS BAY MILLS OPEN
Rodney Butcher may have hoisted the championship trophy during Sunday's
final round of the Canadian Tour's Bay Mills Open Players' Championship,
but it was Jon Mills of Oshawa, ON who took home the biggest prize.
The 33-year-old Floridian closed out the 2003 Canadian Tour season with a
2-under 70, good enough for a 54-hole total of 10-under 278. Mills came
in five shots off the pace with his own final-round 70 to finish second,
while Aussie David McKenzie was third at 3-under 285.
In just his fourth event of the year, Butcher took home a cheque for
$37,600 and his first Tour championship trophy. But for Mills, his
$22,560 payday lifted him to $55,321 in earnings, edging out American Rob
Johnson ($54,164) to become the first Canadian to win the Order of Merit
crown since Mike Weir did it in 1997.
Bay Mills Open Players' Championship
1 Butcher, Rodney Tampa, FL 69-72-67-70_278 -10 $37,600.00
2 Mills, Jon Oshawa, ON 71-74-68-70_283 -5 $22,560.00
3 McKenzie, David Australia 73-74-68-70_285 -3 $14,100.00
4 Sutterfield, Brad St. George, UT 70-74-70-72_286 -2 $11,280.00
T 5 Lemon, Jim Madison, WI 75-71-69-72_287 -1 $8,225.00
T 5 McGuigan, Doug Langley, BC 69-72-71-75_287 -1 $8,225.00
T 5 Tiziani, Mario Chanhassen, MN 73-72-68-74_287 -1 $8,225.00
T 5 Wall, Chris Dallas, TX 70-71-72-74_287 -1 $8,225.00
Taken and edited from a story by Marty Henwood
Media Relations Director Canadian Tour email@example.com
MGN ON THE ROAD
It was a fantastic week for Judy Mason, Mike Husby and the entire
community of Bay Mills, as the Bay Mills Open was featured on media
all over the world. The appearance of teen queen phenomena, Michelle Wie,
resulted in stories in the New York Times, USA Today as well as coverage
on the Golf Channel. Kudos to all.
Usually when we visit with Phil Winch of the Sarnia CVB, we chat about
the great golf they have over there or how Mike Weir has been doing on the
tour. Obviously, he is excited about the impact that Weir is having on
However this visit, we spent most of a glorious afternoon with the
Sarnia harbormaster, chasing down Tall Ships coming into port from
Lake Huron and Bay City.
In the news, Oakwood Inn at Grand Bend was featured in Forbes Magazine
and the new Sawmill Creek has been recently sold.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-DOUBLE FEATURE
BAY MILLS OPEN & THE BULL AT PINEHURST FARMS
2003 BAY MILLS OPEN
On this week's show, Tim Hygh handles the reporting with Larry Adderley
helping out with press interviews and award ceremony coverage.
Tim chats with Judy Mason and Judy Mason about their amazing week and
their hosting of the Wie family. The show also features interviews with
winner Rodney Butcher and Order of Merit winner, Jon Mills.
THE BULL AT PINEHURST FARMS (Show starts at noon Saturday, August 30)
This will be the first of two shows on The Bull. In this segment, Jack
Nicklaus discusses the thoughts that went into his firm's course
design. Videographer, Joe Yunkman, captures some of the beauty of the new
course, which is just minutes away from four sensational courses at Kohler.
This whole area will be a hotspot with the PGA Championship being held at
Whistling Straits next year.
It was a glorious day for the Bachmann family, owners of the course.
500 guests were on hand to watch the legendary golfer and architect,
Nicklaus put on a clinic and then play the course.
Jack acknowledged, that he is beginning to have a little more fun with
the architectural side of his life. At 63, some of the magic is gone from
his golf game, but he is relentlessly pushing on to become the most
prolific golf course designer in the world. Tom Bendelow and Donald Ross have
each designed over 300 courses. Nicklaus Design will have about 250 golf
course under their collective belts after the end of this year. With 20-25
openings a year, the record should soon fall.
(Show will be up Saturday afternoon) http://michigangolfer.tv
FALL COLORS AND FALLING PRICES AT BEAVER CREEK RESORT
It's not too early to think about Fall Golf at Beaver Creek Resort and
The Natural. Fall Golf in northern Michigan is not only breathtaking it's
now affordable. If you reserve one of our spacious, fully furnished, log
cabin condo now until September 10, 2003 you will receive an addition
10% off our already low Autumn lodging rates at Beaver Creek Resort, a Five
Star Family resort.
Other highlights at Beaver Creek Resort and The Natural include:
Starting September 3rd, 2003, Golfing packages start at just $79.95 per
person/night with continental breakfast and unlimited golf.
Canadian money is at PAR for golf packages starting October 5th, 2003
thru the end of the 2003 season.
JACK SAYLOR RETIRES FROM FREE PRESS
The Detroit Free Press recently indicated that Jack Saylor had retired.
Jack has had some health problems of late and was still on the mend at
the time of the story's release.
OSIRUSOFT SHUTS DOWN--BLOCK THE PLANT:
EMAIL WORLD-WIDE TO TAKE LOSTS OF COLLATERAL DAMAGE
Osirusoft, distributor of Spam Prevention Early Warning System (SPEWS)
and several other open-relay block lists, ceased operations this week,
EMail servers that are still using the Osirusoft lists in their anti-spam
tool kits are currently rejecting ALL email. You may have noticed a big
decrease in the amount of email coming in beginning yesterday afternoon.
Dundee Internet Services, our service provider, used several of the
Osirusoft lists as part of their anti-spam strategy. This means two
* First, they are not rejecting any incoming email based on this
* Second, we may see a temporary increase in SPAM because this once
valuable resource no longer exists. They expect this to be a temporary
issue as other anti-spam resources come available.
However, there is a catch...even though Dundee Internet is not
rejecting email due to this event, thousands of other ISPs who use
the Osirusoft lists are still unaware that this is happening. This WILL
have an effect on some of your outgoing email. If you send email
to someone whose ISP uses Osirusoft and who has not yet
reconfigured their email servers to stop using Osirusoft lists,
your mail WILL be blocked by that ISP. (In our opinion, depending on
how clueless the ISP is, this may affect email for weeks to come.)
More information about this event can be found at http://Slashdot.org
(News for Nerds).
GRAND TRAVERSE RESORT AND SPA ANNOUNCES PHASE TWO OF THREE YEAR $10 MILLION RENOVATION
The 660-room, 900-acre Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse
City, Michigan has announced that its owners, the Grand Traverse Band of
Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, has authorized the $4.7 million second phase
of a planned three-phase renovation program throughout the resort.
Much of the work of the $4.7 million phase two will take place between
November 2003 and May 2004. It includes remodeling half (117) of the
guest rooms in the Hotel section of the resort and complete remodeling of
Tower floors 16 and 17, where the resort's signature Trillium Restaurant
and Lounge are located. Further work will include the purchase and
installation of all new equipment in the resort's laundry facility.
Other items in phase two include purchase and installation of a new
key-card entry system in all 660 guest rooms and condominiums,
upgrades to computer hardware and software systems, golf course
maintenance equipment, kitchen and service equipment, and continued
For further information on specials, rates, and packages, and to make
reservations, please call 800-748-0303, or visit the resort's Web site
"MEN ON THE BAG"-NEW BOOK FROM ANN ARBOR MEDIA GROUP
Skip DeWall, former publisher and shareholder at golf publishing giant
Sleeping Bear Press, has launched a new publishing agenda with Ann Arbor
Media Group, which will publish 12 golf titles under the imprint Sports
Media Group, in 2004. The first book will be the story of the Augusta
National caddies entitled Men on the Bag, written by Ward Clayton, Director
of Editorial Services for the PGA Tour.
Men on the Bag reveals a unique side of Augusta National Golf Club, and
the Masters. From Gene Sarazen and Stovepipe, to Carl Jackson and Ben
Crenshaw, the legendary caddies help provide insight into golf's great
champions, and Augusta's elite members. Clayton gets the inside story
on some of the games greatest moments, and of the men who
witnessed them in an intimate way. Meet Cemetery, who was once
left in the morgue for dead, and was given his nickname by President
Eisenhower; Iron Man, Arnold Palmer's caddie who once asked the King
"is we chokin', boss," only to have Arnie finish with a par and two birdies
to win the Masters in 1960; and Pappy, Willie Stokes, who caddied for Henry
Picard, Claude Harmon and Ben Hogan during Masters victories.
Scheduled for release in February 2004, Men on the Bag is a must-read
for anyone who wants to learn about an untold side of golf, or for those
who report it.
Men on the Bag: The Story of the Caddies of the Augusta National Golf Club
By Ward Clayton
$23.95, Hardcover, 256 pages, ISBN # 1-58726-002-6
NEW PROGRAM LINKS HIGH SCHOOL GOLFERS WITH COLLEGIATE COACHES
http://Scholarshipgolf.com, is a unique
service linking high school golfers with prospective college coaches.
Thanks to advances in technology, ScholarshipGolf.com is able to provide
a golf-specific service to young golfers in order to showcase their
golf swings online with streaming video images.
ScholarshipGolf.com is not designed to replace the one-on-one personal
relationships developed between students and prospective coaches during
the recruiting process, but rather to enhance them.
A Scholarshipgolf.com student displays his or her profile on
Scholarshipgolf.com's website. Each profile includes a player photograph,
biographical information, academic performance, golf scores and stats,
and tournament schedules. With the website's streaming video capabilities,
coaches actually have a chance to watch the junior golfers' swing in action.
For more information, access http://scholarshipgolf.com
or call 1.866.868-7598.
GOLF DIGEST'S WHITTEN: THE QUARRY AT GIANTS RIDGE
'HANDS-DOWN FINEST COURSE IN MINNESOTA'
Already hailed as "hands-down the finest course in Minnesota" and
making world-ranked Hazeltine National look "like a cornfield next to it," the
new Quarry at Giants Ridge resort here has exceeded expectations after
only one month in business.
Challenged to outdo his first golf course design at Giants Ridge, Jeffrey D.
Brauer of Arlington, Texas, rose to the occasion, according to national
andlocal course reviewers.
Golf Digest architecure editor Ron Whitten declares in a course review
on GolfDigest.com: "What Jeff has conceived
amidst deep pits and squeezed among high piles is as fine a set of golf
holes as has been produced thus far in the 21st Century... It is already
hands-down the finest course in Minnesota."
JAYCEES FOUNDATION SEEKS NEW TITLE SPONSOR FOR CHAMPIONS TOUR EVENT
The president of the Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation recently announced
that the group is seeking a new title sponsor for the PGA Tour Champions
Tour event. An executive representing the Farmers Insurance Group of
Companies announced the company will end its sponsorship of the Farmers
Charity Classic when the company's contract expires after the 2004 tournament.
Taken and edited from a release from Catherine A. Prein, President Grand
Rapids Jaycees Foundation(616) 364-8491
GULL LAKE VIEW CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP DATES ANNOUNCED
The Gull Lake View Club Championship will be hosted September 1, 2003
at 8:30 am on the Gull Lake View West Course.
The event is open to all golfers of all levels and will include 18 hole
stroke play. There will be three flights for this event (Championship,
First and Second Flight), with two winners per flight. Additionally, there
will be closest-to-the-pin and longest drive prizes and an optional skins
Call Gull Lake View Golf Shop for info 269-731-4149.
NAME IS SORTA THE SAME
Indian Hills Golf Course Stephenson
Indian Hills Golf Course Okemos
Indian Lake Golf & Country Club Manistique
Indian Lake Hills Golf Course Eau Claire
Indian River Golf Club Indian River
Indian Run Golf Club Scotts
Indian Springs Metropark White Lake
Indian Trails Golf Course Grand Rapids
Indianhead Mountain Resort Wakefield
QUOTES OF THE WEEK-BAY MILLS OPEN
"I had a really good experience here. Everyone was really nice to me. I
had a nice time." Michelle Wie at a Bay Mills Open press conference
MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
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Michigan State Amateur Golf Association
Upper Peninsula Golf Association
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
and Casting Club
09/08-11 Lincoln Mercury Classic-Pine Lake CC
09/03-04 GAM Men's Senior Amateur Championship, Lakewood
Shores Resort, Oscoda
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
Toronto 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
Michigan Section PGA
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
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
PGA - http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/pgatour.html
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