Michigan Golf News
October 1, 2004 VOL. 4, No 40
Bay Mills Resort and Casino/Wild Bluff-Brimley
Celebrate Ryder Cup 2004, September 14-19-Oakland Hills CC
Treetops: Home of "Rick Smith and The Big Break" and "The Tylenol Par-3 Shootout"
Video: Rick Smith and The Big Break
GLSP Television Network:
Edited by Art McCafferty-Publisher, Michigan Golfer
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__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TV-DAVE HILL AND THE RYDER CUP
__/ VIJAY CLINCHES PLAYER OF THE YEAR
__/ THE HICK FROM FRENCH LICK IS TRUMPED BY THE DONALD AND FUZZY
__/ GENERAL MANAGER POSITION OPENING AT LINKS OF LAKE ERIE
__/ MGN ON RADIO: THE BIG BREAK II'S BART LOWER WILL BE OUR FRIDAY
__/ PAUL MCGINLEY ON HAL SUTTON AND THE RYDER CUP
__/ GRAND RAPIDS JAYCEES FOUNDATION SETS DEADLINE FOR GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSOR SEARCH
__/ GREAT LAKES SPORTS PUBLICATIONS TELEVISION NETWORK
__/ MGTV VIEWERSHIP CONTINUES TO GROW
__/ THE UPCOMING MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SERIES FOR 2004-2005
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
MGN ON THE ROAD
London's latest offering, Fire Rock Golf Course, is from one of their
famed Canadian architects, Thomas McBroom. Fire Rock adds some
prestige to the inventory of London courses and its presence should draw
some tourists to the town. The ground was previously used as an aggregate
Bart Lower is Michigan's connection in the Big Break II show currently
showing on the Golf Channel. Bart is a graduate of Eastern Michigan
University's Business Administration program and a member of the golf
team. Bart stopped by the university to chat with students of the Sports
and Event Marketing class to discuss his experience. He said his dream to
play golf professionally was dashed by playing a round with Luke
Donald, now on the tour and a participant in the Ryder Cup. "I was playing in
a match with Luke and the difference in our game was dramatic. It was
almost like he was bored with the match. I was so overmatched I felt
that I could not make it in the professional world," said Lower. He
remained in the golf world by buying a driving range business, Bart's Golf
Center, in his home town of Ionia.
His employee at the range notified him of the chance and he sent in his
application for the show. Bart was one of 10 selected in over 5,000
Bart went to Miles of Golf in Ann Arbor and worked with them to hone
his game for the show. He cannot let anybody know how far he went in the
series. Anthony Sorentino from Rochester Hills finished second last
year. The show is on Tuesdays a 9:00 P.M. and is repeated often.
In the first show, Bart drove a 300 yard hole and was putting for a new
Ford. He missed it left.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
"DAVE HILL'S RYDER CUP MEMORIES-with Jack Berry"
Dave Hill recalls the match at Royal Birkdale Golf Club and the 16-16
tie that occured with the famous "Concession" putt that Jack Nicklaus
conceded to Tony Jacklin. Dave also discusses the match that Ken Still
and he played against Brian Huggett & Bernard Gallacher, where after a
heated discussion, Hill said to Gallacher, "If you say one more word, I'm
going to wrap this 1-iron around your head." Despite the fireworks,
Brian Huggett, said, "Hill played absolutely magnificently throughout the
week. He held the team together. He stopped us winning. I mean, he won
all his matches."
In our second show, Dave Hill discusses his play at the 1973 Ryder Cup,
which was held at Murifield, Scotland. After flying some 36 hours from
a tournament in Japan, Hill developed some severe abdominal pains and
had to pull himself out of most of the matches. Instead of playing, he
assisted the Ryder Cup Captain, Jack Burke. The U.S. prevailed, 15 to
13. In 1975, Dave Hill returned to Ryder Cup play at Royal Lytham &
St. Annes in St. Annes, England. The U.S. defeated a British and Irish
team 12 1/2 to 7 1/2
In our final Dave Hill's Ryder Cup Memories interview, he discusses his
love of match play and some thoughts about where the Ryder Cup has been
and where it seems to be heading.
The Michigan Golfer is proud to bring our viewers this slice of Ryder
Cup history so nicely presented by Jack Berry and Dave Hill.
VIJAY CLINCHES PLAYER OF THE YEAR
By Associated Press - September 28, 2004
While it was a mere formality, Vijay Singh made it official. His
victory Sunday at the 84 Lumber Classic clinched his first PGA of
America player of the year award.
Singh's eighth victory, including a major, gives him 140 points in the
standings. That is enough to mathematically eliminate Phil Mickelson
(second in the standings), even if Lefty were to win the final five
tournaments of the year.
The points-based system awards 30 points for a major, 20 points for The
Players Championship and 10 points for all other tour events. The
41-year-old Fijian also gets 20 points for having the lowest scoring average
and 20 points for leading the PGA Tour money list.
Tiger Woods won the PGA of America award the last five years, and six
out of the last seven. Singh becomes the first international player to
win the award since Greg Norman in 1995.
The PGA Tour player of the year award is a vote of the players which
takes place after the Tour Championship, although that figures to be a
tap-in for Singh.
The only major award still up for grabs is the Vardon Trophy for the
lowest adjusted scoring average. Singh leads that category at 68.92, with
Mickelson at 68.94. Woods and Ernie Els (69.06) are still in the
THE HICK FROM FRENCH LICK IS TRUMPED BY THE DONALD AND FUZZY
Larry Bird and a group of investors lost their bid to build a new
casino in French Lick to a group headed up by Donald Trump and Fuzzy
Zoeller. The French Lick Hotel and Spa was one of the nation's largest gaming
areas at one time and had lobbied hard to make it a gaming destination
GENERAL MANAGER POSITION OPENING AT LINKS OF LAKE ERIE
The Links at Lake Erie, located in Monroe, Michigan, is searching for a
new General Manager. The Links at Lake Erie is an 18 hole public
facility with banquet facilities to accommodate up to 250 people.
The ideal candidate will have experience in all phases of public golf
course operations with an emphasis in marketing the property for
leagues, outings, banquets and daily play. Must possess effective business
management, food, beverage, administrative, budgetary and communication
The general manager is responsible for all aspects of the club's
activities, relationships and policies as well as the operational policies,
procedures and employees of the club.
The compensation package will be competitive to industry standards with
potential for target focused bonuses.
For consideration please send or e-mail a resume with salary history
Links at Lake Erie LLC, Managing Member
8701 Belleville Road
Belleville, MI 48111
Phone 734 699-7700
Fax 734 699-7706
MGN ON RADIO-THE BIG BREAK II'S BART LOWER WILL BE OUR FRIDAY GUEST
MGN is now heard on many of the Michigan Talk Radio Network shows on
Friday's at 10:35 -10:55 A.M. Host of the Charlevoix based show is Shawn
Peterson. Tom Gibson's CHOK, "Par for the Course" has a new time, 1:00
to 2:00 on Wednesday afternoons.
PAUL MCGINLEY ON HAL SUTTON AND THE RYDER CUP
"I do feel sorry for Hal Sutton, because to me the role of captain in a
Ryder Cup is twofold, and one is equally as important as the other. One
is to win the Ryder Cup and have the right strategy and do your best to
win it, but second is the ambassador role, which I thought he played
A lot of time for Hal Sutton now having gone through the week with him,
the way he was in the press, because we watched the press conferences
in the team room, the way he was grilled, the way he took it on the
chin, but the ambassador role which he played, which I think is equally
important, he played magnificently well. I mean to give you an example.
We were all worse for wear all coming down 4:30 in the morning. We
hadn't slept at all before getting on the team coach for the airport. As I
say, all the worse for the wear, and Hal and his wife had gotten out of
bed, come down to the foyer and shook everybody's hand before we got on
the bus. That to me is what the Ryder Cup is about. He got a lot of
stick in the press room because he lost, and the strategy and so forth.
But to me the role is twofold, but he played the ambassador role and he
deserves credit for that. That's going to be a big factor in my mind in
the next cup. Bernhard played it absolutely magnificently. Win, lose or
draw he was always going to do that, because he's not just representing
the players. And it's important, we're all competitive, we want to win
the Ryder Cup, but they're also representing the European Tour, all you
guys, all the press, every one of the Tour sponsors, the hierarchy of
the Tour, Ken Schofield and George O'Grady. So much has been represented
and heaped on the captain's shoulders for that week and it's important
it's carried off in the right way, and all credit to Hal Sutton."
Taken from Golf Press Association September 29th.
GRAND RAPIDS JAYCEES FOUNDATION SETS DEADLINE FOR GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation will continue its search for a
Title Sponsor of the 2005 Champions Tour golf tournament through the
end of October. The search for a Title Sponsor(s) offers a company the
ability to partner with the Champions Tour and the Grand Rapids Jaycees in
producing West Michigan's premiere sporting event as well as the only
professional sporting event in Grand Rapids. This Champions Tour event, one
of only 30 national events, offers national and international
television coverage as well as significant regional and local exposure for
The company(s) that serves as the lead sponsor will have one-of-a-kind
opportunities to entertain clients, increase brand awareness and be the
impetus for keeping this community asset in Grand Rapids. The Title
Sponsor ensures that the tournament can offer prize money that will
attract Champions to West Michigan such as Hale Irwin, Fuzzy Zoeller, Craig
Stadler, Peter Jacobsen - and coming to the Champions Tour in 2005 -
Greg Norman and Curtis Strange.
The tournament which has donated more than $3 million to West Michigan
charities is also on the verge of celebrating its 20th anniversary in
Grand Rapids, as the Champions Tour celebrates its 25th year. The
Jaycees event is the second-longest running event on the Champions Tour.
"There comes an appropriate time when you need to have all the
components together to produce a successful event and we are nearing that
time," said Catherine A. Prein, president of the Grand Rapids Jaycees
Foundation. "We continue to search for a partner to continue the great
history of professional golf in Grand Rapids,".
Farmers Insurance completed their contractual obligations after the
2004 event and decided not to renew their sponsorship of the 19-year
Champions Tour event. "Farmers has been a terrific partner for us in so
many areas; strategically, through strong leadership, and certainly
financially. We will miss their significant presence but look forward to
partnering with them as one of the tournament's sponsors," said Executive
Director Brian Kemp.
"The positive feedback that I have received from our community,
sponsors, volunteers, and players throughout the search process has been
tremendous. No one wants to see this event end," said Kemp. "We have the
ability to customize the Title Sponsorship package to adapt to a
company's strategic objectives as well as to align our primary charities with
those of the sponsor. We need to find someone with the right fit so we
can start getting companies and players committed for the '05
Companies interested in exploring opportunities for Title Sponsor(s)
should contact the tournament's Executive Director, Brian Kemp, at
616.949.4653 ext. 1.
GREAT LAKES SPORTS PUBLICATIONS TELEVISION NETWORK
"Michigan Beer Festival 2004"
Join our host Tony Caselli, as he visits Ypsilanti to visit one of the
10 best beer festivals in the United States, as per USA Today. Our show
will wet your whistle with the fine beers that are now being brewed all
over the state. Dragonhead, Big Buck Brewery, Black Forest Brewhaus,
Dark Horse Brewing Company, Frankenumth Brewery, Grizzly Peak Brewing
Company, Kalamazoo Brewing Company and Ann Arbor's Leopold Bros are but
a few of the breweries highlighted in our show.
"Running For the Riffs: Ford Detroit Jazz Fest", Detroit
against the background of the 25th Annual Detroit Ford International Jazz
Festival over the Labor Day weekend. If you are in the mood for some
jazz, views of the Detroit River, Hart Plaza and happy runners, this is the
show for you.
"Leelanau Peninsula Vinter's Association-Annual Harvest Stompede"
Run, taste wine, run, have some cheese, taste wine, run, have a
cracker, taste wine and on it goes as runners from around the Midwest invade
Michigan's wine country to run in the Harvest Stompede and taste wine
from the local vineyards
MGTV VIEWERSHIP CONTINUES TO GROW
The Michigan Golfer Television Show continues to increase its online
viewership. According to the latest statistics, the shows are on target
to attract nearly a quarter of a million viewers, in this the show's
fourth year. This figure reflects a per show viewer increase of 18% over
THE UPCOMING MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SERIES FOR 2004-2005
Brought to you in part, by Bay Mills Resort and Casino and the Michigan
Talk Radio Network
GOLF COURSE DESIGNER SERIES
"Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and The Fieldstone Golf Course"
"Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and the Ivanhoe Golf Course"
"Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and the Kinsale Golf Club"
"Jerry Matthews and The Majestic Golf Course"
"Jerry Matthews and The Natural Golf Course"
"Jerry Matthews: A Sneak Preview of the Sundown Golf Course"
"Robert Trent Jones and Point O'Woods" with Greg Johnson
"Mike Husby and The Loon Golf Course"
"Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin and The Concession" with Tony Jacklin,
Jack Nicklaus and Vanessa Bell
"Chris Lutzke and Pete Dye and Eagle Eye Golf Course"-with Chris
Lutzke, Pete Dye and Jack Berry
MICHIGAN GOLF HALL OF FAME SERIES
"Chuck Kocsis: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame" with Jack Berry
"Everett Kircher: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame" with Bill Shelton and
"Dan Pohl: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame" with Jack Berry
"Dave Hill: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame" with Jack Berry
"Elaine Crosby: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame" with Jack Berry
"Barona Creek Golf Course-San Diego" with Jennie McCafferty
"Ireland and Ryder Cup 2006" with Vanessa Bell
"Arnold Palmer and The Turning Point Invitational" with Art McCafferty
"Mermories of the 2004 Ryder Cup" with Vanessa Bell
"The Irish Invasion of The Henry Ford" with Vanessa Bell
"An Evening with Tom Doak" with Jack Berry
MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
Golf Association of Michigan
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
Michigan Women's Golf Association, MWGA
Michigan State Amateur Golf Association
Upper Peninsula Golf Association
GOLF CALENDAR 2004
10/07-9 Boys Golf Regionals -- October 7, 8 or 9
10/15-16 Boys Golf MHSAA Finals -- October 15-16
11/14-16 Golf 20/20: Vision, World Golf Village, St. Augustine
11/18-20 Golf Business Canada 2004, Fairmont Chateau Whistler,
11/28-30.MGCOA Annual Meeting at the Somerset Inn in Troy.
Michigan Golf Calendar 2005
01-27-30 PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, FL
02/04-06 West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Center, Grand Rapids
02/8-12 NGCOA Solutions Summit Conf., Rosen Plaza, Orlando
02/10-12 Golf Industry Show, Orlando
02/11-13 London Golf and Travel Show, London, Ontario
02/25-27 Lansing Golf Show, Lansing Center, Lansing
03/05 Midland Golf Show, Valley Plaza Resort
03/05-6 Lakeshore Golf Show and Travel Show
03/11-13 Michigan Golf Show, Novi Expo, Novi
06/06 10th Annual and Final Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam, Polo
Fields GC, Ann Arbor
American Association of Golf Course Architects
Golf Association of Michigan
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Michigan Section PGA
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
Michigan High School Athletic Association
Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association
National Golf Course Owners Association
National Golf Foundation
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