Michigan Golf News
October 14, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 42
BAY MILLS RESORT AND CASINO/WILD BLUFF GOLF COURSE
Video: 2005 Bay Mills Open Players Tournament Preview
-with Rob Lussenhof
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Video: Coming to MG-TV Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational-October 7
GOLF SHOW CALENDARS
WEST MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW
West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, February 10-12
Lansing Golf Show, Lansing Center February 24-26
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Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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__/ MG ON THE ROAD
Mt. Pleasant-Fall Golf
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
MGCOA League Championship Series
Michael Patrick Shiels Interviews Bill Paxton, Director of
"The Greatest Game Ever Played"
__/ GOLF DIGEST AMERICA'S 50 GREATEST TEACHERS
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF RADIO SIGNS OFF FOR 2005
__/ GREENSBORO-HITTING THEM STIFF
__/ TIGER AND J.D.
__/ FALL GOLF PACKAGES AT TREETOPS
__/ PLAYER STARS IN THE HBO TV SERIES-CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
__/ NEW REPORT: SQUARE FOOTAGE IN OFF-COURSE GOLF RETAILING INCREASES
__/ VIDEO COVERAGE OF 2005 MICHIGAN TOURNAMENTS
__/ BOOK REVIEW:"PEBBLE BEACH: GOLF AND THE FORGOTTEN MEN
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER FALL ISSUE NOW ONLINE
__/ ARCHIVES-MICHIGAN GOLFER
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS
__/ TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES
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MG ON THE ROAD
Mt. Pleasant-Buck's Run and Winding Brook
We were up in Mt. Pleasant to tape the fall colors at Buck's Run, but
alas, we were a tad too early. Bucks' Run had a full parking lot for
some great fall golf and will most likely be full again at the Toughman
Tournament on the 28th.
Winding Brook located just off 27 in Shepherd, is an interesting course
that has not had a lot of publicity. It is primarily for the locals,
but does pick up some of the US 27 traffic that is heading North. It
gets its share of play and can offer a challenge as noted by the fact 10
of its 18 holes have water.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
MGCOA League Championship Series
Kate Moore of the MGCOA and Stewart Healey of Handicomp are optimistic
that their new League Championship Series will be the start of
something big. Handicomp recently developed the software for league
handicapping and MGCOA helped put on the tournament to test it out. Other big MGCOA guns on hand for the first time event, included Jim Scott of Gull
Lake View, Bill Fountain of the Majestic at Lake Walden and Steve
Ramsey, current MGCOA President, of Chisholm Hills. The LCS, played on Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath, seemed to get off to a great start.
Michael Patrick Shiels, one of Michigan's greatest golf writers, has an
enchanting interview with Director Bill Paxton, who not only discusses
his movie, ³The Greatest Game Ever Played² but his growing up at Shady Oak
CC which Ben Hogan called home. This is a terrific show about a great
movie. It is well worth your time.
GOLF DIGEST AMERICA'S 50 GREATEST TEACHERS--
As the annual lists begin to appear, we bring you the latest on the
greatest teachers. Of the top 50, the following* have Michigan ties.
01 Butch Harmon
02 David Leadbetter
03 Jim McLean*-Has a school at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
04 Hank Haney
05 Rick Smith*-Treetops Resort
06 Jim Flick*-Boyne Academy
08 Dave Pelz*-Homestead-Pelz Short Game School
13 Dr. Gary Wiren-Kingsley Club
Taked and edited from Golf Digest's November issue.
MICHIGAN GOLF RADIO SIGNS OFF FOR 2005
Another sure sign of fall is the hiatus of our Michigan Golf Radio
shows for this year. Our hosts, Shawn Peterson and Ron Pritchard of
Michigan Talk Radio and Tom Gibson of Sarnia's CHOK Radio have provided air
time for many of our Michigan golfers and spokespersons for Michigan golf
properties. Our guests this year included, Vanessa Bell, European PGA
player, Denis Fabbri of Lakeview Hills, Kate Moore of MGCOA, Skip DeWall
of Ann Arbor Media Group, Scott Head of Treetops, Paul Albanese of
Albanese and Lutzke, Rob Lussenhof of Wild Bluff, Jerry Matthews, Michigan
Golf Hall of Fame class of 2005, Jim Neff freelance writer and Editor
of the Michigan Skier, Mike DeAgostino of Grand Traverse Resort & Spa,
Henry Boulley of the Native American Cup, Al Barkow, author of Shell's
Wonderful World of Golf' and "Sam Snead", Mark Rich of Monterra Golf at
Blue Mountain Resort, Mike Norton of Traverse City Convention and
Tourism Bureau, Ken Horvath, GM Forest Akers Golf Course, Jim Doherty
of the Doherty Hotel in Clare, Bill Knopp of Park Place Hotel, Dave
Hill of The Chief GC in Bellaire, Stephen Marek, Vice President of Human
Resources for Shanty Creek, Mike DeVries archtiect of The Mines and
Greywalls, and a few names we might have forgotten. Thanks to all who
helped make the shows as informative as they were. It was a grand time and
we will get back with our listeners next spring. MG
GREENSBORO-HITING THEM STIFF
A letter from Chip Atkinson in this Sunday's New York Times
http://nytime.comtook on the PGA Tour
for giving Charlotte's Wachovia Championship a more favorable date, May 2-8, on the schedule while continuing to offer another weak date for the Greensboro Open, September 26-October 2.
The article pointed out that the PGA Tour talks about providing golf
for the masses, but has turned its back on them by dissing a storied
tournament that has been put on totally by sponsors and has offered rich
purses. MG has covered the Greensboro in the past and noted that the
tournament is extremely well organized and that there was a espirit de
corp with the volunteers. It is always tough to be challenged by a
younger event that has substantial resources (6 million dollar purse)
and a ton of pretty greens, fairways and a first rate field.
TIGER AND J.D.
Editor's note: On Sunday, Tiger Woods continued his mastery of the
World Golf Championships by winning the WGC-American Express Championship.
The win was his 10th in 19 individual stroke-play World Golf
Championships events, and his 46th career PGA Tour victory. He also becomes the first player to win the tournament four times (1999, 2002, 2003, 2005).
Woods has now earned $12,977,500 in 19 World Golf Championships starts,
a figure that would rank 37th all-time on the PGA Tour career money
JOEL SCHUCHMANN [PGA Tour media respresentative]: We'd like to welcome
the four-time champion of the American Express Championship. Tiger
Woods, congratulations on your sixth win of the year and your 10th World
Golf Championship title. Start with some opening comments on a great week
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, it turned out to be a great week. You know, I didn't
really get off to the greatest of starts today. I didn't feel like I
was hitting the ball all that well, but I just kind of hung in there and
made a big putt on No. 9 to save par. And then from there got it going,
made three straight, and then went back in the tournament. [John Daly]
wasn't running away with it. I held it together. Made a mistake on 14,
made bogey there, made birdie at 16 and was very fortunate just to get
into a playoff.
Q.: When Daly missed the putt on 16, you kind of bowed your head a
little bit, obviously a different reaction than we've seen in a playoff
with Bob May or Chris DiMarco. Can you just talk about the difference?
TIGER WOODS: It just felt so bad. That's not how you're supposed to win
a golf tournament. We're battling, and J.D. played beautifully all
week. It shouldn't end like that. We should be playing 17. I was thinking I
had 160 and I'm hitting a drawing 8-iron and kind of rehearsing what I
have to do, and when he missed the putt, I just felt so bad because he
played so solidly the entire week.
He was up there every day. And to put yourself on top of that board,
it's a lot of work, and then to hit this -- first of all, hitting driver
there in a playoff was pretty impressive, to pull out driver there, and
then an unbelievable second shot through the trees. I mean, come on. He
lands it there just over the bunker, perfect, pin high, ho-hum, and
then I felt like I had to make my putt to win the tournament. And I left
it just short and I felt the tournament was probably over, that he'd
probably just pour it in there, and he made a mistake.
Q.: Do you feel that because it's J.D., different than maybe Ernie,
Vijay or Phil [Mickelson], that he brings that extra, you and him, the two
biggest bombers and the personalities you guys have?
TIGER WOODS: I think so. J.D. brings huge galleries everywhere he goes.
It's always electric any time he plays. On top of that, when he's
playing well, it's even more so. I played right in front of him the first
two days. He'd drive it on par 4s and people are going nuts, bananas,
screaming. He brings a certain atmosphere all to its own.
Q.: Right at the end of regulation there was a moment where you and
John were walking together. Can you share what the conversation was? Do
you remember the conversation?
TIGER WOODS: Yeah. Well, I have to kind of change a few words around
(laughter). It was basically, "Here we are going into a playoff and good
Q.: We've become so accustomed to the fist pumps and gestures after a
victory. To have a hand over the eyes, is that the most apologetic win
you've ever had in your career?
TIGER WOODS: Yeah, because you feel so bad for J.D. to play that well
and hit that many good golf shots and leave the tournament. We all had
to come get him, and to have it end that way, that's not how it should
have ended. We should have been going to 17 to see who could make
birdie. He just hit a bad putt at the wrong time.
Transcript provided by http://www.asapsports.comASAP Sports.
Source: Article taken from The Wire- a Golf Press Association
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Smith Signature, Tradition, Threetops and Fazio Premier close on
October 17, 2005. The Jones Masterpiece closes on October 31, 2005.
THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED EXHIBIT AT WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME ON
The World Golf Hall of Fame, working with Walt Disney Pictures, whose
film The Greatest Game Ever Played released in theaters throughout the
United States on Sept. 30, will unveil a special exhibit on the subject
of the film. Opening on Friday, Oct. 14, the Hall of Fame exhibit will
feature costumes and props from the film, plus original artifacts from
the 1913 U.S. Open playoff between Hall of Fame members Francis Ouimet
and Harry Vardon, and Ted Ray.
For more information, visit http://www.wgv.com.
Taken and edited from a WGHOF Release
MICHIGAN GOLFER FALL ISSUE NOW ONLINE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
DESTINATION WALES-Jack Berry
Michigan¹s legendary golf scribe, Jack Berry, presents everything you
wanted to know about golf in Wales. In addition to his elegant prose, we
have some great photos of the golf courses.
MICHIGAN TOURNAMENT GOLF ROUNDUP
Kelly Hill assembles information on this year's major golf tournaments
with assistance from Michael Patrick Shiels, Scott Sullivan, Gary
Holoway , the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe News and Marty Henwood.
103rd Western Amateur-Gary Holoway
30-Year Return at the Western Amateur-Scott Sullivan
Harris Wins Bay Mills Open-Marty Henwood-Photo Mark Adams
Kelly Cavanaugh Wins Women¹s Michigan Open-Michael Patrick Shiels
Mike Harris Wins the Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open-by Michael
Mike Harris Wins Tournament of Champions-by Michael Patrick Shiels
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe Wins the Native American Cup-Sault St. Marie
INDIAN RIVER GOLF-Jack Berry
Jack Berry visits Michigan's Inland Waterway in Indian River Country
and reviews two courses there, Indian Wood Country Club and Chestnut
Valley Golf Club.
SLICE OF LIFE-Terry Moore
Terry Moore chats about the weather in his latest Slice of Life column.
NEW REPORT: SQUARE FOOTAGE IN OFF-COURSE GOLF RETAILING INCREASES
Longitudes Group announced the results of its 2005 Market Trend Report
on off-course golf retailing in the U.S. The research tracks the growth
and contraction of the off-course retail market analyzing the last
year’s state-by-state changes both in the number of >doors and total square
Among the key findings: Some 8.7 million square feet is the estimated
retail space dedicated to the off-course channel in the U.S.
marketplace. Square footage in the channel nationwide grew this year by 4.5%, while the number of new doors expanded by just 1%. Big box stores (greater than 10,000 square feet) represent 11% of the doors, but nearly 40% of the square footage in the market.
The 2005 report provides a complete assessment of average square
footage growth and contraction for the industry by categorizing store
segments based on size from Big Box down to boutiques.
In the overall off-course retail segment, the trend shows the large
format retailers are aggressively opening stores across the country,
putting some smaller stores out of business.
According to the Longitudes Group, the research indicates that local
variables such as the public/private golf culture, the number of avid
golfers, golf participation rates and the cost of commercial space
influence average store size and the number of stores that are serving the
The retail research was conducted by Longitudes Group, LLC, first in
2004, and replicated in 2005 by contacting more than 1,800 retail
locations categorized in various databases as off-course golf retail. The
report is available for purchase through Longitudes Group website,
PLAYER STARS IN THE HBO TV SERIES-CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
The HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm features verité-style footage of
Larry David (playing himself) at home, at work and around town, as he
gets into predicaments with fictional and real-life personalities.
While on the west coast of the United States to participate in the
Greater Seattle Champions Classic, The Jeld-Wen Tradition and the First Tee
Open at Pebble Beach, Gary Player did a taping of Curb Your Enthusiasm
- episode six. Player, starring as himself, hit it off with lead actor
Larry David and even gave David a golf lesson in between takes.
To keep the narrative fresh and spontaneous, Curb Your Enthusiasm is
shot without a script; the cast is given scene outlines and often
improvise lines as they go. The result is an unpredictable and entertaining
format that's unlike anything else on TV.
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BOOK REVIEW:"PEBBLE BEACH GOLF AND THE FORGOTTEN MEN
Ann Arbor Media Group went back to the well for another caddie themed
book, this time about the caddies at famed Pebble Beach. In 2004, the
publishing firm came out with the book; "Men on the Bag: The Caddies of
Augusta National" and did very well with it.
"Pebble Beach: Golf and the Forgotten Men, traces the caddies that
worked at Pebble Beach and those golfers that helped to immortalize the
course. Author Jerry Stewart, like Ward Clayton of "Men on the Bag" has
spent a portion of his journalistic life at the site of his research.
Stewart has worked as a correspondent for the Monterey County Herald and
was a contributing writer for a book on Tiger Woods' victory at the
2000 U.S. Open:"The Major: 7 Days at Golf's Greatest Championship."
It brings back memories for those that have watched the various events
at Pebble Beach over the years or have had the opportunity to tee it up
for an amazing day of golf. The book brings back the memorable days of
Crosby, Nicklaus, Kite, Watson, Phil Harris as seen through the eyes
of those that carried their bags.
It is a quick and delightful read.
The book will be available in November, just in time for the holiday
season. Published by Ann Arbor Media Group, it will retail for $24.95.
It has yet to appear on their website http://annarbormediagroup.com
Another recent book from Ann Arbor Media Group, "Sam: The One and Only
Sam Snead",written by Al Barkow, is also available in book stores.
VIDEO COVERAGE OF MICHIGAN TOURNAMENTS
Our interactive coverage of Michigan's tournaments continues with these
Canadian Tour's Bay Mills Open Players Tournament
Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Detroit Newspapers Michigan PGA Championship at Shanty Creek Resort
Native American Cup at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
18th Annual Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational
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