Michigan Golf News
November 19, 2004 VOL. 4, No 47
Bay Mills Resort and Casino/Wild Bluff-Brimley
Treetops: Home of "Rick Smith and The Big Break" and "The Tylenol Par-3 Shootout"
Video: Rick Smith and The Big Break
17th Annual West Michigan Golf Show at Devos Place, February 4-6
Lansing Golf Show, The Lansing Center, February 25-27
Michigan Golf Show, Novi Expo, March 11-13
GLSP Television Network- Now Showing
Michigan Travel http://michigantravel.tv
Silver Lake/ Hart Area
Michigan Skier http://michiganskier.tv
History of Crystal Mountain Resort
Michigan Runner http://michiganrunner.tv
Big Bird 10K Run in Roseville
Michigan Golfer http://michigangolfer.tv
Tom Bendelow: The Forgotten Golf Architect
Birdies, Eagles, and Elk at Thunder Bay Resort
Edited by Art McCafferty-Publisher, Michigan Golfer
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MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION IS PLEASED TO PRESENT...
"GOLF'S FORGOTTEN ARCHITECT:THE TOM BENDELOW STORY"
Join Bart Lower, as he interviews Bendelow grandson, Stuart Bendelow
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__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
__/ LOWER STILL IN THE HUNT OF THE BIG BREAK II
__/ WORLD GOLF HOF FEATURES THE KING
__/ LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK
__/ 19TH HOLE-ODES TO BEER
__/ ORENDER RECIPIENT OF 2004 GRAFFIS AWARD
__/ GARBINSKI WRAPPING UP HIS TENURE AS MICHIGAN LIVING EDITOR
__/ WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME FEATURES THE KING
__/ FALL MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE NOW ONLINE http://michigangolfer.com
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
MGN ON THE ROAD
James Edwards, Publisher and Skip DeWall, Associate Publisher of Ann
Arbor Media Group, are establishing quite a niche in the golf book
publishing area. To check out their collection of rare book reprints, click
DeWall has a rich history in the golf book business, first with
Sleeping Bear Press, later Clocktower Press and now with AAMG.
Speaking of books, a couple of years ago, we reviewed "Forbidden
Fairways", a book by
Calvin H. Sinnette. Forbidden Fairways celebrates the efforts of
pioneering African American golfers in overcoming great adversity in their
struggle to participate. It is particularly appropriate in light of
Charlie Sifford being voted into the Golf Hall of Fame.
Tom Durant, former executive producer of "Golfing the Great Lakes
Television Show", a staple on PBS stations for nine years, will be producing
another show for Michigan PBS, stations. The working title is "Great
Lakes, Great Times", and will focus on Michigan's water wonderland.
Durant, also produced the highly acclaimed "Great Lakes Ports O' Call"
which ran on PBS stations the past five years.
As many golf course owners know, a second use of their property golf is
to host their community's high school or collegiate cross country
meets. Such was the case this past week as Eagle Crest Golf Course hosted
the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Championships. There were
some awesome cross country squads on site for the match, with Michigan
taking first in both the men's and women's race.
Other uses for golf courses include concert sites, as was demostrated
at the TPC with Hootie and the Blowfish and the opening ceremony concert
at the Ryder Cup. Also, as winter approaches, some courses use their
land as cross country skiing venues.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
Birdies, Eagles and Elk at Thunder Bay Resort
As fall concludes and winter approaches, those looking for an
interesting trip, might want to book a weekend at Thunder Bay Resort. They will
soon begin their popular Elk Tour sleigh rides. Governor Granholm
stopped by Thunder Bay Resort as part of her Michigan Hidden Treasures Tour
earlier this year. Our show, shows off the elk and also the legendary
Jack Matthais, as he wails on his elk horn.
Tom Bendelow: The Forgotten Architect
Bart Lower, a contestant in the Big Break II television series, brings
us the story of Tom Bendelow, once known as the Dean of America's Golf
Architects. Bendelow seemed to disappear in one of his bunkers in the
mid 30's and very little is now known about him. Bart Lower
interviewed Stuart Bendelow, grandson of Tom Bendelow, at Timber Ridge Golf Club.
Stuart Bendelow became interested in his grandfather's career after
being contacted by Medinah CC, as they prepared for the 81st PGA
Championship in 1999. Bendelow was the designer of Medinah CC, which first
opened for play in 1925.
*Note:The MG did a cover story on Bendelow in our
May/June 2004 Online Issue
LOWER STILL IN THE HUNT OF THE BIG BREAK II
Dave Gunas Jr., was the 6th player to miss the cut on Big Break II,
while Michigan's Bart Lower, won his third skills challenge, which allowed
him to observe another fallen comrade. For those of you that are
curious about Bart, you can also check out the Tom Bendelow story he did on
Michigan Golfer Television
19TH HOLE-ODES TO BEER
Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then
look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all
hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of
their dreams would be shattered. I think, "It is better to drink this
beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my
When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is
beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the
wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
Beer: Helping ugly people have sex since 3000. B.C.
One night at Cheers, Cliff Clavin explained the "Buffalo Theory" to his
buddy, Norm. "Well ya see, Norm, it's like this. A herd of buffalo can
only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted,
it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.
This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the
general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the
regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human
brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells.
Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But
naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In
way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells,
making the brain a faster and more efficient machine! That's why you
always feel smarter after a few beers............
Thanks and a Tip of the Glass to Dr.Jack Minzey for these spirited
ORENDER RECIPIENT OF 2004 GRAFFIS AWARD
The National Golf Foundation (NGF) recently awarded PGA of America past
president MG Orender the 2004 Graffis Award. The award recognizes
outstanding contributions to the game and business of golf. It is named for
Herb and Joe Graffis, the brothers who co-founded the NGF in 1936 and
worked diligently to promote the growth of the game.
Taken and edited from a NGF release.
GARBINSKI WRAPPING UP HIS TENURE AS MICHIGAN LIVING EDITOR
Ron Garbinski, editor of Michigan Living Magazine for the past 14
years, will conclude his tenure with the January/February issue. Michigan
Living Magazine is a powerful voice in this state with its one million
plus circulation. Garbininsk also worked as editorial director of the
Meetings and Events magazines, an independent slick magazine group with
titles in Michigan, Illinois, Colorado, Texas and Ohio.
He will be heading up his own firm, The Waterloo Group, upon completion
of his obligations with Michigan Living.
If interesting in his services, you can contact him at
The Waterloo Group
WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME FEATURES THE KING
The World Golf Hall of Fame unveiled an extensive exhibit in honor of
Arnold Palmer this week. "Arnold Palmer: For the Love of the Game" will
feature more than 500 artifacts and photos-many on display for the
first time-throughout 2,000 square feet of space. The exhibit will remain
open through April 15, 2005.
"Young Palmer" will take visitors through stories, photos and
memorabilia from his days growing up in Latrobe, Pa., learning golf from his
father, Deacon, working at Latrobe County Club and eventually attending
Wake Forest College on a golf scholarship. This area, which includes the
story behind his three-year stint in the Coast Guard, will feature his
high school golf equipment, Western Pennsylvania Amateur victory
medals, dog tags from the Coast Guard, 1954 ACC Championship trophy and his
pin and medal from one of his most significant tournament wins, the 1954
"Celebrating 50 Years in Golf" will detail the Hall of Famer's
professional career and will display the medals that represent his professional
victories around the globe. His U.S. Open trophy and Claret Jug will be
on display, along with his commemorative Masters clubhouse trophy.
Artifacts from his Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup involvement will be on
display, as will his 1960 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award
and Hickok Belt signifying his Hickok Professional Athlete of the Year
award that same year. Golf bags, numerous clubs and even golf shoes
Palmer has worn throughout the years also will be on display.
LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK
by Lana Ortega, McGetrick Golf Academy, Denver, Colo.
Work smarter (not harder) to improve your golf game
In order to improve your scores, you need to know your strengths and
weaknesses and where strokes are being wasted during your rounds. This
information can help you develop some specific goals for game
improvement. To pinpoint trouble spots, take a few minutes after your round to
record the following statistics on your scorecard. It won't take long
for patterns to develop that will let you know where you need to focus
your practice time:
1. Number of fairways hit (zero handicapper hits 11 of 14; 18
handicapper hits 5)
2. Number of greens in regulation (zero handicapper hits 11 of 18; 18
3. Total number of putts per round (zero handicapper has 29 putts; 18
4. Length of first putt (if you consistently have 30-40 footers for
your first putt, you need to work on your accuracy from the fairway, or improve your chipping and pitching)
5. Note directional misses - whether right or left
6. Note extra shots around the green - double chips, flubbed pitches,
shots left in the bunker, etc. (zero handicapper gets up and down 77 percent of
the time; an 18 handicapper 17 percent)
7. Penalty shots
Sharing this information with your LPGA T&CP member can be extremely
helpful, allowing her to develop a practice program that will help you
reach your goals. If you and your teacher determine that some mechanical
changes need to be made to your golf swing, determine what specifically
you need to change and develop an action plan to improve your golf
swing. Wanting to hit the ball longer and straighter is a fine long-term
goal, but there are probably a few short-term fundamental goals that
need to be achieved first - like the proper set-up or backswing position,
The touring professionals take a comprehensive approach when it comes
to reaching their scoring potential. They evaluate their total game,
determine their strengths and weaknesses and then develop the right
course of action - and that is how you should approach playing your best
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2004 Champions-Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill brings our readers a summation of Michigan's 2004
Ryder Cup Memories-Art McCafferty
One would assume that all of the 10,079,985 people in Michigan have or
will be able to enjoy the memories of hosting one the world's greatest
events. For many, the playing of seven national anthems at the opening
ceremony with the coda of a fly over by the U.S. Air Force, was a real
collective throat tightener.
Long Live the King-L'anse Bannon
Arnold Palmer stopped by the Country Club of Detroit for a most
memorable day. L'anse Bannon has the story.
Hanging Out With Pete Dye at the Ryder Cup-Art McCafferty
Pete Dye is one of the great golf architects, a true student of the
game and a golfer that can still get it close to the pin.
PGA at Whistling Straits-Mike Beckman
Whistling Straits, the site of the PGA Championship, is but one of four
fantastic Pete Dye golf courses at Kohler, Wisconsin. The pros tamed
it, bvt no one could tame its beauty.
Michigan Golfer Television Series for 2004-2005
Colorado Golf-Jason Deegan
Georgian Bay Golf-Brian Manning
Slice of Life-Terry Moore
GOLF CALENDAR 2004
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
Michigan Golf Calendar 2006
09/22-24 The 36th Ryder Cup The K Club in Straffan, Ireland
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