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December 21, 2007 - Vol. 7, No. 51
*** HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM GLSP ***
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__/ HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM GLSP-FROM THE ARCHIVES
__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
__/ MICHAYWE GOLF COURSE VIDEO NOW ON YOU TUBE
__/ANOTHER JERRY MATTHEWS MASTERPIECE ONLINE
CUTTER'S RIDGE AT MANISTEE NATIONAL GOLF AND RESORT
__/BUICK OPEN 50TH TO HAVE NEW TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
__/MEN ARE JUST HAPPIER PEOPLE
__/FRANK GUASTELLA JOINS FRANKLIN GOLF
__/OPENING THE TRUNK AND CLOSING THE SEASON-ByRob Franciosi
__/CHAINS DOMINATE GOLF SPECIALTY RETAIL MARKET
__/GLSP TELEVISION NETWORK EVENT COVERAGE FOR 2008
__/NEW MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOWS
__/ MICHIGAN 2008 GOLF CALENDAR
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM GLSP-FROM THE ARCHIVES
We took a look at the hundreds of the golf videos we have put online and selected a few for your holiday viewing. Enjoy
The Heather at Boyne Highlands
Jack Berry and Bernie Friedrich provide the narrative, with owner Everett Kircher and architect Robert Trent Jones offering some of the memories of one of Michigan's most famous courses. We also have the remarkable videography of Joe Yunkman.
Ben Davis - Michigan Golf Hall of Famer
Butch Rhodes gives us a hand by interviewing his mentor and friend, Ben Davis. Davis a Michigan Hall of Fame member, was the Jackie Robinson of the Detroit golf scene in the 40's and 50's. He broke the color barrier in Detroit golf as a professional golfer and became a legend. Mr. Davis teared up in the interview, when Rhodes asked him to recall the early days for a black golfer in this country.
Irish Celebration at the Henry Ford
What a party. The Irish took over the Henry Ford during the 2004 Ryder Cup week of activities at Oakland Hills. They brought Liam O'Connor, his squeeze box and two Irish dancers and blew everybody away. The Guinness and Jameson was flowing, the music was playing and all of this against the background of the one of the world's greatest museums. Killer stuff.
Robert Trent Jones- The Great One
In the late 80's, I brought a video crew up for the opening of the Treetops course at the then Sylvan Resort. On hand was the great one, Robert Trent Jones, owner Harry Melling, Rick Smith and reporters and interviewers, Terry Moore and Jack Berry. It was a magical time for all of us. Robert Trent Jones was at his Zenith of his power, Harry Melling, a successful industrialist from Jackson, was building his dream resort, Rick Smith, plucked from Ohio, was gearing up for his life as a professional golfer, teacher and golf architect, Terry Moore was the editor of The Michigan Gofler and Jack Berry was continuing a career that has now led him to a Lifetime Journalism Award from the PGA. As for myself, I had invested $600 in a camera crew, without a clue as to how I was going to use the resultant interview with Robert Trent Jones. It took me 18 years to use the video and it became one of our first internet golf shows. Cheers
Chuck Kocsis - The Best There Ever Was
Chuck Kocsis, was simply the best striker of a golf ball that Michigan has produced. He lived a long and wondrous life, that spanned most of last century. We were fortunate to spend some time with him and record some of his stories and accomplishments. Kocsis holds court while Bill Shelton and Jack Berry continue to bring those stories our of his storied life.
Dave Hill and the Ryder Cup
The Country Club of Jackson provided the backdrop for our interview with Dave Hill. It was a great afternoon as Jack Berry pulled out some great stories from Hill. While our agenda was to document the memories of his Ryder Cup days, which we did, Hill still gave us some stories about golf in his youth. This is a three part series. Enjoy
The Concession-Jacklin and Nicklaus Ryder Cup Legacy
Vanessa Bell was our reporter for a couple of years and she was good and a real head turner as well. I recall a time when we were interviewing Jeff Daniels for his Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam outing. Daniels looked a little put on when we asked him for an interview, but once Vanessa fired up, he melted and came under her spell. Vanessa brought out that same charm when she interviewed Tony Jacklin about the new Concession Golf Course, that he and Jack Nicklaus were building at the time. The Concession, was one of the class acts in Ryder Cup history, unless of course, Dave Hill told you the story.
The Greatest Game Every Played-Michael Patrick Shiels
Michael Patrick Shiels is a Michigan treasure. A former producer of the J.P. McCarthy show, a noted writer , golf reporter, world traveler and now the host of a drive time radio show in Lansing, Shiels interviewed Bill Paxon for us during a movie tour promoting his, "The Greatest Game Ever Played". This is a great interview, not so much for the content, which is terrific, but just to see Shiels in action.
Jack Berry - PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism
The PGA gave Jack Berry their Lifetime Achievement Journalism Award at this year's Masters Award Ceremony. We have two videos, one prepared by the PGA and GWAA, which outlines his career, the second is his acceptance speech. Both videos are extremely well done.
Arnold Palmer-The King and Michigan
What would any retrospective be without an inclusion of The King, Arnold Palmer. Palmer has been a frequent visitor Michigan, building five courses here, with his late friend and architect, Ed Seay. We have two shows for you to look at, one we put up in 2005 and chronicled the 50 year anniversary of his U.S. Amateur win at the Country Club of Detroit. The second show finds him recalling his friendship with the late and great Walter Hagen.
You will find these and more on our archives athttp://michigangolfer.tv/archives.html Scroll Away.
MGN ON THE ROAD
What a party. Last night, the Osprey Management team celebrated a decade of corporate success by having a couple of hundred guests join them for dinner at Birmingham's Flemmings Restaurant. Osprey is a full-service real estate company that has holdings mainly in Florida and Michigan. The toy department for the company is the various golf and ski properties they have acquired in the past five years. They includeRidgeview GC near Kalamazoo, Manistee National Golf and Resort, The Medalist Golf Course in Marshall and the Black Forest and Otsego Club in Gaylord.
On hand to celebrate the year were, CEO Mike Biber, Mark Hogan and Kris Klay of the Otsego Club, Doug Bell and Melissa Kasarskis of Manistee National Golf and Resort,Corey Crowell of Black Forest Golf, Lowell Weaver of the Medalist andBruce Williamsof Ridgeview GC.
Also enjoying the largesse of the Osprey team, were Kevin Helm of the Michigan Section of the PGA, David Graham of GAM, Vartan Kupelian and Norm Sinclair of the Detroit News and Kevin Frisch of Golf and Resort Marketing.
CANADIAN TOUR YEAR END HONORS
Canadian Tour Commissioner Richard Janes joined Rolex Canada President Victor Royce today naming California’s Byron Smith as the Rolex Player of the Year. Smith, 26, captured two events and had five top-ten finishes in just 12 starts to lead the Canadian Tour Order of Merit earning $91,202.
Fellow Californian Spencer Levin has been named Rookie of the Year after a remarkable season that saw him win twice and finish in the top-ten seven times in just 10 events. Levin, 23, was the number two ranked amateur in the world before turning professional. He finished T-13th at the 2004 U.S. Open as an amateur and already has several strong finishes on the PGA TOUR to his credit. Levin has earned fully exempt status on the Nationwide Tour for the 2008 season.
Canadian Rookie of the Year honors went to Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask. The 25-year-old finished 13th on the Order of Merit while picking up seven top-ten finishes in 14 appearances. Other Canadian Tour alumni who have earned the honor include Mike Weir, David Hearn and Chris Baryla.
In the category of honorable mention, one of the most consistent performances of the season came from Canadian Derek Gillespie. The Oshawa, Ont. native and University of Arizona Hall of Fame member finished second three times, landed inside the top-ten five times and led the Tour in birdies and eagles. Gillespie, 29, missed just one cut all season to finish third on the Order of Merit as the leading Canadian with a 69.78 stroke average.
Taken and edited from a Canadian Tour release
MICHAYWE GOLF COURSE VIDEO NOW ON YOU TUBE
As discussed last week, we had the opportunity to work with Don Chiilds, designer of the Michaywe complex and golf course in Gaylord. Childs is a delightful man who has made his mark in the midwest wtih his designs of golf facilities. After two decades he had the opportunity to come back and modernize Michaywe Pines. It is a fast moving show, that still allows us to capture his thoughts on all 18 holes.
Michaywe joins the other 20 shows on the Gaylord CVB Television Network
ANOTHER JERRY MATTHEWS MASTERPIECE ONLINE-CUTTER'S RIDGE AT MANISTEE NATIONAL GOLF AND RESORT
We put up our fifth video of a Jerry Matthews designed golf course this week, Cutter's Ridge. Cutter's Ridge, opened in 2000, is one of two courses at the Manistee National Golf and Resort. The other course, Canthooke Valley was designed byGary Pulsipher and opened in 1994.
Matthews, a Michigan Hall of Fame member and former President of theAmerican Association of Golf Course Architects, has built more golf courses in Michigan than any other architect. When you take into consideration the work he did with his father, W. Bruce Matthews, the total courses designed are in excess of 200.
Our current "Jerry Matthews Golf Trail"
Buck's Run GC
The Majestic at Lake Walden
The Natural at Marsh Ridge
Coming in 2008
Antrim Dells GC
The Emerald at Maple Creek
WOODS, OCHOA AND HAAS ARE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
It’s déjŕ vu. Tiger Woods, Lorena Ochoa and Jay Haas are our 2007 Players of the Year. Woods won nine times, including the PGA Championship for his 13th major. He won a pair of World Golf Championship events (CA Championship and Bridgestone) and captured the first FedExCup with consecutive wins the BMW Championship and Tour Championship. Haas won four times, led the money list with $2.58 million and finished second to Loren Roberts in the Charles Schwab Cup. Ochoa won eight times and broke the single-season earning record set by Annika Sorenstam in 2002. We honored the same trio last year. They will be invited to the GWAA Awards Dinner, April 9 in Augusta.
BUICK OPEN 50TH TO HAVE NEW TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR
The Game Plan, a Detroit News column written by Vartan Kupelian and Mike O'Hara, indicated that Robb Grainger will take over the helm of tournament director from Mike Mattucci on January 2, The Buick Open will be celebrating its 50th year of tournament play. Cheers.
MEN ARE JUST HAPPIER PEOPLE
What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time.Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck. You can play with toys all your life. Your belly usually hides your big hips. One wallet and one pair of shoes one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.You can do Christmas shopping for 23 relatives on December 24th in 25 minutes. No wonder men are happier.
Thanks a Tip of the Tam to Jack Minzey for passing on this gender bender.
FRANK GUASTELLA JOINS FRANKLIN GOLF
Clarkston based Franklin Golf, a golf management and marketing company adds Director of Operations/Marketing, Frank Guastella to it's executive team. Guastella, a 24-year PGA Member and Master Professional, is charged with overseeing Franklin's public course managed properties.
Considered a marketing and player development expert, Guastella will be engaged in consulting, marketing solutions, property management and site evaluations for Franklin. Guastella will also coordinate revenue and customer growth within the Franklin portfolio.
"We are excited to have Frank as part of our growing company, he will be an asset to the Franklin team", said founder and President of Franklin, Dean B. Horn. "His extensive knowledge, across every operating front, coupled with his integrity and passion, is a perfect fit to our culture and services offered to our clients."
Guastella brings over 12 years of experience in the area of golf course ownership as the co-owner of the Red Fox Run Golf Course located in Gwinn, Michigan. Additionally, Guastella has extensive management experience having been General Manager of the St. Clair River Country Club, St. Clair, MI; General Manager of the Paint Creek Golf Club, Lake Orion, MI; and General Manager of The Lochmoor Club, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. He is the current President of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association and has served on their Board since 1996. Guastella holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Ferris State University.
For more information visit www.franklin-golf.net or call 248-393-1721.
Taken and edited from a Resort & Golf Marketing release
CHAINS DOMINATE GOLF SPECIALTY RETAIL MARKET
Major chains (e.g., Edwin Watts, Golfsmith, etc.) dominate the off-course golf specialty retail market, according to the National Golf Foundation_s annual update of its off-course golf specialty retail store database. With a median square footage of nearly 5,000 square feet, the chains represent one-third of stores and half of total square footage. NGF said that, in total, there are nearly 1,700 stores representing 9.2 million square feet of space. With a median square footage of 2,000 square feet, sole proprietorships account for 55% of doors, but only one-third of the square footage. Multi-door and regional chains represented 12% of stores and 16% of square footage.
Taken and edited from a NSGA Research News release
GLSP TELEVISION NETWORK EVENT COVERAGE FOR 2008
Walt Disney World Marathon-Orlando, Florida
Amazing Race, Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Michigan
West Michigan Golf Show-Grand Rapids, Michigan
Michigan Golf Show-Novi, Michigan
Gina Relays, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan
The Great Race-Elkhart, Indiana
Michigan Open-Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Traverse City, Michigan
Tournament of Champions-Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, Michigan
Steve's Run & Road and Trail-Dowagiac, Michigan
Crim Festival of Races
Western Amateur, Benton Harbor, Michigan
Mackinaw Bridge Run, Mackinaw City, Michigan
Niagara Falls International Marathon, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, Detroit, Michigan
2008 MICHIGAN GOLFER CALENDAR
16-19 55thPGA Merchandise Show, Orlando County Convention Center, Orlando
19-20 London Show -Helenic Community Centre, London, ON
28-2/2 NGCOA Annual Conference & Golf Industry Show, Orlando
2-3 Hamilton Golf & Travel Show
22-24- 20th Anniversary West Michigan Golf Show, Grand Rapids, DeVos Center
7-9 Michigan Golf Show, Rock Financial Showplace, Novi
14-16 Lansing Golf Show, Lansing Center, Lansing
3-4 West Michigan Best Ball,LE Kaufman GC, Grand Rapids
17-18 West Michigan Amateur,Candlestone GC, Belding
19 City Match Play,Crystal Springs CC, Grand Rapids
6-7 Michigan High School Boys State Championship
12 Michigan Open Championship GTR (Wolverine / Bear)
12-13 Kent County Amateur,LE Kaufman GC, Grand Rapids
27-7/6 U.S. Olympic Trials, Eugene, Oregon
17-21 97th Michigan AmateurThe Moors Golf Club
24-25 Club Car Michigan Senior Open , Bedford Valley GC
7-11 92nd Michigan Women’s AmateurWalnut Hills CC
7-8 E-Z-GO Shanty Creek Classic presented by Page & Tuttle Shanty Creek Resort (Cedar/Schuss)
12 Michigan PGA Women’s Open Pro Am ,Crystal Mt. Resort
14-16 Michigan PGA Women’s OpenCrystal Mt. Resort(Mountain Ridge)
18-19 Tournament of Champions Pro Am ,
21-23 Tournament of Champions ,Boyne Mountain / Bay Harbor , Boyne Mountain (Alpine)
28-29 Michigan PGA Sr Champ / Sr. CPC Qualifying , Forest Dunes Golf Club
28-31 30th Mi Junior State AmateurForest Akers - West
28-8/3 Western Amateur, Pointe O'Woods, Benton Harbor
1-3 Western Amateur, Pointe O'Woods, Benton Harbor
4-10 , PGA CHAMPIONSHIP , OAKLAND HILLS CC,
11-12 87th GAM ChampionshipOrchard Lake CC
24 Michigan PGA Championship Pro Am Eagle Eye GC
25-27, Michigan PGA Professional Championship, Eagle Eye GC / Hawk Hollow GC,
TBA 22nd GAM Senior ChampionshipPoint O’Woods G & CC
15-18 Michigan PGA Match Play presented by Boylan Sales/ProLink, Polo Fields Golf and Country Club
28-30 21st Annual Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational
TBA GAM Chrysler Club ChampionshipIndianwood Golf & Country Club
12 Michigan PGA Fall Merchandise Show Eagle Eye Golf Club
13 Fall Meeting / Michigan PGA Fall Merchandise Show , Eagle Eye Golf Club
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 Golf Foundation
Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association
Michigan High School Athletic Association
Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association
Michigan Publinx Seniors Golf Association
Michigan Women's Golf Association
National Golf Course Owners Association
National Golf Foundation
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