Michigan Golf News
December 12, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 51
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-INTERNATIONAL GOLF AND GOLF GETAWAYS
Our cameras traveled to Eastern Michigan University as our host for the show, Vanessa Bell, visited EMU's Sports Marketing class. Her guest for the show, Dr. Sam Fullerton, is an expert on sports marketing, a scratch golfer, and the Interim Department Head of Marketing and Law at EMU. The topic for the day was "International Golf: Similarities and Differences". Our show covers golf in Germany, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia and the U.S.
Show duration: 8:44
We also kept up our show on Golf Getaways, it is one of the most watched shows we have done. People just love to think about getting away to other locals. Is this a great golf country or what?
Our total viewership for 2003 is 129,000.
Q-SCHOOL Pos. Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Total Earnings 1 Mark McNulty 67 71 69 68 275 $45,000 2 Mark James 67 70 71 70 278 $27,000 3 Hajime Meshiai 72 69 72 66 279 $21,000 T4 Joe Inman 71 69 71 70 281 $15,500 T4 Lonnie Nielsen 71 69 71 70 281 $15,500 T6 Fred Gibson 70 71 71 71 283 $10,750 T6 Sam Torrance 71 72 70 70 283 $10,750 8 Mike Smith 69 74 74 67 284 $9,000 T9 Keith Fergus 73 70 72 70 285 $7,750 T9 Rafael Navarro 67 74 71 73 285 $7,750 11 Bobby Lincoln 71 73 72 70 286 $7,000 T12 Jay Overton 71 73 72 71 287 $6,250 T12 Jack Spradlin 69 71 75 72 287 $6,250 T14 Terry Gale 66 74 76 72 288 $5,250 T14 Mark Johnson 68 70 78 72 288 $5,250 T16 R.W. Eaks 73 74 68 74 289 $0 T16 Barry Jaeckel 72 70 74 73 289 $0 T16 Darrell Kestner 70 71 74 74 289 $0 T16 Bob Ralston 71 72 77 69 289 $0 T16 Mike San Filipp 73 69 76 71 289 $0 T16 John Schroeder 71 72 73 73 289 $0 T16 Steven Veriato 75 74 71 69 289 $0 T16 Greg Edwards 70 71 73 75 289 $0 T16 Tony Peterson 73 71 75 70 289 $0 T16 Ed Brooks 72 74 72 71 289 $0 T16 Ed Blechschmidt 73 73 72 71 289 $0 T27 Terry Mauney 73 74 73 70 290 $0 T27 Luis Carbonetti 75 70 70 75 290 $0 T27 Mike Zaremba 71 70 74 75 290 $0 T30 Jeff Thomsen 76 71 75 69 291 $0 T30 Gary Robison 72 74 76 69 291 $0 T30 Butch Sheehan 71 73 74 73 291 $0 T30 Scott Masingill 76 72 73 70 291 $0 T34 John Adams 73 73 73 73 292 $0 T34 Rex Caldwell 71 73 79 69 292 $0 T34 Jim Chancey 73 72 75 72 292 $0 T34 T.M. Chen 73 76 71 72 292 $0 T34 Will Frantz 70 73 73 76 292 $0 T34 Mark Hayes 74 75 75 68 292 $0 T34 Ed Sabo 69 73 74 76 292 $0 T34 Ray Stewart 74 73 75 70 292 $0 T34 Takaaki Fukuzaw 71 76 69 76 292 $0
Total results at
ANTHONY SORENTINO RUNNER UP ON "THE BIG BREAK"
The Big Break wound up its successful series this past Tuesday with Anthony Sorentino of Rochester Hills finishing second to winner Justin Peters. According to Matt Friedman, a publicist at the Golf Channel, the series did very well and will be continued next fall.
Michigan's Rick Smith proved to be an entertaining host for the show and, with the exception of some untimely rain, Treetops looked as enchanting as ever.
BRAD DEAN- TRA LA LA LA LA LA LA TRALEE
Brad Dean practicing what he preaches, set the new course record for Ireland's Tralee course. Brad shot a 66 on this Arnold Palmer course.
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Rick Schmitt for passing along the news. And as Rick said, "Think Snow" You can catch some of the ski action at Crystal by viewing some of the video we shot last year on our Michigan Ski Show. In that show, we highlighted another great teacher, Jeannie Thoren http://michigangolfer.tv/miskier/season_2/show7/index.html
JUDY MASON NEW DIRECTOR OF GOLF AT MICHAYWE
Michaywe in Gaylord, Michigan, is pleased to announce that Judy Mason has been named Director of Golf. It is a homecoming of sorts for Ms. Mason, whose father taught her to play golf on the Michaywé Pines course when she was 12 years old. Spending each Summer at Michaywé for most of her life, Mason both played and worked for the Pines course through college.
Since 1998, Mason has been the Head Golf Professional for Wild Bluff at Bay Mills in Brimley, Michigan. Earlier this year she was named Director of Golf and was Co-Tournament director for the Canadian tour’s Bay Mills Open.
A member of the LPGA, Mason has also served as the director of the Ladies Golf School at Treetops in Gaylord, Michigan, and plans to continue that program in 2004.
After graduating from Michigan State University, Mason began her professional career back in Gaylord at Marsh Ridge Resort, then moved to Hidden Valley (now Otsego Club) where she was the assistant professional for the Classic golf course, then ultimately became Head Professional for the Classic, the Loon and the Lake.
Mason will direct operations of the Pines course, now in the final stages of a $1.5 million restoration and renovation project, and the Lake course which returned to Michaywe’s management in 2003.
“The Pines and the Lake courses are close to my heart for special reasons,” said Mason. It is great that the two courses are together again, it is a privilege to be back.”
GOLF ROUNDS PLAYED SHOW FIRST MONTHLY INCREASE IN 2003
For the first time in 2003, golf rounds played showed an increase compared to the same month in 2002, according to the National Golf Rounds Played Report from Golf Datatech. Data for the most recent month (October) shows golf rounds played increased 5.6% versus October 2002. A mild autumn in the Midwest may have contributed to the increase. Double-digit increases were registered in Minnesota (41.3%), the combined Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota area (33.6%), Illinois (22.0%), and Wisconsin (12.7%).
NSGA Research Newsletter highlights information from NSGA research as well as from other sources.
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This month our Michigan Runner cameras caught Governor Granholm finishing the mile run in the Detroit Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. http://michiganrunner.tv/2003turkeytrot/
On the travel side we caught the holiday lights at the Park Place Hotel and downtown Traverse City. We also stopped by Grand Traverse Resort and Spa to catch their decorations and the Gingerbread Village.
MIDLAND GOLF SHOW ANNOUNCES DATE
HAWKS EYE GC TO OFFICIALLY OPEN IN SPRING
Vacation Properties Network, a growing Northern Michigan real estate development company, announces the opening of the Hawks Eye golf course in the Hawks Eye Golf Community. The course, which was in preview this past summer, will formally open with a grand opening scheduled for spring 2004. Hawks Eye joins the company's first 18 holes near Bellaire, The Chief, for a total of 36 holes of championship golf.
The course was designed by John Robinson of Ontario, Canada, who was recently honored as one of the top 50 golf course architects in America. Robinson says he designed this second course with the golf community in mind, intending to provide a great golf experience to golfers of all levels. The Chief, which opened in 2000, was also designed by Robinson.
Hawk's Eye Golf Community will be an affordable family golf development, according to Rowe. His father, H. Grant Rowe, the owner of Vacation Properties Network, conceived the idea for the community. Rowe, who was also the driving force behind the development of The Legend golf course at Shanty Creek, says that over the previous decade he watched the prices of golf developments skyrocket, with prices reaching levels that prevented most people from being able to afford such a purchase. He believed that he could, in fact, build a beautiful community in Northern Michigan that people could afford and be proud of. Hawks Eye is the result of that vision.
For more information on the Hawks Eye Golf Community, golf packages, and real estate development, call (800) 968-4838 or go to http://www.vpnupnorth.com
*Editors Note: We caught up with Tom Rowe when the course was starting to grow in the fall of 2001. While the show only touches on what was to come, it does allow the viewer to see the exciting terrain. http://michigangolfer.tv/2002shows/show5/newcoursesqt.html
CHAMPIONS TOUR HONORS TOM WATSON, CRAIG STADLER AND DON POOLEY
Tom Watson was named the Champions Tour Player of the Year in a balloting of his fellow players, it was announced today by PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem. The latest honor, for which he receives the Jack Nicklaus Trophy, caps a very emotional and memorable 2003 season for Watson.
Perhaps his greatest achievement of the year was the grace, dignity and immeasurable support he lent his longtime friend and caddie, Bruce Edwards, who was diagnosed with ALS in January. Relentless in his support of Edwards and his attempts to fund research to find a cure for ALS, Watson has helped raise and/or contribute almost $3 million for ALS and other charities in 2003. Upon winning the Charles Schwab Cup, the Tour's year-long, points-based competition, he donated the $1 million first-prize annuity to ALS research and patient care, and other charities.
Craig Stadler was the clear-cut winner of the Champions Tour Rookie of the Year award. Since turning 50 in early June, he won three Champions Tour events in 14 starts, including one major championship, the Ford Senior Players Championship. The 12-time PGA TOUR winner finished sixth in Charles Schwab Cup points and 14th on the money list with $1,192,278. He was second to Watson in the Byron Nelson Award with a 69.38 scoring average, had seven top tens and was in the top ten in seven of the Tour's ten statistical categories. Stadler bested Irishman Des Smyth and D.A. Weibring for top rookie honors.
Don Pooley was the unanimous winner of the Champions Tour Comeback Player of the Year. Poised for a good year in 2003 after winning the 2002 U.S. Senior Open Championship in a memorable playoff with Tom Watson, Pooley was forced to undergo surgery in January to repair a labrum tear in his left shoulder, causing him to miss the first 12 events of 2003.
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MGN, HAVE YOU NO SHAME?- A WORLD WAR II BOOK PITCH IN A GOLF NEWSLETTER
In this case, yes, we have no shame. John Wukovits, a long time stringer for the MG, has created some buzz with his latest book," Pacific Alamao".
Here is John's pitch:
"Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Consider purchasing an inscribed copy
—family and non-family military veterans
—those who love to read
—World War II and military history enthusiasts
—that hard-to-shop-for person
Either e-mail me, or call 734-676-5473.
Thank you, and have a joyous holiday season.
Praise for the Alamo
“Wukovits’s narrative is a well-written, compelling story. His descriptions
“Wukovits has fleshed in a wealth of human detail that brings to life the
For the purists, we have identified one of John's previous stories on the MG http://www.webgolfer.com/mar02/top_tips.html
QUOTES OF THE WEEK-JACK SAYLOR AND GRANTLAND RICE
"Just a couple of miles away and only a couple of years old is the
"Golf is twenty percent mechanics and technique. The other eighty percent is philosophy, humor, tragedy, romance, melodrama, companionship, camaraderie, cussedness, and conversation." -Grantland Rice
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
03/05-07 12th Annual Michigan Golf Show- Novi Expo
03/13 Midland Golf Show WMPX/WMRX
03/19-21 6th Annual Lansing Golf Show- Lansing
03/19-21 Chicago Golf Show
06/25-27 2004 Michigan Open-Pro Am-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
07/15-18 Detroit Newspapers Tournament of Champions-Pro Am-Boyne Mountain and
07/23-28 Michigan PGA Womens's Open Pro-Am and Tournament 2004, Crystal Mountain Resort
08/20-23 PGA Championship Pro Am-Shanty Creek
09/14-19 The Ryder Cup -Oakland Hills CC
09/15 The Ryder Cup Captains Challenge, Detroit Golf Club
09/16 The Ryder Cup Champions Invitational, Oakland University
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