Michigan Golf News
January 23, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 4
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-2003 PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW AND THE LONDON GOLF SHOW
PGA Merchandise Show
Our 2003 PGA Merchandise Show featured interviews with Stuart Hall of the Wire; Glenn Pierce and Tres Hill of UpLink Corporation: David Hamilton of Club Car; Jeanene Ness of Firethorn; Charles Gelman and Head Golf Nut Ron Garland, of Clock Tower Press; Larry Peck of the Buick Scramble; Ron Skenes of EZ-GO Damian Ryan, Director of Golf for the Irish Tourism Board and Tim Ummel, CEO of the Umlex Group. Look for our 2004 Show on February 4th.
London Golf Show
The Michigan Golfer visited the London Golf Show last February to take the pulse of the Canadian golf market. Michigan was well represented with Garland, Thunder Bay Resort, Double JJ Ranch, Doherty Hotel, Flint Area CVB, Lakeview Hills Golf and Resort, Golf Manistee, Otsego Club and The Michigan Golfer on hand.
MICHIGAN GOLFER RATES ONLINE
The 2004 editorial schedule and rate sheets for the Michigan Golfer Online Magazine, Michigan Golf News and the Michigan Golfer Television show are now online at http://glsp.com/advertise.html
2004 BUICK OPEN TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE
A variety of ticket options and hospitality plans are now available for the 2004 Buick Open, scheduled for July 26-August 1 at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc.
Daily Buick Open tickets (Thursday through Sunday) are $28 (if purchased by
July 25). A book of 10 daily tickets is $250. For Buick Open tickets call (800) 878-OPEN (6736) or visit
GREAT LAKES JUNIOR MASTERS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES DATE AND SITE
The Michigan State Amateur golf Association, has indicated that Shanty Creek Resort, will host the 5th Annual Great Lakes Junior Masters Golf Championship June 27 to July 2, 2004. Brandon Duff (Goodrich - University of Michigan) will defend the crown he won in 2003 as he defeated Steve Jones (Grand Blanc - UCLA) 2 up at Stonebridge Country Club (Ann Arbor).
The championships will be played on the Summit, Schuss, Cedar River and the Legend. The Championship is considered a regional Major and open to boys and girls 15 to 20 years of age who have single digit handicaps. There is no residency requirements. The tournament format is 36 holes of qualifying with the lowest 64 players advancing to match play. The ladies division will have the low 32 going to match play.
During the same week the association produces The Future Masters Championships for the 14 and under's. These championships are learning experiences for boy and girl players. Association members have classes for these players in Rules, Etiquette, how to prepare to play in tournaments and then have for them competitions in all the age groups.
For applications and information firstname.lastname@example.org
Dick Loring - Executive Director MSAGA
LPGA GOLF TIP OF THE WEEK
A Zen Master would inquire "what is really your target?" What is your real target? When you are set up to hit the ball, what is your target or focus of attention? Most people readily admit that it is the ball. Others state that their target is the flag or another intended outcome. But even these players will admit upon questioning that their attention is on the golf ball before they swing, more so then on their target. This then suggests that their target or focus of attention has switched from the flag or other intended outcome back to the ball before they swing.
But when the ball is the end target, that is what you will get, some type of contact with the ball, often times not very well related to the flag or intended outcome. However, if the flag or intended outcome can become and stay the target or center of attention, the intended outcome will happen more often, the ball to the target. Remember, the end desired result is the target, and needs to be the focus of attention, not the ball. So instead of being the ball, be the target.
This week's tip courtesy of Becky Dengler, Ed Oliver Golf Club, Wilmington, DE 19807
GWAA WINNERS FOR 2004
Senior Player of the Year Tom Watson and his longtime caddie Bruce Edwards, the late IMG founder Mark McCormack, PGA TOUR player Fred Funk and the GWAA's own Bob Verdi have been added to the list of honorees for the 32nd Annual GWAA Awards Dinner April 7 in Augusta. Edwards, who was diagnosed with ALS a year ago, but has continued to caddie, won the Ben Hogan Award while Watson, already honored for his 2003 season, will be given the Charlie Bartlett Award for unselfish contributions to the betterment of society. Watson has raised an estimated $3 million for ALS research. McCormack, who died in May, won the William D. Richardson Award, while Funk, one of the most affable players on TOUR, won the ASAP/Jim Murray Award. Verdi, a senior writer at Golf Digest/Golf World, will receive the PGA of AmericaÕs Lifetime Achievement Award. Verdi, 58, has been one of the nationÕs outstanding writers since 1967 when he began his career as a rookie reporter at the Chicago Tribune. . Male and Female Players of the Year Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam will also be honored.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE LEAD CHARITY RECIPIENT OF 2004 FARMERS CHARITY CLASSIC
The Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation announced that the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan will be the Lead Charity beneficiary of the 2004 Farmers Charity Classic. The Farmers Charity Classic, a Champions Tour professional golf tournament that donates all tournament proceeds to West Michigan charities, will hold its 19th playing at Egypt Valley Country Club from May 31 through June 6, 2004.
The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan will use funds raised by the 2004 Farmers Charity Classic to completely refurbish the 14-year old Ronald McDonald House, bringing it back to its original pristine condition for use by families whose children are receiving care. The home improvements funded by the tournament, will enhance guest's level of comfort by providing a comfortable, clean, and stress-free environment for families.
"The Farmers Charity Classic is truly a "God-sent for us during these challenging economic times when all money raised is needed just to keep the lights on and the heat flowing. We look forward to another fifteen years of welcoming guests into a well-kept "home" where all they have to be concerned about is their children," said Nancy Ney, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan.
Taken and edited from a PR from Brian Kemp
Executive Director BrianK@farmerscharityclassic.com
CARNOUSTIE TO HOST 2007 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Carnoustie has been chosen to host the Open Championship from 19th to 22nd July 2007.
The Open returned to Carnoustie in 1999 after a break of 24 years. The success of the infrastructure, access arrangements and accommodation put in place to handle the needs of a modern Championship has resulted in the R&A awarding the venue the Open for a seventh time according to David Hill, Championship Secretary of the R&A.
Carnoustie, playing to 7361 yards, has traditionally been regarded as the most difficult of Open venues, a fact that was underlined in 1999 when Paul Lawrie won in testing conditions with a 6 over par score of 290.
There is reference to golf being played at Carnoustie as early as 1527. The first known course at Carnoustie was laid out in the first half of the 19th century and consisted of only 10 holes. Old Tom Morris expanded the course to 18 holes in 1873 and in 1926 James Braid made far-reaching alterations which were the basis for today's championship layout.
Carnoustie first hosted the Open in 1931 and the list of Champions is:
1931 - Tommy Armour 73, 75, 77, 71 296
1937 - Henry Cotton 74, 73, 72, 71 290
1953 - Ben Hogan 73, 71, 70, 68 282
1968 - Gary Player 74, 71, 71, 73 289
1975 - Tom Watson 71, 67, 69, 72 279
1999 - Paul Lawrie 73, 74, 76, 67 290
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SITES FOR SORE EYES
Mystic Creek http://www.mysticcreekgc.com and Boulder Pointe http://www.boulderpointe.net want everybody to know that they have launched some brand new web sites. Done by Shazaaam, the sites definitely seem a notch above other golf sites on the web.
POWERBILT GOLF LAUNCHES NEW MULTI-DIMENSIONAL WEB SITE
Golfers, golf professionals, media representatives and retailers who visited http://powerbilt.com during 2003 will find PowerBilt's new web site to be a totally different experience. "We have definitely taken our web site to the next level," said Cheryl Fink, Director of Marketing for the 88-year-old golf division of Hillerich & Bradsby, Co. "We upgraded everything! The information, the ability to communicate with and reward our customers, and the services we provide to the fine pro shops and golf retailers that represent our products to golfers around the world."
Ms. Fink, who directed the massive website project, said, "The internet will now play a key role in our marketing. A golfer will be able to come to our site, see and read about our products, see them demonstrated by a PGA professional, enter a contest to win a set of irons or another product, check what other golfers and the media have to say about PowerBilt, share their own story about PowerBilt, find their closest dealer and eventually, with the new PowerChord system, actually purchase a product from their local authorized PowerBilt dealer -Š all without leaving their home or office."
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GOLF QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The golf swing is like a suitcase into which we are trying to pack one too many things. ~John Updike
GOLF CALENDAR 2004
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
05/22-24 Girls Golf MHSAA Regionals -- L.P. -- May 20, 21, 22 or 24 U.P.
05/31-06/06 Farmers Charity Classic, Egypt Valley CC, Ada
06/04-6 Bank of Ann Arbor FUTURES Golf Classic, Ann Arbor
06/04-5 Girls Golf MHSAA Finals -- L.P. -- June 4-5; U.P.
06/22-26 Michigan Amateur-Grosse Ile G&CC
06/25-27 2004 Michigan Open-Pro Am-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
06/28-30 Michigan Girls Jr. Amateur-Midland CC
06/27-07/02 5th Annual Great Lakes Junior Masters Golf Championship, Shanty Creek Resort
07/05-11 Ford Senior Players Championship TPC of Michigan Dearborn
07/15-18 Detroit Newspapers Tournament of Champions-Pro Am-Boyne Mountain and Bay Harbor
07/23-28 Michigan PGA Womens's Open Pro-Am and Tournament 2004, Crystal Mountain Resort
07/26-08/01 Buick Open, Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc
08/9-10 GAM Championship,Plum Hollow CC
08/16-17 GAM WomenÕs Championship, Owosso CC
08/20-23 PGA Championship Pro Am-Shanty Creek
08/23-29 Bay Mills Open Player Championship,Wild Bluff GC - Brimley
08/30-31 GAM Women's Senior Amateur, Mt. Pleasant CC
09/8-9 GAM Senior Amateur, Belvedere GC
09/11-12 Michigan Net Amateur, The Loon
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
09/25-26 Atlas Trophy Matches (Men & Women), Yarrow GC
09/28 GAM Tournament of Champions Egypt Valley CC
10/07-9 Boys Golf Regionals -- October 7, 8 or 9
10/15-16 Boys Gol MHSAA Finals -- October 15-16
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