Michigan Golf News
April 23, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 17
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-DOUBLE FEATURE
"CELEBRATE RYDER CUP 2004"
Tim Hygh chats with Kevin Frisch of Resort and Golf Marketing Services, about the effort that Michigan is putting forth to leverage the publicity that the state is getting from hosting the Ryder Cup. Both Tim and Kevin attended the last Ryder Cup held at the Belfry and offer their observations.
In a companion story this week, we feature Ireland, and their upcoming hosting of the 2006 Ryder Cup. The Irish are experiencing a tremendous growth in golf rounds in their country. In 1998, 58,000 rounds were played by Americans. Last year, the figure was 250K and they expect 450,000 rounds during the Ryder Cup year of 2006.
"IRELAND: SITE OF THE NEXT RYDER CUP"
Damien Ryan, Director of Golf Programming for "Tourism Ireland", chats with reporter Vanessa Bell concerning their hosting of the 2006 Ryder Cup at The Kildare Hotel & Straffan. Damien indicated that in 1998 when they secured the Ryder Cup. Ireland did 58,000 rounds and last year they did 250,000. In 2006 they are projecting 450,000 rounds played for an economic impact of 230 million Euros. He also chats about planning for the "Irish Night" at Henry Ford Museum while here. Susy Avery, of Henry Ford Museum and formerly, VP of Travel Michigan, will host the evening of merriment. http://michigangolfer.tv/2004shows/show7/index.html
ANGELS CROSSING GOLF CLUB
Bruce Matthews, passed on to us this terrific article about his latest project in Vicksburg, Angels Crossing. Larry Aylward of Golfdom has written a fine article on the course and the role it will play in the future of the town. Vicksbury lost its biggest industry a few years ago, and the new golf project is one of a number of ideas that are being actualized to help create a new tax base for the town.
Course Web site: http://golfangelscrossing.com
There is also a nice article about the new superintendent, Roger Barton. Enjoy the read.
GARLAND INTRODUCES LONG-BALL CLINCS
Garland, the Midwest's only AAA Four Diamond resort, will offer a new golf program called "Garland's Ultimate Distance Clinic." These packages, which feature National Long Drive Competitor Dave "The Magnum" Willard, will teach golfers the art of increasing distance.
Each person will receive classroom instruction, group lessons and private advice focusing strictly on helping them hit the golf ball farther than they ever have. The clinic will also include a Long Drive Challenge so that students can track their before and after distance averages. Package prices start at $379 per person and include the one night of lodging, 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner and the one-day clinic. Commuter rates are available starting at $249 per person and include the one-day clinic, lunch and dinner.
WHEN YOU ROUND OFF 4 1/2 STARS DOES IT BECOME FIVE?
Last week, we let you know about the incredible compliment that Timberstone received from Golf Digest, by giving the course five stars.
TimberStone G.Cse., Iron Mountain, 906-776-0111
There are also a plethora of Michigan courses that are just about at that rating. The following are 4 1/2 stars.
Belvedere G.C., Charlevoix, 231-547-2611
Bucks Run G.C., Mt. Pleasant, 989-773-6830
Elk Ridge G.Cse., Atlanta, 989-785-2275
Garland, (Monarch, Swampfire), Lewiston, 989-786-2211
Grande G.C., Jackson, 517-768-9494
Gull Lake View G.C. & Resort, (South), Battle Creek, 269-731-4148
Hidden River G. & Casting Club, Brutus, 231-529-4653
High Pointe G.C., Williamsburg, 231-267-9900
Lakewood Shores Resort (Gailes), Oscoda, 989-739-2075
The Meadows G.C., Allendale, 616-895-1000
The Orchards G.C.,Washington, 586-786-7200
Pilgrim's Run G.C., Pierson, 888-533-7742
The Preserve G. Cse., Fenton, 810-714-3206
Red Hawk G.C., East Tawas, 877-733-4295
Shanty Creek (Legend), Bellaire, 231-533-8621
St. Ives G.C. (St. Ives, Tullymore), Stanwood, 231-972-4837
Thousand Oaks G.C., Grand Rapids, 616-447-7750
Timber Ridge G.C., East Lansing, 517-339-8000
Treetops Sylvan Resort (R. Smith, R.T. Jones, T. Fazio), Gaylord, 989-732-6711
Wild Bluff G. Cse., Brimley, 906-248-5861
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Terry Moore, for passing this info on.
PLAY GOLF AMERICAN LAUNCHES $12 MILLION AD CAMPAIGN
Play Golf America, the golf industry's national umbrella marketing campaign led by The PGA of America to increase golf participation among new and occasional adult golfers, will debut its national television campaign this week with ads running during PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events.
The Play Golf America ads will air during The PGA of America, PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour and United States Golf Association (USGA) events using a pool of each of their national advertising inventory to heavily promote the campaign. The ads will be aired a total of 12 weeks during PGA TOUR/Champions Tour events; on all of USGA's televised events including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women's Amateur Championships; in the State Farm LPGA Series on ESPN and ESPN2; and on 28 weeks of PGA of America inventory including The PGA Championship, Ryder Cup Matches, Senior PGA Championship and PGA Grand Slam of Golf. In addition, NBC Sports has donated airtime to the initiative by featuring the spots during the Office Depot Father/Son Tournament and the ADT Golf Skills Challenge.
Overall, more than 500 national television ads will appear during 2004 golf events. In addition to the television launch on CBS, USA Network and ESPN, the campaign also will be featured on NBC, ABC, The Golf Channel and TNT. Advertising sections will also appear in August in Golf Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money.
Contact: Beth Gast,Jamie Carbone
Alday Communications PGA of America
THE NINTH ANNUAL JEFF DANIELS COMEDY GOLF JAM STILL HAS SOME OPENINGS
The ninth annual Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam will be on Monday May 24, 2004 at the Polo Fields in Ann Arbor. This golf outing is like no other, with comedy at every hole and celebrities for every sponsored foursome. Celebrities will include Michigan native and Saturday Night Live's Tim Meadows, WDIV TV's Devon Scillian, Bob Guiney (Bachelor Bob) Miss Michigan, and many others.
A few spots for Corporate Sponsors and Foursomes are still available. In addition to other benefits, Corporate Sponsors will receive a V.I.P. night at the Purple Rose Theatre for their foursome and spouses. This year's theme, Michigan My Michigan celebrates the unique treasures of our state from a comedic perspective. The Golf Jam is closed from general public viewing. Media from television, radio and newspapers are expected to offer a glimpse of the event as in previous years. Contact Judy Gallagher (734) 433-7782.
TREVINO HEADS STRONG FIELD AT FARMERS CHARITY CLASSIC
Lee Trevino, arguably one of golf's favorite ambassadors, has committed to play in this year's Farmers Charity Classic played at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, May 31 through June 6. Known for his ongoing banter with competitors and gallery members alike, Trevino, with his 29 Champions Tour Victories and 29 PGA Tour victories, is a Grand Rapids favorite.
In addition to Trevino, J.C. Snead will return to Ada, as will Bruce Fleisher. Snead, with 8 PGA Tour victories and 4 Champions Tour victories and Fleisher, with 16 Champions Tour victories since 1999, will provide stiff competition for Trevino and the other 78 golfers competing throughout the week.
Taken and edited from a Farmers Classic PR release
GOLF ROUNDS ON THE RISE
According to data from golf facilities from around the country, rounds were up 5.3% nationwide for the first quarter 2004. Traditionally, the first quarter only accounts for about 15% of total annual rounds, but after two years of declines due to the weak economy, a shaky employment picture, worldwide unrest and poor weather, recent gains are welcome.
Regionally, the Northeast and Mid Atlantic posted strong gains in the first quarter, partly due to having more play days -- 10 more days on average in the Northeast and four more in the Mid Atlantic. The Mountain region, which had the sharpest percentage decrease for the quarter (-5.0%), also had significantly fewer play days -- an average of 10 fewer days open in the region.
Beyond a consideration of weather, there is evidence that rounds increased due to other factors. Rounds per play day were up 11% for the quarter (see full report for details). An increase in rounds per play day indicates an increase in new golfers, an increase in rounds by existing golfers, or both. The full report is available at both HTTP://www.ngf.org and HTTP://www.golf2020.com.
McDONALD'S & GAM PARTNER TO "TAKE A KID TO GOLF"
The Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) and 25 Lansing-area McDonald's restaurants are partnering
to encourage parents and kids to take a swing at golf, together, this spring. The "Take a kid to golf" program provides customers with an affordable way to enjoy four Lansing-area golf courses.
Program participants can pick up a complimentary "Take a kid to golf" voucher, available beginning April 24 at Lansing-area McDonald's restaurants, that can be redeemed for free kid's (up to age 14) greens fees with the purchase of an adult round. Four Lansing-area golf courses will honor the vouchers, including: The Falcon Golf Course in Bath, El Dorado Golf Course in Mason, Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing and Meridian Sun Golf Course in Haslett. The vouchers are good through June 30, 2004.
Taken and edited from a GAM release from Tonia Branch http://gam.org
AUGUSTA CADDIES CENTER STATE AT 2004 MASTERS
Ward Clayton, author of the newly released book Men on the Bag, was one of the success stories of the 2004 Masters.
Arriving in Augusta, where he once worked as the sports editor for the Augusta Chronicle, Clayton was prepared to do a few book signings and a TV interview. Interest in his story snowballed into a media whirlwind that saw him give numerous talks to local and international groups, culminating Saturday evening at an event for Chevron executives at the famous Partridge Inn.
"Once we arrived, the media came out of the woodwork," according to Skip DeWall, Sports Media Group Publisher. "Ward appeared on all local network news programs and two cable shows and he did national radio interviews including WJR in Detroit and WGN in Chicago, and programs in six smaller markets. Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million conducted book signings. Ward and I visited most of the 40 locations in Augusta that stocked the book to meet retailers and sign book inventory. One of the highlights of the week was doing a book signing at the prestigious Mayor's reception, which was a celebration of Arnold Palmer's 50th Masters." DeWall said, "If Ward had signed as many books as Arnie did autogrpaphs, we'd be out of stock right now!"
Sports Media Group sold the first printing of Men on the Bag and is scheduled to release the second printing on April 16, 2004.
Media Contact: Carol Bokas
The Ann Arbor Media Group LLC
GOLFS GREATEST EIGHTEEN
Phil Mickelson, with one of the most exciting comebacks in Masters history vaults to 21st place on the Masters "all-time New Money" list, fives spots behind Tiger Woods (16th) and significantly ahead of Ernie Els (32nd). This top-seller, 'Golf's Greatest Eighteen' provides the inside track on 'New Money' - a unique methodology that realistically compares the greatest players of the modern game.
1. Jack Nicklaus-$12,787,829.
2. Sam Snead $8,911,879.
3. Arnold Palmer $8,204,625.
4. Ben Hogan $8,030,154.
5. Gary Player $7,555,405.
6. Tom Watson $6,897,150.
7. Byron Nelson $6,748,462.
8. Ben Crenshaw$5,842,880.
9. Ray Floyd $5,561,523.
10. Jimmy Demaret $5,240,083.
21. Phil Mickelson $3,685,283.
For more information on New Money or a review copy of Golf's Greatest
Eighteen, please contact email@example.com at McGraw-Hill Publicity Department, New York - telephone: 212-904-5951.
NB: "New Money" calculations based on purse of $6.5m and prize distributions to 25th place.
LINKS FEATURES KINGSLEY
The April edition of Links magazine, features Kingsley as a Modern Classic. Golfweek, also advanced the course to #22 (up from #56 in 2003 and #98 in 2002) on the GolfWeek Top 100 Modern Courses list in March. The course will host the third annual Hickory Open.
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam from Mike DeVries for sharing this information with us.
LPGA TEACHING TIP OF THE WEEK
So many times, we are left with putts ranging from 3 to 5 feet, and it is upsetting when your confidence wanes on these distances. This putting drill is designed to increase your confidence. Find a hole that has some break to it. Place four balls in a line, six inches apart, starting 2 feet from the hole. Make four in a row and then proceed around the hole making four more in a row putting on a different line.
To make this drill a little more challenging, make four lines around the hole with various breaks and try to sink all 16 putts in a row. After practicing this drill you should once again develop confidence in your short putts. Most importantly, think positive and the putts will fall!
This week's tip courtesy of Rose Weis, Golfsmith, Austin, TX
MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE SPRING ISSUE NOW ONLINE EVERYWHERE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
MICHIGAN'S GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTS-W.BRUCE MATTHEWS AND ROBERT TRENT JONES-PART I
By L'anse Bannon and Art McCafferty
We have chosen W. Bruce Matthews and Robert Trent Jones for the first of our series, on “Michigan's Golf Course Architects “. Both were born at the turn of one century and died, as a new one was to begin. We hope you enjoy our words, and just as importantly our supportive video. While it is always interesting to study and write about the accomplishments of architects, it is quite another thing to offer readers of a magazine the opportunity to become viewers, by simply clicking on a link.
THE BIG BREAK VISITS THE GAYLORD GOLF MECCA
by Vanessa Bell and Brian Manning
The Golf Channel launched "The Big Break" reality TV show this past fall, and it was a hit. Vanessa Bell, Art McCafferty and Brian Manning bring you the story, as they interview "The Big Break" host Rick Smith and 2nd place winner, Rochester Hills' Anthony Sorentino.
NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH, TYRONE WILLINGHAM ON GOLF AND FOOTBALL
by John Wukovitz
Tyrone Willingham, Notre Dame head football coach, chats with John Wukovitz about the parallels between football and golf. Wukovitz thought he might catch the coach in a more laid back atmosphere. It was nothing doing as Willingham seems to be just as uptight as a golfer as he is as a coach.
RISK AND REWARD:REACHABLE PAR FIVES
by John Bebow
John Bebow, formerly of the Detroit News and now a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, discusses the risk and rewards of the 3rd hole at The Bear, the 16th at Eagle Crest Resort and a number of other temptations that golfers will find interesting.
SLICE OF LIFE
by Terry Moore
" Pardon the interruption, but I must get a few things off my chest. Usually a nice, comforting essay about some aspect of golf is in order for this column but spring fever and the emergence of the Michigan golf season have gotten the better of me. There have been so many incidents and media tempests surrounding the game that I must jump in and offer my two cents worth.
Terry Moore offers another look at his view of the golf life."
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GOLF QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"One of the advantages bowling has over golf is that you seldom lose a bowling ball."
GOLF CALENDAR 2004
05/02 Paul Dicenzo Memorial Golf Outing, Pine Knob
05/16 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Outing-Indianwood
05/17 2004 CAN AM Cup, Port Huron Golf Club
05/22 Play Golf America-Carl's Golfland in Plymouth
05/22-24 Girls Golf MHSAA Regionals -- L.P. -- May 20, 21, 22 or 24 U.P.
05/24 Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam
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.
06/05 Greyhound Tournament, Cattails GC, South Lyon
06/16 Washtenaw County Hospitality Golf Outing, Lake Forest GC, Ann Arbor
06/21 Mel Trotters Marathon of Hope, Kent Country Club, Grand Rapids
06/22-26 Michigan Amateur-Grosse Ile G&CC
06/24-25 Izzo Mariucci Golf Classic, Timberstone and Pine Grove Golf Courses
06/25-26 3rd Annual Hickory Open, Kingsley Club, Traverse City
06/25-27 2004 Michigan Open-Pro Am-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
06/28-07/01 Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open Championship, Grand Traverse Resort
06/28-29 Tylenol Par-3 Shootout, Treetops Resort,
06/28-30 Michigan Girls Jr. Amateur-Midland CC
06/27- 5th Annual Great Lakes Junior Masters Golf Championship, Shanty
07/02 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,
08/2-8 Jamie Farr LPGA Owens Corning Classic presented by Kroger, Highland Meadows GC, Sylvania, OH
08/9-10 GAM Championship,Plum Hollow CC
08/16-17 GAM Women's Championship, Owosso CC
08/19 MGCOA Summer Meeting and Outing, Gull Lake View, Augusta
08/20-23 PGA Championship Pro Am-Shanty Creek
08/23-29 Bay Mills Open Player Championship,Wild Bluff GC - Brimley
08/3-0 Turning Point Invitational, Country Club of Detroit,
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
11/28-30.MGCOA Annual Meeting at the Somerset Inn in Troy.
Michigan Golf Calendar 2005
02/25-27 Lansing Golf Show
03/11-13 Michigan Golf Show
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 High School Athletic Association
Hichigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association
National Golf Course Owners Association
National Golf Foundation
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