Michigan Golf News
May 2, 2008 - Vol. 8, No. 18
THE NATURAL / MARSH RIDGE: CELEBRATING 16 YEARS OF GREAT GOLF-JOIN US IN 2008
Double Play Golf Packages http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvHhaw1rCS0
The Natural Golf Course: http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/natural/
TREETOPS RESORT http://treetops.com
Rick Smith Golf Academy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGY7_h-0Fpc
Treetops Ladies Golf School http://youtube.com/watch?v=aLbT63A6QkE
Golf Packages http://www.treetops.com/index.php?method=golf&subpage=golfpackages
Golf Preview with Kevin McKinley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5UZF8CLleE
OSPREY GOLF-2008 RATES AND PACKAGES
"WE ARE MICHIGAN GOLF"
Black Forest & Wilderness Valley, Gaylord http://youtube.com/watch?v=PH6nRXCKgnA
Manistee National, Manistee http://youtube.com/watch?v=qFl7636RXCo
Medlaist GC, Marshal http://youtube.com/watch?v=FBmrh_vozzA
Otsego Club-The Tribute and Classic, Gaylord http://www.otsegoclub.com/allpackages.php
Ridgeview GC, Kalamazoo http://youtube.com/watch?v=QLDpexEh84Q
The Natural http://glsp.com/natural/
True North http://glsp.com/true_north/
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__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER ON THE ROAD
__/ HOLE IN ONE CLUB
__/ 1st ANNUAL GREATER JACKSON MICHIGAN CLASSIC
__/ 93rd MICHIGAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
__/ NORM SINCLAIR INDUCTED INTO THE MICHIGAN JOURNALIST HALL OF FAME
__/ SHANTY CREEK RESORTS INTRODUCES $99 UNLIMITED GOLF STIMULUS PACKAGE
__/ MICHIGAN AFSCME SETS DATE FOR OUTING AT IMA BROOKWOOD GOLF CLUB
__/ AMATEUR GOLFERS BEGIN PATH TO PINEHURST WITH THE 2008 PGA MCGLADREY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
__/ FIRST TEE FUNDRAISER AT BOYNE HIGHLANDS
__/ PGA FREE LESSON MONTH
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
__/ HELP DESK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ supplied by Jim Neff
Edited by Art McCafferty
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What is so sweet and dear,
As a prosperous morn in May,
The confident prime of the day,
And the dauntless youth of the year,
When nothing that asks for bliss,
Asking aright, is denied,
And half of the world a bridegroom is,
And half of the world a bride?,
- William Watson, Ode in May, 1880
MICHIGAN GOLFER ON THE ROAD
Hillsdale County Golf
This is the country of nine hole golf courses and the headwaters of the following Michigan rivers; St. Joseph, Raisin, Grand and the Huron.
Hillsdale Golf and Country Club- Legendary Tom Bendelow, designed this nine hole layout, just over a hundred years ago in 1907. The course is located on the West side of Baw Beese Lake. . http://www.hillsdalegolf.org/
White Oaks, 2171 Bankers Rd. Nine hole
Lake LeAnn, 10339 Nine hole
Mill Race, 200 Adrian St. Nine Holes
Jenkins, 10011 Homer Rd..49252 Nine Hole
HOLE IN ONE CLUB
Jerry Benson, took a quick glance at the second hole of Greystone Golf Club, and then researched his mind to remember how many holes in one he had made in playing this game for 35 years. The answer came back in a flash, none. But this was a new day and his trusty 8-iron felt comfortable in his hands and he knew that the 122 yards to the pin, was just about right for the club. He had acquired this Adams club a while back, thinking that someday, he just might hit the perfect shot. The Nike ball shot upwards toward the pin in a joyous arc. He watched it as it flew straight and true. Could this be the day? Yes!!!
The ball quickly found the cup and the 68 year old golfer from Washington knew that the day was going to be a great one. His final round was a 92.
MOMS GOLF FOR FREE
Mother's Day Sunday All Moms Golf For Free when accompanied by a paid round. Then you can enjoy a family dinner in our Lookout Lounge with its new dinner and lunch menu. please check out our website, and call ahead for reservations!!
Mike Dreasky GM Loon Golf Club
SHANTY CREEK RESORTS INTRODUCES $99 UNLIMITED GOLF STIMULUS PACKAGE
Shanty Creek Resorts is introducing a "Golf Stimulus Package", providing guests the opportunity to stay as well as play unlimited golf on Shanty Creek Resorts’ four championship golf courses, including designs by Arnold Palmer and Tom Weiskopf for only $99.
The Unlimited Golf Package is available during the peak season for play May 1 – August 30, 2008 and includes the following:
· One Nights Accommodations in the newly renovated Lakeview Hotel & Conference Center
· One Day Unlimited Golf (excludes Saturday play) on any of Shanty Creek Resorts’ four championship golf courses
· Cart included
· Range balls included
· Advanced replay teetimes are accepted
· Rates are per person and based on double occupancy. Arrangements for play must be confirmed prior to 6/15/08 and date of stay must be prior to 8/30/08.
For more information, visit http://www.ShantyCreek.com.
Taken and edited from a Lindsey Southwell Shanty Creek release
1st ANNUAL GREATER JACKSON MICHIGAN CLASSIC
The 1st Annual Greater Jackson Michigan Classic Golf Tournament will be hosted Arbor Hills Golf Club from July 9-12, 2008.
The 2008 GJMC will be a 54-hole tournament with a cut after 36 holes. It will be played at Arbor Hills Golf Club Thursday through Saturday, July 10, 11, and 12th. Players will be competing for the $10,000* 1st Place check.
For further info contact Scott Vitale
FIRST TEE FUNDRAISER AT BOYNE HIGHLANDS
The First Tee of Boyne Highlands will hold it’s annual golf fundraiser on Thursday, June 5,2008. The outing will take place at Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Golf will begin at 2 PM with a dinner and silent auction in the evening.
All proceeds benefit The First Tee of Boyne Highlands, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The First Tee programs are designed to introduce young people, ages 5 to 17, to the game of golf by providing learning facilities and educational programs based on nine core principals that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Participants discover how skills essential to success on a golf course can ultimately lead to greater achievements in life.
“Birchwood Farms is proud to host this year’s event to support The First Tee program. The First Tee is such a fantastic organization. The core values and life skills that the program introduces go well beyond the game of golf”, stated Cris Cavitt, head golf professional at Birchwood. “We are expecting a full field, so sign up early.”
Registration for the outing should be made by May 28 and sponsorship opportunities are still available. To register for The First Tee of Boyne Highlands golf outing or to inquire about sponsoring, please call 231.526.3168.
The First Tee of Boyne Highlands was formed in October of 2005 and has been officially recognized as one of over 200 chapters of The First Tee. Over 700 area youth have been introduced to the life and golf skills program.
The youth development programs are offered at Boyne Highlands’ Cuff Links course in Harbor Springs, Michigan. For more information, please visit http://www.thefirstteeboynehighlands.org
93rd MICHIGAN OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS
The 93rd Michigan Open Championship will again feature additional chances to qualify, a 6-spot onsite qualifier and a tiered entry system. 232 of the best amateur and professional golfers' in the state will tee it up at the 93rd Michigan Open Championship held at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa June 9th - 12th, 2008. The Championship will utilize the Jack Nicklaus signature course The Bear, as well as the Gary Player designed Wolverine course.
Sunday, May 18 Huron Breeze Golf Club, Au Gres
Monday, May 19 Pine Lake Country Club, Orchard Lake & The Orchards, Washington
Tuesday, May 20 Thousand Oaks, Grand Rapids & Prestwick Village Golf Club, Highland & Country Club of Lansing, Lansing
Saturday, May 24 Flint Golf Club, Flint
Saturday, May, 31 Grey Walls, Marquette
Sunday, June 1 Boyne Mountain, The Alpine, Boyne Falls
Saturday, June 7 Traverse City Golf @ Country Club, Traverse City (6 Spot Qualifier - may be used as a second attempt)
A tiered entry system was put into effect in 2007. The following qualifying rates will apply: Michigan PGA Junior Tour Members: $100 / Amateurs $175 / Michigan PGA Professionals $200 / Non-PGA Professionals $300. The 6-spot qualifier on June 7 at Traverse City Golf & Country Club can serve as a first attempt or a second attempt for an additional $100 fee.
For further information or to register online, please visit http://www.michigan.pga.com or contact Tim Czelada, Director of Tournament Operations at 517.641.7421 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taken and edited from a MPGA release
NORM SINCLAIR INDUCTED INTO THE MICHIGAN JOURNALIST HALL OF FAME
Congratulations to Norman Sinclair for being inducted into the Michigan Journalist Hall of Fame this past Sunday. Sinclair has graced the pages of the Michigan Golfer on numerous occasions. We suggest you check out the story that the Detroit News did last Saturday.
Award-winning former News reporter to join Hall of Fame
Norman Sinclair also was an investigative journalist for WJBK-TV and a Pulitzer finalist.
Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News,
EAST LANSING -- Former Detroit News investigative reporter and writer Norman Sinclair will be among five journalists inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Sinclair covered police, crime and criminal justice issues for The News during his 30-year career with the newspaper. He retired in January. Sinclair also is a former investigative reporter for WJBK-TV (Channel 2) News. He worked for the station from 1982-86.
Sinclair won numerous awards for investigative reporting during his years with The News and Channel 2. In 2003, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for the series "Hiding In Plain Sight." The series revealed that 26,000 fugitive suspects were on the loose in Wayne County.
MICHIGAN AFSCME SETS DATE FOR OUTING AT IMA BROOKWOOD GOLF CLUB
The Michigan AFSCME Council 25 will hold its14th Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Mental Health Association in Michigan on Friday, August 22, 2008 at the IMA Brookwood Golf Club
located at 6045 Davison Road Burton, Michigan 48509
For further information http://www.imarecreation.org/brookwood
AMATEUR GOLFERS BEGIN PATH TO PINEHURST WITH THE 2008 PGA MCGLADREY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Amateur golfers can begin the path to a national championship berth by registering their teams online for Local Qualifying Events in the second PGA McGladrey Team Championship. The online registration process is part of the nationwide grassroots best-ball amateur championship, managed and operated by The PGA of America. In the upcoming weeks, Local Qualifying Events will be held at several prominent golf facilities throughout the Michigan Section (full list and schedule below).
The PGA McGladrey Team Championship, which will celebrate its national championship Oct. 20-22, at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort, features three-person amateur teams in Local Qualifying Events that will be conducted throughout September. Those qualifiers advance to 41 Section Championships, conducted from April through September, and feature four-player teams including a PGA Professional. The 41 Section Champion teams will advance to the national championship at Pinehurst Resort.
Registering amateur golfers are asked to enter their three-person team online at PGA.com/teamchampionship. Amateurs may view on the Web site where Local Qualifying Events are scheduled in their area. If an amateur’s home club does not offer an event, they are encouraged to contact their local PGA Professional.
PGA Professionals will receive a portion of the registration fees for hosting Local Qualifying Events and also four MSR credits. Competition is open to golfers of all ages and playing abilities.
The National Championship field will compete on three of Pinehurst’s premier layouts, opening at Pinehurst No. 8, which has hosted the 1997 and 1998 PGA Professional National Championship. The field concludes by playing the final two rounds on Pinehurst No. 2 and Pinehurst No. 4. Pinehurst No. 2 has been the site of some of golf’s historic championships, including the 1936 PGA Championship, the 1951 Ryder Cup and the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Open.
Michigan Section Local Events
May 1,The Wyndgate-Rochester
May 17, Blythefield Country Club-Belmont
May 17, Watermark Country Club-Grand Rapids
May 31, Prestwick Village Golf Club-Highland
June 1, Lincoln Golf Course-Muskegon
June 14,Boulder Lakes Golf Club-Chesterfield
June 14, Grand Haven Golf Club-Grand Haven
June 22, Huron Breeze Golf Club-Au Gres
June 28, Orchard Hills Country Club-Buchanan
June 29, Sugarbush Golf Club-Davison
July 10, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa-Acme
July 12, Cross Creek Golf Club-South Lyon
July 12, Detroit Golf Club-Detroit
July 12, Traverse City Golf & Country Club-Traverse City
July 13, Owosso Country Club-Owosso
July 13, Scenic Golf & Country Club-Caseville
July 13, Treetops North Resort-Treetops Village
July 17, Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe-Grand Rapids
July 17, Manistee National Golf & Resort-Manistee
July 19, Ella Sharp Park Golf Course-Jackson
July 19, Sauganash Golf Club-Three Rivers
July 19, The Heathers Club-Bloomfield Hills
July 26, The Moors Golf Club-Portage
July 26, Ann Arbor Country Club-Ann Arbor
July 26, Edgewood Country Club-Commerce Twp.
July 26, Harbor Point Golf Club-Harbor Springs
July 26, Paint Creek Country Club-Lake Orion
July 26, Walnut Creek Country Club-South Lyon
July 27, Eagle Eye Golf Club-Bath
August 2, Sunnybrook Country Club-Grandville
PGA FREE LESSON MONTH
A one-on-one session with a PGA/LPGA Professional could smooth out a backswing or cut down on three putts. And during May, the price is right for those sessions.
PGA/LPGA Professionals nationwide are offering free 10-minute sessions to help golfers of every age and skill level learn to play better golf during the 11th annual PGA Free Lesson Month. Consumers can log onto http://PlayGolfAmerica.com to find PGA/LPGA professionals participating in their area, then call to set up a free lesson.
The National Golf Foundation has been looking into the status of private golf clubs in the U.S. and has come up with the following summary:
For every private club that has closed its doors over the past decade, another 10 have converted to public courses.
--The number of private golf clubs in the U.S. today is equal to the number that existed on the eve of the Great Depression.
--After home relocation, financial reasons top the list of why members are leaving clubs.
--Latent demand still exists for private clubs, and baby boomers may yet join in the years ahead.
Golf Course Openings - By the Numbers
Michigan ranked number one for about five years in the late 90's. Now they have drifted down to 9th.
Top states for number of golf course openings 2003-2007, in 18-hole equivalents.
New York 26.5
Taken and edited from a National Golf Foundation report
2008 MICHIGAN GOLFER CALENDAR
3-4 West Michigan Best Ball, LE Kaufman GC, Grand Rapids
17-18 West Michigan Amateur, Candlestone GC, Belding
18 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, Indianwood Golf and Country Club, Lake Orion
19 City Match Play, Crystal Springs CC, Grand Rapids
23-25 Memorial Day Madness, Gaylord
29/6-1 Memorial Golf Tournament, Dublin, OH
30 U.P. Michigan Highs School Boys State Championship
30 U.P. Michigan Highs School Girls State Championship
5 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series, The Medalist, Marshall
6-7 L.P. Michigan High School Boys State Championship
9-11 Michigan Open Championship GTR (Wolverine / Bear)
12 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Polo Fields, Ann Arbor
12-13 Kent County Amateur, LE Kaufman GC, Grand Rapids
12-15 U.S. Open Torrey Pines Golf Course. La Jolla, CA.
17 Mizuno Junior Tour-Centennial Acres, Sunfield
17-21 97th Michigan Amateur The Moors Golf Club
20 Walter Hagen Golf Tournament, Elmbrook Golf Course, Traverse City
23 13th Annual St. Mary Mercy Hospital Tee It Up Golf Classic, at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville,
24 Mizuno Junior Tour Grand Ledge CC, Grand Ledge
24-25 Club Car Michigan Senior Open , Bedford Valley GC
26-29 Buick Open, Warwick Hills, Grand Blanc
26-29 U.S. Women's Open, Interlachen CC, Edina, Minnesota
27 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Forest Akers -West-East Lansing
30 Mizuno Junior Tour-The Emerald GC, St. Johns
7-11 92nd Michigan Women’s Amateur Walnut Hills CC
7-8 E-Z-GO Shanty Creek Classic presented by Page & Tuttle Shanty Creek Resort (Cedar/Schuss)
8 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Eagle Crest Resort-Ypsilanti
9-12 The 1st Annual Greater Jackson Michigan Classic Golf Tournament, Arbor Hills Golf Club, Jackson
10-13 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, Highland Meadows GC. Sylvania, OH
11 Mizuno Junior Tour-Morrison Lake CC, Saranac
12 Michigan PGA Women’s Open Pro Am , Crystal Mt. Resort
14-16 Michigan PGA Women’s Open Crystal Mt. Resort(Mountain Ridge)
15 Mizuno Junior Tour-Royal Scot of Lansing, Lansing
15 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series, Oakland University Golf and Learn, Rochester
18-19 Tournament of Champions Pro Am , Boyne Mountain / Bay Harbor , Boyne Mountain (Alpine)
21 Mizuno Junior Tour-The Medalist, Marshall
21-23 Tournament of Champions, Boyne Mountain / Bay Harbor , Boyne Mountain (Alpine)
22 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Meadows GC, Grand Valley University, Allendale
28 Mizuno Junior Tour-Willow Wood GC, Portland
28-29 Michigan PGA Sr Champ / Sr. CPC Qualifying, Forest Dunes Golf Club
28-31 30th Mi Junior State Amateur Forest Akers - West
28-8/3 Western Amateur, Pointe O'Woods, Benton Harbor
1-3 Western Amateur, Pointe O'Woods, Benton Harbor
4 Mizuno Junior Tour-College Fields GC, Okemos
7 Taylor-Made-Adidas Collegiate Series-Golf Club of Coldwater-Coldwater
7 Mizuno Junior Tour-Forest Akers, East Lansing
7-10 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP , OAKLAND HILLS CC,
11-12 87th GAM Championship Orchard Lake CC
24 Michigan PGA Championship Pro Am Eagle Eye GC
25-27 Michigan PGA Professional Championship, Eagle Eye GC / Hawk Hollow GC,
30-31 Treetops Amateur Par 3 Shootout
TBA 22nd GAM Senior Championship Point O’Woods G & CC
15-18 Michigan PGA Match Play presented by Boylan Sales/ProLink, Polo Fields Golf and Country Club
19-21 Ryder Cup, Vahalla CC. Louisville, KY
28-30 21st Annual Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational
18th 2005 http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/treetops/
TBA GAM Chrysler Club Championship Indianwood 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
HELP DESK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQHX-SjgQvQ supplied by Jim Neff
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