Michigan Golf News
June 13, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 24
Chuck Olson and his crew have increased the business at Kings Challenge of late. They have a hit with the Steak and Play. We stopped by, and had neither unfortunately, but we got a little bit of a golf fix by checking out their patio and 18th hole. It is a very nice setting.Gaylord
We stopped by to catch the start of the 3rd Annual Dick Weber Memorial Golf Tournament being held at Michaywe. Dick Weber was the soul of the Gaylord Golf Mecca and his abrupt departure due to an airplane accident left us all a little poorer. On hand were Head Professional Don White and Dick's family, Sharon and their children, Jenny and Will. Dick, we miss you.The Loon
Mike Husby seems to be a happy man. After stops at Michaywe, Marsh Ridge, The Loon, The Otsego Club, Candlestone Inn and Bay Mills Resort and Casino, Mike is back at The Loon. However, he is still spending some time at his former stop as co-chair of the Bay Mills Open.
Mike said the numbers are up at The Loon and the summer looks good. The Loon will be hosting the Atlas Cup in September.
Sandra Snook of Pine Cone Accommodations, indicated that her bookings for the Mecca are doing very well.Glen Arbor
Dave Pelz, golf instructor guru, was on hand at the resort to open his new short game school. When asked about how his latest golf book was selling, he said, "the book got me a plane". Pelz is a towering and imposing figure of a person. Of special note, was that he spent a great deal of time as a scientist at the Goddard Space Center. He is a vastly interesting person.
Marketing Director, Nick Nerbonne was on hand to greet members of the media. He pointed out that The Homestead has a par 3 nine hole layout along with their short game facility.Thompsonville
Crystal Mountain Resort
Crystal Mountain Resort was awash with eager golfers, many of them catching lunch at the Kinlochen. The Kinlochen has made an awesome impact on the way the resort presents itself to the customer. Congrats to all.BTW, they have a great scottish beer to go with their excellent food.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-NEW GOLF COURSES
New Golf Course Previews for 2003
The Michigan Golfer TV Show is pleased to bring you some previews of courses that are opening up this year. These clips are meant only to wet the appetite of Michigan golfers who want to try the latest Michigan courses. The courses are shown in a variety of developmental stages and were taped throughout the year. Therefore, we suggest you visit a course website for up to date information before making plans to go there.---------------
Video: We caught up with Bob Thompson, owner of Angels Crossing, last week. He is very bullish about the course, so bullish that he convinced the Matthews Design Group to designate it as a signature. In this clip, we look at the massive 6th green, a par 3 hole that will create sufficient buzz to get people to journey to Vicksburg to try it. The course is still in grow in and will not be ready until late summer.Show Duration: 1:53
Video: Beginning as a dream just over 10 years ago, Crimson Ridge is now Sault Ste. Marie's newest championship, and only public access, 18 hole golf course.
Former New Jersey Devil and Soo Greyhound goaltender, John Vanbiesbrouck is the force behind Crimson Ridge golf course.Show Duration: 1:57
Video: Popular head golf professional, Kirk Sherman, gives our camera the latest on Mid Michigan's newest golf attraction. Chris Lutzke, who cut his architectural teeth working for Pete Dye, has sculpted a 7308 yard course that will continue to drive local area sales for Callaway's Big Bertha clubs.Show Duration: 4:11
Video: Bob Kleinbrook, the PGA Professional at Diamond Springs, gives us a brief tour of this new Grand Rapids area golf course.Show Duration: 0:48
Video: Sneak Preview of Hawk's Eye
This is actually a clip we brought to our viewers last year. Tom Rowe, of Hawk's Eye indicated that the course opened some of its holes last year, but will open the remainder this year. The architect was John Robinson. http://hawks-eye.comHawk's Ridge
Video: Jerry Balmes, owner of Hawk' Ridge, located at the Skyline Ski Resort in Grayling, indicated that they had a little bit of a set back in their irrigation last year and that the course is a little behind. In this clip, Jerry shows us some of dramatic views that the course will bring to the golfer. Keep tuned to their website for course opening information.Show Duration: 6:54
Westwynd The Wyndgate
Video: Thad Gutowski, of Michigan Golfer Television, interviews Director of Golf, Kevin Muir of Westwynd. Adjacent to Wyndgate Country Club in Rochester, Westwynd is open for public play. Web: http://www.westwyndgolf.comShow Duration: 1:37
Video: The Michigan Golfer Television show dropped by Yarrow last fall and talked with long time employee Frank Boyd. The course has grow in since then and is now open for play. This is another course from Ray Hearns and Paul Albanese. http://yarrowgolf.comShow Duration: 2:02
THE HAIG IS COMING TO THE HAIG
A week from today June 20th, "The Haig" Golf Classic will take place at the Elmbrook Golf Course in Traverse City. The proceeds of the tournament will go to the Grand Traverse Heritage Center. This is a terrific museum that specializes in early radio and television of the area and a variety of other historical memorabilia. One of the exhibits will be of "The Haig" Walter Hagen, who spent his retirement years in the community.
Of special note, will be the appearance of "The Haig" at the festivities. Walter Hagen has been out on the West Coast and will fly into keynote the banquet. Jim McIntrye, of Knorr Marketing will introduce The Haig to the group.For information on the tournament, contact Elmbrook GC at 231-946-9180
GET A GRIP
Dear MGN-"I have some old steel shafted clubs that I want to re-grip with period looking grips. Just to look at, not to use. Where can I buy the grips?Kerry B. Hoover
Can anyone help Kerry? ED.
IZZO-MARIUCCI CLASSIC AT TIMBERSTONE AND PINE GROVE CC
Susie Fox, head professional at Timberstone GC in Ironwood, is starting to
get fired up as her classmates, Tom Izzo and Steve Mariucci return for
their annual UP IM Classic golf tournament. This is one of the toughest
tickets to get in the UP. They golf on both The Timberstone and Pine Grove
MICHIGAN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK
The 92nd Michigan Amateur Championship, sponsored by Ford Division, returns to Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix June 17-21. Belvedere, designed by Scotland native Willie Watson, will host the Michigan Amateur for the 39th time. Belvedere, which hosted its first Michigan Amateur in 1930, was the site for the Michigan Amateur for twenty-six consecutive years from 1963-1988. The club has not hosted the tournament since 1988 but is eager to have the Michigan Amateur come home.
Match play begins on Thursday, and by the end of the day the "Sweet Sixteen" will be determined.FACT SHEET
2003 Michigan Amateur Championship
Belvedere Golf Club
5731 Marion Center Road
Charlevoix, MI 49720
Tournament Dates: June 17 21, 2003
2003 Presenting Sponsor: Ford Division
Current (2002) Champion: Korey Mahoney
Belvedere Golf Club Information: Par 70 - 6,715 yards
2004 Tournament Location: Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club, Grosse Ile, MI
(June 15 19, 2004)
Phone Numbers: (231) 547-2512 Belvedere Golf Club Phone Number
On site GAM Media Headquarters Phone numbers and fax numbers being
installed today by the club.
GAM Web site - http://www.gam.org
Media Contacts: Tonia Branch, Director of Communications, GAM
CHANGES AT CLOCK TOWER PRESS
Charles Gelman, CEO of Clock Tower Press, has hired David Griscom as his National Sales Manager, John Companiotter as Senior Editorial Consultant and Lynne Johnson as Operations Manager.
Clock Tower Press recently won the ForeWord Magazine 2002 Book of the Year Gold Award in the Sports and Recreation category for "The Evangelist of Golf: The Story of Charles ", by George Bahto. http://clocktowerpress.com***
PATTI SAVANT NEW GM OF BELAIRE GC
Belaire GC, the oldest golf course in Antrim County has recently hired Patti Savant as their new GM. Patti has had a long history of service as an adminstrator in the golf and ski industry. Belaire, built in the 20's, became an 18 hole course in the 90's. The course is in competition with some heavy hitters in the area, The Legend, The Chief, Cedar River, Hawk's Eye, Schuss Mountain, to name just a few. We wish Patti well.***
GOLF ROUNDS PLAYED IN APRIL DOWN
According to Golf Datatech's monthly National Golf Rounds Played Report, rounds played in April showed a 2.4% decline versus April 2002, and the year-to-date total was 2.0% down compared to the same four-month period last year.
Three regions showed increases in April. West North Central led the way with an 11.5% increase. East North Central showed a 9.9% increase, and West South Central was up 2.4%. On a YTD basis, four regions are ahead of 2002, West North Central (+15.2%), Mountain (+4.9%), East North Central (+4.3%) and Pacific (+1.0%).
Largest declines came in New England (-23.5% in April and -27.3% YTD) and Middle Atlantic (-9.2% in April and -16.8% YTD).Taken from the "NSGA Research Newsletter"
Thomas B. Doyle
vp/information & research
LONG DRIVER SCORES HOLE-IN-ONE ON 412-YARD PAR-4
Long Drivers of America tour player Ryan Gearhart's hole-in-one on the 412-yard, par-4 eighth hole Monday was the highlight of a pro-member-guest tournament in which 21 Long Drivers of America Tour players competed on the world's longest course - The Pines course at The International Golf Club.
Gearhart, a 27-year-old from Phoenix, scored his first career ace using a driver from The Pines' "Tiger Tees" on No. 8, a dogleg-left hole. An 8,325-yard, par-73 layout from the Tiger Tees, The Pines is recognized as the world's longest golf course by the Guinness Book of World Records.
"As soon as I hit it, I said, 'That could be perfect," said Gearhart, who has competed on the Long Drivers of America tour for two-and-a-half years and in 2002 launched a record 510-yard drive in qualifying for the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship outside Denver. He used a Pinnacle Power Core Straight Distance ball and an SMT Deep Bore driver with 6 degrees of loft for his rare stroke.Taken and edited from a press release from Conover Tuttle Advertising &
MGCOA GOLF BOOK NOW ON SALE
The MGCOA has a golf book that contains $5,000 worth of golf packages (35 courses with twosomes and foursomes, all the golf is free) It is a fund raiser for our Government Affairs department. They still have a few books left and are letting them go for the small price of $300. These would be great Fathers and Mothers Day presents, or in fact, you can buy it for yourself.Contact Kate Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
WESTWYND AT THE WYNDDATE
Frank Agnello, the Controller at the Wyndgate, dropped our editorial staff a line to indicate that Westwynd at The Wyndgate has a "d" at the end of it. We apparently tried to introduce a new spelling to the place in our last newsletter. Also, the same information impacted the website address we listed. The real one is http://www.westwyndgolf.com.
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Frank for his editorial assistance.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"Being one who has always found the sport to be ethically dubious
(questionable use of land, resources, elitism, race issues, corporate
synergy, etc.), I nevertheless find myself playing nearly every week."
(Golf is) a sport for liars, drinkers and cussers who like to walk two or
three miles belaboring an object 1/45th their size with a loaded cane.
"It is no coincidence that the people who invented golf also invented Scotch." - Bruce Manclark, 1999
We borrowed golf from Scotland as we borrowed whiskey. Not because it's Scottish, but because it is good. - Horace G. Hutchinson
Oh, golf is for smellin' heather and cut grass and walkin' fast across the countryside and feelin' the wind and watchin' the sun go down and seein' yer friends hit good shots and hittin' some yerself. It's love and it's feelin' the splendor o' this good world. - Michael Murphy, Golf in the KingdomQuotes taken from the website http://pasteurgolf.com
HOLE IN ONE CLUB
Scott Forella,of Ypsilanti, crushed a Callaway x14 Pro and watched it soar 175 yards in the air and then gently drop down on the 17th green at Eagle Crest Resort. This was Scott's first ace.A Tip of the Tam to Scott for this prodigious blow
06/16-22 Farmers Charity Classic, Egypt Valley GC, Ada
06/17-21 Michigan Amateur Championship, Belvedere GC, Charlevoix
06/20-22 Bank of Ann Arbor FUTURES Golf Classic, Lake Forest GC- Ann Arbor, MI
06/20 "The Haig", Vintage Club Golf Classic-Elmbrook GC, Traverse City
06/23-26 Detroit Newspapers Michigan Open-The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort
06/24 8th Annual Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam, Polo Fields, Ann Arbor
06/23 J.P. McCarthy Memorial PAL Invitational, Tournament Players Club
(TPC) of Michigan, Dearborn
06/27 Izzo-Mariucci Classic, Timberstone and Pine Grove CC
06/27-28 Hickory Open at the Kingsley Club
06/30 Womens Health Care Classic, Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club
06/30-07/02 Michigan Girls Championship
06/30-07/01 ESPN Tylenol Par 3 Shootout-Treetops Resort
06/30-07/03 Great Lakes Junior Masters Golf Championship, Stonebridge, Ann
07/07-08 22nd Annual Shanty Creek PGA Classic Presented by EZGO, Bellaire
07/07 Father and Son Championship, Paint Creek, Lake Orion
07/07-11 87th Annual Michigan Women's Amateur Championship, Black Lake GC,
07/07-11 2nd Annual Michigan Women's Senior Amateur Championship, Black Lake
07/07-13 Take Your Daughter to the Course Week
07/13-14 2003 Independent Insurance Agent Junior Classic, Fortress GC,
07/14 Dick Purtan Annual Golf Outing, Oakland Universtiy, Rochester
07/14-16 Fifth Third Bank Michigan Women's Open Tournament presented by
Detroit Newspapers-Crystal Mountain Resort
07/14-15 GAM Women's Mid Amateur Championship, Glacier Club, Washington
07/08-14 Ford Senior Players Championship, TPC of Michigan, Dearborn
07/21/23 Detroit Newspapers Tournament of Champions-Boyne Mountain Resort
07/28-31 Michigan Junior Boys Championship, Battle Creek CC, Battle Creek
07/28-29 Michigan Senior PGA Championship,The Loon, Gaylord
07/28-08/03 Buick Open, Warwick Hills GC-Flint
07/30-08/03 Western Amateur, Point O'Woods, St. Joseph
08/11-13 GAM Championship, Grand Haven GC, Grand Haven
08/14 MGCOA Golf Outing, Gull Lake View GC, Augusta
08/16-17 Michigan Women's Publinx State Championship, Forest Akers West GC,
08/17-18 Wendy's Charity Golf Classic LPGA Pro-Am, Country Club of Jackson
08/18-20 Michigan PGA Championship-Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire
08/18-19 GAM Women's Championship, Clio CC, Clio
08/18-24 Bay Mills Open, Brimley-Wild Bluff GC
08/25-26 GAM Women's Senior Amateur Championship, Crystal
08/28-29 GAM Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, Treetops, Gaylord
09/08-11 Lincoln Mercury Classic-Pine Lake CC
09/03-04 GAM Men's Senior Amateur Championship, Lakewood Shores Resort, Oscoda
09/13-14 Michigan Net Amateur Championship, Pilgrim's Run
09/20-21 Atlas Matches, The Loon, Gaylord
09/30 Tournament of Club Champions (Men and Women) Egypt Valley, Ada
10/19-21 The GOLF 20/20 Conference, World Golf Village, Florida
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