Michigan Golf News
June 24, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 26
BAY MILLS RESORT AND CASINO/WILD BLUFF GOLF COURSE
Video: 2005 Bay Mills Open Players Tournament Preview
-with Rob Lussenhof
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--- Gaylord-The Tribute and The Classic
--- Grand Rapids-Mines Golf Course
--- Harbor Springs-True North and Harbor Point
--- Hart-Colonial Golf Course
--- Holland-Macatawa Legends
--- Indian River-Chestnut Valley
--- Mears-Golden Sands Golf Club
--- Ludington-Hemlock Golf Club, Epsworth Heights, Lincoln Hills Golf
--- Montague- Old Channel Trail
--- Pinckney-Timber Trace Golf Club
--- Rothbury-The Thorougbred
--- Whitehall-White Lake Golf Club
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
--- "Jim Flick-Golf Guru for Boyne" with Terry Moore
--- "Preview of Prince Edward Island"
__/ CAROLYN BIVENS TO HEAD LPGA
__/ COUPLES TO DEFEND AT ING PAR3 SHOOTOUT-TREETOPS
__/ YOUNG GUNS DOMINATE SWEET SIXTEEN FIELD AT 94TH MICHIGAN AMATEUR
__/ WILLIAMS ELECTED TO LONG DRIVE HALL OF FAME
__/ BANK OF ANN ARBOR FUTURES GOLF CLASSIC STARTS THIS WEEK
__/ JANSON TAKES 2005 CLUB CAR MICHIGAN SENIOR OPEN AT BEDFORD VALLEY
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS RADIO-TODAY'S GUEST-MIKE DEAGOSTINO, GTR&S
__/ MORE COURSES TO BE HIGHLIGHTED ON MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOW
__/ 19TH HOLE- MAKES YOU THINK
__/ ARCHIVES-MICHIGAN GOLFER
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS
__/ TOURNAMENT SCHEDULES
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MGN ON THE ROAD
Gaylord-The Otsego Club
MGN had another opportunity to visit The Tribute course at the Otsego
Club. It is a wonderful course and not only a tribute to the Keith
Gornick's and Gary Koch's fathers, it is a tribute to the land it was built
on. Mark Hogan is in good spirits as the golf rounds in June have been
up on the 54-Hole Shootout. MG-TV will have a show on the course next
Grand Rapids-Mines Golf Course
Todd Loughlin, the new PGA Professional at The Mines Golf Club is
itching to get his course open and underway. There are still a couple of
holes on this Mike DeVries design that have to grow in, but a mid-July
date is still on the schedule. The course has some dramatic land and
DeVries has put together yet another magic experience for the golfer.
DeVries other designs include; Diamond Springs, Kingsley, Greywalls and
Pilgrim's Golf Club.
Harbor Springs-True North and Harbor Point
True North, the latest course by awarding winning designer, Jim Engh,
is outrageously awesome. The official Grand Opening is this Saturday and
will supply golf writers with enough material to last the summer. This
course will only be taking public play until their membership fills and
therefore, you need to book a tee time before this window is closed.
It was quite a transition going from True North, Michigan's newest golf
course to Harbor Point, one of Michigan's oldest golf courses, but it
does let you appreciate how the sculpting of a course out of the land
has changed. Shawn Bezilla, is the new caretaker of this 109 year old
course and he is very excited about the opportunity. Shawn was the head
professional at Little Traverse Bay for many years.
A new website is on the way, one of the moves that Bezilla has made to
make Habor Point a little more visible to the golfing public.
Hart-Colonial Golf Course
Craig Barter was holding down the proshop for Harold Webb, the PGA
Professional at the four year old course. This is a Jeff Gorney design.
Gorney has also designed Hessel Ridge, Little Traverse Bay, The Dream,
The Nightmare, Sparrow Hawk, Heathlands, Huron Shores. Green Briar and
Lakeview Hills. This is a 27 hole complex, nine of them being a
executive course. They have a big time restaurant, Colonial Restaurant and
Grill, that serves the entire community.
Holland-Macatawa Legends Golf and Country Club
We caught up with Ray and Brenda Hearn at the 12th hole of Macatawa
Legends Golf and Country Club during the Grand Opening. Rain dampened the
early festivities, but the uniqueness of the Ray Hearn design showed
through a Canadian "Norwester" coming off Lake Michigan. Working with a
very flat piece of ground, Hearns has created a championship course
that will live up to its Legends name. Hearn's firm continues to pick up
work with current projects now in New York, the Bahamas, Connecticut and
Montana. He is also involved in a couple of proposals with Rick Smith.
Indian River-Chestnut Valley
Mark Buchanan is the head pro at Chestnut Valley after internships
under Randy Erskine at Great Oaks and six years with Boyne. The course was
designed by Larry Mancour, former PGA Tour player and Michigan legend.
Mancour also designed Dunmaglas and the new Eagle Beach course in
Alanson. Chestnut Valley was in excellent shape and is continuing to draw
golfers to its tees.
Mears-Golden Sands Golf Club
Alicia Kolenda is one of a number of owners that are taking the Golden
Sands Golf Course to the next level, or in this case an additional nine
holes. The original course was built by a farmer/businessman that
wanted to keep his golf loving wife a little closer to home. Once built,
the course became more of a business instead of a home course and the
owners sold it to Kolenda et.al. While this is a fine nine hole course,
Kolenda indicates that the new nine will be on some very dramatic land.
Nearby, Sierra Sands Motel, owned by Bob and Marilyn Henry, will take
care of your lodging in this Silver Lake community.
Ludington-Hemlock Golf Club, Epsworth Heights, Lincoln Hills Golf Club
Hemlock Golf Club
John and Mike Kennedy are the owners of this Ray Hearn design. John
Kennedy has been a golf course superintendent for a couple of decades,
working at Tecumseh CC for 12 years and then moving on to the prestigious
Highland Meadows, home of the Jamie Farr Classic. When his brother, a
physician in Ludington, put together the land and the money, John joined
him to bring this course and their collective dream to fruition.
The masterpiece on this course of masterpieces is the 12th hole, a
double fairway par 5 of 583 yards. The course has a terrific
presentation on its webstite at http://www.hemlockgolfclub.com/layout.html
This private club is a throw back to the early days of the 20th
century. It services a private community of cottages that date back to the
days of steamship travel on the Great Lakes and the time that Ludington
was one of the major ports, besides Chicago on the Lake Michigan shore.
The course is in immaculate shape, which is appropriate for those who
have continued the legacy of this very affluent and private community in
Lincoln Hills Golf Club
This is an 18 hole golf course that is semi-private. It is heavily
wooded and tight off the tee.
Montague -Old Channel Trail
After visiting close to 1000 golf courses in my life, this is one that
I had not gotten to until this past week. Owned by Merriam and Lyle
Leeke, two giants in this business, it is now in the very capable hands of
the next generation of care givers, Heather and Bill Leeke.
The magic of this 27-hole layout is that the three nines have been
built by three different generations of golf architects. The first nine
was designed in 1927 by Robert Bruce Harris, one of the founders of the
American Society of Golf Course Architects. The second nine, built in
1966 was designed by Mr. Michigan Golf, W. Bruce Matthews. Finally, the
third nine, was designed by W. Bruce Matthews' son, Jerry Matthews, in
1994. Each nine offers you a distinctive experience and an opportunity
to enjoy the evolution of Michigan golf architects. Playing these
different style courses are al treat for golfers and golf historians alike.
The second hole of the W. Bruce Matthews course yields a terrific view
of Lake Michigan, one of the first golf courses on Lake Michigan to
offer such a view.
Chris Cullen, Director of Instruction at the course, has an excellent
instructional area, with putting green, driving range and practice
Pinckney-Timber Trace Golf Club
Timber Trace Golf Club, a Conroy/Dewling design is part of the Michigan
Grand Golf Trail challenge and maybe just what you're looking for if an
"up north" golf experience is your choice. Carved out of mature oaks,
large maples and rows of tall standing pines surrounds this beautiful
It has been some time since we visited the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury,
too long. The property features, the original ranch, The Thoroughbred,
the hotel, The Back Forty, the R.V. camp, the cabin areas and rodeos.
In addition, another 40 million dollars of future projects are on the
drawing boards. The work of Joan and Bob Lipsitz has been one of the
great resort stories in Michigan over the past 20 years.
Ty Love, the Director of Golf, was on hand and he was happy to report
that rounds are up for the year. We had time to take a cart and revisit
the grandeur of the front nine, including the infamous second hole.
This is an Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest design, and one of the courses
that Art Hills likes to revisit each year. It is a special course and
one of the anchors of the Arthur Hills Michigan Golf Trail.
Whitehall-White Lake Golf Club
We happened upon White Lake Golf Club, designed by E. E. Roberts in
1916, and marveled at the condition of the course and the magnificent
trees that create an umbrella of leaves for the course's fairways. The
course is private and offers a haven for those of means and a golf game.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOWS
Always on - 24/7/365,- serving 355,586 viewers YTD *
"Jim Flick-Golf Guru for Boyne" with Terry Moore
Terry Moore chatted with Boyne super star, Jim Flick, during the West
Michigan Golf Show. Among the pearls in this interview, is the fact that
Jim used to room with Arnold Palmer at Wake Forest. He also discusses
his instgructional schools with Jack Nicklaus.
Preview-Prince Edward Island Golf
Starting in July, Northwest Airlines is scheduling a direct flight from
Detroit to Prince Edward Island, targeted toward golfers and other
vacationers. And yes, your friendly scribe, will be visiting this Canadian
equivalent of our Rhode Island, later this mont for a closer
inspection. In our video taped at the Michigan Golf Show, a representative of
P.E.I. discusses what you will find there this summer.
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WILLIAMS ELECTED TO LONG DRIVE HALL OF FAME
Evan (Big Cat) Williams has been elected to the LDA Hall of Fame, Long
Drivers of America (LDA) announced today. The long drive champion will
be inducted at a ceremony on October 21 during the RE/MAX World Long
Drive Championship in Mesquite, Nevada.
Williams, 57, a New Jersey native who resides in Rochester Hills,
Michigan, won consecutive U.S. National Long Drive Championships in 1976-77.
Williams' winning drive in 1977, a 353-yard blast at Pebble Beach Golf
Links, stayed on the books as the championship record for 18 years,
until Sean (The Beast) Fister won in 1995 with 362+ yards.
Williams is an accomplished golfer as well as power hitter, having
played in PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour events.
CAROLYN BIVENS TO HEAD LPGA
Carolyn Bivens, a longtime media executive who is president and chief
operating officer of Initiative Media, has been chosen as the next LPGA
commissioner. Bivens will succeed Ty Votaw, becoming the seventh LPGA
commissioner and first female to lead the organization.
COUPLES TO DEFEND AT ING PAR3 SHOOTOUT-TREETOPS
Fred Couples will return to Treetops Resort to defend his ING Par-3
Shootout title on June 27th & 28th. Joining Fred is the worldıs number 4
player in the world, Phil Mickelson, and two ING Par-3 Shootout rookies:
two-time US Open Champion, Andy North, and golfıs funnyman and network
personality, Gary McCord. The event will be telecast on ESPN2 each
evening, tape delayed from 1000 PM Midnight.
Contested on Americaıs number one Par 3 Course, the purse for the
18-hole tournament is $540,000 and an additional $1 million bonus is
available for every hole-in-one -- (won by Lee Trevino in 2001 when he aced
the 138-yard 7th hole). Each hole is worth $20,000, with a $10,000 bonus
for the player hitting his shot closest to the pin. If the hole is not
won, the money carries over to the next hole. If the hole is won, the
player doesnıt get the money unless he validates it on the next hole by
either winning or tying the low score. No validation is necessary on
Tickets, priced at $50 for the two days, or $30 for each day, will go
on sale April 1 and may be purchased online at www.treetops.com or by
calling (989) 732-6711, ext. 2499.
³Fred and Phil always put on a great show, and when you add charismatic
players like Gary McCord and Andy North, you canıt help but have an
entertaining round of golf,² said Rick Smith, the owner and managing
partner of Treetops Resort. To Purchase Tickets for The Shootout http://treetops.com
YOUNG GUNS DOMINATE SWEET SIXTEEN FIELD AT 94TH MICHIGAN AMATEUR
Muskegon Youth prevailed during the first day of match play at the
94th Michigan Amateur held at the Muskegon Country Club. Windy conditions
made the already challenging Donald Ross design even more difficult.
³The wind was brutal out there today,² said 2003 champion Colby
Beckstrom, who won his two matches to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. ³It makes
this a totally different golf course, very tough.² Beckstrom was one of
16 players to advance from the field of 64 players who qualified after
two days of stroke play. The field of 16 is dominated by young college
players. The oldest person is 28; at the younger end of the grouping,
there are five 19-year-olds.
This yearıs medalist, Andy Ruthkoski, was eliminated in his second
match. Heıs in good company, however. Only seven medalists have gone on to
win the championship in its 94-year history.
³Anybody can win,² Ruthkoski said. ³Everything changes when you go to
match play.² Match play continues on Friday and Saturday, with two
rounds of matches per day. The 18-hole Championship match is set for
Hull d. Ruthkoski 1-up
Wilkes-Krier d. Clark 2 and 1
Mahoney d. Walicki 3 and 2
Jawor d. Pumford 1-up
Stuard d. Hutchinson 3 and 2
Harmon d. Pattan 8 and 7
Yamaoka d. Stanek 4 and 3
Tyler d. Gielow 5 and 4
Beckstrom d. Bardha 5 and 4
Gunthorpe d. Quigley 3 and 2
Manick d. Katanski 1-up 19 holes
Chestnut d. Brehm 1-up 19 holes
Baker d. Kurzynowski 2 and 1
Haase d. Hinkle 1-up 20 holes
Atsma d. Zylstra 1-up 20 holes
Vozza d. Doyle 3 and 2
FRIDAY MORNINGıS THIRD-ROUND PAIRINGS
Hull vs. Wilkes-Krier, 8 a.m.
Mahoney vs. Jawor, 8:10 a.m.
Beckstrom vs. Gunthorpe, 8:20 a.m.
Manick vs. Chestnut, 8:30 a.m.
Yamaoka vs. Tyler, 8:40 a.m.
Stuard vs. Harmon, 8:50 a.m.
Baker vs. Haase, 9 a.m.
Atsma vs. Vozza, 9:10 a.m.
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BANK OF ANN ARBOR FUTURES GOLF CLASSIC STARTS THIS WEEK
Who is hotter on the FUTURES Golf Tour than second-year pro Jenny
Gleason of Clearwater, Fla., who won her second consecutive tournament last
week? Gleason arrives in Ann Arbor looking for season win No. 3. There
will be five 2005 winners in the field attempting to win the fifth
annual tournament in Ann Arbor. But the likes of Lori Atsedes of Ithaca,
N.Y., Kyeong Bae of Seoul, Korea, Gleason, Jin Young Pak of Kang Leoung,
Korea, and Sarah-Jane Kenyon of Queensland, Australia will have to
wrestle this year's event from the eight Michigan natives in the field.
JANSON TAKES 2005 CLUB CAR MICHIGAN SENIOR OPEN AT BEDFORD VALLEY GC
1st Lynn Janson Ada, 70 70 140 $3100.00
2nd Robert Makoski Novi 70 71 141
3rd Dave Kendall Saline 69 74 143
4th Kenneth Allard Rochester 72 73 145
Ron English Charlotte, 71 74 145
MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS RADIO GOLF WITH SHAWN PETERSON-MIKE
The Michigan Open is coming to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. We
interview Mike DeAgostino, who represents the host site. In addition, we
stop by the Kingsley Club to check out their Hickory Open, The show is
live at 10:40 AM Friday on Michigan Talk Radio and streamed on MLive
MORE COURSES TO BE HIGHLIGHTED ON MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOW
Upcoming shows on MGTV include:
True North-Harbor Springs
Fox Run Country Club-Grayling
Grandview Golf Club-Kalkaska
The Courses of Prince Edward Island, Canada
The Tribute Golf Course-Gaylord
Timberstone Golf Club-Iron Mountain
True North-Harbor Springs
Twin Birch Golf Club- Kalkaska
The Concession with Tony Jacklin, Jack Nicklaus and Vanessa Bell
Bay Mills Open-Bay Mills Casino and Resort-Brimley
Michigan PGA-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Acme
Dan Pohl: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame-with Jack Berry
Elaine Crosby: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame-with Jack Berry
19TH HOLE- MAKES YOU THINK
Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?
Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?
If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack?
Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"?
Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?
Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds?
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
How come abbreviated is such a long word?
Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Dr. Jack Minzey.
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