Michigan Golf News
June 25, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 26
MGN ON THE ROAD
MGN grabbed some airport chatter with Bill Frieder, former U of M coach, who finished his collegiate career in Arizona. For the past five years, Frieder has administered a number of basketball camps, Michael Jordan's Senior Flight School, being one of them. Frieder indicated that the registration fee for the 4-day fantasy Jordan school is $15,000. Players needed to be 35 years plus to participate. They cap enrollment at 150 players and it sells out. The school is held at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas and everything about it is textbook class. Frieder, has been out of coaching for 5-6 years.
I asked him, if he was still popping into casinos and reading cards. He affirmed he still does from time to time, but does make a habit out of it. Frieder was a person that possessed the skill to keep track of cards in a deck, particularly when playing blackjack. He was a card counter and could beat the house on the use of this mental skill. Because of his success with his skill, he was persona non grata at casinos.
San Diego- Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino
MGN was in San Diego and L.A. for a few days and had the opportunity to get in a couple of rounds at their Barona Creek GC. It is a new 260 million facility, 30 miles West of San Diego. This community had its beginning in 1932, when a tribe of displaced Native Americans, bought the Barona Valley Ranch. They were the first tribe to legalize bingo on their property and then one thing led to another and they have a quarter of a billion dollar complex, with golf course and a 400 room hotel that fills up each night.
The course, a Gary Roger Baird design, has five tees, some dramatic, but mostly decorative bunkers, huge greens, a slope rating of 139 and decorative grasses to enhance its desert look. We found it to be a very challenging and engaging layout.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
"The Governor Visits Thunder Bay Resort"
Governor Granholm, recently stopped by Thunder Bay Resort as part of her Michigan Hidden Treasures Tour. Thunder Bay Resort, an anchor golf property on the Sunrise Side of Michigan, has added Elk Tours to those that not only want to shoot an eagle and a birdie, but also want to grab a camera and shoot an elk.
"Rose Creek GC-Oklahoma"
We thought we would show you this latest Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest gem in Oklahoma. We hope you enjoy it, and if out there, stop and play it.
MICHIGAN GOLF WEEKLY -hosted by Jeff Lesson and Janina Jacobs
Saturdays at 11:30
WWJ, CBS Detroit, Channel 62.
Jun 26 Dearborn TPC, Craig Stadler
Jul 03 White Pine National GC,Spruce
Jul 17 Elk Ridge GC, Atlanta
Jul 24 Plum Brook GC, Sterling Heights
Jul 31 True North, Harbor Springs.
Aug 14 Dearborn Hills GC, Dearborn
Aug 21 Buck's Run GC, Mt. Pleasant
ESPN-TYLENOL PAR-3 SHOOTOUT
Fuzzy Zoeller is the defending champion of the Tylenol Par-3 Shootout, which will be televised by ESPN on a delayed basis Monday, June 28 (10 p.m.-midnight ET) and Tuesday, June 29 (9-11 p.m. ET) from the Treetops Resort in Gaylord.
MGN/MGTV NOW FEATURED ON CHOK IN SARNIA, ONTARIO, CANADA
Starting this week, MGN will be heard in Canada through, K106.3/1070 CHOK/99.9 The FOX FM-Sarnia, Ontario. The show is hosted by Tom Gibson, Sports Director for the stations. MGN will be on each Wednesday at 2:20-2:35 PM. Sarnia, is a neat town with a lot going for it. They have a bridge run that our sister publication, The Michigan Skier, The Michigan Runner, covered a couple of years ago. The course starts in Port Huron, where runners run along the river before they begin running the Bluewater Bridge.
MICHIGAN GOLF ON THE RADIO
Michigan and Ontario Golf News with Tom Gibson and Art McCafferty
Fridays: 10:35 to 10:55 AM Talk Show Network
Michigan Golf News with Shawn Peterson and Art McCafferty
Saturdays 8:00-10:00 AM Golf Live Radio Network
Michigan Golf Live will feature Dan Pohl on its show this Saturday
TOM DOAK MAKES APPEARANCE ON THE GOLF CHANNEL
Tom Doak, who had one of the great doubles, two back to back covers on lent his considerable knowledge and design expertise to the Golf Channel's coverage of the US Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club last week as he appeared as a guest on the popular Sprint Pre-Game Show.
Tom Doak offered his insight and thoughts on a variety of subjects including the design of Shinnecock Hills and his new project Sebonack Golf Club, which Tom is collaborating on with Jack Nicklaus. Sebonack Golf Club neighbors both Shinnecock and the National Golf Links.
Edited from a release from Resort and Golf Marketing Services
LAKESHORE GOLF AND TRAVEL SHOW HAS DATE CHANGE
Sue Nielsen, Director of the show, indicated that they will have to move the show to March 5th and 6th. As it was, it had been scheduled for Easter weekend, thus the need for a change. The times will remain the same, Saturday, March 5, 10:00 A.M.. - 8:00 P.M.. and Sunday March 6, 10:00 A.M.. - 5:00 P.M..
TREETOPS IN USA TODAY'S "10 GREAT PLACES FOR DAD TO GOLF HIS DAY AWAY
Congrats to Treetops for making the list. Other courses included, Brandon Dunes, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, The American Club, Sea Island, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Marriott Sawgrass Resort, The Lodge at Torrey Pines and the Greenbrier.
Taken from USA Today, June 18, 2004
DEAN SMITH NEW SUPER AT OLD CHANNEL TRAIL
Old Channel Trail Golf Course recently selected Dean Smith to be a part of the OCT management team. Smith, a veteran irrigation and turf specialist, most recently served as an irrigation technician at Forest Akers East and West Golf Courses at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He was also a field technician in the turfgrass breeding program at MSU.
Taken from a OCT release
SALES OF GOLF EQUIPMENT DOWN 7% IN 2003; NSGA PROJECTS 2% INCREASE IN 2004
Sales of golf equipment reached $3.0 billion in 2003, a decline of 7% versus the $3.3 billion in 2002, according to new data contained in NSGA's annual Sporting Goods Market in 2004 report. The Association projects sales in 2004 to reach $3.1 billion, an increase of 2%.
Specifically, sales of clubs in sets declined 7% in 2003 at $1.5 billion, down from the all-time high of $2.0 billion in 2001. Sales of individual clubs slipped 8% in 2003 to $436.0 million. The previous best came in 2001, $568.3 million. Sales of balls reached $830.8 million (-7%), and sales of bags in 2003 were $292.8 million (-10%). Sales of golf shoes in 2003 fell 8% to $222.2 million, down from $242.7 million in 2002.
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Taken from a NSGA release
THE 37th PGA CLUB PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LONGABERGER GC, NASHPORT, OH --JUNE 24-27
Ron BEURMANN, Jackson
Lee HOUTTEMAN, Glen Arbor
Frank McAULIFFE, Ann Arbor
Andrew MOGG, Davis
J.R. ROTH, Flushing
John TRAUB, Rochester Hills
"I CALL THE SHOTS"-JOHNNY MILLER'S NEWEST BOOK
"I Call the Shots", by Johnny Miller with Guy Yocom, is a pleasant read from one of America's great golfers and foremost television commentators. Miller has some comments on the personalities of the game, some needed rule changes and the PGA Tour. Listed below are his favorite courses and best golf players he has played with during his time in golf.
Top 10 Courses
10. Royal Birkdale Golf Club (Southport, England)
9. Cypress Point Club (Pebble Beach, California)
8. Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, Pennsylvania)
7. Pine Valley Golf Club (Pine Valley, New Jersey)
6. Winged Foot Golf Club (Mamaroneck, New York)
5. The Old Course at St. Andrews (Scotland)
4. Augusta National Golf Club (Augusta, Georgia)
3. The Olympic Club (San Francisco, California)
2. Pebble Beach Golf Links (Pebble Beach, California)
1. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (Southhampton, New York)
Best Players Since 1967
SUNDANCE GC TO OPEN IN 2005
A-Ga-Ming Resort, located on the beautiful shores of Torch Lake just north of Traverse City, recently announced the addition of its new Sundance golf course. The Sundance Golf Club, which will open in spring 2005, will give A-Ga-Ming 36 holes of championship golf.
The Sundance course is designed by Michigan architect Jerry Matthews who has also developed such popular layouts as Bucks Run, Elk Ridge and Timber Ridge.
Edited from a Resort and Golf Marketing release
http://www.a-ga-ming.com/A-ga-ming.html or call (800) 678-0122.
MIKE WEIR / DINO CICCARELLI CHARITY CLASSIC DATE ANNOUNCED
Please find attached an updated media release on the Mike Weir Dino Ciccarelli Charity Classic (July 26) featuring more than 50 celebrity golfers. Also information on the Mike Weir All-Star Challenge, July 27, featuring Mike Weir, Wayne Gretzky, Adam Oates and Dino Ciccarelli. Both are presented by Bell with proceeds to youth through the new Mike Weir Foundation. The tournament is played at Huron Oaks GC.
There will also be a number of Canadian music stars golfing at the event as well as the Dennis Walters Show.
*Note: Dennis Walter and his Dog are a hoot. Check out a show we did on him a couple of years ago at the PGA Merchandise Show http://michigangolfer.tv/2003shows/clocktower/index.html
BIG BREAK FOR WOMEN
MG's Vanessa Bell, attended auditions for the new reality-TV series "Big Break III", recently on the range at the FUTURES Tour event in Decatur, Ill. The series will fall in line with the cable channel's popular Big Break series, in which male golfers attempted to become the finalist for exemptions on the Canadian Tour.
Approximately, 75 players at last week's audition were asked to hit 10 different golf shots in the skills test area, then were interviewed on camera about their personal interests and reason for wanting to be a part of the show. The Golf Channel producers will continue auditions through the end of July/early August, then will pare their list of candidates down to 20 players. Producers then will team with the station's marketing staff to select the final 10 players, who will live and compete together for the 10-day filming. The show will be shot in September and October at Kingsmill and will air in early February. Big Break III will run for 10 consecutive weeks, with one player eliminated in each show.
FORE KIDS GOLF CLASSIC-JULY 12
The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division will host the inaugural Fore Kids Golf Classic, a charity golf tournament to benefit The Salvation Army Denby Center for Children and Family Services and the Mt. Clemens Corps Community Center Day Camp, on Monday, July 12, at Moravian Hills Country Club in Clinton Township. Golf packages are $250 per golfer. Silent auction items include an autographed baseball from the Detroit Tigers, two airline tickets from AWA Airlink and an autographed hockey puck from Red Wings player Steve Thomas.
For more information-(248) 443-5500 ext. 342.
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LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK-"Being positive helps you in golf and life"
By Colleen Henry,
William Land Golf Course, Sacramento, CA.
As a coach, I often hear golfers groan or see them drop their head and shoulders after a golf shot. There is disappointment, even though the ball has ended up in a spot that is very playable; but it did not get there according to the plan of the golfer. For example: The ball went down the middle of the fairway, but it did not go very high in the air. Becoming upset about this sort of thing will only hurt your game. Emotions build off of one another to either help or hinder your swing. It is important to stay positive about every shot. We know that being positive means "enjoying what you are doing." Positive people have a good attitude and see the good all around them; at home, work, school and even in a golf shot that didn't go according to plan.
Here is a way to practice being positive while helping your golf swing at the same time. At the driving range, start off hitting pitch shots (half swings) and build into full swings with both your irons and woods. Golfers everywhere know that at the end of a good golf swing you will be standing balanced on your target side foot. So, for this game, at the end of each swing, stand for 3 seconds on your target side foot with your belt buckle facing the target and your club over your shoulder. At this time, say out loud something positive about your shot; notice something good about it. Maybe you had terrific balance even though you may have made a swing and missed. Maybe the ball went high even if it did not go as far as you wanted. Sometimes you have to be creative but there is always something good. Try this game with your friends at the range. Check out how much fun it can be for you to challenge yourself while taking notice of what went right instead of what went wrong. You can even do this game during a round of golf. While waiting for your turn, do a practice swing, hold your finish and imagine some positive outcome. The more you do this, the easier it will be to have both a balanced golf swing and be a positive person.
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GOLF DATATECH REPORTS CONTINUED RISE IN GOLF ROUNDS PLAYED
Golf rounds played continued to increase, according to the latest figures from Golf Datatech, which reported a 4.2% increase in April rounds played and a 4.1% increase in year-to-date rounds played, compared to the first four months of 2003.
19TH HOLE-RODNEY DANGERFIELD/A.K.A. AL CZERVIK FROM CADDYSHACK
"Last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it.."
"What a childhood I had. Once on my birthday my ol' man gave me a bat. The first day I played with it, it flew away."
"In my life I've been through plenty. When I was three years old, my parents got a dog. I was jealous of the dog, so they got rid of me."
"My old man never liked me, He gave me my allowance in traveler's checks."
"A homeless guy came up to me on the street, said he hadn't eaten in four days. I told him, 'Man, I wish I had your willpower.'
"I tell ya. I grew up in a tough neighborhood. The other night a guy pulled a knife on me. I could see it was not a real professional job. There was butter on it."
"I was an ugly kid. I worked in a pet store. People kept asking how big I get."
"What a childhood I had. My mother never breast-fed me. She told me she liked me as a friend."
"My ol' man took me to a freak show. They said, 'Get the kid outta here. He's distracting from the show."
"I never got girls when I was a kid. One girl told me, 'Come on over, there's nobody home.' I went over. There was nobody home."
"I tell you ya, yesterday was a tough day. I found some guy's wallet. Inside was a picture of my two kids."
Taken from Rodney Dangerfield's new book, "It's Not Easy Being Me"
Harper Entertainment http://harpercollins.com
HOLE IN ONE CLUB
Blain Rowley, used a 9-iron to ace the 12th hole at Greystone GC in Romeo. Blain, from Sterling Heights, has played for six years and this is his first.
Daryl Larsen, of Grand Rapids, aced the 17th hole on the Ridge course at Egypt Valley CC in Ada.
GOLF CALENDAR 2004
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 and Spa.
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╩
07/12 Fore Kids Golf Classic, Moravian Hills CC, Clinton Township
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 Mike Weir Dino Ciccarelli Charity Classic, Huron Oaks GC, Sarnia. Ont
07/27 Mike Weir All-Star Challenge, Huron Oaks GC, Sarnia, Ont.
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
08/05 32nd Michigan State Junior Golf Championship, A-GA-MING
08/9-10 GAM Championship,Plum Hollow CC
08/16 Paul W. Smith: Pals for Pal, Detroit Golf Club
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 Arnold Palmer Turning Point Invitational, Country Club of Detroit,
08/30-31 GAM Women's Senior Amateur, Mt. Pleasant CC
09/04-05 Par-3 Amateur Shootout
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
09/16 Irish Night and Ryder Cup Celebration at The Henry Ford,
09/25-26 Atlas Trophy Matches (Men & Women), Yarrow GC
09/25-27 PepsiĘ Fall Charity Invitational
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
01-27-30 PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, FL
02/04-06 West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Center, Grand Rapids
02/11-13 London Golf and Travel Show, London, Ontario
02/25-27 Lansing Golf Show, Lansing Center, Lansing
03/05 Midland Golf Show, Valley Plaza Resort
03/26-27 Lakeshore Golf Show and Travel Show
03/11-13 Michigan Golf Show, Novi Expo, Novi
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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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