wrap up report this coming Wednesday.
Golf Channel Television Coverage of the Bay Mills Open
Thursday August 26th
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm "Live" Round One Friday August 27th
4:30 am - 6:30 am Round One Replay
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm "Live" Round Two Saturday August 28th
4:30 am - 6:30 am Round Two Replay
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm "Live" Round Three Sunday August 29th
4:30 am - 6:30 am Round Three Replay
1:00 am - 3:00 pm "Live" Round Four Monday August 30th
4:30 am - 6:30 am Round Four Replay
2:30 pm - 4:30 am Round Two Replay Tuesday August 31st
2:30 pm - 4:30 am Round Three Replay Wednesday September
2:30 pm - 4:30 am Round Four Replay
Mackinac Island-Island Golf
Mission Point Resort-The Greens
Mission Point Resort has one of the great putting courses in
Michigan. Other great putting courses include the ones at Hawk Hollow
and Buck's Run. The Greens at Mission Point consist of 18 holes that are
framed against the waters and lake going traffic of the Great Lakes. This
Mission Point has got it together big time. Is there a better place to
kick back in Michigan than on the porch of Mission Point? Congrats
to GM Tim Russell for continuing to make this one of the Midwest's great
Wawashkamo Golf Club
We did the weekly MGN radio show from the clubhouse of Wawashkamo GC.
They were hosting the 3rd Annual Hickory Sticks Golf Tournament this
past week. They had over 50 golfers play the couse that renown golf
architect and golfer, Alex Smith created in 1898. The club was hosting
its 3rd Annual Hickory Classic. As part of the tournament, they partnered
with the Mackinac State Historic Parks and produced, a dinner and program,
"Fore! The History of Golf on Friday evening. The dinner, for cusine
buffs included a Scottish Cheedar Cheese Soup, Steak Bermarol,
Crusted Halibut and Clapshot and Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. On
hand were Phil Porter and Tim Putnam from the Michigan State Historic
Parks staff and Fred "Fritz" George, PGA pro of the club and Kathy and
Sonny Chappie, tournament organizers.
The golf course at Grand Hotel has some age on it as well. Built in
1901, the Jewel was renovated by Jerry Matthews, shortly after he
designed the Woods course. This is probably the only place in America
where you are driven to the second nine by horse and carriage. The
Grand Hotel has a great one page back to back ad in the latest Golf
for Women; a nice touch by their advertising folks.
POLLACK WINS MICHIGAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
By Tim Hygh
Joe Pollack, a 36-year-old teaching professional from Grand Rapids,
shot 72 on Shanty Creek's Cedar River course in Wednesday's final
round to win the 83rd Michigan PGA Championship presented by Detroit
Newspapers. Pollack's three-round total of 66-72-72-210 gave him a
victorious total of 6-under-par, 1 shot better that runner-up Ron
Beurmann in the $80,000 event.
"This is the top golf moment in my life, for sure. I was so nervous
before the round, and I hit my drive on the opening hole right down
the middle. It settled me down, said Pollack, who teaches at Boulder
Creek CC, where his wife Amy, an expectant mother, is director of
instruction. He also teaches at Thousand Oaks GC. This was only
Pollack's second appearance in the Michigan PGA Championship. He
finished T-25 in 2003, and collected $9,500 for the win. "This money
goes right into the baby fund."
The three-round, $80,000 Michigan PGA Championship was played on
Shanty Creek's Cedar River and The Legend courses.
Taken and Edited from a Tim Hygh Michigan PGA news release
MICHIGAN GOLFER TV--RYDER CUP-THE 60'S
This was a tough decade for the Brits as they managed only a tie in
the five Ryder Cups. In the 60's Arnold Palmer made his debute and
eventually posted 23 career points in 32 matches. Matches were
reduced to 18 holes from 36, fourball matches were introduced, overall
play was extended from three days from two, American's mastered the
"punch" shot to twart those Atlantic Ocean winds, Ben Hogan, in one of his
longest speeches said at the dinner,"Ladies and gentlemen, the United
States Ryder Cup Team - the finest golfers in the world," and then
sat down, and Jackson's Dave Hill began his Ryder Cup career .
Finally, in one of golf's most memorable moments of sportsmanship,
Nicklaus, playing in his first Ryder Cup Matches, conceded a
two-footer to Tony Jacklin.
Join Bill Shelton, "The Haig" and Arnold Palmer as they reminise
about the Ryder Cup, the 60's and Palmer's friendship with "The Haig".
Year Site Results
1969 Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Eng U.S. 16 Britain 16
1967 Champions GC, Houston, Texas U.S. 23 1/2 Britain 8 1/2
1965 Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Eng U.S. 19 1/2 Britain 12 1/2
1963 East Lake CC, Atlanta, Ga. U.S. 23 Britain 9
1961 Royal Lytham & St. Annes, England U.S. 14 1/2 Britain 9 1/2
Taken and edited from the IBM Official Site of 34th the Ryder Cup
*"The Haig" is played by Mike McCafferty soon to be seen in the new
Mike Judge film, "3001"
RYDER CUP: SITE HISTORY AND SCORES
1959 Eldorado CC, Palm Desert, Calif. U.S. 8 1/2 Britain 3 1/2
1957 Lindrick GC, Yorkshire, England Britain 7 1/2 U.S. 4 1/2
1955 Thunderbird CC, Plm Springs, Calif. U.S. 8 Britain 4
1953 Wentworth GC, Wentworth, England U.S. 6 1/2 Britain 5 1/2
1951 Pinehurst CC, Pinehurst, N.C. U.S. 9 1/2 Britain 2 1/2
1949 Ganton GC, Scarborough, England U.S. 7 Britain 5
1947 Portland GC, Portland, Ore. U.S. 11 Britain 1
1939 1945 No Matches/due to World War II
1937 Southport & Ainsdale GC, England U.S. 8 Britain 4
1935 Ridgewood CC, Ridgewood, N.J. U.S. 9 Britain 3
1933 Southport & Ainsdale GC, England Britain 6 1/2 U.S. 5 1/2
1931 Scioto CC, Columbus, Ohio U.S. 9 Britain 3
1929 Moortown GC, Leeds, England Britain 7 U.S. 5
1927 Worcester CC, Worcester, Mass. U.S. 9 1/2 Britain 2 1/2
The above matches are detailed by Walter and Bill Shelton at
GAM:OAKLAND HILLS C.C./RYDER CUP INFORMATION
As the United States and European teams begin the final preparations
for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches, so too does the Oakland Hills Country Club
golf course management staff, headed by Golf Course Manager Steve Cook.
For your convenience, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of
America (GCSAA) and the Golf Association of Michigan have provided a link
below to the GCSAA Tournament Fact Sheet on Oakland Hills Country Club.
Here you will find information about Steve Cook, certified golf course
superintendent/master greenkeeper, course statistics & characteristics,
wildlife, and numerous interesting and historical course-related facts.
DEBTS CATCH SHANTY CREEK
By KEITH MATHENY
Record-Eagle staff writer
BELLAIRE - Comerica Bank officials have initiated foreclosure
proceedings against several Shanty Creek Resort properties, accusing
the resort's owners of defaulting on a $20.35 million mortgage.
A written statement from resort owners LaVanway Capital and Trade
Corp. said the foreclosure "does not change operations or ownership
of the resort."
IS THERE A GRAND RAPIDS GOLF HISTORIAN IN THE HOUSE?*
After doing an extended search on the internet to no avail, I am
turning to you for some information.
I am having a discussion with a friend of mine who insists that once
upon a time, there was a country club located in the Ottawa
Grand Rapids area, specifically on Mackinaw Road. I've looked
everywhere I can think of but can find no reference to a golf club in
this area. We both live in East Grand Rapids, just next to the Ottawa
Hills area, and it's been pointed out that a particular house on
Mackinaw Road was the old clubhouse for this golf course.
Can you shed any light on this subject? Thanks for your help in this
Carol A. Firlik
* If , contact Carol and CC the MGN. thanks
BOYNE FEATURED ON THE GOLF CHANNEL
Julie Ard, a publicist for Boyne, indicated that the Golf Channel has
a new program called "Golf Styles" and that Boyne was featured. I
would suppose that when the new Avalanche Bay opens next May, there
will be a ton of shows about the resort.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION CONTINUES RYDER CUP SERIES
Ryder Cup Shows
Michigan and the Ryder Cup-Tim Hygh and Kevin Frisch
Walter Hagen and the Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup: Captains Challenge at Detroit GC-Lee Woodruff/Jennie
Ireland: Ryder Cup Site for 2008-Vanessa Bell and Damien Ryan
The Haig: Captain for Six Ryder Cups-Bill Shelton and "The Haig"
The Ryder Cup- The 40's
The Ryder Cup -The 50's
The Ryder Cup- The 60's
The Ryder Cup- The 70's
The Ryder Cup- The 80's
The Ryder Cup- The 90's
The Ryder Cup- The 00's
"Dave Hill:Ryder Cup Memories"-Jack Berry interviews Dave Hill
"The Concession" Nicklaus and Jacklin-Vanessa Bell Interviews Tony
Irish Night at the Ryder Cup
"Memories Over a Bottle of Guiness"
NEW PRO-PRO TO DEBUT AT 2004 PGA EXPO
PGA Golf Exhibitions will present the first annual Pro-Pro Tournament
for PGA Professionals and Apprentices, Sept. 22, in conjunction with
the 2004 PGA Fall Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. Now, in addition to
previewing the latest merchandise of some 300 exhibitors, personally
testing products and attending a full-day of professional development
seminars, PGA Professionals and Apprentices from around the country
now have the opportunity to compete for a $2,000 purse in an 18-hole
tournament at the 2004 PGA Fall Expo.
Buyers and media can register, make travel arrangements and hotel
reservations for the 2004 PGA Fall Expo online at
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER MICHIGAN GOLFER ONLINE PREVIEW
--COMING -September 10
"Tournament Roundup" by Kelly Hill, Managing Editor
"Walter Hagen and His Detroit Years" by Wensdy White
"Georgia Bay Golf" by Brian Manning
"Bay Mills Open Players Tournament"- Video Review-Tim Hygh
"Wisconsin Golf-America's Hottest New Golf Destination" by Mike Beckman
"Colorado Golf" by Jason Deegan
"And The Award Goes To ..." by Marc VanSoset
"Slice of Life" by Terry Moore
New Course Previews
"True North" by Mike Terrell
"Eagle Eye" Video Review-by Calvin Zirk and Art McCafferty
Fall Reading-by Art McCafferty
RYDER CUP SHOP OPENS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11
The 30,000-plus-sq.-ft. Ryder Cup Golf Shop opens its doors to the
public on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 from 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. This is the public's only opportunity to see where the 35th
Ryder Cup Matches will be played and purchase official merchandise.
Parking is free at the Bingham Office Park (at 13 Mile and
Telegraph). A complimentary shuttle will take visitors to Oakland Hills
And to kick off the opening of the Ryder Cup Golf Shop, The PGA of
America and Oakland Hills will award 20 lucky winners with tickets
each day (Sept. 11 and 12) through daily drawings. Winners will
receive a pair of daily or weekly ground tickets.
Edited from a release from Heather George
THE HISTORY OF OAKLAND HILLS
CANADIAN RATES AT GULL LAKE
Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort will honor the Canadian Dollar the
weekend of September 3-6, 2004, by makeing it par with the US Dollar.
Enjoy two nights of lodging in our Fairway Villas and three days of
unlimited golf on our five courses for $270* - Canadian or three
nights of lodging and four days of golf for $379*- Canadian. There
is also one night of lodging and two days of golf package available for
Call 269-731-5013 today to make reservations; Note our 800 number
does not work for Canadian calls, but let our reservation agent know you
are calling from Canada and we will call you back.
*The package rates do not include tax, carts or meals. Carts and
meals will be valued on the US Dollar.We hope to see you the weekend of
September 3-6, 2004!
A man comes home from work and is greeted by his wife dressed in a
sexy little nightie. "Tie me up," she purrs, "and you can do anything
you want." So he ties her up and goes out for a round of golf.
A golfer asked his friend, "Why are you so late?" The friend replied,
"It's Sunday. I had to toss a coin between going to church or playing
golf and it took 25 tosses to get it right!"
A gushy reporter told Jack Nicklaus, "You are spectacular, and your
name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way
around the golf course. What's your secret?"
Nicklaus replied, "The holes are numbered."
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Jack Minzey for these gems.
CHARLES NEUBERT JOINS HOLE IN ONE CLUB
Charles Neubert of Flat Rock, Michigan drove an ace (hole-in-one)
with an 8-iron on hole #14 (145 yards) at Shanty Creek Resort and Club's
Cedar River Golf Club. Charles has been playing for 25 years and this
is the first time he has shot a hole-in-one.
GREAT LAKES SPORTS PUBLICATIONS TELEVISION NETWORK
"Muskegon Summer Celebration"
Michigan Travel had a blast in Muskegon this summer. We were in town
to cover the Muskegon Chronicle Seaway Run 15K Run and stayed at the
very nice Shoreline Inn. Our show captures the wonderfully improved
beachfront, the Muskegon Summer Midway and finally a terrific parade.
Oh yes, we also got some great shots of runners enjoying a beautiful
day and run.
"Leelanau Cellars and the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail"
The Leelanau Cellars is a big time wine maker in Michigan, running
about fourth after St. Julian, Warner and Chateau Grand Traverse. Our
hosts for the show are winemaker, Shannon Walters and marketing
manager, Lisa Scott-Miller. Join them for a look at their winery,
tasting room and a video stroll through their vineyards.
Dowagiac is one of Michigan's great farming communities and also
hosts Southwestern Michigan College. Dowagiac Days featurers a midway,
sidewalk sales, Steve's Run, rock climbing and a couple of kids
dressed up like cows. Join our host, Jennie McCafferty as she
interviews some woodcarvers, but not before a welcoming from the
town's two cows.
RYAN MOORE TO JOIN ARNIE AT COUNTRY CLUB OF DETROIT
The King of amateur golf this summer will join "The King," Arnold
Palmer, and 29 other past winners in the greatest gathering ever of
U.S. Amateur Champions to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Arnold
Palmer's triumph in that event - a moment Palmer acknowledged as "my
turning point in golf."
Ryan Moore, 21, of Puyallup, Wash., and the University of Nevada-Las
Vegas, will join Palmer and 29 other fellow U.S. Amateur champions in
teaming to create turning points in the lives of children in urban
Detroit with the inaugural Arnold Palmer Turning Point Invitational.
The two-day event begins with a dinner Sunday, Aug. 29, followed by a
one-day pro-am Aug. 30 at The Country Club of Detroit, site of
Palmer's triumph in 1954.
Moore capped one of the greatest summers in amateur golf history
Sunday by coming from behind to edge Luke List, 2 up, to capture the
U.S. Amateur championship at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck,
N.Y. Moore previously won the NCAA Division 1 title, the U.S. Amateur
Public Links and the Western Amateur.
Joining Palmer and Moore in the inaugural Arnold Palmer Turning Point
Invitational are Sam Urzetta (1950), Harvie Ward (1955, 1956), Gary
Cowan (1966, 1971), Bob Dickson (1967), Bruce Fleisher (1968), Steve
Melnyk (1969), Lanny Wadkins (1970), Vinny Giles (1972), Jerry Pate
(1974), Fred Ridley (1975), John Fought (1977), John Cook (1978), Mark
O'Meara (1979), Nathaniel Crosby (1981), Jay Sigel (1982, 1983), Scott
Verplank (1984), Sam Randolph (1985), Buddy Alexander (1986), Billy
Mayfair (1987), Phil Mickelson (1990), Mitch Voges (1991), John Harris
(1993), Matt Kuchar (1997), Hank Kuehne (1998), David Gossett (1999),
Jeff Quinney (2000), Ben "Bubba" Dickerson (2001), Ricky Barnes (2002)
and Nick Flanagan (2003).
Tournament organizers expect to raise $5 million to establish the
Arnold Palmer Education Fund, which will primarily support increased
partnerships for the children at the Cornerstone Schools in Detroit,
and will allow more urban children to receive a quality education at
these exceptional, nationally-known, ISACS-accredited schools.
At Cornerstone's request, proceeds will also go to First Tee of
Michigan, a nationwide program that helps children develop solid life
values through learning to play by the rules and practicing the
discipline of the game of golf; the Children's Scholarship Fund of
Detroit, a scholarship program to allow primary and secondary urban
students to have the opportunity for an excellent education; The ART
of Leadership Foundation, a leadership development program that
trains young people in the art of visionary leadership; and the Warm Up to
Reading program, a literacy program to promote summer reading for
students in Detroit's public schools.
"The 1954 U.S. Amateur was a turning point in my life, and I am
thrilled that so many other U.S. Amateur champions have agreed to
join me in this endeavor to create a turning point in the lives of these
children," Palmer said. For further information regarding the Arnold Palmer
Turning Point Invitational, please visit the website at
http://www.turningpointinvitational.org, or call 313-892-1860,
***Tickets are still available for the dinner and the tournament. For
those that are froze out of the Ryder Cup, this is the next best
thing to it.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK- CARLOS MONARREZ
"The United States will not win the Ryder Cup this year. And Hal
Sutton is the reason why." Detroit Free Press, Aug 25, 2004
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