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December 28, 2007 - Vol. 7, No. 52
HAPPY NEW YEAR
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan
New Year's eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another twelve months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights. ~Hamilton Wright Mabie
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"
Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably shorter than ever. ~Mark Twain
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. ~Oscar Wilde
I do think New Year's resolutions can't technically be expected to begin on New Year's Day, don't you? Since, because it's an extension of New Year's Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system. Also dieting on New Year's Day isn't a good idea as you can't eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second. ~Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary
New Year's Eve, where auld acquaintance be forgot. Unless, of course, those tests come back positive. ~Jay Leno
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman
Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols. ~Thomas Mann
Why won't they let a year die without bringing in a new one on the instant, can't they use birth control on time? I want an interregnum. The stupid years patter on with unrelenting feet, never stopping - rising to little monotonous peaks in our imaginations at festivals like New Year's and Easter and Christmas - But, goodness, why need they do it? ~John Dos Passos, 1917
A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
Quotes taken from The Quote Garden http://www.quotegarden.com/new-year.html
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MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS
December 28, 2007 - Vol. 7, Issue 52
AMERICA'S VALUE GOLF DESTINATION
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__/ FINAL ROUNDS
__/TOP 10 MICHIGAN GOLF STORIES FOR 2007
__/TOM BENDELOW FIRST PRE ASGCA ARCHITECT OF DISTINCTION
__/DID YOU KNOW?
__/NEW MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOWS
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE-WINTER ISSUE
__/GLSP CREATES NEW TELEVISION NETWORKS FOR CLIENTS
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR
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Bill Flemming, Harbor Springs resident, was a longtime ABC Sports broadcaster who covered events as varied as the Olympics, college football and cliff diving. He got his start in Michigan at Detroit'sWWJ-TV. Flemming was a friend of Boyne's Everett Kircher for almost 50 years. He helped Boyne get recognition for its skiing and later, golf. He worked with both Everett Kircher and Chuck Moll of Boyne and the great filmmaker, Warren Miller, in promoting skiing. He was also helpful in getting attention to Michigan's great golf. While not directly involved with getting Shell's Wonderful World of Golf to Bay Harbor, he had made the network aware of the superb golf in this part of Michigan.http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=2948095
We had the opportunity to cover Everett Kircher's 85th birthday party in the summer of 2002. One of the people honoring Kircher that day was Bill Flemming. Bill Shelton was on hand to capture some of Flemmings thoughts about Kircher, let's watch.
Seay, formerpast president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and partner with Arnold Palmer in Palmer course design since 1979, passed away on August 14 at the age of 69.
Some of his better known golf courses outside of Michigan includeSawgrass C.C., Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; The Tradition G.C., LaQuinta, Calif.; The K Club, Straffan, Ireland; Four Seasons Resort at Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica; Kapalua Village Course, Maui, Hawaii; Aviara, Carlsbad, Calif.; Old Tabby Links, Spring Island, S.C.; Tralee C.C., Tralee, Ireland; and Adios G.C. in Coconut Creek, Fla.
Palmer Course Design was responsible for five courses in Michigan; King's Challenge near Traverse City, Northville Hills GC, The Legend at Shanty Creek, The Coyote Preserve in Hartland and The Ravines, near Saugatuck. Of the five, The Legend is certainly his most famous Michigan course.
Mishelle McQuestion, was co-owner and general manager of The Rose Golf Course in Cadillac. She was killed in an auto accident inSherman Township. The accident, caused by a drunk driver, also injured two others in the car.
"Starting in 1922, Orcutt won more than 65 major tournaments. Her first of 10 Women’s Metropolitan Amateur championships came at age 19 and her last, at 61. Her last title of any kind was a club championship in Durham, N.C., when she was 82."
"Don Massengale was a two-time winner on the PGA Tour. He played on the Tour from 1960 to 1970 and had his best year in 1966. He won the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach by one shot over Arnold Palmer and the Canadian Open, finishing a career-best 27th on the money list. A year later, he got into a playoff with Don January in the P.G.A. Championship before losing at Columbine Country Club."
Hart was the creator of B.C., the legendary comic strip that appeared in over 1300 newspapers during its run. Many of his strips used golf as a theme. I loved his strip as did our editor, Terry Moore. As I write this, I curse my decision to not cover the last tournament in 2006. I had a conflict, but I missed the opportunity to see Johnny Hart. Bummer.
"The B.C. Open was a PGA Tour golf tournament that was held annually from 1971 to 2006. In 1971, it was called the Broome County Open. The next year it switched to its current name. In 1973, it became a PGA Tour regular 72-hole money event. It took place simultaneously with the British Open during 2000–2006, so the leading players were not available and it was one of the smaller events on the PGA Tour schedule. The purse for 2006 was $3 million.
It is named after the comic strip B.C., created by Johnny Hart, who was born and raised in Endicott. Johnny Hart's B.C. characters have been used in advertising the event."
TOP 10 MICHIGAN GOLF STORIES 2007-RANDOM ORDER
Indianwood CC Selected as Site of 2012 Senior Open
Jack Berrry Awarded PGA Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism
Ryan Brehm Wins Michigan Amateur
Par-3 Shootout Takes a Bye
Rick Smith Out as Phil Mickelson's Coach
Lynn Janson Fired inEgypt Valley Meltdown
Brian Bateman Wins Buick Open
Oakland Hills Renovation
John Lindholm, Steve MaddalenaBruce Fossum,Mark WilsonandTed Woehrle Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame
ToughMichigan Golf Economy-Futurist Dave Pierce Synder and John Dodge Define the Problems at MGCOA Conference
See More Top 10's in the Winter Issue of the Michigan Golfer Coming January 4, 2008
TOM BENDELOW FIRST PRE ASGCA ARCHITECTS OF DISTINCTION
The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) recently announced that Thomas Bendelow is their firstentry in the Architects of Distinction Prior to ASGCA,a new online resource which parallels the ASGCAArchitect’sGallery. TheArchitects ofDistinction Priorto ASGCA willprofile notablegolf coursearchitectswhose body ofwork pre-datesthe founding ofthe AmericanSociety of Golf Course Architects in 1946. Thomas(Tom) Bendelow (1868-1936)was perhaps the most prolific golf course designer during the earliest era of American golf course design and growth.Please see: http://golfarchitects.lib.msu.edu/pre-ASGCA/bendelowt/ to view a list of golf coursesdesigned by Tom Bendelow either alphabetically,by location, or by year of design.
In addition, a “Philosophy of Design” statementabridged and reprinted from the book Thomas“Tom” Bendelow: The Johnny Appleseed of AmericanGolf by Stuart Bendelow (Williams & Company,Publishers. Savannah, Georgia, 2006) is featuredin the entry. The entry also has a link to TurfgrassInformation File (TGIF)content by or about TomBendelow. Special thanksto Stuart Bendelow, Tom’sgrandson, who compiled andmade available the data forthis entry.
Turfgrass Information Center: http://tic.msu.edu/e-sward/swardv8n1.pdf
Note: In 2004, Bart Lower interviewed Stuart Bendelow about his grandfather, Tom Bendelow. The interview took place at Timber Ridge Golf Club. Enjoy.
DID YOU KNOW?
From the Detroit County Club Website's History Section:
"In May 1918. Alex Ross, brother of Donald Ross, became Club Professional, a position he held for thirty-one years. Membership was increased to 650 in 1922, and it was decided to keep the Club open year round. Thursday night buffets cost $1.25. In 1928, Fred Wardell's offer to build a Caddy House was accepted. It cost $40,000.00 and opened in 1929.
During the Great Depression, the Clubhouse closed for a while. Dues were cut to $150.00 per year, and the number of employees was reduced to twenty-nine. Horace Rackham contributed $21,000.00 toward the cost of a fairway watering system. A swimming pool was constructed.
Gas rationing limited Club activities during World War II. Alex Ross retired as Pro in 1945. The great golf star, Horton Smith, was hired as Professional following his discharge from the Army Air Force. In 1948, he shot the North Course record of 29-33. He served as National President of the PGA of America for three years. In 1959, he was elected into the PGA Hall of Fame and honored at a DGC dinner attended by Bobby Jones.
The next decades saw many changes at DGC. Clem Wolfrom, our treasured Greens Superintendent was hired in 1962. Horton Smith died in 1963, and Walter Burkemo became Club Professional. An electric cart garage, tennis courts and the Crystal Dining Room were added. Walter Burkemo was succeeded by George Bayer, who was followed by Pro Jim Vaughn, who was followed by Pro John Traub and the current Pro is Jon Gates."
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Amazing Race, Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Michigan
Boston Marathon,Boston Massachusetts
Big Bird 10K Run, Roseville, Michigan
Brookisie Way-Half Marathon and 5K, Rochester, Michigan
Buick Open, Grand Blanc, Michigan
Crim Festival of Races, Flint, Michigan
Fifth-ThirdThanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Detroit, Michigan
Gina Relays, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan
Great Race-Elkhart, Indiana
Highland Games-Livonia, Michigan
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Michigan Amateur -The Moors Golf Club, Portage, Michigan
Michigan Golf Show-Novi, Michigan
Michigan Open-Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Traverse City, Michigan
Niagara Falls International Marathon, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational, Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Michigan
PlaymakersSpartan Relays, East Lansing, Michigan
Rite Aide Marathon, Cleveland, Ohio
Ryder Cup, Louisville, Kentucky
Steve's Run & Road and Trail-Dowagiac, Michigan
Tournament of Champions-Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, Michigan
U.S. Olympic Trials-Track and Field-Eugene, Oregon
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Western Amateur, Benton Harbor, Michigan
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2008 MICHIGAN GOLFER CALENDAR
16-19 55thPGA Merchandise Show, Orlando County Convention Center, Orlando
19-20 London Show -Helenic Community Centre, London, ON
28-2/2 NGCOA Annual Conference & Golf Industry Show, Orlando
2-3 Hamilton Golf & Travel Show
22-24- 20th Anniversary West Michigan Golf Show, Grand Rapids, DeVos Center
7-9 Michigan Golf Show, Rock Financial Showplace, Novi
14-16 Lansing Golf Show, Lansing Center, Lansing
3-4 West Michigan Best Ball,LE Kaufman GC, Grand Rapids
17-18 West Michigan Amateur,Candlestone GC, Belding
19 City Match Play,Crystal Springs CC, Grand Rapids
6-7 Michigan High School Boys State Championship
12 Michigan Open Championship GTR (Wolverine / Bear)
12-13 Kent County Amateur,LE Kaufman GC, Grand Rapids
27-7/6 U.S. Olympic Trials, Eugene, Oregon
17-21 97th Michigan AmateurThe Moors Golf Club
24-25 Club Car Michigan Senior Open , Bedford Valley GC
7-11 92nd Michigan Women’s AmateurWalnut Hills CC
7-8 E-Z-GO Shanty Creek Classic presented by Page & Tuttle Shanty Creek Resort (Cedar/Schuss)
12 Michigan PGA Women’s Open Pro Am ,Crystal Mt. Resort
14-16 Michigan PGA Women’s OpenCrystal Mt. Resort(Mountain Ridge)
18-19 Tournament of Champions Pro Am ,
21-23 Tournament of Champions ,Boyne Mountain / Bay Harbor , Boyne Mountain (Alpine)
28-29 Michigan PGA Sr Champ / Sr. CPC Qualifying , Forest Dunes Golf Club
28-31 30th Mi Junior State AmateurForest Akers - West
28-8/3 Western Amateur, Pointe O'Woods, Benton Harbor
1-3 Western Amateur, Pointe O'Woods, Benton Harbor
4-10 , PGA CHAMPIONSHIP , OAKLAND HILLS CC,
11-12 87th GAM ChampionshipOrchard Lake CC
24 Michigan PGA Championship Pro Am Eagle Eye GC
25-27, Michigan PGA Professional Championship, Eagle Eye GC / Hawk Hollow GC,
TBA 22nd GAM Senior ChampionshipPoint O’Woods G & CC
15-18 Michigan PGA Match Play presented by Boylan Sales/ProLink, Polo Fields Golf and Country Club
28-30 21st Annual Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational
TBA GAM Chrysler Club ChampionshipIndianwood 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
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