Michigan Golf News
December 2, Vol. 5, No. 49
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Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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Kate Moore, Executive Director, leads the MGCOA with help from John Dodge. Active members include Jim and Charlie Scott, Tom Schwark, Toni Joers of Concord Hills, Larry Bowden of the Natural, Stewart Healey of Handicomp, a strong contingent from Fox Hills and Bill Fountain of The Majestic.
MGCOA, now with their own lobbyist, is working hard with the legislature to inform them of their water conservation and use policies, their position on municipal courses and the management of on course fertilizers and chemicals.
The MGCOA also presented their annual awards. This year's award winners were:
Jerry Matthews, "W. Bruce Matthews Lifetime Achievement Award"
Matthews Lifetime Achievement Award: This award is presented to an individual whom over the span of a lifetime has provided steadfast leadership, outstanding service, and continuous commitment to the Michigan golf industry. The award is named after W. Bruce Matthews, a golf course owner and architect, who has spread his expertise throughout the fairways of Michigan. Past recipients are W. Bruce Matthews (1996), Everette Kircher (1997), Bill Howard (1998), Darl and Letha Scott (1999), Kapnick Insurance Company (2000), Terry Moore (2001), Art McCafferty (2002), Estelle Dul (2003) and Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (2004).
Note: See Jack Berry's interview of Jerry at the Hall of Fame dinner.
Tom Schwark, "Lyle Leeke Distinguished Service Award"
Lyle Leeke Distinguished Service Award: This award is named after one of the founders of the MGCOA, who helped create a voice for Michigan golf course owners. The recipient is an individual who has displayed distinguished service to the MGCOA and the golf industry. Past winners are Lyle Leeke (1996), Cecil McKay (1997), John Dodge (1998), Marcia Johnson (1999), Jeff Hoag (2000), Jim Scott (2001), Kathy Aznavorian (2002), Meriam Leeke (2003) and Lynn Miller (2004).
Treetops, "MGCOA Golf Course of the Year"
This year, the group selected Treetops as their course of the year.
2004 Course of the Year-Timberstone GC
2003 Course of the Year- Fox Hills
For further information
To get into the mood, we invite you to visit a couple of our past shows
Ireland and the Celebration of the Ryder Cup-with Vanessa Bell http://michigangolfer.tv/2005shows/irish/index.html
Ireland: Site of the Next Ryder Cup with Vanessa Bell
We also want to alert you to Jack Berry's Ireland Golf Vacation coming to Michigan Golfer Television on December 16, 2005
West Michigan Golf Show
Four regions experienced large swings, up or down: Northeast, (-18.4%); Central/South Florida (-13.6%) [note: Hurricane Wilma, October 24]; Upper Midwest (+12.8%); and Mountain (+16.7%). In each case, the change correlated with play days. For example, in the Northeast, operators posted an average of 27.6 play days out of 31 last October vs. 22.9 play days in October 2005.
Source:Jenny Wood-Research Coordinator-NGF
Mike passed away last week at the age of 95.
Our cameras visited the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Downtown Detroit, Park Place Hotel, Grand Traverse Resort and listened to the choirs of Grosse Pointe and Ypslianti High School in bringing you this holiday show of music and lights. Enjoy.
"Wanna Bet?" is great little read to have lying about the house during the holidays. You can pick it up and get a quick read about gaming and golfers; whether they were professionals, amateurs, Presidents, business people or royalty. There are a lot of short fun articles for your enjoyment.
The book is published by Thunder's Mouth Press and is $24 at Borders.
The new King Par Golf Academy is part of a new plan to update and enhance the teaching facilities and opportunities at King Par, one of Michigan's largest retail golf shops.
Taken and edited from a Resort & Golf Marketing release
Patti Butcher, fresh off her being named as one of the Top 50 women golf instructors by Golf for Women magazine for the third time in 4 years, announced she has been selected to provide golf schools at the top golf resort in the Caribbean - Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, home of four Pete Dye designed courses.
Butcher is both a PGA and LPGA professional, with studios in Grand Rapids. In season instruction is provided at Thousand Oaks Golf Club. Find Patti at www.golfenterprises.com.
Taken from Michigan PGA
December 8 - 6:00 PM. It started to snow. The first snow of the seasonand the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!
December 9 - We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the Whole World? Moving here was the best idea I've ever had. Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life.
December 12 - The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry, we'll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a nice man, I'm glad he's our neighbor.
December 14 - Snow lovely snow! 8" last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again I didn't realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way.
December 15 - 20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska, after all.
December 16 - Ice storm this morning. Fell on my butt on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.
December 17 - Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. God I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.
December 20 - Electricity's back on, but had another 14" of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling. Took all day. Damn snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they're lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he's lying.
December 22 - Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white crap fell today, and it's so cold it probably won't melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to poop. By the time I got undressed, pooped and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter; but he says he's too busy. I think the jerk is lying.
December 23 - Only 2" of snow today. And it warmed up to 0. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she nuts!!! Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she's lying.
December 24 - 6". Snow packed so hard by snowplow, I broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the the saddistic creep who drives that snowplow I'll drag him through the snow by his gonads and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I've just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the damn snowplow.
December 25 - Merry -bleeping- Christmas! 20 more inches of the damn slop tonight. Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she's a fricking idiot. If I have to watch "It's A Wonderful Life" one more time, I'm going to stuff her into the microwave.
December 26 - Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She's really getting on my nerves.
December 27 - Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze, plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my pipes.
December 28 - Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. THE WIFE is driving me crazy!!!
December 29 - 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?
December 30 - Roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver he is now suing me for a million dollars, not only for the beating I gave him but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his butt. The wife went home to her mother. 9" predicted.
December 31 - I set fire to what's left of the house. No more shoveling.
January 8 - Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?
Submitted by Tammie Bruneau.
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