Michigan Golf News |
December 9, Vol. 5, No. 50
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BAY MILLS RESORT AND CASINO/WILD BLUFF GOLF COURSE
GOLF IN IRELAND...WHERE HEAVEN AND EARTH MEET
MICHIGAN GOLF SHOW, ROCK FINANCIAL SHOWPLACE, NOVI, MARCH 10-12
GOLF SHOW CALENDARS
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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*** MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION "Jack Berry's Ireland Golf" - Part 1
Ryder Cup Celebration If you have not seen our shows on the Ryder Cup
celebration, do yourself a favor and tune in. Our shows include;
Celebration of the Ryder Cup, The Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies, A Visit
With Members of the Sam Ryder Family, Breakfast with the Irish, Ryder
Cup Celebration at Henry Ford, An Evening at Dick OΉDowΉs, Ireland: Site
of the Next Ryder Cup and The Ryder Cup Through the Years. The shows
feature our hosts Vanessa Bell and Bill Shelton with a special guest
turn by "The Haig".
*** 2006 BUICK OPEN TICKETS NOW ON SALE SPECIAL HOLIDAY PACKAGE
A special Buick Open holiday ticket package is available through January 2. The package includes two any day tickets and one parking pass to Michigan's only PGA Tour event- all for just $50 (a retail value of $70).
Daily tickets to the Buick Open (Thursday through Sunday) are $30 (if purchased by July 30) or $35 at the gate. A book of 10 daily tickets is $250.
Other ticket packages include grounds badges (weeklong access to the tournament grounds)--for $90; and clubhouse badges (weeklong access to the Warwick Hills clubhouse and grounds)--for $175.
For Buick Open tickets call (800) 878-OPEN (6736) or visit www.ticketmaster.com and enter Buick Open. Taken and edited from a Buick Open release Al Abrams, Buick Open Media Director
*** TOP 10 10TH HOLES-RANDOM ORDER
Source: 1001 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die
__/ TOP 10 GOLF MOVIES
* The Michigan Golfer will present its 2nd Annual Top 10 Lists in the winter issue of the Michigan Golfer Magazine. The winter issue will be coming to your computer screen on December 16th http://michigangolfer.com.
*** WHICH MEDIA WILL BE THE WINNERS IN THE COMING TEN YEARS? As the golf industry begins to draft budgets for marketing next year, I thought I would pass on the wisdom of the world's foremost authority on marketing, Phil Kotler. I have used the teachings of Kotler in the business classes I have taught for Eastern Michigan University the past decade. Here are his thoughts:
"...Newspapers will continue to decline in circulation. Many young
people have stopped reading newspapers.
Source: "According to Kotler" a publication of the American Management Association
*** FUTURES GOLF TOUR ANNOUNCES 2006 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE SANS ANN ARBOR
BANK FUTURES CLASSIC
"Next year's schedule is the strongest schedule in the Tour's 26-year history and it reflects strategic expansion into key markets, such as the Dallas Metro area, the beautiful Lake Geneva resort community in Wisconsin and the active golf community of Tucson," said Zayra F. Calderon, president and CEO of the FUTURES Golf Tour.
As mentioned in a prior MGN, the Ann Arbor Bank Futures Classic, has now joined the Oldsmobile LPGA Tournament in Lansing and the Farmer's Charity Classic in Grand Rapids in dropping their tournament. Taken and edited from a FUTURES Tour release
*** 19TH HOLE-WHO SAID GOLF IS COMPLICATED?
Once a player has mastered the grip and stance, all he has to bear in mind, in the brief two-second interval it takes to swing, is to keep his left elbow pointed in toward the left hip and his right arm loose and closer to the body than theleft and take the club head past his right knee and then break the wrists at just the right instant while the left arm is still traveling straight back from the ball and the right arm stays glued to the body and the hips come around in a perfect circle and meanwhile everything is mucked up unless the weight is 60 percent on the left foot and 40 percent on the right - not an ounce more or less - and at just the right point in the turn the left knee bends in toward the right in a dragging motion until the left heel comes off the ground but not too far and be sure the hands are over the right foot but not on the toe more than the heel except that the left side of the right foot is tilted off the ground - but not too far - and be sure the hands at the top of the swing are high and the shaft points along a line parallel with the ground and if its a downhill lie the shaft is supposed to be pointed downhill too and pause at the top of the swing and count one, jerk the left arm straight down like a bell ringer yanking a belfry rope and don't uncock the wrists too soon and pull the left hip around in a circle but don't let the shoulders turn with the hips - they have to be facing the hole and now transfer the weight 60 percent to the left foot and 40 percent to the right - not an ounce more or less - and tilt the left foot now so the right side of it is straight (that's the one you hit against) watch out for the left hand, it's supposed to be extended, but not too stiff or the shot won't go anywhere and don't let it get loose or you will hook, then let the wrists uncock but don't force them or youΉll smother the shot and don't break too soon but keep your head down then hit the ball!
THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO IT!! . . Unless you move your head, then you're screwed!!!! Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Jim Neff for this instructional lesson.
*** W. BRUCE MATTHEWS III EARNS GOLF DIGEST HONOR FOR ANGELS CROSSING
"The site had scores of different elements that would lend themselves to a diverse design," says Matthews, a member of American Society of Golf Course Architects. "The land has ridges, rolls, wetlands, as well as a bona fide Michigan prairie, all of which give it a 'sense of place' so valued by golfers."
Matthews believes Angels Crossing allows golfers to experience golf on a grand scale, despite a combined green and golf cart fee of under $45. "I think the key to golf growth in the next decade depends on how the industry attracts golfers for whom a $100 green fee is out of reach," he explains. "I'm proud that Golf Digest has recognized Angels Crossing as a great new course that offers such a vigorous test for an amount of money most golfers can afford."
A graduate of Michigan State University, W. Bruce Matthews III has designed courses throughout Michigan and Ontario, Canada, from his home base of Okemos, Michigan. His website is http://www.matthewsgolf.org. Angels Crossing is located about six miles west of US-131 in southern Kalamazoo County and is eight miles south of Interstate-94 off Portage Road. Its website is http://www.golfangelscrossing.com. Taken and edited from an All About Golf release. . *** GTR PLANS BOURBON STREET BLUES THEMED NEW YEAR'S EVE New Year's weekend festivities promise to bring in 2006 in style at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, near Traverse City, Mich. Options include two Saturday night New Year's Eve celebrations for adults and one for children.
The Bourbon Street - Blues at Midnight New Year's Eve Party featuring Tab Benoit, in Governors' Hall, features a delectable plated four-course gourmet dinner featuring authentic New Orleans-style filet of beef and crawfish entree, party favors, a champagne toast with a fabulous dessert, confetti cannons at midnight, and dancing. The elegant dinner will be followed by the blues sounds of Tab Benoit. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Jacket required, cocktail attire. No denim. Reservations required. Call 800-748-0303.
"The Kid's Bash" New Year's Eve festivities for 6-12 year olds are from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. and feature a variety of activities that may include water volleyball, tennis, pizza party, dance celebration, disc jockey, and balloon drop. $33 per child. (Event, price, and inclusions are subject to change.) Reservations required. Call 231-534-6770. http://grandtraverseresort.com
However, pressure for a healthier bottom line, led to the breakup of the company in 2002 with its assets being divided into three entities. Sleeping Bear Press http://www.sleepingbearpress.com remained a children's book firm, Clock Tower Press kept the golf book assets and Wiley Publishing took over some of the technical books.
Clock Tower Press had a brief life before it flamed out under owner Charles Gelman. Two individuals from that firm, Skip DeWall continued in the publishing world as Skip begat Ann Arbor Media Group http:/annarbormediagroup.com and Brett Marshall begat Harbor Links Publishing http://harborlinkspublishing.com.
Brian Lewis and his wife Anne, a successful children's book writer, moved out of Ann Arbor and went north to set up shop in Traverse City. Anne became the publishers and Brian became associate publisher at the new startup, Mackinac Island Press This week, his wife's firm and new book "Has Anyone Seen Christmas" was featured in a Wall Street Journal article, "How a Children's Book Got a Christmas Break". The article spoke to the journey a book takes in getting selected for the "Christmas table" spot at Barnes & Noble. The selection means that the book will sell 90,000 copies this year, a tad more than its expected press run of 15,000. Anne Margaret Lewis, owner of Mackinac Island Press, wrote the book and Brian did the marketing.
Last night, we stopped by Barnes & Noble and there it was, America's latest and greatest children's book, on the "Christmas table." and a new chapter in the life of the Lewis family. http://mackinacislandpress.com.
"It's huge it's really crazy," said two-year FUTURES Tour member Libby Smith of Essex Junction, Vt., who fired a final-round 69 and tied for second with FUTURES Tour alumna Lee Ann Walker-Cooper of Cary, N.C., at five-under-par 355 in the 90-hole annual Q-School.
FUTURES Tour members finishing in the top-20 were: 11th - Diana Ramage (69) of Fayetteville, Ga., 359 (-1); 13th - Meredith Duncan (70) of Shreveport, La., 360 (even); tie for 14th - Allison Hanna (72) of Portland, Ore., and Becky Iverson (73) of Gladstone, Mich., 361 (+1); T-16th - Alena Sharp (69) of Hamilton, Ontario and Angie Rizzo (71) of Coon Rapids, Minn., 362 (+2); and T-16 - Karin Sjodin (73) of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Taken and edited from a Lisa Mickey Futures Tour release http://futurestour.com
Mike DeVries, who has designed such award-winning Michigan layouts as the Kingsley Club near Traverse City and Pilgrims Run near Grand Rapids, created Greywalls, which is the second course at the Marquette Golf Club. Taken and edited from a Resort and Golf Marketing release
Approximately 1,100 players sent in applications to participate in the 2005 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. Twelve first- and six second-stage regionals were held to reduce the field. A total of 165 players competed in the final qualifying stage, which consisted of six rounds with no cut.
The top 30 players and ties (a total of 32) received PGA TOUR cards for 2006. The next 46 finishers earned fully exempt Nationwide Tour cards for 2006, and the remainder of the field received conditional Nationwide Tour status.
Ten players qualified by making it through all three stages John Holmes, Nicholas Thompson, John Engler, Jeff Overton, Henrik Bjornstad, Ron Whittaker, Matt Hansen, Alex Aragon, Michael Connell and B.J. Staten.
Medalist John Holmes 69-69-68-67-66-69--408 (24-under) $50,000
*** REQUEST FOR 2006 MGN CALENDAR DATES We are preparing our 2006 MGN Calendar and would therefore welcome any dates that your club or association feels would be of interest to our Michigan audience. Send info to Art McCafferty at email@example.com
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