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December 10, 2004 VOL. 4, No 50
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Birdies, Eagles and Elk at Thunder Bay Resort As fall concludes and winter approaches, those looking for an interesting trip, might want to book a weekend at Thunder Bay Resort. They will soon begin their popular Elk Tour winter sleigh rides. Governor Granholm stopped by Thunder Bay Resort as part of her Michigan Hidden Treasures Tour earlier this year. Our show, shows off the elk and also the legendary Jack Matthais, as he wails on his elk horn. http://michigantravel.tv/2004thunderbay/index.html
Ian Johnson, managing director of Channel 7 in Melbourne, said his network could not guarantee coverage of the tour beyond current contracts if the audience figures remained at unsustainable levels, reports the Herald Sun.
Johnson said professional golfers needed to react to the obvious message from the public that they were boring and self-absorbed.
Ratings in the past two weeks, at Australian golf's longest-running events, the Australian Open and Australian PGA, have been well down on previous figures.
At Coolum in the PGA on Sunday, the audience peaked at 142,000 in Melbourne and 123,000 in Sydney.
On the previous Sunday, for the Open in Sydney the figures were 158,000 in Melbourne and 143,000 in Sydney.
A comparison with the 1997 Australian Open, when Englishman Lee Westwood defeated Greg Norman in a playoff, indicates indicates fans have deserted golf. That year, Seven achieved the Australian tour's highest-ever rating of between 500,000 and 600,000 in Melbourne.
Johnson said Seven had a contract to cover the Open and Mastercard Masters, to be played this week at Huntingdale, until 2008.
The station has already been forced to cut costs this year by out-sourcing most of the production of events to TWI, the television arm of IMG.
Johnson said ageing males made up the vast bulk of viewers, a turn-off for advertisers.
Australasian PGA Tour's chief executive, Andrew Georgiou, put a much more positive spin on things yesterday, saying the ratings had not changed significantly in recent years.
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The honor of being listed among the top 10 resorts was extremely gratifying to Rick Smith, the managing partner who purchased the resort two years ago with a group of investors. "It is a great feeling and an honor to be placed on the short list with these other prominent golf resorts. The growing popularity of Treetops nationally is very gratifying and our future direction will surely increase our exposure even more,² Smith said.
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The Player Development Award recognizes well-rounded courses that offer programs to encourage non-golfers to visit the course for the purpose of learning about the game, as well as programs that enable beginning golfers to increase their frequency of play.
"Fox Hills is very honored and humbled to receive this award because we recognize the array of wonderful player development programs that so many courses across the nation have implemented in the last few years, commented Kathy Aznavorian. "The credit for this award goes to the hard work and dedication of our Director of Golf, Kevin Schaum and his staff, who provide the instruction, organization, energy and enthusiasm to turn ideas into realities. We have enjoyed the continuous positive response we have received from our junior participants and their parents as well as the ongoing interest of our beginners in the programs we provide."
The award will be presented at the 2005 Solutions Summit in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 10, 2005. For more information about the Solutions Summit, held Feb. 8-12, 2005, visit http://www.ngcoa.org.Taken from a NGCOA release
Paula Creamer, the talented amateur from Pleasanton, Calif., who was co-medalist at the FUTURES Tour Qualifying Tournament in November, clobbered the field by five shots at 11-under-par 349 for the 90-hole event held at LPGA International. "It's the end and it's a new beginning," said Creamer, 18, of her opening act as a professional. "I'm not really surprised about this week because I came into this tournament wanting to win."
Below are the players who completed 90 holes of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament (FUTURES Tour members are in all caps):
1 Paula Creamer 70-68-70-71-70 349 -11 $0
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December11 - 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 plowon 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 son of a bitch who drives that snowplow I'll drag him through the snow by his balls 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 BITCH 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 ass. 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?
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