Michigan Golf News
Happy Holidays 2004 VOL. 4, No 52
Bay Mills Resort and Casino/Wild Bluff-Brimley
Treetops: Great Golf and Great Skiing
Video: Rick Smith and The Big Break II Now on the Golf Channel Tuesdays/9:00 PM
17th Annual West Michigan Golf Show at Devos Place, February 4-6
Lansing Golf Show, The Lansing Center, February 25-27
Michigan Golf Show, Novi Expo, March 11-13
Park Place Hotel in Traverse City
GLSP Television Network- Now Showing
Michigan Travel http://michigantravel.tv
The Govenor Visits Thunder Bay Resort
Michigan Skier http://michiganskier.tv
Skiing Treetops Resort
Michigan Runner http://michiganrunner.tv
Legendary Coach Arthur Lydiard, 1917-2004
Michigan Golfer http://michigangolfer.tv
Travel Michigan To Rely on Michigan.org This Year
Edited by Art McCafferty-Publisher, Michigan Golfer
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__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
__/ BRINGING UP BABY WITH KRO-FLITES
__/ LENGENDARY COACH ARTHUR LYDIARD, 1917-2004
__/ 19TH HOLE-MERRY CHRISTMAS
__/ JIM NEFF 24/7
__/ LEGENDARY COACH ARTHUR LYDIARD, 1917-2004
__/ RETENTION IN GOLF BETTER THAN EXPECTED
__/ "FORGED COURAGE"
__/ LOOKING BACK: THE LIVES OF WALTER HAGEN,JACK SAYLOR, TOM BENDELOW, ROBERT TRENT
JONES AND W.BRUCE MATTHEWS ARE REMEMBERED
__/ LPGA TIP OF THE WEEK
__/ GLSP TELEVISION NETWORK HOLIDAY SAMPLER
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION
Ken Devine's Last Hurrah
Ken Devine was a true golf icon in Michigan. He had a long and storied career
in the golf business and then he took on the Michigan PGA Section. Join Jack
Berry as he chats with Ken Devine about his great career in golf and his rescue
of the Michigan PGA from financial morass.
Timberstone GC-The Best
We stopped by Timberstone GC a couple of years ago to chat with head
professional Susie Fox. Since that time, Timberstone has been
hailed as one of the great public courses in the United States,
capturing five stars from Golf Digest and of late, the Course of
the Year from the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association. Join us
for two shows, the first with Susie Fox and a short golf tour of
Timberstone and a second, where Susie Fox and Timberstone host the
Tom Izzo and Steve Mariucchi Golf Classic.
BRINGING UP BABY WITH KRO-FLITES
The movie, "Aviator" has renewed interest in Katherine Hepburn's
career and life. We caught her "Bringing Up Baby" film on TCM where
she costarred with Cary Grant and Nissa, the baby leopard. Some of
the film's action took place on the golf club, where Katherine,playing
Susan Vance, hit a few Spalding Kro-Flites. Katherine had a great swing
and seem to hit those Kro-Flites on a par with later LPGA pros.
LEGENDARY COACH ARTHUR LYDIARD, 1917-2004
Our sister channel, The Michigan Runner, is now featuring a video
on the late Arthur Lydiard. Enjoy.
"New Zealand's Arthur Lydiard was touring the US at the time of
his death in Texas, December 11, 2004. Thanks to Hansons Running
Shops and Playmakers, Mr. Lydiard visited Utica and Okemos, Michigan
in early November 2004. Although it's hard for American ears to
understand Mr. Lydiard sometimes, Michigan Runner TV is pleased to
bring you excerpts from his Utica presentation, November 1.
Photos by Carter Sherline / Frog Prince Studios are from the
Okemos presentation on November 2.
Quotes are from
-- "Arthur Lydiard, In His Own Words", by Nobby Hashizume,
Marathon and Beyond, v. 8, no. 3, May/June, 2004, p. 17-36.
-- LetsRun.com message boards."
19TH HOLE-MERRY CHRISTMAS
Four old-timers were playing their weekly game of golf, and one
remarked how nice it would be to wake up on Christmas morning,
roll out of bed and
without an argument go directly to the golf course, meet his
buddies and play a round. His buddies all chimed in and said,
"Let's do it! We'll make it a priority, figure out a way and
meet here early Christmas morning."
Months later, that special morning arrives, and there they are
on the golf course.
The first guy says, "Boy this game cost me a fortune! I bought
my wife such a diamond ring that she can't take her eyes off it."
Number 2 guy says, "I spent a ton, too. My wife is at home planning
the cruise I gave her. She was up to her eyeballs in brochures."
Number 3 guy says "Well my wife is at home admiring her new car,
reading the manual."
They all turned to the last guy in the group who is staring at
them like they have lost their minds.
"I can't believe you all went to such expense for this golf game.
I tapped my wife on the shoulder and said, "Well honey, Merry
Christmas! It's a great morning to make love or golf"........ and
she said, "Take a sweater..."
JIM NEFF 24/7
Jim Neff, Michigan's top ski writer, host of the Michigan Skier
Television Show http://michiganskier.tv and a contributor editor to
the Michigan Golfer, now has had his popular Neff Zone columns released
to the public. The Cadillac News has given Jim permission to create an
online version of the column.
Each week's Neff Zone column will now be online (after it appears in
print in the Cadillac News). You can access the column's archives at
For those that enjoy Jim Neff's great writing and off beat humor,
you can now get a weekly fix.
RETENTION IN GOLF BETTER THAN EXPECTED
NGF president Joe Beditz presented the results of a GOLF 20/20-
commissioned research study regarding retention in golf, at the
20/20 annual conference on November 15. The objectives of the study
were to quantify the retention rate of beginners in golf, see how
golf's retention rate compares to other sports and discover whether
golf's retention can be positively affected and, if so, by what factors.
To investigate retention, we analyzed a survey of over 100,000 individuals
collected by GOLF 20/20 in 2001 through the NFO national consumer mail panel.
From this data we were able to identify 5,286 people who said they were
introduced to golf from 1996 to 2000. These beginners were then analyzed
to see how long they continued playing.
We found that retention in golf actually fairly good. Most attrition
happens in the first year (50 percent) and continues gradually thereafter.
Golf retention rates vary predictably across demographic segments. Female
retention is lower and drops off more precipitously over time as compare to
males. (On average we keep one out of two men and one out of four women.)
Higher income people are better retained (consistent with participation rates
in golf), which has implications as the industry attempts to recruit
non-traditional segments. Age does not appear to materially affect retention.
The one-year golf retention rate of 50 percent compares favorably to tennis
(20 percent) and skiing (15 percent). It's difficult to say why, but we
hypothesize that golf is top of mind due to pervasive television coverage.
Also, with a 12-month playing season and 16,000 golf facilities, there's more
opportunity to play golf than ski. And golf doesn't require a partner of roughly
equal ability like tennis.
National Golf Foundation, 1150 South U.S. Highway 1 Suite 401, Jupiter,
While attending Baker College, Kevin Boynton's composition professors
urged him to consider writing as a career. He has taken the plunge, as
his first work is the novel, "Forged Courage".
The book is about Jason Connelly, an assistant pro at Watkins Lake Golf
Club, a drop dead gorgeous girlfriend whom he'd marry someday, and a
wonderful relationship with his mom, sister, and brother. Jason's big
dream is to play on the PGA Tour. He has the game, and the mental
toughness to play at the pro level, but he has one occasional weakness,
that pops up from time to time that threatens his fragile confidence...
Kevin Boynton is an avid golfer who plays to a four handicap. Kevin
lives in Michigan with his wife, Patricia, and son, Jason.
LOOKING BACK : THE LIVES OF WALTER HAGEN,JACK SAYLOR, TOM BENDELOW,
ROBERT TRENT JONES AND W.BRUCE MATTHEWS ARE REMEMBERED
As we close out this year, we thought we would bring your attention to
those that are no longer with us.
The Late Great Jack Saylor
Our tribute to Jack Saylor as we began the year, is still one of
Robert Trent Jones
Taped at the opening of Treetops Resort, our cameras caught the
gift of one of America;s greatest architects.
The Life and Times of W. Bruce Matthews
W. Bruce Matthews III chats about his grandfather, one of
Michigan's greatest golf architects.
Walter Hagen : His Cadillac Years
Walter Hagen stops by Cadillac, to revisit some of his earlier
haunts. Hagen is played by Mike McCafferty
Tom Bendelow: America's Forgotten Architect
Bart Lower interviews, Stuart Bendelow about the work of his
GLSP TELEVISION NETWORK HOLIDAY SAMPLER
A GLSP Holiday Sampler of our Video Archives -
Our Internet TV Program Archives are open 24/7/365
Tom Bendelow: The Forgotten Michigan Golf Architect-with Bart Lower
Dave Hill's Ryder Cup Memories-with Jack Berry
The Bay Mills Open Players Championship-with Tim Hygh
Jon Maddern and the National Golf Course Superintendents
The Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest Michigan Golf Trail-with Tim Hygh
Ken Devine and His Last Hurrah-with Jack Berry
Bank of Ann Arbor Futures Golf Classic-with Vanessa Bell
Dick Weber Memorial Golf Tournament-with Mike Husby and Don White
Mike Tirico at the GAM-with Art McCafferty
Gene Sarazen and Shell's Wonderful World of Golf-with Vanessa Bell
The Izzo/Mariucci Golf Classic-with Susie Fox and Jennie McCafferty
Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam-with Vanessa Bell
The Caddies of French Lick-with Dave Harner
The Bull at Pinehurst Farms-with Jack Nicklaus
Dave Pelz's Short Game School At Homestead-with Nick Nerbonne
Arnold Palmer on Walter Hagen-with Art McCafferty
The Life and Times of Walter Hagen-Bill Shelton and Mike McCafferty
Robert Trent Jones on Golf Course Design-with Jack Berry and Terry
The Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Run-with Jennie McCafferty
4th of July at Frankemuth's Volkslaufe-with Jennie McCafferty
Detroit Free Press / Flagstar Bank Marathon-with Jennie McCafferty
Leelanau Wineries Harvest Stompede-with Scott Sullivan and Jennie
The Crim Festival of Races-with Jennie McCafferty
The Mark Mellon Memorial Triathlon-with Mark McEwen and Paul Beachnau
Steve's Run: the Original Road and Trail Race-with Jennie McCafferty
Roseville's Big Bird Run-with Jennie McCafferty
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot-with Jennie McCafferty
Lake Superior Shore Run Race Against Tobacco-with Jennie McCafferty
Travel Destinations - Michigan http://michigantravel.tv
The Govenor Visits Thunder Bay Resort-with Art McCafferty
24 Hours in Detroit-with Jennie McCafferty
Muskegon Summer Celebration-with Jennie McCafferty
Leelanau Wine Festival-with Jennie McCafferty
Detroit Uncorked-Wine Tasting at Ford Field-with Jennie McCafferty
Michigan Summer Beer Festival-with Tony Casseli
Halloween on Mackinac Island-with Jennie McCafferty
The Ugotta Regatta at Harbor Springs-with Jennie McCafferty
The Tall Ships Visit the Great Lakes-with Phil Winch
A History of Crystal Mountain Resort-with Jim Neff
Cary Adgate Joins the Boyne Ski Team -with Jim Neff
The Gourmet Glide at Garland-with Jennie McCafferty
Don Thomas Sporthaus Celebrates 50 Years of Ski Business-with Jack
Cadillac's Caberfae Peaks-with Jim Neff
Jeannie Thoren on Designing Ski Equipment for Women-with Jim Neff
Jeep King of the Mountain Series at Boyne Mountain -with Art McCafferty
Everett Kircher: Michigan's Ski Pioneer-with Jim Neff
California's Barona Creek Golf Resort and Casino-with Jennie McCafferty
Toronto Marathon-with Jennie McCafferty http://michganrunner.tv
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame-with Jennie McCafferty
Durango-Trains and Marathons-with Mike, Heather and Jennie McCafferty
The Great Race in Elkhart-with Jennie McCafferty
NCAA Cross Country Championships-Terre Haute http://michganrunner.tv
U.S. Olympic Trials-Sacramento-with Jennie McCafferty
The Hannibal Cannibal, Hannibal-with Jennie McCafferty
Michigan Golf Calendar 2005
01-27-30 PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, FL
02/04-06 West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Center, Grand Rapids
02/8-12 NGCOA Solutions Summit Conf., Rosen Plaza, Orlando
02/10-12 Golf Industry Show, Orlando
02/11-13 London Golf and Travel Show, London, Ontario
02/25-27 Lansing Golf Show, Lansing Center, Lansing
03/05 Midland Golf Show, Valley Plaza Resort
03/05-6 Lakeshore Golf Show and Travel Show
03/18-20 Chicago Golf Show, Rosemont Center, Rosemont, ILL
03/11-13 Michigan Golf Show, Novi Expo, Novi
04/04-10 Masters, Augusta National GC Augusta, Ga.
05/22-26 15th Annual Spring Conference, World Golf Village,
St. Augustine, Fl
06/06 10th Annual and Final Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam, Polo
Fields GC, Ann Arbor
06/13-19 U.S. Open, Pinehurst Resort & CC Pinehurst, N.C.
06/24-26 Pro-Am 2005 Michigan Open-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Traverse City
06/27-30 2005 Michigan Open-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Traverse City
07/01-04 U.S. Women's Open, Orchards GC South Hadley, Mass
07/04-10 Ford Senior Players Championship, TPC of Michigan, Dearborn
07/11-15 88th Western Junior, Blythefield. C.C. Belmont, MI
07/11-17 British Open, St. Andrews , St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland
07/14-17 Pro-Am Tournament of Champions, Boyne Mountain, Boyne
07/18-21 Tournament of Champions, Boyne Mountain, Boyne
07/22-24 Pro-Am Michigan PGA Women's Open, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville
07/25-31 103rd Western Amateur Point O¹Woods G. & C.C. Benton Harbor,
07/25-31 Buick Open, Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Mich.
08/05-08 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger, Highland
Meadows GC Sylvania, Ohio
08/08-14 PGA Championship, Baltusrol GC, Springfield, N.J.
08/26-28 Michigan Publinx Senior Open, Pine View GC, Three Rivers
MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR 2006
09/22-24 The 36th Ryder Cup The K Club in Straffan, Ireland
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