Fairways & Greens
by Terry Moore
At press time, Boyne USA announced the first annual Celebrity Players Tour National Pro-Am for July 21-25 at The Heather course at Boyne Highlands. Approximately 40 celebrities and sports figures will compete for a $200,000 purse and raise money for charity. Such sports names as Bill Laimbeer, Mario Lemieux, Jim MaMahon, as well as actor William Devane will compete in the event. Tickets for spectators will be available at the gate or by calling 1-800-GO-BOYNE.... High Pointe GC and the Waterfront Inn celebrated a 10-year anniversary last month at the traverse city area golf course. Under the able leadership of Mike Meindertsma, High Pointe has made some nice improvements to the course, including making the 10th hole more accommodating off the tee to average golfers. And the course conditions are very good, especially the greens. Call 1-800-753-7888....Michigan Golfer contributor Terry Jacoby has co-authored with jeff Barr a handy and well-researched "Business Traveler's Guide to Golf." In pocket format, the Guide lists more than 1000 courses nationwide, with maps, amenities, distance and driving times from airports and downtown etc., so necessary for the biz golfer on the go. Published by Triumph books for $14.95, it's a bargain and a must-fit-in for the travel bag......The state's biggest turf happening is the Michigan Turfgrass Field Day to be held Aug. 18 at the Hancock Turfgrass Reseach Center. call 1-517-321-1660....Sleeping Bear Press of chelsea will release the new autobiography of Ben Wright in August called "Good Bounces & Bad Lies." I've seen an advance copy and it's a good read. I miss Wright's colorful and rich vocabulary on television as well as his keen insight on the European PGA Tour. Check out your local book store for copies or web site at www.sleepingbearpress.com....For golfer's looking to improve their head game, look for Dr. Deborah Graham's new book, "The Eight Traits of Champion Golfers." Graham works with a host of pros including David Stockton and is highly regarded for her research on Tour players and thier preformance. Call 800-322-5044....The Oldsmobile Classic, Michigan's only LPGA stop, is selling advance tickets at its headquarters at 517-336-2220. The event is Aug. 26-29 at Walnut Hills in Lansing. Defending champ is Lisa Walters.... The Oldsmobile Scramble is introducing a new "women's only" event in selected parts of the U.S., including Michigan. The sectional takes place in September but apps are due by Aug 28. Call 1-800-582-1908 or check out the website at www.womensscramble.com ... Beware cigar smoking golfers! Last month, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine released a study saying cigar smokers are twice as likely as nonsmokers to get cancer of the throat, mouth and lungs. Ditto for increasing one's chances of developing heart or pulmonary disease. When will the cigar smoking fad on the links and in the clubhouse face up to reality and sound health practices?... Defending Foremost Senior Champion George Archer says fellow hip replacement compatriot--Jack Nicklaus--probably came back too soon from surgery. Archer says his is "a titanium model covered by ceramic" while the Golden Bear's new hip is "all ceramic." But by this time next year, Archer feels Nicklaus' hip will be better than ever.... The Jamie Hale Memorial Trust is dedicated to offering sports opportunities for youth. Family and friends will host the fourth annual James Hale Memorial Golf Classic on Saturday, July 31, 1999, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at The Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe, 4747 Champion Circle in Cascade... ...Clothing company Clark & Gregory received some ample logo TV "hits" when Christy O'Connor Jr. won the State Farm Senior Classic while wearing the company's shirts. Unfortunately, the brand name of this former Grand Rapids-based company was sold to a concern in California... ...Taking a little cue from the Alabama Golf Trail, Total Golf Inc. offers the Michigan Golf Trail as part of a smart promotion at eight of its golf courses in the state. Golfers playing all eight of the Total Golf Inc. courses--from Metamora and Mystic Creek on the east side to Thornapple Pointe on the west--are eligible for various prizes including an all-expense trip for four to Myrtle Beach, golf clubs and free passes to participating courses. For more information, call Mystic Creek... ... Liked this saying seen on the roadside sign for High Pointe GC: "Never putt a gimme!"... ...Looking for a classy and comprehensive spa to relieve the stress of four-footers or a grumpy boss? Check out Grand Traverse Resort's new Spa. It's state-of-the-art and must be regarded at one of the best in the Midwest. Services include massage, body care, thermal therapy, stone therapy, skin care, nail care, and hair care--all handled by professional and experienced staff. But if you need "golf care," you're advised to check out the Jim McLean Golf School at GTR. Call 1-800-968-2327...
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