Michigan Golf News
January 2, 2004, Vol. 4, No. 1
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MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS-January 2, 2004 VOL. 4, No. 1
Bay Mills Resort and Casino/Wild Bluff-Brimley
Garland in Winter
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
Dundee Internet Services
Edited by Art McCafferty-Publisher-Michigan Golfer
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2004
May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
AN OLD IRISH BLESSING
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__/ TOP 10 GOLF NEWS STORIES OF THE YEAR
__/ MGN ON THE ROAD-LENAWEE
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SHOW
__/ TAKE A TEST DRIVE AT THE OTSEGO CLUB
__/ MEDC FORMS NEW TOURISM AND MARKETING UNIT
__/ DAN OLSEN GETS HIS CARD
__/ WHO IS SKIING ON OUR GOLF COURSES?
__/ WHO REALLY IS THE GREATEST GOLFER OF ALL TIME?
__/ DETROIT NEWSPAPERS 2004 MICHIGAN GOLF TOUR
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
__/ HIGH SPEED INTERNET GROWTH IN U.S.
__/ YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS WINTER GOLF IN ANN ARBOR
__/ 19TH HOLE
__/ SUBSCRIBER KUDO
__/ QUOTES OF THE WEEK-SOME INSPIRING THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS
Top Ten Michigan Golf Stories for 2003
(Random order except the passing of Jack Saylor)
Passing of Jack Saylor
Jack Saylor of loud pants, Rube Goldberg swing and deft hands at a piano keyboard, left us after a year of poor health. He was one of the top golf quills in Michigan and left a legacy of intelligent writing behind him.
Michelle Wie Plays in Bay Mills Open Canadian Tour
The media tent at Bay Mills Open Canadian Tour was crowded and abuzz about the tournament appearance of Michelle Wie, the 13-year-old Hawaiian phenomenon.. While she did not make the cut, she made enough of an impression to give her many fans a glimpse f what should be a bright professional future.
Captains Courageous at Oakland Hills
Captains Langer and Sutton visited the revered Oakland Hills CC to promote the upcoming Ryder Cup. The eyes of the world will once more be focused on the Oakland Hills North and South courses that have been worked on by the likes of architects Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills.
Michigan Architect Tom Doak on the Path to Becoming World Renown
Tom Doak, one of a number of superb Michigan based golf architects, has begun his foray into a body of work that will propel him into the stature of an internationally renowned golf architect. Fresh off his award winning work at Pacific Dunes, Tom now finds himself designing courses in New Zealand, Australia and Tasmania.
Tiger Defends at the Buick Open
Happiness was having Tiger as defending champion of your tournament. His appearance this year brought out the sponsors, the galleries and the media. While Tiger did not win here this year, he still won enough tournaments to become PGA Player of the Year. The Buick sponsorship has produced a feeling that Tiger has a little Michigan in him.
"The Big Break" Debuts at Treetops Resort
The Golf Channel's first reality show had a decidedly Michigan bent to it as Rich Smith and Treetops Resort provided the hosting and location of the program. Also, Anthony Sorentino, the unabashed golfer from Rochester Hills, finished second in the tournament but first in attitude.
Stacy Snider Wins the Tournament of Champions at Boyne
In the Year of the Woman Golfer, Stacy Snider put the Michigan exclamation point on it by becoming the first female to win the 54-hole, $100,000 Michigan PGA of Champions. Her payoff was a check for $17,250 and a legion of new admirers.
Michigan Amateur Returns to Belvedere CC
The Michigan Amateur returned to its roots this year. The Belvedere CC in Charlevoix, which had hosted the tournament on many occasions in the past, had a substantial make over in the past few years. This among other reasons brought Michigan‚s most famous amateur event back to it storied roots.
Fox Hills Rakes in the Accolades
The year started out, by the Fox Hills folks being awarded the national course of the year by the NGCOA (National Golf Course Owners Association). It concluded by Kathy Dul Aznavorian, Sandy Dul Miley and their mother, grabbing a host of awards from the MGCOA. Architects Ray Hearn and Paul Albanese, also took their share of bows for the design of the award winning Strategic Fox.
Lights, Camera, Action-Michigan Golf on Television
Television cameras were all over Michigan this year. Network television carried The Buick Open, Farmers Charity Classic and the Ford Senior Players Championship. The Golf Channel stepped up to the tee, by telecasting The Bay Mills Open Canadian Tour and "The Big Break". ESPN was on hand to capture the action at the Tylenol Par Three Shootout..Finally, The Michigan Golfer televised, the 101st Western Amateur, The Bank of Ann Arbor Futures Classic, The Fifth Third Bank Michigan Women's Open. The Haig Tournament, Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam, and the Bay Mills Open Canadian Tour to a worldwide audience on the Internet.
* Special thanks to all those that contributed to the list, with a special New Year's Tip of the Tam to Dave Richards for his input.
MGN ON THE ROAD-LENAWEE CC
We stopped by Lenawee CC and the team of Manager, Genene Bray; Head Professional, Steve Kusisto, Superintendent, Tim Baxter and Chris Phibbs had the place all gussied up for the holidays. Lenawee CC is approaching its 85th year, but a major renovation in the late 90's has set it up for a nice run toward its century of service.
We also had the opportunity to chat with Bob and Sally McHenry of McGolf, the people who supply most of the golf scorecards in Michigan. Bob and Sally are hanging it up after many years on the road. They are members of Lenawee CC and were involved with the creation of the 8th Anniversary Program.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-
EMU Sports Marketing Class & International Golf
Our cameras traveled to Eastern Michigan University as our host for the show, Vanessa Bell, visited EMU's Sports Marketing class. Her guest for the show, Dr. Sam Fullerton, is an expert on sports marketing, a scratch golfer, and the Interim Department Head of Marketing and Law at EMU. The topic for the day was "International Golf: Similarities and Differences". Our show covers golf in Germany, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia and the U.S.
JEFF DANIELS COMEDY GOLF JAM
Tis the season to be jolly. What better way to lighten up for this time of year, then to revisit this wild and wacky golf tournament. Designed to be a fund raiser for Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, the Comedy Golf Jam is an absolute hoot.
MEDC FORMS NEW TOURISM AND MARKETING UNIT
Travel Michigan is joining forces with the business development marketing unit of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The new Tourism and Marketing unit will be lead by George Zimmermann, Interim COO of the MEDC/Vice President of Travel Michigan and Dave Lorenz, the Managing Director of Travel Michigan. The new division will allow for greater synergy between the two areas and will provide additional opportunities for creative and promotional development.
The business development marketing area will be under the direction of Jennifer Owens. Dave Morris will lead all research and web team development for tourism and business marketing. Melinda Remer will continue to direct tourism marketing efforts and Ron Marabate will facilitate Welcome Center and Call Center duties.
For more information, please contact Dave Lorenz at (517) 335-0007.
DETROIT NEWSPAPERS 2004 MICHIGAN GOLF TOUR
In a few months the grass will be getting greener, and you‚'ll be itching to take your golf clubs out into the fresh air. Take time now to reserve your spot on the Detroit Newspapers 2004 Michigan Golf Tour!
Each of the Pro-Am tournaments offered on the Tour is sanctioned by the Michigan Section of the PGA. Amateur foursomes play with a Michigan Section PGA professional at the finest golf courses and resorts in our state.
Detroit Newspapers, in conjunction with the Michigan PGA, is proud to bring you the following Pro-Ams hosted by some of the most prestigious golf resorts in Michigan.
Michigan Open Pro-Am
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
June 25, 26, 27
Tournament of Champions Pro-Am
Boyne Mountain Resort/Bay Harbor
July 15, 16, 17, 18
Michigan Women‚s Open Pro-Am*
July 23, 24, 25
* Women‚s and mixed foursomes only.
Michigan PGA Pro-Am
August 20, 21, 22
Each Pro-Am is followed by a three or four day Pro tournament.
Each Pro-Am consists of deluxe accommodations, two rounds of golf with a cart, breakfasts, lunches, invitations to the opening night reception, invitations to the Pro-Am Banquet and a wonderful Pro-Am award ceremony with top-quality amateur prizes including airline tickets, golf packages, golf equipment and more!
Contact: Heather Smith, Michigan Golf Tour Staff, 313-222-5112
TAKE A TEST DRIVE AT THE OTSEGO CLUB
Slip into the only golf and private ski membership in Michigan and take it for a test drive! The Otsego Ski Club invented family fun in Northern Michigan over 60
years ago and now we‚re offering our Silver Membership package for one full year so that you can experience Otsego first hand through this special introductory, provisional membership offer - The One Year „Test Drive.š That‚s Unlimited Private Skiing and Unlimited Golf for a full year for just $250 and without monthly dues. Some restrictions apply* and introductory „Test Driveš members
must be staying in Otsego Club lodging facilities to take advantage of provisional membership privileges.
In an ever-changing world, it‚s nice to know that there is a special place for you and your family to gather throughout all four seasons in Northern Michigan, and this is an unique opportunity to experience our tradition of hospitality,
our sense of family and the historic charm that Otsego has been providing for generations, since 1939.
Take your family for a "One Year Test Drive!" For more information, call Tami Gray today at (800) 752-5510, Ext. 314 to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity or go on-line at http://www.otsegoclub.com and click on
Membership! We look forward to seeing you and your family at the Club!
* This offer not available to current or former Otsego Club members. Golf cart not included.
Since 1939 - Private Family Skiing
THE GOLF SHOW ISSUE
COMING TO YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN FEBRUARY 4TH
Jack Saylor: They Laughed When I Sat Down To Play the Piano
A defining voice in the world of golf has been stilled. We will look back at Jack's life in text and a video essay.
By Mike Shiels
Mike Shiels, needing a break from his just completed Arthur Hills golf book, headed down to Alabama for some gulf golf. Mike, one of Michigan's great writers, gives us his thoughts on what awaits Michigan golfers.
By Kate Moore
Kate, will tell us about all the awards, the annual meeting and what is happening this coming year.
Falling Rounds, Rising Optimism
By Lisa Dypka
Yes, the rounds have been down, but Lisa finds some light at the bottom of the cup.
Scotty Bowman: Golf is Nothing More than a Round Puck
by John Wukovitz
While golf may not have been Scotty Bowman's first love, it is right up there with a short handed Red Wing goal for his retirement years. John Wukovitz, fresh off counting his money from his latest book, "Pacific Alamo", brings us the story.
2003 PGA Merchandise Show
Vanessa Bell and Art McCafferty
We will have the latest on the world's greatest golf show for our readers. There have been many changes to the show and we will bring you many of them. Vanessa Bell, Michigan Golfer Television host, will tape some interviews for your viewing pleasure.
A Sneak Preview of Greywalls
by Art McCafferty
A number of Michigan golf courses have some views that you never forget. The new Greywalls Golf Course in Marquette is one of them. We bring you a taste of what is to come.
Global Warming and Winter Golf
By Peter Allen and Jerry Bahr
As the snow line continues to retreat North each year, the opportunity for winter golf increases. Peter Allen and Jerry Bahr, a couple of Michigan snow birds let us in on what they have experienced.
Slice of Life
By Terry Moore
Terry continues his popular column as we begin the new year.
That and more from the Michigan Golfer Telezine, coming February 4th to a computer screen near you.
DAN OLSEN GETS HIS CARD
After trying 11 times to qualify for a PGA Tour card, the 12th attempt was the charm for Michigan-native Dan Olsen. Olsen, 36, was the most unlikely of the 34 players to win playing privileges for 2004 on the professional golf circuit through the PGA Tour's grueling annual six-round Qualifying Tournament in December.
Olsen shot rounds of 74-68-66-69-67-77 on Orange County National's courses for a six-round total of 421, good enough for a 12th place finish in the qualifying event and a full exemption on the PGA Tour in 2004. GolfWeek promptly featured the emotional Olsen - with an emotional expression - on the cover of the magazine.
"I knew going into the final round that, barring any major collapse, I was going to make it. I was nervous. I knew I was hitting it well and just tried not to make any big mistakes coming in," he explained.
Olsen, who is married and has a four-year old daughter, was a 1985 graduate of East Lansing High School where he won the individual High School State Championship when he was a junior. While attending Indiana University, Olsen was "All Big Ten" in 1988 and won the Indiana State Amateur in 1986, 1988, and 1989.
Michigan golfers remember that Olsen fashioned one of the most exciting finishes in Michigan PGA tournament history. Trailing by two shots with three holes to play at the 1992 Boyne Tournament of Champions, Olsen finished birdie-ace-birdie to play the last three holes in four-under-par and win the tournament by two shots.
Taken and edited from a PR from Golf Marketing Services
WHO IS SKIING ON OUR GOLF COURSES?
Well they are not exactly skiing on golf courses, but close to it. The Michigan Skier would like to offer you a winter tour of some of your favorite golf destinations:
Crystal Mountain- Jeanne Thoren
Coming in February-Winter at Garland
WHO REALLY IS THE GREATEST GOLFER OF ALL TIME?
Published May 2003, Golf's Greatest Eighteen [McGraw-Hill] introduced an
entirely new method to compare the greatest players of the twentieth
A captivating, unique and mathematically sound model to enable total career
achievements of the greatest golfers of the modern era to be compared on a
truly equal basis, New Money has quickly become an accepted worldwide
New Money revalues the careers of the greatest golfers of the past ninety
years, step-by-step, event-by-event, each and every year. Using a
comprehensive database of around 450,000 items, the New Money Rankings offer
an entirely fresh perspective on golf history.
"I'm delighted but not entirely surprised by the very positive reaction,"
said author-editor David Mackintosh. " Playing for money is what
professional golf is about so all-time career earnings is the perfect
measuring tool. Our New Money formula simply gets everyone on the same page,
from Gene Sarazen to Tiger Woods."
Now, fresh off the computing line, here is 2003 Season New Money for
Golf's Greatest Eighteen [McGraw-Hill] - the new soft cover edition
available early-2004 from all good bookstores around the world.
Golf's Greatest Eighteen - "All Time New Money" Rankings - December 2003
Total New Money - US$ -dollars
Jack Nicklaus 147,854,546
Sam Snead 140,684,507
Arnold Palmer 115,542,021
Billy Casper 102,178,581
Ben Hogan 98,323,047
Gary Player 91,867,116
Tom Watson 91,460,302
Byron Nelson 84,051,094
Gene Sarazen 74,748,520
Lee Trevino 74,589,061
Greg Norman 74,137,912
Walter Hagen 70,053,952
Ray Floyd 67,866,279
Hale Irwin 65,989,644
Seve Ballesteros 63,201,479
Nick Faldo 61,461,964
Tiger Woods 57,325,297
Bobby Jones * 11,269,393
[Jones * assumed - Majors only]
HIGH SPEED INTERNET GROWTH IN U.S.
Customers signed up for high-speed Internet access at a slower rate in the first six months of 2003 despite price cuts by some companies that supply the service. In its twice-yearly survey, the Federal Communications Commission found that broadband connections grew at a 18 percent clip from Jan. 1 to June 30. Growth fell >from a 23 percent rate in the second half of 2002 and 27 percent in the first six months of 2002. Overall, the number of homes and small businesses connected to the Internet via high-speed service topped out at 23.5 million. That was up from 19.9 million at the end of 2002 and almost double the total of 12.8 million at the end of 2001. There are more than 107 million households in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau. The cable industry controlled 13.7 million high-speed customers, or 58 percent of the nation's total. Phone companies held on to 7.7 million subscribers, or 32.7 percent. The market share of both industries was basically unchanged. Satellite!
and other services accounted for the rest. California had the most high-speed users, followed by New York, Florida and Texas. Not surprisingly, those are the four most populous states.
Taken from Great Lakses IT Report
Written and edited by Matt Roush, Technology Editor, WWJ Newsradio 950, Detroit. email@example.com
YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS WINTER GOLF IN ANN ARBOR
Below is a list of area courses that have said goodbye to the golf "season" and have kept their doors open for the winter. Just be sure to call before going, as hours of operation may change depending on snow conditions.
Reddeman Farms Golf Club - Chelsea
18 holes- $15 walking/$22 riding
9 holes- $10/$15
Hudson Mills Metropark Golf Course - Dexter
Non-seniors- $11 ($5.50 for cart) for all you can play
Huron Hills Golf Course- Ann Arbor
18 holes- $16.50 weekend/$15.50 weekday
9 holes- $11.50 weekend/$10.50 weekday
Lake Forest Golf Club - Ann Arbor
18 holes- $20 (riding); $15 (walking)
Be sure to check out the entire selection of championship golf courses at
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Keep up the outstanding job and have a safe and prosperous New Year. Fairways and greens!
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burns. He was already starting to blister and in agony. The doctor prescribed continuous intravenous feeding with saline and electrolytes, a sedative and a Viagra pill every four hours. The nurse, somewhat surprised said, "What good will the Viagra do him?" "It'll keep the sheets off his legs," replied the doctor. Ba Dah Boom
Andres Sone, Pub Links Golfer Magazine Publisher and co-founder passed away last week. Andres passed away unexpectedly on Monday, 12/15/03 in the Dominican Republic due to complications after surgery to remove an intestinal blockage. Andres was attending the International Association of Golf Tour Operators on the behalf of Pub Links Golfer Magazine. Andres 40, is survived by his wife Diane and daughters Alexis, age 10 and Brianna, age 6.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK-SOME INSPIRING THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR
Many people look toward the new-year as a chance to start something new in
their life, sport, or anything that they are involved with. For those of
you who are looking for inspiration or just want a little support, here are
some quotes from famous athletes that not only pertain to the sport they
played but life in general too.
"You'll always miss 100 percent of the shots you do not take."
--Wayne Gretzky on scoring (much like chances in life...if you don't take
any, you can't get anywhere)
"Football is like life, it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work,
sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority."
"Circumstances make a career - a man being at the right place at the right
time with the right material."
--Ted Williams on careers
"The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30
years of his life."
--Muhammad Ali on aging
"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have
deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have
last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the
skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."
--Muhammad Ali on being a Champion
Your opponent, in the end, is never really the player on the other side of
the net, or the swimmer in the next lane, or the team on the other side of
the field, or even the bar you must high-jump. Your opponent is yourself,
your negative internal voices, your level of determination.
--Grace Lichtenstein American Writer & Editor
"I was told over and over again that I would never be successful, that I was
not going to be competitive and the technique was simply not going to work.
All I could do was shrug and say 'We'll just have to see."
--Dick Fosbury won an Olympic gold medal at the 1968 Mexico City Games after
he invented a revolutionary high-jump technique.
Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work a
company work, a society work, a civilization work.
You owe it to yourself to be the best you can possibly be - in baseball and
Submitted by the fine folks at Dehen Jackets at http://www.dehenjackets.com/
01/23-25 Atlanta Golf Show
01/29-02/02 PGA Merchandise Show-Orlando, Florida
02/06-8 West Michigan Golf Show, DeVos Place
02/13-15 London Golf and Travel Expo at the Western Fair Event Centre
03/05-07 12th Annual Michigan Golf Show- Novi Expo
03/13 Midland Golf Show WMPX/WMRX
03/19-21 6th Annual Lansing Golf Show- Lansing
03/19-21 Chicago Golf Show
05/31-06/06 Farmers Charity Classic, Egypt Valley CC, Ada
06/25-27 2004 Michigan Open-Pro Am-Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
07/05-11 Ford Senior Players Championship TPC of Michigan Dearborn
07/15-18 Detroit Newspapers Tournament of Champions-Pro Am-Boyne Mountain and
07/23-28 Michigan PGA Womens's Open Pro-Am and Tournament 2004, Crystal Mountain
07/26-08/01 Buick Open, Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc,
08/20-23 PGA Championship Pro Am-Shanty Creek
09/14-19 The Ryder Cup -Oakland Hills CC
09/15 The Ryder Cup Captains Challenge, Detroit Golf Club
09/16 The Ryder Cup Champions Invitational, Oakland University
Tour and Association Calendars
Golf Association of Michigan http://www.gam.org/champ/schedule.cgi
Michigan Section PGA http://www.Michigan.PGA.com
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association http://mgcoa.org
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America http://www.gcsaa.org
Shanty Creek http://www.shantycreek.com/calendar.html
Canadian Tour- http://www.cantour.com
European Tour- http://www.europeantour.com
Hooters Tour- http://www.ngahooterstour.com
Futures Tour- http://www.futurestour.com
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