Michigan Golf News
July 29, 2005, Vol. 5, No. 31
BAY MILLS RESORT AND CASINO/WILD BLUFF GOLF COURSE
MARSH RIDGE & THE NATURAL-TWO GAYLORD LEGENDS NOW STAY AND PLAY
Edited by Art McCafferty-Producer/Publisher, GLSP
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CALIFORNIA PRO MAKES MICHIGAN OPEN FIRST WIN
*It feels great,* said Cavanaugh, who began the final round a shot behind LPGA veteran Tracy Hanson. *I played one shot at a time and tried not to pay attention. I just wanted to see what would happen without forcing anything.*
But Cavanaugh forced the issue by making three-straight birdies on the 10th through 12th holes, holing putts of six, 24 and 21 feet to push her way in front of Hanson.
*She played a really solid round of golf today. Three birdies in a row definitely gave her some momentum. I made par putts, but I couldn't get the birdies to go in,* said Hanson, 33, who spends her summers in Holland, Michigan and has played 11 years on the LPGA Tour. Hanson did hole a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-three 17th to put the heat on Cavanaugh, who was then forced to hit her tee shot on the 18th with a tenuous one-stroke lead.
*I was so nervous, but I decided to go for it and hit my driver. I'd been doing it all week,* said Cavanaugh, who turned professional in 2003 and has been cherry-picking mini-tour events wherever she could qualify. She was rewarded with a closing birdie while Hanson, forced to play aggressively, double-bogeyed to close with 73 and slip to third place.
*I'm going to phone my grandfather Gene Parana, back in Palos Verdes. He got me into golf,* said Cavanaugh, who was also congratulated with cheers and hugs from her fellow mini-tour players behind the 18th green. *I'm working really hard to get to the LPGA Tour. I really want it bad.*
Cavanaugh's triumph made her the first non-Michigan resident to win the Michigan Women's Open, which first began welcoming players from outside the state in 2003. Almost immediately, LPGA Tour players and other touring professional from around the America and Canada began traveling to Michigan to compete.
*This is definitely the best state open in the U.S. I love this golf course - it's wonderful,* said Cavanaugh, who finished T-14 in last year's Michigan Women's Open. This year, she came to Crystal Mountain after competing in last week's LPGA Canadian Open in Nova Scotia. *I shot 81-79 in that event, so this is a really nice turn around.*
Brooke Tull, an LPGA rookie from Fort Worth, TX, closed with a tournament-best 67. Her three-round total of 70-75-67 - 212 (-4) made her runner-up, she collected $4,000. She began the final round five strokes out of the lead.
*I was just going out there to try to have fun,* said Tull, 22. *It was my best round of the year and ties my best round ever. It helps. It's a real confidence boost.*
Sara Brown, from Tucson, AZ, who plays golf at Michigan State University, finished as low-amateur after shooting rounds of 73-75-73-221 (+5). She received a gift certificate for $750.
Fifty professional and 39 amateurs from around America and Canada competed in the $40,000 Detroit Newspapers Michigan Women's Open on Crystal Mountain Resort's Mountain Ridge course. Fifty-nine players were from Michigan. First prize was $5,500.
Final Results, 2005 Detroit Newspapers Michigan Women's Open. July 25-27. Mountain Ridge Course, Crystal Mountain Resort
1st Kelly CavanaughPalos Verdes, CA $ 5,500.00
Grand Blanc- Warwick Hills CC-Buick Open
We thought this an appropriate place to remember the late Jack Saylor, Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member and one of Michigan's best golf writers. From time to time, we revisit one of his MG columns to recapture the magic of his great writing. The following column appeared in our August 2000 issue of the Michigan Golfer, we hope you find this walk down memory lane enjoyable. A Tip of the Tam to Jack Saylor, a family friend and one of Michigan's best golf writers.
BUICK'S 10 MOST MEMORABLE PLAYERS-BY JACK SAYLOR
1. Tony Lema, 1964. A latter-day Walter Hagen, who exuded good cheer and appreciated a good victory and was willing to share. Champagne corks popped in the pressroom, a nickname was celebrated and, best of all, he won again in '65. Alas, he left us far too soon.
2. Peter Jacobsen, 1980. It may have been the hybrid Buick-Goodwrench, but didn't lessen the impact on this talented, friendly competitor. The lasting memory was Jake holding month-old daughter Amy with one arm while accepting the trophy as Amy barfed all over Daddy's shirt.
3. Hale Irwin, 1981. Although he usually prevailed on more difficult tracks (i.e. three U.S. Opens, two Memorials, etc.), this all-time great showed he could go birdie-to-birdie in a shoot out, too. He emerged from one of the tightest Buick finishes from a four-way playoff with defending champion Jacobsen, Gil Morgan and Bobby Clampett.
4. Ben Crenshaw, 1986. Scored a popular victory by pulling off one of the best shots in Buick history. At the short, par-five 13th, where a par usually lost you ground to the field, his second shot nestled against the trunk on the wrong side of a little pine tree for the right-handed Crenshaw. No problemo. Gentle Ben turned lefty, flipped his wedge to the reverse side and popped a shot within a couple of feet to save his birdie-and perhaps the title.
5. Robert Wrenn, 1987. This likeable Virginian picked Warwick Hills for his "15 minutes of fame," which lasted a torrid four days in which shot an unbelievable 26-under par 262 and missing tying Ben Hogan's record by a Sunday bogey at No. 14, one of the very easiest holes. The victory touched off seven financial-productive years, but no more wins before he exchanged clubs for microphone.
6. Julius Boros, 1963. Nobody tired of watching Big Jay's rhythmic, easy-going, smooth swing, wondering how he generated such power, plus the equally effective work around and on the greens. A giant of the era, he beat perennial runner-up Dow Finsterwald by one shot. He loved fishing the ponds in his spare time so he returned and won again in '67.
7. Dave Hill, 1969. One of the hardest workers and greatest strikers of the ball ever to trod the tour, Peck's Bad Boy avenged brother Mike Hill's loss of 1968 (to Tom Weiskopf), with a fine 11-under 277 that put him in the books as the last Buick Open champ as management pulled the plug on the event until cooler heads thankfully prevailed nine years later.
8. Fred Couples, 1994. Coming to Warwick after a long layoff and fighting back problems, Couples seemed like a poor bet even to make the cut. But with his lazy, effortless Boros-like swing style, Couples ignored inclement weather, even endured a 36-hole day and won going away with a blazing 18-under 270.
9. Chip Beck, 1990. Never altering his smile whether making birdie or double-bogey and had the groove this week to win another exciting four-man playoff with another fan favorite, Fuzzy Zoeller, along with U.S. Open playoff rivals that year, Hale Irwin and Mike Donald. The company liked Beck, too, and signed him as a Buick spokesman.
10. Billy Casper, 1958. There was more chalk lines on Warwick Hills than on the local football field to mark unplayable, free-drop areas on the new and quite rough golf course, but the $100,000 purse was crisp (Sam Snead said they'd play down Woodward Ave. for that money). The field was classy and so was the winner as Buffalo Billy nicked Arnold Palmer, along with Ted Kross, by one shot. It started a great Michigan tradition.
CBS Sports will broadcast the third and final rounds of the Buick Open at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich., on Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, from 3-6 p.m. ET.
The Senior Championship went to Bob Layman of Bloomfield Hills. He defeated defending champion Bill McDonald of Troy 2 &1.
Young Mike Mazzola of Armada defeated Smith Patterson of East Lansing 3 & 2. Mike Mazzola has now won the First Flight two years in a row.
In the Senior First Flight Jim Novar of Lake Isabella defeated Bob Dexter of West Brance 4 & 3. Gary Palarchio of Plymouth defeated Tony Clafton of Redford to win the Second Flight.
The 50th Championship began on Friday at Eagle Glen Golf Course in Farwell, Michigan. Two hundred sixty three golfers from around the state of Michigan participated in this Championship.
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The two-day, Ryder Cup-style event begins July 30 with six better-ball matches at The Meadows Golf Club at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, fifteen miles west of Grand Rapids. Among the members of the public course team playing there will be three members of Grand Valleyıs 2005 Division II runner-up womenıs golf team, including Division II individual champion Melissa Sneller. Other members of the 12-woman public team including playing captain Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, the womenıs golf coach at Michigan State University, Michigan state high school champion Laura Kueny of Whitehall and University of Louisville golfer Jenny Calkins, the low amateur and low woman golfer in the recent Michigan Tournament of Champions event.
Theyıll be opposed by a strong private club team led by recent Michigan Golf Hall of Fame inductee Joan Garety of Egypt Valley Country Club in suburban Ada, the site of twelve second-day singles matches. Garety, the playing captain for the private club squad, will be joined by recent Michigan Amateur semifinalist Rose Cassard of the University of Michigan, Northwestern University golfer Heather Scholten and Grand Rapids city champion Kim Kester of the University of Toledo.
Play begins Saturday at The Meadows at 1:30 p.m. while Sundayıs singles matches at Egypt Valley commence at 11 a.m.
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The 12th Annual MGCOA Golf Outing and Supplier Field Day will be held at Gull Lake View in Augusta, Thursday August 18th. The Michigan Golf Business 2005 Annual Conference and Vendor Fair, November 27-29, will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. For information on exhibiting or to register contact Kate Moore 800-860-8575
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In the morning quarterfinal matches, medalist Matt Pumford of Auburn was defeated by Alex Balog of Trenton 2 up. Mr. Pumford was also a finalist in last years Championship. In another feature match, defending champion Russ Cunningham of DeWitt defeated young Derek Johnson of Graying 4 & 3. Justin Goyt of South Lyon defeated Joe Johnson of New Boston 3 & 2. In a marathon match, former champion Greg Davies of West Bloomfield edged Dough Anderson of Bay City 1 up in 23 holes.
In the two semi-final matches defending Champion Russ Cunningham defeated Alex Balog 3 & 2. Former Champion Greg Davies defeated young Justin Goyt 4 & 3. The two former champions will begin their match tomorrow morning at 7:30 A.M.
In the Senior Championship division, defending champion Bill McDonald
of Troy defeated Del Scheffler of Harsens Island 4 & 3. Al Patterson of
Farwell defeated Tom Janicki of Brighton 1 up.
For additional information contact Bill McDonald at Eagle Glen Golf Course in Farwell. 989-588-4424
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