Michigan Golf News
October 2, 2003, Vol. 3, No. 39
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__/ RYDER CUP CAPTAINS HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE AT OAKLAND HILLS
By Terry Moore
__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
Wisconsin-The Bull/ Kettle Hills
__/ 20/20 ROUNDS PLAYED INITIATIVE
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-DOUBLE FEATURE
"THE CADDIES OF FRENCH LICK-PART III" AND "THE JEFF DANIELS COMEDY
__/ BUICK SCRAMBLE ANNOUNCES FIELD FOR THE BUICK SCRAMBLE NATIONAL
__/ MYSTIC CREEK NAMED TO TOP 50 IN U.S. BY "GOLF FOR WOMEN"
__/ THE NIGHTMARE JOINS THE DREAM
__/ NAMES SORTA THE SAME
__/ GAM TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
__/ PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW ANNOUNCES CHANGES
__/ YARROW OFFERS 2004 GOLF AT 2003 RATES-UNTIL JANUARY 1
__/ QUOTE OF THE WEEK
__/ GOLF CALENDAR
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RYDER CUP CAPTAINS HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE AT OAKLAND HILLS-
By Terry Moore
In the current climate of strained international relations and global
unrest, it was a relief to listen to Ryder Cup Captains Hal Sutton and
Bernhard Langer on Monday sing each others' praises as gentlemen and
good sports while reminding those in attendance at the Press Conference
at Oakland Hills, that whatever the outcome of the matches next year,
it's still "only a game." No less was expected at such a gathering of
Ryder Cup officials and Oakland Hills club personnel who are poised to
bring one of the biggest and most lucrative events in all of sports to
the Detroit area next September.
However, at the same time, all this "sweetness and light" common to
such preliminaries won't distract the Captains from focusing on their
mutual goal:to win the 35th Ryder Cup Matches. PGA of America CEO Jim
Awtrey humorously set the tone in his opening remarks by slyly
suggesting to Sutton that he didn't need to remind him of the
"strategic objective." (Or in the famous phrase of Oakland Raiders,
owner Al Davis, "Just win, baby.") Later in the press conference,
Sutton revealed just how much a feisty, tough-minded Captain he will
be. He related how in 1999 at Brookline he told Captain Ben Crenshaw
"to play to win" and not be overly concerned about the playing time of
his individual players. Sutton reminded Crenshaw that "Europe plays to
win." Sutton's spirited remarks later to his teammates at Brookline and
Crenshaw's cagey front-loaded singles pairings helped to stage the
biggest comeback in Ryder Cup history. So rest assured that Captain Hal
will be playing all out "to win" next September.
Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer didn't quite quell a mini-controversy across
the pond that began weeks ago when he said he would step aside as
Captain if he qualified as a player. When hearing about this contingency,
Nick Faldo then asked about Langer, "When does he change his mind?
After the shirts have been selected or before?"
On Monday, Langer backpedaled a bit on his earlier remarks, sensing the
blood in the water for the ever-present tabloid sharks. "I've thought
about it even more in the last few weeks," said Langer. "If I should
play extremely well and qualified as no. 1 or no. 2, I would give it
(playing) some consideration. But I don't think I will. I'm not playing
well enough. I'm very committed to being the captain."
In any event, he won't be playing against Sutton whom he has beaten
twice in Ryder Cup competition, once by a 5 and 4 margin in 1985 and
again in 2002 by a 4 and 3 result, both times at The Belfry. In his
opening remarks, Sutton quipped about his losing record against Langer:
"I think I owe him one.That goes without saying."
Other notes and quotes from Monday's Press Conference:
* Both Captains assured fans there won't be a repeat of the ending of
the recent Solheim Cup when a host of matches were conceded and not
played out to their conclusion after Europe clinched the Cup. "Bernhard
and I talked about that earlier today," said Sutton. "Everybody has
bought their tickets and paid to see the action. We are going to
continue the matches all the way to the 18th hole." Bravo to that.
* Onhis philosophy of the playing time for any Ryder Cup "rookies" on the
European team, Langer said, "I don''t think it's a good idea to leave
rookies out of the matches until Sunday." (Note: Captain Mark James, to
his later chagrin, kept out his rookies until Sunday at Brookline in
*Langer and Sutton both agreed that Oakland Hills doesn't favor either
team. Sutton said most Tour players haven't played the course since the
1996 Open. So both teams should know the course the same. Langer said
that three days of practice and the guidance of professional caddies
will provide more than enough time and knowledge before the matches
*There will be a new "up tee" on the par-four 6th hole at Oakland Hills
South. Usually set back at 356 yards,there will now be the option
during the Ryder Cup of using markers set at only 300 yards, allowing
the players to go for the green off the tee. This may prove to be a
most exciting hole to watch, mindful of the driveable 10th hole at The
*On what he has learned from observing previous Captains, Langer
related how animated and involved Captain Seve Ballesteros was at
Valderrama in '97. "When I was playing one hole and faced with a shot
from the trees, Seve drove over in his cart and even tried to tell me
how to hit the shot. But I played it my way and we ended up parring the
hole. Every Captain has his style and I will have my style as well."
* Best quote by Sutton about Oakland Hills: "When I drive into Oakland
Hills, I feel golf."
* Best quote by Langer to sum up how he wants the matches to be
conducted: "I want my team to play fair. I want my players to play by
the rules. I don't want any gamesmanship or tricks. That said, the only
other thing I will ask is that they play hard."
* On playing for one's country in the Ryder Cup, Sutton conjured up the
ghost of President John F. Kennedy in his oft-quoted inaugural address
by saying: "There is something lacking in American sports in general.
It used to be our honor to be able to play for our country, rather than
our country's honor to have us playing for them."
MGN ON THE ROAD
On the road with Peter Allen of Hornung. We have been taking a weekly
trip to Wisconsin for the past 15 years. On route, Peter indicated
that he had spent a couple of days at the new Yarrow Golf complex. He
liked the new Hearn layout, with its wide fairways, large greens and
variety of tees. He said the food at Yarrow was great, the
accommodations superb and the final check not that overwhelming.
Kettle Hills now has 45 holes of golf to lure you North of Milwaukee.
The Zimmerman family has built their complex slowly but surely over the
years. They remind me a little bit of the Scott family of Gull Lake
View fame. ( By the way, Gull Lake has the biggest variety of fresh
fish than any other lake in Michigan. Sorry, I knew you wanted to know
that.) They started out with nine and added other nines from time to
time. Their new course, "Rolling Hills" joins their latest 18 hole
Valley course. Kettle Hills has a rolling terrain and home grown holes
that will give you a nice game of golf, economically and swiftly done.
The MG crew plays a lot of tough golf courses and it is a pleasure to
play some courses where a birdie or two drops during a game.
We visited The Bull a month ago and taped a television show of their
grand opening. You can see it on http://michigangolfer.tv/thebull This
time we were back for some fall golf and it was fantastic. The Bull
will be a destination course in Wisconsin. People will play it because
it is tough, it is beautiful and it is Nicklaus at his best. Nicklaus
is approaching both Donald Ross and Tom Bendlelow in the amount of
courses built. Nicklaus is around 250, and Bendlelow and Ross are 300
16 Top Courses MG has played in Wisconsin (in order of preference)
Blackwolf Run-The Meadows-Dye
Blackwolf Run The River-Dye
Grand Geneva Resort and Spa-The Brute
Trappers Turn- North/Packard
Kettle Hills-Valley and Rolling Hills nine hole courses (18)
20/20 ROUNDS PLAYED INITIATIVE
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MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-DOUBLE FEATURE-THE CADDIES OF FRENCH LICK
AND JEFF DANIELS COMEDY GOLF JAM
"THE CADDIES OF FRENCH LICK-Part III"
Dave Harner, the head professional at French Lick is the host for "The
Caddies of French Lick-Part IV". the Caddies; Oral Carnes, Junior
Carnes, Louie Roach, Bill Kellams, John Parker, Jack Carnes and Wayne
Carnes were brought together as part of the year long celebration
French Lick Resort had for its 100th Anniversary.
French Lick has a rich history of famous people, gaming, spas and golf.
Our caddies recall the times when Joe Louis, Howard Hughes, Frankin
Delano Rossevelt, Bing Crosby, Arthur Fiedler, Walter Hagen and the
like were filling the hotels and fairways of French Lick. With gaming
legislation on the books to return gaming to French Lick, another
century of glory days could be just around the corner.
JEFF DANIELS COMEDY GOLF JAM
This is the craziest golf tournament since Alex Karras was blowing up
greens at Torrey Pines. People play a lot of money to attend this
tournament, because of its craziness and the fact that the revenues go
to support the Purple Rose Theater. Join Craig Brass as he tries to
bring sense to this show. You will love the "Dueling Brandos"
BUICK SCRAMBLE ANNOUNCES FIELD FOR THE BUICK SCRAMBLE NATIONAL
The Buick Scramble, celebrating its 20th season and second under the
Buick banner, today announced that 252 teams from 40 states throughout
the U.S. will journey to Orlando, Fla., to compete for national
championship honors at the 2003 Buick Scramble National Championships,
Oct. 8-12, at the all-new Grande Lakes Resort.
On Sunday, Oct. 12, Buick Touring Professional Tiger Woods is scheduled
to appear at the Buick Scramble National Championships. As the
tournament's honorary chairman, Woods will present the national
championships trophies at the awards ceremony on the 18th green at
the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club following the conclusion of the tournament.
Kalamazoo Country Club -Dick Stewart
Oakland University Golf Course-Larry Hamilton
Otsego Club-Mark Hogan
Pine View Golf Course -Scott Schimmoeller
Scenic Country Club-Gary Lewandowski
Sunnybrook Country Club-Mick DeKorver
Taken and edited from a Jeremy Friedman release
MYSTIC CREEK NAMED TO TOP 50 IN U.S. BY "GOLF FOR WOMEN"
Milford, boasts one of the nation's top womens's golf courses according
to recent rankings published by Golf for Women magazine.
Mystic Creek Golf Club is ranked 46 in a ranking of the best 50 U.S. golf
courses for women.
Taken and edited from a PR from Mystic Creek
GAM TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
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Egypt Valley CC
September 30, 2003
Adam Walicki, GAM Champ 37-32--69
Mark Eriksen, Oakhurst G&CC 36-35--71
Ian Harris, Lyon Oaks GC 38-36--74
James Hegarty, Egypt Valley CC 35-40--75
Bob Siminski, Metamora G&CC 38-38--76
Doug Hoey, Wuskowhan Players Club 38-40--78
Michael Beals, Plum Hollow GC 37-41--78
Russ Cunningham, DeWitt 37-41--78
Douglas Hartigan, Moravian Hill CC 37-41--78
Bryan Haase, Mistwood GC 39-39--78
Dan Longeway, Western G&CC 41-38--79
Kenn Hruska, Marquette GC 39-40--79
Dale Black, Flushing G&CC 40-39--79
John Jakubiak, Sleeping Bear GC 40-39--79
Matt Pumford, Sawmill GC 40-39--79
Craig Pessina, Detroit GC 38-41--79
Chuck Christie, Red Run GC 38-42--80
Albert* Zimmerman, Crystal Downs CC 40-40--80
Danny Aronovitz, Knollwood CC 39-41--80
John Leach, Plum Brook GC 39-41--80
Jonathan Kalmink, Gowanie GC 41-39--80
Tommy Cataldo, St. Clair River CC 40-40--80
Steven Cuzzort, GAM Jr Am 40-40--80
David Fugenschuh, Bay Harbor GC 39-41--80
Joan Garety, Egypt Valley CC 37-37--74
Julie Massa, Forest Akers GC 38-40--78
Cindy Troyanovich, Lochmoor Club 40-39--79
Lisa Pentiuk, Oakland Hills CC 42-37--79
Andrea Brunackey, Grand Traverse Resort 42-38--80
Valerie Madill-Gibbs, Atlas Valley CC 42-40--82
Lori Pospiech, Grand Haven GC 41-41--82
Maureen Whitehead, Hillsdale G&CC 41-42--83
Sue Campbell, Kalamazoo CC 42-43--85
Donna Benford, Spring Meadows CC 44-42--86
Joyce Harlukowicz, Brookwood GC 45-42--87
Janet Wondero, Paint Creek CC 47-42--89
Margo Purdie, Essex G&CC 42-47--89
Mary Lou Nowak, Dearborn CC 48-42--90
Monica Treadwell, Grosse Ile G&CC 46-44--90
Judy* Hamilton, WMPGA 43-48--91
Pamela Kurtz, Owosso CC 46-45--91
Brie Rowdon, GAM Girls Jr 46-45--91
Patricia Marantette, Burning Tree G&CC 50-42--92
Sandy* Al Paaso, Lakelands G&CC 43-49--92
Submitted by Chris Noel of the GAM http://gam.org
THE NIGHTMARE JOINS THE DREAM
The Nightmare joins The Dream as the West Branch area adds yet another
solid track in the North Country. One of the best one-two name
combinations in the business, the two courses were dreamed up by the
same architect, Jeff Gorney.
NAMES SORTA THE SAME
Devil's Knob Golf Course Harrison
Devil's Lake Golf Course Manitou Beach
Devil's Ridge Golf Club Oxford
PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW ANNOUNCES CHANGES
PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions recently announced significant changes
to the 50-year old PGA Merchandise Show. These new and expanded
programs will be in effect for the 2004 PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 29 -
Feb. 1, in Orlando, Fla.
These changes are worth noting, as the PGA Merchandise Show is reeling
from low attendance and sponsor defections the past few years.
I just saw your blurb on Greywalls in the Sept. 26 Michigan Golf News
-- glad to hear you liked it and I look forward to your return next
summer when it is completely grown in.
There was a typo in the link to my website it should be
All the best,
Thanks and a Tip of the Tam to Mike for the correction
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Top International Joke of the Year
A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them
falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing, his eyes are
rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his cell phone and
calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator: "My friend is
dead! What can I do?" The operator, in a calm soothing voice says:
"Just take it easy. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead."
There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The guy's voice comes back on
the line. He says: "OK, now what?"
Top American joke
A man and a friend are playing golf one day at their local golf course.
One of the guys is about to chip onto the green when he sees a long
funeral procession on the road next to the course. He stops in
mid-swing, takes off his golf cap, closes his eyes, and bows down in
prayer. His friend says: "Wow, that is the most thoughtful and touching
thing I have ever seen. You truly are a kind man." The man then
replies: "Yeah, well we were married 35 years."
YARROW OFFERS 2004 GOLF AT 2003 RATES-UNTIL JANUARY 1
The new Yarrow Golf and Conference Center and guest rooms will be open
all year (with the exception of the Xmas and New Year weeks) at Escape
Rates as low as $88 per couple.
The Golf Club at Yarrow is offering all golf reservations the 2003
rates for next year if booked before December 31st, 2003. The early
bird DOES get the worm.
Submitted by Jon Ervin
HOLE IN ONE CLUB
St. Andrews, Scotland, 2003 - American businessman Bill Allard,
and CEO of Marquis Jet, has holed-in-one twice in the last
two days of play at the Dunhill Links, a PGA European pro-am golf
tournament taking place through the weekend in Scotland. Allard shot
his first hole-in-one with a 7-iron from 165 yards on the 2nd Hole at
Kingsbarns on Wednesday in his practice round; he shot his second on
the 157 yard-8th Hole yesterday at Carnoustie in his first round yesterday.
Ed James firstname.lastname@example.org
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09/28-30 Pepsi Fall Charity Invitational, Treetops, Gaylord
09/30 Tournament of Club Champions (Men and Women) Egypt Valley, Ada
10/17-18 Fall Golf, Ski and Travel Show- Novi Expo
10/19-21 The GOLF 20/20 Conference, World Golf Village, Florida
11/14-16 The International Golf Show is November 14-16, 2003 at the
Toronto Congress Centre.
11/30-12/02 MGCOA Annual Conference Lansing
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
03/19-21 6th Annual Lansing Golf Show- Lansing
03/19-21 Chicago Golf Show
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Canadian Tour- http://www.cantour.com/schedule.php
European Tour- http://www.europeantour.com
Hooters Tour- http://www.ngahooterstour.com
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