Michigan Golf News
October 29, 2004 VOL. 4, No 44
Bay Mills Resort and Casino/Wild Bluff-Brimley
Celebrate Ryder Cup 2004, September 14-19-Oakland Hills CC
Treetops: Home of "Rick Smith and The Big Break" and "The Tylenol Par-3 Shootout"
Video: Rick Smith and The Big Break
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
GLSP Television Network- Now Showing
Michigan Travel http://michigantravel.tv
Silver Lake/ Hart Area
Michigan Skier http://michiganskier.tv
History of Crystal Mountain Resort
Michigan Runner http://michiganrunner.tv
Detroit Free Press/Flagstar Bank Marathon
Michigan Golfer http://michigangolfer.tv
Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino
Edited by Art McCafferty-Publisher, Michigan Golfer
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__/ MGN ON THE ROAD
Dearborn-Dearborn Hills GC
__/ EMU'S MAHONEY MEDALIST AT GEOGRETOWN HOYA INVITATIONAL
__/ MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
__/ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-HELD OVER
__/ WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME MEMBERS SET TO WELCOME NEW CLASS
__/ THE NEW CHERRY CAPITAL AIRPORT NOW OPEN
__/ HOLE IN ONE -THOMAS TAYLOR AT CEDAR RIVER GOLF CLUB
__/ CHAMPIONS TOUR REPORT
__/ NGF RELEASES NEW FIGURES ON PLAY
__/ BIG BREAK II UPDATE
__/ THE UPCOMING MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SERIES FOR 2004-2005
__/ FALL MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE NOW ONLINE http://michigangolfer.com
__/ HALLOWEEN SPECIAL-THE SCARIEST GOLF COURSES IN AMERICA
__/ 2005 PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW
__/ CALENDAR OF GOLF EVENTS
__/ ASSOCIATION LINKS
MGN ON THE ROAD
Dearborn-Dearborn Hills GC
Warner Bowen did a terrific job when he completely redesigned the
course that had been influenced earlier by the late Walter Hagen. It was
especially pretty all dressed up in its fall colors this past week.
Besides golf, they do a great wedding and banquet service.
EMU'S MAHONEY MEDALIST AT GEOGRETOWN HOYA INVITATIONAL
Former Michigan Amateur champion, EMU student and member of the Eagles
golf team, Korey Mahoney, took medalist honors as the Eagles won the
team title this past week at Georgetown, in Leesburg, Virginia. Mahoney
shot a final round 68 to record a 138 over two days to win over Hunter
Watts of William & Mary.
MICHIGAN GOLF NEWS ASSOCIATION SUBSCRIBERS
Golf Association of Michigan
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
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Michigan State Amateur Golf Association
Upper Peninsula Golf Association
MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION-HELD OVER
* We are getting some great viewership of these two shows, so we've
decidedly to hold them over. Jerry Matthews does a nice turn in
describing his newest course, Sundance. and Jack Berry and Dave Hill
are just having a ball talking about his Ryder Cup days.
MICHIGAN GOLFER TV-A SNEAK PREVIEW OF SUNDANCE GOLF COURSE WITH JERRY
Sundance, a second 18-hole course at A-GA-MING, is scheduled to open
this coming May. It is the latest offering from Jerry Matthews and
Natural Course Design. We had the opportunity to chat with Jerry and walk
around the course this past summer. We invite you to take a look at yet
another exciting Matthews' creation.
This is also a prequel to a series of upcoming television shows on
"The Architect and the Golf Course" that will be premiering next year on
the Michigan Golfer Television Show. Shows that are being taped now for
showing this spring include, The Natural GC in Gaylord and The Majestic
at Lake Walden, located in Hartland. Painting these memorable video
portraits is Joe Yunkman, one of Michigan's outstanding videographers.
"DAVE HILL'S RYDER CUP MEMORIES: AN INTERVIEW WITH JACK BERRY"
This Friday, at the start of the 35th Ryder Cup, the Michigan Golfer
Television Show will bring to our viewers Jack Berry's exclusive
interview with Dave Hill. Hill, was one of Michigan's greatest golfers
and won eleven times on the PGA tour. He played in three Ryder Cup and
just missed out in landing a spot on a fourth. Hill retired from the
game in 1977.
In our first segment, Dave Hill recalls the match at Royal Birkdale
Golf Club and the 16-16 tie that occur with the famous "Concession"
putt that Jack Nicklaus conceded to Tony Jacklin. Dave also discusses
the match that Ken Still and he played against Brian Huggett & Bernard
Gallacher, where after a heated discussion, Hill said to Gallacher, "If
you say one more word, I'm going to wrap this 1-iron around your head."
Despite the fireworks, Brian Huggett, said, "Hill played absolutely
magnificently throughout the week. He held the team together. He
stopped us winning. I mean, he won all his matches."
In our second show, Dave Hills discusses his play at the 1973 Ryder
Cup, which was held at Murifield, Scotland. After flying some 36 hours
from a tournament in Japan, Hill developed some severe abdominal pains
and had to pull himself out of most of the matches. Instead of playing,
he assisted the Ryder Cup Captain, Jack Burke. The U.S. prevailed, 19
to 13. In 1975, Dave Hill returned to Ryder Cup play at Royal Lytham
& St. Annes in St. Annes, England. The U.S. defeated a British and
Irish team 12 1/2 to 7 1/2.
In our final Dave Hill's Ryder Cup Memories interview, he discusses his
love of match play and some thoughts about where the Ryder Cup has been
and where it seems to be heading.
The Michigan Golfer is proud to bring our viewers this slice of Ryder
Cup history so nicely presented by Jack Berry and Dave Hill.
WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME MEMBERS SET TO WELCOME NEW CLASS
Four members of the World Golf Hall of Fame have been personally
selected by the 2004 Class of Inductees to welcome them into the Hall at this
year¹s Induction Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 15. JoAnne Carner will
introduce Marlene Stewart Streit; Ben Crenshaw will present Tom Kite; Greg
Norman will bring in Isao Aoki; and Gary Player will welcome Charlie
Aoki, elected on the International ballot, selected Australian golfer
Norman to introduce him as the second Japanese player to enter the Hall
Elected on the PGA TOUR ballot, Kite chose Hall of Fame Ambassador Ben
Crenshaw as his presenter. Crenshaw and Kite met when they were 11 and
Selected in the Lifetime Achievement category, Sifford will be
introduced by Player, a longtime friend and World Golf Hall of Fame Global
Ambassador. The first African-American to play full-time on the PGA TOUR,
Sifford chose Player as his presenter for his support, encouragement and
camaraderie through their years together in golf.
The first Canadian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Stewart Streit
selected Carner as her presenter. Streit defeated Carner in the 1956
Women¹s Amateur, but in 1966 Carner defeated Streit after 42 holes, the
longest final match in U.S. Women¹s Amateur history.
For more information about the 2004 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction
Ceremony visit HTTP://www.worldgolfhalloffame.org.
THE NEW CHERRY CAPITAL AIRPORT NOW OPEN
We got a heads up email from Mike DeAgostino of Grand Traverse Resort
and Spa, concerning the opening of the new $54 million Cherry Capital
Airport terminal on Wednesday of this week. For further information, you
can visit their website at http://www.tvcairport.com
HOLE IN ONE -THOMAS TAYLOR AT CEDAR RIVER GOLF CLUB
On October 14, 2004, Thomas Taylor of Royal Oak, Michigan drove an ace
(hole-in-one) with a 7 iron on hole #14 (161 yards) at Shanty Creek¹s
Cedar River Golf Club. Thomas has been playing golf for 10 years and
this is the first time he has shot a hole-in-one.
CHAMPIONS TOUR REPORT
Hale Irwin ran his season-best streak of consecutive sub-par rounds to
16 before stumbling the final two days at the Charles Schwab Cup. His
T7 was worth $85,200 and boosted his season earnings over $2 million for
a record seventh time. He finished second on the money list for his
ninth consecutive season Top-5 finish. He¹s been either first or second
six times in his Champions Tour career.
Craig Stadler became only the third player to win the money title on
both the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour. He joins Lee Trevino and Tom
Watson as the only players to win the Arnold Palmer Award on both Tours.
Allen Doyle tied Calvin Peete¹s 1994 mark for Driving Accuracy with a
84.1% effort this season.
NGF RELEASES NEW FIGURES ON PLAY
Andy Allen, of the NGF, released figures on the third quarter rounds
played report to the general public. Here are the highlights:
* After three consecutive quarterly increases, rounds played dipped
slightly in the third quarter of 2004 but remain up for the year.
* Rounds had been up 2.5 percent through the first two quarters of
2004, but a third quarter decrease of 0.9 percent lowered year-to-date
results to +1.3 percent.
* Decreases in July (-3.5 percent) and August (-1.6 percent) were
offset somewhat by a September rebound of +3.4 percent.
* Coinciding with the national increase in rounds played, golf facility
revenues have increased 2.7 percent year-to-date, while revenue per
round at public golf courses has increased just under one percent.
* The Mid-Atlantic region has posted the strongest gains in rounds so
far this year, up nearly 12 percent in 2004 as compared to rain-soaked
* Central/South Florida have managed to hang on to a two percent gain
for the year, even with rounds down 20 percent in August and 30 percent
in September due to a fearsome hurricane season.
BIG BREAK II UPDATE
EMU's Bart Lower, continues to make the cut in the Big Break II
program, as well as getting some serious face time. Last Tuesday, the squad
was whittled down one more, when Sean Daly, wasted his hard won
mulligan, by failing to make a saving shot, twice. The contests are much more
believeable this year and it really has been fun to watch the show.
Rick Smith, CEO of Treetops, is holding up very well in his hosting job.
Big Break III debuts in February.
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2004 Champions-Kelly Hill
Kelly Hill brings our readers a summation of Michigan's 2004
Ryder Cup Memories-Art McCafferty
One would assume that all of the 10,079,985 people in Michigan have or
will be able to enjoy the memories of hosting one the world's greatest
events. For many, the playing of seven national anthems at the opening
ceremony with the coda of a fly over by the U.S. Air Force, was a real
collective throat tightener.
Long Live the King-L'anse Bannon
Arnold Palmer stopped by the Country Club of Detroit for a most
memorable day. L'anse Bannon has the story.
Hanging Out With Pete Dye at the Ryder Cup-Art McCafferty
Pete Dye is one of the great golf architects, a true student of the
game and a golfer that can still get it close to the pin.
PGA at Whistling Straits-Mike Beckman
Whistling Straits, the site of the PGA Championship, is but one of four
fantastic Pete Dye golf courses at Kohler, Wisconsin. The pros tamed
it, bvt no one could tame its beauty.
Michigan Golfer Television Series for 2004-2005
Colorado Golf-Jason Deegan
Georgian Bay Golf-Brian Manning
Slice of Life-Terry Moore
THE UPCOMING MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION SERIES FOR 2004-2005
Brought to you in part, by Bay Mills Resort and Casino and the Michigan
Talk Radio Network
GOLF COURSE DESIGNER SERIES
"Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and The Fieldstone Golf Course"
"Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and the Ivanhoe Golf Course"
"Arthur Hills/Steve Forrest and the Kinsale Golf Club"
"Jerry Matthews and The Majestic Golf Course"
"Jerry Matthews and The Natural Golf Course"
"Jerry Matthews: A Sneak Preview of the Sundown Golf Course"
"Robert Trent Jones and Point O'Woods" with Greg Johnson
"Mike Husby and The Loon Golf Course"
"Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin and The Concession" with Tony Jacklin,
Jack Nicklaus and Vanessa Bell
"Chris Lutzke and Pete Dye and Eagle Eye Golf Course"-with Chris
Lutzke, Pete Dye and Jack Berry
MICHIGAN GOLF HALL OF FAME SERIES
"Chuck Kocsis: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame" with Jack Berry
"Everett Kircher: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame" with Bill Shelton and
"Dan Pohl: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame" with Jack Berry
"Dave Hill: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame" with Jack Berry
"Elaine Crosby: Michigan Golf Hall of Fame" with Jack Berry
"Barona Creek Golf Course-San Diego" with Jennie McCafferty
"Ireland and Ryder Cup 2006" with Vanessa Bell
"Arnold Palmer and The Turning Point Invitational" with Art McCafferty
"Mermories of the 2004 Ryder Cup" with Vanessa Bell
"The Irish Invasion of The Henry Ford" with Vanessa Bell
"An Evening with Tom Doak" with Jack Berry
Over a quarter of a million viewers in 2004
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL-THE SCARIEST GOLF COURSES IN AMERICA
by Don Chapman http://www.hotspots.hawaii.com/Chapman1.html
The first time that former U.S. Open champion Scott Simpson played
Ko`olau Golf Course, he shot 80. On Chi Chi Rodriguez's first time around
Ko`olau, he managed an 88. Par is 72. And neither pro was playing from
the back tees! The correct pronunciation is Ko-oh-lau, but you'd be
forgiven for calling it Ko-oh-oh-lau.
The United State Golf Association calls it the toughest golf course in
America. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has played the
course, which is tucked against the base of the steep, green Ko`olau
Mountains just below the Pali Lookout. In Hawaiian, ko`olau means
"windward." Every golfer who has played there has added their own adjectives and
even some adverbs: Beautiful, (bleep), a fabulous course, a (bleep)
course, breath-taking, (bleep-bleeping).
"It's the ravines that make it tough," says Dick Nugent, the architect
who is to blame, uh, er, who created this stunning green monster. "It's
not like we could fill them in or anything."
From the first tee time in the spring of `92, everybody knew that this
was a monster. But it took a while to realize just how tough it is. The
course's new Slope handicap rating has created some controversy. The
story, you could say, is a tempest in a tee plot.
A USGA handicap team spent a couple of days at Ko`olau in January `94
and came up with a stratospheric 162 rating from the gold tees, 158 from
the blue, 154 from the whites and 143 from the reds.
The previously acknowledged toughest course in America, the
International Country Club in Bolton, Mass., has a Slope rating of 155 from the
"tiger tees," which plays 8,350 yards and features six carries of 250
yards over water. The third toughest course is the legendary Pine Valley
(N.J.), which carries a Slope of 153 from the back tees and has been
called America's best course. Lagoon Legend in Florida is next at 152.
Three courses are rated 151 from the back tees -- Hallbrook CC in Kansas
City, the Honors Course in Memphis and the TPC Stadium Course at PGA
West in Palm Springs.
Asked if he's ever designed a tougher hole, Nugent, whose creations in
45 years of building golf courses include Kemper Lakes, where Payne
Stuart won the PGA Championship, and Makalei on the Big Island, just
chuckles: "How could I? It's a special site," says Nugent, the guy who
created the toughest course in America. "There's an aura there."
2005 PGA MERCHANDISE SHOW
The PGA of America is gearing up for the the 52nd PGA Merchandise Show
to be held on Jan. 27-30, 2005, in Orlando, Fla. Highlights include:
...The show will include unprecedented live coverage from the Show
floor by The Golf Channel.
...Enhanced Equipment Test Center ETC
...Clinics added to Golf Demo Day 2005 (Jan. 26)
...Expanded Education Conference (Jan. 27 30)
...Fashion Shows & new Dream Pro Shop in the spotlight at the Fashion
...Improved New Product Center
...New Exhibitor Pavilion
...PGA of America Awards Night (Friday, Jan. 28, 5:00- 7:30 p.m.)
...PGA Employment Center
For further info http://www.pgaexpo.com
GOLF CALENDAR 2004
11/14-16 Golf 20/20: Vision, World Golf Village, St. Augustine
11/18-20 Golf Business Canada 2004, Fairmont Chateau Whistler,
11/28-30.MGCOA Annual Meeting at the Somerset Inn in Troy.
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
03/11-13 Michigan Golf Show, Novi Expo, Novi
06/06 10th Annual and Final Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam, Polo
Fields GC, Ann Arbor
American Association of Golf Course Architects
Golf Association of Michigan
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Michigan Section PGA
Michigan Golf Course Owners Association
Michigan High School Athletic Association
Michigan Interscholastic Golf Coaches Association
National Golf Course Owners Association
National Golf Foundation
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