July 27- August 2, 2009e
Newsletter Volume III
Center of the action…. The 17th hole at Warwick Hills is famous for having one of the liveliest galleries on the PGA TOUR. As the tournament quickly approaches, we thought you might like to take a few moments to get familiar with the crown jewel we call #17. Par 3, 197 Yards Undoubtedly the most picturesque hole at Warwick. A pond and a large trap guard the front of the green, yet a tee shot to the back of the green yields an extremely fast downhill putt to the hole.
Facts/Stats 1962 - Jerry Barber recorded a hole in one on the 17th hole. This was the first official televised hole in one in PGA TOUR history. 2008 - Here’s how the 17th hole stacked up for the week: 57 Birdies, 360 Par, 48 Bogey and 1 Double Bogey; Scoring Average of 2.985
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Arrive early– Hole 17 fills up quickly, so get to Warwick early to secure a good spot Please be considerate of others and kneel or sit if you are in the front row of the gallery Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration Bring Sunscreen– July/Aug in MI will be hot and sunny! No cell phones or other portable electronic devices No cameras/camcorders (Thursday—Sunday) Visit the Buick Open merchandise tent to get exclusive Hole #17 gear. The tent will offer a variety of items including hats, t-shirts, posters and other great golf items that every fan must have!
Kodak Challenge Hole The Kodak Challenge, which began in January 2009, celebrates beautiful holes and memorable moments on the PGA TOUR. The holes were selected by an Advisory Board composed of David Feherty– CBS Sports Broadcaster, Rees Jones– Course Designer, Jules Alexander– Professional Golf Photographer, Lance Barrow– CBS Sports Broadcast Producer and Andy Pazder– PGA TOUR Senior VP, Rules Representative. Warwick Hills Hole #17 was announced by Kodak and the PGA TOUR as a featured hole in the competition. The Challenge, a first-of-its-kind competition for PGA TOUR players, offers $1 million to the winning player. How it works: Players must play at least 18 of the 24 Kodak Challenge holes throughout the season to compete for the Kodak Challenge title and $1 million. A player's lowest score relative to par on his best 18 Kodak Challenge holes will be counted. The player with the lowest cumulative score relative to par wins.
Watch Hole # 17 in style Hospitality options are still available at Hole #17. Whether you are looking to entertain a small or large group, the Buick Open has the right fit for your entertainment needs and you’ll be placed in the center of all the action! Contact Jason Mengel for additional information, 313.596.9027, Jason.Mengel@gmrworks.com.
The Family Golf Clinic at the Buick OpenThe Buick Open Family Golf Clinic will be held on Tuesday, July 28 on the driving range at Warwick Hills at 1:00 pm. The tournament will offer free admission beginning at noon to come out and enjoy this family fun event! This year, the clinic will feature the Dennis Walters golf show. After a tragic accident, a paralyzed Dennis Walters has surpassed the odds to play golf and provide an entertaining and educational show of trick shots using only his upper body. Ronald McDonald will also be in attendance for photos and fun with the kids! In addition, local PGA Professionals will be on-site to offer a few pointers to the game and analyze your swing! The show will begin with a question and answer session, where Dennis will get to know the audience and they get to know him. Next, he’ll bring out the opening act– Super Dog, Bucky, who was rescued by Canine Castaways. The show moves along with a trick shot presentation and concludes with an inspiring message that very few things in the world are impossible if you are willing to work hard and persevere. It’s sure to be an enjoyable presentation and inspiring message to kids and adults alike. After the show, you can proceed to hitting stations on the driving range where our local PGA Professionals can provide a swing analysis and offer a couple tips on approaching the game. It’s sure to be a great event during tournament week. We hope to see you there!
BUICK OPEN FIELD UPDATEAlthough it’s early to receive commitments from most players, we wanted to share a few names and fun facts of who you’ll be seeing on the tournament grounds of Warwick Hills at this year’s Buick Open. Boo Weekley - Played high school golf with PGA TOUR members Heath Slocum and Bubba Watson. Studied turfgrass science in college and worked as a laborer at the Monsanto chemical plant in Pensacola, FL. Boo is sponsored by the outdoors apparel company, Mossy Oak, which specializes in camouflage apparel. Lucas Glover - Credits his grandfather for giving him his start in golf. Inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. Lucas tied for 2nd at this year’s Quail Hollow Championship and tied for 3rd at the Buick Invitational. Jesper Parnevik - He learned the game by hitting floating golf balls into a lake behind his families home. At times wears the bill of his cap turned up to get a tan on his face while playing. His company, Lifizz, Inc., markets and distributes effervescent vitamins in the United States. Jesper is credited with introducing former family nanny, Elin Nordegren, to now-husband and World No. 1 Tiger Woods. Kenny Perry - Kenny will return to defend his title as Buick Open Champion. Took the win at FBR this year and was Masters runner-up. Currently 5th in the race for the FedExCup.
2009 Schedule of Events Monday, July 27– PGA TOUR Players’ Practice Round Tuesday, July 28– PGA TOUR Players’ Practice Round 1:00 pm. - Buick Family Golf Clinic Wednesday, July 29– Official Pro-Am Thursday, July 30-First Round Friday, July 31– Second Round Saturday, August 1– Third Round Sunday, August 2– Final Round
Have you heard? The Buick Open has partnered with the Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau in producing radio spots using comedian and actor, Tim Allen. You are probably familiar with the Pure Michigan tourism campaign that includes Tim narrating a story highlighting all the great things the state has to offer. The Buick Open radio spot will be an extension of this. We are hopeful to reach an expanded market in West Michigan, Ohio and Indiana through this effort.
Countdown to the Buick Open— As of May 22, we are 65 Days away from the tournament!