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In This Issue VOLUME 31





Bucks Run– One of Many Jerry Matthews’ Masterpieces By Art McCafferty


The Berry Patch: By Jack Berry


Golf Doesn’t Know How Old You Are, An Interview with 2013 PGA Tour Winner Ken Duke By Brad Shelton


Collegiate Spotlight: Albion College - Men’s Golf By Chris Lewis


Rutkowski Emerges from Pack to Win 2013 Tournament of Champions By Greg Johnson


Golf in February in Michigan– You Betcha! By Phyllis Barone


Chapman’s Final Birdie Wins 102nd Michigan Amateur By Greg Johnson


Changes at The Country Club for the U.S. Amateur By John McGrath


Collegiate Spotlight: Albion College - Women’s Golf By Chris Lewis


Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, a Perfect Year-Round Northern Michigan Destination By Susan Bairley


Florida Golf: The Concession GC and Copperhead By Doug Joy


Pacific NW Beauty, On and Off the Course By Tom Lang


Slice of Life By Terry Moore

About the cover: Photo courtesy of Buck’s Run Golf Course



Bucks Run - One of Many Jer

Photo by Rick Smith / Rick’s Photography

By Art McCafferty

rry Matthews’ Masterpieces

Bucks Run Hole No. 4 Of the 90 plus golf courses that have been designed by Jerry Matthews, I have set foot on over half of them. would seem that I have still much to learn or that I have learned much about Matthews. Rather than getting in the car and driving around to see the other 45 plus courses I have not seen, I recently asked Matthews himself about listing some of his favorites. I mentioned to him a year ago while visiting him at his Florida getaway, that the Michigan Golfer Television Show, now appearing on computers everywhere, would like to do a series on his 10 Best Courses. He said he did not want to get into rating his courses because they were all the “best” in his mind.   His thinking was validated when we began to interview him on his work for the Gaylord Golf Mecca. He designed The Lakes, The Natural and Elk Ridge and during the 6

interview he was equally proud of all three. Of the ones I have visited, Bucks Run is certainly in the mix for one of Matthews’ top courses. First of all, it is in a great geographical position for attracting play from around the state. Mt. Pleasant is certainly a geographical center point of Michigan. as witnessed by the fact that it is the home of Central Michigan University.   The Mt. Pleasant community is a nice place to visit. They have a variety of good golf courses, including the Mt. Pleasant Country Club and nearby, The Pines of Isabella, both Matthews’ courses.   In addition, Mt. Pleasant’s Soaring Eagle Casino brings in a substantial number of golfers that

are also gamblers. The facili is ideally set up to host important golfing events in the community. It has a spacious and well stocked proshop, an attractive grill room, a dining area that can host 100 plus golfers for tournament activities and an outside tent that can accommodate a sizable number of people as well.   Then there is the second floor, with its private dinning area, that can seat 30 - 40 people.   Finally, it has an outdoor deck that is one of the best in the business. Whatever function you are attending on the patio, you have just to look out and see the beauty of Matthews’ design. The patio view affords you a panorama view of four holes surrounding the pleasant man made Fisher Lake. The lake is a by-


product of the mining that used to take place on the property. Secondly, in terms of this story, but first in terms of why people come to Bucks Run is the course.   In preparing for this story, I revisited some our past articles on the course and then combed through our video archives.  Rather than plowing ahead with hundreds of word of copy, I will instead ask you to leave the Michigan Golfer Online Magazine and click on to a video we created in 2010 about the course.   Our Bucks Run video is compelling because Jerry Matthews narrates it, Joe Yunkman, one of the best, did the editing on the show and proudly I shot the video. Frankly, I had forgotten just how good this video is about describing the course and thank you again, Joe Yunkman for the great edit.

that have caught my eye. TimberStone GC, located in the UP received a 5 Star rating from Golf Digest, certainly no easy feat. I have played it a couple of times and it is terrific.  The Majestic at Lake Waldon is an up north course located downstate.  It has some wonderful rolling hills and a marvelous boat ride to get you to another of its nines on the 27 hole layout.  Elk Ridge GC is one of Michigan’s real wilderness courses.  You can just feel the hundreds of eyes from forest critters that are watching your every move as you negotiate the course. Ron Whitten, noted Golf Digest writer, raved about the course when it opened. Timber Ridge GC, a Lansing based course, had it grand opening to the press just after a tornado rolled through the course and took out a substantial number of its trees. Still, the grand opening was a hit because the course was scompelling, fallen trees and all.  

Bucks Run Video However, just before you click on the link, I did want to remind you of other special Matthews courses

Antrim Dells GC was a course I more or less stumbled upon while golfing with some friends in my early golfing days. It was a course where the price was right for our group of starving college students who were

looking for a quick round and an inexpensive rate. When I told Matthews that I thought Antrim Dells was terrific and of great value, he said it had long been one of his favorites. Hawk Hollow was another gravel pit reclamation work that allowed Matthews some interesting terrain for the golfing public. The Woods course on Mackinaw Island is yet, another favorite of mine. I had the opportunity to be in the foursome with Matthews, owner Dan Musser and the owner of the French Outpost at the course opened.  It was a very special day and it opened our eyes to a very special course. Also, the 27 hole Sycamore Hills Golf Course is a show-stopper. Finally, I had the opportunity to view his latest design, Northport Creek GC this summer and while the grass had just begun to grow on some of the holes on the course, in hopes of a July 2014 opening, I was struck by all of the thought that Matthews had put into the design and to note that he still has the magic. - MG -

Buck’s Run Hole No. 9

The Berry Patch or some the golf season ended when Jason Dufner tapped in to win the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club by two shots, beating Jim Furyk whose five hour energy drink didn’t contain any birdies over the last hour.


Now it’s the Tigers and hopefully the World Series, the Lions and hopefully the offense will feature touchdowns instead of field goals, and the young look Red Wings and Pistons. Michigan and Michigan State have high hopes too and fortunately they don’t have to play a Southeast Conference lineup. Other than Golf Channel, golf will have a hard time getting noticed by many as the team sports take over. The PGA of America formerly branded the PGA Championship “Glory’s Last Shot,” because it was the last chance to win a major championship until the Masters, eight months away.

The PGA dropped the Last Chance slogan in exchange for an open week on the Tour schedule before the PGA championship. This year the Tour scheduled one of the World Golf Championships the week before the PGA. That’s a must for the top players and detracted attention from preparation for Oak Hill.

Oh didn’t it rain and every other kind of weather woe. It was the worst weather year in memory, starting with the gale winds of Maui, fog in San Diego, snow in Tucson and some of everything headed east, tornado warnings, floods, drought, heat and nightmares for golf course superintendents who somehow managed to present superb conditions. All three of the American majors featured rain and Merion and Oak Hill suffered heavy flooding in the runup to their week on stage.

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PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem didn’t like the notion that big time golf was finished for the year since the Tour still has its FedEx Cup,

Tour Championship and Presidents Cup teeing up plus the new Fall start of the 2014 season well before the Lions’ Thanksgiving Day game.

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A gloomy rain in Augusta washed away Adam Scott’s devastating 2012 British Open collapse and gave him a Masters green coat as he beat Angel Cabrera in overtime. Justin Rose crushed Phil Mickelson in the tiny course of horrors that was the U.S. Open at

Merion. Mickelson went home and didn’t get out of bed for two days.

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By Jack Berry

Shot down in June, Mickelson Jack Berry rebounded in July with perhaps the soundest course and club management of his career, a brilliant double links triumph. First was the Scottish Open followed by the oldest one of all, the British Open. That was tit for tat – Rose, a Brit, won the United States Open and an American won the British. Dufner completed the rags to riches theme at Oak Hill two years after he blew a four shot lead with four holes to play and lost to Keegan Bradley in a playoff at the Atlanta Country Club. When I first saw Dufner in the spotlight he reminded me of a Jackie Gleason or Jonathan Winters character, the Poor Soul or Maude Frickert. I like his count ‘em waggles on the tee and his short iron shots so reminiscent of Johnny Miller who was the best I’ve ever seen. It was proper then that Dufner’s second round 7-under-par 63, with an eagle deuce on the second hole, matched Miller’s 63 in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open at another oak – Oakmont. How about getting him to Oakland Hills?


“It’s like an old lady who’s lost her teeth and she’s looking for them,” Feherty said. She found her choppers on the weekend when it was double and triple bogeys by the barrel with a complete assortment of Titleists, Callaways, Bridgestones and Srixons drowned in the creek.

Tiger’s Travails — Much was made before the PGA of Tiger Woods’s chances to break his nomajor streak. He’d just won his fifth tournament of the season at Firestone and even Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee, who has been critical of Tiger’s constantly making swing changes, picked him to win.

It’s obvious Chamblee doesn’t think the No. 1 player in the world needs the old glove under the arm practice swing and the constant nurturing of a swing coach. How can he win five times on good courses and then not even be a factor in majors? I think it’s the pressure between his ears and if he could win a major, it would be the Masters. The Masters requires better driving because of the pine forests planted by Hootie Johnson but the U.S. Open and PGA have tighter fairways and deep rough that never would be tolerated by Augusta members. Tiger’s majors failures opened the door to 16 first time major winners

Tom Doak since his last major in the 2008 U.S. Open playoff at Torrey Pines with Rocco Mediate. After that it was knee surgery and the breakup of his marriage.

More Fame — There’s been no fall from architectural majors for Traverse City resident Tom Doak who was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in May. It seems every month when Golf Digest, Golf magazine and Golfweek come out another Doak course is ranked and praised. His latest is the Blue course at Streamsong not far from the Tigers’ Lakeland spring training home.

Photo by Jennie McCafferty

Sunday night, after Tiger tied for 40th, 14 shots behind Dufner, Chamblee, exasperated, said “He

plays, he wins, takes a week off and practices. He comes back and he’s corrupted, he’s on the range with a glove under his arm. Ever see Michael Jordan with a glove under his arm before the playoffs?”

Photo by Art McCafferty

Mentioning Maude Frickert, David Feherty had the best line of the PGA when Jim Nantz asked him Friday evening to assess the course which surrendered birdies by the barrel.

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If you have land for two golf courses you hire Doak to do one and Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore to do the other. They’re hot on both coasts with Doak and the Crenshaw-Coore teams each doing two of Bandon Dunes’s five courses on the rugged Oregon coast and now they’re in central Florida at an old phosphate mine.

Three Doak courses are ranked in GOLF’s Top 100 Courses in the U.S. plus Sebonack on Long Island, which he did with Jack Nicklaus. The U.S. Women’s Open was played there in June. The very astute Chamblee, talking on course design commented how Doak is so different from his mentor, Pete Dye, and he admires the work of both. Doak doesn’t like to move dirt. It’s as though Doak just gracefully moves the land into a course where as Dye moves dirt by acreage with monster vehicles.

Buick and Ford are recovering nicely since the bad years but since the Buick Open’s demise, Ford’s dismissal of the Senior Players Championship at TPC Michigan and the LPGA’s departure from Lansing years earlier, pro tour stops in Michigan are few and far between. The Senior PGA Championship returns to Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor next year but nothing of the regular Tour or the LPGA is in view. Oakland Hills marks its centennial in 2016 with the U.S. Amateur where the future stars shine and hosting the Amateur usually is followed by a U.S. Open in not too many years.

Plaque at Oakland Hills commemorates Ricky Barnes’ US Amateur victory in 2002. Ricky Barnes beat Hunter Mahan in the 2002 Amateur on the South Course and Billy Haas blistered the first nine with seven birdies (two conceded) enroute to a 5-4 victory over John Klauk. Barnes beat Haas, 1-up, in the semifinals and then beat Mahan 2-1 for the title. The field also included future Tour players Kevin Stadler, Ryan Moore, Camilo Villegas, Chez Reavie and D.J. Trahan. When golf does slow down I’d like to see Golf Channel do a feature of the nature side of golf – the whales at Hawaii, sea lions at Pebble Beach, the sure-footed little animals on the mountains at Palm Springs, Diamondback rattlers, coyotes and javelinas in Arizona, crocodiles in Louisiana and Florida, an Audubon list of water birds, hawks and eagles and then the humans, the humor and horror shots. Players in contorted positions playing bunker shots – Muirfield and Merion, the two Open sites, had plenty of suitable material for that. What I don’t like to see are players in the post-round media center interviews wearing their billboard

caps – PING, Titleist, Callaway, 5 Hour Energy, Nike, Puma. They’ve been out advertising through five hour rounds. How about showing their faces? And I’d like to see more courses put out ADVANCED tees for folks who don’t hit it so far anymore. The PGA of America and the USGA have been promoting it but too few courses (like the one my league plays) don’t do it. Congratulations to the Livonia munys, to the Huron-Clinton courses, Shanty Creek and the Tribute in Gaylord for sensible forward tees. Everett Kircher got into that a long time ago at Boyne Mountain when his distance was slipping. Congratulations too to the City of Detroit’s Rackham Golf Course. I played it for the first time in years and was impressed with the conditioning and just the wonderful Donald Ross layout. It is a true gem. Golf should be fun not an expletive-filled slog. As the old Scot says, Go play! - MG -



“Golf Doesn’t Know How Old You Are” – An interview with 2013 PGA Tour Winner Ken Duke By Brad Shelton s some touring professionals reach the age 44, they are winding down their career hoping for a last hurrah or maybe planBrad Shelton ning their schedule before joining the Champions Tour. For Ken Duke, he is just getting started.


Given his long battle with scoliosis and a 16-inch steel rod in his back, it is no surprise that Ken has had the patience, determination, and fight in him to finally win on the PGA Tour. Duke is familiar winning professional golf tournaments with two victories on the Tour and twice a champion on the Canadian Tour leading the Canadian Tour Order of Merit in 1999. However, this year was a breakthrough for Ken. After a 20-year career and 187 starts, Duke won his first PGA title– capturing the 2013 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut beating Chris Stroud in a two-hole playoff. “All week (at the Travelers Championship) I liked the golf course,” said Duke. “I felt fresh coming to the event from an off week, got some ‘help’ from the final 12

Ken Duke round leader (Bubba Watson), and a few breaks that set up my win. Sometimes luck and patience are needed to win on Tour.” Ken is the oldest first-time winner on the PGA Tour since Ed Dougherty (age 47) won the Sanderson Farms Championship in 1995. In response to “why now do you get the win on the biggest stage in golf?,” Ken echoed the words of his long-time teacher. “Bob Toski once told me that the club, ball, and course have no idea how old you are. I took that advice, kept working, and never gave up on my dream to win a tournament on the PGA Tour.”

On his web site (, Ken credits Toski for a changed life in golf. The win this year will provide Ken with a multi-year PGA Tour exemption – or as he referred to it, “job security”. In addition, he will be an automatic contestant for majors, which are on his list of goals for his golf career. I asked which major was his favorite. “I love them all for different reasons, and I’ll leave that answer up to you” Ken laughed. To discern his favorite depends on how you define a favorite. The Masters appeals to Ken because of its tradition at Augusta National. The U.S. Open is special because it is our national champi-


onship. The British Open is intriguing because of its history in the game, and the PGA Championship is the Association’s highest honor. I’m convinced after our discussion that any of the four majors would be an honor for Ken to compete, win, and achieve a lifelong goal that started at an early age in Hope, Arkansas. Despite his success, Ken has not forgotten his resolute journey to this point and is a passionate participant in many charities. Ken hosts the annual “A Day With The Duke” golf tournament in Arkansas that benefits those who face spinal challenges. He contributes earnings to his alma mater

Henderson State University for the advancement of the golf programs. In 2009, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences established the Ken Duke Endowed Chair in Scoliosis with funds from the chair to treat spinal deformities, tumors, and fractures. Clearly Ken plays the game for more than selfish purposes. On August 22, 2013, Ken will begin the FedEx chase at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City for “The Barclays” trophy with a favorable starting spot likely in the top 40. His best position heading to the FedEx Cup since joining the PGA Tour, Ken has no plans to alter his

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preparation for the championship or change his approach to competition. “I’m not doing anything different to prepare for the playoffs,” Ken confidently commented. “I am working out with my trainer, seeing my swing coach for a tune-up, resting, and spending quality time with my family. I am confident in my game and always tee it up to win.” This week will be no different when he plays At Liberty National. Given his projected position in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Ken should make it to the third round at the “BMW Championship” in Lake Forest, IL but he has his sight set on the “Tour Championship By CocaCola” in Atlanta.


“I want to be in the top 30 at the end of the year to secure my position for next year’s events and the majors. That will require me to play my best in the events of the (FedEx Cup) playoffs.” Duke has long searched for the fountain of youth on the PGA Tour. But unlike Ponce de Leon, who never found his mythical springs, Ken may have discovered the secret to youth through golf ’s ignorance of how old he is.


- MG -


Collegiate Spotlight

Albion College Britons Seek a Berth to the Spring 2014 NCAA Playoffs By Chris Lewis n April 19th, Albion College’s Athletic Department announced that Jordan McArleton ’04, a fourtime member of the college’s men’s golf program, received a two-fold promotion. Not only would he begin serving Albion as head coach of the women’s golf program, but he would also work full-time as head coach of the men’s golf team, effective immediately. The promotion was publicized two days after Jordan Rich ’03 decided to resign as men’s head coach, accepting a position within Albion’s information technology division instead, after seven years of leadership. “I’m extremely excited that Albion has made such a significant commitment to its golf program by promoting me from a part-time women’s golf coach position to the full-time job I will have this season overseeing both the men’s and women’s teams,” McArleton said. “It’s going to allow me even more time to focus on recruiting great student-athletes and work with each team on an individual basis, so that they can improve their scores.” Unlike Albion’s women’s golf team, which will be mostly comprised of freshmen and sophomores

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Albion College, 2013-2014 Men’s Golf Team this fall, the college’s men’s team will, for the most part, be very experienced, with four seniors expected to play regularly. But that doesn’t mean the team won’t add any new players this fall either; in fact, prior to Rich’s resignation, he recruited the Jackson Citizen Patriot’s 2013 Boys Golfer of the Year, Connor Maddalena, a recent graduate of Jackson’s Lumen Christi Catholic High School. “Connor finished tied for third in the Division III state final this spring,” said McArleton. “Between his contributions and the skill sets of my more experienced players, I feel

confident about the team’s ability to become regular contenders this fall. I couldn’t be more excited for the future, as we look to improve upon our 2012 – 2013 season.”

The Britons Enjoy a Consistent Fall 2012 Campaign The Britons secured their first top-five finish of the Fall 2012 season at the Adrian College-hosted MIAA jamboree, contested at Adrian’s private Lenawee Country Club on September 15th. During the one-round event, the Britons tal-



On September 24th, the Britons tallied a one-round total of 321 and recorded a fourth place finish as a result, as Archer led all Albion scorers with a 78, five shots behind the individual medalist.

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Three days later, the Britons traveled to Angola, Ind., to compete in Trine University’s MIAA jamboree, held at Zollner Golf Course. With a 305 total, the team’s streak of three consecutive top-five finishes nearly continued.

In early October, the Britons hosted the final MIAA jamboree of the fall, which was contested at their home course, The Medalist Club, a 6,955-yard-long, par-72 layout. By compiling a 328 total, the team recorded a fourth place finish, 16 shots behind the jamboree champions, Adrian College. Bloom led all Albion scorers for the first time since September 19th, as he shot an 80 and finished the jamboree with a tie for 12th individual showing.

Positive Momentum “We actually had our season low score at Zollner,” said McArleton. “But it only resulted in a tie for sixth finish, as we were eight shots

Taylor DesEnfantes lied a 308 total, low enough for a tie-third place finish.

One week later, the Britons posted two more top-five finishes at the Olivet College-hosted MIAA jamboree, contested on September 19th, and the Hope College-hosted MIAA jamboree, held on September 24th. “Junior Jake Bloom shot a threeover-par 74, resulting in a tie-fourth individual showing, at the Olivethosted jamboree, which occurred at Bedford Valley Country Club,” McArleton said. “I think that, as a team, we play well at Bedford, since it’s a course we play in the pre-season, as well as in the fall. Each team member knows how to manage their shots around the course, and deal with some of the trickier holes.”


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“All four of our scorers shot in the 70s, as Alex Archer ’13 shot a career low 73,” McArleton stated. “Unfortunately, he played as an individual during that jamboree, so his score didn’t count for the team.”

Dana Brooks behind Calvin College, which recorded a fourth place showing.” Albion’s consecutive play continued, as the Britons competed in an Alma-hosted MIAA jamboree, held at Alma’s Pine River Country Club on September 29th. Junior Taylor DesEnfants, of Grayling, led Albion with a 75 and an individual tie for eighth place finish.

Despite a five month break, Albion’s positive momentum continued last March, as the Britons competed in their first tournament of the Spring 2013 season – the Myrtle Beach Shootout, held at the Norman Course at the Barefoot Resort. With a trio of players, DesEnfants, junior Dana Brooks, of Wooster, Ohio, and Taylor Margolis ’13, of Ann Arbor, shooting 81s, the Britons finished the Shootout in third place. Less than one month later, on April 7th, Albion defeated Kalamazoo College 41.5 to 30.5, in a match play event hosted by Okemos’ College Fields Golf Club, as Bloom, DesEnfants, and freshman Drew White, of Auburn Hills, were undefeated in each of their scramble and alternate shot matches. DesEnfants’ solid play continued in April, as he led the Britons with a 76 at the Eddy Invitational, held at Zollner Golf Course on April 10th. Later that month, Albion competed in the Spring Arbor Invitational, contested at Jackson’s Cascades Golf Course, as DesEnfants once again led all Albion scorers, shooting a two-round total of 160. Soon after,


he recorded a team-leading 80 at the Calvin College-hosted Knight Invitational, which led to a tie for seventh individual showing. Although Albion did not qualify for the Spring 2013 NCAA playoffs, McArleton is very optimistic about his team’s abilities to finish among the MIAA’s top four seasonal scoring average leaders this fall, which would result in an automatic qualification for the Spring 2014 NCAA playoffs. By using statistical analysis and innovative technology, McArleton is currently helping his team prepare for its impending Fall 2013 schedule. “I’m looking forward to making better use of statistical analysis this fall. We’re going to be tracking every shot that we hit in competition this year, and use that data to drive our practice habits,” said McArleton. “I think it’s going to make us more efficient, both in the way we practice, as well as on the golf course.” In addition, McArleton intends to use a TrackMan® launch monitor to help his team members improve their

swings and scores. For now, the team is purchasing time at a nearby facility, with the goal of buying a monitor in the future. McArleton is actively fundraising for the costly technology, presently valued around $12,000. “While we were already using video analysis to improve everyone’s golf swings, the TrackMan will help my team members tweak their club selections so that they optimize their performances and consistently lower their scores,” he stated. In doing so, McArleton believes his team will achieve the same objective he has established for Albion’s women’s team: to qualify for next spring’s NCAA playoffs. “Everyone on the team has the tools they need to play consistently well at the collegiate level,” McArleton said. “I believe the team’s positive momentum will continue throughout the coming months, as a direct result of its work ethic and practice regimen. The Britons should enjoy a very successful season this fall.” - MG -

Albion College Britons Fall 2013 Schedule Lou Collins Memorial, August 30-31, 2013 (Bedford Valley Country Club, Battle Creek, Mich.) MIAA Jamboree #1, September 5, 2013 (The Medalist Golf Club; Marshall, Mich.) MIAA Jamboree #2, September 13, 2013 (Lenawee Country Club; Adrian, Mich.) MIAA Jamboree #3, September 18, 2013 (Bedford Valley Country Club; Battle Creek, Mich.) MIAA Jamboree #4, September 21, 2013 (Pine River Country Club; Alma, Mich.) MIAA Jamboree #5, September 23, 2013 (Kalamazoo Country Club; Kalamazoo, Mich.) MIAA Jamboree #6, September 28, 2013 (Zollner Golf Course; Angola, Ind.) MIAA Jamboree #7, October 3, 2013 (Wuskowhan Players Club; West Olive, Mich.)

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MIAA Jamboree #8, October 7, 2013 (Watermark Country Club; Grand Rapids, Mich.) For further information about Albion College’s athletic programs, please visit Jake Bloom MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013


Ruthkoski Emerges from Pack to Win 22nd Tournament of Champions

Photo by Greg Johnson

By Greg Johnson

Andrew Ruthkoski, Tournament of Champions winner BOYNE FALLS – Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon, the quiet mini-tour golfer with the loud clothes, emerged from a back nine logjam of golfers to win the 22nd Tournament of Champions Wednesday, July 31, at Boyne Mountain Resort. “I feel relief because you work hard, you play hard and you come to win, and so it means something to do it,” he said after a closing 3under-par 69 with a birdie on the par 3 17th left him at 10-under-par 206, one better than the foursome of defending champion Jeff Roth, 18

2011 champion Lee Houtteman, Barrett Kelpin and Jeff Cuzzort. “I didn’t know I had the lead until we were in the fairway on 18,” he said after donning the traditional winner’s green jacket that happened to match his colorful “Island Girls” pants from his clothing contract with Loudmouth Golf. “I really appreciate this, but it hasn’t sunk in yet. Probably on the ride home, I will be like, yes.” Ruthkoski, 30 and the 2007

Michigan Open champion, won $10,000, the Walter Burkemo Trophy, a crystal trophy and honorary membership in the Country Club of Boyne. He heads back to the NGA Tour for a few weeks later this month, and then plans to prepare for PGA Tour qualifying school. He said his final round was keyed by par-saving putts at No. 7 and No. 15 each of about 15 feet. He told his caddy and friend Dan Farhat of Lansing, a Muskegon native, that 10under would win at the start of the


week. Farhat told him the key on the course was not making three-putts, and not to come back to the cart if he did three-putt.

Roth, the five-time champion from New Mexico and a former Flint and Detroit area pro, shot 71 to close and repeatedly missed birdie putts, including a 18-foot effort at No. 18.

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“I didn’t three-putt and that’s because I’ve really worked on it and finally just trusted it and went with it,” he said. “I played solid. I putted solid. I just kept trying to make birdies, and I was surprised I wasn’t in a playoff at the end. I thought one of those guys would make birdie.”

Barrett Kelpin tied for second.

Kelpin, a Kalamazoo mini-tour pro, closed with a 69 and just missed an eagle-putt at No. 18. Cuzzort, a mini-tour pro from Grosse Ile who shot 67, also missed a final birdie from about 20 feet, and Houtteman, head pro at Manitou Passage in Traverse City, missed the green with his third shot at 18 to shoot 71. The logjam happened when Drew Preston of Grand Rapids, the leader the first two days, lost a two-shot lead with back-to-back three-putt greens at Nos. 10 and 11 and struggled in for a 75 and 210 finish. “It wasn’t a good back nine at all,” Preston said. “I blew up I guess you could say. After those three putts I lost my focus when I shouldn’t have.” Ruthkoski said he was especially pleased to emerge the victor at Boyne Mountain. He has worked on his game, including this week, with Brian O’Neill, the director of golf instruction at Boyne, and he said he always feels comfortable at the resort. “I can relax, everything is great about this place and there’s great golf,” he said. “It’s great to be a champion here. I’m so appreciative of the chance to do it.”

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“It was just awful,” Roth said. “I was grinding. I tried everything, and just nothing would go in. I was so busy trying to make birdies, I really didn’t notice what was going on with the other guys.”

Jeff Cuzzort tied for second.

Suzanne Green-Roebuck, a former LPGA player from Ann Arbor, shot 72 for 215 (tie for 10th overall) to finish as the low women in the field that brings together seniors, juniors, men, women, professionals and amateurs who have major Michigan titles on their resumes. Jeff Champine of Rochester Hills, who shot 68, and Jared Dalga of Grand Rapids, who shot 70, tied as low amateurs at 217 (tie for 16th), and Mike Raymond was the low senior amateur with a 74 for 222 (tie for 35th). Roth and Houtteman were low seniors. Low junior honors went to 17year-old Henry Do of Ypsilanti, who shot 73 for 218 (tie for 22nd). A female amateur did not make the 36-hole cut. - MG -



Golf in February in Michigan You Betcha!

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By Phyllis Barone

White Lake Inn hosts the annual Ice Golf Outing vid Golfers, casual golfers and spectators layered up in winter gear to tee it up on White Lake for the annual Ice Golf Outing held at White Lake Inn on Sunday, February 10, 2013.


It’s a 25 year tradition that the owner Paul Caldwell and his son 20

Chris have carried on for the last 6 years from the previous owners. Course preparation, safety on ice, and partnerships are key elements to making Ice Golf a successful tournament. The North Oakland Marines, Marine Core League, VFW Post of Waterford and the White Lake community all take on a hand to help

Chris and Paul raise money for needy families, sponsor food and toy drives and assist veterans. Teams like the “Hot Chicks” and “Green Devils” sported their own made for Ice Golf decorative uniform costumes while spectators cruised in on their snow mobiles


and other winter vehicles just to join in on the fun and to grab a beverage and hot dog at the turn. A plane with skis flew above, and was prepared to land if needed.

Phyllis Barone and Bob Krause are dressed in warm gear and ready to hit the ice.

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Bob Krause and his teammates, Nate Slating, Tom Kofahl and Matt Novello were excited for this year’s tournament. I was there to cheer them on as they took a moment to admire the trophy they hoped to win - will that fit in the back of

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The event takes on 27 teams and word of mouth sells it out every year. This year, Sunday, February 17 was added to accommodate the demand. For just 45.00 per player, nine holes of Ice Golf is guaranteed fun and includes a steak dinner, awards, prizes, and a 50/50 drawing.

The Hot Chicks team poses on the White Lake Inn deck. MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013


Bob’s car - and decide who was going to caddy.

For more information on the North Oakland Marines, contact Frank Skrumbellos 248-674-2826 or visit check out: for a schedule of exciting venues throughout the year. - MG -

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Afterwards we all enjoyed a delicious dinner and celebrated at the ‘19th hole’ while regaling each other with stories of excellent shots The photos below capture the excitement and activities of Ice Golf at the White Lake Inn!

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An unorthodox golf shot helps players stay warm.

Bob Krause (left) and his team pose with the White Lake Inn Ice Golf Trophy. 22


Chapman’s Final Birdie Wins 102nd Michigan Amateur

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By Greg Johnson

Andrew Chapman takes a shot. MUSKEGON – Andrew Chapman said over three years ago he was as low as low can be with the game of golf. He was soaring high with the game after making a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at Muskegon Country Club Saturday to win the 102nd Michigan Amateur Championship sponsored by Miles of Golf/Kendall Academy/Titleist. Chapman, a 33-year-old financial planner, Grand Blanc native,

Traverse City resident and father of twin boys, turned back former Major League Baseball pitcher and 47-year-old Dairy Queen owner Mike Ignasiak of Saline 1-up in the championship match. “It means a lot,” Chapman said. “This is a huge highlight for me. It seemed like every match when it ended this week had a surreal feel to it for me. I played very well in spots, but sloppy and got away with it in spots, too. I don’t know. It’s amazing.”

The match went back and forth through the afternoon, but it appeared Chapman was pulling away to win with a 2-up lead after the 15th hole. He hit his drive in the fescue left though on No. 16 and lost the hole, and then hit a drive left again on No. 17 and threeputted. The match went to 18 for the final dramatics. Chapman hit his second shot from the left rough to the right rough several feet down a slope to the right of the



“That was just grueling,” Ignasiak said. “The pins are so hard. What a test of patience today. Andrew was just a little bit better in the short game that I was. He made some great upand-downs. The one on 18, a chip-in on 9 and the up-and-down at 12 were all great. I tried. I didn’t give up.”

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green on the 550-yard par 5 last hole. He then pitched it to 20 feet, and made the putt on a line similar to that of Ignasiak, who had about an 18-foot putt after his second shot from the fairway went over the green a few yards. Ignasiak just missed his putt to the right of the cup.

Michigan Amateur Championship Runner-up, Mike Ignasiak,

Chapman beat Brad Bastion, a 28-year-old retirement planner from Clinton Township 3 and 2 in the morning semifinal, and Ignasiak turned back 51-year-old corporate vice-president Tom Gieselman of Commerce Township 3 and 2 in the other semifinal.

Chapman noted that six months ago he started putting two dots on his ball to remind him of his twin seven-month-old boys Graeme and Lincoln, who were on hand with mother, Brooke. In fact, Chapman held the two boys during the postround celebration. “Mike puts three dots on his ball for his kid,” he said. “He’s a great guy, a great player. It’s a great 24

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That set up the final between two former University of Michigan athletes. Chapman, who earlier in the tournament beat last week’s Michigan Open champion Tom Werkmeister, played golf for the Wolverines, and Ignasiak baseball. “Andrew is a great guy, a deserving champion,” Ignasiak said.

Andrew Chapman and the Staghorn Trophy accomplishment to beat him.”

Traverse Resort and Spa.

As for his low point with golf three years ago, Chapman said he had to mention Scott Hebert, the head PGA professional at Grand

“He was so patient with me, and we rebuilt my game step by step,” he said. “He’s a big part of this.” - MG -


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Changes at The Country Club for the U.S. Amateur

By John McGrath

Š Steven Gibbons / USGA

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Evan Bowser, a member of the Oakland University golf team, played in his second U.S. Amateur.

The Country Club clubhouse

Randy Lewis, the 2012 Mid-Amateur Champion, played in the U.S. Amateur.

Photo by Jennie McCafferty

Michigan’s Andrew Walker was the youngest player in the U.S. Amateur field. ignificant changes were made to the normal layout at The Country Club to toughen it up for the 2013 US Amateur. This exclusive club in Brookline contains 27 holes of golf. The normal, member’s 18 is made up of the two main nines nicknamed “Clyde” and “Squirrel”.


It was first designed as a six hole layout in 1893, lengthened shortly thereafter to nine holes, and expanded to 18 holes in 1899. A third nine was added in 1927. For this championship track three of the holes on the main course were replaced with three holes from the third 9-hole course, “Primrose”. The normal 9th, 10th and 12th, “Paddock”, a 425y par4, “Maiden”, a 325y par4, and “Redan”, a 130y par3 were replaced with the Primrose’s “Combination”, a 443y par4, “Hillside”, a 484y par5 that was lengthened to 623y by moving the tee box back 139 yards

(which required significant ground work to include removing several trees), and “A Beauty”, a 438y par4. The two normally par5’s on the main course, the 525y #11 “Himalayas” (moved to #9 on the championship layout) and the 534y#14 “Quarry” played as par4’s on the championship layout and the #2 hole, “Cottage”, normally a 290y par4 was shortened to a 192y and made a par3. These changes lengthened the par 71, 6,830 yard member’s layout into a par 70, 7,356 yard championship course. Additionally the rough was allowed to grow out all summer to about 4” in the first cut and 6” in the second cut and the considerable fescue on the course was grown out to St. Andrews lengths. All of this resulted in an extremely demanding test of both accuracy and length. - MG -

The 2013 US Amateur Championship 18: #1 Polo Field par4 490y #2 Cottage par3 192y #3 Pond par4 448y #4 Hospital par4 338y #5 Newton par4 494y #6 Bakers par4 310y #7 Plateau par3 196y #8 Corner par4 375y #9 Himalayas par4 525y #10 Stockton par4 476y #11 Combination par4 443y #12 Hillside par5 623y #13 A Beauty par4 438y #14 Quarry par4 534y #15 Liverpool par4 491y #16 Clyde par3 179y #17 Elbow par4 371y #18 Home par4 433y Par 70, 7,356 Yards



Collegiate Spotlight

Albion College Britons Strive to Maximize Their Full Potential By Chris Lewis n early 2010, Jordan McArleton fulfilled one of his long-standing career goals: to work for Albion College within a coaching capacity. Hired to serve his alma mater as the head coach of its women’s golf program, McArleton was incredibly honored by the opportunity to mentor a group of talented, avid golfers. Yet, despite his sheer passion for the position, he soon began to question whether or not he would ever be able to fully manage his time and coaching skills to the best of his abilities – for one simple reason. The position was part-time. That all changed this past April, as Albion’s Athletic Director, Matt Arend, offered McArleton a fulltime coaching position. “When I received the offer, I was thrilled,” McArleton said. “It’s an incredible opportunity to help grow the program into MIAA championship contenders and winners, and I’m humbled by the responsibility to help my student-athletes achieve their goals on the course and off it.” He added, “By working full-time, I will be able to focus more on player development and management during the entire school year, while also increasing my recruiting efficiency.”


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Coach Jordan McArleton and Candace Myers

A Freshman Leader Last fall, the Albion Britons struggled to find consistency at times, likely due to a lack of experience. Five of the squad’s seven members were either freshmen or sophomores. Yet, despite the team’s youth, McArleton noticed steady progress throughout the season, as one team member in particular proved she has the ability to lead the squad on a regular basis. The Fall 2012 season began on September 4th, as the Britons competed in the Trine University Kickoff Classic, held at Angola, Ind.’s Zollner Golf Course. Celine McClimans, at the time a freshman, led all Albion scorers with an 82, finishing in a tie

for third place individually. “Celine started off extremely well in her first collegiate tournament. It was certainly a sign of her talent,” said McArleton. “She is someone we’ll be watching for years to come, especially as she continues to further develop her game.” During her next two tournament appearances, McClimans proved that her impressive debut was anything but a fluke. While competing in the Olivet College Fall Invitational from September 7th to 8th, McClimans once again led the Britons, as she shot a two-round total of 186 at The Medalist Club, a par-72 layout located in Marshall.


ending tournament. McClimans’s consistency continued, as she overcame blistery conditions to lead all Briton scorers at the Adrian-hosted jamboree, held at the private Lenawee Country Club on October 6th.

After recording top-ten finishes in two MIAA jamborees, hosted by Olivet College and Alma College, in less than one week, the Britons enjoyed one of their most consistent showings of the season, at South Bend, Ind.’s Blackthorn Golf Club. Led by McClimans and freshman Katrina Tooker, of Alma, the Britons played well at a course renowned for its contoured greens, wetlands, and water hazards.

Her strong play was also evident at Battle Creek’s Bedford Valley Country Club, as she shot a 36-hole total of 189, once again leading all Albion scorers, as Michigan’s cold autumn days challenged all competitors.

“The team showed its potential, as three of my four starters broke 100,” McArleton stated. “I was pleased with the performance, since the ladies were unfamiliar with the course, for the most part.” Upon returning to Michigan, Albion tallied two more top-ten finishes, at an Adrian College-hosted MIAA jamboree, as well as the MIAA season-

“Celine is actually a graduate of Naples (Fla.,) High School, so I was impressed by her performances in the fall, as she was not as acquainted with Michigan’s fall weather as the rest of her teammates were,” said McArleton. As a team, Albion finished seventh in the MIAA’s final fall standings. Only the top four finishers qualified for the Spring 2013 playoff tournament to determine which MIAA member would be invited to the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships, a four-day long event contested at Destin, Fla.’s Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

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Less than one week later, she participated in the Aquinas College Women’s Golf Classic, shooting an 86 at Comstock Park’s Scott Lake Country Club, resulting in a tie for ninth place individually.

Celine McClimans Olivet, the MIAA’s seasonal scoring average leader last fall, ultimately qualified, finishing with a very respectable 13th place showing. Although the Britons fell short of a goal McArleton establishes every preseason – to qualify for the NCAA spring playoffs – the team’s long offseason provided ample time to prepare for the Fall 2013 season, which the Britons took full advantage of.

Exceptional Progress: Identifying – and Improving Upon – Weaknesses

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“Overall, I was hoping for a higher finish last season, but I think our team learned a lot about what it takes to be competitive in the league,” said McArleton. “The transition from high school to college golf can be difficult to adjust to, as the courses are typically longer and more challenging, but the entire team, even as young as it is, has handled the transition very well so far.” To help ease the transition even Albion College, 2013-2014 Women’s Golf Team MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013


Albion College Britons Fall 2013 Schedule

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Olivet Invitational, September 67, 2013 (The Medalist Golf Club, Marshall, Mich.) Trine Invitational, September 12, 2013 (Zollner Golf Course, Angola, Ind.) Katrina Tooker

more, McArleton worked with each of his team members individually this past spring so that they could identify – and improve upon – their weaknesses. “The past few months, I have looked at the technical aspects of each member’s golf swings,” McArleton said. “I made exceptional progress with freshman Christina Briden, of Livonia, and sophomore Candace Myers, of Fraser. Both have lots of talent, but have been held back a bit by technical flaws that led to mishits at critical moments.” He continued, “By tightening their swings, I think they will be able to reach their full potentials this fall.” McArleton is also interested in fully utilizing statistics from the 2012 – 2013 season, such as final round scoring averages, and driving accuracy and distance, so that each team member can develop practice routines suited to their individual strengths and weaknesses, many of which will be detected as McArleton analyzes his archive of data. 30

“While we’ve had a sense of our strong points in the past, we can narrow down our focus so that we can incrementally improve our scoring,” McArleton stated. “Unless you direct them otherwise, most players will practice what they’re already good at, rather than try to shore up the gaps in their games.” With the Fall 2013 season quickly approaching, McArleton has one goal in mind for the Britons as they prepare for their upcoming schedule – qualify for next spring’s NCAA playoffs. “To achieve this goal, my team members will have to maximize their potential and value every single shot equally,” said McArleton. “There is a phrase that I constantly stress to every member of my team: each shot matters. This will especially hold true as we look to improve upon our recent finishes and qualify for the NCAA playoffs next year.”

Scottie Invitational, September 20, 2013 (Pine River Country Club, Alma, Mich.) MIAA Jamboree #1, September 24, 2013 (The Medalist Golf Club, Marshall, Mich.) MIAA Jamboree #2, September 28, 2013 (Milham Park Golf Club, Kalamazoo, Mich.) MIAA Jamboree #3, October 2, 2013 (Thornapple Pointe Golf Club, Grand Rapids, Mich.) MIAA Jamboree #4, October 5, 2013 (Zollner Golf Course, Angola, Ind.) MIAA Championship, October 11-12, 2013 (Bedford Valley Country Club, Battle Creek, Mich.) For more information regarding Albion College’s athletic programs, please visit

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Grand Traverse Resort & Spa — A Perfect Year-Round Northern Michigan Destination By Susan Bairley hen Grand Traverse Resort began construction of its Tower Hotel in the mid- 1980s, it raised a few eyebrows. What could a high-rise hotel possibly offer amid the pristine beauty of Northern Michigan?

spectacular views of the Northern Michigan landscape, Grand Traverse Bay and endless-sky sunsets from the posh comfort of their stylishly appointed rooms or in the Aerie Restaurant and Lounge on the top, 16th floor.

Upon its completion in 1986, the answer was immediately clear. Grand Traverse Resort (GTR) had created a unique place where visitors could do everything characteristically ‘up North’ yet enjoy the most

Now, more than 25 years later, the Tower Hotel is just part of what brings thousands of guests to Grand Traverse Resort annually for everything from family vacations, golf outings and group golf trips to busi-


ness conferences, special weekend events and romantic getaways. It is a special place. GTR’s 186 Tower rooms and suites complement a nice variety of lodgings, which also include traditional hotel rooms and golf-side or beachfront condos. There are 600 rooms total. Each offers a unique way to experience the resort’s 900acre property, which includes three golf courses – Jack Nicklaus’s Bear, Gary Player’s Wolverine and Bill



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Newcomb’s Spruce Run; five restaurants; a 7,000-square foot spa; a Gallery of Shops; four indoor/outdoor pools; several indoor/outdoor hot tubs; an indoor water playground; 100,000 square-foot health club with five indoor tennis courts; The Dogs Dream Inn for fourlegged canine family members; and shuttle access to the nearby Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel.

The resort offers three golf courses: The Bear, The Wolverine & Spruce Run.

When visiting last October, my husband, Paul, and I stayed in a corner balcony room of the Tower with awe-inspiring views of the wooded countryside decked out in its finest colorful fall grandeur. Even the spacious bathroom had a wall-to-wall window, providing breathtaking views from the sink, whirlpool tub and, dare I say, toilet!

Photo by Susan Bairley

For families, GTR offers plenty of room for kids to romp and for pets to play and stay, and it’s a place where everyone can find their personal space to getaway or join in family fun.

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Year-round golf instruction is available through the GTR Golf Academy.

The three golf courses provide their own variety of landscapes and challenges. From the delightful and fun-to-play, par-70, Spruce Run Golf Course, appropriate for all skill levels, to the difficult and challenging Bear and Wolverine courses, there’s enough to keep golfers happily engaged for whatever length of stay, without leaving the property. There’s also the year-round GTR Golf Academy, run by six-time Michigan Open Champion and 2008 PGA Professional National Champion Scott Hebert, who is director of instruction (and just a darned nice guy!), plus a wonderful clubhouse with pro shop, Grille restaurant and bar and a great outdoor patio.

Tempting sweets are available at the Gallery of Shops. 32


GTR also offers a wonderful calendar of special events and monthly happenings to add to visitors’ vacation fun. For example, on September 28, there’s the 3rd Annual Big Hole Golf Tournament on Spruce Run, and October brings in the 12th Annual Global Hair and Fashion Show on Oct. 19 and the 5th Annual Tuff Enuff Golf Tournament, Oct. 20, on The Bear. There’s also a wonderful array of package deals, from “Relax and Recharge” spa and hotel packages to Family Fun Weekends, Stay ‘n Play golf overnights/weekends and “Do Not Disturb” romantic getaways. With downtown Traverse City less than 10 miles away, GTR is the

vations, visit the GTR website at or call 1-800-236-1577.

For more information and reser-

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Although the on-property restaurant choices are limited, they’re good. Breakfast in Sweetwater American Bistro is generous and accommodating, and dinner at Aerie is a must. The atmosphere is cozy, yet elegant and intimate, and again, the views are spectacular. The menu is sophisticated, offering an array of exquisite tastes and presentations.

perfect place to be ‘in the middle of it all’ yet ‘away from it all’ at the same time.

Fall colors are on display.

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The GTR Resort Spa is ready to pamper, and for kids, the pools and recreational areas – lakeside, outside and inside – are sure to please. Dylan’s, which occupies two storefronts in the Gallery of Shops, is nothing short of a kid’s dream. Faux chocolate dripping around the wall signage, candy bins brimming with chocolates and sweets, bubble gum-filled stanchions, peppermint striped stools – what’s not to love?! The candy store also has a dedicated party area. We came in ‘just to look’ and left with our own bag of delicious chocolate treats to enjoy and take home.

Catch the sunset over West Grand Traverse Bay.



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Florida Golf: The Concession GC and Cop By Doug Joy

The Concession Hole No. 5


The Concession Golf Club uring the 1969 Ryder Cup, Jack Nicklaus stunned the golf world by conceding a two-foot putt on the final hole to his long-time friend, Tony Jacklin. Jack went on to win the match in a play-off. That gesture of sportsmanship was the inspiration behind the development of the Concession in association with Tony Jacklin.


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Just fifteen minutes SE of the Tampa Bay Skyway bridge in Bradenton, is a 520 acre gem crafted from pristine Florida landscape with hundred year old oak hammocks, wetlands, and wildlife. No Florida course would be complete without the requisite benign alligator or two ( or more.)

The Concession Hole No. 12

Championship golf facilities are available to an invited private membership and include computer monitoring of all 18 greens beneath the surface to monitor humidity, pH balance, and drainage thus insuring consistency throughout the seasonal changes. The practice area covers 23 acres with two driving ranges, a 10,000 square-foot putting green, and a 14,000 square-foot chipping green. With five tees, the tips stretch out to 7474 yards down to the green tees at 5019. Plenty of choices to accommodate any swing speed. We are all accustomed to the ropes, signs, and posts directing you to exit the fairway usually 30-50 feet from the greens. At the Concession, you are invited to drive the cart right up to the edge of the greens. I have

never played a course where you could do that and that policy certainly adds to the convenience factor. Midway through the round enroute to the next hole, you will come upon an awning covered snack & beverage wagon. Here you help yourself to complimentary wine, beer, soft-drinks, energy drinks, candy bars, energy bars, gold bars, apples, and host of other choices. What a great surprise and much appreciated and timely. On the grounds you will find the Jonathan Yarwood Golf Academy which is available for personalized instruction. Jonathan, originally from the U.K., was voted one of the top twenty teachers under 40 years of age by Golf Digest. Jonathan came to the U.S. in 1996 and joined

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The Concession Hole No. 7

The clubhouse is an architectural jewel with 33,000 square feet representing the finest traditions of the game. The men’s locker room features leather furniture, flat screen TV, and a bar. The women’s locker room looks like it was furnished for a queen. Everything about this club is first class but you really should contact Alan Pope, Marketing/Membership Sales Director at 941-322-1922 and arrange for your own private showing. This facility is a must see.

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the David Ledbetter Golf Academy where he was the senior instructor for nine years. You are likely to find David and Jonathan at the course on any given day. I should also mention that Paul Azinger is a regular and can be seen with a handful of young up-starts on the range and on the course. He indicated to me that he is working hard, feeling good, and is preparing for a comeback after his bout with shoulder cancer. We all wish him a speedy and successful return to active tour play.

The Concession Hole No. 13



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Innisbrook Copperhead Course, Hole No. 1


Florida’s premier golf destination spot. Top billing goes to the Copperhead course which has been host to the PGA “Transitions” tournament for several years and of late, the Tampa Bay Classic.

the most demanding layouts on tour with the greens reputation for having the most three-putts inside five feet. Some time back, Paul Azinger said “the Copperhead is the best course we play on tour.”

Innisbrook is consistently rated by Golf Digest and others as

There are four courses on the property; all designed by the famed architect Larry Packard. The Copperhead continues to be one of

Playing from 5605 to 7340 yards, four tees allow you to select the yardage best suited for your game. There is a visual consistency amongst the four courses that clearly mark Packard’s architectural style. It becomes clear early on that Innisbrook is unique and stands alone. The last three holes on the Copperhead are very demanding and are ranked by the PGA as the toughest three finishing holes on tour. These finishing holes are affectionately known as “The Snake Pit,” and you will be greeted by a large bronze statue of a copperhead snake. Too much fun.


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ver the past twenty-five years, much has been said and written about the “Innisbrook” resort in Palm Harbor, Florida located just twenty-five minutes from the Tampa airport.

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Accommodations on the property range from deluxe guest rooms to 1400 sq. ft. two bedroom suites all with flat-screens, high speed internet, docking stations, and multi-line telephones with data port and voice mail. The resort boasts awards from


such notables as Gold Key and Golf Readers Choice for their conference and convention facilities. Golf packages are available for any size group and having all the amenities on one property is a perfect “Stay and Play” destination. A fall golf special is available through October 1, 2013 and features include lodging in a spacious villa, one round of golf (free replay if scheduling permits), 10 dollar proshop credit, fitness center use, 20 dollar beverage credit per golfer, and the first drink at select on-site restaurants. All starting at $139.00 per person-double occupancy.

Call Ramona Hurley at 800456-2000 to book your reservation and get ready for some fun. Enjoy. - MG -

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Everything you need and want is here at Innisbrook and the golf just doesn’t get any better.

Innisbrook, Highlands South Course, Hole No. 18 MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013


Pacific NW Bea

Š Dave Finn

By Tom Lang

Chambers Bay, Hole No. 9

auty, On and Off the Course

hoever coined the phrase “photos just don’t do it justice” could have easily been talking about golf in the Pacific Northwest. Every region of the country has its unique features, but for sheer rugged beauty and an enjoyablymild climate for most months of the year, Washington and Idaho have award-winning course offerings every golfer should consider. Four such courses recently visited include Chambers Bay and Salish Cliffs Golf Club near Seattle, plus Couer d’Alene Resort and Circling Raven in Idaho.

Idaho Golf is No Spud: Idaho’s panhandle, stretching high toward the Canadian border, is littleknown on the national golf scene – which is exactly why Michiganders should give it serious consideration for their next vacation. Few crowds, reasonable pricing, and spectacular views to treat the eye. And what Idaho does not have is perhaps its best summertime feature. The unique region, east of the Cascades and nestled into the foothills just west of the massive Rocky Mountain range, except in early spring does not have the soaking rainfall that is generally associated with the extreme top left corner of the U.S. According to the locals, the panhandle area on average receives maybe one inch of rainfall during the entire summer and into the fall. “Right around July 1 and all the way through mid-October we tend to be warm and very dry,” said Tom Davidson, director of golf at Circling 42

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Chambers Bay, Hole No. 14 Raven at the Couer d’Alene Casino Resort, an Indian tribal-owned property by the same name. “There’s a few occasional, quick afternoon storms when it gets the hottest in August, but for the most part golfers will have warm, dry, calm conditions to play in. In that time frame rain just shuts off like a switch. “Weather for golf is such a big deal and we’re lucky we’re on this side of the Cascades, where it’s normally drier. We get nowhere near the moisture the west side gets.” What golfers do get is excellent golf options, some unique Pacific NW food choices, deep fresh-water lakes, rolling plains covered by waving wheat fields set against mountainous backdrops – all enjoyed in temperatures similar to northern Michigan. The Circling Raven course is top-notch in design and land use. It’s been a consistent top-15 ranked casino-owned course on GolfWeek’s national list, and is steadily in the top 3 courses overall in Idaho – right along with a companion golf course at the Couer d’Alene Resort on Lake Couer d’Alene, a 50-square mile body of fresh water. While the names are nearly identical, the latter is a privately-owned resort about 40 minutes away and boasts the only

true island green in the country. Golfers must ride a small boat called “Putter” to go from tee to green as absolutely no land connects the two. The Couer d’Alene Resort course is a unique combination of lakefront holes, parkland style terrain and several tiered holes that traverse parallel back and forth up and down the side of a large hill, providing a 5hole stretch which combines elevation drops and some with rock wall backdrops. The two courses have very few similarities – except good weather and great conditioning – but enjoy a respectful relationship that urges golfers to give both locations a try. Couer d’ Alene Resort provides high-end power carts, plus a forecaddie for each group who describes each hole’s nuances and searches for wayward balls. The lake itself features an annual vintage boat gathering each summer, and the village is reminiscent of small mariner towns along our Great Lakes, which includes Hudson’s, a hamburger-joint legend dating back to 1907. The resort has a huge marina where visitors can dock their boat at night and walk up the ramp to enjoy first-class lodging accommodations.


Back at Circling Raven, where Davidson and crew won resort merchandiser of the year from PGA of America in 2010, it’s common to see moose or elk tracking the property, which is a gorgeous mix of rolling plains, wetlands and some tree-lined holes on the predominantly openrange design. No two holes are alike and the overall design features a good variety of elevation changes, long and short par fours and varying par 3s.

Resort has made vast upgrades in hotel rooms – both in style and sheer numbers – to accommodate measured growth for the Couer d’ Alene Tribe. A new full-service spa rivals any in the country and food choices are plentiful.

Not Sleepless in Seattle:

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It’s easy to get a good night’s rest after walking 18 holes at Chambers Bay, site of the 2010 U.S. Amateur, If you close your eyes it would be and upcoming 2015 U.S Open. easy to imagine an old west cattle About 30 miles from the Seattledrive or caravan of horse-drawn covTacoma Airport, Chambers Bay sits ered wagons strolling across the golden on ground of a former gravel mining plains. operation that was beautifully resurrected by designer Robert Trent The clubhouse has western styling, Jones II, into a much more proper with some of the best food found any- use of precious land butted against where. A separate, enclosed pavilion the crisp blue waters of Puget with a grass roof keeps the building on Sound. par with the natural surrounding landscape but with an interior to rival any Similar to the home of golf, St. modern city venue. Andrews, the property belongs to the people of Pierce County, many Golfers enjoy the Couer d’Alene who can be found walking the trail region so much that large flocks that circles the 250-acre golf course come from Seattle (5 hour drive), layout. Anyone would be hard Calgary (8 hours), Edmonton (11 pressed to find a more unique hours) and Vancouver (7 hours). municipal course anywhere in the About 30% of golfers utilize staycountry, especially that on first sight and-play packages and that number takes one’s breathe away from the would be higher if not for casino extremely high elevation point of its visitors. The Couer d’Alene Casino tastefully-designed, modern restau-

Salish Cliffs, Hole No. 14

rant and pro shop overlooking every inch of the golf course from more than 200 feet above. “People using the golf course are the minority of the resident users of the Chambers Creek Regional Park meadow and playgrounds, and who enjoy community events hosted by the county,” said Chambers Bay GM Matt Allen, who previously was assistant GM at Bandon Dunes. “We are grateful to operate a golf course amidst that, because the entirety of the property is a public treasure.” Pure links golf – nothing else could describe this incredible piece of property that has only one tree and is breeze-swept off the bay. It’s not surprising that the USGA would enthusiastically embrace a course (which only opened in 2007) planted with fescue grass in the rough. But that’s not where it ends. Every blade of grass on the course is fescue: tee box, fairway, rough and greens – well, if you can find the “greens.” What stands out the most about Chambers Bay is that not a single green has a collar. The grass is mown – more like shaved – at the exact same height in the fairway as on the green complexes, the latter

which are only identifiable via what is sometimes the tilt of the land and a flag stick, but more prominently by the sprinkler heads that encircle the intended putting zones.

Like Circling Raven, Gene Bates designed Salish Cliffs, ranked as one of the toughest courses in Washington based on its 75.2 rating/140 Slope from the 7,269 yard tips. It opens with three fun holes – a par 5 downhill, a short par four uphill, then a sharp-drop, long

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And for being the future site of a U.S. Open, there is no pretentiousness to Chambers Bay (No. 64 in the country according to Golf Digest); no fancy clubhouse, no locker rooms – a real muni course featuring a small starter building

Olympic Range made GolfWeek’s list at No. 11 best casino course nationally in its opening season of 2011.

Salish Cliffs, Hole No. 13 with some refreshments, grilled food and single-stall bathrooms. But bring your most comfortable shoes as walking is the only choice. No power carts; just caddies for hire or pull carts for your bag. With all the elevation changes you’ll get one heck of a workout. Another 40 minutes away, a course with just as much elevation variety but that could not look more different is the two-year-old Salish Cliffs Golf Club at Little Creek Casino Resort. The treelined course in the foothills of the 44

downhill par 3 which can get most golfers off to a good scoring start. But ask head pro David Kass and his most telling stretch is 14-16, three very different par 4s based on length, shape and elevation changes – with 14 making a local list for one of the toughest holes in the state. “I find those three par 4s can make or break your round,” he said. “I can usually look back at the end of the round and see if I did pretty well on those three holes my score will be pretty solid.”

Like Michigan, the greens are bent grass, but surrounded by uniquely cut bunkers that seem more like they were formed by natural erosion than by design. When measured across 18 holes, the elevation drops and rises from each tee to each green totals 600 feet. The more-mild climate year round is kinder to the Salish Cliffs’ greens, which need almost no turf treatment. That is part of the overall plan of superintendent Bob Pearsall that was also instrumental to the course earning the world’s first accreditation in the Salmon-Safe Golf Course Certification program in Washington, a prideful achievement for the Squaxin Island Tribe, whom Pearsall said are known as “people of the water.” Indoors at the Little Creek Casino Resort, recent capital improvements include the new Seven Inlets Spa and new Skookum Spirit Cigar and Wine Lounge. One of seven restaurants includes the seafood bar where guests sit on tall bar stools and feast on a wide variety of seafood treats in a sports bar atmosphere. The resort exterior added an RV Park to its property in Shelton, Washington – an area known as the gateway to the Olympic Peninsula. Like our earliest settlers, a trip west someday could be very rewarding. - MG -


Slice of Life Having Fun in Northern Michigan Even Without Golf Clubs! By Terry Moore nicely done exhibit and museum area. Naturally my eye caught sight of an old golf bag and clubs and a little write-up about the long closed and short-lived “Day Forest Estates.” The 18-hole golf course was a part of an ambitious real estate development started in the ‘20s which never flourished due to the Great Depression. The course stayed opened a few years and then closed. Today hikers along the Alligator Trail can still see fading evidence of its fairways and greens. (Come to think about it: when playing badly, there’s also fading evidence of fairways and greens.) l


Sleeping Bear Dunes—No matter how many times we’ve been there, this National Lakeshore always delights. On this trip we biked from “downtown” Glen Arbor out to the Glen Haven Historic Village, within the protected and preserved National Lakeshore, where we stopped at the General Store and appreciated the background and history of the area via its modest but

Duly educated, we hopped back on our bikes and made our way out to the famed Dune Climb where the

strong and the foolish tackled the rising expanse of sand. We conserved our energy while counting out-of-state license plates and pondering themes for new teeshirts such as “Digitize this!” While biking: “Did you notice Mickelson had 31 one-putts in winning the Open? And he only had 3 three-putts for the week.”

Little Traverse Inn—Under new ownership and tastefully renovated, this B&B with its gastro pub—our dining choice—is only a few miles north of Glen Arbor in Maple City on M-22. We had an ideal table next to the front window overlooking the patio and offering a bonus glimpse of Lake Michigan

Photo courtesy of Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau

Photo courtesy of Terry Moore

ot even chilly, overcast and rainy weather can spoil a summer weekend in Glen Arbor. Especially if you’re Terry Moore among friends. That was our good fortune as we recently visited long time and cherished friends (Meg and Russ) who live in Holland but have a beautiful condo in Glen Arbor. Over the last decade, they’ve been wonderful, generous “Up North” hosts whose company has lent much laughter, stimulating conversation and spirited game and card competition. Let me provide a few declassified details about our most recent stay and play foray in Glen Arbor. And get this: we didn’t even bring our golf clubs! (Note: the topic of the game did occasionally pop up.)

Sleeping Bear Dunes



During dinner:“Tiger remains so self-absorbed. In his post-round interview, he didn’t even acknowledge Phil’s sensational 66. No surprise, a tiger can’t change it stripes.”

Alligator Hill—Our goal the next morning was to hike the Alligator Hill trail and to catch sight of those forgotten remnants of “Day Forest Estates.” Instead of finding an arrowhead, might we dig out of the soil an old golf ball? No such luck as a steady rain forced us to take shelter under a large oak tree. But then in the downfall Russ shared a story

Photo by Jennie McCafferty

now shrouded in a misty rain. The LTI has a British B&B look and feel and sports a fitting and affordable menu, marked by craft brews and local wines as well as stews, Shepherd’s Pie and the traditional fish and chips. And much more. After a delightful dinner, it was apparent why our friends are on a first name basis with owners Graeme and Judy Leask.

Lee Houtteman lines up a putt at the Tournament of Champions of how he obtained a replica of an old golf ball from a playing companion he met at Manitou Passage GC where he’s a member. Russ said the golfer was involved with a company called Struckwell which makes belt buckles. Belt buckles? Yes, but belt buckles that are made using original

hand forged golf clubheads from Scotland. Check it out at As a calling card, the company commissioned some Struckwell golf balls, with oldtimey octagonal dimples and lettering, for its founders to hand out to friends and prospects. According to Russ, the guy confessed to dropping a ball in the woods at the courses he visits. “It’s a little advertising that may create some interest in us,” he explained.

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Well, the rain never did let up so we scratched the rest of the hike. The alternate itinerary was deployed.

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On the ride back: “Didn’t you love Zinger recalling Tom Watson’s quote that he didn’t learn how to win a major until he learned how to breathe?”


Leland and Northport— What do you do on a rainy day on the Leelanau Peninsula? You get in the car and just start hanging out, checking out shops while making (Eric) idle conversation. Given the weather, many others were doing the same. After a quick stop in Leland for some fresh fish for the evening’s dinner (Meg is a master chef who deserves a spot on The Food Channel) we then made our way to Northport. Looking for a good lunch spot, we ducked into Lelu Café. Going to the kitchen counter and reviewing the menu, we put a young waiter on the spot about eating there and elsewhere in Northport. “Well, you can’t beat our burger and a beer special for $8 but the place across the street also serves good food and you’d be happy there, too.”

Manitou Passage Golf Club—In spite of the light rain and while the ladies were shopping, Russ and I spent some time at the putting green at Manitou Passage. Coincidentally, I played Manitou Passage ( earlier this year and was impressed with not only the fine care and upkeep of the course (kudos to Supt. Brad Stowe) but also with its new Head PGA Pro, Lee Houtteman, one of Michigan’s top teachers and players. A competitor in the past two U.S. Senior Opens, Houtteman has also won several Michigan PGA events including the Michigan PGA Match Play and the Tournament of Champions. Along with General Manager Bob Summers, a retired

IBM executive, Houtteman is building a player-friendly culture and ambience around Manitou Passage. “We want to stress more do’s than don’ts,” said Houtteman, “and be a welcoming place.” Over the past few years, whenever I visit the rejuvenated golf course I always feel welcomed and always leave impressed. Russ made a good decision in becoming a member as he really enjoys the golf course. If he starts sinking a few more putts, he’ll like it even more. On the putting green: “Russ, good putters keep the putter face square at and through impact, with no flip or breakdown of the hands. Hey, try that Struckwell ball!” - MG -

Thoroughly disarmed and charmed by the waiter’s goodheartedness, we couldn’t go anywhere else. And the burgers and beers were indeed excellent. We even struck up a terrific conversation with the affable owner, Erik Owen, a native of Ohio who settled in Northport for good only two years ago. “I love it here as much in the winter as I do in the summer,” said Owen who also owns the WhoDo? a 48-foot world-class sailboat that he rents out for excursions on Grand Traverse Bay from the Northport Marina. Offering live music in the evenings (W-Sat.), Lelu is a place we’ll gladly patronize again. Walking around the Northport Marina: “Don’t you love that commercial: ‘Yeah, you’re putting like that guy—what’s his name— Sneeedekur!’” MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013


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Michigan Golfer, September / October 2013  

A quarterly publication about Michigan Golf courses, Michigan golfers and Michigan golf events.

Michigan Golfer, September / October 2013  

A quarterly publication about Michigan Golf courses, Michigan golfers and Michigan golf events.