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Michigan Golf News July 30, 2010

Vol. 10, no. 31

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August Matthews Wins Boyne Tournament of Champions: By Tim Hygh Tournament of Champions Videos Now on YouTube MG On The Road Mt. Pleasant - Buck's Run Final Thoughts on the U.S. Junior Amateur at Egypt Valley, By Terry Moore Match Play Quarter Finals for the 94th Michigan Women's Amateur 3D Coverage of PGA Championship National Golf Foundation Introduces American Golf Course Census Want to Golf with Detroit News Columnist Neal Rubin? Minzey's Musings Michigan Golfer Magazine - Summer Issue Michigan Golf Calendar Michigan Golfer Television Upcoming Shows Michigan Golf Archives Michigan Golf History Michigan Golf Association Links


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CIRCULATION 16, 645 Edited by Art McCafferty ======= AUGUST ======= "August rushes by like desert rainfall, A flood of frenzied upheaval, Expected, But still catching me unprepared. Like a matchflame Bursting on the scene, Heat and haze of crimson sunsets. Like a dream Of moon and dark barely recalled, A moment, Shadows caught in a blink. Like a quick kiss; One wishes for more But it suddenly turns to leave, Dragging summer away.", - Elizabeth Maua Taylor

=============================================================== MATTHEWS WINS BOYNE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: By Tim Hygh =============================================================== BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT- Andy Matthews, of Ada erased a four shot deficit over the final three holes to win the Boyne Tournament of Champions. Matthews, 30, is a seasoned Canadian Tour professional and was trailing 15-year old Henry Do of Ypsilanti when the storybook ending for a sophomore in high school competing with Michigan’s best golfers turned into a putting nightmare. Do shook the Michigan golfing community by shooting a 10-under par 62 in Tuesday’s second round. He started the final round with a two-stroke advantage over LPGA Tour player Allison Fouch and a three stroke lead over Matthews. That lead was expanded to four shots as the final group headed to the fateful last three holes.

“I was kind of nervous, “ Do said. “I told myself to be confident and just make pars until a birdie situ-

ation became available.” The five-foot four-inch Do did just that and was 11-under sailing into the 16th hole. He proceeded to three put 16 while Matthews birdied. That two stroke swing left him with a two stroke lead heading to the par 3 17th. Do three putted again on 17 to take a one shot lead into the final hole. On the par 5 18th, Do and Matthews both laid up and hit wedges for their third shots landing well below the hole. Do’s putter finally kicked in but to Matthews advantage as Do nearly missed while showing Matthews the line. Matthews made the 35-footer for birdie to get to 9-under. Do missed his two footer for par and a chance for a playoff.

“I was stunned when Henry missed,” Matthews said. “I got a great look from his putt. I feel for Henry. We’ve all been there and he will grow from the experience. The Tournament of Champions is a unique event pitting men, women, juniors and seniors together on Boyne Mountain’s Alpine course. The men play from the back tees at 6,938 yards, the senior men and high schoolers play from 6,562 yards and the women play from 5,898 yards.

Matthews was the low man, Fouch the low woman at 6 under, Dave Kendall was the low senior at 5 under and Do was the low amateur at 7 under. The tournament started with 111 players and was reduced to 71 and ties after the second round. The purse is $55,000 and the Matthew’s share is $10,000. ================================================ TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS VIDEOS NOW YOU TUBE ================================================ DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 AWARDS CEREMONY JACK BERRY INTERVIEWS Brian Cairns Andy Ruthkoski Dan Olsen Stacy Snider Olson

================ MG ON THE ROAD ================ Mt. Pleasant - Buck's Run Buck's Run remains one of my favorite Jerry Matthews courses. Buck's Run has a new person that will be showing that course off to returning and new golfers, Jon Conklin. Conklin has worked in a number of states as an up and comer and now he has landed at the Director of Golf for this special course. We had lunch at the grill and once again, was treated with one of the best views in golf. See more at

========================================================================= FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR AT EGYPT VALLEY - By Terry Moore ======================================================================== Last Saturday after Justin Thomas conceded a par putt to Jim Liu thus ensuring a 4 & 2 win for the 14-year-old Liu in the finals of the U.S. Junior Amateur at Egypt Valley, a remarkable week of golf ended. Although the USGA has conducted 29 previous championships in the state, this was the first time Grand Rapids and West Michigan have ever hosted an event.

Being around competitive golf for most of my adult life, I knew these junior golfers were good but that’s a gross understatement. These young men were so talented and gifted it was daunting. Come on, 15-year-old Gavin Hall during stroke play fires a tournament and course record of 62, ten under par which included one bogey at Egypt Valley! And Egypt Valley is one of the area’s most demanding layouts (course rating 74.9; slope rating 143), an Art Hills design that can expose and exploit any chink in a player’s armor. So, what’s going on with these juniors? One, the circuit for junior golfers is sophisticated, highly competitive and teeming with talent. On top of many fine state junior tournaments, there’s a whole other strata of national events that beckon the best players from around the country. For example, the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is a powerhouse tournament organization (with 58 full-time staff!) that will run 85 top shelf events this year attracting the best junior golfers to its well-run and handsomely supported events. (AJGA logos and bag tags were prevalent at Egypt Valley last week.) Such keen competitive outlets, a la AAU basketball and travel hockey teams, greatly accelerate the learning curve for its participants. The truism of improving by playing against better players holds true in the junior golf ranks. Second, it’s obvious these juniors are supported by top notch instruction and custom-fitted equipment. Video swing analysis combined with the watchful eye and guidance of knowledgeable PGA instructors also has contributed to the excellence seen at the Junior Am. You just don’t see many “homemade” or unorthodox swings at this level. Generally speaking, modern swing fundamentals prevail. Similarly, the best equipment is found in their bags. You can bet most have gone through a Trackman-type fitting session making sure that ball, driver, shaft, and a set of irons perfectly match and align with a player’s swing speed etc. A small but telling note: Peeking into the bag of the defending champion Jordan Spieth, I noticed his Titleist Vokey wedges were customized and etched with his nickname, “Spiethy.”

Then there’s the matter of golf aspirations. These kids are success-oriented more so than in previous generations. With supportive and self-sacrificing parents behind them, these elite junior players are also excelling because they have ambitious goals, including playing for some of the best colleges and universities. Not coincidentally, the NCAA golf coaches association holds a summer conference in conjunction with the U.S. Junior Am. As a result, the gallery at Egypt Valley early last week was heavily sprinkled with coaches boasting their school’s colors and logos. For them, it was a convenient, quasi-recruiting or “relationship building” opportunity to see these young golfing mavens. And so, young players, their parents and coaches were all in step dancing to the same college fight songs heard over the horizon.

But do all those factors really explain someone like 14-year-old Liu of Smithtown, NY, the youngest champion in the history of the 63-year-old U.S. Junior Am? Well, Liu started playing competitively at age 6 and won his first national event the same year at the U.S. Kids World Championship. He went

on to become a four-time U.S. Kids World champion and at age 9 he carded a 59 in a sanctioned junior event at Lake Buena Vista, FL at DisneyWorld. And he regularly plays in the older age groups in these events, thereby honing his competitive skills even sharper. Besides counting his father as his major golf influencer, Liu also boasts the same coach and teacher Tiger Woods once had as a teen, 89-year-old John Anselmo of Long Beach, CA. And some reports indicate Liu aspires to play at Stanford, following in Tiger’s footsteps.

Yes, I guess it all adds up for producing sensational golf. But it sure was an unexpected and delightful surprise.

Postscript: Kudos to Egypt Valley, its tournament committee, and its members for all of its efforts in hosting the Junior Amateur. For a club that was beset in recent years by personnel and financial turmoil resulting in negative publicity, the Junior Amateur became a rallying flag in a fresh breeze. In the championship final match when eventual runner-up Thomas magnificently drove the par-four 4th hole, his shot soaring past a pond and over the greenside bunker, it was a moment that encapsulated a memorable week of uplifting and restorative golf. =================================================================== MATCH PLAY QUARTER FINALS FOR THE 94TH MICHIGAN WOMEN'S AMATEUR =================================================================== St. Clair River Country Club Christine Meier def. Sarah Hoffman 3&2 Ashley Bauer def. Sarah Johnson 6&4 Amy Meier def. Ashley Bauer 2&1 Lindsey Lammers def. Maddi Massa Natalie Brehm def. Meagan Bauer

================================== 3D COVERAGE OF PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ================================== Turner Sports and The PGA of America announced today they will offer coverage of the 92nd PGA Championship in 3D on Thursday, Aug. 12 and Friday, Aug. 13, on and through TNT’s television distributors Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, and Time Warner Cable. The 3D coverage will focus on the par-3 12th and 17th holes at Whistling Straits from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET each day. Host Vince Cellini who will be joined by 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem will provide commentary and analysis on the holes. Beem also will provide analysis throughout the weekend during’s extensive 2D online offerings. The 3D production will utilize eight cameras produced specifically for 3D that will provide a unique look at course action and give fans a one-of-a-kind visual experience to watch the world’s best golfers play the course’s challenging par-3s. In order to experience

the event in 3D, viewers will need a 3D TV or PC display with matching 3D glasses. Fans can visit to get more information about the hardware and software used to view the 3D production online.

===================================================================== NATIONAL GOLF FOUNDATION INTRODUCES AMERICAN GOLF COURSE CENSUS ===================================================================== The National Golf Foundation (NGF) -- the industry-leading provider of information and insights into the business of golf -- has launched the American Golf Census to count the country's estimated 27 million golfers.

The American Golf Census will improve the industry's marketing and promotional capabilities, stimulating rounds played, and equipment and incremental sales locally. Additionally, information about golfers obtained from the Census will allow policymakers to better understand how golf enhances the lives of millions of Americans with various demographics The Census presents golfers with a unique opportunity to support the game. For participating in the Census, every golfer is automatically entered into a sweepstakes -- the largest in the history of golf -- to win more than $100, 000 in prizes. They include equipment from Callaway, Nike Golf and TaylorMade, dream vacations to Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Scotland and Ireland, and golf instruction at the ANNIKA Academy in Orlando, Florida. "The American Golf Census is extremely important to the game's future," says Dr. Joseph Beditz, President & CEO of the NGF. "While the Census takes less than two minutes to complete with the possibility to win fantastic prizes, the information supplied will have positive, far-reaching effects in support of the game we love."

The Census is being promoted through print advertising, e-marketing, direct mail, posters and websites, including, , Golf courses and other golf-related businesses promoting the Census with links on their websites will build their own, qualified golfer databases. The NGF will provide them with complete information on all Census registrants originating from their websites.,

For more information about the American Golf Census:,, e-mail, call 561.744.6006.

======================================================== WANT TO GOLF WITH DETROIT NEWS COLUMNIST NEAL RUBIN ? ======================================================== As part of the Detroit News' Reader Envy promotion, Neal Rubin is giving away a golf for a twosome and lunch with him at Plum Hollow CC in Southfield, plus lunch. You will have to hurry for the last day to sign up is Saturday. Just go to

================== MINZEY'S MUSINGS ==================

Classic Jewish Humor You may remember ( if you're old enough) the old Jewish Catskill comics of Vaudeville days, viz., Shecky Green, Red Buttons, Totie Fields, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman, and others. Don't you miss their humor? Not one single swear word in their comedy Here are some examples: There was a beautiful young woman knocking on my hotel room door all night! I finally had to let

her out.

I just got back from a pleasure trip. I took my mother-in-law to the airport.

I've been in love with the same woman for 49 years. If my wife ever finds out, she'll kill me!

What are three words a woman never wants to hear when she's making love? "Honey, I'm home!" Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won't be reporting it. The thief spends less than my wife did. We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

My wife and I went back to the hotel where we spent our wedding night, only this time I stayed in the bathroom and cried.

I was just in London - there is a 6-hour time difference. I'm still confused. When I go to dinner, I feel sexy. When I go to bed, I feel hungry. The doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn't pay his bill, so the doctor gave him another six months. The Doctor called Mrs. Cohen saying, "Mrs. Cohen, your check came back." Mrs. Cohen answered, "So did my arthritis!" Patient: "I have a ringing in my ears." Doctor: "Don't answer!"

A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge says, "You've been brought here for drinking." The drunk says "Okay, let's get started." I wish my brother would learn a trade, so I would know what kind of work he's out of.

========================================== MICHIGAN GOLFER MAGAZINE - SUMMER ISSUE ========================================== Our Summer issue of the Michigan Golfer is now online, our fifth issue in the new ISSUU format. The Michigan Golfer has been through a number of stages, print from 1983, online in 1996, television in 2001, a newsletter spin off in 2001 and now in ISSUU, a software that combined with the new iPad, allows for magazines to be downloaded and read at any time. Chris Lewis takes us on a visit to both Alma College and Aquinas College to learn about their collegiate teams. William and Brad Shelton, our father and son team of writers, team up to tell us about the new Pete Dye course at French Lick. Mike Duff, one of veteran writers, joined a media fam trip to explore the suddenly famous Forest Dunes course in Roscommon. Enjoy. Table of Contents Alma Scots - Chris Lewis Walter Hagen Returns to French Lick - Brad Shelton French Lick Defies Economic Downturn - William Shelton Forest Dunes - Mike Duff Acquinas Golf - Chris Lewis Past Issues 1996 - 2010 ============================================ MICHIGAN GOLFER TELEVISION UPCOMING SHOWS ============================================= Michigan Golfer Television Channel Michigan Golfer You Tube Channel (234 shows) PGA Championship, Sheboygan, WI Sweetgrass Golf Course, Harris, MI Skins Game at The Golf Club of Harbor Shores

============================= 2010 MICHIGAN GOLF CALENDAR ============================= August 7 Players Championship 3rd Major, Pilgrims Run Golf Club, Pierson, MI 8 Wendy's Golf Classic 9-15 U.S. Women's Amateur, Charlotte CC, North Carolina 12-15 PGA Championship, Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, WI 16-17 89th GAM Championship, Flint GC

19 17th Annual MGCOA Golf Outing And Supplier Field Day Bedford Valley Golf Course, Battle Creek 21 MIAGT at Calderone Golf Club, Calderone Golf Club, Jackson, MI Aug. 21-22 Treetops Resort hostsGolfweek's Junior Series Qualifier 23-25 Michigan PGA Championship, Eagle Eye GC 23-29 U.S. Amateur, Chambers Bay, University Place, Washington

September 3-6 Labor Day Madness at Marsh Ridge Resort, Gaylord, MI Registration: Videos of Past Tournaments

3-5 3rd Annual Patriot Golf Day Shootout, Treetops Resort, Gaylord, MI Registration: Videos of Past Tournaments

11 MIAGT at Coyote Preserve GC, Coyote Preserve Golf Club, Hartland, MI 13-16 Michigan PGA Match Play, Oakland University, Sharf 18 MIAGT Tour Championship, The Grande Golf Club, Jackson, MI 26-28 23rd Annual Pepsi Charity Invitational, Treetops Resort, Gaylord, MI Registration: Videos of Past Tournaments October 1-3 Ryder Cup, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales 2 Golf League Championship Tournament. Eagle Eye Golf Course, Bath or 9-10 Toughman Scramble, Treetops and Black Bear GC, Gaylord and Vanderbilt, MI November and December 30 - Dec 2 Michigan Golf Business Conference and Vendor Fair,Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids - MG -

Michigan Golf News, July 30, 2010  

Weekly newsletter about Michigan golf, golf courses, golfers, and golf tournaments.

Michigan Golf News, July 30, 2010  

Weekly newsletter about Michigan golf, golf courses, golfers, and golf tournaments.