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Janina Parrott Jacobs Chris Lewis Herschel Nathanial Bernice Phillips Dave Ruthenberg Scott Sullivan John Wukovits Photo/Video Mike Brown Kevin Frisch Tim Hygh Dave Richards Carter Sherline Joe Yunkman

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Top 10 Michigan Golf Stories of 2009 By Jack Berry

Whistling Straits, the Best There Ever Was By Art McCafferty

Top 10 Michigan Golf Instructors - Golf Digest Top 10 Shakers and Movers in Michigan Golf Top 10 Michigan Golfer Television Viewed Shows Top 10 Money Makers One Man’s Vision: the Making of the Bear By Doug Grove

Adrian Bulldogs By Chris Lewis

The Best Michigan Golf Courses - Golf Digest

Cover: Whistling Straits. Pete Dye usually has his dog accompany him on his course reviews. One one occasion, Dye’s dog chased one of the sheep into the water where the sheep drowned. The sheep are used to keep the rough down. Photo courtesy of Whistling Straits. •

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Top 10 Michigan Golf Stories of 2009 The 18th hole at the Tom Doak designed High Pointe Golf Course By Jack Berry

1. Tiger Woods still with GM

6. Scott Hebert #1 Pro

4. Economy? Flat is new Up

9. Forest Dunes gets national raves

2. Tiger wins third Buick Open. 7. MSU Women’s Team 8. Nicklaus designed Harbor 3. It’s the last Buick Open. Shores 5. Sold! 5 courses change hands

10.Tom Doak works far and wide

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n the blitz of All Tiger Woods All the Time on the internet, television, radio, tabloids, magazines and daily newspapers, my assignment of picking Michigan’s Top Ten golf stories of 2009 somewhat ironically was going to start with Tiger’s third victory in the Buick Open followed by the economy ending Buick’s star-filled run that began way back in 1958.

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Well, Tiger, the longtime face of Buick, still is with General Motors. Seems that Cadillac Escalade that knocked over a fire hydrant and tried to climb a tree by Tiger’s Isleworth home is registered to

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GM at a Saginaw address. And when Elin, his wife, drove to the hospital after her mother was admitted with stomach pains, she drove a Buick, according to the ever-present tabloids. Beyond that we’ll leave the details that sprung from the fire hydrant to the previously mentioned outlets. Back in mid-summer at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Tiger’s story was uplifting. After missing the 2008 Buick while recovering from knee surgery, Woods put together a great comeback season with seven victories including his third Buick Open by

three shots with a 20-under-par 268.

It was bittersweet, however, because everyone knew it was the last Buick. General Motors, in bankruptcy, was forced to drop the tournament that raised the bar for pro golf a half century ago. It led to purses not even dreamed of back then and led to major corporations latching onto tournaments and boosting purses into the millions. Fans at Warwick Hills constantly thanked Woods for coming, for giving them great golf. And then it was over, the tournament that start-

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ed with Billy Casper shading Arnold Palmer by one stroke. Over the years the tournament was won by 15 players who won major championships. It brought the best to Michigan.

But it’s gone now and consequently Michigan, which in this decade hosted the Ryder Cup, PGA Championship, PGA Tour Senior Players Championship, a Senior Players tournament in Grand Rapids and an LPGA tournament in Lansing, the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Public Links and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, goes into 2010 with the U.S. Junior Amateur at Egypt Valley as our lone national tournament.

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ourse operators throughout the state, public and private, cut budgets, reduced dining hours, cut staff and lamented about the weather which was cold in the spring, cool in June and July, wet in August and September and spectacular in October. George Zimmermann, the state’s No. 1 man for tourism, was born and grew up in Dallas 6

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Don’t despair though. The men’s Senior Open will be played at Indianwood in 2012. Obviously the economy is the major factor in the losses and last winter, at the West Michigan Golf Show in Grand Rapids (which was nicely jammed), an Indiana course owner, replying to the question of how he was doing, said “Flat is the new Up.” Even the New York Times used that line in a recent business section story.

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and said we sometimes don’t appreciate our summer weather as opposed to the very hot and humid south and southwest with temperatures in the 90s and over 100. Photo courtesy of Michigan State Univ.

One thing we do appreciate is what those Pure Michigan commercials, narrated by Michigander Tim Allen, did to show the country all the good things we have, inland seas, lakes, woods and great golf courses. A number of northern resorts said their business from out of state guests grew to 29% compared to 10% pre-Pure Michigan.

Michigan State’s women’s team finished the 2008-09 season with a 13th place tie in the NCAA

Because of the economy High Pointe, Tom Doak’s first course, closed as did Holland Country Club, Grand Island Golf Ranch and Macatawa Legends Golf Club in west Michigan and a number of courses changed hands including Garland where Ron Otto retired and new owners from Indiana/Illinois have taken over; King’s Challenge, the Arnold Palmer-Ed Seay design on the Leelanau Peninsula was purchased by the Homestead Resort which long wanted an 18 hole course; and the Polo Fields in Ann Arbor took over formerly private Washtenaw Country Club.

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On the competitive front, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa pro Scott Hebert had another championship summer winning his fourth straight Michigan PGA Championship and leading fellow club pros to victory in the Ryder Cup-style PGA Cup Championship in Scotland against Great Britain & Ireland.

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yan Brehm of Mt. Pleasant, just a year out of Michigan State and playing minitours, blew away the Michigan Open field by eight strokes at Orchard Lake CC; veteran Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood won the Michigan Amateur and Brendan Gielow of

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Jack Berry introduces the Buick Open team as they receive the Matthews Lifetime Achievement Award at the MGCOA Annual Business Conference. Muskegon, a Wake Forest student, helped the United States to victory over GB&I in the Walker Cup at Merion GC. Tom Gillis of Lake Orion finished fifth on the Nationwide Tour money list to earn a PGA Tour card for 2010 and Brian Stuard of Jackson birdied the last two holes in the Tour Qualifying School to join Gillis on the big circuit. Michigan State’s women’s team finished the 2008-09 season with a 13th place tie in the NCAA, its second best showing in that event and in the fall half of the 2009-10 season the Spartan women were 10

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ranked fifth in the country by Golf World and Golf Week and Coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll was named Mid-Season Coach of the Year by Golf World.

While few new courses have opened in this economy, 500 acre Harbor Shores development on Lake Michigan, just 90 miles from Chicago, opened 10 holes of its Jack Nicklaus-designed course and the Tom Weiskopf-designed Forest Dunes at Roscommon was voted No. 1 Public Course in a Golf Digest Reader Survey.

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picked the 50 greatest courses in the world built in the last 50 years and Tom Doak designs captured three of the top five places, Pacific Dunes in Oregon, Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand and Barnbougle Dunes in Australia. Now the Traverse City-based minimalist is working on a project in China for the owner of the Chinese Golf Channel. The 45-year-old's work, performed on a world-wide scale, has put him in the handful of the most sought-after designers in the business. See, the year wasn't all gloomy. - MG -

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Whistling Straits: The By Art McCafferty

This summer, Whistling Straits will host its second PGA Championship in addition to hosting the U.S. Senior Open and the Palmer Cup. Photo courtesy of Whistling Straits.


Best There Ever Was


My son is a Hollywood guy, having appeared in movies, a tv series, a plethora of commercials as an actor and now as a writer is currently hawking a script to any director, star or producer he can find.

I suspect that if he researched his father’s life in golf a little more closely, his screen depiction of my final days would parallel that of another publisher, William Randolph Hearst, as portrayed in Citizen Kane. As the life lights slowly flickered out in my bogey scarred body, the camera would be tight on my grizzled face and then slowly pull away as I whispered the word “Kohler”. The camera would then pan down to my hand as it slowly opened to loose a golf ball that hits the floor, rolls a bit and then stops to reveal the distinctive Whistling Straits’ logo. Cut and Print! It has been hard, being one of the biggest cheerleaders of Michigan’s golf courses, while secretly being in love with another ( insert Tiger Woods remark here). This sordid love affair started many years ago, when “The Gang That Couldn’t Drive Straight’ first visited Black 14

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Wolf Run. At the time, Black Wolf Run consisted of The Meadows and River courses and a Five Star Hotel. Black Wolf Run was gaining fame on its own as Kohler made sure that golf writers were well taken care of. I became BFF with “The Gang” during our first visit when we were each given our own room for two nights and unlimited golf. We were in golf high cotton, no question about it. However, Black Wolf Run was just the start of the Kohler/Dye collaboration as Whistling Straits and The Irish Course were then in the planning.

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n 1998, Pete Dye and Hebert Kohler invited members of the media to the grand opening of Whistling Straits. Because of a time zone mistake, I had arrived on property an hour and a half before the press conference was supposed to begin. Shortly after, Pete

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Dye walked in the door and we had about 20 minutes all by ourselves to discuss some of his golf courses, at first those in Michigan and then Whistling Straits. The conversation with Dye, helped set the table for an extraordinary day of golf. The course, created from an airfield called Camp Heaven, was the recipient of 800,000 cubic yards that were sculpted into magnificent bunkers, fairways and greens along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. The Kohler spokesperson said that Pete Dye was given an unlimited budget for the course and he exceeded it. I remembered how thrilled I was when the course was revealed to golfers during the telecast of the 86th PGA Championship. Finally, the golf world would have the opportunity to see this wonderful creation.

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This is but one of the 18 spectacular holes at Whistling Straits awaiting the world’s greatest golfers.

This summer, the course will host a second PGA Championship to add to its hosting of a U.S. Senior Open and the Palmer Cup. “ “The

Gang That Couldn’t Drive Straight’ will also be on hand as media and fans of the course. If you have never seen the grandeur of the

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Top 10 Lists for 2009

Top 10 Michigan Golf Instructors - Golf Digest 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Rick Smith Golf Academy at Treetops Resort, Gaylord Adam Schriber; Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville Brad Dean; Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville

Dave Kendall; Kendall Academy of Golf, Ypsilanti Scott Wilson; Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville

Paul Haase; Kendall Academy of Golf, Ypsilanti Jason Guss; Rick Smith Golf Academy at Treetops Resort, Gaylord Henry Young; Rick Smith Golf Academy at Treetops Resort, Gaylord Charles Vandenburg; Thousand Oaks G.C., Grand Rapids Ed Laprade; Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville

http://www.golfdigest.com/ rankings/teachers/ topteachers2009_statebystate

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Rick Smith with Phil Michelson.

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Top 10 Shakers and Movers in Michigan Golf Rick Smith

Steve Kircher

George Zimmerman Stan Aldridge Kevin Helm

David Graham Kate Moore

John Dodge Mike Biber

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Dave Richards

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Top 10 Michigan Golfer Television Viewed Shows

John Daly Grip it and Rip it 22,147

Danny Lee Wins the Western Amateur 13,466 Michaywe Pines With Don Childs 4,329

Walter Hagen Returns to Traverse City CC 2,836 The Western Amateur 2,435 2009 Buick Open 2,434

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Greatest Game Every Played 2,050

Jeff Daniels Comedy Golf Jam 1,922

Jamie Lovemark wins the Western Amateur

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Walter Hagen Returns to Cadillac 1,888

The Concession with Tony Jacklin 1,704

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Top 10 Money Makers Tom Gillis

Allison Fouch Scott Hebert

Korey Mahoney Jeff Roth

Matt Harmon Meg Mallon

Ryan Brehm

Andy Ruthkowski

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One Man’s Vision: The Making of the Bear

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By Doug Grove

aul Nine’s goal was to create one of the best resorts in the Midwest – He succeeded. Most important to the success of the resort was not just the amenities but also the service minded staff and their attention to the details of their guests. It’s great to see the current owners believe in this same attitude of service – it works!

complex and the 13 tee complex, when Nicklaus stated he was going to give Paul a great resort course. Paul stopped in his tracks and said “I don’t think you understand the

After years of construction and the earlier 80’s down turn in the economy ended, the course completion date finally arrived. Nicklaus invited me to joined him in the first round during the Grand Opening Event. WOW – Now that’s pressure for someone who’s just a club pro. I told my wife Judy when we play I’m not going to look at him, his eyes are too intimidating

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One day Paul Nine came into my office and said there was someone in the golf shop who wants to meet you. I walk out to the shop and there stood Jack Nicklaus. I’ll never forget his eyes; they were intense. I felt I had his full attention and his eyes were scary!

Throughout the next few years Nicklaus made many visits to the resort during constuction of The Bear. During my twenty-five year golf experience and eight course openings I continue to reflect on how attentive Jack was to each detail of design and constuction. He stood on each green complex before seeding and demanded perfection, very impressive considering his busy schedule.

stated I don’t think that’s what you want. Now the two were face two face and Nine said, Jack I know what I want and what I’m willing to pay for. From that moment the project started to take on its true design style - a real bear!

Jack Nicklaus brought his designer A game and team to the Grand Traverse Resort. goal, we have a resort course, we want a demanding championship track”. Nicklaus looked at him with those steely blue eyes and

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The day arrived and all the planning was compete, I headed up to meet Jack and warm up for the round of my life. I greeted Jack on the range and he stated he needed a glove (I THOUGHT –WHAT ?) So I asked him his size – he said small cadet – I thought he was kidding, how could the bear have that small of PAW so I said - Ya Right! He stated again, I’m a small cadet and not in a good tone. So off to the golf shop I went (as fast as the cart would go). When I gave him the gloves, he stated he doesn’t hit regular range balls only warms up with the kind of balls he plays with (I THOUGHT TO MYSELF) why was that not on

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your seven page check list – Back to the SandTrap to get the balls.

on a two dollar nassau. Jack went first and smother hooked it into the fairway bunker, I thought to myself, Now, when we are on the range I can do better than that, just don’t warming up and I realized I’m on hit anyone! the wrong side of Jack – I’m in the way of the cameras, another bad I played the first three holes one move. I picked up my stuff and under and was hitting each shot 2 to moved behind him. What a start to 3 clubs longer. Standing on the this great day !! back tee of number 4, I pulled out a five or six iron (because I was so We’re on the first tee and the pumped up). Jack saw what I was hole is lined with people all the way hitting and said “the hole is a 196 around, never saw anything like it. I yards”. I didn’t know what to say asked Jack what he wanted to play so I said, “I know”. He sure looked for, he said you want to bet. I used at me funny! I cut the shot into the old Walter Hagen line “playing about nine feet, Jack pulled the golf without a bet is like going to a same club and knock three balls in dance with out music” we settled the water before he asked me what

kind of ball I was playing. I said a DT and he said you didn’t tell me that and I said well you didn’t ask! I was playing a hard cover ball because I cut my finger off (they put it back on) in a snow blower accident the past winter. I was hitting the ball clean because it hurt my finger when I hit the ground. When we got around to the 10th tee Jack walk up to me and said he was going to put it to me this side, I thought he was just having fun so I teased him back, his eyes turned cold and the war was on!

Coming down the 18th fairway, I’m four shots ahead of Nicklaus. My 80-year old dad walks up to Jack and says – “Do me a favor today Jack and take it easy on my boy.” Nicklaus said, “Isaac I think it’s a little late for that.” That was my dad’s way of putting it to him! That entire round proved Jack Nicklaus has a great deal of class forever giving my family a great day of memories!

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Jack told his staff on the flight home that day, that he made the course a couple of shots too hard – not for Paul Nine.

By the time I retired from golf I played five exhibitions with Jack and worked 2 1/2 years for Jack Nicklaus Development. I never did get my six-dollar winnings – but I got to hang out with the best in the business! Doug Grove (r.) Head Professional Golfer at Grand Traverse Village Golf Club with Larry Simmons (l.) of Simmons Airlines, Michigan Open Sponsor, and Doug Findlay (center), Michigan Section PGA Executive Director, at the 1982 Michigan Open. Grove worked for 2 1/2 years with Jack Nicklaus Development. 22

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Adrian Bulldogs

Continuous Improvements for a Promising Future

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During the last two seasons, the team has steadily improved. Prior to Coach Martin’s first season with Adrian, the team’s stroke average per event was 323; this past year, the team averaged 308 strokes per event, a vast improvement in such a short amount of time. With a fifth place finish in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) in 2009, the team’s best finish in the MIAA since 1996, the future of Adrian men’s golf appears to be brighter than ever.

2009 Squad Makes History

Prior to 2009, no golfing squad in Adrian College history had ever broken 300 during a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association jamboree event. However, this past September, the Bulldogs shot 299 at the MIAA’s first jamboree of the 2009 season, held at Bedford

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hroughout the last decade, Adrian College’s men’s golf program has struggled to obtain season-long consistency. In order to help the squad begin to improve for a successful future, Troy Martin, a former assistant golf coach for the University of Findlay, was hired as the team’s head coach in 2008.

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Adrian College’s Men’s Golf Team, 2009

Valley Golf Course (Battle Creek, Michigan), in order to defeat Olivet College by one stroke. The team then continued its successful run with a second-place finish at the MIAA’s second jamboree event the following week, as well as two consecutive fourth-place finishes in the third and fourth MIAA jamborees of the season. Coach Martin believes his team’s recent successes will lead to further strong performances in future MIAA jamborees. “The 2009 squad obtained two rather important records. Not only did the team break 300 in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association jamboree event for the first time in the school’s history, it also obtained a new scoring record – a 308 seasonal scoring average,” said Martin. “Next year’s squad will

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be focused on breaking its own records in order to further set the bar for future Adrian golf teams.” Without a doubt, the Bulldogs’ victory at Bedford Valley Golf Course was definitely a turning point not only for the team’s 2009 season, but for the future of the squad as well.

“As I reflect on the past season, the team’s performance at Bedford Valley certainly stands out. By breaking 300 and winning the first MIAA jamboree event of the season, the squad showed their fellow competitors that they certainly have the ability to consistently compete week in and week out,” said Martin. “By playing consistently well throughout the season, the Bulldogs obtained a level of confidence which is needed for success at the collegiate level.”

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the 2010 squad will not only match the success of this past season’s team, but surpass it, in order to continue to break records and win tournaments. “Even though there is no doubt that this past year’s team was one of the best in Adrian’s history, I believe there is certainly room for improvement. Our team has already begun to prepare for an even more successful 2010 season,” said Sreiberg. “Our squad can break 300 again. It can also win more jamborees. Each individual on the team must believe in themselves and work together as a team unit in order to further accomplish our goals in 2010.”

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Finally, Sreiberg believes the team owes its recent success to the addition of Coach Martin in 2008.

David Sreiberg

Resetting Records, Striving Toward the Future

Meanwhile, David Sreiberg (’11), a two-time All-MIAA member from Newmarket, Ontario, has positively influenced the recent turnaround of the Bulldogs. With a scoring average of 75 during his first two seasons with the Bulldogs, Sreiberg is currently ranked 92nd in the nation (Division III golf). Yet, personal achievements do not motivate 24

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Sreiberg; he is only focused on the future successes of the squad.

“Through the team’s win at Bedford Valley and its continuously consistent play, I believe the squad will be well-prepared for a successful 2010 season,” said Sreiberg. “I truly think the best has yet to come.”

While reflecting on the past season, Sreiberg understands the 2009 squad will stand out among all other Adrian golf teams well into the future. Yet, Sreiberg is hoping

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“During the last two years, Coach Martin has simply transformed Adrian’s golf program,” said Sreiberg. “By recruiting a lot of new faces to the program, Coach Martin has developed a talented, yet young squad that will be well-prepared for years of future golfing success.”

The Future of Adrian Golf Appears to be Bright

As Coach Martin prepares for the 2010 season, he certainly has various reasons to be optimistic. Not only will older golfers, such as Sreiberg and Jordan Kelly (’11), help lead the squad, but promising younger golfers, like All-MIAA First Team member Jordan Barber (’13), will ensure a promising future during the coming years.

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With a record-breaking performance at Bedford Valley in September, as well as a seasonal record scoring average of 308, the Adrian Bulldogs are well-prepared for a successful 2010 season.

“During the next year, I believe Adrian can jump up the MIAA standings, possibly into second place. Recruiting has gone very well lately, as the 2009 team obtained highly-talented individuals, while the 2010 team will likely have young, talented individuals who will adequately lead the team after 2010,” said Martin. “The future of Adrian Golf is definitely bright.” Recently, Adrian College, a private, liberal arts institution related to The United Methodist Church, celebrated its 150th anniversary of educational excellence. Well-known for

its social activism, Adrian College truly challenges its students to contribute to a more socially just society, while also attaining success in their academic, working, and personal lives. Not only does Adrian provide highly-respected core curriculums to students, but it also has a welcoming atmosphere that promotes student learning within the academic setting, as well as “real world” situations. Adrian also provides opportunities for athletes to compete in a variety of sports, ranging from softball and hockey to volleyball and soccer. As a member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and the NCAA Division III, Adrian College strives to offer athletic programs which help students develop effective team-building and networking skills that are nec-

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essary though all stages of life.

For more information about Adrian College, as well as its wide selection of athletic programs, please visit http://www.adrian.edu/. During the coming months, “Collegiate Spotlights: Michigan Golf Programs Provide Vast Opportunities for Students” will profile each one of Michigan’s four-year colleges or universities that provide golf programs to male students. In the next issues of Michigan Golfer, you will learn about the histories and exciting futures of Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, and University of Detroit Mercy men’s golf programs.

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Robert Trent Jones’ Masterpiece Hole No. 1, Treetops - Best New Resort Courses, 1987

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Best New Resort Courses 3. Shanty Creek G.C. The Legend Course , Bellaire, Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay

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Best New Resort Courses 2. Robert Trent Jones Masterpiece Course. at Treetops, Gaylord, Robert Trent Jones & Roger Rulewich.

The New Course, Lake Orion, Bob Cupp & Jerry Pate.

3. Boyne Mountain G.C. ,Monument Course, Boyne Falls, William Newcomb.

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3. Michaywe Hills G.C. The Lake Course, Gaylord, Jerry Matthews

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Best New Public Courses 4. Timber Ridge G.C., East Lansing, Jerry Matthews.

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Elk Ridge GC, by Jerry Matthews, Best New Public Course, 1991

Best New Resort Courses 8. The Orchards G.C., Washington, Mich., Robert 3. Dunmaglas G. Cse., Charlevoix, Larry Mancour & Trent Jones Jr. Dean Refram. Best New Resort Courses 1993 3. The Thoroughbred G.C., 1991 Best New Resort Courses Rothbury, Arthur Hills. 6. Treetops North, Rick Best New Public Courses 1. Lakewood Shores G. & 2. Elk Ridge G.C, Atlanta, C.C. , Gailes Course., Oscoda, Smith Signature Course., Rick Smith. Jerry Matthews. Kevin Aldridge . 1997 1992 3. Treetops North Tom Best New Public Courses Fazio Premier Gaylord, Tom Best New Affordable Public Courses 4. Wilderness Valley G.C., Fazio Black Forest Course. Gaylord, 5. St. Ives G.C., Stanwood., 1994 Jerry Matthews. Tom Doak. Best New Public Courses Course., Harbor Springs, William Newcomb, Everett Kircher, Stephen Kircher, Jim Flick & the spirit of Donald Ross.

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Timberstone Golf Course, by Jerry Matthews, Best New Upscale Public Course, 1998

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Best New Private Courses Public Courses 2. Wuskowhan Players C., 4. Pilgrim’s Run G.C., West Olive, Rick Smith. Pierson, Kris Shumaker & Mike DeVries.

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Best New Upscale Public Courses

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Best New Upscale Courses 3. Bay Harbor G.C., Links & Quarry 9s, Bay Harbor, Arthur Hills.

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Best New Affordable Public Courses 4. Thousand Oaks G.C., Grand Rapids, Rees Jones.

Best New Upscale Public Courses 2. Black Lake G.C., Best New Private Courses Onaway, Rees Jones. 3. Lost Dunes G.C.,

St. Ives G.C., Stanwood, by Jerry Matthews, Best New Affordable Public Courses, 1997

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Best New Upscale Public Courses 2. Arcadia Bluffs G.C., Arcadia, Rick Smith and Warren Henderson. 6. Shepherd’s Hollow G.C., Clarkston, Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest.

2002

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Best New Affordable

Public Courses 6. Grande G.C., Jackson, Ray Hearn Best New Upscale Public Courses 1. Tullymore G.C., Stanwood, Jim Engh

2003

Best New Affordable Public Courses. 6. Hemlock G.C.,

Ludington, Raymond Hearn. Best New Upscale Public Courses 1. Forest Dunes G.C., Roscommon, Tom Weiskopf.

2004

Best New Upscale Public 5. Eagle Eye G.C., East Lansing, Chris Lutzke.

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Sundance at A-Ga-Ming Resort, Kewadin, by Jerry Matthews, Best New Public Course Under $75, 2006

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Courses 3. Marquette G.C.,Greywalls Course, Marquette, Mike DeVries.

2006

Best New Public Course Under $75 of 2006

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3. Sundance at A-Ga-Ming Resort, Kewadin, Jerry Matthews 10. Mines G. Cse., Grand Rapids, Mike DeVries. - MG -

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Michigan Golfer, Winter 2009-2010  

Quarterly online magazine about golf, golfers, golf courses and golf tournaments in Michigan

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