Top Gun Caddies descended upon the green green grass of Blythfield Country Club setting the stage for World class golf as they scoped out the terrain prior to their personal LPGA player’s arrival. Sunshine haloed over every day of play and practice while the Caddies ran hither and yon to answer the call before the phones rang. Chris Schwertz was scoping out possible pitfalls, hoofing it in the early dawn near his favorite shoe manufacturer: Merrill. Mindy Kim was a new client for him, in between Zach Byrd and a host of others who rightfully place him at the top. Theresa Durand was having good natured phone fun connecting with her player from England, Felicity Johnson. Jimmy Jones had Jenny Suh in great hands and always at the ready with a laugh . . . Included at no charge. Fans were teeming on the fringes of the course. One die-hard guy waited and waited, hoping to spy a glimpse of Sandra Gal. She was very sweet when I told her so. I then championed her heritage by mentioning that my Dressage saddle and Automobiles are from her neck of the forest. Rebecca Lee Bentham was good naturedly comparing notes of our “matching” Antiqua outfits…if you are colorblind. Lydia Ko and her Mother, Tina, were inseparable on the green making the Mother-Daughter of the year award and wonderful memories of the same with mine.
Louise Friberg birdied two holes in tandem after dining on her first Birdie Bar. Katy Harris took note and asked me for a good luck charm of her own. Upon my return home I was quick to dole the details of the wonders of the LPGA. Unfortunately no one was home except my Blue Chow Chow Puppy whom I named “Bobby Jones.” His take was something like. . . ” Those Chicks are BAD . . . In a good way.
The inaugural Golf-Rider Challenge went off without a hitch. Enthusiastic players arrived at The Wolverine, ( a fine and friendly course at The Grand Traverse Resort Village in Acme Michigan), from: New York, Ludington, Grand Rapids, and Ionia to set sail this maiden voyage of a collection of amateur golfers , some of whom have/had professional careers in other sports such as the: NFL, NHL, and Skiing. The prizes were lofty as well: Hole-In-One sponsor: Cherry Capitol Cadillac, BlackStarFarms the winning 500$ getaway weekend, Boones Prime Time Pub kicked in $200 for the longest drive, handily captured by T.J. Mathew.
Golden’s Shoes threw in a fab piece of luggage for closest to the pin awarded to Jon Dayton. Front street shops had a big showing including The Sunglass Shoppe with his & hers Maui Jims Sunglasses. James C. Smith Jewelers proved their cool with GolfStarRx necklaces for the Silent Auction to benefit rescue animals at AC Paws and Peace Ranch.
Greetings from the Cherry Capitol of the world: www.horseshowsbythebay.com. During a wine and cheese soirée showcasing Jumping, Equestrian Champion, Caroline Donnally, and I bonded over our love of horses, and our quest for human health.
She tried the Protandim and was immediately smitten: ”it provides great energy and focus!”
My motto when meeting new people is to find something in common quickly and build from there. Maybe that’s the swift thinking the starter supplied when two couples, decades apart in age and several states apart in location, were paired.
These couples had a major thing in common, both were celebrating wedding anniversaries. The Mathews, T. J. and Julie were on their maiden anniversary round, while the Demicks, Larry and Debi …..counted an even thirty on their score card. Continue reading
Debby Buck-DeJonge said she “took a mulligan” on her first shot at starting a business in the health food industry. That was a few years ago. This time, it looks like it may be a straight, high drive down the fairway.
“Medinah gave me the nod,” the Ada resident said happily in early December. That means her Birdie Bar Golf Energy Fuel snack bar will be sold at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill., which was the venue of the 2012 Ryder Cup match in September. She’s actually received commitments from a number of clubs and resorts.
DeJonge describes herself as the founder, owner, chief bottle washer, staff and “Jill of All Trades” at GolfStarRx.com, which she launched to market her Birdie Bar. Continue reading
Country Club Concierge
Once a Concierge, always a Concierge, and when a fellow golf enthusiast queried about golf in Northern Michigan, I just couldn’t help myself…I launched into full throttle Head Concierge mode as the sudden self -appointed Ambassador of Northen Michigan. Little did this Lawyer from The Longhorn State know that his coffee clutch query at The Palmer House, would entail a hand drawn map, using both my left “mitt” carefully tracing my favorite points with my right, not to be outdone with the pen and paper, points of interest tour, and a follow up email with links to the Links.
This Texan was toying with a guys golf trip to escape the summer heat in favor of a relaxing retreat. He asked. I delivered. And here is the itinerary that was warmly served….grab your calendar and secure flights to Cherry Capitol Airport, ( Traverse City Michigan). Aim for the first week of August and land softly at The Grand Traverse Resort Village ; where you can stay and play, and play and play.
Then, head across the street to LochenHeath to take another deserved deep breath as the view is literally breathtaking. You will find yourself immersed in championship golf which has some foreboding lesson teaching holes and may want to set up permanent camp. Before this fever takes full hold, mosey up to Garland, nestled further in the woods, in the Elk Capitol of the country dotted with Posh log cabins providing an up close gander of the flora and fauna where the deer and antelope play. I have taken staunch non- golfers, as recent as election year and showed them the way.
Who could resist the calling of Northern Michigan? Unless, you want an Island feel, to that end, I suggested The Jewel on Mackinaw Island located at the Grand Hotel, and then, the grand finale, the oldest Club in Michigan, boasting a Scottish feel. Your clubs will be transported by horse and buggy as the island is free of motorized vehicles. Wawaskamo has a hole with a circus ring surrounding the green.
This raised heather enhanced green is a testament to your chipping. After you do all of the above. . .be sure to snag some Murdicks Fudge as a testament to your now being a card carrying member of the “Fudgie Club.”
Did I hear my ears right? Did the team captain of the USA actually instruct the gallery to be rowdy? I had to rethink everything I knew about attending the ” Superbowl ” of golf event as I had the privilege of meeting with the buyers at the Medinah Country Club earlier in the season, and “rowdy” was the antithesis of the energy being emanated from that property.
Golf enthusiasts from around the globe were eager to oblige …The Ryder Cup Rowdies were in full swing upon my arrival on Saturday. The Euro version of The Blue Man group were “a friendly lot,” donning full body royal blue Lycra, and cork screw wigs, ( rather than the shaved look we are used to seeing),The US was a sea of red, white and blue all cheering their lungs out imprinting a palpable feeling of pride I will not soon forget. Continue reading