Michigan: More than Great Lakes

By Lauren ThompsonSeptember 9, 2010, 8:58 pm

I had never been to Michigan before, and when it comes to mind, I general think snow, and a lot of it! But, head to Michigan in the summer, and trust me, you'll be wearing flip flops and shorts throughout your trip! This 'Great Lakes State' was absolutely beautiful! As far as Michigan being on our list for GolfNow? You're in for a treat! Celebs, food, adventure and golf galore (what more could you ask for, right?)!

We visited the Motor City, and I'm so glad we did. To take a trip to this diverse state and skip Detroit is a cardinal sin in my book. To show me around the area, I was super lucky to have Duke Fakir (that's right: from the Four Tops!) as my guide. He is an older gentleman now, but to hear about Detroit and the way it was when he was a little boy was nothing short of magical. From Duke's perspective, no other city could have provided him with the musical motivation that this city did. Who knows? If he was from any other town, we may have never been blessed with classics like 'I Can't Help Myself' (a.k.a. 'Sugar Pie, Honey Bun'), Baby I Need your Lovin,'' 'Same Old Song,' 'Reach Out' and many, many more.

Now, speaking of the music, Duke also gave me a first-class tour of the Motown Museum. You can not go to Detroit without making a stop here! You'll see everything from backstage and behind-the-scenes pictures on the walls, original Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson stage costumes and gear, and of course, Studio A which is still the same as it was then! This is where virtually all of the Motown hits that we know and love were created. Pretty much the Holy Grail for Motown Music! Duke and I wrapped up our day at Slows BBQ in Detroit. You know how I love my BBQ. And trust me, this place will satisfy. :)

Another celebrity that we met up with for some golf also showed us a little treasure of his own in Chelsea, MI. Jeff Daniels (from State of Play, Dumb and Dumber, Something Wild, etc.) brought us to the Purple Rose Theatre, which he started back in 1991 as a creative home for theatre artists. This is a place for emerging talent and seasoned professionals to learn more about and to practice their craft. As a seasoned veteran of acting himself, this was Jeff's way of giving back and creating an outlet for new actors. Check out www.PurpleRoseTheatre.org for a list of current shows and times.

As you can already see, Michigan has so much for you to do! Here are some recommendations for your trip to the Great Lakes State!

Favorite Golf Course: Arcadia Bluffs was just breathtaking. It is a world-class, daily fee, links-style course and is open to the public 7 days a week—even for guests of all golfing abilities!

The Must-do Activity: I loved the dune buggy ride along Lake Michigan. Trust me, you have to do this! You can't beat the view, and this fast-paced, family fun activity isn't something you can do just anywhere, so take advantage (just don't be afraid to get a 'little' sandy. Oh, and keep your mouth closed while along for the ride!)!

Best Time To Go: Spring and Summertime are perfect. This is Michigan after all, so it would make for a tough golf trip in the snow.

The Guest List: All of your thrill-seeking, road trip buddies. You'll want to cover many parts of the state, so bring some people who are all about multiple activities: Golf, fishing, dune-buggy riding and more!

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Garcia (73), Fleetwood (74) off to slow starts at BMW

By Associated PressJune 21, 2018, 8:30 pm

PULHEIM, Germany – Sebastien Gros carded a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to lead by one shot after the opening round of the BMW International Open on Thursday.

The Frenchman had four birdies to take the lead before the turn, and a six-footer on the 15th hole moved him two ahead. But a bogey on the next hole left the 28-year-old Gros just one ahead of Jorge Campillo, Scott Jamieson, Aaron Rai and Henric Sturehed.

Sturehed eagled the par-5 No. 13 to take the lead in the morning at the Gut Laerchenhof club.

Christofer Blomstrand, Nico Geyger, Mark Tullo, Victor Perez, David Howell and Nicolai von Dellingshausen are a further stroke back on 2-under 70.

Defending champion Andres Romero was among a large group at 1 under, including 2013 winner Ernie Els and three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.

Local favorite and 2008 champion Martin Kaymer shot 72, ahead of Sergio Garcia (73) and Tommy Fleetwood (74).

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Ryu thriving again after simple advice from Inbee Park

By Randall MellJune 21, 2018, 7:07 pm

So Yeon Ryu shared Rolex Player of the Year honors last year.

She reigned as world No. 1 for almost five months.

So when she couldn’t keep her momentum going at year’s start, she got frustrated. She wasn’t happy with two top 10s in her first 11 starts.

“I lost a lot of confidence at the beginning of the year,” Ryu said Thursday as she prepared to lead a strong field as the defending champion in Friday’s start of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. “My expectation level was way too high.”

So she sought the counsel of her pal, world No. 1 Inbee Park, who gave her some plain-spoken advice.


Full-field scores from the Walmart Arkansas Championship


“Get over it,” Park told her. “You know what to do. You’ve done it, so it’s not really a big deal. Don’t worry about it. You were No. 1. You’ve achieved a lot of things as a professional golfer. Just don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Ryu got over it winning the Meijer LPGA Classic last week, the sixth LPGA title of her career, her third in 15 months. She’s feeling good again leading a stellar field this week at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., a strong tune up before next week’s KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the year’s third major championship.

World No. 1 Park, No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn and No. 3 Lexi Thompson are among the top nine players in the world scheduled to compete this week. Twenty-four of the top 30 are in the field.

“When you come to defend your title, you obviously have a lot of pressure, but after I won last week, now I sort of think, maybe I have a chance to defend my title,” Ryu said. “So I've got total confidence, by last week.”

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Watch: Spieth, JT hole bunker shots in back-to-back groups

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 21, 2018, 6:57 pm

Jordan Spieth has a thing for holing bunker shots at the Travelers Championship, where he made one in a playoff to win last year.

He did it again in Round 1 at TPC River Highlands, knocking in this shot for eagle at the par-5 sixth to reach 4 under par for the tournament



In the next group, Justin Thomas did the same thing to reach 1 under. Keep an eye out for the best part of this highlight, when Thomas' caddie Jimmy Johnson tries to hand him his putter.

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River Highlands a 'breather' for Zach Johnson (63)

By Will GrayJune 21, 2018, 6:43 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – After enduring the pressure-cooker of the U.S. Open, Zach Johnson was more than happy to drift north to the friendly confines of TPC River Highlands.

Birdies were rare last week at Shinnecock Hills, but they’ll be plentiful all week long at the Travelers Championship. Browned-out and crispy conditions transitioned to lush and verdant, and players can attack flags without fear of turning a possible par into a struggle to avoid triple.

Johnson did just that in the opening round, carding eight birdies against a single bogey to take the early lead with a 7-under 63.

“It’s a different kind of breathing. It’s a different kind of exhaling, if you will, but they’re both good,” Johnson said. “You can put some red on the board here. We know that. We’ve seen it. You can go the other way in a hurry if you press it; it can keep going in the other way. So you kind of have to let it happen. This is one of those courses where you have to let it happen.”


Full-field scores from the Travelers Championship

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Like many in this week’s field, Johnson took it easy after a grueling major championship, staying away from the course Monday and easing into his prep over the next two days. Those decisions paid off quickly as he rattled off six straight birdies on Nos. 11-16 to take sole possession of the lead.

While Johnson tied for 12th last week at Shinnecock Hills, that was just his second top-15 finish since the Sony Open in January. But the veteran is no stranger to fast starts at TPC River Highlands, having now opened with 65 or better four times in his last eight appearances dating back to 2011.

It’s a course where he continues to have success, even if his past consistency hasn’t lived up to expectations.

“I feel like every time I get here it feels like I should shoot nothing, and it bites me,” Johnson said. “The last couple years I’m like, ‘All right, you can’t have any expectations in that regard. You’ve just got to go out and execute, you know, put the ball in the fairway and you will have opportunities.’”