From the press release:
Shoutout not Shootout as Michigan Golf Hall of Fame
Welcomes Four Players and Honors MSU Green Thumbs
(Dexter, MI) Tickets still are available for the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and golf at Michigan State’s Forest Akers West Golf Course on Sunday, May 20.
Rick Smith, who helped put Treetops Resort on the national map, will join top Michigan club professionals Larry Mancour and Jack Seltzer and 84-year-old amateur Jack Van Ess who never played on a Sunday but was a terror the other six days.
MSU’s Turf Team of specialists in all aspects of agronomy, basically growing and keeping grass healthy and solving the problems that affect not only the courses golf is played on but all recreational fields, will be honored with a Special Award.
Smith, one of golf’s top teachers and talented course designer as well, came up with ideas for the Par 3 Shootout that drew the game’s superstars to Gaylord for a two day event televised by ESPN on the unique Threetops course he designed. Smith also came up with the Big Break for Golf Channel and Treetops hosted the first two years of it.
Mancour and Seltzer are products of Flint’s highly-regarded junior golf program, dominating locally and keeping on right to the top ranks of the game. Both have collected trophies from the state’s major championships, competed nationally and internationally and now are passing on their knowledge to youngsters.
Grand Rapids native Van Ess has honored his father’s request that he not play on Sundays because of religious reasons. But most of the top amateur tournaments end on Saturdays and Van Ess did very well not only in Michigan but on the national scene.
The Hall of Fame induction will follow golf on the Forest Akers West Course which, fittingly, was designed by MSU alumnus and Hall of Fame member Arthur Hills. Golf will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a dinner and induction ceremony. Tickets may be purchased for both or separately. More information on the golf outing and induction ceremony may be found online at http://michigan-golf-foundation.com or by contacting Loretta Larkin at (248) 719-0650.