Countdown is on for Par-3 national team tourney

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

GAYLORD, MI. – The northern Michigan community of Gaylord has 17 golf courses, all of them quite good. It’s one of the best places you can go if you’re looking for a golf-getaway destination. I should know. I’ve probably visited the area 10 times over the last two decades.

This year, though, there’s something new going on. In mid-July the Treetops Resort introduced the National Par-3 Team Championship.

This spot on Threetops’ No. 7 tee was where Lee Trevino hit the most lucrative shot in golf in 2001 — a hole-in-one at the green far below.

This spot on Threetops’ No. 7 tee was where Lee Trevino hit the most lucrative shot in golf in 2001 — a hole-in-one at the green far below.

It’ll run through Sept. 27, but you can expect to hear more about it because this first version has been deemed a success and it’s not even over yet.

Jim McGuigan, head golf professional at Treetops North Resort, reported that 81 two-man teams had entered in the first six weeks of the event. Most were all male, but there are no restrictions. Continue reading

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Second International Crown, at Rich Harvest, should be bigger than the first

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

The LPGA’s first International Crown competition ended less than a week ago and already preparations are well underway for the second staging, in July of 2016 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.

Mr. Rich, Anna Nordquist, and Mike Whan Continue reading