New home for venerable institution
BIG RAPIDS — Ferris Sate University, the first school to offer a Professional Golf Mangement Program, will become the home for the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. The decision was made after a search of more than a year and was done in association with a nonprofit corporation called the Michigan Golf Foundation.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for both organizations,” said MGF president and chair Fritz Balmer. “What better place to exhibit the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame portraits, plaques and memorabilia, in an interactive manner, than at Ferris State University, the birthplace of the Professional Golf Management curriculum. Putting the students in touch with golf history and the people who made that history is a perfect fit. We are extremely fortunate.”
In 1982, Ken Jamke started the MGHOF with the help of Stan Alridge. Currently, the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame has 101 members, including Elaine Crosby, Walter Hagen, Dave and Mike Hill, Chuck Kocsis, Meg Mallon, Horton Smith, Rick Smith and Al Watrous.
“We are delighted to host the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame at Ferris State University. The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame will provide an exceptional teaching and learning opportunity for our PGM students and visitors to our campus,” Ferris State provost and vice president for academic affairs Fritz Erickson said. “We look forward to using the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame to help us celebrate the golf industry and inspire our students who are passionately pursuing careers in this important industry for our state.” Details: www.michigan- golf- foundation.com. — M.S.
Hockey event on the horizon
DETROIT — The Hockeytown Winter Festival begins with Michigan State vs. Michigan Tech at 3:30 p.m. and Western Michigan vs. U-of-M at 7 p.m. in Great Lakes Invitational action on Dec. 27 at Comerica Park. The next day, Dec. 28, the GLI consolation and championship games take place at 3:30 and 7 p.m. Next up is the Grand Rapids Griffins vs. the Toronto Marlies on Dec. 30 at 5 p.m. and on Dec. 31 the Red Wings vs. Maple Leafs Alumni Showdown take place at 1 and
Community-based special events
GOODRICH — Victory World Outreach, 10291 Green Rd., is hosting a free community gym night from 7-10 p.m. on Dec. 21 and Feb. 22. Activities include Basketball, Ping Pong, Air Hockey, Fooseball, Kinnect Games and XBox. Dodgeball is also available. Cost is $1 to be placed on a team and the winning team gets a trophy. Kids nine and under must be accompanied by an adult. Details: www.victoryworldoutreach.org. — M.S.
On sale now: Tickets for Flint Hall of Fame Banquet
GRAND BLANC — Tickets are on sale for the Greater Flint Area Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet Dec. 7 at the Genesys Conference and Banquet Center. This year’s inductees are Mateen Cleaves, Terence Greene, Bobby Reynolds, Larry Hackett, Pete Hanson, Al Sigman, Jim Fowler, the 1961 Flint Junior College cross country team, the 1984- 1985 Mt. Morris softball teams, and the 1980- 1981 Borden’s Drugs fastpitch softball teams.
For tickets, call Debbie Goyette at 810-397- 7305. — D.N.