Sports Shorts

C-A grad Holmes helps White defeat Green

EAST LANSING –Michigan State University held its annual spring game on April 25 at Spartan Stadium and drew 40,000 fans and 1,700 kids that took part in the youth clinics. That’s more than double attendance from past years where about 700 kids took part and breaks last year’s all-time attendance of 1,200 kids. learning from the MSU coaches and players. The White squad, led by quarterback Connor Cook beat the Green 9-3. Steak dinner and sides awaited the winning team and as per tradition, the losers ate franks and beans. Local talent on the squad this year includes Carman-Ainsworth grad Gerald Holmes, who will see significantly more playing time this year. Holmes is competing with Madre London for the top tailback spot. Holmes had four carries for 20 yards to help the White defeat the Green in the spring game. MSU opens the season on Friday, Sept. 4 at Western Michigan. – L.P.

NFL Draft starts tonight in Chicago

CHICAGO — The NFL Draft will have a new location for the first time in 51 years, moving to the Auditorium Theatre and Grant Park in Chicago. The draft runs April 30-May 2 and will be broadcast starting at 8 p.m. today, April 30, on ESPN and the NFL Network. Draft Town is being created to enhance the fans’ experience and to allow more people to attend in person. The 32 NFL teams will have tables and displays set up in tents on Michigan Avenue where they will make their selections that will then be walked across the street for the announcements on the main stage as in past years. The adjoining Congress Plaza will offer fan-friendly free activities including customized fan areas for each of the 32 NFL teams. Fans will also be able to run the famous combine 40 yard dash with players running alongside them on big screens. Many other football related stations will also be set up including a field goal kicking station, a Lombardi Trophy photo station and many autograph/player interaction areas. — L.P.

IMA Brookwood hosting pair of events

BURTON – IMA Brookwood Golf Club will host a Family Golf Day Saturday, May 9 from 12-3 p.m. The golf course will be closed to golfers and open to the public.

Any family that attends the event will get in for free.

The Dennis Walters Golf Show includes stations with free golf lessons, SNAG Golf, a putting green course, chipping and bunker station, fit and fun zone with bounce house and a lunch area and a 25-foot dinosaur named Golfzilla.

The Dennis Walters Show is a one-hour demonstration of precision golf from start to finish. Walters, who is paralyzed from the waist down, puts on an amazing show of trick shots along with his opening act Super Dog! The show will run from 12-1 p.m. and is a performance with an inspiring message to kids and adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the show.

A special morning session will be held for kids from YouthQuest, an innovative after school enrichment program for K-8 youth in Genesee County that Simpson delivers golf instruction to through the IMA Recreation Association.

Businesses interested in sponsorships to promote healthy activities for children and families can contact Diane Wojciechowski at (810) 249-7060. Additional information can also be found at under the Upcoming Events tab.

IMA Brookwood Golf Club is located at 6045 Davison Road in Burton on corner of Davison and Belsay Roads, one mile north of I-69. — L.P.

Best Ball Tournament

BURTON — IMA Brookwood Golf Club is hosting the 44th annual Two-Person Best Ball Tournament May 2-3. Those wishing to play are encouraged to register early.

For more information, contact IMA Brookwood’s golf shop at 810-742-4930. — K.W.

Mother’s Day event

BURTON — The IMA Brookwood Golf & Banquet Center will host a Mother’s Day brunch Sunday, May 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The brunch menu includes such items as scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, corn, dinner rolls, pancakes, cheesy hash brown potatoes, baked chicken and maple cranberry pork. Deserts include cakes, cookies, pies muffins and cinnamon rolls. Coffee, hot tea and assorted juices will also be served.

The cost is $17.95 per person for adults with an 18 percent gratuity. The cost per child is $8.50 with the 18 percent gratuity with kids under five getting to eat for free. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 810-742-2169.

IMA Brookwood is located at 6045 Davison Road on the corner of Davison and Belsay Roads in Burton, one mile north of I-69. — K.W.

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