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Gus Macker coming

GRAND RAPIDS — The annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament will invade Grand Rapids this year on the campus of Kenowa Hills High Schools June 6-7.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for the tournament, which began 42 years ago when Mitch and Scott McNeal held the first tournament in their driveway in Lowell. The inaugural tournament was made up of 18 players.

The 2015 Tour has a total of 43 events spanning 13 states. Players who want to play can go to www.macker.com for more information and to register for any of the 43 tournaments.

Grand Rapids was the location of Gus Macker company headquarters for six years in the 1990s. Macker tournaments have been played in Grand Rapids 23 times in the last 25 years.

Macker tournaments had a long run in Grand Rapids in large part due to the relationship that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Grand Rapids Public School athletics for 22 years. The funds, including $235,000 raised for the 1999 Grand Macker, primarily helped athletes with play-to-play costs.

The most recent Macker in the Grand Rapids area was in 2013. It raised funds to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for local schools. AEDs are portable devices used to treat potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias.

Greg Johnson is the Gus Macker contact. Details: at 616-560-8995 or at greg@macker.com. — K.W.

Michigan Golf Day

LANSING – The Michigan golf industry will share its message with each state legislator on Thursday, June 4 by presenting the popular Michigan Golf Day at the Capital event.

The Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, the Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Michigan Section PGA, the Golf Association of Michigan, the Greater Michigan Club Managers Associations and the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, which form the Michigan Golf Alliance, will convene on the lawn of the state Capitol and visit with each legislator.

For over a decade golf course owners, operators and superintendents have gathered each spring to voice a cooperative message. This year the leaders of Michigan golf have created a dynamic day of activity to promote the game and the golf business. David West, vice-president of Travel Michigan, will present the opening session

The executive directors and members of the organizations in the Michigan Golf Alliance will be on hand between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to meet with media and guests and discuss the wide range of topics regarding the golf industry, including and not limited to the Pure Michigan campaign’s effect on business and the industry’s sustainability efforts that have a positive effect on the environment.

The schedule will include Senate and House office visits, a keynote speaker and “lunch on the turn” provided by Eagle Eye Golf Course. All Legislators will be invited to lunch with their constituents. — K.W.

Hockey fundraiser

FLINT — The Kearsley/Brandon/Holly varsity hockey team will be raising funds on June 12 from 9-11 p.m. at B’s Bowling Center. Cost is $20 and includes two games and shoes, Cosmic Glow Nine Pin No Tap and a pizza and one pitcher of pop per lane. Check in is at 8:30 p.m. for this event and registration ends June 3. Details: 810-835-1256 or 259-961-3430. — M.S.

Live Pro Wrestling

GENESEE COUNTY — With a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Relay For Life- Davison, the Michigan Wrestling Organization is hosting a show at NTC Church, 3484 S. Belsay Rd., on May 30 at 6 p.m. Cost is $8 and children five and under are free. Details: mwoonline.net. — M.S.

Detroit Lions annual youth football camp

GRAND BLANC – The Detroit Lions Football Education Division will host its annual Fundamentals Camp at Grand Blanc High June 15-18. Camp runs 8:30 a.m.-noon and costs $169 per attendee. Camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-14 and will be put through non-contact, fundamental football instruction with emphasis on player health and safety. Appearance by a current or former Detroit Lions player is always a highlight of camp. Sills contests and scrimmages will also take place with a 10:1 athlete to coach ration. Kids receive a Lions camp T-shirt, autographs and mentoring. Detalis: www.detroitlions.com/footballeducation. – L.P.


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