Downtown Show Has Great Drive

January 31, 2005
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GRAND RAPIDS—The term "drive" will take on a whole new meaning at DeVos Place this week, as the 17th Annual West Michigan Golf Show replaces the Michigan International Auto Show in the building's massive exhibit space starting on Friday.

The show, produced by Showspan Inc., promises to deliver more than 100 booths of golfing destinations that represent thousands of courses, resorts, lodgings and schools. In addition, there will be more than 75 booths of equipment, clothing and merchandise.

Jim Flick will headline the show. Named by Golf World magazine as one of the top 10 golf teachers of the century, Flick will give free clinics on Saturday.

"Knowing that many of my colleagues have appeared at the show and hearing of its popularity, I'm excited about my visit to Grand Rapids," said Flick, who helped launch the now-famous Golf Digest School in 1972.

"From my experience at Boyne, I know West Michigan is a hotbed of avid golfers always eager to improve their game," he added.

Flick has taught golf in 23 nations, written four instruction books, completed over 1,000 three-day schools, and co-founded the Nicklaus-Flick schools with Jack Nicklaus.

The Boyne Super Five Golf Schools is sponsoring his appearance at the show. Flick is the dean of golf instruction at the Boyne Golf Academy, which will give free golf lessons.

Course designer Ray Hearn, state golf teacher of the year John Dal Corobbo, and rules maven Dr. Roger Ostrander will hold seminars at the show, which will give golfers chances to win $10,000 and $25,000 in two separate contests.

Show hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 for kids aged 6-14; and children five years old and younger are admitted free of charge. Tickets will be available at the box office.

The West Michigan Golf Show also is a charity event. All proceeds will go to Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Alzheimer's Association of West Michigan and Holland's Habitat for Humanity.    

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