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February 6, 2013

Motor City Golf & Travel Show swings through Cobo Hall Feb. 15-17

By Mary Beth Almond
C & G Staff Writer

DETROIT — It’s still a little early to hit the golf courses in Michigan, but golf lovers can get their fix of all things related to the game at the inaugural Motor City Golf & Travel Show this month.

The three-day event — which runs 1-8 p.m. Feb. 15, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 16 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Cobo Hall in Detroit — will have plenty to offer, including contests, free golf lessons, demonstration nets and simulators, appearances by golf celebrities, and of course, the latest golf gear.

“We tried to make it as interactive as possible, so people won’t go more than 30 feet without having something fun to do. … We wanted everyone to be engaged in the show,” said Corey Byron, PGA professional and president of Mobile Golf Promotions, which is putting on the show.

Those with a competitive edge can try their hand at three different golf contests — a par 3, a longest drive and a putting contest.

Attendees can compete for prizes and a chance to win $25,000 in the par 3 contest. Designed as a replica of hole 2 on the Treetops Resort Signature course, the par 3 will challenge even the best golfers, event organizers say. A portion of every dollar raised from the contest will benefit Patriot Golf Day and the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Nike Golf will sponsor a longest drive competition — for men, women and seniors — which will use state-of-the-art True Golf Simulators provided by Tee Box Golf in Ann Arbor. The shorter hitters will have the opportunity to guess their distances — within 5 yards — to have the chance to win additional prizes. First place wins a new 2013 Nike Driver, second place wins a new 2013 Nike fairway wood, and third place wins a new Nike wedge.

Attendees can also test their skills in a 60-foot putting contest. Each participant who makes the putt will have the opportunity to come back on Sunday and compete in the finals. The grand-prize winner will win a new 2013 Nike putter and have the opportunity for one putt to win $10,000. Second and third place will also receive new Nike putters.

“We also have three different state-of-the-art simulators there, ranging from $10,000 to $60,000, for people to try out,” Byron said.

Those hoping to fine tune their golf skills can take advantage of a free golf lesson from Fox Hills Golf Academy. PGA instructor Jordan Young will lead his staff of professionals, providing patrons with 10-minute swing evaluations, SAM Putt evaluations and Flightscope sessions at the demo hitting area and at the putting green.

Patrons also can try out the latest and greatest golf equipment from many well known manufacturers — such as Nike Golf, Taylor Made, Tour Edge, Mizuno and Oakley — on more than 100 feet of hitting area.

“We’re going to have the largest indoor demo day in the Midwest,” Byron added.

Brian Manzella, Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor, will be the featured instructor at the show. Guest speakers will include Jason Guss from Treetops, who has been named one of Golf Digest’s top young instructors, and Bob Krause from Pure Impact Golf and the Bob Krause Golf Academy.

Atwater Brewery is sponsoring the 19th hole and will offer local Detroit microbrew beer. There will also be a variety of information on travel destinations, golf resorts, and courses, ways to help patrons plan their golf season.

With each ticket purchase, a minimum of 20 percent of all proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, the Stephen Tulloch Foundation and Gleaner’s Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

“Believe it or not, our biggest goal is to try to raise over $50,000 for local charities. We also hope to more bring people to Detroit and grow the game of golf,” Byron said.

Corey Byron, a PGA professional who is helping sponsor the event, echoed his brother’s comments.

“We’re trying to get people to help grow Detroit and get it back to what it used to be, while growing the game of golf,” he added. “We’re looking forward to seeing people out.”

To sweeten the deal even more, Byron said every person who goes through the doors will get a free subscription to Golf Magazine and have the chance to win more than 500 prizes.

Tickets are $10 for adults, free for children 13 and younger, and can be purchased at http://motorci tygolfshow.com, or they may be purchased at the box office the day of the show.

For more information about the show, email info@motorcitygolfshow.com.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at malmond@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1060.