Kirsten Borgstrom (517) 335-1871 or email@example.com
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Golf in the State of Michigan will once again be in the national spotlight over the next few months as Big Break X: Michigan, will debut tonight at 10 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel. The Golf Channel's most popular series celebrates its 10th anniversary by returning to the destination where it all began, Northern Michigan, known as "America's Summer Golf Capital."
"We are very excited about the opportunity to host Golf Channel's premier television event "Big Break X" in the State of Michigan," said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, a business unit of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "It has been a very exciting year for Michigan golf with the PGA Championship in August and now the Big Break coming back for the 10th anniversary. Having our state host these nationally staged golf events is a tribute to the great golf destination we are," continued Zimmermann.
The exciting series, featuring eight two-person teams, comprised of a male and female, will take place at one of Michigan's top golf resort destinations - Boyne Highlands. Top courses such as the Arthur Hills course, The Heather, and the Donald Ross Memorial played host to some of the toughest event competitions to date. Although the results and competitions of the show could not be revealed, viewers can expect to see dramatic competition along the lines of the previous shows, including the glass break - smashing a golf ball through a small plate of glass from about 20 yards.
The winning team of Big Break X: Michigan has the opportunity to win their lifelong dream of playing professional golf. The female competitor will earn an exemption to play in the 2009 Bell Micro LPGA Classic while the male competitor will compete in the 2009 Children's Miracle Network Classic at the Walt Disney World Resort. In addition the winning team will receive many other prizes from sponsorship partners.
The Big Break, which was launched at Michigan's Treetops Resort, was held this year at Boyne Highlands Resort, a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions, located in the community of Harbor Springs. The famed resort lures golfers with 72 holes of championship golf lead by the classic Heather golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and rivaled by the modern classic Arthur Hills, as well as The Moor, and Donald Ross Memorial.
Golfers and vacationers delight in the resort's Scottish charm highlighted by castle-like turrets, detailed stonework, sounds of bagpipes and equestrian facilities. Luxury accommodations, savory cuisine, a par-3 course, abundant hiking and biking trails and the popular Young Americans Dinner Theatre make Boyne Highlands Resort a popular destination for golf and family vacations.
The Big Break showcases highly skilled golfers competing against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness, with the ultimate winner awarded his/her "Big Break," a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in select professional tournaments, and other career-building prizes. Past Big Break champions have won their chance to compete on some of the world's top professional circuits, such as the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and Canadian Tour. For more information about Big Break X: Michigan, visit golfchannel.com.
Golf pundits have placed Michigan courses on lists that rate "Top Resort Golf" and other best-of categories such as Courses for Women, New Affordable Public Courses and New Affordable Deluxe Courses. Golf Digest named the state the 12th best golf destination in the world, which means that in addition to a good game there's notable life beyond the links. There's plenty to see and do in and around Michigan's more than 850 golf courses.
Travel Michigan, a division of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is the State of Michigan's official agency for the promotion of tourism. Travel Michigan markets the state's tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information. For Michigan travel and golf news, go to michigan.org.
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