(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Every year sponsors at the West Michigan Golf Show make a vital difference in the staging of a successful show. With their support and involvement, sponsors elevate the Golf Show with more fan-friendly activities and appeal for thousands of golfers making their way to DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids on Feb. 13-15.
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Gun Lake Casino is a new sponsor of the $10,000 Longest Putt Challenge where patrons compete for prizes while also raising funds for charity. At its booth, it offers patrons $10 in free slot play or free table game wagers. Located 20 minutes south of Grand Rapids off US-131, Gun Lake Casino features over 1,600 slot machines, 33 table games, including $5 Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, Midi Baccarat, and more. It’s also home of live, local bands, six nights a week, no cover. Visit www.gunlakecasino.com
The Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), a steadfast exhibitor for the past 27 straight years, returns as a sponsor representing nearly 60,000 amateur golfers and over 400 courses in the state. The GAM gives patrons the opportunity to sign up or renew their “2015 GAM Golf Card Membership” and receive a sleeve of golf balls (while supplies last). Membership perks include: the ability to post scores on a mobile website; ability to play in GAM Golf Days – fun, casual one-day events at exclusive Michigan golf courses; and receive a free subscription to Golf Digest. Visit www.gam.org
The Michigan P.G.A. and Boyne USA will sponsor and provide free golf lessons all weekend. Juniors will enjoy GolfZilla and GolfiGator, inflatable targets, at the Family Fun Zone. PGA officials will be on hand to talk about: the fast-growing PGA Junior League; Drive, Chip & Putt Championship; and Get Golf Ready programs. Visit www.michiganpga.com
In 2015, Boyne is a leader in northern Michigan golf with three Michigan golf resorts and eleven gorgeous courses, award-winning instruction, vacation packages, tournaments, events and more. Improvements this season include: completion of a bunker sand project on The Moor; redesign of No. 18 tees on The Monument; redesign of holes 16-18 on the Art Hills course; and clubhouse renovation at Hidden River Golf and Casting Club. Tee times for 2015 are available now. Visit www.boyne.com
Longtime sponsor Treetops Resort continues its popular Par-3 Challenge where patrons will tee it up at a real par-3 hole, competing for closest to the pin prizes and hoping to make an ace on Sunday afternoon and earn $25,000. Patriot Golf Day and Folds of Honor are the designated charities. Visit www.treetops.com
Held continuously since 1989, the West Michigan Golf Show offers hundreds of exhibits and will feature clinics, putting contests, junior golf instruction, swing analyzers and a value-packed golf shopping opportunity. Charities include: Patriot Golf Day, Folds of Honor and the First Tee of West Michigan.
Produced by ShowSpan Inc. and held at DeVos Place, the West Michigan Golf Show’s hours are 2:00 pm-9:00 pm, Friday; 10:00 am-7:00 pm, Saturday; and 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-14, and children 5 and under are free. Tickets will be available at the door as well as online at www.westmichigangolfshow.com
Carolyn Alt, ShowSpan, at 616-447-2860
Terry Moore, Sportserv Ltd., 616-490-0433, email@example.com