Three Former WVU Quarterbacks to Participate in The Greenbrier Classic Pro-Am

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Three Former WVU Quarterbacks to Participate in The Greenbrier Classic Pro-Am

White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. – (June 20, 2016): Three of the greatest quarterbacks in West Virginia University history will be together at The Greenbrier for the annual Wednesday Official Pro-Am at The Greenbrier Classic on July 6.
Marc Bulger, Jeff Hostetler and Pat White are all slated to tee it up on The Old White TPC Course for the star-studded event on the eve of tournament rounds.

“We’re thrilled to have these three big-time stars all together in West Virginia for The Greenbrier Classic,” said Jim Justice, Owner and CEO, The Greenbrier. “They were all three tremendous football players, but also tremendous people. I know we will see a lot of gold and blue out on The Old White TPC to watch them.”
During his four seasons in Morgantown, W.Va., from 1996 through 1999, Bulger, now a member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, completed 630 passes for 8,153 yards and 59 touchdowns. He ranks second in Mountaineer history in all three of those categories.

A Pittsburgh, Pa., native, Bulger was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played 10 seasons in the NFL, most of that time with the St. Louis Rams. His best years were from 2003 through 2008, when he was the team’s full-time starter. He made the Pro Bowl in 2004 and 2006 and was the Pro Bowl MVP in 2004. He ended his NFL career with 22,814 passing yards and 122 touchdowns.

Hostetler, who is also a member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, transferred to West Virginia from Penn State and made a huge impact for head coach Don Nehlen, who eventually became his father-in-law. In just 16 games as the Mountaineer quarterback in 1982 and 1983, Hostetler threw for 4,251 yards and 26 touchdowns.
In 1984, Hostetler was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He went on to play 15 years in the NFL.

Hostetler’s professional highlights included an appearance in the 1994 Pro Bowl. Filling in for the injured Phil Sims, he also led the Giants to a victory over the favored Bills in Super Bowl XXV. It was his second Super Bowl ring, though he wasn’t the starter in Super Bowl XXI.

Hostetler finished his NFL career, which also included stints with the Raiders and Redskins, with 16,430 passing yards and 94 touchdowns.

White, a native of Daphne, Ala., is the only Mountaineer quarterback to lead his team to four bowl victories. As a freshman, he led WVU to a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia to cap off the 2015 season and followed that with victories in the Gator Bowl (Georgia Tech), Fiesta Bowl (Oklahoma) and Meineke Car Care Bowl (North Carolina) before his college career was complete.
White finished his WVU career with 6,049 passing yards and 56 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 4,480 yards and 47 touchdowns, the rushing yardage total an NCAA record for quarterbacks. The Mountaineers were 42-9 during White’s four seasons in Morgantown, W.Va.

White was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, but his NFL career never panned out. He played in only 13 career games with the Dolphins.

The three Mountaineer greats will join former WVU head coach Don Nehlen, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame who coached both Hostetler and Bulger, and former WVU kicker/punter Pat McAfee, who is now with the Indianapolis Colts, for the Wednesday Pro-Am.

“It’s great to have all of these former WVU stars together playing in front of the fans that love them so much,” said Habibi Mamone, Tournament Director, The Greenbrier Classic. “It’s going to be a lot of fun for them and a lot of fun for sports fans all over West Virginia.”

Other big names that have previously been announced include Alabama head coach Nick Saban, a West Virginia native, NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Willie Robertson, Jase Robertson and Justin Martin from the Duck Dynasty television show on A&E.

Grounds badges for all seven days of the PGA TOUR FedExCup’s Greenbrier Classic, which will run July 4-10, are available free of charge by registering online at GreenbrierClassic.com. The deadline to reserve these badges is June 25 at 11:59 p.m.
Spectators will not need to go to Will Call to receive their complimentary badges. All Grounds Badges will be distributed as spectators board the complimentary shuttle buses. Buses will depart from the State Fair of West Virginia (general parking), The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center (ADA parking) and Villa Park (White Sulphur Springs residents only). Proper credentials will be required for the Sports Performance Center and Villa Park.

Every fan is also asked to bring a non-perishable food item with them to The Greenbrier Classic. These items will be collected and donated to area food banks.

About The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier is a distinct and spectacular luxury mountain resort situated in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. It’s best known as “America’s Resort” and is synonymous with world-class, authentic, southern hospitality. The Greenbrier experience, beginning in 1778 offers a luxurious respite to discerning guests from around the world. The grand scale architecture, Dorothy Draper décor, immaculate attention to detail and legendary gracious service set The Greenbrier apart from all others. Guests walk in the footsteps of Presidents, celebrities and generations of families who regard The Greenbrier as a “one of one” destination. The 710 perfectly appointed Signature Resort Rooms, Classic and Historic Suites, Legacy Cottages and Estate Homes are situated on our breathtaking 11,000-acre playground. Play five championship golf courses (including The Greenbrier Sporting Club’s private course) or experience 55+ activities including professional indoor and outdoor tennis, Off-Road Driving and Falconry. The private, guests-only Casino Club features table games, slot machines and simulcast racing. Our full-service, 40,000 square-foot world-renowned spa is widely recognized as one of the most luxurious mineral spas in the world, and our Retail Collection is comprised of 36 boutiques, shops and hand crafted works of art. In addition to The Main Dining Room, The Greenbrier Restaurant Collection is comprised of 19 restaurants, cafés and lounges featuring traditional, award–winning southern-inspired cuisine. The Greenbrier Clinic has been practicing diagnostic medicine since 1948 and in 2014 was expanded to include a full-service MedSpa and Plastic Surgery Center. With the purchase by native West Virginian Jim Justice in 2009 and a $350+ million restoration, The Greenbrier is now once again the leading luxury resort in the world.

Precision Pro’s New GPS Golf Band Now Available at 750 Retailers Nationwide

Precision Pro’s New GPS Golf Band Now Available at 750 Retailers Nationwide

(Cincinnati, OH) – June 9, 2016 – Precision Pro Golf announced today that their new GPS GOLF BAND, unveiled at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in January, is now available at PrecisionProGolf.com as well as at DicksSportingGoods.com, GolfGalaxy.com, TGW, Rock Bottom Golf, Golfclubs.com, Budget Golf, Dunham Sports and at over 750 independently owned and operated golf courses and pro shops nationwide.

The GPS Golf Band is the future of distance. It is the thinnest, lightest (weighs just 1.2 oz.), most comfortable GPS wearable available.

The featherweight and glove friendly design ensures not to interfere with your swing. The streamlined interface with Auto Hole Recognition and out of the box usability ensures ease of use for any golfer.
35,000 Preloaded Courses powered by iGolf.

  • Distance up to 4 Hazards Per Hole: The GPS GOLF Band will show up to 4 hazards (water, bunkers) per hole
  • Auto Course Recognition: The GPS GOLF BAND will display the closest courses based on your location.
  • Auto Hole Advancement: after leaving a green and reaching the next hole the GPS Golf Band will automatically change to your current hole. If you start in the middle of the course or skip a hole you can easily toggle to your correct hole.Shot
  • Distance Measurement Feature: this allows you to measure the distance from one point to another, making it easy to measure how far your ball traveled.
  • USGA Tournament Legal: you should always check with the rules committee, but the GPS Golf Band is legal for tournaments that allow distance measuring devices.
  • 1 Year Warranty: the warranty covers any operational issues.
  • Watch Mode: the GPS Golf Band can be worn as a watch, providing the time and date when not in GPS golf mode.
  • 8 Hour GPS Battery Life: While in GPS mode, the GPS GOLF Band has 8 hours of battery life while providing 52 weeks of battery life when in watch mode.
  • Waterproof: GPS Golf Band is water proof up to 30 feet.
  • The GPS GOLF BAND is available in white or midnight blue, at an MSRP of $179.00.

About Precision Pro Golf
Precision Pro Golf is a golf technology company that designs and manufacturer’s golf laser rangefinders and golf GPS devices. Co-founded by a PGA pro, Precision Pro Golf’s mission is to create high quality golf products with the golfer in mind while providing superior customer support and service.

Golf Coast Village Interactive Zone sets up in St. Andrew’s Square 16th – 19th June

golf villageVisitors to central Edinburgh will feel like they have stepped onto a golf course, later this month, as the ‘Summer of Golf’ comes to St. Andrew’s Square to celebrate an exciting summer of golf and golfing events ahead. Scotland’s Golf Coast are hosting the Golf Coast Village Interactive Zone in St. Andrew’s Square from the 16th – 19th June, 10.00 – 18.00 to offer members of the public in the capital an opportunity to find out more about what’s going on on Scotland’s Golf Coast this Summer.

There will be a range of activities and challenges for all the family to enjoy, and a great opportunity to win an exclusive trip to Scotland’s Golf Coast. Get tips from the staff at the Nike Performance Fitting Centre at Archerfield Links, who will help sharpen your golf skills; take the challenge of the Long Drive Contest, and kids can get involved with our mini putting area, crazy Golf Zone and Go Kart Track, provided by East Links Family Park. Foxlake Adventures will be providing Segways, offering a taste of family adventure. All these different activities show that the Scotland’s Golf Coast experience goes far and beyond the golf course and we are the number one destination choice for golfers and their families. There will also be a range of clinics, with some famous faces dropping by to give hints and tips.

This will be a fun-filled event, a great taster of golf and much much more and you can hear all about the area and the fantastic tournaments taking place this summer. Scotland’s Golf Coast welcomes the Paul Lawrie Match Play, Archerfield Links Golf Club (4th – 7th August 2016), the Boys Amateur Championship to Muirfield and The Renaissance Club (9th – 14th August 2016) and the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Seniors Open to Archerfield Links (19-21 August 2016).

Just a half-hour drive East of Edinburgh, East Lothian is a golfing paradise, featuring 22 must-play golf courses stretching through 30 miles of stunning coastline, golden beaches and rolling countryside. Known as the sunniest and driest part of Scotland it is open for business throughout the year, offering a warm welcome for every visitor, golfer or not.

Scotland’s Golf Coast is a truly authentic golfing experience and a celebration of the history of the game. The area not only features the oldest course in the world at Musselburgh Links; but was also the location of the first Ryder Cup played in Scotland in 1973, at Muirfield: a course that inspired Jack Nicklaus to construct Muirfield Village in Ohio.

Scotland’s Golf Coast also has a diverse offering of accommodation to offer golfers and their families, providing the perfect opportunity to rest, relax and unwind before enjoying another round of golf. It is a dream for visiting golfers, with all accommodation providing easy access to golf courses. Golfers will be spoiled for choice with 5-star luxury hotels, family-run bed and breakfasts, self-catering apartments or even centuries-old stately homes all on offer. No matter where you choose to stay and what activities you choose to do, you are always guaranteed a very warm welcome and an authentic experience on Scotland’s Golf Coast.

To find out more about Scotland’s Golf Coast, visit www.golfeastlothian.com

Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Features Rising Stars, Michigan Players Striving for LPGA


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(HARRIS, MICHIGAN) – Entering the 2016 Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass June 24-26 – the event’s sixth year – the Symetra Tour “Road to the LPGA” tournament has become the Upper Peninsula’s premier golf event, showcasing rising women stars, an acclaimed course at a top entertainment property and talented players with Michigan ties.“Sweetgrass is one of my favorite courses that we play,” says Christine Meier, a Michigan State grad from Rochester Hills. “I enjoy the links style that it has, and it offers a lot of excitement with the island green par 3 and the reachable par-5 18th.  But my favorite part of the tournament is the hospitality that we receive. I have a fantastic host family that I’ve stayed with for the past couple years who, believe it or not, are University of Michigan fans! But we put the Spartan/Wolverine rivalry aside for the week.”

Meier, who made her professional debut in 2015, was in the Top 100 on the Symetra Tour’s official money list through the first seven events she played this season.  Top finishers on the money list earn their LPGA Tour card at season end.  While pushing herself to reach the next level, Meier takes time to appreciate the journey.

“The casino and hotel pull out all the stops to make us feel welcome,” she says. “The Island Resort Championship is a really fun atmosphere, especially being a Michigan native, as well as a Michigan State alum. It’s fantastic that the Symetra Tour and the LPGA have embraced the amazing golf courses that we have here. It really helps grow the game in the state of Michigan and it’s never a bad thing to have tons of Spartans out at our events.”

Other players with state ties scheduled to participate in the Island Resort Championship are Laura Kueny of Whitehall, MI, who has won $79,176 in prize earnings thus far in her professional career, and Liz Nagel of DeWitt, a rookie last year who has earned $23,912 on tour thus far.

Three-time college All-American Emily Tubert, a contestant on Golf Channel’s “Big Break Myrtle Beach,” is scheduled to compete at Sweetgrass later this month, and area star Brooke Ferrell, a University of Wisconsin All-Big Ten member will play on a sponsor’s exemption.

Voted by Golfweek raters to the “America’s Best Courses You Can Play” by state list, Sweetgrass will host a field of 144 players competing for a $125,000 purse. The Island Resort Championship is also part of the Potawatomi Cup, a series of tournaments involving courses with Native American Indian or Potawatomi tribal ties, with the top finishers in those events earning additional prize money.

Former Symetra Tour players have won hundreds of LPGA titles, including dozens of major championships.  Dani Holmqvist won the 2015 Island Resort Championship with a 10-under-par total.  Her performance contributed to her gaining full LPGA Tour playing privileges in 2016 with her season-long performance.

Three-day grounds passes to the 54-hole event are $10 and include entry into daily prize drawings. Children 17 years old and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets are available at Island Resort & Casino and at local organizations such as the Delta County Junior Golf Association and the NCA Guarantee Scholarship Fund. For a complete list of outlets visit http://www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com/symetra-tour-2016.All proceeds to local non-profit organizations.  For more information visit www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com, or call 877-ISL-GREEN.

About the Symetra Tour
The Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA, is the official Qualifying Tour for the LPGA and enters its 36th competitive season in 2016. With the continued support of its umbrella sponsor, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Top-10 money winners receive full, equal status for the following season on the LPGA Tour.

The 2016 schedule includes two dozen tournaments throughout the U.S. states and a total purse approaching $3 million. Symetra Tour events have contributed more than $5 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989.

For more information:  www.SymetraTour.com

About Island Resort & Casino (

www.islandresortandcasino.com)
Owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community, Island Resort and Casino is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino offers craps, Blackjack, Spanish 21, Three-Card Poker, Let It Ride, Roulette, Bingo and more. The resort’s award-winning poker room features live action as well as a full tournament schedule. The Island hosts top entertainment headliners from a variety of genres in the intimate, 1,327-seat Island Showroom. Lodging options at the resort include finely appointed guest rooms, 14 elegant suites and a 42-site RV Park that opened the 2016 season on May 1. Drift Spa, Sweetgrass Golf Club and multiple restaurants offer other appealing options. The property is easily accessible via a pair of regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette and is also an easy, scenic 2-hour drive from Green Bay (four hours from Milwaukee).

ClubHub Portable Swing Analysis and Shot Tracking System

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ClubHub™, Golf’s First Portable Swing Analysis & Shot Tracking System, Now Available for Purchase At www.ClubHubGolf.com

State-of-the-Art Technology Provides Real-Time Swing Analysis On-Course or On-Range,

Connecting Golfers and Instructors Like Never Before

 

San Diego, CA ., June 3, 2016 …  ClubHub™, golf’s first portable swing analysis and shot tracking system, is now available for sale online at clubhubgolf.com, Kinetek Sports announced today. Backed by state-of-the-art technology,  golfers and instructors will have access to a personal and portable system – for use both on the range and the course – that accurately analyzes the golf swing, while automatically tracking shots from tee to green and delivering analytics directly to a smart phone app and the cloud, in real-time.

 Originally introduced at the 2016 PGA Show in Orlando, Kinetek Sports has conducted extensive testing with avid golfers and golf instructors.  Backed by positive feedback and measurable golfer analytics, the Company is now offering ClubHub for sale online, with the product shipping immediately upon order.  In addition, Kinetek Sports is offering ClubHub at an introductory, limited time price of $399, which is $100 off the MSRP.

 “ClubHub is a breakthrough system that transcends the practice range and golf course, providing players with instant feedback on their game, and giving instructors real-time data to analyze performance,” said John Melican, President, Kinetek Sports. “Specific to golf instructors, ClubHub provides a comprehensive golf performance system that allows them to better evaluate and interact with students, from anywhere at any time.

 An authentic performance product for today’s modern golfer, ClubHub is the first and only sensor system to capture real-time swing analysis and shot tracking data for every shot.  The patented ClubHub features 14 sensors, one for each club in the bag, which are seamlessly and easily attached to the butt-end of the club and then quickly paired with the smart phone app. Golfers simply make a swing and instantly see data on the app, including: a 3D view of their swing, club head speed, face angle, angle of attack, tempo and transition angle. Additionally, ClubHub’s shot tracking technology allows golfers to record rounds and scoring stats such as driving distances, fairways hit, greens in regulation and putting.

 Melican adds, “Through ClubHub’s lightweight and unobtrusive sensors, golfers can track shot distances and locations during their round, see a 3D video of their swing, record scoring stats from a round and instantly share all swing info and round data with their instructor. It’s truly a unique way to connect a golfer and a teacher and drive game improvement.”

 By viewing the data, instructors can monitor on course swing characteristics and course management skills to help students develop a better all-around game. And, perhaps most important to the game of golf, ClubHub features a unique application that captures data while the golfer is playing a round of golf, and then stores it for post-round analysis. This ensures that an entire round of data can be captured and stored unobtrusively, while pace of play is never compromised.

 “ClubHub allows golfers to see their game like never before, while enabling golf instructors to track their students’ performance from anywhere,” said Pat Steusloff, CEO, Kinetek Sports. “Now, a golfer can take what they’ve learned or practiced on the range, apply it on the course, and see the results first-hand.”

 As an additional feature, ClubHub provides in-depth map views with GPS distances to any point on the hole of any golf course, adding an even greater on-course, game enhancement value to the product.

For more information on ClubHub, visit www.clubhubgolf.com, or please visit the Media Page at clubhubgolf.com/media.

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BOYNE Golf’s Bay Harbor Golf Club Appoints New General Manager, Head Golf Professional

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BOYNE Golf’s Bay Harbor Golf Club Appoints New General Manager, Head Golf Professional

Robert Fuhrman and Steve Niezgoda Bring Decades of Experience to Respective Positions

(PETOSKEY, Mich.) BOYNE Golf – home to 10 premier courses spanning three resorts in the heart of “America’s Summer Golf Capital” – has made two new appointments at its 27-hole Bay Harbor Golf Club.

Robert Fuhrman is the club’s new general manager, bringing more than 30 years’ experience with Boyne Resorts to the position. A 26-year member of the PGA of America, Fuhrman has excelled in a variety of golf roles across BOYNE’s portfolio of properties. Most recently, he was Bay Harbor’s head golf professional from 2001 to 2015.

Steve Niezgoda has stepped into Fuhrman’s vacated role as head golf professional. No stranger to Bay Harbor, Niezgoda spent time with the club as an intern before beginning his full-time professional career with BOYNE as an assistant golf professional. Steve returns to Michigan from Maine’s Sugarloaf Resort, a BOYNE-managed property where he was the Director of Golf, Retail and Rental.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Robert and Steve in their new roles at Bay Harbor Golf Club,” says Bernie Friedrich, Boyne Resorts’ senior vice president of golf and resort sales. “Our organization prides itself on promoting from within, as it ensures continuity of the service-first culture we’ve championed from our earliest days.”

This year marks Bay Harbor Golf Club’s 20th anniversary. The byproduct of a massive land reclamation project, Bay Harbor brought the first lakeside, five-star resort golf experience to the region.

The club boasts three distinct nine-hole courses – The Links, The Preserve and The Quarry – all designed by Arthur Hills. The Links is reminiscent of Ireland’s famous seaside courses with six holes overlooking Lake Michigan; The Quarry winds its way through an immense, abandoned shale quarry; and The Preserve features stately trees towering over native grasses, wild flowers and wetlands. The 18-hole Links / Quarry combination is regularly ranked among the U.S.’s top 100 public courses by Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine.

With courses designed and inspired by renowned architects like Hills, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Donald Ross, BOYNE Golf’s three flagship resorts offer experiences to suit players of all ages and abilities.

Boyne Highlands Resort

  • Arthur Hills (18) – Tumbling terrain and wide fairways deliver enjoyment for all skill levels
  • Donald Ross Memorial (18) – Replicates classic, memorable holes created by namesake
  • The Heather (18) – Flawlessly-conditioned Robert Trent Jones design appeals to purists
  • The Moor (18) – Traditional layout highlighted by a variety of dogleg holes
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  • Bay Harbor Golf Club
    • The Links (9) – Setting on windswept cliffs along coastline evokes game’s ancient roots 
    • The Preserve (9) – Tree-lined holes dominate before dramatic lakefront finish
    • The Quarry (9) – Distinctively nestled in abandoned shale quarry
  • Crooked Tree Golf Club (18) – Recently redesigned Nos. 16-18 enhance playability and charm
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  • The Alpine (18) – Fun and fair; annual host of Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions
  • The Monument (18) – Panoramic vistas combine with hole-by-hole tribute to golf history
Beyond golf, BOYNE’s unique on-property amenities include award-winning spas, waterfront dining, sandy beaches, Avalanche Bay – Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, and adventure sport venues. They are supported by historic, lakeside resort towns Boyne City, Harbor Springs and Petoskey all a short drive from Mackinac Island. Following in Hemingway’s footsteps, taking in the famous northern Michigan sunsets, enjoying the casino and exploring acclaimed microbreweries mean golf isn’t the only game in town.

More information: www.BOYNEGolf.com, info@BOYNE.com, 844.634.5315

About BOYNE Golf

BOYNE Golf offers the largest collection of courses (10) in the Midwest shared among three resorts in northwest Michigan’s Petoskey area: Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, and the Inn at Bay Harbor in Bay Harbor. Golfers play up to 72 holes daily thanks to the region’s long daylight hours and ideal temperatures. With courses suited to a wide range of playing abilities, accommodations for every taste and budget, world-class amenities and memorable off-resort attractions, BOYNE is a premier destination for vacationing golfers, families and meeting planners.

Read Local: Ann Arbor Authors Take Center Stage in New Program

Read Local: Ann Arbor Authors Take

Center Stage in New Program

 Ann Arbor readers: your next favorite author could be your next door neighbor. Bibliophiles now have a new resource for finding local books and authors in the form of an ongoing initiative called Hometown Reads, launched yesterday by nearby book marketing company Weaving Influence.

Weaving Influence invites Ann Arbor-area authors with published books to join the network of Hometown Reads authors, and will prominently feature these authors on the program’s main website. Weaving Influence experts will also provide authors with assistance for effectively marketing their work. With up to one million books published in the U.S. each year, it can be difficult for an author — especially one who is self-published — to cut through the noise and reach readers, even those living just a few miles away.

Rue Allyn of Romulus, Mich. has authored several romance novels. She said, “The number of venues for spreading the word about my books has exploded beyond my ability to use them all. This wealth of access should be a good thing… The problem is with knowing how effective my marketing efforts are.” Kristen Gibson of Rochester Hills, Mich., who has also authored a romantic mystery, agreed: “There are so many marketing methods, deciding what path to take can be overwhelming… Hometown Reads has turned out to be a helpful and easy way to connect and share my work with local readers.”

“I have no advertising budget, so even making people aware of my book is very challenging,” said Tracey Cohen of Farmington Hills, Mich., author of Six Word Lessons on Female Asperger Syndrome. “My goal is for my book to reach people all over the world in an effort to help anyone and everyone affected by autism.”

Already, the Hometown Reads website showcases a local work to suit every reader’s taste. Currently featured titles from Ann Arbor includes:

  • Ann Arbor Beer- A Hoppy History Of Tree Town Brewing  by David Bardallis of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Rekindled Passion by Nataki Bush of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Even In Darkness by Barbara Stark-Nemon of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Knight Defender by Rue Allyn of Romulus, Michigan
  • Waves of Influence by Bernadette Johnson of East Lansing, Michigan
  • Who’s Behind the Fairy Doors? by Jonathan B. Wright of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Red Ochre Falls by Kristen Gibson of Rochester Hills, Michigan
  • Rooted Together by Jolene Witt of Deerfield, Michigan
  • The Sweetheart Racket by Cheryl Smith of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Six-Word Lessons on Female Asperger Syndrome by Tracey Cohen of Farmington Hills, Michigan

Ann Arbor authors can still sign up to participate in the program at www.join.hometownreads.com. Hometown Reads authors will appear at local book events in the coming months. The program has already launched in Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, and will also launch in Cincinnati, Grand Rapids and Indianapolis later this year.

Summer In Mendocino Heats Up With New Lodging Packages, Events, And Concerts At The Little River Inn

LITTLE RIVER, CA – (June 1, 2016) Mendocino is postcard perfect during the summer months, and to encourage visitors to enjoy this gorgeous time of year, theLittle River Inn (www.littleriverinn.com), a family-owned and operated resort on the Mendocino Coast, will offer a number of specially-designed lodging packages and events. In June, the Little River Inn is offering a FAMILY FUN FOR FATHER’S DAY GOLF package in celebration of Father’s Day and the favorite pastime for many dads, and due to popular demand, the Little River Inn’s ABALONE CAMP and RIVER DOGlodging packages return. In July, the Little River Inn will celebrate the stars and stripes with a MUSICAL CONCERT on Sunday, July 3, and an inaugural WHOLE HOG BAR-B-Q event on Independence Day, immediately following Mendocino’s 4th of July Parade.

The Little River Inn’s seasonal RIVER DOG package includes two nights at the fabulous ocean view inn and features a kayaking adventure aboard a stable craft that was purpose-built to accommodate your pooch. This unique package can only be found at Little River Inn and includes the following amenities especially for four-legged guests:

  • Two night in a pet-friendly Ocean View Fireplace Room (pet fee included)

  • 3-hour dog-friendly, ultra-stable outrigger canoe excursion on Big River for you and your dog

  • An $80 Dinner voucher which can be used towards dinner with your dog. Dining options include dining in our dog-friendly parlor, in-room dining, or in the dining room (which does not allow animals)

  • Goodie Bag containing dog treats & fact sheet on where to hike, bike and boat with dogs

The RIVER DOG package is available June 1 – Oct. 31, 2016. Package for two begins at $660 ($860 with Spa Treatments for two), exclusive of tax and gratuity. Use promo code RIVERD to book online thru the webpage at:https://www.littleriverinn.com/. Once your reservation has been confirmed; give LRI a call to work out the details. Or, call 888.INN.LOVE or 707.937.5942. From the lawns to romp on to the beach across the street, to dining in the dog-friendly parlor, the Little River Inn is the perfect headquarters from which to explore breathtaking yet un-crowded Mendocino Coast with your furry friend.

Advance reservations are required for booking. At least two days’ notice are required to make arrangements with the local canoe company to ascertain tide conditions for an optimal canoe experience on Big River.

Don’t forget about Dad this June! This Father’s Day, get away and play a few rounds of golf with pops on the only course located on the Mendocino Coast. Tucked among the hills and redwoods, the nine-hole course at The Little River Inn (an Audubon-certified sanctuary) offers stunning ocean views to distract both first-time players and experts.

With the Little River Inn’s FAMILY FUN FOR FATHER’S DAY GOLF package, beginners and experts alike can hone their game in a one-hour group lesson with the inn’s head Golf Instructor, Wayne Salyards, before hitting the course. Dads can share their love of the game while the family enjoys the Audubon certified and beginner-friendly course.

The FAMILY FUN FOR FATHER’S DAY GOLF package includes:

  • Two-night stay for four in an Ocean View Fireplace Room (two double beds)

  • Four buckets of balls for use on the Little River Inn Driving Range

  • Use of four sets of golf clubs and two motorized golf carts

  • 18 holes of golf for four each day

  • One-hour golf lesson for four on the first day

  • One additional hour of instruction and practice time on the course during golf play

  • Breakfast for four in the Garden Dining Room

The FAMILY FUN FOR FATHER’S DAY GOLF package is available the week of Father’s Day from June 19 through June 26, 2016. Packages for four begin at $1,575 ($393.75 per person), exclusive of tax and gratuity. To book this package online, visit www.littleriverinn.com, and use promo code: GLFDAD, or call 888.INN.LOVE (707.937.5942).

Also in June, the Little River Inn will be offering its 2nd annual ABALONE CAMPexperience from Sunday, June 26 to Tuesday, June 28, 2016. The ABALONE CAMPpackage offers avid divers and novices alike a rare opportunity to dive with some of the most renowned freedive guides in the region for the prized local delicacy during Northern California’s peak Abalone Season. The dive will be followed by a demonstration on how to clean and prepare the collected bounty, culminating in a gourmand feast prepared by the Inn’s chef.

This two-night experience includes:

  • Accommodations in an ocean view fireplace room

  • Brunch and orientation on Sunday, June 26

  • Welcoming reception on the evening of June 26 for all participating divers complete with delectable passed appetizers and local beer and wine selections

  • Breakfast on Monday morning

  • All necessary dive gear and equipment needed for the dive

  • Two days of diving with the guides from Triton X (the first day will include being fitted for wetsuit/gear and getting acquainted with dive location; day two will consist of the actual Abalone dive lasting up to three hours)

  • Bagged lunch for the day of the dive

  • Assistance with the cleaning, cutting, and pounding of caught abalone

  • Cooking demonstration and communal dinner of the day’s hunt back at the inn with fellow divers and guides from Triton X

Note: Package pricing does not include Abalone Diving License. Guests MUST purchase a license prior to the dive. Additionally, one abalone per diver must be donated for the communal dinner, additional abalones caught the day will be for the diver’s keeps and properly packed for legal transport.

Package Rates begin at $618 per person for a single occupancy room or $393 per person for a shared room (excluding tax and gratuity). To add a non-diving guest to your reservation, rates start at $108, excluding tax and gratuity. A limited number of spots are available to participants. Reservations are based upon availability and require a 7-day notice.

Room upgrades on are available with all packages at an additional price; based upon availability. One-hour massages can also be added to packages at the time of booking. Enjoy a classic, relaxing massage using a creative blend of techniques by their highly trained professionals from the newly opened Little River Salon & Spa.

To kick-off 4th of July festivities and a long holiday weekend, the Little River Inn is will be hosting a MUSICAL CONCERT on Sunday, July 3, in the Abalone Hall to benefit the Albion Little River Fire Department. Attendees will enjoy music by some of the next generation’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters along with Mendocino musicians, including Gwyneth Moreland Song Circle featuring Jeffrey Martin and Anna Tivel, Gene Parsons, and David Hayes. Doors open at 3 p.m.; music starts at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased by calling 707-937-5942, or $25 at the door.

To round-out the holiday weekend the Little River Inn will be hosting its first-annualWHOLE HOG BAR-B-Q at the fire pit at the Little River Inn Golf Course followingMendocino’s Annual 4th of July Parade. The inn invites guests and locals to come and nosh on some 4th of July fare while relaxing on the course. Tickets costs $16 per person and include BBQ Pork or Veggie Sloppy Joe sandwich, coleslaw, and corn bread. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase. To purchase tickets in advance call 888.INN.LOVE (707.937.5942).