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West Michigan Golf Show Salutes its Sponsors

(Grand Rapids, Mich.) Can you imagine the PGA TOUR or the LPGA Tour without sponsors? Tournaments and sponsors go hand in hand because those events provide a ready platform for both golf and business interests. The same is true for the 29th West Michigan Golf Show and its loyal group of sponsors. For elevating the Show with fan-friendly activities, sponsors deserve a special salute ahead of the Show on Feb. 10-12 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

Applied Imaging is a returning sponsor of the Seminar Stage where headliner Bobby Wilson, five-time Long Drive champion, and other teachers will both inform and entertain patrons with free golf clinics. A Grand Rapids-based company celebrating 30 years of business, Applied Imaging is a statewide leader in sales and service of copiers, printers, production print, document imaging, managed print, managed network services and software solutions. With offices in GR, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Traverse City, Petoskey, Novi and Ann Arbor, Applied Imaging represents Ricoh, Canon, Kyocera, Océ, Samsung, OnBase, Microsoft, and more. Visit www.appliedimaging.com

The Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), a steadfast exhibitor the past 29 straight years, returns as a sponsor representing nearly 60,000 amateur golfers and over 400 courses in the state. Show patrons will be able to sign up for or renew their “GAM Golf Card Membership.” Membership perks include: the ability to post scores on a mobile device and options to play in GAM Golf Days – fun, casual one-day events at exclusive Michigan golf courses. Visit www.gam.org

Odawa Casino, the official gaming destination of the Golf Show and sponsor of the $10,000 putt contest, offers two locations in Northern Michigan. The Odawa Casino Petoskey location offers Vegas-style gaming with more than 1,000 slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette and much more. With three restaurants on site, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste buds. Every overnight stay at the Odawa Hotel offers free breakfast. The Odawa Casino Mackinaw location brings the fun of playing to the tip of the mitt! This casual setting offers over 120 machines. Visit www.OdawaCasino.com

The Michigan P.G.A. will again sponsor and provide free golf lessons, one of the lasting attractions of the Show. All weekend PGA pros will give tips on fundamentals and get players pumped up for spring golf. At the Family Fun Zone, juniors will enjoy GolfZilla and GolfiGator—inflatable targets. PGA officials and pros will share info about several successful programs to grow the game: including the popular PGA Junior League,  Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, and Get Golf Ready programs. Visit www.michiganpgagolf.com

Treetops Resort continues its popular sponsorship of the Par-3 Challenge where patrons will tee it up at a real par-3 hole, compete for closest to the pin prizes and hope to make an ace on Sunday afternoon and earn $25,000. Patriot Golf Day and Folds of Honor are the designated charities. Joe Charles, Treetops Director of Instruction, will be on hand to discuss the new year-round indoor/outdoor studio with simulator on the Jones Masterpiece Driving Range. After a banner year, Treetops urges patrons to book their tee-times sooner including at the Golf Show. In ’17, Treetops is making adjustments to tee time intervals to improve pace of play. Save time and money by visiting its booth and www.treetops.com

Held continuously since 1989, the West Michigan Golf Show offers hundreds of exhibits and features clinics, skill contests, junior golf instruction, swing analyzers and the Ferris State PGA Golf Management Club Testing Area. The First Tee of West Michigan is the designated beneficiary of Saturday’s pancake breakfast beginning at 9 am.

Produced by ShowSpan Inc., 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 (only) when all kids 14 and under are admitted free. 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

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