Golf News for Monday, July 12, 2010 | Tournaments

2010 Michigan Women's Open Pro-Am commits itself to clean energy

THOMPSONVILLE, Mich. -- This year's Michigan Women's Open Pro-Am, July 9-11 at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, will be powered by renewable energy thanks to a sponsorship by the Rehmann accounting and consulting firm of Traverse City.

Rehmann has pledged its support as the first Green Sponsor of the Michigan PGA Women's Open, now in its eighth year at Crystal Mountain (July 9-14). Wind energy credits will be purchased through Renewable Choice Energy, a longtime partner of Crystal Mountain, to cover the carbon footprint of the Pro-Am. Number of participants, travel distance, transportation, food consumed and energy costs are among the factors included in that calculation. In total, this commitment by Rehmann will prevent the release of approximately 15.45 metric tons of CO2 or the equivalent of planting 450 trees.

"Rehmann is honored to be the first 'Green' sponsor of the Michigan PGA Women's Open," remarks Steve Kelly, Rehmann Chairman and CEO. "We have been committed to the success of the people and businesses of Michigan for nearly 70 years and are proud to be a part of this prestigious event."

This latest partnership with Rehmann is consistent with Crystal Mountain's commitment to environmental stewardship. The resort was among the first members of the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program and was one of 15 resorts nationwide recognized by Golf Digest for their environmental commitment which most recently included the addition of the Midwest's only LEED-certified spa. This spring, Crystal Mountain CEO Jim MacInnes was honored as one of 16 Michigan Green Leaders by the Detroit Free Press.

The Michigan Women's Open, played on the signature Mountain Ridge golf course at Crystal Mountain (July 9-14), will welcome 80 players from across the U.S. (14 states) and Canada to compete for yet another $40,000 purse. Once again, the field features top amateurs and players from both the Futures and LPGA Tours. LPGA Tour winners Elaine Crosby and Cindy Figg-Currier, LPGA veteran and recent inductee into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, Sue Ertl as well as Big Ten Player of the Year, Laura Kueny will be among those competing in the 54-hole championship.

About Rehmann:
Rehmann is one of the largest accounting and consulting firms in the Midwest with more than 600 associates in 16 offices, offering clients national and international expertise and service through its extensive networks and relationships. Its subsidiaries of Rehmann Robson, Rehmann Consulting, Rehmann Financial and Rehmann Corporate Investigative Services form a synergistic collection of business services that employs a forward-thinking service model that guarantees complete client satisfaction and confidence. Rehmann is a member of Nexia International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and consulting firms. Their website is www.rehmann.com.

About Crystal Mountain:
Celebrating over 50 years, Crystal is a family-owned, four-season resort with 36 holes of championship golf, one of GOLF Magazine's Top 25 Golf Schools in America, one-acre outdoor water playground, the Crystal Coaster, Michigan's only alpine slide, lodging, dining, skiing, IACC-approved conference facilities and the award-winning Crystal Spa.

For more information:
1-800-968-7686
Brian Lawson, ext. 2506

Dave Richards
dave@resortandgolf.com
1-248-642-6420