Golf News for Friday, February 14, 2014 | Events

Valentine's Day brings date night at West Michigan Golf Show

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- This year the opening of the 26th West Michigan Golf Show falls on Valentine's Day, Friday, Feb. 14. To mark this heartfelt occasion, organizers have added a special "Duffers & Dolls Date Night" feature—encouraging couples to make a romantic tee-time at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

Included with the price of admission, "Duffers and Dolls" offers the following diversions and bonuses for the young at heart:

-Play a round of putt-putt miniature golf on an indoor course
-Share an ice cream soda at a soda fountain shop
-Partake in some spirits (for a fee) at a wine tasting station
-First 200 couples get a free carnation
-Enter to win a dinner and a movie package, including a $50 gift card to Twisted Rooster and $40 in gift certificates from Celebration! Cinema!

And thinking of Valentine's Day and golf, here are the West Michigan Golf Show's favorite names surrounding this popular calendar date:

Guy Boros—Son of Julius, winner of the Greater Vancouver Open

Fred Couples—Hall of Famer; 1992 Masters Champion

Jacky Cupit—phooey with spellcheck! won four times on PGA Tour, runner-up in '63 U.S. Open

Valentine Derrey—Ladies European Tour member from France

"Chick" Evans—Hall of Fame amateur & founder of the Evans Caddie Scholarship program

Sandra Gal—LPGA winner & named's Hottest Golfer

Dudley Hart—PGA Tour player, won $29K at the AT&T Pebble Beach last Sunday

Davis Love III—1997 PGA Champion, Ryder Cup Captain

Jamie Lovemark—current PGA Tour player, oddly not wearing Hickey-Freeman apparel

Justin Rose—2013 U.S. Open

Jess Sweetser—1922 U.S. Amateur & 1926 British Amateur champion

Tommy Valentine—Michigan Senior Open (2000) champion & Michigan PGA member

Kim Si Woo— A rookie last year on the PGA Tour when he was only 17!

Babe Didrikson Zaharias—Hall of Famer and three-time Women's U.S. Open champion

And finally let's not forget D.A. Points—twice a winner on the PGA Tour—whose last name is fitting for those wanting to impress one's sweetheart by making a date with the Golf Show.

Held continuously since 1989, the West Michigan Golf Show is sponsored by Treetops Resort, Pfeiffer Lincoln, Odawa Casino Resort, Golf Association of Michigan, Boyne Resorts, and the Michigan PGA. As always, several charities will benefit from the Show, including Patriot Golf Day, Racing Awareness and the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

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 and online at

Carolyn Alt, ShowSpan, at 616-447-2860
Terry Moore, Sportserv Ltd., 616-490-0433,