golf http://michiganradio.org en Poorest city in Michigan hosts Senior PGA Championship http://michiganradio.org/post/poorest-city-michigan-hosts-senior-pga-championship <p>The Senior PGA Championship is underway today in Benton Harbor.</p><p>The city is home to the Whirlpool Corporation, the largest appliance manufacturer in the world; and it&#39;s also the poorest city in Michigan. In 2010 the average household in Benton Harbor earned just $17,000 a year.</p><p><strong>Whirlpool&#39;s plan to turn Benton Harbor into a tourist destination</strong></p><p>Recently, a steady stream of tour busses and a fleet of silver Mercedes with the PGA logo cruised through town.</p><p>At times you could see people inside the cars point at boarded up buildings as they drove by.</p><p>The Harbor Shores golf course sits in sharp contrast to the city&rsquo;s poverty. But near the golf course there are plans for condos, two luxury hotels (to be completed by 2014), and a marina.</p><p>Whirlpool executives came up with this concept in the 1980s. They wanted to turn more than three million square feet of old manufacturing space near the Lake Michigan shore into a destination for golfers. Fri, 25 May 2012 17:19:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7616 at http://michiganradio.org Poorest city in Michigan hosts Senior PGA Championship Benton Harbor hosts 2012 Senior PGA Championship http://michiganradio.org/post/benton-harbor-hosts-2012-senior-pga-championship <p>The Senior PGA tournament for professional golfers is in Benton Harbor this week.</p><p>Famous golfers began practicing on the course Monday afternoon. Harbor Shore golf course was partially built on city owned land. Elected city leaders agreed to lease the property with the hope of attracting jobs and tourists to the region.</p><p>Herb Caldwell is Vice President of the Consortium for Community Development. The non-profit group tries to improve the community&rsquo;s workforce skills. He says&nbsp;the group has helped <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/job-applicants-volunteers-prepare-senior-pga-benton-harbor">more than 260 people get temporary jobs </a>for the tour.</p><p>But Caldwell says the tournament is also bringing a sense of excitement and pride to its residents.</p><p>&ldquo;People will walk away from this &ndash; not only the people internally who live here &ndash; with a different perspective on their community but the people who will visit here will now have a different picture of Benton Harbor,&rdquo; Caldwell said.</p><p>But not everyone is pleased.</p><p>Benton Harbor is the poorest city in Michigan with an average household income of $17,000 a year. The city government is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/end-benton-harbors-financial-emergency-murky-best">under the control of an emergency manager</a>. Tue, 22 May 2012 16:57:22 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7558 at http://michiganradio.org Benton Harbor hosts 2012 Senior PGA Championship Job applicants, volunteers, prepare for Senior PGA in Benton Harbor http://michiganradio.org/post/job-applicants-volunteers-prepare-senior-pga-benton-harbor <p>More than 300&nbsp;people turned out to&nbsp;a&nbsp;job fair this&nbsp;week&nbsp;to&nbsp;get a temporary job when the Senior PGA tour comes to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/benton-harbor">Benton Harbor</a> next month.</p><p>Herb Caldwell is Vice President of the Consortium for Community Development. It&rsquo;s a non-profit group focused on solving chronic poverty in northern Berrien County.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re really surprised and really happy with the excitement and the eagerness of the folks in our area who want to get out an support the Senior PGA golf tournament,&rdquo; Caldwell said. The job fair was Tuesday,&nbsp;Wednesday and Thursday&nbsp;this week.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>PGA&nbsp;is a first for Benton Harbor</strong></p><p>The Senior PGA tour will be at the new <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/harbor-shores">Harbor Shores golf course</a>.</p><p>There&rsquo;s been controversy over the golf course for two reasons; it was partially built on sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and elected city leaders agreed to lease <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/jean-klock-park">portions of&nbsp;the beachfront&nbsp;park </a>while the city was facing severe financial problems. The course has prompted a number of lawsuits, but most have been settled in favor of the golf course.</p><p>Benton Harbor&#39;s city government&nbsp;is <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/joe-harris">now&nbsp;run by an emergency manager</a>.&nbsp;The elected, but powerless,&nbsp;city commission voted earlier this month&nbsp;to withdraw its support of&nbsp;the Senior PGA&nbsp;coming to their city.&nbsp; Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:01:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7037 at http://michiganradio.org Job applicants, volunteers, prepare for Senior PGA in Benton Harbor U-M golfer Lion Kim in the Masters http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-golfer-lion-kim-masters <p>Hello, ball.</p><p>U-M Wolverine golfer Lion Kim is participating in this weekend&#39;s Masters Tournamet, a historic achievement.</p><p>Here&#39;s the update from <a href="http://detroit.sbnation.com/2011/4/8/2098890/masters-leaderboard-scoreboard-2011-lion-kim">SB Nation Detroit</a>:</p><blockquote><p>University of Michigan golfer Lion Kim shot an opening-round 76 in the 2011 Masters golf tournament on Thursday. That put him four over after one round of play.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 18:59:44 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1992 at http://michiganradio.org U-M golfer Lion Kim in the Masters Golfer sues after being hit by partner's shanked shot http://michiganradio.org/post/golfer-sues-after-being-hit-partners-shanked-shot <p>When most people hit the links with their buddies, they don't anticipate getting sued for their shanks.</p><p>I guess it is America, so you can sue for just about anything. But it doesn't mean you'll win.</p><p>The New York Court of Appeals struck down an unfortunate case between two Doctors.</p> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 18:01:28 +0000 Mark Brush 666 at http://michiganradio.org Golfer sues after being hit by partner's shanked shot