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Emily T Gail Talk Story with fellow Detroiter Jack Berry reflecting on his 50+ years as a Sports Writer
January 15, 2018 09:43 AM PST
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Jack Berry is a long time friend and in many ways has been a mentor.
We had a fun talk story. Reminded me how much I love my friendship with Jack and mutual support. I hope you will listen.

Whether you were a reader of Jack's during his many years at the Detroit News, and now in his retirement with Art and Jeannie McCafferty's Michigan Golfer or just enjoy taking about sports and how it weaves into our lives and friendships I think you will pick up how much Jack loves what he does so well. Tells stories.

And I love pulling the stories out of Jack ... about how he has made a difference. Like how he was the one who got the locker room ban of females into the locker at the Masters lifted because he felt it was the right thing for them to do and he was going to do something about it. Jack covered 43 Masters!!!!

This is the bio from when Jack was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.

Jack Berry is a renowned sports writer who honed his ability reporting sports in the Detroit area. Beginning his sports writing career with the UPI, United Press International, in Detroit, he went on to write for both the Free Press and the Detroit News. A talented writer, Jack covered most sports and all of our national sports teams. Covering golf for many years allowed Jack to bear witness to some of the great events in golf. Jack also loved writing about amateur golf and covered 30-plus Michigan Amateurs. For committee service on the Michigan Golf Summits I and II, he received an Outstanding Service Award.

Jack wrote about Michigan golf for 40 years. During this time, he had a strong, national influence on promoting the sport for all golfers. He served for more than ten years on the Board of Directors of the National Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), two years in the mid 80’s as President and eight years in the 90’s as Secretary-Treasurer. As President in 1984, he successfully intervened with Augusta National Golf Club Chairman, Hord Hardin, to lift the ban on female reporters in the Masters’ locker room.

Golf throughout the state of Michigan benefited from Jack Berry’s powerful pen. He advanced the promotion of golf in our state by writing the Guide to Michigan Golf, first published in 1991 and updated in 1993. He followed this in 1992, with an influential inside back cover column for Golf World entitled, “A Convincing Case for Michigan: When it comes to golf, this Northern state is state of the art.” Jack also used his skills to promote and publicize the formation of the Michigan Women’s Publinx Golf Association and the Metro Detroit Executive Women’s Golf Association. He is a regular contributor to the Michigan Golfer. The GAM Distinguished Award in 1997 acknowledged his wealth of contributions to amateur golf and more than three decades of writing that inspired the growth and maintained the popularity of golf in Michigan.

Since retiring, he freelances for national and local golf publications. Locally, he serves as the GWAA’s representative at Michigan State University, interviewing journalism students as prospective scholarship recipients. He hosts an annual celebrity golf day fundraiser for the Friends of Wayne County Parks Committee. He has four bright, beautiful and loving daughters with whom he is very close.

Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.

Emily T Gail - Kelly Fliear, PGA TOUR Champions Tournament Manager Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai
January 11, 2018 06:35 PM PST
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Emily T Gail Talk Story

Kelly Fliear, Tournament Manager, PGA TOUR Champions Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai gives an overview of the PGA TOUR Champions event Thursday-Saturday January 18-20 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. He talks about the field of 44 players who have earned a spot in the season opening tournament including current World Golf Hall of Fame members like Fred Couples, Hale Irwin, Tom Watson, Craig Stadler and Mark O'Meara. Fliear talks about the volunteer efforts of over 400 volunteers organized by the Rotary Club of Kona (Co-chairs Larry Webb & Kris Hazard) and monies raised for the Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation to distribute to charities and non profit and community projects, Big Island Junior Golf and the Daniel Sayre Foundation.

Bernhard Langer defends at the 54 hole stroke play tournament which will be broadcast on NBC Golf Channel 2-5 pm each day. Tickets are available at pgatour.com/mec or at the gate. $25 daily. $45 for the 3 days. Juniors complimentary.

The 2018 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai PGA TOUR Champions eligible players who will play Thursday-Saturday January 18-20 are ...

2018 Eligible Player Field

1. Michael Allen
2. Stephen Ames
3. Woody Austin
4. Paul Broadhurst
5. Olin Browne
6. Mark Calcavecchia
7. Fred Couples
8. Marco Dawson
9. Joe Durant
10. Carlos Franco
11. David Frost
12. Fred Funk
13. Doug Garwood
14. Paul Goydos
15. Jay Haas
16. Kohki Idoki
17. Hale Irwin
18. Miguel Angel Jimenez
19. Brandt Jobe
20. Jerry Kelly
21. Tom Kite
22. Peter Jacobsen
23. Bernhard Langer
24. Tom Lehman
25. Sandy Lyle
26. Jeff Maggert
27. Scott McCarron
28. Rocco Mediate
29. Colin Montgomerie
30. Mark O’Meara
31. Jesper Parnevik
32. Tom Pernice Jr.
33. Loren Roberts
34 Gene Sauers
35. Jeff Sluman
36. Vijay Singh
37. Craig Stadler
38. Kevin Sutherland
39. Esteban Toledo
40. David Toms
41. Kirk Triplett
42. Duffy Waldorf
43. Tom Watson
44. Mark Wiebe

Emily T Gail Talk Story is available as free iTunes podcast and at EmilyTGail.podomatic.com. For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgaiil@emilys.org

Emily T Gail -Wes Wailehua Executive Director/CEO Aloha Section PGA and Foundation
December 01, 2017 04:00 PM PST
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Emily T Gail Talk Story Show

Wes Wailehua, Executive Director/C.E.O. Aloha Section PGA and Foundation talks about the Mauna Lani Resort Hawaii State Open in partnership with the Aloha Section PGA coming up December 15-17. Hawaii’s most prestigious and historic golf event of the year of professionals and amateurs is a 54-hole stroke play championship event consists of four divisions: Men’s Open, Men’s Senior Open, Women’s Open, and Men’s A-Flight. Spectators are welcome.

Wes also gives an overview of the Aloha Section PGA and the member's role in the growth of the game and care of the golf industry that involves over 25,000 employees in over a 100 facilities in Hawaii.

The Aloha Section PGA Foundation is very involved in the offering of clinics, supporting Junior Golf Programs and many amateur and professional events. Monies raised with the foundation also support scholarships.

The Emily T Gail Talk Story Show is available at emilytgailtalkstory.podomatic.com, Emily T Gail Talk Story and Emily T Gail on face book and is a free iTunes podcast. For more information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgail@emilys.org

Here is some back story to the history of the Hawaii State Open ... which became the Hawaiian Open ...

Past champions include 1987 U.S. Open Champion Scott Simpson and local favorites Japan PGA touring professional David Ishii and PGA Tour player Dean Wilson. David is the only player to have won both the Hawaii State Open and the Hawaiian Open. The Hawaii State Open is one of Hawaii’s oldest tournaments and has an interesting history. According to the Aloha Section PGA web site, it began in 1974 as a revival of the original Hawaiian Open which began in the 1920's to determine the best golfer in the Islands. Great players from the mainland were invited to compete and did so for more than 30 years. Because of the diversity of players and the boost in economy from these events, three former Waialae Country Club presidents, Ken Brown, John Bellinger and Francis Wright asked the PGA Tour in 1965, to add the Hawaiian Open as a regular stop on the PGA Tour. Although this was a great commercial success, it restricted Hawaiian pros and amateurs from participating in the Hawaiian Open, since now to play in the event, you had to be a playing member on the PGA Tour.

So for a few years there was not a premier event for Hawaiian players. The tournament was revived in 1974 and it was called the Hawaii State Open with same mission: to find the best golfer in Hawaii with the Ted Makalena perpetual trophy after Makalena who was the first Hawaii resident to win a PGA Tour event – the 1966 PGA Tour Hawaiian Open. In 1976, a women’s division was added. In 1989, a senior division was added. It was run by the Oahu Junior Golf Association until 1993 when it was taken over by the Aloha Section PGA and in 2006 the Aloha Section PGA Foundation took over and has full fields each year.

Emily T Gail- Greg McLaughlin, President, PGA TOUR Champions
November 08, 2017 02:23 PM PST
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Greg McLaughlin, President PGA TOUR Champions talks about the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai returning to the Big Island of Hawaii for the 22nd year.

It's the season opening event for the PGA TOUR Champions with official event champions of the 2016 and 2017 seasons, winners of the majors from recent years and professionals by invitation with a minimum of five or more career victories, including one major.

Played on the beautiful Hualalai Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, the Pro-Am is on Tuesday January 16 and Wednesday January 17

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday January 18-19-20 is the 54 hole stroke play event broadcast on NBC Golf Channel. It's a 1.8 million purse. Bernhard Langer defends.

Advance tickets are available at pgatour.com/mec $20 One Day Pass / $40 Tournament Pass (purchase on website) or at the Gate tournament week for $25 Tournament Day and $ 45 Tournament Week Pass .

I think one of the best aspects of this Mitsubishi Electric Championship is monies raised for our local charities. The Rotary Club of Kona organizes the 300+ volunteers with Kris Hazard and Larry Webb continuing as volunteer co-chairs and in return the tournament donates to the Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation. Big Island Junior Golf and the Daniel R Sayre Foundation are also recipients.

2018 Eligible Player Field: Michael Allen, Stephen Ames, Woody Austin, Paul Broadhurst, Fred Couples, John Daly, Marco Dawson, Joe Durant, Carlos Franco, David Frost, Doug Garwood, Paul Goydos, Jay Haas, Kohki Idoki, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Brandt Jobe, Jerry Kelly, Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Jeff Maggert, Scott McCarron, Rocco Mediate, Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik, Tom Pernice,Jr., Kenny Perry, Gene Sauers, Vijay Singh, Esteban Toledo, Kirk Triplett, Duffy Waldorf, Mark Wiebe
Sponsor Exemptions: Olin Browne, Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Funk, Peter Jacobsen, Corey Pavin, Loren Roberts, Jeff Sluman, David Toms
Hall of Fame Eligible: Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Sandy Lyle, Larry Nelson, Mark O’Meara, Jose Maria Olazabal, Tom Watson, Ian Woosnam

I think it is significant that Greg McLaughlin was involved with many of the current PGA TOUR Champions players as they were coming up and making strides on the PGA TOUR.
Before he joined the PGA TOUR as Senior VP of PGA TOUR Championship Management, Greg was Tournament Director of the PGA Northern Trust Open (formerly Nissan Open), Honda classic, BMW Championship and Director of the Tiger Woods Foundation for 14 years. At the Nissan Open in 1992 at Rivera Country Club in LA Greg was responsible for providing Tiger Woods with his first exemption to compete in a PGA TOUR.

Fred Couples won the Nissan Open that year. I was at that 1992 Nissan Open and it was the first time I met Greg McLaughlin and it was the first time I ever saw Tiger Woods. He was around 16 years old. I was just venturing to other venues to cover golf and I'll always remember how helpful and friendly Greg was to me when I got press credentials for the Nissan Open over several years.

I appreciate having worked with and been very involved with the PGA TOUR Champions and Kelly Fliear, Tournament Manager for 22 years now. It's been fun to weave so many relationships in the world of golf in my hometown Detroit and Hawaii into my life.

For instance Brian Goin. Brian had been Tournament Director of the Ford Seniors in Detroit for many years and then as Director of PGA Tour Championship Management we worked together on the Mitsubishic Electric Championship at Hualalai. We have mutual friends in the Detroit Media and handful of my friends from Detroiters have for years played in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Pro-AM and we have a few spots open for this year.

Greg and I mention Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Michigan being the site in September 2018 for the PGA TOUR Champions Ally Challenge. Warwick Hills hosted the Buick Open for 45 years through 2009. As a junior golfer aspiring to play professional golf in the 1960's, attending the Buick Open was very special.

So grateful for the game of golf and the relationships in my life through golf professionally and personally. Thanks for listening to the Emily T Gail Talk Story Show emilytgailtalkstory.podomatic.com.

Emily T Gail talks with Dr. Frank and Laura Sayre about the Daniel R Sayre Foundation
August 19, 2017 01:11 PM PDT
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Dr. Frank and Laura Sayre's son Daniel Sayre at the age of 25 lost his life in a hiking accident in Pololu Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii 20 years ago. (photo of Danny and Frank and Laura and daughter Laura).

Fire Rescue personnel risked their lives to recover Daniel's body ...

The Sayres learned the county had no program to honor rescue personnel who go above and beyond the call of duty.

They wondered why the Fire Department did not have ropes long enough to into the island’s deep valley, a safer option than using a helicopter in some circumstances.

Laura and Frank decided to buy two sets of rappelling ropes for the county — one for the Hilo side on the east and one for the Kona side on the west — at about $1,500 apiece and honor the fireman who had risked their lives to recover Daniels body.

And that was the start of the community supported Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation to raise funds for much need rescue equipment began. Saturday Sept. 2 they will celebrate 20 years and more than 1.75 million dollars raised and equipment purchased.

Laura and Frank share a lot of interesting and very informative information about the Rescue teams and the community response to all the needs.

Saturday Sept. 2 is the 20th Annual Daniel R Sayre Memorial Foundation dinner. It is one of the Big Island premier events at the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani. Aloha or Evening Attire it includes a Silent Auction-in fact 3 ballrooms of silent auction items beginning at 4:30pm. The 5 star gourmet dinner begins at 6pm, wonderful music, beautiful program honoring some of the fireman for rescues made this year and a chance to meet the hundreds of supporters that attend every year because we all know that any given day could be us that needs a well equipped rescue team.

Go to danielrsayrefoundation.net for information, to donate or for tickets which are $110.

Funds raised have gone towards rope rescue equipment, rescue communication systems, ATV's, rescue boards, automatic defibrillators, jet skis, $38,000 refurbishing of the Rescue Boat, masks with voice communication to command boats and so much more.

Emily T Gail Talk Story w Sean Maekawa, Volunteer Assistant Golf Coach for Oregon Ducks
May 09, 2017 01:38 PM PDT
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Sean Maekawa is a Volunteer Assistant Golf Coach to Casey Martin for the University of Oregon Ducks. Sean was the 2007 Hawaii High School Champion and then played for the Ducks 2007-2011 and has been playing professionally since. We've been friends for long time so it was interesting to hear Sean talk about what he is learning about himself through this opportunity in his golf career to mentor the team members and work with Casey and be mentored by Casey.

Sean was in the Waikoloa Beach Junior Golf Program as a keiki and later helped with the program. Emily talks about Matt Rosato winning one of the BIIF golf tournaments at Waikoloa Beach Resort where he learned to play golf in their Junior Program as well. She talks about the merits of Junior Golf programs if just to learn the fundamentals or to pursue playing high school or college golf.

Emily has information on the Round Up at the Ranch Barbecue and Dance at Waikiki Ranch July 15 6-10pm to benefit the Daniel R Sayre Memorial Foundation. Funds raised will go towards purchasing equipment for the Hawaii Country Fire and Rescue.

Emily has information on Bike Share Kona and other PATH updates and how PATH efforts relate to the Bike Share in Detroit and other communities across the country.

She talks about the bike community in Detroit and Slow Roll and some of the people who are creating the bicycle culture that is so popular in the city.
And the city of Detroit is embracing the efforts.

Emily T Gail Talk Story -Dick Mudry longtime golf writer about the Masters
April 05, 2017 01:46 PM PDT
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Dick Mudry, long time golf writer including writing the copy for 10 years for the Masters Annual, a publication of Augusta National reflects on how the Masters has evolved from it's early years.

Dick reflects on the absence of his friend Arnold Palmer at the Masters, having passed away last year and how PGA player Sam Saunders, Arnold's grandson has helped carry on Arnie's legacy. He shares some thoughts on the current state of the PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour.

Dick lives in Florida and is a forever fan of his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates. He talks about his visits to spring training games this year
and the impact of MLB spring training on tourism. He shares why some clubs like the Detroit Tigers, who have a new facility reflecting the increase in attendance always have sold out games.

Emily T Gail Talk Story - Eric Francke, Hawaii Forest and Trail and my fellow hikers on the Kohala Waterfall Adventure
March 25, 2017 03:04 PM PDT
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I had an opportunity to take the Hawaii Forest and Trails Kohala Waterfall Adventure recently up in Hawi area at north end of the Island of Hawaii.

Eric Francke, our Interpretive Guide with Hawaii Forest & Trail who was so fun as he shared his knowledge and aloha. Eric, Sandy, Dennis, Chris, Victoria, and I all comment on the day. It was a sweet experience sharing the day together. Really sweet.

Jen Lawson, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative talks about their mission and how Rob Pacheco, Founder/Owner Hawaii Forest & Trail has partnered and been supportive of Waikoloa Dry Forest restoration efforts of the wiliwili tree and native plants while educating the public. Jen has information on their next two volunteer days which will be Saturday April 8 at Hapuna State Park and Saturday April 15 at Waikoloa Dry Forest. To sign up for newsletter or to volunteer visit waikoloadryforest.org.I'm a big supporter of Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative. I live across from the Waikoloa Dry Forest area- love the vista as you head up the hill and the goats along the way.

Joni Metzler, Metzler Construction and Wendy Gaertner, both long time friends and fellow Ironman veterans talk about the Hawaii Cycling Club Century Ride on the Island of Hawaii April 9, 2017. It's a benefit for Hospice- Rich Bell Founder/Director has a nice day planned for us. Wendy who now lives in Austin, Texas and Joni talk about their love of recreation and Hawaii. I'm inspired by my conversation with them to get on my bike more.

Also in this show my usual just talking story about what's on my mind and in my heart!!!

The Emily T Gail Show espnhawaii.com is also available on facebook.com/Emily T Gail or Emily T Gail Talk Story. For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgail@emilys.org.

Emily T Gail Talk Story - Eric Francke, Hawaii Forest and Trail and my fellow hikers on the Kohala Waterfall Adventure
March 22, 2017 07:55 PM PDT
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I had an opportunity to take the Hawaii Forest and Trails Kohala Waterfall Adventure recently up in Hawi area at north end of the Island of Hawaii.

Eric Francke, our Interpretive Guide with Hawaii Forest & Trail who was so fun as he shared his knowledge and aloha. Eric, Sandy, Dennis, Chris, Victoria, and I all comment on the day. It was a sweet experience sharing the day together. Really sweet.

I'm a big supporter of Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative. I live across from The Waikoloa Dry Forest area- the goats on the path - love it.

Jen Lawson, Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative talks about their mission and how Rob Pacheco, Founder/Owner Hawaii Forest & Trail has partnered and been supportive of Waikoloa Dry Forest restoration efforts of the wiliwili tree and native plants while educating the public. Jen has information on their next two volunteer days which will be Saturday April 8 at Hapuna State Park and Saturday April 15 at Waikoloa Dry Forest. To sign up for newsletter or to volunteer visit waikoloadryforest.org.

Joni Metzler, Metzler Construction and Wendy Gaertner, both long time friends and fellow Ironman veterans talk about the Hawaii Cycling Club Century Ride on the Island of Hawaii April 9, 2017. It's a benefit for Hospice- Rich Bell Founder/Director has a nice day planned for us. Wendy who now lives in Austin, Texas and Joni talk about their love of recreation and Hawaii. I'm inspired by my conversation with them to get on my bike more.

Also in htis show my usual just talking story about what's on my mind and in my heart!!!

The Emily T Gail Show espnhawaii.com is also available on facebook.com/Emily T Gail or Emily T Gail Talk Story. For information contact Emily at 896-6780 or emilytgail@emilys.org.

Winona Chen Free Triathlon Training, Rich Bell HCC Century Ride, Brantley Center Golf Tournament, and HI-PAL Boxing meets Detroit's Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program
March 11, 2017 01:55 PM PST
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Winona Chen of Bike Works talks about the free Triathlon Training at Hapuna Beach Sunday March 19. Get Lavaman ready or just get introduced to the sport. Everyone welcome. 7:30 am. Swim: 1/3 mi, Bike: 12.93 mi, Run: 2.7 mi
Not a race, no event timing, but folks are welcome to time themselves. Tips on transitions and questions answered. Winona talks about having been there, done that and why they like to share with others what they have learned.

Rich Bell of Bike Works, who is also the Founder-Director of the Hawaii Cycling Club Century Bike Ride on Sunday April 9 at Spencer Beach. Rich talks about why creating the ride to honor his dad and to acknowledge the Hospice care his father and the family received has been .

I talk about the 39th Annual Brantley Center Golf Tournament at Waikoloa Village on Sunday April 23. Brantley Center adult day programs for clients with physical, emotional or mental disabilities provide a safe and supportive environment, men and women receive independent life skills and employment training, vocational rehabilitation, and help transitioning into the regular job market. Roland Kaneshiro, 987-7712.

I share the story of Hawaii Police Department Community Officer Kapelieli "KJ" Kauahiaua Jr.,bringing back the HI-PAL Youth Boxing Program. He was a participant in one of the last matches in 1997 when the program was discontinued. My friends Khali Sweeney and Jessica Hauser of Detroit's Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program were on island and I was pleased KJ was able to create the time to meet up and talk story with them.

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