Booth, Ness win championships
TRAVERSE CITY — Kingsley’s Hadley Booth and Traverse City’s Susie Ness won championships last week at the Arabian Horse Association’s Canadian Nationals in Brandon, Manitoba.
More than 800 horses and riders from across the United States and Canada competed.
Booth, 14, competed in three events with her Half-Arabian horse, Belle Song. She finished with top 10 honors in two Hunter Pleasure classes and prevailed as the winner of the Hunt Seat Equitation Championship for riders 13 and under. Hunt Seat Equitation judges evaluate riders’ hands, legs and seat and look for riders that display a classic workmanlike appearance while executing pattern work.
Ness, 16, competed in both the Western and the Hunter Divisions. She won the national championship in Western Horsemanship, riding her Half-Arabian horse, Docs Echo. Western Horsemanship is an equitation class that is judged on the rider’s form and technique, and is Ness’s favorite class. She qualified for the national championship show following wins in Western Horsemanship and Hunt Seat Equitation at a regional in Springfield, Ohio. In addition, Ness also won a reserve championship in her Western Pleasure class and received top 10 honors in the Hunt Seat Equitation Championship for riders ages 14-18.
Two other local riders finished with top 10 honors — Brittany Perry, 22, in the Hunter Pleasure division and Katie Athanson, 16, in both Showmanship and Western Pleasure.
Fishing tourney starts Friday
FRANKFORT — The Benzie Fishing Frenzy Tournament, the second largest salmon fishing event on the Tournament Trail, starts Friday with the Ladies Classic, then proceeds through the weekend with the Pro and Amateur Divisions.
More than $25,000 in cash and prizes will be given away.
Salmon and trout will be weighed at Mineral Springs Park in downtown Frankfort. Prizes will be awarded for biggest and heaviest fish. Weigh-ins begin just after noon each day under the pavilion.
For more information visit www.tournamenttrail.net or call 645-8366.
Patriot Game shirt sale underway
TRAVERSE CITY — Shirt sales are underway for the second annual Traverse City Patriot Game between West and Central.
The rivalry football game is scheduled for Sept. 13 at Thirlby Field.
The Patriot Game honors northern Michigan veterans and gives special recognition to those who have been killed in recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Proceeds to this year’s event will go to the Grand Traverse Horses 4 Heroes program at Reining Liberty Ranch. The non-profit facility runs various equine programs at no charge to area veterans. They work to not only help heal returning soldiers but to also provide a safe place for them.
A pre-game ceremony will be held to honor all veterans and provide an opportunity for the football players to personally thank them for their service to our country. Veterans will be allowed into the game at no charge.
Two shirt colors will be available with supporters of Central encouraged to purchase blue shirts while supporters of West are asked to purchase red shirts.
Students from the schools’ student senates have been actively involved in planning the event. They interviewed a variety of veteran organizations and selected Reining
Liberty Ranch to receive the proceeds. They also selected the design of the shirts.
Shirts are available at all Bill Marsh car dealerships, Fox Motors, Williams, Traverse Motors and Cherry Capital Cadillac Subaru. The shirts will be sold at other locations including both schools once classes begin and at the Military & Veteran Services at Northwestern Michigan College.
Red Wings alumni teams announced
TRAVERSE CITY — A star-studded roster for the Sept. 14 Alumni and Celebrity game, as part of the Detroit Red Wings Training Camp, has been released.
Players are subject to change depending on availability, but tentative commitments include Ken Holland, Chris Osgood, Hakan Andersson, Mike Babcock, Dallas Drake, Chris Chelios, Kris Draper, Jiri Fischer, Ken Kal, Kirk Maltby and Mickey Redmond, among others.
Jerseys will be designed specifically for the event and a silent auction for the game-worn uniforms will take place for those attending the game. All proceeds from the event will support Centre ICE.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. game are $20-30 and can be purchased via fax at 800-915-4057. Order forms are available at www.centreice.org.
For a full roster, see page 3B.
Harbor Springs team wins regatta
CHICAGO — Harbor Springs-based Windczar won the J/111 North American Championships, which ended Sunday evening.
Captained by Dick Lehmann, the boat took the regatta’s lead early in the weekend’s races, then relinquished it Saturday before rallying Sunday to take the title.
In fifth place was Bay Harbor’s Bill Smith in his boat, Wooton.
Scott Augustyn returns to Hounds
TRAVERSE CITY — Defenseman Scott Augustyn will be back with the Hounds this season, this time in Traverse City instead of Hartland.
The rangy, 18-year-old from Howell registered two goals and 14 points in 30 games and also added a goal and an assist in two Veteran’s Memorial Cup playoff contests during the 2012-13 Midwest Junior Hockey League’s inaugural campaign.
Grouse Society to host banquet
TRAVERSE CITY — The Le Grand Traverse Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will host its 36th annual Sportsmen’s Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Great Wolf Lodge.
It will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Individual membership and dinner tickets are $65. There is also a membership and spouse package for $100 and a Junior membership and dinner ticket for $45.
Those under the age of 16 who recently took and passed a hunter education course and/or women who have participated in a recent Outdoors Women program, and can verify it, will receive a complimentary dinner ticket when accompanied by a paying adult.
There will be live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes. For more information and/or tickets contact Jim Masters at 995-4642 (days) or 499-9427 (evenings).
Proceeds from this event will be used to restore and protect grouse and woodcock habitat.
Vecellio leads PGA with a 68
ROCHESTER — Steve Vecellio had a bogey-free round of 4-under-par 68 Monday that gave him a one shot lead over Matt Pesta, Tom Harding and Jack Seltzer in the Michigan PGA tournament.
Vecellio and Pesta played the Sharf course at Oakland University while Harding and Seltzer shot their rounds on the Katke course. The field of 140 golfers is split in half, and switches courses for today’s second round. A cut to the low 70 and ties through 36 holes will follow. Wednesday’s final round in the $42,000 54-hole championship will be played on the Katke course.
Defending champion Scott Hebert, head professional at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, opened with a 74 on the Sharf course.
Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage is three shots off the pace with a 71. William Daggett of the Traverse City Golf and Country Club and Ed Laprade of Crystal Mountain Resort are at 72.
Hills renovating Crooked Tree
PETOSKEY — Petoskey’s Crooked Tree Golf Club, part of the Boyne Resorts collection of golf courses, is receiving a facelift by renowned golf course architect, Arthur Hills, who is redesigning holes 16, 17, and 18. Construction is expected to begin in late August and the course will remain open for play on holes 1 through 15 during the construction period.
The construction goal is to make the holes more playable, including enhanced greens; a decreased slope on the 16th fairway and a reshaping of the 17th fairway in order to improve the lines of sight to the greens; and bunker work on the 18th hole. The newly designed holes will debut next spring.