Bums hire Burke as broadcaster
TRAVERSE CITY — Kevin Burke will be the new voice of the Traverse City Beach Bums.
Burke comes to Traverse City after a season with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Southern League. He did radio play-by-play and color for all 70 home games and 26 road games for Cincinnati’s AA affiliate. He also worked in media relations, writing press notes and feature stories while maintaining the Blue Wahoos social media accounts.
In the off-season, Burke is the women’s basketball play-by-play broadcaster for High Point University. He’s a 2012 graduate of Virginia Tech.
Bums sign Gillingham
TRAVERSE CITY — The Beach Bums signed 24-year-old right-handed pitcher Alex Gillingham.
The 6-3 pitcher was a three-year starter at Loyola Marymount, striking out 192 batters in 263 innings with a 14-12 and one save. In parts of three years in the minor leagues — he was an 11th-round selection by the Colorado Rockies — Gillingham posted a 10-14 record with a 4.57 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 193 innings.
Spruce Run to open April 22
ACME — Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will open its Spruce Run golf course on Tuesday, April 22.
Gary Player’s The Wolverine will open on Thursday, April 24. The Bear, designed by Jack Nicklaus, will open on Friday, April 25.
The resort’s Golf Academy will host a TaylorMade Demo Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Representatives from TaylorMade will be on hand with the latest golf equipment. Call the Golf Academy at 534-6550 to reserve a time and for more information.
Meanwhile, the TC Central Tee-Off Tournament will be held on Spruce Run and The Wolverine on April 25 and 26. The high school event draws teams from around the state.
Cycling Classic set for May 31
HARBOR SPRINGS — The Harbor Springs Cycling Classic will be held May 31.
The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and has courses covering 20, 45 and 60 miles. The race costs $25 in advance or $30 at the event. For more information or to register, call 231-526-2151. Another nearly-identical race will be held on Sept. 13.