Golf Channel coverage for local charitable event

The 34th annual Bobby Jones Open was held at Thousand Oaks Golf Club on June 12, 2012. Photo by DOUGLAS PHOTOGRAPHY

As a follow up to a Squire article in the June 7 edition (“What’s in a name?”), the 34th annual Bobby Jones Open was held in Grand Rapids June 11-13. Bob “Arjay” and Diane Jones from Rockford were the local hosts, and the group of 50+ attendees enjoyed great weather and West Michigan hospitality for the three-day event. Participants in this event must be named Bob Jones, or be a guest of a Bob. Given that there were 23 Bob Joneses in attendance, it is fortunate that each of them is required to have a chosen nickname.

Pictured (l–r) are Diane and Bob “RJ” Jones of Rockford wit senior producer of the Golf Channel, Matt Miller.

The Golf Channel was present during the event, in preparation for a feature to be aired in July during the British Open golf tournament, as a tribute to the famous golfer named Bobby Jones. The event raises funds for victims of the disease that Bobby Jones suffered from (syringomyelia), which is a degenerative condition of the spine.

In addition to the beautiful weather, participants from around the country enjoyed staying at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, along with an evening event at Frederik Meijer Gardens. Many also took advantage of the opportunity to visit Grand Rapids museums and area shopping attractions, along with venturing to the shores of Lake Michigan.

Robert “RD” Jones (left), chairman of the Bobby Jones Open organization from Bloomington, Ind., is pictured with Matt Miller, producer for the Golf Channel.

The feature is expected to air on July 16 and 17 during coverage of the Open Championship in Great Britain, one of golf’s four “major” annual tournaments.

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