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March 15 2012

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here's never a bad time for
a golfer to shoot his or her
first hole-in-one, but Marni
Weinstein's timing was absolutely
perfect.
The 20-year-old Farmington Hills
resident carded her first ace while
playing a round that would determine
the Grand Valley State University
women's 'golf team's lineup for a spring
trip tournament. Weinstein has been
playing golf since she was 8 and corn-
peting since she was 11.
All the excitement happened March
3 on the 160-yard, par-3 fourth hole at
Plantation Palms Golf Club in Land 0'
Lakes, Fla., and left Weinstein speech-
less.
"I was shocked when the ball went
in the hole, but my two teammates,
Sarah Hoffman and Cassady Kauble,
were screaming;' she said.
Grand Valley coach Rebecca
Mailloux also was a witness for her big
moment. -
Weinstein said a strong wind was
blowing from right to left across the
hole. Using a hybrid 5-iron, she drove
her ball to the right and drew it left
into the green. The pin was on the
right side of the green, toward the
front.
"The ball landed 6 inches to the
right of the hole, pin high, and rolled
in. Amazing;' she said. "The green was
downhill from the tee, so everyone saw
what happened:'
Weinstein shot 4-over-par 76 for the
round and earned a spot on the Grand
Valley roster for the 37th annual Peggy
Kirk Belle Invite at Tuscawilla Country
Club in Winter Springs, Fla., March
5-6.
She shot a consistent 82-83-83-
248 and Grand Valley (ranked No. 9 in
NCAA Division II) finished eighth in
a talented 12-team field that included
seven of the country's top nine ranked
Division II teams. Three-time defend-
ing Division II national champion
Nova Southeastern of Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla., won the tournament.
Weinstein played golf for four years
at Walled Lake Western High School,
twice qualifying for the Michigan High
School Athletic Association state tour-
nament.
She made the Grand Valley team as
a walk-on when she was a freshman,
and last spring as a sophomore she
helped the Lakers finish sixth in the
Division II national championship

Marni Weinstein at the site
of her hole-in-one

played at the Meadows Golf Course,
Grand Valley's home course.

Maccabi Needs You
It's not too late to join the more than
100 Detroit athletes and artists who
will compete this summer in the JCC
Maccabi Games.
"We have openings:' said Karen
Gordon, who heads the Detroit delega-
tion that will compete Aug. 12-17 in
Rockland County, N.Y. Stuart Bass is
the delegation head for the Detroit
group that will compete Aug. 5-10 in
Houston, Texas. ArtsFest will be in
Houston as well.
Detroit athletes and artists are
selling raffle tickets to defray their
expenses. Tickets are $10, with the
money going to the seller and into a
scholarship fund. First prize is $1,000,
second prize is $360, and third prize
is $180.
Raffle winners will be drawn July
29 at the kickoff meeting for Detroit
athletes, artists and their families at
the Jewish Community Center in West
Bloomfield. Tickets will be sold until
then.
Athletes and artists must be 13-16
years old on July 31 to compete in the
Maccabi Games. For information or
to buy raffle tickets, contact Gordon
at (248) 432-5482 or kgordon@jccdet.
org.

Go Blue
Looking for another reason to root for
the University of Michigan basketball
team in the NCAA Tournament?
There's a Jewish player on the
Wolverines' roster. He's Josh
Bartelstein, a 6-foot-3 junior guard
from Highland Park, Ill., who has
played briefly in 10 games this season.
Bartelstein joined the team as a
freshman as a preferred walk-on. He
was an Academic All-Big-Ten selec-
tion as a sophomore. His father, Mark
Bartelstein, is a well-known agent for
NBA and NFL players. ❑

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