MSU’s Payton Thorne golfs and talks football at Treetops in Gaylord

GAYLORD – They don’t call Gaylord “Golf Mecca” for nothing.

Home to 17 different golf courses, a golf weekend in Gaylord is on the wish list of many golfers, not just in Michigan, but throughout the Midwest and beyond.

These pristine courses tend to get their fair share of attention this time of year, but if you’re a Michigan State football fan, you might have seen a familiar face on the greens this weekend. -end.

MSU quarterback Payton Thorne stopped by Gaylord this weekend to walk some of the courses at the Treetops Resort, culminating in a chat with MSU and Detroit play-by-play announcer George Blaha Pistons, and Steve Courtney of WJR Radio at the North Pro Shop on Saturday. , July 9th.

When Thorne sat down with Blaha and Courtney on Saturday night, he had already played two of the Treetops courses, the Smith Signature and the Smith Tradition, and the Spartans caller had nothing but praise for the condition of the courses.

“I played at Signature this morning, it was awesome,” Thorne said. “Then we had lunch and headed out to the tradition, which I guess they’re turning into a links style course, which again, another awesome course.”

As Throne later mentioned, northern Michigan’s best summer weather greeted him as Saturday turned out to be the perfect day for a golf marathon.

“I don’t think the weather could be more perfect for us, so it works,” Thorne said.

Thorne said their group’s final round of the day was on the Smith Treetops course, at which point the veteran announcer had some advice for the redshirted junior QB.

“When you get to the No. 3 hole on the treetops and look down, it’s going to be hard to pick a club, but whatever you pick, it’s going to be fun,” Blaha said.

The conversation covered a host of other topics, including the growing complications of the Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) rules as well as the origins of Thorne’s love of the game of golf.

Thorne enters his junior season as a redshirt and likely his second as a starting QB after a successful 2021 campaign. He led MSU to an 11-2 overall record, setting the school single-season record for touchdown passes with 27.

Blaha, meanwhile, begins his return to the mic after a health issue caused him to miss the final month and a half of the Pistons’ 2021-22 season following successful surgery.

Detroit Pistons and Michigan State football announcer George Blaha stand outside the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit Friday, April 29, 2022.