Brian Cairns wins the 2013 Michigan PGA Match Play Championship presented by Cutter & Buck / PGA Tour

Midland, MI – It took all 18 holes for Brian Cairns to defeat Tim Katanski in the finals of the Michigan Section Match Play Championship presented by Cutter & Buck / PGA Tour at Midland Country Club.

The two players traded quite a few birdies and battled tough conditions playing two matches today in 90 plus temperatures and strong winds. Tim birdied hole #10 to get the match back to all square. Brian followed that up by birdies #11 and #12 to go 2 up in the match. Tim then birdied #13 and #15 to get the match back to all square. After trading pars at #16 and #17 Brian made par on #18 which was good enough for the 1 up victory. This is Brian’s his 4th Michigan PGA Match Championship title as he won this event in 1997, 2010 and 2011.

BC semi final compressed

Brian Cairns

Brian Cairns vs Tim Katanski ( Match Play Finals )
Katanski birdies #10 to get back to all square
 – Cairns birdies #11, #12 to go 2 up thru #12
– Katanski wins #13 – Carins 1 Up thru #13
– #14 is halfed – Cairns 1 up thru #14
– Katanski birdies #15 – match is all square thru #15
– #16 is halfed with pars – match all square thru #16
– #17 is halfed with pars  -match is all square thru #17
– Cairns wins #18 with a par – wins the match 1 up

In a tightly contested first semi final match Brian was able to defeat Lee Houtteman 1 up. With the match deadlocked for most of the round Brian finally took a 1up lead with a par on Hole #16. Both players then birdied holes #17 and #18 giving Brian a 1up victory.

In the second semi final match of the day Tim Katanski defeated Shaun Bezilla 3 & 2. After a close front nine Tim got jump started when he holed out from 150 yards for eagle on #10. This put him 2 up in the match and he was able to hold on from there. This is Tim’s second trip in a row to the finals as he lost last year to Lee Houtteman.

Tim Katanski

Tim Katanski

Brian Cairns defeated John Seltzer yesterday morning and Kyle Martin yesterday afternoon round of 8. Lee Houtteman defeated Randy Erskine in the first round and Brent Goulding yesterday afternoon. Brian and Lee met in the semi-finals as well last year.

In the second semifinal match Tim Katanski from Ann Arbor Golf & Outing will face Shaun Bezilla from Harbor Pointe Golf Club at 8:40am. Tim defeated Dan Urban in the first round and Kristina Langton in the second round. Tim lost in the finals last year to Lee Houtteman. Shaun advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Ian Ziska in the first round and then by defeating the host professional Jim Deiters 1 up in the round of eight.

The 16 players that played today qualified through the Northern, Western or Eastern Chapters, Senior Organization or an Open Qualifier.

This is the second year that Midland Country Club has hosted this championship. The golf course is in great shape and has proven to be an excellent venue for this championship. A big thanks to the club and all of their staff for hosting the event.

We would like to thank our sponsors of this event Cutter & Buck / PGA Tour.

For up to date brackets as the matches finish click HERE

Please see pics below of all the players from day 1 courtesy of Robert Spears

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