Archives for May 2013

Idoki wins Senior PGA Championship in his first visit to United States

ST. LOUIS — Kohki Idoki’s eyes welled with tears as he putted for the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, and again in the interview room Sunday. Everything about his first appearance in the event, and first trip to the United States, was perfect. 

“It is one of the greatest things to win in this game, so I cannot imagine more,” Idoki said Sunday through a translator. “I can’t believe that I am the champion.” 

To see our complete coverage of the 2013 Senior PGA Championship, click here.

Kenny Perry can’t believe he let another major tournament title slip away. 

“Well, it was going good for the first 13 holes or whatever,” Perry said. 

Idoki erased a five-stroke deficit against Perry with room to spare, charging to a two-stroke victory at Bellerive Country Club. 

It was the third bitter final-round major tournament failure for the 52-year-old Perry, who led by three strokes with six holes to play but settled for a second-place tie with Jay Haas. 

Perry spoke briefly after trudging off the 18th green, noting that he’d been “shell shocked” by a crucial double bogey. 

“It didn’t seem like he was sharp from the beginning,” Haas said. “I just don’t think he was as sharp. If he was, he would have been 14 or 15 under, I think, with no problem.” 

For the first 12 holes, it appeared to be a two-man contest between Perry and Haas, a two-time champion and hometown favorite from nearby Belleville, Ill. To Haas, the 5-foot-5, 136-pound player from Osaka, Japan, tracking them down was a mystery man. 

“I’ve never seen Idoki hit a shot or anything, so I don’t know much about him,” Haas said. “But obviously he’s a hell of a player. A great round, and he did what he had to do.” 

The 51-year-old Idoki closed with a 6-under 65 to finish at 11 under and become the first player to win the tournament on his first attempt since Michael Allen in 2009, and the first Asian male to win a senior major tournament. 

Idoki led the Japan PGA Tour in driving accuracy for a decade but has just four career victories. He won once on the Japan Senior Tour last year and won two titles on the Japan PGA Tour, in 1990 and ’93. 

Last year, Idoki finished a distant 65th in the Senior British Open after a final round of 81. 

Idoki got a beer shower from fellow Japanese players Joe Ozaki and Kiyoshi Murota after finishing ahead of Perry’s final group. Idoki said Ozaki, who invited Idoki to accompany him to the tournament, is a mentor. 

Idoki wasn’t sure about a title defense, saying “I prefer to just stay in Japan.” 

Perry shot a 72, and Haas had a 70. Perry squandered a two-stroke lead with two holes to go in the 2009 Masters and also let victory slip away in the 1996 PGA Championship. 

Mark O’Meara was fourth, three strokes back after 65 including an eagle on No. 17. Murota was another shot behind after a 67. 

Perry staggered to the finish line, beginning with that double bogey on No. 13 that dropped him into a tie with Idoki. Another bogey on No. 16 dropped him out of the lead he held or shared since the end of the second round and he bogeyed No. 17 after shooting sideways out of deep rough in trees on No. 17. 

Perry lost his lead three-putting from the fringe up against the edge of the rough on No. 13, running it past the cup from about 3 feet before holing out to put him at even par for the day. He arched his back in disappointment after leaving a long birdie putt just short on No. 14. 

Idoki climbed into contention with four birdies and no bogeys on the front nine, and added two more birdies in a flawless finish. 

Jim Rutledge closed with a 64 for the best round of the tournament. He tied for sixth with fellow Canadian Rod Spittle, Russ Cochran, Kirk Triplett and Duffy Waldorf. Rutledge had seven birdies, five on the front nine, with no bogeys and no long putts to save par. 

 

Junior Tour Shirts Provided by Oakley

Oakley has generously provided golf shirts for our members. You will be able to pick up a shirt at your first scheduled event. The boys shirts will be the blue Oakley Gamer shirts, and the girls will receive the gray Sand Wedge shirts.  These shirts can be seen below.

Boys Shirts

Oakley has also offered to supply us with merchandise that will be available to anyone.  We will have more Oakley merchandise for you to purchase in the near future, and will notify you when we have the selected items available.

We would like to thank Oakley for their support of our program, and look forward to continuing this great relationship.  Please visit their website www.oakley.com for information on their latest products.

 

PGA of America Decision on Rule 14-b

Please read the media statement below from The PGA of America as it relates to the decision on Rule 14-1b. 

 

 The PGA of America Statement from Ted Bishop

Over the past few months The PGA of America has taken a vocal and active position which reflected the strong viewpoint of our PGA Professionals in opposing the USGA and R&A’s proposed Rule 14-1b that would ban the anchored stroke. Today, the governing bodies indicated that they will proceed with the formal adoption of the rule.

We are disappointed with this outcome. As we have said publicly and repeatedly during the comment period, we do not believe 14-1b is in the best interest of recreational golfers and we are concerned about the negative impact it may have on both the enjoyment and growth of the game. Growing the game is one of the fundamental purposes of The PGA of America.

Although we do not agree with the decision, we applaud the USGA for its willingness to listen to our concerns and engage in meaningful discussions. In our opinion and based on our experience, the USGA treated the comment period for what it was intended to be — a time to exchange opinions, concerns and potential solutions.

We should also note that our difference of opinion regarding 14-1b should not in any way detract from the healthy relationship we have had with the USGA for nearly a century.  Together, we have taken tremendous steps for the benefit of the game we both love and serve and we will continue to work together through the ongoing mutual support of Get Golf Ready; Tee It Forward; the Boys & Girls Clubs of America; the First Tee, Drive, Chip and Putt Championship; 9 is Fine; and critical pace of play issues. Let us not lose sight of the fact that The PGA and the USGA agree far more than we disagree.

We also want to note that our conversations and meetings with the USGA over these last few months have resulted in our mutual agreement to engage in a leadership conference no less than once a year to discuss our strategies and concerns and see where and how we can continue to improve the game together.  In addition, we look forward to working openly with the USGA in order to ensure that on an ongoing basis, our inclusion in the Rules-making process is as meaningful as possible.

At this point in time, The PGA will digest the USGA and R&A’s decision to proceed with Rule 14-1b and discuss this matter with our Board of Directors, PGA Sections and, of course, our 27,000 PGA Professionals throughout the country. Our Board will convene in late June during our PGA Professional National Championship and at that time, we will decide how best to proceed. In addition, we will continue to confer with the PGA Tour as they similarly digest this information.

In the meantime, we will immediately do what we do best — teach the game.  Since the end of November, The PGA Instruction Committee has been working on a process whereby our PGA Professionals can help with the transition from anchored putters to a non-anchored stroke in anticipation of this decision. Our PGA Professionals have always embraced our role as problem solvers when it comes to making the game better and more enjoyable for those who play it.

Ted Bishop, PGA
38th President
The PGA of America

2013 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

EAST LANSING – A player and instructor, PGA professional Steve Brady of Rochester, a creator, course architect Tom Doak of Traverse City, and a golf executive and rules official, Fritz Balmer of Fenton, talked with emotion about the people who helped them as they earned their spots in the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

  “It’s not really about me, but about the people who helped me along the way,” said Brady in setting the tone for the induction speeches Sunday night in ceremonies at the Henry Center at Michigan State University.

   The trio joined legends like Walter Hagen, Horton Smith and Chuck Kocsis in raising the number of Hall of Fame members to 101.

   Fred Muller, the head golf professional at Crystal Downs in Frankfort, called Doak the greatest living golf course architect during his introduction remarks.

    “I’ve been blessed to do something I really wanted to do in some of the most beautiful places in the world,” Doak said.

    Doak, 52, has designed courses in 15 states as well as Tasmania, Australia and Scotland. He is currently working on a project in China, but also recently designed a practice area at Marygrove University in the Detroit area and waived the fee.

   He credited golf course architect Pete Dye and his wife Alice for teaching him the architecture business, but he has made a name for himself with a traditionalist style that has spawned “bucket list” creations like Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Ore., Mullen in the Nebraska sand hills, Cape Kidnapers in New Zealand and The Renaissance Club in Gullane, Scotland.

     Brady, 54, was an All-American golfer at Saginaw Valley State University in 1980 before embarking on a professional playing career. He won three Michigan Opens and two Michigan PGA Championships among several other titles while also earning his way into 10 Buick Opens, playing what is now called the Web.com Tour, and being part of two U.S. Opens and three national PGA Championships.

  For the last 16 years he has worked at Oakland Hills Country Club where he is director of instruction. He was introduced by his son Matthew, a golfer at Elon University in North Carolina who is planning a career in law.

    Balmer, 73, started his service to Michigan golf in 1975 when he was asked as a member of Spring Meadows Club to be the club representative to the Golf Association of Michigan. The GAM never let him go as he worked as a committee leader, rules official and eventually a key figure in the organization’s history.

    The Wisconsin native, who is also an accomplished player after taking the game up at age 20, is best known for taking the lead for the GAM during a critical management void in 2000 as an appointed executive director and then serving two more years as the president of the organization. He directed the hiring of current executive director David Graham, who introduced him for induction.

  “This is truly humbling,” Balmer said. “There are so many great golfers that have given so much. I’ll remember this evening forever.”

    Michigan radio personality and golf writer Michael Patrick Shiels served as master of ceremonies, and Terry Moore, a Michigan Golf Foundation board member, announced progress continues toward finding the Hall of Fame a permanent home. The Hall recently moved out of facilities in Troy. For more information about the Hall of Fame visit its website: www.michigan-golf-foundation.com.

PGA of America names Dawes Marlatt Senior Director, Education and Employment Departments

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — PGA Master Professional Dawes Marlatt has been promoted to Senior Director, Education and Employment, following his four-and-a-half year stint as The PGA of America’s Director of Education.

During his tenure overseeing The PGA’s Education Department, Marlatt led several significant enhancements and new program additions to the Association’s educational services, including: Professional Golf Management curriculum, Certified Professional Program 2.0, and Golf 2.0/Player Development education.

Marlatt will now take charge of The PGA’s Education and Employment departments, both vital to the delivery of important programs and services to PGA Professionals and the golf industry. His expanded role will include working closely with the 12 PGA Employment Consultants who are regionally based throughout the country to assist PGA Professionals and employers in filling key positions at both the green grass and administrative levels.

“I am honored that The PGA of America would entrust me to take on this expanded role of leading the Employment department as well as the Education department,” said Marlatt, 41, a PGA member since 1997. “I believe it is truly a testament to all the dedicated individuals whom I have had the pleasure of working closely with over the past several years as we strived to enhance the education services The PGA provides to its member professionals.”

“We are thrilled to elevate Dawes Marlatt to the position of Senior Director, Education and Employment,” said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. “His track record of taking the lead on enhancing The PGA’s educational offerings provides us with great confidence that he will have similar success with enhancing the employment services that our more than 27,000 PGA Professionals have come to rely upon.”

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf. 

Jimmy Terry named new General Manager of PGA Village

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Jimmy Terry—whose more than a quarter-century of management experience includes recently serving as PGA Senior General Manager for PGA Tour Golf Course Properties at both TPC San Antonio and TPC Harding Park, in San Francisco—has been named the new General Manager at The PGA of America’s flagship facility, PGA Village. He assumes his new role on June 1, 2013.

Terry, 52, will be responsible for managing all programs, sales, marketing and community relations plans to fulfill the mission and objectives of The PGA’s only owned-and-operated golf resort destination. Located in Port St. Lucie, Fla., PGA Village encompasses 54 holes of championship golf designed by legends Tom Fazio and Pete Dye at PGA Golf Club; the 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance golf practice, instruction, fitness and technology park; the onsite PGA Museum of Golf, home to golf’s four major Championship trophies; and the nearby private PGA Country Club.

While at TPC San Antonio, Terry oversaw a private resort that is the crown jewel of the $600 million JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, which annually hosts the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open and the ATT Championship on the Champions Tour. TPC San Antonio was also named by GOLF Magazine as one of its “Best New Golf Courses You Can Play for 2010,” and on Golfweek’s “2011 Best Courses You Can Play” list.

As well, TPC Harding Park is considered one of the top municipal courses in the country, with a breathtaking layout that has hosted The Presidents Cup, American Express Championship and several Charles Schwab Cup Championships.

“In order to launch an exciting and new era at PGA Village, we searched across the country for the most qualified person to lead our facility and elevate its stature in being recognized as one of the top golf destinations in America,” said PGA President Ted Bishop. “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jimmy Terry, who brings an award-winning track record of customer service, sales, marketing and revenue development in support of highly successful programs for resort, private and public facilities.”

A former Officer and Board of Director for the Southern Texas PGA Section, Terry is a highly decorated PGA member, having been awarded the Section’s 2004 Bill Strausbaugh, 1997 Horton Smith and 1995 Junior Golf Leader Awards. He is a two-time Section Merchandiser of the Year (1990, ’93), who earned the 2012 TPC Network Platinum and the 2010 TPC Special Recognition Awards. Under his leadership, TPC San Antonio was recognized among America’s Top 100 Golf Shops in 2010, ’11 and ’12 by Golf World.

“To serve as General Manager of my Association’s own facility is a dream come true and an honor for me,” said Terry. “As The PGA of America’s flagship golf destination, PGA Village must serve as a source of pride for each and every PGA member and apprentice, while our club, staff and operations must be considered as the very pinnacle of our industry.”

Previously, Terry served as PGA general manager and director of golf at: The Club at Waterford in Marble Falls, Texas (2005-’08); Falconhead Golf Club in Austin, Texas (2002-’04); The Club at Comanche Trace in Kerrville, Texas (2000-’02); and The TPC of Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla. (1999-2000). Through these roles, Terry brings to PGA Village extensive and thorough experience in all aspects of golf operations and course construction management—from membership to budgeting to financial modeling to design planning.

A 1982 graduate of Tarelton State University in Stephenville, Texas, Terry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

About PGA Village
The Ryder, Wanamaker, and Dye Courses form a trio of world-class courses at PGA Golf Club, at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. PGA Village also features the award-winning, 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance and the PGA Museum of Golf. PGA Golf Club exists to be one of the premier public-access resort facilities in America, complete with a Private Members Club, and serves as the home club for our 27,000 men and women PGA Professionals. For more information, please visit pgavillage.com.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf. 

2013 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management

THE 27TH PGA MINORITY COLLEGIATE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY BROWN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

TOURNAMENT FACTS AND FIGURES:
Dates: May 10-12, 2013
Site: PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Competitors:
Teams and players (.pdf)
Facts Format: General information (.pdf)
Last Year: Relive the 2012 tournament

FOLLOW THE TOURNAMENT ON TWITTER: Use hashtag #2013MinorityChamp

PREVIEW COVERAGE:
Watkins returns in pursuit of second straight title in independent division

Justin Watkins, a PGA Golf Management University student at the University of Central Oklahoma, is the defending Men’s Independent Division Champion. And not only is he hoping to repeat, he’s looking to improve on his winning score from last year, a 54-hole total of 10-over-par 226.
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2013 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship field is announced 
The field for the 2013 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship features more than 200 participants. Four division champions will look to defend their titles: The University of Texas-Pan American (Division I Men’s), Bethune-Cookman University (Women’s) and Fayettville State University (Division II Men’s), along with Justin Watkins from the University of Central Oklahoma (Men’s Individual).
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2013 PGA Scholarship recipients announced as part of PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship
Eight student-athletes have been selected to receive a PGA Scholarship, and they will be presented during the Welcome Dinner. Each year, students from participating schools can apply to receive scholarship awards for their academic excellence at their respective institutions.
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ELIGIBILITY:
Contestants must be students of a university or college, and who have met all the academic requirements of their respective institution governing participation in intercollegiate athletics.

EDUCATION THROUGH GOLF:
Celebrating its 27th year, the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship presented by Brown Capital Management originated in November 1986 and has elevated golf in minority colleges and universities by providing opportunities to more players to compete in a national championship.

The 1986 organizational meeting brought together a significant group of founders: the late Dr. Herschel Cochrane, Dr. Joe D. Saunders of the National Negro Golf Association; Jackson State University Golf Coach Eddie Payton; Rose Harper-Elder of the Sports Management Institute; and William (Bill) Dickey, founder of the Bill Dickey Scholarship Association and recipient of the 1999 PGA Distinguished Service Award. The founders’ goal was to provide a national stage for players from minority schools after being denied opportunities to compete in NCAA collegiate golf events.

The inaugural Championship was conducted in the spring of 1987 at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1998, PGA Golf Club has been host to the Championship, and in 2006, The PGA of America was granted complete ownership and management of the Championship by the National Minority College Golf Scholarship Fund.

In 1990, a Career Fair was introduced to provide corporate sponsors the opportunity to interview and recruit outstanding college students for future employment. As a result, the Career Fair has developed into an invaluable resource to assist students in gaining internships and full-time positions within the golf industry.

 

Michigan PGA wins the 41st Fuller Cup Matches at Eagle Eye Golf Club

EAST LANSING (May 1, 2013) –With 24 of the best players in the state competing on what was a perfect weather day you knew it was going to make for a great event.  The Michigan PGA team was able to hold on after taking an early lead in the morning matches to win the 2013 Fuller Cup at Eagle Eye Golf Club. It took until the last foursome of the day to officially clinch the victory as Scott Hebert closed out Nathan Clark on hole #17 giving the Michigan PGA Team a 11-7 victory.

Michigan PGA Team

Michigan PGA Team

After the morning fourball matches the Michigan PGA Team held a 4-2 lead. Winning in the morning were the teams of Gary Smithson & John Seltzer, Kevin Muir & Tom Harding, Scott Hebert & Brian Cairns and Dave Kendall & Ian Ziska. In the afternoon matches the Michigan PGA team was able to win 7 of the 12 singles matches. Only two of the twelve singles matches went 18 holes as Eric Schleicher defeated Tom Harding 1up and Brian Cairns defeated Tom Gieselman 1 up. The other Michigan PGA singles wins came from John Seltzer, Kevin Muir, Scott Hebert, Brian Cairns, Kyle Martin, Josh Fryer and Ian Ziska.

For Final Results please click HERE

Twenty four of Michigan’s top golfers, comprised of twelve Michigan PGA Professionals and twelve amateurs from the Golf Association of Michigan made up the teams that competed today at Eagle Eye Golf Club in the 41st playing of the Fuller Cup Matches.This competition has  provided a friendly, competitive atmosphere since the first playing of the matches in 1971 at the Country Club of Lansing. The matches were named after the late Ernie Fuller, a longtime supporter of golf in Michigan.

G.A.M. Team

G.A.M. Team

 A special thank you to Bobby Jones and the local sales representative Mark Jenkins for providing the uniforms for all of the players.

Thank you to Eagle Eye golf club and their staff for hosting the event.