Archives for June 2013

Rispler and Johnson take the title!

Battle Creek, MI-The Junior PGA Section Championship concluded Friday, June 21st, 2013 with Max Rispler and Aya Johnson standing atop their respective divisions, and earning an invitation to compete in the National Junior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club near Washington DC.

 Max Rispler from Alto, MI showed nerves of steel as he followed up a 73 (+1) with an impressive 68 (-4) on day two totaling 141 (-3) to win the overall boys division. Finishing four strokes back of Rispler was James Kneen, and ending up tied for 3rd place was Joseph Torres, David DeMarois, and first round leader Jason Brandt.

 Aya Johnson from North Muskegon, MI will be joining Max at the National Junior PGA Championship posting two rounds of 70 (-2) totaling 140 (-4). Aya’s play was consistent throughout the tournament as she finished four strokes ahead of second place finisher Hannah Pietila. Shooting even par on day two and finishing in third place was Julia Dean.

 Thank you Bedford Valley Golf Club for hosting this event. We would also like to thank Under Armor, and Hotel Fitness for their support, and we would also like to send out a special thank you to all players and parents.

 Best of luck Max and Aya!

CLICK HERE for tournament results



THOMPSONVILLE, Mich. –– The 20th  Michigan PGA Women’’s Open at Crystal Mountain Resort was an international stop to the very last shot.

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  The $40,000 state championship came down to a pair of 25-year-old golfers of Asian descent who live in Australia, and it was Korean Inhong Lim who made a birdie on the first hole of sudden-death Wednesday to turn back hard-charging Corie Hou, who is Chinese.

  Lim, a former Ohio State golfer who went to high school in Melbourne, Australia, rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt on the par 5 No. 18, the first playoff hole, to win the $6,000 first-place check. She finished regulation play with a 71 for 4-under-par 212.

  Hou shot a 4-under-par 68, the low round of the day, to set up the playoff. On the extra hole her approach shot from 100 yards in the rough hopped just over the green. She chipped to just inches to set up a par save, but Lim ended things with the birdie.

  “”I had good confidence playing that hole,”” Lim said. “”I birdied that hole two times out of three, and I know that hole now. I was like, don’’t leave it short and don’’t leave it low. I hit it perfect.””

   Hou, who was captain of the golf team at the University of Hawaii and had a previous professional win in Spain, said she was happy for Lim, who she has competed against in Australia in both amateur and the professional ranks.

  “”If she was going to win in a playoff, I’’m glad she did it with a birdie,”” she said. “”Two Aussies in a playoff in Michigan –– it’’s not too bad. I’’ve never been in a playoff before, and now I have that experience. I was pretty calm, but my (approach) shot was just a few yards too long.””

  Three professional golfers from the United States finished at 214, two shots out of the playoff.  Erica Popson of Davenport, Fla., Rachael Schmidt of Elk River, Minn., and Ashely Tait of Littleton, Colo., each shot 72 for 214.

  Kimberly Dinh of Midland, who will be a junior at the University of Wisconsin, finished as the low amateur and had the best finish of the 41 Michigan golfers in the field of 87. She shot 71 for 215. Michigan State golfer Christine Meier of Rochester Hills shot 74 and was in the group of five golfers who finished at even-par 216 for the 54-hole event.

  Suzanne Green-Roebuck, a two-time former champion, closed with a 71 for 218 to tie for 12th.

  Lim, who plays on the LPGA Symetra Tour and is headed for that tour’’s next stop in Harris, Mich., in the Upper Peninsula (Friday through Sunday), said she had been playing well, and felt something good was going to happen in her game.

  “”I was playing very consistent,”” she said. “”I feel so happy to be here. I turned 25 on Monday, so it was a great birthday present for myself.””

  She planned to call her parents as soon as possible.

“”They have no idea,”” she said. “”They are flying today from Korea back to Australia. I will call them when they land.””

   At one point Hou was 6-under-par in her round, but left a par putt on the edge of the cup on 15 and lipped out a par-save at 17.

   “”I suppose I could have held my nerves in the last five holes a little bit better,”” she said. “”It all comes down to experience. The front nine was so much fun. The confidence was just coming out of my ears. I lost in a playoff to a birdie. I’’m proud of how I did.””

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Stevenson and Bowser earn invitation to San Diego!

Brighton, MI – Baker Stevenson 16, and Elayna Bowser 16 took first place overall at Oak Pointe Country Club, and earned an invite to the 2013 Callaway Junior World Championships in San Diego, CA.

Baker Stevenson is a first year Michigan PGA Junior Tour member, and played consistently shooting 36 on both the front and back nine for a 72. The young junior showed poise as he strategically navigated the Championship Course recording five birdies in route to his first place finish. Baker’s next event will be at the Junior PGA Championship on June 20-21st at Bedford Valley Golf Club where he will attempt to qualify for the National Junior PGA Championship on July 30-Aug 2nd at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, VA.

Also making her Michigan PGA Junior Tour debut was Elayna Bowser. The sister of former MPGA Junior Tour member Evan Bowser, Elayna showed her determination by recording four birdies during her round. She finished 36-39-75, outlasting Julia Dean by one stroke. Elayna will also be competing at the Junior PGA Championships in hopes of earning back to back qualifying victories.

We would like to thank the Oak Pointe Country Club staff for their support, and allowing us to use their facility. Special thanks to Trent Smith, PGA, David Burkart, Stuart Cavcey, rules officials, and volunteers that made this event possible.

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Our next tournament will be the Junior PGA Championship at Bedford Valley Golf Club July 20-21, 2013.

Rose becomes second to qualify for PGA Grand Slam of Golf

Before the start of the 113th U.S. Open, many thought that Merion Golf Club — a short course by U.S. Open standards — wouldn’t be too stern a test for the best players in the world.

Boy, were the critics ever wrong.

When it ended, England’s Justin Rose earned his first major victory on a brutal Sunday at Merion. Rose shot a final-round, even-par 70. His 1-over 281 total was two shots better than Jason Day and Phil Mickelson, who tied for second at 3 over.

With his amazing victory — the first for an Englishman since Tony Jacklin in 1970 — Rose earned the second spot in the field for the 2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, Bermuda, Oct. 14-16, alongside Masters champion Adam Scott.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf features a $1.35 million purse, with the winner receiving $600,000, second place $300,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000.

TNT’s prime-time broadcast of the event reaches a worldwide audience of 88.9 million U.S. homes and international viewers in more than 100 countries.The PGA Grand Slam of Golf is hosted by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, Port Royal Golf Course, and the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.

Established in 1979, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf has grown from an 18-hole, single-day charity event to a 36-hole annual showdown that matches professional golf’s best against each other.

The remainder of the foursome for the 2013 PGA Grand Slam of Golf features the winners of the Open Championship, July 18-21 at Muirfield; and finally, the 95th PGA Championship, August 8-11, at Oak Hill.




   WASHINGTON, Mich. – Tom Werkmeister, a 45-year-old internet salesman from Kentwood, is just the fifth amateur to win the Michigan Open Championship in the 96-year history of the tournament, and the first since 1975.

  “It’s my biggest moment,” he said after a closing even-par round of 72 Thursday at The Orchards Golf Club left him at 13-under-par 275, two shots ahead of defending champion Barrett Kelpin, a 23-year-old mini-tour professional from Kalamazoo.

2013 Champion - Tom Werkmeister

2013 Champion – Tom Werkmeister

 “At this point nothing has been better than this,” said Werkmeister, who was the 2009 Michigan Amateur champion and has won every significant amateur title in the state in his career. “Yes, the Michigan Amateur (in 2009) is 1A probably, but to win this, in this type of field with a bunch of mini-tour players out there, that makes me feel pretty good. It is definitely the highlight.”

  Kelpin, who won the 2012 Michigan Open by eight shots with a record-tying 23-under-par total, shot 73 to close for an 11-under-par 277. He suffered bogeys at Nos. 16 and 17 by missing short three-foot par putts, and admitted his disappointment.

 “It was very disappointing that I couldn’t make those putts and keep the pressure on Tom and stay in it coming in,” Kelpin said. “Tom played great. He played better than me today. He was so steady. Hat’s off to him.”

 With Werkmeister, a dedicated amateur headed to next week’s Michigan Amateur in Muskegon with the James D. Standish Jr. Trophy for his victory, Kelpin received the $8,000 first-place money from the $50,000 purse.

  Andy Ruthkoski, a mini-tour player from Muskegon, and Chris Mory, a club pro from Haslett, each shot final-round 69s to tie for third at 278. They are both former Michigan State golfers, and each earned $4,000.

Pesta, a professional from Forest Lake Country Club who shot 71, was next at 281, and mini-tour pros Matt Thompson of Battle Creek, who shot 72, and Clark Klaasen of Grand Rapids, who shot 70, tied at 282 with 18-year-old Ypsilanti amateur Henry Do, who closed with a 71.

 Werkmeister said he drew added inspiration for the week from Julie Breuker, the wife of his close friend John, who last week was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer.

 “For me to be out here stressing over a four-footer for par really puts things in perspective,” he said. “It was horrifying news. To offer just a little distraction for him and his family, for me to offer that distraction, was kind of cool.”

 Werkmeister said he kept his cool through the wind-whipped round by leaning on his years of experience in competitive golf.

 “I stayed with my plan, and I never really thought I had it won until really the last hole,” he said. “I wasn’t really nervous on the last hole. I hit it in the fairway, and even though it was a tough shot with the wind to the green over water, I found my spot and hit it there. I didn’t play great, but I played steady, stayed in the lead and feel just great about it.”

Werkmeister will defend his title at a new site next year. Kevin Helm, the executive director of the Michigan PGA, announced the Open will move to Prestwick Village Golf Club in Hartland in 2014. He also announced a new primary sponsor – LaFontaine Automotive Group. The tournament was played three years at The Orchards with DTE Energy as the presenting sponsor.

For final results and payout click HERE

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Kendall / Baker win the 2013 Nike Golf State Pro Am in Extra Holes !

Harbor Springs, MI – It took 8 extra holes and a very exciting finish for the team of Dave Kendall and Casey Baker to win the  2013 Nike Golf StatePro Am.  The teams of Scott Hebert from Grand Traverse Resort & Spa and his amateur partner Andrew Chapman and the team of Dave Kendall from the Kendall Academy and his amateur partner Casey Baker both finished the day tied at (-9) under par. It was the longest playoff in the history of the event. On the 4th playoff hole ( #17 – Ross Course) Scott Hebert chipped in from off the green for birdie to half the hole after Casey Baker had out his tee shot to within 6 inches of the hole. On the 8th playoff hole Dave Kendall made a 20 foot birdie putt to win the event.

Thank you Nike Golf, the sponsor of this event. Nike  set up a mobile pro shop in the Country Club of Boyne and all of the players received credit to spend as part of their tee gift. Thank you as well to our host site Boyne Highlands. They always do a tremendous job hosting this event and the golf courses were in great shape.

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2013 Champions - Dave Kendall & Casey Baker

2013 Champions – Dave Kendall & Casey Baker