Archives for July 2013

MPGA Junior Tour members show off their skills!

The Michigan PGA Junior Tour has seen some great golf since the season opener at Oak Pointe Country Club on June 17th. The Tour recently made stops at Flint Golf Club, Pheasant Run Golf Club (Two-Day), and Battle Creek Country Club where low scores continued to be posted.

Flint Golf Club was the third stop for the summer tour where an hour rain delay didn’t stop Max Ritter from shooting 70 (2 under) to take the title for the Boys 16-18 division. Max posted the low round for this event, and played lights out as he confidently navigated the course. Finishing second was David Smith with a 76, and tied for third was Alex Dice, Seve Castillo, and Zachary Dowling at 79. The Boys 13-15 champion was Eric Nunn posting a round of 76; followed by runner up Scott Sparks, and third place finisher Brady Dice. Our girls champion was Alexandra Kotsakis.

Following Flint Golf Club was the two-day event at Pheasant Run Golf Club on June 27-28th, 2013.Taking first place honors in the Boys 16-18 division was Nicholas Bonamici posting 74-34 for a 27-hole total of 108 (EVEN). Finishing two strokes behind Nick was Brandon Barrows with a 110; followed by Victor Nistor, Matthew Alderink, and Jim Ryan shooting 114. Taking home first place for the Boys 13-15 was Imaad Qureshi with rounds of 77 and 36. Imaad was followed by great playing from runner up Brandon Petzak, and third place finisher Abhinav Alluri. Ellen Breighner was our girls’ champion, and finishing second was Nicole Junn.

Battle Creek Country Club was our most recent stop where MPGA Junior Tour member and Battle Creek native Matthew Alderink finished first in the Boys 16-18 division. Matt’s round of 74 was low for the tournament, but was closely contested by second place finisher Andy Vandrburg with a 76. Tied for third place were Austin Carter, and Victor Nistor. In the Boys 13-15 division it was James Staab finishing at the top with a round of 78. Behind James finishing second was Eric Nunn, and third place finisher Ian Helm. The girls showed that they could compete as Megan Klintworth took first place honors followed by Kelsy Erickson.

Our next tournament will be held at Egypt Valley Country Club on July 8th, 2013.

Have a great 4th of July!

2013 Taylor Made Pro Am at Detroit Golf Club

  Yesterday we completed our 2013 Pro Am at Detroit Golf Club.  Overall, the tournament was met with great success, despite continuous rain during the afternoon rounds.  Coming in 1st place for the gross score competition, we would like to congratulate Jordan Young and Jeff Champine, who defeated Boyd Barth and Scott Wirth in an exciting two-hole playoff.  We would also like to congratulate David Higham and Chris Keihler for having the best net score.  We hope to see each of these teams back next year to defend their titles. 

Jordan Young / Jeff Champine

Jordan Young / Jeff Champine

We would like to thank our sponsor, TaylorMade/adidas/Ashworth, for not only sponsoring the event, but also for providing an exceptional tee gift for players upon arrival.  We would especially like to thank the sales representatives Tracy Withey and Rob Backus with Taylor Made and  Aaron Downs, and John Jenkins with adidas for their support.

 The tournament would not have been successful without our host, Detroit Golf Club.  For that we thank Jon Gates, the club’s Head Professional, as well as the entire staff who coordinated carts, breakfast, and lunch for players. 

This year we had a great turnout of 79 Pro Am teams.  We would like to thank each of them for participating and look forward to their participation in future events. 

David Higham / Chris Kiehler

David Higham / Chris Kiehler






For final results and payout click HERE

PGA of America to adopt USGA's 2016 ban on anchored putting strokes

By john.holmes

PGA of America President Ted Bishop

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

“While we agree to implement Rule 14-1b, we continue to feel strongly that the amateur player needs a longer period of adjustment to this Rule,” PGA of America President Ted Bishop said.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – At its June 24 meeting in Sunriver, Ore., the Board of Directors of The PGA of America formally agreed to adopt the USGA’s ban on anchored strokes, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2016. This will be implemented at PGA spectator events, such as the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and the Ryder Cup, as well as PGA member events, highlighted by the PGA Professional National Championship. 

Furthermore, The PGA of America and the PGA Tour strongly recommend that the USGA extend the time period for implementation of Rule 14-1b for amateur play beyond Jan. 1, 2016. The USGA and The R&A jointly announced on May 21, 2013, that Rule 14-1b would go into effect at the start of the next Rules of Golf cycle, commencing in 2016. 

The PGA of America has expressed its concern that Rule 14-1b could adversely affect recreational golf, as well as play at the elite level. The PGA Board of Directors, on June 24, discussed the issue in detail and ultimately decided to do what is in the best interest of the game of golf — to continue to abide by a single set of Rules that define the sport.  

 “We had a very spirited debate and discussion among our Board members at the June meeting,” said PGA President Ted Bishop. “The PGA of America respects the USGA as the Rules-governing body in the United States. We firmly and consistently stated our position throughout the open comment period, and while we agree to implement Rule 14-1b, we continue to feel strongly that the amateur player needs a longer period of adjustment to this Rule.”

On July 1, the PGA Tour Policy Board acknowledged that the ban on anchored strokes would apply to PGA Tour competitions beginning Jan. 1, 2016. The PGA of America previously announced that it would not comment on the matter until after the conclusion of the July 1 meeting.

“The PGA of America hopes that in the future, the Rules-making process will be more open and transparent, as well as interactive, when it comes to how changes in the Rules of Golf can possibly impact participation in the game,” said Bishop.