Archives for August 2013

Patriot Golf Day 2013, to run Labor Day Weekend, is bigger than ever

By john.holmes

The seventh annual Patriot Golf Day takes place Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at golf facilities nationwide. It is the flagship fundraiser for the Folds of Honor Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides postsecondary educational scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving our great nation. 

On Labor Day weekend, golfers across the country are asked to add an extra dollar to their greens fees to fund Folds of Honor scholarships. Although our national promotion for Patriot Golf Day is and will always be Labor Day weekend, anyone can raise funds or collect donations for PGD at any time of the year. The Patriot Golf Day campaign is jointly supported by The PGA of America and the United States Golf Association.

Patriot Golf Day was started by Major Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation as well as an F-16 pilot, PGA Professional and USGA member. On Labor Day 2007, Rooney asked golfers to add $1 to their greens fees. His request resulted in donations of more than $1.1 million from more than 3,200 golf facilities. Over the next six years, golfers nationwide were instrumental in raising more than $17 million through Patriot Golf Day events, resulting in more than 3,500 scholarship recipients in all 50 states and 41 PGA Sections.

”We have lost so many soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” said Rooney, who served three tours in Iraq. ”America can come together in the spirit of golf and have a dramatic impact. We have an opportunity to make a difference for the families who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Rooney and former President George W. Bish will kick off Patriot Golf Day by appearing on “Fox & Friends” at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. ET on Friday.

For more on Patriot Golf Day, including which courses are participating, click here.

For more on the Folds of Honor Foundation and to learn more about Rooney’s inspiration, click here.

To see Folds of Honor videos on YouTube, click here.

To see Patriot Golf Day videos on YouTube, click here.

To see a video of Rooney talking why you should participate in Patriot Golf Day 2013, click here.

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Katanski takes the title!

Bath, MI – Timothy Katanski of Ann Arbor, MI won the National Car Rental Michigan PGA Assistant Championship presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF Monday, August 26th at Walnut Hills Country Club in East Lansing, MI.

By winning Katanski qualified for the 37th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, at PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its eighteenth consecutive PGA Assistant Championship.

Katanski, posted a final round 68 for a tournament total 137 for a tournament total of (-7) and a 3-stroke victory over Matthew Di Paolo and Kyle Martin. Di Paolo and Martin played well down the stretch, and will be joining Katanski in Florida this October.

The 126-man field for this year’s 37th edition of the PGA Assistant Championship consists of the top-4 finishers from the last year’s Championship, if eligible, as well assistant’s and apprentices from a weighted average of total entries of the 41 PGA Sections.

The winner of the 37th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship presented by COBRA PUMA GOLF earns $9,000 out of a total purse of $100,000. The top – 70 finishers and ties after the second round, will make the cut.



By john.holmes

2013 PGA Expo
August 19-21, 2013
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Attendees: Click here for PGA Expo details
Twitter: Use hashtag #PGAExpo

The PGA Expo features the most extensive showing of top golf brands and pre-registered industry professionals to participate in the annual industry event in recent years. Thousands of PGA Professionals, golf buyers and industry leaders are expected to attend the PGA Expo to source the newest golf-related merchandise from some 200 vendors; test the latest equipment; learn the most innovative advancements in golf technology; participate in hands-on, high impact teaching and business education programs and network among peers.

Mike Malaska, the 2011 PGA of America Teacher of the Year, Worldwide Director of Jack Nicklaus Golf Academies and PGA Director of Instruction for Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club in the Phoenix metropolitan area, is the featured instructor for the Instructional Workshop at PGA Expo Demo Night, sponsored by Orange Whip Trainer, on Monday, Aug. 19.

Networking opportunities and shared best practices help drive business
PGA Professionals, golf buyers and industry leaders attending the 2013 PGA Expo can anticipate numerous opportunities to share best practices and network with colleagues from around the world. Networking programs are becoming an increasingly important aspect of the PGA Expo, where more than 200 top golf brands and companies will showcase the latest equipment, training aids, fashions and accessories.

Demos and product testing bring new technology focus to PGA Expo
The 2013 PGA Expo will feature a renewed focus on technology innovations in equipment, teaching aids and golf services with the introduction of the new PGA Expo Technology Symposium and “Tech Talk” demonstrations, plus access to hands-on product testing of the newest technology from leading vendors indoors at the Club Performance Testing Center and outdoors at the annual PGA Expo Demo Night.

Strong showing of apparel brands and equipment companies at PGA Expo
The 2013 PGA Expo will host a record number of equipment companies, led by Ping and Callaway, along with all of the best names in golf apparel and accessories, plus a concentration on golf technology products and services among the more than 200 golf-related vendors at the annual industry marketplace. 

PGA Fast Track, Jump Start education programs available at PGA Expo
The PGA’s Fast-Track Leadership Seminar and Certified Professional Program 2.0 top the new additions to an already diverse education conference at the 2013 PGA Expo. The enhanced education schedule provides PGA Professionals and industry leaders with a variety of high-level, national education programs to organize a custom educational calendar while sourcing the latest merchandise among more than 200 golf vendors and networking among peers at the industry’s annual golf marketplace.

Fashion is center stage at 2013 PGA Expo designer panel and Fashion Row
Fashion once again is in the spotlight of the 2013 PGA Expo, when nearly 100 top golf and resort apparel companies converge at The Venetian Resort Casino Hotel and at the center of Las Vegas “Fashion Week” for 2014 apparel line introductions, designer panel discussions on the latest trends, special events and professional networking among thousands of golf, resort and activewear buyers.

TaylorMade Golf Company to exhibit at PGA Expo in Las Vegas
TaylorMade Golf Company returns to the PGA Expo for the first time in 15 years to showcase its newly announced SLDR driver and host the PGA Expo Demo Night at its new TaylorMade Golf Experience location.  Additionally, TaylorMade is joined by adidas Golf and Ashworth, which have exhibited for the last three years at the PGA Expo.

PGA Expo returns to Venetian Resort in Las Vegas August 19-21
The PGA Expo, the industry retail springboard for golf equipment, accessories and apparel in the second half of the golf season, returns to The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino. Multiple fashion tradeshows will take place at The Venetian and in Las Vegas during the PGA Expo timeframe, providing synergy to golf industry apparel buyers and manufacturers. Attending industry professionals also will have access to high-level golf instruction and business education seminars at the PGA Expo from leading PGA teachers and industry executives.

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2013 Michigan PGA Boys Fall Series

2013 Boys Fall Season Schedule:

Location:                                                           Date:

Oakland University – Katke                   September 7th

The Lochmoor Club                                   September 14th

*Country Club of Lansing                      September 21st

Prestwick Village Golf Club                  September 28th

*CC of Lansing is tentatively scheduled and will open up online registration soon.

Cairns rallies, wins his third Michigan PGA Professional Championship

ROCHESTER – Brian Cairns at age 49 has learned to finish golf tournaments in the proper fashion, as in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole of the Katke course at Oakland University to take his first lead of the tournament.

   “With the age and the experience there’s a certain peace,” he said after winning the 93rd Michigan PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA Wednesday.Cairns Trophy pic

  “This is good, just a good feeling. I birdied four of the last five holes, and that’s the way to finish.”

   The closing 3-under-par 69 for 7-under-par 209 earned him the Gilbert A. Currie Trophy for the third time in his career (1996, 2000 and 2013), the $6,000 first-place check and sends him off to the PGA Professional National Championship once again. The top nine finishers who were otherwise not exempt earned spots in the national championship for club and teaching professionals next may in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Cairns, a professional from Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center in Plymouth, rushed from six shots back, but his rally was late and for a while overshadowed by the rally defending champion Scott Hebert fashioned. Hebert, who has won six of the last eight Michigan PGA Professional Championships, shot a 66 with nine birdies in the first 14 holes and had just 23 putts for his round. He posted his 6-under-210 total and watched the final groups finish.

   “I didn’t push it any more than I normally do, I just made more putts,” said Hebert, who is exempt for the national championship as the 2008 winner. “I had just 23. I don’t think I’ve ever had just 23. Where I goofed up was on the last three holes. They are all possible birdies and not to make one in there, well, it’s just not good enough to win.”

   Matt Pesta of Beacon Hill Golf Club Chesterfield, co-leader starting the final round with Jack Seltzer, was at 8-under-par through 12 holes of play, but carded a pair of double-bogey 6 scores at Nos. 13 and 17 to shoot 73 for 211 and third place.

   Brent Goulding, the head pro at Prestwick Village in Highland, was 9-under-par with six holes to play but made five bogeys on the way in for a 73 and 212. Gary Lewandowski of St. Ives Golf Club in Stanwood also finished at 212 with a closing 72.

  Cairns, Pesta, Goulding and Lewandowski will be joined at the national championship by Frank McAuliffe of the Kendall Golf Academy at Miles of Golf in Ypsilanti, who shot 67 for 213, Ron Beurmann of the Country Club of Jackson, who shot 71 for 214, David Tokarsky of Saginaw Country Club, who shot 71 for 214, Christopher Johnson of Thousand Oaks Golf Club in Grand Rapids, who shot 71 for 216 and Tom Harding of the Kendall Golf Academy, who shot 74 for 216.Cairns pic

  Cairns said he didn’t know the scoring situation until standing on No. 18 tee.

  “We had been passing scoreboards and saw the lead at 9-under at one point,” he said. “Once I heard that I had a chance, I was jacked up. It was time to finish with a birdie.”

  He said the final putt had one-cup of break and his older brother and caddie Kevin agreed.

  “It was a perfect one cup,” Cairns said. “And it’s perfect to win this. This is the pinnacle of the (Michigan PGA) section. This is what I really want to win every year. To me this is bigger than the (Michigan) Open, bigger than everything else.”

For Final Results and Payout click HERE

For live scoring please click HERE


 The Michigan PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade-adidas, Ashworth Golf and the PGA Tour. Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director. He can be reached at 517-641-7421 or The media contact for the event is Greg Johnson. He can be reached at 616-560-8995 or


Team from the Rick Smith & Jason Guss Golf Academy ofTreetops win the 2013 Pro Assistants Championship !

Grand Rapids, Mi – Jason Guss and Gary Bissell from the Rick Smith & Jason Guss Golf Academy of Treetops followed up their morning round of 64 on the Ridge course at Egypt Valley Country Club with another 64 in the afternoon on the Valley course to win the 2013  Pro Assistant Championship presented by Golf Buddy / Haas Jordan / Ping Apparel / Imperial.2013 Champions with sponsor

This 36 hole best ball event started out on the Ridge course in the AM. After the morning round Jason and Gary were tied with the team from Thousand Oaks, Gary Smithson and Chris Johnson, 4 teams were 2 shots back after shooting 66. The afternoon gave way to sunny skies and some even lower scores. Jason and Gary continued their hot pace by shooting -5 under par on the front nine. They were able to hold on and win by one shot over the team from the Lochmoor Club, John Pershern and Kyle Martin. John and Kyle shot the low round of the tournament with a 61 in the afternoon.

We would like to thank our host site Egypt Valley Country Club. All of the staff did a great job preparing for this event. The golf course was in great shape and the maintenance staff did a tremendous job getting both golf courses ready.
We would also like to thank our sponsors Golf Buddy, Haas Jordan, Imperial, Ping Apparel and the Michigan sales rep Dave Woodsum. Dave has been a continued supporter of this event and has helped put together this sponsorship from year to year.

US PGA Cup team set, six rookies and four veterans heading to England

By john.holmes

JC Anderson

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JC Anderson of O’Fallon, Mo., was one of two players joining the U.S. team after the PGA Championship.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The United States will send six rookies and four veterans into the premier international showcase for a PGA club professional to face Great Britain & Ireland in the 26th PGA Cup, to be conducted Sept. 20-22, at Slaley Hall’s Hunting Course in Northumberland, England.

The 10-member U.S. Team was determined Friday night at the 95th PGA Championship, concluding a two-year points system that comprises the past two PGA Professional National Championships and two PGA Championships. Two players – JC Anderson of O’Fallon, Mo., and 2004 PGA Professional National Champion Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio – made the team after the second round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y.

They will join the following eight members who grabbed berths in June at the 46th PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort: reigning PGA Professional National Champion Rod Perry of Port Orange,  Fla.; 2012 National Champion Matt Dobyns of Glen Head, N.Y.; Kelly Mitchum of Southern Pines, N.C.; Ryan Polzin of Houston, Texas; three-time PGA Professional National Champion Mike Small of Champaign, Ill.; Mark Sheftic of Blue Bell, Pa.; Jeff Sorenson of Blaine, Minn.; and 2007 National Champion Chip Sullivan of Troutville, Va.

Sheftic, Small, Sowards and Sullivan have played in eight overall PGA Cups and own a combined 16-17-3 record. They will face a Great Britain & Ireland Team composed of 10 rookies – a record since the competition began in 1973 at Pinehurst, N.C.

“We have an outstanding mix of talent and veteran experience,” said U.S. Captain Allen Wronowski of Bel Air, Md., the honorary president of The PGA of America. “I have been fortunate to be in the Team Room at a Ryder Cup and a PGA Cup, and the key is to have everyone feel comfortable with one another. You have to listen to the players and feel who they are comfortable playing with, and then go from there. The PGA Cup is a rare opportunity to represent the red, white and blue. You rarely have such an opportunity in a lifetime.”

Wronowski said that past international competitions have proven how talented the first-time players have become. “I think rookie is very misleading,” he said. “GB&I have put together a great team, which has already played their National Championship on the PGA Cup site (Hunting Course) and have a lot of competitive rounds under their belts. It will be a great challenge, and our team is excited and looking forward to the trip.”

For the second straight PGA Cup, Great Britain & Ireland will be captained by Russell Weir of Dunoon, Scotland, who saw his 2011 Team fall to the U.S., 17½ to 8½, at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif. The U.S. owns a 17-5-3 advantage in the competition, and last surrendered possession of the Llandudno International Golf Trophy, in 2005, in Ireland.

GB&I has changed its selection process to feature two past National Championships, the season-ending Titleist Playoffs, and added a Captain’s Pick.

The 2013 Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship, played on the Hunting Course in June, determined the bulk of the GB&I PGA Cup Team.

“I learned a lot having watched the past PGA Cup, and found that I can do a much better job now,” said Weir, who competed in a record-tying eight PGA Cups from 1986 through 2000. “Having watched the Glenmuir PGA Championship, I feel that we have a very strong team. I was impressed how well that they handled the difficult playing conditions in June. That ability to handle adversity and having played the course gives them an advantage. They know where the difficult places are on the course. However, the Americans also will bring an outstanding team and they will find their own way to get adjusted to the course.”

The two teams will compete on the 7,036-yard, par-72 Hunting Course, designed in 1993 by former European Ryder Cup member Dave Thomas. The course was named after Samuel Hunting, the original owner of Slaley Hall, which since 1996 has hosted a combined 15 European Tour and European Senior Tour events.

The Great Britain & Ireland Team is led by Glenmuir PGA Professional National Champion Dan Greenwood of Lincolnshire, England, who won by an eight-stroke margin at the Hunting Course. He is joined by Gareth Wright, a PGA teaching professional from Pebbleshire, Scotland, who tied for 71st last month at the Open Championship at Muirfield. The remainder of the team features Benn Barham of Kent, England; Jon Barnes of Hampshire, England; Nick Brennan of Wiltshire, England; David Callaway of Surrey, England; Graham Fox of Glasgow, Scotland; Scott Henderson of Aberdeen, Scotland; Richard Wallis of Kent, England; and Greig Hutcheon of Kincardineshire, Scotland.


2013 U.S. Kids Local Tour

US Kids Local Tour Wrap Up


Today was the final tournament of the 2013 US Kids Golf Southeast Michigan Summer Local Tour at Forest Akers East, which wrapped up a great season of US Kids Golf!  Thank you to all of the players that came out this year and competed in the 8 different tournaments we had.


Congratulations to the all the Players of the Year in each age division: Mekenna Kehoe – Girls 7 & Under, Allison Cui – Girls 8-9, Ariel Chang – Girls 10-11, Ava Gardiner – Girls 12-14, Chandler Frahm – Boys 6 & Under, Cale Marontate – Boys 7, Ryo Ito – Boys 8, Neil Zhu – Boys 9, Shawn Sehra – Boys 10, Brandon Tirador – Boys 11, Jack Muir – Boys 12, and Phillip Wong – Boys 13-14.  Below are the top 5 finishers in each age division.


Player of the Year:

Girls 7& Under

         Name                                                  Total Points

1     Kehoe, Mekenna



2     Hargrove, Hanna



3     Layman, Kyla



4     Phull, Amber



Boys 8

      Name                                                     Total Points

1   Ito, Ryo



2   Pinili, Lorenzo



3   Tague, Aidan



4   Burns, Robert



5   Prieskorn, Brady



Girls 8-9

1     Cui, Allison



2     Boczar, Bridget



3     Boczar, Grace



4     Coleman, Samantha



5     Hu, Rachel



Boys 9

1   Zhu, Neil



2   Marontate, Rylan



3   Johnson, Perry



4   Havican, Jacob



5   Lee, Sangmin



Girls 10-11

1     Chang, Ariel



2     Leyerle, Sydney



3     Whatley, Nicole



4     Melendez, Amaya



5     Staskowski, Danielle



Boys 10

1   Sehra, Shawn



2   English, Brockton



3   Balestrini, Tino



4   Brzyski, Evan



5   Guerrera, Jack



Girls 12-14

1     Gardiner, Ava



2     Van Norden, Kiersten



3     Lin, Emily



4     Addeh, Omene



Boys 11

1   Tirador, Brandon



2   Vanitvelt, Ty



3   Zhou, Yuqi



4   Winterlee, Jake



5   Kuhn, Joshua



Boys 6 & Under

1     Frahm, Chandler



2     Knox, Kameron



3     Harvey, Vance



4     Alokam, Vibhav



5     Pace, Alexander



Boys 12

1   Muir, Jack



2   Mccown, Justin



3   Lack, Bailey



4   Montpas, Joshua



5   Bridgeman, Noah



Boys 7

1     Marontate, Cale



2     Tillman, Brian



3     Watson, Troy



4     Sims, Tyler



5     Tasdemir, Evan



Boys 13-14

1   Wong, Philip



2   Harris, Bradley



3   Boczar, Jack



4   Mahalak, Zachary



5   Felsenfeld, Zachary




2013 Michigan PGA Junior Tour Championship

IMAG0179Frankenmuth, MI-The Tour Championship at The Fortress capped off another successful season for the Michigan PGA Junior Tour. Jack Weller from Swartz Creek took first place honors in the Boys 16-18 division by finishing even par for the tournament with scores of 74-70 for 144. Finishing in second place was our Boys 16-18 Player of the Year Matthew Alderink from Battle Creek. Congratulations to Matthew who finished his season at The Fortress with rounds of 72-75 for a 147 finish. Our third place finisher was David Smith from Highland. David followed up his impressive win at Polo Fields-Washtenaw with a strong showing at the Tour Championship with rounds of 73-76 for a total of 149.

IMAG0184The Girls 16-18 division ended in dramatic fashion with a playoff between Elayna Bowser of Dearborn and Jamie Greene of Troy. Both of these players have had a great season, and it was only fitting that they required extra holes to determine a winner. Jamie Greene won the playoff on the first hole to take home first place, and lock up Player of the Year honors for the Girls 16-18 division. Elayna had an exceptional 2013 season winning 3 of 5 tournaments she competed in, and finishing second in the Tour Championship. Finishing third in their division was Pader Her of Lansing. Pader had early success this season by placing first at Forest Akers and closing out the year with a third place finish at the Tour Championship.

IMAG0181Imaad Qureshi of Bloomfield Hills was victorious at The Tour Championship for the Boys 13-15 by posting rounds of 75-77 for a total of 152. This capped off Imaad’s third first place finish for the season. Taking second place was Tony Fuentes of Lansing with two rounds of 77 for a total of 154. Tied for third place were Jonathan Ravid of Bloomfield Hills, and Noah Rocheleau of Goodrich with scores of 156. Player of the Year honors for the Boys 13-15 division was awarded to Eric Nunn of Dewitt. Eric had a tremendous season with first place finishes at Flint Golf Club, and Forest Akers. Well done!

IMAG0183The Girls 13-15 Player of the Year was awarded to Abby Detmar of Harbor Springs. Abby concluded her season with a victory at The Tour Championship, and finished second at Grand Traverse Resort. Following Abby and finishing second at The Fortress was Gabriella Scopone of Ann Arbor. Gabriella won 50% of the tournaments that she played in this season, and ended with a strong finish in Frankenmuth. Finishing in third place was Sheridan Graves of Detroit. Sheridan finished in the top three of each event she played in this summer, and played well down the stretch to end her season.

I would like to thank all the players and parents this summer for your support of our program. I would also like to thank The Fortress, Zehnders, and Head Golf Professional Erich Kuhlman for their help in making the Michigan PGA Tour Championship memorable.  

Hope to see you all next season!

Ron Beurmann wins the 2013 Michigan Senior PGA Professional Championship !

Harbor Springs, – Ron Beurmann from the Country Club of Jackson continued his fine play this year by winning the 2013 Michigan Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by O’Keefe / Southworth Development / Mercedes Benz   today at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club in Harbor Springs.

With 17 players within 3 shots of the lead to start the day we knew anything could happen. Ron was able to make a 15 foot birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff with Bob Makoski, both Ron and Bob shot (-2) under par rounds of 70 today to finish at (-4) under for the tournament. Ron was able to defeat Bob on the first playoff hole with a par. This is Ron’s first Michigan Senior PGA Championship win. He solidified his position as the Michigan Senior Player of the Year as he also won the Club Car Senior Open a few weeks ago at Bedford Valley.

The top 10 qualifiers from here will move on to represent the Michigan Section in the 2013 Southworth Senior  PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes Benz on October 10-13, 2013 at Creighton Farms and River Creek Club in Virginia. Joining Ron Beurmann and Bob Makoski in qualifying are John Traub, Frank McAuliffe, Lee Houtteman, Mark Hill, Mick DeKorver, Barry Redmond, Dave Kendall and George Bowman.

Nick Berklich, a PGA Life member from Grand Blanc recorded a (-3) under par round of 69 in the first round and a 81 in the second round to win  the Super Senior 70+ Division.

We would like to thank our host site Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club. This is the first year that they have hosted this event. The golf course is in great shape and proved  to be an excellent venue. The club kicked things off by hosting a opening party on Sunday night for the players that also served as a fundraiser for the Northern Chapter First Tee Program.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of this event. We have a local sponsor O’Keefe that has stepped up to help support the event along with our National Sponsors Southworth Development, Mercedes Benz and the PGA Tour.

 For Final Results click HERE

50-59 Division Payout Results

60 – 69 Division Payout Results

70 + Division Results