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2013 Fall Series Final Results

September 21st, 2013 marked the Michigan PGA Junior Tour’s third event of its 2013 Fall Series.  Held at Country Club of Lansing, it was a perfect day for golf with some exciting scores.  Coming in first for the Boys 16-18 division was Austin Carter of Port Sanilac, Michigan.  Austin followed a front nine 38 with an impressive 33 on the back to finish one under on the day with a 71.  Jeffrey Clemence Jr. of Highland finished second with 74 and Josh Dirlam of Spring Arbor took third with a 76. 

For the Boys 13-15 Division, Joshua Jeffords of Onsted finished first with a five over round of 77.  There was a three way tie for second, as Abhinav Alurri, Avry Freel, and Brady Dice all shot 79.  To break the tie we had a scorecard playoff, resulting in Avry Freel, from Cedarville, finishing second and Brady Dice, from Clarkston, finishing third.

We would like to thank all of the players from Saturday’s event for coming out to compete, as well as our rules official and PGA staff members for making this a successful tournament.  We would also like to thank Country Club of Lansing, especially their Director of Golf, John Lindert, for helping to coordinate course setup and making sure the event ran as smooth as possible.  The course was in spectacular shape and we hope to be back for years to come.

September 28th, 2013 was the date of our final event this fall.  Boys from around the state competed at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, MI, in what turned out to be an exciting tournament with some of the best scores we have seen all year.  For our Boys 16-18 division, our top finisher was Jeffrey Clemence Jr. with a score of 69.  Jeffrey, a resident of Highland and member at Prestwick Village, also secured his spot as the Boys 16-18 Fall Series Player of the Year with his win on Saturday.  Charlie Bolton, of Grosse Pointe Shores, finished 2nd with a 2 over round of 74 and Garrett Freismuth, of Grosse Pointe Woods, finished 3rd with a 3 over round of 75. 

The Boys 13-15 division also produced some great scores.  Brandon Petzak, a resident of Ypsilanti, finished 1st with a 4 over round of 76.  Caleb Nichols, of Bruce, finished 2nd with an 81.  We had a three-way tie for 3rd place, with Abhinav Alluri, Malik Jawad, and Saahith Mummadi all shooting 83.  Malik Jawad, of Dearborn Heights, won the scorecard playoff and is recognized as the 3rd best finisher.  Abhinav, who was still awarded 3rd place points, secured his spot as the Boys 13-15 Fall Series Player of the year.

We would like to thank Prestwick Village Golf Club for their help with the event.  We would especially like to thank their head professional, Brent Goulding, for his support in helping to make a successful tournament.  The course was in pristine condition and we hope to be back in years to come. 

Overall, we had a great Fall Series this year.  For that, we would like to thank Prestwick Village Golf Club, Country Club of Lansing, The Lochmoor Club, and Oakland University.  Each facility was in great shape and the staffs at each course were extremely helpful.  Thank you to all of the players and parents for coming out.  We appreciate your support and look forward to your participation in the 2014 season.  And again, congratulations to Jeffrey Clemence Jr. and Abhinav Alluri for winning the Fall Series Player of the Year for their respective divisions. 

Amateur golfer, 95, shoots his age or better for 1,000th time

By tj.auclair

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Leo Luken of Hilton Head Island, S.C., who was untouchable as a Fast-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame pitcher, established a feat Tuesday morning on the golf course that perhaps no other player will match.

The 95-year-old amateur posted an 18-hole score of 92, which marks the 1,000th time in his golf career that he has matched or bettered his age. Luken turned in his momentous round on the George Fazio Course at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

“I guarantee you that is a record that neither Tiger or Phil will touch,” said PGA Professional Doug Weaver, the director of instruction at Palmetto Dunes’ Robert Trent Jones Course, and a longtime pro-am partner of Luken. “I have played with Leo in pro-ams and pro-member events for 10 years, and he has the heart of a warrior. He knows how to compete. When you think about all the people playing the game of golf today, his story is one that stands out for his sheer love of the game.”

Luken, who carries a 21 handicap, and claims that he has never taken a formal golf lesson, plays three times a week from the white (member) tees. He completed his momentous round on the par-72, 6,239-yard George Fazio Course layout. He holed out for birdie on the 165-yard, par-3 sixth hole from a greenside bunker, but also struggled to a quintuple bogey 9 on the par-4 eighth hole, and finished with a double bogey-6 on 18.

“I didn’t like finishing as I did, but I had a lot of fun,” said Luken, who began playing golf at age 45 in 1965, and first matched his age at 71. “My [playing] partners (Bill Linkner and Chuck Price of Hilton Head Island) told me I would have to swim across the lagoon on [the par-3] 17th if I hit it in the water. Last week, in my previous attempt at Jones, I hooked one out of bounds on No. 17.”

Luken said he bought a round of drinks for everyone that he saw in the clubhouse. A native of Covington, Ky., and a former production manager for Zollner Pistons of Fort Wayne, Ind., Luken already has a niche in the Fast-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame. He was 12-0 in Fast-Pitch World Series competition and owned 53 consecutive victories. “I would work by day and pitch by night,” said Luken.

The father of six children, Luken and his wife, Mabel “Mickey,” helped support the family by teaching ballroom dancing for 23 years in the basement of their home in Fort Wayne. “My wife and I moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after I retired and joined a golf club. We played in a lot of club tournaments and I won one and Mickey won 10.”

Though he has had his share of health issues over the years, the 6-foot-2 Luken said that he has been able to avoid the most serious health problems by “not overdoing things in life,” and staying away from lifting weights.

Weaver knows something about golf feats himself, having landed in the U.S. Open record books in 1989 at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, N.Y. Weaver was one of four players – joining Mark Wiebe, Jerry Pate and Nick Price – who recorded a hole-in-one on the same day on the same hole.

“Leo is the best all-around athlete I have met,” said Weaver. “As a former PGA Tour player, I have met many great athletes. Leo has a great warrior mind for competition, yet is a humble and gracious man. “He is fundamentally sound and flexible.”

At one point in his athletic career, Luken was arguably the world’s best fast-pitch softball pitcher, using a pitch clocked at more than 100 miles per hour to help win 53 straight games from 1944-46 for the Zollner Pistons of Fort Wayne, Ind. Nicknamed “Leo the Lion-Hearted,” his 511 total wins helped earn Luken a spot in both the Kentucky and Indiana Sports Halls of Fame.

Eight years ago, when Luken shot his age for the 530th time, he bettered his age by six shots and he picked a particularly sporty time to do it — the final round of the inaugural Shoot Your Age Championship at The Villages, Florida. This novel event brought together 58 amateurs and two legendary professionals, ranging in age from 67 to 96 on a course measuring 6,251 yards, with par represented by the competitor’s age.

Playing in front of 8,300 spectators, with cameras whirling for a CBS tape-delayed national broadcast the following afternoon, Luken took his 6-under 81 to the clubhouse, where he anxiously waited for everyone else to finish. Adding to the drama, once players reached the number of strokes equaling their age, they were eliminated and had to leave the course.

By the end, only six of the 60-player field lasted long enough to hole out on 18, and Luken finished three shots ahead of a trio of players, which included then-76-year-old Arnold Palmer. Another prominent star on the course, Gary Player, had been eliminated a day earlier on the 17th green.

Luken and his wife, Mickey, celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last Feb. 27. The couple have five daughters and a son. Youngest daughter, Lisa, was a member of the women’s golf team at Purdue University and was chosen as the school’s Student Athlete of the Decade. Now, one of Luken’s grandsons also is attending Purdue.

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.

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/amateur-golfer-95-shoots-age-or-better-1000th-time

Bethpage Black to host 2019 PGA Championship and 2024 Ryder Cup

By jeremy.friedman [unable to retrieve full-text content]

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/news-feature/bethpage-black-host-2019-pga-championship-and-2024-ryder-cup-video

2013 Boys Fall Series Standings

GROSSE POINTE WOODS-The second of four Fall Series events finished up this past Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at Lochmoor Club. In the Boys 16-18 division it was Stephen Campau finishing in first place with a total score of 77. Campau is a Grosse Pointe native who is very familiar with Lochmoor Club, and proved it by finishing two strokes ahead of Jeffrey Clemence Jr. and Charlie Bolton.

The top finisher in the Boys 13-15 division was Saahith Mummadi from Novi, MI. Mummadi turned in his low round of the year, and picked up his first win of the 2013 season with a total score of 81. Coming in second place was Abhinav Alluri from Northville, MI followed by our third place finisher Garrett Peterson out of Clinton Twp, MI.

We would like to thank the Lochmoor Club and their staff for their support, and also to our rules official Linda Lester.

Special Thank You’s

John Pershern, Kyle Martin, Ryan Wright

Our next stop is this Saturday, September 21st at Country Club of Lansing.

Additional Fall Series Tournaments

Sep. 28thPrestwick Village Golf Club

 

2013 PGA Junior Tour Fall Series

Updated Standings

Boys 13-15

1

Saahith Mummadi

2

125.00

2

Abhinav Alluri

2

120.00

3

Brandon M. Petzak

1

100.00

4

Garrett Peterson

2

90.00

5

Brady Dice

1

80.00

6

Avry Freel

2

75.00

7

Caleb Nichols

1

60.00

T8

Jared Nylund

1

50.00

T8

Jacob Pershern

2

50.00

10

Blake Robert Moorhead

1

30.00

Boys 16-18

1

Charlie Bolton

2

130.00

2

Jeffrey P. Clemence, Jr.

2

110.00

T3

Alex Dice

1

100.00

T3

John Van Noord

2

100.00

T3

Stephen Thomas Campau

1

100.00

6

Michael Busse

1

60.00

7

Christopher R. Tremblay

2

50.00

T8

Eric Attard

1

40.00

T8

Austin C. Carter

1

40.00

T8

Thomas Vismara

2

40.00

T8

John Navetta

1

40.00

Special Olympics 2013 golf event to welcome 180 players to New Jersey

By john.holmes

Special Olympics golf

Courtesy of Special Olympics

Special Olympics Golf, part of a worldwide sports program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, offers five levels of play for athletes with different golf abilities.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – More than 180 golfers from 23 Special Olympics North America programs will compete in the 14th annual Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway, N.J., Oct. 17-20, 2013.

Special Olympics Golf, part of a worldwide sports program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, offers five levels of play for athletes with different golf abilities. An Olympic-style Opening Ceremony will tee off the event on Thursday, Oct. 17, with three competitive golf rounds played on the Stockton Seaview Pine and Bay Courses on Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 20. Awards ceremonies for the golf competition will take place immediately following the final round on Sunday, Oct. 20.

Special Olympics Golf allows athletes to grow in the game as they gain experience. Level I competition consists of an individual skills contest, where six golf skills are tested. Level II is an alternate shot team play, where a Special Olympics athlete is paired with a non-Special Olympics Unified partner (golfer without intellectual disability) of more advanced skill for a 9-hole competition. Level III is Special Olympics Unified Sports

2013 PGA Cup

By john.holmes

2013 PGA Cup

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

The United States Team gathered for a group portrait Wednesday at Slaley Hall. Back row (L-R): PGA Secretary Paul Levy, Chip Sullivan, Ryan Polzin, Jeff Sorenson, Mike Small, Bob Sowards, Rod Perry, PGA Vice President Derek Sprague and PGA COO Darrell Crall. Front Row (L-R): Kelly Mitchum, Matt Dobyns, USA Team Captain and PGA Honorary President Allen Wronowski, JC Anderson and Mark Sheftic.

26TH PGA CUP
Dates: September 20-22, 2013
Venue: Hunting Course, DeVere Slaley Hall
Location: Northumberland, England
2011 Recap: Relive the 25th PGA Cup
Twitter Hashag: #PGACup

PLAYER PROFILES: United States Team | Great Britain & Ireland Team

PGA CUP LINKS: Official media guide | Fact sheet | About the Llandudno Trophy

PHOTO GALLERIES: Tuesday | Wednesday

PREVIEW COVERAGE:
Why you would love the PGA Cup if you gave it a chance
Perhaps the question PGA.com’s John Kim has been asked the most in his years working in the golf industry is, “What’s your favorite golf event to attend?” His answer never fails to surprise, but it’s totally sincere: It’s the PGA Cup. His explanation just might convert you as well.

Barham makes PGA Cup debut near third anniversary of cancer recovery
Next month, PGA teaching professional Benn Barham of Kent, England, will mark the third anniversary of his awakening to a new chapter in life – recovery from kidney cancer. This week, however, the 37-year-old Barham will make his first appearance for Great Britain & Ireland in the prestigious PGA Cup.
Wednesday Notebook: Secret to winning PGA Cup lies in the valley

Great Britain & Ireland will have a full 10-member roster of rookies this year, while the United States will have six first-time competitors. But while some players have more match-play experience than others, the difference between veterans and rookies might be shrinking based on the depth of talent worldwide.
Five great moments in PGA Cup history

The United States will send six rookies and four veterans into the premier international showcase for PGA club professionals. The 10-member squad was determined at the 95th PGA Championship, concluding a two-year points system that comprises the past two PGA Professional National Championships and two PGA Championships.

Russell Weir, the 2011 GB&I captain and joint record-holder for PGA Cup appearances, will have the chance to avenge his team’s loss to the United States in 2011. “I am absolutely over the moon and it’s great to have another go to make up for last time,” said Weir, the former PGA head professional at Cowal Golf Club. “It’s another chance to get my hands on that trophy and to win it for the PGA.”

THE PGA CUP:

Format: Identical to the Ryder Cup, play includes two days of foursomes (two-man teams in alternate shot) and four-ball (two-man teams in better ball) and a final day of singles (18 holes at match play).

Prize Money and Honors: No prize money is awarded. Members of both teams compete solely for their country and their country’s right of possession of the Llandudno International Golf Trophy.

History: The PGA Cup originated in 1973 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Country Club as a match-play competition between the top PGA club professionals from United States and Europe. It was held annually until 1984, when it was switched to a biennial event at alternating sites. The teams began with nine players, but the rosters were expanded to 10 in 1988. From 1973-88, the European team was comprised of PGA club professionals from Great Britain and Ireland. The format was changed from 1990-94, opening up qualifying spots to professionals throughout Europe. The selection process was revised in 1996 to feature only Great Britain & Ireland players.

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/2013-pga-cup

Team Georgia wins the Jr. PGA League Title

By dan.vanderkooy [unable to retrieve full-text content]

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/team-georgia-wins-jr-pga-league-title-video

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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2013 PGA Junior League Golf Championship

By john.holmes

PGA Junior League Golf Championship

Team California captured the 2012 PGA Junior League Golf Championship.

2013 PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Dates: September 6-8, 2013
Venue: TPC Sugarloaf
Location: Duluth, Ga.
More Information: www.PGAJrLeagueGolf.com

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
Fact sheetSchedule of eventsTeam rosters

PREVIEW COVERAGE
Six teams of juniors advance to PGA Junior League Golf Championship
Six teams of junior golfers have won the right to compete in the PGA Junior League Golf Championship after each of the six teams won their respective PGA Junior League Golf Regional, representing the Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and West regions of the country.

PGA JUNIOR LEAGUE GOLF
PGA Junior League Golf is one of the most innovative programs introduced by a major sport. It gives kids 13 and under the opportunity to learn to play golf in a fun, social team environment, similar to other youth recreational sports.

Teams are comprised of 10-12 young golfers (boys and girls) who play 9-hole matches in a two-person scramble format, reinforcing the team concept and limiting the pressure on any one player. Coaches can substitute players every three holes, so that all of the golfers on each team can participate. No previous playing experience is required and players of varied skill levels fill out the teams.

The popularity of PGA Junior League Golf has skyrocketed over the past year, as a record 8,000 boys and girls nationwide registered for the 2013 season, representing an approximate 345 percent increase in participants. PGA Junior League Golf has expanded to approximately 700 teams participating in 120 leagues in 33 states nationwide.

Much like other recreational league sports, participants play in team uniforms with jersey numbers. And the young golfers learn the game among their peers under the direction of PGA and LPGA Professionals who serve as team captains. Parents also play an active role, making the program a family activity to create another generation of players to enjoy the game.

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/2013-pga-junior-league-golf-championship

Houtteman / Hebert win the 2013 Senior Junior Championship presented by Sterling Cut Glass / Oakley

Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage Golf Club and Scott Hebert of Grand Traverse Resort & Spa shot an impressive 14 under par in yesterday’s 36 hole event at Warwick Hills Country Club, claiming first place in this year’s Senior-Junior Championship presented by Sterling Cut Glass/Oakley.  Their two round total of 130 was enough to hold off Dan Urban and Mick DeKorver, as well as Jim Deiters and Barry Redmond, who each finished at 12 under par. 

We would like to thank our sponsors, Sterling Cut Glass and Oakley, for their support at this event.  Both Mari Copenhaver from Oakley and Steve Rentschler from Sterling Cut Glass were on site yesterday. Thank you as well to our host site, Warwick Hills Country Club, host to the Buick Open from 1958 to 2009. The golf course was in excellent condition and we cannot thank their staff enough for the time and effort they put in to help make this event successful.  It was a great venue, the weather was perfect, and we look forward to returning to Warwick in the future.

We had a great turnout of 52 teams in this year’s event.  We would like to thank them for participating and look forward to their participation in future events.