Archives for October 2013

Fall Meeting Well Attended

The Michigan PGA held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 28. With approximately 265 Members in attendance, President Gary Koenes welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. Jim Dewling gave the invocation and remembered deceased members Robert Clark, Ben Davis and Tom McCormick.

Special guests included Frank Chieppa, Player Development Regional Manager from the PGA, District 5 Director Gil Gusweiler and Tim Marks, PGA Employment Consultant.

Vice President Doug White, along with Executive Director Kevin Helm, reviewed the Section’s investments as well as year-to-date financials.

Secretary Ron Osborne acknowledged and welcomed new members, quarter and half century members as well. He also congratulated the third class of inductees into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame: Steve Brady, Dave Kendall and Ron LaParl.

Honorary President John Lindert oversaw the voting for Officers. Those elected were Doug White, President, Ron Osborne, Vice President and Kevin McKinley, Secretary. Lindert administered the oath of office to the newly-elected officers as well as all Chapter officers in attendance.

The membership also voted for 2014 Special Awards nominations. The following members will have an interview with the Special Awards Committee:

Assistant Professional – Kyle Martin, Rocky Mullendore, Jeff Rachar, Heath Scott
Patriot Award – Bob Bales, Jeremy Lathwell, Kevin McKinley
Horton Smith – Ron Osborne, Aaron Waltz
President’s Plaque – Bob Bales, Jason Guss
Teacher of the Year – Steve Brady, Jason Guss, Charley Vandenburg, Jordan Young
Junior Golf – Raquel Bryant, Kelly Kuhlman, Eric Martin, Brian O’Neill
Golf Professional of the Year – Ron Beurmann, Kevin McKinley
Bill Strausbaugh – Pat Croswell, Dick Stewart
Merchandiser – Public – Max Adani, Ian Ziska
Merchandiser – Resort – Zach Chapin, Scot Cucksey
Merchandiser – Private – Doug Brody, Pat Markley, Mark Stevens

Each of the Chapters and Committees gave a brief report, which can be found on, Members Only, Section Meeting area.

The afternoon seminar consisted of a panel discussion talking about the pros and cons regarding the practice of online booking and internet sales of third party resellers. The panel consisted of Bob Bales, PGA Member, serving as the moderator, Bill Durham, PGA Member, Eric Fink, PGA Member, Charlie Klaus, GolfNow, and Scott Merchant from Golf Pipeline.

The second portion of the afternoon was Gallagher Benefit Services talking about the Affordable Care Act. They explained how the evaluation process will influence your insurance purchasing decisions whether you’re an employee looking to obtain coverage or an employer deciding what to offer.

A big thank you to PGA National Resort & Spa for sponsoring the meeting, and Pepsi for sponsoring the luncheon!

2013 National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship

By john.holmes

Jake Scott at the National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

Jake Scott won the 2012 National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship by seven shots despite having never played the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Cub before tournament week.

2013 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Championship presented by Cobra Puma Golf
When: Oct. 31-Nov. 3
Where: PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course), Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Defending Champion: Jake Scott, Strongsville, Ohio
Format: 72 holes of stroke play. Following the first 36 holes, the field will be reduced to the lowest 70 scorers and ties. In the event of a tie for first place after 72 holes, there will be a hole-by-hole playoff.
What’s at Stake: $100,000 will be distributed to the 2013 field of 126 competitors. The champion will receive $9,000 and a spot in the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship next summer in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Official scoring (9-hole scores Thursday/Friday, hole-by-hole scoring Saturday/Sunday
Championship field (.pdf) | Official media guide
ast Year: Relive Jake Scott’s 2012 victory

TWITTER: Join the conversation at #AssistantChamp

Bisconti looks for title in eighth start in PGA Assistant Championship

Greg Bisconti was the Low Club Professional at the 2005 PGA Championship, where he stood with Y.E. Yang after Yang’s historic victory over Tiger Woods. Bisconti thinks of that moment frequently, and hopes to use it for inspiration this week as he tries for another prize.

For the 18th consecutive year, PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., will host the 2013 National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship presented by Cobra Puma Golf, a national championship for 126 PGA assistant professionals and apprentices. The 2012 field will feature three of the top four finishers from last year’s Championship as well as 123 players who advanced through their PGA Section Championships.

For nearly 40 years, tournament has produced outstanding PGA Professionals who have gone onto successful careers in teaching and administering the game, as well as competing at the highest level. Past competitors or champions include: Loren Roberts (Champion, 1979); Fred Funk (Champion, 1984); Rich Beem (Third, 1998); and Tim Thelen (Champion, 2009).


PGA President Ted Bishop inducted into Indiana Golf Hall of Fame

By john.holmes

Ted Bishop and wife with Mickey Powell and wife

Julius Mason/The PGA of America

Ted Bishop (l) and former PGA of America President Mickey Powell posed with their wives at the ceremony to induct Bishop into the Indiana golf Hall of Fame Tuesday night.

Ted Bishop, the current president of The PGA of America, was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame Tuesday night, along with former PGA Tour player Chris Smith. The ceremony took place at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis.

In 2012, Bishop became the third native of Indiana to be elected president of The PGA of America, the world’s largest sports organization. He joined Indiana’s Don Padgett II (1977-78) and Mickey Powell (1985-86).

“I got a call from Chip Essig right before I got on an elevator heading to do an interview with Tom Watson about becoming the 2014 Ryder Cup Captain,” said Bishop. “I had not experienced an emotional reaction to anything since becoming president. But when I hung up the phone with Chip after hearing the news, and was riding up in that elevator, it was like I had this emotional release, and I can’t think of any other way to describe it.”

Essig, the 2011 PGA Golf Professional of the Year, was a 2012 Indiana Golf Hall of Fame inductee.

A native of Logansport, Ind., Bishop graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy in 1976, and began his career as a professional and superintendent at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton, Ind. He was elected to PGA membership in 1985, and has served in a leadership capacity at either the Section or National levels since 1989. He was the 1991 recipient of the Section Horton Smith Award and a two-time (1996-97) Section Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient. From 1997-98, Bishop served as president of the Indiana PGA Section, and was the 1998 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year.

He has twice been awarded the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash by the Governor of Indiana, for service to the communities in which he has resided.

Bishop, 59, is the PGA general manager at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., where he oversaw construction and development of the facility in 1991. He was instrumental in the process that saw the Indiana Golf Office move to its current location, which provided tangible space for the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.

“Based on the fact that the Hall of Fame is here at the Legends makes it all that much more special to be inducted,” Bishop said. “For me to know that in some small way I had something to do with it, being here makes it even cooler.”

Well-versed in virtually every aspect of Association governance, Bishop has served since 2006 on the PGA Board of Directors. Prior to joining the PGA Board, he served on the PGA Board of Control from 2002-05, where he evaluated hundreds of membership cases. He later served as chair of the Board of Control while secretary of The PGA.

During his first year as PGA president, Bishop oversaw the hiring of the PGA of America’s new CEO, continued to champion growth of the game endeavors and been the voice of The PGA concerning vital issues affecting the golf industry.

Smith, 44, is a native of Indianapolis and the 1991 Big Ten Conference champion while completing an All-American career at Ohio State University. Smith turned professional in 1991 and was the 1997 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year. He won the 2002 Buick Classic and completed his PGA Tour career in 2005.

Bishop and Smith became the 101st and 102nd members of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame, respectively.


2013 Ahead Las Vegas Pro Am

Las Vegas, Nevada – The 2013 Ahead Las Vegas Pro Am concluded on Wednesday night as awards were handed out at the host hotel – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Congratulations to the team from Bay Mills Resort / Wild Bluff with professional Rob Lussenhop and his amateurs Chad Wester, David Jahn, Kyle Waisanen and Scott Erickson took home the top honors as they won the Overall Championship.

Overall Champions

Overall Champions

The event kicked off with registration and a cocktail party on Sunday night where everyone received their tee gifts courtesy of Ahead and their PGA Authentic Line. The teams of one professional and 4 amateurs played a net / gross best ball format for the next 3 days on Dragon Ridge Country Club, Anthem Country Club and Spanish Trail Country Club. The golf courses were very good and the weather was perfect all three days. Teams were competing for daily prizes along with flight and overall championship prizes.

As the team from Bay Mills Resort / Wild Bluff won the overall championship we also had two flight winners. The team from the Lochmoor Club with professional Kyle Martin and his amateurs Art Nicholl ,David Bergamo, Mike Wickham and Terry Olson won the Roulette Flight and the team from Brookwood Golf Club with professional Kevin Kaczocha and his amateurs Carl Moraw, James Carpenter, Jeff Edgar and Mark Murphy won the Roulette Flight.

We would like to thank our sponsor of this event Ahead for supplying all of the tee gifts for the amateurs and the professionals. We would also like to thank our host hotel The Cosmopolitan and our three host golf courses – Dragon Ridge Country Club, Anthem Country Club and Spanish Trail Country Club for all of their help and making this a nice event.

2013 Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament

By john.holmes

14th Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament
When: October 17-20, 2013
Venue: Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club
City: Galloway, New Jersey
Who: 180 golfers from 23 Special Olympics North America programs

Player profiles and scoring | Fact sheet (.pdf)

Special Olympics 2013 golf tournament to welcome 180 golfers to New Jersey

The 14th annual Special Olympics North America Golf Invitational Tournament offers five levels of play for athletes with different golf abilities. An Olympic-style Opening Ceremony will kick off the event, with three competitive golf rounds to follow. The awards ceremony will take place following the final round.
See full field list (.pdf)

Athletes, coaches, volunteers, guests gather for 2013 Special Olympics golf
CBS News personality Jack Ford will be the master of ceremonies for the Olympic-style Opening Ceremony and introduce delegations from 23 Special Olympics North America programs. The Opening Ceremony will include a presentation of colors, national anthem and competitors will recite the Special Olympics oath before the tournament is declared officially open.

Special Olympics North America Golf event welcomes field of 180 players
Special Olympics Golf Level I competition consists of an individual skills contest, where six golf skills are tested. Level II is an alternate shot team play, while Level III is Special Olympics Unified Sports team play. Levels IV and V are individual stroke play 9-hole and 18-hole competitions, respectively.

2014 Special Olympics USA Games to draw thousands of athletes (.pdf)
Next year, approximately 200 golfers from throughout the United States will compete at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, being held June 14-21, in the Princeton and Greater Mercer County area of New Jersey. The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will feature nearly 3,500 athletes, from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, competing in 16 Olympic-style sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches; 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 70,000 family, friends and spectators.

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Bush / Zavadil / Pollack / Urban win the Fall Pro Scratch presented by All Star Pro Golf

Ann Arbor, MI – The Michigan PGA Section  wrapped up its final event with the 2013 Fall Pro Scratch presented by All Star Pro Golf at Barton Hills Country Club. The team of 4 Michigan PGA professionals – Aaron Bush, Dan Urban, Joe Pollack and Matt Zavadil, won the event with a score of (-9) under 133.

The fall Michigan weather made for a tough day to score. The golf course had received quite a bit of rain the previous weekend making for soft, long conditions. With the temperatures never really getting above 55 degrees and a strong wind the score of (-9) under was good enough to win in this 2 best of 4 pro / scratch format. Coming in second at 3 shots behind were the teams of professionals – Josh Fryer, Jeff Ferry, John Pershern, Kyle Martin, and the team of professionals David Zink and Boyd Barth along with their amateur partners Jerry Dagenais and Scott Wirth.

The event was open to both Michigan PGA Professionals or Apprentices and amateurs that live in Michigan. Each team had to have at least one Michigan PGA Professional or Apprentice.

We would like to thank our host site Barton Hills Country Club. Their staff did a great job hosting this event and getting the golf course ready with tough weather conditions.

We would also like to thank our sponsor All Star Pro Golf. This is the second year that this golf accessories company out of Spencer, Iowa has sponsored this event. We appreciate their support, and JP Kramer and Clark Smith for attending the event Monday.

For more info on All Star Pro Golf please visit their website at

For final results click HERE



2013 Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship

By john.holmes

Jim Woodward and Jim Remy

Montana Pritchard/The PGA of America

Jim Woodward accepted the Leo S. Fraser Trophy and an Omega watch from Honorary PGA President Jim Remy after winning the 2012 Southworth Senior PGA Championship.

25th Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA
October 10-13, 2013
Where: Creighton Farms, Aldie, Va., and River Creek Club, Leesburg, Va.
What’s on the Line: The 264 PGA Club Professionals are vying for the Leo Fraser Trophy and 35 spots in the 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, to be played at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Creighton Farms | Southworth Development (.pdf)
Field list (.pdf) | Complete media guide (.pdf)
Last Year: Relive Jim Woodward’s 2012 victory

TWITTER: Join the conversation at #2013SeniorPNC

Mielke looking to build on his recent success at Southworth Senior PNC
Mark Mielke made his first appearance in the Senior PGA Championship last May an unforgettable one, as he overcame a triple bogey to share Low PGA Club Professionals honors. Now the the 51-year-old PGA head professional at Mill River Club in Oyster Bay, N.Y., turns his attention to the silver anniversary of the Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship, where he feels like he has a grest chance to excel again.

Esposito completes rare trifecta en route to Southworth Senior PNC debut
Frank Esposito, the PGA head professional at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, N.J., captured the New Jersey PGA Section Championship in September, the New Jersey State Open and New Jersey Senior PGA Championship in July. The last of those victories was extra special, because it qualified him for his first Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

Creighton Farms’ McArthur relishing new role as host of Southworth Senior PNC
For the third consecutive year, Creighton Farms in Aldie, Va., will host the Southworth Senior PGA Professional National Championship. This year’s edition is special to Scott McArthur, though, who is omw the PGA head professional there after serving as PGA assistant professional for most of the last five years.