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2015 Michigan PGA Hammock Beach Pro Am

Palm Coast, Florida –  There is still time to put together a team for the upcoming Michigan PGA Hammock Beach Pro Am in January. The event will take place once again around the dates of the PGA of America Merchandise Show in Orlando. The PGA Merchandise Show will follow the same schedule as last year ending on Friday, January 23, 2015. The Hammock Beach Pro Am will kick off with the opening cocktail party on that Friday evening, January 23, and will conclude on Monday, January 26 with a 9:00am Shotgun on the Ocean Course.

For those of you that have not been to Hammock Beach Resort I think that you and your amateurs will really enjoy it. It is a first class resort located on the water in Palm Coast about an hour from Orlando. Along with two championship golf courses and luxury accommodations it has a very good practice facility. You and your amateurs will have unlimited use of the practice facilities while you are there.

The amateur entry fee of $1595 includes:

* (3) Three nights luxury accommodations for the team in a 3 bedroom suite Ocean course pic
(3) Three rounds of golf on the Ocean Course and the Conservatory Course
*Friday – Welcome party with hors d’oeuvres and full open bar
*Sunday night dinner and cocktail party on the Ocean Bar Event Lawn with a full open bar
*Breakfast Buffet each morning
*Monday – Awards Lunch ( event concludes Monday after lunch)
*Unlimited use of the practice range
*Tee gifts Purse for daily winners and overall championship

The golf will take place on their two championship golf courses, The Tom Watson Conservatory Course  and the Jack Nicklaus Ocean Course. The Conservatory course hosted the PGA Tour’s Ginn sur Mer Classic in 2008 and the Ocean Course hosted the Champion’s Tour Ginn Championship in 2007, 2008. Both courses are of exceptional quality and highly ranked in the state by Golf Digest, Golf Week and Golf Magazine.

For more information including a schedule of events please click HERE.

For the official Entry Form please click HERE

Michigan’s Jim Deiters & Brian Cairns earn a spot in the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 21-24, 2015

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2014) – Congratulations to Jim Deiters of Midland Country Club and Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center for finishing in the top 35 of the 26th Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA. This top 35 finish qualifies them for the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 21-24, 2015, at French Lick (Indiana) Resort.

Jim shared the lead after round one posting an opening round of 64 (-8 under) on the Ryder Course at PGA Golf Club in Port St Lucie. Jim closed with a rounds of 73, 74, 75 for a 286 total and a T29 finish.

Brian closed with a (-1 under) par round of 71 for a total of 287 ,which put him in playoff for the last 4 spots. Brian parred the first playoff hole to earn one of  the final spots in the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

Dave Kendall from the Kendall Academy and Ron Beurmann from the Country Club of Jackson both made the cut and finished  tied for 75th in this field of 264 PGA Professionals who are at least 50 years of age.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2014 by Randy Stutzman) – Frank Esposito Jr. of Monroe Township, New Jersey, had difficulty sleeping on a four-stroke lead in the 26th Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA. In fact, he wasn’t what he called “at peace” until the starter called his name Sunday morning at PGA Golf Club.

From that point, Esposito performed like he was driving a pace car around a track. The sole leader over the final 33 holes, Esposito, PGA Head Professional at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, New Jersey, capped a steady 1-under-par 71 at the Wanamaker Course by making a downhill 25-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole. With an emphatic fist pump, the 51-year-old sealed a four-stroke victory and his first national championship.

He also earned the Leo Fraser Trophy and a check of $20,000 in the $285,000 Championship.

James Mason of Dillard, Georgia, who came within two strokes of the lead before a closing bogey, finished with a 70 to share runner-up at 276 with Steve Schneiter of Sandy, Utah (69) and Rick Schuller of Chester, Va. (70). Jerry Haas of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the men’s head golf coach at Wake Forest University, was fifth at 277 after a 70.

The low 35 finishers f earned a berth in the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 21-24, 2015, at French Lick (Indiana) Resort.

“Winning this is great, it really is,” said Esposito, whose last victory at PGA Golf Club came in the 2010 PGA Stroke Play Championship. “I didn’t know what to expect, and it means a lot to me, especially out here.

“The hard part was the waiting, the anticipation. I was ready to go. I’m not usually great doing it [playing with the lead]. But, I was at peace out there. It was fun to have the lead the whole way.”

Esposito either shared or led the Championship in each of the previous three rounds and didn’t give any indication he was about to suffer a collapse Sunday. He was 6-under par on the Wanamaker front nine for the week, and mixed a birdie at the par-5 seventh hole with a bogey at 10 today, when he missed his only green of the round. He then awaited a challenge that didn’t materialize until it was too late.

Mason, 63, a PGA Life Member and a former Champions Tour regular, birdied the par-5 16th hole to trim the deficit to two strokes.

“I came here not expecting too much. I have a tough time putting on these greens,” said Mason, who tied for 48th in the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid last May. “But thankfully I putted well the last two days to finish strong. Frank played awfully well and he didn’t give up much out there. And we didn’t put much heat on him, either.”

Esposito, the reigning New Jersey PGA Senior Player of the Year, tied for third in last April’s delayed edition of the 2013 Senior PGA Professional National Championship, also at PGA Golf Club. Seven months ago, he was tied for the lead midway through the Championship before finishing 4-over par on the weekend. However, things were different on this final trip around the Wanamaker Course.

“It’s hard to get comfortable out there, with so many good players,” said Esposito. “Nothing comes from a good lead, no good thoughts. But I played solid again, hitting 17 greens. There were times to attack and times not to. I wasn’t trying to get too aggressive.”

Mason trimmed the deficit to two strokes with a birdie at the 16th hole, where Esposito hit a wayward 6-iron approach and faced a near impossible chip to the hole.

“I tried to hit a hard 6-iron, and left it out to the right,” said Esposito. “That’s my miss. But I had a horrible lie and it was sitting up so high that I thought I was going to go underneath it.”

But the drama ended there, and he calmly tapped in for par at the 17th and hit his approach to the middle of the 18th green while Mason pulled his approach left of the green and chipped well past the flagstick and two-putted from there for bogey.

Jeff Roth of Farmington, New Mexico, the 1993 PGA Professional National Champion, turned in the day’s low round of 67, finishing tied for seventh place.

Brian Cairns of Walled Lake, Michigan; Bobby Heins of Purchase, New York; Rick Lewallen of Kannapolis, North Carolina; and Gary Trivisonno of Aurora, Ohio, each parred the first playoff hole to earn the final berths in the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

The 72-hole National Championship featured 264 PGA Professionals who are at least 50 years of age and have qualified to compete in the Championship through one of the 41 PGA Sections.

Visit PGA.com for complete Championship coverage, and join the social media conversation using the hashtag #SeniorPNC.

 

 

Michigan’s Jim Deiters, New Jersey’s Frank Esposito Jr. Share First-Round Lead at 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2014, By Randy Stutzman) – Jim Deiters of Midland, Michigan, and Frank Esposito Jr. of Monroe Township, New Jersey, turned in textbook performances Thursday at PGA Golf Club, posting 8-under-par 64s to share the first-round lead in the 26th Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA.

Mitchell Camp of Aurora, Ohio is third after opening with a 66, while Todd McCorkle of Birmingham, Alabama leads a trio of players at 67 that also includes Gary Trivisonno of Aurora, Ohio, and Mike Nokes of San Diego, California.

Defending Champion Gene Fieger of Naples, Florida, had a 69 and is tied for 15th.

Esposito, the PGA Head Professional at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, New Jersey, had a bogey-free round on the Ryder Course that featured eight birdies, including four straight to open his round.

Deiters, the PGA Head Professional at Midland Country Club, capitalized on some pre-Championship homework on the greens of the Ryder Course by taking 28 putts en route to nine birdies in his debut appearance in the Championship.

The twosome tied the first-round 18-hole record shared by Bob Ford (2007) and Roy Vucinich (2008).

Esposito, 51, said that he was humbled playing this year against golf’s hierarchy, a tour of duty that covered three of golf’s most prestigious events – the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and the U.S. Senior Open. He humbled the field Thursday.

Esposito, the reigning New Jersey PGA Senior Player of the Year, began play on the 10th hole on the Ryder Course with birdies on his first four holes. He added birdies at 16 and 18 on his opening nine, before saving par from 12 feet at No. 2. He capped his round by hitting a wedge approach to 18 feet to the ninth green and making that putt.

“Those birdies on the first four holes, which came as I started feeling my way along, got me into the round,” said Esposito, who tied for third last April in his first Senior PGA Professional National Championship, also held at PGA Golf Club. “I started making putts and it was fun. I’ve got some length to get to the par-5s. It’s been quite a year. Playing in the Senior PGA Championship (where he finished T-39), the U.S. Senior Open and the PGA Championship, it makes you humble to see how good those guys are. You take those experiences and try to use them as a positive.”

It was a rewarding day for Deiters, who survived a five-hole Section playoff last July in Michigan to earn a berth in the Championship. Deiters, 50, said he had a flashback to a 10-birdie round of 60 that he posted 15 years ago.

“This brings back great memories,” said Deiters, who made his lone bogey on the par-4 ninth when he mishit a 125-yard approach that left him 10 yards short of the green. He then missed a five-foot par putt. “Coming from Michigan, putting on bent-grass greens, I struggled early. A couple people helped me out in practice and today I could see the line and had a feel for the grain.”

The 72-hole National Championship, which features 264 PGA Professionals who are at least 50 years of age and have qualified to compete in the Championship through one of the 41 PGA Sections, runs through Sunday.

The low 70 scorers and ties after Friday’s second round advance to the weekend’s final 36 holes on the Wanamaker Course.

The low 35 finishers in the Championship will earn a berth in the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 21-24, 2015, at French Lick (Indiana) Resort.

The Senior PGA Professional National Championship features a $285,000 total purse.

Also competiting in this event from  the Michigan Section include: Jack Seltzer, Dave Kendall, Lee Houtteman, Kevin Muir, Bob Ackerman, Mick DeKorver, Ron Beurmann and Brian Cairns.

Visit PGA.com for complete Championship coverage, and join the social media conversation using the hashtag #SeniorPNC.

If you would like to schedule an interview with any of the participants, or attend the Championship, please contact:

Randy Stutzman, PGA of America
(561) 809-8609
rstutzman@pgahq.com

Team from The Lochmoor Club wins the 2014 Casa de Campo Pro am presented by Ahead !

The team of professional Kyle Martin and his amateur partners : Art Nicholl, Terry Olson, David Bergamo and Matt Jankowski from the Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods are the champions of the 2014 Michigan PGA Casa de Campo Pro Am presented by Ahead.

14 teams competed in this Michigan PGA travel pro am held at the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic. The teams consisting of one Michigan PGA Professional and 4 amateurs played a combination of a “One Gross / One Net Best Ball” on the Teeth of the Dog Course and a “Two Net Best Ball ” on the Dye Fore Course.

It was in Round 2 on the Dye Fore course that the winning team from The Lochmoor Club was able to take the lead in th2014 Championsis event. They recorded the low score of 120 in the two net best ball format for the day that included a course record round of 63 from their professional Kyle Martin. They finished the event with a total score of 372, which was good for a 6 shot victory over the team of professional Rob Lussenhop from Bay Mills Resort and his amateur partners ; David Jahn, Scott Erickson, Dennis Jahn and Todd Riford. Coming in third was the another team from The Lochmoor Club with professional John Pershern and his amateur partners Bill Raffoul, Tony Galbo, Scott Orhan and Jim Ciccarelli.

Casa de Campo Resort proved to be an excellent venue for this Pro Am that all of the participants really enjoyed.The event kicked off with an opening party at a beautiful setting at a restaurant on the  beach Wednesday night. All of the participants received their own golf cart to get around the resort to the golf courses, event functions and restaurants at this all inclusive event. Both the Teeth of the Dog Course and the Dye Fore were in excellent shape.

We would like to thank the staff at Casa de Campo including, Gilles Gagnon, the Director of Golf and Bill Johnstone, the golf events manager  for all of their help and service. We would also like to thank our presenting sponsor, Ahead. All of the participants received a gift package courtesy of Ahead prior to heading down to the event.

For final results click HERE

 

Michigan PGA Fall Meeting Well Attended!

The Michigan PGA held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 27. With approximately 260 Members in attendance, President Doug White welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests Legal Counsel John Allen, Frank Chieppa, PGA, Player Development Regional Manager, former Executive Director Ken Devine, Brent Kerstetter, Sanford Financial Services and all Past Presidents in attendance.

Randy White administered the invocation and remembered deceased PGA member Tommy Valentine.

President White talked about the Senior PGA Championship being such a successful event once again, and the success of the Drive Chip & Putt events. Doug also thanked outgoing Board of Directors for their service to the Section.

Vice President Ron Osborne, along with Executive Director Kevin Helm, reviewed budget numbers through September, 2014, and Brent Kerstetter reviewed the Section’s investments.

Secretary Kevin McKinley explained the MSR requirements needed by June 15, 2015, and acknowledged and welcomed new members, quarter century members and the 2014 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductee Ken Allard.

Honorary President Gary Koenes oversaw the voting for five At-Large Directors. Those elected were Roger Bliss, Adrian Jolliffe, Doug Kreis, Chris Sobieck and Mike Sullivan.

The membership also voted for the 2015 Special Awards finalists. The following members will have an interview with the Special Awards Committee in February, 2015:

Assistant Professional – Josh Fryer, Kyle Horton, Chris Johnson, Matt Smith
Patriot Award – John Lindert, Kevin McKinley
Horton Smith – Mike Fay, Paul Lehnert, John Lindert
Player Development – Ina Davis, Brian Kautz
Teacher of the Year – Steve Brady, Jason Guss, Jordan Young
Youth Player Development – Matt Koets, Eric Martin, Kelly Sivier
Golf Professional of the Year – Randy Erskine, Kirk Sheerhorn, Dave Zink
Bill Strausbaugh – Mike Areddy, Gary Smithson
Merchandiser – Public – Jon Conklin, Gary Smithson
Merchandiser – Resort – Zach Chapin, Mike Chumbler
Merchandiser – Private – Jim Deiters, Brian Dice, Paul Lehnert

Frank Chieppa spoke about growing the game of golf through strategic initiatives and National programming.

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

Thank you to PGA National Resort & Spa for sponsoring the meeting and Pepsi for sponsoring the luncheon.Seminar 3

Thanks also go out to the members who brought canned goods that will be donated to the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

The afternoon education consisted of Tom Shay, Profits Plus Solutions, who presented a 3 part session: If Patton Ran Your Business, Getting Extraordinary Results from Ordinary People and Characteristics of a Successful Business. Over 85 Michigan PGA members were in attendance.

Michigan PGA Junior Tour visits Forest Akers West!

East Lansing, MI- The Michigan PGA Junior Tour Fall Series wrapped up the 2014 season at Forest Akers West. Chilly conditions did not deter the players as both boys divisions posted some great scores. Taking the title for the final event in the Boys 16-18 division was Jagger Richard from Laingsburg with a round of 75 (+3). Finishing in second place was Owen Beyer of Dewitt one stroke behind Richard at 76 (+4). Caleb Nichols, Bruce, Owen Rush, Charlotte, and Bryce Hughes, Lakeshore, ON all tied for third place with rounds of 78 (+6).

The younger Boys 13-15 division showed what their made of with an impressive group of scores in difficult conditions. Taking the title in his very first event on tour was Curtis Hughes of Lakeshore, ON with a round of 75 (+3). One shot behind Hughes and finishing second was August Meekhof from Eastmanville posting a 76 (+4). Rounding out the top three from the Boys 13-15 division and fishing third was Michael Kee playing out of Howell.

For complete results CLICK HERE

Thank you all for participating this season, and hope to see you all next summer!

 

Urban, Werkmeister, Schoenborn, Doan II win the All Star Pro Golf / National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch

West Olive MI, – The Michigan Section wrapped up its tournament season Monday at the Wuskowhan Players Club with the All Star Pro Golf / National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch. The team of Michigan PGA Professional Dan Urban from Prestwick Village Golf Club along with his amateur partners Tom Werkmeister, Mark Schoenborn and Mike Doan II shot a (-14 under ) 128 total in this scratch 2 of 4 best ball format. This was good for a 3 shot victory over the team of professional Mark Pawlowski from Hawk Hollow Golf Properties and his amateur partners Bill Schmidt, Jacob Hamilton and Bob Matthiesen.

This is the first time that the team of Urban, Werkmeister, Schoenborn and Doan has won this event. This was the third year that the Section has held this event with the previous year’s taking place at the Country Club of Lansing and Barton Hills Country Club. The event is open to both Michigan PGA Professionals as well as amateurs that live in Michigan. Each team must have a minimum of one Michigan PGA Professional on the team.Fall Pro Scratch pic

We would like to thank our sponsors of this event – National Car Rental and All Star Pro Golf. This is the 3rd year in a row that All Star Pro Golf has been the sponsor of this event. We greatly appreciate their support and thank Jay Horton and Roen Darbis from All Star Pro Golf for being onsite yesterday. All Star Pro Golf, one of the golf industry’s largest national distributors of golf accessories and is headquartered in Spencer, Iowa with Sales & Marketing offices in Des Moines, for more info please visit www.allstarprogolf.com.

We would also like to thank our host site – Wuskowhan Players Club. They did a tremendous job stepping up and hosting this event and all of the players really enjoyed the facility. Thank you to the General Manager – Paul Townsend, Host Professional – Kirk Scheerhorn , Superintendent – Ryan Osborne and the rest of the staff at Wuskowhan.

For Final Results and Payout Click HERE

2014 Michigan PGA Junior Tour Fall Series

Washington, MI- The 2014 Michigan PGA Junior Tour Fall Series kicked off the first event of the season at The Orchards Golf Club on Sunday, September 14th. Jagger Richards from Laingsburg ran away with the title for the Boys 16-18 division. Richards finished with an even par round of 72. His closest opponent Jacob Belford of Pinckney posted a round of 78 (6 over), followed by Joe Taras and Nick Ludka who finished with rounds of 80 (8 over).

Nathan Douglas from Ontario, Canada walked away with first place honors for the Boys 13-15 division with a round of 80 (8 over). Douglas looked solid as he competed in his first Michigan PGA Junior Tour event ever! Following Nathan and finishing in second place was Coalter Smith of Grosse Pointe Farms posting a score of 82 (10 over). Right behind Smith and taking third was Tommy Sullivan of Grosse Pointe with a score of 83 (11 over).

 

Canton, MI- The Michigan PGA Junior Tour Fall Series tournament at Pheasant Run Golf Club proved to be an exciting day with some great scores. Leading the way in the Boys 16-18 division with a final score of 3-over par 75 was Owen Beyer from DeWitt. Following in second place, shooting a score of 79, was Owen Rush of Charlotte. Our third place finisher following right behind Rush, was Jagger Richard of Laingsburg with an 80. Congratulations to our top 3 finishers!

In our Boys 13-15 division, we saw some incredible play out of the top finishers. Firing off a personal tournament best, with an impressive 5-under par 67, was Brandon Petzak of Ypsilanti. Representing Grosse Pointe Farms was Coalter Smith, who finished with a 74 to take second place. Jacob Pershern of Auburn Hills came in with a 77 and sole possession of third place. Congratulations to the top 3 finishers!

New Michigan PGA Pro Am at Casa de Campo!

There are still spots available and time for you to put together a team for the new Casa de Campo Pro Am presented by Ahead this November 5-9, 2014. Casa de Campo is an amazing 7,000-acre hotel, resort and residential community, unlike any other Caribbean destination and is located on the  southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic.

Teeth of the Dog Course

Teeth of the Dog Course

This Casa de Campo Pro Am presented by Ahead will consist of teams made up of one Michigan PGA Professional and 4 Amateurs. Teams will play 3 Tournament rounds of golf on the Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore golf courses.

This inclusive Pro Am package will include the following:

*Four nights accommodation in Golf Lodge or Elite Room
*Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily at resort restaurants
*Unlimited drinks at hotel bars, restaurants and golf courses
*One transportation cart per room
*(3) Tournament Rounds of golf on the Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore Courses
*Unlimited additional golf and range use
*Round trip ground transfers from all three airports: La Romana,Santo Domingo or Puta Cana
*Ahead Gift Package
*Purse for daily winners and overall championship
*Welcome Parties, Cocktail Parties, Awards Reception

Elite Room

Elite Room

Teams consisting of one Michigan PGA Professional and 4 Amateurs will play a  ” One Gross / One Net ” format for two of the days and a “Two Net” format one day. The golf will take place on their two of their three championship golf courses, the Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore course. Teeth of the Dog was ranked as the number one course in the Caribbean and 43rd in the top 100 courses, worldwide, by Golf Magazine.

The Dye Fore course has 27 holes with 7 cliff side holes dropping 300 feet, spectacular 360 degree views of the Caribbean Sea, the Dominican mountains – the highest mountains in all the Caribbean, the Chavón River below, the Casa de Campo Marina and the Altos de Chavón artists´ village.

For an official entry form with lodging options and Pro Am Package pricing please click HERE

Dye Fore web pic

Dye Fore Course

For more info on Casa de Campo please click HERE