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2014 Junior Golf Seminar

 Junior Golf Seminar

The Michigan PGA Junior Tour and the Michigan PGA Section would like to provide you with information and help answer questions you have regarding the development of your junior golfer.


 Casey Lubahn, the Men’s Head Golf coach at Michigan State University, will speak about what you should be doing throughout your high school years to put yourself or your kids in the best position possible to be recruited for collegiate golf.

 Bill Mory, PGA and Stephanie Wagemann from Meridian Sun Golf Club will touch on ways in which parents can be involved in the development of their son or daughters, and share their own personal experience.

Matt Larson, Senior Regional Director for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) will discuss the Performance Based Entry, and how competing in various tournaments will increase exposure.


Location : Hawk Hollow Golf Club – Lakeview Room / Bath, Michigan

When: March 15th, 2014 – 11:30am to 3pm

Entry Fee: $15

Cancellation Fee: $5

Includes: Lunch Buffet ,Refreshments and Prizes




Jordan Young, PGA, Honored at PGA Awards Ceremony


Jordan Young (left), PGA, winner of the PGA Player Development Award, was honored during the PGA of America’s Awards ceremony January 22.

The PGA Player Development Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development.  This award considers the PGA Professional’s growth of the game leadership commitment at the Section and National levels and the impact made at the facility.

Click HERE to see the video!



Team from Crystal Mountain Resort wins the National Car Rental Hammock Beach Pro Am!

Palm Coast, Florida – The teams from Crystal Mountain Resort have found a liking to the golf courses at Hammock Beach Resort as for the second year in a row a team from Crystal has won the National Car Rental Hammock Beach Pro Am. This year however it was the team of professional Brad Dean and his amateur partners Ron Schuknecht, Steve Thomas and Rob Brewer.  Last year it was the team of professional Scott Wilson and his amateurs Wayne Bauman, Chris Abruzzo and Tom Albrecht.

Jack Nicklaus Ocean Course

Jack Nicklaus Ocean Course

The twenty teams of one Michigan PGA Professional and 3 Amateurs kicked off the event with the opening party Friday night and round 1 on the Jack Nicklaus Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort on Saturday morning. After Round 1 it was the team from The Wyndgate with professional Matt Barton and his amateurs Kevin Kennedy, Kyle Hauberg and Randy Tasco that held a 2 shot lead in this 2 net best of 4 format.
It was in Round 2 that the champions made their move shooting a (-11) under par round of 133 on the Ocean course Sunday morning. The final round on Monday took place on the Tom Watson Conservatory Course where they were able to shoot a (-3) under round of 141 and hold on to win by 5 shots. The low round of the day and the event of (-13) under came from the team from Hawk Hollow with professional Greg Webber and his amateur partners Dave Lee, Pat McCarthy and Reid McKinley.

We would like to thank our host site Hammock Beach Resort. The golf courses were in great shape and the resort has proven to be a wonderful host for this event. We would also like to thank Sun Mountain for providing all of the participants a RainFlex jacket and National Car Rental for sponsoring the event. Thank you as well to all of our participants. It looked like everyone had a great time and enjoyed the event.

For final results click HERE

PGA launches 2014 Jobs in Golf Month as golf season hiring heats up

By john.holmes

Jobs in Golf Month

The PGA of America

The golf industry supports two million jobs in the United States and more than $55 billion in wage income.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – While it may be the height of winter, hiring in the golf industry begins to heat up this time of year, as employers prepare for the upcoming golf season. Accordingly, the PGA of America’s 13th Annual Jobs in Golf Month will launch in conjunction with the traditional opening of next week’s 61st PGA Merchandise Show and continue promoting employment opportunities in golf throughout February.

Jobs in Golf Month highlights both the online employment resource tools and a breadth of jobs within the $68 billion industry., home to PGA Employment Services, is the centerpiece of the Jobs in Golf Month initiative, as it serves as the golf industry’s online resource for jobs. Over the past year, a total of 3,936 jobs for both PGA Professional positions and the general public were listed. The Jobs in Golf Month initiative at the PGA Merchandise Show includes recruitment services by leading industry employers; employment workshops; and comprehensive PGA Employment Services. In addition, a number of companies will conduct on-site interviews with candidates for open positions.
PGA Employment Services is an invaluable resource for promoting every imaginable golf industry job that is currently open, from general managers to PGA head professionals to equipment representatives to sales to chefs to wait staff. In addition, it serves as a solution that matches job applicants with potential employers by highlighting job opportunities that are currently posted on

“Many people think of golf as their dream job, which explains why 2 million people point to the industry as their place of employment,” explains PGA President Ted Bishop. “Golf is a highly attractive workplace, thanks to the beauty of the golf course, as well as the amazing relationships you form with colleagues, contacts and clients who love the game as much as you do. With $55 billion in annual wages generated, many people wonder how they, too, can work in golf. With Jobs in Golf Month, this is your golden opportunity. And for those already in the industry, the program highlights the PGA of America’s commitment to working closely with our Professionals and industry employers to align candidates with new job opportunities.”

PGA Employment Services is supported by 12 regional PGA Employment Consultants, who strategically match applicants with employers that are seeking to hire talented and dynamic PGA Professionals. The Consultants also work to educate employers on the many benefits of hiring a PGA Professional.

Another feature of PGA Employment Center is CareerLinks, a complimentary employment referral service that enables PGA Employment Consultants to help employers identify the skills and experiences necessary to perform a specific job, and then enter the search specifications into the CareerLinks database to identify qualified PGA candidates. This service continues to grow, as 604 positions were posted through CareerLinks in 2013.

Source: launches redesigned website

By mark.aumann

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. —, a central resource designed to connect golfers to leading player development programs and the PGA/LPGA Professionals who conduct them, has been redesigned with streamlined navigation and social media interactivity, it was announced today by the PGA of America. Play Golf America will be featured prominently within the main navigation of, where consumers will be able to easily find a program that benefits their individual needs.

PLAY GOLF AMERICA: Local PGA Professionals stand ready to serve you

On the redesigned website, golfers will be able to:

• view content based on their ability
• search for programs and events via the main navigation on
• follow PGA Professionals on Twitter directly from the site
• see friends who “like” golf and message them directly about going to play

Whether new to the game or already a golfer, the redesigned website highlights popular programs, including Get Golf Ready, the game’s leading player development program; PGA Junior League Golf; and the PGA Sports Academy.

“We will continue to evolve our digital experiences at the PGA of America in order to bridge the gap between online engagement and on-course activity,” said Kevin Ring, chief marketing officer of the PGA. “This is another step in fulfilling our strategic mandate to grow the game of golf and serve our members.”, which is managed by Turner Sports, is the official online site for the PGA of America, and the ultimate destination for all who love to watch, learn and play golf. By adding these programs to, golfers are better connected to the game and PGA/LPGA Professionals.

For more information or to find affordable Play Golf America programs in their area, consumers can visit and search by their zip code.


PGA Professional and decorated military aviator Dan Rooney to receive Donald Ross Award from ASGCA


BROOKFIELD, Wis. – Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation and Patriot Golf Day, and majority owner of The Patriot Golf Club, Tulsa, Okla., has been selected by the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) as the 2014 Donald Ross Award recipient. The award will be presented May 5, 2014 during the 68th ASGCA Annual Meeting in Tulsa, Okla. The award is named for ASGCA’s honorary first president, and is presented to an individual who has made a positive contribution to golf and golf course architecture.

A native of Stillwater, Okla., Rooney began his military career as an Air Force pilot. As a member of the Oklahoma Air National Guard he served three combat tours in Iraq, and has received many decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Anti-Terrorism Medal, Combat Readiness Medal and Air Expeditionary Medal.

A Class A PGA Professional golfer, Rooney devotes himself to assisting the families of those killed or disabled in service to the U.S. in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. Funds raised during Patriot Golf Day support the scholarships awarded to military families through the Folds of Honor Foundation. Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has raised more than $38 million and awarded nearly 5,500 scholarships.

** Spirit of Golf: Folds of Honor helps a family heal **

“Maj. Dan Rooney’s focus and dedication to helping the families of fallen heroes and wounded veterans through golf is inspirational,” ASGCA President Rick Robbins said. “We in the industry know what the beauty of golf layouts and the challenge and fun of the game can do for players. Dan’s dedication puts that inherent good of the game to work by giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our country.

“Dan has taken the next step in using the game of golf for good by developing a golf course dedicated to helping our military members and their families. Making The Patriot Golf Club a reality shows how far that dedication goes. Donating a portion of the joining fee to Folds of Honor, placing the foundation’s headquarters there and creating programming for wounded warriors shows that the development of the club was really for a higher purpose.”

The Patriot Golf Club motto, “Great Golf for the Greater Good,” is affirmed daily at 1300 hours. Bells toll 13 times in honor of the 13 folds that bring the American Flag to its triangle shape. The Patriot is the host site for The Patriot Cup held annually on Memorial Day and televised on the Golf Channel.

The Donald Ross Award was established by the ASGCA Board of Governors in 1976. For more information on ASGCA, visit, call (262) 786-5960 or e-mail

Past Donald Ross Award Recipients
2013 Rees Jones, ASGCA Fellow, golf course architect
2012 Bill Kubly, golf course builder
2011 James Dodson, golf writer/editor
2010 Tim Finchem, PGA Tour Commissioner
2009 Ron Dodson, sustainable golf advocate
2008 George Peper, golf writer
2007 Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA, golf course architect
2006 Jim Awtrey, chief executive officer, PGA of America
2005 John Singleton, irrigation pioneer
2004 Thomas Cousins, philanthropist, urban golf developer
2003 Bill Campbell, president, USGA, captain, Royal & Ancient Golf Club
2002 Byron Nelson, professional golfer
2001 Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA, professional golfer, golf course architect
2000 Jaime Ortiz-Patino, owner and president, Valderrama Golf Club
1999 Arnold Palmer, professional golfer
1998 Judy Bell, president, USGA
1997 Gene Sarazen, professional golfer
1996 Ron Whitten, golf writer
1995 Pete Dye, ASGCA, golf course architect
1994 James R. Watson, agronomist
1993 Brent Wadsworth, golf course builder
1992 Paul Fullmer, ASGCA executive secretary
1991 Michael Bonallack, secretary, Royal & Ancient (St. Andrew’s)
1990 John Zoller, executive director, Northern California Golf Association
1989 Dick Taylor, editor, “Golf World” magazine
1988 Frank Hannigan, executive director, USGA
1987 Charles Price, “Golf World” magazine
1986 Deane Beman, commissioner, PGA Tour
1985 Peter Dobereiner, “London Observer” columnist, author
1984 Dinah Shore, sponsor of women’s golf tournaments
1983 Al Radko, director, USGA Green Section
1982 Geoffrey Cornish, ASGCA, golf course architect, historian
1981 James Rhodes, governor of Ohio
1980 Gerald Micklem, captain, Royal & Ancient
1979 Joe Dey, executive director, USGA
1978 Herb and Joe Graffis, founders, National Golf Foundation
1977 Herbert Warren Wind, “The New Yorker” columnist, author
1976 Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA, ASGCA founding member

ASGCA Background

Founded in 1946 by Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones and 12 other leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout the United States and Canada. Members have completed a rigorous two-year long application process that includes the peer review of four representative golf courses. ASGCA members are experienced golf course architects, able to counsel in all aspects of golf course design and remodeling and comprise many of the great talents throughout the golf industry.

For more information about ASGCA, including a current list of members, log on to the ASGCA website at or call (262) 786-5960.


February 22nd, 2014 – Golf Simulator Event

The Michigan PGA Junior Tour is excited to offer you a great indoor golf experience! We have teamed up with On the Dunes Sports to provide you with the opportunity to test your skills on State of the Art Golf Simulators. On Saturday, February 22nd we will conduct three different competitions: Long Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Three Hole Challenge. All age divisions will rotate through the three stations, and prizes will be awarded to the champions in each competition. There will be five different age divisions for both boys and girls (6-7, 8-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18), and you can register to compete by emailing Stephen Tibor at, or by calling the section office at (517) 641-7421. This event is FREE of charge, but if you would like to participate please notify our office no later than Saturday, February 15, 2014. We will provide clubs for you to use, or you may choose to bring your own.

On the Dunes Sports is located in Commerce Township, Michigan and boasts eight Simulators that provide you with an enjoyable golf experience during these cold winter months. Golfers have the luxury of analyzing their golf swing, and competing in outings/tournaments at some of the world’s most challenging courses from indoors. For more information please visit


2014 Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores

The 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid will once again be hosted by The Golf Club at Harbor Shores and the Michigan PGA will play a major role. This prestigious event will be conducted the week of May 19-25, 2014. As a Michigan PGA Member, we would like to invite you to assist the PGA of America by volunteering to work a minimum of two shifts and will receive one credit per hour worked, with a max of eight credits per day. Each volunteer will receive a uniform to wear while working as well as a tournament credential for the week.

We are being asked to provide approximately 100 Members to volunteer and perform such duties as monitor the practice range and putting area, operate starting time boards during practice rounds, and give lessons at the Learning Center.

Click HERE to read a letter from President Gary Koenes and Vice President Doug White. Click HERE for the volunteer form.  Please return to Diane Lazaros at or via FAX at 517.641.7830.

Thank you in advance for sharing in the excitement and anticipation of the upcoming 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

For more info on the 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid please visit

Samsung named Official Patron of The PGA of America; Partnership to provide multi-platform support for championships, golfers nationwide

By john.holmes

Samsung and The PGA

The PGA of America

Samsung and The PGA of America will work together to develop multi-screen, second-screen and interactive experiences to create the next-generation fan experience for the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Samsung Electronics America Inc., a global leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, has been named an Official Patron of the PGA of America. The three-year multi-platform agreement announced today spans the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup through 2016, featuring enhanced technological support that touches the daily golfer, spectators and media at premier events.

As part of the agreement, Samsung and the PGA will be working together to develop multi-screen, second-screen and interactive experiences to create the next generation fan experience. The initial focus will be on extending the experience of the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup for fans at home, on the go and attending two of golf’s premier events. The PGA fan experiences will be available across Samsung’s line of Smart TVs, large display monitors, PCs, connected cameras, smartphones, tablets and wearables. In addition, Samsung’s line of mobile products will be used as the PGA’s Official Scoring System for the PGA Championship and 2016 Ryder Cup.

“The PGA of America is proud to welcome Samsung into a partnership that launches a new era in spectator enjoyment at the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup, along with elevating the golf experience for consumers,” said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. “Over its history, Samsung has been a leader in technological progress and product enrichment. With this agreement, Samsung is making a sizeable impact on the game, which we believe will benefit PGA Professionals and all those who are passionate about golf.”

“Samsung is all about providing innovative solutions that connect people to their passions,” said Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America. “We look forward to working with the PGA to redefine the ways that golf enthusiasts can engage and get deeper access to the game they love across our network of devices, at home and on the go.”


2014 Junior Tour Membership Registration


The weather may be cold, but the Michigan PGA Junior Tour is set to begin the another successful summer season! Our Online Membership Registration is now open! To register click HERE and follow the simple steps in order to secure your eligibility this upcoming summer. Once you have registered you will need to provide us with a completed Medical Authorization Form, and your signature on the second page of our Guidebook. These forms can be found on our website, or by following this link 2014 Guidebook/Medical Authorization Form. Once I have your completed forms you will be accepted! You will receive a confirmation email, and be able to register for tournaments.

For more information on how to join please visit our Membership Page or contact Stephen Tibor at

Membership fee $100

2014 Junior Tour Schedule

Event                                                                                      Date

Mystic Creek Golf Club, Milford                                                                                              June 17

Jr. PGA Championship, Bedford Valley Golf Club, Battle Creek                                     June 19-20

Sunnybook Country Club, Grandville                                                                                   June 24

Forest Akers East/West, East Lansing                                                                                June 26-27

Country Club of Lansing, Lansing                                                                                        June 30-July 1           

Oakland University-Katke, Rochester                                                                                  July 7

Eagle Crest Golf Club, Ypsilanti                                                                                           July 9-10           

The Golf Club @ Thornapple Pointe, Grand Rapids                                                        July 17

Polo Fields – Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor                                                                                     July 21

Buck’s Run Golf Club, Mount Pleasant                                                                               July 23-24

Forest Lake Country Club, Bloomfield Hills                                                                       July 28

Boulder Creek Golf Club, Belmont                                                                                      July 30

Michigan PGA Junior Tour Championship Hawk Hollow/Eagle Eye, Bath                 Aug 4-5