Archives for May 2014

PGA, Trump announce major partnership

By john.byrwa

Trump and the PGA

The Trump Organization

From left to right, PGA of America CEO Pete Bevacqua, Donald Trump and PGA of America President Ted Bishop stand with the Wanamaker Trophy and the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy at a news conference Thursday. The PGA of America announced that it has entered a new partnership with The Trump Organization, selecting Trump National Golf Club — Bedminster, N.J. as the site of the 2022 PGA Championship and Trump National Golf Club — Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Va., as the site of the 2017 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The PGA of America announced today that it has entered a new partnership with The Trump Organization, selecting Trump National Golf Club — Bedminster, N.J. as the site of the 2022 PGA Championship and Trump National Golf Club — Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Va., as the site of the 2017 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.

In August 2022, Trump National Golf Club — Bedminster will host the 104th PGA Championship, which will mark the third New Jersey course to host a PGA Championship and the Championship’s fourth overall visit to the state. The 78th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid in May 2017 at Trump National Golf Club — Washington, D.C., will be the first time the most historic and prestigious championship in senior golf will be conducted in Virginia.

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“The PGA of America is excited to begin a new chapter of major championship history by taking two of our premier championships to venues that bear the Trump label of excellence,” said PGA President Ted Bishop. “Mr. Trump understands what it means to present both the finest venues in golf and an unforgettable experience for both our fans and the greatest players in the game. We look forward to having these exceptional sites identify a major champion in the PGA Championship and the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.”

Donald J. Trump is chairman and president of The Trump Organization, which owns 16 world-class golf properties throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East, not including the spectacular Trump National Doral, the 800-acre facility that Mr. Trump has just rebuilt.

“It is my great honor to be involved with the PGA of America, an organization which I have long respected,” said Trump. “I would like to thank Ted Bishop and Pete Bevacqua for having the confidence in me and The Trump Organization, and in particular recognizing the greatness of two facilities, one in the New York/New Jersey Metro area and the other, directly on the Potomac River in the D.C./Virginia/Maryland area. I have no doubt that these two highly acclaimed courses will lead to one of the best PGA and Senior PGA Championships ever.”

In addition to Trump golf properties set to host PGA-sanctioned majors, the PGA of America will conduct four premier championships in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area in less than a decade. Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., is the site of the 2016 PGA Championship, while Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., will host the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup.

Trump National Golf Club — Washington, D.C., was the site of the 2013 Junior PGA Championship, and features the newly built Championship Course, which fronts its entire length on the Potomac River. The Tom Fazio designed course opened for play in 2009 and extends to 7,650 yards all along the river. The property covers 800 rolling acres with a 50,000-square foot clubhouse as centerpiece resting on a 120-foot bluff.

Trump National Golf Club — Bedminster, built on the 600-acre former estate of sports car magnate John DeLorean, features two courses — the Old and New Course. The Old Course, designed by Tom Fazio, which will host the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2022 PGA Championship, opened for play in 2004 and plays to 7,560 yards. It has received rave reviews and since 2005 has been ranked among the Top 100 Golf Courses in America by GOLF Magazine and many other rating systems. It is considered one of this country’s great golf courses and has the capacity to hold massive numbers of spectators.

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2014 Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac – Deadline to Enter May 14

EAST LANSING – For the 97th time the top golfer in the state will be identified in the Michigan Open Championship, which this year is presented by LaFontaine Cadillac at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland Township, June 9-12.

Michigan residents with a USGA handicap index of 8.0 or less who want to test their games against the best and win the use of a new car are urged to enter before the 5 p.m. deadline on May 14.

Prestwick Village Golf Club’s premier facilities and dedicated, passionate membership will host the 2014  Michigan Open
Championship. The Championship moves to Prestwick Village after 3 years at The Orchards Golf Club in Washington Township.

We’re excited and proud to be hosting the tournament along with presenting sponsor LaFontaine Cadillac,” said Brent Goulding, the Director of Golf at Prestwick Village. “LaFontaine’s involvement makes it possible for our membership to showcase Prestwick Village, and what better opportunity then to host the biggest golf event for both professionals and amateurs in Michigan outside of some type of tour event.”prestwick website pic updated

LaFontaine Cadillac — one of 18 LaFontaine Automotive Group franchises in nine locations across southeast Michigan — will be the new presenting sponsor of the 2014 tournament set for June 9-12.

  “LaFontaine Cadillac is proud to support our neighbor and partner Prestwick Village Golf Club in hosting the Michigan Open Championship,” said Kelley LaFontaine, Owner/Marketing Manager. “We look forward to being part of the excitement generated by a championship featuring the best golfers in Michigan.”

LaFontaine Cadillac will present the 2014 champion with a one-year lease on a new Cadillac ATS.Cadillac ATS 2

The tournament will use a qualifying events system to determine the starting field of 156 golfers. Those qualifying rounds will be presented between May 19 and June 1 at sites across the state.

The sites include Western Golf & Country Club in Redford on Monday, May 19, Thousand Oaks Golf Club in Grand Rapids and Country Club of Lansing on Tuesday, May 20, Orchard Lake Country Club (PGA Members only) on Wednesday, May 21, the Sharf course at Oakland University in Rochester on Tuesday, May 27, Eagle Eye Golf Club in East Lansing on Wednesday, May 28, and Shanty Creek Resort’s Cedar River course in Bellaire on Sunday, June 1.

In addition, a three-spot qualifier for the final trio of spots in the starting field will be held on Saturday, June 7, at Flint Elks Golf Club. That event can serve as a first or second qualifying attempt.

A tiered entry rate is in effect for 2014 with Michigan PGA Junior Tour members paying $100 to enter, amateurs $175, Michigan PGA member professionals $200 and non-member professionals $300.

To enter online please click HERE or call the Michigan Section office at 517-214-3823. For more information on the and a printable entry form please click HERE.