Archives for July 2014

FOREST LAKE CC TOURNAMENT CANCELED

Dear Participants,

 I regret to inform you that we must CANCEL the Michigan PGA Junior Tour tournament at Forest Lake Country Club on July 28th, 2014. A strong storm system passed through the area, which cause significant damage to the golf course. Maintenance staff will be hard at work for the next two days restoring the course back to safe playing condition.

 Your entry fee will be fully reimbursed. Please call or contact the section office if you have any questions.

Andy Ruthkoski repeats as Tournament of Champions champion at Boyne Mountain

 BOYNE FALLS – Andy Ruthkoski kept his mistakes to a minimum and managed to win a second consecutive Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort Wednesday.

Andy Ruthkoski, left, receives the Walter Burkemo Trophy from Stephen Kircher of Boyne Mountain Resort.

Andy Ruthkoski, left, receives the Walter Burkemo Trophy from Stephen Kircher of Boyne Mountain Resort.

 The Muskegon mini-tour professional shot a closing 1-over-par 73 for a 13-under-par 203 total and one-shot win over Commerce Township teaching professional Bob Ackerman, who shot 69 for 204, including a little-too-late 35-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

  “It feels good because of the work I put in at home,” said Ruthkoski. “I play and practice with the idea that it is going to get me to the next level. To see the work that I put in actually turn into wins at the professional level is a good feeling.”

  Ruthkoski, 31, won $10,000, donned the green jacket befitting Michigan’s unique version of the Masters Tournament and is able to take the Walter Burkemo Trophy home for another year. He bested a tournament field that included men, women, professionals, amateurs, seniors and juniors competing for the same championship from three different tee positions.

   After shooting 64 and 66 in the first two rounds he started the final round with a five-shot lead.

  “I knew it got within two shots a couple of times, but I just kept telling myself you have a two-shot lead and there is nothing wrong with that,” he said. “It’s not really that hard to play with the lead if you can just keep trying to make the right shots and make them come to you. That’s really what I did.”

  Scott Hebert of Grand Traverse Resort and Spa shot a closing 69 for 205 and third place. Five-time champion J.R. Roth of San Juan Country Club in Farmington, New Mexico, shot 70 for 206 and fourth place, and Brian Cairns, the reigning Michigan PGA champion from Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth shot the day’s best round of 68 for 207 and fifth.

  Ackerman, 61 and playing as a senior professional in the field, made a birdie on No. 12 while Ruthkoski made bogey to pull within two shots. He then three-putted for bogey at No. 13, however.

  “That first putt at 13 fooled me, and I should have made the second one, but let’s face it you spot a guy with game like that a five-shot lead to start, you have to pull a rabbit out of your hat or he has to fall apart,” Ackerman said. “He really played solid as a rock. There is a lot of pressure on you when you have a lead to keep from doing anything silly. The pressure was on him and he handled it like a touring professional.”

  Hebert, one of eight former TOC champions in the field, said he doomed himself with a slow start.

 “I couldn’t put any heat on him and he just played pretty darn good,” he said. “I told him he needs to get back out (on tours) and just keep playing. He has a lot of game.”

   Matt Pesta of Lincoln Hills Golf Course in Birmingham, who shot 72, and James Dieters of Midland Country Club, who shot 69, finished tied for sixth at 212. Kevin Muir of The Wyndgate in Rochester Hills, who shot 71, and Willie Mack III of Grand Blanc, who shot 74, each finished at 213. Ian Ziska of Katke Golf Club at Ferris State University, who shot 75, and Drew Preston of Ada, who shot 76, rounded out the top 10 at 214.

  Patrick Colburn of Traverse City, a University of Michigan student who recently qualified for the U.S. Amateur, finished as low amateur at 216. He shot 75 to close. Aya Johnson of Muskegon, a University of Wisconsin golfer, finished as the low woman player. She shot 74 for 220 and a tie for 23rd. The low senior amateurs were Ian Harris of Bloomfield Hills and Mike Fedewa of Canton. Harris shot 74 and Fedewa 71 for 220.

   Ruthkoski said the first-place check will help pay for Web.com Tour Qualifying this fall, and that he plans to return to Boyne Mountain if only for vacation.

  “I love it here, my whole family and our friends love it here,” he said. “It’s a special place, so relaxing and the golf is great.”

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Ian Harris wins the 2014 Club Car Senior Open !

Battle Creek, MI – Ian Harris followed up his opening round of 69 with a -2 under par round of 70 today to win the 2014 Club Car Senior Open.

2014 Champion Ian Harris

2014 Champion Ian Harris

Ian got off to a fast start by holing it from 101 yards for an eagle 2 at the par 4 1st hole. This put him at -5 under par for the tournament where he was able to finish giving him a 139 total, good for a 3 shot victory. Ian is an amateur golfer from Bloomfield Hills, MI and this is his first Club Car Senior Open victory. Coming in second with a 142 total was Bob Matthiesen and amateur from Mason, MI and Jack Seltzer a professional from the Kendall Academy of Golf. Jack takes home the first place professional prize of $3,000.

For final scores click HERE

In the Super Senior Division it took one extra hole to determine the champion. John French defeated Larry Clark with a birdie on the first playoff hole making him the overall champion in the Super Senior Division ( 65 and older). John shot the low round of the tournament in this division with a (-1 under) par round of 71, putting him at a 148 total. John is an amateur from Bloomfield Hills, MI. Larry Clark takes home the top professional honors in the Super Senior Division.

John French

John French

 

 

 

 

 

Bedford Valley Golf Club, the fourth of the five Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort courses was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell and was purchased by the Scott Family in 1988. This classic design has a rich tradition of hosting tournaments in the state of Michigan and still proves to a tough test. Along with currently hosting the Club Car Senior Open and the Michigan PGA Junior Championship, Bedford Valley GC was the host of the Michigan Open from 1969 – 1977.It has also hosted the Michigan Publinx State Match Play, and the NCAA Division III National Championship.

We would like to thank both Club Car for their sponsorship and Bedford Valley for hosting the event.

 

 

 

Oak Pointe Country Club Teams win the 2014 Taylor Made / National Car Rental Pro Am

South Lyon, MI – It was a clean sweep for the teams from Oak Pointe Country Club as they were able to take home top honors in both the Gross and Net Divisions in the 2014 Taylor Made / adidas / Ashworth / National Car Rental Pro Am at Walnut Creek Country Club. Michael Strain and his amateur partner Ally Geer won the Gross division with a score of 100 (-8) and the team of professional John Seltzer and his amateur partner Ed Millington won the Net division with a score of 96 (-12). Michael is the General Manager at Oak Pointe CC and John is the Director of Golf.

64 total teams teed it up on Monday in this 27 hole best ball event at Walnut Creek Country Club in South Lyon, MI. Teams recorded both their gross and net best ball and placed in which ever division they finish higher. The golf course was in great shape and the strong winds made it a tough test.

It was a close race in both the Gross & Net Divisions this year. Coming in second in the Net Division, just one shot behind John Seltzer and Ed Millington was the team of professional Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and his amateur partner Glen Hirshberg. John Seltzer and Ed Millington were also runners up in the Gross Division with a score of 101, just one back of Michael and Ally.2014 sponsor pics

We would like to thank our sponsors of this event both Taylor Made / adidas / Ashworth and National Car Rental. Everyone received a tee gift from adidas and the teams played for a purse of $18,000. This is the third year that Taylor Made / adidas / Ashworth have sponsored this event and the first year that National Car Rental has been involved as a sponsor. National Car Rental is sponsoring Pro Am events in every PGA Section this year as part of their Pro Am Series. Our two winning teams today will be entered for a chance to win a trip to play with Keegan Bradley down in Florida later this year.

We would also like to thank our host site Walnut Creek Country Club and their PGA Professional Jeremy Lathwell. Jeremy and his staff did a great job hosting the event as I know everyone had a great time and enjoyed the facility and the 27 hole format.

For final results click HERE

 

PGA Championship to Harding Park, along with Match Play, Presidents Cup

By john.holmes

SAN FRANCISCO – The southwest corridor of San Francisco is going to get all the golf it can handle over the next decade.

TPC Harding Park will host the Match Play Championship in 2015, the PGA Championship in 2020 and the Presidents Cup in 2025. The announcement was made Wednesday by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, PGA of America President Ted Bishop and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee at a swanky City Hall news conference.

Speaking on the second-floor balcony outside the mayor’s office to a crowd that included about 100 leaders and golf officials, Finchem said the coordination between the PGA Tour and PGA of America to stage all three events at the same venue is unprecedented. He said he hopes similar collaboration can be done in the future to benefit both organizations and their fans.

“Today is an announcement of a lot of firsts,” Finchem said.

The trio of tournaments adds to an aggressive schedule in the area.

The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, which was held on the last weekend of April this year, is set to return to Lake Merced just down the road in Daly City in 2015. And the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship is scheduled from April 30 to May 6 at The Olympic Club, where the U.S. Open was last held in 2012.

Organizers are counting on the sports-saturated Bay Area market – loaded with corporate dollars from San Francisco to Silicon Valley – to provide support behind the ropes and on sponsorship banners.

The PGA Tour’s commitment to hold the Match Play at Harding Park is only for one year. The tournament had typically been held in February the past eight years at Dove Mountain outside Tucson, Ariz. But the PGA Tour’s contract with title sponsor Accenture ended after this year’s event, leaving the event’s future uncertain.

The tournament is set for April 29 to May 3 – the week before The Players Championship – next year to improve the chances of dry conditions at Harding. The title sponsor for the 2015 tournament remains unclear.

The Match Play’s debut at Harding also will feature a new format. The tournament will have a similar structure to the World Cup, with group play leading into single-elimination matches.

The reconfiguration will ensure that all 64 players – determined by the Official World Golf Ranking, as in the past – are around for at least three days. Previously, single-elimination from the outset often led to quick exits for top players and fan favorites.

“It’s a lot more golf,” Finchem said. “It’s a ton of golf. We know the fans here will relish the opportunity to have that much more golf.”

Finchem, Bishop and Lee all credited Frank “Sandy” Tatum for bringing the events to Harding. Tatum, a longtime San Francisco attorney and former president of the U.S. Golf Association who turns 94 on Monday, spearheaded a renovation of the course and clubhouse, which now bears his name.

Finchem also quoted players such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as being excited about the announcements. He said Johnny Miller told him he honed his famed putting skills on Harding’s practice greens.

Bishop said there was never any discussion of holding the PGA Championship at another club in San Francisco, which has never hosted the event. He also said the season’s final major in 2020 might also be reworked on the schedule because of the Olympics that year.

After going more than 40 years without being played on a public course, the PGA Championship is now headed to two in a row.

The 2019 event will be played at Bethpage Black on New York’s Long Island. The last PGA Championship on a municipal course was in 1974 at Tanglewood Golf Course in North Carolina.

The PGA Championship has not been played on the West Coast since 1998 at Sahalee Country Club outside Seattle. The 2020 event at Harding Park also gives California majors in three consecutive years, with the U.S. Open going to Pebble Beach in 2019 and Torrey Pines in 2021.

Harding Park has never hosted a major, but it was the site of the 2009 Presidents Cup won by the U.S. The Presidents Cup features 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the U.S. and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – in a team match-play competition.

TPC Harding Park in San Francisco will host the Match Play Championship in 2015, the PGA Championship in 2020 and the Presidents Cup in 2025.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, PGA of America President Ted Bishop and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee made the announcement at a City Hall news conference Wednesday.

The Match Play, which has been held the last eight years in Arizona, will begin the last week of April under a new format. The tournament will offer a similar structure to the World Cup, with group play leading into single-elimination matches.

The reconfiguration will ensure that all 64 players are around for at least three days. In the past, single-elimination from the outset often led to quick exits for top players and fan favorites.

The trio of tournaments adds to an aggressive schedule in San Francisco’s southwest corridor.

The Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, which was held on the last weekend of April this year, is set to return to Lake Merced in nearby Daly City in 2015. And the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship is scheduled from April 30 to May 6 at The Olympic Club, where the U.S. Open was last held in 2012.

After going more than 40 years without being played on a public course, the PGA Championship is now headed to two in a row.

The 2019 event will be played at Bethpage Black, a public course on New York’s Long Island. The last PGA Championship on a public course was in 1974 at Tanglewood Golf Course in North Carolina.

The PGA Championship has not been played on the West Coast since 1998 at Sahalee Country Club outside Seattle. The 2020 event at Harding Park also gives California majors in three consecutive years, with the U.S. Open going to Pebble Beach in 2019 and Torrey Pines in 2021.

The PGA Tour’s commitment to hold the Match Play at Harding Park is only for one year. The tournament had typically been held in February the past eight years at Dove Mountain outside Tucson, Ariz. But the PGA Tour’s contract with title sponsor Accenture ended after this year’s event, leaving the Match Play’s future uncertain.

The tournament is set for April 29 to May 3 – the week before The Players Championship – next year to improve the chances of dry conditions at Harding. The title sponsor for the 2015 tournament remains yet to be determined.

As in the past, the top 64 players in the World Golf Ranking will qualify for the event. Starting next year in San Francisco, the field will be divided into 16 groups of four players.

There will be round-robin match play on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the tournament. And the winner of each group will advance to the round of 16 on Saturday morning.

Head-to-head results will be used to break two-way ties, with sudden-death playoffs for three-way ties. The quarterfinals will be played Saturday afternoon, the semifinals Sunday morning and the championship match and consolation match Sunday afternoon.

Harding Park, the site of the Presidents Cup in 2009, has never hosted a major. The Presidents Cup features 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the U.S. and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – in a team match-play competition.

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/pga-championship-harding-park-along-match-play-presidents-cup

Errie Ball inspired generations of golfers both amateur and professional

By john.holmes

Samuel Henry “Errie” Ball, the last of the inaugural Masters field of 1934 and the PGA of America’s oldest and longest-serving member, died July 2 at Martin Hospital South in Stuart, Florida, surrounded by his family. He was 103.

A native of Wales, Ball began his PGA career through the encouragement of legendary golfer Bobby Jones. Ball was elected to PGA membership on June 20, 1931, and his 83 years of service is a PGA membership record. In 2011, Ball was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.

Ball appeared in 25 major championships, including the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament, which in 1939 became the Masters. He also competed in 19 Senior PGA Championships, sharing runner-up honors in 1962.

Ball taught generations of players and inspired young professionals to pursue careers as PGA members. As PGA Professional Emeritus at Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart, he often gave lessons well past his centennial birthday.

“The PGA of America is saddened by the passing of Errie Ball, a professional in all aspects of life,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “Errie’s amazing career spans the legends of the game – from Harry Vardon through Tiger Woods. His longevity, according to those who knew him best, was founded upon a love of people. Each day, like each step he took on the course, was spent with purpose. We will miss him dearly, but his legacy continues to shine through the many PGA Professionals he inspired to grow our game.”

Born in Bangor, Wales, to one of Great Britain’s famed golf families, Ball was introduced to the game by his father, William Henry Ball, who spent 50 years as golf professional at Lancaster Golf Club. Ball’s great uncle, John Ball, was the first amateur to win the Open Championship (1890), along with eight British Amateur Championships.

Ball began playing golf at age 10, and turned professional at age 17. Many could never correctly pronounce his nickname, so he was quick to share a family story.

“My father’s name was William Henry Ball. Back in those days, Henry became ‘Harry,’” said Ball, prior to his 100th birthday party. “My mother, from what they tell me, didn’t like the fact that they would be calling my father Old Harry and me Young Harry. We had a French maid at that time, and she said, ‘Why don’t you call him ‘Errie?’ And I’ve gone by that ever since. I wouldn’t turn around if you called me Sam.”

Ball’s connection to Jones began in 1930, when he met the famed Georgian at the Open Championship in Hoylake, England, where Jones would win one leg of his Grand Slam. The relationship continued the day Ball arrived in America – Sept. 27, 1930 – just as Jones clinched the Grand Slam with a victory in the U.S. Amateur.

Ball’s first job was serving for his uncle, Frank Ball, then the PGA head professional at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta. Ball later assisted George Sargent, who became PGA of America president. In 1933, Ball received a letter of recommendation from Jones that elevated him to his first head professional post at Mobile (Alabama) Country Club.

Ball also received his invitation from Jones to be part of the 72-player field at Augusta in 1934.

“I thought it [the Masters] was the greatest, the best place that I could be in golf,” said Ball, as he watched this year’s Masters broadcast from his living room. “Because it was associated with Bob Jones, I knew it would be a success. I loved playing golf with Bob because he had such a great golf swing and I wanted to copy it. I learned to be gracious from him. He seemed like he shook hands with everybody with a smile.”

Ball competed again at Augusta National Golf Club in 1957, the longest span for any Masters competitor.

Ball won the 1931 Southeastern Section PGA Championship and the 1932 Atlanta Open. In 1936, Ball tied for 23rd in the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake. A few weeks later, on July 21, Ball was a passenger aboard the M.V. Britannic. During the eight-day voyage, he met Maxwell “Maxie” Wright of Richmond, Virginia, in a game of doubles deck tennis. They were each engaged, but by the time the ship docked in New York, their plans were set. They married two months later, and were together for 77-plus years.

He served as PGA head professional from 1937-42 at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, before being drafted by the U.S. Navy. Following World War II, Ball became PGA head professional at Oak Park (Illinois) Country Club, and would serve there for 24 years, while spending 20 winters teaching at Tucson (Arizona) Country Club. He spent one winter (1962) as PGA director of golf at John’s Island in Vero Beach, Florida.

In 1972, Ball became the first PGA head professional and later PGA director of golf at Butler National Golf Club in Oak Brook, Illinois. PGA Professional Bruce Patterson, who worked briefly for Ball, succeeded him as PGA director of golf at Butler National in 1982.

“That ‘tree line’ of developing future professionals was very important to him,” said Patterson, a former member of the PGA Board of Directors. “Everyone Errie touched came away feeling better about themselves. If you had a bad day, just being around Errie, your day became better. Golf has suffered one of its big losses. He was one of the game’s treasures.”

Ball qualified for the U.S. Open 10 times, competed in 12 PGA Championships, along with two Masters and the 1936 Open Championship. He also won three Illinois PGA Championships, the Illinois Open, and the Illinois PGA Senior Open and Match Play Championship.

In addition to his national honor, Ball was inducted into the Illinois Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.

Ball is survived by his wife, Maxie, a daughter, Leslie, of Miami; brothers Tom, of South Africa and John, of Lancaster, England; and two granddaughters and a great grandson.

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/pga-professional-errie-ball-inspired-generations-golfers-both-amateur-and-professional

Cairns / Young win the 2014 Sweet – Dykema Pro Pro Championship presented by Adams

Lake Orion ,MI – The team of Jordan Young and Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center were able to successfully defend their title by winning the 2014 Sweet – Dykema Pro – Pro Championship presented by Adams Golf on Monday at Indianwood Golf & Country Club.

They set the pace early as Brian and Jordan went out in their am round and shot a -9 under par round of 63 on the New Course at Indianwood. The next best score in the am on the New Course was a 67 shot by the team of John Pershern and Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor Club. The low score in the am on the Old Course was a 65 recorded by the teams of Josh Fryer and Jeff Ferry from Franklin Hills Country Club and John Seltzer from Oak Pointe Country Club and his partner Brent Goulding from Prestwick Village Golf Club.Pro Pro Scoreboard pic

Brian and Jordan were able to follow up their great morning round with a solid round of -4 under par round 66 on the Old Course in the afternoon. This –13 under, two round total was good for a four shot victory over Josh Fryer and Jeff Ferry from Franklin Hills Country Club. This gives Brian and Jordan back to back victories as they won this event last year at St Ives / Tullymore Resort.

We would like to thank our long time sponsors of this event Bill Sweet, Bob Dykema and Adams Golf. We appreciate their continued support of the Michigan Section.

We would also like to thank David Zink ,the host professional at Indianwood Golf & Country Club and all of their staff and membership for all of their help and allowing us to have this event there.

For final results and payout click HERE