Archives for August 2014

2014 Boys Fall Series

The Michigan PGA Junior Tour has had a great summer season, but will now be shifting gears for our annual boys fall season. Now that the school year is right around the corner, we will be hosting 4 Junior Tour events on the weekends beginning Sunday, September 14th, at The Orchards. There will be no additional membership fee for those who are current 2014 members, but a $35 fee for new 2014 fall members. T

$50 fee for each tournament

CLICK HERE to register today!

2014 Boys Fall Series

September 14 – The Orchards

September 20 – Travis Pointe Country Club

September 27 – Pheasant Run Golf Club

October 4 – Forest Akers West

 

 

 

Katanski Defends Title at Assistants Championship!

Bath, MI – Tim Katanski successfully defended his title at the 2014 National Car Rental Assistants Championship at Polo Fields Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, MI. Katanski’s 36 hole total of 138 (-6) was insurmountable for the rest of the field as he carded a first round score of 70 (-2) followed by a final round 68 (-4). The change of venue did not seem to bother Tim as he cruised recording twelve birdies along the way. For the second consecutive year Tim has earned an invitation to the 38th National Car Rental PGA Assistant Championship in Port St. Lucie, FL on Oct. 30-Nov. 2.Katanski 2

Joining Tim and our second place finisher was Eric Wholfield representing Macatawa Legends Golf & CC. Wholfield finished three shots back of Katanski with a total of 141 (-3), and posted an impressive second round 69.

We would like to thank The Polo Fields Ann Arbor and Head Golf Professional John Kuenzli for the use of their beautiful facility. We must also thank our staff of rules officials for their efforts.

The 38th National Car Rental Assistant Championship will be held October 30-November 2, 2014 on the Wanamaker Course at The PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL.

FINAL RESULTS

 

2014 National Car Rental Michigan PGA Assistants Championship

Ann Arbor, MI – The 2014 National Car Rental Michigan PGA Assistants Championship is underway today at the Polo Fields Golf & Country Club – Ann Arbor. Players are competing for 2 spots in the 2014 National Car Rental Assistants Championship to be held October 30-November 2, 2014, on the Wanamaker Course at The PGA Golf Club, Port St. Lucie, Florida.

For scores as they finish click HERE

2014 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience

By john.holmes

Venetian Resort

The Venetian in Las Vegas is the home base for the 2014 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience.

2014 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience
A
ugust 18-20, 2014
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Exhibitors/Attendees: Click here for details

PREVIEW COVERAGE

Inaugural PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Pro-Pro event offers $25,000 purse
PGA and LPGA Professionals have the opportunity to compete in the inaugural PGA Fashion & Demo Experience Pro-Pro Tournament, presented by health and wellness company, Magic Nutrition, on Monday, Aug. 18, at the top-ranked Cascata Golf Club just outside of Las Vegas in Boulder City, Nevada. The tournament features a $25,000 total purse.
Top equipment companies in PGA Demo Experience at Cascata Golf Club
The PGA Demo Experience, presented by health and wellness company, Magic Nutrition, opens the all-new PGA Fashion & Demo Experience with a full day of golf events including a pro-pro tournament, short-game workshops, new equipment and technology testing, an indoor golf product marketplace and industry reception.
PGA Demo Experience offers full day of golf events at Cascata Golf Club
The 2014 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience will begin on Monday, Aug. 18, at the renowned Cascata Golf Club with the all-new PGA Demo Experience featuring a pro-pro invitational, short-game workshops, new equipment and technology testing, an indoor golf product marketplace and industry reception.
National Retail Federation presents keynote industry conference in Las Vegas
National education opportunities spanning merchandising, instruction and business leadership tracks, plus a keynote industry conference by the National Retail Federation, are available to PGA Professionals and industry executives attending the 2014 PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, August 18-20, in Las Vegas.
All-new PGA Fashion & Demo Experience debuts in Las Vegas in August
The PGA of America and PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions will launch an all-new PGA Fashion & Demo Experience, exclusively for golf industry professionals and golf lifestyle apparel retailers at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas and Cascata Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada. It will offer a modern, sophisticated marketplace where PGA Professionals and industry executives will have valuable access to the newest golf innovations, fashions and expert instruction.

Source: http://www.pga.com/news/pga/2014-pga-fashion-demo-experience

Scott Hebert’s ‘Performance for the Ages’ Wins Michigan PGA Professional Championship

ROCHESTER – Scott Hebert beat Matt Pesta by six shots to win the 93rd Michigan PGA Professional Championship at Oakland University Wednesday, and Pesta was duly impressed.

  “That was a performance for the ages by a Michigan PGA pro,” he said. “His first two rounds have to be the best two ever played by a club pro in this state. I’m proud to finish second to him.”

Scott Hebert

Scott Hebert

 Hebert, the head golf professional at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, shot a closing even-par 72 on the Sharf course following a course and tournament record 61 Monday on the Sharf and a 65 Tuesday on Katke to finish at 18-under 198.

  Pesta, the head pro at Lincoln Hills Golf Course in Birmingham, shot 70 to close at 204, and Kyle Martin of Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods shot 67 for 205 and third.

  “It was hard to play with that big of a lead,” said Hebert, who started the day with an eight-shot lead and led by as many as nine early in the round. “Right from the start you are just trying to not make too big of a mistake and at the end I knew I had a big lead and it was just hard to stay focused on putting and go after stuff like I normally would.”

 Hebert won $6,400 for first and will have his name inscribed on the Gilbert A. Currie Trophy for the seventh time.

 It capped an eye-popping week in which the 61 set the modern tournament and course record, and was also the modern record for a single round in any Michigan PGA Section tournament, including the Michigan Open. His 18-under 198 also tied the all-time tournament record set by J. R. Roth in 2001 at Shanty Creek Resorts (The Legend and Cedar River).

  And it was his seventh Michigan PGA Professional title in the last nine years to give him 14 major Michigan PGA Section titles, including six Michigan Open championships and a Tournament of Champions win. That is one off the record of 15 major titles shared by Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members Al Watrous and J.R. Roth. Watrous also holds the record for the most Michigan PGA Professional titles with nine.

  Hebert, 45, said he will look back on the records with fondness one day, but for now he loves to compete and was especially thrilled with the 61 and the condition of the courses at Oakland University.

  “You can’t ask for a better start than that and this is a great place for the championship,” he said. “It was different having to play with a lead like that, but I would start them all that way if I could.”

   As for the tournament inside the tournament – nine golfers earned spots in the PGA Professional National Championship June 28 – July 1, 2015, in Philadelphia. Hebert, the 2008 national champion, and Pesta a top 20 national finisher last year, are exempt and already going along with John Traub, the 1980 national champion.

  Martin, as the third place finisher goes, as does George Bowman of Oakhurst Golf & Country Club in Clarkston and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, who tied for fourth. Bowman shot 69 for 208, and Cairns, the defending champion, shot 65, the low round of the day.

 Ian Ziska, the head pro at Katke Golf Course at Ferris State punched his ticket to the national championship with a sixth place finish off a closing 68 for 209, and Frank McAuliffe of Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti is going once again after his 69 put him at 214 and in seventh place.

  John Seltzer of Oak Pointe Country Club near Brighton, who shot 70 and tied Gary Lewandowski of St. Ives Golf Club in Stanwood, who shot 67 for 215, are also national championship bound along with Al Kuhn of Fountains Golf & Banquet, who shot 74 for 216.

  Dan Urban of Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland earned the last spot by winning a four-player playoff at 217. He shot a closing 69 and won on the second hole of the playoff. 

 For Live Scoring and Starting Times Click HERE

For final results and payout click HERE

 

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 The Michigan PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade-adidas, Ashworth Golf and the PGA Tour. Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director. He can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com. The media contact for the event is Greg Johnson. He can be reached at 616-560-8995 or greggie24@hotmail.com.

 

Pershern / Martin win the 2014 Miller Golf Sales Pro Assistant Championship

West Bloomfield, MI – The team of Head Professional John Pershern and his Assistant Kyle Martin from The Lochmoor Club took advantage of the rain shortened event to win the 2014 Miller Golf Sales Pro Assistant Championship presented by Sterling Cut Glass / Pukka / CMC Golf / Sundog / Black Clover / Belding at Knollwood Country Club in West Bloomfield.

The heavy rains forced what is usually a 36 hole best ball event into just 18 holes as Knollwood Country Club became unplayable due to the standing water on the greens. John and Kyle shot a (-8) under par round of 64 in that first and what turned out to be the only round, which was good for a one shot victory over the team from St Ives Golf Club, Head Professional Scot Cucksey and his Assistant Heath Scot. This is the first time that John and Kyle have won the Pro – Assistant Championship.

We would also like to congratulate Chris Johnson, Assistant Professional from Thousand Oaks Golf Club for his hole in one on hole #8 and the only skin of the day.

We would like to thank both Kevin and Amy Miller for their support and sponsorship of this event. They represent the presenting sponsors of this event, Sterling Cut Glass, Pukka, CMC Golf, Sundog, Black Clover and Belding.

We would also like to thank Knollwood Country Club for opening their doors and having this event. Their staff did a great job hosting and the golf course was in great shape.

For final results and payout click HERE

2014 Michigan PGA Junior Tour Championship

photo 2.5Bath, MI-The Tour Championship at Hawk Hollow and Eagle Eye Golf Club capped off another successful season for the Michigan PGA Junior Tour. Daniel Ault from Lansing took first place honors in the Boys 16-18 division by finishing one over par for the tournament with scores of 72-73 for 145. Finishing in second place and our 2014 Player of the Year for the Boys 16-18 division was Nicholas Ludka from Saginaw. Congratulations to Nicholas who finished his season with rounds of 71-76 for a 147 finish. Our third place finisher was Logan Price from Grand Blanc. Logan followed up his impressive win from earlier in the season at Mystic Creek with a strong showing at the Tour Championship with rounds of 71-77 for a total of 148.

 

 Megan Klintworth from Jacksophoto 4n finished in first place in the Girls 16-18 Division with two solid rounds of 86-79 to finish at 165. Megan also locked up the 2014 Player of the Year honors for her division, and posted her lowest round of the season on Tuesday. Emily Barker from Lake Odessa took second place with rounds of 82-95-177, and finishing third was Abby Detmar of Harbor Springs. Abby’s first round score of 92 was followed by a second round score of 86 for a tournament total of 178.

 

 

 photo 5Brandon Petzak of Ypsilanti was victorious at The Tour Championship for the Boys 13-15 by posting rounds of 70-72 for a total of 142. This capped off Brandon’s fourth first place finish this season. Taking second place was August Meekhof of Eastmanville with rounds of 73-78 for a total of 151, and placing third was Eric Nunn from Dewitt with rounds of 81-72 totaling 153. Earning Player of the Year honors for the Boys 13-15 division is Avry Freel of Cedarville. Avry had a tremendous season with five top 5 finishes including a first place finish at The Golf Club @ Thornapple Pointe. Well done!

 

 

 Finishing first at the Tour Chmphoto 2apionship in the Girls 13-15 division was Anna Kramer from Spring Lake. Anna posted a 73-77-150, and earned her second first place finish this season. Following Anna and finishing second was Gabriella Scopone of Ann Arbor. Gabriella posted scores of 99-101, and earned the Player of the Year title for her division. Finishing in third place was Allison Eccleton of St. Johns. Allison finished in the top three in both events she played in this summer, and was solid down the stretch to end her season.

 

 

I would like to thank all the players and parents this summer for your support of our program. I would also like to thank the staff at Hawk Hollow and Eagle Eye Golf Club for their help as well as our rules officials for their help in making the Michigan PGA Tour Championship memorable.  

Hope to see you all next season!

WEATHER DELAY

Dear Participants,

Due to current weather conditions we will be delaying the first scheduled tee time by one(1) hour. Please add one hour to your previously scheduled tee time.

 Thank you.

 Stephen Tibor

Brian Cairns wins the 2014 Michigan Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by O’Keefe & Mercedes

Harbor Springs, MI – Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center follwed up his 68 in the opening round with a (-7) under par round of 65 to win the 2014 Michigan Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by O’Keefe & Mercedes Benz held at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club.

56 of the top Michigan PGA Professionals over the age of 50 played to not only determine a champion but to also qualify the top 9 for the 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz on November 13-16, 2014 at the Wanamaker and Ryder Courses at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Brian Cairns closed with a 32 on the back nine in the final round, giving him a two day total of 133 (-11 under). This was good for a 6 shot margin over the runner up and defending champion, Ron Beurmann from the Country Club of Jackson. This was the first Michigan Senior PGA Championship victory for Brian as he just turned 50 this year.

The nine qualifiers for the 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz are: Brian Cairns, Ron Beurmann, Dave Kendall, Kevin Muir, Jack Seltzer,Bob Ackerman, Lee Houtteman, Mick DeKorver and Jim Deiters.

In the Super Senior 70 and older division it took a playoff to decide the winner. Larry Mancour defeated Nick Berklich on the 3rd playoff hole for the victory. Larry and Nick both had two day totals of 153.

Super Senior Champion - Larry Mancour

Super Senior Champion – Larry Mancour

For final results please click HERE

We would like to thank Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club for opening their doors and hosting this event. This is the second year that they have hosted the Michigan Senior Professional Championship presented by O’Keefe & Mercedes Benz. The golf course is in very good shape and provides a great venue for this event.

We would also like to thank O’Keefe for their support as they are the presenting sponsor for the second year in a row. For more info on O’Keefe please visit www.okeefellc.com