Archives for September 2014

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

Drive, Chip, & Putt Championship – Regional

Three Michigan Youngsters Win Trips to Augusta National in Drive, Chip and Putt

 HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP – Coalter Smith of Grosse Pointe Farms, PJ Maybank of Cheboygan and Anika Dy of Traverse City will compete in the National Drive, Chip and Putt Championship on the Sunday before the Masters Tournament in April at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

The three Michigan youngsters were among eight – four boys and four girls – who won trips to Augusta in the age group regional competition at Prestwick Village Golf Club Saturday.

“I’ve watched on TV and thought it’s a really hard course, and then I played it on Xbox a bunch of times,” Smith said of Augusta National. “It’s really cool to get a chance to go there.”

A field of 80 junior golfers, including 30 from Michigan, competed in Saturday’s regional conducted by the Michigan Section of the PGA of American and the Golf Association of Michigan. The event, being presented for the second year, is a collaborative effort of the PGA of America, the United States Golf Association and The Masters Tournament Foundation in part to help grow the game of golf.

Smith, who won the boys age 14-15, Maybank, who won the boys 7-9, and Dy, who won the girls 12-13, will be joined in Augusta by Maxwell Moldovan of Uniontown Ohio (boys 12-13), Olivia Zambruno of Pittsburgh, Pa., (girls 14-15), Vanessa Borovilos of Toronto, Canada (girls 7-9) and a brother and sister, Isaiah Swan (boys 10-11) and Lydia Swan (girls 10-11) of North East, Pa.

The award-winning practice center at Prestwick was one of 10 regional qualifying sites across the country. Golfers competing were from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Canada, and each golfer hit three drives on the first-hole grid, three chips from the same spot and three putts from different spots for scores.

Smith, whose family has membership at Country Club of Detroit, said playing poorly earlier this summer on the Meijer Tour at Detroit Golf Club inspired him to practice his golf game at a higher level. He holed out one of his three chip shots and hit his three drives in the grid.

“I thought I could do it, but I was nervous that I wouldn’t do well,” he said. “It feels good to do it and get to go to Augusta. I think it is really nice of (Augusta members) to let a bunch of kids go there is cool.”

Maybank was fired up to get to compete at the same place as his favorite golfer PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler. He has been working since age four with Brian O’Neill, the director of instruction for Boyne Golf, and couldn’t wait to call and tell him the news.

“I practiced hard so I could have a chance in this and get to go to where they play the Masters,” he said. “My chipping, I stumbled there today, but I made up for it with my drives and my putts. I hit good drives.”

Dy, a GAM Junior Stroke Play champion earlier this summer on the day she turned 13, said she stayed calm and did especially well in the driving competition.

“I’ve never been to Augusta, so I’m really excited to go there,” she said. “Getting to go there is pretty amazing. I think it will hit me later that I’m going with all the best people who tried this. I know my parents are really excited about this.”

Some other Michigan golfers came close in the competition, including Westland’s Troy Watson, who was third in the boys 7-9, Jha Shikha of Troy, who as second in the girls 14-15, Danielle Staskowski of Washington, who finished third in girls 12-13, Rachel Hu of Northville, who was second in girls 10-11, and Maggie Pietila of Brighton, who was third in girls 10-11.

Media contact: Greg Johnson 616-560-8995 greggie24@hotmail.com

Coalter Smith

Coalter Smith

P.J. Maybank

P.J. Maybank

Anika Dy

Anika Dy

 

Brian Cairns wins the 2014 Michigan PGA Match Play presented by GolfMDs.com & PGA Tour !

Brian Cairns 2

Brian Cairns

Midland, MI – Brian Cairns continued his fine play as of late by defeating John Seltzer 3 & 2 to successfully defend his title and win the 2014 Michigan PGA Match Play Championship presented by GolfMDs.com & PGA Tour at Midland Country Club. Brian played steady all day making some great up and downs for par and a couple clutch birdie putts including one from off the green on hole #15 to go 3 up with 3 to play.

Brian came into this event after having played the last two weeks on the Champions Tour. Brian Monday qualified for the event in Calgary as well as the Quebec Championship that just finished up this past week. This is Brian’s 5th Match Play Championship title.

Championship Match:
John Seltzer  vs Brian Cairns (Cairns wins 3 & 2 )

Brian advanced to the finals by defeating Scott Hebert from Grand Traverse Resort in 21 holes. This was a great match between these two top players that went back and fourth all day. Scott jumped out to an early lead by winning the first two holes. Brian then won holes #4, #5 and #6 to get back to 1 up. They continued to trade holes as Scott birdied Hole #12 and then Brian birdied hole #14 to get back to all square. After making a bogey on Hole #16 Scott birdied hole #17 making the match all square going into the last hole.  Both players made par on the par 3 18th hole forcing extra holes. After trading pars on the first two playoff holes Brian birdied the par 5 3rd hole to win  the match.

John Seltzer  advanced to the finals by defeating Eric Wohlfield of Macatawa Legends Golf & CC 6 & 5 in the other morning semi final match. John made four birdies in the 13 holes and closed it out by hitting it to 3 feet at the par 3 13th hole.

John Seltzer

John Seltzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Bracket Click HERE

This was the 3rd year in a row that Midland Country Club has hosted the Michigan Section Match Play Championship. We would like to thank them for hosting as they always do a nice job and the golf course was in great shape.

16 of the top Michigan PGA Professionals qualified for the Section Championship through the Western, Northern & Eastern Chapters as well as the Michigan PGA Senior Organization

 

 

Grand Blanc All Star Team Wins the Junior League Golf State Championship !

East Lansing, MI – For the second year in a row the team from Grand Blanc has won the State Championship and will represent the state of Michigan in the 2014 Junior League Golf Regional Finals and have the chance to advance to Nationals.

This year the State Championship took place at The Falcon Golf Course, a Hawk Hollow Property located in East Lansing, MI. This State Championship is made up of 4 All Star Teams that have advanced from all of the leagues. All Star Teams are comprised of players from each of the teams in their leagues. A total of 57 teams participated this year in the Junior Golf League.

Those 4 All Star teams at the State Championship were from Grand Blanc, Birmingham, Grand Rapids and Treetops. Grand Blanc was able to defeat the team from Birmingham in the morning semifinal match and the team from Grand Rapids in the afternoon finals. With this win the team heads to Prestwick Country Club in Avon, Ohio on September 20-21 for regionals & a chance to advance to Nationals.

2014 Michigan State Champions

Front Row (left to right): Mitch Lowney, Gunnar Karlstrom, Braden Lapa, Mia Korns, Jake Winterlee & Ty Vanitvelt

Back Row: Jeremy Hibbard (Assistant Coach), Tommy Hagerman, Dylan Huck, Luke Cramer, Caden Veenhuis & Rick Slaght (Head Coach)

Seltzer / Seltzer win the 2014 Winston Collection / Casa De Campo Senior Junior Championship

Grand Blanc, MI – The father / son team of Jack and John Seltzer followed up their opening round of 62 in the morning with a 64 in the afternoon to win their first Winston Collection / Casa De Campo Senior Junior Championship as a team.

For the second year in a row the Senior Junior Championship was held at Warwick Hills Country Club in Grand Blanc. 41 teams competed in this 36 hole best ball format with one team member over the age of 50 and the other under the age of 50.

The Seltzer team got off to a hot start in the morning round as Jack made a Hole in One on Hole #3. They combined this with 8 other birdies for and opening round of 62 (-10 under). This gave them a 3 shot lead heading into the afternoon over the teams of Jerry Pasco / Dan Olsen, Ron Beurmann / Henry Thompson and Bob Percy / Travis Dodson.

Jack and John Seltzer continued their fine play into the afternoon round as they birdied 3 of their first 4 holes. They went on to make 5 more birdies for a round of 64 (-8 under). This gave them a 2 round total of 126 (-18 under), good for a 5 shot victory. John is the Director of Golf at Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton and Jack is an instructor at the Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti, MI.

Coming in second place at a total of 131 was the team of Kevin Muir and Jordan Young. Kevin and Jordan shot an afternoon round of 65 that included a Hole in One on Hole #17 by Jordan Young. Jordan receives $500 courtesy of Casa De Campo for this Hole in One on #17.

We would like to thank our host site Warwick Hills Country Club for opening their doors and hosting this event for the second year in a row. Warwick Hills was the host site for the Buick Open up until 2009.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of this event Winston Collection and Casa De Campo Resort. This is the first time that these companies have been a part of this event and we appreciate their support.

For final Results and Payout