Archives for 2015


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2015) – Two-time PGA Professional Champion Matt Dobyns of Glen Head, New York, and Brian Cairns of Walled Lake, Michigan, have won the respective 2015 OMEGA PGA Professional and Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year awards.

The twosome will be honored on Friday, June 24, at the 49th PGA Professional Championship at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York.

Dobyns, 37, the PGA Head Professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, New York, secured his first PGA Professional Player of the Year Award and is the third Metropolitan PGA member capture the national honor. Dobyns, who also won the 2012 PGA Professional Championship, added to his trophy collection in July by capturing the Walter Hagen Cup for a second time in the National Championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club. He went on to win Metropolitan PGA Player of the Year honors.

With a victory in the second event of the PGA Tournament Series presented by GOLF ADVISOR on Dec. 4, Dobyns clinched the award. He won the Series money title with $9,840.75  in four events over the six-event schedule and was No. 1 in scoring average (68.25). Dobyns finished 30-under par over eight rounds in the PGA Tournament Series.

Dobyns finished with 1,150 total points, while Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio, a four-time PGA Professional Player of the Year, was runner-up  with 892.5. Dobyns joins Metropolitan PGA members Bruce Zabriski (1991, ’94, ’96, ’97, ’98) and Rick Hartmann (2000) in capturing the  national award.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be PGA Professional Player of the Year. I’m surprised that I’m the third from the Met Section to do so, which shows how hard it is to win,” said Dobyns. “I am happy to represent our Section at the national level and I appreciated the support I received from friends in and outside the Section. This award shows you that there are many more components involved than winning a PGA Professional Championship.”  

Cairns, a 51-year-old PGA teaching professional at Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, Michigan, became the first Michigan PGA Section member to earn a national Player of the Year award in any division. This past season, Cairns finished with 813.55 points based upon finishing tied for fifth in the 2015 PGA Professional Championship and capturing Michigan PGA Player of the Year honors.

Don Berry of Rogers, Minnesota, was runner-up with 754.62 points; followed by Jim Carter of Scottsdale, Arizona, with 668.41; and Jerry Haas of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with 646.  

“It’s been a lifelong dream. I don’t care if it’s the seniors or regular division. It was a dream year,” said Cairns, following confirmation of  his award. “Fox Hills has been very nice to let me teach and play. Getting to play in the PGA Championship with Matt Jones was pretty nice when he was leading (after 36 holes). I got to say I teed it up in a major on a Saturday (because of a one-day rain delay)

“I didn’t realize that I’m the first from the Michigan Section to do this. It’s a helluva honor. We’ve had four players from our Section win the PGA Professional Championship. It’s a long haul to win Player of the Year.”

The final PGA Professional and Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year standings were determined based on a point system involving national and PGA Section competitions from Jan. 1 through Dec. 18, 2015.

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2015 PGA Professional Player of the Year

FINAL Standings (through 12/18/15)

PGA Section                     Total Points

  1. Matt Dobyns, Glen Head, N.Y.              Metropolitan                             1150.000
  2. Bob  Sowards, Dublin, Ohio                  Southern Ohio                           892.500
  3. Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla.                 North Florida                             862.500
  4. Alan Morin, Lake Worth, Fla                 South Florida                             837.500
  5. Ben Polland, Manhasset, N.Y.               Metropolitan                              822.500
  6. Adam Rainaud, South Hadley, Mass.   Connecticut                               808.750

T7   Sean Dougherty, Leawood, Kansas     Midwest                                      780.000

T7   Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas                   Southern Texas                         780.000

  1. Brian Cairns, Walled Lake, Mich.         Michigan                                    696.250

T10 Scott Berliner, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. NE New York                             645.000

T10 Garrett Okamura, Wailuku, Hawaii      Aloha                                          645.000                                                                                   

 2015 Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year 

FINAL Standings (through 12/18/15)


                                                     PGA Section           Total Points 

  1. Brian Cairns, Walled Lake, Mich.         Michigan                           813.550
  2. Don Berry, Rogers, Minn.                      Minnesota                         754.620
  3. Jim Carter, Scottsdale, Ariz.                 Southwest                         668.410  
  4. Jerry Haas, Winston-Salem, N.C.         Carolinas                           646.000
  5. Sonny Skinner, Sylvester, Ga.               Georgia                              636.550  
  6. Brad Lardon, College Station, Texas   Southern Texas                617.830
  7. Rick Schuller, Chester, Va.                   Middle Atlantic                 611.917
  8. Kevin Burton, Boise, Idaho                   Rocky Mountain               550.000
  9. Stuart Smith, Reno, Nev..                      Northern California          525.000
  10. Todd McCorkle, Birmingham, Ala.       Dixie                                  479.000 


Contact:    Bob Denney, PGA of America   (561) 624-8582


Michigan PGA Reunion Resort Pro Am presented by Sun Mountain

Coming up this January the Michigan PGA will hold its annual Florida Pro Am at the Reunion Resort in Orlando. This Michigan PGA Reunion Resort Pro Am presented by Sun Mountain is a four team Pro Am with one Michigan PGA Professional and 3 amateurs. The event will take January 29 – February 1 ,  following the PGA Merchandise show.

For those of you that have not been to Reunion Resort I think that you will really enjoy it. It is a first class resort located in Orlando 10 minutes from Disney. It is the only resort in the world that features three signature golf courses designed by golf greatest legends : Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson.  You will have unlimited use of the practice facilities while you are there.  Teams will have the opportunity to choose a package for lodging in a Three Bedroom Luxury Villa or a Four Bedroom Superior Home.Watson9SevenEagles

Teams will play all three of their Signature Courses, the Palmer, Watson and the Nicklaus in a 2 net Best Ball of 4 format.  Men with a 10.0 index or 60 years of age will move up to a Middle Tee and Men with a combined handicap index and age of 80 will move up to a Forward Tee. 

The Amateur entry fee of $1695 includes:
(3) Three nights luxury accommodations for the team in a Three Bedroom Superior Villa
Teams can upgrade to the Four Bedroom Home – see pricing on entry form link below 
(3) Three rounds of golf on the Palmer, Nicklaus and Watson Courses
Friday – Welcome party with hors d’oeuvres and open bar at the Seven Eagles Pool Pavilion
Sunday night dinner and cocktail party at the rooftop restaurant – Eleven
Breakfast Buffet each morning
Monday – Awards lunch
Unlimited use of the practice range
Tee gifts Purse for daily winners and overall championship

For a printable entry form click HERE

For more information click HERE or email Justin Phillips at


2015 Casa de Campo Pro Am presented by Linksoul

Dominican Republic, – The team from Pine Lake Country Club led wire to wire and captured the 2015 Casa de Campo Pro Am presented by Linksoul this past Saturday on the Teeth of the Dog Course at the Casa de Campo 7 tee box picResort.

For the second year in a row teams made up of 1 Michigan PGA Professional and 4 amateurs competed in this Pro Am at the Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic. Teams played both the Teeth of the Dog Course and the Dye Fore Course with a 1 best ball gross / 1 net two of the days and a 2 net best ball one of the days. The resort once again did not disappoint as golf courses proved to be wonderful and enjoyed by all in this beautiful Caribbean setting.

The event kicked off Wednesday night with the opening cocktail party / dinner at their Beach Club restaurant right on the beach. The next day teams competed on the Teeth of the Dog Course, which is ranked as the number one course in the Caribbean and 43rd in the top 100 courses, worldwide, by Golf Magazine. It was here that the team from Pine Lake Country Club of professional Paul Lehnert and his amateur partners; Tom Brown, Larry Sisson, Peter Schmitt, John Woch jumped out to their early lead with a round of (-16 under par) in the 1 gross / 1 net format.

The next day teams took to the dramatic Dye Fore Golf Course which has 7 cliff-side holes dropping 300 feet to the Pic 8Chavon River below. In this 2 net best ball format it was the team from Heritage Glen with professional Bill Wilson and his amateur partners Rick DePauw, Tim Cavanaugh, Phil Pletcher and Don Gunden that took home the low honors with a score of 127, ( -17 under).

This second round score of 127 pulled the team from Heritage Glen to within 7 shots heading into the final round that was back on the Teeth of the Dog Course. The 7 shot lead proved to much to as the team from Pine Lake held on with a final round of 135 (-9) under to win by 6 shots finishing at 392 for the tournament. The team from Heritage Glen picked up 2nd place finishing at 398 for the tournament.

With a final round of (-11 under) it was the team of professional Lynn Janson from Hastings Country Club and his amateur partners ; Joe Abraham, Dave Lombra, Rick Arpin and Paul Slosberg that finished in third.

The event concluded with the awards / dinner party at the La Casita Restaurant located in the marina of the property. Teams won money for a first or second place finish each day and for finishing in the top 3 overall.

We would like to thank our host, Casa de Campo Resort and all of their staff for such a wonderful week. Everyone had a great time and the resort continues to prove why it is such a great setting for our Pro Am.

We would like to thank Jim Dougherty and our presenting sponsor Linksoul. Linksoul stepped up this year and provided a tee gift package to all of the participants in the event.

Thank you as well to all of our Michigan PGA Professionals and Amateurs for participating this year !

For more pics from the event please visit our Michigan PGA Facebook page.



Fall Meeting a Success!

The Michigan PGA held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 26. With approximatcrowd-resizeely 260 Members in attendance, President Doug White welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests Legal Counsel John Allen, former Executive Director Ken Devine, Mike O’Donnell PGA, Senior Director, Player Development Regional Manager, Brent Kerstetter, Sanford Financial Services, Brent Curtis & Drew Spuller, Senior PGA Championship, Chad Seymour, District 5 Director and all Past Presidents in attendance.

Jim Dewling administered the invocation and remembered deceased PGA members Blaine Anderson, Tom Deaton, Dick Haughton, John Jawor, Ron LaParl, Gary Whitener, and long-time friends of the Section Lin Buck, Spaulding & Callaway sales rep, Roger Ostrander, rules official and Calvin Peete, Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member.

President White thanked the Board and staff for their commitment and dedication during his tenure as president. Outgoing Board plaques were given to Gary Koenes, Matt Barton, Shaun Bezilla, Frank McAuliffe, Bill Mory, Kevin Muir and Gary Smithson.

Vice President Ron Osborne, along with Executive Director Kevin Helm, reviewed budget numbers through September, 2015, and Brent Kerstetter reviewed the Section’s investments.

Secretary Kevin McKinley explained a few revisions to the MSR requirements, and acknowledged and welcomed new members, quarter century members and the 2015 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductees

Honorary President Gary Koenes oversaw the voting for officers. Ron Osborne, Kevin McKinley and Bob Bales were elected President, Vice President and Secretary, respectively. Secretary McKinley declared John Lindert District 5 Director by acclamation.

The membership also voted for the 2016 Special Awards finalists. The following members will have an interview with the Special Awards Committee in February, 2016:

Assistant Professional – Kyle Martin, Heath Scott
Patriot Award – Bob Bales, Kevin McKinley
Horton Smith – Aaron Waltz
Player Development – Ron Osborne, Jordan Young
Teacher of the Year – Jeff Goble, Scott Wilson
Youth Player Development – Raquel Bryant, Ian Ziska
Golf Professional of the Year – Jon Conklin, Pat Croswell
Bill Strausbaugh – Adam Howe, Ian Ziska
Merchandiser – Public – Brian Kotowicz, Ian Ziska
Merchandiser – Resort – Zach Chapin, Wes Wandell
Merchandiser – Private – Pat Croswell, Jeremy Lathwell

Each of the Chapters and Committees gave a brief report, which can be found on, Members Only, Section Meeting area.

Thank you to PGA National Resort & Spa for sponsoring the meeting and Pepsi for sponsoring the luncheon.

Thanks also go out to the members who brought canned goods that will be donated to the Greater Lansing Food Bank as well as water donations for The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint.

The afternoon education consisted of Mike O’Donnell, Senior Director of Player Development, PGA of America, helping members explore instruction business opportunities to create customers, grow rounds and generate incremental revenue at our facilities through structured player development programming that addresses all consumer needs. Over 100 Michigan PGA members were in attendance.

Best Golf Teachers in Michigan as Ranked by Golf Digest

In its 2015-2016 biannual rankings of “best teachers in the state,” Golf Digest recognizes fourteen Michigan PGA Members. Found in the current November issue of the national magazine, the rankings feature the top teachers in the country as well as state by state as follows:

1) Rick Smith (T-30 as America’s 50 Great Teachers), Treetops Resort, Gaylord; 2) Jason Guss, Jason Guss Golf Academy at Hawk Hollow, Bath; 3) Charley Vandenburg, Thousand Oaks Golf Academy, Grand Rapids ; 4) Adam Schriber, LochenHeath Golf Club, Williamsburg; 5) Dick Drager, Barton Hills Country Club, Ann Arbor; 6) Jeff Goble, Fox Hills Learning Center, Plymouth; 7) Chris Whitten, University Of Michigan Golf Course, Ann Arbor; 8) Brian O’Neill, Boyne Golf Academy, Harbor Springs; 9) Anne Gajda, Fox Hills Learning Center, Plymouth; 10) Jack Seltzer, King Par Golf Academy, Flushing; 11) Dave Kendall, Kendall Academy, Ypsilanti; 12) Paul Haase, Kendall Academy, Ypsilanti; 13) Lynn Janson, Hastings Country Club, Hastings; 14) Jordan Young, Fox Hills Learning Center, Plymouth; 15) Steve Brady, Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills; 16) Brad Dean, Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville.

As a side note, Kendall has been honored every year since the rankings first appeared in 2000 while Haase was first cited in 2007 and has remained there ever since.

Congratulations and job well deserved for all!


Mick DeKorver and Jacob Losey sprint to the finish and win in extra holes!

Northville, MI – The rescheduled 2015 Sterling Cut Glass/Bushnell Golf Pro-Assistant Championship was held this past Monday, October 12th at beautiful Meadowbrook Country Club. Playing conditions were excellent as 27 teams competed in a 36 hole continual four ball stroke play event. 

It was a battle all day long, but eventually the team of Mick DeKorver and Jacob Losey from Watermark Country Club stood victorious after the third playoff hole. DeKorver and Losey began the day even par after the first round as John Pershern and Kyle Martin lead the field with an impressive 68. It wasn’t until the final four holes in round two that the Watermark CC team turned the tables by finishing birdie, eagle, birdie, par. Their tournament low round of 67 would send them into a playoff against the Western Golf & Country Club team comprised of Jason Iding and Joshua Proben who would also finish with 139(-5).

The playoff began in thrilling fashion as both teams were required to make challenging birdie putts to extend the match. Both teams would par the second hole, and eventually par was the winning score on the third extra hole to claim the win for DeKorver and Losey.

Four teams would finish tied for 3rd place at 140(-4) which included Joseph Herbstreith and Steven Vecellio from Birmingham Country Club; Chris Sobieck and Scott Cook from Thornapple Pointe GC; Frank McAuliffe and Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club; and our first round leaders John Pershern along with Kyle Martin from Lochmoor Club.

The golf course was in great shape, and we would like to thank Meadowbrook CC staff members for their support, and allowing for us to host this rescheduled event on such short notice.

We would also like to thank and recognize our two sponsors Sterling Cut Glass and Bushnell Golf. We certainly appreciate your continued support and would like to thank you for teaming up with the Michigan PGA for this successful 2015 season ending tournament.

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Lastly, we would like to send a special thank you to our rules official Trish Young. Thank you for your help throughout the season, and thank you to all of our officials for your service and dedication.

For final results/payout please click the link below.

2015 Pro-Assistant Championship Results

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Meekhof and Jeffords are victorious in final event of the season!

Ypsilanti, MI – Polo Fields G & CC Washtenaw was the final location of the 2015 MPGA Fall Series this past Saturday, October 10th, 2015. Twenty-four juniors enjoyed perfect fall conditions as the roars from Michigan Stadium echoed in the distance.

In the Boys 16-18 division, Joshua Jeffords, of Onted, was at the top of the leader board with a great round of 76(+4). Jeffords struck early by recording a birdie on the first hole. He looked very comfortable throughout the round and finished with a cluster of pars to take the title. Jeffords had a great fall season finishing in the top 3 in three of the four tournaments. Congratulations on passing the PAT Josh!

Behind Jeffords and finishing in second place was Jeremy Roberstson, from Pinckney with a 78(+6). Robertson was consistent as he recorded 39(+3) on both the front and back nine holes. The smooth swinging Robertson had his lowest round of the season and truly saved his best for last.

Taking third in the Boys 16-18 division was Branimir Nikolich, out of Birmingham. It was only a matter of time before Nikolich would turn in a top 3 finish. He has an abundance of natural skills and it was great to see him on the podium in our final event with a round of 79(+7).

August Meekhof, of Eastermanville was back to his winning ways after posting a season low 74(+2) in the Boys 13-15 division. Meekhof’s round was up and down all day as he recorded six birdies, five pars, six bogeys, and one double bogey. He was certainly on the verge of turning in a unbelievably low round, but succeeded in finishing 1st and picking up his second fall series win. Well done August!

Finishing second in the younger boys division was Austin Fauser, of Clinton Township with a round of 78(+6). This was his first fall series event, and best round of the year. Fauser was able to record three birdies during his round, and shows a lot of potential. We look forward to seeing more of Fauser in upcoming seasons. 

Rounding out the Boys 13-15 division was James Hill, from Lakeshore, Ontario. Hill posted a round of 81(+9) to overtake David Nunes and Justin Sui who were one stroke back with rounds of 82. Hill is a newcomer to the tour, but immediately showed that he belongs at the top of the field.

Thank you Polo Fields Washtenaw for your hospitality and support. Also, thank you to the players and parents for being apart of our program all season long, and look forward to seeing all of you next summer.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS – Polo Fields G & CC Washtenaw, Oct. 10th


Extra Holes Required!

Milford, MI – Mystic Creek Golf Club was the host site and third installment of the MPGA Boys Fall Series this past Sunday, October 4th, 2015. Twenty-nine juniors battled in less than favorable conditions and featured first place playoffs in both age divisions.

In the Boys 16-18 division, Brendan Ludwig, of Milford, and Robby Golobo, from nearby Highland both posted a 78(+6) to compete in a sudden death playoff. After two holes play was at a standstill, but when Golobo was not able to respond to Ludwig’s par at the third the battle was over. Ludwig has now won two out of the last three tournaments and is having a sensational fall season.

Taking third in the Boys 16-18 division was Maxwell DeVooght, from Grosse Pointe Shores. DeVooght was right on the heels of our top two players, and carded a very respectable round of 79(+7). This was DeVooght’s second round in the 70’s this year.

The Boys 13-15 division featured the same excitement as the older boys. After regulation play August Meekhof, of Eastermanville and newcomer Rylen Matheison, from Kalamazoo were tied at the top of the leader board with scores of 77(+5). This set up our second sudden death playoff of the afternoon. In a similar fashion Matheison recorded a par on the first extra hole and Meekhof was unable to respond. Matheison looked impressive in his debut and we look forward to seeing more of him in upcoming seasons.

Rounding out the Boys 13-15 division and taking third was Adrian’s Grady Morlock. This was Morlock’s second top 3 finish this fall and season best score of 79(+7). Well done Grady!

The MPGA Junior Tour would like to thank the host venue Mystic Creek for all their help and support of this event.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS – Mystic Creek GC, Oct. 4th

Our final Fall Series tournament will be held at Polo Fields G & CC Washtenaw in Ypsilanti  this Saturday, October 10th. For more information or if members wish to register for the event, please call the office at (517)641-7421.

Steve Vecellio, Aaron Bush, Matt Zavadil & Andrew Mogg win the 2015 All Star Pro Golf/National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch

Dearborn, MI – The 2015 All Star  Pro Golf/National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch was held this past Monday at the TPC Michigan in Dearborn. It was a beautiful fall day which made way for some great scores.

It was the team of 4 professionals that took home the top honors, Steve Vecellio from Birmingham Country Club, Matt Zavadil from Oakland University Golf & Learning Center, Aaron Bush from Forest Lake Country Club and Andrew Mogg from Golftec-Novi combined for a (-14) under par score of 130 to win by 3 shots.

 24 teams teed it up in this 2 best ball of 4 scratch format. The event was open to Michigan PGA Members & Apprentices as well as Amateurs that live in Michigan. The only stipulation is that each team had to have a  minimum of one Michigan PGA Member or Apprentice.

It was a great team effort as the winning team did not record a bogey on the card in this best ball format. Finishing just 3 shots back in second place with a score of 133 was the team of professional Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and his 3 amateur partners – Ian Harris, Andy Alvey and Kevin Klemet.

The TPC Michigan Course was in great shape and provided an excellent venue for this event. Thank you to all of their staff for getting the golf course ready and putting on a great event.

 TPC Michigan was home to the Ford Senior Players Championship from the years 1991 – 2006 . It is a Jack Nicklaus signature course with rolling fairways, tiered greens and natural wetlands that was built on land originally purchased by Henry Ford.

All Star Pro Golf returned for the 3rd year in a row as one of the title sponsors of the event. All Star Pro Golf, one of theall star pro golf tile golf industry’s largest national distributors of golf accessories and is headquartered in Spencer, Iowa with Sales & Marketing offices in Des Moines, for more info please visit . We would like to thank them for sponsoring this event and their continued support of the Michigan Section.

National Car Rental joined All Star Pro Golf  as the other title sponsor of this event. National Car Rental is a Official Partner and the Official Rental Car of the PGA of America. This is the second year that National Car Rental has been involved with the Michigan Section as part of the National Car Rental PGA Pro-Am Series, which runs from March to October of this year.

With the activation of this sponsorship National Car Rental had the “Go Like a Pro ” Mobile Experience onsite at TPC for this event. For more information about the National Car Rental PGA Pro-Am Series, please visit

For final results and payout click HERE

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Congrats to our 2015 Powerbilt scholarship recipients!

Jamie Greene from Troy, MI has been a member of the Michigan PGA Junior Tour since 2011. During her time in our program she placed 1st in 7 tournaments! 2013 was her breakout year as she finished 1st in the end of the year Tour Championship which solidified her place as the Girls 16-18 Player of the Year. Greene has committed to play golf at Seton Hall University where she will surely make an immediate impact.

Ross Lazar out of Okemos, MI has been a tour member for 4 years. Throughout that time he has competed in 11 events total. Lazar finished his junior career with a 1st place finish at the difficult Forest Akers East & West course this past June. Congratulations on completing a fantastic junior golf career.

Victoria Basso from Lake Orion, MI joined the tour in 2014. Basso experienced great success right from the start as she claimed victory in her very first event at Oakland University. In the two years she spent with the tour Basso never finished outside the top 5. We wish her all the best as she continues her playing career at Alma College.

Thank you to Ross Kvinge and Powerbilt Golf for your support. It is through the HB Foundation that we are able to present scholarships to these three successful student athletes.

Congratulations Jamie, Ross, and Victoria! Thank you for competing on our tour and best of luck in your future endeavors.