Archives for February 2015

Robbins, Hebert, Kendall and Davies Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

                DEXTER, Mich. — Kelly Robbins, Scott Hebert, David Kendall and Greg Davies have been elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. They have one thing in common – a bundle of titles and championships – and will be inducted June 7 at the Hall’s new home at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. Their election brings the Hall of Fame membership to 109.

                Robbins, a long hitter from Mt. Pleasant like another Hall of Fame member, Dan Pohl, won nine times on the LPGA Tour including the McDonald’s LPGA Championship and was a member of six Solheim Cup teams with a 4-1-1 record in singles. The United States won the cup four of the six she played. She was Assistant Captain of the 2009 Solheim team.

                Robbins was a two-time first team All-American at the University of Tulsa and helped the team win the NCAA title in 1988. In 1991, Robbins was honored as NCAA Co-Player of the year along with the University of Arizona’s Annika Sorenstam.

                Robbins won the North and South Amateur in 1991 and then turned professional. She had 91 career top ten finishes, won $5,738,599 and is second only to Hall of Fame member Meg Mallon among Michigan golfers in earnings and titles. Robbins’ career was cut short by a back injury and her last Tour appearance was in 2005.

                Hebert, an Escanaba native, has six Michigan Open championships tying Al Watrous who was a member of the Hall’s first class. Like Kendall, Hebert is a graduate of  Ferris State University.

                Hebert turned professional in 1993, won twice on the Hooters Tour and after winning the state championship six times, he won the 2008 PGA Professional National Championship, the top prize for club professionals. That put him on the PGA Cup team which defeated the British and Irish at Loch Lomond, Scotland, with Hebert winning all five of his matches.

                Hebert has continued to dominate at home, winning the Michigan PGA championship seven times, three short of Watrous’s mark. As a teacher at Grand Traverse Resort, Hebert worked with Andrew Chapman who won the 2013 Michigan Amateur. Hebert currently is head professional at Traverse City Golf & Country Club.

                Kendall was a member of the PGA’s inaugural Professional Golf Management class at Ferris State University and was the first graduate to be appointed head professional. That came at Cadillac Country Club in 1981. Kendall moved south to Ypsilanti where he established the Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf.

                He started with one instructor – himself – and now has nine. Academy students, male and female, have won junior, high school, state and club championships with collegians going on to the professional tours. Kendall himself was ranked No. 2 on Golf Digest’s list of Top Teachers in Michigan. He has been named Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year twice, Golf Professional of the Year twice and was inducted into the Michigan PGA Section Hall of Fame in 2013.

                Kendall has been on every rung of leadership in the Section up to President in 2008-2009 and then on to Senior President.

                As a player Kendall has won the Michigan Senior Open championship twice, the Senior PGA, Senior Match Play, the PGA State Pro-Am, the State Pro-Pro three times and played on six Fuller Cup teams. He turned deadly with the long putter.

                Davies, a West Bloomfield resident, owns a record eight Michigan Publinx Player of the Year trophies. His total state titles tie him with Hall of Fame member Bill McDonald including a victory in the Michigan Amateur, the state’s oldest championship.

                Davies has clicked on the major titles all the way up with victories in five stroke play championships and the Golf Association of Michigan Mid-Amateur twice.

                Davies played college golf at the University of Oklahoma, returned home and became a dominant public links player, making the MPGA’s Honor Roll 18 times, made 17 Atlas Trophy teams for public versus private club members and 12 Fuller Cup teams for public and publinx players against the Michigan PGA.

                Davies won four championships Rochester Hills, twice at The Orchards and twice at Orchard Lake Country Club. He served six years on the Michigan Publinx Board of Directors and was active in expanding team play.

                For more information about this year’s induction ceremony, contact Loretta Larkin at llarkin@michigan-golf-foundation.com or (248) 719-0650.  Learn more about the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame at its website — www. michigan-golf-foundation.com.

2015 Junior Golf Seminar

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The Michigan PGA Junior Tour and the Michigan PGA Section would like to provide you with information and help answer questions you have regarding the development of your junior golfer.

Speakers/Presenters:

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, the Women’s Head Golf coach at Michigan State University, will go over the college recruiting process. She will also provide parents & juniors with valuable information/advice as you progress throughout your junior golf career.

Following Stacy will be Jason Guss, PGA of the Jason Guss Golf Academy. Jason will touch on ways that parents can be involved in the development of their junior golfer, and discuss the various programs his academy offers.

Our final speaker will be Aaron Waltz, PGA Director of the PGA Golf Management program at Ferris State University. Aaron will discuss the necessary stages students must take in order to become a professional in the golf industry. He will also speak on behalf of Ferris State University, and the highly regarded PGM program for which he represents. 

Location : Hawk Hollow Golf Club – Lakeview Room / Bath, Michigan

When: March 29th, 2015 – 11:30am to 3pm

Entry Fee: $15

Includes: Lunch Buffet, Refreshments

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Michigan PGA Professionals help out at the West Michigan Golf Show

West MI Pic 5Grand Rapids, MI – This past Sunday wrapped the 27th Annual West Michigan Golf Show where Michigan PGA Professionals teamed up  once again with Boyne USA resorts to provide free golf lessons to the attendees. The show was once a gain a success and we look to help out again in 2016.

22 different Michigan PGA Professionals along with the Boyne USA teaching staff took part in providing the free 5-10 minute lessons this year. Despite the tough winter weather on Saturday the professionals gave 534 lessons over the 3 days. Thank you to the following professionals for helping out this year: Ken Kapcia, Steve Ruthenberg, Andre Pillow, Brian Kotowicz, Chris Sobieck, Bruce Saip, Paul Simpson, Justin Williams, Gary Koenes, Ron Osborne, Paul Hawkins, John Lindert, Scott Seifferlein, Bob Fopma, Aaron Waltz, Tom Lindeman ,Bob Bales, Denis Meikle, Joe Simpson, Mark Bayer, Doug White and Bill Mory.

This year the show also featured a Michigan PGA Family Fun Zone. This was an area set up where juWest MI Pic 1nior golfers could hit Birdie balls and Snag Balls and the inflatable Golfzilla and Golfgator. This was a big hit and will be sure to return in 2016.

 

We would also like to thank the following professionals that volunteered this year with the Treetops Par 3 Challenge to raise money for the Folds of Honor Foundation : Mark Bayer, Kevin Arnold and Steve Ruthenberg.

Michael Breed to headline the 2015 Michigan PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit

Michael Breed

Michael Breed

The Michigan PGA is excited to announce that the 2015 Teaching and Coaching Summit will take place on March 23rd – 24th at Eagle Eye Golf Club. The Education Committee has put together a great line up of presenters including our keynote speaker and 2012 PGA of America National Teacher of the Year, Michael Breed.

Michael’s recent announcement of the opening of the Michael Breed Golf Academy at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point is the latest highlight of one of the world’s premier golf instructors. Michael received the highest honor of his career when he was chosen as the PGA’s National Teacher of the Year 2012. In 2008, Michael was asked to become the host for The Golf Fix on Golf Channel. A new instructional show, it originally aired only in the United States. Now in its fifth season, The Golf Fix is one of the most popular original broadcasts for Golf Channel and can be seen in over 80 countries.

For more info on Michael Breed click HERE

Featured speakers also include James Ridyard. James is a leading golf instructor, researcher and co-owner of the Short Game Secrets brand. A growing presence in the world of golf media James is a regular contributor to Europe’s leading golf magazine Today’s Golfer based in the UK. As an instructor he spends the majority of his time teaching elite players but also has a strong background in junior development.

James Ridyard

James Ridyard

James received the great honor of being invited to speak at the PGA of America’s Teaching & Coaching Summit in January 2015, grabbing the opportunity with both hands James delivered one of the most talked about presentations of the summit, receiving rave reviews from many including some of the most revered names in golf such as David Leadbetter, Chuck Cook, Jim Hardy and more.

For more info on James Ridyard visit : www.jamesridyardgolf.com

Other featured presenters include Dennis Sales and Jon Sinclear on Monday afternoon. Jon is a class A PGA Professional and Master GolfPsych Instructor (one of only 3 in the world). He is also a Certified Biomechanist Instructor with AMM and TPI (Level 2), TPI Level 2 Fitness Certified, Trackman Level 2 Certified, and SAM PuttLab & SAM BalanceLab Certified.

Jon Sinclair opened Sinclair’s Golf Training Center in 2008 to fulfil his goal of having one of the most technologically advanced training centers in the United States.

Dennis Sales joins Sinclair’s Golf Training Center at Texas Star as one of the top up-and-coming golf instructors in the United States. He has been consistently recognized among the best in New England, where he taught until recently moving to Texas. His success can be traced back to his roots growing up in Cumberland, Rhode Island where he started developing a keen eye for detail and the understanding of how to build athletic skills from his time competing as an athlete himself.

For more info on Dennis Sales and Jon Sinclair click HERE

Your registration fee includes lunch both days, refreshments throughout the day, continental breakfast on Tuesday, and a cocktail party during an interactive segment from 5:00pm – 6:00pm on Monday. PGA members will also have the opportunity to earn up to (13) MSR hours with attendance both days; (5) Monday and (8) Tuesday. 

Michigan Section PGA Members, Apprentices, PGM Students: $140 – both days, $55 – Monday only, $100 for Tuesday only. The entry deadline is Friday, March 20th at 5:00pm. Registrations after the deadline will be accepted based on availability.

The Holiday Inn Express is offering attendees a special rate of $89 per night. To guarantee this group rate please call 1-517-333-0300 and let them know you are with the Michigan PGA.

To register online Click HERE

For the schedule of Events click HERE