Archives for April 2015

Detroit Native Calvin Peete Passes

Detroit native Calvin Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died April 29. He was 71.

Peete won 12 times on the PGA Tour and was the most accurate driver of his generation. He led the tour in driving accuracy every year from 1981 to 1990. Peete’s biggest year was in 1982 when he won four times. He won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average in 1984 by edging Jack Nicklaus.

He won The Players Championship in 1985 and played on two Ryder Cup teams. Peete was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

“I’m very happy to be from Detroit,” he said then. “It’s home. I still have ties there.”

Peete’s parents had separated when he was 11, and moving away from Detroit wasn’t easy for him.peete2

“I was poor, which I realized after the fact, but as a kid growing up in Detroit, I really didn’t want for much, ” he said. “I had clothes, food, shelter. I had friends. A couple of my greatest memories as a child was playing hopscotch, kick the can, hide and go seek, and marbles.”

In Detroit, where Peete lived with 18 brothers and sisters, his childhood hero was boxing legend Joe Louis.

“In fact, the first autograph I got from a celebrity was a picture of Joe Louis when I was 10 years old,” Peete said.

For his career, Peete earned more than $3 million on the PGA and Champions tours.

Peete, who didn’t take up the game until he was 23, said his inspiration was Lee Elder, who in 1975 became the first black man to play in the Masters.

“Lee Elder was the first black man I had seen playing professional golf on the tour, ” Peete said.

Peete did the tour the old-fashioned way, too, playing his way into events from the Monday qualifying tournaments.

“I was fortunate enough to be able qualify in 98 percent of the tournaments that I tried to qualify for, ” Peete said.

He retired from competitive golf in the spring of 2001, two years after he was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome, an inherited neurological disorder that causes involuntary movement of muscles.

Peete is survived by his wife and his children, Calvin, Dennis, Rickie, Nicole, Kalvanetta, Aisha and Aleya.

“Everyone in the family admired and loved him,” said his wife. “He took the Peete name to another level. We are so thankful that he was in our lives as a father, husband and role model. He was a blessing, and he will be missed.”


Urban, Doan, Walberer and Schoenborn win the 2015 Club Car Spring Scramble

Ann Arbor, MI – The Michigan Section Tournament season kicked off on Monday with the opening Club Car Spring Scramble at Travis Pointe Country Club. The cooler temps did not keep teams from shooting some great scores in the scramble format.

It was the team of Dan Urban from Prestwick Village Golf Club and his amateurs partners ; Mike Doan, Mark Schoenborn and Jason Walberer who took home the top honors with a very impressive score of 55 (-17under). This round included 13 birdies, two eagles and only 3 pars.

Coming in second place two shots back was the team of professionals; Brent Goulding, John Seltzer, Jack Seltzer and Joe Pollack. Any team shooting a score of 60 or better finished in the money in this sold out event.

Our winning team included some familiar names as Urban, Doan and Schoenborn ended the season last year by winning the All Star Pro Golf / National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch event at Wuskowhan Players Club.

We would like to thank our host site Travis Pointe Country Club. The golf course was in great shape this early in the year and their staff did a nice job hosting this event.

We would also like to thank our sponsors, Club Car. This is the 24th year that they have sponsored this event. Their sales reps – Tim Czelada, John Bissell and Donny Fisher were all onsite and played in the event as well.

For final results and payout click HERE

2015 U.S. Kids Southeast Michigan Local Tour

U.S. Kids Golf Michigan PGA Local Tour Set to Kick Off
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet and Forest Akers East among courses on the 2015 schedule

The U.S. Kids Golf Southeast Michigan Summer Local Tour will kick off June 15, 2015 at Maple Lane Golf Club. Throughout the summer, U.S. Kids Golf will head to 8 of the finest courses in the Southeast Michigan area. U.S. Kids Golf Local Tours provide boys and girls, ages 5 to 14, the opportunity to advance their golf skills in age-appropriate competition without having to take the time and incur the costs of having to travel long distances. Similar to the PGA Tour, players at U.S. Kids Golf events are encouraged to have caddies to help them play their best. Allowing caddies is a special component of our tournaments and is part of our commitment to encouraging family interaction that builds lasting memories. Players age 8 and under must have a caddie at all times. The top five finishers in each age group will receive priority status from U.S. Kids Golf, granting them priority registration for major events. The Player of the Year in each age group will receive green status, the highest level awarded, which results in an invitation to the World Championship, held each year at Pinehurst Resort.

Tour Schedule

Date                             Course                                            City
June 15, 2015             Maple Lane Golf Club                 Sterling Heights
June 23, 2015             Pine View Golf Club                     Ypsilanti
July 2, 2015                Fox Hills Golf & Banquet             Plymouth
July 13, 2015              Hartland Glen Golf Course         Hartland
July 17, 2015              White Lake Oaks Golf Course    White Lake
July 21, 2015              Rustic Glen Golf Course              Saline
August 4, 2015           Glen Oaks Golf Course                Farmington Hills
August 7, 2015           Forest Akers East Course*         East Lansing

*Tour Championship

Register online at

About the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation

The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation, a Georgia non-profit recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity, was created in 2001 and provides services that include competition and instruction. The Foundation organizes more than 700 golf tournaments for kids each year, including Local Tours in more than 50 cities, ten Qualifiers across the nation, eight Regional Championships, a European Championship and the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and Teen World Championship, which are held each year in Pinehurst, N.C.

In partnership with the PGA of America, the Foundation also supports the U.S. Kids Golf Family Course program, which provides guidelines that help courses make the game easier to learn and more fun for kids and their families.

Michigan PGA Junior Tour on Social Media!

In an effort to stay connected with our members the Michigan PGA Junior Tour is exposed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We would encourage our members to join/follow the tour on these social media outlets in order to keep in touch and up to speed on all junior tour activities. We will be utilizing these three components to post stories, pictures, results, and all other related junior golf material.

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Journey to Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Five juniors representing Michigan are set to compete at the Drive, Chip, & Putt National Finals! These five skilled golfers will test their wits against 80 other juniors on golfs biggest stage Sunday, April 5th at Augusta National Golf Club.

P.J. Maybank of Cheboygan, Anika Dy of Traverse City, Jordan Jurmu of Marquette, Coalter Smith of Grosse Pointe Farms, and Satchel Pierce of Edwardsburg began their journey during the summer of 2014 at the local qualifying level. A top three finish in their age division earned them the right to compete at a sub-regional. At the sub-regional stage a top two finish was required in order to compete at the regional final. From there the top overall point earners in each division were congratulated, and formally given their invitation to the national finals being held in just three days!

In addition to the five Michigan natives we would also like to recognize five other juniors who advanced at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, MI this past September. Vanessa Borovilos of Toronto, ON, Olivia Zambruno of Mount Pleasant, PA, Lydia Swan of North East, PA, Isaiah Swan of North East, PA, and Maxwell Moldovan of Uniontown, OH showed great poise and determination as they bested their age division to compete at Augusta National.

We wish all the competitors the best of luck, and viewers can tune in to catch all the action of the 2015 Drive, Chip, & Putt Championship live on the Golf Channel Sunday at 9 AM. 

The Michigan PGA and Golf Association of Michigan will conduct eleven Drive, Chip, & Putt qualifiers in 2015 including two sub-regionals. This competition is free and you can register online at