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Tour Championship – Eagle Eye & Hawk Hollow

Dear Members,

This is just a reminder that the Junior Tour Championship that will be held next week at Eagle Eye and Hawk Hollow on August 3rd and 4th. If you are a current member with the tour, and have earned points in any of our events throughout the summer, you will be eligible to compete in the Tour Championship next week. If you are interested in signing up, feel free to register on our website at, or by calling our office at (517) 641-7421. The deadline for entry into this event is THURSDAY, JULY 30th AT 5PM.

We would like to thank all of the players, as well as their parents, for their interest and participation in the MPGA Junior Tour this summer. We look forward to seeing many of you next week, for what will be a competitive and fun two days of golf for all involved.

Best Regards,

Junior Tour Staff

Kalamazoo’s Barrett Kelpin Holds On, Wins Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain

BOYNE FALLS – Kalamazoo’s Barrett Kelpin said playing in the 24th Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort is like a golf tournament and a vacation up north all rolled into one.

“This is a special tournament and to win it feels so great,” he said after shooting a closing 1-under 71 on the Alpine course Wednesday for a 14-under total of 202, one shot better than two-time defending champion Andy Ruthkoski.

“It was touch and go right to the end, but I’m really glad I was able to finish it off.”

Kelpin, 26, the 2012 Michigan Open champion and a one-time winner on the mini-tour circukelpin check pic with Bernieit,maintained the lead through the day, but Ruthkoski, Brian Cairns and Chris Mory all pulled within two shots at various times.

On the final hole,the par 5 18th, Kelpin had a two-shot advantage on Ruthkoski, who powered a230-yard shot to reach the green in two for a 25-foot putt at eagle.

The 32-year-old 2007 Michigan Open winner ended up making birdie with a two-putt for a 70 while Kelpin went for the green in two with a 3-iron, missed right, chipped over the green into the fringe and two-putted for par and the one shot win.

“After Andrew hit a great shot on the green there I figured he was going to make eagle,” Kelpin said. “I agonized a little, but I had hit a good drive and I had the yardage for a smooth 3-iron. I didn’t hit it like I wanted, but getting a 5 was enough.I played to win, and it is good experience for me to be faced with that decision.”

Kelpin,who will attempt PGA Tour and qualifying this fall, won $10,000 of the $55,000 purse and topped a field of 100 golfers in the unique tournament that brings together men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals, amateurs and evenmembers of the same families competing against each other from three sets of tees for the same coveted championship.Each player in the field has won a Michigan major golf tournament or state title to earn the invitation to compete.

Cairns, a teaching pro at Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, finished third with a closing 69 for 205. Mory, a Hawk Hollow Golf Club pro in Bath, shot 72 for 207 and fourth place.

Reigning Michigan Open champion Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile, who shot 70, and five-time champion Jeff Roth, who shot 71, finished at 208.

Joe Hooks of Commerce Township shot 73 for 209 and was the low amateur in the championship. Suzanne Green-Roebuck closed with a 69 for 210 and was the low female player inthe field.

Kelpin, who also won the traditional green jacket and was awarded the honorary lifetime membership to Boyne Mountain Resort, said the final round was a grind.

“I knew Ruthie and Chris were going to keep charging all day, and the thing is, none of us were making any putts, so it was hard out there,” he said. “Down the stretch I knew it was going to come down to chipping and putting because I wasn’t hitting it that great. I’m really pleased I was able to close it out. It feels great.”

Kelpin said the win was culmination of a year of hard work with teacher Adam Schriber of Lochenheath in Traverse City.

“It has been a while since I won,” he said. “I know Adam will be thrilled, too.”

Ruthkoski, who charged into the lead Monday with a tournament and course record 61 on the Alpine, said he really wanted to win a third consecutive Tournament of Champions, but that Kelpin was not going to let it happen.

“He played great,didn’t make a big mistake and played the way you should play when you are the leader – make everybody come and get him,” he said. “I gave myself chances. Ijust didn’t make any putts. From No. 11 on I had chances inside 15 feet, lipped two of them out and a couple didn’t break the way I thought they would.”

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Kalamazoo’s Barrett Kelpin Keeps Charging, Takes Lead in Tournament of Champions

BOYNE FALLS – Kalamazoo’s Barrett Kelpin kept the 61 shot by Muskegon’s Andy Ruthkoski in the first round from getting into his head.

The result: He’s ahead of Ruthkoski by two shots following a 6-under 66 Tuesday on the Monument course that put him at 13-under 131 through the second round of the 24th Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort.

Kelpin, the 2012 Michigan Open champion in his pro debut, said he saw Ruthkoski’s 61 posted before he teed off in his first round Monday.

   “That’s an awkward thing being 11 behind before you hit a shot, and you have to put it out of your head,” he said. “I just went out, buckled down and tried to shoot low numbers and stay in the tournament. I expect Andrew will keep playing well. I just want to stay in there and have a chance on the back nine tomorrow.”

   Wednesday’s third and final round will be played on the Alpine course. A cut to the low 50 fell at 6-over 150. The tee times will be early for the final round, starting at 8 a.m. off both nines. The leaders will tee off at 9:10 a.m. The public is welcome. The winner will take home $10,000 of a $55,000 purse.

Ruthkoski, the two-time defending champion, will be in the final group with Kelpin. He overcame a triple-bogey 7 on the Monument’s short par 4 No. 6 hole to shoot even-par 72. Coupled with his tournament and course record 61 on the Alpine he was two strokes behind at 133.

“I hit 3-wood (at No. 6) because it was just a 260-yard carry and I pushed it 30 yards right of the green,” he said. “It was a case of not being sure all day how to play that golf course and that kind of creeps into the game. It was just the second time I’ve played it, and I felt a little confused out there and that resulted in a confused shot. Then I had the ball under the lip in the bunker after that, hit it over the green and, well, I made a seven.”

Ruthkoski said he was proud he battled back with some birdies in his closing 12 holes to shoot even par.

“That put me back in the tournament,” he said. “I put myself closer to the leader and I will have a chance. I will be happy to be back on the Alpine (course) too.”

Chris Mory of Hawk Hollow Golf Club in Bath and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth were four shots back at 135. Mory, a former Michigan State golfer, shot 68, and Cairns shot 69.

Amateur Joe Hooks of Commerce Township shot a second consecutive 68 for 136. Five-time champion Jeff Roth shot 67 for 137, and Patrick Wilkes-Krier of Ypsilanti shot 69 for 137. Reigning Michigan Open champion Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile shot 69 for 138.

Kelpin said lag putting was difficult for him on the Monument course. He had a pair of three-putt bogeys in a round that also featured seven birdies and an eagle on the par 5 No. 5 hole.

“I felt good about my round overall, but I had a couple of hiccups along the way,” he said. “I knew it would be tough putting on a course I don’t know that well. I was happy for the most part how I did with the speed. It’s not easy to lag putt when an uphill putt can be fast and a downhill slow, but I did a good job having a short memory, kept playing and put up a good number.”

   Kelpin has counted one mini-tour win since his Michigan Open win and would love to get back in the winner’s circle in Michigan.

   “It would be great to get this one,” he said. “I’ve been working really hard on my game for the last year. I was in a slump but feel like I’m coming out of it. Winning this would be great for my confidence and boost me going forward as a sign of good things to come.”

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Muskegon’s Andrew Ruthkoski’s Sizzling 61 Starts Tournament of Champions

   BOYNE FALLS — Muskegon’s Andrew Ruthkoski already loves this place, but if possible he loves it even more after shooting a tournament and course record 11-under 61 in the first round of the 24th Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort Monday.

The 32-year-old mini-tour pro and two-time defending champion had nine birdies and an eagle on the Alpine course where 62 was the previous best on the course and in the tournament. It left him with a four-shot lead on Barrett Kelpin, a mini-tour pro from Kalamazoo.

   “It’s really fun, really nice to go out and play that way,” Ruthkoski said. “This tournament is great. My family – they come up here and love it. They laugh at me because I tell everyone they love it, but it’s the truth. We look forward to coming up here every year and when I play well that makes it all that much nicer to be here.”

A unique field of 100 golfers started play Monday in the 54-hole tournament that brings together men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals, amateurs and even members of the same families competing against each other from three sets of tees for the same coveted championship. Each player in the field has won a Michigan major golf tournament or state title to earn the invitation to compete.

The field played the Alpine course Monday in bright sunshine, no wind and perfect scoring conditions, and will play the Monument course Tuesday with the final round on the Alpine on Wednesday.

Ruthkoski, the 2007 Michigan Open champion shot a 7-under-par 29 on the front nine with an eagle-3 on the par 5 No. 5 hole. He hit a hybrid shot to 5-feet from the rough to set up the eagle.

“I hit a couple of wedges close, but I also made a couple in the 15 to 18-foot range,” Ruthkoski said. “The greens are in perfect shape. No wind. It was a great day for scoring, and I had a good day at the same time.”

   Kelpin, who set a scoring record when he won the 2012 Michigan Open, had a 6-under back nine in his 65, which was his first nine of the day. He holed an approach pitch on the 18th for eagle.

   Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth shot 66 for third, and Chris Mory of Hawk Hollow Golf Course in Bath was standing fourth with a 67.

   Joe Hooks of Commerce Township was the low amateur in the first round with a 68. Also at 68 were pros Wes Gates of Novi and Patrick Wilkes-Krier of Ypsilanti.

   The low woman in the first round, former LPGA Tour player Suzanne Green-Roebuck, shot 69.

Others at 69 included 67-year-old five-time Michigan Open champion Randy Erskine of Rochester Hills, reigning Michigan Open champion Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile, Jeff Gniewek of Knollwood Country Club and mini-tour players Randy Hutchison of Traverse City and Drew Preston of Ada.

A 36-hole cut to the low 50 scorers and ties will follow Tuesday’s second round.

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24th Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort starts Monday

BOYNE FALLS – The champions are coming and another of Boyne Mountain Resort’s championship golf courses, the Monument, is back in the mix.

For the first time in seven years the Tournament of Champions will be played on two courses – the classic Alpine and Monument.

A unique field of 100 golfers will start Monday in the 24th annual version of the event that brings together men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals, amateurs and even members of the same families competing against each other from three sets of tees for the same coveted championship.

Each player in the field has won a Michigan major golf tournament or state title to earn the invitation to compete. The field plays 54 holes over three days, including one of the first two rounds on the Monument course. The third and final round following a 36-hole cut will be played on the Alpine course. The tournament is sanctioned and administered by the Michigan PGA and will include a purse yet to be announced for the professionals in the field.

“We put the Monument back in the mix quite frankly because we hired a superintendent (Chris Burnett) just for that course in the last couple of years and he and his staff have it in far better condition than it was the last time we had it as part of the event,” said Bernie Friedrich, Boyne’s senior vice president of golf, marketing and retail operations.

“We want to showcase that course to these players again, and show them some of the changes that have been made. The Monument was built back in the era when everybody was building hard golf courses, and we’ve taken out 15 bunkers and a lot of trees, and even took out one of the water hazards and replaced it with a bunker. It’s a more playable course, and more fun and we want the great players in this to see what we’ve done.”

Monument - Hole #18

Monument – Hole #18

Andy Ruthkoski, a 32-year-old mini-tour pro from Muskegon and two-time defending champion, tops a list of seven past Tournament of Champions winners in this year’s field. Others include Mike Erickson of Bloomfield Hills Country Club (1993), Agim Bardha of Birmingham (1994), who was the first senior winner, five-time winner Jeff Roth of San Juan Country Club in New Mexico (1995, ’96, ’99, 2008, ’12), Indianapolis teaching professional John DalCorobbo (1998), Tom Harding of Kendall Academy in Ypsilanti (1997) and Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage Golf Club (2011).

The only woman to win the tournament, Stacy Snider of Grandville in 2003, did not enter because of recent back surgery. The head women’s golf coach at Western Michigan University said she plans to return next year.

PGA Tour Canada player Drew Preston of Ada, mini-tour pros Randy Hutchison of Traverse City, Willie Mack of Grand Blanc and Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo are in the field.

Top PGA Section member professionals like Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center, Gary Lewandowski of Tullymore Golf Resort, recent Michigan Golf Hall of Fame inductee Dave Kendall and Ian Ziska of Katke Golf Club at Ferris State are in the field.

Last year’s Michigan Amateur champion Henry Do of Canton, and this year’s Michigan Amateur champion Ryan Johnson of Novi are in the field, as are other top amateurs like Ian Harris of Bloomfield Hills, Steve Maddalena of Jackson and current Michigan State golfer Jacqueline Setas.

Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Pete Green of Franklin and his daughter Suzanne Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor, Hall of Famer Jack Seltzer and his son John of Blythefield in Grand Rapids, Frank McAuliffe of Kendall Academy and his son Frank IV of Ann Arbor, Bill and Chris Mory of Meridian Sun Golf Club in Haslett and Jodi and Nick Berklich of Indianwood Golf & Country Club are among the many family combinations in the tournament.

Ruthkoski earned $10,000 for his win last year and donned the traditional green jacket befitting Michigan’s version of a Masters Tournament.

   Boyne Mountain Resort has been a favorite Midwest destination since 1948. The family-owned, four-season resort has earned Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler readers as being among the top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America. The waterpark is listed among Budget Travel’s Top 10 Indoor facilities and the resort is a readers’ choice favorite of Spa Magazine.

   Boyne Mountain is home to The Alpine and The Monument golf courses, as well as 60 runs on 415 skiable acres. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Solace Spa, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, Zipline Adventures, disc golf facilities, lift-serviced mountain biking, beach activities, kids programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities as well as real-estate are offered at the resort.

   Find out more at, or call 800.GO.BOYNE (462-6963).

Contact tournament media coordinator Greg Johnson at 616-560-8995 or For Boyne Mountain Resort information, contact Erin Ernst, Boyne’s director of communications at 231-549-6832 or Justin Phillips is the tournament director for the Michigan PGA. He can be reached at 517-641-7421 or

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Jim Deiters wins the 2015 Club Car Senior Open at Bedford Valley

   BATTLE CREEK – Jim Deiters, PGA Professional from Midland Country Club shot a second round of (-2) under par for a (-5) under total, good for a one shot victory and his first Club Car Senior Open title.

One of the largest fields to date with 129 golfers – including PGA Professionals, top amateur golfers, eight Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members and 10 past champions – all competed in the 2015 Club Car Senior Open  at Bedford Valley Golf Club this Tuesday and Wednesday.

After 9 holes today Deiters found himself 3 shots back of Randy Erskine. Randy shot a front nine 31 to put him at (-6) under for the tournament after 9 holes. Randy made a few bogeys on the back and finished tied for 3rd  at (-3) under for the tournament.

 After shooting even par on the front Deiters went on to birdie holes #10, #11 and #12. He gave one back with a bogey on 15, but made nice pars on #16, #17, #18 to finish at (-5) for the tournament. This was good for a one shot victory over amateur Bill Zylstra ,who shot a 69 today to finish second at (-4) under for the tournament.

Also finishing tied for 3rd at (-3) under for the tournament was PGA Teaching professional Brian Cairns from Fox Hills Learning Center and PGA Professional Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook Country Club.

In the Super Senior ( 65 and older) Division, John French, amateur from Bloomfield Hills MI was able to successfully defend his title. John followed up his opening round of 69 with a 75 today to put him at even par for the tournament, good for a 3 shot victory. Coming in second at 3 shots back, 147 total was professional Larry Clark from Traverse City, MI and amateur Doug Dingwall from Grand Blanc,  MI,

A big thanks to our host site Bedford Valley Golf Club. The  golf course maintenance crew did great job just to get the course playable Tuesday morning with over 2 inches of rain last night in less than an hour on Monday night.

We would also like to thank our sponsor Club Car for their continued support of this event and the Michigan PGA.

   Bedford Valley Golf Club is part of the Gull Lake View collection of five courses near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. It was a 2008-2009 Best Places to Play selection by Golf Digest and in 2010 was named the Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.

   It was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell and purchased by the Scott Family of Gull Lake View in 1988. The classic parkland design is known locally as “The Big Course” and features big greens, bunkers and fairways lined with large oak trees.

Bedford Valley has hosted several of the state’s top tournaments including the Michigan Open, multiple Michigan Senior Opens, the Michigan Maxfli PGA Junior, the Michigan Publinx State Match Play and the NCAA Division III National Championship.

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2015 Taylor Made / Adidas / Ashworth / National Car Rental Pro Am

Clarkston, MI – It took more than 18 holes to decide the gross best ball division champion for the Taylor Made / Adidas / Ashworth / National Car Rental Pro Am. After 4 teams tied with a -5 under 67, Prestwick Village’s own Brent Goulding and Chris Cunningham birdied the second playoff hole to walk away victorious.

Goulding and Cunningham got off to a rocket of a start shooting -4 under 32 on the front nine, including birdieing three out of the last four holes on the front nine. The back nine scored higher throughout the field, including for the winners, who shot a back nine -1 under 35, finishing with seven birdies on the day.

Goulding and Cunningham’s first Michigan PGA event win came after outdueling the groups of professional Brian Dice, of Orchard Lake Country Club and his amateur partner Alex Dice, professional Ryan Leitner of Hantz Golf Club of Tecumseh and amateur, as well as professional Jack Seltzer and amateur Doug Dingwall of King Par Golf, who finished the day at -5 under 67 (T2).

The net best ball division was decided by one stroke as professional David Graulau, of Greystone Golf Club and amateur partner Gerard Ziskie tallied a net low -7 under 65. Graulau and Ziskie finished with a gross score of -1 under 71, but used the net format to their advantage to walk away victorious. The duo was one of the few groups that improved on the back nine as they finished with a net -5 under 31 on the back.Net Champions with Jenkins

The format for the event was team best ball. Players not only competed for the gross best ball, but also were competing for the best net score. They placed in which ever division they finished higher in.

Finishing one stroke back in the net category was professional Josh Fryer, of Franklin Hills Country Club and his amateur partner Scott Rose. Fryer and Rose tallied -6 under 66 as their net best ball total, matching the pairing of Graulau and Ziskie, with a -1 under 71 gross total. Similar to the winners, the pairing also went lower on the back nine going -4 under 32 in the net format.

We would like to thank Taylor Made, Adidas, Ashworth, and National Car Rental for their sponsorship of this event and continued support of the Michigan PGA Section. Participants in the field were treated to Taylor Made apparel at registration shortly prior to the start of the round. We would also like to thank our host site Oakhurst Golf & Country Club. The course was in great shape and the staff supported greatly throughout the event.

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