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2015 Junior Tour Fall Series

Attention Michigan PGA Junior Tour Members,

After a great summer of golf the Michigan PGA Junior Tour is ready to launch the 2015 Fall Boys Series. We will be hosting 4 Junior Tour events for Boys 13-15 & Boys 16-18, and there will be No Additional Membership Fee for those of you who are current 2015 Junior Tour Members. We certainly welcome new members to join for a minimal membership fee of $35. New members will receive a membership gift at their first tournament. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

CLICK HERE to register for tournaments!


2015 Boys Fall Series

Saturday, September 19 – Hawk Hollow Golf Club
12:30 PM First Tee Time

Saturday, September 26 – Forest Akers West
10:00 AM First Tee Time

Sunday, October 4 – Mystic Creek Golf Cub
12:00 PM First Tee Time

Saturday, October 10 – Polo Fields G & CC Washtenaw
12:00 PM First Tee Time


Houtteman & Martin win the 2015 Winston Collection & Casa de Campo Senior Junior Championship

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI – The team of Lee Houtteman from Manitou Passage Golf Club and Kyle Martin, the assistant professional at the host site – Lochmoor Club followed up their morning round of 64 with a 63 this afternoon to win the 2015 Winston Collection  /Casa de Campo Senior Junior Championship at The Lochmoor Club.

35 teams consisting of one Michigan PGA Professional over the age of 50 and one Michigan PGA Professional under the age of 50 formed teams in this Senior / Junior  best ball format.

Heavy rains the night before provided some soft and favorable scoring conditions. In the morning round Kevin Muir, Director of Golf at The Wyndgate and Jordan Young, Director of Instruction at the Fox Hills Academy fired a (-10) under par round of 62, good for a two shot lead heading into the afternoon. Lee and Kyle found themselves in second place, two shots back heading into the afternoon round with a 64 in the morning.

Paired with the round 1 leaders in the afternoon Kyle and Lee found themselves 4 shots back after the front nine. It was the back nine where they got hot, making 6 birdies, including their last four holes. They finished with 30 on the back nine for a (-9) under 63 in the afternoon, for a 127 total and a 2 shot victory. Kevin Muir and Jordan Young finished in second place with a 129 total.

We would like to thank our host site The Lochmoor Club. The staff did a very nice job and provided an excellent venue for this event. We would also like to thank our sponsors of this event  – Winston Collection  and Casa de Campo Resort. This is the second year in a row that both Winston and Casa de Campo have sponsored this event.

For final results and payout click HERE

For more info on Winston Collection click HERE
For more info on Casa de Campo click HERE

Prestwick’s Dan Urban Wins Michigan PGA Professional Championship in Sudden-Death

ADA TOWNSHIP – Dan Urban of Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland made a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the 94th Michigan PGA Professional Championship Wednesday at Egypt Valley Country Club.

The 35-year-old second-year assistant professional hit a pitching wedge to three feet at No. 18 on the Classic course and made the putt to beat three-time past champion Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth.

Urban, who worked as an assistant professional for one season (2012) at Egypt Valley, lived and worked in the Grand Rapids area for 15 years and attended Grand Valley State University, shot a closing 4-under-par 68 to finish with a 5-under 211 total.

Cairns, fresh off playing in the PGA National Championship, shot 69 for 211 and forced the playoff.

Urban pounded a drive on the 404-yard uphill par 4 hole and had just 130 yards remaining in the playoff. Cairns hit his approach shot to 18 feet, but missed the birdie putt. Then Urban knocked in his birdie for his first major win in Michigan, the $6,400 first-place check and his name on the Gilbert A. Currie Trophy.

“This means a lot,” Urban said. “Look at the names on the trophy, the past and the recent, that’s nice company to have. This will be great for my confidence in the game. I always knew I was capable of doing it, but actually doing it is another thing.”

Crystal Mountain Resort’s Brad Dean, who either had or shared the lead the first two rounds, suffered putting woes through the day and shot 74 for 213 and tied for third with Lochmoor Club (Grosse Pointe Woods) professional Kyle Martin, who shot 72.

Matt Pesta of Lincoln Hills Golf Course in Birmingham shot a 69 for even-par 216 to round out the top five.

   In the tournament inside the tournament – determining the nine golfers who advance with Cairns and former national champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club to the PGA Professional National Championship – Urban, Dean, Martin, Pesta will be joined by Chris Johnson of Thousand Oaks in Grand Rapids (69-217), Gary Lewandowski of St. Ives Golf Club at Tullymore Resort in Stanwood (72-217), Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Cedar (74-218), Al Kuhn of Fountains Golf and Banquet in Clarkston (75-219) and John Seltzer of Blythefield Country Club in Belmont (73-220). Seltzer beat Kevin Muir of The Wyndgate in Rochester Hills in a playoff for the final spot.

Urban, who won the 2012 Michigan PGA State Pro-Am with amateur Mike Doan of Holland, said he thought playing from behind after an opening 76 in the tournament made it easier for him to catch the leaders.

“You can go after birdies instead of trying not to make bogeys,” he said. “Normally four shots back to start the final round is not the easiest, but I only had a few guys in front of me. It just took a couple bogeys by them and a couple birdies by me. I got a few birdies on the front side (33) and then just kind of held on there on the back nine.”

Cairns, 51, said he felt good for Urban.

   “I knew I had to make a birdie on the playoff hole after he hit it way down there,” Cairns said. “I missed my chance. I almost closed it out right. I had a lot of good chances today and just didn’t get enough of them. Dan hit a great drive and a great shot in there. That’s the way you win playoffs.”

Dean, 49 and the director of golf at Crystal Mountain, said he missed two putts of two-feet in length in his round.

“Just nothing with the putter,” he said. “I’m very happy with the way I hit it for three days, and I had the ball in position a lot of times for birdies, but just nothing.”


The Michigan PGA Professional Championship was presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade-adidas, Ashworth Golf and the PGA Tour.

For final results and payout click HERE



Crystal Mountain’s Brad Dean Leads by Two in Michigan PGA Professional Championship

 ADA TOWNSHIP – Brad Dean isn’t real sure where he is going at unfamiliar Egypt Valley Country Club, but things are going well for him.

The Director of Golf at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville shot a 3-under 69 Tuesday on the Valley course and held a two-shot lead on Lochmoor Club’s Kyle Martin through two rounds of the 94th Michigan PGA Professional Championship.

“It’s hard out there because I’m just not sure about some of the shots I have to hit,” he said. “But I’ve been hitting a lot of greens, and I enjoyed this golf course today. It’s a little more in front of you so you can see what you are doing. I feel good, I’m playing well. Two days in a row is good. Hopefully there will be a third.”

The field of 132 pros played the Ridge course Monday and the Valley Tuesday at the 36-hole private facility northwest of Grand Rapids. The final round will be played on the two back nines with the leaders teeing off at 9:30 a.m. A cut to the low 60 and ties fell at 156 following Tuesday’s play that was delayed in the afternoon for one hour and 25 minutes by rain.

Kyle Martin, an assistant pro at Lochmoor in Grosse Pointe Woods, knows where he is going at Egypt Valley. He is a Rockford native and grew up playing at Egypt Valley where his parents had a membership. He shot a 70 and checked in at 3-under 141, two shy of Dean.

“I think the rain delay helped me,” he said. “I played much better after, hit some good shots and if I didn’t lip out a couple birdie putts I would be right there with Brad.”

Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, fresh off playing in the PGA Championship, shot 70 for 142 and will round out the final group Wednesday.

“I’m playing good, driving it good, I got a pulse,” he said. “I missed 10-footers today, and those are the ones you make in really good rounds. I’m not worried about it. I’m in a good place.”

Dan Urban, an assistant professional at Prestwick Village in Highland Township, shot 67, the low round of the day. He has course knowledge like Martin as a former assistant pro at Egypt Valley and was fourth alone at 143.

Al Kuhn of Fountain Golf & Banquet in Clarkston, who shot 69, Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Cedar, who shot 74, and Jason Guss of Jason Guss Academy in Bath, who shot 72, all were at 144.

   Dean, 49, made four birdies against one bogey, said he was pleased with his game and was especially pleased with a birdie on the par 3 No. 16 hole.

“I had 8-iron in there, 158 yards, and hit it to about six feet,” he said. “That was nice to get coming in. I feel pretty good about the game, and I’m feeling confident.”

   Martin is in the final group for the second consecutive year.

   “That was my goal,” he said. “There was no catching (Scott) Hebert last year after he shot that 61, but this is different and I learned from that. I’m happy to have a chance and it’s fun to do it where I grew up playing.”

The Michigan PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade-adidas, Ashworth Golf and the PGA Tour.

See for more information, live scoring and tee times. Gallery is welcome. Parking and admission are free. More information on Egypt Valley is available at

For live scoring click HERE

For Round 3 Pairings Click HERE


Roger “Dr. O or just Doc” Ostrander Remembered as Rules Official With the Big Smile

GRAND RAPIDS – Roger Gilbert Ostrander, better known as “Dr. O” or just “Doc” in golf circles, will be missed by the people who run golf tournaments as well as those who play in them and watch them.
“He had the ability to see the perspective of the players as well as that of an official, and of course, he was always good for a few stories and laughs for everybody,” said Ken Hartmann, director of rules and competitions for the Golf Association of Michigan.
Dr. O passed away early Sunday after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 74, and a gifted enough golfer to shoot his age in recent years.
Dr. O was born in Greenville, Mich., in 1941, the son of Douglas and Velma Ostrander. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1972 with a Master’s degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and practiced in East Grand Rapids until 1996 when he retired.
Then he enjoyed his second career as a golf rules official, first with the Golf Association of Michigan and the United States Golf Association, but also with the professionals of the Michigan Section of the PGA of America for over 15 years. Most recently, he served as a starter at the Michigan Senior Open last month.
He officiated all of the major Michigan tournaments for the GAM and the Michigan PGA, including Michigan Amateur and Michigan Open championships, and served as a GAM Governor, chairman of the championships committee and was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the GAM in 2011.
His expertise was recognized at the national and international levels, too. He worked six U.S. Open Championships, nine U.S. Senior Opens and 14 U.S. Amateur Championships in some rules capacity at both qualifying events and the national championships.
“He was a great rules guy, and he was always within an earshot or phone call on the most complicated and even most simple rulings,” Hartmann said.
Ron Gaines, a former GAM President and rules official for both the GAM and the PGA, said Dr. O believed the rules should be used to help the golfer if possible, not punish them.
“He did it the right way,” Gaines said. “And he did it with a great smile.”
Greg Johnson, a former golf writer for The Grand Rapids Press now working as a contract writer and photographer for the GAM and Michigan PGA, wrote about his accomplishments in golf, saw him often at major championships around the country and played golf with him a few times each year for the last several years.
“He had charisma, a special energy, that twinkle in his eye, mischief on his mind,” he said. “I saw him make friends with and get a laugh out of a grumpy walking scorer on a 100-degree day in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and charm this serious guy working in his garden into sharing a few beers during a post-tournament fun round at The Pines in Gaylord. He just smiled and others smiled with him.”
Kevin Helm, executive director of the Michigan PGA, said losing him is tough on a lot of people in Michigan golf.
“The players knew him and liked him, the volunteers liked him and waited to see his smile, hear his stories and jokes,” Helm said. “Rules officials and tournament staff spend a lot of long days, sometimes several days in a row on the course, at dinners, at breakfast. He made friends easily and had a lot of close friends in the Michigan Section and in golf in the state. Obviously, we’re very sad at his passing. We will all miss him.”
Johnson said he lived an inspiring life, and not just at the golf course.
“He knew somebody everywhere you would go,” he said. “He had friends. I picked on him for briefly being in the way of the television cameras when Payne Stewart won the U.S. Open at Pinehurst and hugged Phil Mickelson on the 18th green. He said he had just stopped to visit with people in the gallery he had met earlier in the week. In magazine pictures later from a certain angle, there was Payne hugging Phil and Dr. O talking with somebody in the gallery in the background.”
Dr. O had friends from his days as an oral surgeon, and golf buddies too numerous to mention. He was an easy mark for charity golf events, loved a good hockey game, bragged about his children and one of the great passions of his life was dogs, specifically greyhound rescue.
Dr. O is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonnie Lee Ostrander; daughter Laura Caprara, sons Scott
Ostrander (Morgen) and Mark Ostrander. He was a cherished grandfather to Anthony and Thomas
Caprara, Liam Ostrander and Molly and Matthew Ostrander. He is survived by his sister, Jackie Bradley, brothers, Blair and Dave Ostrander.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday in the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Chapel at 4291 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids (49546).
The family will greet friends on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that expressions of sympathy be donated to Allies for Greyhounds, P.O. Box 63, Grandville, MI (49468-0063).

2015 Pro – Junior Championship

East Lansing, MI – The 2015 Pro-Junior is in the books!!

This event featured teams consisting of one PGA Professional and three juniors. The format was a four person Shamble, in which the teams picked the best drive out of the four players, and then played their own ball from that location. The top two scores of a particular hole were counted in the scoring.

In the 16-18 Division, It was Eric Spencer, Austin Jenner, Tyler Eedy and Megan Watkins taking home the hardware, with a score of 16 under par 128. Taking Second Place was the team of Ray Davis, Bricker Reed, Nick Krueger and Anna Kramer with a score of 129. Rounding out the scoring in this division was the team of Ken Allard, Jake Radom, Wyatt Frykman and Matt Jacobs, with a score of 130.

In the 13-15 Division, the team of Kevin Muir, Jack Muir, Kevin Muir and Henry Scavone brought home the win with a remarkable score of 124 (20 under par). Coming in Second Place was the team of Dean Marks, Tanner Franklin, Colin Sikkenga and Rylen Matheison, with a score of 127. Third place went to the team of Justin Pollack, Coalter Smith, Patrick Sullivan and Tommy Sullivan, who shot a team score of 128.

A special congratulations goes out to Tyler Eedy and Tommy Sullivan, who each carded a hole in one on the day!!! Tylers came on the Par 3 2nd hole, while Tommy’s occured on the Par 3 17th, which is a replica hole of the famed island green at TPC Sawgrass.

A special thanks goes out to Eagle Eye Golf Club for hosting this event.

From the Michigan PGA, we would like to thank all of the Professionals and Juniors for playing in this years edition of this event, and we look forward to seeing you back next year.

16-18 Flight Results

13-15 Flight Results


James Troy wins the National Car Rental Michigan Section Assistants Championship !

Tecumseh, MI -James Troy followed up his morning round of 70 with a (-4) under par round of 68 this afternoon to win the 2015 National  Car Rental Michigan Section Assistants Championship.

38 Michigan PGA Assistant Professionals and Apprentices teed  it up today at the Hantz Club of Tecumseh in hopes to capture one of the three qualifying spots for the 39th  National Car Rental Assistants Championship, October 29 – November 1 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Play was delayed one hour this morning due to a fog delay so the first time was pushed back to 9:00am. After the morning round James found himself 2 shots back of the round 1 leaders Eric Wohlfield, assistant professional from Macatawa Legends Golf Club and Jacob Losey, assistant professional from Watermark Country Club. Both Eric and Jacob shot (-3) under par rounds of 69.

James got his second round jump started by with a eagle 2 on the par 4 10th hole, holing out from 40 yards. He followed up his front nine 34 with a 34 on the back for a (-4) under par round of 68 and a 138 total. This gave him a two shot victory over Eric Wohlfield. Eric shot a (-1) under par round in the afternoon finishing at 140 total.

James is a Michigan PGA Apprentice and a teaching professional at the Golf Performance Academy in Milham Park, Kalamazoo. This is his first Michigan PGA Section Tournament win.

Jacob Losey followed up his morning round of 69 with a 1 over par round of 73 in the afternoon. This was good enough to earn him the 3rd and final qualifying spot. James, Eric and Jacob will represent the Michigan Section at the 39th National Car Rental Assistants Championship, October 29 – November 1 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.2015 Qualifiers Pic

We would like to thank the Hantz Golf Club of Tecumseh for opening their doors and hosting this event. We would also like to thank our sponsors – National  Car Rental and the PGA Tour.

For final results and payout click HERE

Michigan PGA Member Brian Cairns in the 97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits

We would like to wish Michigan PGA Member Brian Cairns, Fox Hills Learning Center, good luck as he competes in his third PGA Championship this week at Whistling Straits. Below are links to the championship website where you can follow all of the action including live scoring. Please join us in wishing Brian well. We are proud to know that he will be a great representative of the Michigan Section.


Brian Cairns:


Click HERE for alpha list

Click HERE for Rounds 1 and 2

Jim Deiters wins the 2015 Michigan PGA Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by O’Keefe & Mercedes

Harbor Springs, MI – Jim Deiters continued his fine play this summer by following up his opening (-3) under par round of 69 with an even par round of 72 to win the 2015  Michigan PGA Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by O’Keefe & Mercedes at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club.

Heading into the final round today Jim was tied with Kirk Scheerhorn, former head professional of Birchwood Farms, both had rounds of 69 on Monday. Kirk fell back some with a 38 on his opening nine and finished with a 74 today, (-1) under for the tournament, good for a 2nd place finish. Also finishing second was Lee Houtteman from Manitou Passage Golf Club. Lee followed up his opening round of (-2) under 70 with a one over par round of 73 today.

This is the first Michigan Senior PGA Professional win for Jim Deiters. Jim also won the Club Car Senior Open this past July at Bedord Valley. These two vicories should lock up his Michigan Senior PGA Player of the Year honors. Jim is the head professional at Midland Country Club.

Larry Mancour trophy pic

Larry Mancour

In the Super Senior 70 and older division Larry Mancour successfully defended his title by shooting a one under par round of 71 today, for a 146 total. Larry is a PGA Life Member and is 80 years of age.

 This event also served as a qualifier for the 2015 National Senior Professional Championship to be held at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside California on October 15-18, 2015.  The following players will join our champion Jim Deiters and represent the Michigan Section at this event : Lee Houtteman, Kirk Scheerhorn, Brian Cairns, Tom Fortuna, Kevin Muir, Jack Seltzer, Lynn Janson, Larry Emery and Clark Peterson.

This is the 3rd year in a row that this event has taken place at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club. The golf course was in great and shape and always provides a excellent venue for this championship.  Thank you to all of the staff for all of their help and the club for opening their doors and hosting the event.

We would also like to thank our local sponsor Pat O’Keefe for his continued support of this event as well as our national sponsors Mercedes Benz and the PGA Tour.

For final scores click HERE