Archives for September 2015

Ludwig and Sui grab their first Michigan PGA Junior Tour titles!

Bath, MI –With comfortable temperatures, a light fall breeze, and the sounds of Spartan Stadium in the distance, 27 competitors took the home of Michigan State University golf this past Saturday. Nearly half the field was playing challenging Forest Akers West for the first time.

16-18 year old champion Brendan Ludwig, of Milford, won by two strokes with a 1-over 73. Ludwig immediately found his comfort zone around the course and finished the front nine 1-under, with two birdies. As the wind slowly picked up the back nine proved tough for most of the field, including Ludwig, who handled the back nine with by shooting just two over. The victory is a first for Ludwig on the MPGA Junior Tour.

Trailing Ludwig closely in second was Cameron Dekuiper, of Zeeland, whose consistency gave him a final tally of 3-over 75. The highlight of Dekuiper’s round came at the 13th hole, a short par-5 where he reached the green in two and drained a 20+ foot eagle putt, a first for Dekuiper in tournament competition. Three shots behind Dekuiper was Ian Helm, of Dewitt. After going to a scorecard playoff, Helm finished third with a round of 78 (+6). This is Helm’s second podium finish in a row as he finished runner-up last week at Hawk Hollow GC.

In the 13-15 year old division, tour newcomer Justin Sui made ease of the West course, finishing with a total of 75 (+3). Sui made the turn having shot an even 36 on the front nine, which included three birdies in his first five holes. Sui joined the field in battling a late surge in wind as the tournament entered mid-afternoon, but he battled and finished the back nine with a three over 39.

Following Sui was Jack VanderMolen, of Richland, who ended the day six over giving him the final score of 78. VanderMolen has a tied tournament high of 12 pars as well as one birdie on the lengthy par-5 2nd. Nick Krueger, of Spring Lake, matched VanderMolen with 12 pars but finished one stroke behind with 79.

This event was the second event of the Michigan PGA Junior Tour Fall Series. We would like to extend our thanks to Operations Manager Ray Dolish and the entire staff at Forest Akers West for providing us with wonderful conditions for the event. Assisting with the event was long time rules official Mick Kildea as well as volunteer Carol Tonkin, who assisted with rulings and spotting throughout the course.

Next up for the Fall Series is event #3 at Mystic Creek Golf Club in Milford, MI. The event will be held Sunday, October 4th with first tee times commencing at noon. Registration closes Tuesday, September 29th.

Listed below is a link to scoring from our September 26, 2015 event at Forest Akers West:

FINAL RESULTS

Seven Golf Legends Make Up 2015 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame Class

EAST LANSING – Emil Beck, Joe Devany, Wilfrid E. Reid, Alex Ross, Don Soper, Frank Sprogell and Gary Whitener make up the seven-golfer class to be inducted to the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame, the Michigan PGA Section office announced today.

   An invitation only induction ceremony is planned for Sunday (Oct. 25) at Country Club of Lansing. This is the fifth class inducted to the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame, which honors section members who distinguished themselves in golf.

  Beck, who served the Soo Golf Club in Sault Ste. Marie for five years and Black River Country Club in Port Huron for 25 years, was a founder, national committee chairman and for 11 years director of the PGA Business School, which started as the Dunedin Educational and Professional Training Program. In 1975 he was the national Horton Smith Award winner, served as the Michigan PGA President in 1951-52 and was Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1962. Beck, a Nebraska native, was also a life member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Devany, a Grosse Ile golf professional, served two stints as Michigan Section President (1931-32 and 1948-50) and in 1956 was Michigan Section Golf Professional of the Year. In 1957 he became one of the original teachers of the Dunedin Educational and Professional Training Program, which later became the PGA Business School. He was active nationally with the PGA of America as a chairman of national committees, such as the War Program in 1952, the Annual Meeting in 1953 and the Active Services and Veterans Programs in 1954. The Michigan PGA Pro-Assistants Championship Trophy is named the Joe Devany Trophy in his honor.

Reid, a world-class golfer and renowned golf course designer from England, visited the United States with golf legends Ted Ray and Harry Vardon in 1913 to play in the U.S. Open Championship, and later emigrated and worked at several golf clubs as a professional, including Country Club of Detroit. He was one of the original members of the PGA of America, served on the National Executive Committee of the PGA of America as vice-president at large, vice-president in 1920 and 1921 and was a member of the organizing committee of the Philadelphia Section of the PGA of America. He was president of the Michigan Section from 1928-30.

Ross, a world class player from England, the third golf professional at Detroit Golf Club and the brother of famed course designer Donald Ross, was the first president of the Michigan Section in 1922. He first came to the U.S. to play in the U.S. Open and in 1907 was the champion at Philadelphia Cricket Club. He went on to have five top 10s in U.S. Open play. He is most famous at Detroit Golf Club for giving Horace Rackham, a charter member of the club, his first golf lesson.

Soper, a golf professional who also designed golf courses like Royal Oak Golf Club, which is on Don Soper Drive, was president of the Michigan Section 1961-63, and three times was Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year (1966, ‘76 and ’78).  Also in 1978, he was named the PGA of America’s Golf Professional of the Year and is enshrined in the national PGA of America Hall of Fame.

    Sprogell, who served as a golf professional and superintendent at several Michigan courses including Meadowbrook and Blythefield, was working as the Head Professional and General Manager at PGA Golf Club in Dunedin, Fla., in 1954 when he organized a group of sales representatives to show merchandise in his parking lot. By 1957 the sale had grown large enough for him to rent a tent. This annual gathering later became the PGA Merchandise Show. He also served golf as president of the Michigan Section from 1941-47 and nationally was secretary of the PGA of America from 1941-46.

   Whitener, a caddie at age 11 at Western Country Club, an Evans Scholar at Michigan State University, golf professional at Tam O’Shanter and Knollwood, ran the Livonia municipal courses and the driveway at Whispering Willows is named Gary Whitener Drive. He also was involved in golf course ownership in Plymouth and Monroe. He served the Michigan Section from 1978-89 as a board member, officer and committee chairperson while also serving the PGA of America as a District 5 Director for two years, chairman of the Special Awards Committee, vice-chairman of the Education Committee, at-large member of the Section Affairs Committee and others. He was the Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1989. A Farmington Hills resident, he passed away unexpectedly in May. He was 77.

For more information visit www.michiganpgagolf.com

2015 Sterling Cut Glass / Bushnell Golf Pro – Assistant Championship

East Lansing, MI – The 2015 Sterling Cut Glass / Bushnell Golf Pro – Assistant Championship  has been rescheduled for Monday, October 12 and will take place at Meadowbrook Country Club.

Earlier this month heavy rains cancelled play after 9 holes of the Sterling Cut Glass / Bushnell Golf Pro – Assistant Championship on The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort. We are excited to announce that the event has been rescheduled teams will get a chance to play Meadowbrook Country Club before they start their golf course construction  project this November. This event is open to eligible teams that were originally signed up as well as teams that may not have been able to participate back in September.

It will be a 9:00am shotgun and teams will play 36 holes continuous. Teams can enter online by clicking HERE or by faxing in this ENTRY FORM

Please see the info below regarding the team format and eligibility for the event.

Format Change

As a reminder this event has a slight change in format this year.  The Professional ( Any Class A member except for an A8) may bring and form teams with multiple A8’s and B8’s from their facility. Please see the eligibly wording below:

ELIGIBILITY         Field limited to the first 54 entries received by entry deadline.

  1. Professional – Any Class A PGA Member in good standing, except for an A8
  2. Assistant – (A-8, B-8 or pre-apprentice with a current year’s playing permit).
  3. All teams must be formed by Professionals and Assistants at the same facility
  4. In addition, the following teams may be formed:

                                A Professional may bring and play with multiple A8’s and B8’s from their facility.

  1. If the Professional brings two Assistants they would play as a threesome and have two teams entered in the event. The Entry Fee would be a per person entry fee for bringing multiple Assistants. For example it would be $480 for a Professional to bring two Assistants and have two teams in the event

Entry Fee:
320/TEAM. Includes continental breakfast, range balls, automotive golf car, and lunch.
$160 / Player – for teams formed with multiple A8’s or B8’s

4 Michigan juniors advance to the 2016 Drive, Chip, & Putt National Finals

Bath, MI – Michigan will have four juniors competing in the 2016 Drive, Chip, & Putt Finals held at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2016 during Masters week. Anika Dy, Tommy Sullivan, Kyla Layman, & Colin Norton finished first in their respective age division this past weekend at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois.

Anika Dy (Girls 14-15), of Traverse City, won the Girls’ 14-15 division with a final score of 157. Dy, who is one of seven participants who will return to the National Finals for a second time, had the best score of anyone at Medinah on Saturday (157) after finishing first in chipping and putting and tied for second in driving.

Kyla Layman (Girls 7-9), of Traverse City, won the overall chipping competition with a score of 35 and a total score of 102. Layman will continue competing in the Girls 7-9 division next April.

Tommy Sullivan (Boys 14-15), of Grosse Pointe, took first overall in driving and chipping for his age group. His 144 tournament total far exceeded the rest of the field.

Colin Norton (Boys 7-9), of Jackson, dominated the chipping portion and hung on to the lead by 1 point over fellow Michigan native Max VanderMolen to earn his ticket to Augusta.

All four juniors qualified thru  local qualifiers and scored well enough to move on to the sub-regional event. From there, they traveled to Medinah in hopes to qualify for the 2016 National Finals. 2016 will mark the third installment of the Drive, Chip, and Putt finals after being founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America. The National Finals will be broadcast on the Golf Channel the week before The Masters Tournament begins.

Listed below are the final scores from the Medinah Regional Qualifier:

Regional Qualifier – Medinah

 

 

Rush & Meekhof victorious at Hawk Hollow

Bath, MI – Hawk Hollow Golf Club was host to our first 2015 Boys Fall Series tournament this past Saturday, September 19th, 2015. Thirty-three juniors participated as blustery weather conditions made for a challenging 18 holes of golf.

In the Boys 16-18 division, Owen Rush, of Charlotte, posted a tournament low 70(-2) to take first place honors. Rush finished the front nine 1 over(37) as the the wind peaked in intensity. After the turn, Rush heated up by recording 4 birdies, 4 par’s, and held himself to one bogey on the back nine to shoot 3 under(33). This marks four wins on the year for the 2015 Player of the Year. Rush, who also won the Tour Championship this past August, has appeared to have found a late season surge to close out the 2015 calendar year.

Following Rush and finishing in second was Ian Helm, out of Dewitt. After finishing fourth at the year end Tour Championship, Helm continued his steady play that was on display throughout the year. His front nine score of 3 over(39) kept him in contention for first at the turn. Rounding out the top three was Onsted’s Joshua Jeffords, who shoot 4 over (40) on both the front and back nine. That back nine 40 proved essential to his third place finish as Eric Nunn, of Dewitt, also shot an 8 over 80, but lost in a scorecard playoff to Jeffords by two strokes. 

The Boys 13-15 division was a close battle through the front nine as the top six competitors were within two shots of each other. After the turn, Eastermanville’s August Meekhof took off and carded a back nine 1-under 35, giving him a tournament total of 75 (+3). This was Meekhof’s second victory of the year as he was just as dominant in July at The Mines Golf Course. Meekhof posted the second lowest back nine of the day out of all thirty three competitors, which included one birdie and 8 pars.

Runner-up Player of the Year Michael Kee, of Howell, finished second with an 81 (+9). Kee matched the fields trend by posting a lower back nine, as conditions became more favorable as the day continued. This is Kee’s sixth podium finish, which includes 2 victories during the summer season. Tour newcomer Grady Morlock, of Adrian, came into the event having never played Hawk Hollow, which makes his round of 82 (+10) even more impressive. His round of 42-40 included 11 pars, including five straight between holes 8-12. 

The MPGA Junior Tour would like to thank the host venue Hawk Hollow for all their help and support of this event as well as the handful of volunteers who made the event possible. We would like to extend our graditude to tour sponsors Jason Guss Golf Academy as well as Pepsi, for supporting our tour throughout the 2015 calender year.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS – Hawk Hollow GC, Sep 19th

Next up for the Michigan PGA Junior Tour is Fall Series Event #2 at Forest Akers West on Saturday, September 26th. For more information or if members wish to register for the event, feel free to call the office at (517)641-7421.

Kyle Martin defeats John Seltzer on the 18th hole to win the 2015 Michigan PGA Section Match Play Championship!

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Kyle Martin

East Lansing, MI – It took all 18 holes as Kyle Martin, assistant professional at The Lochmoor Club defeated John Seltzer ,head professional at Blythefield Country Club today in the finals at the Michigan PGA Section Match Play Championship presented by MercyElite Sports Performance.

As he has done most of the week Kyle Martin jumped out to an early lead and was 3 up at the turn on John. This time however things tightened up on the back nine. After losing #12 to go 3 down John won hole #13 with a par as Kyle hit his second shot in the water. John then missed birdie putts at both #14 and #15 to win holes. On hole #16 John hit his approach to 4 feet and won the hole with the conceded birdie as Kyle’s par putt just missed.

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John Seltzer

With Kyle 1 up with 2 holes to play they headed to the island green #17th hole. Seltzer hit his approach safely on about 15 feet from the hole. Kyle unfortunately found the water with his approach ,sending the match to hole #18 all square.

After losing the last two holes Kyle was able to compose himself and hit a great drive and second shot just short of the green at the par 5 18th hole. He then chipped up for a tap in birdie. This proved good enough as John was unable to get up and down for birdie from the right rough as his 10 foot birdie putt just slid past. With this win Kyle picks up $4,000 and his first Michigan PGA Section Match Play title.

This is the first year that Eagle Eye Golf Club has hosted the Michigan Section Match Play Championship after three successful years at Midland Country Club. The golf course was in great shape and provided an excellent venue for this championship. Eagle Eye is no stranger to hosting major events having hosted the Michigan PGA Professional Championship from 2006 – 2011. They will host the 2016 GAM Amateur Championship next June. .

We would also like to thank  MercyElite Sports Performance as our title sponsor for the 2015 Match Play Championship. MercyElite is a division of St. Mary Mercy in Livonia. It is a specialized sports care setting that offers all aspects of care to athletes. Whether is physical therapy needs, sports performance training, mental and emotional support, or nutritional support, MercyElite can take care of all your sport performance needs. Visit http://www.stmarymercy.org/sports for more information. Supporting sponsor of all PGA of America professional tournaments, PGA Tour, will also served as a title sponsor to our event.

A field of 99 was narrowed down over past few months to a final 16 players that played yesterday and today. Each of the final 16 had advanced through their respective chapters and senior organization.

It was a back and forth match that took all 18 holes for John Seltzer to defeat Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook Country Club in the morning final four match. They made the turn with Seltzer 1 up and after a birdie at the 11th he found himself 2 up. Frank  then hit it to 5 feet at the par 3 12th for the conceded birdie to get back to 1 down. The match continued to go back and forth as Frank won #15 with a par, John won #16 with a par and Frank won #17 with a par to send the match to #18 all square. John Seltzer won hole #18 with a birdie after knocking it on the par 5 in two.

In the other morning semi final match Kyle Martin continued his steady play as he was able to build an early lead playing Gary Lewandowski from St Ives Golf Club and never looked back. Kyle found himself 4 up thru 10 holes as Gary made bogey at both #9 and #10. Kyle continued his steady play on the back and won the match 4 & 3.

On Monday in the Round of 8 after defeating Scott Hebert in the morning round in 19 holes Gary Lewandowski of St Ives Golf Club defeated Joe Schumer from The Pines Golf Course 4 & 3 this afternoon. With this victory Gary is the Northern Chapter Match Play Champion and moves on to the final four.

Gary went on to face Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor Club. Kyle won his morning match 6 & 5 over Chris Sullivan in the round of 16 and then defeated Rod Sowders of The Wyndgate Monday afternoon  4 & 3. Kyle moved on to the final four with that win and picked up the Eastern Chapter Match Play title.

After defeating the defending Champion Brian Cairns in 22 holes Monday morning Frank McAuliffe of Meadowbrook Country Club defeated Jack Seltzer of King Par Golf 3 & 2 Monday afternoon in the round of 8. With that win Frank McAuliffe is the 2015 Senior Organization Match Play Champion.

Frank went on to face John Seltzer from Blythefield Country Club in the final four. John played is way into the final four by defeating Eric Wohlfield 5 & 4 Monday morning and Jim Deiters 5 & 3 Monday afternoon. With the round of 8 win John picks up the Western Chapter Match Play Championship title.

For the complete bracket and results click HERE

 

Team SouthWest wins the Michigan PGA Junior League State Championship

Plymouth, MI – The team from Southwest Michigan, captained by PGA Professionals Brian Earles and Rolla Frisinger defeated the team from Flint in the finals on Sunday at Fox Hills Golf Club to win the Michigan PGA Junior League State Championship.  This means they are advancing on the Mideast PGA Junior League Golf Regional at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio Oct. 3-4. The winner of the Mideast Regional will then join seven other regional winners to compete in the 2015 PGA Junior League Golf Championship Nov. 5-8.

The League Championship that took place on Sunday at Fox Hills consisted of 4 All Star Teams that had advanced out of their regions in the state. In the morning matches the Southwest team defeated the team from Grand Rapids and the team from Flint defeated the team from Fox Hills.

In the afternoon finals the Southwest team defeated Flint 7 to 5.  “It was a great team effort in the finals with each team getting at least 1.5 flags” said Brian Earles.

Participants of the Southwest MI All-Stars include:

  • Haydon Chapman, Tomac Woods
  • Harrison Chapman, Tomac Woods
  • Joey Saari, Tomac Woods
  • Matt Flynn, Tomac Woods
  • Kai Kinsey, Foundation Golf Center
  • Lawson Tell, Foundation Golf Center
  • Brody Glei, Foundation Golf Center
  • Carter Geigley, Island Hills Golf Club
  • Scott Yoder, Island Hills Golf Club
  • Trevor Blodgett, Marshall Country Club

PGA Junior League Golf   features a team-vs-team format in a structured league providing a popular, less stressful,  2 person team scramble format. Each team-vs-team competition in PGA JLG consists of four 9-hole matches. Each 9-hole match is broken down into three 3-hole segments that we call “Flags”. Actual “Flag” stickers are awarded to participants upon capturing a 3-hole point for their team. Participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams in a popular scramble format.

This year we had over 90 teams participating in Michigan. This was the 3rd year that we have had the PGA Junior League here in Michigan. It has grown from 22 teams the first year in 2013, 57 teams last year and over 90 teams this year.

PGA Junior League Golf continues to be one of the PGA of America’s fastest growing programs, with a nearly

100 percent increase each year. Below are approximate yearly numbers:

  • 2015: 30,000 boys and girls; 2,500 teams
  • 2014: 17,500 boys and girls; 1,425 teams
  • 2013: 9,000 boys and girls; 740 teams

Rory McIlroy and Michelle Wie are Official Ambassadors for PGA Junior League Golf.

Thank you to Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center for hosting the State Finals. We would also like to thank all of the juniors, parents and PGA Professionals for participating this year and continuing to help grow this program and junior golf.

 For more information about PGA Junior League Golf, visit PGAJLG.com.