Archives for May 2016

Senior PGA Military Clinic & Family Fun Zone

Thank you to all of our volunteers for making this years Family Fun Zone and Military Clinic a success! The feedback from the Veterans was not only inspiring but a true testament to how helpful PGA Reach and PGA Instruction is to the Veteran Community. Thank you to Harbor Shores for your hospitality and as always your pristine practice facility. The Veterans appreciated the top notch instruction, equipment and facility. For more pictures check out the link below: https://www.facebook.com/SPGAKitchenAid/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1121490787907710

The community breakfast was a cheer filled morning with waffles, chicken, bacon, coffee, juice and a prideful commUNITY. Many people stopped by for the food and stayed for the golf. Golfzilla, Golfgator and a hitting bay were set up in a large open space and kids of all ages came out and tested their skill against the mighty Golfzilla. The kids enjoyed having the PGA instructors there to help get them closer to firing away at Golfzilla. We saw kids of all skills and ages, and everyone left with a full tummy and a smiling face! Thank you to Kitchen Aid, The Senior PGA Championship Team and our local PGA Professionals. To see pictures of this event click the link below: 

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Pearce / Chmielewski win the 2016 Senior Pro – Senior Am

Grand Blanc, MI – It took one extra hole but the team  of professional Barry Pearce from Beacon Hill Golf Club and his amateur partner Greg Chmielewski captured the 2016 Senior Pro  – Senior Am at Atlas Valley Golf & Country Club.

36 teams consisting of one professional and one amateur both over the age of 50 competed this past Thursday in the best ball format. Barry and Greg finished the day with a round of 68 (-4) under par. Also finishing at (-4) under was the team of professional Boyd Barth from the Flint Elks Club and his amateur partner Scott Wirth. Barry and Greg were able to defeat Boyd and Scott on the first playoff hole to win the overall championship.

The teams are split into two flights based on the average age of the teams. The flights are named after the 2016 Michigan PGA Senior Organization Honorees. With that round of 68 Boyd and Scott won the “Pat Croswell Flight”. In the “Gary Whitner Flight” we had two teams tied with rounds of (2) under 70 – professional Paul Hasse from the Kendall Acadamy and his amateur partner Bill Zylstra along with professional Lynn Janson from Hastings Country Club and his amateur partner Doug Dingwall.

Congratulations as well to Nick Berklich who recorded a hole in one on hole #10 and picked up one of the four skins on the day.

Thank you to Atlas Valley for hosting this event and providing such a nice venue.  Atlas Valley has been the host of this event since it started back in 1979.

Michigan Open Deadline is this Wednesday, May 18 at 5:00pm !

EAST LANSING – For the 99th time the top golfer in the state will be identified in the Michigan Open Championship, which again this year is presented by the LaFontaine Automotive Group at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland Township (June 13-16, 2016).

Michigan residents with a USGA handicap index of 8.0 or less who wish to test their games against the best and win the use of a new car are urged to enter before the 5 p.m. deadline on May 18.

The LaFontaine Automotive Group will present the 2016 champion with a one-year lease on a new Cadillac.

To register online golfers should visit www.michiganpgagolf.com , or email Justin Phillips, director of tournament operations for the Michigan PGA at jphillips@michiganpga.com . You can also call the Michigan PGA Section office at 517-641-7421 to register.

The tournament will use a qualifying events system to determine the starting field of 156 golfers. Those qualifying rounds will be presented between May 22 and June 5 at sites across the state.

The sites include Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath on Sunday May 22, Oakland University – Sharf course in Rochester and Battle Creek Country Club on Tuesday, May 24, The Fortress in Frankenmuth on Wednesday, May 25, Country Club of Lansing on Tuesday, May 31, Forest Lake Country Club (PGA Members only) on Wednesday, June 1 and True North Golf Club in Harbor Springs on Sunday, June 5.

In addition, a three-spot qualifier for the final trio of spots in the starting field will be held on Saturday, June 11, at Flint Elks Golf Club. That event can serve as a first or second qualifying attempt.

A tiered entry rate is in effect for 2016 with amateurs paying $205 to enter, Michigan PGA member professionals $205 and non-member professionals $355.

Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile is the defending champion. Jeff finished with a four-day tournament total of 273 (-15) last year, four shots ahead of Jeff Bronkema and Randy Hutchison. Jeff won $8,500 and the one year lease on the Cadillac SRX courtesy of the LaFontaine Automotive Group.

One of the state’s longest-running sports events, the Michigan Open was first played in 1916 and won by Leo Diegel, who also played in the inaugural Ryder Cup matches and The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga.

For the list of Qualifiers and to register click HERE

Golf Association of Michigan Team Retains Cup in 44th Fuller Cup Matches

BELMONT – Ryan Johnson of the Golf Association of Michigan Team held off a late charge by Brad Dean of the Michigan Section PGA Team to secure the winning point and help the GAM retain the Fuller Cup Tuesday at Blythefield Country Club.

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                                 GAM Team

Johnson, the reigning Michigan Amateur champion from New Boston, topped Dean, the director of golf at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, 2 and 1, and the GAM won 9½ -8½ in the 44th version of the Fuller Cup Matches. The GAM built its second consecutive win with a 3½ – 2½ advantage in the six morning four-ball matches, and then each team won six of the afternoon singles matches in a relentless rain.

“It was a grind,” Johnson said of the afternoon singles. “I had a lead, but Brad came back. It was tough conditions and we just didn’t quit. We just made the best of it.”

The GAM won the Cup for the fifth time in the last nine years and seventh time since 2001. Prior to 2001 the PGA dominated the Ryder Cup-style competition and maintains a 34-9-1 advantage in the series.

The format has changed over the years, but the matches have always been presented to promote sportsmanship, friendship and great golf between the professionals and amateurs in the state. The GAM team is selected through the use of the GAM Honor Roll and the PGA selects its team via money list standing.

“It always seems like we play in bad weather,” Johnson said. “It seems like one year we should get good weather. That would make it really fun.”

Dan Ellis of East Lansing, the assistant golf coach at Michigan State University, and Jake Kneen of White Lake, an Oakland University golfer, each won singles matches and helped win four-ball morning matches to top scorers for the GAM Team.

Kyle Martin of the Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth won singles matches and helped win four-ball matches to pace the PGA team.
Cutter & Buck served as the clothing sponsor and outfitted both teams. The Michigan PGA’s tournament director, Justin Phillips, administered the competition with help from Ken Hartmann, the senior director of rules and competitions for the GAM.

Representing the GAM with Johnson, Ellis and Kneen were Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood, Reed Hrynewich of Muskegon and the University of Michigan golf team, Mitchell White of Muskegon and Grand Valley State’s team, Kory Roberts of Battle Creek, Steve McKalko of Troy, Otto Black of Pinckney, Leo Daigle of Wixom, Kyle Gaines of Oxford and the University of Detroit Mercy golf team, and John Quigley of St. Clair Shores.

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                          Michigan PGA Team

Representing the PGA with Martin, Cairns and Dean were the father-son team of John Seltzer, the host professional at Blythefield, and Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Seltzer of King Par Golf in Flushing, Michigan PGA Champion Dan Urban of Prestwick Village Golf Club in Hartland, Kevin Muir of The Wyndgate in Oakland Township, Frank McAuliffe of Meadowbrook Country Club, Scott Hebert of Traverse City Country Club, Jim Deiters of Midland Country Club, Gary Lewandowski of St. Ives at Tullymore Golf Resort in Canadian Lakes, and Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Cedar.

For results click HERE

2016 Michigan PGA  Professional Team :