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Suzy Green-Roebuck Makes History Winning Third Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship

THOMPSONVILLE – Suzy Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor became the first three-time winner of the Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship with a sizzling 6-under 66 Wednesday on the Mountain Ridge course at Crystal Mountain Resort.

She also became the oldest winner at age 49, and did it with her father, Pete, serving as her caddie. Pete, 75, is a four-time Michigan Amateur champion who at age 56 in 1996 became the oldest winner of that state championship.

“We talked about that coming up 18,” said Green-Roebuck, who played at Ohio State UniSuzy Greenversity and on the LPGA Tour and mini-tours before starting a family that includes three children (Lydie, 12, Hank, 11, Pete, 10).

“We come up here and he asks me if I still want him to caddie. That’s the beauty of golf carts being used in this tournament. He can be out there with me, helping me. He knows how to read a green, and it’s great quality time with him just doing the golf thing.”

Green-Roebuck’s 66, the low round of the day, gave her a 9-under 207 for the championship and earned her first-place money of $6,000 out of the $37,000 purse.

Jenny Coleman, a second-year Symetra Tour player from Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., who is headed for the Tullymore Classic this weekend at Tullymore Resort, shot a closing 69 for 210 and second place.
Amy Ihm of Peosta, Iowa, a recent University of Iowa graduate, shot 72 for 214 and third alone in her professional debut.

The second-round leader, Ashley Tait of Littleton, Colo., shot 75 and tied for fourth at 215 with Anna Younjin Kim of Ontario, who shot 74.

Former Michigan State standout Lindsey McPherson of Flushing shot 73 for 216, and first-round leader Lauren Grogan, the former University of Michigan golfer now coaching at Central Michigan, shot 75 for 218.
Michigan State women’s golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll was the low amateur in the field. She shot 76 for 226 and a tie for 25th.

Green-Roebuck started fast in the final round. She dropped a 40-footer for birdie on No. 1, and followed it up with birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 7 and 9 to shoot 5-under 31 on the front nine and launch into a lead she never relinquished.
She made eight consecutive pars across the back nine, and the birdied the par 5 No. 18 to win and share a big hug with her father.

“I was lucky on the first hole to get that one to drop, but after I made the next two putts it relaxed me,” she said. “The rest of the day I made it easy on myself. I had more birdie chances, and just played solid. My swing was feeling really solid. It got better each day. Where’s a tournament I can play in tomorrow?”

Green-Roebuck, who won her first two Michigan Open titles in 1994 and ’99, said she enters each year thinking she still has a chance despite the youngsters bombing tee shots past her ball.

“This is really icing on the cake,” she said. “It’s fun to challenge myself and put myself out there. I love playing golf with these young ladies who take it so seriously and are so talented. I don’t play much, but I practice some and I feel like I know my game. It feels good to validate it and know it’s still there.

“I look at the list of champions and 1994 looks like 1964, it is so long ago. Seems like three lifetimes ago now. I don’t want to go backwards through life, but sometimes I wish I knew then what I know now.”

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Urban & Troy win the 2016 Yamaha Golf Cars / Ahead Pro Pro Championship

Arcadia, MI – The team of Dan Urban and Jim Troy closed with a blistering round of 61 at Arcadia Bluffs in the afternoon to win their first Yamaha Golf Cars / Ahead Pro – Pro Championship.
54 teams made up of two Michigan PGA Professionals and competed yesterday in this sold out 36 hole best ball event at Arcadia Bluffs.

Very windy conditions made for tough scoring in the morning round. The team of John Seltzer from Blythefield Country Club and Brent Goulding from Prestwick Village Golf Club put together a great round of (-8) under par, 64 in those tough conditions. This gave them a 3 shot lead heading into the afternoon, with 2 other teams at (-5) under par.

John and Brent continued their fine play with a (-4 under) par round of 68 in the afternoon, putting them at (12) under for the tournament.

The defending champions ,Jim Deiters from Midland Country Club and Ian Ziska from Katke Golf Club closed with a great round of (-7) under, 65, putting them at (-12) under for the tournament as well.
With a potential playoff looming Dan Urban from Gull Lake Country Club and Jim Troy from the Golf Performance Academy closed with the round of the tournament, (-11) under par ,61 to put them at (-13) under, good for a one shot victory.

Their round of 61 included 2 eagles and 8 birdies. With this victory they pick up $2400 for the team and their first Yamaha Golf Cars / Ahead Pro Pro Championship title.

We would like to thank our host site Arcadia Bluffs. The golf course was in great shape and always makes for a wonderful venue for a Section event. We appreciate their hospitality and allowing us to have the event there.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of the event, Yamaha Golf Cars Plus and Ahead. This was the second year in a row that Yamaha has been a sponsor of this event and the first year that Ahead has been involved with this event. We appreciate their support of this tournament and the Michigan Section.

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Jeff Bronkema Never Loses Lead, Wins 99th Michigan Open Championship

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP – Jeff Bronkema, a 27-year-old mini-tour golfer, never gave up the lead in the final round and won the 99th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group at Prestwick Village Golf Club Thursday.

“It’s the biggest tournament I’ve ever won, the first four-day tournament I’ve ever won, and it’s one I’ve wanted to win for so long,” he said after a closing 2-under 70 put him at 12-under 276 for a three-shot win over 2007 champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon and fellow mini-tour pro Eric Lilleboe of Okemos.

“It’s great to win a tournament you’ve always wanted to win against really good players, and it solidifies your thinking that you can make it playing professional golf.”

Bronkema’s name will go on the James D. Standish trophy, he received the first-place check of $8,000 from the purse of $54,500 and sponsoring LaFontaine presented him with a lease on a new Cadillac.

“I controlled my golf ball all week, rarely put it in bad spots, kept it below the hole and for some reason I just play great on the back nine here,” he said.

Bronkema’s closing 70 included four birdies against two bogeys. His lead was a small as one shot just once during the final round, and that was early. Things did get anxious on the back nine when he missed the green with approach shots at Nos. 14, 15 and 16, but he scrambled to save par each time.

“I gave myself a bad yardage and I hit a couple of bad shots, but I left the ball in places where you can get up and down,” he said. “I felt some pressure, but I had control of the golf ball.”

Lilleboe, 28, closed with a 69 for 279, and pulled within two shots dramatically at No. 13 when he holed out a 113-yard gap wedge shot from the fairway for and eagle-2.

“That gave me a chance, but (Bronkema) had to come backwards and didn’t,” Lilleboe said. “Then he made a great birdie on 17 to top it off. He just had a great week, but I had a great week, too. It’s my best finish in a Michigan Open, which I’m proud of, and moving forward it will only help me with confidence and playing in contention.”

Ruthkoski, 31, closed with a 70 to tie Lilleboe for second, and defending champion Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile shot 69 for 280 to check in next.

Four golfers tied at 282, including two-time runner-up Matt Thompson of Royal Oak, who shot 71, Novi mini-tour player Wes Gates, who shot 74, amateur Evan Bowser of Dearborn, who shot 72, and 2013 champion and Grand Rapids amateur Tom Werkmeister, who shot 74. Werkmeister and Bowser shared low amateur honors.

Bronkema, who will head to Tour qualifying in the fall, said he was lightly recruited by college golf coaches when he finished high school in Plainwell, and he wanted to make some money.

“So I went to work at a golf course, moved up and thought I wanted to be a club pro,” he said. “After a few years I realized I wanted to play golf so I did it. I’m kind of behind because of a lack of commitment when I was younger, but this is what I want to do.”

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Defending Michigan Open Champion Helps at LaFontaine Automotive Group VIP Outing

HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP – Jeff Cuzzort received a lease on a new Cadillac SRX from sponsoring LaFontaine Automotive Group when he won the Michigan Open Championship last year.

The Grosse Ile golf professional is still driving it and said Friday at a LaFontaine VIP golf outing at Prestwick Village that he is a LaFontaine customer for life.

“They worked to get me in the car I wanted, and they have just been fabulous,” Cuzzort said before playing in the pro-am format.

He will head the field of 156 golfers starting Monday in the 99th Michigan Open, and the third consecutive hosted by Prestwick Village and presented by LaFontaine.

“I would love to win another Cadillac lease,” he said. “I’m excited about defending. It’s going to be a great field at a great course with a great sponsor.”

PGA professionals or top amateur players from Michigan played in each group of Friday’s outing that LaFontaine annually hosts to thank its customers. Ryan LaFontaine called it a day of community involvement.

“It is a good outing for all of our customers and a way to show our appreciation,” he said. “It’s fun. This is a great venue across the street from our Cadillac dealership and our customers really enjoy playing with the PGA professionals.”

Justin Phillips, the director of competitions for the Michigan PGA, which directs the Open, said it should be an exciting week at Prestwick.

“We have a strong, deep field, 10 past champions, several former Michigan Amateur champions, mini-tour guys, the best players in the section, too,” he said. “And LaFontaine does a wonderful job as presenting sponsor and Prestwick is a perfect venue for the championship.”

LaFontaine Automotive Group has 22 franchises in 16 locations across southeast Michigan, and for the third consecutive year will present the Michigan Open champion with a lease on a new Cadillac.

Prestwick is located just north of Milford and features a Ron Garl-designed championship course and award-winning practice center.

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Legislators Made Aware of Golf’s Impact at Michigan Golf Day at the Capitol

   LANSING – State Rep.  Jason Sheppard‘s family is in the golf business in Monroe County, which made him a first-hand knowledge speaker for Michigan Golf Industry Legislative Day on the Capitol lawn Thursday.

  “It’s a great sport, and getting more people involved in playing it is important, and it is also a big part of our economy in the State of Michigan as you all know,” he said.

  Sheppard, who presented a proclamation from Gov. Rick Snyder declaring June “Pure Michigan Golf Month,” gave advice to members of the Michigan Golf Alliance who set forth from a tent on the Capitol lawn to visit the office of every state legislator and provide a packet of information.

  “Let them know that, look, this is a big thriving part of our market in the State of Michigan,” he said. “We are part of job growth and recreation in the state. That’s the direction I would go.”

   The Alliance is made up of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, the Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Michigan Section PGA, the Golf Association of Michigan, the Greater Michigan Club Managers Association, the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program and the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation.

   In addition to a visit to each legislator in their Senate and House offices, legislators and staff members were also treated to a “lunch at the turn” on the Capitol lawn provided by Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath. Golf Professionals from the Michigan Section PGA offered swing and putting tips in special displays set up on the lawn, and sponsors Jacobsen Manufacturing and U.S. Golf Cars Inc. displayed and provided information on their products.

  On the visits to offices Alliance members shared that golf in Michigan has a total economic impact of $4.2 billion in Michigan and generates 58,000 jobs among other relevant facts.

   Kate Moore, executive director of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, was thrilled by the response of legislators and the large crowd that joined the alliance members for lunch.

  “It’s a great response and a wonderful opportunity for our industry leaders to share their message,” she said. “Rep. Shepherd made a great speech to kick things off and the proclamation shows that our Governor is aware of golf’s impact in the state.”


99th Michigan Open Presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group Starts Monday at Prestwick Village

HIGHLAND – Defending champion Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile, and nine other former champions who account for 21 championships collectively, head the field of 156 golfers who will compete for the 99th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group Monday through Thursday (June 13-16) at Prestwick Village.

Six-time champion Scott Hebert (1997, ’99, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’06) of Traverse City Country Club, five-time champion Randy Erskine of Lake Orion (1976, ’78, ’79, ’84, ’85), three-time champion Steve Brady of Oakland Hills Country Club (1991, ’92, ’96), two-time champion Bob Ackerman of Ackerman Golf in West Bloomfield (1975, 2003), 2013 champion Tom Werkmeister of Grand Rapids, 2012 champion Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo, 2011 champion Randy Hutchison of Traverse City, 2007 champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon and 1989 champion Barry Redmond of Boyne Resorts join Cuzzort in the third consecutive Michigan Open hosted by Prestwick Village and presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group.

LaFontaine Automotive Group has 22 franchises in 16 locations across southeast Michigan, and for the third consecutive year will present the Michigan Open champion with a one-year lease on a new Cadillac.

Cuzzort, a former mini-tour golfer and 2004 Michigan Amateur champion now caddying and working for Pure Performance Golf Labs, shot a closing 3-under 69 a year ago for a 15-under 273 and four-shot win over former champion Hutchison and mini-tour player Jeff Bronkema of Wayland.

Bronkema is also back in the field, as is former PGA Tour player Doug LaBelle of Mount Pleasant, who was fifth a year ago, and low amateur Reed Hrynewich of Muskegon and the University of Michigan golf team, who was sixth.

Other notables include mini-tour professionals and former Michigan Amateur champions Willie Mack of Grand Blanc and Drew Preston of Ada, 2015 Michigan Amateur champion Ryan Johnson of New Boston, 2013 Michigan Amateur champion Andrew Chapman and Evan Bowser of Dearborn, the recent winner of the Horton Smith Invitational and the Michigan Publinx Medal Play Championship.

Several top players from the Michigan Section of the PGA, which directs the tournament, are in the field, including 2015 Michigan PGA Player of the Year Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Cedar, Matt Pesta of Lincoln Hills in Birmingham, Al Kuhn of Fountains Golf in Clarkston, Jordan Young of Fox Hills and the host professional, Prestwick’s Brent Goulding.

Prestwick will challenge the field with a variety of golf holes, including some links style, traditional parkland and some carved from woodlands. Located just north of Milford in Highland Township on 426 acres of natural, rolling terrain amid a family-focused community, Prestwick was designed by architect Ron Garl.

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. Many of golf’s most famous have their names listed on the Michigan Open’s James Standish Trophy including Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Al Watrous, Horton Smith, Walter Burkemo and John Barnum.

Play starts Monday at 8 a.m. The field will play 72-holes with a cut after 36-holes to the low 70 scorers and ties. The public is welcome free of charge. Follow signs for parking and fan shuttles.

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Bloom & Castelanni win the Nike State Pro Am

Harbor Springs, MI – It took three playoff holes for the team of PGA Professional Patrick Bloom from Forest Dunes Golf Club and his amateur partner Carson Castelanni to win the 2016 Nike State Pro Am.

Patrick and Carson started the day 3 shots back of the lead after shooting a (-5) under par round of 67 on the Hills course on Monday. They followed that up with a (-7) under par round of 65 today on the Heather course, putting them at (-12) under for the tournament and tied with PGA Professional Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & CC and his amateur partner Andrew Chapman.

Both teams tied with birdies on the first playoff hole and pars on the second playoff hole. Patrick then knocked it to 4 feet and made the birdie putt on the 3rd playoff hole to give them their first Nike State Pro Am title.

Coming in 3rd place were the round 1 leaders, PGA Professional Kyle Wittenbach and his amateur partner Ben Cook. Kyle and Ben followed up their opening round of 64 on the Heather with a 70 today on the Hills to finish the tournament at (-10) under and two shots back.

108 teams made up of one Michigan PGA Professional and one Amateur from the state of Michigan are competed in this scratch best ball format.

We would like to thank our host site, Boyne Highlands. The golf courses were in great shape and the staff does a great job with this event.

We would also like to thank our sponsor Nike. They once again had the  Nike mobile pro shop set up as all amateurs and professionals received $100 to spend in that shop.

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Four Inducted to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame; Oakland Hills CC Honored

BIG RAPIDS –   Three-time Michigan PGA Professional champion and Detroit Golf Club teaching professional Ken Allard, Grand Rapids native and 2010 national PGA of America Teacher of the Year Todd Anderson, Flint native and Golf Association of Michigan officer Steve Braun and Michigan State University professor and turfgrass expert Joseph Vargas were inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame today at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Club.

Their inductions bring the Hall of Fame’s membership total to 113.

Oakland Hills Country Club also was honored with a MGHOF Special Award. The state’s premier championship club, host to six U.S. Opens and this summer a U.S. Amateur host for the second time, celebrates its Centennial this year.

Allard, a Detroit Golf Club instructor and Michigan resident since 1967, has been one of the Michigan Section of the PGA’s top players for several years and served in various leadership roles. The Rochester resident was Michigan PGA Player of the Year in 1991 and played 12 times in the PGA Professional National Championship.  His three Michigan PGA Professional titles are part of 20 state individual and two-person titles in his career, and he has also played against the touring pros in six national PGA Championships and two U.S. Opens.

Anderson, the PGA director of instruction at Sea Island Golf Performance Center in St. Simons Island, Ga., is ranked No. 9 among the top 50 teachers in America by Golf Digest, and No. 1 in Georgia. His students have included PGA Tour stars Brandt Snedeker and Billy Horschel, and have claimed a combined 33 wins on PGA and Tours since 1994. Also, over 50 of his students have earned NCAA Division I golf scholarships and 23 have earned All-American honors. Anderson is a graduate of Rockford High School and was captain of the golf team at the University of Alabama.

Braun, who in 2016 is serving the Golf Association of Michigan as its president, has been helping junior golfers succeed since the 1960s. He helped grow the Flint Junior Golf Association to a membership of 1,100 golfers while serving as the executive director from 1975-’85, worked for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) as a tournament director and received the AJGA’s national service award (Digger Smith Award) in 1992. The Charlevoix resident was a standout amateur golfer who became a PGA Professional, most notably working at Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix.

Vargas has been a professor of plant pathology (Ph.D.) at Michigan State University for 46 years and produced research with international implications for turfgrass, authored over 200 articles on turfgrass disease and related subjects, presented at turfgrass conferences around the world over 1,000 times and authored the most widely used turfgrass disease book (Management of Turfgrass Diseases). His body of work has earned him awards from around the world, including the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Distinguished Service Award in 1997.

The Hall of Fame is a heralded collection of portraits, plaques and memorabilia that commemorates 113 members, including Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Horton Smith and more current notables Dave and Mike Hill, Dan Pohl, Meg Mallon and Kelly Robbins. The collection will soon be housed and displayed in the new Professional Golf Management Program learning center planned by Ferris State University at its Katke Golf Club facility. A $4 million fundraising effort continues.

The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame is administered by the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Committee, which is funded through the non-profit Michigan Golf Foundation (501(c) (3) and includes 18 members representing a cross-section of the state’s golf associations as well as the golf media. The MGHOF committee conducts an annual election to recognize the achievements of competitive Michigan golfers, but also those of individuals who have contributed to the growth of the game.

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