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Korey Mahoney Shoots Sizzling 64, Wins 25th Tournament of Champions

BOYNE FALLS – Classic car insurance salesman Korey Mahoney of Manton admitted he didn’t have much of an explanation for the classic 8-under 64 he shot on the Alpine course at Boyne Mountain Resort to win the 25th Tournament of Champions Wednesday.

“Somehow I was able to put it together,” said the 32-year-old former mini-tour golfer who grew up in East Lansing, won the 2002 Michigan Amateur championship as an 18-year-old and played college golf at Eastern Michigan University before embarking on a six-year stint as a touring professional that ended in 2012.

“I drove the ball excellent today and was able to set myself up on the par 5s, and I was able to make some putts. It’s the first tournament I’ve played in a long time so like I said, not really sure where that came from.”

The 64, one off his personal best tournament round, left him at 12-under 204 for the championship, four shots clear of Eric Lilleboe, a mini-tour golfer from Okemos who closed with a 69 for 208.

It earned the father of two the $8,000 first-place check from the $55,000 purse, and the symbolic green jacket that comes with a lifetime membership at the Country Club of Boyne in Harbor Springs.

“I knew game was good coming in,” he said. “I wouldn’t have come to play if I didn’t think I could do something. To win in that fashion though, that’s definitely surprising.”

Two-time champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon, who shot 67, Michigan Open champion Jeff Bronkema of Wayland, who shot 69, and senior pro Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, who shot 69, tied for third at 207.

The Cuzzort brothers, Jeff and Steve from Grosse Ile, each shot 71 and tied at 210 with Portage amateur Jim Troy, who shot 67 to close.

Jim Dieters of Midland Country Club (70), second-round leader John Seltzer of Blythefield near Grand Rapids (74), Kyle Martin of Lochmoor in Grosse Pointe Woods, and New Mexico pro and five-time champion Jeff Roth (74) tied at 212.

Former LPGA player Elaine Crosby of Jackson, who shot 73 for 213 and a tie for 13th, was the top finisher among the women, and Evan Bowser of Dearborn, who shot 69 for 214 and 17th, was the low amateur. The unique tournament brings together men, women, professionals, amateurs, seniors and juniors who have won recognized championships in Michigan, and they play from four different tee positions for one title.

Mahoney, in for his life as a former Michigan Amateur champion, had one of the best starts of his golfing life. He birdied holes 3 and 4 before shaping a 4-iron shot to 20-feet on the par 5 No. 5 hole and making the eagle putt. Then he had a tap-in putt on No. 6.

In the end, with birdies at 11 and 12 early in the back nine, he counted eight birdies and the eagle against two bogeys.
He made a bogey from the front fringe on the par 3 No. 17 hole, but then crushed a drive 348 yards on the par 5 No. 18 hole and didn’t hesitate in hitting a 4-iron second shot on to the green and eight feet from the flag from 239 yards out. He two-putted for his final birdie.

“That was one of the better drives I hit all week, and I was just staying true to my game,” he said. “I just stepped up and went after it. My game is stay aggressive and hit the ball at the hole, and I knew I was swinging well and hitting the ball great all day.”

Mahoney launched into the early lead and said he really didn’t feel nerves through the day.

“I had a sense of calm, I guess because I was hitting it great,” he said. “I knew when I had the great start that I just had to keep playing, stay aggressive and something special could happen.”

Runner-up Lilleboe said the bunched scoreboard at the start of the day with 15 golfers within five shots made it possible for someone to do what Mahoney pulled off.

“Anybody really in the last four groups had a chance, and Korey was the one to do it,” he said. “It’s not a big surprise. He has been a great player for a long time.”

Mahoney said he would be back at work Thursday, and that he would take advantage of the Country Club of Boyne membership.

“It’s nice being home with the kids and family and being part of their lives,” he said. “I don’t see a return to professional golf. I’ll come back here though.”

For final results click HERE

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Michigan Junior PGA Championship!

Michigan PGA Junior Championship

This week was exciting for Junior Golf! The Michigan PGA Junior Championship hosted at Bedford Valley Country Club gives juniors all over the state of Michigan a chance to compete for a spot in the National Junior PGA Championship at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island. This event brings in the top golfers from all over the state of Michigan. The divisions consisted of Boys 12 & Under, Boys-13-15, Boys 16-18, Girls 12 & Under; Girls 13-15, Girls 16-18 The 12 & Under division played 18 holes while the other divisions battled it out for 36 holes for ONE spot per gender. The Overall Champion (13-18) would be crowned after 36 holes and moving on to the Junior PGA Championship.

 After day one we had some amazing score from the competitors James Piot (17) and Zach Rosendale (17)  both lit it up and tied for the lead at 67 (-5). Followed by Benjamin Van Gorder (15) with a 71 (-1).

In the girls Overall division Sarah Shipley (18) ran away with the lead, lighting up her car with a total of 69 (-3). Followed by Anika Dy 77, and Annie Pietila 78.

We had some great score for day two, quite a few players under par! Our Overall Boys victor rose with a two day total of 137 (-7) James Piot broke away and separated himself from the pack. He won by 3 strokes over Zach Rosendale who carded a two day total of 140.

The Division winners consisted of:

Overall: James Piot 137

Boys 13-15

  1. Benjamin Van Gorder 143
  2. Nick Krueger 151
  3. Evan Theros 151

Boys 16-18

  1. James Piot 137
  2. Zach Rosendale 140
  3. Eric Nunn 144

For the Overall Girls Division Sarah Shipley held onto her 8 stroke lead firing another great round of 72 for a two day total of 141 (-3) Anika Dy battled Sarah Carding a 72 as well for a two day total of 149. Anika Dy took first in her division being only 15 years old. We saw a lot of great golf from these ladies!

The Division winners consisted of:

Overall: Sarah Shipley 141

Girls 13-15

  1. Anika Dy 149
  2. Annie Pietila 156
  3. Anci Dy 159

Girls 16-18

  1. Sarah Shipley 141
  2. Taylor Harding 158
  3. Megan Watkins 160

Full results available here:

Brian Cairns wins the 2016 Club Car Senior Open

BATTLE CREEK – It took one extra hole to decide the winner as Brian Cairns, PGA Professional from the Fox Hills Learning Center made birdie to win the playoff and capture  first Club Car Senior Open title.

With the tough windy, rainy conditions in the afternoon you knew anything could happen. Dennis Smoker ,amateur from Coldwater, MI and our first round leader continued his steady play for most of the day and had it to (-5) under for the tournament with 5 holes to play. After the weather delay Dennis bogeyed #15 and made double bogey at #17, dropping him back to (-2) under for the tournament. His birdie putt at #18 just missed, forcing the playoff with Brian Cairns, who battled back by making birdie at #18 to finish at (-2).

Joining Brian and Dennis in the playoff was Steve Wakulsky, PGA Professional from Owosso Country Club who finished strong going (-1) under in his last 3 in  the tough conditions and shooting 73 today to put him at (-2), 142 total as well.

With the bad weather still looming to start the playoff Brian hit his approach to 5 feet and made the birdie putt at the par 5 16th hole to win the championship on the first playoff hole. Brian takes home $2,800 and his first Club Car Senior Open title.

It was Dave Kempner, amateur from Ann Arbor, MI who followed up his first round of 72 with a 74 on Wednesday to win  the Super Senior ( 65 +) Division in this event. Dave’s 146 total was good enough for a one shot victory over PGA Professional, Paul Haase from the Kendall Academy. Paul finished up with a nice even par round of 72 on  Wednesday after a 75 in the first round.

A field of 114 decorated golfers, including PGA Professionals, top amateurs, seven Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members and 10 past champions made up the field this year at the  2016 Club Car Senior Open  at Bedford Valley Golf Club.

We would like to thank our host site Bedford Valley Golf Club as well as our sponsor Club Car and US Golf Cars.

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.

For final results click HERE


Katanski / Ignasiak & McAuliffe / McAuliffe win titles at the Mercy Elite / National Car Rental Pro Am !

Detroit, MI ̶ The team of Tim Katanski and Mike Ignasiak impressed the field as they followed up their morning round of 59 on the Detroit Golf Club South Course with an (-8) under par round of 64 on the North Course which was good enough for a (-17 under) 123 total and a 2 shot victory in the Gross Division of the Mercy Elite Sports Performance / National Car Rental Pro Am at Detroit Golf Club.


Net Division Champions – Frank McAuliffe & Frank McAuliffe IV

It was the father son team of Frank McAuliffe and Frank McAuliffe IV that took home the top honors in the Net Division on Tuesday with a score of 124 (-16) under par. This was good enough for a one shot victory as they had net scores of (-8 under ) 60 in the am on the South course and (-8 under) 64 in the afternoon on the North Course.

The 69 team field consisted of two-person teams of a PGA Professional and their accompanied amateur in this 36 hole best-ball event. The teams recorded both their gross and net best balls and place in the division they finish highest.

The day started with some fine play as the team of Patrick Wilkes-Krier and David Szymanski took advantage of the scoring conditions putting together 11 birdies for an (-11) under par, 57 on the South Course, to take the morning round lead.

Patrick and David followed that up with a (-4) under par round of 68 on the North Course in the afternoon, but was not quite good enough to hold back Katanski/Ignasiak and McAuliffe/McAuliffe who both tallied together rounds of (-8) under par, 64’s, to push pass Wilkes-Krier/Szymanski for the win.

Steven Vecellio and John Quigley finished their round with a fabulous score of (-10) under par, 62, on the North course placing them at (-13) under par total for the Pro Am and good for a 3rd place finish in the Gross Division.

Evan Bowser also made a memory as he rolled in a hole-in-one on the 150 yard par 3, 3rd hole during the afternoon round.

We would like to thank our host site, Detroit Golf Club, for providing a great venue and allowing this event to happen. The outstanding conditions of the course allowed for an enjoyable experience for all.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of this event Mercy Elite Sports Performance along with National Car Rental. This was the first year that Mercy Elite has sponsored this event and the third year that National Car Rental has been involved.

For final results and payout click HERE