Archives for August 2016

Uchida takes 2016 National Car Rental PGA Section Assistants Championship Presented by Cleveland/Srixon in playoff

Lansing, MI – It was a great day for golf at The Country Club of Lansing this past Monday, August 22nd. The 2016 National Car Rental PGA Section Assistants Championship Presented by Cleveland/ Srixon teed off at 8am for their first 18 hole round of the day. After carding 6 birdies in the opening round, Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills Country Club came into the clubhouse with the lead, shooting a 69. Also putting up 6 birdies in the first round was Travis Dodson from Meadowbrook, who came into the clubhouse in 2nd, with a 71.

After a break for lunch provided by the staff at the Country Club of Lansing the players went back out for the second round of the day. Brandon Uchida of Shenandoah Golf & Country Club opened up the day shooting a 73, which put him right in the hunt and continued that excellent play by shooting even par on the front during round 2. Last year’s winner, Jim Troy of Golf Performance Academy was also looming after firing a 73 in the first round. Things started to heat up in the 2nd round, especially between the group featuring two of the guys at the top of the pack, Fryer and Chris Mory of Hawk Hollow. After Fryer took a triple bogey on the par 4, 10th hole it was anyone’s game.

Uchida posted a one under par round of 71 in the afternoon ,which put him at a 144 total and good enough to force a playoff with Josh Fryer who finished the day at 144 as well with an afternoon round of 75. 

Uchida and Fryer teed off on the par 4, 18 and each put it on the back of the green for a very lengthy birdie putt. Fryer put his putt several feet past the hole, while Uchida was able to give himself a more manageable par putt. After Fryer was unable to sink his par attempt Uchida was able to sink his putt for par and win the tournament.

Mory took sole possession of 3rd place allowing shooting a 145 and Troy secured the first alternate spot after putting up a 146. We had a tie for our second alternate spot between two players Justin Pollack of the Country Club of Detroit and Reece Bartelt from Kalamazoo who each carded a 147 for the day. They took to the first hole for their playoff where Pollack was able to make birdie and secure the second alternate spot with Bartelt taking the third and final spot.

Congratulations to our champion, Brandon Uchida as well as our runner-up Josh Fryer. Congratulations as well to Chris Mory from the Jason Guss Academy at Hawk Hollow who will join Brandon and Josh to represent the Michigan Section at the 40th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship that will be conducted at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Oct. 27-30.

We would like to thank our host site – the Country Club of Lansing. The golf course was in great shape and provided an excellent venue for this Championship. Thank you to the Director of Golf, John Lindert and his staff for all of their help.

We would also like to thank our sponsors National Car Rental and Cleveland / Srixon.

Scott Hebert Wins Michigan PGA Professional Championship for Eighth Time

ADA TOWNSHIP – Scott Hebert made golf history, despite a rain-shortened tournament where even a sudden-death playoff that followed a washed-out final round had a rain delay.

Hebert, 47 and the head golf professional at Traverse City Golf & Country Club, made a 12-foot par-saving putt on the first playoff hole and won the 95th Michigan PGA Professional Championship Wednesday at Egypt Valley Country Club.

Hebert won the state championship for golf professionals for the eighth time (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’14, and ‘16), one short of the all-time record of nine set by legend Al Watrous, and won his 15th major Michigan PGA title to tie Watrous and J.R. Roth for the most wins all-time. Hebert’s eight PGA Professional titles go with six Michigan Open titles and a Tournament of Champions title.

“To be mentioned with those guys is a real honor,” he said after being presented the $6,800 first-place check. “I’m humbled and I was very fortunate today.”

The third and final round was underway, but the final group of leaders was through just six holes when heavy rain, lightning, strong winds and hail forced a delay and eventually the cancellation of the round. That resulted in waiting for course repairs and water to drain for a playoff three hours and 20 minutes later. The playoff then was also interrupted by a hard rain and delayed for about 30 minutes.

Finally, Hebert and John Seltzer of nearby Blythefield Country Club, who had missed the first playoff hole green (No. 18) with approach shots, each pitched on to the green. Hebert was out with his 12-footer, which he made, and then Seltzer’s 10-footer slid past the hole.

“I’ve never won a rain-shortened tournament before, so it feels a little different,” he said. “I’m sure Josh (Fryer of Franklin Hills) feels terrible. He was a couple of strokes up when that storm came. I feel terrible for him, but you never know what happens in the last 12 holes. It’s unfortunate for everybody. Egypt Valley is a nice place and a true championship course. Everybody got shortened a round. Who knows? Somebody could have shot 30 on the back nine and changed everything. Fortunate for me, it works out I’m on top.”

It was Hebert’s 6-under 66 on Tuesday that put him at 135 and in position for the playoff with Seltzer, who had a 66 in the opening round and was also at 135 through 36-holes.

Hebert said he went out on the putting green and worked on his putting just before the playoff.
“I shortened my stroke just a little bit, and on that last putt that is all I was thinking, keep the stroke short, and it went in,” he said. “You just never know how things are going to work out.”

Eventually with playoffs completed and based on the 36-hole scores, the 10 golfers were determined for spots in the 2017 PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon, next June. The low 20 finishers from that championship move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.

Hebert, as the 2008 PGA Professional National Champion is already in the PNC field. Joining him in Sunriver will be Seltzer, Fryer, Chad Kurmel of Spartan Golf Academy at Michigan State, Kyle Martin of Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods, Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook in Northville, Joe Pollack of Yamaha Golf Cars Plus in Plainwell, Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Cedar, Steve Vecellio of Birmingham Country Club and Bill Mory of Meridian Sun in Haslett. Vecellio and Mory survived a playoff with Mark Zelazny of Dearborn Country Club for the final two spots.

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Oakley Pro-Junior

Bath, MI –  An exciting day wrapped up Sunday at the Oakley Pro-Junior hosted at Eagle Eye Golf Club. It was a great turn out with a full field of 32 teams. Brent Goulding of Prestwick Village, and his crew of juniors, Alec Horvath, Robby Golobo, and Justin LaFrance took the 16-18 division with a score of 117 (-27), winning by 9 strokes. The 12-15 division was captured by Patrick Wilkes-Krier of Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf, Edward Shen, Shaunak Bhagat, and Colin Flanders, firing a 132 (-12) The tournament was played in shamble format which allowed each team to play from the team’s best drive and then play their own ball in from there, carding their best two scores.

An exciting day of golf also gave us a 3 way tie for 2nd place in the 16-18 division between the teams of Colchamiro, Allard and Bales which was then broken by way of a scorecard playoff in favor of Kenneth Allard and his team of Jake Radom, Alex Acho and Charlie Erickson. The 12-15 division had an outright 2nd place team of Brian Earles of Foundation Learning Center, Haydon Chapman, Harrison Chapman, and Matt Flynn shooting 135 (-9).

We would like to thank our sponsor Oakley for sponsoring this wonderful tournament while providing awards and tee gifts.  Another big thank you goes out to Eagle Eye Golf Club for once again being a superb host site whose course was in excellent condition. 

Janson, Wilks-Krier win hard fought Winston Collection Senior Junior Championship

Battle Creek, MI – Battle Creek Country Club was the site of the 2016 Winston Collection Senior Junior Championship. The field consisted of 30 teams, made up of one Senior (age 50 plus) and one junior (age 49 and under) all playing 36 holes of best ball.

After the first round of 18 in the morning we had a tie at 64 (-8) between the duo of Lynn Janson from Hastings Country Club and Patrick Wikes-Krier from the Kendall Academy and the team of Clark Peterson and Jim Troy, both from the Golf Performance Academy in Portage ,MI.

After a break for lunch the teams headed back out onto the course for their second 18 holes of the day. Things really took off during the last 18 holes, especially between the leaders. Peterson and Troy eagled the par 5 hole 9 and fired a 30 (-6) on the front 9 to open up a 3 stroke lead on Janson and Wilkes-Krier. Things got even more interesting on the back 9 when Janson and Wilkes-Krier took eagle on the par 5 hole 10. The teams traded pars and birdies for almost the remainder of the round until the teams came up to the tee on 18. The team of Peterson and Troy played a very solid hole and took a par that kept them in the hunt for first place. That was until Wilkes-Krier launched a drive just short of the green on 18 and his second shot was chipped up and lipped out for eagle, allowing him and Janson to tap in for birdie and take the tournament by just 1 stroke.

There was plenty of other happenings going on at the tournament besides what was going on in the leaders group. Charles Pullen of Orchard Hills made a hole in 1 on the 200 yard, par 3, hole 16. Pullen was very excited about the ace and said that it was the first in his life.

A very big thank you goes out to Battle Creek Country Club for hosting the event and providing excellent meals to the players and staff.  The golf course was in excellent condition and provided a great venue for this Championship.

Another thank you goes out to the sponsor of the event, Winston Collection, for continuing their support of this event and the Michigan PGA Section Tournament program. Mark Jenkins was onsite to display all the latest products from the Winston Collection.

Congratulations, once again, to Lynn Janson and Patrick Wilkes-Krier for winning and extremely hard fought Winston Collection Senior Junior Championship!

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Lee Houtteman wins the Michigan Senior PGA Professional Championship !

Harbor Springs, MI -Lee Houtteman from Manitou Passage Golf Club found a way to pick up his second Michigan Senior PGA Championship title in a 3 hole playoff over Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center today at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club.

On Monday Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and 2015 National Senior PGA Player of the Year continued his fine play shooting a (-6) under par round of 66, giving him a one shot lead heading into the second round.

Some other familiar names  found there way to the top of the leaderboard as well in round 1. 2012 champion Lee Houtteman and 2011 champion Randy Erskine were just one shot back after rounds of 67.2013 champion Ron Beurmann was just two back heading into the second round after shooting a 68.

Brian Cairns and Lee Houtteman separated themselves from the field on the back nine and both entered the final hole tied at (-8) under par for the tournament. Lee opened the door for Brian after he hit is tee shot out of bounds. After finding the left rough Brian pushed his second shot right that bounced off of the fence and ended up behind a pine tree. Brian then played a great shot through the tree to get the ball to the back fringe. Lee hit his fourth shot on the green and holed a 20 foot putt for  a bogey. This forced Brian to make his 5 foot bogey putt, sending them into a playoff.

It took 3 playoff holes as Lee Houtteman made birdie at the par 4 third hole to win  his second Michigan Senior PGA Professional Championship.

Randy Erskine made a 25 foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish 3rd place alone overall and 1st place in the 60-69 division.

In the 70 and over division Nick Berklich pick up the win with a two shot victory over Terry Carlson.

Congratulations as well to the following players that qualified for the 28th Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA to be held November 17-20 ,2016 at PGA Golf Club in Port St Lucie, Florida : Lee Houtteman, Brian Cairns, Randy Erskine, Ron Beurmann, Jeff Gniewek, Frank McAuliffe, Mick DeKorver, Brad Dean, Bob Elliott and Steve Wakulsky.

We would like to thank Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club for opening their doors once again and hosting this event for the fourth year in a row.  The golf course was in great shape and they always make for a great host.

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