Archives for October 2016

Michigan PGA Fall Meeting

The Michigan PGA held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 24. With approximately 230 Members in attendance, President Ron Osborne welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests Legal Counsel John Allen, Chad Seymour, District 5 Director, Derek Sprague, PGA of American President and all Past Presidents in attendance.

Randy White administered the invocation and remembered deceased PGA member Roy Gunderson and the legendary Arnold Palmer.

President Osborne thanked the Board and staff for their commitment and dedication to the membership. Outgoing Board plaques were given to Roger Bliss, Adrian Jolliffe, John Pershern and Chris Sobieck.

Vice President Kevin McKinley reviewed budget numbers through September, 2016, and Executive Director Kevin Helm reviewed the Section’s investments.

Secretary Bob Bales acknowledged and welcomed new members, quarter century members and the 2016 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductees John Barnum, Steve Braun and Brian Cairns.


Honorary President Doug White then oversaw the voting for five At-Large Directors. Those elected by acclamation were Shaun Bezilla, Stephanie Jennings, Dean Kolstad, Doug Kreis and Aaron Waltz.

Special Awards Chair Doug Kreis presented the 2016 Special Awards winners in attendance their plaques. At the October 23 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board approved an online voting process going forward. Although moving to online voting may decrease the total number of voters, it is the hope of the Committee that those who take the time to vote will be better informed, resulting in the best candidates being interviewed.

In Tournament Chair John Seltzer’s absence, Kevin Muir gave a brief recap of the season, and acknowledged Player of the Year Scott Hebert.

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The Section was pleased to have PGA of America President Derek Sprague give updates on National activities and tournament recaps. Then he, along with District 5 Director Chad Seymour and President Osborne, fielded questions from the membership in a town hall session for the remainder of the meeting.


Thank you to Pepsi for sponsoring the meeting.







The afternoon education consisted of Gregg Patterson, former General Manager at The Beach Club in Los Angeles, as well as a nationally renowned speaker and author, talk about Bringing “Hospitality” to the Pro Experience, Judgement Day and Strengthening the Manager-Pro Relationship. Over 80 Michigan PGA members were in attendance.

Team from Meadowbrook Country Club wins the All Star Pro Golf / Black Clover / National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch !

Jackson, MI – The Michigan PGA Section wrapped up its 2016 season with the All Star Pro Golf / Black Clover / National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch on Monday at the Country Club of Jackson. 23 teams competed in this scratch 2 best ball of four format open to both Michigan PGA Professionals and Apprentices as well as amateurs that live in Michigan.

With heavy rains the past few days this made for a softer golf course and some really low scores. It was the team of Michigan PGA Professionals from Meadowbrook Country Club – Frank McAuliffe, Bob Percy and Travis Dodson along with Andrew Dodson from Golftec that took  home top honors Monday finishing with a 129 total ( -15) under par. It was a great team effort with 15 birdies and no bogies to pick up their first Fall Pro Scratch title. This win also gives each of these players a 5 year exemption into the Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions.

Coming in second just two shots back with a 131 total was the team from Eagle Crest Golf Club with Michigan PGA Professionals Wes Blevins and Tommy Lucko along with their amateur partners Chad Johnson and Ryan Johnson.

Congratulations to Ryan Leitner for picking up the closest to the pin for Michigan PGA  Professionals and $250.  Congratulations as well to Jimmy Chestnut for winning a $250 gift certificate with his closest to the pin for Amateurs.

We would like to thank the Country Club of Jackson for hosting this event. The golf course was in great shape and took a lot of work from the maintenance crew with all of the heavy rains the past few days. The entire staff did a great job and everyone really enjoyed the facility.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of this event. This is the 5th year that All Star Pro Golf has been a partner with the Michigan Section and sponsored this event .We would like to thank Dave Brostrom ,Jay Horton and Tracy Withey for being on site for the event. All Star Pro Golf is one of the United States’ largest pro shop distributor and Star serves public and private courses across the country. The headquarters are in Spencer, Iowa and the Sales and Marketing staff operates out of offices in Des Moines, Iowa. For more info on All Star Pro Golf please visit :

We would also like to thank Black Clover for stepping up as a new sponsor of this event. Tracy Withey is also the Michigan Sales Representative for Black Clover and helped bring them on board to support this event. Black Clover is a lifestyle apparel company with a vision rooted in living life to the fullest and was established in 2008. For more info on Black Clover please visit :

We would also like to thank National Car Rental for their support of this event and the Michigan Section this year. This is a national partnership in conjunction with the PGA of America as National Car Rental sponsors two Pro Am’s in every PGA Section.

For final results click HERE