Archives for November 2016

Congratulations Jim Dewling

We are proud to announce our two-time past President, Jim Dewling, of Total Golf Inc., will receive the 2016 Lyle Leeke Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association at their awards banquet on November 29th.

The Lyle Leeke Distinguished Service Award is named after one of the founders of the MGCOA and a gentleman who helped to create a voice for Michigan golf course owners. The recipient of the award is an individual or company who has displayed distinguished service to the MGCOA and the golf industry.

Dewling has spent much of his life in golf. He studied in Michigan State University’s hospitality and hotel management curriculum, graduated with a business degree in 1966 and became a PGA of America Golf Professional. After seven years at Birmingham Country Club as an assistant professional he moved into management. He worked for Joe and Steve Slavik at the new Great Oaks Country Club in Rochester for 10 years, and then formed Total Golf Inc. He has owned and or managed more than 40 properties and co-designed three golf courses.

He is a past-president of the Michigan Section of the PGA and a trustee of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. Dewling has been a member of the MGCOA board of directors since 2003 and is on the government affairs committee. He was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame for his contributions to golf in 2009.

2016 We Ko Pa Pro Am presented by Linksoul !

Scottsdale, Arizona -Congratulations to  the team of PGA Professional Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and his amateur partners from Orchard Lake Country Club Kathleen Martin, LeeAnn Woodruff and Deborah Herpich on capturing the 2016 We Ko Pa Pro Am presented by Linksoul !

The event kicked off with the opening cocktail party on Sunday evening at the  We Ko Pa Resort & Conference Center. The We Ko Pa Resort & Conference Center is the only AAA Four Diamond resort with spa and casino in Scottsdale, located only 25 minutes from Scottsdale. They also have two of the top rated golf courses in Arizona, the Cholla Course and the Saguaro Course, which were in fantastic condition all week.

All of the participants received their tee gift package with 3 apparel pieces courtesy of Linksoul at this opening party.

The teams took to the Saguaro Course Monday morning in the 2 Net Best Ball Format. It was the team from Walnut Creek with professional Jared Cooper and his amateur partners Scott Schueller, Chad Bowles and Mark Petroff that took home top honors on Monday and jumped out to the early with a round of (-15 under ) 127.

It was in the second round on the Cholla Course that the team of PGA Professional Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and his amateur partners from Orchard Lake Country Club Kathleen Martin, LeeAnn Woodruff and Deborah Herpich made their move finishing first this day with a (-14 under par) round of 130 in the “One Gross / One Net” format.

This gave them a 6 shot advantage heading into the final round back on the Saguaro. They were able to put together a solid round of 135 ( -7 under)  which was good enough to capture the Overall Championship.

Finishing 5 shots back in second place overall we had the teams of professional Bill Wilson from Heritage Glen Golf Club and his amateur partners Don Gunden, Rick Depauw and Tim Cavanagh along with the team of professional Mark Matz from Scalawags Golf Club and his amateur partners Justin VandeVrede, Larry VandeVrede and Dale VandeVrede.

The team from Forest Lake Country Club with professional Dominick Izzo and his amateur partners Steve Dulieu, Richard O’Brien and Steve McGee  had the low round the final day with a score of (-12 under) 130.

We would like to thank our host site We Ko Pa Resort and Conference Center and all of their staff .The facilities and golf courses were excellent and provided a great venue for our pro am.

We would also like to thank Jim Dougherty and Linksoul for their sponsorship and support of this event and the Michigan PGA Section.