Archives for 2017

4 Michiganders head to Augusta National for the Drive, Chip & Putt Finals

 

Michigan was well represented at the Regional Drive Chip & Putt competition hosted at Muirfield Village. Four out of eight qualifiers for the National Drive Chip & Putt competition, to be hosted at Augusta National are Michigan Locals. Georgia Bosart, Allison Cui, PJ Maybank III, Josh Lavely will advance to compete on the Sunday before the Masters at Augusta National. These four individuals went through three very competitive rounds of qualifying to make it to this stage. Tens of thousands of kids enter into the Local Qualifiers throughout the nation, and only 80 will make it to Augusta. Michigan is proud to send four of our top competitors to enjoy a day full of competition, and fun amongst the top golf legends.

 

Georgia Bosart of Clarkston, Michigan came in first place in the Girls 10-11 Division with a dominating lead over the field. She scored 131 points and won by 23 points. Georgia entered her Local Qualifier at Hawk Hollow where she was able to secure first place and advance to the Sub Regional at Oakland University. At Oakland University Georgia placed in second and was the final qualifier for her age division to advance to Muirfield Village. After her dominating win at Muirfield Village, Georgia will now advance to Augusta National to compete with 10 other girls ages 10-11.

Allison Cui of Lansing, Michigan came in first place in the Girls 12-13 Division by one point. Allison Scored 134 points at Muirfield Village. Allison scored 34 points in Driving, after hitting one outside the grid. She scored 40 points in chipping. Allison had 74 points going into the putting; she needed to score big in order to advance. Allison sunk her first put, 25 more points. Her second putt was within one foot of the hole scoring her 20 more points. Allison headed into the last putt, knowing she needed to get the ball within 2 feet of the hole & she did just that, scoring her 15 more points for a grand total of 60 points in putting. Allison’s putting won her the competition.

PJ Maybank III of Cheboygan, Michigan came in first place in the Boys 12-13 Division by 8 points at Muirfield Village. PJ started the day with a commanding lead of 51 points in the Driving station. All three of PJ’s drives were between 220-230 yards, scoring him 17 points each. PJ was able to hold onto that lead throughout the day. PJ came in first place in the Driving competition, fourth place in the Chipping competitions and third place in Putting. PJ entered his Local Qualifier at Bay Meadows where he advanced to Battle Creek Country Club before competing at Muirfield Village. Now he will move onto the grand stage of Augusta National to compete against 10 other boys ages 12-13.

Josh Lavely of Kewadin, Michigan came in first place in the Boys 14-15 Division by 5 points at Muirfield Village. Josh, son of PGA Member Larry Lavely of A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, scored 38 points in Driving, 35 points in Chipping and 60 points in Putting for a total of 133 points. Josh started his journey to Augusta at the Local Qualifier at Bay Meadows. Josh was able to secure second place which bought him a ticket to the Sub-regional at Battle Creek Country Club where Josh scored an AMAZING 166 points just to put this in perspective there is only a maximum of 225 points available. Josh is among the youngest within his age division making this win even more special. Josh is currently only 13 but will turn 14 before the National Championship at Augusta. Josh has performed well over the last three competitions and we are excited to see his scores amongst the other 10 boys 14-15 year olds at Augusta.

Each National Qualifier will receive a complementary trip for themselves and one parent to Augusta National. The Drive, Chip & Putt competitions are completely free to compete in. To sign up for your chance at a trip & experience of a lifetime enter into your local qualifiers at drivechipandputt.com. The 2018 Local qualifying season will open in April of 2018.

Please help us wish all four of our Michiganders good luck & congratulate them on their continued success within the game of golf.
For a full list of results please visit drivechipandputt.com/results

 

  

Scott Hebert wins record 16th Michigan PGA Major

CANADIAN LAKES – It took one extra hole for Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club to defeat John Seltzer of Blythefield Country Club in the  Michigan PGA Section Match Play at Tullymore Resort and win his first Match Play Championship and record 16th Michigan Section major championship.

It was a great final match that went back and forth all day with great playing by both Scott and John. Scott was able to take a two up lead with birdies at #7 and #8, both players birdied #9 to make the turn with Scott still 2 up. After John made a great up and down at #10 to half he went on to birdie #11, #12 and #13 to take a 1 up lead. Scott won #14 with a par and they then traded birdies at #15 and #16 to head to #17 all square.

Both players made pars at #17  and #18 to force extra holes. Scott was able to hit is third shot in tight at the par 5 1st playoff hole. John’s birdie attempt slid by and Scott’s putt was conceded to give him the victory. This 16th Michigan PGA Section Major Championship victory surpasses both Al Watrous and Jeff Roth at 15 majors and makes Scott the all time leader for major Michigan Section victories by a Michigan PGA Club Professional. This also gives Scott the career grand slam as this was the final major he was missing in addition to the Michigan PGA  Professional Championship, Michigan Open Championship and the Tournament of Champions.

Scott Hebert has advanced to the finals with his (3 & 1) win over Lee Houtteman from Manitou Passage Golf Club Tuesday morning. It was a back and forth match that remained all square after Lee made birdie at #14. Scott then went on to take control of the match with birdies at both #15 and #16 to go 2 up. After Lee’s tee shot found the woods at #17 he conceded the match. Scott is looking for his first match play championship title.

John advanced to the finals by defeating  Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor Club in the morning 5 & 3.

The final 16 golfers that participated advanced from their chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at Tullymore for the Jim Picard Trophy and $3,500 first-place prize out of a $15,100 purse.

For bracket and results click HERE.

Two distinct world-class golf courses welcome golfers to Tullymore, including St. Ives and the award-winning Tullymore course designed by the renowned James Engh, which will play host to the play on Monday and Tuesday. Tullymore is a regular host of championship play, including the Tullymore Classic, which is part of the LPGA’s Symetra Tour.

The 36 holes of golf at Tullymore wind amid 800 acres of glacier-carved rolling Michigan woodlands and wetlands in the captivating Canadian Lakes area. The resort’s accommodations and amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, and two clubhouses with dining service options make for multiple reasons to visit and stay at Tullymore. Visitors choose from a getaway for two in the cozy inns, or a cottage, condominium or rental home.
The resort has won multiple awards and honors including being named Michigan’s No. 1 Golf Resort and one of the Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S. in the 2010 Golf World Readers’ Choice Awards. The Tullymore course has earned a five-star rating from Golf Digest several times since 2007 and has been ranked among the top 100 Greatest Courses in America multiple times.

The Michigan PGA Match Play Championship dates to 1980 and is considered one of the four major Michigan PGA championships along with the Michigan Open, Michigan PGA Professional Championship and Tournament of Champions.

Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director, and he can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com. Gallery is welcome free of charge. More information on Tullymore can be found at www.tullymoregolf.com.

Hebert and Seltzer advance to finals of the Michigan PGA Match Play at Tullymore Golf Resort

CANADIAN LAKES – The Michigan PGA Section Match Play at Tullymore Resort is down to the final two players as  Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club will face John Seltzer from Blythefield Country Club.

Finals: 12:00pm
Scott Hebert vs John Seltzer

Semi – Finals
8:00am – Lee Houtteman vs Scott Hebert ( Scott wins 3 & 1)
8:10am – Kyle Martin vs John Seltzer ( John wins 5 & 3)

Scott Hebert has advanced to the finals with his (3 & 1) win over Lee Houtteman from Manitou Passage Golf Club Tuesday morning. It was a back and forth match that remained all square after Lee made birdie at #14. Scott then went on to take control of the match with birdies at both #15 and #16 to go 2 up. After Lee’s tee shot found the woods at #17 he conceded the match. Scott is looking for his first match play championship title.

Scott Hebert will face off against John Seltzer in  the finals. John took control of his match early against Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor Club going 4 up thru 7 holes. John then holed out from 150 yards on the 11th hole for an eagle 2 to go 5 up. His conceded birdie (2) on hole #15 gave him the 5 & 3 victory. John is looking for his second Match Play Championship title as we won in 2009.

The final 16 golfers participating advanced from their chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at Tullymore for the Jim Picard Trophy and $3,500 first-place prize out of a $15,100 purse.

For bracket and results click HERE.

Two distinct world-class golf courses welcome golfers to Tullymore, including St. Ives and the award-winning Tullymore course designed by the renowned James Engh, which will play host to the play on Monday and Tuesday. Tullymore is a regular host of championship play, including the Tullymore Classic, which is part of the LPGA’s Symetra Tour.

The 36 holes of golf at Tullymore wind amid 800 acres of glacier-carved rolling Michigan woodlands and wetlands in the captivating Canadian Lakes area. The resort’s accommodations and amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, and two clubhouses with dining service options make for multiple reasons to visit and stay at Tullymore. Visitors choose from a getaway for two in the cozy inns, or a cottage, condominium or rental home.
The resort has won multiple awards and honors including being named Michigan’s No. 1 Golf Resort and one of the Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S. in the 2010 Golf World Readers’ Choice Awards. The Tullymore course has earned a five-star rating from Golf Digest several times since 2007 and has been ranked among the top 100 Greatest Courses in America multiple times.

The Michigan PGA Match Play Championship dates to 1980 and is considered one of the four major Michigan PGA championships along with the Michigan Open, Michigan PGA Professional Championship and Tournament of Champions.

Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director, and he can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com. Gallery is welcome free of charge. More information on Tullymore can be found at www.tullymoregolf.com.

Don’t Rory Be Happy Wins The Final Four in PGA JLG Post-Season

Don’t Rory Be Happy WINS!

Don’t Rory Be Happy won Michigan’s Final Four PGA Junior League Golf All-Star season event on Saturday, September 9th. Don’t Rory Be Happy was captained by Brian Stange and Tim Strickland. Their All-Star team was comprised of players from Barton Hills Country Club, Travis Point Country Club, Lakelands Golf & Country Club, Stonebridge, Ann Arbor Golf & Outing, Polo Fields Country Club and Radrick Farms Golf Course.

Don’t Rory Be Happy played against the All-Star Team, Birdie Bandits of Kalamazoo in the first round. They were able to clinch the first win and land them in the final two team where they faced the Beach Bum Birdies of Traverse City.  In the final round they rose to victory with 71/2 points over Beach Bum Birdie’s 4 ½ points.

Don’t Rory Be Happy will advance to represent Michigan in the Mideast Regional Finals held at Bridgewater Club in Carmel, Indiana on September 30th-October 1st. 

The teams had a FUN and beautiful day for golf. We would like to give a special thank you to all of the All-Star Captains for extending your season and continuing to help develop the game of golf! Thank you to Washtenaw Country Club for hosting the beautiful event & please help me wish Don’t Rory Be Happy GOOOOOD LUCK in the Mideast Regional Finals!

 

 

All Star Teams-Each All-Star team is made up of a combination of 10 players from the local league. Each All-Star team must have at least one player from each of the league’s teams. The remaining players on the team will be determined by the final league standings. No one team is allowed to have more than five players on a league’s All-Star team.

Post Season Structure-The post season is comprised of “All-Star” teams formed from all teams in a local league. The player composition of these All-Star teams is based on the number of teams in the local league and the final league standings. All-Star teams compete in a series of Sub-Regional competitions to earn a spot at one of eight Regionals held across the country, in order to advance to the PGA Junior League Championship. The eight Regional champions will then compete for the Championship

Roman / Roman win the rain shortened Sterling Cut Glass / Evolve Pro Assistant Championship

Traverse City, MI – With the forecast for rain all day and thunderstorms at times the teams knew going in that there was a chance the 36 hole Sterling Cut Glass /  Evolve Golf Pro Assistant Championship could be shortened to 18 holes. That is exactly what happened as The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort took on too much water Tuesday afternoon and became unplayable.

It was after the 3rd delay that the event was shortened to one round as all the teams had completed at least 18 holes by this point in this 36 hole continuous best ball event consisting of teams of one Professional and one Assistant from the same facility.

At the completion of one round we had 3 teams tied atop the leader board at 67 (-5).  The teams of Rick Slaght and Reed Black from Spring Meadows Country Club, Brian Dice and Mark Lahnala from Orchard Lake Country Club and the team of Jerry and Kyle Roman from Hidden River Golf & Casting Club would all head out for a sudden death playoff.

After playing the par 4 18th hole the teams from Orchard Lake and Hidden River advanced with pars. By then making par at the 1st hole the team of Jerry and Kyle Roman were able to capture their second Pro – Assistant Championship title.

38 teams competed this year in the Sterling Cut Glass / Evolve Golf Pro Assistant Championship at Grand Traverse Resort – The Bear. We would like to thank our sponsors this year – Sterling Cut Glass and Evolve Golf for their support of this event and for being onsite Tuesday.

We would also like to thank Grand Traverse Resort for all of their hard work in hosting this event . The golf course maintenance crew did a great job just keeping the course playable for most of the day to get the 18 holes in.

For final results and payout click HERE

Deiters / Goulding hot start propels win at the 2017 Earth Networks Senior Junior Championship

Ypsilanti, MI – To say that the team of professionals Jim Deiters from Midland Country Club and Brent Goulding from Prestwick Village Golf Club got off to a hot start would be an understatement. In the first round of the Earth Networks Senior Junior Championship at Washtenaw Golf Club they birdied 13 of their first 16 holes on route to an opening round of 59 ( -13).

33 teams participated Monday in this 36 hole best ball event consisting of one PGA Member ages 50 and over and one PGA Member under the age of 50.

After the opening round of 59 the team of Deiters and Goulding held a 6 shot lead heading into the afternoon round over the father son team of Jack Seltzer from the Jack Seltzer Golf Academy and John Seltzer from Blythefield Country Club.

That early lead proved to be enough as Deiters and Goulding went on to shoot a (-4) under par round of 68 in the afternoon, putting them at (-17), giving them a 3 shot victory and their first Senior Junior Championship title.

Making a charge with an afternoon round of 64 was the team of PGA Life member David Horstman and Matt Thompson from Marshall Country Club ,this put them in second place alone at (-14).

Finishing in a tie for 3rd at (-13) were the teams of Dave Kendall from the Kendall Golf Academy along with his partner Ian Ziska from Katke Golf Course at Ferris State and the father son team of Bill Mory from Meridian Sun and Chris Mory from Hawk Hollow.

We would like to thank our host site Washtenaw Golf Club and all of their staff. The golf course was in nice shape and a very enjoyable venue for this event.

We would also like to thank our sponsor Earth Networks. Earth Networks (formerly WeatherBug) works with clubs around Michigan for advanced lightning detection to prioritize member, guest, and staff safety. The Michigan Section has been using Earth Networks this year at all of our events for up to date radar info and text alerts, including during this event as we had a lightening delay during the afternoon round.

For final results and payouts click HERE

From Bag Shop to Champion: John Seltzer Wins Michigan PGA Professional Championship

FLINT – John Seltzer III, the head golf professional at Blythefield Country Club near Grand Rapids, made a two-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole and won the 96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship in storybook fashion at Flint Golf Club Wednesday.
Seltzer, whose story includes working as a bag shop employee at Flint Golf Club during his high school years in nearby Grand Blanc, bested Andrew Dodson of GolfTEC-Novi in the playoff at 7-under 209.
Seltzer and Dodson each shot 3-under 69 to set up the playoff, and then both made par on No. 18 the first playoff hole. They went to No. 1 where both had chip shots near the green to for their third shots. Seltzer pitched his from about 45 feet to two feet, and Dodson chipped from heavy rough just left of the green to about eight feet. Dodson’s birdie attempt faded past the hole and Seltzer knocked his in for the win.
“That was my third time in a playoff in this championship and it was nice to get one to go my way,” said the 38-year-old Seltzer, who was a playoff victim of Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club a year ago, and a victim of Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson in 2010.
“I grew up here, worked in the bag room, probably did a lot of stuff I shouldn’t have done while working in the bag room, but it is so nice to win it here at Flint Golf Club. I let that thought creep in a few times today out there. I thought I was out of it when I made bogey at 13, but then I birdied 15 and 16 and there I was in another playoff. It’s special to do it here, and really special to have my name on the (Gilbert A. Currie) the trophy with my dad. It’s really more than words can describe right now.”
John is the son of Jack (John) Seltzer Jr., a member of both the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame and the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame and the winner of the 1988 Michigan PGA Professional Championship. Jack, who currently lives in nearby Linden, played in this week’s championship as well (tie for 53rd), and followed his son after playing and through the playoff.
“Without question this is the best day of my golf life and I had nothing to do with what happened,” the 66-year-old proud father said. “For my son to win the championship, and win it here in Flint where he grew up – his mom (Pam) and I couldn’t be more proud. It feels fantastic.”
Dodson, 31 and originally from Garden City, was playing in his first Michigan PGA, and said his final putt was on the right line but not hard enough.
“My goal coming into the week was make the top 10, and late in the round I realized I had made that and the goal became now go out and win it,” he said. “I felt nerves all day, and I had a nervy swing on 17 and missed the green right and couldn’t get it up and down. Then John birdied there and it became basically match play.”
With the win and the trophy Seltzer won $6,700 and Dodson $4,700.
Three other golfers just missed the playoff, including Hebert, the defending champion and eight-time winner. He closed with a 67 for 210, as did Jim Deiters of Midland Country Club. Kevin Muir of The Wyndgate in Rochester, the co-leader heading into the final round, shot 73 for 210.
There was also a playoff to determine the 10 golfers who qualified for the 2018 PGA Professional National Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif. Hebert and Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club, Andrew Dodson’s younger brother, are already exempt. Hebert is in as a past winner, and Travis Dodson as a top 20 finisher this year in the Professional National Championship.
Seltzer will be going for the ninth time. Andrew Dodson will join his brother, and the others are Deiters and Muir, the 210 finishers with Hebert, Jim Troy of the Golf Performance Academy in Kalamazoo (211), Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth (212), Cody Haughton of Red Run in Royal Oak (212), host pro Scott Brotebeck of Flint Golf Club (212), Jordan Young of Fox Hills Learning Center (214) and Bob Ackerman of Bob Ackerman Golf Academy (214).
Young and Ackerman won a one-hole playoff over Gary Smithson of The Mines Golf Club in Grand Rapids and Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club for the final two spots. Smithson and Urban will be alternates.
The low 20 finishers at the Professional National Championship move on to play with the best golfers in the world at next year’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.

COMPLETE RESULTS: Can be found by clicking HERE

MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Johnson 616-560-8995, greggie24@hotmail.com

Kevin Muir of The Wyndgate, Cody Haughton of Red Run Share Lead in Michigan PGA

FLINT – Kevin Muir, a 54-year-old head golf professional at The Wyndgate in Rochester, and Cody Haughton, a 27-year-old assistant professional at Red Run in Royal Oak shared the lead through two rounds of the 96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship Tuesday at Flint Golf Club.
Haughton, using the power of patience finished with an eagle and birdie in his last three holes to shoot the tournament’s low round of 5-under 67 to check in at 7-under 137.
Muir used a hot putter in shooting a 68 to make his way to 137.
They will be in the final group of the final round Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. with Jim Troy of the Golf Performance Academy in Kalamazoo, a 36-year-old former mini-tour player who shot 69 for 138.
The cut to the low 60 scorers and ties fell at 151 with 64 players moving on. A purse of $54,400 and the Gilbert A. Currie Trophy is at stake, as well as the determination of the players who qualify for the 2018 PGA Professional Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif.
The low 10 finishers Wednesday join already exempt players Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club and Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club at Bayonet Black Horse. The low 20 finishers there move on to play with the best golfers in the world at next year’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.
Seven golfers are within five shots of the lead shared by Haughton and Muir, including Troy.
John Seltzer of Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, last year’s runner-up, shot 69 for 140, three off the lead. Also at 140 were Jordan Young of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, who shot 72, and Andrew Dodson of GolfTEC-Novi, who shot 71.
Three more golfers were at 142 – Bob Ackerman of Ackerman Golf Academy, who shot 71, Steven Vecellio of Birmingham Country Club, who shot 73, and the host pro at Flint Golf Club, Scott Brotebeck, who shot 73.
Hebert, the defending champion, was at 143 after a 72. Also there and fighting for the top 10 are Rick Slaught of Spring Meadows in Linden, who shot 72, Jim Dieters of Midland Country Club, who shot 73, and Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills, who shot 72.
Muir is a veteran of six trips to the PGA Professional Championship. In the last few years he has struggled with his putter and wasn’t counting on making the trip. He is qualified for the Senior PGA Professional Championship.
“But this week I’m feeling something,” he said. “Something is working.”
A week ago he was playing a round of golf with one of his assistants, Rod Sowders, who suggested a small grip change with his putter.
“The ball is going in the hole,” Muir said. “I’m making some 20 footers, and made like a 40-footer from the back of the green on 17. At 7 I made a 20-footer for birdie and that was a good one into the wind today. I trickled a few in, too, and putted well yesterday.”
He hopes to keep it going in the final round and win a major Michigan title for the first time in his career.
“All I can do it control what I do,” he said. “I’m a veteran at this so I know nothing ever comes easy. I’m going to go out and hopefully roll it well again. This is more of a position golf course, and I do hit fairways with my driver a lot. I feel like I have a chance to win it.”
Haughton just missed going to the national championship last year and said it fueled his fire for this year’s tournament.
“This is my first time in the last group of a tournament ever,” he said. “I played a lot of junior golf, but didn’t play in college (Ferris State University Professional Golf Management Program). This is my fourth year since graduating and I’ve learned how the PGA circuit works and really have gotten back into competitive golf.”
He long ago learned patience helped in the game, and that paid off in his 67 after he started with nine consecutive pars.
“I thought a lot of them could have gone in,” he said. “I left four putts short right in the hole and one lipped out. But then I made some on the back. The eagle on 16 was with my putter, probably 40 feet off the back fringe, and I birdied 18. That’s the game. You have some that don’t go in, and then some that do go in. You have to be patient and wait for things to unfold.”

COMPLETE RESULTS: Can be found by clicking HERE

MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Johnson 616-560-8995, greggie24@hotmail.com

 

Jordan Young of Fox Hills Drives in Front at Michigan PGA Professional Championship

FLINT – Jordan Young of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth found his missing driver for the first time this year and the result was the lead through the first round of the 96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship at Flint Golf Club Monday.
No, the club wasn’t missing. The 46-year-old teaching professional was just missing fairways with it, but remedied that in the first round for a 4-under 68 and one shot lead on five golfers in the $54,400, 54-hole championship for Michigan PGA Section members.
“I had been missing the driver all summer, but I drove it well and took advantage of it,” he said. “I did something a little different with it and it worked today. I got off to a good start, five birdies in my first 10 holes, and then really didn’t get much to go after that. But it was a good start. It’s nice to get a good start.”
The five golfers one shot behind at 69 included Scott Brotebeck, Flint Golf Club’s head professional, the host for this week’s championship.
“I kept the ball in play today and hit a lot of greens,” Brotebeck said. “I didn’t make a lot of putts for shooting 69, but being the host pro and having our facility here hosting, I’m happy to start with a 69. I will take three of them actually.”
The others 69 shooters were Steven Vecellio of Birmingham Country Club, Andrew Dodson of GolfTEC-Novi, Jim Troy of the Golf Performance Academy in Kalamazoo and Kevin Muir of The Wyndgate in Rochester Hills.
Two past champions with multiple wins were in a group of four golfers at 70 – three-time champion Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center and two-time champion Barry Redmond of Crooked Tree in Petoskey.
The others at 70 were Jim Dieters of Midland Country Club and Cody Haughton of Red Run in Royal Oak.
Defending champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, an eight-time winner, was among the 13 golfers who shot 71.
Just 23 golfers in the starting field of 132 were under par 72. A cut will be made to the low 60 scorers and ties after Tuesday’s second round.
Young, whose best finish in the section championship is a second place, said the big turning point for him was chipping in off a hard-pan lie at the par 4 No. 14.
“I had just bogeyed 13 so that got me back to 1-under and then I birdied 16 and 18, and then 1 to start my second nine,” he said. “I hit the flag stick at No. 1. I just didn’t get anything else to drop coming in on the rest of the front.”
He said the rough right around the greens is especially long and tough.
“Our group almost lost a couple of balls right off the green,” he said. “It’s a tough shot from it because it’s long and laying down. You chunk it out of there on the green and hope it trickles close.”
Brotebeck said he thought the course would play tougher than most people were thinking in tournament condition.
“I’ve just seen it happen before,” he said. “This golf course can get you.”
Like, like the other players in the field, Brotebeck has his eyes on a top 10 finish that qualifies for next year’s PGA Professional National Championship.
“It’s been 10 years since I made it to the national club pro, 2007, and I’ve knocked the door the last few years, but it just hasn’t opened all the way,” said the 43-year-old who is in his fourth year at Flint GC. “Hopefully this week with a little home course advantage, and with the way I’m striking the ball right now, I will be in there on Wednesday fighting for it.”

COMPLETE RESULTS: Click HERE
MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Johnson 616-560-8995, greggie24@hotmail.com

96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship starts Monday at Flint Golf Club

FLINT – The 96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship is Monday through Wednesday at Flint Golf Club, and in addition to being a state championship for Michigan golf professionals it serves as the starting point on the road to major championship golf.
Eight-time champion and the defending champion Scott Hebert, the head golf professional at Traverse City Golf & Country Club, heads the field of 132 professionals in the $54,400 championship on the storied Flint Golf Club course designed by famed architect Willie Park Jr.
A cut will be made to the low 60 scorers and ties after Tuesday’s second round in the 54-hole championship. The low 10 golfers at the end of the tournament, along with Hebert and Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club who are exempt from qualification, will play in the 2018 PGA Professional National Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif., next June 17-20. The low 20 finishers from that national event move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis., Mo.
Hebert (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’14, ’16) is one of 11 former Michigan PGA champions in the field, including 2015 champion Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club, three-time winner Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center (1996, 2000, 2013), two-time winner Steve Brady of Oakland Hills Country Club (1993, ’95), two-time winner Barry Redmond of Crooked Tree Golf Club (1990, ’92), Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson (2010), Joe Pollack of Golf Cars Plus (2004), Tom Harding of Kendall Golf Academy (1997), Jack Seltzer of Jack Seltzer Golf Academy (1988), John Traub of Berkley (1984) and Randy Erskine of Rochester (1978).
Flint Golf Club dates to 1910 as a social club, and the course was opened in 1919. Park, a two-time British Open champion turned designer, fashioned a parkland golf course that has stayed true to its roots over the years. It can play as long as 6,671 yards at par 72. Somewhat unique to the Park design are five par-3 and five par 5 holes.
Flint Golf Club is hosting the Michigan PGA Professional Championship for the first time. It has been a regular host to Golf Association of Michigan tournaments over the years, including the 2001 Michigan Amateur Championship, and it has also hosted golf legends. Sam Snead set the course record in June 1963 shooting a 61. Flint Golf Club also hosted the PGA Carling Open in 1957 won by Paul Harney.
Flint Golf Club’s staff is headed by General Manager Troy Stieve. Scott Brotebeck is the head PGA Professional and the Superintendent is Jim Moore.
Last year Hebert made state golf history in a rain-shortened tournament when the former PGA Professional National Champion (2008) made a 12-foot par-saving putt on the first playoff hole against John Seltzer of Blythefield Country Club and won at Egypt Valley Country Club near Grand Rapids.
Hebert’s eighth Michigan PGA Professional win put him just one short of the all-time record of nine set by Michigan legend Al Watrous, and last year’s win also was his 15th major Michigan PGA title, which tied him with 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.
The Michigan PGA Professional Championship dates to 1922 and past champions include Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Jimmy Demaret, Chick Harbert and Horton Smith.

The Michigan PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, TaylorMade-adidas, Golf Advisor and the PGA Tour.

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Gallery is welcome. Parking and admission are free. More information on Flint Golf Club is available at flintgolfclub.com.

CONTACTS: Justin Phillips, tournament director from the Michigan PGA, can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com. The media contact is Greg Johnson. He can be reached at 616-560-8995 or greggie24@hotmail.com.