Archives for March 2017

Michigan PGA Spring Meeting/Teaching Summit Well Attended!

East Lansing,  MI – The Section held its Spring Meeting on Monday, March 27 with over 320 members and apprentices in attendance. President Ron Osborne welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests John Allen, Legal Counsel, Pete Bevacqua, CEO PGA of America, Duane Bucklin, Tiffany, Marlee & Myles Eckert, Folds of Honor, Frank Chieppa, PGA, Player Development Regional Manager, David Graham, GAM, Tim Marks, PGA Employment Consultant, Sabrina Potterpin, and all Past Presidents in attendance. Jim Dewling delivered the invocation and remembered deceased Honorary Member Dr. Lowell LeClair.

After Ms. Potterpin sang a wonderful rendition of our national anthem, Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua provided updates on National activities. With Executive Director Kevin Helm being the facilitator, Pete, along with President Ron Osborne and District 5 Director John Lindert, fielded questions from the membership in a town hall session for the remainder of the morning session.

After a short break, Honorary President Doug White oversaw a candidate’s forum with John Pershern and Wally Sierakowski talking about their desire to run for the office of Secretary.

Business discussions included information from PGA Employment Consultant Tim Marks, Growth of the Game Chair Joe Simpson and Tournament Chair John Seltzer. Special Awards Chair Doug Kreis announced the 2017 Special Awards winners. David Graham from the Golf Association of Michigan talked about the Youth on Course Program whereby juniors can play golf at participating courses for $5.00 or less.

As part of the Patriot Golf Day report, Chair Kevin McKinley introduced Tiffany Eckert, who each gave an emotional speech and thanked PGA members for their continued support of the organization. Duane Bucklin awarded the top Michigan performers an official Brock Bucklin Challenge coin.

Thanks to PGA National Resort & Spa for hosting the meeting and for sponsoring the luncheon.

The 5th Michigan PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit began Monday afternoon which featured Jim Hackenberg, PGA, from Orange Whip, and also Mark Blackburn, PGA, founder of Blackburn Golf, and authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine spoke about “Critical Thinking/Coaching”. Daniel Wolocko, Director of Mercy Elite Sports Performance & Therapy, talked about “Training Lateral vs. Vertical Power”.

Tuesday featured Jason Sutton, PGA, Director of Instruction at the prestigious Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on the “Evolution of Teaching”, along with Jason Carbone, PGA, Director of Instruction at Baltusrol Golf Club, in “What I’ve Learned from the Best”.

The afternoon also featured discussion by leading Michigan Section teachers Jason Guss, Brandon Roby and Kelly Sivier. The discussion was moderated by Charley Vandenberg.

Approximately 140 members and apprentices attended the 1 ½ day Summit.

Thank you to Jim Hackenberg of Orange Whip for their sponsorship.

East Lansing, MI – We are excited to announce that Daniel Wolocko, the Director of Mercy Elite Sports Performance and Therapy at St. Mary Mercy in Livonia will present “Training Lateral vs. Vertical Power in the Golf Swing” at the upcoming Michigan PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit. Daniel will present the fist day of the summit ,Monday March 27. 

Please see the article and more info below on Mercy Elite,  a proud sponsor of the Michigan PGA

Recover from Injury or Enhance Your Game with MercyElite

Golf has seen a shift in how players prepare and maintain their bodies. Players are more powerful, more athletic and better equipped to perform. MercyElite Sports Performance offers golfers opportunities to enhance their game with golf-specific training. All of MercyElite’s trainers are Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified and experienced with the body movements required in a golf swing. TPI certification ensures that MercyElite trainers can quickly identify physical restrictions that may impact a player’s swing and make recommendations to improve limitations, develop conditioning programs and prevent injury.

“Golfers need efficient body movements,” said Dan Wolocko, PT, SCS, CSCS, director, sports performance and physical therapy, MercyElite. “MercyElite can help golfers recovering from an injury, looking to improve distance or enhance swing technique.”

MercyElite provides golf-specific exercises that help:
• Improve distance
• Eliminate swing faults
• Enhance swing technique
• Relieve pain
• Score better

MercyElite Sports Performance is the sports medicine service of St. Mary Mercy Livonia, a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. For more information, visit or call 734-655-8240.

For more info on the upcoming Michigan PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit please click HERE

Registration is now open for the 100th playing of the Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive

Bath, MI – The Michigan PGA Section is excited to announce that registration is now open for  100th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group. Please mark your calendars as the Championship returns to Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, MI and will take place on June 12-15, 2017. I encourage you to look at qualifying in what will be the historic 100th playing of this event

Championship Site
We are excited as this will be the fourth year that the Championship will be held at Prestwick Village Golf Club, which is located just north of Milford in Highland Township. Prestwick Village Golf Club provided a great championship atmosphere the last three years and will do the same again this year. Award-winning and internationally renowned architect Ron Garl designed the championship course. The club’s stellar and expansive 26-acre practice facility was selected as a 2012 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Range in the Private Category by PGA Magazine.

Championship Sponsor
We excited to announce that LaFontaine Automotive Group in Highland, MI one of 18 LaFontaine Automotive Group franchises in nine locations across southeast Michigan – is once again the presenting sponsor of the event. LaFontaine will once again be adding to the Championship experience by providing lunch to all the players and caddies at Prestwick Village Golf Club.

The LaFontaine  dealership is located at 4000 West Highland Road in Highland Township, features the famous “LaFontaine Family Deal,” which offers its customers more than the best price on a new or pre-owned vehicle. It also offers the attitude and approach to business developed and nurtured by the LaFontaine family since the company founding in 1980.

For more info on LaFontaine Automotive Group please visit their website at .

Qualifying / Entry Info
For online registration, click HERE. Please make sure that you click on one of the Qualifier and not the actual Championship to register.
Please note the following qualifiers:

Sunday, May 21
Eagle Eye Golf Club ,Bath

Tuesday, May 23
Country Club of Lansing
Oakland U – Sharf, Rochester

Tuesday, May 30
Detroit Golf Club – North Course

Wednesday, May 31
Quail Ridge Golf Club, Grand Rapids
Forest Lake Country Club ( PGA Members Only)

Sunday, June 4
Black Lake Golf Club, Onaway

Saturday, June 10, (3 Spot Qualifier)
Flint Elks Golf Club
(Can be used as 1st or 2nd Attempt – 2nd Attempt is $105)

The entry fees are as follows:
Amateur – $180
PGA Professional – $205
Non-PGA Professional – $355

Entry Procedure:
Due to PCI Compliance (secure handling of credit card information) no credit card information can be entered by staff into the Section computer system. Below are the ways in which you can enter :

• Enter online through
• Mail in the entry form and a check to the PO Box listed on the entry form

The Entry Deadline is Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00pm (No Exceptions).

Male Golfers who have established and maintained a Domicile in the State of Michigan (60) sixty days prior to the Championship or any Michigan Section Member in good standing having been employed for no less than (60) sixty days at a recognized golf facility prior to the Championship. Life Member / Retired Member must be a member of the Michigan Section 60 days prior to the Championship. Upon request, must provide three (3) documents to prove Domicile.

For more information and a printable entry form click HERE