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2017 Michigan PGA Junior Championship

 

2017 Michigan PGA Junior Championship

This week was exciting for Junior Golf! The Michigan PGA Junior Championship hosted at Bedford Valley Golf Club gives juniors all over the state of Michigan a chance to compete for two spots in the National Junior PGA Championship at The Country Club of St. Albans (Missouri, near St. Louis). This event brings in the top golfers from all over the state of Michigan. The divisions consisted of Boys 12 & Under, Boys-13-15, Boys 16-18, Girls 12 & Under; Girls 13-15, Girls 16-18 The 12 & Under division played 18 holes while the other divisions battled it out for 36 holes for two spots per gender. The Overall Champion (13-18) would be crowned after 36 holes and moving on to the Junior PGA Championship.

 After day one we had some amazing scores from the overall boys division (13-18) the competitors James Piot (18) our defending champion had a strong start to take lead at 69 (-3). Not far from the lead we had three boys, Justin Kapke(18), James Staab(18) & Ben Smith(17) card a 71 (-1).

In the girls Overall division (13-18) we had Anika Dy (15) and Mikaela Schulz (15) both card a 74 (+2) for the first round. Both girls were even par on holes 1-9, and they would leave it up to day two to determine a victor.

We had some great scores for day two, quite a few players under par! Our Overall Boys victor rose with a two day total of 137 (-7) James Piot broke away and separated himself from the pack. He won by 3 strokes over Sean Niles who carded a two day total of 140. James Piot and Sean Niles will both be advancing to the National Championship in Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course in St. Albans, Missouri on July 31st -August 3rd 2017.

The Division winners consisted of:

Overall: James Piot-137 (-7)

 Runner Up Sean Niles-140 (-2)

Boys 13-15

  1. Xavier Lee-150 (+6)
  2. Edward Shen-152 (+8)
  3. Yoqi Zhou-160 (+16)

 

Boys 16-18

  1. James Piot-137 (-7)
  2. Sean Niles-140 (-4)
  3. Brendan O’Rourke-141 (-3)

 

For the Overall Girls Division Mikaela Schutz carded another consistent 74 (+2) to be crowned the Overall Champion over Anika Dy who carded a 78 (+4) Both Mikaela and Anika will be advancing to the National Championship at Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course in St. Albans, Missouri on on July 18-21, 2017.  

The Division winners consisted of:

Overall: Mikaela Schutz -148 (+4)

Runner Up: Anika Dy-152 (+6)

Girls 13-15

  1. Mikaela Shutz- 148 (+4)
  2. Anika Dy- 152 (+6)
  3. Maggie Pietila- 159 (+11)

Girls 16-18

  1. Cailey Rooker 156 (+13)
  2. Annie Pietila 159 (+15)
  3. Naomi Keyte 161 (+17)

 

Full results available here: https://mipga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mipga17/event/mipga1719/index.htm?

Final birdie Lifts Flushing’s Lindsey McPherson to Michigan Women’s Open Title

THOMPSONVILLE – Lindsey McPherson of Flushing made a 12-foot birdie putt on her favorite hole at Crystal Mountain Resort to win her favorite tournament, the Michigan Women’s Open Championship.
The 24-year-old second-year professional and former Michigan State golfer shot a closing 3-under 69 for a final 8-under 208 Wednesday on the Mountain Ridge course, one shot better than Honolulu professional Marissa Chow, who closed with a 72 for 209.
“I honestly may have blacked out a little bit on 18,” said McPherson, who won $6,000 and moves about 90 miles to play in the Symetra Tour’s Tullymore Classic at Tullymore Golf Resort starting Friday.
“I knew exactly what it was for. I knew I had to make it to win. I knew she hit a great (birdie) putt and slipped out the edge. I knew I had to make it. I’m not sure how I pulled the putter back, but I had the right line and it went in.”
McPherson, who has played in the Michigan Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain eight times since age 16, made three birdies in the first five holes, then made a bogey on No. 6 and a double-bogey on No. 7, a hole she said always gives her problems.
“We are not friends yet,” she said.
The up-and-down round continued with a birdie on 8, a bogey on 10 and a birdie on 11.
Chow, who had a two-shot lead on McPherson to start the day, made just three bogeys for the whole tournament, but two came in the final round and one at the par 3 No. 17 hole where she lost a one-shot lead she had held for much of the day.
Heavy rain started as they waited for the green to clear for tee shots on 17, and Chow said she may have hurried because of it. The result was a pulled shot into a bunker left of the green, and what she described as a fried egg lie. She gouged the sand shot on to the edge of the green and two-putted for bogey.
“Nothing you can do,” Chow said. “I think I just got a little fast with the rain, but no excuses. I hit that. It was no one else’s fault.”
That sent them down 18 where McPherson, one of the longer hitters in the field, has had great success on the downhill finishing par 5.
“For some reason the 18th hole sets up well to my eye,” she said. “I was not worried about the tee shot or second shot at all, and just looking at the putt I tried to focus on my line and get the ball to the hole. I tried to keep it as simple as possible and not let too many things run through my head.”
Chow, 23 and a former West Coast Conference individual champ while at Pepperdine, won $4,500 for second and as of Tuesday night was first alternate into the field at Tullymore. She said McPherson earned the win.
“She had some good holes, she had some bad holes, but she never stopped fighting and that’s what it takes to win,” she said. “Congratulations to her. She made a nice birdie on 18 to win, and I just missed mine.”
McPherson said it was her first win since high school.
“I never won in college, never in the (Golf Association of Michigan), though I did take second in the GAM Championship and the (Michigan Women’s Amateur) in 2014,” she said.
“This really honestly means everything to me. I tell everybody every single year that this is my favorite tournament, so to get the win here, first professional win here at Crystal Mountain, it means everything. That trophy will not be out of my sight any time soon.”
She said the win will give her a lot of confidence playing on the Symetra Tour.
“It lets me know that I can hang,” she said. “I’m ready to throw some under-par rounds up on the tour and keep it steady.”
Chow said despite losing by a shot, she was happy she made her first trip to Michigan.
“The conditions here are just beautiful,” she said. “Everything was manicured. This is my first time in Michigan, and it’s beautiful at Crystal Mountain.”
Jillian Hollis, a University of Georgia golfer from Rocky River, Ohio, was low amateur with a 74 for 215 and a tie for seventh.
Defending champion and Michigan Golf Hall of Famer Suzy Green-Roebuck shot 77 for 227 and a tie for 25th.
Pros Hannah Arnold of Lufkin, Texas, who shot 72, and Casey Danielson of Osceola, Wis., who shot 74, tied for third at 213.
Pro Liz Nagle of DeWitt shot 71 for 215 and a tied for seventh.

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Flushing’s Lindsey McPherson in the Mix at Michigan Women’s Open

THOMPSONVILLE – Lindsey McPherson, a second-year professional from Flushing, considers the Michigan Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain Resort a family reunion of sorts.
“It’s the only tournament all year where I have my grandma, grandpa, mom and my dad with me,” she said. “Even my dog came, so the whole family was here. We love Crystal Mountain and the Michigan Women’s Open.”
The family watched as McPherson, a former Michigan State standout now on the Symetra Tour, shot a 4-under-par 68 in the second round to stand at 5-under 139, just two shots off the lead of Hawaii’s Marissa Chow.
Chow whose last win was the West Coast Conference Championship in 2015 playing for Pepperdine University, also shot 68, but for 7-under 137 with a birdie-birdie finish to her round.
Recent Stanford University graduate, Casey Danielson of Osceola, Wis., shot 69 and was tied with McPherson in second at 139.
Sarah Hoffman of Saline, a Symetra Tour player, shot 72 and was among three golfers tied at 141, four shots off the lead. The others were pro Hannah Arnold of Lufkin, Texas, who shot 68, and 71-shooting amateur Jillian Hollis of Rocky River, Ohio, who plays college golf at the University of Georgia.
Kristin Coleman, a Symetra Tour player from Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., and the first round leader, shot 74 for 142.
Defending champion Suzy Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor, who shot 71, touring pro Liz Nagle of DeWitt, who shot 72, and pro Hailey Hrynewich of Norton Shores, who shot 71, were all part of the crowd at even par 144.
The 36-hole cut to the low 70 and ties fell at 155. The remaining 72 players will one more round Wednesday to determine the winner of the $40,000 open state championship.
McPherson, 24, said she was happy with her first two rounds in the tournament because she has been in what she called a mini-slump while playing on the Symetra Tour.
“Normally when I come here, I feel like I try to overpower the course, but the past couple of days I haven’t felt like I had a lot of power in my drives,” she said. “I was just kind of letting things happen, and I think that might be making a difference.”
McPherson has one top-10 finish on the Symetra Tour, and planned from the start of the year to play the three Symetra Tour events in Michigan as well as the Women’s Open.
“Really wouldn’t miss this,” she said. “I’m getting my footing on the Symetra Tour. I’m playing better this week. We’ll see where we go from here.”
Chow said she is not thinking about holding the lead.
“There’s plenty more golf out there,” she said. “You can always improve the next day, so I keep going for it, and keep grinding to the very end.”
She said she has focused on the beauty of Crystal Mountain and playing shot by shot.
“I’m staying in the present,” she said. “I can’t control anyone else. You do it, or you don’t. I do feel like my game is moving in the right direction.”
Danielson, who is playing in her first professional tournament, finished with the shot of the day, a 3-metal second shot to the par 5 No. 17 hole from 230 yards out.
“It was in a divot, so I just wanted it to go straight,” she said of the shot that ended up inside two feet from the hole. “It was a good finish to the round.
She has accepted a sponsor’s exemption to the LPGA Tour tournament (Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic) in Green Bay, Wis., next week.
“I played pretty steady, but I have more birdies in me,” she said. “I can’t remember the last thing I won. I had a lot of top 5s and top 10s this year in college. I never could quite get the win. Maybe I turn pro and that is where I win.”

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Saline’s Sarah Hoffman One Shot off Lead at Michigan Women’s Open Championship

THOMPSONVILLE – Sarah Hoffman of Saline is headed with the Symetra Tour to Tullymore Golf Resort in Canadian Lakes this weekend, but she made sure to stop in first at Crystal Mountain Resort and play the Michigan Women’s Open Championship.
“It’s one of my favorite tournaments,” she said after shooting a 3-under 69 on the Mountain Ridge course to stand one shot off the lead of fellow Symetra Tour player Kristin Coleman of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., through the first round of the $40,000 championship at Crystal Mountain Resort.
“The course is always in great shape, and it is fun to play up here. I’m going to Tullymore, but I didn’t want to miss the Michigan Open.”
Hoffman, 27, is a former Grand Valley State standout who started a career in nursing and then opted to take her professional golf shot a year ago. She has played sparingly this year because of a shoulder injury, but worked through it Monday with three consecutive birdies at holes 6, 7 and 8 to power her bogey-free 69.
“I’m very happy with 3-under,” she said. “I could have had a couple more putts drop, but overall I’m thrilled with it and I did putt well. My drives were not spectacular, but I stayed in play. It was a good start.”
Hoffman was tied with Marissa Chow of Honolulu, Hawaii, a former Pepperdine All-American for second, and seven golfers, including touring pro Samantha Troyanovich of Grosse Pointe Shores and Michigan State University freshman-to-be Yurika Tanida of Tokyo, were next at 70.
Lindsey McPherson of Flushing, another Michigan touring pro, was part of seven golfers who shot 71, and defending champion Suzy Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor and DeWitt touring pro Liz Nagel were part of a large group at 72.
The field of 114 will play 18 more holes Tuesday to determine the low 70 scorers and ties for the 36-hole cut. The final round in the 54-hole championship is Wednesday.
Coleman, 24, is the twin sister of Jenny Coleman, who finished second in the Michigan Women’s Open last year and is now on the LPGA Tour. The former University of Colorado golfer made a birdie at the par 3 No. 17 hole with a 9-iron shot to 12-feet to take the lead.
“I got off to a good start, hit the ball pretty good and made a couple of putts,” she said.
It’s her third time playing in the Michigan Women’s Open, and the plan is to make the LPGA Tour just like her sister, who is younger by one minute.
“I like the golf course here and I have a great host family,” she said. “It’s right between tournaments (on the Symetra Tour), so it works out great.”
Chow, 23, was happiest that her round included no bogeys.
“I was just really steady and it is nice to start solid and just play my game,” she said. “It’s day one. There is plenty more golf to be played.”
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CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN HOSTS MICHIGAN WOMEN’S OPEN STARTING MONDAY

THOMPSONVILLE – Defending champion Suzy Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor, who was recently inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, is returning as Crystal Mountain Resort will host the Michigan Women’s Open for the 15th consecutive time starting Monday on the Mountain Ridge Golf Course.

The 24th edition of the championship, which does not require Michigan residency, will feature an international field of 113 golfers, including professionals and amateurs representing 21 states and three countries.

The field will play 54 holes of stroke play over three days to determine the champion with a cut after the first two rounds to the low 70 scorers and ties. The professionals will play for a share of the $40,000 purse.

The championship is administered by the Michigan Section of the PGA of America, and the field typically includes the top professionals and amateurs with Michigan ties as well as LPGA Symetra Tour players and mini-tour professionals from across the country and other nations as well. The Symetra Tour is in Michigan, headed next for the June 30 – July 2 Tullymore Classic at Tullymore Resort in Canadian Lakes.

Green-Roebuck, a mother of three who won a record third Michigan Open at the age of 49 a year ago, said she always looks forward to playing at Crystal Mountain. Her father, Pete Green, caddies for her on what becomes a family trip up north. They are the first parent-child combination in Michigan’s Golf Hall of Fame.

“I don’t have many opportunities to compete any longer, so this one is special and now more special because I really had a great tournament last year,” she said. “I proved to myself I can still play, and that all the years of practicing and working on my game that I put in when I was younger still pay off.”

A large number of new names are entered this year, but also some very familiar players.

Symetra Tour player Laura Kueny, the former Michigan State standout and 2011 champion, is in, as are former LPGA Tour players and Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members Elaine Crosby of Jackson and Sue Ertl, a Grand Rapids native now teaching in Florida. Crosby won the Michigan Open in 2001 and 2002 after her long and successful LPGA Tour career.

Many of Michigan’s top golfers are also lined up to play, including 2014 Michigan Amateur champion Jennifer Elsholz of Grand Rapids, who is now a professional, and last summer’s Golf Association of Michigan champion, Anna Kramer of Spring Lake.

Grand Blanc’s Shasta Averyhardt, who now lives in Florida, Saline’s Sarah Hoffman and Lindsey McPherson of Flushing, all making the rounds on the professional circuit, are entered, as are the Shipley sisters from Hastings — Gabrielle, who is a professional, and Sarah, an amateur who plays at the University of Kentucky.

Michigan State women’s golf coach Stacy Slobodnik, the low amateur a year ago and another recent inductee into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame with Green-Roebuck, is also in the field.

Crystal Mountain Resort was established in 1956, and is a family-owned, four-season resort that is nationally recognized for its skiing, golf and award-winning spa.

Located in northwest-lower-Michigan, a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, 36 holes of championship golf, Michigan’s only alpine slide, an outdoor water playground, a variety of lodging and dining options, countless year-round activities and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa. See www.crystalmountain.com .

As always, the Michigan Women’s Open offers free parking and admission. Spectators are welcome and can be shuttled to various spots on the course.

Tee times, scoring links other information can be found at www.michiganpgagolf.com. Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director and available at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com.

Media contact: Greg Johnson, 616-560-8995, greggie24@hotmail.com

Scott Hebert Secures Spot in the 99th PGA Championship

Congratulations Scott Hebert!

Scott Hebert

SUNRIVER, OR – June 19: Scott Hebert hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during Round Two of the 50th PGA Professional Championship held at Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort on June 19, 2017 in Sunriver, Oregon. (Photo by Traci Edwards/PGA of America)

 

Hebert shot 2-over for 289 at the 2017 PGA Professional Championship and secured a spot with the top 20 PGA Professionals at the 99th PGA Championship, August 10-13, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hebert, the 48 year old Head Professional at Traverse City Golf and Country Club, will be making his fifth career PGA Championship appearance (2007, ’08, ’09, ’10, ‘17) at Quail Hollow.


Omar Uresti Leads Contingent of 20 PGA Club Professionals to Play the 99th PGA Championship

By John Dever
PGA of America

SUNRIVER, ORE. (June 21, 2017) – Omar Uresti of Austin, Texas, who won the 2017 PGA Professional Championship in a playoff on Wednesday, will lead a contingent of 20 PGA Professionals to the 99th PGA Championship, August 10-13, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A 48-year-old PGA Life Member, Uresti will be playing in his third consecutive PGA Championship after edging Dave McNabb of Newark, Delaware on the second playoff hole at Crosswater Club.

Uresti’s string of three straight PGA Championship berths is tied with Matt Dobyns of Glen Head, New York for the longest active streak among PGA Club Professionals. Dobyns (2012, ’15-17) will be playing in his fourth PGA Championship this August.

McNabb, the PGA Head Professional at Applewood Golf Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania will be making his third career PGA Championship appearance (2013, ’14, ‘17) at Quail Hollow.

By earning a trip to Quail Hollow, Mike Small of Champaign, Illinois punched the 10th PGA Championship ticket of his career, first since 2013.

Stuart Deane of Arlington, Texas and David Muttitt of Albuquerque, New Mexico earned the final two PGA Championship exemptions available this week, as they emerged from a tense eight-player playoff.

For Muttitt, it was the second straight year he emerged with a PGA Championship exemption via a playoff after the PGA Professional Championship.

Eight of the 20 PGA Club Professionals at Quail Hollow in August will be making their PGA Championship debuts.

PLAYER

HOMETOWN

CLUB/FACILITY

PGA SECTION

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE

Alex Beach

Summit, N.J.

Baltusrol G.C.

New Jersey

None

Rich Berberian Jr.

Hooksett, N.H.

Vesper C.C.

New England

2016

Jamie Broce

Ottawa Hills, Ohio

College Coach

Northern Ohio

2014

Paul Claxton

Claxton, Ga.

PGA Life Member

Georgia

None

Stuart Deane

Arlington, Texas

University of Texas-Arlington

Northern Texas

2014

Matt Dobyns

Glen Head, N.Y.

Fresh Meadow C.C.

Metropolitan

2012, ’15, ’16

Greg Gregory

Joshua, Texas

Hidden Creek G.C.

Northern Texas

None

Jaysen Hansen

Solon, Ohio

Beechmont C.C.

Northern Ohio

None

Scott Hebert

Traverse City, Mich.

Traverse City G.&C.C.

Michigan

2007, ’08, ’09, ’10

Dave McNabb

Newark, Del.

Applewood G.C.

Philadelphia

2013, ’14

Chris Moody

Provo, Utah

Riverside C.C.

Utah

None

David Muttitt

Albuquerque, N.M.

Los Altos, G.C.

Sun Country

2013, ’16

Rod Perry

Port Orange, Fla.

Crane Lakes G.&C.C.

North Florida

2012, ’13, ’14, ’16

Kenny Pigman

Norco, Calif.

Goose Creek G.C.

Southern California

None

Adam Rainaud

Chester, Conn.

Winged Foot G.C.

Metropolitan

2015

Mike Small

Champaign, Ill.

University of Illinois

Illinois

2004-07, ’09-13

Brian Smock

Coronado, Calif.

Coronado G.C.

Southern California

None

Omar Uresti

Austin, Texas

PGA Life Member

Southern Texas

2015, ’16

Ryan Vermeer

Omaha, Neb.

Tiburon G.C.

Nebraska

None

J.J. Wood

Houston

Golf Performance Group

Southern Texas

None

Marshall’s Matt Thompson Pulls Away to Win Historic 100th Michigan Open Championship

HIGHLAND – Matt Thompson, Marshall Country Club’s new golf professional, made five birdies on the back nine to pull away from the field Thursday and win the 100th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group at Prestwick Village Golf Club.
The six-shot win powered by a 6-under 66 for a 16-under 272 total earned the Battle Creek native and former University of Michigan golfer $8,500 and a two-year lease on a new Cadillac.
“I’m beyond excited about the car,” he said. “I’ve been car shopping the last few months and held out for a little bit. I have a Dodge Stratus, almost to 200,000 miles. This could not have come at a better time.”
It was also about time for Thompson, who has had several close calls in the Michigan Open in recent years, including back-to-back seconds in 2009 and 2010 to Ryan Brehm.
“I feel great and it is so nice to finally get a win in the state of Michigan,” he said. “I knocked on the door too many times not to win one. Oh man, it was great to finally push through and get it.”
Tom Werkmeister, the amateur from Grandville who won in 2013, finished second at 10-under 278 with a closing 68.
Mini-tour player Willie Mack III of Grand Blanc rallied with a 65 and tied at 279 with Chris Mory, the teaching pro from Haslett, who closed with a 72.
Jeff Cuzzort, the 2015 champion who either led or shared the lead the first three rounds, shot 74 in the final round for 280 and fifth place, and Tom Gillis, the former PGA Tour player from Lake Orion, fired a 71 for 281 and sixth place.
Defending champion Jeff Bronkema shot 72 for 285 and a tie for 12th.
Mory said Thompson hit great shot after great shot and earned the win.
“He was great,” he said. “I’m proud of how I played all week. Matt just played better than everybody.”
Thompson, whose last win was 2 ½ years ago on the GPro Tour in North Carolina said a birdie on the par 5 No. 10 hole followed by a birdie on the long par 3 No. 11 hole jump-started his back nine 31.
“Getting up and down on 10 for the birdie from that front bunker was huge,” he said. “Then I birdied 11, hit good shots on 12 and 13 and made pars, then birdied 14 and 15 and just kept going from there. I just concentrated on hitting good shots and figured I would worry about everything else at the end.”
Turned out there was little to worry about.
“I surprised myself,” he said. “I just took the job at Marshall and decided to give up the mini-tours, the travel and the long hours of practice and playing. It’s funny how it works. I got here Monday and about 10 minutes before my tee time I found something with squaring my clubface. I went with it and for the first two days it was okay, and then the last two days I was just dialed in.”
The former high school Mr. Golf in Michigan at Battle Creek Lakeview said this does not give him second thoughts about tour golf. He and his wife Kayla will be house hunting soon.
“No, I’m going to drive a Cadillac in Marshall,” he said. “I have to get back tonight and do scoreboards for the member-guest. It starts tomorrow.”

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Marshall Pro Matt Thompson, Grosse Ile’s Jeff Cuzzort Share Lead at 100th Michigan Open

HIGHLAND – Matt Thompson just recently dropped the mini-tour life, joined the Michigan PGA apprentice program and took a head professional job at Marshall Country Club, but the Battle Creek native and former University of Michigan golfer can still play with the state’s top golfers.
He is tied for the lead with 2015 champion Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile through three rounds of the 100th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac.
Despite bogeys on the last two holes at Prestwick Village Golf Club Wednesday, the 27-year-old Thompson shot a 7-under 65 to land at 10-under 206.
Cuzzort, who held the lead after the first round and has shared it the last two days, shot 69 for his 206.
They were up one on Chris Mory of Haslett, who shot 70 for 207.
The 2013 champion, amateur Tom Werkmeister of Grandville, shot 68 to climb into the mix at 210, four shots back. Former PGA Tour player Tom Gillis of Lake Orion shot 72, and was also at 210.
The final field of 78 golfers will play the final round Thursday for a share of the $57,500 purse. The winner also receives a two-year lease on a new Cadillac from sponsoring LaFontaine. Tee times start at 8 a.m. Thursday with the final group of Thompson, Cuzzort and Mory going off at 11:54 a.m.
Thompson, a two-time runner-up in 2009 and 2010 to Ryan Brehm in the Michigan Open, said with the new job he has not had time to play and practice.
“Funny how your game can turn around when you stop playing and practicing; maybe I got rid of my bad habits,” he said. “I didn’t finish the way I wanted, but I hit the ball great today, holed one out from the fairway for eagle and made some great putts, too.”
He was in pursuit of Brehm’s course record of 9-under 63, which the three-time Michigan Open champion and field member in this week’s U.S. Open set when he won in 2014 at Prestwick Village. Thompson made eight birdies and an eagle 2 on No. 12 by holing out a wedge shot from 145 yards. He had three bogeys, and lamented the final two.
“At 17 I hit a shot that looked like it was all over the pin, but it came up short in the bunker and I made bogey, and then 18 I had probably the only bad swing of the day (6-iron from the fairway), almost swung out of my shoes and missed the green to make bogey,” he said.
“I have a chance though. I’m in the last group and have to play well tomorrow no matter what. It is what it is. All I ask for is a chance, and I have that.”
Cuzzort thought he got away with some bad golf in the second round, and said the third round was much better and keyed by consecutive birdies at Nos. 8, 9 and 10. His 5-iron at the par 3 No. 8 hole hit within inches of the hole, hit the flag and stopped inside one foot.
“I played well, hit it good,” he said. “I feel good, too. I liked the way I played today. Not everything has clicked in yet, and I think tomorrow might be that day.”
Chris Mory, the teaching pro from Haslett and Jason Guss Academy at Hawk Hollow Properties, said he played similar to the first two rounds just didn’t take advantage of as many birdie opportunities.
“I feel good about being in it for the last round, and hopefully I make a few more putts,” he said. “You have to play great in the last round. There are so many good players.”

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Legislators Learn of Golf Industry’s Impact at Golf Day at the Capitol

LANSING – Lt. Governor Brian Calley presented the proclamation declaring June is Pure Michigan Golf Month, and then he told the members of the Michigan Golf Alliance that they are a big deal.

  “What you do is a big deal,” he said at the Michigan Golf Industry Legislative Day on the Capitol Lawn Thursday.

  “The economic impact is massive. What is happening is so special. It is a quality of life enhancement to our communities and is a great illustration of what makes pure Michigan so amazing.”

  Sen. Wayne A. Schmidt, R-Traverse City, said he always enjoys lunch at the turn with the golf industry partners.

  “This is a great event to help the legislators to understand the business side of golf,” he said. “There’s a lot of impact, a lot of people employed, especially in the spring, summer and fall and these are mostly small businesses, independently owned and family-owned.

  “When you talk over $4 billion total economic impact from an industry, wage contributions of almost $1.5 billion, $118 million in charitable impact, 58,000 jobs, it’s clear golf is not just a wonderful, enjoyable sport, but important to Michigan in so many ways.”

   The Michigan Golf Alliance is made up of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, the Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Michigan Section PGA, the Golf Association of Michigan, the Greater Michigan Club Managers Association, the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program and the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation.

   Members of the Alliance spread out around the Capitol to visit to each legislator in their Senate and House offices, and legislators and staff members were also treated to a “lunch at the turn” in a large tent on the Capitol Lawn.

   Kate Moore, executive director of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, was thrilled by the response of legislators and the large crowd that joined the alliance members for lunch.

  “The goal of Michigan Golf Day at the Capitol is to educate and enlighten the state legislature about the importance of our industry in the state – the economic impact, the impact on tourism, employment and we don’t think people realize or recognize how big our industry is with $4.2 billion in economic impact, 58,000 employees, being caretakers of the earth, education, exercise, all rolled into one,” she said. “It’s also important for people to realize the collaboration among the golf groups and associations, how strong we are and how important it is that we all work together.”

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, center, is holding the June is Pure Michigan Golf Month proclamation, and is joined by, from left, Ron Osborne of the Michigan PGA, Bill Fountain of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, Doug Johanningsmeier of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Mark Ostrander of the Golf Course Superintendents Association, John Allen of the Golf Association of Michigan and Tom Schwark of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.

Contact: Kate Moore, Tel. 800-860-8575, Cell Phone: 517-230-8040, Email: kmoore@mgcoa.org

Jeff Cuzzort and Chris Mory Share Lead, PGA Tour Vet Tom Gillis Charges in 100th Michigan Open

HIGHLAND – Jeff Cuzzort said his short game saved him from bad golf. Chris Mory said he played mostly mistake free for the second consecutive day. And Tom Gillis came charging, surprising only himself.
Cuzzort, the 2015 champion from Grosse Ile who shot 70, and Chris Mory, a teaching professional from Haslett who shot 69, shared the lead at 7-under 137 at the halfway point of the 100th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac Tuesday at Prestwick Village Golf Club.
Just one back is Gillis; the Laker Orion resident who is just one season removed from the PGA Tour, turning age 49 in July and awaiting a shot at the Champions Tour. He shot a 6-under 66 for 138.
“Gilley was hot today, but that was expected,” Cuzzort said. “A tour player of his caliber, you know he is going to do that kind of thing. I think the only reason I was able to stay under par and shoot 70 was working hard to stay ahead of him.”
The field of 156 golfers was cut at 151, and the 79 remaining players play through Thursday in the $57,500 tournament. The winner not only receives first-place money, but a two-year lease on a new Cadillac from sponsoring LaFontaine Cadillac.
Several golfers remain in the mix, including Berkley High School golfer Jake Radom of Royal Oak, a University of Arizona commitment who shot 69 for 140, and mini-tour golfer Joe Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights, who shot a second consecutive 70 for 140.
Defending champion Jeff Bronkema of Wayland shot 70 and is one of three golfers at 141. Also there are two-time Michigan Open runner-up Matt Thompson of Franklin, who shot 70, and mini-tour pro Patrick Colburn of Traverse City, who shot 67.
Tom Werkmeister, the amateur from Grandville who won the Michigan Open in 2013, shot 70 for 142. Also at 142 are Willie Mack III of Grand Blanc (71), Wes Gates of Novi (73) and amateur Francesco Ruffino of Bloomfield (72).
Mory, a former mini-tour player who took a job two years ago teaching with the Jason Guss Academy at Hawk Hollow Properties, said he is very happy with the way he is playing.
“Maybe getting older and having a good perspective from coaching and teaching has helped me play mistake-free,” he said. “It helps to teach one shot at a time, and that is what I’m trying to do out there.”
He said he isn’t really feeling pressure, just enjoying playing.
“Now that I’m teaching it is not my job to play well anymore, but it is fun to do,” he said.
Cuzzort said he spent the day slashing and gashing, and went to the range to work on some things.
“Hey, there’s two more days and if this is my bad day and I still managed to stay up there, then it’s a good day,” he said. “It would have been an easy day to just let the score go, but I fought hard and I’m in a good spot.”
Gillis, who taught a high school golf team this spring, said he has played maybe 10 rounds this year and teed it up this week to support the 100th anniversary of the Michigan Open. He didn’t expect to shoot a 66 and get in the mix for the final two days.
“I putted well for two days and that was encouraging,” he said. “For the last five years on tour that was one of my best stats. When you take time off like I have, you wonder how you are going to putt, but so far so good. I’ve actually had a great short game for as little as I’ve played.”
The two-time Michigan Open champion (1994 and 2008) said he isn’t totally prepared to make a run at the championship.
“But when you have done it for 25-years plus, you get in there and have fun,” he said. “It’s always fun when you get in there and play for it. That is what you play for.”
Some extra excitement was produced in the second round when Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo, the 2012 Michigan Open champion, made seven consecutive birdies on the first seven holes of the course in shooting a 68 for 146. In his 2012 win at The Orchards in Washington Township Kelpin tied the all-time tournament scoring record of 23-under first set by Chick Harbert in 1942.
Also, Brandon Barrows of Lake Orion, made a hole-in-one on the par 3 No. 3 hole in shooting a 70 for 146.

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