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Defending Champion Korey Mahoney Leads Tournament of Champions Again

BOYNE FALLS – Korey Mahoney picked up right where he left off shooting a 6-under 66 on the Alpine course to take the lead through the first round of the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort Monday.
The 33-year-old former mini-tour player from Manton, last year’s champion, is still selling insurance, and is playing in his only tournament of the year.
The opening 66 gave him the narrow lead on three golfers at 67 – this summer’s Michigan Open champion Matt Thompson of Marshall Country Club, mini-tour golfer Mike Nagy of Manistique and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth.
Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Glen Arbor, the 2011 champion, and Joey Garber, a Boyne-sponsored mini-tour player from Petoskey, shot 68, and three golfers checked in with 69s – Oakland University golfer James Kneen of White Lake, former PGA Tour pro Tom Gillis of Lake Orion and last year’s runner-up, Eric Lilleboe, a mini-tour player from Okemos.
“I’ve been playing golf and getting ready for this week, and it feels great to get off to a good start,” said Mahoney who a year ago shot a closing 64 to win. “I have always loved this course and came close to winning here back when I was playing (mini-tours). I came back last year just to have fun and compete again, and it is kind of the same feeling this week. I play pressure free. I’m just here to have fun.”
The field of 115 golfers, all champions of selected significant Michigan golf championships, includes juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs of both sexes all playing for one title from different tee positions. They play a second round Tuesday, this time on the Monument course, before a 36-hole cut determines the low 60 scorers and ties for Wednesday’s final round on the Alpine in the 54-hole $55,000 championship.
Mahoney said bogeys with tree troubles on Nos. 13 and 14 were the only problems in his round.
“I got refocused after that and birdied 15, 16 and 17 coming in,” he said. “I made sure I got a good round out of the way I was playing.”
Cairns, a senior professional at age 53, led the morning wave of tee times with his 67 and predicted somebody would top the score.
“It’s out there today because the golf course is in perfect shape and the wind just cools you off,” he said. “I had a no stress round. I stuck to my plan and hit driver every hole. I’m going to stay with the plan and stay aggressive.”
Thompson, playing in his first Tournament of Champions as the Michigan Open winner, shot 5-under 31 on the back nine with eagle on No. 12 and birdies on Nos. 13, 15 and 17.
“I had chances on the front and didn’t make anything,” said the 27-year-old former mini-tour player who just this year took the head professional job at Marshall CC. “Once I got that eagle putt to go in at 12 and made a good birdie at 13 the round jump-started.”
Nagy, a 24-year-old first-year professional coming off a $16,000 win on the Dakotas Tour eight days ago, said his round was nothing flashy.
“I managed to make some birdies and not make too many mistakes,” said the former University of Tennessee golfer. “I’ve been playing great and I’m trying to keep it going. Winning early in my pro career was definitely a big boost. I’m confident my game is going in the right direction.”
Steve Vecellio of Birmingham Country Club, who shot 70, had the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on No. 3. He hit a 5-iron 188 yards and it rolled in the hole for the fourth hole-in-one of his career.

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ABOUT BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Boyne Mountain Resort has been a favorite Midwest destination since 1948. The family-owned, four-season resort has earned Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler readers as being among the top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America. The waterpark is listed among Budget Travel’s Top 10 Indoor facilities and the resort is a readers’ choice favorite of Spa Magazine. Boyne Mountain is home to The Alpine and The Monument golf courses, as well as 60 runs on 415 skiable acres. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Solace Spa, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, Zipline Adventures, disc golf facilities, lift-serviced mountain biking, beach activities, kids programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities as well as real-estate are offered at the resort. Find out more at BOYNEGolf.com, boynemountain.com or call 866-759-1472.

Hall of Fame Field in 26th Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort

BOYNE FALLS – A field of 116 champion golfers, including 15 who are in the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, will start play Monday in the 26th Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort.

“We have some champions coming back who haven’t been here in a long time like Buddy Whitten, some of our most recent champions like this year’s Michigan Open winners Matt Thompson and Lindsey McPherson, eight former Tournament of Champions winners and 15 Hall of Famers, and of course the college players, the mini-tour professionals and several of our top Michigan PGA Section players,” said Justin Phillips, the tournament director for the Michigan PGA Section, which sanctions and administers the unique championship.

“It makes it one of the strongest fields we’ve had in a long time.”

The Tournament of Champions launched 26 years ago with juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs of both sexes all playing for one title from different tee positions, and remains one of the most unique golf tournaments in the country. All who are invited have won selected significant Michigan golf championships, both amateur and professional.

The 15 Michigan Golf Hall of Famers in the field include Bob Ackerman, Ken Allard, Steve Brady, Brian Cairns, Elaine Crosby, Randy Erskine, Tom Gillis, Scott Hebert, Dave Kendall, Steve Maddalena, Jeff Roth, Jack Seltzer, John Traub, Whitten and Bill Zylstra.

They will join champions from all the categories and even members of the same families in the three-day, 54-hole stroke play championship on two courses. The Monday round and Wednesday’s final round are on the classic Alpine course, and Tuesdays round is on The Monument course. A 36-hole cut to the low 60 scorers and ties follows the second round. This year’s purse is $55,000.

Korey Mahoney, a 33-year-old classic car insurance salesman, former mini-tour player and 2002 Michigan Amateur champion from Manton, heads the list of eight former TOC winners in the field. He shot an 8-under 64 on the Alpine course in the final round last year to win by four shots over Eric Lilleboe, a mini-tour golfer from Okemos. Mahoney took home the $8,000 first-place check and annual gifts of a symbolic green jacket and lifetime membership at the Country Club of Boyne in Harbor Springs.

Joining Mahoney in the field are 2015 TOC winner Barrett Kelpin, two-time champion Andy Ruthkoski (2013, ’14), five-time champion Jeff Roth (2012, 2008, 1999, ’96 and ’95), 2011 winner Lee Houtteman, 2009 winner Scott Hebert, 1997 winner Tom Harding and 1994 winner Agim Bardha.

The only woman to win the TOC, Stacy Snider (2003), is not entered. The field of women entered this year is headed by former LPGA standout Elaine Crosby of Jackson, and McPherson, a Symetra Tour golfer who just last month won the Michigan Women’s Open. Mini-tour pros Jennifer Elsholz, Shasta Averyhardt and the Pietila sisters, Hannah and Emmie, are also in the field.

A host of mini-tour golfers add to the strength of the field, including Boyne Golf-sponsored Joey Garber of nearby Petoskey, and 2016 Michigan Open winner Jeff Bronkema, Otto Black, Lilleboe, Willie Mack III and Drew Preston.
Top PGA Section players like Hebert, Cairns, Dan Urban and Kyle Martin, and current collegiate golfers like Andrew Walker of Michigan State, Jake Kneen of Oakland University and Mitchell White of Grand Valley State are in the field, too.

In addition to a celebration of champions, the tournament is a family affair of champions. Family combinations entered in addition to the Pietila sisters, include brothers Jeff and Steve Cuzzort, brothers Andrew and Travis Dodson, father-son Jack and John Seltzer, father-son Frank and Frank IV McAuliffe and father-son Bill and Chris Mory.

ABOUT BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Boyne Mountain Resort has been a favorite Midwest destination since 1948. The family-owned, four-season resort has earned Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler readers as being among the top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America. The waterpark is listed among Budget Travel’s Top 10 Indoor facilities and the resort is a readers’ choice favorite of Spa Magazine. Boyne Mountain is home to The Alpine and The Monument golf courses, as well as 60 runs on 415 skiable acres. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Solace Spa, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, Zipline Adventures, disc golf facilities, lift-serviced mountain biking, beach activities, kids programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities as well as real-estate are offered at the resort. Find out more at BOYNEGolf.com, boynemountain.com or call 866-759-1472.

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Teams from Fox Hills Learning Center Take Home Top Honors in the Midwest Golf & Turf / National Car Rental Pro Am

Benton Harbor ,MI – A northern breeze made for a challenging round in Benton Harbor throughout Monday. The Golf Club at Harbor Shores was the host of this year’s Midwest Golf and Turf/National Car Rental Pro-Am. Despite the breeze, out of the 46 teams there were some impressive scores in this two man Four-Ball (best ball) event where teams competed in both the Gross and Net divisions.

Brian Cairns, PGA from Fox Hills Learning Center and his amateur partner, Ian Harris carded eight birdies and one bogey to post a seven-under 64 and take home the Gross title. Finishing one stroke behind them was the team from Prestwick Village Golf Club. Brent Goulding, PGA and amateur Beau Breault finished with four birdies and one eagle en route to a 65. The net division was won by another Fox Hills Learning Center team. Will Ellender, PGA and amateur Carl Fischer came in with an impressive 64 to capture the title from the Net division.

Skins were won by three teams for impressive eagles. Boyd Barth, PGA and amateur Trent Barth carded an eagle 2 on the par four, 324 yard 3rd hole. Brent Goulding, PGA and amateur Beau Breault made a 3 on the 550 yard par five 9th. The final skin was made by Tommy Lucko and amateur Justin Pahl. The team carded a 3 on the par five 10th hole.

We would like to thank The Golf Club at Harbor Shores for hosting this year’s event. Ross Smith, PGA and his entire staff were a big help and we cannot thank them enough. We also would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Superintendent Brad Fry and his entire staff for their hard work in preparing the course for the event. Lastly, we would like to thank Melody Prather and the food and beverage staff for all they did to provide a great meal after the round.

Thank you to our sponsors, Midwest Golf and Turf and National Car Rental for their continued support of section events. Without you, these events would not be possible.

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Frank McAuliffe Wins the Rain Shortened Club Car Senior Open

BATTLE CREEK –With heavy rains and unplayable course conditions cancelling the second round of the Club Car Senior Open, Frank McAuliffe, Michigan PGA Professional from Meadowbrook Country Club was crowned the champion with a first round of (-5) under par 67 and a 1 shot victory.

A field of 103 decorated golfers, including PGA Professionals, top amateurs, eleven Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members and 14 past champions all competed this week at Bedford Valley Golf Club.

With the bad forecast for Wednesday, the players knew that it was certainly a possibility that it could become a one round tournament and that it was important to shoot a good first round score.

Frank was able to do just that as he that took advantage of nice weather conditions on Tuesday by shooting a (-5) under par round of 67 and grabbing the one shot lead. Frank got his round going with birdies at #6 and #7. He went on to birdie #11, #13, #16 and #18, shooting 33 on the back with his only bogey of the day at the par 4 15th hole. This is Frank’s first Club Car Senior Open title.

Jim Deiters, PGA Professional from Midland Country Club, and past champion, finished just one shot back after a round of 68 Tuesday.  Steve Maddelena, amateur from Jackson, MI,  Pat Stayer, amateur from Elk Rapids, MI and the defending champion, Brian Cairns, from the Fox Hills Learning Center, all finished 2 shots back after rounds of (-3) under 69.

In the Super Senior 65 and older division, John French, amateur from Bloomfield Hills, MI took home top honors with his round of 72 on Tuesday, finishing has one shot better than Lawarence Hogard, a

mateur from Flint, MI. This is John’s third time winning the Super Senior Division.

For final scores and payouts click HERE

We would like to thank our host site Bedford Valley as they always do a great job hosting this event as well as our sponsor Club Car and specifically US Golf Cars.

Bedford Valley Golf Club is part of the Gull Lake View collection of six courses near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo including the new Stoatin Brae course. Bedford Valley was a 2008-2009 Best Places to Play selection by Golf Digest and in 2010 was named the Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.
It was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell and purchased by the Scott Family of Gull Lake View in 1988. The classic parkland design is known locally as “The Big Course” and features big greens, bunkers and fairways lined with large oak trees.

Bedford Valley has hosted several of the state’s top tournaments including the Michigan Open, multiple Michigan Senior Opens, the Michigan Maxfli PGA Junior, the Michigan Publinx State Match Play and the NCAA Division III National Championship.

 

Michigan PGA Announces Kevin McKinley and Zack Chapin Named PGA of America National Award Winners!

The Michigan PGA is proud to announce Kevin McKinley and Zack Chapin
have been named PGA of America National Award Winners

McKinley and Chapin lead a contingent of 11 PGA Professionals and one PGA Section in winning the
PGA of America’s 2017 National Awards, which will be presented on Nov. 1, in conjunction with the
101st PGA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

“The 2017 class of national award recipients are truly deserving of this recognition, having distinguished
themselves as inspirational leaders, mentors, and pioneers among their peers,” said PGA President Paul Levy. 
“The PGA of America proudly recognizes them for their unwavering commitment to represent the
PGA Professional and the game of golf at the highest of levels.”


KEVIN MCKINLEY, PGA – PATRIOT AWARD
Treetops Resort
– Gaylord, Michigan

Kevin McKinley

Kevin McKinley, PGA, a Michigan PGA Section Member and Director of Golf at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan, is the recipient of the 2017 PGA Patriot Award. This honor goes to a PGA Professional who embodies patriotism and shows dedication to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

McKinley has spent countless hours giving back to those who dedicated their lives to protecting America’s Freedom. At Treetops Resort, McKinley created and runs the Military Golf League for Veterans, active service members, and their spouses. Treetops Resort also offers Veterans and military member discounts of up to 50 percent off for golf and ski packages,
and programs.

In support of the Folds of Honor Foundation, the resort has hosted Patriot Golf Day for ten years. In conjunction, McKinley has hosted
the Patriot Shootout for seven years, an annual Labor Day weekend tournament that offers Veterans and military members a free weekend of golf, while raising funds for Folds of Honor. Complementing his 2017 Patriot Award, McKinley also was named the 2017 PGA Golf Professional of the Year by the Michigan PGA Section.


ZACHARY J. CHAPIN, PGA
PGA MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR – RESORT FACILITIES
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club – Arcadia, Michigan

Zack Chapin

Zachary J. Chapin, PGA Head Golf Professional at Arcadia (Michigan) Bluffs Golf Club, is the recipient of the 2017 PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award for Resort Facilities.

Chapin began his tenure at Arcadia Bluffs as PGA Head Golf Professional in 2011. Since then, merchandise sales have grown steadily under his leadership. His  state-of-the-art pricing strategy—which finds a balance between what a product costs and its worth to the customer—has gained the attention of his peers.

Chapin begins by selecting the price of a garment based on what he thinks the merchandise’s value would be to the customer. This strategy has paid off, with  a better than 50 percent merchandise price margin.

Chapin’s philosophy is to provide all guests with the best experience possible, by offering a wide variety of quality merchandise that is beautifully displayed, while providing world-class customer service. These innovations have helped Chapin also earn the Michigan PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year Award for three consecutive years (2014-‘16).


To read the full story and view the entire list of 2017 PGA of America National Award Winners, click here!