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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), Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson (2010), Joe Pollack of Golf Cars Plus (2004), Tom Harding of Kendall Golf Academy (1997), Barry Redmond of Crooked Tree Golf Club (1990), 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.

Mory Wins The National Car Rental Michigan Assistants Championship

BATH, MI – The National Car Rental Michigan Assistants Championship was held yesterday at Eagle Eye Golf Club. The field of 45 PGA Professionals and Apprentices competed on the challenging 7024 yard course to qualify for the 2017 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Championship. The field chased the three qualifier spots for the chance to go to Port St. Lucie, Florida and play PGA Golf Club from November 9-12, 2017 while representing the Michigan PGA.
After the morning rounds were finished, Travis Dodson, PGA from Meadowbrook Country Club held a two-stroke lead over Christopher Mory of Hawk Hollow after firing an opening 68. Dodson started the round with an opening 35. Teeing off hole 10, Dodson made three birdies and two bogeys to turn at one under. He then finished strong and posted a bogey-free 33 on the way in with birdies on holes 1, 5 and 9. Christopher Mory went out with two birdies, holes 6 and 9, and one bogey to turn at one under par. Mory was three-under on the round heading into the difficult 17th. He dropped two strokes on the island green, but made a birdie on the eighteenth to get the round back to two-under. Josh Fryer, PGA of Franklin Hills Country Club, Scott Schulte, PGA of Western Golf and Country Club and Joshua Proben, PGA of Western Golf and Country Club all fired opening round 71’s to stay in striking distance of the lead.
When the final round was over, it was Christopher Mory from Hawk Hollow sitting on top. Mory finished with an impressive 68 with birdies on holes 3, 4, 9, 10 and 14. Mory dropped a lone stroke with a bogey on the par four 13th. Mory finished with a tournament total of 70 – 68 – 138 to win by six shots. Coming in a tie for second place was Travis Dodson, PGA of Meadowbrook Country Club and Joshua Proben, PGA of Western Golf and Country Club. Dodson posted 68 – 76 – 144 and Proben posted 71 – 73 – 144 to share second place. Please pass on congratulations to Christopher Mory, Travis Dodson and Joshua Proben as these three will be representing the Michigan PGA at the 2017 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Championship.
Please thank our sponsors, the PGA Tour, National Car Rental and Cleveland-Srixon Golf for their continued support of the Michigan PGA. Without them these events would not be possible.

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Oakley Pro Junior at Bucks Run

 

Mt Pleasant, MI-  An exciting day wrapped up Sunday at the Oakley Pro-Junior hosted at Bucks Run Golf Club. It was a great turn out with a field of 21 teams. The teams were split up into two divisions based on the average age of their three juniors. We had 10 teams in the 16-18 division and 11 teams in the 12-15 division. The tournament was played in shamble format which allowed each team to play from the team’s best drive and then play their own ball in from there, carding their best two scores.

In the 12-15 division we had some great competition! Coming in second place by one shot was Andre Thielk’s team with Xavier Lee, Kate Mine Lee, and Cameron Cowland. The Thielk team carded a 131 (-13). Coming in first place for the 12-15 division was Justin Lauers team with Gavin Lauer, Justin Lauer, and Bryce Henderson. The Lauer team carded a 130 (-14).

In the 16-18 division we had Ian Ziska’s team with Ben Fath, Owen Seay, Nick Althouse taking home the second place flags. The Ziska team carded a 130 (130). Our Champions for the 16-18 division were John Gates, Cam Carrol, Scott Campbell and Charlie Delong. The Gates team carded a 125 (-19).

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The weather was perfect; the course was in pristine condition and our Sponsor Jon Cooley added great prizes and a FUN atmosphere. The Michigan PGA is dedicated to helping grow the game of golf. The Oakley Pro Junior is one of our many initiatives to help get juniors invested in the lifelong game of golf. We would like to give a huge thank you to our host facility Bucks Run & head professional Jon Conklin & our Sponsor Oakley-Jon Cooley; both parties have helped support our mission to grow the game!

Brian Cairns Wins 2017 Michigan Senior PGA Championship presented by Mercedes & O’Keefe

HARBOR SPRINGS, MI – The final round took place on Tuesday at Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club as the players were also qualifying for seven spots to the 2017 Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Mercedes – Benz and supported by Golf Advisor and John Deere to be played September 28 – October 1 at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Brian Cairns, PGA from Fox Hills Leaning Center followed up his Monday 68 with an impressive 69 to claim his second Michigan Senior PGA Championship. After posting nine straight pars to start the round, Cairns fired three birdies on holes 11, 12 and 14 en route to securing his victory. Cairns clammed both the Overall and 50-59 title. Frank McAuliffe, PGA from Meadowbrook Country Club captured the 60-69 title with a score of two-over 146. 

Please extend your best wishes to these eight individuals who will be representing the Michigan PGA at the 2017 Senior PGA Professional Championship:

  • Brian Cairns – Fox Hills Learning Center
  • Ron Beurmann – Country Club of Jackson
  • Tom Harding – Kendall Academy of Golf
  • Jim Deiters – Midland Country Club
  • Steve Brady – Oakland Hills Country Club
  • Frank McAuliffe – Meadowbrook Country Club
  • Kevin Muir – The Wyndgate
  • Lee Houtteman – Manitou Passage Golf Club (exempt from qualifying)

In the super senior ( 70+) division Larry Mancour, PGA took home top honors with rounds of 77 in round 1 and 82 in round 2 for a 159 total.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Mercedez-Benz, the PGA Tour and O’Keefe for their support of the Michigan Senior PGA Championship. Without their support this event wouldn’t be possible.

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Michael Nagy Holds Off Joey Garber to Win Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain

BOYNE FALLS – Each time Manistique’s Michael Nagy looked at the scoreboards on the back nine of the Alpine course at Boyne Mountain Resort he noticed local favorite Joey Garber was getting closer and closer.
“It feels pretty good for sure because it was definitely stressful at the end,” the mini-tour professional said after closing with a final round 6-under 66 and a one-shot win over Garber, a Petoskey native who shot 64 in the final round of the 26th Tournament of Champions Wednesday.
“I was absolutely feeling the heat, and I hit a few loose shots at the end, but I also made a couple of big pars when I needed to.”
Nagy, a former University of Tennessee golfer, three-time state high school champion and past Michigan Junior State Amateur champion, finished with a 15-under 201 total.
Garber, a former Michigan Amateur champion also currently on the mini-tour circuit and sponsored by Boyne in his pro efforts, closed at 202 after shooting 6-under 30 on the back nine and closing what had been a five-shot Nagy lead to one.
“When I was going to the back nine I thought if I shoot 30 I have a chance, and I did what I had to do,” Garber, a former University of Georgia golfer said. “I let two par 5s get away from me where I made par, and I made mistakes (in the second round) that cost me. But it was nice to come back home and put on a bit of a show for Boyne. They are helping me get to where I want to be, and Mike is a nice guy and he played great all week.”
Two senior professionals, 2011 champion Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Glen Arbor and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, tied for third at 206 after both shot 70 to close.
Two-time past TOC champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon shot 66 for 207, and mini-tour player Otto Black of Pinckney shot 69 for 208.
Two more former TOC champs tied at 210 – Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, who shot 70, and five-time winner Jeff Roth of Farmington, NM, who shot 72.
Jake Kneen of White Lake, an Oakland University golfer, was low amateur with a 67 for 211. Also at 211 were defending champion Korey Mahoney of Manton, who shot 73, this summer’s Michigan Open champion Matt Thompson of Marshall Country Club, who shot 75, and Eric Lilleboe of Okemos, who shot 70.
Shasta Averyhardt, a Flint native, tied for 29th after shooting a 74 for 218. She was the low woman in the field. Jerry Gunthorpe of Ovid was the low senior amateur with a 73 for 220 and tie for 34th.
The $55,000 tournament featured men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs playing from different tee positions for the same title, and all were invited based on their having won significant Michigan championships.
Nagy won $8,000, and Garber $5,000, and both are headed back on the road following the Web.com circuit. Just 11 days ago Nagy won on the Dakotas Tour in South Dakota, and said he had a five-shot lead dwindle there, too.
“I thought about that and I used the same mentality of being aggressive and try to distance myself,” he said. “I drew from that experience, and this one will help me, too. Joey came after me and I battled through it.”
A key 10-foot par-saving putt at No. 16 was crucial to the cause for Nagy, who also pulled a wedge shot into the fringe at No. 18 and was forced to again save par and avoid a playoff with Garber.
“No matter what level you are playing at, or where you are playing, hitting good shots to close out a win is a hard thing to do,” Nagy said. “I’m learning, and pulling it off is a great thing.”
Nagy played in the TOC for the first time. His mother Beth came along on the trip and they celebrated her birthday Tuesday. In addition to the trophy, Nagy received the traditional green jacket and a lifetime membership to Country Club of Boyne.
“I had taken three days off at home and didn’t have too high of expectations coming here because I thought I might have a little rust,” Nagy said. “But I got into it right away. I’m really glad I came.”

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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.

Manistique’s Michael Nagy Leads Talented Trio by One Shot at Tournament of Champions

BOYNE FALLS – Manistique’s Michael Nagy won on the Dakotas Tour 10 days ago and proved to himself that he can close the deal when he gets the chance, and he gets another chance Wednesday in the final round of the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort.
The 24-year-old mini-tour golfer shot a 4-under 68 on the Monument course Tuesday to hold the lead by one shot in the $55,000 tournament that features men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs playing from different tee positions for the same title.
Nagy’s 9-under 135 total was just ahead of a trio of golfers at 136, including 2011 TOC champion Lee Houtteman, who shot 68 and has been battling bladder cancer the last four months, this summer’s Michigan Open champion Matt Thompson of Marshall Country Club, who shot 69, and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center, who shot 69 and just last year was the PGA of America’s national Senior Player of the Year.
Three more golfers checked in at 138, three off the lead. That group included five-time TOC champion Jeff Roth of Farmington, NM, who shot the day’s low round of 6-under 66, Boyne-sponsored mini-tour player Joey Garber of nearby Petoskey who shot 70, and defending champion Korey Mahoney of Manton, the insurance salesman who had back troubles flare up in a 72.
“I’m looking forward to the final round,” Nagy said of the move back to the Alpine course for the final 18 holes of the 54-hole $55,000 championship.
“It’s a traditional golf course, and it is right there in front of you, and winning as a professional gave me that confidence boost I needed. I proved to myself I can close the deal when I get the chance.”
The 56-year-old Houtteman, who shot 68 for his 136, said he will just be free-wheeling in the final round that will include 64 golfers who made the cut at 9-over 153.
“I’ve been in the hospital four times in the last two months with a catheter, so playing golf, are you kidding?” he said citing a chance after more therapy to fully recover because the cancer was isolated to the bladder.
“I didn’t worry about one shot today. If it is good, it is good, and if it is bad I go find it. Before, I tended to get a little too much into it. In the long run it might turn into a positive. I eat much healthier now, and I feel lighter and stronger.”
Cairns, 53, had an eventful round. He made a 12-foot breaking birdie putt at No. 15 to move into a tie with Nagy, but then topped his tee shot at No. 16 about 15 yards and made a bogey. He also said he fell out of his golf cart while driving it on the ninth hole.
“On the tee shot I was joking around too much and maybe getting a little too loose,” he said. “Falling out of the cart – I just wasn’t paying attention, going down a hill off the cart path and went for the brake and missed it. The cart went right around and came back next to me, too. I’ve never done that one before.”
He said his adventures and a bit of a bruise on his hip will not keep him from being ready for the final round.
“I was making putts, too,” he said. “And I love the Alpine. I’m going to have to make some more putts there. I look at that leaderboard and nobody is going to shoot a high score.”
Thompson, 27 and playing in his first TOC after winning the Michigan Open in June, had an interesting finish to his round. He was in double-digits under par, but made bogeys on two of his last three holes (Nos. 7 and 9).
“I hit one short of the green and didn’t get up and down, and then I three-putted my last hole,” he said. “I’m still not sure how I did it. I was playing pretty solid until there. I eagled No. 10 (3-wood second shot to 15 feet) and had a good round going. I feel like I didn’t really hit a bad shot, but made two bogeys coming in.”
Roth, who is 59, missed just one green and made six birdies in a bogey-free round.
“Everything was going well today,” he said. “I’m back into it and happy about that. It’s going to take another great round.”
Mahoney, 33, was headed to get a massage for his back after his round.
“I don’t know what to expect,” he said for the final round. “This has never happened to me before. I hit a lot of touch shots on the last nine holes just trying to get in. It really tightened up on me about my seventh hole.”
Nagy three-putted No. 10, a par 5 and his first hole of the day, but then made five birdies without a bogey the rest of the way to take the lead.
“I just tried to keep the ball in front of me,” said the former University of Tennessee golfer. “(The Monument) has some tricky holes so I hit a lot of irons off the tees. The round wasn’t anything too flashy again today, but I was pretty solid after the first bogey.”
The Michigan PGA will use a two-tee (Nos. 1 and 10) start for the final round with the final group (Nagy, Thompson, Cairns) going off at 9:30 a.m. off No. 1.

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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.