Archives for October 2017


EAST LANSING, MI – One new member has been inducted into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame. Tom Harding was announced as the sole member of the 2017 Induction Class at the Michigan Section PGA President’s Dinner, Sunday, October 22nd at The Country Club of Lansing. Harding’s wife, Peggy, and daughters, Priscilla and Caroline, accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Harding, who was unable to attend the event.

Harding has been a PGA Member since 1997 and is in his 13th season as the Senior Instructor at Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf. Harding also served as an Assistant Professional and Teaching Professional at both Meadowbrook Country Club and Egypt Valley Country Club.

Tom has a long history of tremendous playing accomplishments including:

  • Golf Digest’s Top 15 Instructors in Michigan– 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Participated in US Senior Open and Senior PGA Professional Championship– 2017
  • Buick Open– played twice
  • Won Canadian PGA Championship– 1991
  • Played Asian and Australian Tours
  • com Tour– twice exempt
  • Qualified for seven PGA Professional Championships
  • Michigan PGA Player of the Year– 1997, 2001
  • Won the Michigan PGA Championship– 1997
  • Won Tournament of Champions– 1997
  • Match Play Champion– 2001, 2002
  • Served on Section Tournament Committee twice
  • Michigan State University men’s golf team member
  • Tom has three daughters on the Michigan State University women’s golf team
  • Numerous all state high school players and prominent collegiate players

The Michigan PGA Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 and exists to recognize and acknowledge those PGA Professionals who have excelled in their profession, achieved remarkable accomplishments, and made significant contributions to the game, the industry and the Michigan PGA. The inductees are honored at the Presidents’ Dinner each fall.


2017 Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Harding, PGA

Harding’s wife, Peggy, and daughters, Priscilla and Caroline, accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Harding, who was unable to attend the event.


Michigan PGA Fall Meeting

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan PGA held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 23. With approximately 285 Members in attendance, President Ron Osborne welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests Legal Counsel John Allen, David Graham from GAM, Marsha Hacker, Kathy Grayson and Tim Marks, PGA Employment Services and all Past Presidents in attendance.

Randy White administered the invocation and remembered deceased PGA members Duck Duckwall, Erich Kuhlman and Brent Veenstra.

After Ms. Hacker sang a wonderful rendition of our national anthem, President Osborne thanked the Board and staff for their commitment and dedication during his tenure as president. Outgoing Board plaques were given to Harry Dixon, John Lindert, Chris Moore, John Seltzer, Joe Simpson, Sam Stover and Doug White.

Secretary Bob Bales announced the 2017 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductee Tom Harding, Instructor at Kendall Academy of Golf.  The Hall of Fame recognizes and acknowledges those PGA Professionals who have excelled in their profession, achieved remarkable accomplishments, and made significant contributions to the game, the industry and the Michigan PGA.

Honorary President Doug White oversaw the voting for officers. Kevin McKinley, Bob Bales and John Pershern were elected President, Vice President and Secretary, respectively.

Special Awards Chair Doug Kreis presented plaques to the 2017 Special Awards winners:

Assistant Professional of the Year – Rocky Mullendore, PGA
Bill Strausbaugh – Jeff O’Malley, PGA
Golf Professional of the Year – Kevin McKinley, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Private – Jeremy Lathwell, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Public – Ian Ziska, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Resort – Zack Chapin, PGA
Patriot Award – Doug Bell, PGA
PGA Horton Smith – Aaron Waltz, PGA
Player Development – Dean Marks, PGA
Teacher of the Year – Jason Guss, PGA
Youth Player Development – Scott Wilson, PGA

After a short break, town hall discussions began with Doug Kreis recognizing and celebrating PGA of America Award winners Zack Chapin, PGA Merchandiser of the Year-Resort, and Kevin McKinley, PGA Patriot Award, who gave brief overviews of their successes in the golf business.

All of the Special Awards winners, National Award winners and Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductee were honored at a dinner Sunday evening at the Country Club of Lansing.

Kevin McKinley then highlighted some of the main topics addressed in the planning process of the Michigan PGA Strategic Plan.

Lastly, David Graham of the GAM addressed the upcoming changes to the handicap system administration here in Michigan.

Many thanks to Pepsi for sponsoring the meeting.

The afternoon education seminar titled “Expert Strategies for Coping with Adversity in Life and in Business” was presented by Michelle Byrd, Ph.D., a fully licensed clinical psychologist and professor at Eastern Michigan University, and Tom Waltz, Ph.D., Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher.

Drs. Byrd and Waltz provided a general overview of what major stress reactions can look like, the short- and long-term consequences of stress and how participants can evaluate their current coping strategies and habits. Over 120 Michigan PGA members were in attendance.

Team from the Spartan Golf Academy at MSU wins the New Orleans Pro Am presented by Linksoul

New Orleans, LA – Congratulations to the team of professional Chad Kurmel from the Spartan Golf Academy and his amateur partners Rusty Hanna, Brian Miller and Paul Tunink on winning the 2017 Michigan PGA New Orleans Pro Am presented by Linksoul.

This was the first time that the Michigan PGA has visited the Big Easy for its travel pro-am and it proved to be a great destination for this event. All of the teams stayed at the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in downtown New Orleans, walking distance from all the major attractions including Bourbon street. The event kicked off with the opening party on Sunday at Manning’s restaurant, just outside the hotel.

The first round took place at the TPC Louisiana course, home to the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic. It was here that the team from the Spartan Golf Academy jumped out to their early lead with a (-16) under par round of 128 in the 2 net of 4 best ball format.

The second round moved over to English Turn Golf & Country Club. English Turn was originally designed in 1988 for the New Orleans PGA Tour event, which was held at the facility until 2004 and in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. The leaders continued their fine play with a (-14) under round of 130 in this one gross / one net format. As you can only win the daily prizes once ,the team of professional Jim McGuigan from Twin Beach Country Club and his amateur partners Eli Maroko, Marc Globerman and Dave Raynush took home top honors.

The third and final round took place at the new Rees Jones designed Bayou Oaks South at City Park. City Park originally opened in 1902 and evolved into a four course New Orleans facility: North, South, East and West. However, prior to 2017, the North Course was the only course to be rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. Fortunately as of April 21, 2017, the South Course rejoined the North Course to complete the City Park golf facilities!

Chad and his amateur partners wrapped up the overall championship with a final round of (-17) under par 127 at Bayou Oaks for a three day total of 385 (-47 ) under par, picking up $300 per player. The team of professional Randy Erskine and his amateur partners from Great Oaks Country Club : Ray Harris, Jeff Vogal and Jon Hodges took home second place with a three round total of 408 ( -25 ) under par, winning $200 per player. The team of professional Jim McGuigan from Twin Beach Country Club and his amateur partners Eli Maroko, Marc Globerman and Dave Raynush finished third place overall, picking up $100 per player.

We would like to thank our sponsor of this event, Linksoul. Jim Dougherty, the sales rep for Michigan was onsite Sunday at the opening party as Linksoul supplied all the tee gifts for the professionals and amateurs in the event. This was the third year in a row that Linksoul has sponsored this travel pro-am.

We would also like to thank our host hotel ; Harrah’s New Orleans as well as the three golf courses ; TPC Louisiana, English Turn and Bayou Oaks South Course for helping make this such a great event.

For complete results click HERE

Team from Western Golf & CC wins the All Star Pro Golf / National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch

Lansing, MI – The Michigan PGA Section wrapped up its 2017 season with the All Star Pro Golf / National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch on Monday at the Country Club of Lansing. 27 teams competed in this scratch 2 best ball of four format open to Michigan PGA Professionals and Apprentices as well as amateurs that live in Michigan.
The perfect weather with mid- summer like temps and no wind gave way to some really low scores. It was the team of Michigan PGA Professionals from Western Golf & Country Club – Scott Schulte, Steve South ,Josh Proben and PGA / PGM Ferris State student Ben Proben that took home top honors Monday finishing with a 129 total ( -15) under par, good for a one shot victory. It was a great team effort with 13 birdies, 1 eagle and no bogies on the card to pick up their first Fall Pro Scratch title. This win also gives each of these players a 5 year exemption into the Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions.

Coming in second just one shot back with a 130 total was the team of professionals : Matt Thompson from Marshall Country Club, Josh Burt from Gull Lake Country Club, Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn from Island Hills Golf Club and Eric Spencer from The Nightmare GC.

We would like to thank the Country Club of Lansing for hosting this event. The entire staff did a great job and everyone really enjoyed the facility.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of this event. This is the 6th year that All Star Pro Golf has been a partner with the Michigan Section and sponsored this event .We would like to thank our sales rep for Michigan : Tracy Withey for being on site for the event. All Star Pro Golf is one of the United States’ largest pro shop distributor and Star serves public and private courses across the country. The headquarters are in Spencer, Iowa and the Sales and Marketing staff operates out of offices in Des Moines, Iowa. For more info on All Star Pro Golf please visit :

We would also like to thank National Car Rental for their support of this event and the Michigan Section this year. This is a national partnership in conjunction with the PGA of America as National Car Rental sponsors two Pro Am’s in every PGA Section.

For final results click HERE

Don’t Rory Be Happy!

Don’t Rory Be Happy!

Tim Strickland & Brian Stange captained Michigan’s top PGA Jr. League team, Don’t Rory be Happy this year. We would like to congratulate Tim & Brian on their success this season! Don’t Rory Be Happy made it to the MidEast Regional Championship this season and played the best golf of the post season. While they faced a very tough competitor, Captains, Tim & Brian couldn’t be more proud of their team. This year Tim & Brian were able to add 12 more players to their PGA JLG roster, going from 20 players in 2016 to 32 in 2017! They welcomed players of any ability. Tim liked to move the kids up through the ranks at his facility getting them started with SNAG golf, then the summer camps and graduating to PGA JLG. This is a perfect example of how to continue to deepen the engagement of your juniors at your facility! Tim & Brian have even started an after school program for middle schoolers and currently have 15 kids involved! Tim & Brian love seeing their kids & juniors enjoy the game of golf. They also love seeing how involved and supportive the family members are of their young competitors. Tim & Brian would love to get more Ann Arbor facilities involved with PGA JLG and welcome any potential captains to speak to them about joining their League. While we all understand how busy every golf professional is during the summer & adding yet another program can be overwhelming it is very rewarding to carve out time to watch these youngsters develop through PGA Jr. League Golf. Please help us congratulate Tim & Brian on all of their success this season.

2018 Drive, Chip & Putt Host Site Applications

Click Here to Submit your 2018 Drive, Chip & Putt Host Site Application 

This season we are getting a jump start on scheduling the Drive Chip & Putt contests. This year we would like to offer the opportunity to host a Drive Chip & Putt qualifier to all PGA recognized facilities.

We will be using the Google Form platform for applications. You can access the application by clicking here! The application has an in-depth description of the host facility requirements as well as a rundown of what to expect during the event. Please read over the document in its entirety before filling out the application.

We are very excited to run these events, it is a great opportunity to really get involved with junior golf development, as well as showcase your facility to new families in the area.

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How we choose a DCP site:

  1. The facility employs a PGA Member who will help coordinate the event
  2. Does the facility meet the range, putting and
    chipping requirements for length and space?
  3. Is the facility in a good geographic location based on where our consumers are located?
  4. Is the facility going to be engaged and involved?
  5. Date and availability of the facility.


DCP host facility stipend: $750

Hosted in 2017?

If you hosted a Drive Chip & Putt in 2017 and
are interested in hosting again in 2018, you need to
fill out a new application for 2018.

Application Deadline is November 1st, 2017.

Our goal is to have facilities selected and scheduled by November 30, 2017.