Archives for 2018

Pure Michigan tees up summer-long celebration of signature golf holes with Pure Michigan 18 video series

LANSING, Mich. – From the rolling hills of southeast Michigan to the craggy shores of Lake Superior, Michigan’s more than 650 public golf courses make the state one of the top golf destinations in the country.

To bring attention to this golf mecca, Pure Michigan is showcasing 18 signature holes that represent significant beauty and challenge in a new series, “Pure Michigan 18.”

“Michigan has long been recognized as one of the premier golf destinations in the country, attracting golfers from all over the U.S. and offering the best summer golf conditions in the nation,” said Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “Our new video series featuring signature holes around the state is another way we can highlight the world-class golf experiences Michigan offers to travelers from around the U.S.”

Each Tuesday for 18 weeks, a new course and signature hole will be revealed featuring a video narrated by a golf professional familiar with the unique features of the hole. New videos will be shared on Pure Michigan’s Facebook page and will be available at michigan.org/puremichigan18.

Well-known courses from across the state will be featured, including Harbor Shores Golf Club, site of 2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA tournament. Other courses that will be featured include The Jewel, Stoatin Brae, and Eagle Eye Championship Golf Course.

Fans are encouraged to share their golf experiences while playing these holes throughout the summer by sharing photos on Instagram or Twitter and using the hashtag #PureMichigan18, with the chance to win free rounds of golf at a number of the featured courses.

There will be many opportunities to win, including selecting two winners every month for a complimentary round of golf for 4, and a grand prize including more rounds of golf at one of the Pure Michigan 18 golf courses.

Visit michigan.org for rules and details of the contest.

This program complements other exciting news for golfing in Michigan, including the addition of two new golf courses — The South Course at Arcadia Bluffs and Sage Run at Island Resort & Casino — six professional tournaments being held in the state this year, and the Inn at Bay Harbor being recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Best Resorts in the Americas.
 

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Media Contacts:
Kathy Achtenberg – MEDC
(517) 335-4590, achtenbergk@michigan.org

Entry Deadline Looming for June 11-14 Michigan Open Championship

  ACME —  In 2018 it’s back to The Bear for the 101st Michigan Open Championship June 11-14, but the entry deadline for the state’s elite golfers is next week.

  For the list of qualifiers and to register click HERE, the deadline to be part of the return to The Bear is Wednesday, March 16, at 5 p.m.

  A field of 156 starting golfers will be determined after entrants not in the exempt categories play in one of seven qualifiers presented around the state between May 22 and June 3. A special three-spot qualifier will also be held on June 9 at Traverse City Golf & Country Club, which can be used as a first or second attempt.

   Grand Traverse Resort and Spa hosted the state’s best golfers in the storied Michigan Open Championship 28 times between 1981 and 2008, and in the last 25 of those years The Bear course helped identify the champion.

  The 2018 championship is being presented by Yamaha Golf Cars Plus and MercyElite Sports Performance with additional support from Pepsi and Traverse City Tourism.

  Matt Thompson, the head golf professional at Marshall Country Club, is the defending champion. The Battle Creek native and former University of Michigan golfer made five birdies on the back nine at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland last year to win the historic 100th Michigan Open by six shots over 2013 champion Tom Werkmeister of Grandville.

  The field is traditionally made up of the top Michigan PGA professionals, touring professionals who maintain residency in the state and the top amateur players.

   Many of the state’s top golfers are excited about returning to The Bear for the first time in 10 years.

    “I think it goes back to all the great memories they have from when the tournament was played up there for all those years,” Justin Phillips, tournament director for the Michigan PGA said. “They took their families there and made it a vacation in Traverse City. It’s a great championship venue.”

   Tom McGee, the director of golf at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, said the resort is excited the best golfers in Michigan are coming back, too.

  “Everybody at the resort is excited to have the Michigan Open coming back, and I’ve heard from a lot of the PGA professionals and other very good golfers who are excited it is back as well,” he said.

  “The great challenge of The Bear is one thing, but also a lot of people feel it is really the home of the Michigan Open. To have it back here is exciting for them, and they remember making it a vacation for their families while they are playing in a great tournament.”

  The Michigan Open was first played in 1916 and won by Leo Diegel, who also played in the inaugural Ryder Cup matches and the first Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. Many of golf’s most famous have their names listed on the Michigan Open’s James Standish Trophy including Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Al Watrous, Horton Smith, Walter Burkemo and John Barnum.

Youth Serves GAM Team in Turning Back PGA Team in 46th Fuller Cup Matches

   BIRMINGHAM – With some long-hitting golfers fresh off their college seasons adding a spark the Golf Association of Michigan team rolled to a 12.5 – 5.5 win over the Michigan PGA team in the 46th Fuller Cup Matches Wednesday at Birmingham Country Club.


  The GAM won six of the first eight singles matches of the afternoon and scored 9.5 of the possible 12 available to break a 3-3 tie through the morning four-ball matches.


  “Our college guys have an advantage with their length on what is now a more open course,” said non-playing captain Ken Hartmann, the senior director of rules and competitions for the GAM. “With the renovation in the last few years the club took out a lot of trees and with the distance the college kids can hit it, they just cut across some of the doglegs and feel more confident swinging a way out there.”


  Jake Kneen of White Lake and Connor Jones of Rochester, who just completed their senior seasons at Oakland University, and Beau Breault, who just completed his junior year at Eastern Michigan, bombed away and had a hand in scoring points in the morning and afternoon. In addition, GAM veterans Nathan Clark of Charlotte and Mike Ignasiak of Saline also carded points in both sessions.

 

  “It feels good to get the cup back,” Hartmann said. “It’s been very competitive the last 10 years or so.”

  Brett Hudson of Bloomfield Hills beat host head pro Joe Herbstreith 6 and 5 in the first match of the afternoon, but assistant Birmingham pro Steve Vecellio topped John Quigley of St. Clair Shores 2-up to make the score 4-4.

 

  Then the GAM blitz started with four consecutive wins by Ignasiak, Clark, Jones and Kneen. Scott Strickland of Birmingham, a member at Birmingham CC, secured the clinching point with a 7 and 5 win over Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills Country Club.

 

   Vecellio and Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club were the only PGA players to be part of wins in both sessions. Kyle Martin of Lochmoor Club teamed with Dodson in the morning for a win, and earned a halve with AJ Varekois of Rockford in singles.

 

  The GAM has won six of the last 11 competitions, but still trail 35-10-1 in the series. Prior to 2001 the PGA teams dominated the Ryder Cup-style competition.

 

  The format has changed over the years, but the matches have always been presented to promote sportsmanship, friendship and great golf between the professionals and amateurs in the state. The GAM team is selected through the use of the GAM Honor Roll and the PGA selects its team via money list standing.

 

  Fairway & Greene was the clothing sponsor and outfitted both teams. The PGA Michigan Section Tournament Director Justin Phillips and Hartmann were the non-playing captains.

 

  Find more information on the Golf Association of Michigan at gam.org. Find more information on the Michigan PGA at michiganpgagolf.com. Learn more about Birmingham CC at bhamcc.com.

 

46th Fuller Cup Matches

Morning Results (four-ball matches) GAM 3, PGA 3

(PGA) Joe Herbstreith/Steve Vecellio def. (GAM) Brett Hudson/John Quigley 3 and 1

(GAM) Mike Ignasiak/Nathan Clark def. (PGA) Lee Houtteman/Gary Lewandowski 4 and 3

(GAM) Connor Jones/Jake Kneen def. (PGA) Ron Beurmann/Scott Hebert 1-up

(PGA) Travis Dodson/Kyle Martin def. (GAM) David Praet/AJ Varekois 3 and 2

(GAM) Jack Weller/Beau Breault def. (PGA) Cody Haughton/Jordan Young  4 and 2

(PGA) Brian Cairns/Josh Fryer def. (GAM) Jeff Champine/Scott Strickland 3 and 2

Afternoon Results (singles matches) GAM 9.5, PGA 2.5

(GAM) Brett Hudson def. (PGA) Joe Herbstreith 6 and 5

(PGA) Steve Vecellio def.  (GAM) John Quigley 2-up

(GAM) Mike Ignasiak def. (PGA) Lee Houtteman 1-up

(GAM) Nathan Clark def. (PGA) Gary Lewandowski 3 and 2

(GAM) Connor Jones def. (PGA) Ron Beurmann 2-up

(GAM) Jake Kneen def. (PGA) Scott Hebert 4 and 2

(PGA) Travis Dodson def. (GAM) David Praet 5 and 4

(GAM) AJ Varekois halved with (PGA) Kyle Martin

(GAM) Jack Weller def. (PGA) Cody Haughton 2-up

(GAM) Beau Breault def. (PGA) Jordan Young 1-up

(GAM) Jeff Champine def. (PGA) Brian Cairns 1-up

(GAM) Scott Strickland def. (PGA) Josh Fryer 7 and 5

Final score: GAM 12.5, PGA 5.5

Roth / Pohl win the Yamaha Golf Cars / Bushnell Golf Pro Pro Championship

Bloomfield Hills, MI – The team of two former Arizona Wildcat alums teamed up Monday to win the 2018 Yamaha Golf Cars / Bushnell Golf Pro Pro Championship at Franklin Hills Country Club and Bloomfield Hills Country Club. Jeff Roth from Boyne Highlands and former PGA Tour member Dan Pohl played great all day with consistent rounds of 64 in both the morning and afternoon for a 128 (-14 ) under total, which was good for a 4 shot victory over Al Kuhn from Oakhurst Golf & Country Club and Tom Harding from the Kendall Academy.

A total of 92 teams competed in this 36 hole best ball event. The field was split with half playing Franklin Hills CC and half playing Bloomfield Hills CC in the morning. The teams were then repaired in the afternoon when they played the opposite course.  Both Franklin Hills and Bloomfield Hills were in tremendous shape and made for a great event.

Jeff and Dan fired a (-7) under par round of 64 in the morning at Bloomfield Hills ,which gave them a one shot lead over George Forster and Jeffery Gunning from the Country Club of Detroit heading into the afternoon.  The low rounds of the morning at Franklin Hills went to the host professionals Jeff Ferry and Josh Fryer from Franklin Hills and Jeff Gniewek from Knollwood CC and Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook CC, both teams had rounds of (-5) 66.

With another round of (-7) under 64 Jeff and Dan were to tough to catch finishing at -14 under. Jeff Roth just returned to the Michigan Section after spending the past 8 seasons at San Juan Country Club in New Mexico. Jeff is currently teaching at Boyne Highlands. Dan Pohl is back in the Michigan Section under a new role of Director of Golf Operations at the PohlCat ,the course he designed in the early 1990’s. Dan is a Mt Pleasant native and played on the PGA Tour from 1978 to 1987 and has 2 PGA Tour wins.

For final results and payout click HERE

Congratulations to Al Kuhn for winning the Bushnell Range Finder for his closest to the pin shot on #17.

We would like to thank our host sites – Franklin Hills Country Club and Bloomfield Hills Country Club for opening their doors and hosting this event.

We would also like to thank our two sponsors  – Bushnell Golf along with Yamaha Golf Cars for stepping up this year to sponsor the event. We appreciate their support of the Section  and our Tournament program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dodson, Dodson, Gisi and Pesta win the Club Car Spring Scramble presented by Heartland

Ypsilanti, MI – It took 4 extra holes for the team of  Michigan PGA Professionals Andrew Dodson ( Golf TEC -Novi)  ,Travis Dodson ( Meadowbrook CC), Marlon Gisi ( GolfTEC -Troy) and Matt Pesta ( Lincoln Hills GC) to capture the championship held at the Marriott at Eagle Crest Resort on Monday. This was the opening event for the Michigan PGA Section Tournament season. 

Along with our champions we had 2 other teams  finish the day at  (-16 under ) 56 making it a 3 team playoff. The team from Red Run CC of Mark Johnson, Cody Haughton, Patrick Humphries and Steve Naelon as well as the team of professional Chis Sullivan from Sun Mountain and his amateur partners Pete Farner, Ryan Johnson and Anthony Sorentino both finished at (-16) under as well.

All 3 teams made par at  the first playoff hole and birdied the 2. The teams of Dodson ,Dodson, Pesta and Gisi along with Sullivan, Farner, Johnson and Sorentino both birdied the third playoff hole and it was finally decided at the fourth hole with a birdie from Dodson ,Dodson, Pesta and Gisi, giving them first place and $2,200 for the team.

Any team shooting a score of 58 or better finished in the money. Please see the final results  on the website by clicking HERE .

We had 3 skins yesterday including a Hole in One by amateur Ryan Tobin ! Each skin is worth $864 per team

#7 –  Eagle (2) – Rammler, Cheesman, Welsh, Bohm

#8 – Eagle (2) – Pershern, Martin, Wright, Clor

#14 – Hole In One -Sall, Tobin, Sall, Schopieray

For Course statistics click HERE

We would like to thank The Marriott at Eagle Crest for  hosting this event. Their staff did a great job hosting and really made for a nice event. The golf course was in great shape ,especially for this early in the year. It was nice for all of the Eastern Michigan University to come back as we had 8 alumni in the field.

We would also like to thank our sponsors – Club Car and specifically the team from Midwest Golf & Turf. This was the 27th  year that Club Car has been a  sponsor of this event. We greatly appreciate their support of the Section Tournament program and this event.

We would also like to thank Heartland Processing for joining Club Car and sponsoring this event for the first time .It was great to have their support and Barry Taylor onsite for the event.

To see pics of the event please visit the Michigan PGA Facebook page.

Michiganders Take Home First, Second, Third, and Fourth Place at the Drive, Chip & Putt National Championship

Four skilled and motivated Michigan golfers got their chance to compete on a dreamscape, Augusta National. So few people get to drive down Magnolia Lane and rub elbows with past champions of The Masters, like Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Gary Player and Adam Scott.  PJ Maybank III, Josh Lavely, Georgia Bosart and Allison Cui got their chance to compete at Augusta National on Easter Sunday at the Drive Chip and Putt National Finals.

PJ Maybank III came in first place in the boy’s 12-13 division. Congratulations PJ! He scored 9 points in the driving competition, 7 points in the chipping and scored 9 points in putting to come from behind and win it all! Congratulations on your focus and performance under pressure PJ! PJ is the first Michigander to win the Drive, Chip & Putt National Championship. Mark O’Meara handed PJ his trophy at the awards ceremony.

 

 

Josh Lavely, son of Michigan PGA Professional Larry Lavely, came in second place in the boy’s 14-15 division. Josh came to compete putting up 10 points in both the driving and chipping competitions; he scored 3 points in the putting competition to give him a total of 23 points. Josh had some outstanding shots throughout the day! Congratulations Josh Lavely! Ben Crenshaw handed Josh his trophy at the awards ceremony.

 

 

Georgia Bosart came in third place in the Girl’s 10-11 division. Georgia started out with 5 points in the driving competition, 7 points in the chipping and 8 points in the putting. Georgia continued to improve her skills as the competitions went on fighting her way into third place. Gary Player and Trevor Immelman handed Georgia her trophy during the awards ceremony.

 

 

Allison Cui came in fourth place in the Girl’s 12-13 division. Allison scored 10 points in the driving competition, 3 points in chipping and 6 points in putting. Her 10 points in the driving competition secured her first place within that skill. Bubba Watson handed Allison her trophy at the awards ceremony.

 

 

 

The four competitors started their road to Augusta at one of Michigan’s Local Drive Chip & Putt Qualifiers. Michigan will be hosting 10 Local Qualifiers this summer from June-August for the 2019 Drive Chip & Putt. To find a Local Qualifier near you go to DriveChipandPutt.com

For a full list of results and photos go to DriveChipandPutt.com

Watch The Four Michiganders Compete at the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship! Sunday April 1st

Michigan will have four junior golfers competing this Sunday, April 1st at the National Drive, Chip & Putt competition, held at Augusta National. The Broadcast will start on Sunday, April 1st at 8:00am EST on the Golf Channel. You can also watch the live stream by Clicking Here.

Click Here to register for your Local Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier! 

Our four competitors will be Georgia Bosart, Girls 10-11, Allison Cui, Girls 12-13, PJ Maybank III Boys 12-13, Josh Lavely, Boys 14-15.

 

Georgia Bosart of Clarkston, Michigan came in first place in the Girls 10-11 Division with a dominating lead over the field. She scored 131 points and won by 23 points. Georgia entered her Local Qualifier at Hawk Hollow where she was able to secure first place and advance to the Sub Regional at Oakland University. At Oakland University Georgia placed in second and was the final qualifier for her age division to advance to Muirfield Village. After her dominating win at Muirfield Village, Georgia will now advance to Augusta National to compete with 10 other girls ages 10-11.

 

 

 

 

 

Allison Cui of Lansing, Michigan came in first place in the Girls 12-13 Division by one point. Allison Scored 134 points at Muirfield Village. She scored 34 points in Driving, after hitting one outside the grid. She scored 40 points in chipping. Allison had 74 points going into the putting; she needed to score big in order to advance. She sunk her first put, 25 more points. Her second putt was within one foot of the hole scoring her 20 more points. Allison headed into the last putt, knowing she needed to get the ball within 2 feet of the hole & she did just that, scoring her 15 more points for a grand total of 60 points in putting. Allison’s putting won her the competition.

 

 

 

 

 

PJ Maybank III of Cheboygan, Michigan came in first place in the Boys 12-13 Division by 8 points at Muirfield Village. PJ started the day with a commanding lead of 51 points in the Driving station. All three of PJ’s drives were between 220-230 yards, scoring him 17 points each. PJ was able to hold onto that lead throughout the day. PJ came in first place in the Driving competition, fourth place in the Chipping competitions and third place in Putting. PJ entered his Local Qualifier at Bay Meadows where he advanced to Battle Creek Country Club before competing at Muirfield Village. Now he will move onto the grand stage of Augusta National to compete against 10 other boys ages 12-13.

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Lavely of Kewadin, Michigan came in first place in the Boys 14-15 Division by 5 points at Muirfield Village. Josh, son of PGA Member Larry Lavely of A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, scored 38 points in Driving, 35 points in Chipping and 60 points in Putting for a total of 133 points. Josh started his journey to Augusta at the Local Qualifier at Bay Meadows. Josh was able to secure second place which bought him a ticket to the Sub-regional at Battle Creek Country Club where Josh scored an AMAZING 166 points just to put this in perspective there is only a maximum of 225 points available. Josh is amongst the youngest within his age division making this win even more special. Josh is currently only 13 but will turn 14 before the National Championship at Augusta. Josh has performed well over the last three competitions and we are excited to see his scores among the other 10 boys 14-15 year old boys at Augusta.

 

 

 

 

Each National Qualifier will receive a complementary trip for themselves and one parent to Augusta National. The Drive, Chip & Putt competitions are completely free to compete in. To sign up for your chance at a trip & experience of a lifetime enter into your local qualifiers at drivechipandputt.com. The 2018 Local qualifying season will open in April of 2018.

Please help us wish all four of our Michiganders good luck & congratulate them on their continued success within the game of golf.

 

 

 

2018 Michigan PGA Spring Meeting & Education Seminar

The Section held its Spring Meeting on Monday, March 26 with over 200 members and apprentices in attendance. President Kevin McKinley welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club, and welcomed special guests Chris Coffman, The Ally Challenge, Hannah Davis, Folds of Honor Scholarship Recipient, Kim Shafer, Regional Sales Manager-PGA Jr. League, Todd Smith, PGA Career Services Consultant, Alex Wassom, who sang the national anthem, the Honor Guard from VFW Post 7309 in Mason, Michigan and all Past Presidents in attendance.

After the ceremony from the Honor Guard, Mr. Wassom sang a wonderful rendition of our national anthem. Raquel Bryant then delivered the invocation and remembered deceased Members Curtis George, Stan Jawor and Larry Tomasino.

President McKinley apprised the Membership on the Strategic Plan and some of the already finalized goals and objectives. He explained that not all committee chairs are board members, but an officer or board member sits on each committee to report back to the board. Committee chairs were picked based on the best leader to make change for that committee. He also disclosed to the membership that District 5 Director John Lindert is one of four candidates running for National Secretary.

Vice President Bob Bales, along with Executive Director Kevin Helm, reviewed the Section’s investments as well as year-end financials.

Secretary John Pershern acknowledged and welcomed new members and quarter century members. He also congratulated Michigan Golf Hall of Fame inductee Tom Harding.

PGA Career Consultant Todd Smith introduced himself and reviewed a brief PowerPoint presentation. He urged the membership to complete the 2018 Compensation Survey by March 31.

PGA Jr. League Regional Manager Kim Shafer also introduced herself and reviewed exciting new items for 2018.

Junior Grant of the Year Award recipient Pam Phipps, PGA

The meeting then went into a town hall format with President McKinley introducing Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient Hannah Davis, who gave a poignant speech and thanked PGA members for their continued support of the organization.

Tournament Chair Ian Ziska, along with Jim Deiters, Jason Guss and Cody Haughton, talked about what playing in events means to them.

Growth of the Game Chair Stephanie Jennings then recognized the Junior Grant Program of the Year Award to Pam Phipps and Adult Grant Program of the

Adult Grant of the Year Award recipient Brian Kotowicz, PGA

Year Award to Brian Kotowicz. Along with Kotowicz and Phipps, they were joined by Andre Pillow and Kelly Sivier talking about various best practices, etc. regarding junior programs and how they tailor their respective programs to their participants.

The last portion of the town hall featured District 5 Director John Lindert and National Secretary Candidate, along with Jim Dewling, Andre Pillow and Mike Rey, talking about their own experiences as it relates to governance and leadership.

About 53 invited guests had Lunch with the President, an inspiring presentation by President McKinley who discussed the benefits of leadership, leadership opportunities and how to be an all-star board member.

The afternoon education portion featured Dawes Marlatt, PGA Master Professional, Senior Director for Education and Organizational Development at PGA of America, and Todd Sammons, Director, Member Education at PGA of America, who talked about ideas and the new direction within the PGA of America’s Education Department. A large part of the seminar had attendees participate in PGA Business Management Simulations that delivered real world scenarios aligned with a primary focus on improving marketing, sales, leadership, revenue management and financial management at a golf facility. 

Thank you to Ahead and WholesaleGRIPS.com for sponsoring the luncheon.

 

 

Michigan PGA Tournament Registration begins March 5 at 9:00am !

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2018 Michigan Section Tournament Season begins this Monday, March 5th at 9:00am ! A big thanks to all of our host facilities as we have another great lineup of sites this year.

Section Event Registration
You can register online by clicking on the  Online Section registration link on the right or login in the Section Tournament Players Club box if you are a PGA member.  If you are not a PGA Member and are signing up for an Open event please click on the Section Tournament Schedule under the Events tab and then click on the actual event and register as a non member.

Due to PCI Compliance the Section can no longer take credit cards over the phone or on faxed or mailed in entries. All credit card payments must be done online.

The 101st  Michigan Open Championship presented by Yamaha Golf Cars Plus is returning to Grand Traverse Resort and  will take place on The Bear –  June 11-14, 2018. Don’t miss the opportunity to get back up north and play in what will be a wonderful return to Grand Traverse Resort ! Qualifiers are listed on our website by clicking HERE

Section Schedule / Sponsors
We are excited about the 2018 season and the tournament schedule. We look forward to another great first event on April 30th  at the Marriott @ Eagle Crest Resort with the Club Car  Spring Scramble.

The Club Car / Midwest Golf & Turf team will also sponsor the Midwest Golf & Turf Pro Am at The Fortress on July 23rd . This event  is a Pro Am format where your team is entered into both Gross and Net Divisions.

The  Yamaha Golf Cars Plus / Bushnell Pro – Pro Championship will take place on  Monday, May 7th at Franklin Hills Country Club and Bloomfield Hills Country Club. Teams will play both courses  with am / pm shotguns at each course.

After a great first year the  Michigan PGA Professional  Championship  returns  to Flint Golf Club and will take place on August 20-22, 2018.  Participants will also be competing for 9 qualifying spots for the 2019 PGA Professional Championship at this event.

We are excited to announce that Adidas is the new sponsor of the Adidas State Pro Am at Boyne Highlands. Adidas will have a mobile pro shop set up onsite for participants to pick out their tee gifts. This event will take place on June 4th-5th on the Heather and Hills courses.

The year Levelwear  will join Sterling Cut Glass and Evolve Golf   as sponsors of the Pro – Assistant Championship. The event is heading to Forest Dunes and will take place on the original course there on Tuesday, September 4th.

St Andrews Products will join Winston Collection as co – sponsors of the Senior Junior Championship  that will take place on September 24th at the Country Club of Jackson.

The Michigan PGA Section Match Play presented by the PGA Tour  moves to Eagle Eye Golf Club and will take place on October 1-2. The final 16 at this event will once again qualify through your respective Chapter or Senior Organization.

The Section events in  Michigan will wrap up with the year end All Star Pro Golf / Earth Networks Fall Pro Scratch at Barton Hills CC on October 8th.

The  Oakley Pro – Junior Championship  will take place at Forest Akers West at MSU this year on Sunday, August 12th. We are excited to have Oakley back again as the sponsor for this event. The  format is once again a  Shamble with one professional and 3 juniors ages 12-18.

 

Tom Harding, PGA Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

Two Players, Two Executives Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

  BIG RAPIDS – The late Bud Erickson of West Bloomfield, a former executive director of the LPGA and the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), Tom Harding of South Lyon, a winning tour professional and PGA instructor, Debbie Williams-Hoak of Saline, a former LPGA player and award-winning coach, and Gordon LaFontaine of Houghton Lake, executive director emeritus of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF) and groundbreaking fundraiser, have been elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame (MGHOF).

  They will be inducted Saturday, June 2, in ceremonies at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Club, and bring the number of inductees to 123, the MGHOF announced today.

  Erickson, who died last August at the age of 94, was an Army Air Corps veteran and graduate of Michigan State University who before his career in golf was a public relations director and assistant general manager for the Detroit Lions. In golf he was executive director of the LPGA from 1970-75 credited with adding tournaments and purses and was executive director of the GAM from 1980-84. He also served as tournament director for Oakland Hills Country Club as host site of the 1979 PGA Championship, the 1981 U.S. Senior Open, the 1985 U.S. Open and the 1991 U.S. Senior Open.

  Harding, 53 and a teaching professional at Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti, played on the Asian, Australian and Web.com tours and won the Canadian PGA Championship in 1991. After his tour career, the Michigan State graduate and Spartan golfer was twice the Michigan PGA Player of the Year and won four Michigan PGA Section major titles including the 1997 Michigan PGA Professional Championship. He has been at Kendall Academy since 2004 where he has been named one of Golf Digest’s Top 15 Instructors in Michigan five times since 2011 and has helped 25 students earn collegiate golf scholarships.

  Williams-Hoak, 58 and golf academy director at Brookside Golf Club in Saline, was an All-America track and field athlete at the University of Michigan before taking up golf at age 30. At age 40 she was a celebrated rookie on the LPGA Tour. Before turning professional she was a two-time Michigan Women’s Amateur champion and qualified for seven USGA national championships. She won the Michigan Women’s Open in 2000 and twice lost in playoffs on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour. She coaches the boys and girls golf teams at Saline High School and has twice been named a state high school golf coach of the year.

   LaFontaine, 73 and owner of Pine View Highlands Golf Course in Houghton Lake, retired in January after 37 years as executive director of the MTF where he administered $500,000 in annual revenue and product funds, helped to raise over $1.1 million annual donations of equipment, product and funds, oversaw $1.3 million in endowments and was instrumental in the creation of the world renown Hancock Turfgrass Research Center at Michigan State University. The MSU graduate has won multiple awards, and is a past winner of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America Distinguished Service Award.

  The MGHOF is a heralded collection of portraits, plaques and memorabilia that currently commemorates 119 members, including Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Horton Smith and more current notables Dave and Mike Hill, Dan Pohl, Meg Mallon and Kelly Robbins. The collection will soon be housed and displayed in the new Ken Janke Sr. Golf Learning Center planned by Ferris State University at its Katke facility. The late Ken Janke Sr. is co-founder and a member of the MGHOF.

  The MGHOF is administered by the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Committee, which is funded through the non-profit Michigan Golf Foundation (501(c) (3) since 1996) and includes 18 people representing a cross-section of the state’s golf associations as well as golf media. The MGHOF committee conducts an annual election to recognize the achievements of competitive Michigan golfers, but also accomplishments of individuals who have contributed to the growth of the game.

  Find out more at michigan-golf-foundation.com.

 MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Johnson, co-chairman MGHOF, 616-560-8995, greggie24@hotmail.com