Archives for 2018

Monty Elam, PGA wins PGA of America’s 2018 Deacon Palmer Award

PGA Members Monty Elam, Ken Juhn honored as they face physical hardships;
Joseph Hallett, Marvol Barnard, Cameron Doan, Cameron Milton also receive top awards

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2018) – In an emotional and inspiring ceremony, a class of eight PGA Members were spotlighted for their career achievements, as the annual PGA of America National Awards Night kicked off the 102nd PGA Annual Meeting at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, in Indian Wells, California.

Dan Pasternak, the PGA General Manager at Essex Fells (New Jersey) Country Club, was presented the 65th PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award. In addition, James Sieckmann, a 23-year PGA Member in the Nebraska Section and the PGA Director of Instruction at The Golf Academy at Shadow Ridge Country Club in Omaha, was the recipient of the 2018 PGA Teacher of the Year Award for his “outstanding services as a golf teacher, innovator and coach.”

The night also featured two prominent PGA Members battling significant physical setbacks among the Awards class.

Monty Elam, PGA Director of Golf at Whiteford Valley Golf Club in Ottawa Lake, Michigan, was presented the Deacon Palmer Award for overcoming a hardship to work at a high level. Elam was blinded during what was supposed to be a routine eye surgery. A procedure later restored partial sight in one eye. When asked what motivated him to continue in golf, Elam said, “Being told that I couldn’t do it…People inspire me every day.”

In addition, Patriot Award recipient Ken Juhn, PGA Head Professional at Terrace Hill Golf Center in Temple Terrace, Florida, is battling Stage 4 cancer. Yet, he regularly continues his work with military veterans through the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program, which provides golf instruction to military veterans as a means of assimilation and rehabilitation.

“It is extremely special and humbling to receive this award,” said Juhn. “With PGA HOPE, we have an opportunity to express the value of the game and its importance as a rehab tool. We need more programs to help the men and women coming out of battle.”

In my 30-plus years with the PGA of America, I’ve never experienced a more meaningful moment than the Awards Night last evening,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “It was a moving night and a remarkable ceremony. Congratulations to this outstanding class of PGA Members who serve as consummate PGA Professionals and an inspiration to us all.”

In winning the highest annual honor given to a PGA Golf Professional, Pasternak headed the 2018 PGA National Awards class for “qualities of leadership, strong moral character, and a substantial record of service” to the PGA and the game of golf overall. The first New Jersey PGA Section Member named PGA Golf Professional of the Year, he has served as a New Jersey PGA Section Officer and on virtually every committee in the Section, as well as at the national level on the PGA of America’s Board of Directors. This commitment to volunteerism and service is reinforced by his role as President of the New Jersey Golf Foundation, which he helped launch in 2004, as the charitable arm of the NJPGA. Pasternak was also the national Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient in 2013.

“I’m a big believer in the PGA,” said Pasternak, who offered advice to the next generation of PGA Members. “I believe there’s a lot of opportunity in the business, and people looking to get in this industry should not limit themselves.”

Sieckmann currently instructs 14 PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Tour players, including Stewart Cink, Ben Crane, Anirban Lahiri, Cameron Tringale, Ben MartIn, Tom Pernice Jr., Duffy Waldorf and 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open Champion In-Kyung Kim, among others. He has also been named to Golf Digest’s “50 Best Teachers in America” list from 2015-2018.

“Many have inspired me but [PGA Tour Professional] Tom Pernice was the first to say to me, ‘You’re my guy,’ explained Sieckmann. “Golf is a lot like life. You are always working on yourself.”

A total of eight PGA Members were honored throughout the evening:*

  • PGA Golf Professional of the Year: Dan Pasternak, PGA, Essex Fells (New Jersey) C.C.
  • PGA Teacher of the Year: James Sieckmann, PGA, The Golf Academy at Shadow Ridge C.C.-Omaha, Nebraska
  • PGA Youth Player Development Award: Cameron Milton, PGA, Polson (Montana) Bay G.C.
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Cameron Doan, PGA, Preston Trail G.C.- Dallas
  • Horton Smith Award: Joseph Hallett, PGA, Vanderbilt Legends Club – Franklin, Tennessee
  • PGA Player Development Award: Marvol Barnard, PGA/LPGA, Haven G.C.- Green Valley, Arizona
  • Patriot Award: Ken Juhn, PGA, Terrace Hill Golf Center- Temple Terrace, Florida
  • Deacon Palmer Award: Monty Elam, PGA, Whiteford Valley G.C.- Ottawa Lake, Michigan

In addition, the Herb Graffis Award will be officially presented Thursday, Nov. 8, to the Colorado PGA Section during the 2018 PGA Annual Meeting. The three PGA Merchandisers of the Year will be honored at the 2019 PGA Magazine Merchandiser of the Year Conference in January, prior to the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

  • Private Facilities: Nick Muller, PGA, C.C. of Lincoln (Neb.)
  • Public Facilities: Mark Rashell, PGA, The G.C. at Newcastle (Wash.)
  • Resort Facilities: Erik Wilson, PGA, Fairmont Grand G.C.- San Diego

For bios and information on the individual award winners, click here.

Michigan PGA Fall Meeting Well Attended!

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan PGA held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 29. With approximately 225 Members in attendance, President Kevin McKinley welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests Legal Counsel John Allen, and Todd Smith, PGA Career Consultant, Alex Wassom, and all Past Presidents in attendance.

Randy White administered the invocation and remembered deceased PGA member Ken Foster.

After Mr. Wassom sang a great rendition of our national anthem town hall discussions then began with Stephanie Jennings moderating Shaun Bezilla, Tim Strickland and Scott Wilson who spoke about their successes in Golf in Schools programs they run.

Doug Kreis then recognized and celebrated Golf Professional of the Year Greg Babinec, PGA of America Deacon Palmer Award winner Monty Elam, and Dick Stewart, 2018 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductee, who gave brief overviews of their successes in the golf business.

The town hall portion wrapped up with President McKinley overseeing an At-Large Director candidates forum in which he asked about each candidates’ background and how their past experiences would help as a Board Member, and how does your job uniquely qualify you to serve on the board?

President McKinley presented outgoing Board plaques to Shaun Bezilla, Stephanie Jennings, Dean Kolstad, Doug Kreis and Aaron Waltz (absent).

Vice President Bob Bales then reviewed he Section’s investments and Executive Director Kevin Helm reviewed budget numbers through September 2018.

Hall of Fame Inductee Dick Stewart with Secretary John Pershern

Secretary John Pershern acknowledged and welcomed new members, quarter century members and announced the 2018 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductee Dick Stewart.  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 Ron Osborne oversaw the voting for At-Large Directors. Those elected were Shaun Bezilla, Stephanie Jennings, Dean Kolstad, Chris Moore and Aaron Waltz.

Special Awards Chair Doug Kreis presented plaques to the 2018 Special Awards winners:

Assistant Professional of the Year – AJ Partenio, PGA
Bill Strausbaugh – Kevin McKinley, PGA
Golf Professional of the Year – Greg Babinec, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Private – Mike McGonigal, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Public – Ian Ziska, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Resort – Elliott Oscar, PGA
Patriot Award – Paul Hawkins, PGA
PGA Horton Smith – Ian Ziska, PGA
Player Development – Scott Wilson, PGA
Teacher of the Year – Adam Schriber, PGA
Youth Player Development – Kelly Sivier, PGA

Special Awards Chair Doug Kreis

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

In Tournament Chair Ian Ziska’s absence, Shaun Bezilla gave a brief recap of the season, and acknowledged Player of the Year Scott Hebert.

All Chapters/Committees reports submitted can be found on

Many thanks to Pepsi for sponsoring the meeting, and PGA National Resort & Spa the seminar.

The afternoon education seminar featured Michigan PGA Member Mark Wilson presenting “Changes to the Rules of Golf for 2019”.

Topics covered included a look at the new format and language in the Rules. The purpose statements at the start of each Rule will be discussed, along with the many significant changes to rules outcomes and penalties. Golfers at all levels will want to become familiar with what is changing when they start their golf season next year.

Team from Heritage Glen wins the Kiawah Island Resort Pro Am presented by Linksoul

Kiawah Island SC, -Congratulations to the team of professional Bill Wilson from Heritage Glen Golf Club and his amateurs partners Rick Depauw, Don Gunden and Phil Pletcher on winning the 2018 Kiawah Island Resort Pro Am presented by Linksoul.

The team from Heritage Glen was 13 shots back heading into the final round at Osprey Point. It was in this final round that it all came together for a score of 121 (-23 under ) in this 2 net best of 4 to win the overall championship by 3 shots.

It was the team from TPC of Michigan with professional Heath Morden and his amateur partners Kevin Lustig, Max Wegner and Greg Phillips that jumped out the early lead with a score of 127 ( -17 under ) on Monday at Cougar Point. The held onto the lead after posting a score of 131 on Tuesday at the Ocean Course but were unable to hold off the late charging team from Heritage Glen in the final round and finished in second place overall, 3 shots back.

Coming in 3rd overall was the team of professional Lynn Janson from The Legacy @ Hastings and his amateur partners Joe Abraham, Eric Hirsch and Fred Galfus. They had a great final round of 127 at Osprey Point that jumped them into 3rd place, only 5 shots back of the winning team.

The teams competed for low daily prizes each day as well as overall prizes in this best ball two net of four format. The teams all stayed in villas and homes at Kiawah Island Resort and played Cougar Point, The Ocean Course and Osprey Point. The resort and golf courses were wonderful and provided a great destination for this pro am.

We would like to thank our supporting sponsor of this event Linksoul ! All of the players received an apparel gift package courtesy of Linksoul at the opening party on Sunday night.

We would also like to thank all of the professionals and amateurs for participating in this event.

For complete results click HERE

Gniewek / Zito / Pearce / Husse win the Fall Pro Scratch

Ann Arbor ,MI -The Michigan PGA Section wrapped up the 2018 tournament season with the All Star Pro Golf / Earth Networks / 18 Birdies Fall Pro Scratch at Barton Hills Country Club on Monday. It was a beautiful sunny day and great way to end the season.

Congratulations to the winning team of Jeff Gniewek and Chris Zito from Knollwood Country Club, Barry Pearce from Beacon Hill Golf Club and Darren Husse from Warwick Hills Country Club. They shot a (-11) under par round of 131 in this scratch 2 best for 4 format to win by one shot.

Coming in second just one shot back was the team of Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook Country Club, Andrew Dodson from GolfTEC – Novi, Marlon Gisi from GolfTEC – Troy and Matt Pesta from Lincoln Hills Golf Course.

A big thanks to our host site Barton Hills Country Club. They did a wonderful job hosting and provided a terrific venue for this event.

We would also like to thank our three sponsors of this event : All Star Pro Golf, Earth Networks and 18 Birdies for their support of this event and the Michigan PGA Section. This is the 7th year in a row that All Star Pro Golf has sponsored this event.

Blythefield’s John Seltzer Wins Michigan PGA Match Play for Second Time

  BATH – John Seltzer made it to the final match of the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship for the sixth time in his career but had just one title to show for it.

  Make that two.

  The 39-year-old head golf professional from Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids held off Ferris State University golf coach Kyle Wittenbach to win 2-up in the championship match Wednesday at Eagle Eye Golf Club.

   “I lost in extra holes last year, lost another one on the 18th hole a few years ago, it was nice to close one out for a change,” said the 2017 Michigan PGA Professional Champion who first won the Match Play title in 2009.

  “Kyle is a really good player, and hits it past me like everybody, but I played steady, kept it in front of me, didn’t make a lot of mistakes, made some putts and it feels good to win again.”

  The 30-year-old Wittenbach said he was happy about his performance in the championship, especially beating defending champion and Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club in the rain-delayed semifinals on Tuesday.

  “No one expects to beat him,” he said. “They might believe they can because anybody can beat anybody especially in match play, but finishing that match and winning, I was proud of myself.

  “I hung in there today. I hit a lot of good putts – and John and I were just talking about it – they just didn’t fall. My speed on the greens was a little off all day. I played well. Down the stretch I made a nice birdie on 16 to get it closer, and I had a chance to tie it on 18 but didn’t quite execute by the green. John doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. I was two putts away from maybe winning it, but John made the shots.”

    Seltzer didn’t get up and down from a greenside bunker on No. 2 and made bogey to fall behind early. Wittenbach hit a drive out-of-bounds left on No. 4 and later conceded the hole to make the match all square. Then Seltzer rolled in a 25-foot putt for birdie on the long par 3 No. 5 hole to go 1-up before Wittenbach made things even again at No. 6 with a birdie.

   At No. 8 Wittenbach’s tee shot right of the fairway resulted in a lost ball and lost hole and Seltzer went 2-up at No. 11 when Wittenbach three-putted from about 35 feet above the hole.

  Wittenbach won No. 13 with a par when Seltzer’s approach shot missed the green short, and it looked like he might tie the match when he reached the par 5 No. 14 green in two shots. Seltzer, however, hit a bunker shot of about 35 yards to within eight feet and made the putt to match the two-putt birdie of Wittenbach and keep the 1-up lead.

  At 15, another three-putt for Wittenbach put him behind by two holes, and yet he rallied again with an eight-foot birdie at No. 16.

  At the perilous island green No. 17 Wittenbach hit first and found the water, and Seltzer followed suit. They ended up halving the hole with double-bogey 5s.

  With a 1-up lead Seltzer played the par 5 No. 18 straight away with three shots to the green, and Wittenbach’s second shot ended up on a lower portion of the fairway where he failed to get a shot over the railroad ties near the green and eventually conceded the hole and match.

  “I rely on my putter to beat people,” Seltzer said. “In match play that means I’m never really out of a hole. To beat me the other guys has to make some putts, and Kyle just couldn’t get any to drop.”

  Seltzer, a veteran section member in his fourth season at Blythefield, said the key hole in the match was his birdie with the long sand shot at the par 5 No. 14 hole.

  “I know he is going to at least make birdie so in match play you are not protecting a score and you stay aggressive,” he said. “I went after that bunker shot and pulled it off. I think there’s a lesson there. It’s usually better to play aggressive rather than try not to make a mistake. That was big for me there.”

  It was the first finals for Wittenbach and his best finish in the PGA Section as a fourth-year member. The Lowell native is in his third year as the Ferris coach after coaching first at Northern Michigan University.

  “I played in a lot of the chapter and section events this year and I had a good year,” he said. “I look forward to playing in more and becoming a contender more often.”

RESULTS: See the match play bracket : Click HERE

Seltzer / Wittenbach to meet in finals of the Michigan PGA Section Match Play Championship at Eagle Eye Golf Club

BATH –  The finals are set as John Seltzer, the head pro at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids  will face Kyle Wittenbach ,head golf coach at Ferris State University in the Michigan PGA Section Match Play Championship presented by the PGA Tour at the award winning  Eagle Eye Golf Club at 8:30am on Wednesday.

  John advanced to the finals in dramatic fashion with a chip in birdie at the par four 16th hole to defeat Kevin Muir from The Wyndgate 3 & 2. John defeated Scott Cook from the Golf Club at Thornapple Point 5 & 4 in the morning quarter – final match. John looks to claim his second Match Play Championship title as he won in 2009.

Kyle advanced to the finals by defeating the defending champ Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club 2 & 1 in the morning quarter – final match and then cruised to victory with a 6 & 4 victory in the afternoon over Josh Fryer from Franklin Hills Country Club. Kyle looks for his first Michigan PGA Match Play title.

Heavy rains overnight and into Monday morning has forced the finals into Wednesday  as players were only able to complete the Round of 16 matches on Monday and then the quarter and semi final matches on Tuesday. The finals will take place at 8:30am Wednesday morning. For live scoring of this final match click HERE

The 16 golfers that participated  have advanced from chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at Eagle Eye for the Jim Picard Trophy and a $3,600 first-place place prize.

 Eagle Eye, a previous host for the Michigan PGA Professional Championship, was designed by Chris Lutzke in collaboration with Pete Dye. It is a rolling “links” style design with multiple tee options. It has consistently won awards and received top ratings since it was founded in 2003.

   Among its most notable holes is No. 17, a 146-yard par 3 that Lutzke designed as a replica of the famous Dye-designed island hole 17th at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Dye’s testy par 3 has beguiled the best golfers in the world, and the replica at Eagle Eye has the same effect.

  Bracket and tournament information can be found by clicking HERE

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McAuliffe & Vecellio win the 2018 Winston Collection / St Andrews Products Senior Junior Championship

Jackson, MI – The team of Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook Country Club and Steve Vecellio from Birmingham Country Club were able to follow up their impressive opening round of (-9 under par) 63 in the morning with a 64 in the afternoon to win the 2018 Winston Collection / St Andrews Products Senior Junior Championship at the Country Club of Jackson on Monday.

28 teams teed it up on Monday in the Winston Collection / St Andrews Products Senior Junior Championship, with one professional 50 years of age and older and one professional under the age of 50. After the morning round we had two teams tied at the top with rounds of 63 including Frank and Steve along with the host professionals from the Country Club of Jackson Ron Beurmann and Henry Thompson.

With 5 teams within 2 shots of the lead Frank and Steve knew it would be close and take something special to bring home the victory. That is just what they did when they made eagles at both #2 and #5 on route to their afternoon round of 64 and a (-17 under) 127 total, good for a 2 shot victory.

Henry and Ron followed up their round of 63 with a 65 in the afternoon finishing tied for second with the team of Gary Smithson from Quai Ridge Golf Course and Dan Urban from Gull Lake Country Club ,both at (-15) ,129 total.

The Country Club of Jackson provided a great venue for this championship as the golf course was in great shape and the food and beverage team provided a first-class lunch.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of this event – the Winston Collection, St Andrews Products and the PGA Tour. Their sponsorship provided a $12,000 purse for this event with the winning team taking home $2,500.

For complete results click HERE

Three Michiganders Advance to Augusta National for the Final Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

Three Michiganders Advance to Augusta National for the Final Drive, Chip & Putt Championship


Michigan was well represented at the Regional Drive Chip & Putt competition hosted at Muirfield Village. Three out of eight qualifiers for the National Drive Chip & Putt competition, to be hosted at Augusta National are Michigan Locals. PJ Maybank III, Sophie Stevens, & Paige Radebach will advance to compete on the Sunday before the Masters at Augusta National. These three individuals went through three very competitive rounds of qualifying to make it to this stage. Tens of thousands of kids enter into the Local Qualifiers throughout the nation, and only 80 will make it to Augusta. Michigan is proud to send three of our top competitors to enjoy a day full of competition, and fun among the top golf legends. The Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifiers are completely free to register; registration for the 2019 local qualifiers will open in February of 2019. Be sure to tune into the Golf Channel on Sunday April 7th, 2019 to watch PJ Maybank III, Sophie Stevens, & Paige Radebach compete! 

Boys 12-13 from left to right: Michael Beattie, PJ Maybank III, Rocco Turner


Girls 12-13 from left to right: Sarah Lydic, Sophie Stevens, Olivia Hemmila


Girls 7-9 from left to right: Tula Puzzuoli, Paige Radebach, Madelaine Beck

Herbstreith / Vecellio win the 2018 Sterling Cut Glass / Evolve Golf / Levelwear Pro – Assistant Championship

Roscommon, MI – After two rain delays and 4 playoff holes it was the team of Joe Herbstreith and Steve Vecellio from Birmingham Country Club that found a way to win the 2018 Sterling Cut Glass / Evolve Golf / Levelwear Pro – Assistant Championship on  Monday at Forest Dunes Golf Club.

We had 77 players and 47 teams tee it up on Monday in this 36 hole best ball event. Teams consisted of a pro and a assistant professional from the same facility ,pros were also allowed to bring and team with multiple assistants.

The morning rain and soft conditions gave way to low scores all day at Forest Dunes Golf Club. After the morning round it was the team of Brandon Roby and Ben Cook from Cascade Hills Country Club that held a one shot lead with a round of 63. With 3 teams one shot back at 64 you knew it was going to be close.

Two of those teams just one shot back after the morning round were the teams from Meadowbrook Country Club with professional Frank McAuliffe and assistant Travis Dodson as well as Joe and Steve. Both teams  were able to follow up that morning round of 64  with another 64 ,which put them at (-16) under  and tied at  the end of the day.

After 3 playoff holes the teams were still tied and told that they would have time for one more playoff hole before darkness made it unplayable.  It was here on Hole #1 that Steve Vecellio made a 40 foot birdie putt that proved to clinch the first Pro – Assistant victory for Joe and Steve. Great playing by a lot of teams as we had 3 teams finish just one shot back at 129 including Brandon Roby and Ben Cook from Cascade Hills, John Pershern and Kyle Martin from The Lochmoor Club and Dan Urban and Josh Burt from Gull Lake Country Club.  Dan and Josh had the low round of the tournament with an incredible 59 in the afternoon !

For final results click HERE

I thought the staff at Forest Dunes did a great job ,especially the grounds crew getting things ready to go in the morning after the heavy rains. It is always a treat to have an event there as it makes for  a great event .

We had great sponsorship support at this event with Sterling Cut Glass, Evolve Golf and Level Wear all stepping up to sponsor the event. All three companies had reps on site.

Lee Houtteman of Cedar Survives Playoff to Win Michigan PGA Professional Championship

  FLINT – Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Cedar said he didn’t want to say his best years are behind him.

  “But they probably are,” said the 57-year-old teaching professional after he made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death playoff hole to top Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club and win the 97th Michigan PGA Professional Championship at Flint Golf Club Wednesday.

  “So at 57 coming here and winning is really tremendous. I can’t say enough about how good it feels with all these great young players. And being in a playoff with Scott adds frosting to the cake. We used to teach together and I’ve probably played 50 rounds of golf or more with him. He’s a great friend, who five or six years ago helped me with my putting. Amazing how things work out.”

  Houtteman, who won the PGA for the first time and a Michigan Section major for the third time, shot a closing 3-under 69 with a birdie on the par 5 No. 18 hole, the same hole used in the playoff to finish with a 9-under 207 total.

  Hebert, an eight-time champion and the winningest Michigan PGA golfer in history with 16 major section titles, shot 70 for his 207.

   Scott Brotebeck, the host professional, rallied with the low round of the day, a 5-under 67, to thrill the Flint Golf Club members and finish at 208, one shot out of the playoff.

  Houtteman and Hebert actually finished one shot behind Ben Cook of Cascade Hills in Grand Rapids, who shot 69 for 10-under 206, but he wasn’t eligible to win the section title under a Michigan PGA rule that requires 60 days of employment in the Michigan Section of the PGA prior to the major championship.

   Cook did win the $6,700 first place check out of the $54,000 purse, but he was competing in the tournament to earn one of nine spots for the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, S.C., next April 28-May 1.

   “I beat everybody, won a nice check and I get to go to the PNC,” Cook said. “Those were my goals this week. I understand the situation. This is great for me and my confidence.”

  Hebert and Roth, a four-time past champion, who shot a closing 68 for 210 and fifth overall, will be going to South Carolina next spring as exempt players for being past national championship winners.

  The nine who will join them are Cook, Houtteman, Brotebeck, Bob Ackerman of Bob Ackerman Golf Academy in Commerce Township, who shot 70 for 211, Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook in Northville, who shot 74 for 211, Brian Cairns of Fox Hills in Plymouth, who shot 71 for  212, Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills, who shot 75 for 212, Kyle Martin of Lochmoor in Grosse Pointe Woods, who shot 70 for 213, and defending champion John Seltzer of Blythefield in Grand Rapids, who shot 70 for 213.

  Martin made a birdie in a three-golfer playoff with Seltzer and Steven Vecellio of Birmingham for the last two spots. Seltzer won the other spot after seven holes in the playoff, and Vecellio will be the first alternate.

  Houtteman, who played with Cook in the second-to-last group, said he ignored the fact the former Ferris State University golfer was on top of the leaderboards late in the round. He battled Hebert, who led everybody for a portion of the round, because he wanted his name on the Gilbert A. Currie Trophy.

  “Putting my name on that trophy is spectacular,” he said. “I mean some of the names on that are really impressive. I’m just humbled to have my name be on that beautiful trophy. I knew Ben couldn’t take the trophy, so I was ignoring him and watching the leaderboard.

  “I knew I had to make a birdie on the last hole to have a chance at a playoff with Scott. I had about a 10-footer straight in on that one. I expected Scott to birdie in regulation and the playoff, but it didn’t happen.”

   Houtteman said he wanted to thank fellow competitor Jack Seltzer of Jack Seltzer Academy in Grand Blanc who gave him a swing thought to work with after Sunday’s practice round.

  “It clicked,” he said. “I want to thank Jack. That’s what is unique about golf – a fellow competitor will help you in the same tournament. It doesn’t happen in any other sport.”

  Hebert said he was unhappy about his putting over the last 12 holes and in the playoff, but happy for his longtime friend Houtteman.

  “I was half-rooting for Hootie out there,” he said. “I’m just disappointed with how I putted. The first seven or eight holes I played nicely. I’m sure I was leading at the time, but then the rest of the way I could not make putt, not a five-footer, not a 10-footer, nothing. Sometimes that’s the way it goes, and I do feel good for Lee. He has been a great player for a long time in this state.”

RESULTS: For complete scores click HERE

SPONSORS: The Michigan PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, TaylorMade, Nike, Golf Channel and the PGA Tour.