Archives for September 2018

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.