Archives for 2019

Doug Kreis, David VanLoozen Headline 2019 Michigan PGA Special Award Recipients

EAST LANSING, MI – Doug Kreis, Head Golf Professional at Battle Creek Country Club, has captured the 2019 Michigan Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year award. This prestigious honor is awarded to the professional that has demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership and strong moral character. The individual must also maintain a substantial record of service to the Association and game of golf and be well-regarded as a model PGA Golf Professional.

Kreis was chosen by his peers for the award based on his overall performance as a Golf Professional, service to the Section and the Association, leadership ability, image and ability to inspire others and his promotion and growth of the game. Kreis makes education a priority for him and his staff as well as ensuring his club members receive exceptional service, a well-appointed golf shop and tour quality events and instruction.

David VanLoozen, a PGA Teaching Professional at Oakland Hills Country Club, was awarded the 2019 Michigan Section PGA Teacher of the Year. VanLoozen was honored for his overall impact on teaching and coaching at his facility along with his innovative and special teaching programs he implemented.

VanLoozen has made a lasting impression on his fellow teachers through his passion for the game and his unwavering commitment to improving the games of golfers at every level. He helps his fellow professionals by sharing his knowledge and experience acquired over twenty years teaching golf and over forty years of competitive golf.

Emily Rohdy, Head Golf Professional at Bucks Run Golf Club, was named the 2019 Michigan Section PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. Rohdy’s strengths as a player, teacher, merchandiser, tournament administrator and overall golf professional while employed as an Assistant Golf Professional at Railside Golf Club all contributed to her success at her facility and the game of golf.

Bernie Friedrich, Senior Vice President, Golf Operations and Resort Sales at Boyne Resorts, has been selected as the Michigan Section PGA’s 2019 recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award. Friedrich was honored for his outstanding integrity, character, and leadership through a commitment to mentoring and making significant impacts on the careers of PGA Professionals.

Established in 1979, the Bill Strausbaugh Award is presented to a PGA Professional who by their day-to-day efforts, have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community. The award reflects the characteristics and qualities of Strausbaugh, a Middle Atlantic PGA Master Professional who died in 1999.

Kevin McKinley, Director of Golf at Treetops Resort, and Michigan PGA President, has been selected by the Michigan Section PGA as the recipient of the 2019 Horton Smith Award. The Horton Smith Award is awarded annually to a PGA Member for his outstanding contributions to professional education.

McKinley reflects this commitment through his day-to-day activities in the Michigan Section PGA and at Treetops Resort. He served two years on the PGA of America’s Inclusion Committee and currently serves on the PGA of America’s Special Awards Committee. He also provides education on PGA of America’s partner charity Folds of Honor Foundation to PGA Professionals all over the country.

John Paul Westbrook, Head Golf Professional at Indian River Golf Club, has been named the 2019 Merchandiser of the Year for Public Golf Facilities by the Michigan Section PGA. This award recognizes excellence in business and merchandising at public golf facilities as well as innovation in displays, merchandising techniques, staff training and overall success and growth.

Doug Brody, Head Golf Professional at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, has been named the 2019 Merchandiser of the Year for Private Golf Facilities, and Elliott Oscar, Head Golf Professional at Forest Dunes Golf Club, has been named the 2019 Merchandiser of the Year for Resort Golf Facilities by the Michigan Section PGA.

Dean Kolstad, Director of Golf at Gull Lake View Golf Course, has been selected by the Michigan Section PGA as the 2019 recipient of the Patriot Award. Kolstad was honored for personifying patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrating unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America. The Patriot Award originated in 2008 following the inspiration of Patriot Day founder Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Kolstad has been involved in military programming since its inception at the Michigan Section PGA, nearly 15 years ago. Since 2012, he’s held five PGA HOPE spring sessions and five fall sessions for inpatient and outpatient veterans at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, MI.

Michael Fay, Director of Instruction at BOYNE Golf Academy, has been selected by the Michigan Section PGA as the 2019 recipient of the Player Development Award. This award recognizes a PGA Golf Professional, who has displayed extraordinary and exemplary contribution and achievement in the area of player development. It also considers the PGA Professional’s growth of the game leadership, commitment at the Section and National levels in the player development arena, and the meaningful impact made at the facility.

Fay has 25 years of teaching experience and has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to hosting his own podcast, Fay has helped to change the face of teaching golf. His videos have included mentoring PGA Professionals, implementing new products and techniques, growing the game of golf through player development, and a documentary on his life as a 21st Century Golf Coach.

Scott Wilson, a PGA Teaching Professional at Bay Meadows Family Golf Course, has been selected by the Michigan Section PGA as the 2019 recipient of the Youth Player Development Award. This award bestows special recognition on a PGA Golf Professional, who has displayed extraordinary and exemplary contribution and achievement in the area of youth player development. The award considers the PGA Professional’s focus on youth through their growth of the game leadership, commitment at the Section and National levels in the youth player development arena, and the meaningful impact made upon youth through the introduction and participation in the game.

Wilson serves on the Michigan PGA’s Growth of Game Committee, has built an impressive Golf in Schools program at more than a dozen elementary schools in the Traverse City area, and has just under 100 kids participating in PGA Jr. League. As one of the state’s best junior instructors, he’s had 40 students that have gone on to play college golf, nine Michigan High School individual State Championship medalists, helped win three state team championships, 30+ individual All-State and All-State Academic members, 12 Michigan Super Team members, and three-time “Miss Golf” for the State of Michigan. Scott has twice brought a student to the National Finals of Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National as well as eight times to the Regional Finals. His PGA Jr. League All-Star teams have finished runner-up in the State Championship the last two years.

The Michigan Section PGA will honor its 2019 Special Award Winners at the President’s Dinner this fall. The President’s Dinner celebrates PGA Members who have excelled in their profession as well as those who have volunteered and given of themselves to serve the Section.

For photos of individual award winners, click below:

Doug Kreis
Dave VanLoozen
Emily Rohdy
Bernie Friedrich
Kevin McKinley
John Paul Westbrook
Doug Brody
Elliott Oscar
Dean Kolstad
Mike Fay
Scott Wilson

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Linksoul Pro Junior at Stonewater Country Club

Team Cairns

Caledonia, MI-  An exciting day wrapped up Sunday at the Linksoul Pro-Junior hosted at Stonewater Country Club. It was a great turn out with a field of 12 teams. The teams were split up into three divisions based on the average age of their three juniors. We had four teams in each division, a 12 & Under, a 13-15, and a 16-18 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 & Under division we had Kelly Plaisier’s team with Hailey Curry, Matthew Sokorai, and Audrey Sokorai coming in second place. Plaisier’s team carded a 151 (+9). Our champion for the 12 & Under division was Cole Meinke’s team with Elise Fennel, Braydon Elzinga, and Macie Elzinga. Meinke’s team scored a 126 (-16) putting their margin of victory at 25 strokes.

In the 13-15 division we had some great competition! We had two teams in second place with total scores of 124 (-18). Coming in second place after a scorecard playoff was Ty Love’s team with Evan McDermott, Chase Knowlton, and RJ Lisman. Coming in first place for the 13-15 division was Brian Cairns team with Matt Mans, Tim Braun, and Neil Zhu. The Cairns team carded a 122 (-20), which was the lowest score of any team.

In the 16-18 division we had Daniel Thomas’s team with Mariella Simoncini, Tyler Kilmas, and Brendan Kilmas taking home the second-place flags. Thomas’s team carded a 135 (-7). Our Champions for the 16-18 division were Jason Rammler’s team with Sophia Wygonik, Brandon Tirador, and Evan Westphal. The Rammler team carded a 126 (-16).

For a full list of the results click here

The weather was perfect and the course was in pristine condition. The Michigan PGA is dedicated to helping grow the game of golf. The Linksoul 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 Stonewater Country Club & head professional Joseph Hatch & our Sponsor Linksoul; both parties have helped support our mission to grow the game!

Team Love
Team Thomas
Team Rammler


Team Plaisier

Team Meinke

Werkmeister picks up his first Club Car Senior Open Title


BATTLE CREEK –    Tom Werkmeister, professional from Grandville, MI competing in his second Senior Open since turning 50 last year, followed up his opening round of 67 with another 67 today to give him a 1 shot victory and his first Club Car Senior Open title.

Heading into the day Tom was tied with Robert Matthiesen, amateur from Mason, MI, who also shot 67 on Tuesday. Tom got off to a fast start and helped separate himself from the field with a (-5) under par 31 on the front.

Playing in his first Senior Open Championship Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & CC made a charge today with the low round of the tournament (-6) under par 66. Scott and Tom were both tied at -9 for the tournament with two holes to play.

After bogeys on #10 and #12 Tom steadied his round with birdies at #14 and a clutch birdie on the tough par 3 17th hole. With a two putt par at the last Tom clinched his first Senior Open title, finishing at -10 for the tournament, one shot ahead of Scott.

Matthiesen finishes as the low amateur of the event, finishing at (-5 for the tournament) and tied for 3rd overall with Kevin Muir from The Wyndgate.

Tom said that as of last year he always puts the Club Car Senior Open on his schedule between his Champions Tour Qualifiers and other events and enjoys the golf course. Tom will be traveling overseas next week to participate in the British Senior Open Qualifying.

It was an exciting finish in the 65 and older super senior division as Ian Harris, amateur from Bloomfield, MI defeated PGA Life Members Ron English and Randy Erskine in a playoff. Ian birdied the first playoff hole to clinch the victory. All 3 players finished at (-3) 141 for the tournament.

A field of 118 decorated golfers, including PGA Professionals, top amateurs, sixteen Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members and thirteen past champions, participated this year in this Club Car Senior Open at Bedford Valley Golf Club.

   Bedford Valley Golf Club is part of the Gull Lake View collection of six courses near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo including the new Stoatin Brae course. Bedford Valley was a 2008-2009 Best Places to Play selection by Golf Digest and in 2010 was named the Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.

   It was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell and purchased by the Scott Family of Gull Lake View in 1988. The classic parkland design is known locally as “The Big Course” and features big greens, bunkers and fairways lined with large oak trees.

  Bedford Valley has hosted several of the state’s top tournaments including the Michigan Open, multiple Michigan Senior Opens, the Michigan Maxfli PGA Junior, the Michigan Publinx State Match Play and the NCAA Division III National Championship.


Click HERE for more information on the championship and up to date scores as players finish.

Anci Dy & Kevin Healy Win MI Junior PGA Championship

Michigan PGA Junior Championship

This week was exciting for Junior Golf! The Michigan PGA Junior Championship hosted at Bedford Valley Golf Club gives juniors all over the state of Michigan a chance to compete for two spots in the National Junior PGA Championship. The Girls National Championship will be contested at Keney Park Golf Course of Hartford, Connecticut. The 44th edition of the Championship will occur from July 9-12, 2019. The Boys National Championship will be contested at Keney Park Golf Course. The 44th edition of the Championship will occur from July 30- August 3, 2019.

This event brings in the top golfers from all over the state of Michigan. The divisions consisted of Boys 12 & Under, Boys-13-15, Boys 16-18, Girls 12 & Under; Girls 13-15, Girls 16-18 The 12 & Under division played 18 holes while the other divisions battled it out for 36 holes for two spots per gender. The Overall Champion (13-18) would be crowned after 36 holes and moving on to the Junior PGA Championship.

Each of the 41 PGA of America Sections has the opportunity to send 2 players to Connecticut. The Girls & Boys Champion & Runner up will advance to Keney Park.

The Girls Junior PGA Championship is where some of the best in the world get their start. Many of today’s LPGA Tour professionals made their debut at the Championship. Notable past participants include: Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Grace Park, Michelle Wie, and Dottie Pepper

The Boys Junior PGA Championship is where some of the best in the world get their start. Many of today’s PGA Tour professionals made their debut at the Championship. Notable past participants Include: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson.

About the PGA of America

The PGA of America represents the very best in golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit www.PGA.org , follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter and find us on Facebook. For more information about the 44th Girls Junior PGA Championship, visit www.juniorpgachampionship.com

Boys Division Winners

Boys Overall: Kevin Healy 138 (-6)

Runner Up: Cal Wollack 141 (-3)


Click here for the Michigan Boys Junior PGA Championship results

Boys 12 & Under

  1. Vibhav Alokam 77 (+5)
  2. Sumner Meekhof 87 (+15)

Boys 13-15

  1. PJ Maybank 141 (-3)
  2. Justin Sui 143 (-1)

Boys 16-18

  1. Cal Wollack 141 (-3)
  2. Kevin Healy 138 (-6)

Girls Division Winners

Girls Overall: Anci Dy 145 (+1)

Runner Up: Allison Cui 147 (+3)

Click here for the Michigan Girls Junior PGA Championship results

Girls 13-15

  1. Allison Cui 147 (+3)
  2. Sophie Stevens 157 (+13)

Girls 16-18

  1. Anci Dy 145 (+1)
  2. Nicole Whatley 148 (+4)

HOME COOKING: Hot Putter Helps Crystal Mountain’s Anika Dy Win Michigan PGA Open Championship

  THOMPSONVILLE – Traverse City’s Anika Dy had home-course advantage and more importantly a sizzling putter on the back nine.

  It added up to five-shot victory  in the 26th Michigan PGA Open Championship for the 17-year-old Crystal Mountain Resort cart lot attendant who grew up playing the Mountain Ridge Course where she shot a final 4-under 68 with a 4-under 32 on the back nine Wednesday.

  “This is my fifth or sixth year playing in this and I’ve never done very well,” she said after closing with a 12-under 204 total. “This year I just really felt it. I’m super happy to be able to win at my home course. Being here at Crystal helped so much. This tells me the work I have been doing is working, and that if I keep going good things will come in time.”

  As a recent Traverse City West High School graduate headed to the University of Michigan in the fall, and an amateur golfer, she couldn’t win the first-place check in the $40,000 tournament. She is just the second amateur to win the open championship that draws professionals and amateurs from across the country, and the youngest to ever win. Breanne Hall of Kentwood, who is now the women’s golf coach at Illinois State, won in 2003 while playing golf for the University of Toledo.

 Haylee Harford of Leavittsburg, Ohio, who was playing in her first professional tournament after just graduating from Furman University, and mini-tour professional Macy Hubbard of Mason, Ohio, who charged in the final round with a 66, tied for second at 7-under 209. They will split first and second-place money for $5,250 each. Mini-tour pro Bryana Nguyen of Columbia, Md., shot 65 for 210 and fourth place and $3,500.

 Defending champion Elizabeth Nagel, a Symetra Tour player, tied for fifth with a closing 71 for 212. Professional Sarah Bae of Pinehurst, N.C., shot 68 and also finished at 212.

 Dy, a three-time Division 1 high school state champion and Michigan’s unprecedented three-time Miss Golf, said some nerves and a few poor shots kept her at even-par through the front nine. Then she hit it to about two feet for birdie on the par 4 No. 10 hole and made three consecutive birdies starting at No. 13 with birdie putts of three feet, 10-feet and eight feet.

  “All my putts were going in on the back nine – that’s what I remember,” she said. “And my irons started clicking. The key that helped me win this week was that even when I got in a bad spot, I’ve played this course so many times that I know what I have to do and where I have to go. I’m comfortable here in almost any spot, and I was able to stay calm and just focus on my game. I didn’t know I won because I did not look at the leaderboards on the course at all. I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I just tried to keep it going. I think I handled it well not thinking about anything too much. I just focused on my game and hitting good shots, and not letting what other people do affect me.”

  Harford, who started the day one shot behind Dy and pulled to within one shot again with a birdie at No. 9, said Dy played amazing.

  “I didn’t make enough putts, and she made almost all of them on the second nine,” she said. “She’s a great player and she played great.”

  Dy said Hubbard, an All-American at Furman, was an awesome player and awesome person.

   “She pushed me to play my best, and I look forward to playing with her again,” she said.

  Dy said winning an event that included professionals in the field would not change her mind about college.   “I look forward to being on a team, in that atmosphere,” she said. “We will see how college golf goes before even thinking about pro golf.”

For complete results click HERE

Crystal Mountain Cart Attendant Anika Dy Races to Lead in Michigan Women’s Open

  THOMPSONVILLE – Normally, at least this summer at Crystal Mountain Resort, Anika Dy of Traverse City greets golfers, puts their clubs on a cart and helps them prepare for their rounds in her job as a cart lot attendant.

  On Tuesday she shot 5-under 67 on the Mountain Ridge Course and took a one-shot lead through 36 holes of the 26th Michigan Women’s Open Championship.

  “I’m trying not to think too much about it,” said the 17-year-old recent graduate of Traverse City West High School who has grown up playing and practicing at Crystal Mountain.

  “That’s where I’m at – just don’t overthink it.”

  Dy, who is headed to the University of Michigan on a golf scholarship in the fall, was at 8-under 136 in the open championship that features an assortment of Symetra Tour golfers, mini-tour players, teaching pros and amateurs from across the country.

  Haylee Harford of Leavittsburg, Ohio, a recent graduate of Furman University where she was an All-American golfer, shot 69 for 7-under and second place. She recently played in the prestigious Arnold Palmer Cup and then turned professional.

  Christine Meier of Rochester Hills, a teaching professional at Country Club of Detroit, shot 71 to land at 4-under in third, four strokes off the lead.

  Defending champion Liz Nagel of DeWitt, a Symetra Tour player, shot 72 to land at 3-under with 70-shooting mini-tour player Gabrielle Shipley of Hastings, the former Division II individual national champion for Grand Valley State University.

  Five golfers were at 2-under including Michigan State University golfer Yurika Tanida of Japan, who shot 71. The others are professionals Jessica Welch of Thomasville, Ga., who shot 68, Olivia Jordan-Higgins of Birmingham, Ala., who shot 70, Nicole Budnik of The Woodlands, Texas, who shot 71, and Melissa Siviter of Alpharetta, Ga., who shot 72.

  The 36-hole cut fell at 159 with 70 players moving on to Wednesday’s final round in the $40,000, 54-hole championship. Split tee times will be used for the final round with the leaders teeing off at 9:39 a.m. off No. 1.

  Dy will not be cashing a check but could become the second amateur to win the championship and would become the youngest winner in tournament history. Breanne Hall of Kentwood in 2003 was a University of Toledo golfer when she won. Hall is currently the women’s golf coach at Illinois State.

  Dy, who recently won her third consecutive Division 1 state high school state championship and was named Miss Golf in Michigan three consecutive years, said her goal is to stay up at the top of the leaderboard and keep going. She’s confident because she estimates having played as many as 200 to 300 rounds on the Mountain Ridge course, and her teacher is Bay Meadows Golf Course professional Scott Wilson, who used to work at Crystal Mountain. She also was the youngest to ever play in the Michigan Women’s Open when she first teed it up at age 11.

  “This is where I started playing golf, where I grew up and I’ve played in this tournament a lot of times,” she said. “I know a lot of people here. I love all the support I get. To win here would be a huge deal. I just don’t want to think about it right now. I will just try to play my game. Same game plan. I will just go out there and play golf on a course where I’m really comfortable and I know the greens really well. There are always nerves. It is all part of it. Whoever handles the nerves the best is going to win.”

  The diminutive 5-foot-2 Dy said brand new irons and wedges, men’s clubs for the first time, have helped her a little with distance and a lot with control.

  “I guess I’m getting stronger,” she said. “Michigan sent me workout tapes, and they are helping.”

  She made bogey on the second hole, but birdied Nos. 4, 6 and 7.

  “I cruised after that,” she said. “I honestly haven’t been playing that well until the last couple of weeks so I’m glad it’s starting to come together.”

   She will not be looking at scoreboards in the final round as the field chases.

  “When I pass the big scoreboards on the course I try not to look,” she said. “Sometimes I might take a peek, but for the most part I try to just stay in my lane.”

   Harford will be going for the passing lane. The 22-year-old, who was a two-time Ohio high school state champion, said she is feeling great about her game and her first professional event.

  “Today I hit it really well,” she said. “I just wasn’t making putts the first nine. It felt good to get them rolling in the last two holes. That was a good way to finish and feel good going into tomorrow. The golf course is great. I’m just going to stick to playing my game, playing the golf course.”

For complete scores click HERE

Four Michigan Golfers One Shot Off Lead in Michigan Women’s Open Championship

 THOMPSONVILLE – Defending champion Liz Nagel of DeWitt shook off some of the rust, and she was happy to be paired with fellow former Michigan State Spartan teammate Christine Meier of Rochester Hills in the first round Monday of the 26th Michigan Women’s Open Championship at Crystal Springs Resort.

  Nagel, just off a four-week break for a family funeral, and Meier, now directing the junior golf program at Country Club of Detroit, matched 3-under 69 rounds on the Mountain Ridge Course, which left them just one shot off the lead of mini-tour pros Kasey Miller of Findlay, Ohio, and Haylee Harford of Leavittsburg, Ohio, who each carded 68s.

  Amateur Anika Dy of Traverse City, a three-time high school state champion who is headed to the University of Michigan in the fall, and amateur Meghan Deardorff of Clarkston, who will be a junior for the Central Michigan University golf team, were also at 3-under.

   “It feels good to be out here,” said Nagel, who has missed four tournaments on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour schedule. “I didn’t make a ton of putts, but I made a few good ones. I’m pretty rusty but it was good. I just had to think a little harder and not try so hard because I was rusty. Four weeks is a long time to be gone.”

  Meier, who was on the same team as Nagel for four years at MSU and also is a former mini-tour golfer and two-time Michigan Women’s Amateur champion, said it was great to be paired with her teammate.

  “There are not as many Michigan State people here this year, but it’s great to see everybody and get a chance to play,” said Meier, who plans to continue as a teaching professional. “I like teaching and coaching a lot.”

  Dy, like Nagel, was 4-under through 15 holes. Nagel made a bogey on the par 3 17th, while Dy made bogey at 16. Several of the players on the leaderboard had tough finishes on the final three holes.

  “The approaches to 16, 17, even 18, are pretty tough,” Dy said. “They’re good finishing holes. I was pretty steady until 16.”

   Deardorff said her swing was on today, and she made some putts early in her round before a 90-minute rain delay starting at 4 p.m.

  “I just had fun with it and played one shot at a time,” she said. “This is my second time here, and I really want to get to round three. That was my main goal coming up here.”

  The field of 90 golfers will play a second round Tuesday with a cut to the low 70 and ties following. The final round in the $40,000 54-hole championship is on Wednesday.

   Miller, a former University of Findlay golfer known for getting a public proposal at the U.S. Women’s Open in 2016 from her now husband Jake Miller, was 5-under through 17 holes, but hit a second shot on the par 5 18th into the trees right and scrambled for a bogey-6.

  Harford, a former All-American at Furman University, was 6-under through 14 holes after a string of four consecutive birdies on Nos. 11-14. She made bogeys on 16 and 18 to finish at 4-under.

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DeWitt’s Liz Nagel Defends as Crystal Mountain Hosts 26th Michigan Women’s Open Starting Monday

THOMPSONVILLE –  Defending champion Liz Nagel of DeWitt will defend her championship in the 26th Michigan Women’s Open Championship starting Monday on the Mountain Ridge Course at Crystal Mountain Resort with a bit of a rusty game and a heavy heart.

  The 27-year-old LPGA Symetra Tour player has missed the last month to be at home with her grandmother Carolee Sanford, who passed away just recently after a battle with cancer. She was 74.

  “She was my biggest fan and she would come to the Michigan Open with me,” Nagel said. “She was from the Upper Peninsula, so normally I would have been in Harris with the tour there this week (Island Resort Championship), but this all just happened, and it was kind of sudden and now I’m getting back to golf. It’s tough when life and golf collide.”

  Nagel, a fifth-year pro, dramatically shot a 4-under 68 and came from six shots behind to win the 2018 Michigan Open by three shots. It was her first professional win.

  “It was great to win and after it I had a decent finish to the season,” she said. “I have good memories of the last hole. I got up and down from that bunker at 18, and had an 11-footer, left to right, above the hole and it broke a lot. It was the best putt I made all day and it felt really good just to finish with a birdie. Then they told me I won. I don’t look at scoreboards. It was great to win.”

  Nagel said she played in the early events on the Symetra Tour this season before missing four in a row.

  “I was playing good before I came home to be with my grandmother,” she said. “Not sure what to expect now. I’m on the range right now hitting balls. I’ll be ready to go. It’s strange. I’m not hesitant to get back to golf. I miss it. I love it. I just have to face this new reality.”

  Crystal Mountain is hosting the championship for the 17th consecutive time, and Nagel is one of four three former champions in the field.

  Lindsey McPherson, the 2017 champion now living in Findlay, Ohio, is returning to what she calls her favorite golf tournament, as is 2011 champion Laura Kueny, who now lives in Asheville, N.C.

  The 26th edition of the championship, which does not require Michigan residency, will feature an international field of 89 golfers, including mini-tour professionals and amateurs representing multiple states and countries.

  The field will play 54 holes of stroke play over three days to determine the champion with a cut after the first two rounds to the low 70 scorers and ties. The professionals will play for a share of a $40,000 purse.

  The championship is administered by the Michigan Section of the PGA of America, and the field typically includes the top professionals and amateurs with Michigan ties as well as LPGA Symetra Tour players and mini-tour professionals from around the world.

   In addition to the former champions, many of Michigan’s top golfers are also lined up to play, including the reigning Michigan Women’s Amateur champion Kerri Parks of Flushing and Marshall University, Elayna Bowser of Dearborn, who recently graduated from Loyola University of Chicago and was the runner-up to Parks in the 2018 Amateur, and University of Arkansas golfer Julia Dean of Brighton.

Flint’s Shasta Averyhardt, Rochester’s Christine Meier, who are making the rounds on the professional circuit, are entered, as are the Shipley sisters from Hastings — Gabrielle, who is a professional, and Sarah, an amateur who plays at the University of Kentucky.

  Michigan State women’s golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, a Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member, is also in the field  with several of her current, former or incoming Spartan golfers. Grand Rapids native Sue Ertl, another Hall of Fame member and another former Spartan, is home from Florida to play in the championship.

 Crystal Mountain Resort was established in 1956, and is a family-owned, four-season resort that is nationally recognized for its skiing, golf and award-winning spa.

  Located in northwest-lower-Michigan, a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, 36 holes of championship golf, Michigan’s only alpine slide, an outdoor water playground, a variety of lodging and dining options, countless year-round activities and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa. See www.crystalmountain.com .

   As always, the Michigan Women’s Open offers free parking and admission. Spectators are welcome and can be shuttled to various spots on the course.

Tee times and results through the week can be found by clicking HERE

MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Johnson 616-560-8995 or greggie24@hotmail.com.

PGA WORKS Fellow and Summer Interns Named for Michigan PGA


Katie Sharp, a former Michigan State golfer and four time Academic All-American, was named the PGA WORKS Fellow for the Michigan PGA. Sharp’s primary responsibilities will be to help execute program elements that support the mission and purpose of the Michigan PGA’s Foundation, including PGA HOPE and junior golf initiatives, such as PGA Jr. League and Drive, Chip & Putt.

“Golf has been an instrumental part of my life for many years, not only as a player but in working with young golfers and helping to promote the game,” said Sharp. “Now I have an opportunity to work with the Michigan PGA and serve in the PGA WORKS Fellowship, which presents me with an incredible opportunity to start a career in golf. I am very excited for this new journey in my life.”

Trevor Mohnke and Kaylee Sharai were named Michigan PGA Section interns for the summer. Mohnke, a senior at Michigan State, is a finance major who has a passion for working with junior golfers. He spent the last three summers working with the First Tee of Michigan.

“It means a lot to be given this position, so I can give back to the golf community that gave so much to me when I was growing up,” said, Mohnke. “Being able to touch the lives of others around an amazing game is something I have always wanted to do, and now I have that chance this summer and I am very grateful for it.”

Sharai is an incoming junior at Michigan State and is also a finance major. As an Evans Scholar, Sharai knows the meaning of hard work and looks forward to learning about the different career paths in the golf industry.

“Golf has always been the biggest passion in my life and to be named an intern of the Michigan PGA is truly a dream come true,” said Sharai.

Ruffino captures medalist honors at the Rocket Mortgage Pre Qualifier

Dearborn, MI – Francesco Ruffino ,professional from Bloomfield Hills, MI took home the medalist honors in fine fashion by shooting a course record tying 63 in the Rocket Mortgage Pre Qualifier at TPC of Michigan on Wednesday.

Francesco said he knew the course record was 63 from his previous years as a member at the TPC course and had a good look on the last hole that he left just short. He joins a distinguished list tying Tom Kite, Allen Doyle, Jim Colbert and Hubert Green, who all shot 63 when TPC Michigan hosted the Ford Senior Players Championship.

A total of 29 players at (-1) under par 71 or better will move on to the Monday Qualifier at The Orchards Golf Club, where 4 from there will advance to the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club on June 27-30. These 29 players will compete against players that have current status on the Web.com, Champions Tour and 2018 – 2019 PGA Tour members.

Cody Haughton, PGA Professional from Red Run Golf Club recorded an ace at the par 3 fourth hole on his way to a (-6) under par round of 66. Cody advances to Monday and will join 3 other Michigan PGA Professionals : Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & CC, John Seltzer, Seltzer Golf School and Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center. Scott, John and Brian received an exemption into Monday by finishing top 3 in the 2018 Michigan PGA Section Player of the Year Race.

They all hope to capture 1 of the 4 spots and join PGA Life Member Lee Houtteman from Glen Arbor, who received an exemption into the Rocket Mortgage Classic by winning the 2018 Michigan PGA Section Championship.

For complete results from the Pre- Qualifer click HERE