Archives for March 2019

Michigan PGA Spring Meeting/Teaching & Coaching Summit

The Section held its Spring Meeting on Monday, March 25 at Eagle Eye Golf Club with over 260 members and associates in attendance.

President Kevin McKinley welcomed special guests John Allen, Legal counsel, Chris Coffman, The Ally Challenge, Tiffany Eckert, Folds of Honor, John Lindert, PGA of America Secretary, Retired Sargent Dustin Mansour, Ron Osborne, District 5 Director, Kim Shafer, PGA Jr. League Regional League Manager and Todd Smith, Career Services Consultant.

Joe Schumer delivered the invocation.

Kevin apprised the membership on the Strategic Plan and some of the already finalized goals and objectives. Like football helmet stickers, also known as reward decals and pride stickers which denote either individual or team accomplishments, the Section has adopted the same approach. Each time an action item is completed, the Committee is awarded a success sticker. Aaron Waltz, Fritz Middleton, Stephanie Jennings, Ron Osborne, Adrian Jolliffe and Dave Mocini each placed success stickers on the helmet!

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 newly-elected/transferred members who were given a PGA Member pin. He also recognized quarter century members, Golf Digest’s 100 Top Teacher Adam Schriber as well as Pilgrim Run’s Jeff O’Malley and his staff for being awarded the #1 friendliest staff in the country by website users of Golf Advisor.

Honorary President Ron Osborne oversaw a candidate’s forum with Stephanie Jennings, Dean Kolstad (video) and John Seltzer (video) talking about their desire to run for the office of Secretary.

Business discussions included information from Career Services Consultant Todd Smith, and PGA Jr League Regional Director Kim Shafer.

Tournament Chair Ian Ziska reviewed items for the 2019 season, and Education Chair Dave Mocini highlighted a 2 day Certified Professional Program December 9-10. He also spoke of the upcoming Teaching & Coaching Summit.

Special Awards Chair Doug Bell announced the 2019 Special Awards winners:

Assistant Professional of the Year – Emily Rohdy, PGA
Bill Strausbaugh – Bernie Friedrich, PGA
Golf Professional of the Year – Doug Kreis, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Private – Doug Brody, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Public – JP Westbrook, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Resort – Elliott Oscar, PGA
Patriot Award – Dean Kolstad, PGA
PGA Horton Smith – Kevin McKinley, PGA
Player Development – Mike Fay, PGA
Teacher of the Year – Dave VanLoozen, PGA
Youth Player Development – Scott Wilson, PGA

They will be honored at the President’s Dinner on October 27th.

The second portion of the meeting then went into a town hall format with Kevin Helm, John Lindert and Ron Osborne. A video was shown about PGA.COACH, which is the ultimate coaching resource that teaches PGA Professionals about the American Development Model (ADM), and how to apply the concepts to coaching golf. The trio also updated the membership on National activities.

Growth of the Game Chair Stephanie Jennings then recognized the Youth Grant Program of the Year to Michael Kettler and AdultGrant Program of the Year to Doug Temple. In Doug’s absence, Retired Sargent Dustin Mansour accepted the award on his behalf and recalled how the program was created based on their friendship. Kettler talked about his best practices as it relates to his junior program.

As part of the Patriot Golf Day portion, Chair Kevin McKinley introduced Tiffany Eckert, who gave an emotional speech and thanked PGA members for their continued support of the organization. Steve Brady and Doug Bell talked about their Patriot Golf Day successes.

Thanks to PGA National Resort & Spa for hosting the meeting and WholesaleGRIPS for sponsoring the luncheon.

The 6th Michigan PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit began Monday afternoon which featured Joe Hallett discussing some of the key elements that LPGA players have in their swings and game. Mike Napoleon and Kyle Shay from SuperSpeed Golf talked about coaching speed in the modern golf swing.

Tuesday’s featured speaker was Mike Shannon, who spoke of the evolution and commonalities of a great putter. Mike Borland and Matt Novak from Mizuno also spoke of the custom fitting with the Mizuno fitting system.

The afternoon also featured discussion by leading Michigan Section teachers Ed Laprade, Five Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Teaching, Zach Theut, Supporting Players to Become Their Own Best Coach, Stephanie Jennings, Kelly Kuhlman and Kelly Plaisier, College Golf Experience: What you Need to Know and How to Prepare your Prospective Student Athlete.

The afternoon concluded with Andy Matthews of Neuropeak Pro who broke down the science of peak performances.

Approximately 110 members and associates attended the 1 ½ day Summit.

Thank you to Mizuno and SuperSpeed Golf for their sponsorship of the Summit.

Michigan PGA Section Tournament registration begins on March 6th at 9:00am !

We are excited to announce that registration for all of the Michigan PGA Section events will open at 9:00am on Wednesday, March 6th. This includes all of the qualifiers for the Michigan Open Championship as well as the Pre Qualifier for the new PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.

Section Majors :

The 102nd  Michigan Open Championship presented by Yamaha Golf Cars Plus / Grand Traverse Resort is returning to Grand Traverse Resort and will take place on The Bear –  June 10-13. After a great event there last year we are excited about retuning to The Bear we look forward to another great championship this year. Qualifiers are listed on our website ,there will once again be a PGA Member only qualifier on May 22 at The Wyndgate.

To see all of the Michigan Open Qualifiers click HERE

The Pre – Qualifier for the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club will take place at TPC of Michigan on Wednesday ,June 19. From there the top 25 and ties will advance to the Monday Qualifier at The Orchards on June 24 and 4 will get into the actual event from there. For more info on the qualifier for the Rocket Mortgage Classic click HERE

The  Michigan PGA Professional  Championship  returns to Flint Golf Club and will take place on August 19-21, 2019. Participants will also be competing for 9 qualifying spots for the 2020 PGA Professional Championship at this event.

The Michigan PGA Section Match Play presented by the PGA Tour  moves to the Country Club of Lansing and will take place on Tuesday / Wednesday – September 24-25. The final 16 at this event will once again qualify through their respective Chapter or Senior Organization.

We look forward to another great first event on April 29th at Red Run Golf Club with the Club Car  Spring Scramble presented by Heartland.

The Club Car / Midwest Golf & Turf team will also sponsor the Midwest Golf & Turf Pro Am as this event returns to The Fortress on July 22nd . This event is a Pro Am format where your team is entered into both Gross and Net Divisions.

The  Yamaha Golf Cars Plus / Bushnell / TASC Pro – Pro Championship will take place on  Monday, May 6th at Orchard Lake Country Club and Pine Lake Country Club. Teams will play both courses with am / pm shotguns at each course.

After a great event last year Adidas is back as the sponsor of the Adidas State Pro Am at Boyne Highlands. Adidas will once again have a mobile pro shop set up onsite for participants to pick out their tee gifts. This event will take place on June 3rd – 4th on the Heather and Ross courses.

Winston Collection joins Evolve Golf  as the sponsors of the Pro – Assistant Championship. The event is heading to Wuskowhan Players Club and will take place on Tuesday, September 3rd.

St Andrews Products will join Sterling Cut Glass this year as co – sponsors of the Senior Junior Championship  that will take place on August 26th at Manistee National Golf & Resort. The Senior Junior will have a new format this year as teams can now be formed using any two players from 2 of the 3 different age divisions :
• Junior (49 or younger)
• Senior (50-64)• Super Senior 65 and up

Example: A Super Senior and Senior may play together, a Junior and Senior can play together, a Junior and Super Senior may play together.

The Section events in Michigan will wrap up with the year-end Earth Networks Fall Pro Scratch at Plum Hollow Country Club on October 7th.