Archives for May 2019

Ben Cook Named to U.S. Team Roster for 29th PGA Cup

May 22nd, 2019

By Bob Denney
PGA Historian

The United States will attempt to win back a trophy as it sends six rookies and four veterans to face Great Britain & Ireland in the 29th PGA Cup, to be conducted Sept. 27-29, at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. The Americans lost the Llandudno International Trophy on home soil for the first time in 2015 at CordeValle in San Martin, California, and the GB&I team held onto the trophy in 2017 with a victory in England

The 10-member U.S. Team in the biennial international showcase for PGA Professionals was determined through a two-year points system that included the past two PGA Professional Championships and two PGA Championships. The points race ended last week at the conclusion of the PGA Championship.

The final two players – 2016 PGA Professional Champion Rich Berberian Jr. of Hooksett, New Hampshire, and Sean McCarty of Solon, Iowa – clinched berths after final points were tabulated.

They will join the eight who earned a spot April 28 – May 1, at the 52nd PGA Professional Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina: reigning PGA Professional Champion Alex Beach of Stamford, Connecticut; Danny Balin of Irvington, New York; Jason Caron of Oyster Bay, New York; Ben Cook of Caledonia, Michigan; Stuart Deane of Arlington, Texas; Ben Kern of Round Rock, Texas; reigning Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year and 2004 PGA Professional Champion Bob Sowards of Dublin, Ohio; and 2018 PGA Professional Champion and reigning PGA Professional Player of the Year Ryan Vermeer of Omaha, Nebraska.

Berberian, Balin, Deane and Sowards are all veterans, having competed in a combined six PGA Cups.

The PGA Cup began in 1973, and although the U.S. Team dominated early, GB&I has made a resurgence. The U.S. is 17-7-4 overall, but hasn’t won the trophy since 2011 at CordeValle.

“I am impressed by the talent on the team,” said PGA Past President and U.S. Captain Derek Sprague of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. “We do have six rookies, but they are proven champions in many respects. And, we have those who have won our PGA Professional Championship in Alex (Beach), Rich (Berberian Jr.), Bob (Sowards) and Ryan (Vermeer). Overall, I feel good about this team because of their experience. They will be very competitive this September.”

The Great Britain & Ireland Team is captained by Captain Cameron Clark, who was a player in 2015, and served as a vice captain in 2017 on the way to a 16-10 triumph over the Americans at Foxhills in Ottershaw, Surrey, England.

The 2019 United States PGA Cup Team:

Danny BalinIrvington, N.Y.Fresh Meadow Country Club/Lake Success, N.Y.New England2011 (2-2-0)
Alex BeachStamford, Conn.Westchester Country Club/Rye, N.Y.MetropolitanDebut
Rich Berberian Jr.Hooksett, N.H.Vesper Country Club/Tyngsborough, Mass.Metropolitan2017 (3-2-0)
Jason CaronOyster Bay, N.Y.Mill River Club Oyster/Bay, N.Y.MetropolitanDebut
Ben CookCaledonia, Mich.Yankee Springs Golf Course/Wayland, Mich.MichiganDebut
Stuart DeaneArlington, TexasTexas Star Golf Course/Euless, TexasNorthern Texas2015 (2-2-0)
Ben KernRound Rock, TexasGeorgetown Country Club/Georgetown, TexasSouthern TexasDebut
Sean McCartySolon, IowaBrown Deer Golf Course/Coralville, IowaIowaDebut
Bob SowardsDublin, OhioKinsale Golf & Fitness Club/Powell, OhioSouthern Ohio2005, ’13, ‘15 (7-4-2)
Ryan VermeerOmaha, Neb.Happy Hollow Club/Omaha, Neb.NebraskaDebut

Team from Oakland University wins the Club Car Spring Scramble presented by Heartland

Auburn Hills, MI – Congratulations to our 2019 Club Car Spring Scramble presented by Heartland Champions with professional Matt Zavadil from Oakland University and his amateur partners Conner Jones, Austin Kreger and Brad Bastion. They shot an amazing round of 54 ( -18 under ) at Fieldstone Golf Club to win by 3 shots. Their round included eagles on holes #3 ,#6 and #16.

Finishing second ,3 shots back at 57 was the team of professionals Ian Ziska, Cody Haughton, Adam Schumacher and Patrick Humphrey.

We would like to thank Fieldstone Golf Club for hosting the event. The golf course was in great shape and the breakfast and lunch was outstanding !

We would also like to thank Club Car and the team from Midwest Golf & Turf. This was the 28th year that Club Car has sponsored this event. We would also like to thank our presenting sponsor Heartland Credit Card Systems and Barry Taylor for their support.

For final results click HERE

Entry Deadline is Wednesday for the 102nd Michigan Open Championship presented by Yamaha Golf Cars / Grand Traverse Resort & Casino / Lake Trust Credit Union

  ACME – In 2019 it’s back to The Bear for the second consecutive year and the 102nd Michigan Open Championship presented by Grand Traverse Resort & Casino/Yamaha Golf Cars Plus/Lake Trust Credit Union, June 10-13.

The deadline to be part of the championship at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is Wednesday, March 15, at 5 p.m.  For the list of qualifiers click HERE

  A field of 156 starting golfers will be determined for the 72-hole championship after entrants not in the exempt categories play in one of seven qualifiers presented around the state in late May and early June. A special three-spot qualifier will also be held on June 8 at A-Ga-Ming Resort’s Sundance Course in Kewadin, which can be used as a first or second attempt.

   Grand Traverse Resort 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, a Jack Nicklaus signature design that opened in 1985, helped identify the champion.

  The 2019 championship, the 30th visit to the resort for the Michigan Open, is presented by Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos, Yamaha Golf Cars Plus and Lake Trust Credit Union with additional support from Pepsi and Traverse City Tourism.

  Jake Kneen of White Lake, who turned professional late last summer after his Michigan Open win as an amateur, has entered and will defend his championship. The former Oakland University golfer overcame a triple-bogey bite from the Bear’s 16th hole and held on to win the 101st Michigan Open Championship. He shot 75 for an 8-under 280 and a two shot-win over mini-tour professional James Holley of Howell, who shot 72.

  Kneen was just the sixth amateur to win the state Open championship, and just the second in the last 43 years. 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.

  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.

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Katie Sharp Named PGA WORKS Fellow

Former Michigan State Academic All-American Golfer

Katie Sharp Named PGA WORKS Fellow

Sharp Will Support Golf Programs, Tournaments and Events

Managed by the Michigan PGA Section  

EAST LANSING, Mich. (May 8, 2019) — The Michigan PGA Section, in conjunction with PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, has named former Michigan State University Academic All-American Golfer Katie Sharp, of Kendallville, Indiana, a PGA WORKS Fellow.

Sharp’s appointment makes her one of 11 individuals nationwide serving in a PGA WORKS Fellowship. Focused on engaging a diverse demographic of participants—with consideration to gender, age, race, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and Veteran statusthe PGA WORKS Fellowship is designed to establish a strong bench of talent prepared to ascend into key employment positions within the business of golf.

Working out of the Michigan PGA Section’s headquarters in East Lansing, Sharp’s primary responsibilities will be to help execute program elements that support the mission and purpose of the Michigan PGA Section’s foundation, including PGA HOPE and junior golf initiatives, such as PGA Jr. League and Drive, Chip & Putt. 

A 2018 graduate of Michigan State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Media and Information Studies, Sharp was a member of the Spartans women’s golf team, earning four varsity letters and being named an Academic All-American four straight years. While at Michigan State, Sharp was named to the Dean’s Honor List for seven semesters, while participating in numerous volunteer and community outreach programs, and also serving on the University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.  

“All career paths start with awareness and opportunity, and providing individuals from all backgrounds employment opportunities in the golf industry is a priority for PGA REACH,” said PGA REACH Senior Director Ryan Cannon. “PGA WORKS is an important initiative that supports the Inclusion pillar of PGA REACH, and we’re thrilled to create new possibilities through the PGA WORKS Fellowship to pursue the dream of a career in golf.”

“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.”

The PGA WORKS Fellowship is a 12-month paid position funded by PGA REACH, which currently hosts Fellows in 11 PGA Sections: Carolinas, Connecticut, Gateway, Metropolitan, Michigan, Middle Atlantic, New Jersey, Northern Ohio, Southern Ohio, Western New York and South Florida.

“We chose Katie because we believe she has a tremendous passion to work in the golf industry after this fellowship is completed,” said Chelsea Guoynes, Michigan PGA Section Player Development Coordinator and Foundation Activities Director. “Not only was Katie an exceptional-student athlete but she also worked with MSU’s summer kids camps and PGA Jr. League teams. She loves junior golf, and we see her as a great asset for our growth-of-the-game programs.”

For more information on PGA REACH, visit   


PGA WORKS is a strategic initiative designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce.  Funded by PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, PGA WORKS leverages fellowships, scholarships, career exploration events, and the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship to inspire and engage talent from diverse backgrounds to pursue key employment positions across the golf industry. For more information, visit   


PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. For more information, visit   

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

Congratulations to our 2019 Yamaha Golf Cars Plus / Bushnell Golf / TASC Pro Pro Champions Dan Pohl from the Pohlcat and Jeff Roth from the BOYNE Golf Academy. Dan and Jeff birdied 10 holes in a row in their afternoon round on route to a -12 under par round of 60 at Pine Lake Country Club. This combined with their morning round of 67 at Orchard Lake Country Club put them at -16 under for the tournament, good for a 4 shot victory. Finishing second was the team of Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and Ben Cook from Yankee Springs GC, they finished at -12 under, 4 shots back

We would like to thank our host sites – Pine Lake Country Club and Orchard Lake Country Club for hosting this event.

We would also like to thank our sponsors – Yamaha Golf Cars Plus, Bushnell Golf and TASC Performance. We appreciate their support and it was great to have them all onsite for the event.

This win makes it 2 years in a row for Jeff and Dan as they won this event last year at Franklin Hills CC and Bloomfield Hills CC.

For final results and payout click HERE