Michigan PGA Announces Kevin McKinley and Zack Chapin Named PGA of America National Award Winners!

The Michigan PGA is proud to announce Kevin McKinley and Zack Chapin
have been named PGA of America National Award Winners

McKinley and Chapin lead a contingent of 11 PGA Professionals and one PGA Section in winning the
PGA of America’s 2017 National Awards, which will be presented on Nov. 1, in conjunction with the
101st PGA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

“The 2017 class of national award recipients are truly deserving of this recognition, having distinguished
themselves as inspirational leaders, mentors, and pioneers among their peers,” said PGA President Paul Levy. 
“The PGA of America proudly recognizes them for their unwavering commitment to represent the
PGA Professional and the game of golf at the highest of levels.”


KEVIN MCKINLEY, PGA – PATRIOT AWARD
Treetops Resort
– Gaylord, Michigan

Kevin McKinley

Kevin McKinley, PGA, a Michigan PGA Section Member and Director of Golf at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan, is the recipient of the 2017 PGA Patriot Award. This honor goes to a PGA Professional who embodies patriotism and shows dedication to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

McKinley has spent countless hours giving back to those who dedicated their lives to protecting America’s Freedom. At Treetops Resort, McKinley created and runs the Military Golf League for Veterans, active service members, and their spouses. Treetops Resort also offers Veterans and military member discounts of up to 50 percent off for golf and ski packages,
and programs.

In support of the Folds of Honor Foundation, the resort has hosted Patriot Golf Day for ten years. In conjunction, McKinley has hosted
the Patriot Shootout for seven years, an annual Labor Day weekend tournament that offers Veterans and military members a free weekend of golf, while raising funds for Folds of Honor. Complementing his 2017 Patriot Award, McKinley also was named the 2017 PGA Golf Professional of the Year by the Michigan PGA Section.


ZACHARY J. CHAPIN, PGA
PGA MERCHANDISER OF THE YEAR – RESORT FACILITIES
Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club – Arcadia, Michigan

Zack Chapin

Zachary J. Chapin, PGA Head Golf Professional at Arcadia (Michigan) Bluffs Golf Club, is the recipient of the 2017 PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award for Resort Facilities.

Chapin began his tenure at Arcadia Bluffs as PGA Head Golf Professional in 2011. Since then, merchandise sales have grown steadily under his leadership. His  state-of-the-art pricing strategy—which finds a balance between what a product costs and its worth to the customer—has gained the attention of his peers.

Chapin begins by selecting the price of a garment based on what he thinks the merchandise’s value would be to the customer. This strategy has paid off, with  a better than 50 percent merchandise price margin.

Chapin’s philosophy is to provide all guests with the best experience possible, by offering a wide variety of quality merchandise that is beautifully displayed, while providing world-class customer service. These innovations have helped Chapin also earn the Michigan PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year Award for three consecutive years (2014-‘16).


To read the full story and view the entire list of 2017 PGA of America National Award Winners, click here!

Scott Hebert Secures Spot in the 99th PGA Championship

Congratulations Scott Hebert!

Scott Hebert

SUNRIVER, OR – June 19: Scott Hebert hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during Round Two of the 50th PGA Professional Championship held at Meadows Course at Sunriver Resort on June 19, 2017 in Sunriver, Oregon. (Photo by Traci Edwards/PGA of America)

 

Hebert shot 2-over for 289 at the 2017 PGA Professional Championship and secured a spot with the top 20 PGA Professionals at the 99th PGA Championship, August 10-13, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hebert, the 48 year old Head Professional at Traverse City Golf and Country Club, will be making his fifth career PGA Championship appearance (2007, ’08, ’09, ’10, ‘17) at Quail Hollow.


Omar Uresti Leads Contingent of 20 PGA Club Professionals to Play the 99th PGA Championship

By John Dever
PGA of America

SUNRIVER, ORE. (June 21, 2017) – Omar Uresti of Austin, Texas, who won the 2017 PGA Professional Championship in a playoff on Wednesday, will lead a contingent of 20 PGA Professionals to the 99th PGA Championship, August 10-13, at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A 48-year-old PGA Life Member, Uresti will be playing in his third consecutive PGA Championship after edging Dave McNabb of Newark, Delaware on the second playoff hole at Crosswater Club.

Uresti’s string of three straight PGA Championship berths is tied with Matt Dobyns of Glen Head, New York for the longest active streak among PGA Club Professionals. Dobyns (2012, ’15-17) will be playing in his fourth PGA Championship this August.

McNabb, the PGA Head Professional at Applewood Golf Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania will be making his third career PGA Championship appearance (2013, ’14, ‘17) at Quail Hollow.

By earning a trip to Quail Hollow, Mike Small of Champaign, Illinois punched the 10th PGA Championship ticket of his career, first since 2013.

Stuart Deane of Arlington, Texas and David Muttitt of Albuquerque, New Mexico earned the final two PGA Championship exemptions available this week, as they emerged from a tense eight-player playoff.

For Muttitt, it was the second straight year he emerged with a PGA Championship exemption via a playoff after the PGA Professional Championship.

Eight of the 20 PGA Club Professionals at Quail Hollow in August will be making their PGA Championship debuts.

PLAYER

HOMETOWN

CLUB/FACILITY

PGA SECTION

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE

Alex Beach

Summit, N.J.

Baltusrol G.C.

New Jersey

None

Rich Berberian Jr.

Hooksett, N.H.

Vesper C.C.

New England

2016

Jamie Broce

Ottawa Hills, Ohio

College Coach

Northern Ohio

2014

Paul Claxton

Claxton, Ga.

PGA Life Member

Georgia

None

Stuart Deane

Arlington, Texas

University of Texas-Arlington

Northern Texas

2014

Matt Dobyns

Glen Head, N.Y.

Fresh Meadow C.C.

Metropolitan

2012, ’15, ’16

Greg Gregory

Joshua, Texas

Hidden Creek G.C.

Northern Texas

None

Jaysen Hansen

Solon, Ohio

Beechmont C.C.

Northern Ohio

None

Scott Hebert

Traverse City, Mich.

Traverse City G.&C.C.

Michigan

2007, ’08, ’09, ’10

Dave McNabb

Newark, Del.

Applewood G.C.

Philadelphia

2013, ’14

Chris Moody

Provo, Utah

Riverside C.C.

Utah

None

David Muttitt

Albuquerque, N.M.

Los Altos, G.C.

Sun Country

2013, ’16

Rod Perry

Port Orange, Fla.

Crane Lakes G.&C.C.

North Florida

2012, ’13, ’14, ’16

Kenny Pigman

Norco, Calif.

Goose Creek G.C.

Southern California

None

Adam Rainaud

Chester, Conn.

Winged Foot G.C.

Metropolitan

2015

Mike Small

Champaign, Ill.

University of Illinois

Illinois

2004-07, ’09-13

Brian Smock

Coronado, Calif.

Coronado G.C.

Southern California

None

Omar Uresti

Austin, Texas

PGA Life Member

Southern Texas

2015, ’16

Ryan Vermeer

Omaha, Neb.

Tiburon G.C.

Nebraska

None

J.J. Wood

Houston

Golf Performance Group

Southern Texas

None

Legislators Learn of Golf Industry’s Impact at Golf Day at the Capitol

LANSING – Lt. Governor Brian Calley presented the proclamation declaring June is Pure Michigan Golf Month, and then he told the members of the Michigan Golf Alliance that they are a big deal.

  “What you do is a big deal,” he said at the Michigan Golf Industry Legislative Day on the Capitol Lawn Thursday.

  “The economic impact is massive. What is happening is so special. It is a quality of life enhancement to our communities and is a great illustration of what makes pure Michigan so amazing.”

  Sen. Wayne A. Schmidt, R-Traverse City, said he always enjoys lunch at the turn with the golf industry partners.

  “This is a great event to help the legislators to understand the business side of golf,” he said. “There’s a lot of impact, a lot of people employed, especially in the spring, summer and fall and these are mostly small businesses, independently owned and family-owned.

  “When you talk over $4 billion total economic impact from an industry, wage contributions of almost $1.5 billion, $118 million in charitable impact, 58,000 jobs, it’s clear golf is not just a wonderful, enjoyable sport, but important to Michigan in so many ways.”

   The Michigan Golf Alliance is made up of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, the Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Michigan Section PGA, the Golf Association of Michigan, the Greater Michigan Club Managers Association, the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program and the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation.

   Members of the Alliance spread out around the Capitol to visit to each legislator in their Senate and House offices, and legislators and staff members were also treated to a “lunch at the turn” in a large tent on the Capitol Lawn.

   Kate Moore, executive director of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, was thrilled by the response of legislators and the large crowd that joined the alliance members for lunch.

  “The goal of Michigan Golf Day at the Capitol is to educate and enlighten the state legislature about the importance of our industry in the state – the economic impact, the impact on tourism, employment and we don’t think people realize or recognize how big our industry is with $4.2 billion in economic impact, 58,000 employees, being caretakers of the earth, education, exercise, all rolled into one,” she said. “It’s also important for people to realize the collaboration among the golf groups and associations, how strong we are and how important it is that we all work together.”

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, center, is holding the June is Pure Michigan Golf Month proclamation, and is joined by, from left, Ron Osborne of the Michigan PGA, Bill Fountain of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, Doug Johanningsmeier of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Mark Ostrander of the Golf Course Superintendents Association, John Allen of the Golf Association of Michigan and Tom Schwark of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.

Contact: Kate Moore, Tel. 800-860-8575, Cell Phone: 517-230-8040, Email: kmoore@mgcoa.org

National Golf Day 2017 Set for April 26 in Washington, D.C.

National Golf Day 2017 Set for April 26 in Washington, D.C.

 Industry Leaders to Celebrate 10th Anniversary with National Mall Service Project

(ST. AUGUSTINE, FL) WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – announces the 10th annual National Golf Day will be held Wednesday, April 26 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

National Golf Day celebrates the game’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Industry leaders will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss golf’s 15,200-plus diverse businesses, two million jobs impacted, tax revenue creation and tourism value.

New for 2017, golf industry leaders arrive today to participate in a community service initiative on the National Mall the morning of Tuesday, April 25. The initiative will focus on beautification, preservation and helping the National Park Service with turf deferred maintenance.

“We look forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of National Golf Day by educating our country’s lawmakers about the game’s significant impact,” said Steve Mona, Chief Executive Officer of World Golf Foundation, administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “As we await a new Presidential administration this month, we are optimistic about the momentum for golf in 2017 and also pleased with the strides our industry has made on Capitol Hill in the last decade to ensure that golf’s interests are effectively represented.”

In May 2016, National Golf Day was the most successful to date with over 120 scheduled Congressional meetings in one day. Globally, the #NGD16 Twitter campaign eclipsed 52 million impressions and reached 17.7 million accounts, including 4.4 million users in a one-hour span.

Organizations who participated include the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others.

To join the conversation, visit the WE ARE GOLF social media hub. Use #NGD17 and @wearegolf on Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the golf industry.

About WE ARE GOLF

WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well the health and wellness benefits of the game and the affordability and accessibility of golf, to Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies.  The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are fair and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in economic impact annually, impacts close to two million American jobs and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.

For more information, please visit www.wearegolf.org.

Six Elite Players Named to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

Six Elite Players Named to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

  BIG RAPIDS – Six golfers with championship credentials – PGA Master Professional Bob Ackerman of West Bloomfield, PGA Professional Brian Cairns of Walled Lake, PGA Tour veteran Tom Gillis of Lake Orion, former LPGA Tour player Suzy Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor, the late Alex Ross of Detroit who was a U.S. Open winner 110 years ago, and Michigan State University women’s golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll of Haslett – have been elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame (MGHOF).

  They will be inducted Saturday, June 3, in ceremonies at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Club, and bring the number of inductees to 119, the MGHOF announced today. The six-member 2017 class ties for the largest class in history with the induction group of 1990.

  Ackerman, 63, owner of Bob Ackerman Golf in West Bloomfield, won his first Michigan Open title in 1975 as an amateur and added a second in 2003 while also winning the Michigan Senior Open that year and being named Michigan PGA Player of the Year. He is a former Big Ten Conference individual champion from 1975 while playing for Indiana University, a former Illinois Open winner and four-time Illinois PGA Section Player of the Year.

 Cairns, 52 and a teaching professional at Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, was named to the Michigan PGA Section’s Hall of Fame last year. His credentials include being a three-time Michigan PGA Professional Champion, playing in the 2016 U.S. Senior Open and playing in the PGA Championship three times. He was named Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year in 2015, the first Michigan PGA Section member to be named a national player of the year in any division.  Cairns has been the Michigan PGA Section Player of the Year five times and he also had Champions Tour status in 2014.

  Gillis, 48, has played nine seasons on the PGA Tour including 2016, and recently took a high school boys golf coaching job at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. He has been a touring professional since 1993, including stints on the European Tour, the Web.com Tour and has played competitive golf in 26 countries. He plans to play the Champions Tour when he turns 50. He has been a runner-up twice on the PGA Tour with over $6 million in earnings, won on the Web.com Tour and won two Michigan Open titles.

  Green-Roebuck, who will be 50 in April, won her third Michigan Women’s Open title last summer at age 49. She played for seven years on the LPGA Tour in the 1990s, and was a four-time winner on what is now the LPGA’s Symetra Tour. As an amateur she won the Michigan Women’s Amateur, the Golf Association of Michigan Junior Amateur twice and was a two-time individual high school state champion. She is the daughter of Pete Green, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.

  Ross, who died in 1952 at age 72 is the brother of famed golf course architect Donald Ross, and is credited with having won seven of golf’s major championships because of his 1907 U.S. Open win at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and six North and South Opens at Pinehurst Resort (considered a major in the early 1900s). The native of Dornoch, Scotland, was the head professional for 31 years at Detroit Golf Club starting in 1914 and was the first president of the Michigan PGA Section in 1922.

  Slobodnik-Stoll, 45 and a Grand Rapids native is the successful head women’s golf coach at Michigan State University with five Big Ten titles and 10 trips to the NCAA Championships, and as a player is the winningest golfer in Golf Association of Michigan history with 15 titles, including two Michigan Women’s Amateur Championships and an unprecedented eight GAM Mid-Amateur wins. She was named the GAM Women’s Player of the Decade in 2010 and is a four-time GAM Player of the Year.

   The MGHOF is a heralded collection of portraits, plaques and memorabilia that currently commemorates 113 members, including Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Horton Smith and more current notables Dave and Mike Hill, Dan Pohl, Meg Mallon and Kelly Robbins. The collection will soon be housed and displayed in the new Professional Golf Management Learning Center planned by Ferris State University at its Katke facility. A $4 million fundraising effort is nearing completion.

 The MGHOF is administered by the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Committee, which is funded through the non-profit Michigan Golf Foundation (501(c) (3) since 1996) and includes 18 members representing a cross-section of the state’s golf associations as well as the golf media. The MGHOF committee conducts an annual election to recognize the achievements of competitive Michigan golfers, but also those of individuals who have contributed to the growth of the game.

  Find out more at www.michigan-golf-foundation.com.

  Media contact: Greg Johnson, co-chairman, 616-560-8995, greggie24@hotmail.com

Congratulations Jim Dewling

We are proud to announce our two-time past President, Jim Dewling, of Total Golf Inc., will receive the 2016 Lyle Leeke Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association at their awards banquet on November 29th.

The Lyle Leeke Distinguished Service Award is named after one of the founders of the MGCOA and a gentleman who helped to create a voice for Michigan golf course owners. The recipient of the award is an individual or company who has displayed distinguished service to the MGCOA and the golf industry.

Dewling has spent much of his life in golf. He studied in Michigan State University’s hospitality and hotel management curriculum, graduated with a business degree in 1966 and became a PGA of America Golf Professional. After seven years at Birmingham Country Club as an assistant professional he moved into management. He worked for Joe and Steve Slavik at the new Great Oaks Country Club in Rochester for 10 years, and then formed Total Golf Inc. He has owned and or managed more than 40 properties and co-designed three golf courses.

He is a past-president of the Michigan Section of the PGA and a trustee of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. Dewling has been a member of the MGCOA board of directors since 2003 and is on the government affairs committee. He was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame for his contributions to golf in 2009.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2017 NATIONAL FINALS QUALIFYING

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2017 NATIONAL FINALS QUALIFYING
Parents Can Register Their Junior Golfers, Get More Information at www.DriveChipandPutt.com

AUGUSTA, Ga. – With the 2016 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship scheduled to culminate with the National Finals this April at Augusta National Golf Club, the United States Golf Association (USGA), Masters Tournament and the PGA of America today announced that registration for 2017 National Finals qualifying, which begins this May, is now officially open on the event’s website, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

 

                Now in its fourth year, this fun, free and nationwide youth golf development initiative invites boys and girls, ages 7-15, to participate in local qualifying opportunities set in all 50 states throughout the months of May, June, July and August. Boys and girls will enter to play across separate divisions in four age categories, with scoring centered around golf’s three fundamental skills (Drive, Chip and Putt). Top performers at the local level will advance through subregional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. From these qualifiers, 80 finalists – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 2, the eve of the 2017 Masters Tournament.

 

“The joy of success on a child’s face after making a great chip shot or sinking a 12-foot putt is why the USGA is actively engaged in this program,” says Tom O’Toole Jr., president of the USGA. “We know success leads to confidence, and confidence leads to a lifelong love of our game.  With local qualifiers in every state, we can foster a new community of young golfers who cannot only compete together, but inspire each other – just as they inspire us.”

                “The more smiles we see from participants each year through the Drive, Chip and Putt program, the more satisfaction we feel in doing our part to grow the great game of golf and sharing its wonderful lessons,” said Billy Payne, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. “This is possible through a unique and collaborative effort with two invaluable partners, and we all hope the fun had by children and families across the country will inspire even more kids to take a step toward making golf the game of a lifetime.”

“Drive, Chip and Putt is for every kid, everywhere and every ability to have the opportunity to follow their dream,” said PGA President Derek Sprague. “We have seen tremendous growth, as this popular initiative has resonated with kids across the country. PGA members and PGA Sections are excited to host and oversee the local, subregional and regional Drive, Chip and Putt qualifiers, with a local qualifying event in every state and all 41 PGA Sections.”

 

– MORE –

 

Local qualifying for the 2017 National Finals will begin Sunday, May 8, 2016, at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and continue through the summer at 256 sites across all 50 states. The regional qualifying events in September are set to take place at 10 championship host sites, including:

 

  • Baltusrol Golf Club (Site of the 2016 PGA Championship)
  • Hazeltine National Golf Club (Site of the 2016 Ryder Cup)

 

  • Medinah Country Club (Site of the 2012 Ryder Cup)
  • Oakmont Country Club (Site of the 2016 U.S. Open)
  • Pinehurst Resort (Site of the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open)
  • Riviera Country Club (Site of the 1995 PGA Championship and 2017 U.S. Amateur)
  • Southern Hills Country Club (Site of the 2007 PGA Championship)
  • The Country Club (Site of the 2022 U.S. Open)
  • The Olympic Club (Site of the 2012 U.S. Open)
  • TPC Sawgrass (Site of THE PLAYERS Championship)

The full breakdown and schedule of 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying

is as follows:

Local (May/June/July/August):  256 host sites spread throughout all 50 states

                                                                    3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue

 

Subregional (July/August):            50 host sites spread throughout 31 states

                                                                    2 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue

 

Regional (September):                     10 host sites in 10 defined regions

                                                                    1 junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue

 

National Finals (April 2, 2017):     80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club   

 

                The current third season of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will conclude on the eve of the upcoming Masters Tournament, with 80 junior golfers competing at Augusta National on Sunday, April 3. Golf Channel will broadcast the event live.

 

                For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, a full listing of qualifying sites and registration and ticket information, please visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

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About the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

 

A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free, nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, subregional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel. For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

About the United States Golf Association

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries. For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

About the Masters Tournament

The Masters Tournament Foundation, inspired by the enduring philosophies of Masters Tournament founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, is committed to promoting golf’s domestic and international development through financial investment and active participation in initiatives aimed at preserving the traditions of the game and sharing its many virtues.

 

The Masters Tournament – since its very beginning – strives to provide added exposure to the game of golf and inspire interest in the sport worldwide. For more information about the Masters, visit www.masters.com.

 

About the PGA of America

Since its founding in 1916, the PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and grow interest and participation in the game of golf. The PGA of America delivers world-class championships while building the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility for everyone, everywhere. Celebrating its Centennial, the PGA represents the very best in golf. For more about the PGA of America, visit pga.org.

 

 

Media Contacts

 

Masters Tournament

Steve Ethun, Director of Communications

(706) 667-6705; spethun@augustanational.com

 

United States Golf Association (USGA)

Janeen Driscoll, Director, Public Relations

(908) 326-1978; JDriscoll@USGA.org

PGA of America

Jamie Carbone, Director, Public Relations

(561) 624-8446; jcarbone@pgahq.com

FACT SHEET

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

  1. The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is open to boys and girls ages 7-15. Boys and girls compete in separate divisions in four age categories: 7-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13 years old; and 14-15 years old.
  1. Participants will be grouped based on their age as of the National Finals Sunday, April 2, 2017. Participants must be at least 7 years of age on Sunday, April 2, 2017, and may not be older than 15 years of age on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Please note: a player may participate in local, subregional and regional qualifying if he/she is 6 years old provided that he/she turn 7 years old prior to April 2, 2017. A 15-year-old who will turn 16 years of age prior to April 2, 2017, is not eligible to participate.
  1. Participants may register to compete in only one local qualifier.

 

  1. All competitors must conform to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status.

 

  1. The player’s clubs and golf balls must conform with the Rules of Golf and the provisions, specifications and interpretations set forth in Appendices II (for golf clubs) and III (for golf balls).  The optional Conditions of Competition requiring that the driver the player carries is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads, the ball the player plays is named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls, and the player’s clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from January 1, 2010 are NOT in effect.  However, new models of irons, wedges, hybrids and fairway woods manufactured on or after January 1, 2010 must conform to the current groove and punch mark specifications.

 

ENTRIES

  1. For local qualifying, parents/guardians must complete an online entry application – available starting January 26, 2016 – on behalf of participants at the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship website, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.
  2. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis and must be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT on the date five (5) days prior to the local qualifier.
  3. There is no entry fee for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.

 

 

SCHEDULE OF COMPETITION

 

  1. The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship will be conducted in four stages. Click here for a full schedule:

 

  1. Local qualifying – 256 qualifying events will be conducted in May, June, July and August at courses throughout all 50 States.

 

  1. Subregional qualifying – 50 qualifying events to be conducted in July and August in 31 States.

 

  1. Regional qualifying – 10 qualifying events to be conducted in September in 10 Defined Regions.

 

  1. National Finals – To be conducted Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

 

SCORING / COMPETING

 

  1. Each participant will compete in all three skills (Drive, Chip and Putt). An individual rules sheet for each skill competition is available on the championship website, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

 

  1. Participants will accumulate points in each skill. The participant with the highest number of accumulated points will be declared the overall champion of their age category.

 

  1. All participants must begin the competition at the local qualifying level.

 

  1. From local qualifying, the three overall point earners in each of the boys and girls divisions from the four age brackets will advance to the subregional qualifying level of the competition.

 

  1. The subregional competition is a new competition with no carryover from the local competition. The top two performers in each of the boys and girls division from the four age categories will advance to the regional qualifiers.

 

  1. The regional competition is a new competition with no carryover from the subregional competition. The top performer in each of the boys and girls division from the four age categories will advance to the National Finals to be held the Sunday before the Masters Tournament (April 2, 2017).

 

  1. The National Finals will take place at Augusta National Golf Club and be staged on its Tournament Practice Facility (Driving / Chipping) and 18th green (Putting). The National Finals is a new competition with no carryover from the regional competition.

 

  1. The National Finals will be produced and broadcasted on national television.

 

DRIVE, CHIP & PUTT CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES 2017 QUALIFYING SCHEDULE

DRIVE, CHIP & PUTT CHAMPIONSHIP

ANNOUNCES 2017 QUALIFYING SCHEDULE

Registration for Drive, Chip and Putt Qualifying to Open January 26

 

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Today the United States Golf Association (USGA), Masters Tournament and the PGA of America officially launched the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship by announcing the local qualifying schedule for the upcoming year. The schedule includes dates and locations for participants to play in local qualifiers across the country with the opportunity to advance and earn an invitation to next year’s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. The qualifying schedule is available HERE on the event’s website. Online registration will also be available at www.DriveChipandPutt.com, starting Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

                Now in its fourth year, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship aims to help younger generations begin their lifelong connection with golf by providing a fun, interactive platform for participants at all skill levels. This free youth golf development initiative will again include boys and girls ages 7-15, who will compete in separate divisions in four age categories. Qualifying opportunities will take place throughout all 50 states during the months of May, June, July and August. Top performers at the local level will advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National on Sunday, April 2, the eve of the 2017 Masters.

                Local qualifying will begin Sunday, May 8 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and continue through the summer in all 50 states. The breakdown and schedule of the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship qualifying is as follows:

Local (May/June/July/August):    256 host sites spread throughout all 50 states

                                                                    3 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue

Sub-Regional (July/August):          50 host sites spread throughout 31 states

                                                                    2 juniors advance in each age/gender category from every venue

Regional (September):                       10 host sites in 10 defined regions

                                                                    1 junior advances in each age/gender category from every venue

National Finals (April 2, 2017):       80 total participants at Augusta National Golf Club                      

For a full list of qualifying venues at the local and sub-regional level, or for more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, including official rules, registration, and ticket information, please visit www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

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About the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel. For more information about the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, please visit: www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

About the United States Golf Association

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries. For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

About the Masters Tournament

The Masters Tournament Foundation, inspired by the enduring philosophies of Masters Tournament founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, is committed to promoting golf’s domestic and international development through financial investment and active participation in initiatives aimed at preserving the traditions of the game and sharing its many virtues.

The Masters Tournament – since its very beginning – strives to provide added exposure to the game of golf and inspire interest in the sport worldwide. For more information about the Masters, visit www.masters.com.

About the PGA of America

Since its founding in 1916, the PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, the PGA of America elevates the public’s interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As the PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit www.pgamediacenter.com.

 

Media Contacts

Masters Tournament

Steve Ethun, Director of Communications

(706) 667-6705; spethun@augustanational.com

United States Golf Association (USGA)

Adam Barr, Senior Director, Communications

(908) 326-1905; ABarr@USGA.org

PGA of America

Jamie Carbone, Director, Public Relations

(561) 624-8446; jcarbone@pgahq.com

 

Seven Golf Legends Make Up 2015 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame Class

EAST LANSING – Emil Beck, Joe Devany, Wilfrid E. Reid, Alex Ross, Don Soper, Frank Sprogell and Gary Whitener make up the seven-golfer class to be inducted to the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame, the Michigan PGA Section office announced today.

   An invitation only induction ceremony is planned for Sunday (Oct. 25) at Country Club of Lansing. This is the fifth class inducted to the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame, which honors section members who distinguished themselves in golf.

  Beck, who served the Soo Golf Club in Sault Ste. Marie for five years and Black River Country Club in Port Huron for 25 years, was a founder, national committee chairman and for 11 years director of the PGA Business School, which started as the Dunedin Educational and Professional Training Program. In 1975 he was the national Horton Smith Award winner, served as the Michigan PGA President in 1951-52 and was Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1962. Beck, a Nebraska native, was also a life member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Devany, a Grosse Ile golf professional, served two stints as Michigan Section President (1931-32 and 1948-50) and in 1956 was Michigan Section Golf Professional of the Year. In 1957 he became one of the original teachers of the Dunedin Educational and Professional Training Program, which later became the PGA Business School. He was active nationally with the PGA of America as a chairman of national committees, such as the War Program in 1952, the Annual Meeting in 1953 and the Active Services and Veterans Programs in 1954. The Michigan PGA Pro-Assistants Championship Trophy is named the Joe Devany Trophy in his honor.

Reid, a world-class golfer and renowned golf course designer from England, visited the United States with golf legends Ted Ray and Harry Vardon in 1913 to play in the U.S. Open Championship, and later emigrated and worked at several golf clubs as a professional, including Country Club of Detroit. He was one of the original members of the PGA of America, served on the National Executive Committee of the PGA of America as vice-president at large, vice-president in 1920 and 1921 and was a member of the organizing committee of the Philadelphia Section of the PGA of America. He was president of the Michigan Section from 1928-30.

Ross, a world class player from England, the third golf professional at Detroit Golf Club and the brother of famed course designer Donald Ross, was the first president of the Michigan Section in 1922. He first came to the U.S. to play in the U.S. Open and in 1907 was the champion at Philadelphia Cricket Club. He went on to have five top 10s in U.S. Open play. He is most famous at Detroit Golf Club for giving Horace Rackham, a charter member of the club, his first golf lesson.

Soper, a golf professional who also designed golf courses like Royal Oak Golf Club, which is on Don Soper Drive, was president of the Michigan Section 1961-63, and three times was Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year (1966, ‘76 and ’78).  Also in 1978, he was named the PGA of America’s Golf Professional of the Year and is enshrined in the national PGA of America Hall of Fame.

    Sprogell, who served as a golf professional and superintendent at several Michigan courses including Meadowbrook and Blythefield, was working as the Head Professional and General Manager at PGA Golf Club in Dunedin, Fla., in 1954 when he organized a group of sales representatives to show merchandise in his parking lot. By 1957 the sale had grown large enough for him to rent a tent. This annual gathering later became the PGA Merchandise Show. He also served golf as president of the Michigan Section from 1941-47 and nationally was secretary of the PGA of America from 1941-46.

   Whitener, a caddie at age 11 at Western Country Club, an Evans Scholar at Michigan State University, golf professional at Tam O’Shanter and Knollwood, ran the Livonia municipal courses and the driveway at Whispering Willows is named Gary Whitener Drive. He also was involved in golf course ownership in Plymouth and Monroe. He served the Michigan Section from 1978-89 as a board member, officer and committee chairperson while also serving the PGA of America as a District 5 Director for two years, chairman of the Special Awards Committee, vice-chairman of the Education Committee, at-large member of the Section Affairs Committee and others. He was the Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1989. A Farmington Hills resident, he passed away unexpectedly in May. He was 77.

For more information visit www.michiganpgagolf.com

Special Award Winners Web

MICHIGAN SECTION PGA
2013 Special Awards Winners Announced

Bath, MI – Michigan Section PGA honored it’s 2013 Special Award Winners during the Spring Meeting on Monday March 25th at Eagle Eye Golf Club.  PGA Members are nominated b their peers and finalist are determined by vote of the membership at the Annual Meeting.  The finalists then go through an interview process with the Special Awards Committee who determine the winners. Sections winner will be passed on to the PGA of America National Awards Committee for consideration of a national award.

Wally Sierakowski of Red Run Golf Club, Royal Oak, MI has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section of The PGA of America as the 2013 recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award. 

 Established in 1979, the Bill Strausbaugh Award is presented to a PGA Professsional 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.

 Aaron Waltz of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section of The PGA of America as the recipient of the 2013 Horton Smith Award.

     The Horton Smith Award is awarded annually to a PGA member for his outstanding contributions to professional education. Waltz an 11-year member of The PGA, reflects this commitment through his day-to-day activities in the Michigan PGA Section.

 John Lindert has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the President’s Plaque.
Lindert was honored for his efforts at the Section and national level for extraordinary and exemplary contributions in Player Development, which support Play Golf America initiatives.

 Shaun Bezilla of Harbor Point Golf Club in Harbor Springs, MI, has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the Junior Golf Leader Award.

 The award is presented annually to the PGA member who demonstrates their leadership within the junior golf community, reflects the ideals of those who work with youth. Bezilla’s interest, concern and ability to provide opportunities and experience for juniors to learn and play golf have significantly impacted junior golfers and junior golf programs on a local and national level.

The Merchandiser of the Year Award recognizes excellence in business and merchandising at private, public and resort golf facilities.

 Matt Barton, a PGA Professional formally at Prestwick Village Golf Club, has been named the 2013 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for private golf facilities by the Michigan PGA Section.

 John Paul Westbrook a PGA Professional at Little Traverse Bay Golf Club in Harbor Springs, MI, has been named the 2013 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for public golf facilities by the Michigan PGA Section.

 Michael Rey a PGA Professional formally at Treetops Resort in Treetops Village, MI has been named the 2013 PGA Merchandiser of the Year for resort golf facilities by the Michigan PGA Section.

Jason Guss a PGA Professional at Rick Smith and Jason Guss Golf Academy @ Treetops Resort in Treetops Village, MI, has been named the 2013 Teacher of the Year by the Michigan PGA Section.

Guss a 10-year member of The PGA, was honored for his dedication to teaching and outstanding service as a golf instructor.

 Kevin McKinley of Treetops Resort, Treetops Village, MI, has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the Patriot Award.

McKinley 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.

 Shaun Bezilla, a PGA Professional at Harbor Point Golf Club in Harbor Springs MI, has captured the Michigan PGA Section Golf Professional of the Year Award for 2013. 

Golf Professional of the year is awarded to members that demonstrate outstanding qualities of leadership, strong moral character, Maintain a substantial record of service to the Association and the game of golf. And are well-regarded as a model PGA Golf Professional.

 Paul Townsend, a PGA Professional at Wuskowhan Players Club in West Olive, MI, has captured the Michigan PGA Section Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award for 2013.

 Townsend, an assistant at Wuskowhan Players Club for 7 years was reconginzed for his strength as a player/teacher/merchandiser/business person and overall golf professional, contributions made to the success of the his facility, contributions to the game of golf and his character of the nominee and respect from other professionals.

Ron LaParl has been selected by the Michigan PGA Section as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.  The Award honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf.

Ron was elected to membership of the PGA of America on June 16, 1945 and was elected to the Half Century Club in 1995.  During his 60 plus years as a PGA Member Ron has been an active member participating in section and chapter events as well as dedicating his time to a variety of positions.

Jack Berry, has captured the Michigan PGA Section Media Award for 2013. Berry was honored for all he has done for golf in the State of Michigan.  He is the former National President of the Golf Writers Association.

Since 1916, The PGA of America’s mission has been twofold; to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, the Association enables PGA Professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry.

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