Tom Harding, PGA Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

Two Players, Two Executives Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

  BIG RAPIDS – The late Bud Erickson of West Bloomfield, a former executive director of the LPGA and the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), Tom Harding of South Lyon, a winning tour professional and PGA instructor, Debbie Williams-Hoak of Saline, a former LPGA player and award-winning coach, and Gordon LaFontaine of Houghton Lake, executive director emeritus of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF) and groundbreaking fundraiser, have been elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame (MGHOF).

  They will be inducted Saturday, June 2, in ceremonies at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Club, and bring the number of inductees to 123, the MGHOF announced today.

  Erickson, who died last August at the age of 94, was an Army Air Corps veteran and graduate of Michigan State University who before his career in golf was a public relations director and assistant general manager for the Detroit Lions. In golf he was executive director of the LPGA from 1970-75 credited with adding tournaments and purses and was executive director of the GAM from 1980-84. He also served as tournament director for Oakland Hills Country Club as host site of the 1979 PGA Championship, the 1981 U.S. Senior Open, the 1985 U.S. Open and the 1991 U.S. Senior Open.

  Harding, 53 and a teaching professional at Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti, played on the Asian, Australian and Web.com tours and won the Canadian PGA Championship in 1991. After his tour career, the Michigan State graduate and Spartan golfer was twice the Michigan PGA Player of the Year and won four Michigan PGA Section major titles including the 1997 Michigan PGA Professional Championship. He has been at Kendall Academy since 2004 where he has been named one of Golf Digest’s Top 15 Instructors in Michigan five times since 2011 and has helped 25 students earn collegiate golf scholarships.

  Williams-Hoak, 58 and golf academy director at Brookside Golf Club in Saline, was an All-America track and field athlete at the University of Michigan before taking up golf at age 30. At age 40 she was a celebrated rookie on the LPGA Tour. Before turning professional she was a two-time Michigan Women’s Amateur champion and qualified for seven USGA national championships. She won the Michigan Women’s Open in 2000 and twice lost in playoffs on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour. She coaches the boys and girls golf teams at Saline High School and has twice been named a state high school golf coach of the year.

   LaFontaine, 73 and owner of Pine View Highlands Golf Course in Houghton Lake, retired in January after 37 years as executive director of the MTF where he administered $500,000 in annual revenue and product funds, helped to raise over $1.1 million annual donations of equipment, product and funds, oversaw $1.3 million in endowments and was instrumental in the creation of the world renown Hancock Turfgrass Research Center at Michigan State University. The MSU graduate has won multiple awards, and is a past winner of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America Distinguished Service Award.

  The MGHOF is a heralded collection of portraits, plaques and memorabilia that currently commemorates 119 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 Ken Janke Sr. Golf Learning Center planned by Ferris State University at its Katke facility. The late Ken Janke Sr. is co-founder and a member of the MGHOF.

  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 people representing a cross-section of the state’s golf associations as well as golf media. The MGHOF committee conducts an annual election to recognize the achievements of competitive Michigan golfers, but also accomplishments of individuals who have contributed to the growth of the game.

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

 MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Johnson, co-chairman MGHOF, 616-560-8995, greggie24@hotmail.com

 

Scott Hebert, PGA Selected to the Global Golf Post All-Pro First Team

GLOBAL GOLF POST ANNOUNCES 2018 PGA “ALL-PRO” TEAM

The Michigan Section PGA is excited to announce that Scott Hebert has been selected to the Global Golf Post All-Pro First Team which recognizes the most outstanding competitive performances of PGA Professionals across the country. 

Link to the full coverage: po.st/012218AllPro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Winter Park, Fla. (January 22, 2018)
Global Golf Post, the leading golf news magazine in the world, has unveiled itsfourth annual PGA of America All-Pro Teams.

The awards are a salute to the extraordinary club professionals who perform all the tasks that working at a golf course entails, and yet continue to compete in tournament golf at a high level. The 78 players, representing 38 PGA Sections, are the PGA golf professionals selected by Global Golf Post for outstanding achievement.

“They are the backbone of American golf – teachers, small businessmen, tournament administrators, rules officials, employers, mentors, and knowledgeable golf equipment ambassadors,” said Jim Nugent, Founder and Publisher of Global Golf Post. “They oversee the golf car fleet and golf bag storage area and occasionally they even function as unlicensed psychologists to counsel struggling amateur golfers.”

Rod Perry, the director of golf at Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club in Port Orange, Fla., has been selected as the 2018 “Pro’s Pro,” which Global Golf Post designates one professional who embodies the spirit of the All-Pro Team concept. In 2017, Perry won the TaylorMade Golf National Championship, finished eighth in the PGA Professional Championship, and finished third in the 2017 PGA Player of the Year points list.

Perry joins a prestigious list of “Pro’s Pros” honorees include Bob Ford, head golf professional at both Seminole Golf Club in Florida and Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania (2015), Dave Podas, director of golf at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles (2016), and Rob Labritz, director of golf at Glen Arbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y. (2017).

Perry also is one of two golf professionals who received First Team honors for the fourth year in a row, joined by Matt Dobyns of Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y.

“Despite a heavy workload, many of these pros play at an extremely high level, but they don’t get the recognition they deserve, Nugent said. “Our All-Pro feature is designed to do just that—recognize the best playing golf professionals in America.”

Click here to see the current issue and view the All-Pro selections.

 

About Global Golf Post:

Founded in 2010, Global Golf Post is the leading weekly golf news publication in the world. It is delivered overnight Sunday, 50 weeks per year, to a global audience of nearly 2.0 million avid golfers. Global Golf Post is a fully interactive digital publication that incorporates rich media applications and offers golf consumers a remarkable online experience, much like reading a traditional magazine or newspaper.

Media Contacts:

James Nugent                                                   Karen Moraghan
Global Golf Post                                               Hunter Public Relations
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Michigan PGA Members, Kevin McKinley and Zack Chapin, Honored at 2017 PGA of America National Awards Ceremony: Outgoing President, Ron Osborne, Recognized at 101st PGA Annual Meeting

2017 PGA of America Special Award Winners (missing Zack Chapin)


AUSTIN, Texas
(Nov. 2, 2017) – Kevin McKinley, PGA, Director of Golf at Treetops Resorts, Gaylord, MI and Zack Chapin, PGA, Head Golf Professional at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, MI, led a contingent of 11 PGA Professionals who were honored during the PGA of America’s 2017 National Awards celebration at the Hilton Austin on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in conjunction with the 101st PGA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

KEVIN MCKINLEY, PGA
TREETOPS RESORT GOLF – GAYLORD, MICHIGAN

Click Here to view Kevin McKinley’s Patriot Award Video

Kevin McKinley, PGA, a Michigan PGA President 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 10 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 was named the 2017 PGA Golf Professional of the Year by the Michigan PGA Section.

 

Kevin McKinley & Paul Levy

 

ZACHARY J. CHAPIN, PGA
ARCADIA BLUFFS GOLF CLUB – ARCADIA, MICHIGAN

Click Here to view Zack Chapin’s video message on receiving the PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award for Resort Facilities. Chapin was honored at the PGA of America National Awards celebration but was unable to attend the ceremony due to the birth of his second child.

Zack Chapin, PGA Head Golf Professional at Arcadia 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 (2014-2016.)

 “The 2017 class of national award recipients were all 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.”

Click here for video of the 2017 PGA of America National Awards presentation.

 

Outgoing Section Presidents

101ST PGA ANNUAL MEETING
Ron Osborne, PGA, Head Professional at Binder Park Golf Course, and Michigan PGA’s Outgoing Section President, was recognized and honored with other outgoing Section Presidents on Friday, November 10th at the 101st PGA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Osborne now serves as the Honorary President of the Michigan Section PGA and previously served as Vice President and Secretary.

The PGA of America’s 101st Annual Meeting, Nov. 1-3, focused on the PGA Member and the benefits of growing the game of golf to diverse audiences. A total of 427 delegates gathered at the Hilton Austin, as they furthered the path for the Association’s future on a global scale, while emphasizing the two key pillars of employment and education.

 

 

TOM HARDING INDUCTED INTO THE MICHIGAN PGA HALL OF FAME

EAST LANSING, MI – One new member has been inducted into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame. Tom Harding was announced as the sole member of the 2017 Induction Class at the Michigan Section PGA President’s Dinner, Sunday, October 22nd at The Country Club of Lansing. Harding’s wife, Peggy, and daughters, Priscilla and Caroline, accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Harding, who was unable to attend the event.

Harding has been a PGA Member since 1997 and is in his 13th season as the Senior Instructor at Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf. Harding also served as an Assistant Professional and Teaching Professional at both Meadowbrook Country Club and Egypt Valley Country Club.

Tom has a long history of tremendous playing accomplishments including:

  • Golf Digest’s Top 15 Instructors in Michigan– 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Participated in US Senior Open and Senior PGA Professional Championship– 2017
  • Buick Open– played twice
  • Won Canadian PGA Championship– 1991
  • Played Asian and Australian Tours
  • com Tour– twice exempt
  • Qualified for seven PGA Professional Championships
  • Michigan PGA Player of the Year– 1997, 2001
  • Won the Michigan PGA Championship– 1997
  • Won Tournament of Champions– 1997
  • Match Play Champion– 2001, 2002
  • Served on Section Tournament Committee twice
  • Michigan State University men’s golf team member
  • Tom has three daughters on the Michigan State University women’s golf team
  • Numerous all state high school players and prominent collegiate players

The Michigan PGA Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 and exists to recognize and acknowledge those PGA Professionals who have excelled in their profession, achieved remarkable accomplishments, and made significant contributions to the game, the industry and the Michigan PGA. The inductees are honored at the Presidents’ Dinner each fall.

 

2017 Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Harding, PGA

Harding’s wife, Peggy, and daughters, Priscilla and Caroline, accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Harding, who was unable to attend the event.

 

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.