4 Michiganders head to Augusta National for the Drive, Chip & Putt Finals

 

Michigan was well represented at the Regional Drive Chip & Putt competition hosted at Muirfield Village. Four out of eight qualifiers for the National Drive Chip & Putt competition, to be hosted at Augusta National are Michigan Locals. Georgia Bosart, Allison Cui, PJ Maybank III, Josh Lavely will advance to compete on the Sunday before the Masters at Augusta National. These four individuals went through three very competitive rounds of qualifying to make it to this stage. Tens of thousands of kids enter into the Local Qualifiers throughout the nation, and only 80 will make it to Augusta. Michigan is proud to send four of our top competitors to enjoy a day full of competition, and fun amongst the top golf legends.

 

Georgia Bosart of Clarkston, Michigan came in first place in the Girls 10-11 Division with a dominating lead over the field. She scored 131 points and won by 23 points. Georgia entered her Local Qualifier at Hawk Hollow where she was able to secure first place and advance to the Sub Regional at Oakland University. At Oakland University Georgia placed in second and was the final qualifier for her age division to advance to Muirfield Village. After her dominating win at Muirfield Village, Georgia will now advance to Augusta National to compete with 10 other girls ages 10-11.

Allison Cui of Lansing, Michigan came in first place in the Girls 12-13 Division by one point. Allison Scored 134 points at Muirfield Village. Allison scored 34 points in Driving, after hitting one outside the grid. She scored 40 points in chipping. Allison had 74 points going into the putting; she needed to score big in order to advance. Allison sunk her first put, 25 more points. Her second putt was within one foot of the hole scoring her 20 more points. Allison headed into the last putt, knowing she needed to get the ball within 2 feet of the hole & she did just that, scoring her 15 more points for a grand total of 60 points in putting. Allison’s putting won her the competition.

PJ Maybank III of Cheboygan, Michigan came in first place in the Boys 12-13 Division by 8 points at Muirfield Village. PJ started the day with a commanding lead of 51 points in the Driving station. All three of PJ’s drives were between 220-230 yards, scoring him 17 points each. PJ was able to hold onto that lead throughout the day. PJ came in first place in the Driving competition, fourth place in the Chipping competitions and third place in Putting. PJ entered his Local Qualifier at Bay Meadows where he advanced to Battle Creek Country Club before competing at Muirfield Village. Now he will move onto the grand stage of Augusta National to compete against 10 other boys ages 12-13.

Josh Lavely of Kewadin, Michigan came in first place in the Boys 14-15 Division by 5 points at Muirfield Village. Josh, son of PGA Member Larry Lavely of A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, scored 38 points in Driving, 35 points in Chipping and 60 points in Putting for a total of 133 points. Josh started his journey to Augusta at the Local Qualifier at Bay Meadows. Josh was able to secure second place which bought him a ticket to the Sub-regional at Battle Creek Country Club where Josh scored an AMAZING 166 points just to put this in perspective there is only a maximum of 225 points available. Josh is among the youngest within his age division making this win even more special. Josh is currently only 13 but will turn 14 before the National Championship at Augusta. Josh has performed well over the last three competitions and we are excited to see his scores amongst the other 10 boys 14-15 year olds at Augusta.

Each National Qualifier will receive a complementary trip for themselves and one parent to Augusta National. The Drive, Chip & Putt competitions are completely free to compete in. To sign up for your chance at a trip & experience of a lifetime enter into your local qualifiers at drivechipandputt.com. The 2018 Local qualifying season will open in April of 2018.

Please help us wish all four of our Michiganders good luck & congratulate them on their continued success within the game of golf.
For a full list of results please visit drivechipandputt.com/results

 

  

Don’t Rory Be Happy Wins The Final Four in PGA JLG Post-Season

Don’t Rory Be Happy WINS!

Don’t Rory Be Happy won Michigan’s Final Four PGA Junior League Golf All-Star season event on Saturday, September 9th. Don’t Rory Be Happy was captained by Brian Stange and Tim Strickland. Their All-Star team was comprised of players from Barton Hills Country Club, Travis Point Country Club, Lakelands Golf & Country Club, Stonebridge, Ann Arbor Golf & Outing, Polo Fields Country Club and Radrick Farms Golf Course.

Don’t Rory Be Happy played against the All-Star Team, Birdie Bandits of Kalamazoo in the first round. They were able to clinch the first win and land them in the final two team where they faced the Beach Bum Birdies of Traverse City.  In the final round they rose to victory with 71/2 points over Beach Bum Birdie’s 4 ½ points.

Don’t Rory Be Happy will advance to represent Michigan in the Mideast Regional Finals held at Bridgewater Club in Carmel, Indiana on September 30th-October 1st. 

The teams had a FUN and beautiful day for golf. We would like to give a special thank you to all of the All-Star Captains for extending your season and continuing to help develop the game of golf! Thank you to Washtenaw Country Club for hosting the beautiful event & please help me wish Don’t Rory Be Happy GOOOOOD LUCK in the Mideast Regional Finals!

 

 

All Star Teams-Each All-Star team is made up of a combination of 10 players from the local league. Each All-Star team must have at least one player from each of the league’s teams. The remaining players on the team will be determined by the final league standings. No one team is allowed to have more than five players on a league’s All-Star team.

Post Season Structure-The post season is comprised of “All-Star” teams formed from all teams in a local league. The player composition of these All-Star teams is based on the number of teams in the local league and the final league standings. All-Star teams compete in a series of Sub-Regional competitions to earn a spot at one of eight Regionals held across the country, in order to advance to the PGA Junior League Championship. The eight Regional champions will then compete for the Championship

Oakley Pro Junior at Bucks Run

 

Mt Pleasant, MI-  An exciting day wrapped up Sunday at the Oakley Pro-Junior hosted at Bucks Run Golf Club. It was a great turn out with a field of 21 teams. The teams were split up into two divisions based on the average age of their three juniors. We had 10 teams in the 16-18 division and 11 teams in the 12-15 division. The tournament was played in shamble format which allowed each team to play from the team’s best drive and then play their own ball in from there, carding their best two scores.

In the 12-15 division we had some great competition! Coming in second place by one shot was Andre Thielk’s team with Xavier Lee, Kate Mine Lee, and Cameron Cowland. The Thielk team carded a 131 (-13). Coming in first place for the 12-15 division was Justin Lauers team with Gavin Lauer, Justin Lauer, and Bryce Henderson. The Lauer team carded a 130 (-14).

In the 16-18 division we had Ian Ziska’s team with Ben Fath, Owen Seay, Nick Althouse taking home the second place flags. The Ziska team carded a 130 (130). Our Champions for the 16-18 division were John Gates, Cam Carrol, Scott Campbell and Charlie Delong. The Gates team carded a 125 (-19).

For a full list of the results click here

The weather was perfect; the course was in pristine condition and our Sponsor Jon Cooley added great prizes and a FUN atmosphere. The Michigan PGA is dedicated to helping grow the game of golf. The Oakley Pro Junior is one of our many initiatives to help get juniors invested in the lifelong game of golf. We would like to give a huge thank you to our host facility Bucks Run & head professional Jon Conklin & our Sponsor Oakley-Jon Cooley; both parties have helped support our mission to grow the game!

2017 Michigan PGA Junior Championship

 

2017 Michigan PGA Junior Championship

This week was exciting for Junior Golf! The Michigan PGA Junior Championship hosted at Bedford Valley Golf Club gives juniors all over the state of Michigan a chance to compete for two spots in the National Junior PGA Championship at The Country Club of St. Albans (Missouri, near St. Louis). This event brings in the top golfers from all over the state of Michigan. The divisions consisted of Boys 12 & Under, Boys-13-15, Boys 16-18, Girls 12 & Under; Girls 13-15, Girls 16-18 The 12 & Under division played 18 holes while the other divisions battled it out for 36 holes for two spots per gender. The Overall Champion (13-18) would be crowned after 36 holes and moving on to the Junior PGA Championship.

 After day one we had some amazing scores from the overall boys division (13-18) the competitors James Piot (18) our defending champion had a strong start to take lead at 69 (-3). Not far from the lead we had three boys, Justin Kapke(18), James Staab(18) & Ben Smith(17) card a 71 (-1).

In the girls Overall division (13-18) we had Anika Dy (15) and Mikaela Schulz (15) both card a 74 (+2) for the first round. Both girls were even par on holes 1-9, and they would leave it up to day two to determine a victor.

We had some great scores for day two, quite a few players under par! Our Overall Boys victor rose with a two day total of 137 (-7) James Piot broke away and separated himself from the pack. He won by 3 strokes over Sean Niles who carded a two day total of 140. James Piot and Sean Niles will both be advancing to the National Championship in Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course in St. Albans, Missouri on July 31st -August 3rd 2017.

The Division winners consisted of:

Overall: James Piot-137 (-7)

 Runner Up Sean Niles-140 (-2)

Boys 13-15

  1. Xavier Lee-150 (+6)
  2. Edward Shen-152 (+8)
  3. Yoqi Zhou-160 (+16)

 

Boys 16-18

  1. James Piot-137 (-7)
  2. Sean Niles-140 (-4)
  3. Brendan O’Rourke-141 (-3)

 

For the Overall Girls Division Mikaela Schutz carded another consistent 74 (+2) to be crowned the Overall Champion over Anika Dy who carded a 78 (+4) Both Mikaela and Anika will be advancing to the National Championship at Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course in St. Albans, Missouri on on July 18-21, 2017.  

The Division winners consisted of:

Overall: Mikaela Schutz -148 (+4)

Runner Up: Anika Dy-152 (+6)

Girls 13-15

  1. Mikaela Shutz- 148 (+4)
  2. Anika Dy- 152 (+6)
  3. Maggie Pietila- 159 (+11)

Girls 16-18

  1. Cailey Rooker 156 (+13)
  2. Annie Pietila 159 (+15)
  3. Naomi Keyte 161 (+17)

 

Full results available here: https://mipga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mipga17/event/mipga1719/index.htm?

Club Car / Mercy Elite Spring Scramble Results

Congratulations the team of professionals: Dominick Izzo, Jeff Rachar, Justin Pollock and amateur Brandon Horrocks (a) who took home the top honors with a very impressive score of 56 (-16 under). This round included 16 birdies and 2 pars and was good enough for a one shot victory over 2 teams at (-15 under ).

Finishing tied second place at (-15 under) were the teams of Marlon Gisi, Matt Pesta, Andrew Dodson, Travis Dodson and the team of Steve Vecellio, Frank McAuliffe, Andrew Mogg and Aaron Bush.

Any team shooting a score of 60 or better finished in the money. Please see the final results and payout attached to this email and also on the website by clicking HERE  For those of you that have amateurs on your team that finished in the money please respond and let me know what facility those amateur gift certificates should be applied to.

There were no actual skins yesterday so the money goes hole with the fewest low score. The following two teams that made eagle (3) on hole #15 will receive $1,296 per team:

  • Steve Vecellio, Frank McAuliffe, Andrew Mogg , Aaron Bush
  • Brian Dice, Aaron McMaster, Jordan Weigner, Mark Lahnala

We would like to thank The Orchards Golf Club for  hosting this event. Their staff does a great job hosting and really made for a nice event. The golf course was in great shape ,especially for this early in the year.

We would also like to thank our sponsors – Club Car and specifically the team from Midwest Golf & Turf. This was the 26th  year that Club Car has been a  sponsor of this event. We greatly appreciate their support of the Section Tournament program and this event.

We would also like to thank Mercy Elite Sports Performance for joining Club Car and sponsoring this event for the first time .It was great to have their support and their team onsite for the event.

Max VanderMolen Takes 2nd Place at Augusta in the National Drive, Chip & Putt Competition

Max VanderMolen Takes 2nd Place at Augusta in the National Drive, Chip & Putt Competition

Max VanderMolen from Gull Lake Country Club took home the second place trophy for boys age 7-9 in the National Drive, Chip & Putt Competition! Max took second place in the Driving competition, 7th place in the chipping and 1st place in the putting to land him a total of 21 points.

Max had to go through three stages of qualify to get to Augusta  

LOCAL QUALIFYING SITE: The Moors Golf Club

SUBREGIONAL QUALIFYING SITE: Battle Creek Country Club

REGIONAL QUALIFYING SITE: Medinah Country Club

Max was very determined to get to the National Championship this year. This was his first time at Augusta National. Last year he missed qualifying at the Regional site by one point. Max practiced all season to get ready for the competition & his hard work surely did pay off.

Max got interested in the game of golf by watching Tiger Woods on TV with his Dad every weekend. As soon as he could walk, he started swinging a toy club. Max loves to play golf with his dad. He also plays a variety of other sports including hockey, football, snowboarding/skiing, little league baseball, basketball, wakeboard surfing, tennis and mountain biking. Max wants to be a Professional Golfer when he grows up. His lowest scores are 31 (for 9 holes) & 64 (for 18 holes). Max will return to the Local Drive Chip and Putt competitions this summer to attempt to qualify again. If you would like a chance to compete sign up for your local Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier today! Registration is open and completely free!! Sign up at drivechipandputt.com!

 

Max Vandermolen reacts to his putt in the Boys 7-9 group on No. 18 during the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club, Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw stands with Boys 7-9 division participants after the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club, Sunday, April 2, 2017.

PGA Junior League Golf Captain Registration!

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If you believe in

  • job security
  • changing the culture of junior golf
  • reaching new customers & keeping them engaged
  • building a fun, social and low pressure environment for golf
  • developing comradery
  • in being the center of an enriched golf community
  • being a part of a trending & cool program

Boy do I have a program for you- PGA Junior League Golf!

Think about the best golf experience you’ve had…did it have to do with a special moment with your teammate, learning great values from your coach/instructor, winning, learning a new skill, traveling to new facility, or feeling like you’re a part of something special? PGA Junior League golf offers all of these experiences to its participants. This program is revolutionary in giving kids exposure to the game of golf! They have a relaxing team environment to grow and develop in, all while playing matches, winning and playing new facilities.

PGA Junior League Golf continues to grow and reach a whole new level of golf development. In 2016 we had a record high of 2,068 captain, 36,535 junior players and 4.2 million dollars in net revenue that was distributed to the PGA Professional Captains. There is no doubt that PGA Junior League golf is here to stay. The impact on the golf industry is huge.  

Captain registration is now open! Register here! http://www.pgajlg.com/captains

Captain registration ends April 3rd, 2017!

I highly encourage you to sign up! Our hope is to get Captains to register early so that by the time player registration is opening the Captains will have an idea of their League, practice times and tentative playing schedule. This will allow the consumer to make an informed decision on their time requirements for PGA JLG!

Here are some important changes to PGA JLG for the 2017 Season

  • Faster & easier Captain registration
  • Earlier Captain & participant registration
  • Captains can edit the max player field, participant registration deadline and their program description anytime.

Team Kits will include:

  • 1 numbered jersey
  • 1 bag tag
  • Scorecards
  • Flag stickers
  • 1 T-Shirt
  • Certificate
  • Rules of Play

Captains Kits will include:

  • 2 Posters
  • 1 Rory head covers
  • A getting started info graph

After registering please talk to other facilities in your area, if you have facilities in mind that you would like to be in a League with please email myself, Devin McKinley-d.mckinley@leaguegolf.com or Lauren Court-l.court@leaguegolf.com. If you do not have a League request, don’t worry we will help you form a League!

Join in on all the fun!

If you have any questions or need more information feel free to contact Chelsea Guoynes at the Sction office!

PGA Junior League Golf-Michigan at the Regional Finals!

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The PGA Junior League team representing Michigan and captained by MIPGA Member Marc White played in the Regional Finals at The Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio this past week-end. Inverness was a great host and the kids got to play on a course that has hosted 4 U.S. Opens and 2 PGA championships (including Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus’s first US Opens). 

Although we did not move on to the National Finals, our team played well and represented our Section with pride! Good job Marc and the team!!

For more Player Development News check out our Facebook group! Click here or search Michigan PGA Player Development in Facebook and request to join!  

 

Drive Chip & Put Finalist- Maxwell Vandermolen

Congratulations to Maxwell Vandermolen of Richland, MI!!

Max has completed the Road to Augusta! Max will be representing Michigan in the 2017 Drive Chip and Putt Finals at Augusta National. Max competed in our first Drive Chip ad Putt Local Qualifier at The Moors. He placed first in his division (boys 7-9). Max scored: Drive- 32,Chip- 36, Putt- 25 for a total of 93. Max then moved on to compete at the Sub-Regional Qualifier at Battle Creek Country Club. At Battle Creek Country Club Max Scored: Drive- 40, Chip- 27, Putt- 45  for a total of 112 where his score lead him to another first place finish! Max moved on to Medinah Country Club on September 17th. At Medinah Max got off to a good start with a 10 point lead after the driving station. Max had a total of 39 points! Leandro Pinili of Rochester Hills, MI was in second place with a total of 29 points. Leandro also a Michigan representative has been in friendly competition with Max this season through the South East Michigan US Kids Local Tour and at Battle Creek Country Club’s Sub Regional where Leandro placed second overall to advance. During the Chipping competition at Medinah Leandro was able to score big, a whopping 50 points! Here he jumped ahead of Max, who scored 31. It all came down to putting. Max had to make up 9 points to tie Leandro. Max was up first; sunk the first two putts the 6 & 15 footer, he stood over the 30 foot putt and got it close, 2-3 feet away from the cup scoring him 10 points. Overall Max walked away with 60 points. Leandro was up next he had a 9 point lead going into putting. Leandro sunk the 6 foot putt, he left the 15 footer within 1-2 feet and 30 footer 4-5 feet away. Leandro scored 42 in putting. Max was able to putt his way into the Finals. Both boys displayed an amazing amount of talent and skill! We are proud to have had them represent Michigan in the Boys 7-9 division and we look forward to their years ahead with them! Max is our only Michigander advancing to Augusta. We had a strong show of talent at both Regional qualifiers. Many of our Michiganders took second place overall which will land them the first alternate position is an amazing feat! The list of overall second place finishers include:

Medinah Country Club Second Place Finishers:

Boys 7-9: Leandro Pinili 

Boys 14-15: Joseph Kowatch

Girls 14-15: Kay Zubkus

Girls 10-11: Kyla Layman

Oakmont Country ClubSecond Place Finishers:

Boys 7-9: Damon Watson

IMA Brookwood to Represent Michigan in PGA Junior League Golf

Congratulations to the PGA Junior League All-Star Team from IMA Brookwood, Dunham Hills, Oakhurst, Orchard Lake for winning the State Championship. IMA Brookwood will represent Michigan in the Midwest Regional event at Inverness in Toledo, Ohio on September 24-25th. 

The 2016 and 2017 PGA Junior League Golf Championships will be held at picturesque Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. This year’s Championship will be played Nov. 19-21, on the Raptor course.

Eight PGA Junior League Golf Teams that advance out of the Regional Championships in September and October will contend for the title. The 10-player teams, matching East vs. West regions, will compete in a two-person-scramble format, with coaches allowed to substitute players every three holes, so that all team members can participate.