Katie Sharp Named PGA WORKS Fellow

Former Michigan State Academic All-American Golfer

Katie Sharp Named PGA WORKS Fellow

Sharp Will Support Golf Programs, Tournaments and Events

Managed by the Michigan PGA Section  

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

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

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

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

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

“Golf has been an instrumental part of my life for many years, not only as a player but in working with young golfers and helping to promote the game,” said Sharp. “Now I have an opportunity to work with the Michigan PGA and serve in the PGA WORKS Fellowship, which presents me with an incredible opportunity to start a career in golf. I am very excited for this new journey in my life.”

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

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

For more information on PGA REACH, visit PGAREACH.org.   


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


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

About the PGA of America

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Drive, Chip, & Putt National Finalists

As Masters week ends we would like to acknowledge our Michigan competitors who represented us at the Drive, Chip, & Putt National Finals!

PJ Maybank III, Sophie Stevens, and Paige Radebach made the trip to Augusta National to compete with some of the best juniors this past Sunday before the Masters. PJ placed third overall in the 12-13 boy’s division with his scores being a ten in driving, six in chipping, and seven in putting for a final score of 23. Sophie competed in the girls 12-13 age division and placed seventh in her age division. Sophie scored a seven in driving, seven point five in chipping, and a one in putting for a final score of 15.5. Paige finished fourth overall in the girls 7-9 division with a two in driving, seven in chipping, and ten in putting for an overall score of 19.

Chairman Ridley describes being at the Drive, Chip, & Putt finals as “It can be seen in the smiles on the faces (of the competitors). The enthusiasm is absolutely infectious. Our members and past champions can feel it. Our patrons feel it. And the viewers watching on The Golf Channel feel it.”

Would you like to feel the infectious power of being at Augusta National? Don’t miss your chance to participate in this free event for a possibility to compete like PJ, Paige, and Sophie.

PJ Maybank III placed 3rd in the Boys 12-13 Division.
Paige Radebach placed 4th in the Girls 7-9 Division.
Sophie Stevens embraces her dad at the driving station in the Girls 12-13 Division.

Three Michiganders Advance to Augusta National for the Final Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

Three Michiganders Advance to Augusta National for the Final Drive, Chip & Putt Championship


Michigan was well represented at the Regional Drive Chip & Putt competition hosted at Muirfield Village. Three out of eight qualifiers for the National Drive Chip & Putt competition, to be hosted at Augusta National are Michigan Locals. PJ Maybank III, Sophie Stevens, & Paige Radebach will advance to compete on the Sunday before the Masters at Augusta National. These three 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 three of our top competitors to enjoy a day full of competition, and fun among the top golf legends. The Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifiers are completely free to register; registration for the 2019 local qualifiers will open in February of 2019. Be sure to tune into the Golf Channel on Sunday April 7th, 2019 to watch PJ Maybank III, Sophie Stevens, & Paige Radebach compete! 

Boys 12-13 from left to right: Michael Beattie, PJ Maybank III, Rocco Turner


Girls 12-13 from left to right: Sarah Lydic, Sophie Stevens, Olivia Hemmila


Girls 7-9 from left to right: Tula Puzzuoli, Paige Radebach, Madelaine Beck

PGA Jr. League Michigan State Championship

PGA Jr. League Michigan State Championship

Contested at Binder Park Golf Course in Battle Creek, MI

Day One-Qualifier

230 kids from all over the state of Michigan joined us on our adventurous journey to crown a new PGA Jr. League State Champion. The All-Star Teams are comprised of 10 kids who represent the teams within their league.  Each team has a PGA/LPGA Captain. The 23 teams were broken up into 4 different pods with 5-6 teams in a pod. Each pod would compete with against each other for an opportunity to advance to the Final Four Match Play Championship.

Format: Stroke Play Aggregate Score-each team sent out 2 groups of 2 players and 2 groups of 3 players. The team is playing a two person scramble. Some of the groups do have a third player who will alternate in-out of competition. Each child will play at least 6 holes to contribute to the team score. Players record their scores for each hole. We take the best 3 out of 4 scores for the Team’s total. The lowest score from each pod will advance to the Final Four Match Play Championship. The teams play 9 holes.


AM Preserve Pod

Spartan Golf Academy @ MSU

Captain: Alex Lorencz                    Score: 140

Casually Legendary

Captain: Lynn Janson                     Score: 123

Southwest Michigan

Captain: Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn                                Score: 145

Angry Birdies

Captain: Jeff Hilbert                       Score: 137

Wie Love Golf

Captain: Ebon Saunders                                Score: 151

Birdie Bandits

Captain: Ty Bouwens                     Score: 125


AM Marsh Pod


Captain: Joe Charles                       Score: 146

It’s a Par-Tee

Captain: Matt Swan                        Score: 116

Grip it & Rip it

Captain: Raquel Bryant                 Score: 128

Traverse City

Captain: Scott Wilson                    Score: 101

 Golf Warriors

Captain: Andre Pillow                   Score: 127



PM Preserve Pod

Birdies Come Easy

Captain: Chris Osentoski              Score: 149

May The Course Be With You

Captain: Will Ellender                   Score: 152

Don’t Rory Be Happy

Captain: Tim Strickland                 Score: 108

Sandy Savers

Captain: Kevin Kaczocha               Score: 120

Teach Me How To Birdie

Captain: Mitch Bos                          Score: 133

Hear Me Rory

Captain: Stephanie Jennings      Score:127


PM Marsh Pod


Captain: Jeff Stalcup      Score: 100

Tee it High Let it Fly

Captain: Paul Toski         Score: 122

Putts & Pars

Captain: Kelly Sivier       Score: 115

Country Club of Detroit

Captain: Justin Pollock  Score: 130

Dude Where’s My Par?

Captain: Doug Brody      Score: 92

Birmingham Country Club

Captain: Steve Vecellio                Score: 142        




Casually Legendary 

Dude, Where’s My Par

Don’t Rory Be Happy

Traverse City

Day Two- Final Four Match Play Championship

Day Two started with a morning shotgun where the AM Pods would verse each other & the PM Pods would verse each other in a Match Play Format. PGA Jr. League uses Match Play for their regular season. The juniors are still playing a two-person scramble. Each pairing is competing in three 3-hole matches worth one point each. The teams are playing for 12 points.


Dude, Where’s My Par was victorious over Don’t Rory Be Happy and would face off with the Traverse City team who rose to victory over Casually Legendary.

Match 1 Results:

Dude, Where’s My Par-7 points VS. Don’t Rory Be Happy 5 points

Traverse City- 9.5 points VS. Casually Legendary 2.5 points

The final match was played in the afternoon with Dude, Where’s My Par competing against Traverse City again using the Match Play Format. After a three hour rain delay the matches were finally completed with Dude, Where’s My Par rising to victory with 7 Points over Traverse City with 5 Points.

Championship Match:Dude, Where’s My Par- 7 points VS. Traverse City- 5 Points


We would like to thank Ron Osborne for hosting and his AMAZING staff at Binder Park as well as the PGA of America crew who traveled great distances to help out with the event. THANK YOU Ron, Kim, Kara and Steve! 




Michigan Junior PGA Championship

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. The Girls National Championship will be contested at Kearney Hill Golf Links I on July 9th-12th.  The Boys National Championship will be contested at Valhalla on July 31st -August 3rd.

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 Bradley Smithson (17) had a strong start to take lead at 68 (-4). Not far from the lead we had Patrick Deardorff (17) and Nick Krueger (17) tied for second place with a 69 (-3). There were 13 players under par after day one.

In the girls Overall division (13-18) we had Lilia Henkel (15) go low with a 71 (-1) and not far from the lead Shannon Kennedy (15) card a 73 (+1) which would put her in second place.  

Anika Dy(16), who qualified for the National Junior PGA Championship in 2017, carded a 74 (+2) on day one which left her in contention for qualifying again. Anika battled her way to victory by shooting  75(+3) for a two day total of 149 (+5) to be crowned this year’s Michigan Girls Junior PGA Champion. Day two posed an interesting challenge for Shannon Kennedy, during the night the Kennedy’s car was stolen from their hotel, the car contained many valuables including Shannon’s clubs. Luckily Shannon’s tee time wasn’t until later in the afternoon which gave her enough time to piece together a set of clubs. Shannon’s mom ended up being able to find clubs Shannon was decently familiar with and drive them down to Battle Creek. Shannon, was a little shaken by the experience, but wouldn’t let it distract her form her goal, qualifying for the National Junior PGA Championship. Shannon fought her way around the course, with new clubs,  on day 2 to card a 77 (+5) which would put her in second place overall. Shannon undoubtedly faced the most adversity on day two, and fought to keep her spot in second place, and qualify to play in the National Junior PGA Championship later this month.   

Our Overall Boys victor rose with a two day total of 139 (-5) Bradley Smithson, who was just coming off of an incredible win at our Adidas State Pro-Am with his father, PGA Professional Gary Smithson. Bradley Smithson was able to hang onto his lead after day one to be crowned the Michigan Boys Junior PGA Champion. Charlie DeLong (17) shot a consistent 70, 70 for a two day total of 140 (-4) which put him in second place overall, and earned him a qualifying stop at the National Junior PGA Championship.   

The boys & girls 12& under divisions play 18 holes on day one and are not competing for a spot in the National Championship. The Michigan Boys 12 & under champion Eric Shen showed a great day of golf, winning the division by one stroke and carding an 81 (+9) over his competitor Vibhav Alokam who shot an 82 (+10) The girls 12& under Champion, Mia Melendez shot 84 (+12) and lead the competition by 6 strokes over Amiya Gibson who shot 90 (+18).   

The Division winners consisted of:

Boys Overall: Bradley Smithson – 139 (-5)

Runner Up: Charlie DeLong-140 (-4)

Click here for the Michigan Boys Junior PGA Championship results

Boys 12 & Under

  1. Eric Shen – 81 (+9)
  2. Vibhav Alokam 82 (+10)

Boys 13-15

  1. Tyler Gillespie – 151 (+7)
  2. Evan McDermott-152 (+8)

Boys 16-18

  1. Bradley Smithson – 139 (-5)
  2. Runner Up: Charlie DeLong -140 (-4)


Girls Overall: Anika Dy- 149 (+5)

Runner Up: Shannon Kennedy-150 (+6)

Click here for the Michigan Girls Junior PGA Championship results

Girls 12 & Under

  1. Mia Melendez- 84 (+12)
  2. Amiyah Gibson – 90 (+18)

Girls 13-15

  1. Shannon Kennedy- 150 (+6)
  2. Ariel Chang- 151 (+7)

Girls 16-18

  1. Anika Dy – 149 (+5)
  2. Danielle Staskowski – 159 (+15)




Michiganders Take Home First, Second, Third, and Fourth Place at the Drive, Chip & Putt National Championship

Four skilled and motivated Michigan golfers got their chance to compete on a dreamscape, Augusta National. So few people get to drive down Magnolia Lane and rub elbows with past champions of The Masters, like Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Gary Player and Adam Scott.  PJ Maybank III, Josh Lavely, Georgia Bosart and Allison Cui got their chance to compete at Augusta National on Easter Sunday at the Drive Chip and Putt National Finals.

PJ Maybank III came in first place in the boy’s 12-13 division. Congratulations PJ! He scored 9 points in the driving competition, 7 points in the chipping and scored 9 points in putting to come from behind and win it all! Congratulations on your focus and performance under pressure PJ! PJ is the first Michigander to win the Drive, Chip & Putt National Championship. Mark O’Meara handed PJ his trophy at the awards ceremony.



Josh Lavely, son of Michigan PGA Professional Larry Lavely, came in second place in the boy’s 14-15 division. Josh came to compete putting up 10 points in both the driving and chipping competitions; he scored 3 points in the putting competition to give him a total of 23 points. Josh had some outstanding shots throughout the day! Congratulations Josh Lavely! Ben Crenshaw handed Josh his trophy at the awards ceremony.



Georgia Bosart came in third place in the Girl’s 10-11 division. Georgia started out with 5 points in the driving competition, 7 points in the chipping and 8 points in the putting. Georgia continued to improve her skills as the competitions went on fighting her way into third place. Gary Player and Trevor Immelman handed Georgia her trophy during the awards ceremony.



Allison Cui came in fourth place in the Girl’s 12-13 division. Allison scored 10 points in the driving competition, 3 points in chipping and 6 points in putting. Her 10 points in the driving competition secured her first place within that skill. Bubba Watson handed Allison her trophy at the awards ceremony.




The four competitors started their road to Augusta at one of Michigan’s Local Drive Chip & Putt Qualifiers. Michigan will be hosting 10 Local Qualifiers this summer from June-August for the 2019 Drive Chip & Putt. To find a Local Qualifier near you go to DriveChipandPutt.com

For a full list of results and photos go to DriveChipandPutt.com

Watch The Four Michiganders Compete at the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship! Sunday April 1st

Michigan will have four junior golfers competing this Sunday, April 1st at the National Drive, Chip & Putt competition, held at Augusta National. The Broadcast will start on Sunday, April 1st at 8:00am EST on the Golf Channel. You can also watch the live stream by Clicking Here.

Click Here to register for your Local Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier! 

Our four competitors will be Georgia Bosart, Girls 10-11, Allison Cui, Girls 12-13, PJ Maybank III Boys 12-13, Josh Lavely, Boys 14-15.


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. She 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. She 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 amongst 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 among the other 10 boys 14-15 year old boys 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.




Player Development Revenue Workshops

Attend one of our two-day Player Development Revenue Seminars this February! 14 MSR Credits!

I want to invite you to two days packed with creating focus, instilling excitement, encouraging creativity, and making your golf business worthwhile. Whether you’re a golf course owner, independent teacher, general manager, player development star, or even just getting started in the industry, there is a learning and growth opportunity for you here!

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Price: $80
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Eagle Eye Golf Course
February 20 & 21, 2018

On The Dunes
February 22 & 23, 2018

Special guests: Bob Baldassari, Kim Shafer & Kathy Grayson

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Join us at a FREE Town Hall Meeting! 2-3 MSR Credits

Join us at a Town Hall!

Learn more about PGA Jr. League
Find out what’s new in 2018
Share best practices with one another, discuss concerns
Learn how to elevate your current program or how to start your first team
This is a great opportunity to spend time with your local area professionals and share ideas for the season.

Kathy Grayson, your PGA Employment Consultant, Chelsea Guoynes and Kim Shafer plan on creating an entertaining, educational and informational day for you.

The meeting will be approximately 2 1/2 hours in length. There will be no cost to attend, and you will receive 2-3 MSR credits!

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Don’t Rory Be Happy!

Don’t Rory Be Happy!

Tim Strickland & Brian Stange captained Michigan’s top PGA Jr. League team, Don’t Rory be Happy this year. We would like to congratulate Tim & Brian on their success this season! Don’t Rory Be Happy made it to the MidEast Regional Championship this season and played the best golf of the post season. While they faced a very tough competitor, Captains, Tim & Brian couldn’t be more proud of their team. This year Tim & Brian were able to add 12 more players to their PGA JLG roster, going from 20 players in 2016 to 32 in 2017! They welcomed players of any ability. Tim liked to move the kids up through the ranks at his facility getting them started with SNAG golf, then the summer camps and graduating to PGA JLG. This is a perfect example of how to continue to deepen the engagement of your juniors at your facility! Tim & Brian have even started an after school program for middle schoolers and currently have 15 kids involved! Tim & Brian love seeing their kids & juniors enjoy the game of golf. They also love seeing how involved and supportive the family members are of their young competitors. Tim & Brian would love to get more Ann Arbor facilities involved with PGA JLG and welcome any potential captains to speak to them about joining their League. While we all understand how busy every golf professional is during the summer & adding yet another program can be overwhelming it is very rewarding to carve out time to watch these youngsters develop through PGA Jr. League Golf. Please help us congratulate Tim & Brian on all of their success this season.