Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Inducts Class of Super Six Players

BIG RAPIDS – They could be called the Super Six.

The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame’s newest class was presented Saturday in induction ceremonies at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Club, and it featured six decorated and celebrated championship golfers.

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 tied for the largest class in history with the induction group of 1990. They bring the number of inductees to 119.

“It’s humbling to be in the Hall of Fame,” said Green-Roebuck who joins her father Pete Green, a 1986 inductee, in giving the Hall of Fame its first parent-child members. “It’s hard to find the right words to describe how wonderful it feels.”

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.

Cairns, 52 and a teaching professional at Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, was inducted into the Michigan PGA Section’s Hall of Fame last year. His credentials include being a three-time Michigan PGA Professional Champion and being named the national Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year in 2015.

Gillis, 48, played nine seasons on the PGA Tour including 2016 and 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.

Green-Roebuck, 50, 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 among other titles.

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.

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.

The MGHOF is a heralded collection of portraits, plaques and memorabilia that currently commemorates the likes of 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 http://www.michigan-golf-foundation.com.

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

Michigan PGA Spring Meeting/Teaching Summit Well Attended!

East Lansing,  MI – The Section held its Spring Meeting on Monday, March 27 with over 320 members and apprentices in attendance. President Ron Osborne welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests John Allen, Legal Counsel, Pete Bevacqua, CEO PGA of America, Duane Bucklin, Tiffany, Marlee & Myles Eckert, Folds of Honor, Frank Chieppa, PGA, Player Development Regional Manager, David Graham, GAM, Tim Marks, PGA Employment Consultant, Sabrina Potterpin, and all Past Presidents in attendance. Jim Dewling delivered the invocation and remembered deceased Honorary Member Dr. Lowell LeClair.

After Ms. Potterpin sang a wonderful rendition of our national anthem, Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua provided updates on National activities. With Executive Director Kevin Helm being the facilitator, Pete, along with President Ron Osborne and District 5 Director John Lindert, fielded questions from the membership in a town hall session for the remainder of the morning session.

After a short break, Honorary President Doug White oversaw a candidate’s forum with John Pershern and Wally Sierakowski talking about their desire to run for the office of Secretary.

Business discussions included information from PGA Employment Consultant Tim Marks, Growth of the Game Chair Joe Simpson and Tournament Chair John Seltzer. Special Awards Chair Doug Kreis announced the 2017 Special Awards winners. David Graham from the Golf Association of Michigan talked about the Youth on Course Program whereby juniors can play golf at participating courses for $5.00 or less.

As part of the Patriot Golf Day report, Chair Kevin McKinley introduced Tiffany Eckert, who each gave an emotional speech and thanked PGA members for their continued support of the organization. Duane Bucklin awarded the top Michigan performers an official Brock Bucklin Challenge coin.

Thanks to PGA National Resort & Spa for hosting the meeting and WholesaleGRIPS.com for sponsoring the luncheon.

The 5th Michigan PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit began Monday afternoon which featured Jim Hackenberg, PGA, from Orange Whip, and also Mark Blackburn, PGA, founder of Blackburn Golf, and authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine spoke about “Critical Thinking/Coaching”. Daniel Wolocko, Director of Mercy Elite Sports Performance & Therapy, talked about “Training Lateral vs. Vertical Power”.

Tuesday featured Jason Sutton, PGA, Director of Instruction at the prestigious Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on the “Evolution of Teaching”, along with Jason Carbone, PGA, Director of Instruction at Baltusrol Golf Club, in “What I’ve Learned from the Best”.

The afternoon also featured discussion by leading Michigan Section teachers Jason Guss, Brandon Roby and Kelly Sivier. The discussion was moderated by Charley Vandenberg.

Approximately 140 members and apprentices attended the 1 ½ day Summit.

Thank you to Jim Hackenberg of Orange Whip for their sponsorship.

Congratulations Matt Barton!

Congratulations to Matt Barton, Michigan PGA Member at The Wyndgate in Rochester Hills, for being named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers – Class of 2016.

Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has recognized golf’s best teachers with the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award. Applicants complete an online survey and winners are chosen based on a variety of factors that grade their contribution to youth golf. Considerations include, but are not limited to, experience, innovation, creativity, communication, parental engagement, organization, devotion and growing the game. Award recipients include teachers who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.

Teachers who receive this recognition three times are then awarded a Master Kids Teacher Award. Since these awards were introduced in 2008, 134 coaches have earned this elite status, including an additional nine in 2016.

The Top 50 Kids Teachers and Master Kids Teachers will be celebrated Thursday, January 26th with a special presentation during the PGA Show in Orlando, Florida.

 

Michigan PGA Fall Meeting

The Michigan PGA held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 24. With approximately 230 Members in attendance, President Ron Osborne welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests Legal Counsel John Allen, Chad Seymour, District 5 Director, Derek Sprague, PGA of American President and all Past Presidents in attendance.

Randy White administered the invocation and remembered deceased PGA member Roy Gunderson and the legendary Arnold Palmer.

President Osborne thanked the Board and staff for their commitment and dedication to the membership. Outgoing Board plaques were given to Roger Bliss, Adrian Jolliffe, John Pershern and Chris Sobieck.

Vice President Kevin McKinley reviewed budget numbers through September, 2016, and Executive Director Kevin Helm reviewed the Section’s investments.

Secretary Bob Bales acknowledged and welcomed new members, quarter century members and the 2016 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductees John Barnum, Steve Braun and Brian Cairns.

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Honorary President Doug White then oversaw the voting for five At-Large Directors. Those elected by acclamation were Shaun Bezilla, Stephanie Jennings, Dean Kolstad, Doug Kreis and Aaron Waltz.

Special Awards Chair Doug Kreis presented the 2016 Special Awards winners in attendance their plaques. At the October 23 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board approved an online voting process going forward. Although moving to online voting may decrease the total number of voters, it is the hope of the Committee that those who take the time to vote will be better informed, resulting in the best candidates being interviewed.

In Tournament Chair John Seltzer’s absence, Kevin Muir gave a brief recap of the season, and acknowledged Player of the Year Scott Hebert.

All Chapters/Committees reports submitted can be found on www.michiganpgagolf.com.

The Section was pleased to have PGA of America President Derek Sprague give updates on National activities and tournament recaps. Then he, along with District 5 Director Chad Seymour and President Osborne, fielded questions from the membership in a town hall session for the remainder of the meeting.

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Thank you to Pepsi for sponsoring the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The afternoon education consisted of Gregg Patterson, former General Manager at The Beach Club in Los Angeles, as well as a nationally renowned speaker and author, talk about Bringing “Hospitality” to the Pro Experience, Judgement Day and Strengthening the Manager-Pro Relationship. Over 80 Michigan PGA members were in attendance.

Legislators Made Aware of Golf’s Impact at Michigan Golf Day at the Capitol

   LANSING – State Rep.  Jason Sheppard‘s family is in the golf business in Monroe County, which made him a first-hand knowledge speaker for Michigan Golf Industry Legislative Day on the Capitol lawn Thursday.

  “It’s a great sport, and getting more people involved in playing it is important, and it is also a big part of our economy in the State of Michigan as you all know,” he said.

  Sheppard, who presented a proclamation from Gov. Rick Snyder declaring June “Pure Michigan Golf Month,” gave advice to members of the Michigan Golf Alliance who set forth from a tent on the Capitol lawn to visit the office of every state legislator and provide a packet of information.

  “Let them know that, look, this is a big thriving part of our market in the State of Michigan,” he said. “We are part of job growth and recreation in the state. That’s the direction I would go.”

   The 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.

   In addition to a visit to each legislator in their Senate and House offices, legislators and staff members were also treated to a “lunch at the turn” on the Capitol lawn provided by Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath. Golf Professionals from the Michigan Section PGA offered swing and putting tips in special displays set up on the lawn, and sponsors Jacobsen Manufacturing and U.S. Golf Cars Inc. displayed and provided information on their products.

  On the visits to offices Alliance members shared that golf in Michigan has a total economic impact of $4.2 billion in Michigan and generates 58,000 jobs among other relevant facts.

   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.

  “It’s a great response and a wonderful opportunity for our industry leaders to share their message,” she said. “Rep. Shepherd made a great speech to kick things off and the proclamation shows that our Governor is aware of golf’s impact in the state.”

 

Four Inducted to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame; Oakland Hills CC Honored

BIG RAPIDS –   Three-time Michigan PGA Professional champion and Detroit Golf Club teaching professional Ken Allard, Grand Rapids native and 2010 national PGA of America Teacher of the Year Todd Anderson, Flint native and Golf Association of Michigan officer Steve Braun and Michigan State University professor and turfgrass expert Joseph Vargas were inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame today at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Club.

Their inductions bring the Hall of Fame’s membership total to 113.

Oakland Hills Country Club also was honored with a MGHOF Special Award. The state’s premier championship club, host to six U.S. Opens and this summer a U.S. Amateur host for the second time, celebrates its Centennial this year.

Allard, a Detroit Golf Club instructor and Michigan resident since 1967, has been one of the Michigan Section of the PGA’s top players for several years and served in various leadership roles. The Rochester resident was Michigan PGA Player of the Year in 1991 and played 12 times in the PGA Professional National Championship.  His three Michigan PGA Professional titles are part of 20 state individual and two-person titles in his career, and he has also played against the touring pros in six national PGA Championships and two U.S. Opens.

Anderson, the PGA director of instruction at Sea Island Golf Performance Center in St. Simons Island, Ga., is ranked No. 9 among the top 50 teachers in America by Golf Digest, and No. 1 in Georgia. His students have included PGA Tour stars Brandt Snedeker and Billy Horschel, and have claimed a combined 33 wins on PGA and Web.com Tours since 1994. Also, over 50 of his students have earned NCAA Division I golf scholarships and 23 have earned All-American honors. Anderson is a graduate of Rockford High School and was captain of the golf team at the University of Alabama.

Braun, who in 2016 is serving the Golf Association of Michigan as its president, has been helping junior golfers succeed since the 1960s. He helped grow the Flint Junior Golf Association to a membership of 1,100 golfers while serving as the executive director from 1975-’85, worked for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) as a tournament director and received the AJGA’s national service award (Digger Smith Award) in 1992. The Charlevoix resident was a standout amateur golfer who became a PGA Professional, most notably working at Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix.

Vargas has been a professor of plant pathology (Ph.D.) at Michigan State University for 46 years and produced research with international implications for turfgrass, authored over 200 articles on turfgrass disease and related subjects, presented at turfgrass conferences around the world over 1,000 times and authored the most widely used turfgrass disease book (Management of Turfgrass Diseases). His body of work has earned him awards from around the world, including the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Distinguished Service Award in 1997.

The Hall of Fame is a heralded collection of portraits, plaques and memorabilia that 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 Program learning center planned by Ferris State University at its Katke Golf Club facility. A $4 million fundraising effort continues.

The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame is administered by the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Committee, which is funded through the non-profit Michigan Golf Foundation (501(c) (3) 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.

Contact: Greg Johnson 616-560-8995

Michigan PGA Spring Meeting & Education Seminar

The Section held its Spring Meeting on Monday, March 21 with over 300 members and apprentices in attendance. President Ron Osborne welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests Frank Chieppa, PGA, Player Development Regional Manager, Tim Marks, PGA, Employment Services Consultant, Dan McGuire of BlueGolf, and Hannah Davis and Paige Garber, Folds of Honor Scholarship recipients, and all Past Presidents in attendance. Jim Dewling delivered the invocation and remembered deceased member Ron Fox.

Vice President Kevin McKinley, along with Executive Director Kevin Helm, reviewed the Section’s investments as well as year-end financials.

Secretary Bob Bales acknowledged and welcomed new members and quarter century members. He also congratulated Michigan Golf Hall of Fame inductees Ken Allard and Steve Braun.

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As part of the Patriot Golf Day report, Chair Kevin McKinley introduced Folds of Honor Scholarship recipients Hannah Davis and Paige Garber, who each gave an emotional speech and thanked PGA members for their continued support of the organization.

The meeting then went into a town hall format with Special Awards Chair Doug Kreis and award winners Ian Ziska, Jeremy Lathwell and Raquel Bryant talking about various best practices, etc. regarding merchandising, junior programs and mentoring.

Growth of the Game Chair Joe Simpson then recognized the Growth of the Game Committee, and introduced new staff member Chelsea Guoynes. Panelists Frank Chieppa, Stephanie Jennings and Glenn Pulice then spoke about the goals of the Committee: Strategic Plan that includes Golf in Schools, Females, Minorities and Millennials. Frank then talked about PGA Junior League, DCP, Get Golf Ready.

Dan McGuire of BlueGolf gave a brief overview of the new tournament software. He also talked about the new app which will feature a Member Directory that you can search by Member Name or Facility and see all members at the facility.

The last portion of the town hall featured Incoming District 5 Director John Lindert updating the membership on National activities, and President Osborne, Vice President McKinley, Secretary Bales and Past President Doug White each talking about their own experiences as it related to serving as an Officer and Board Member.

The afternoon education portion featured Mike Connaway, noted author, speaker and ‘coach’ who trains and motivates athletes, entrepreneurs and business leaders, to maximize their potential. Mike spoke about team building, having a world class mindset, and defeating self-sabotage – great for golf, business and everyday life

The second portion of the afternoon Tim Marks and John Allen focused on the components of a legally binding employment contract and how PGA professionals can put a contract in place and use it to their advantage. 

Thank you to PGA National Resort & Spa for hosting the meeting, WholesaleGRIPS.com for sponsoring the luncheon and Black Clover for sponsoring the Education Seminar.

 

Michigan PGA Section & the Midnight Golf Program Spotlighted

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2016) – The Michigan PGA Section and its work with the Midnight Golf Program, developed by Detroit native Reneé Fluker and the PGA of America, will be spotlighted on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program on Saturday, Feb. 27 in celebration of the PGA of America’s Centennial. Click HERE for the link to the video.

The Midnight Golf Program was founded in 2001 through a partnership between Fluker and the PGA of America, prior to the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills Country Club located in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills.  

Michigan PGA Section Executive Director Kevin Helm is a member of the Board of Directors and PGA Professional Glenn A. Pulice coordinates the PGA Professional volunteers throughout the year. Section PGA Professionals volunteer to provide golf instruction to youth who would otherwise never be introduced to the game. In addition, the participants are trained in relevant life skills and given the tools to make it through college and into meaningful careers. All Midnight Golf Program graduates are given a set of golf clubs encouraging them to continue playing the game.

Fluker began with 17 participants in 2001, and to date over 1,400 youth have taken part in the Midnight Golf Program. Of these, more than 1,000 have either completed or are currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs at more than 100 colleges and universities across the country. Midnight Golf Program graduates have gone on to become practicing attorneys, dentists, accountants and more, and many also give back to the program by becoming mentors for the new classes of Midnight Golf Program students. This year, 15 Midnight Golf Program graduates are serving as mentors for the current class of 240 participants.

In celebration of its Centennial, the PGA of America has partnered with Golf Channel to shine a spotlight on all 41 PGA Sections, and their featured programs and initiatives nationwide, led by PGA Professionals. The PGA Section Spotlights are scheduled to air on Golf Channel from Jan. 27–May 4, spanning 100 days in honor of the Centennial.

“In celebrating our Centennial, we want to honor our 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals in all PGA Sections across the country,” said PGA President Derek Sprague. “Each day, they’re growing the game and using golf to better lives in their communities, as evidenced by efforts like those of the Michigan PGA Section. We’re very proud of these PGA Professionals and look forward to highlighting their efforts this year.”

The spotlights will run in conjunction with the #ThxPGAPro Centennial celebration social media campaign, where golfers everywhere can post videos, photos and messages in support of their favorite PGA Professionals on ThxPGAPro.com or through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Section Spotlights also will be featured prominently on ThxPGAPro.com.

About the PGA of America

Celebrating its Centennial, the PGA of America represents the very best in golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.

Media Contacts:

Hayley Wilson, Alday Communications, Inc., hayley@aldaycommunications.com, 615-791-1535 x28

Jamie Carbone, PGA of America, jcarbone@pgahq.com, 561-624-8446

Four Named to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame; Oakland Hills Country Club Honored

BIG RAPIDS – A winner of 20 Michigan PGA tournaments, one of the top-ranked golf instructors in the world, a decorated leader of junior golf, an international expert in the management of turfgrass diseases and one of our nation’s most famous country clubs are the 2016 honorees for the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame (MGHOF).

Three-time Michigan PGA Professional champion and Rochester teaching professional Ken Allard, Grand Rapids native and 2010 national PGA of America Teacher of the Year Todd Anderson, Flint native and Golf Association of Michigan officer Steve Braun and Michigan State University professor Joseph Vargas will give the Hall of Fame 113 members when they are inducted on June 5 at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Club.

Oakland Hills Country Club will receive a MGHOF Special Award, also on June 5.  The state’s premier championship club, host to six U.S. Opens and this summer a U.S. Amateur host for the second time, celebrates its Centennial in 2016.

Allard, a Swingtek Golf Academy instructor and Michigan resident since 1967, has been one of the Michigan Section of the PGA’s top players for several years and served in various leadership roles. He was Michigan PGA Player of the Year in 1991 and played 12 times in the PGA Professional National Championship.  His three Michigan PGA Professional titles are part of 20 state individual and two-person titles in his career, and he has also played against the touring pros in six national PGA Championships and two U.S. Opens.

Anderson, the PGA director of instruction at Sea Island Golf Performance Center in St. Simons Island, Ga., is ranked No. 9 among the top 50 teachers in America by Golf Digest, and No. 1 in Georgia. His students have included PGA Tour stars Brandt Snedeker and Billy Horschel, and have claimed a combined 33 wins on PGA and Web.com Tours since 1994. Also, over 50 of his students have earned NCAA Division I golf scholarships and 23 have earned All-American honors. Anderson is a graduate of Rockford High School and was captain of the golf team at the University of Alabama.

Braun, who in 2016 will serve the Golf Association of Michigan as its president, has been helping junior golfers succeed since the 1960s. He helped grow the Flint Junior Golf Association to a membership of 1,100 golfers while serving as the executive director from 1975-’85, worked for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) as a tournament director and received the AJGA’s national service award (Digger Smith Award) in 1992. The Charlevoix resident was a standout amateur golfer who became a PGA Professional, most notably working at Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix.

Vargas has been a professor of plant pathology (Ph.D.) at Michigan State University for 46 years and produced research with international implications for turfgrass, authored over 200 articles on turfgrass disease and related subjects, presented at turfgrass conferences around the world over 1,000 times and authored the most widely used turfgrass disease book (Management of Turfgrass Diseases). His body of work has earned him awards from around the world, including the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Distinguished Service Award in 1997.

Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township has served as a host for the best golf tournaments and golfers in the world in its 100-year history. It counts 15 major championships, including the six U.S. Opens and three PGA Championships, and hosted the Ryder Cup in 2004. Champions at Oakland Hills include Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.  Legendary architect Donald Ross designed the famous South course as well as the North course at the 36-hole facility. Former head professionals Walter Hagen, Al Watrous and Mike Souchak and current head professional Steve Brady are members of the MGHOF.

The MGHOF, which periodically recognizes organizations and clubs that have contributed to golf in the state with a Special Award, is a heralded collection of portraits, plaques and memorabilia that currently commemorates 109 members, including Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Horton Smith and more current notables Dave and Mike Hill, Dan Pohl, Meg Mallon and Kelly Robbins.

The Hall of Fame collection will soon be housed and displayed in the new Professional Golf Management Program learning center planned by Ferris State University at its Katke Golf Club facility on campus. A $4 million fundraising effort more than halfway complete continues for the state-of-the-art center.

The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame 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: Loretta Larkin (248)-719-0650

President Ron Osborne’s Ceremonial Tee Shot

The PGA Centennial celebration opens with a ceremonial tee shot on January 26, conducted at the PGA Show Outdoor Demo Day at the Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge in Winter Garden, Florida. Representatives from the PGA’s 41 Sections and 41 PGA Junior League Golf participants of Greater Orlando will be featured in the ceremony. Michigan PGA President Ron Osborne will be representing the Michigan PGA when he takes his ceremonial tee shot at 9:30 am.

PGA Merchandise Show attendees can experience a “Walk Through History” exhibit that will focus on the personalities and events of a century since the PGA’s birth.

Golf Channel will help kick off a Section Spotlight Series on January 27. The Series highlights one PGA Section for 41 days on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive”. Each profile features a “Get to Know the Section” and introduces the Section’s “Prized Program.” The Section Spotlight Series continues through May 3.

The PGA Centennial celebration concludes on May 4 with PGA Instruction Day, where six sites across the country will host clinics featuring PGA Professionals as instructors. Golf Channel will transform each clinic into a live television program.