Devantier, Pearce, Luck & Hudson win the Earth Networks / AndersonOrd Fall Pro Scratch

Southfield, MI – The Michigan PGA Section wrapped up the 2019 season on Monday with the Earth Networks / AndersonOrd Fall Pro Scratch at Plum Hollow Country Club.

A beautiful sunny day gave way to some low scores in this scratch two best ball of four event . The event was sold out with 27 teams !

It was the team of PGA Professionals Tim Pearce from Birmingham CC, Tommy Lucko from the Marriott at Eagle Crest, Don Devantier from Oakland Hills and amateur Brett Hudson that took home top honors with a score of 131 (-14 ). This was the first win for this team and was highlighted by picking up a couple skins with 2 birdies at the tough par 3 9th hole and a birdie and a eagle on the par 5 first hole.

Coming in second at 135 was the team from Walnut Creek Golf & Country Club with professionals AJ Partenio, Nick Leach, Zeke Schwartz and amateur Mike Roberts.

We would like to thank the sponsors of this event Earth Networks and AndersonOrd. Tim Grombala from AndersonOrd was onsite and provided everyone with a pull over courtesy of AndersonOrd.

We would also like to thank our host site Plum Hollow Country Club. The golf course was in great shape with some of the best greens we have seen all year. All of the players enjoyed the golf course ad it had been a while since the Section has had an event there.

For complete scores click HERE

HEBERT WINS SENIOR PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

  AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 6, 2019) – The Michigan PGA Section’s Scott Hebert charged from behind to capture the 31st Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Fazio Foothills Course.

  With the win, Hebert added his name to a short list. He joined Steve Schneiter (1995, 2016) and Bob Sowards (2004, 2018) as the only players with a victory in both the PGA Professional and Senior PGA Professional Championships.

  “Those two guys are legends,” said Hebert, the PGA Head Professional at Traverse City (Michigan) Golf and Country Club. “It was magical yesterday and it started back up on the back nine today.”

  Hebert’s four-day score of 16-under 270 (70-70-63-67) matched a Championship record for lowest 72-hole total. He finished four strokes clear of Jerry Haas of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Jeff Hart of Solana Beach, California, and Frank Bensel Jr. of Jupiter, Florida.

  Through 61 holes, Hebert trailed the 54-hole leader, Bensel, by five strokes. Bensel appeared set to run away with the Championship.

  Chaos quickly ensued.

  A double-bogey and bogey on Nos. 8 and 10 evaporated Bensel’s lead. Hebert, playing alongside Bensel and Omar Uresti in the final group, rolled in birdies on 8 and 12, the latter of which squared Hebert and Bensel atop the leaderboard, momentarily. But Bensel responded with a birdie of his own to maintain a one-stroke advantage.

  Hebert’s birdie on 13, combined with a Bensel bogey, flipped the lead to the 2008 PGA Professional Champion, Hebert. Meanwhile, playing three groups ahead of the final threesome was Jerry Haas, who began the final round five strokes back of the lead. Haas converted four straight birdies from holes 12 through 15 to reach 13-under and joined Hebert for a share of the lead.

  A birdie by Bensel on No. 14 created a three-way tie at the top coming down the stretch.

  Bogeys by Bensel (No. 15) and Haas (No. 16), along with a birdie by Hebert on No. 15 provided a two-stroke advantage for the Traverse City resident. He added a couple more on Nos. 16 and 17 to build enough separation.

  “The way the day started, it didn’t look like it was going to go this way,” said Hebert. “As good as I finished my round yesterday, I started that poorly today. But I got a little momentum going on the back nine.

  “Frank was great to play with – he was playing well. Two great guys, Omar and Frank. We’re just out here knocking it around, having fun, playing some golf.”

  Hebert’s 63 on Saturday set a Championship low for third round total, as well as tied the best 18-hole total in Championship history. His weekend total of 130 was best in the field by seven strokes.

  Haas’ 67 matched Hebert for the lowest of the final round. Austin, Texas’ own Uresti finished in solo fifth at 275, one back of the trio tied for second.

  Each of the top five earned an exemption into the final stage of the 2019 PGA Tour Champions National Finals. The top eight, including ties, automatically qualified for next year’s Championship, to be held Oct. 15-18, 2020, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

  With the victory, Hebert earned the Leo Fraser Trophy and $21,500 of the $300,000 purse. He also leads a contingent of 35 players heading to Harbor Shores Resort to compete in the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship May 21-24.   The Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac is supported by Golf Channel and John Deere.

Hot Putter Powers Scott Hebert to Victory at the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship

  LANSING – Scott Hebert said something happened with the putter, and it resulted in the Traverse City Golf & Country Club professional winning the 2019 Michigan PGA Match Play Championship presented by the PGA Tour Wednesday at Country Club of Lansing.

  He made seven birdies in 14 holes and turned back fellow Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth 6 and 4 in the final match.

  “I’ve been toying around and toying around with the putter and still putted miserable all year,” he said. “I was out in a practice round on Monday and stuff started working. I stuck with it and I probably putted the best I have in years.”

  The 50-year-old Hebert won the Michigan PGA Match Play title for the second time and it marked his all-time leading 18th Michigan PGA Section major championship win. It also wrapped up his eighth Michigan PGA Player of the Year Award pushing him past Jeff Roth of Boyne Golf Academy in the point standings.

  He said he enjoyed playing the final match with the 55-year-old Cairns, who is a longtime rival and friend.

  “It’s always great to beat the bombers, and we talked about it out there with some of the younger guys hitting shots we disagree with,” he said. “On this course you can only hit it where it allows you to hit it, and BC and I did that. This afternoon, I don’t think BC was 100 percent.”

  Cairns admitted fatigue and said Hebert is playing great and he is looking forward to both of them playing in next week’s Senior Professional National Championship in Austin, Texas.

  “I couldn’t get to the left with my body the last 11 holes and Scotty was hitting it close and making putts,” he said. “I lost the magic, and he had it. It’s great to see him playing so well.”

  Hebert said winning tournaments is what drives him to continue to compete.

  “This is what gets me to practice the little bit that I do – to try and win stuff,” he said after accepting the $3,200 first-place check. “It’s nice to win this for the second time. It’s the culmination of a good season that started in May and here we are in September and I’m Player of the Year again. It’s been a good season.”

  Hebert, the Northern Chapter champion, advanced to the championship match with a 5 and 4 win over Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club, the Western Chapter champion. With the tee moved up at the par 4 No. 13 hole to about 280 yards to tempt strategy, Hebert drove the green and made a 30-foot eagle putt.

  Cairns, the Senior Chapter champion, advanced with a 2-up win over Eastern Chapter champion Cody Haughton of Red Run Country Club in Royal Oak. He led most of the match but had to hold off Haughton at the end.

  Hebert’s birdie barrage started in a quick-work quarterfinal win over Kyle Wittenbach, the Ferris State University golf coach and the runner-up a year ago. He topped Wittenbach 5 and 4, and then added the 5 and 4 win over Urban and the 6 and 4 win over Cairns.

  “It was the putter,” Hebert said. “Going to try and keep it going for next week. I’m fortunate I have two good guys to watch the shop next week so I can go play in the Senior PNC.”

RESULTS: Match play bracket can be found at HERE

Final Four is Set at the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship at the Country Club of Lansing

Lansing, MI – It took extra holes in the last match of the afternoon as Dan Urban from Gull Lake Country Club defeated Joe Hatch from Stonewater Country Club in 19 holes to advance to the final four. Dan won his morning round 2 and 1 against Adam Schumacher from Point O Woods Country Club. With these two wins Dan is the Western Chapter Match Play Champion and looks for his first Michigan PGA Match Play title.

Some familiar names find themselves in the final four as past champions Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club have both advanced.

Scott’s putter got hot this afternoon as he made multiple putts from outside 20 feet including a 25 foot eagle putt at the par 5 12th hole to help beat Kyle Wittenbach , golf coach at Ferris State University 5 & 4 in the round of 8. With this win Scott is the Northern Chapter Match Play Champion. Scott defeated Harry Dixon from Wallon Lake Country Club in the morning round of 16, 2 and 1.

Brian had a couple tough matches as he defeated Kevin Muir from The Wyndgate in the morning round of 16 with a par on the last to win 1 Up. Brian’s afternoon match went 17 holes as he defeated Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook Country Club with a nice two putt par to win 2 and 1. With this win Brian is the Michigan PGA Senior Organization Match Play Champion.

Brian will face off against the Eastern Chapter Match Play Champion Cody Haughton from Red Run Golf Club. Cody cruised in the morning round of 16 with a 7 and 5 victory over Steve Vecellio from Birmingham Country Club. He then continued his fine play with a 2 and 1 win over Josh Fryer from Franklin Hills Country Club to advance to his first final four.

The final 16 golfers that participated today advanced from their chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at the Country Club of Lansing for the Jim Picard Trophy and $3,200 first-place prize out of a $15,200 purse.

The semifinal matches will begin at 8:30am and 8:40am.

For the complete bracket and up to date results click HERE

  Country Club of Lansing has a time-tested championship golf course for such a field, and at the same time is family oriented and offers a full range of amenities, including a driving range, tennis courts, fitness facility, swimming and dining.

   Founded in 1908, The Lansing Golf Club was formed by a group of 17 men. In 1920 members acquired 160 acres of land that adjoined the club and Langford, a nationally known golf course architect of the time, was commissioned to develop the new course layout.  The Chicago Park Builders were engaged to construct the course, and the new clubhouse which was designed by Samuel Butterworth.  In 1921 a new opening and a new name emerged – the Country Club of Lansing.

  In 1999 a $7 million renovation to the clubhouse helped the club continue to provide a traditional country club lifestyle for its membership, their families and guests. The course plays to a maximum of 6,889 yards from the championship tee positions.

  John Lindert is the director of golf and Drew Peddie the superintendent. Find out more about the Country Club of Lansing at www.cclansing.org 

  The Michigan PGA Match Play Championship dates to 1980 and is considered one of the four major Michigan PGA championships along with the Michigan Open, Michigan PGA Professional Championship and Tournament of Champions.

  Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director, and he can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com.  Gallery is welcome free of charge.

Final 16 in Michigan PGA Match Play Battle at the Country Club of Lansing

  LANSING, MI – The Michigan PGA Section Match Play Championship presented by the PGA Tour will be decided Tuesday and Wednesday at the Country Club of Lansing.

  The final 16 golfers have advanced from chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at the Country Club of Lansing for the Jim Picard Trophy and $3,200 first-place prize out of a $15,200 purse.

  Five-time champion Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth (2014, ’13, ’11, ’10, 1997) leads the field among four former champions in this year’s final 16. The other past champions are 2012 winner Lee Houtteman PGA Life Member from Cedar, 2017 champion Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club and 2015 champion Kyle Martin of the Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods.

  Other notables in the final 16 include the 2018 runner up Kyle Wittenbach, golf coach at Ferris State University and the 2015 Michigan PGA Champion Dan Urban from Gull Lake Country Club.   Round of 16 matches and the quarterfinal round will be played on Tuesday, with the semifinals and championship match on Wednesday.

  Country Club of Lansing has a time-tested championship golf course for such a field, and at the same time is family oriented and offers a full range of amenities, including a driving range, tennis courts, fitness facility, swimming and dining.

   Founded in 1908, The Lansing Golf Club was formed by a group of 17 men. In 1920 members acquired 160 acres of land that adjoined the club and Langford, a nationally known golf course architect of the time, was commissioned to develop the new course layout.  The Chicago Park Builders were engaged to construct the course, and the new clubhouse which was designed by Samuel Butterworth.  In 1921 a new opening and a new name emerged – the Country Club of Lansing.

  In 1999 a $7 million renovation to the clubhouse helped the club continue to provide a traditional country club lifestyle for its membership, their families and guests. The course plays to a maximum of 6,889 yards from the championship tee positions.

  John Lindert is the director of golf and Drew Peddie the superintendent. Find out more about the Country Club of Lansing at www.cclansing.org 

  The Michigan PGA Match Play Championship dates to 1980 and is considered one of the four major Michigan PGA championships along with the Michigan Open, Michigan PGA Professional Championship and Tournament of Champions.

  Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director, and he can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com.  Gallery is welcome free of charge.

For the complete bracket and up to date results click HERE

Cook / Bayer win the PXG Fall Pro Pro

Grand Rapids, MI – Congratulations to the team of PGA Professionals Ben Cook from Yankee Springs Golf Course and Ryan Bayer from Kent Country Club on winning the new PXG Fall Pro Pro at the Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe.

This new Michigan PGA Section event had two person teams playing 18 holes with : 6 holes of modified alternate shot / 6 holes scramble and 6 holes best ball.

Ben and Ryan went (-4 under ) in both the 6 hole stretches of the scramble and the best ball on route to a (-11 under par ) round of 61. This was good for a two shot victory over the team of Cody Haughton from Red Run Country Club and Adam Schumacher from Point O Woods Country Club.

Thank you to the crew at the Golf Club at Thornapple Point. The golf course was in great shape and provided a great fun challenge for this event.

We would also like to thank our sponsor for this event PXG. Liz Breed and Marcus Aguilar from the PG staff were on hand and had product for everyone to try before the event.

For final results click HERE

Team from Oakland Hills wins the Evolve Golf / Winston Collection Pro Assistant Championship

West Olive, MI – Congratulations to the team from Oakland Hills Country Club with head professional Steve Brady and his assistant Don Devantier on winning the 2019 Winston Collection & Evolve Golf Pro Assistant Championship on Tuesday at Wuskowhan Players Club.

Steve and Don put together a great second round of (-8) under par 63 in the afternoon capped off with a eagle hole out on the par 5 18th Hole. Combined with a morning round of (-5) under 66 ,this put them at (-13) under 129 for the tournament which proved to be enough for the one shot victory and their first Pro Assistant Championship title.

The team of professional Frank McAuliffe and assistant professional Travis Dodson from Meadowbrook Country Club were the leaders after their morning round of 63, but fell one short with an afternoon round of 67.

We would like to thank our sponsors Evolve Golf and the Winston Collection for their support and for bring onsite yesterday.

We would also like to thank our host site for this championship – Wuskowhan Players Club. The golf course and the staff were tremendous.

For final results and payout click HERE

Cairns & Cook win the 2019 Sterling Cut Glass / St Andrews Products Senior Junior Championship

Manistee ,MI –

Congratulations to Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and Ben Cook from Yankee Springs Golf Course on winning the 2019 Sterling Cut Glass / St Andrews Products Senior Junior Championship at Manistee National Golf & Resort !

Brian and Ben followed up their morning round of 63 on the difficult Cutters Ridge Course with a 65 in the afternoon on the original Canthooke Valley Course to win by 2 shots over the father son team of John Seltzer from the Seltzer Golf School in Grand Rapids and Jack Seltzer from the Seltzer Golf Academy in Fenton.

A big thanks to our host site Manistee National for stepping up and hosting this event. We would like to thank Little River Casino as well for a few lodging packages that they put together for a couple of our closest to the pin winners. Congrats to Greg Babinec and Mike Mignano for winning those lodging, food and spa credits at Little River.

We would also like to thank our sponsors Sterling Cut Glass and St Andrews Products. With their help the teams played for a purse of over $12,000 with Brian and Ben taking home $1,300 each for their win !

For complete results click HERE

Boyne Golf Academy’s Jeff Roth Wins His Fifth Michigan PGA Professional Championship

  FLINT –  Jeff Roth made more Michigan golf history.

  The 61-year-old Boyne Golf Academy instructor shot a closing 4-under 68 for a 17-under 199 tournament total and victory in the 98th Michigan PGA Professional Championship at Flint Golf Club Wednesday.

  It was the fifth Michigan PGA Professional title for the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member who lived in the Flint area and worked at Flint Golf Club as head golf professional through the 1990s, and his second major Michigan section win in the last month. He won the Tournament of Champions just a few weeks ago at Boyne Mountain Resort and moved out of a tie with Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club for the most major Michigan wins in section history. Number 17 came at the same golf club where he claimed his first in the now-defunct Michigan PGA Yamaha Classic 32 years ago.

  “This is just a wonderful accomplishment to be able to come back after working here so many years, being the head pro and living in the Genesee County area for over 20 years and getting my first Michigan major here,” he said. “Coming back 32 years late to win number 17 is pretty special for sure. It’s not as emotional as winning last month (Tournament of Champions), but it is special and every victory at my age is a big victory. You never know when it will be the last. I will just keep competing as hard as I can.”

 His 17-under total, which earned him the $7,000 first-place check, was four shots better than Ben Cook of Yankee Springs Golf Course in Wayland. Cook, 25, and the first-place money winner a year ago, fired a closing 64 to finish four behind Roth at 13-under 203.

  “I always feel some nerves because I want to feel some nerves and I know how to manage them,” said Roth who won his previous Michigan PGA Professional titles in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2003. “I can’t say I ever felt overwhelmed by anything out there today. I was playing well, putting great like all week. I looked at scoreboard for the first time on 16, and I saw Ben had made a good run. I congratulate him on that score, but it was tough to catch me today.”

  Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson, another Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member, shot a closing 72 for 205. He tied for third with Kyle Martin of Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods. Martin, the 2015 Michigan Match Play champion, shot a closing 71.

  Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville and Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills Country Club each shot 70 for 206 to round out the top five spots.

  The championship is essentially two tournaments in one. The low nine golfers – along with Roth, Hebert and Cook who are exempt from qualification by the PGA of America based on past performances  – will play in the 2020 PGA Professional National Championship, April 26-29 at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. The low 20 finishers from that national club pro championship move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship May 14-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif. Cook tied for fourth in the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship last year and played in the 2018 PGA Championship

  Joining Roth, Cook and Hebert in Texas in the spring will be Beurmann, Martin, Dodson, Fryer, Adam Schumacher of Point O’Woods in Benton Harbor, who shot 70 for 208, Steve Vecillio of Birmingham Country Club, who shot 71 for 210, John Seltzer of Seltzer Golf School in Grand Rapids, who shot 71 for 210, defending section champion Lee Houtteman of Cedar, who shot 72 for 211 and Frank McAuliffe of Meadowbrook, who shot 74 for 211. Houtteman and McAuliffe were survivors of a four-golf playoff at 211 for the last two spots.

  Roth, who works in the summer at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and lives in New Mexico the rest of the year where his wife Maureen teaches school, said he putted wonderfully through the week after calling on what used to be his back-up putter.

  “I putted like I used to putt,” he said. “I was very focused. What I looked at is where I putted. I didn’t have a three-putt all week. I maybe missed a couple I should have made, but overall my putting was outstanding, over the top really. I’m just really thrilled.”

  He admitted being familiar with the course where he used to work helped, and it also helped that distance is not the key factor on the classic Willie Park design.

  “I’m 30 years older than a lot of these guys, but still in good golf shape and on top of my game,” he said. “I can win on a course like this. I just have to play well and putt well and I did.”

  Cook was understandably happy with his 64 but lamented his first two rounds of the championship.

  “The first two rounds were frustrating,” he said. “Yesterday I actually played great all day, except at 14 where I made a triple-bogey. I shoot 69 with a triple. You have to go low each day here. You can see that with the scores that were posted. You can’t have a slump round or you are getting lapped.”

  Cook, based on his national performance this year, is exempt into the second stage of PGA Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying this fall. He plans to take the shot at being a touring professional once again.

  “We’re going to see how that goes before figuring out what’s next,” he said.

  Roth gets an additional perk with the title he earned Wednesday. He will receive an exemption into the field for the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club next summer. He has played on the PGA Tour Champions with partial status for several years and plans to try pre-qualifying for the upcoming PGA Tour Champions event, the Ally Challenge, being played at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc Sept. 9-15.

SCORING: Complete scores and other information can be found HERE

FLINT FLASHBACK: Boyne’s Jeff Roth Leads 98th Michigan PGA Professional Championship

FLINT – Jeff Roth’s putter is behaving like it did when he was head golf professional at Flint Golf Club through the 1990s, and the Boyne Golf Academy instructor is leading the Michigan PGA Professional Championship like he often did in the 1990s, too.

 The 61-year-old Roth shot a 7-under 65 with six birdies on the front nine at Flint Golf Club Tuesday for a 13-under 131 total, and he will have a two-shot lead starting Wednesday’s final round in the 98th edition of the championship for club and teaching professionals in the Michigan Section of the PGA.

 It was a good day for seniors. Ron Beurmann, 59 and the head professional at Country Club of Jackson, blistered the back nine with a 7-under 29 in shooting his career-best competitive round of 63 to check in at 11-under 133 and put two Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members in the final group with Kyle Martin, a 35-year-old professional at the Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods, who was third following a 66 for 134.

  Travis Dodson, a professional at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville, shot 67 and was next at 8-under 136 along with Franklin Hills Country Club professional Josh Fryer, who shot 66.

  Eight-time Michigan PGA Professional champion and another Hall of Fame member, Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, was at 137 with teaching professional Frank McAuliffe of Meadowbrook after each of them shot 69.

  Adam Schumacher of Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor shot 69 and was at 6-under 138, seven shots off the lead, and there was a big crowd at 139, including defending champion Lee Houtteman of Cedar, who shot 70, first-round leader Brent Goulding of Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, who shot 74, 2017 champion John Seltzer of Grand Rapids, who shot 69, Ben Cook of Yankee Springs Golf Course in Wayland, who shot 69, and Steve Vecillio of Birmingham Country Club, who shot 68.

 The 36-hole cut fell at 4-over 148 with 63 players moving on to the final round in the $55,000 championship. The final threesome of leaders – Roth, Beurmann and Martin – will tee off at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday.

  Roth is a four-time past champion of the section championship. He won in 1998, ’99, 2001 and 2003, and he has a history of being hard to catch, especially when he is putting well.

   “I’m seeing putts, and the putts are going where I’m looking,” he said. “Yeah, you can misread or hit a bad putt, but it is nice to have some confidence on the greens. It is kind of a quiet confidence. There’s just something about that putter. It’s just different.”

  Roth, who last month won a record sixth Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort, is working with his back-up putter.

  “I was befuddled with how poorly I’ve putted the last five to eight years, and happy with how much better my ball-striking has become,” he said. “My ball-striking has been carrying my putting. When I putt like I have the last couple of days through, these are the scores I can make.”

  Roth, who grew up in Flushing in the Flint area and now lives in New Mexico and works for Boyne in the summer, had been using a different Odyssey brand putter since 2008 when he was playing with partial status on the PGA Tour Champions. He said putting has been the difference in helping him compete with the top players in the state once again.

  “I’m playing tee to green like I normally have been,” he said. “It was a matter of the putting catching up with the long game and it has been happening here lately, so it’s nice. It’s really nice.”

  Roth wasn’t the only one with a nice warm putter on a windless muggy day.

  Beurmann, who just two weeks ago won his second Michigan Senior PGA Professional Championship, which included Roth in the field, said he just made his putts.

  “I hit the ball close to the hole on the last bunch of holes, and I had 15 feet for eagle on 16,” he said. “When you have 15-feet for eagle and you know you are going to make birdie – it frees you up.”

  Beurmann finished up the final four holes with a birdie on 15, the eagle on 16 after driving the short par 4’s green, a birdie on the par 3 17th and a birdie on the par 5 18th.

  “That’s got to be my best score in competition by far,” he said. “It was just one of those rounds. I made a 50-footer on 10. I just had a day.”

  Beurmann, who won the 2010 Michigan PGA Professional Championship a month after his 50th birthday, has scored most of his Michigan wins since that hallmark birthday and win, including two Senior PGA Professional titles.

  “The 50s have been good for me,” he said. “I’m smarter and I’m in decent shape. My back is bad, but I’m in decent shape and I’m always in play. On this course you and keep it in play and when you putt good, you score.”

 Martin, a long-hitter in comparison to Roth and Beurmann, was happy with his putter as well.

  “I’ve been hitting it solid but my putter has just not made anything,” he said. “The putting has actually been solid but just haven’t gone in until today. They finally went in. I didn’t get in a lot of trouble and my putter did really well.”

  Martin, a Grand Rapids native, will be in the final pairing of the PGA for the third time.

  “It feels great,” he said. “It’s always nice to be in the last group because then you know where you stand.”

  Martin started his round with a bogey but made an eagle-2 on the short par 4 No. 16 hole. He drove to a chipping area just off the green and used his putter to roll the ball 25 feet into the hole.

Martin, who has one won Michigan major (2015 Michigan PGA Match Play) while Roth is tied for the most in Michigan history at 16 with Hebert, said there is a lot of things to play for in the final round  

  “Going to nationals is something to experience for sure,” he said. “And now the winner gets the spot in the (PGA Tour’s Detroit Golf Club stop) the Rocket Mortgage Classic. That’s big, too.”

  The championship is one of essentially two tournaments in one. The low nine golfers at the end of the tournament – along with Roth, Hebert and Cook who are exempt from qualification by the PGA of America based on past performances  – will earn spots in the 2020 PGA Professional National Championship, April 26-29 at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. The low 20 finishers from that national championship move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship May 14-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif.

  Roth said he will look at the things that come with victory in the $55,000 championship later. He wants to show up first and continue putting well.

  “I still have to go do it,” he said. “The great thing is that this is a golf course I can compete on with anybody. The length off the tee that Kyle Martin or Ben Cook have, or any of these guys, is not that much of an advantage on this course. This makes it more an even playing field.”

  Martin said it’s going to take more birdies and great putting.

  “It is scorable in my opinion,” he said of the course. “If I keep doing what I’ve been doing, then I should be right there.”

  Beurmann said it will be fun to play in the last group, especially because he wasn’t counting on it as a senior golfer.

  “I’ll show up and do the best I can,” he said. “Roth is still doing it. We’ll see how it goes.”

For complete scores click HERE