Team from Heritage Glen wins the Kiawah Island Resort Pro Am presented by Linksoul

Kiawah Island SC, -Congratulations to the team of professional Bill Wilson from Heritage Glen Golf Club and his amateurs partners Rick Depauw, Don Gunden and Phil Pletcher on winning the 2018 Kiawah Island Resort Pro Am presented by Linksoul.

The team from Heritage Glen was 13 shots back heading into the final round at Osprey Point. It was in this final round that it all came together for a score of 121 (-23 under ) in this 2 net best of 4 to win the overall championship by 3 shots.

It was the team from TPC of Michigan with professional Heath Morden and his amateur partners Kevin Lustig, Max Wegner and Greg Phillips that jumped out the early lead with a score of 127 ( -17 under ) on Monday at Cougar Point. The held onto the lead after posting a score of 131 on Tuesday at the Ocean Course but were unable to hold off the late charging team from Heritage Glen in the final round and finished in second place overall, 3 shots back.

Coming in 3rd overall was the team of professional Lynn Janson from The Legacy @ Hastings and his amateur partners Joe Abraham, Eric Hirsch and Fred Galfus. They had a great final round of 127 at Osprey Point that jumped them into 3rd place, only 5 shots back of the winning team.

The teams competed for low daily prizes each day as well as overall prizes in this best ball two net of four format. The teams all stayed in villas and homes at Kiawah Island Resort and played Cougar Point, The Ocean Course and Osprey Point. The resort and golf courses were wonderful and provided a great destination for this pro am.

We would like to thank our supporting sponsor of this event Linksoul ! All of the players received an apparel gift package courtesy of Linksoul at the opening party on Sunday night.

We would also like to thank all of the professionals and amateurs for participating in this event.

For complete results click HERE

Gniewek / Zito / Pearce / Husse win the Fall Pro Scratch

Ann Arbor ,MI -The Michigan PGA Section wrapped up the 2018 tournament season with the All Star Pro Golf / Earth Networks / 18 Birdies Fall Pro Scratch at Barton Hills Country Club on Monday. It was a beautiful sunny day and great way to end the season.

Congratulations to the winning team of Jeff Gniewek and Chris Zito from Knollwood Country Club, Barry Pearce from Beacon Hill Golf Club and Darren Husse from Warwick Hills Country Club. They shot a (-11) under par round of 131 in this scratch 2 best for 4 format to win by one shot.

Coming in second just one shot back was the team of Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook Country Club, Andrew Dodson from GolfTEC – Novi, Marlon Gisi from GolfTEC – Troy and Matt Pesta from Lincoln Hills Golf Course.

A big thanks to our host site Barton Hills Country Club. They did a wonderful job hosting and provided a terrific venue for this event.

We would also like to thank our three sponsors of this event : All Star Pro Golf, Earth Networks and 18 Birdies for their support of this event and the Michigan PGA Section. This is the 7th year in a row that All Star Pro Golf has sponsored this event.

Blythefield’s John Seltzer Wins Michigan PGA Match Play for Second Time

  BATH – John Seltzer made it to the final match of the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship for the sixth time in his career but had just one title to show for it.

  Make that two.

  The 39-year-old head golf professional from Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids held off Ferris State University golf coach Kyle Wittenbach to win 2-up in the championship match Wednesday at Eagle Eye Golf Club.

   “I lost in extra holes last year, lost another one on the 18th hole a few years ago, it was nice to close one out for a change,” said the 2017 Michigan PGA Professional Champion who first won the Match Play title in 2009.

  “Kyle is a really good player, and hits it past me like everybody, but I played steady, kept it in front of me, didn’t make a lot of mistakes, made some putts and it feels good to win again.”

  The 30-year-old Wittenbach said he was happy about his performance in the championship, especially beating defending champion and Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club in the rain-delayed semifinals on Tuesday.

  “No one expects to beat him,” he said. “They might believe they can because anybody can beat anybody especially in match play, but finishing that match and winning, I was proud of myself.

  “I hung in there today. I hit a lot of good putts – and John and I were just talking about it – they just didn’t fall. My speed on the greens was a little off all day. I played well. Down the stretch I made a nice birdie on 16 to get it closer, and I had a chance to tie it on 18 but didn’t quite execute by the green. John doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. I was two putts away from maybe winning it, but John made the shots.”

    Seltzer didn’t get up and down from a greenside bunker on No. 2 and made bogey to fall behind early. Wittenbach hit a drive out-of-bounds left on No. 4 and later conceded the hole to make the match all square. Then Seltzer rolled in a 25-foot putt for birdie on the long par 3 No. 5 hole to go 1-up before Wittenbach made things even again at No. 6 with a birdie.

   At No. 8 Wittenbach’s tee shot right of the fairway resulted in a lost ball and lost hole and Seltzer went 2-up at No. 11 when Wittenbach three-putted from about 35 feet above the hole.

  Wittenbach won No. 13 with a par when Seltzer’s approach shot missed the green short, and it looked like he might tie the match when he reached the par 5 No. 14 green in two shots. Seltzer, however, hit a bunker shot of about 35 yards to within eight feet and made the putt to match the two-putt birdie of Wittenbach and keep the 1-up lead.

  At 15, another three-putt for Wittenbach put him behind by two holes, and yet he rallied again with an eight-foot birdie at No. 16.

  At the perilous island green No. 17 Wittenbach hit first and found the water, and Seltzer followed suit. They ended up halving the hole with double-bogey 5s.

  With a 1-up lead Seltzer played the par 5 No. 18 straight away with three shots to the green, and Wittenbach’s second shot ended up on a lower portion of the fairway where he failed to get a shot over the railroad ties near the green and eventually conceded the hole and match.

  “I rely on my putter to beat people,” Seltzer said. “In match play that means I’m never really out of a hole. To beat me the other guys has to make some putts, and Kyle just couldn’t get any to drop.”

  Seltzer, a veteran section member in his fourth season at Blythefield, said the key hole in the match was his birdie with the long sand shot at the par 5 No. 14 hole.

  “I know he is going to at least make birdie so in match play you are not protecting a score and you stay aggressive,” he said. “I went after that bunker shot and pulled it off. I think there’s a lesson there. It’s usually better to play aggressive rather than try not to make a mistake. That was big for me there.”

  It was the first finals for Wittenbach and his best finish in the PGA Section as a fourth-year member. The Lowell native is in his third year as the Ferris coach after coaching first at Northern Michigan University.

  “I played in a lot of the chapter and section events this year and I had a good year,” he said. “I look forward to playing in more and becoming a contender more often.”

RESULTS: See the match play bracket : Click HERE

Seltzer / Wittenbach to meet in finals of the Michigan PGA Section Match Play Championship at Eagle Eye Golf Club

BATH –  The finals are set as John Seltzer, the head pro at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids  will face Kyle Wittenbach ,head golf coach at Ferris State University in the Michigan PGA Section Match Play Championship presented by the PGA Tour at the award winning  Eagle Eye Golf Club at 8:30am on Wednesday.

  John advanced to the finals in dramatic fashion with a chip in birdie at the par four 16th hole to defeat Kevin Muir from The Wyndgate 3 & 2. John defeated Scott Cook from the Golf Club at Thornapple Point 5 & 4 in the morning quarter – final match. John looks to claim his second Match Play Championship title as he won in 2009.

Kyle advanced to the finals by defeating the defending champ Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club 2 & 1 in the morning quarter – final match and then cruised to victory with a 6 & 4 victory in the afternoon over Josh Fryer from Franklin Hills Country Club. Kyle looks for his first Michigan PGA Match Play title.

Heavy rains overnight and into Monday morning has forced the finals into Wednesday  as players were only able to complete the Round of 16 matches on Monday and then the quarter and semi final matches on Tuesday. The finals will take place at 8:30am Wednesday morning. For live scoring of this final match click HERE

The 16 golfers that participated  have advanced from chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at Eagle Eye for the Jim Picard Trophy and a $3,600 first-place place prize.

 Eagle Eye, a previous host for the Michigan PGA Professional Championship, was designed by Chris Lutzke in collaboration with Pete Dye. It is a rolling “links” style design with multiple tee options. It has consistently won awards and received top ratings since it was founded in 2003.

   Among its most notable holes is No. 17, a 146-yard par 3 that Lutzke designed as a replica of the famous Dye-designed island hole 17th at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Dye’s testy par 3 has beguiled the best golfers in the world, and the replica at Eagle Eye has the same effect.

  Bracket and tournament information can be found by clicking HERE

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McAuliffe & Vecellio win the 2018 Winston Collection / St Andrews Products Senior Junior Championship

Jackson, MI – The team of Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook Country Club and Steve Vecellio from Birmingham Country Club were able to follow up their impressive opening round of (-9 under par) 63 in the morning with a 64 in the afternoon to win the 2018 Winston Collection / St Andrews Products Senior Junior Championship at the Country Club of Jackson on Monday.

28 teams teed it up on Monday in the Winston Collection / St Andrews Products Senior Junior Championship, with one professional 50 years of age and older and one professional under the age of 50. After the morning round we had two teams tied at the top with rounds of 63 including Frank and Steve along with the host professionals from the Country Club of Jackson Ron Beurmann and Henry Thompson.

With 5 teams within 2 shots of the lead Frank and Steve knew it would be close and take something special to bring home the victory. That is just what they did when they made eagles at both #2 and #5 on route to their afternoon round of 64 and a (-17 under) 127 total, good for a 2 shot victory.

Henry and Ron followed up their round of 63 with a 65 in the afternoon finishing tied for second with the team of Gary Smithson from Quai Ridge Golf Course and Dan Urban from Gull Lake Country Club ,both at (-15) ,129 total.

The Country Club of Jackson provided a great venue for this championship as the golf course was in great shape and the food and beverage team provided a first-class lunch.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of this event – the Winston Collection, St Andrews Products and the PGA Tour. Their sponsorship provided a $12,000 purse for this event with the winning team taking home $2,500.

For complete results click HERE

Herbstreith / Vecellio win the 2018 Sterling Cut Glass / Evolve Golf / Levelwear Pro – Assistant Championship

Roscommon, MI – After two rain delays and 4 playoff holes it was the team of Joe Herbstreith and Steve Vecellio from Birmingham Country Club that found a way to win the 2018 Sterling Cut Glass / Evolve Golf / Levelwear Pro – Assistant Championship on  Monday at Forest Dunes Golf Club.

We had 77 players and 47 teams tee it up on Monday in this 36 hole best ball event. Teams consisted of a pro and a assistant professional from the same facility ,pros were also allowed to bring and team with multiple assistants.

The morning rain and soft conditions gave way to low scores all day at Forest Dunes Golf Club. After the morning round it was the team of Brandon Roby and Ben Cook from Cascade Hills Country Club that held a one shot lead with a round of 63. With 3 teams one shot back at 64 you knew it was going to be close.

Two of those teams just one shot back after the morning round were the teams from Meadowbrook Country Club with professional Frank McAuliffe and assistant Travis Dodson as well as Joe and Steve. Both teams  were able to follow up that morning round of 64  with another 64 ,which put them at (-16) under  and tied at  the end of the day.

After 3 playoff holes the teams were still tied and told that they would have time for one more playoff hole before darkness made it unplayable.  It was here on Hole #1 that Steve Vecellio made a 40 foot birdie putt that proved to clinch the first Pro – Assistant victory for Joe and Steve. Great playing by a lot of teams as we had 3 teams finish just one shot back at 129 including Brandon Roby and Ben Cook from Cascade Hills, John Pershern and Kyle Martin from The Lochmoor Club and Dan Urban and Josh Burt from Gull Lake Country Club.  Dan and Josh had the low round of the tournament with an incredible 59 in the afternoon !

For final results click HERE

I thought the staff at Forest Dunes did a great job ,especially the grounds crew getting things ready to go in the morning after the heavy rains. It is always a treat to have an event there as it makes for  a great event .

We had great sponsorship support at this event with Sterling Cut Glass, Evolve Golf and Level Wear all stepping up to sponsor the event. All three companies had reps on site.

Lee Houtteman of Cedar Survives Playoff to Win Michigan PGA Professional Championship

  FLINT – Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Cedar said he didn’t want to say his best years are behind him.

  “But they probably are,” said the 57-year-old teaching professional after he made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death playoff hole to top Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club and win the 97th Michigan PGA Professional Championship at Flint Golf Club Wednesday.

  “So at 57 coming here and winning is really tremendous. I can’t say enough about how good it feels with all these great young players. And being in a playoff with Scott adds frosting to the cake. We used to teach together and I’ve probably played 50 rounds of golf or more with him. He’s a great friend, who five or six years ago helped me with my putting. Amazing how things work out.”

  Houtteman, who won the PGA for the first time and a Michigan Section major for the third time, shot a closing 3-under 69 with a birdie on the par 5 No. 18 hole, the same hole used in the playoff to finish with a 9-under 207 total.

  Hebert, an eight-time champion and the winningest Michigan PGA golfer in history with 16 major section titles, shot 70 for his 207.

   Scott Brotebeck, the host professional, rallied with the low round of the day, a 5-under 67, to thrill the Flint Golf Club members and finish at 208, one shot out of the playoff.

  Houtteman and Hebert actually finished one shot behind Ben Cook of Cascade Hills in Grand Rapids, who shot 69 for 10-under 206, but he wasn’t eligible to win the section title under a Michigan PGA rule that requires 60 days of employment in the Michigan Section of the PGA prior to the major championship.

   Cook did win the $6,700 first place check out of the $54,000 purse, but he was competing in the tournament to earn one of nine spots for the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, S.C., next April 28-May 1.

   “I beat everybody, won a nice check and I get to go to the PNC,” Cook said. “Those were my goals this week. I understand the situation. This is great for me and my confidence.”

  Hebert and Roth, a four-time past champion, who shot a closing 68 for 210 and fifth overall, will be going to South Carolina next spring as exempt players for being past national championship winners.

  The nine who will join them are Cook, Houtteman, Brotebeck, Bob Ackerman of Bob Ackerman Golf Academy in Commerce Township, who shot 70 for 211, Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook in Northville, who shot 74 for 211, Brian Cairns of Fox Hills in Plymouth, who shot 71 for  212, Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills, who shot 75 for 212, Kyle Martin of Lochmoor in Grosse Pointe Woods, who shot 70 for 213, and defending champion John Seltzer of Blythefield in Grand Rapids, who shot 70 for 213.

  Martin made a birdie in a three-golfer playoff with Seltzer and Steven Vecellio of Birmingham for the last two spots. Seltzer won the other spot after seven holes in the playoff, and Vecellio will be the first alternate.

  Houtteman, who played with Cook in the second-to-last group, said he ignored the fact the former Ferris State University golfer was on top of the leaderboards late in the round. He battled Hebert, who led everybody for a portion of the round, because he wanted his name on the Gilbert A. Currie Trophy.

  “Putting my name on that trophy is spectacular,” he said. “I mean some of the names on that are really impressive. I’m just humbled to have my name be on that beautiful trophy. I knew Ben couldn’t take the trophy, so I was ignoring him and watching the leaderboard.

  “I knew I had to make a birdie on the last hole to have a chance at a playoff with Scott. I had about a 10-footer straight in on that one. I expected Scott to birdie in regulation and the playoff, but it didn’t happen.”

   Houtteman said he wanted to thank fellow competitor Jack Seltzer of Jack Seltzer Academy in Grand Blanc who gave him a swing thought to work with after Sunday’s practice round.

  “It clicked,” he said. “I want to thank Jack. That’s what is unique about golf – a fellow competitor will help you in the same tournament. It doesn’t happen in any other sport.”

  Hebert said he was unhappy about his putting over the last 12 holes and in the playoff, but happy for his longtime friend Houtteman.

  “I was half-rooting for Hootie out there,” he said. “I’m just disappointed with how I putted. The first seven or eight holes I played nicely. I’m sure I was leading at the time, but then the rest of the way I could not make putt, not a five-footer, not a 10-footer, nothing. Sometimes that’s the way it goes, and I do feel good for Lee. He has been a great player for a long time in this state.”

RESULTS: For complete scores click HERE

SPONSORS: The Michigan PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, TaylorMade, Nike, Golf Channel and the PGA Tour.

Spartan Golf Academy’s Chad Kurmel Keeps Lead in Michigan PGA Professional Championship

  FLINT – East Lansing’s Chad Kurmel said he didn’t have the same free-flowing game he had in the first-round, but he managed his game well in the second round of the 97th Michigan PGA Professional Championship at Flint Golf Club Tuesday.

  The Spartan Golf Academy teaching professional also managed with a 3-under 69 to build a three-shot lead over four golfers. He was at 10-under 134, and three shots back was the foursome of eight-time champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, who rallied with a 67, Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville, who shot 70, Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills Country Club, who shot 68, and Ben Cook of Cascade Hills in Grand Rapids, who shot 71.

  “I managed it around despite a little bit of nerves today,” said Kurmel who led after round one with a 65. “I knew I didn’t have the same game, but I held together well and didn’t hit any real bad shots and managed the course. I had a better ball-striking day yesterday, and kind of scraped it around today.”

  The 36-hole cut fell at 6-over-par 150 with 64 players advancing to tomorrow’s final round in the 54-hole $54,000 championship.

   The low nine golfers at the end of the tournament, along with Hebert and Jeff Roth of Boyne Highlands Resort who are exempt from qualification, will play in the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, S.C., next  April 28 – May 1. The low 20 finishers from that national event move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.

  Cook, who is currently tied for second on the leaderboard, is competing in the tournament to earn one of nine spots for the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, S.C., next April 28-May 1.

  He is ineligible to win the section title and trophy under a Michigan PGA rule that requires 60 days of employment in the Michigan Section of the PGA prior to the major championship.  The Michigan PGA Section Assistant’s Championship he won last week does not fall under the same rule, which is for the major championships only. If he finishes at the top of the leaderboard he will not be declared the champion, though he will win his place’s share of the $54,000 purse.

  “It’s a unique situation where we have really the two tournaments in one – the section championship and the nine spots in the PGA Professional National Championship,” Michigan PGA Executive Director Kevin Helm said. “The rule is there, however, and Ben has been advised of it and understands the situation. We will determine a section champion Wednesday, and we will fill nine spots in the national championship.”

  Cook said he understands the rule, and his goals remain in place.

   “I want to win, and I want to go to the PNC,” he said after an up-and-down road of eight birdies and seven bogeys. “Right now I’m just disappointed with the way I played today. I had four three-putts. My lag putting was really awful.”

  Kurmel, who had a hole-in-one in his first round, called his second round ho-hum.

  “You can’t make a hole-in-one every day, but it would be nice,” he said. “No excitement today. I just managed a good score today.”

  Kurmel, the 2012 South Florida PGA Professional champion, is happy heading to the final round.

  “It’s really all you can ask for, to be in a position to win the tournament,” he said. “It is why all the guys are playing in it, and ultimately you have the nine spots the guys are playing for to go to South Carolina. The main goal is to win, though. That’s what I will be trying to do.”

RESULTS:  For complete results click HERE

SPONSORS: The Michigan PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, TaylorMade, Nike, Golf Channel and the PGA Tour.

Hole-In-One Helps Michigan PGA Professional Championship Leader Chad Kurmel

  FLINT – With help from a hole-in-one Chad Kurmel of the Spartan Golf Academy at Michigan State University shot 7-under 65 to lead after the first round of the 97th Michigan PGA Professional Championship at Flint Golf Club Monday.

  “I hit a lot of solid shots and sometimes you get good bounces and things go your way, and it just happened to be that kind of day,” said the 47-year-old teaching pro who in 2012 won the South Florida PGA Professional Championship while working in Boca Raton.

  Kurmel had a one-shot lead on Ben Cook, an assistant professional at Cascade Hills Country Club in Grand Rapids. Cook, a Former Ferris State University golfer and 2017 graduate, was the winner of the Northern Ohio PGA Professional Championship last year while working in the Cleveland area and a week ago won the Michigan PGA Section Assistants Championship.

  Kurmel aced the No. 2 hole, a 168-yard par 3, with a 7-iron. It was the fifth hole-in-one of his golf career, and the third in competition.

  “I took advantage of the par 5s, and you have to do that with five of them out there,” he said. “I hit solid shots all day really, gave myself a lot of birdie chances and it is nice when a hole-in-one happens during a good round.”

   Travis Dodson, an assistant professional at Meadowbrook in Northville, shot 67 to stand third alone, and Jim Dieters, the head professional at Midland Country Club, and Bryan Harris of Forest Akers West, each shot 68.

  Seven golfers shot 69, including host professional Scott Brotebeck, and three-time champion Brian Cairns of Fox Hills in Plymouth, who also had a hole-in-one Monday. He aced the No. 17 hole with an 8-iron shot at 160 yards. It was the 16th hole-in-one of his golf career.

  Also shooting 69 were 2010 champion Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson, Donald Devantier of Cracklewood Golf Club in Macomb, Jason Guss of Jason Guss Academy in Bath, Reed Black of Spring Meadows in Linden and Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills in Franklin.

  Defending champion John Seltzer of Blythefield near Grand Rapids, and eight-time champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club were in the crowd at 70.

   A cut will be made to the low 60 scorers and ties after Tuesday’s second round in the 54-hole, $54,000 championship.  The low nine golfers at the end of the tournament, along with Hebert and Jeff Roth of Boyne Highlands Resort who are exempt from qualification, will play in the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, S.C., next  April 28 – May 1. The low 20 finishers from that national event move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.

  Cook, a former Ferris State University golfer who is working at an assistant at Cascade and headed back to the Latin American Tour and Web.com Qualifying in the fall, said he has been playing well all summer and he likes the Flint Golf Club course, a classic Willie Park design.

  “This course definitely suits my game with the five par 5s and I think I hit four of them in two,” he said. “I was doing what I should do – birdie the par 5s and kind of go from there.”

  He made five consecutive birdies in the round, which tied his personal best string. That stretch includes three par 5 holes, Nos. 9, 11 and 12, and he had two-putt birdies after reaching the green in two shots on the trio.

  “The greens were rolling great, and it’s pretty soft so you can throw iron shots right at the flag,” he said. “And five par fives are helpful, too.”

For complete scores click HERE

97th Michigan PGA Professional Championship starts Monday at Flint Golf Club

  FLINT – The 97th Michigan PGA Professional Championship is Monday through Wednesday at Flint Golf Club, and in addition to being a state championship for Michigan golf professionals it serves as the starting point on the road to major championship golf with the best players in the world at the PGA Championship of 2019.

  Defending champion John Seltzer III, the head professional at Blythefield Country Club near Grand Rapids, heads the field of 127 professionals in the $54,000 championship on the storied Flint Golf Club course designed by famed architect Willie Park Jr.

  A cut will be made to the low 60 scorers and ties after Tuesday’s second round in the 54-hole tournament. The low nine golfers at the end of the tournament, along with Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club and Jeff Roth of Boyne Highlands Resort who are exempt from qualification, will play in the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, S.C., next  April 28 – May 1. The low 20 finishers from that national event move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.

  Eight-time champion Hebert (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’14, ’16) and four-time champion Roth (1998, ’99, 2001, ’03) are two of 13 former Michigan PGA champions in the field, including John Seltzer, the defending champion, three-time winner Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center (1996, 2000, 2013), two-time winner Steve Brady of Oakland Hills Country Club (1993, ’95), two-time winner Barry Redmond of Crooked Tree Golf Club (1990, ‘92), Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club (2015), Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson (2010), Joe Pollack of Golf Cars Plus (2004), Tom Harding of Kendall Golf Academy (1997), Jack Seltzer of Jack Seltzer Golf Academy (1988), John Traub of Berkley (1984) and Randy Erskine of Rochester (1978).

  Flint Golf Club dates to 1910 as a social club, and the course was opened in 1919. Park, a two-time British Open champion turned designer, fashioned a parkland golf course that has stayed true to its roots over the years. It can play as long as 6,671 yards at par 72. Somewhat unique to the Park design are five par-3 and five par 5 holes.

  Flint Golf Club is hosting the Michigan PGA Professional Championship for the second consecutive year. It has been a regular host to Golf Association of Michigan tournaments over the years, including the 2001 Michigan Amateur Championship, and it has also hosted golf legends. Sam Snead set the course record in June 1963 shooting a 61.

  Flint Golf Club’s staff is headed by General Manager Troy Stieve. Scott Brotebeck is the head PGA Professional and the Superintendent is Jim Moore.

  Last year Seltzer, the son of 1988 champion Jack Seltzer, made a two-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole and won the 96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship in storybook fashion. Seltzer, whose story includes working as a bag shop employee at Flint Golf Club during his high school years in nearby Grand Blanc, bested Andrew Dodson of GolfTEC-Novi in the playoff at 7-under 209.

  Seltzer and Dodson each shot 3-under 69 to set up the playoff, and then both made 5 on the par 5 No. 18 hole that was used as the first playoff hole. They went to No. 1, another par 5, where both had chip shots near the green for their third shots. Seltzer pitched his from about 45 feet to two feet, and Dodson chipped from heavy rough just left of the green to about eight feet. Dodson’s birdie attempt faded past the hole and Seltzer knocked his in for the win.

  The Michigan PGA Professional Championship dates to 1922 and past champions include Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Jimmy Demaret, Chick Harbert and Horton Smith.

  The Michigan PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, TaylorMade, Nike, Golf Channel and the PGA Tour.

  See michiganpgagolf.com for more information, live scoring during the tournament and tee times. Gallery is welcome. Parking and admission are free. More information on Flint Golf Club is available at flintgolfclub.com.

SCORING: A link for tournament scoring can be found HERE