Team from Oakland University wins the Club Car Spring Scramble presented by Heartland

Auburn Hills, MI – Congratulations to our 2019 Club Car Spring Scramble presented by Heartland Champions with professional Matt Zavadil from Oakland University and his amateur partners Conner Jones, Austin Kreger and Brad Bastion. They shot an amazing round of 54 ( -18 under ) at Fieldstone Golf Club to win by 3 shots. Their round included eagles on holes #3 ,#6 and #16.

Finishing second ,3 shots back at 57 was the team of professionals Ian Ziska, Cody Haughton, Adam Schumacher and Patrick Humphrey.

We would like to thank Fieldstone Golf Club for hosting the event. The golf course was in great shape and the breakfast and lunch was outstanding !

We would also like to thank Club Car and the team from Midwest Golf & Turf. This was the 28th year that Club Car has sponsored this event. We would also like to thank our presenting sponsor Heartland Credit Card Systems and Barry Taylor for their support.

For final results click HERE

Entry Deadline is Wednesday for the 102nd Michigan Open Championship presented by Yamaha Golf Cars / Grand Traverse Resort & Casino / Lake Trust Credit Union

  ACME – In 2019 it’s back to The Bear for the second consecutive year and the 102nd Michigan Open Championship presented by Grand Traverse Resort & Casino/Yamaha Golf Cars Plus/Lake Trust Credit Union, June 10-13.

The deadline to be part of the championship at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is Wednesday, March 15, at 5 p.m.  For the list of qualifiers click HERE

  A field of 156 starting golfers will be determined for the 72-hole championship after entrants not in the exempt categories play in one of seven qualifiers presented around the state in late May and early June. A special three-spot qualifier will also be held on June 8 at A-Ga-Ming Resort’s Sundance Course in Kewadin, which can be used as a first or second attempt.

   Grand Traverse Resort hosted the state’s best golfers in the storied Michigan Open Championship 28 times between 1981 and 2008, and in the last 25 of those years The Bear course, a Jack Nicklaus signature design that opened in 1985, helped identify the champion.

  The 2019 championship, the 30th visit to the resort for the Michigan Open, is presented by Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos, Yamaha Golf Cars Plus and Lake Trust Credit Union with additional support from Pepsi and Traverse City Tourism.

  Jake Kneen of White Lake, who turned professional late last summer after his Michigan Open win as an amateur, has entered and will defend his championship. The former Oakland University golfer overcame a triple-bogey bite from the Bear’s 16th hole and held on to win the 101st Michigan Open Championship. He shot 75 for an 8-under 280 and a two shot-win over mini-tour professional James Holley of Howell, who shot 72.

  Kneen was just the sixth amateur to win the state Open championship, and just the second in the last 43 years. The field is traditionally made up of the top Michigan PGA professionals, touring professionals who maintain residency in the state and the top amateur players.

  The Michigan Open was first played in 1916 and won by Leo Diegel, who also played in the inaugural Ryder Cup matches and the first Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. Many of golf’s most famous have their names listed on the Michigan Open’s James Standish Trophy including Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Al Watrous, Horton Smith, Walter Burkemo and John Barnum.

Learn more about Grand Traverse Resort at grandtraverseresort.com.

Roth & Pohl win the Yamaha Golf Cars / Bushnell Golf / TASC Pro Pro Championship

Congratulations to our 2019 Yamaha Golf Cars Plus / Bushnell Golf / TASC Pro Pro Champions Dan Pohl from the Pohlcat and Jeff Roth from the BOYNE Golf Academy. Dan and Jeff birdied 10 holes in a row in their afternoon round on route to a -12 under par round of 60 at Pine Lake Country Club. This combined with their morning round of 67 at Orchard Lake Country Club put them at -16 under for the tournament, good for a 4 shot victory. Finishing second was the team of Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and Ben Cook from Yankee Springs GC, they finished at -12 under, 4 shots back

We would like to thank our host sites – Pine Lake Country Club and Orchard Lake Country Club for hosting this event.

We would also like to thank our sponsors – Yamaha Golf Cars Plus, Bushnell Golf and TASC Performance. We appreciate their support and it was great to have them all onsite for the event.

This win makes it 2 years in a row for Jeff and Dan as they won this event last year at Franklin Hills CC and Bloomfield Hills CC.

For final results and payout click HERE

Michigan PGA Section Tournament registration begins on March 6th at 9:00am !

We are excited to announce that registration for all of the Michigan PGA Section events will open at 9:00am on Wednesday, March 6th. This includes all of the qualifiers for the Michigan Open Championship as well as the Pre Qualifier for the new PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.

Section Majors :

The 102nd  Michigan Open Championship presented by Yamaha Golf Cars Plus / Grand Traverse Resort is returning to Grand Traverse Resort and will take place on The Bear –  June 10-13. After a great event there last year we are excited about retuning to The Bear we look forward to another great championship this year. Qualifiers are listed on our website ,there will once again be a PGA Member only qualifier on May 22 at The Wyndgate.

To see all of the Michigan Open Qualifiers click HERE

The Pre – Qualifier for the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club will take place at TPC of Michigan on Wednesday ,June 19. From there the top 25 and ties will advance to the Monday Qualifier at The Orchards on June 24 and 4 will get into the actual event from there. For more info on the qualifier for the Rocket Mortgage Classic click HERE

The  Michigan PGA Professional  Championship  returns to Flint Golf Club and will take place on August 19-21, 2019. Participants will also be competing for 9 qualifying spots for the 2020 PGA Professional Championship at this event.

The Michigan PGA Section Match Play presented by the PGA Tour  moves to the Country Club of Lansing and will take place on Tuesday / Wednesday – September 24-25. The final 16 at this event will once again qualify through their respective Chapter or Senior Organization.

We look forward to another great first event on April 29th at Red Run Golf Club with the Club Car  Spring Scramble presented by Heartland.

The Club Car / Midwest Golf & Turf team will also sponsor the Midwest Golf & Turf Pro Am as this event returns to The Fortress on July 22nd . This event is a Pro Am format where your team is entered into both Gross and Net Divisions.

The  Yamaha Golf Cars Plus / Bushnell / TASC Pro – Pro Championship will take place on  Monday, May 6th at Orchard Lake Country Club and Pine Lake Country Club. Teams will play both courses with am / pm shotguns at each course.

After a great event last year Adidas is back as the sponsor of the Adidas State Pro Am at Boyne Highlands. Adidas will once again have a mobile pro shop set up onsite for participants to pick out their tee gifts. This event will take place on June 3rd – 4th on the Heather and Ross courses.

Winston Collection joins Evolve Golf  as the sponsors of the Pro – Assistant Championship. The event is heading to Wuskowhan Players Club and will take place on Tuesday, September 3rd.

St Andrews Products will join Sterling Cut Glass this year as co – sponsors of the Senior Junior Championship  that will take place on August 26th at Manistee National Golf & Resort. The Senior Junior will have a new format this year as teams can now be formed using any two players from 2 of the 3 different age divisions :
• Junior (49 or younger)
• Senior (50-64)• Super Senior 65 and up

Example: A Super Senior and Senior may play together, a Junior and Senior can play together, a Junior and Super Senior may play together.

The Section events in Michigan will wrap up with the year-end Earth Networks Fall Pro Scratch at Plum Hollow Country Club on October 7th.

Teams from Meadowbrook CC and Heritage Glen GC win the 2019 Villas of Grand Cypress Pro Am presented by Ahead & Tempercraft

Orlando, FL –  The Michigan PGA Villas of Grand Cypress Pro AM presented by Ahead & Tempercraft wrapped up Monday with the final round on the New Course. With the second round cancelled due to heavy rains it meant that we would have co – champions in each of the flights and teams could certainly jump into the lead with a great final round.

That is just what the team from Meadowbrook Country Club with professional Frank McAuliffe and his amateur partners Dennis Kubica, Dave Bur and Randy Seeley did as they fired the low round of the day with a (-11 under ) 133, putting them at a 275 total and a 5 shot victory in South East / New Course Flight. This was great playing in tough windy conditions on the links style New Course at the Villas of Grand Cypress.

The first round of the event was held on Monday as the teams played the South – East rotation and the North – South rotation in this 2 net best ball of four format. The weather was nice and gave way to some low scores. It was the team of professional Bill Wilson from Heritage Glen GC and his amateur partners Tim Cavanagh, Phil Pletcher and Don Gunden that put together an amazing low round of the day with a (-14 under ) 130. This lead proved to be large enough as they closed with a (-1) under par round of 144 the final day on the New Course and held on to a 2 shot overall victory in the North – South / New Course Flight.

The event kicked off with the opening party in the Executive Conference Center and Outdoor Terrace as the teams checked in and received their gift packages from Ahead & Tempercraft and Titleist. Darin Hoff, the resorts Sales Manager and Dean Helm ,the sales rep from Ahead and Tempercraft welcomed everyone.

Despite some cooler temps and unfortunately a rained out second round all 19 teams still had a great time and enjoyed the event. We look forward to returning to the Villas of Grand Cypress next year as they continue to do an excellent job and provide a great host resort for this event.

We would like to thank Ahead and Tempercraft  along with Titleist for their support as well as all the professionals and amateurs for participating.

For final results click HERE

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