East Lansing, MI – We are excited to announce that Daniel Wolocko, the Director of Mercy Elite Sports Performance and Therapy at St. Mary Mercy in Livonia will present “Training Lateral vs. Vertical Power in the Golf Swing” at the upcoming Michigan PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit. Daniel will present the fist day of the summit ,Monday March 27. 

Please see the article and more info below on Mercy Elite,  a proud sponsor of the Michigan PGA

Recover from Injury or Enhance Your Game with MercyElite

Golf has seen a shift in how players prepare and maintain their bodies. Players are more powerful, more athletic and better equipped to perform. MercyElite Sports Performance offers golfers opportunities to enhance their game with golf-specific training. All of MercyElite’s trainers are Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified and experienced with the body movements required in a golf swing. TPI certification ensures that MercyElite trainers can quickly identify physical restrictions that may impact a player’s swing and make recommendations to improve limitations, develop conditioning programs and prevent injury.

“Golfers need efficient body movements,” said Dan Wolocko, PT, SCS, CSCS, director, sports performance and physical therapy, MercyElite. “MercyElite can help golfers recovering from an injury, looking to improve distance or enhance swing technique.”

MercyElite provides golf-specific exercises that help:
• Improve distance
• Eliminate swing faults
• Enhance swing technique
• Relieve pain
• Score better

MercyElite Sports Performance is the sports medicine service of St. Mary Mercy Livonia, a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. For more information, visit mercyelite.org or call 734-655-8240.

For more info on the upcoming Michigan PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit please click HERE

http://michiganpgagolf.com/21940-2/

Registration is now open for the 100th playing of the Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive

Bath, MI – The Michigan PGA Section is excited to announce that registration is now open for  100th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group. Please mark your calendars as the Championship returns to Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, MI and will take place on June 12-15, 2017. I encourage you to look at qualifying in what will be the historic 100th playing of this event

Championship Site
We are excited as this will be the fourth year that the Championship will be held at Prestwick Village Golf Club, which is located just north of Milford in Highland Township. Prestwick Village Golf Club provided a great championship atmosphere the last three years and will do the same again this year. Award-winning and internationally renowned architect Ron Garl designed the championship course. The club’s stellar and expansive 26-acre practice facility was selected as a 2012 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Range in the Private Category by PGA Magazine.

Championship Sponsor
We excited to announce that LaFontaine Automotive Group in Highland, MI one of 18 LaFontaine Automotive Group franchises in nine locations across southeast Michigan – is once again the presenting sponsor of the event. LaFontaine will once again be adding to the Championship experience by providing lunch to all the players and caddies at Prestwick Village Golf Club.

The LaFontaine  dealership is located at 4000 West Highland Road in Highland Township, features the famous “LaFontaine Family Deal,” which offers its customers more than the best price on a new or pre-owned vehicle. It also offers the attitude and approach to business developed and nurtured by the LaFontaine family since the company founding in 1980.

For more info on LaFontaine Automotive Group please visit their website at www.familydeal.com .

Qualifying / Entry Info
For online registration, click HERE. Please make sure that you click on one of the Qualifier and not the actual Championship to register.
Please note the following qualifiers:

Sunday, May 21
Eagle Eye Golf Club ,Bath

Tuesday, May 23
Country Club of Lansing
Oakland U – Sharf, Rochester

Tuesday, May 30
Detroit Golf Club – North Course

Wednesday, May 31
Quail Ridge Golf Club, Grand Rapids
Forest Lake Country Club ( PGA Members Only)

Sunday, June 4
Black Lake Golf Club, Onaway

Saturday, June 10, (3 Spot Qualifier)
Flint Elks Golf Club
(Can be used as 1st or 2nd Attempt – 2nd Attempt is $105)

The entry fees are as follows:
Amateur – $180
PGA Professional – $205
Non-PGA Professional – $355

Entry Procedure:
Due to PCI Compliance (secure handling of credit card information) no credit card information can be entered by staff into the Section computer system. Below are the ways in which you can enter :

• Enter online through www.michiganpgagolf.com
• Mail in the entry form and a check to the PO Box listed on the entry form

The Entry Deadline is Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00pm (No Exceptions).

Eligibility:
Male Golfers who have established and maintained a Domicile in the State of Michigan (60) sixty days prior to the Championship or any Michigan Section Member in good standing having been employed for no less than (60) sixty days at a recognized golf facility prior to the Championship. Life Member / Retired Member must be a member of the Michigan Section 60 days prior to the Championship. Upon request, must provide three (3) documents to prove Domicile.

For more information and a printable entry form click HERE

Team from The Wyndgate wins the 2017 Michigan PGA Reunion Resort Pro Am presented by Bushnell Golf

Orlando, Florida – Congratulations to the team of professional Kevin Muir and his amateur partners Kevin Milliken, Larry Ross and Tom Dabney from The Wyndgate in Rochester, MI on capturing the 2017 Michigan PGA Reunion Resort Pro Am presented by Bushnell Golf.

They started out hot in the first round with a score of 125 (-19 under) on the Watson Course in this 2 net best ball format and never looked back. They finished with a round of 127 Monday on the Palmer course which put them at a 383 total, good for a 8 shot victory. The team picks up $300 per player for the first place finish along with a new Bushnell Range Finder.

Coming in second place are the defending champions from Boyne professional Casey Powers and his amateur partners Bob Westover, Malcom Fordyce and Jim Costello. They started the day four back and were unable to make up any ground with a 131 today and a 391 total, good for $200 per player. Finishing third place with a 393 total was the team from Meadowbrook Country Club professional Frank McAuliffe and his amateur partners Dennis Kubica, Alessandro Bianco and Randy Seeley, winning $100 per player.

A total of 26 teams consisting of one Michigan PGA Professional and 3 amateurs participated in this years event. The teams played all three courses at the Reunion Resort – the Nicklaus, Watson and the Palmer and competed for daily prizes each day as well as overall prizes.

For complete results click HERE

We would like to thank our sponsor, Bushnell Golf & Bolle. Our Michigan sales rep Tim Grombala was onsite Friday and Saturday to welcome all the teams and provided each player with a pair of Bolle sunglasses.

We would also like to thank Reunion Resort for hosting this event as this is the second year they have hosted. They provide a top championship venue for our pro am.

Thank you to all of the professionals and amateurs for participating this year!

Michigan PGA Professional Championship moves to Flint Golf Club in 2017

Bath, MI – The Michigan PGA  is excited to announce that Flint Golf Club will host the 2017 Michigan PGA Professional Championship next August 21st – 23rd. This will be the first time that Flint Golf Club has hosted the Michigan PGA Professional Championship.

Flint Golf Club has a very rich history that dates back to 1910 when it first opened as a social club. J. Dallas Dort, one of America’s most prominent automotive pioneers, was the club’s first golf and greens chairman, and he single handedly designed the initial nine hole layout, creating a first-class course – complete with sand bunkers – by 1915. Members reached the course by way of the Detroit Inter-Urban Railway, which had stops in both Flint and Atlas.

By 1916 Mr. Dort had been appointed trustee to acquire property nearer to Flint that could accommodate an 18 hole golf course and be reached more conveniently. A new site required a new course, so the club hired world class architect Willie Park, Jr. to design and build the championship layout. Park was a two-time winner of the Open Championship and designed more than 100 courses in the U.S. – notably Maidstone and Olympia Fields. Flint is one of several Willie Park courses in this area, including Red Run, Pine Lake, Battle Creek and Meadowbrook.

Flint Golf Club has a rich tournament history over the years, from the PGA Carling Open in 1957, the Michigan Open Championship in 1949 won by Al Watrous to many other National, State qualifiers and State Championships including the 1995 and 2010 GAM Championship as well as the 1922 and 2001 Michigan Amateur Championship.

The Michigan PGA Professional Championship dates to 1922 and past champions include Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Jimmy Demaret, Chick Harbert, Horton Smith, John Barnum, Marvin Stahl, Randy Erskine, Buddy Whitten and former Flint Golf Club professional Jeff Roth.

In addition to being a state championship for Michigan golf professionals this 96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship also  serves as the starting point on the road to the PGA Championship of 2018.

The low 10 golfers, besides former PGA Professional national champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club who is exempt from qualification, will have spots in the 2018 PGA Professional National Championship next June. The low 20 finishers from that national event move on to play with the best players in the world at the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri in August of 2018.

For more info on Flint Golf Club please click HERE

Oakland Hills Country Club will host the 2017 Michigan PGA Yamaha Golf Cars /Ahead Pro Pro Championship

Bath, MI – The Michigan PGA Section will return to Oakland Hills Country Club next year as they will host the 2017 Yamaha Golf Cars Plus / Ahead Pro – Pro Championship on Monday, May 8th .Teams will play 36 holes using both the North and South Courses in this best ball format.

This will be the second time that they have hosted this event as it was held there back in 2001. 113 teams competed that year with no other than Jeff Roth and Steve Brady winning with a (-15) under par total. Steve was named the head golf professional of Oakland Hills Country Club last year after Pat Croswell retired. Steve had been the Director of Instruction there since 1997.

Oakland Hills Country Club was founded in 1916 and the famous South Course designed by Donald Ross opened in 1918. Walter Hagen, five time PGA Champion, was the club’s first head professional. The South Course has played host to 17 Major Championships including: six U.S. Opens; two U.S. Senior Opens; U.S. Women’s Amateur; Western Open; the Carling World Open; the 35th Ryder Cup in 2004; three PGA Championships and two U.S. Men’s Amateurs Championships including the most recent on this past year.

We are excited to have both Yamaha Golf Cars Plus and Ahead back as title sponsors of this event. This will be the 3rd year in a row that Yamaha Golf Cars Plus has sponsored this event. Ahead came on board and joined Yamaha last year as co title sponsors when the event was held at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club.

For more info on Yamaha Golf Cars Plus click HERE
For more info on Ahead click HERE

Jim Troy from the Golf Performance Academy and Dan Urban from Gull Lake Country Club are the defending champions as they won last year at Arcadia Bluffs with a 36 hole score of 131 (-13) under.

For a complete schedule of all the 2017 Michigan PGA Section Events  click HERE.

2016 We Ko Pa Pro Am presented by Linksoul !

Scottsdale, Arizona -Congratulations to  the team of PGA Professional Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and his amateur partners from Orchard Lake Country Club Kathleen Martin, LeeAnn Woodruff and Deborah Herpich on capturing the 2016 We Ko Pa Pro Am presented by Linksoul !

The event kicked off with the opening cocktail party on Sunday evening at the  We Ko Pa Resort & Conference Center. The We Ko Pa Resort & Conference Center is the only AAA Four Diamond resort with spa and casino in Scottsdale, located only 25 minutes from Scottsdale. They also have two of the top rated golf courses in Arizona, the Cholla Course and the Saguaro Course, which were in fantastic condition all week.

All of the participants received their tee gift package with 3 apparel pieces courtesy of Linksoul at this opening party.

The teams took to the Saguaro Course Monday morning in the 2 Net Best Ball Format. It was the team from Walnut Creek with professional Jared Cooper and his amateur partners Scott Schueller, Chad Bowles and Mark Petroff that took home top honors on Monday and jumped out to the early with a round of (-15 under ) 127.

It was in the second round on the Cholla Course that the team of PGA Professional Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and his amateur partners from Orchard Lake Country Club Kathleen Martin, LeeAnn Woodruff and Deborah Herpich made their move finishing first this day with a (-14 under par) round of 130 in the “One Gross / One Net” format.

This gave them a 6 shot advantage heading into the final round back on the Saguaro. They were able to put together a solid round of 135 ( -7 under)  which was good enough to capture the Overall Championship.

Finishing 5 shots back in second place overall we had the teams of professional Bill Wilson from Heritage Glen Golf Club and his amateur partners Don Gunden, Rick Depauw and Tim Cavanagh along with the team of professional Mark Matz from Scalawags Golf Club and his amateur partners Justin VandeVrede, Larry VandeVrede and Dale VandeVrede.

The team from Forest Lake Country Club with professional Dominick Izzo and his amateur partners Steve Dulieu, Richard O’Brien and Steve McGee  had the low round the final day with a score of (-12 under) 130.

We would like to thank our host site We Ko Pa Resort and Conference Center and all of their staff .The facilities and golf courses were excellent and provided a great venue for our pro am.

We would also like to thank Jim Dougherty and Linksoul for their sponsorship and support of this event and the Michigan PGA Section.

Team from Meadowbrook Country Club wins the All Star Pro Golf / Black Clover / National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch !

Jackson, MI – The Michigan PGA Section wrapped up its 2016 season with the All Star Pro Golf / Black Clover / National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch on Monday at the Country Club of Jackson. 23 teams competed in this scratch 2 best ball of four format open to both Michigan PGA Professionals and Apprentices as well as amateurs that live in Michigan.

With heavy rains the past few days this made for a softer golf course and some really low scores. It was the team of Michigan PGA Professionals from Meadowbrook Country Club – Frank McAuliffe, Bob Percy and Travis Dodson along with Andrew Dodson from Golftec that took  home top honors Monday finishing with a 129 total ( -15) under par. It was a great team effort with 15 birdies and no bogies to pick up their first Fall Pro Scratch title. This win also gives each of these players a 5 year exemption into the Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions.

Coming in second just two shots back with a 131 total was the team from Eagle Crest Golf Club with Michigan PGA Professionals Wes Blevins and Tommy Lucko along with their amateur partners Chad Johnson and Ryan Johnson.

Congratulations to Ryan Leitner for picking up the closest to the pin for Michigan PGA  Professionals and $250.  Congratulations as well to Jimmy Chestnut for winning a $250 gift certificate with his closest to the pin for Amateurs.

We would like to thank the Country Club of Jackson for hosting this event. The golf course was in great shape and took a lot of work from the maintenance crew with all of the heavy rains the past few days. The entire staff did a great job and everyone really enjoyed the facility.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of this event. This is the 5th year that All Star Pro Golf has been a partner with the Michigan Section and sponsored this event .We would like to thank Dave Brostrom ,Jay Horton and Tracy Withey for being on site for the event. All Star Pro Golf is one of the United States’ largest pro shop distributor and Star serves public and private courses across the country. The headquarters are in Spencer, Iowa and the Sales and Marketing staff operates out of offices in Des Moines, Iowa. For more info on All Star Pro Golf please visit : http://allstarprogolf.com/index.html

We would also like to thank Black Clover for stepping up as a new sponsor of this event. Tracy Withey is also the Michigan Sales Representative for Black Clover and helped bring them on board to support this event. Black Clover is a lifestyle apparel company with a vision rooted in living life to the fullest and was established in 2008. For more info on Black Clover please visit : https://blackcloverusa.com/

We would also like to thank National Car Rental for their support of this event and the Michigan Section this year. This is a national partnership in conjunction with the PGA of America as National Car Rental sponsors two Pro Am’s in every PGA Section.

For final results click HERE

 

Scott Hebert wins the Michigan PGA Omega Player of the Year !

East Lansing, MI – Congratulations to our 2016 Omega Player of the Year Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club. Scott wrapped up this title with his win at the Northern Chapter Championship last week at Grand Traverse Resort.

Scott’s highlights this year included picking up his 8th Michigan PGA Professional Championship win this year at Egypt Valley Country Club. Scott won the 36 hole rain shortened event in a playoff over John Seltzer ,both players finished at (-9) under par for the two rounds.

Scott had a nice showing this year finishing T21 at the PGA Professional Championship at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York. This year in the Section Match Play Championship Scott made it to the semifinal match losing to the eventual champion Jim Troy in a great match that went all 18 holes. Scott finished tied for 13th at the Tournament of Champions and then capped off his great season with a victory at the Northern Chapter Championship at Grand Traverse Resort – The Bear.

This is the 7th time that Scott has won the Michigan PGA Section Player of the Year Award. This puts him 2 ahead of the 5 time winners of this award dating back to 1954. Those 5 time winners include : Brian Cairns, Buddy Whitten, Lynn Janson and Walter Burkemo.

Finishing in second place this year, just 15 points back was Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor Club. Kyle finished out his great year with a win last week at the Eastern Chapter Championship at Spring Meadows Country Club in Linden ,MI. Kyle also finished runner up at the Michigan PGA Section Match Play Championship this year.

Once again this year Omega is the presenting sponsor of the Michigan Section Player of the Year race. Omega has provided $10,000 for those Michigan PGA Members that finish in the top 10 year end points race. OMEGA is proud to be the Official Timekeeper of The PGA of America. The partnership represents a major breakthrough for OMEGA, expanding the innovative watchmaker’s rich history in sports timekeeping and reflecting its commitment to the global growth of the game of golf. OMEGA is responsible for the on-course venue timekeeping at all PGA of America major championships and is a presenting sponsor of your PGA Professional National Championship.

You can view the entire points list by clicking HERE.  Congratulations to the following Michigan PGA Members that finished in the top 10:
1 Scott Hebert $2,000.00
2 Kyle Martin $1,600.00
3 Brian Cairns $1,200.00
4 John Seltzer $1,000.00
5 Lee Houtteman $ 900.00
6 Josh Fryer $ 800.00
7 Steve Vecellio $ 700.00
8 Gary Lewandowski $ 650.00
9 Chad Kurmel $ 600.00
10 Jordan Young $ 550.00

Jim Troy wins the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship at Tullymore Golf Resort !

CANADIAN LAKES – The theme for the week was close hard fought matches and the final match did not disappoint.  It took one extra hole for Jim Troy from the Golf Performance Center in Portage, MI to defeat the defending champion Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor Club and capture his first Michigan PGA Section Match Play Championship.

All of the 16 golfers that  competed this week at Tullymore Resort qualified through either their Chapter or Senior Match Play events.

Jim got off to a fast start in this final match as his birdie on #6 put him 3 up early in the match. Kyle battled his way back winning hole #8 with a conceded eagle and then winning hole #12 with a conceded birdie to get back to only one down. After Jim failed to get up and down from the bunker at the par 3 15th hole the match was all square with three holes to play.

The 16th and 17th holes were halved with pars and they headed to the par 5 18th hole all square. With Jim on in two Kyle was able to hit a difficult pitch shot to 4 feet and make the birdie putt to force the playoff after Jim two putted for birdie.

It took only one extra hole after Kyle failed to get up and down for birdie at the par 5 first hole, Jim rolled in his 12 foot birdie putt for the victory and the first place $3,500 check.

The story of the first round of 16 was a series of tightly contested matches with 6 of the 8 matches going at least 16 holes. Steve Vecellio from Birmingham Country Club outlasted David Higham of Midwest Golf and Turf winning 1 up in 23 Holes.

Defending champion Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor club took down Jordan Young from the Fox Hills Learning Center 3 & 1 in the first round. Kyle then outlasted  Steve Vecellio winning 1 up on Hole #18 to advance to the final four.

Jim Troy had to get by two past champions on his way to the final four. He defeated the 1998 champion Ron Beurmann from the Country Club of Jackson in the first round and the 2009 champion John Seltzer of Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids in the second round.

In the first morning semi final match of the day it was a back and forth battle as Kyle and Lee Houtteman from Manitou Passage only halved two holes on the front nine. That continued on  the back nine as Lee made birdie at #10 to get to 1 up. Kyle then birdied #13 and won #14 to get the lead back at 1 up.  Lee then birdied #16 to get the match back to all square where it would remain that way heading into #18. With Lee on  the green about 15 feet from the hole Kyle hit his pitch to about 3 feet at the par 5 18th hole.  Lee’s birdie putt slid by and Kyle was able to finish off the birdie for a 1 up victory.

In the other semi final match Jim Troy from the Golf Performance Academy continued his fine play making 5 birdies on the front nine, but the match still remained all square as Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & CC was able to make 3 birdies of his own. After going back and forth on  the back nine Jim Troy was able to take a 1 up lead into #18 after making  birdie at #16 to go1 up. With Scott about 3 feet from the hole Jim was able to roll in the 10 foot birdie putt for the 1 up victory advancing to his  first Michigan PGA Match Play Final.

By making it to the final four of the Michigan Section Match Play finals all four players pick up wins in  their respective Chapter / Senior Organization match play events. Lee Houtteman is the Senior Match Play Champion, Kyle Martin is the Eastern Chapter Match Play Champion, Scott Hebert is the Northern Match Play Champion and Jim Troy is the Western Chapter Match Play Champion.

This is Jim Troy’s first time competing in the Michigan Section Match Play as he has only been in the Michigan PGA Section for the last two years and failed to qualify out of the Western Chapter Match Play event last year. Jim is no stranger to championship competitive golf as he played four years at Nebraska and 4 years on the Hooters Tour. Jim  then worked at Elyria Country Club outside of Cleveland and then Sunset Ridge Country Club outside of Chicago before taking a position with Clark Peterson at the Golf Performance Academy in Portage, MI last year.

Jim is off to fast start these first two years however by winning both the Michigan Section Assistants Championship and the Western Chapter Championship last year and this Match Play Championship title.

For bracket and results click HERE

We would like to thank Tullymore for hosting this Championship. The golf course ,staff and facilities were excellent and provided a great venue for this Championship.

Tullymore is a regular host of championship play, including the Tullymore Classic, which is part of the LPGA’s Symetra Tour.The resort has won multiple awards and honors including being named Michigan’s No. 1 Golf Resort and one of the Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S. in the 2010 Golf World Readers’ Choice Awards. The Tullymore course has earned a five-star rating from Golf Digest several times since 2007 and has been ranked among the top 100 Greatest Courses in America multiple times.

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.

 

Pershern / Martin win the 2016 Sterling Cut Glass / Bushnell Golf Pro Assistant Championship

Birmingham ,MI – It took one extra hole for the team of Head Professional John Pershern and his Assistant Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor Club to win the 2016 Sterling Cut Glass / Bushnell Golf Pro Assistant Championship on Monday at Birmingham Country Club, giving them their second Pro – Assistant victory.

A large field of 48 teams competed Monday in this 36 hole best ball format made up of one Professional and one Assistant Professional from the same facility. Professionals with multiple Assistants had the option once again to bring and team with each of those Assistants.

After the morning round we had 2 teams tied at the top with rounds of (-8) under par 64 ,the team from Flint Golf Club with Professional Scott Brotebeck and his Assistant Nick Sears along with the team from Meadowbrook Country Club with professional Frank McAuliffe and Assistant Professional Travis Dodson.

Sitting only one shot back after round 1 it did not take long for the team of Pershern and Martin to get things going as they made eagle on their first hole of the afternoon round. This par 5 first  hole at Birmingham Country Club seemed to be the difference maker as they made eagle there in round one as well, picking up skins in both rounds.

The second round score of 64 for the team of Pershern and Martin which included a birdie at the last put them at  (-15 under) 129 total. The team of McAuliffe and Dodson continued their fine play as the followed up their morning round of 64 with a 65 in the afternoon and a 129 total ,tied for the lead.

 These two teams went back for what would be only one extra hole to decide the winner.  With his Assistant Kyle Martin in close about 4 feet from the hole John Pershern was able to roll in his 15 foot birdie putt to clinch the victory as both Travis and Frank were unable to hit the green.

This victory gives John and Kyle their second Michigan PGA Pro – Assistant Championship title as they won this event in 2014 at Knollwood Country Club.

Thank you to Birmingham Country Club for their hospitality and hosting the event. Everyone really enjoyed the golf course and it was great to be able to have an event here after the recent renovations.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of this event Sterling Cut Glass and Bushnell Golf. They are both long time supporters of the Michigan PGA and have both sponsored this event the last two years. Thank you to Steve Rentschler from Sterling Cut Glass and Tim Grombala for their support and for being on site Monday.

For final scores and payout click HERE