96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship starts Monday at Flint Golf Club

FLINT – The 96th 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.
Eight-time champion and the defending champion Scott Hebert, the head golf professional at Traverse City Golf & Country Club, heads the field of 132 professionals in the $54,400 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 championship. The low 10 golfers at the end of the tournament, along with Hebert and Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club who are exempt from qualification, will play in the 2018 PGA Professional National Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif., next June 17-20. 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 Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis., Mo.
Hebert (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’14, ’16) is one of 11 former Michigan PGA champions in the field, including 2015 champion Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club, 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), Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson (2010), Joe Pollack of Golf Cars Plus (2004), Tom Harding of Kendall Golf Academy (1997), Barry Redmond of Crooked Tree Golf Club (1990), 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 first time. 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 also hosted the PGA Carling Open in 1957 won by Paul Harney.
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 Hebert made state golf history in a rain-shortened tournament when the former PGA Professional National Champion (2008) made a 12-foot par-saving putt on the first playoff hole against John Seltzer of Blythefield Country Club and won at Egypt Valley Country Club near Grand Rapids.
Hebert’s eighth Michigan PGA Professional win put him just one short of the all-time record of nine set by Michigan legend Al Watrous, and last year’s win also was his 15th major Michigan PGA title, which tied him with Watrous and J.R. Roth for the most wins all-time. Hebert’s eight PGA Professional titles go with six Michigan Open titles and a Tournament of Champions title.
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, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, TaylorMade-adidas, Golf Advisor and the PGA Tour.

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Gallery is welcome. Parking and admission are free. More information on Flint Golf Club is available at flintgolfclub.com.

CONTACTS: Justin Phillips, tournament director from the Michigan PGA, can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com. The media contact is Greg Johnson. He can be reached at 616-560-8995 or greggie24@hotmail.com.

Mory Wins The National Car Rental Michigan Assistants Championship

BATH, MI – The National Car Rental Michigan Assistants Championship was held yesterday at Eagle Eye Golf Club. The field of 45 PGA Professionals and Apprentices competed on the challenging 7024 yard course to qualify for the 2017 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Championship. The field chased the three qualifier spots for the chance to go to Port St. Lucie, Florida and play PGA Golf Club from November 9-12, 2017 while representing the Michigan PGA.
After the morning rounds were finished, Travis Dodson, PGA from Meadowbrook Country Club held a two-stroke lead over Christopher Mory of Hawk Hollow after firing an opening 68. Dodson started the round with an opening 35. Teeing off hole 10, Dodson made three birdies and two bogeys to turn at one under. He then finished strong and posted a bogey-free 33 on the way in with birdies on holes 1, 5 and 9. Christopher Mory went out with two birdies, holes 6 and 9, and one bogey to turn at one under par. Mory was three-under on the round heading into the difficult 17th. He dropped two strokes on the island green, but made a birdie on the eighteenth to get the round back to two-under. Josh Fryer, PGA of Franklin Hills Country Club, Scott Schulte, PGA of Western Golf and Country Club and Joshua Proben, PGA of Western Golf and Country Club all fired opening round 71’s to stay in striking distance of the lead.
When the final round was over, it was Christopher Mory from Hawk Hollow sitting on top. Mory finished with an impressive 68 with birdies on holes 3, 4, 9, 10 and 14. Mory dropped a lone stroke with a bogey on the par four 13th. Mory finished with a tournament total of 70 – 68 – 138 to win by six shots. Coming in a tie for second place was Travis Dodson, PGA of Meadowbrook Country Club and Joshua Proben, PGA of Western Golf and Country Club. Dodson posted 68 – 76 – 144 and Proben posted 71 – 73 – 144 to share second place. Please pass on congratulations to Christopher Mory, Travis Dodson and Joshua Proben as these three will be representing the Michigan PGA at the 2017 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Championship.
Please thank our sponsors, the PGA Tour, National Car Rental and Cleveland-Srixon Golf for their continued support of the Michigan PGA. Without them these events would not be possible.

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Brian Cairns Wins 2017 Michigan Senior PGA Championship presented by Mercedes & O’Keefe

HARBOR SPRINGS, MI – The final round took place on Tuesday at Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club as the players were also qualifying for seven spots to the 2017 Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Mercedes – Benz and supported by Golf Advisor and John Deere to be played September 28 – October 1 at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Brian Cairns, PGA from Fox Hills Leaning Center followed up his Monday 68 with an impressive 69 to claim his second Michigan Senior PGA Championship. After posting nine straight pars to start the round, Cairns fired three birdies on holes 11, 12 and 14 en route to securing his victory. Cairns clammed both the Overall and 50-59 title. Frank McAuliffe, PGA from Meadowbrook Country Club captured the 60-69 title with a score of two-over 146. 

Please extend your best wishes to these eight individuals who will be representing the Michigan PGA at the 2017 Senior PGA Professional Championship:

  • Brian Cairns – Fox Hills Learning Center
  • Ron Beurmann – Country Club of Jackson
  • Tom Harding – Kendall Academy of Golf
  • Jim Deiters – Midland Country Club
  • Steve Brady – Oakland Hills Country Club
  • Frank McAuliffe – Meadowbrook Country Club
  • Kevin Muir – The Wyndgate
  • Lee Houtteman – Manitou Passage Golf Club (exempt from qualifying)

In the super senior ( 70+) division Larry Mancour, PGA took home top honors with rounds of 77 in round 1 and 82 in round 2 for a 159 total.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Mercedez-Benz, the PGA Tour and O’Keefe for their support of the Michigan Senior PGA Championship. Without their support this event wouldn’t be possible.

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Michael Nagy Holds Off Joey Garber to Win Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain

BOYNE FALLS – Each time Manistique’s Michael Nagy looked at the scoreboards on the back nine of the Alpine course at Boyne Mountain Resort he noticed local favorite Joey Garber was getting closer and closer.
“It feels pretty good for sure because it was definitely stressful at the end,” the mini-tour professional said after closing with a final round 6-under 66 and a one-shot win over Garber, a Petoskey native who shot 64 in the final round of the 26th Tournament of Champions Wednesday.
“I was absolutely feeling the heat, and I hit a few loose shots at the end, but I also made a couple of big pars when I needed to.”
Nagy, a former University of Tennessee golfer, three-time state high school champion and past Michigan Junior State Amateur champion, finished with a 15-under 201 total.
Garber, a former Michigan Amateur champion also currently on the mini-tour circuit and sponsored by Boyne in his pro efforts, closed at 202 after shooting 6-under 30 on the back nine and closing what had been a five-shot Nagy lead to one.
“When I was going to the back nine I thought if I shoot 30 I have a chance, and I did what I had to do,” Garber, a former University of Georgia golfer said. “I let two par 5s get away from me where I made par, and I made mistakes (in the second round) that cost me. But it was nice to come back home and put on a bit of a show for Boyne. They are helping me get to where I want to be, and Mike is a nice guy and he played great all week.”
Two senior professionals, 2011 champion Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Glen Arbor and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, tied for third at 206 after both shot 70 to close.
Two-time past TOC champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon shot 66 for 207, and mini-tour player Otto Black of Pinckney shot 69 for 208.
Two more former TOC champs tied at 210 – Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, who shot 70, and five-time winner Jeff Roth of Farmington, NM, who shot 72.
Jake Kneen of White Lake, an Oakland University golfer, was low amateur with a 67 for 211. Also at 211 were defending champion Korey Mahoney of Manton, who shot 73, this summer’s Michigan Open champion Matt Thompson of Marshall Country Club, who shot 75, and Eric Lilleboe of Okemos, who shot 70.
Shasta Averyhardt, a Flint native, tied for 29th after shooting a 74 for 218. She was the low woman in the field. Jerry Gunthorpe of Ovid was the low senior amateur with a 73 for 220 and tie for 34th.
The $55,000 tournament featured men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs playing from different tee positions for the same title, and all were invited based on their having won significant Michigan championships.
Nagy won $8,000, and Garber $5,000, and both are headed back on the road following the Web.com circuit. Just 11 days ago Nagy won on the Dakotas Tour in South Dakota, and said he had a five-shot lead dwindle there, too.
“I thought about that and I used the same mentality of being aggressive and try to distance myself,” he said. “I drew from that experience, and this one will help me, too. Joey came after me and I battled through it.”
A key 10-foot par-saving putt at No. 16 was crucial to the cause for Nagy, who also pulled a wedge shot into the fringe at No. 18 and was forced to again save par and avoid a playoff with Garber.
“No matter what level you are playing at, or where you are playing, hitting good shots to close out a win is a hard thing to do,” Nagy said. “I’m learning, and pulling it off is a great thing.”
Nagy played in the TOC for the first time. His mother Beth came along on the trip and they celebrated her birthday Tuesday. In addition to the trophy, Nagy received the traditional green jacket and a lifetime membership to Country Club of Boyne.
“I had taken three days off at home and didn’t have too high of expectations coming here because I thought I might have a little rust,” Nagy said. “But I got into it right away. I’m really glad I came.”

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ABOUT BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Boyne Mountain Resort has been a favorite Midwest destination since 1948. The family-owned, four-season resort has earned Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler readers as being among the top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America. The waterpark is listed among Budget Travel’s Top 10 Indoor facilities and the resort is a readers’ choice favorite of Spa Magazine. Boyne Mountain is home to The Alpine and The Monument golf courses, as well as 60 runs on 415 skiable acres. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Solace Spa, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, Zipline Adventures, disc golf facilities, lift-serviced mountain biking, beach activities, kids programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities as well as real-estate are offered at the resort. Find out more at BOYNEGolf.com, boynemountain.com or call 866-759-1472.

Manistique’s Michael Nagy Leads Talented Trio by One Shot at Tournament of Champions

BOYNE FALLS – Manistique’s Michael Nagy won on the Dakotas Tour 10 days ago and proved to himself that he can close the deal when he gets the chance, and he gets another chance Wednesday in the final round of the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort.
The 24-year-old mini-tour golfer shot a 4-under 68 on the Monument course Tuesday to hold the lead by one shot in the $55,000 tournament that features men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs playing from different tee positions for the same title.
Nagy’s 9-under 135 total was just ahead of a trio of golfers at 136, including 2011 TOC champion Lee Houtteman, who shot 68 and has been battling bladder cancer the last four months, this summer’s Michigan Open champion Matt Thompson of Marshall Country Club, who shot 69, and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center, who shot 69 and just last year was the PGA of America’s national Senior Player of the Year.
Three more golfers checked in at 138, three off the lead. That group included five-time TOC champion Jeff Roth of Farmington, NM, who shot the day’s low round of 6-under 66, Boyne-sponsored mini-tour player Joey Garber of nearby Petoskey who shot 70, and defending champion Korey Mahoney of Manton, the insurance salesman who had back troubles flare up in a 72.
“I’m looking forward to the final round,” Nagy said of the move back to the Alpine course for the final 18 holes of the 54-hole $55,000 championship.
“It’s a traditional golf course, and it is right there in front of you, and winning as a professional gave me that confidence boost I needed. I proved to myself I can close the deal when I get the chance.”
The 56-year-old Houtteman, who shot 68 for his 136, said he will just be free-wheeling in the final round that will include 64 golfers who made the cut at 9-over 153.
“I’ve been in the hospital four times in the last two months with a catheter, so playing golf, are you kidding?” he said citing a chance after more therapy to fully recover because the cancer was isolated to the bladder.
“I didn’t worry about one shot today. If it is good, it is good, and if it is bad I go find it. Before, I tended to get a little too much into it. In the long run it might turn into a positive. I eat much healthier now, and I feel lighter and stronger.”
Cairns, 53, had an eventful round. He made a 12-foot breaking birdie putt at No. 15 to move into a tie with Nagy, but then topped his tee shot at No. 16 about 15 yards and made a bogey. He also said he fell out of his golf cart while driving it on the ninth hole.
“On the tee shot I was joking around too much and maybe getting a little too loose,” he said. “Falling out of the cart – I just wasn’t paying attention, going down a hill off the cart path and went for the brake and missed it. The cart went right around and came back next to me, too. I’ve never done that one before.”
He said his adventures and a bit of a bruise on his hip will not keep him from being ready for the final round.
“I was making putts, too,” he said. “And I love the Alpine. I’m going to have to make some more putts there. I look at that leaderboard and nobody is going to shoot a high score.”
Thompson, 27 and playing in his first TOC after winning the Michigan Open in June, had an interesting finish to his round. He was in double-digits under par, but made bogeys on two of his last three holes (Nos. 7 and 9).
“I hit one short of the green and didn’t get up and down, and then I three-putted my last hole,” he said. “I’m still not sure how I did it. I was playing pretty solid until there. I eagled No. 10 (3-wood second shot to 15 feet) and had a good round going. I feel like I didn’t really hit a bad shot, but made two bogeys coming in.”
Roth, who is 59, missed just one green and made six birdies in a bogey-free round.
“Everything was going well today,” he said. “I’m back into it and happy about that. It’s going to take another great round.”
Mahoney, 33, was headed to get a massage for his back after his round.
“I don’t know what to expect,” he said for the final round. “This has never happened to me before. I hit a lot of touch shots on the last nine holes just trying to get in. It really tightened up on me about my seventh hole.”
Nagy three-putted No. 10, a par 5 and his first hole of the day, but then made five birdies without a bogey the rest of the way to take the lead.
“I just tried to keep the ball in front of me,” said the former University of Tennessee golfer. “(The Monument) has some tricky holes so I hit a lot of irons off the tees. The round wasn’t anything too flashy again today, but I was pretty solid after the first bogey.”
The Michigan PGA will use a two-tee (Nos. 1 and 10) start for the final round with the final group (Nagy, Thompson, Cairns) going off at 9:30 a.m. off No. 1.

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ABOUT BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Boyne Mountain Resort has been a favorite Midwest destination since 1948. The family-owned, four-season resort has earned Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler readers as being among the top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America. The waterpark is listed among Budget Travel’s Top 10 Indoor facilities and the resort is a readers’ choice favorite of Spa Magazine. Boyne Mountain is home to The Alpine and The Monument golf courses, as well as 60 runs on 415 skiable acres. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Solace Spa, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, Zipline Adventures, disc golf facilities, lift-serviced mountain biking, beach activities, kids programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities as well as real-estate are offered at the resort. Find out more at BOYNEGolf.com, boynemountain.com or call 866-759-1472.

Defending Champion Korey Mahoney Leads Tournament of Champions Again

BOYNE FALLS – Korey Mahoney picked up right where he left off shooting a 6-under 66 on the Alpine course to take the lead through the first round of the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort Monday.
The 33-year-old former mini-tour player from Manton, last year’s champion, is still selling insurance, and is playing in his only tournament of the year.
The opening 66 gave him the narrow lead on three golfers at 67 – this summer’s Michigan Open champion Matt Thompson of Marshall Country Club, mini-tour golfer Mike Nagy of Manistique and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth.
Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Glen Arbor, the 2011 champion, and Joey Garber, a Boyne-sponsored mini-tour player from Petoskey, shot 68, and three golfers checked in with 69s – Oakland University golfer James Kneen of White Lake, former PGA Tour pro Tom Gillis of Lake Orion and last year’s runner-up, Eric Lilleboe, a mini-tour player from Okemos.
“I’ve been playing golf and getting ready for this week, and it feels great to get off to a good start,” said Mahoney who a year ago shot a closing 64 to win. “I have always loved this course and came close to winning here back when I was playing (mini-tours). I came back last year just to have fun and compete again, and it is kind of the same feeling this week. I play pressure free. I’m just here to have fun.”
The field of 115 golfers, all champions of selected significant Michigan golf championships, includes juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs of both sexes all playing for one title from different tee positions. They play a second round Tuesday, this time on the Monument course, before a 36-hole cut determines the low 60 scorers and ties for Wednesday’s final round on the Alpine in the 54-hole $55,000 championship.
Mahoney said bogeys with tree troubles on Nos. 13 and 14 were the only problems in his round.
“I got refocused after that and birdied 15, 16 and 17 coming in,” he said. “I made sure I got a good round out of the way I was playing.”
Cairns, a senior professional at age 53, led the morning wave of tee times with his 67 and predicted somebody would top the score.
“It’s out there today because the golf course is in perfect shape and the wind just cools you off,” he said. “I had a no stress round. I stuck to my plan and hit driver every hole. I’m going to stay with the plan and stay aggressive.”
Thompson, playing in his first Tournament of Champions as the Michigan Open winner, shot 5-under 31 on the back nine with eagle on No. 12 and birdies on Nos. 13, 15 and 17.
“I had chances on the front and didn’t make anything,” said the 27-year-old former mini-tour player who just this year took the head professional job at Marshall CC. “Once I got that eagle putt to go in at 12 and made a good birdie at 13 the round jump-started.”
Nagy, a 24-year-old first-year professional coming off a $16,000 win on the Dakotas Tour eight days ago, said his round was nothing flashy.
“I managed to make some birdies and not make too many mistakes,” said the former University of Tennessee golfer. “I’ve been playing great and I’m trying to keep it going. Winning early in my pro career was definitely a big boost. I’m confident my game is going in the right direction.”
Steve Vecellio of Birmingham Country Club, who shot 70, had the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on No. 3. He hit a 5-iron 188 yards and it rolled in the hole for the fourth hole-in-one of his career.

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ABOUT BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Boyne Mountain Resort has been a favorite Midwest destination since 1948. The family-owned, four-season resort has earned Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler readers as being among the top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America. The waterpark is listed among Budget Travel’s Top 10 Indoor facilities and the resort is a readers’ choice favorite of Spa Magazine. Boyne Mountain is home to The Alpine and The Monument golf courses, as well as 60 runs on 415 skiable acres. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Solace Spa, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, Zipline Adventures, disc golf facilities, lift-serviced mountain biking, beach activities, kids programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities as well as real-estate are offered at the resort. Find out more at BOYNEGolf.com, boynemountain.com or call 866-759-1472.

Hall of Fame Field in 26th Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort

BOYNE FALLS – A field of 116 champion golfers, including 15 who are in the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame, will start play Monday in the 26th Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort.

“We have some champions coming back who haven’t been here in a long time like Buddy Whitten, some of our most recent champions like this year’s Michigan Open winners Matt Thompson and Lindsey McPherson, eight former Tournament of Champions winners and 15 Hall of Famers, and of course the college players, the mini-tour professionals and several of our top Michigan PGA Section players,” said Justin Phillips, the tournament director for the Michigan PGA Section, which sanctions and administers the unique championship.

“It makes it one of the strongest fields we’ve had in a long time.”

The Tournament of Champions launched 26 years ago with juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs of both sexes all playing for one title from different tee positions, and remains one of the most unique golf tournaments in the country. All who are invited have won selected significant Michigan golf championships, both amateur and professional.

The 15 Michigan Golf Hall of Famers in the field include Bob Ackerman, Ken Allard, Steve Brady, Brian Cairns, Elaine Crosby, Randy Erskine, Tom Gillis, Scott Hebert, Dave Kendall, Steve Maddalena, Jeff Roth, Jack Seltzer, John Traub, Whitten and Bill Zylstra.

They will join champions from all the categories and even members of the same families in the three-day, 54-hole stroke play championship on two courses. The Monday round and Wednesday’s final round are on the classic Alpine course, and Tuesdays round is on The Monument course. A 36-hole cut to the low 60 scorers and ties follows the second round. This year’s purse is $55,000.

Korey Mahoney, a 33-year-old classic car insurance salesman, former mini-tour player and 2002 Michigan Amateur champion from Manton, heads the list of eight former TOC winners in the field. He shot an 8-under 64 on the Alpine course in the final round last year to win by four shots over Eric Lilleboe, a mini-tour golfer from Okemos. Mahoney took home the $8,000 first-place check and annual gifts of a symbolic green jacket and lifetime membership at the Country Club of Boyne in Harbor Springs.

Joining Mahoney in the field are 2015 TOC winner Barrett Kelpin, two-time champion Andy Ruthkoski (2013, ’14), five-time champion Jeff Roth (2012, 2008, 1999, ’96 and ’95), 2011 winner Lee Houtteman, 2009 winner Scott Hebert, 1997 winner Tom Harding and 1994 winner Agim Bardha.

The only woman to win the TOC, Stacy Snider (2003), is not entered. The field of women entered this year is headed by former LPGA standout Elaine Crosby of Jackson, and McPherson, a Symetra Tour golfer who just last month won the Michigan Women’s Open. Mini-tour pros Jennifer Elsholz, Shasta Averyhardt and the Pietila sisters, Hannah and Emmie, are also in the field.

A host of mini-tour golfers add to the strength of the field, including Boyne Golf-sponsored Joey Garber of nearby Petoskey, and 2016 Michigan Open winner Jeff Bronkema, Otto Black, Lilleboe, Willie Mack III and Drew Preston.
Top PGA Section players like Hebert, Cairns, Dan Urban and Kyle Martin, and current collegiate golfers like Andrew Walker of Michigan State, Jake Kneen of Oakland University and Mitchell White of Grand Valley State are in the field, too.

In addition to a celebration of champions, the tournament is a family affair of champions. Family combinations entered in addition to the Pietila sisters, include brothers Jeff and Steve Cuzzort, brothers Andrew and Travis Dodson, father-son Jack and John Seltzer, father-son Frank and Frank IV McAuliffe and father-son Bill and Chris Mory.

ABOUT BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Boyne Mountain Resort has been a favorite Midwest destination since 1948. The family-owned, four-season resort has earned Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler readers as being among the top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America. The waterpark is listed among Budget Travel’s Top 10 Indoor facilities and the resort is a readers’ choice favorite of Spa Magazine. Boyne Mountain is home to The Alpine and The Monument golf courses, as well as 60 runs on 415 skiable acres. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Solace Spa, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, Zipline Adventures, disc golf facilities, lift-serviced mountain biking, beach activities, kids programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities as well as real-estate are offered at the resort. Find out more at BOYNEGolf.com, boynemountain.com or call 866-759-1472.

SCORING: Live scoring and tee times will be available by clicking HERE

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Teams from Fox Hills Learning Center Take Home Top Honors in the Midwest Golf & Turf / National Car Rental Pro Am

Benton Harbor ,MI – A northern breeze made for a challenging round in Benton Harbor throughout Monday. The Golf Club at Harbor Shores was the host of this year’s Midwest Golf and Turf/National Car Rental Pro-Am. Despite the breeze, out of the 46 teams there were some impressive scores in this two man Four-Ball (best ball) event where teams competed in both the Gross and Net divisions.

Brian Cairns, PGA from Fox Hills Learning Center and his amateur partner, Ian Harris carded eight birdies and one bogey to post a seven-under 64 and take home the Gross title. Finishing one stroke behind them was the team from Prestwick Village Golf Club. Brent Goulding, PGA and amateur Beau Breault finished with four birdies and one eagle en route to a 65. The net division was won by another Fox Hills Learning Center team. Will Ellender, PGA and amateur Carl Fischer came in with an impressive 64 to capture the title from the Net division.

Skins were won by three teams for impressive eagles. Boyd Barth, PGA and amateur Trent Barth carded an eagle 2 on the par four, 324 yard 3rd hole. Brent Goulding, PGA and amateur Beau Breault made a 3 on the 550 yard par five 9th. The final skin was made by Tommy Lucko and amateur Justin Pahl. The team carded a 3 on the par five 10th hole.

We would like to thank The Golf Club at Harbor Shores for hosting this year’s event. Ross Smith, PGA and his entire staff were a big help and we cannot thank them enough. We also would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Superintendent Brad Fry and his entire staff for their hard work in preparing the course for the event. Lastly, we would like to thank Melody Prather and the food and beverage staff for all they did to provide a great meal after the round.

Thank you to our sponsors, Midwest Golf and Turf and National Car Rental for their continued support of section events. Without you, these events would not be possible.

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Frank McAuliffe Wins the Rain Shortened Club Car Senior Open

BATTLE CREEK –With heavy rains and unplayable course conditions cancelling the second round of the Club Car Senior Open, Frank McAuliffe, Michigan PGA Professional from Meadowbrook Country Club was crowned the champion with a first round of (-5) under par 67 and a 1 shot victory.

A field of 103 decorated golfers, including PGA Professionals, top amateurs, eleven Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members and 14 past champions all competed this week at Bedford Valley Golf Club.

With the bad forecast for Wednesday, the players knew that it was certainly a possibility that it could become a one round tournament and that it was important to shoot a good first round score.

Frank was able to do just that as he that took advantage of nice weather conditions on Tuesday by shooting a (-5) under par round of 67 and grabbing the one shot lead. Frank got his round going with birdies at #6 and #7. He went on to birdie #11, #13, #16 and #18, shooting 33 on the back with his only bogey of the day at the par 4 15th hole. This is Frank’s first Club Car Senior Open title.

Jim Deiters, PGA Professional from Midland Country Club, and past champion, finished just one shot back after a round of 68 Tuesday.  Steve Maddelena, amateur from Jackson, MI,  Pat Stayer, amateur from Elk Rapids, MI and the defending champion, Brian Cairns, from the Fox Hills Learning Center, all finished 2 shots back after rounds of (-3) under 69.

In the Super Senior 65 and older division, John French, amateur from Bloomfield Hills, MI took home top honors with his round of 72 on Tuesday, finishing has one shot better than Lawarence Hogard, a

mateur from Flint, MI. This is John’s third time winning the Super Senior Division.

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We would like to thank our host site Bedford Valley as they always do a great job hosting this event as well as our sponsor Club Car and specifically US Golf Cars.

Bedford Valley Golf Club is part of the Gull Lake View collection of six courses near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo including the new Stoatin Brae course. Bedford Valley was a 2008-2009 Best Places to Play selection by Golf Digest and in 2010 was named the Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.
It was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell and purchased by the Scott Family of Gull Lake View in 1988. The classic parkland design is known locally as “The Big Course” and features big greens, bunkers and fairways lined with large oak trees.

Bedford Valley has hosted several of the state’s top tournaments including the Michigan Open, multiple Michigan Senior Opens, the Michigan Maxfli PGA Junior, the Michigan Publinx State Match Play and the NCAA Division III National Championship.

 

Final birdie Lifts Flushing’s Lindsey McPherson to Michigan Women’s Open Title

THOMPSONVILLE – Lindsey McPherson of Flushing made a 12-foot birdie putt on her favorite hole at Crystal Mountain Resort to win her favorite tournament, the Michigan Women’s Open Championship.
The 24-year-old second-year professional and former Michigan State golfer shot a closing 3-under 69 for a final 8-under 208 Wednesday on the Mountain Ridge course, one shot better than Honolulu professional Marissa Chow, who closed with a 72 for 209.
“I honestly may have blacked out a little bit on 18,” said McPherson, who won $6,000 and moves about 90 miles to play in the Symetra Tour’s Tullymore Classic at Tullymore Golf Resort starting Friday.
“I knew exactly what it was for. I knew I had to make it to win. I knew she hit a great (birdie) putt and slipped out the edge. I knew I had to make it. I’m not sure how I pulled the putter back, but I had the right line and it went in.”
McPherson, who has played in the Michigan Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain eight times since age 16, made three birdies in the first five holes, then made a bogey on No. 6 and a double-bogey on No. 7, a hole she said always gives her problems.
“We are not friends yet,” she said.
The up-and-down round continued with a birdie on 8, a bogey on 10 and a birdie on 11.
Chow, who had a two-shot lead on McPherson to start the day, made just three bogeys for the whole tournament, but two came in the final round and one at the par 3 No. 17 hole where she lost a one-shot lead she had held for much of the day.
Heavy rain started as they waited for the green to clear for tee shots on 17, and Chow said she may have hurried because of it. The result was a pulled shot into a bunker left of the green, and what she described as a fried egg lie. She gouged the sand shot on to the edge of the green and two-putted for bogey.
“Nothing you can do,” Chow said. “I think I just got a little fast with the rain, but no excuses. I hit that. It was no one else’s fault.”
That sent them down 18 where McPherson, one of the longer hitters in the field, has had great success on the downhill finishing par 5.
“For some reason the 18th hole sets up well to my eye,” she said. “I was not worried about the tee shot or second shot at all, and just looking at the putt I tried to focus on my line and get the ball to the hole. I tried to keep it as simple as possible and not let too many things run through my head.”
Chow, 23 and a former West Coast Conference individual champ while at Pepperdine, won $4,500 for second and as of Tuesday night was first alternate into the field at Tullymore. She said McPherson earned the win.
“She had some good holes, she had some bad holes, but she never stopped fighting and that’s what it takes to win,” she said. “Congratulations to her. She made a nice birdie on 18 to win, and I just missed mine.”
McPherson said it was her first win since high school.
“I never won in college, never in the (Golf Association of Michigan), though I did take second in the GAM Championship and the (Michigan Women’s Amateur) in 2014,” she said.
“This really honestly means everything to me. I tell everybody every single year that this is my favorite tournament, so to get the win here, first professional win here at Crystal Mountain, it means everything. That trophy will not be out of my sight any time soon.”
She said the win will give her a lot of confidence playing on the Symetra Tour.
“It lets me know that I can hang,” she said. “I’m ready to throw some under-par rounds up on the tour and keep it steady.”
Chow said despite losing by a shot, she was happy she made her first trip to Michigan.
“The conditions here are just beautiful,” she said. “Everything was manicured. This is my first time in Michigan, and it’s beautiful at Crystal Mountain.”
Jillian Hollis, a University of Georgia golfer from Rocky River, Ohio, was low amateur with a 74 for 215 and a tie for seventh.
Defending champion and Michigan Golf Hall of Famer Suzy Green-Roebuck shot 77 for 227 and a tie for 25th.
Pros Hannah Arnold of Lufkin, Texas, who shot 72, and Casey Danielson of Osceola, Wis., who shot 74, tied for third at 213.
Pro Liz Nagle of DeWitt shot 71 for 215 and a tied for seventh.

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