Mick DeKorver and Jacob Losey sprint to the finish and win in extra holes!

Northville, MI – The rescheduled 2015 Sterling Cut Glass/Bushnell Golf Pro-Assistant Championship was held this past Monday, October 12th at beautiful Meadowbrook Country Club. Playing conditions were excellent as 27 teams competed in a 36 hole continual four ball stroke play event. 

It was a battle all day long, but eventually the team of Mick DeKorver and Jacob Losey from Watermark Country Club stood victorious after the third playoff hole. DeKorver and Losey began the day even par after the first round as John Pershern and Kyle Martin lead the field with an impressive 68. It wasn’t until the final four holes in round two that the Watermark CC team turned the tables by finishing birdie, eagle, birdie, par. Their tournament low round of 67 would send them into a playoff against the Western Golf & Country Club team comprised of Jason Iding and Joshua Proben who would also finish with 139(-5).

The playoff began in thrilling fashion as both teams were required to make challenging birdie putts to extend the match. Both teams would par the second hole, and eventually par was the winning score on the third extra hole to claim the win for DeKorver and Losey.

Four teams would finish tied for 3rd place at 140(-4) which included Joseph Herbstreith and Steven Vecellio from Birmingham Country Club; Chris Sobieck and Scott Cook from Thornapple Pointe GC; Frank McAuliffe and Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club; and our first round leaders John Pershern along with Kyle Martin from Lochmoor Club.

The golf course was in great shape, and we would like to thank Meadowbrook CC staff members for their support, and allowing for us to host this rescheduled event on such short notice.

We would also like to thank and recognize our two sponsors Sterling Cut Glass and Bushnell Golf. We certainly appreciate your continued support and would like to thank you for teaming up with the Michigan PGA for this successful 2015 season ending tournament.

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Lastly, we would like to send a special thank you to our rules official Trish Young. Thank you for your help throughout the season, and thank you to all of our officials for your service and dedication.

For final results/payout please click the link below.

2015 Pro-Assistant Championship Results

Skins Rd 1

Skins Rd 2

 

Meekhof and Jeffords are victorious in final event of the season!

Ypsilanti, MI – Polo Fields G & CC Washtenaw was the final location of the 2015 MPGA Fall Series this past Saturday, October 10th, 2015. Twenty-four juniors enjoyed perfect fall conditions as the roars from Michigan Stadium echoed in the distance.

In the Boys 16-18 division, Joshua Jeffords, of Onted, was at the top of the leader board with a great round of 76(+4). Jeffords struck early by recording a birdie on the first hole. He looked very comfortable throughout the round and finished with a cluster of pars to take the title. Jeffords had a great fall season finishing in the top 3 in three of the four tournaments. Congratulations on passing the PAT Josh!

Behind Jeffords and finishing in second place was Jeremy Roberstson, from Pinckney with a 78(+6). Robertson was consistent as he recorded 39(+3) on both the front and back nine holes. The smooth swinging Robertson had his lowest round of the season and truly saved his best for last.

Taking third in the Boys 16-18 division was Branimir Nikolich, out of Birmingham. It was only a matter of time before Nikolich would turn in a top 3 finish. He has an abundance of natural skills and it was great to see him on the podium in our final event with a round of 79(+7).

August Meekhof, of Eastermanville was back to his winning ways after posting a season low 74(+2) in the Boys 13-15 division. Meekhof’s round was up and down all day as he recorded six birdies, five pars, six bogeys, and one double bogey. He was certainly on the verge of turning in a unbelievably low round, but succeeded in finishing 1st and picking up his second fall series win. Well done August!

Finishing second in the younger boys division was Austin Fauser, of Clinton Township with a round of 78(+6). This was his first fall series event, and best round of the year. Fauser was able to record three birdies during his round, and shows a lot of potential. We look forward to seeing more of Fauser in upcoming seasons. 

Rounding out the Boys 13-15 division was James Hill, from Lakeshore, Ontario. Hill posted a round of 81(+9) to overtake David Nunes and Justin Sui who were one stroke back with rounds of 82. Hill is a newcomer to the tour, but immediately showed that he belongs at the top of the field.

Thank you Polo Fields Washtenaw for your hospitality and support. Also, thank you to the players and parents for being apart of our program all season long, and look forward to seeing all of you next summer.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS – Polo Fields G & CC Washtenaw, Oct. 10th

 

Extra Holes Required!

Milford, MI – Mystic Creek Golf Club was the host site and third installment of the MPGA Boys Fall Series this past Sunday, October 4th, 2015. Twenty-nine juniors battled in less than favorable conditions and featured first place playoffs in both age divisions.

In the Boys 16-18 division, Brendan Ludwig, of Milford, and Robby Golobo, from nearby Highland both posted a 78(+6) to compete in a sudden death playoff. After two holes play was at a standstill, but when Golobo was not able to respond to Ludwig’s par at the third the battle was over. Ludwig has now won two out of the last three tournaments and is having a sensational fall season.

Taking third in the Boys 16-18 division was Maxwell DeVooght, from Grosse Pointe Shores. DeVooght was right on the heels of our top two players, and carded a very respectable round of 79(+7). This was DeVooght’s second round in the 70’s this year.

The Boys 13-15 division featured the same excitement as the older boys. After regulation play August Meekhof, of Eastermanville and newcomer Rylen Matheison, from Kalamazoo were tied at the top of the leader board with scores of 77(+5). This set up our second sudden death playoff of the afternoon. In a similar fashion Matheison recorded a par on the first extra hole and Meekhof was unable to respond. Matheison looked impressive in his debut and we look forward to seeing more of him in upcoming seasons.

Rounding out the Boys 13-15 division and taking third was Adrian’s Grady Morlock. This was Morlock’s second top 3 finish this fall and season best score of 79(+7). Well done Grady!

The MPGA Junior Tour would like to thank the host venue Mystic Creek for all their help and support of this event.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS – Mystic Creek GC, Oct. 4th

Our final Fall Series tournament will be held at Polo Fields G & CC Washtenaw in Ypsilanti  this Saturday, October 10th. For more information or if members wish to register for the event, please call the office at (517)641-7421.

Congrats to our 2015 Powerbilt scholarship recipients!

Jamie Greene from Troy, MI has been a member of the Michigan PGA Junior Tour since 2011. During her time in our program she placed 1st in 7 tournaments! 2013 was her breakout year as she finished 1st in the end of the year Tour Championship which solidified her place as the Girls 16-18 Player of the Year. Greene has committed to play golf at Seton Hall University where she will surely make an immediate impact.

Ross Lazar out of Okemos, MI has been a tour member for 4 years. Throughout that time he has competed in 11 events total. Lazar finished his junior career with a 1st place finish at the difficult Forest Akers East & West course this past June. Congratulations on completing a fantastic junior golf career.

Victoria Basso from Lake Orion, MI joined the tour in 2014. Basso experienced great success right from the start as she claimed victory in her very first event at Oakland University. In the two years she spent with the tour Basso never finished outside the top 5. We wish her all the best as she continues her playing career at Alma College.

Thank you to Ross Kvinge and Powerbilt Golf for your support. It is through the HB Foundation that we are able to present scholarships to these three successful student athletes.

Congratulations Jamie, Ross, and Victoria! Thank you for competing on our tour and best of luck in your future endeavors.

Ludwig and Sui grab their first Michigan PGA Junior Tour titles!

Bath, MI –With comfortable temperatures, a light fall breeze, and the sounds of Spartan Stadium in the distance, 27 competitors took the home of Michigan State University golf this past Saturday. Nearly half the field was playing challenging Forest Akers West for the first time.

16-18 year old champion Brendan Ludwig, of Milford, won by two strokes with a 1-over 73. Ludwig immediately found his comfort zone around the course and finished the front nine 1-under, with two birdies. As the wind slowly picked up the back nine proved tough for most of the field, including Ludwig, who handled the back nine with by shooting just two over. The victory is a first for Ludwig on the MPGA Junior Tour.

Trailing Ludwig closely in second was Cameron Dekuiper, of Zeeland, whose consistency gave him a final tally of 3-over 75. The highlight of Dekuiper’s round came at the 13th hole, a short par-5 where he reached the green in two and drained a 20+ foot eagle putt, a first for Dekuiper in tournament competition. Three shots behind Dekuiper was Ian Helm, of Dewitt. After going to a scorecard playoff, Helm finished third with a round of 78 (+6). This is Helm’s second podium finish in a row as he finished runner-up last week at Hawk Hollow GC.

In the 13-15 year old division, tour newcomer Justin Sui made ease of the West course, finishing with a total of 75 (+3). Sui made the turn having shot an even 36 on the front nine, which included three birdies in his first five holes. Sui joined the field in battling a late surge in wind as the tournament entered mid-afternoon, but he battled and finished the back nine with a three over 39.

Following Sui was Jack VanderMolen, of Richland, who ended the day six over giving him the final score of 78. VanderMolen has a tied tournament high of 12 pars as well as one birdie on the lengthy par-5 2nd. Nick Krueger, of Spring Lake, matched VanderMolen with 12 pars but finished one stroke behind with 79.

This event was the second event of the Michigan PGA Junior Tour Fall Series. We would like to extend our thanks to Operations Manager Ray Dolish and the entire staff at Forest Akers West for providing us with wonderful conditions for the event. Assisting with the event was long time rules official Mick Kildea as well as volunteer Carol Tonkin, who assisted with rulings and spotting throughout the course.

Next up for the Fall Series is event #3 at Mystic Creek Golf Club in Milford, MI. The event will be held Sunday, October 4th with first tee times commencing at noon. Registration closes Tuesday, September 29th.

Listed below is a link to scoring from our September 26, 2015 event at Forest Akers West:

FINAL RESULTS

4 Michigan juniors advance to the 2016 Drive, Chip, & Putt National Finals

Bath, MI – Michigan will have four juniors competing in the 2016 Drive, Chip, & Putt Finals held at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2016 during Masters week. Anika Dy, Tommy Sullivan, Kyla Layman, & Colin Norton finished first in their respective age division this past weekend at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois.

Anika Dy (Girls 14-15), of Traverse City, won the Girls’ 14-15 division with a final score of 157. Dy, who is one of seven participants who will return to the National Finals for a second time, had the best score of anyone at Medinah on Saturday (157) after finishing first in chipping and putting and tied for second in driving.

Kyla Layman (Girls 7-9), of Traverse City, won the overall chipping competition with a score of 35 and a total score of 102. Layman will continue competing in the Girls 7-9 division next April.

Tommy Sullivan (Boys 14-15), of Grosse Pointe, took first overall in driving and chipping for his age group. His 144 tournament total far exceeded the rest of the field.

Colin Norton (Boys 7-9), of Jackson, dominated the chipping portion and hung on to the lead by 1 point over fellow Michigan native Max VanderMolen to earn his ticket to Augusta.

All four juniors qualified thru  local qualifiers and scored well enough to move on to the sub-regional event. From there, they traveled to Medinah in hopes to qualify for the 2016 National Finals. 2016 will mark the third installment of the Drive, Chip, and Putt finals after being founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America. The National Finals will be broadcast on the Golf Channel the week before The Masters Tournament begins.

Listed below are the final scores from the Medinah Regional Qualifier:

Regional Qualifier – Medinah

 

 

Rush & Meekhof victorious at Hawk Hollow

Bath, MI – Hawk Hollow Golf Club was host to our first 2015 Boys Fall Series tournament this past Saturday, September 19th, 2015. Thirty-three juniors participated as blustery weather conditions made for a challenging 18 holes of golf.

In the Boys 16-18 division, Owen Rush, of Charlotte, posted a tournament low 70(-2) to take first place honors. Rush finished the front nine 1 over(37) as the the wind peaked in intensity. After the turn, Rush heated up by recording 4 birdies, 4 par’s, and held himself to one bogey on the back nine to shoot 3 under(33). This marks four wins on the year for the 2015 Player of the Year. Rush, who also won the Tour Championship this past August, has appeared to have found a late season surge to close out the 2015 calendar year.

Following Rush and finishing in second was Ian Helm, out of Dewitt. After finishing fourth at the year end Tour Championship, Helm continued his steady play that was on display throughout the year. His front nine score of 3 over(39) kept him in contention for first at the turn. Rounding out the top three was Onsted’s Joshua Jeffords, who shoot 4 over (40) on both the front and back nine. That back nine 40 proved essential to his third place finish as Eric Nunn, of Dewitt, also shot an 8 over 80, but lost in a scorecard playoff to Jeffords by two strokes. 

The Boys 13-15 division was a close battle through the front nine as the top six competitors were within two shots of each other. After the turn, Eastermanville’s August Meekhof took off and carded a back nine 1-under 35, giving him a tournament total of 75 (+3). This was Meekhof’s second victory of the year as he was just as dominant in July at The Mines Golf Course. Meekhof posted the second lowest back nine of the day out of all thirty three competitors, which included one birdie and 8 pars.

Runner-up Player of the Year Michael Kee, of Howell, finished second with an 81 (+9). Kee matched the fields trend by posting a lower back nine, as conditions became more favorable as the day continued. This is Kee’s sixth podium finish, which includes 2 victories during the summer season. Tour newcomer Grady Morlock, of Adrian, came into the event having never played Hawk Hollow, which makes his round of 82 (+10) even more impressive. His round of 42-40 included 11 pars, including five straight between holes 8-12. 

The MPGA Junior Tour would like to thank the host venue Hawk Hollow for all their help and support of this event as well as the handful of volunteers who made the event possible. We would like to extend our graditude to tour sponsors Jason Guss Golf Academy as well as Pepsi, for supporting our tour throughout the 2015 calender year.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS – Hawk Hollow GC, Sep 19th

Next up for the Michigan PGA Junior Tour is Fall Series Event #2 at Forest Akers West on Saturday, September 26th. For more information or if members wish to register for the event, feel free to call the office at (517)641-7421.

2015 Junior Tour Fall Series

Attention Michigan PGA Junior Tour Members,

After a great summer of golf the Michigan PGA Junior Tour is ready to launch the 2015 Fall Boys Series. We will be hosting 4 Junior Tour events for Boys 13-15 & Boys 16-18, and there will be No Additional Membership Fee for those of you who are current 2015 Junior Tour Members. We certainly welcome new members to join for a minimal membership fee of $35. New members will receive a membership gift at their first tournament. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

CLICK HERE to register for tournaments!

NEW MEMBER REGISTRATION $35 fee

2015 Boys Fall Series

Saturday, September 19 – Hawk Hollow Golf Club
12:30 PM First Tee Time

Saturday, September 26 – Forest Akers West
10:00 AM First Tee Time

Sunday, October 4 – Mystic Creek Golf Cub
12:00 PM First Tee Time

Saturday, October 10 – Polo Fields G & CC Washtenaw
12:00 PM First Tee Time

 

Roger “Dr. O or just Doc” Ostrander Remembered as Rules Official With the Big Smile

GRAND RAPIDS – Roger Gilbert Ostrander, better known as “Dr. O” or just “Doc” in golf circles, will be missed by the people who run golf tournaments as well as those who play in them and watch them.
“He had the ability to see the perspective of the players as well as that of an official, and of course, he was always good for a few stories and laughs for everybody,” said Ken Hartmann, director of rules and competitions for the Golf Association of Michigan.
Dr. O passed away early Sunday after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 74, and a gifted enough golfer to shoot his age in recent years.
Dr. O was born in Greenville, Mich., in 1941, the son of Douglas and Velma Ostrander. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1972 with a Master’s degree in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and practiced in East Grand Rapids until 1996 when he retired.
Then he enjoyed his second career as a golf rules official, first with the Golf Association of Michigan and the United States Golf Association, but also with the professionals of the Michigan Section of the PGA of America for over 15 years. Most recently, he served as a starter at the Michigan Senior Open last month.
He officiated all of the major Michigan tournaments for the GAM and the Michigan PGA, including Michigan Amateur and Michigan Open championships, and served as a GAM Governor, chairman of the championships committee and was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the GAM in 2011.
His expertise was recognized at the national and international levels, too. He worked six U.S. Open Championships, nine U.S. Senior Opens and 14 U.S. Amateur Championships in some rules capacity at both qualifying events and the national championships.
“He was a great rules guy, and he was always within an earshot or phone call on the most complicated and even most simple rulings,” Hartmann said.
Ron Gaines, a former GAM President and rules official for both the GAM and the PGA, said Dr. O believed the rules should be used to help the golfer if possible, not punish them.
“He did it the right way,” Gaines said. “And he did it with a great smile.”
Greg Johnson, a former golf writer for The Grand Rapids Press now working as a contract writer and photographer for the GAM and Michigan PGA, wrote about his accomplishments in golf, saw him often at major championships around the country and played golf with him a few times each year for the last several years.
“He had charisma, a special energy, that twinkle in his eye, mischief on his mind,” he said. “I saw him make friends with and get a laugh out of a grumpy walking scorer on a 100-degree day in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and charm this serious guy working in his garden into sharing a few beers during a post-tournament fun round at The Pines in Gaylord. He just smiled and others smiled with him.”
Kevin Helm, executive director of the Michigan PGA, said losing him is tough on a lot of people in Michigan golf.
“The players knew him and liked him, the volunteers liked him and waited to see his smile, hear his stories and jokes,” Helm said. “Rules officials and tournament staff spend a lot of long days, sometimes several days in a row on the course, at dinners, at breakfast. He made friends easily and had a lot of close friends in the Michigan Section and in golf in the state. Obviously, we’re very sad at his passing. We will all miss him.”
Johnson said he lived an inspiring life, and not just at the golf course.
“He knew somebody everywhere you would go,” he said. “He had friends. I picked on him for briefly being in the way of the television cameras when Payne Stewart won the U.S. Open at Pinehurst and hugged Phil Mickelson on the 18th green. He said he had just stopped to visit with people in the gallery he had met earlier in the week. In magazine pictures later from a certain angle, there was Payne hugging Phil and Dr. O talking with somebody in the gallery in the background.”
Dr. O had friends from his days as an oral surgeon, and golf buddies too numerous to mention. He was an easy mark for charity golf events, loved a good hockey game, bragged about his children and one of the great passions of his life was dogs, specifically greyhound rescue.
Dr. O is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonnie Lee Ostrander; daughter Laura Caprara, sons Scott
Ostrander (Morgen) and Mark Ostrander. He was a cherished grandfather to Anthony and Thomas
Caprara, Liam Ostrander and Molly and Matthew Ostrander. He is survived by his sister, Jackie Bradley, brothers, Blair and Dave Ostrander.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday in the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Chapel at 4291 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids (49546).
The family will greet friends on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that expressions of sympathy be donated to Allies for Greyhounds, P.O. Box 63, Grandville, MI (49468-0063).

Tour Championship – Eagle Eye & Hawk Hollow

Dear Members,

This is just a reminder that the Junior Tour Championship that will be held next week at Eagle Eye and Hawk Hollow on August 3rd and 4th. If you are a current member with the tour, and have earned points in any of our events throughout the summer, you will be eligible to compete in the Tour Championship next week. If you are interested in signing up, feel free to register on our website at michiganpgagolf.com, or by calling our office at (517) 641-7421. The deadline for entry into this event is THURSDAY, JULY 30th AT 5PM.

We would like to thank all of the players, as well as their parents, for their interest and participation in the MPGA Junior Tour this summer. We look forward to seeing many of you next week, for what will be a competitive and fun two days of golf for all involved.

Best Regards,

Junior Tour Staff