Two Michigan Competitors Advance to Augusta National for the Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship

Michigan was well represented at the Regional Drive Chip & Putt competition hosted by Oakland Hills Country Club. Two out of eight qualifiers for the Drive Chip & Putt National Championship are Michigan locals. Kate Brody of Grand Blanc, MI and Lucas Bernstein of Williamston, MI will advance to compete at Augusta National on the Sunday before the Masters. Kate is 14 years old and the daughter of PGA Member, Doug Brody. Lucas is nine years old and has competed in Drive, Chip & Putt for the last three years.

These two competitors went through three very competitive rounds of qualifying to make it to this stage. Tens of thousands of kids enter into the Local Qualifiers throughout the nation, and only 80 make it to Augusta for the National Championship. Michigan is proud to send two of our top competitors to enjoy a day full of competition and fun among top golf legends.

Be sure to tune into the Golf Channel on Sunday April 5th, 2020 to watch Kate Brody and Lucas Bernstein compete! 

Golf Channel feature on 2019 Drive, Chip & Putt Regional featuring Kate Brody and Lucas Bernstein

The Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifiers are completely free to register; registration for the 2020 local qualifiers will open in early 2020.

Girls 14-15 Champion Kate Brody
Boys 7-9 Champion Lucas Bernstein

2020 Drive, Chip and Putt Host Site Applications Are Open

Submit Your 2020 Drive, Chip and Putt Host Site Application HERE

The 2019 Drive, Chip and Putt season is officially over, which means we are ready to schedule the Drive Chip & Putt Local and Sub-Regional Qualifiers for 2020! This year we hosted a DCP Regional at Oakland Hills Country Club, where the members rolled out the red carpet for all of the participants. We will have the privilege of hosting the 2020 Regional at Oakland Hills Country Club, which will be even more excellent! We would like to offer the opportunity to host a top-notch Drive Chip & Putt Local or Sub-Regional Qualifier to all PGA recognized facilities.

Applications will be submitted using Google Forms. You can access the application by clicking HERE! The application has an in-depth description of the host facility requirements as well as a rundown of what to expect during the event. Please read over the document in its entirety before filling out the application.

Drive, Chip and Putt is a great way to showcase your facility and have an impact on the future of golf! Sign up to host a qualifier TODAY!

How we choose a DCP site:

  1. The facility employs a PGA Member who will help coordinate the event.
  2. Does the facility meet the range, putting, and chipping requirements for length and space?
  3. Is the facility in a good geographic location based on where our consumers are located?
  4. Is the facility going to be engaged and involved?
  5. Date and availability of the facility.

DCP host facility stipend: $750

Hosted in 2019?

If you hosted a Drive Chip & Putt in 2019 and are interested in hosting again in 2020, you need to fill out a new application for 2020.

Application Deadline is November 10th, 2019.

Questions?
Email Chelsea at: cguoynes@michiganpga.com

Devantier, Pearce ,Luck & Hudson win the Earth Networks / AndersonOrd Fall Pro Scratch

Southfield, MI – The Michigan PGA Section wrapped up the 2019 season on Monday with the Earth Networks / AndersonOrd Fall Pro Scratch at Plum Hollow Country Club.

A beautiful sunny day gave way to some low scores in this scratch two best ball of four event . The event was sold out with 27 teams !

It was the team of PGA Professionals Tim Pearce from Birmingham CC, Tommy Lucko from the Marriott at Eagle Crest, Don Devantier from Oakland Hills and amateur Brett Hudson that took home top honors with a score of 131 (-14 ). This was the first win for this team and was highlighted by picking up a couple skins with 2 birdies at the tough par 3 9th hole and a birdie and a eagle on the par 5 first hole.

Coming in second at 135 was the team from Walnut Creek Golf & Country Club with professionals AJ Partenio, Nick Leach, Zeke Schwartz and amateur Mike Roberts.

We would like to thank the sponsors of this event Earth Networks and AndersonOrd. Tim Grombala from AndersonOrd was onsite and provided everyone with a pull over courtesy of AndersonOrd.

We would also like to thank our host site Plum Hollow Country Club. The golf course was in great shape with some of the best greens we have seen all year. All of the players enjoyed the golf course ad it had been a while since the Section has had an event there.

For complete scores click HERE

HEBERT WINS SENIOR PGA PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

  AUSTIN, Texas (Oct. 6, 2019) – The Michigan PGA Section’s Scott Hebert charged from behind to capture the 31st Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa’s Fazio Foothills Course.

  With the win, Hebert added his name to a short list. He joined Steve Schneiter (1995, 2016) and Bob Sowards (2004, 2018) as the only players with a victory in both the PGA Professional and Senior PGA Professional Championships.

  “Those two guys are legends,” said Hebert, the PGA Head Professional at Traverse City (Michigan) Golf and Country Club. “It was magical yesterday and it started back up on the back nine today.”

  Hebert’s four-day score of 16-under 270 (70-70-63-67) matched a Championship record for lowest 72-hole total. He finished four strokes clear of Jerry Haas of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Jeff Hart of Solana Beach, California, and Frank Bensel Jr. of Jupiter, Florida.

  Through 61 holes, Hebert trailed the 54-hole leader, Bensel, by five strokes. Bensel appeared set to run away with the Championship.

  Chaos quickly ensued.

  A double-bogey and bogey on Nos. 8 and 10 evaporated Bensel’s lead. Hebert, playing alongside Bensel and Omar Uresti in the final group, rolled in birdies on 8 and 12, the latter of which squared Hebert and Bensel atop the leaderboard, momentarily. But Bensel responded with a birdie of his own to maintain a one-stroke advantage.

  Hebert’s birdie on 13, combined with a Bensel bogey, flipped the lead to the 2008 PGA Professional Champion, Hebert. Meanwhile, playing three groups ahead of the final threesome was Jerry Haas, who began the final round five strokes back of the lead. Haas converted four straight birdies from holes 12 through 15 to reach 13-under and joined Hebert for a share of the lead.

  A birdie by Bensel on No. 14 created a three-way tie at the top coming down the stretch.

  Bogeys by Bensel (No. 15) and Haas (No. 16), along with a birdie by Hebert on No. 15 provided a two-stroke advantage for the Traverse City resident. He added a couple more on Nos. 16 and 17 to build enough separation.

  “The way the day started, it didn’t look like it was going to go this way,” said Hebert. “As good as I finished my round yesterday, I started that poorly today. But I got a little momentum going on the back nine.

  “Frank was great to play with – he was playing well. Two great guys, Omar and Frank. We’re just out here knocking it around, having fun, playing some golf.”

  Hebert’s 63 on Saturday set a Championship low for third round total, as well as tied the best 18-hole total in Championship history. His weekend total of 130 was best in the field by seven strokes.

  Haas’ 67 matched Hebert for the lowest of the final round. Austin, Texas’ own Uresti finished in solo fifth at 275, one back of the trio tied for second.

  Each of the top five earned an exemption into the final stage of the 2019 PGA Tour Champions National Finals. The top eight, including ties, automatically qualified for next year’s Championship, to be held Oct. 15-18, 2020, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

  With the victory, Hebert earned the Leo Fraser Trophy and $21,500 of the $300,000 purse. He also leads a contingent of 35 players heading to Harbor Shores Resort to compete in the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship May 21-24.   The Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac is supported by Golf Channel and John Deere.

Hot Putter Powers Scott Hebert to Victory at the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship

  LANSING – Scott Hebert said something happened with the putter, and it resulted in the Traverse City Golf & Country Club professional winning the 2019 Michigan PGA Match Play Championship presented by the PGA Tour Wednesday at Country Club of Lansing.

  He made seven birdies in 14 holes and turned back fellow Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth 6 and 4 in the final match.

  “I’ve been toying around and toying around with the putter and still putted miserable all year,” he said. “I was out in a practice round on Monday and stuff started working. I stuck with it and I probably putted the best I have in years.”

  The 50-year-old Hebert won the Michigan PGA Match Play title for the second time and it marked his all-time leading 18th Michigan PGA Section major championship win. It also wrapped up his eighth Michigan PGA Player of the Year Award pushing him past Jeff Roth of Boyne Golf Academy in the point standings.

  He said he enjoyed playing the final match with the 55-year-old Cairns, who is a longtime rival and friend.

  “It’s always great to beat the bombers, and we talked about it out there with some of the younger guys hitting shots we disagree with,” he said. “On this course you can only hit it where it allows you to hit it, and BC and I did that. This afternoon, I don’t think BC was 100 percent.”

  Cairns admitted fatigue and said Hebert is playing great and he is looking forward to both of them playing in next week’s Senior Professional National Championship in Austin, Texas.

  “I couldn’t get to the left with my body the last 11 holes and Scotty was hitting it close and making putts,” he said. “I lost the magic, and he had it. It’s great to see him playing so well.”

  Hebert said winning tournaments is what drives him to continue to compete.

  “This is what gets me to practice the little bit that I do – to try and win stuff,” he said after accepting the $3,200 first-place check. “It’s nice to win this for the second time. It’s the culmination of a good season that started in May and here we are in September and I’m Player of the Year again. It’s been a good season.”

  Hebert, the Northern Chapter champion, advanced to the championship match with a 5 and 4 win over Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club, the Western Chapter champion. With the tee moved up at the par 4 No. 13 hole to about 280 yards to tempt strategy, Hebert drove the green and made a 30-foot eagle putt.

  Cairns, the Senior Chapter champion, advanced with a 2-up win over Eastern Chapter champion Cody Haughton of Red Run Country Club in Royal Oak. He led most of the match but had to hold off Haughton at the end.

  Hebert’s birdie barrage started in a quick-work quarterfinal win over Kyle Wittenbach, the Ferris State University golf coach and the runner-up a year ago. He topped Wittenbach 5 and 4, and then added the 5 and 4 win over Urban and the 6 and 4 win over Cairns.

  “It was the putter,” Hebert said. “Going to try and keep it going for next week. I’m fortunate I have two good guys to watch the shop next week so I can go play in the Senior PNC.”

RESULTS: Match play bracket can be found at HERE

Final Four is Set at the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship at the Country Club of Lansing

Lansing, MI – It took extra holes in the last match of the afternoon as Dan Urban from Gull Lake Country Club defeated Joe Hatch from Stonewater Country Club in 19 holes to advance to the final four. Dan won his morning round 2 and 1 against Adam Schumacher from Point O Woods Country Club. With these two wins Dan is the Western Chapter Match Play Champion and looks for his first Michigan PGA Match Play title.

Some familiar names find themselves in the final four as past champions Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club have both advanced.

Scott’s putter got hot this afternoon as he made multiple putts from outside 20 feet including a 25 foot eagle putt at the par 5 12th hole to help beat Kyle Wittenbach , golf coach at Ferris State University 5 & 4 in the round of 8. With this win Scott is the Northern Chapter Match Play Champion. Scott defeated Harry Dixon from Wallon Lake Country Club in the morning round of 16, 2 and 1.

Brian had a couple tough matches as he defeated Kevin Muir from The Wyndgate in the morning round of 16 with a par on the last to win 1 Up. Brian’s afternoon match went 17 holes as he defeated Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook Country Club with a nice two putt par to win 2 and 1. With this win Brian is the Michigan PGA Senior Organization Match Play Champion.

Brian will face off against the Eastern Chapter Match Play Champion Cody Haughton from Red Run Golf Club. Cody cruised in the morning round of 16 with a 7 and 5 victory over Steve Vecellio from Birmingham Country Club. He then continued his fine play with a 2 and 1 win over Josh Fryer from Franklin Hills Country Club to advance to his first final four.

The final 16 golfers that participated today advanced from their chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at the Country Club of Lansing for the Jim Picard Trophy and $3,200 first-place prize out of a $15,200 purse.

The semifinal matches will begin at 8:30am and 8:40am.

For the complete bracket and up to date results click HERE

  Country Club of Lansing has a time-tested championship golf course for such a field, and at the same time is family oriented and offers a full range of amenities, including a driving range, tennis courts, fitness facility, swimming and dining.

   Founded in 1908, The Lansing Golf Club was formed by a group of 17 men. In 1920 members acquired 160 acres of land that adjoined the club and Langford, a nationally known golf course architect of the time, was commissioned to develop the new course layout.  The Chicago Park Builders were engaged to construct the course, and the new clubhouse which was designed by Samuel Butterworth.  In 1921 a new opening and a new name emerged – the Country Club of Lansing.

  In 1999 a $7 million renovation to the clubhouse helped the club continue to provide a traditional country club lifestyle for its membership, their families and guests. The course plays to a maximum of 6,889 yards from the championship tee positions.

  John Lindert is the director of golf and Drew Peddie the superintendent. Find out more about the Country Club of Lansing at www.cclansing.org 

  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.

  Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director, and he can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com.  Gallery is welcome free of charge.

Area Youth Golfers to Compete in Drive, Chip and Putt Regional Qualifier at Oakland Hills Country Club for Invitation to Augusta National

Top eight golfers – four male and four female – from Saturday, October 5th’s competition at Oakland Hills Country Club will advance to the National Finals at the site of the Masters Tournament on Sunday, April 5

Why: Conducted in partnership between the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America and the USGA, Drive, Chip and Putt is a free, nationwide youth golf development program open to boys and girls, ages 7-15, in four age divisions.

One of 10 regional competitions across the United States will take place at Oakland Hills Country Club on October 5, 2019. The top male and female finishers across the four age divisions from each regional qualifier – 80 finalists in total – will compete in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals in April at Augusta National Golf Club ahead of the 2020 Masters Tournament. Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifying occurred in May, June and July, at more than 300 sites throughout the United States. The top three scorers per venue, in each of four age categories in separate boys and girls’ divisions, advanced to more than 60 subregional qualifiers in July and August. Two juniors in each age and gender division moved on to the regional qualifiers, which determine the 80 National Finalists.

Where: Oakland Hills Country Club, 3951 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

When: Saturday, October 5th. The competition will begin at 9:30 AM and end at approximately 2:30 PM.

Click here for start times.

For more information and full qualifying scores for each division, visit DriveChipandPutt.com.

Day of Event Contact & On-Site Media Spokesperson:
Chelsea Guoynes
Player Development Coordinator
Michigan Section PGA

cguoynes@michiganpga.com
517.974.4114 

Final 16 in Michigan PGA Match Play Battle at the Country Club of Lansing

  LANSING, MI – The Michigan PGA Section Match Play Championship presented by the PGA Tour will be decided Tuesday and Wednesday at the Country Club of Lansing.

  The final 16 golfers have advanced from chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at the Country Club of Lansing for the Jim Picard Trophy and $3,200 first-place prize out of a $15,200 purse.

  Five-time champion Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth (2014, ’13, ’11, ’10, 1997) leads the field among four former champions in this year’s final 16. The other past champions are 2012 winner Lee Houtteman PGA Life Member from Cedar, 2017 champion Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club and 2015 champion Kyle Martin of the Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods.

  Other notables in the final 16 include the 2018 runner up Kyle Wittenbach, golf coach at Ferris State University and the 2015 Michigan PGA Champion Dan Urban from Gull Lake Country Club.   Round of 16 matches and the quarterfinal round will be played on Tuesday, with the semifinals and championship match on Wednesday.

  Country Club of Lansing has a time-tested championship golf course for such a field, and at the same time is family oriented and offers a full range of amenities, including a driving range, tennis courts, fitness facility, swimming and dining.

   Founded in 1908, The Lansing Golf Club was formed by a group of 17 men. In 1920 members acquired 160 acres of land that adjoined the club and Langford, a nationally known golf course architect of the time, was commissioned to develop the new course layout.  The Chicago Park Builders were engaged to construct the course, and the new clubhouse which was designed by Samuel Butterworth.  In 1921 a new opening and a new name emerged – the Country Club of Lansing.

  In 1999 a $7 million renovation to the clubhouse helped the club continue to provide a traditional country club lifestyle for its membership, their families and guests. The course plays to a maximum of 6,889 yards from the championship tee positions.

  John Lindert is the director of golf and Drew Peddie the superintendent. Find out more about the Country Club of Lansing at www.cclansing.org 

  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.

  Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director, and he can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com.  Gallery is welcome free of charge.

For the complete bracket and up to date results click HERE

Cook / Bayer win the PXG Fall Pro Pro

Grand Rapids, MI – Congratulations to the team of PGA Professionals Ben Cook from Yankee Springs Golf Course and Ryan Bayer from Kent Country Club on winning the new PXG Fall Pro Pro at the Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe.

This new Michigan PGA Section event had two person teams playing 18 holes with : 6 holes of modified alternate shot / 6 holes scramble and 6 holes best ball.

Ben and Ryan went (-4 under ) in both the 6 hole stretches of the scramble and the best ball on route to a (-11 under par ) round of 61. This was good for a two shot victory over the team of Cody Haughton from Red Run Country Club and Adam Schumacher from Point O Woods Country Club.

Thank you to the crew at the Golf Club at Thornapple Point. The golf course was in great shape and provided a great fun challenge for this event.

We would also like to thank our sponsor for this event PXG. Liz Breed and Marcus Aguilar from the PG staff were on hand and had product for everyone to try before the event.

For final results click HERE

Team from Oakland Hills wins the Evolve Golf / Winston Collection Pro Assistant Championship

West Olive, MI – Congratulations to the team from Oakland Hills Country Club with head professional Steve Brady and his assistant Don Devantier on winning the 2019 Winston Collection & Evolve Golf Pro Assistant Championship on Tuesday at Wuskowhan Players Club.

Steve and Don put together a great second round of (-8) under par 63 in the afternoon capped off with a eagle hole out on the par 5 18th Hole. Combined with a morning round of (-5) under 66 ,this put them at (-13) under 129 for the tournament which proved to be enough for the one shot victory and their first Pro Assistant Championship title.

The team of professional Frank McAuliffe and assistant professional Travis Dodson from Meadowbrook Country Club were the leaders after their morning round of 63, but fell one short with an afternoon round of 67.

We would like to thank our sponsors Evolve Golf and the Winston Collection for their support and for bring onsite yesterday.

We would also like to thank our host site for this championship – Wuskowhan Players Club. The golf course and the staff were tremendous.

For final results and payout click HERE