Michigan PGA Tournament Registration begins March 5 at 9:00am !

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2018 Michigan Section Tournament Season begins this Monday, March 5th at 9:00am ! A big thanks to all of our host facilities as we have another great lineup of sites this year.

Section Event Registration
You can register online by clicking on the  Online Section registration link on the right or login in the Section Tournament Players Club box if you are a PGA member.  If you are not a PGA Member and are signing up for an Open event please click on the Section Tournament Schedule under the Events tab and then click on the actual event and register as a non member.

Due to PCI Compliance the Section can no longer take credit cards over the phone or on faxed or mailed in entries. All credit card payments must be done online.

The 101st  Michigan Open Championship presented by Yamaha Golf Cars Plus is returning to Grand Traverse Resort and  will take place on The Bear –  June 11-14, 2018. Don’t miss the opportunity to get back up north and play in what will be a wonderful return to Grand Traverse Resort ! Qualifiers are listed on our website by clicking HERE

Section Schedule / Sponsors
We are excited about the 2018 season and the tournament schedule. We look forward to another great first event on April 30th  at the Marriott @ Eagle Crest Resort with the Club Car  Spring Scramble.

The Club Car / Midwest Golf & Turf team will also sponsor the Midwest Golf & Turf Pro Am at The Fortress on July 23rd . This event  is a Pro Am format where your team is entered into both Gross and Net Divisions.

The  Yamaha Golf Cars Plus / Bushnell Pro – Pro Championship will take place on  Monday, May 7th at Franklin Hills Country Club and Bloomfield Hills Country Club. Teams will play both courses  with am / pm shotguns at each course.

After a great first year the  Michigan PGA Professional  Championship  returns  to Flint Golf Club and will take place on August 20-22, 2018.  Participants will also be competing for 9 qualifying spots for the 2019 PGA Professional Championship at this event.

We are excited to announce that Adidas is the new sponsor of the Adidas State Pro Am at Boyne Highlands. Adidas will have a mobile pro shop set up onsite for participants to pick out their tee gifts. This event will take place on June 4th-5th on the Heather and Hills courses.

The year Levelwear  will join Sterling Cut Glass and Evolve Golf   as sponsors of the Pro – Assistant Championship. The event is heading to Forest Dunes and will take place on the original course there on Tuesday, September 4th.

St Andrews Products will join Winston Collection as co – sponsors of the Senior Junior Championship  that will take place on September 24th at the Country Club of Jackson.

The Michigan PGA Section Match Play presented by the PGA Tour  moves to Eagle Eye Golf Club and will take place on October 1-2. The final 16 at this event will once again qualify through your respective Chapter or Senior Organization.

The Section events in  Michigan will wrap up with the year end All Star Pro Golf / Earth Networks Fall Pro Scratch at Barton Hills CC on October 8th.

The  Oakley Pro – Junior Championship  will take place at Forest Akers West at MSU this year on Sunday, August 12th. We are excited to have Oakley back again as the sponsor for this event. The  format is once again a  Shamble with one professional and 3 juniors ages 12-18.


Tom Harding, PGA Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

Two Players, Two Executives Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

  BIG RAPIDS – The late Bud Erickson of West Bloomfield, a former executive director of the LPGA and the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), Tom Harding of South Lyon, a winning tour professional and PGA instructor, Debbie Williams-Hoak of Saline, a former LPGA player and award-winning coach, and Gordon LaFontaine of Houghton Lake, executive director emeritus of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF) and groundbreaking fundraiser, have been elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame (MGHOF).

  They will be inducted Saturday, June 2, in ceremonies at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Club, and bring the number of inductees to 123, the MGHOF announced today.

  Erickson, who died last August at the age of 94, was an Army Air Corps veteran and graduate of Michigan State University who before his career in golf was a public relations director and assistant general manager for the Detroit Lions. In golf he was executive director of the LPGA from 1970-75 credited with adding tournaments and purses and was executive director of the GAM from 1980-84. He also served as tournament director for Oakland Hills Country Club as host site of the 1979 PGA Championship, the 1981 U.S. Senior Open, the 1985 U.S. Open and the 1991 U.S. Senior Open.

  Harding, 53 and a teaching professional at Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti, played on the Asian, Australian and Web.com tours and won the Canadian PGA Championship in 1991. After his tour career, the Michigan State graduate and Spartan golfer was twice the Michigan PGA Player of the Year and won four Michigan PGA Section major titles including the 1997 Michigan PGA Professional Championship. He has been at Kendall Academy since 2004 where he has been named one of Golf Digest’s Top 15 Instructors in Michigan five times since 2011 and has helped 25 students earn collegiate golf scholarships.

  Williams-Hoak, 58 and golf academy director at Brookside Golf Club in Saline, was an All-America track and field athlete at the University of Michigan before taking up golf at age 30. At age 40 she was a celebrated rookie on the LPGA Tour. Before turning professional she was a two-time Michigan Women’s Amateur champion and qualified for seven USGA national championships. She won the Michigan Women’s Open in 2000 and twice lost in playoffs on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour. She coaches the boys and girls golf teams at Saline High School and has twice been named a state high school golf coach of the year.

   LaFontaine, 73 and owner of Pine View Highlands Golf Course in Houghton Lake, retired in January after 37 years as executive director of the MTF where he administered $500,000 in annual revenue and product funds, helped to raise over $1.1 million annual donations of equipment, product and funds, oversaw $1.3 million in endowments and was instrumental in the creation of the world renown Hancock Turfgrass Research Center at Michigan State University. The MSU graduate has won multiple awards, and is a past winner of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America Distinguished Service Award.

  The MGHOF is a heralded collection of portraits, plaques and memorabilia that currently commemorates 119 members, including Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Horton Smith and more current notables Dave and Mike Hill, Dan Pohl, Meg Mallon and Kelly Robbins. The collection will soon be housed and displayed in the new Ken Janke Sr. Golf Learning Center planned by Ferris State University at its Katke facility. The late Ken Janke Sr. is co-founder and a member of the MGHOF.

  The MGHOF is administered by the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Committee, which is funded through the non-profit Michigan Golf Foundation (501(c) (3) since 1996) and includes 18 people representing a cross-section of the state’s golf associations as well as golf media. The MGHOF committee conducts an annual election to recognize the achievements of competitive Michigan golfers, but also accomplishments of individuals who have contributed to the growth of the game.

  Find out more at michigan-golf-foundation.com.

 MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Johnson, co-chairman MGHOF, 616-560-8995, greggie24@hotmail.com


New Michigan PGA Kiawah Island Pro Am presented by Linksoul

We are excited to announce that the Michigan PGA Fall Travel Pro Am is heading to Kiawah Island Resort and will take place on October 21 – 24, 2018 and Linksoul will once again be the presenting sponsor ! Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina is located just 40 minutes from Charleston. Kiawah is consistently rated one of the best golf resorts in the world including #1 in the US according to Golf World Magazine.

The pro am will play 3 of the five incredible golf courses including the legendary Ocean Course, host of the 1991 Ryder Cup, 2012 PGA Championship and upcoming 2021 PGA Championship. The Ocean Course was ranked #4 among America’s top 100 Greatest Public Courses in Golf Digest.

In order to guarantee your spot please send in the 3rd page of this entry form.

The lodging pricing below includes accommodations in the luxury resort villas. Participants have the option of either single or double occupancy for this event.

Single Occupancy $2,795 (Teams will each have (2) three bedroom villas)

Double Occupancy $2,495 (Teams will  have (1) three bedroom villas)

* Teams may inquire about renting resort homes for additional fees. Please contact the Justin Phillips (jphillips@michiganpga.com)
* Early lodging nights and lodging nights after the event are available upon request. Please inquire about those rates.

To Register : Please send in the 3rd page of this entry form and pay the deposit online at www.michiganpgagolf.com  or mail in a check to the Section office. You will be able to make the Final Team payments online as well from that Tournament Info Page. We ask that the professional makes the payments online or by sending in a check and collects the money from this amateurs.

Schedule of Events

Sunday, October 21
6:00pm – 8:00pm. . . . . Opening Party / Registration (Dinner & Open Bar) –Mingo Point

Monday, October 22
7:00am – 10:00am. . . . Breakfast
8:00am – 11:00am. . . . Golf ( Turtle Point ) – starting times off #1.

Tuesday, October 23
7:00am – 10:00am. . . . Breakfast

10:00am – 1:00pm. . . . Golf ( Ocean Course ) – starting times off #1 –  All golfers at the Ocean Course with tee times starting before 12:00pm are required to walk. Caddies are provided, recommended gratuity is $100 per golfer. For those teams that have players that are unable to walk a tee time after 12:00pm will be issued when carts are allowed. Forecaddies are mandatory for all guests utilizing a cart and the recommended gratuity is $50 per player.

Wednesday, October 24
6:30am – 8:00am. . . . . Breakfast
8:00am . . . . . . . . . . . Golf (Osprey Point ) – Shotgun
12:30pm. . . . . . . . . . . Awards Lunch

For more info on the event please also visit www.michiganpgagolf.com  or email Justin Phillips at jphillips@michiganpga.com  .

For more info on Kiawah Island Golf Resort visit https://kiawahresort.com/


Team from The Wyndgate wins the Michigan PGA Pro Am presented by Cutter & Buck

Orlando, Fl – This past Monday at The Villas of Grand Cypress the team from The Wyndgate including professional Kevin Muir and his amateur partners Kevin Milliken, Larry Ross  and Dan Kosmalski were able to successfully defend their title and win the Michigan PGA Pro Am presented by Cutter & Buck.

They got off to a fast start with a opening round of (-14) under, 130 on the New Course. They followed this up with rounds of (-12) 132 o the South / East Course and a final round of (-17) under on the North / South Course, good enough for a 8 shot victory. See the top 3 teams below:

1st – 389 – ( The Wyndgate ) Kevin Muir, Kevin Milliken, Larry Ross ,Dan Kosmalski – $300 / player

2nd – 397 ( The Wyndgate) Matt Barton, Derek Gentile, Bill Wardle, John Fox – $200 / player

3rd – 399 ( Ann Arbor Golf & Outing ) – Brian Stange, David Schlaff, Tom McInerney, Rick Taylor – $100 / player

For complete results click HERE

This event kicked off with the opening party on Friday night around the pool where all the teams received their tee gifts courtesy of Cutter & Buck. All of the teams stayed in the villas and club suites on property.

The Villas of Grand Cypress proved to be an excellent venue for this event. The accommodations were outstanding and the golf courses were in great shape. A big thanks to all of their staff for helping put on such a great event.

We would also like to thank Cutter & Buck for stepping up as the sponsor and providing all the participants with the tee gifts.

Scott Hebert, PGA Selected to the Global Golf Post All-Pro First Team


The Michigan Section PGA is excited to announce that Scott Hebert has been selected to the Global Golf Post All-Pro First Team which recognizes the most outstanding competitive performances of PGA Professionals across the country. 

Link to the full coverage: po.st/012218AllPro









Winter Park, Fla. (January 22, 2018)
Global Golf Post, the leading golf news magazine in the world, has unveiled itsfourth annual PGA of America All-Pro Teams.

The awards are a salute to the extraordinary club professionals who perform all the tasks that working at a golf course entails, and yet continue to compete in tournament golf at a high level. The 78 players, representing 38 PGA Sections, are the PGA golf professionals selected by Global Golf Post for outstanding achievement.

“They are the backbone of American golf – teachers, small businessmen, tournament administrators, rules officials, employers, mentors, and knowledgeable golf equipment ambassadors,” said Jim Nugent, Founder and Publisher of Global Golf Post. “They oversee the golf car fleet and golf bag storage area and occasionally they even function as unlicensed psychologists to counsel struggling amateur golfers.”

Rod Perry, the director of golf at Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club in Port Orange, Fla., has been selected as the 2018 “Pro’s Pro,” which Global Golf Post designates one professional who embodies the spirit of the All-Pro Team concept. In 2017, Perry won the TaylorMade Golf National Championship, finished eighth in the PGA Professional Championship, and finished third in the 2017 PGA Player of the Year points list.

Perry joins a prestigious list of “Pro’s Pros” honorees include Bob Ford, head golf professional at both Seminole Golf Club in Florida and Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania (2015), Dave Podas, director of golf at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles (2016), and Rob Labritz, director of golf at Glen Arbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y. (2017).

Perry also is one of two golf professionals who received First Team honors for the fourth year in a row, joined by Matt Dobyns of Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, N.Y.

“Despite a heavy workload, many of these pros play at an extremely high level, but they don’t get the recognition they deserve, Nugent said. “Our All-Pro feature is designed to do just that—recognize the best playing golf professionals in America.”

Click here to see the current issue and view the All-Pro selections.


About Global Golf Post:

Founded in 2010, Global Golf Post is the leading weekly golf news publication in the world. It is delivered overnight Sunday, 50 weeks per year, to a global audience of nearly 2.0 million avid golfers. Global Golf Post is a fully interactive digital publication that incorporates rich media applications and offers golf consumers a remarkable online experience, much like reading a traditional magazine or newspaper.

Media Contacts:

James Nugent                                                   Karen Moraghan
Global Golf Post                                               Hunter Public Relations
407/496-4955                                                     908/963-6013
nuge@globalgolfpost.com                                 kmoraghan@hunter-pr.com

Player Development Revenue Workshops

Attend one of our two-day Player Development Revenue Seminars this February! 14 MSR Credits!

I want to invite you to two days packed with creating focus, instilling excitement, encouraging creativity, and making your golf business worthwhile. Whether you’re a golf course owner, independent teacher, general manager, player development star, or even just getting started in the industry, there is a learning and growth opportunity for you here!

Join Us!

Price: $80
MSR Credits: 14

Eagle Eye Golf Course
February 20 & 21, 2018

On The Dunes
February 22 & 23, 2018

Special guests: Bob Baldassari, Kim Shafer & Kathy Grayson

Click here to register


Join us at a FREE Town Hall Meeting! 2-3 MSR Credits

Join us at a Town Hall!

Learn more about PGA Jr. League
Find out what’s new in 2018
Share best practices with one another, discuss concerns
Learn how to elevate your current program or how to start your first team
This is a great opportunity to spend time with your local area professionals and share ideas for the season.

Kathy Grayson, your PGA Employment Consultant, Chelsea Guoynes and Kim Shafer plan on creating an entertaining, educational and informational day for you.

The meeting will be approximately 2 1/2 hours in length. There will be no cost to attend, and you will receive 2-3 MSR credits!

Click here to register for a Town Hall meeting 


Michigan PGA Members, Kevin McKinley and Zack Chapin, Honored at 2017 PGA of America National Awards Ceremony: Outgoing President, Ron Osborne, Recognized at 101st PGA Annual Meeting

2017 PGA of America Special Award Winners (missing Zack Chapin)

(Nov. 2, 2017) – Kevin McKinley, PGA, Director of Golf at Treetops Resorts, Gaylord, MI and Zack Chapin, PGA, Head Golf Professional at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, MI, led a contingent of 11 PGA Professionals who were honored during the PGA of America’s 2017 National Awards celebration at the Hilton Austin on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in conjunction with the 101st PGA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.


Click Here to view Kevin McKinley’s Patriot Award Video

Kevin McKinley, PGA, a Michigan PGA President and Director of Golf at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan, is the recipient of the 2017 PGA Patriot Award. This honor goes to a PGA Professional who embodies patriotism and shows dedication to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

McKinley has spent countless hours giving back to those who dedicated their lives to protecting America’s Freedom. At Treetops Resort, McKinley created and runs the Military Golf League for Veterans, active service members and their spouses. Treetops Resort also offers Veterans and military member discounts of up to 50 percent off for golf and ski packages, and programs.

In support of the Folds of Honor Foundation, the resort has hosted Patriot Golf Day for 10 years. In conjunction, McKinley has hosted the Patriot Shootout for seven years, an annual Labor Day weekend tournament that offers Veterans and military members a free weekend of golf, while raising funds for Folds of Honor. Complementing his 2017 Patriot Award, McKinley was named the 2017 PGA Golf Professional of the Year by the Michigan PGA Section.


Kevin McKinley & Paul Levy



Click Here to view Zack Chapin’s video message on receiving the PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award for Resort Facilities. Chapin was honored at the PGA of America National Awards celebration but was unable to attend the ceremony due to the birth of his second child.

Zack Chapin, PGA Head Golf Professional at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club, is the recipient of the 2017 PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award for Resort Facilities. Chapin began his tenure at Arcadia Bluffs as PGA Head Golf Professional in 2011. Since then, merchandise sales have grown steadily under his leadership.

His state-of-the-art pricing strategy—which finds a balance between what a product costs and its worth to the customer—has gained the attention of his peers. Chapin begins by selecting the price of a garment based on what he thinks the merchandise’s value would be to the customer. This strategy has paid off, with a better than 50 percent merchandise price margin.

Chapin’s philosophy is to provide all guests with the best experience possible, by offering a wide variety of quality merchandise that is beautifully displayed, while providing world-class customer service. These innovations have helped Chapin also earn the Michigan PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year Award for three consecutive years (2014-2016.)

 “The 2017 class of national award recipients were all truly deserving of this recognition, having distinguished themselves as inspirational leaders, mentors, and pioneers among their peers,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “The PGA of America proudly recognizes them for their unwavering commitment to represent the PGA Professional and the game of golf at the highest of levels.”

Click here for video of the 2017 PGA of America National Awards presentation.


Outgoing Section Presidents

Ron Osborne, PGA, Head Professional at Binder Park Golf Course, and Michigan PGA’s Outgoing Section President, was recognized and honored with other outgoing Section Presidents on Friday, November 10th at the 101st PGA Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Osborne now serves as the Honorary President of the Michigan Section PGA and previously served as Vice President and Secretary.

The PGA of America’s 101st Annual Meeting, Nov. 1-3, focused on the PGA Member and the benefits of growing the game of golf to diverse audiences. A total of 427 delegates gathered at the Hilton Austin, as they furthered the path for the Association’s future on a global scale, while emphasizing the two key pillars of employment and education.



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EAST LANSING, MI – One new member has been inducted into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame. Tom Harding was announced as the sole member of the 2017 Induction Class at the Michigan Section PGA President’s Dinner, Sunday, October 22nd at The Country Club of Lansing. Harding’s wife, Peggy, and daughters, Priscilla and Caroline, accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Harding, who was unable to attend the event.

Harding has been a PGA Member since 1997 and is in his 13th season as the Senior Instructor at Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf. Harding also served as an Assistant Professional and Teaching Professional at both Meadowbrook Country Club and Egypt Valley Country Club.

Tom has a long history of tremendous playing accomplishments including:

  • Golf Digest’s Top 15 Instructors in Michigan– 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Participated in US Senior Open and Senior PGA Professional Championship– 2017
  • Buick Open– played twice
  • Won Canadian PGA Championship– 1991
  • Played Asian and Australian Tours
  • com Tour– twice exempt
  • Qualified for seven PGA Professional Championships
  • Michigan PGA Player of the Year– 1997, 2001
  • Won the Michigan PGA Championship– 1997
  • Won Tournament of Champions– 1997
  • Match Play Champion– 2001, 2002
  • Served on Section Tournament Committee twice
  • Michigan State University men’s golf team member
  • Tom has three daughters on the Michigan State University women’s golf team
  • Numerous all state high school players and prominent collegiate players

The Michigan PGA Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 and exists to recognize and acknowledge those PGA Professionals who have excelled in their profession, achieved remarkable accomplishments, and made significant contributions to the game, the industry and the Michigan PGA. The inductees are honored at the Presidents’ Dinner each fall.


2017 Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Harding, PGA

Harding’s wife, Peggy, and daughters, Priscilla and Caroline, accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Harding, who was unable to attend the event.


Michigan PGA Fall Meeting

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan PGA held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 23. With approximately 285 Members in attendance, President Ron Osborne welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests Legal Counsel John Allen, David Graham from GAM, Marsha Hacker, Kathy Grayson and Tim Marks, PGA Employment Services and all Past Presidents in attendance.

Randy White administered the invocation and remembered deceased PGA members Duck Duckwall, Erich Kuhlman and Brent Veenstra.

After Ms. Hacker sang a wonderful rendition of our national anthem, President Osborne thanked the Board and staff for their commitment and dedication during his tenure as president. Outgoing Board plaques were given to Harry Dixon, John Lindert, Chris Moore, John Seltzer, Joe Simpson, Sam Stover and Doug White.

Secretary Bob Bales announced the 2017 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductee Tom Harding, Instructor at Kendall Academy of Golf.  The Hall of Fame recognizes and acknowledges those PGA Professionals who have excelled in their profession, achieved remarkable accomplishments, and made significant contributions to the game, the industry and the Michigan PGA.

Honorary President Doug White oversaw the voting for officers. Kevin McKinley, Bob Bales and John Pershern were elected President, Vice President and Secretary, respectively.

Special Awards Chair Doug Kreis presented plaques to the 2017 Special Awards winners:

Assistant Professional of the Year – Rocky Mullendore, PGA
Bill Strausbaugh – Jeff O’Malley, PGA
Golf Professional of the Year – Kevin McKinley, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Private – Jeremy Lathwell, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Public – Ian Ziska, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Resort – Zack Chapin, PGA
Patriot Award – Doug Bell, PGA
PGA Horton Smith – Aaron Waltz, PGA
Player Development – Dean Marks, PGA
Teacher of the Year – Jason Guss, PGA
Youth Player Development – Scott Wilson, PGA

After a short break, town hall discussions began with Doug Kreis recognizing and celebrating PGA of America Award winners Zack Chapin, PGA Merchandiser of the Year-Resort, and Kevin McKinley, PGA Patriot Award, who gave brief overviews of their successes in the golf business.

All of the Special Awards winners, National Award winners and Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductee were honored at a dinner Sunday evening at the Country Club of Lansing.

Kevin McKinley then highlighted some of the main topics addressed in the planning process of the Michigan PGA Strategic Plan.

Lastly, David Graham of the GAM addressed the upcoming changes to the handicap system administration here in Michigan.

Many thanks to Pepsi for sponsoring the meeting.

The afternoon education seminar titled “Expert Strategies for Coping with Adversity in Life and in Business” was presented by Michelle Byrd, Ph.D., a fully licensed clinical psychologist and professor at Eastern Michigan University, and Tom Waltz, Ph.D., Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher.

Drs. Byrd and Waltz provided a general overview of what major stress reactions can look like, the short- and long-term consequences of stress and how participants can evaluate their current coping strategies and habits. Over 120 Michigan PGA members were in attendance.