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

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

Recover from Injury or Enhance Your Game with MercyElite

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

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

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

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

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

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

PGA Junior League Golf Captain Registration Deadline April 3rd!

PGA Junior League Golf IS

  • Job security
  • FUN
  • Revenue opportunity
  • Creating an impact on your community
  • Creating life-long customers/players
  • Changing the culture of junior golf
  • Building a fun, social and low pressure environment for golf development

Think about the best golf experience you’ve had…did it have to do with a special moment with your teammate, learning great values from your coach/instructor, winning, learning a new skill, traveling to new facility, or feeling like you’re a part of something special? PGA Junior League golf offers all of these experiences to its participants. This program is revolutionary in giving kids exposure to the game of golf! They have a relaxing team environment to grow and develop in, all while playing matches, winning and playing new facilities.

PGA Junior League Golf registration has officially opened to consumers Wednesday, Feb. 1. If you haven’t already registered for the 2017 season, we encourage you to register today to ensure your program is listed as parents begin searching and signing up their kids for the season. 

Register as a Captain HERE 

Why I’m A Captain: Click here to listen to fellow PGA Professionals share
                                  why they Captain PGA Junior League Golf teams. 

The Michigan Captain Registration Deadline is Monday, April 3rd 2017!

I’VE ALREADY REGISTERED. WHAT’S NEXT?

  • You will receive a Promo Kit with materials you can display in your facility, including a jersey, head cover, rack cards and posters.
  • Visit the Marketing Resource Center at PGA.org/PGAJLG to customize both print and digital materials, which you can utilize on your social media channels, in your email communications, hang in local community centers and more.
  • Have you captained a team before? If so, reach out to the parents and players to let them know registration is opening. Attached is a sample/template you can customize to your facility
  • Reach out to neighboring facilities or former League mates and talk to them about forming your 2017 League together!

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 21
Eagle Eye Golf Club ,Bath

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

Tuesday, May 30
Detroit Golf Club – North Course

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

Sunday, June 4
Black Lake Golf Club, Onaway

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information and a printable entry form click HERE

Six Elite Players Named to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

Six Elite Players Named to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

  BIG RAPIDS – Six golfers with championship credentials – PGA Master Professional Bob Ackerman of West Bloomfield, PGA Professional Brian Cairns of Walled Lake, PGA Tour veteran Tom Gillis of Lake Orion, former LPGA Tour player Suzy Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor, the late Alex Ross of Detroit who was a U.S. Open winner 110 years ago, and Michigan State University women’s golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll of Haslett – have been elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame (MGHOF).

  They will be inducted Saturday, June 3, in ceremonies at Ferris State University’s Katke Golf Club, and bring the number of inductees to 119, the MGHOF announced today. The six-member 2017 class ties for the largest class in history with the induction group of 1990.

  Ackerman, 63, owner of Bob Ackerman Golf in West Bloomfield, won his first Michigan Open title in 1975 as an amateur and added a second in 2003 while also winning the Michigan Senior Open that year and being named Michigan PGA Player of the Year. He is a former Big Ten Conference individual champion from 1975 while playing for Indiana University, a former Illinois Open winner and four-time Illinois PGA Section Player of the Year.

 Cairns, 52 and a teaching professional at Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, was named to the Michigan PGA Section’s Hall of Fame last year. His credentials include being a three-time Michigan PGA Professional Champion, playing in the 2016 U.S. Senior Open and playing in the PGA Championship three times. He was named Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year in 2015, the first Michigan PGA Section member to be named a national player of the year in any division.  Cairns has been the Michigan PGA Section Player of the Year five times and he also had Champions Tour status in 2014.

  Gillis, 48, has played nine seasons on the PGA Tour including 2016, and recently took a high school boys golf coaching job at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. He has been a touring professional since 1993, including stints on the European Tour, the Web.com Tour and has played competitive golf in 26 countries. He plans to play the Champions Tour when he turns 50. He has been a runner-up twice on the PGA Tour with over $6 million in earnings, won on the Web.com Tour and won two Michigan Open titles.

  Green-Roebuck, who will be 50 in April, won her third Michigan Women’s Open title last summer at age 49. She played for seven years on the LPGA Tour in the 1990s, and was a four-time winner on what is now the LPGA’s Symetra Tour. As an amateur she won the Michigan Women’s Amateur, the Golf Association of Michigan Junior Amateur twice and was a two-time individual high school state champion. She is the daughter of Pete Green, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.

  Ross, who died in 1952 at age 72 is the brother of famed golf course architect Donald Ross, and is credited with having won seven of golf’s major championships because of his 1907 U.S. Open win at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and six North and South Opens at Pinehurst Resort (considered a major in the early 1900s). The native of Dornoch, Scotland, was the head professional for 31 years at Detroit Golf Club starting in 1914 and was the first president of the Michigan PGA Section in 1922.

  Slobodnik-Stoll, 45 and a Grand Rapids native is the successful head women’s golf coach at Michigan State University with five Big Ten titles and 10 trips to the NCAA Championships, and as a player is the winningest golfer in Golf Association of Michigan history with 15 titles, including two Michigan Women’s Amateur Championships and an unprecedented eight GAM Mid-Amateur wins. She was named the GAM Women’s Player of the Decade in 2010 and is a four-time GAM Player of the Year.

   The MGHOF is a heralded collection of portraits, plaques and memorabilia that currently commemorates 113 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 Professional Golf Management Learning Center planned by Ferris State University at its Katke facility. A $4 million fundraising effort is nearing completion.

 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 members representing a cross-section of the state’s golf associations as well as the golf media. The MGHOF committee conducts an annual election to recognize the achievements of competitive Michigan golfers, but also those of individuals who have contributed to the growth of the game.

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

  Media contact: Greg Johnson, co-chairman, 616-560-8995, greggie24@hotmail.com

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

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

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

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

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

For complete results click HERE

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

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

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

Congratulations Matt Barton!

Congratulations to Matt Barton, Michigan PGA Member at The Wyndgate in Rochester Hills, for being named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers – Class of 2016.

Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has recognized golf’s best teachers with the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award. Applicants complete an online survey and winners are chosen based on a variety of factors that grade their contribution to youth golf. Considerations include, but are not limited to, experience, innovation, creativity, communication, parental engagement, organization, devotion and growing the game. Award recipients include teachers who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.

Teachers who receive this recognition three times are then awarded a Master Kids Teacher Award. Since these awards were introduced in 2008, 134 coaches have earned this elite status, including an additional nine in 2016.

The Top 50 Kids Teachers and Master Kids Teachers will be celebrated Thursday, January 26th with a special presentation during the PGA Show in Orlando, Florida.

 

Michigan PGA Professional Championship moves to Flint Golf Club in 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more info on Flint Golf Club please click HERE

PGA Junior League Golf Captain Registration!

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If you believe in

  • job security
  • changing the culture of junior golf
  • reaching new customers & keeping them engaged
  • building a fun, social and low pressure environment for golf
  • developing comradery
  • in being the center of an enriched golf community
  • being a part of a trending & cool program

Boy do I have a program for you- PGA Junior League Golf!

Think about the best golf experience you’ve had…did it have to do with a special moment with your teammate, learning great values from your coach/instructor, winning, learning a new skill, traveling to new facility, or feeling like you’re a part of something special? PGA Junior League golf offers all of these experiences to its participants. This program is revolutionary in giving kids exposure to the game of golf! They have a relaxing team environment to grow and develop in, all while playing matches, winning and playing new facilities.

PGA Junior League Golf continues to grow and reach a whole new level of golf development. In 2016 we had a record high of 2,068 captain, 36,535 junior players and 4.2 million dollars in net revenue that was distributed to the PGA Professional Captains. There is no doubt that PGA Junior League golf is here to stay. The impact on the golf industry is huge.  

Captain registration is now open! Register here! http://www.pgajlg.com/captains

Captain registration ends April 3rd, 2017!

I highly encourage you to sign up! Our hope is to get Captains to register early so that by the time player registration is opening the Captains will have an idea of their League, practice times and tentative playing schedule. This will allow the consumer to make an informed decision on their time requirements for PGA JLG!

Here are some important changes to PGA JLG for the 2017 Season

  • Faster & easier Captain registration
  • Earlier Captain & participant registration
  • Captains can edit the max player field, participant registration deadline and their program description anytime.

Team Kits will include:

  • 1 numbered jersey
  • 1 bag tag
  • Scorecards
  • Flag stickers
  • 1 T-Shirt
  • Certificate
  • Rules of Play

Captains Kits will include:

  • 2 Posters
  • 1 Rory head covers
  • A getting started info graph

After registering please talk to other facilities in your area, if you have facilities in mind that you would like to be in a League with please email myself, Devin McKinley-d.mckinley@leaguegolf.com or Lauren Court-l.court@leaguegolf.com. If you do not have a League request, don’t worry we will help you form a League!

Join in on all the fun!

If you have any questions or need more information feel free to contact Chelsea Guoynes at the Sction office!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations Jim Dewling

We are proud to announce our two-time past President, Jim Dewling, of Total Golf Inc., will receive the 2016 Lyle Leeke Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association at their awards banquet on November 29th.

The Lyle Leeke Distinguished Service Award is named after one of the founders of the MGCOA and a gentleman who helped to create a voice for Michigan golf course owners. The recipient of the award is an individual or company who has displayed distinguished service to the MGCOA and the golf industry.

Dewling has spent much of his life in golf. He studied in Michigan State University’s hospitality and hotel management curriculum, graduated with a business degree in 1966 and became a PGA of America Golf Professional. After seven years at Birmingham Country Club as an assistant professional he moved into management. He worked for Joe and Steve Slavik at the new Great Oaks Country Club in Rochester for 10 years, and then formed Total Golf Inc. He has owned and or managed more than 40 properties and co-designed three golf courses.

He is a past-president of the Michigan Section of the PGA and a trustee of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. Dewling has been a member of the MGCOA board of directors since 2003 and is on the government affairs committee. He was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame for his contributions to golf in 2009.