Team from Western Golf & CC wins the All Star Pro Golf / National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch

Lansing, MI – The Michigan PGA Section wrapped up its 2017 season with the All Star Pro Golf / National Car Rental Fall Pro Scratch on Monday at the Country Club of Lansing. 27 teams competed in this scratch 2 best ball of four format open to Michigan PGA Professionals and Apprentices as well as amateurs that live in Michigan.
The perfect weather with mid- summer like temps and no wind gave way to some really low scores. It was the team of Michigan PGA Professionals from Western Golf & Country Club – Scott Schulte, Steve South ,Josh Proben and PGA / PGM Ferris State student Ben Proben that took home top honors Monday finishing with a 129 total ( -15) under par, good for a one shot victory. It was a great team effort with 13 birdies, 1 eagle and no bogies on the card to pick up their first Fall Pro Scratch title. This win also gives each of these players a 5 year exemption into the Michigan PGA Tournament of Champions.

Coming in second just one shot back with a 130 total was the team of professionals : Matt Thompson from Marshall Country Club, Josh Burt from Gull Lake Country Club, Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn from Island Hills Golf Club and Eric Spencer from The Nightmare GC.

We would like to thank the Country Club of Lansing for hosting this event. The entire staff did a great job and everyone really enjoyed the facility.

We would also like to thank our sponsors of this event. This is the 6th year that All Star Pro Golf has been a partner with the Michigan Section and sponsored this event .We would like to thank our sales rep for Michigan : Tracy Withey for being on site for the event. All Star Pro Golf is one of the United States’ largest pro shop distributor and Star serves public and private courses across the country. The headquarters are in Spencer, Iowa and the Sales and Marketing staff operates out of offices in Des Moines, Iowa. For more info on All Star Pro Golf please visit : http://allstarprogolf.com/index.html

We would also like to thank National Car Rental for their support of this event and the Michigan Section this year. This is a national partnership in conjunction with the PGA of America as National Car Rental sponsors two Pro Am’s in every PGA Section.

For final results click HERE

Don’t Rory Be Happy!

Don’t Rory Be Happy!

Tim Strickland & Brian Stange captained Michigan’s top PGA Jr. League team, Don’t Rory be Happy this year. We would like to congratulate Tim & Brian on their success this season! Don’t Rory Be Happy made it to the MidEast Regional Championship this season and played the best golf of the post season. While they faced a very tough competitor, Captains, Tim & Brian couldn’t be more proud of their team. This year Tim & Brian were able to add 12 more players to their PGA JLG roster, going from 20 players in 2016 to 32 in 2017! They welcomed players of any ability. Tim liked to move the kids up through the ranks at his facility getting them started with SNAG golf, then the summer camps and graduating to PGA JLG. This is a perfect example of how to continue to deepen the engagement of your juniors at your facility! Tim & Brian have even started an after school program for middle schoolers and currently have 15 kids involved! Tim & Brian love seeing their kids & juniors enjoy the game of golf. They also love seeing how involved and supportive the family members are of their young competitors. Tim & Brian would love to get more Ann Arbor facilities involved with PGA JLG and welcome any potential captains to speak to them about joining their League. While we all understand how busy every golf professional is during the summer & adding yet another program can be overwhelming it is very rewarding to carve out time to watch these youngsters develop through PGA Jr. League Golf. Please help us congratulate Tim & Brian on all of their success this season.

2018 Drive, Chip & Putt Host Site Applications

Click Here to Submit your 2018 Drive, Chip & Putt Host Site Application 

This season we are getting a jump start on scheduling the Drive Chip & Putt contests. This year we would like to offer the opportunity to host a Drive Chip & Putt qualifier to all PGA recognized facilities.

We will be using the Google Form platform for applications. 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.

We are very excited to run these events, it is a great opportunity to really get involved with junior golf development, as well as showcase your facility to new families in the area.

Questions?
Email Chelsea at: cguoynes@michiganpga.com

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 2017?

If you hosted a Drive Chip & Putt in 2017 and
are interested in hosting again in 2018, you need to
fill out a new application for 2018.

Application Deadline is November 1st, 2017.

Our goal is to have facilities selected and scheduled by November 30, 2017.

 

 

East Lansing, MI -Congratulations to our 2017 Michigan PGA Omega Player of the Year Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club. Scott’s highlights included picking up his first Match Play Championship at Tullymore Resort. This 16th Michigan PGA Section Major Championship victory surpasses both Al Watrous and Jeff Roth at 15 majors and makes Scott the all- time leader for major Michigan Section victories by a Michigan PGA Club Professional. This also gives Scott the career grand slam as this was the final major he was missing in addition to the Michigan PGA Professional Championship, Michigan Open Championship and the Tournament of Champions.

Scott finished T16 this year at the 50th PGA Professional Championship at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver Oregon. With this finish Scott qualified for and competed in the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, NC this past August.

Scott finished tied for 7th at the Tournament of Champions and tied for 3rd at the Michigan PGA Professional Championship and then capped off his season with his win at the Northern Chapter Championship.

This is the 8th time that Scott has won the Michigan PGA Section Player of the Year Award. This puts him 3 ahead of the 5 time winners of this award dating back to 1954. Those 5 time winners include : Brian Cairns, Buddy Whitten, Lynn Janson and Walter Burkemo.

Once again this year Omega is the presenting sponsor of the Michigan Section Player of the Year race. Omega has provided $10,000 for those Michigan PGA Members that finish in the top 10 year end points race. OMEGA is proud to be the Official Timekeeper of The PGA of America. The partnership represents a major breakthrough for OMEGA, expanding the innovative watchmaker’s rich history in sports timekeeping and reflecting its commitment to the global growth of the game of golf. OMEGA is responsible for the on-course venue timekeeping at all PGA of America major championships and is a presenting sponsor of your PGA Professional National Championship.

For  the official 2017 year end Player of the Year Points Race click HERE

Congratulations to the following Michigan PGA Members that finished in the top 10:
1 Scott Hebert $2,000.00
2 John Seltzer $1,600.00
3 Kyle Martin $1,200.00
4 Brian Cairns $1,000.00
5 Lee Houtteman $ 900.00
6 Jim Troy $ 800.00
7 Josh Fryer $ 700.00
8 Gary Lewandowski $ 650.00
9 Ron Beurmann $ 600.00
10 Jim Deiters $ 550.00

http://michiganpgagolf.com/23314-2/

4 Michiganders head to Augusta National for the Drive, Chip & Putt Finals

 

Michigan was well represented at the Regional Drive Chip & Putt competition hosted at Muirfield Village. Four out of eight qualifiers for the National Drive Chip & Putt competition, to be hosted at Augusta National are Michigan Locals. Georgia Bosart, Allison Cui, PJ Maybank III, Josh Lavely will advance to compete on the Sunday before the Masters at Augusta National. These four individuals 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 will make it to Augusta. Michigan is proud to send four of our top competitors to enjoy a day full of competition, and fun amongst the top golf legends.

 

Georgia Bosart of Clarkston, Michigan came in first place in the Girls 10-11 Division with a dominating lead over the field. She scored 131 points and won by 23 points. Georgia entered her Local Qualifier at Hawk Hollow where she was able to secure first place and advance to the Sub Regional at Oakland University. At Oakland University Georgia placed in second and was the final qualifier for her age division to advance to Muirfield Village. After her dominating win at Muirfield Village, Georgia will now advance to Augusta National to compete with 10 other girls ages 10-11.

Allison Cui of Lansing, Michigan came in first place in the Girls 12-13 Division by one point. Allison Scored 134 points at Muirfield Village. Allison scored 34 points in Driving, after hitting one outside the grid. She scored 40 points in chipping. Allison had 74 points going into the putting; she needed to score big in order to advance. Allison sunk her first put, 25 more points. Her second putt was within one foot of the hole scoring her 20 more points. Allison headed into the last putt, knowing she needed to get the ball within 2 feet of the hole & she did just that, scoring her 15 more points for a grand total of 60 points in putting. Allison’s putting won her the competition.

PJ Maybank III of Cheboygan, Michigan came in first place in the Boys 12-13 Division by 8 points at Muirfield Village. PJ started the day with a commanding lead of 51 points in the Driving station. All three of PJ’s drives were between 220-230 yards, scoring him 17 points each. PJ was able to hold onto that lead throughout the day. PJ came in first place in the Driving competition, fourth place in the Chipping competitions and third place in Putting. PJ entered his Local Qualifier at Bay Meadows where he advanced to Battle Creek Country Club before competing at Muirfield Village. Now he will move onto the grand stage of Augusta National to compete against 10 other boys ages 12-13.

Josh Lavely of Kewadin, Michigan came in first place in the Boys 14-15 Division by 5 points at Muirfield Village. Josh, son of PGA Member Larry Lavely of A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, scored 38 points in Driving, 35 points in Chipping and 60 points in Putting for a total of 133 points. Josh started his journey to Augusta at the Local Qualifier at Bay Meadows. Josh was able to secure second place which bought him a ticket to the Sub-regional at Battle Creek Country Club where Josh scored an AMAZING 166 points just to put this in perspective there is only a maximum of 225 points available. Josh is among the youngest within his age division making this win even more special. Josh is currently only 13 but will turn 14 before the National Championship at Augusta. Josh has performed well over the last three competitions and we are excited to see his scores amongst the other 10 boys 14-15 year olds at Augusta.

Each National Qualifier will receive a complementary trip for themselves and one parent to Augusta National. The Drive, Chip & Putt competitions are completely free to compete in. To sign up for your chance at a trip & experience of a lifetime enter into your local qualifiers at drivechipandputt.com. The 2018 Local qualifying season will open in April of 2018.

Please help us wish all four of our Michiganders good luck & congratulate them on their continued success within the game of golf.
For a full list of results please visit drivechipandputt.com/results

 

  

Scott Hebert wins record 16th Michigan PGA Major

CANADIAN LAKES – It took one extra hole for Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club to defeat John Seltzer of Blythefield Country Club in the  Michigan PGA Section Match Play at Tullymore Resort and win his first Match Play Championship and record 16th Michigan Section major championship.

It was a great final match that went back and forth all day with great playing by both Scott and John. Scott was able to take a two up lead with birdies at #7 and #8, both players birdied #9 to make the turn with Scott still 2 up. After John made a great up and down at #10 to half he went on to birdie #11, #12 and #13 to take a 1 up lead. Scott won #14 with a par and they then traded birdies at #15 and #16 to head to #17 all square.

Both players made pars at #17  and #18 to force extra holes. Scott was able to hit is third shot in tight at the par 5 1st playoff hole. John’s birdie attempt slid by and Scott’s putt was conceded to give him the victory. This 16th Michigan PGA Section Major Championship victory surpasses both Al Watrous and Jeff Roth at 15 majors and makes Scott the all time leader for major Michigan Section victories by a Michigan PGA Club Professional. This also gives Scott the career grand slam as this was the final major he was missing in addition to the Michigan PGA  Professional Championship, Michigan Open Championship and the Tournament of Champions.

Scott Hebert has advanced to the finals with his (3 & 1) win over Lee Houtteman from Manitou Passage Golf Club Tuesday morning. It was a back and forth match that remained all square after Lee made birdie at #14. Scott then went on to take control of the match with birdies at both #15 and #16 to go 2 up. After Lee’s tee shot found the woods at #17 he conceded the match. Scott is looking for his first match play championship title.

John advanced to the finals by defeating  Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor Club in the morning 5 & 3.

The final 16 golfers that participated advanced from their chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at Tullymore for the Jim Picard Trophy and $3,500 first-place prize out of a $15,100 purse.

For bracket and results click HERE.

Two distinct world-class golf courses welcome golfers to Tullymore, including St. Ives and the award-winning Tullymore course designed by the renowned James Engh, which will play host to the play on Monday and Tuesday. Tullymore is a regular host of championship play, including the Tullymore Classic, which is part of the LPGA’s Symetra Tour.

The 36 holes of golf at Tullymore wind amid 800 acres of glacier-carved rolling Michigan woodlands and wetlands in the captivating Canadian Lakes area. The resort’s accommodations and amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, and two clubhouses with dining service options make for multiple reasons to visit and stay at Tullymore. Visitors choose from a getaway for two in the cozy inns, or a cottage, condominium or rental home.
The resort has won multiple awards and honors including being named Michigan’s No. 1 Golf Resort and one of the Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S. in the 2010 Golf World Readers’ Choice Awards. The Tullymore course has earned a five-star rating from Golf Digest several times since 2007 and has been ranked among the top 100 Greatest Courses in America multiple times.

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. More information on Tullymore can be found at www.tullymoregolf.com.

Hebert and Seltzer advance to finals of the Michigan PGA Match Play at Tullymore Golf Resort

CANADIAN LAKES – The Michigan PGA Section Match Play at Tullymore Resort is down to the final two players as  Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club will face John Seltzer from Blythefield Country Club.

Finals: 12:00pm
Scott Hebert vs John Seltzer

Semi – Finals
8:00am – Lee Houtteman vs Scott Hebert ( Scott wins 3 & 1)
8:10am – Kyle Martin vs John Seltzer ( John wins 5 & 3)

Scott Hebert has advanced to the finals with his (3 & 1) win over Lee Houtteman from Manitou Passage Golf Club Tuesday morning. It was a back and forth match that remained all square after Lee made birdie at #14. Scott then went on to take control of the match with birdies at both #15 and #16 to go 2 up. After Lee’s tee shot found the woods at #17 he conceded the match. Scott is looking for his first match play championship title.

Scott Hebert will face off against John Seltzer in  the finals. John took control of his match early against Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor Club going 4 up thru 7 holes. John then holed out from 150 yards on the 11th hole for an eagle 2 to go 5 up. His conceded birdie (2) on hole #15 gave him the 5 & 3 victory. John is looking for his second Match Play Championship title as we won in 2009.

The final 16 golfers participating advanced from their chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at Tullymore for the Jim Picard Trophy and $3,500 first-place prize out of a $15,100 purse.

For bracket and results click HERE.

Two distinct world-class golf courses welcome golfers to Tullymore, including St. Ives and the award-winning Tullymore course designed by the renowned James Engh, which will play host to the play on Monday and Tuesday. Tullymore is a regular host of championship play, including the Tullymore Classic, which is part of the LPGA’s Symetra Tour.

The 36 holes of golf at Tullymore wind amid 800 acres of glacier-carved rolling Michigan woodlands and wetlands in the captivating Canadian Lakes area. The resort’s accommodations and amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, and two clubhouses with dining service options make for multiple reasons to visit and stay at Tullymore. Visitors choose from a getaway for two in the cozy inns, or a cottage, condominium or rental home.
The resort has won multiple awards and honors including being named Michigan’s No. 1 Golf Resort and one of the Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S. in the 2010 Golf World Readers’ Choice Awards. The Tullymore course has earned a five-star rating from Golf Digest several times since 2007 and has been ranked among the top 100 Greatest Courses in America multiple times.

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. More information on Tullymore can be found at www.tullymoregolf.com.

Don’t Rory Be Happy Wins The Final Four in PGA JLG Post-Season

Don’t Rory Be Happy WINS!

Don’t Rory Be Happy won Michigan’s Final Four PGA Junior League Golf All-Star season event on Saturday, September 9th. Don’t Rory Be Happy was captained by Brian Stange and Tim Strickland. Their All-Star team was comprised of players from Barton Hills Country Club, Travis Point Country Club, Lakelands Golf & Country Club, Stonebridge, Ann Arbor Golf & Outing, Polo Fields Country Club and Radrick Farms Golf Course.

Don’t Rory Be Happy played against the All-Star Team, Birdie Bandits of Kalamazoo in the first round. They were able to clinch the first win and land them in the final two team where they faced the Beach Bum Birdies of Traverse City.  In the final round they rose to victory with 71/2 points over Beach Bum Birdie’s 4 ½ points.

Don’t Rory Be Happy will advance to represent Michigan in the Mideast Regional Finals held at Bridgewater Club in Carmel, Indiana on September 30th-October 1st. 

The teams had a FUN and beautiful day for golf. We would like to give a special thank you to all of the All-Star Captains for extending your season and continuing to help develop the game of golf! Thank you to Washtenaw Country Club for hosting the beautiful event & please help me wish Don’t Rory Be Happy GOOOOOD LUCK in the Mideast Regional Finals!

 

 

All Star Teams-Each All-Star team is made up of a combination of 10 players from the local league. Each All-Star team must have at least one player from each of the league’s teams. The remaining players on the team will be determined by the final league standings. No one team is allowed to have more than five players on a league’s All-Star team.

Post Season Structure-The post season is comprised of “All-Star” teams formed from all teams in a local league. The player composition of these All-Star teams is based on the number of teams in the local league and the final league standings. All-Star teams compete in a series of Sub-Regional competitions to earn a spot at one of eight Regionals held across the country, in order to advance to the PGA Junior League Championship. The eight Regional champions will then compete for the Championship

Roman / Roman win the rain shortened Sterling Cut Glass / Evolve Pro Assistant Championship

Traverse City, MI – With the forecast for rain all day and thunderstorms at times the teams knew going in that there was a chance the 36 hole Sterling Cut Glass /  Evolve Golf Pro Assistant Championship could be shortened to 18 holes. That is exactly what happened as The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort took on too much water Tuesday afternoon and became unplayable.

It was after the 3rd delay that the event was shortened to one round as all the teams had completed at least 18 holes by this point in this 36 hole continuous best ball event consisting of teams of one Professional and one Assistant from the same facility.

At the completion of one round we had 3 teams tied atop the leader board at 67 (-5).  The teams of Rick Slaght and Reed Black from Spring Meadows Country Club, Brian Dice and Mark Lahnala from Orchard Lake Country Club and the team of Jerry and Kyle Roman from Hidden River Golf & Casting Club would all head out for a sudden death playoff.

After playing the par 4 18th hole the teams from Orchard Lake and Hidden River advanced with pars. By then making par at the 1st hole the team of Jerry and Kyle Roman were able to capture their second Pro – Assistant Championship title.

38 teams competed this year in the Sterling Cut Glass / Evolve Golf Pro Assistant Championship at Grand Traverse Resort – The Bear. We would like to thank our sponsors this year – Sterling Cut Glass and Evolve Golf for their support of this event and for being onsite Tuesday.

We would also like to thank Grand Traverse Resort for all of their hard work in hosting this event . The golf course maintenance crew did a great job just keeping the course playable for most of the day to get the 18 holes in.

For final results and payout click HERE

Deiters / Goulding hot start propels win at the 2017 Earth Networks Senior Junior Championship

Ypsilanti, MI – To say that the team of professionals Jim Deiters from Midland Country Club and Brent Goulding from Prestwick Village Golf Club got off to a hot start would be an understatement. In the first round of the Earth Networks Senior Junior Championship at Washtenaw Golf Club they birdied 13 of their first 16 holes on route to an opening round of 59 ( -13).

33 teams participated Monday in this 36 hole best ball event consisting of one PGA Member ages 50 and over and one PGA Member under the age of 50.

After the opening round of 59 the team of Deiters and Goulding held a 6 shot lead heading into the afternoon round over the father son team of Jack Seltzer from the Jack Seltzer Golf Academy and John Seltzer from Blythefield Country Club.

That early lead proved to be enough as Deiters and Goulding went on to shoot a (-4) under par round of 68 in the afternoon, putting them at (-17), giving them a 3 shot victory and their first Senior Junior Championship title.

Making a charge with an afternoon round of 64 was the team of PGA Life member David Horstman and Matt Thompson from Marshall Country Club ,this put them in second place alone at (-14).

Finishing in a tie for 3rd at (-13) were the teams of Dave Kendall from the Kendall Golf Academy along with his partner Ian Ziska from Katke Golf Course at Ferris State and the father son team of Bill Mory from Meridian Sun and Chris Mory from Hawk Hollow.

We would like to thank our host site Washtenaw Golf Club and all of their staff. The golf course was in nice shape and a very enjoyable venue for this event.

We would also like to thank our sponsor Earth Networks. Earth Networks (formerly WeatherBug) works with clubs around Michigan for advanced lightning detection to prioritize member, guest, and staff safety. The Michigan Section has been using Earth Networks this year at all of our events for up to date radar info and text alerts, including during this event as we had a lightening delay during the afternoon round.

For final results and payouts click HERE