Boyne Golf Academy’s Jeff Roth Wins His Fifth Michigan PGA Professional Championship

  FLINT –  Jeff Roth made more Michigan golf history.

  The 61-year-old Boyne Golf Academy instructor shot a closing 4-under 68 for a 17-under 199 tournament total and victory in the 98th Michigan PGA Professional Championship at Flint Golf Club Wednesday.

  It was the fifth Michigan PGA Professional title for the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member who lived in the Flint area and worked at Flint Golf Club as head golf professional through the 1990s, and his second major Michigan section win in the last month. He won the Tournament of Champions just a few weeks ago at Boyne Mountain Resort and moved out of a tie with Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club for the most major Michigan wins in section history. Number 17 came at the same golf club where he claimed his first in the now-defunct Michigan PGA Yamaha Classic 32 years ago.

  “This is just a wonderful accomplishment to be able to come back after working here so many years, being the head pro and living in the Genesee County area for over 20 years and getting my first Michigan major here,” he said. “Coming back 32 years late to win number 17 is pretty special for sure. It’s not as emotional as winning last month (Tournament of Champions), but it is special and every victory at my age is a big victory. You never know when it will be the last. I will just keep competing as hard as I can.”

 His 17-under total, which earned him the $7,000 first-place check, was four shots better than Ben Cook of Yankee Springs Golf Course in Wayland. Cook, 25, and the first-place money winner a year ago, fired a closing 64 to finish four behind Roth at 13-under 203.

  “I always feel some nerves because I want to feel some nerves and I know how to manage them,” said Roth who won his previous Michigan PGA Professional titles in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2003. “I can’t say I ever felt overwhelmed by anything out there today. I was playing well, putting great like all week. I looked at scoreboard for the first time on 16, and I saw Ben had made a good run. I congratulate him on that score, but it was tough to catch me today.”

  Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson, another Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member, shot a closing 72 for 205. He tied for third with Kyle Martin of Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods. Martin, the 2015 Michigan Match Play champion, shot a closing 71.

  Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville and Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills Country Club each shot 70 for 206 to round out the top five spots.

  The championship is essentially two tournaments in one. The low nine golfers – along with Roth, Hebert and Cook who are exempt from qualification by the PGA of America based on past performances  – will play in the 2020 PGA Professional National Championship, April 26-29 at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. The low 20 finishers from that national club pro championship move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship May 14-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif. Cook tied for fourth in the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship last year and played in the 2018 PGA Championship

  Joining Roth, Cook and Hebert in Texas in the spring will be Beurmann, Martin, Dodson, Fryer, Adam Schumacher of Point O’Woods in Benton Harbor, who shot 70 for 208, Steve Vecillio of Birmingham Country Club, who shot 71 for 210, John Seltzer of Seltzer Golf School in Grand Rapids, who shot 71 for 210, defending section champion Lee Houtteman of Cedar, who shot 72 for 211 and Frank McAuliffe of Meadowbrook, who shot 74 for 211. Houtteman and McAuliffe were survivors of a four-golf playoff at 211 for the last two spots.

  Roth, who works in the summer at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs and lives in New Mexico the rest of the year where his wife Maureen teaches school, said he putted wonderfully through the week after calling on what used to be his back-up putter.

  “I putted like I used to putt,” he said. “I was very focused. What I looked at is where I putted. I didn’t have a three-putt all week. I maybe missed a couple I should have made, but overall my putting was outstanding, over the top really. I’m just really thrilled.”

  He admitted being familiar with the course where he used to work helped, and it also helped that distance is not the key factor on the classic Willie Park design.

  “I’m 30 years older than a lot of these guys, but still in good golf shape and on top of my game,” he said. “I can win on a course like this. I just have to play well and putt well and I did.”

  Cook was understandably happy with his 64 but lamented his first two rounds of the championship.

  “The first two rounds were frustrating,” he said. “Yesterday I actually played great all day, except at 14 where I made a triple-bogey. I shoot 69 with a triple. You have to go low each day here. You can see that with the scores that were posted. You can’t have a slump round or you are getting lapped.”

  Cook, based on his national performance this year, is exempt into the second stage of PGA Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying this fall. He plans to take the shot at being a touring professional once again.

  “We’re going to see how that goes before figuring out what’s next,” he said.

  Roth gets an additional perk with the title he earned Wednesday. He will receive an exemption into the field for the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club next summer. He has played on the PGA Tour Champions with partial status for several years and plans to try pre-qualifying for the upcoming PGA Tour Champions event, the Ally Challenge, being played at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc Sept. 9-15.

SCORING: Complete scores and other information can be found HERE

FLINT FLASHBACK: Boyne’s Jeff Roth Leads 98th Michigan PGA Professional Championship

FLINT – Jeff Roth’s putter is behaving like it did when he was head golf professional at Flint Golf Club through the 1990s, and the Boyne Golf Academy instructor is leading the Michigan PGA Professional Championship like he often did in the 1990s, too.

 The 61-year-old Roth shot a 7-under 65 with six birdies on the front nine at Flint Golf Club Tuesday for a 13-under 131 total, and he will have a two-shot lead starting Wednesday’s final round in the 98th edition of the championship for club and teaching professionals in the Michigan Section of the PGA.

 It was a good day for seniors. Ron Beurmann, 59 and the head professional at Country Club of Jackson, blistered the back nine with a 7-under 29 in shooting his career-best competitive round of 63 to check in at 11-under 133 and put two Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members in the final group with Kyle Martin, a 35-year-old professional at the Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods, who was third following a 66 for 134.

  Travis Dodson, a professional at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville, shot 67 and was next at 8-under 136 along with Franklin Hills Country Club professional Josh Fryer, who shot 66.

  Eight-time Michigan PGA Professional champion and another Hall of Fame member, Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, was at 137 with teaching professional Frank McAuliffe of Meadowbrook after each of them shot 69.

  Adam Schumacher of Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor shot 69 and was at 6-under 138, seven shots off the lead, and there was a big crowd at 139, including defending champion Lee Houtteman of Cedar, who shot 70, first-round leader Brent Goulding of Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, who shot 74, 2017 champion John Seltzer of Grand Rapids, who shot 69, Ben Cook of Yankee Springs Golf Course in Wayland, who shot 69, and Steve Vecillio of Birmingham Country Club, who shot 68.

 The 36-hole cut fell at 4-over 148 with 63 players moving on to the final round in the $55,000 championship. The final threesome of leaders – Roth, Beurmann and Martin – will tee off at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday.

  Roth is a four-time past champion of the section championship. He won in 1998, ’99, 2001 and 2003, and he has a history of being hard to catch, especially when he is putting well.

   “I’m seeing putts, and the putts are going where I’m looking,” he said. “Yeah, you can misread or hit a bad putt, but it is nice to have some confidence on the greens. It is kind of a quiet confidence. There’s just something about that putter. It’s just different.”

  Roth, who last month won a record sixth Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort, is working with his back-up putter.

  “I was befuddled with how poorly I’ve putted the last five to eight years, and happy with how much better my ball-striking has become,” he said. “My ball-striking has been carrying my putting. When I putt like I have the last couple of days through, these are the scores I can make.”

  Roth, who grew up in Flushing in the Flint area and now lives in New Mexico and works for Boyne in the summer, had been using a different Odyssey brand putter since 2008 when he was playing with partial status on the PGA Tour Champions. He said putting has been the difference in helping him compete with the top players in the state once again.

  “I’m playing tee to green like I normally have been,” he said. “It was a matter of the putting catching up with the long game and it has been happening here lately, so it’s nice. It’s really nice.”

  Roth wasn’t the only one with a nice warm putter on a windless muggy day.

  Beurmann, who just two weeks ago won his second Michigan Senior PGA Professional Championship, which included Roth in the field, said he just made his putts.

  “I hit the ball close to the hole on the last bunch of holes, and I had 15 feet for eagle on 16,” he said. “When you have 15-feet for eagle and you know you are going to make birdie – it frees you up.”

  Beurmann finished up the final four holes with a birdie on 15, the eagle on 16 after driving the short par 4’s green, a birdie on the par 3 17th and a birdie on the par 5 18th.

  “That’s got to be my best score in competition by far,” he said. “It was just one of those rounds. I made a 50-footer on 10. I just had a day.”

  Beurmann, who won the 2010 Michigan PGA Professional Championship a month after his 50th birthday, has scored most of his Michigan wins since that hallmark birthday and win, including two Senior PGA Professional titles.

  “The 50s have been good for me,” he said. “I’m smarter and I’m in decent shape. My back is bad, but I’m in decent shape and I’m always in play. On this course you and keep it in play and when you putt good, you score.”

 Martin, a long-hitter in comparison to Roth and Beurmann, was happy with his putter as well.

  “I’ve been hitting it solid but my putter has just not made anything,” he said. “The putting has actually been solid but just haven’t gone in until today. They finally went in. I didn’t get in a lot of trouble and my putter did really well.”

  Martin, a Grand Rapids native, will be in the final pairing of the PGA for the third time.

  “It feels great,” he said. “It’s always nice to be in the last group because then you know where you stand.”

  Martin started his round with a bogey but made an eagle-2 on the short par 4 No. 16 hole. He drove to a chipping area just off the green and used his putter to roll the ball 25 feet into the hole.

Martin, who has one won Michigan major (2015 Michigan PGA Match Play) while Roth is tied for the most in Michigan history at 16 with Hebert, said there is a lot of things to play for in the final round  

  “Going to nationals is something to experience for sure,” he said. “And now the winner gets the spot in the (PGA Tour’s Detroit Golf Club stop) the Rocket Mortgage Classic. That’s big, too.”

  The championship is one of essentially two tournaments in one. The low nine golfers at the end of the tournament – along with Roth, Hebert and Cook who are exempt from qualification by the PGA of America based on past performances  – will earn spots in the 2020 PGA Professional National Championship, April 26-29 at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. The low 20 finishers from that national championship move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship May 14-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif.

  Roth said he will look at the things that come with victory in the $55,000 championship later. He wants to show up first and continue putting well.

  “I still have to go do it,” he said. “The great thing is that this is a golf course I can compete on with anybody. The length off the tee that Kyle Martin or Ben Cook have, or any of these guys, is not that much of an advantage on this course. This makes it more an even playing field.”

  Martin said it’s going to take more birdies and great putting.

  “It is scorable in my opinion,” he said of the course. “If I keep doing what I’ve been doing, then I should be right there.”

  Beurmann said it will be fun to play in the last group, especially because he wasn’t counting on it as a senior golfer.

  “I’ll show up and do the best I can,” he said. “Roth is still doing it. We’ll see how it goes.”

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Prestwick Village’s Brent Goulding Leads 98th Michigan PGA Professional Championship

  FLINT – Brent Goulding said he figured something out in a practice session before the first round of the 98th Michigan PGA Professional Championship.

  “I found it, it felt a little different, and then that was my swing thought all day,” the head golf professional at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland said after shooting a 7-under 65 to lead through the first round of the PGA Section championship at Flint Golf Club Monday.

   “I just hit a lot of greens. Just missed one and made a lot of birdies.”

  Goulding, 42, led by one shot over four-time champion Jeff Roth of Boyne Golf Academy, who shot 66, and was two up on the 67 by Kevin McKinley, the director of golf at Treetops Resort in Gaylord.

  Three golfers, including eight-time champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, shot 68. The others were Kyle Martin of Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods, and Frank McAuliffe of Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville.

  Five golfers check in at 69, including defending champion Lee Houtteman of Cedar, Jordan Young of Jordan Young Golf, Bob Ackerman of Bob Ackerman Golf Academy, Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook and Adam Schumacher of Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor.

  The field of the state’s top PGA club and teaching professionals will play 18 holes Tuesday before a cut to the low 60 scorers and ties. The final round in the 54-hole $55,000 championship is Wednesday.

  Goulding, a top section player in recent years, had the day’s best nine birdies in his round. The only blemish on his card was a double-bogey on the par 3 No. 13 hole where he missed the elevated and well-bunkered green wide right.

  “I lost my focus there, but otherwise played really good,” he said.

  He plans to continue with his one-shot-at-a-time approach.

  “I don’t want to think about anything in the future,” he said. “Right now, I’m just happy I finally played OK.”

  Roth, the 61-year-old Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member who last month won the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort, had eight birdies in his 66 with two bogeys on the par 3 8th and the par 3 13th.

  The former Flint Golf Club head golf professional (1989-2000) said he is using his back-up putter for the first time in 11 years, and the ball is finding the hole.

  “About three days after the (Tournament of Champions) I took it out and practiced with it just for fun,” he said. “I went through my protocols really fast, so I took it on the course and made a bunch of putts and then took in on the course again and made a bunch of putts. Today, I made a bunch of putts. It felt good out there.”

  McKinley, 45, said he has been hitting the ball well, but not getting any putts to go in the hole.

  “Today they went in the hole,” he said.

  Hebert, 50 and another Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member, lamented two bogeys in the middle of his round, but felt good about 68 for starters.

  “I haven’t played any, so I’ll hit it better tomorrow,” he said. “If you would have told me 4-under at the start of the day. I would have taken it and not played.”

  The championship is one of essentially two tournaments in one. The low nine golfers at the end of the tournament – along with Hebert, Roth and Ben Cook of Yankee Springs Golf Course in Wayland who are exempt from qualification by the PGA of America based on past performances  – will earn spots in the 2020 PGA Professional National Championship, April 26-29 at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. The low 20 finishers from that national championship move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship May 14-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif.

  Cook, who played in this year’s PGA, opened with a round of 70 Monday. Three former champions also shot 70, including 2017 champion John Seltzer of Seltzer Golf School in Grand Rapids, 2015 champion Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club and 2010 champion and Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson.

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2019 PGA Jr. League Michigan State Championship presented by National Car Rental

Contested at Binder Park Golf Course in Battle Creek, MI

Day One: Qualifier

260 kids from all over the state of Michigan gathered together on Wednesday, August 14th to determine the 2019 PGA Jr. League State Champion. The All-Star Teams were comprised of 10 kids who represented the teams within their league. Each team had a PGA/LPGA Captain. The 26 teams were broken up into two different pods, one competing on the Marsh side and the other competing on the Preserve side. The lowest two team scores on both the Marsh and Preserve advanced to the Final Four Match Play Championship.

Format: Stroke Play Aggregate Score – Each team sent out two groups of two players and two groups of three players. Each team played a two-person scramble. Some of the groups included a third player who alternated in-out of competition. Each child played at least 6 holes to contribute to the team score. Players recorded their scores for each hole. We took the best three out of four scores for the team’s total. The lowest score from each pod advanced to the Final Four Match Play Championship. The teams played 9 holes.

 Results of Day One:

Marsh Preserve
Spartan Golf Academy @ MSU
Captain: Alex Lorencz 
Score: 140
Birdie Bandits 1
Captain: Joe Prior
Score: 134
Grip It & Rip It
Captain: Brian Kotowicz
Score: 124
Birdie Bandits 2
Captain: Ty Bouwens
Score: 128
Golf Warrior
Captain: Brandon Jamieson
Score: 116
Casually Legendary
Captain: Tony Evans
Score: 118
First Tee West MI
Captain: Taylor Haudek
Score: 125
Angry Birdies
Captain: Jeff Hilbert
Score: 125
Southwest MI
Captain: Jordan Davidhizar
Score: 133
Birdies Come Easy
Captain: Chris Osentoski
Score: 145
Sandy Savers
Captain: Ryan Warwick
Score: 109
Tee It High Let It Fly
Captain: Paul Toski
Score: 108
Flintstones ***
Captain: Doug Brody
Score: 107
CC of Detroit
Captain: George Forster
Score: 129
It’s a Par-tee ***
Captain: Matt Swan
Score: 103
Ann Arbor Bombers
Captain: Patrick Markley
Score: 108
Putts & Pars
Captain: John Pershern
Score: 108
Watermark CC
Captain: Mick DeKorver
Score: 125
Don’t Rory Be Happy
Captain: Seth Carn
Score: 113
Tee-rific ***
Captain: Jeff Stalcup
Score: 99
Teach Me How to Birdie
Captain: Mitch Bos
Score: 117
Traverse City ***
Captain: Scott Wilson
Score: 99
Hear Me Rory
Captain: Will Ellender
Score: 118
Treetops
Captain: Joe Charles
Score: 134
Wie Love Golf
Captain: Jackson Davison
Score: 125
Island Hills
Captain: Mark Versteeg Lytwyn
Score: 120

***Qualified for Final Four Championship on Thursday, August 15th

Flintstones
It’s a Par-Tee
Traverse City
Tee-rific

Day Two: Final Four Match Play Championship

Day Two started with a morning shotgun where the top two teams from Marsh played each other and the top two teams from Preserve played each other. All four teams competed in a Match Play Format. Traverse City and Tee-rific teed off on Hole 1 of the Marsh, and the Flintstones and It’s a Par-tee started on Hole 7 of the Marsh.

Format: Match Play – PGA Jr. League uses Match Play for their regular season. The juniors played a two-person scramble. Each pairing competed in three 3-hole matches worth one point each. The teams played for 12 points.

Match 1 Results:

Traverse City – 6.5 points VS. Tee-rific – 5.5 points

Flintstones – 3.5 points VS. It’s a Par-tee – 8.5 points

After a match that came down to the last group on the last hole, Traverse City was victorious over Tee-rific and qualified to play in the Championship match in the afternoon shotgun. It’s a Par-tee rose to victory after dominating the match with the Flintstones and also qualified to compete in the Championship match that afternoon. Tee-rific and the Flintstones competed in a consolation match.

Championship Match Results:

Our winners of the 2019 PGA Jr. League Michigan State Championship are It’s a Par-tee after a come-from-behind victory with the last group. It’s a Par-tee, captained by Matt Swan, moves on to the Regional competition on September 14-15th at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point, IN. Congratulations to all of our Final Four contesting teams, and especially our Champions, It’s a Par-tee!

2019 PGA Jr. League Michigan State Champions: It’s a Par-tee

We would like to thank Ron Osborne for hosting and his AMAZING staff and volunteers at Binder Park Golf Course as well as Kim Shafer, our Regional League Manager, who traveled great distances to help with the event. THANK YOU Ron and Kim! 

98th Michigan PGA Professional Championship starts Monday at Flint Golf Club

  FLINT – The 98th Michigan PGA Professional Championship is Monday through Wednesday at Flint Golf Club.

  The state championship for Michigan PGA Section golf professionals also serves as the starting point and qualifier on the road to major championship golf with the best players in the world at the PGA Championship of 2020.

  Defending section champion Lee Houtteman, a PGA Life Member out of Glen Arbor, heads the field of 132 professionals, including 14 past champions, in the $55,000 championship on the storied Flint Golf Club course designed by famed architect Willie Park Jr.

  A cut will be made to the low 60 scorers and ties after Tuesday’s second round in the 54-hole tournament. The low nine golfers at the end of the tournament – along with Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, Jeff Roth of Boyne Golf Academy and Ben Cook of Yankee Springs Golf Course in Wayland who are exempt from qualification by the PGA of America based on past performances  – will play in the 2020 PGA Professional National Championship, April 26-29 at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas.

  The low 20 finishers from that national championship move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship May 14-17 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif.

   Eight-time Michigan PGA Professional champion Hebert (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’14, ’16) and four-time champion Roth (1998, ’99, 2001, ’03) are two of 14 former champions in the field at Flint, including defending champion Houtteman, 2017 champion John Seltzer of Seltzer Golf School in Grand Rapids, three-time winner Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center (1996, 2000, 2013), two-time winner Steve Brady of Oakland Hills Country Club (1993, ’95), two-time winner Barry Redmond of Crooked Tree Golf Club (1990, ‘92), Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club (2015), Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson (2010), Joe Pollack of Golf Cars Plus (2004), Tom Harding of Carl’s Golfland (1997), Jack Seltzer of Jack Seltzer Golf Academy (1988), PGA Life Member John Traub of Berkley (1984) and PGA Life Member Randy Erskine of Rochester (1978).

  Flint Golf Club dates to 1910 as a social club, and the course was opened in 1919. Park, a two-time British Open champion turned designer, fashioned a parkland golf course that has stayed true to its roots over the years. It can play as long as 6,671 yards at par 72. Somewhat unique to the Park design are five par-3 and five par 5 holes.

  Flint Golf Club is hosting the Michigan PGA Professional Championship for the third consecutive year. It has been a regular host to Golf Association of Michigan tournaments over the years, including the 2001 Michigan Amateur Championship, and it has also hosted golf legends. Sam Snead set the course record in June 1963 shooting a 61.

  Flint Golf Club’s staff is headed by General Manager Troy Stieve. Scott Brotebeck is the head PGA professional and the superintendent is Tim Tuohy.

  Last year Houtteman, who at 58 remains one of the section’s top players, made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death playoff hole to top Hebert and with the 97th edition of the state championship.

  Houtteman, who won the PGA for the first time and a Michigan Section major for the third time, shot a closing 3-under 69 with a birdie on the par 5 No. 18 hole, the same hole used in the playoff to finish with a 9-under 207 total. Hebert, an eight-time champion, shot 70 for his 207.

  Host pro Brotebeck rallied with the low round of the day, a 5-under 67, to thrill the Flint Golf Club members and finish at 208, one shot out of the playoff.

  Houtteman and Hebert actually finished one shot behind Cook, who shot 69 for 10-under 206, but he wasn’t eligible to win the section title under a Michigan PGA rule that requires 60 days of employment in the Michigan Section of the PGA prior to the major championship. This year that rule will not be a factor because Cook, a Grand Rapids native, has been working at Yankee Springs this golf season. He took advantage of his national qualification last year and finished in the top 20 at the 2019 PGA Professional Championship to earn a spot in the 2019 PGA Championship, which he played in earlier this summer.

 The Michigan PGA Professional Championship dates to 1922 and past champions include Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Jimmy Demaret, Chick Harbert and Horton Smith.

  The Michigan PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, Club Car and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, TaylorMade, Nike, Golf Channel and the PGA Tour.

  See michiganpgagolf.com for more information, live scoring during the tournament and tee times. Gallery is welcome. Parking and admission are free. More information on Flint Golf Club is available at flintgolfclub.com.

SCORING: A link for tournament scoring can be found by clicking HERE

Tim Pearce wins the Michigan Section Assistants Championship !

Ypsilanti, MI – It was a beautiful 36-hole event today for the 2019 National Car Rental Michigan PGA Section Assistants Championship at the Marriott at Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti, Michigan. We had 46 PGA assistants tee off this morning to compete for the 3 spots to play in the 43rd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship that will be held at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It will take place on November 14-17, 2019.

Leading the morning round with (-3) 69 was Ben Proben, Ezekiel Schwartz, and Steven Vecellio. All of them were heading into the afternoon round with high hopes. Tim Pearce from Birmingham Country Club started off with a smooth 72 in the morning followed by his career low round of (-8) 64 to clench the 2019 NCR Michigan PGA Section Assistants Championship.

Tim’s second round 64 also set the tournament course record since the course was renovated in 2012. When asked what his thoughts were going into round 2 finding himself 3 shots back of the leaders, Tim mentioned how, “It freed me up and allowed me to avoid the two mistakes I made in the first round.” When reflecting on his record setting 64, Tim expressed, “I’ve worked really hard playing golf since I could stand up and have been waiting for this kind of thing to click for me.”

Jeff Gniewek from Knollwood Country Club took second place with a morning round of (-1) 71 followed by a (-3) 69 in the afternoon. Donald Devantier from Oakland Hills Country Club secured the third qualifying spot with a (-2) 70 in the morning and a (-1) 71 to end the day. All top three players will be advancing to the 43rd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship to represent the Michigan Section.

Some other low rounds of the day included Josh Fryer from Franklin Hills Country Club. With a late start in the morning round, he came back in the second round with a (-6) 66 to finish the day.

A big thanks to the Marriott at Eagle Crest Resort for hosting this event. Finally, a huge thanks to our national sponsor, National Car Rental .

For final results and payout click HERE

Beurmann wins Senior PGA Professional Championship

It was a beautiful two-day event in Harbor Springs, Michigan for the 2019 Senior PGA Professional Championship at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club.  We had 68 Michigan PGA Professionals tee it up on Monday and Tuesday to compete for the Michigan Senior PGA Championship Title as well as 9 qualifying spots for the 31st Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Cadillac and supported by both the Golf Channel and John Deere on October 3-6, 2019 at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.

Ron Beurmann from the Country Club of Jackson followed up his opening round of (-5)  67 with a round of (+1) 73 today that led him to win the tournament by one stroke. This is Ron’s second Michigan Senior PGA title.

Heading into the final round of the tournament there were ten players within five shots of the lead. Jim Dieters from Midland Country Club made a charge today tying for the low round of the day with a  70 finishing (-3) for the tournament, one shot back from Beurmann.  PGA Life Member Lee Houtteman shared this low round of the day with Dieters to finish at (-2) for the tournament and tied for 3rd with Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club. Scott had it to (-4) under for the tournament when he made the turn  but gave a couple back coming in on the tough back nine.

Joining Ron Beurmann and representing the Michigan Section at the Senior PGA Professional National Championship will be Jim Dieters from Midland Country Club, PGA Life Member, Lee Houtteman, Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook Country Club, Jeff Roth from The Boyne Golf Academy, John Pershern from Lochmoor Country Club, Kevin Muir from The Wyndgate, Brian Cairns from Fox Hills Learning Center, and PGA Life Member, Bob Elliot. Both Brian Cairns and Bob Elliot secured their spots for the tournament after a five-way playoff for the last two spots. Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf and Country Club finished tied for third at (-2) for the tournament and is exempt from qualifying by winning a national club pro championship.

In the super senior 70 and older division, PGA life member Ron Applegate defeated Nick Berklich in a playoff to win his first Super Senior PGA title. 

We would like to thank the Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club for hosting this event for the sixth year in a row. The golf course was in pristine condition thanks to all the staff here at Birchwood.

 We would also like to thank Doug Dingwall for his generous support of this event and the Michigan PGA Senior organization. Thank you to our national sponsors, Cadillac, John Deere, the PGA Tour, and the Golf Channel.

For final results click HERE

Boyne Golf Instructor Jeff Roth Wins Record Sixth Tournament of Champions

  BOYNE FALLS – At age 61 Jeff Roth admitted he had wondered if he had enough golf game to win another major Michigan championship.

  He did. The Boyne Golf Academy instructor shot a 3-under 69 on The Alpine Course and topped 70-shooting Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo by one to win his record sixth Tournament of Champions title Wednesday at Boyne Mountain Resort.

  “It’s an emotional victory,” he said with a cracking voice after winning the 28th version of the unique tournament that invites male, female, senior, junior, professional and amateur golf champions of significant Michigan events to compete for one title. “I’m thrilled to have won again, and I’m going to keep trying to compete as hard as I can for as long as I can.”

  Roth, who won wire-to-wire and collected the $8,000 first-place check, was tied with Kelpin, a 30-year-old PGA Tour Latinoamerica player, to start the final round.

   After Kelpin made bogey on holes 10 and 11, Roth, who birdied 10, had a three-shot lead. Roth made an uncharacteristic three-putt bogey on No. 14, and then Kelpin pulled within one shot at No. 16 with a 15-foot birdie putt.

  It came to the par 5 18th, where Kelpin bombed a second shot into the back of the green, while Roth played an errant tee shot out from under a tree to wedge distance and hit his third shot to five feet. Kelpin’s 40-foot putt for eagle rolled close, but he settled for a birdie and Roth knocked in his birdie putt for the win.

  “I knew Barrett was going to go for it on 18, but I can only do what I can do,” he said. “I was fortunate to hit two nice shots to get that birdie putt and then make it. When Barrett didn’t make eagle, I knew I was going to win. There was some pressure to make that putt in the moment, but I stayed in the moment and made it. If felt really good. It was really emotional.”

  Roth’s sixth win knocked him out of a tie with Michael Harris of Troy for the most TOC wins at five, and it put him into a tie with Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club at 16 for the most Michigan major championships in history.

  Hebert, who was in the final group, shot 71 for 210 and a tie for third with Mike Nagy of Manistique, the 2017 TOC champ, who rallied with a closing 65.

  Henry Do of Auburn Hills, the low amateur in the tournament, was fifth with a 71 for 211, and Steven Cuzzort of Grosse Ile, now a Florida professional, shot 69 for 212 and sixth place.

  Suzy Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor, a Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member like Roth and Hebert, shot 71 for 213 and was the low female in the field. She tied for seventh with two-time TOC champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon, who also shot 71, and Jeff Bronkema of Caledonia, who shot 73. Korey Mahoney, the 2016 TOC champion from Manton, rounded out the top 10 with a 71 for 214. The low senior amateur was Brian Miller, who now lives in Fountain Hills, Ariz. He shot 74 for 218 and a tie for 22nd.

 Kelpin said his bogeys at Nos. 10 and 11 made it difficult for him to win his second TOC.

 “JR (Roth) made a birdie on 10 while I was making bogey and that was a big momentum shift,” he said. “I made a good birdie at 16 and had to go for the eagle at 18. I came after him, but JR hit the big putts and all the shots down the stretch he needed to win. He’s a great player and he pulled it out.”

  Hebert, who is 50 and played in the final group with Roth and Kelpin, missed several birdie chances inside 10-feet through the day.

  “The putter and I didn’t get along too swell,” he said. “JR and Barrett made some putts. I didn’t.”

  Roth, who teaches at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs in the summer and lives in Farmington, N. M., in the fall and winter where his wife Maureen teaches school, recalled winning his first TOC in 1995.

 “There’s a picture of me and (Boyne vice-president Bernie Friedrich) in the locker room at (the Golf Club of Boyne), me with my mullet and some fancy-dancy shirt and Bernie looking like he is just out of college. This place has meant so much to me and my family over the years. We used to bring our kids here. Now we’re here with our grandson Bryson. I get to work here as an instructor, and it feels so great to win here and to represent Boyne the way I did.”

  In recent weeks Roth admitted he took a break from golf and didn’t practice or play as much as usual.

 “Playing in the pro-am helped me get some feels back and build toward the tournament, and then I just had a really strong mental game all week,” he said. “I was able to just play one shot at a time and play with a clear mind. That is something I haven’t done in the last few years.”

  Roth was one of 18 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members in the starting field of 119, and he wasn’t the only one that celebrated on the last day. Two other Hall of Famers made hole-in-ones during the final round. Ken Allard of Troy had an ace on No. 7 in his round of 71. He tied for 46th. John Traub of Birmingham had a hole-in-one on No. 17 in his round of 75. He tied for 55th.

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Kalamazoo’s Barrett Kelpin and Boyne’s Jeff Roth Share Lead at Tournament of Champions

 BOYNE FALLS – Kalamazoo’s Barrett Kelpin moved into a tie with Boyne teaching professional Jeff Roth with one round remaining in the 28th Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort.

 The 30-year-old PGA Tour Latinoamerica player shot 70 while the 61-year-old Roth fired a 71 on The Monument Course Tuesday to land together at 8-under 136. They will be joined in the final group in Wednesday’s final round on The Alpine course by 50-year-old Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, who shot 69 for 139.

 All three are past champions of the unique $55,000 championship that brings together men, women, professionals, amateurs, seniors and juniors to compete for one championship from different tee positions. Roth counts five former TOC titles on his rich resume, while Kelpin and Hebert each have one. Roth and Hebert are also already in the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

  “I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” Kelpin said. “The last group is where you want to be, and under-par on The Monument is good for me. I’ve had trouble there in the past. It feels good to shoot a decent number there.”

  The cut to 60 scorers and ties landed at 9-over 153 with 61 players from the starting field of 119 moving on to Wednesday’s play. The field will tee off both Nos. 1 and 10 with the leaders going off No. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

  Last year winner Alex Scott of Traverse City shot a record-tying 11-under 61 in the final round to force a playoff. He was eight shots behind when the final round started, which bodes well for several golfers this year.

  Jeff Bronkema of Caledonia, the 2016 Michigan Open winner and now a UPS employee and new father, is one of four golfers at 140, four shots off the lead.

  He shot 68 to get there, and was joined through the day by three 70-shooters – amateur Henry Do of Auburn Hills, Latinoamerica player Otto Black of Brighton and Kurt Valley, a Bay City native who is now a teaching professional in Monroe, Wash.

  Randy Hutchison of Traverse City shot 73 for 141, and the trio at 142 included Michigan Golf Hall of Famer Suzy Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor, who shot 69, Kevin Muir of The Wyndgate in Rochester, who shot 71, and Andy Ruthkoski, a two-time TOC champion from Muskegon who shot 72.

   Kelpin, the 2015 TOC winner, trailed Roth by one shot to start the second round. He said The Monument was a tough test on a windy, cool day.

  “The greens are tricky and very undulated, and you have to be under the hole (with your shots) or you are going to have some very fast putts with big breaks,” he said. “It was windy today, too. I felt like I did a pretty good job of getting the ball around. There are a couple of bogeys I wish I had back, but I made some good up and downs to keep momentum going. All-in-all it was solid.”

  Roth, a Boyne Golf Academy instructor who shot 7-under 65 in the first round on The Alpine, agreed and said he always tiptoes around The Monument.

  “You can’t play The Monument like you own it because it can come up and grab you on four or five holes and then it just kind of destroys your confidence,” he said. “I didn’t play as good as I did yesterday. I didn’t putt as good as I did yesterday, but yesterday was a really good day. It’s hard to play a really good round after a really good round. If you do that, you are probably running away with the tournament, and this is not happening.”

  Hebert, the 2009 TOC winner and the winningest Michigan PGA Section golfer in history with 16 major titles just ahead of 15 for Roth and legend Al Watrous, said he isn’t hitting his driver especially well but has made just three bogeys in two rounds.

  “That’s pretty good stuff around here,” he said. “I’m looking forward to The Alpine for the last round. You can score a bunch if you get it going, and the greens I think are little better over there. I’m happy with a 69 today. All you can do is give yourself a chance, and in the last group is a chance.”

  Kelpin said he thinks The Alpine is a great course for a great championship.

  “It should be a good last day,” he said. “I will be playing with great players and you have to play well and you have to score. I feel good about that and I hope to keep my game going.”

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Five-Time Champion and Boyne Employee Jeff Roth Sets Pace at 28th Tournament of Champions

  BOYNE FALLS – Jeff Roth, one of Michigan’s winningest professional golfers, would love to win a sixth Tournament of Champions this week.

  “Winning never gets old,” said the 61-year-old Boyne Golf Academy instructor after he opened with a 7-under 65 on the Alpine Course at Boyne Mountain Resort to lead through the first round of the 28th Tournament of Champions.

  “I get old but winning never does.”

  Roth, who won his first TOC title in 1995 and added titles in 1996, ’99, 2008 and 2012, had a one-shot lead on another former TOC champion, 66-shooting Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo, the 2015 champion.

  Otto Black of Brighton, like Kelpin a PGA Tour Latinoamerica player, shot 67, and Randy Hutchison, a mini-tour player from Traverse City, shot 68.

  The 2017 TOC winner Mike Nagy shot 69, as did Dan Urban, the head pro at Gull Lake Country Club.

  A crowd of 10 golfers shot 70 including two-time TOC champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon, 2009 winner Scott Hebert, 2018 PGA Match Play Champ John Seltzer of Grand Rapids, last year’s runner-up Sam Weatherhead of Grand Rapids, amateur Henry Do of Auburn Hills, Chad Kurmel of the Spartan Golf Academy at Forest Akers in East Lansing, Kyle Martin of the Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Ile’s Steven Cuzzort, now of Naples, Fla., Jay Horton, now of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Kurt Valley, now of Monroe, Wash.

  Eight golfers shot 71, including 2016 winner Korey Mahoney of Manton. Touring pro Shasta Averyhardt of Flint was the low woman in the field in the group that shot 72, and Suzy Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor shot 73.

  A second round in the $55,000 championship will be played Tuesday, this time on the Monument Course, with a cut to the low 60 scorers and ties following. Wednesday’s final round will be on the Alpine.

  Roth, one of 18 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members in the field, had eight birdies in his round and said he played great from start to finish.

  “Right on the first hole I had a good look at it and didn’t make it, but then on the second hole I took on the pin and made a 15-footer for birdie, made a birdie on the next hole and made a birdie on the next hole, and I was off and running,” he said. “I also made a couple of really nice par putts that made it possible to keep going. Par putts sometimes feel like birdie putts and I made a couple of them.”

  Long one of the state’s top players with a putter in his hand, Roth said the number of players who have the ability to win this championship has increased over the years as champions have been added.

  “It used to be 12 to 15 guys that you knew you really had to beat in the early years, but now there’s 25 to 30 really good young players who can really play,” he said. “I won one year at 2-under. That’s not a score that’s going to do it any longer.”

  Roth loves the tournament.

  “Over the years my family and I have had a lot of great times up here,” he said. “Now being a Boyne employee up at the Highlands, it is just great to be able to represent the company like this. I love helping people get better at their golf, and this gives me a chance to compete.”

  Kelpin, 30, called his day solid with seven birdies.

  “The wind direction was pretty constant so I felt like there were some holes to take advantage of and I was able to do that,” he said. “I made a couple of really long putts – a 50-footer on No. 2 – that was a nice little bonus.”

  Kelpin is gearing up for the second half of the Latinoamerica schedule, which starts in September, and he will attempt PGA Qualifying for the Korn Ferry Tour in the fall as well.

  “I’ve had a productive summer working on what I needed to work on, and it’s great to come up here,” he said. “It always feels like a vacation and a golf tournament all in one, and I got off to a good start today.”

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