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! 

Doug Kreis, David VanLoozen Headline 2019 Michigan PGA Special Award Recipients

EAST LANSING, MI – Doug Kreis, Head Golf Professional at Battle Creek Country Club, has captured the 2019 Michigan Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year award. This prestigious honor is awarded to the professional that has demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership and strong moral character. The individual must also maintain a substantial record of service to the Association and game of golf and be well-regarded as a model PGA Golf Professional.

Kreis was chosen by his peers for the award based on his overall performance as a Golf Professional, service to the Section and the Association, leadership ability, image and ability to inspire others and his promotion and growth of the game. Kreis makes education a priority for him and his staff as well as ensuring his club members receive exceptional service, a well-appointed golf shop and tour quality events and instruction.

David VanLoozen, a PGA Teaching Professional at Oakland Hills Country Club, was awarded the 2019 Michigan Section PGA Teacher of the Year. VanLoozen was honored for his overall impact on teaching and coaching at his facility along with his innovative and special teaching programs he implemented.

VanLoozen has made a lasting impression on his fellow teachers through his passion for the game and his unwavering commitment to improving the games of golfers at every level. He helps his fellow professionals by sharing his knowledge and experience acquired over twenty years teaching golf and over forty years of competitive golf.

Emily Rohdy, Head Golf Professional at Bucks Run Golf Club, was named the 2019 Michigan Section PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. Rohdy’s strengths as a player, teacher, merchandiser, tournament administrator and overall golf professional while employed as an Assistant Golf Professional at Railside Golf Club all contributed to her success at her facility and the game of golf.

Bernie Friedrich, Senior Vice President, Golf Operations and Resort Sales at Boyne Resorts, has been selected as the Michigan Section PGA’s 2019 recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award. Friedrich was honored for his outstanding integrity, character, and leadership through a commitment to mentoring and making significant impacts on the careers of PGA Professionals.

Established in 1979, the Bill Strausbaugh Award is presented to a PGA Professional who by their day-to-day efforts, have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community. The award reflects the characteristics and qualities of Strausbaugh, a Middle Atlantic PGA Master Professional who died in 1999.

Kevin McKinley, Director of Golf at Treetops Resort, and Michigan PGA President, has been selected by the Michigan Section PGA as the recipient of the 2019 Horton Smith Award. The Horton Smith Award is awarded annually to a PGA Member for his outstanding contributions to professional education.

McKinley reflects this commitment through his day-to-day activities in the Michigan Section PGA and at Treetops Resort. He served two years on the PGA of America’s Inclusion Committee and currently serves on the PGA of America’s Special Awards Committee. He also provides education on PGA of America’s partner charity Folds of Honor Foundation to PGA Professionals all over the country.

John Paul Westbrook, Head Golf Professional at Indian River Golf Club, has been named the 2019 Merchandiser of the Year for Public Golf Facilities by the Michigan Section PGA. This award recognizes excellence in business and merchandising at public golf facilities as well as innovation in displays, merchandising techniques, staff training and overall success and growth.

Doug Brody, Head Golf Professional at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club, has been named the 2019 Merchandiser of the Year for Private Golf Facilities, and Elliott Oscar, Head Golf Professional at Forest Dunes Golf Club, has been named the 2019 Merchandiser of the Year for Resort Golf Facilities by the Michigan Section PGA.

Dean Kolstad, Director of Golf at Gull Lake View Golf Course, has been selected by the Michigan Section PGA as the 2019 recipient of the Patriot Award. Kolstad was honored for personifying patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrating unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America. The Patriot Award originated in 2008 following the inspiration of Patriot Day founder Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Kolstad has been involved in military programming since its inception at the Michigan Section PGA, nearly 15 years ago. Since 2012, he’s held five PGA HOPE spring sessions and five fall sessions for inpatient and outpatient veterans at the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, MI.

Michael Fay, Director of Instruction at BOYNE Golf Academy, has been selected by the Michigan Section PGA as the 2019 recipient of the Player Development Award. This award recognizes a PGA Golf Professional, who has displayed extraordinary and exemplary contribution and achievement in the area of player development. It also considers the PGA Professional’s growth of the game leadership, commitment at the Section and National levels in the player development arena, and the meaningful impact made at the facility.

Fay has 25 years of teaching experience and has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Everything from cutting edge social networking techniques to hosting his own podcast, Fay has helped to change the face of teaching golf. His videos have included mentoring PGA Professionals, implementing new products and techniques, growing the game of golf through player development, and a documentary on his life as a 21st Century Golf Coach.

Scott Wilson, a PGA Teaching Professional at Bay Meadows Family Golf Course, has been selected by the Michigan Section PGA as the 2019 recipient of the Youth Player Development Award. This award bestows special recognition on a PGA Golf Professional, who has displayed extraordinary and exemplary contribution and achievement in the area of youth player development. The award considers the PGA Professional’s focus on youth through their growth of the game leadership, commitment at the Section and National levels in the youth player development arena, and the meaningful impact made upon youth through the introduction and participation in the game.

Wilson serves on the Michigan PGA’s Growth of Game Committee, has built an impressive Golf in Schools program at more than a dozen elementary schools in the Traverse City area, and has just under 100 kids participating in PGA Jr. League. As one of the state’s best junior instructors, he’s had 40 students that have gone on to play college golf, nine Michigan High School individual State Championship medalists, helped win three state team championships, 30+ individual All-State and All-State Academic members, 12 Michigan Super Team members, and three-time “Miss Golf” for the State of Michigan. Scott has twice brought a student to the National Finals of Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National as well as eight times to the Regional Finals. His PGA Jr. League All-Star teams have finished runner-up in the State Championship the last two years.

The Michigan Section PGA will honor its 2019 Special Award Winners at the President’s Dinner this fall. The President’s Dinner celebrates PGA Members who have excelled in their profession as well as those who have volunteered and given of themselves to serve the Section.

For photos of individual award winners, click below:

Doug Kreis
Dave VanLoozen
Emily Rohdy
Bernie Friedrich
Kevin McKinley
John Paul Westbrook
Doug Brody
Elliott Oscar
Dean Kolstad
Mike Fay
Scott Wilson

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Linksoul Pro Junior at Stonewater Country Club

Team Cairns

Caledonia, MI-  An exciting day wrapped up Sunday at the Linksoul Pro-Junior hosted at Stonewater Country Club. It was a great turn out with a field of 12 teams. The teams were split up into three divisions based on the average age of their three juniors. We had four teams in each division, a 12 & Under, a 13-15, and a 16-18 division. The tournament was played in shamble format which allowed each team to play from the team’s best drive and then play their own ball in from there, carding their best two scores.

In the 12 & Under division we had Kelly Plaisier’s team with Hailey Curry, Matthew Sokorai, and Audrey Sokorai coming in second place. Plaisier’s team carded a 151 (+9). Our champion for the 12 & Under division was Cole Meinke’s team with Elise Fennel, Braydon Elzinga, and Macie Elzinga. Meinke’s team scored a 126 (-16) putting their margin of victory at 25 strokes.

In the 13-15 division we had some great competition! We had two teams in second place with total scores of 124 (-18). Coming in second place after a scorecard playoff was Ty Love’s team with Evan McDermott, Chase Knowlton, and RJ Lisman. Coming in first place for the 13-15 division was Brian Cairns team with Matt Mans, Tim Braun, and Neil Zhu. The Cairns team carded a 122 (-20), which was the lowest score of any team.

In the 16-18 division we had Daniel Thomas’s team with Mariella Simoncini, Tyler Kilmas, and Brendan Kilmas taking home the second-place flags. Thomas’s team carded a 135 (-7). Our Champions for the 16-18 division were Jason Rammler’s team with Sophia Wygonik, Brandon Tirador, and Evan Westphal. The Rammler team carded a 126 (-16).

For a full list of the results click here

The weather was perfect and the course was in pristine condition. The Michigan PGA is dedicated to helping grow the game of golf. The Linksoul Pro Junior is one of our many initiatives to help get juniors invested in the lifelong game of golf. We would like to give a huge thank you to our host facility Stonewater Country Club & head professional Joseph Hatch & our Sponsor Linksoul; both parties have helped support our mission to grow the game!

Team Love
Team Thomas
Team Rammler


Team Plaisier

Team Meinke

Anci Dy & Kevin Healy Win MI Junior PGA Championship

Michigan PGA Junior Championship

This week was exciting for Junior Golf! The Michigan PGA Junior Championship hosted at Bedford Valley Golf Club gives juniors all over the state of Michigan a chance to compete for two spots in the National Junior PGA Championship. The Girls National Championship will be contested at Keney Park Golf Course of Hartford, Connecticut. The 44th edition of the Championship will occur from July 9-12, 2019. The Boys National Championship will be contested at Keney Park Golf Course. The 44th edition of the Championship will occur from July 30- August 3, 2019.

This event brings in the top golfers from all over the state of Michigan. The divisions consisted of Boys 12 & Under, Boys-13-15, Boys 16-18, Girls 12 & Under; Girls 13-15, Girls 16-18 The 12 & Under division played 18 holes while the other divisions battled it out for 36 holes for two spots per gender. The Overall Champion (13-18) would be crowned after 36 holes and moving on to the Junior PGA Championship.

Each of the 41 PGA of America Sections has the opportunity to send 2 players to Connecticut. The Girls & Boys Champion & Runner up will advance to Keney Park.

The Girls Junior PGA Championship is where some of the best in the world get their start. Many of today’s LPGA Tour professionals made their debut at the Championship. Notable past participants include: Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Grace Park, Michelle Wie, and Dottie Pepper

The Boys Junior PGA Championship is where some of the best in the world get their start. Many of today’s PGA Tour professionals made their debut at the Championship. Notable past participants Include: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson.

About the PGA of America

The PGA of America represents the very best in golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit www.PGA.org , follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter and find us on Facebook. For more information about the 44th Girls Junior PGA Championship, visit www.juniorpgachampionship.com

Boys Division Winners

Boys Overall: Kevin Healy 138 (-6)

Runner Up: Cal Wollack 141 (-3)


Click here for the Michigan Boys Junior PGA Championship results

Boys 12 & Under

  1. Vibhav Alokam 77 (+5)
  2. Sumner Meekhof 87 (+15)

Boys 13-15

  1. PJ Maybank 141 (-3)
  2. Justin Sui 143 (-1)

Boys 16-18

  1. Cal Wollack 141 (-3)
  2. Kevin Healy 138 (-6)

Girls Division Winners

Girls Overall: Anci Dy 145 (+1)

Runner Up: Allison Cui 147 (+3)

Click here for the Michigan Girls Junior PGA Championship results

Girls 13-15

  1. Allison Cui 147 (+3)
  2. Sophie Stevens 157 (+13)

Girls 16-18

  1. Anci Dy 145 (+1)
  2. Nicole Whatley 148 (+4)

Three Michiganders Advance to Augusta National for the Final Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

Three Michiganders Advance to Augusta National for the Final Drive, Chip & Putt Championship

 

Michigan was well represented at the Regional Drive Chip & Putt competition hosted at Muirfield Village. Three out of eight qualifiers for the National Drive Chip & Putt competition, to be hosted at Augusta National are Michigan Locals. PJ Maybank III, Sophie Stevens, & Paige Radebach will advance to compete on the Sunday before the Masters at Augusta National. These three 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 three of our top competitors to enjoy a day full of competition, and fun among the top golf legends. The Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifiers are completely free to register; registration for the 2019 local qualifiers will open in February of 2019. Be sure to tune into the Golf Channel on Sunday April 7th, 2019 to watch PJ Maybank III, Sophie Stevens, & Paige Radebach compete! 

Boys 12-13 from left to right: Michael Beattie, PJ Maybank III, Rocco Turner

 

Girls 12-13 from left to right: Sarah Lydic, Sophie Stevens, Olivia Hemmila

 

Girls 7-9 from left to right: Tula Puzzuoli, Paige Radebach, Madelaine Beck

PGA Jr. League Michigan State Championship

PGA Jr. League Michigan State Championship

Contested at Binder Park Golf Course in Battle Creek, MI

Day One-Qualifier

230 kids from all over the state of Michigan joined us on our adventurous journey to crown a new PGA Jr. League State Champion. The All-Star Teams are comprised of 10 kids who represent the teams within their league.  Each team has a PGA/LPGA Captain. The 23 teams were broken up into 4 different pods with 5-6 teams in a pod. Each pod would compete with against each other for an opportunity to advance to the Final Four Match Play Championship.

Format: Stroke Play Aggregate Score-each team sent out 2 groups of 2 players and 2 groups of 3 players. The team is playing a two person scramble. Some of the groups do have a third player who will alternate in-out of competition. Each child will play at least 6 holes to contribute to the team score. Players record their scores for each hole. We take the best 3 out of 4 scores for the Team’s total. The lowest score from each pod will advance to the Final Four Match Play Championship. The teams play 9 holes.

Results:

AM Preserve Pod

Spartan Golf Academy @ MSU

Captain: Alex Lorencz                    Score: 140

Casually Legendary

Captain: Lynn Janson                     Score: 123

Southwest Michigan

Captain: Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn                                Score: 145

Angry Birdies

Captain: Jeff Hilbert                       Score: 137

Wie Love Golf

Captain: Ebon Saunders                                Score: 151

Birdie Bandits

Captain: Ty Bouwens                     Score: 125

 

AM Marsh Pod

TreeTops

Captain: Joe Charles                       Score: 146

It’s a Par-Tee

Captain: Matt Swan                        Score: 116

Grip it & Rip it

Captain: Raquel Bryant                 Score: 128

Traverse City

Captain: Scott Wilson                    Score: 101

 Golf Warriors

Captain: Andre Pillow                   Score: 127

 

 

PM Preserve Pod

Birdies Come Easy

Captain: Chris Osentoski              Score: 149

May The Course Be With You

Captain: Will Ellender                   Score: 152

Don’t Rory Be Happy

Captain: Tim Strickland                 Score: 108

Sandy Savers

Captain: Kevin Kaczocha               Score: 120

Teach Me How To Birdie

Captain: Mitch Bos                          Score: 133

Hear Me Rory

Captain: Stephanie Jennings      Score:127

 

PM Marsh Pod

Tee-Rific

Captain: Jeff Stalcup      Score: 100

Tee it High Let it Fly

Captain: Paul Toski         Score: 122

Putts & Pars

Captain: Kelly Sivier       Score: 115

Country Club of Detroit

Captain: Justin Pollock  Score: 130

Dude Where’s My Par?

Captain: Doug Brody      Score: 92

Birmingham Country Club

Captain: Steve Vecellio                Score: 142        

 

  

 

Casually Legendary 

Dude, Where’s My Par

Don’t Rory Be Happy

Traverse City

Day Two- Final Four Match Play Championship

Day Two started with a morning shotgun where the AM Pods would verse each other & the PM Pods would verse each other in a Match Play Format. PGA Jr. League uses Match Play for their regular season. The juniors are still playing a two-person scramble. Each pairing is competing in three 3-hole matches worth one point each. The teams are playing for 12 points.

Results:

Dude, Where’s My Par was victorious over Don’t Rory Be Happy and would face off with the Traverse City team who rose to victory over Casually Legendary.

Match 1 Results:

Dude, Where’s My Par-7 points VS. Don’t Rory Be Happy 5 points

Traverse City- 9.5 points VS. Casually Legendary 2.5 points

The final match was played in the afternoon with Dude, Where’s My Par competing against Traverse City again using the Match Play Format. After a three hour rain delay the matches were finally completed with Dude, Where’s My Par rising to victory with 7 Points over Traverse City with 5 Points.

Championship Match:Dude, Where’s My Par- 7 points VS. Traverse City- 5 Points

 

We would like to thank Ron Osborne for hosting and his AMAZING staff at Binder Park as well as the PGA of America crew who traveled great distances to help out with the event. THANK YOU Ron, Kim, Kara and Steve! 

 

 

 

Michigan Junior PGA Championship

Michigan PGA Junior Championship

This week was exciting for Junior Golf! The Michigan PGA Junior Championship hosted at Bedford Valley Golf Club gives juniors all over the state of Michigan a chance to compete for two spots in the National Junior PGA Championship. The Girls National Championship will be contested at Kearney Hill Golf Links I on July 9th-12th.  The Boys National Championship will be contested at Valhalla on July 31st -August 3rd.

This event brings in the top golfers from all over the state of Michigan. The divisions consisted of Boys 12 & Under, Boys-13-15, Boys 16-18, Girls 12 & Under; Girls 13-15, Girls 16-18 The 12 & Under division played 18 holes while the other divisions battled it out for 36 holes for two spots per gender. The Overall Champion (13-18) would be crowned after 36 holes and moving on to the Junior PGA Championship.

 After day one we had some amazing scores from the overall boys division (13-18) the competitors Bradley Smithson (17) had a strong start to take lead at 68 (-4). Not far from the lead we had Patrick Deardorff (17) and Nick Krueger (17) tied for second place with a 69 (-3). There were 13 players under par after day one.

In the girls Overall division (13-18) we had Lilia Henkel (15) go low with a 71 (-1) and not far from the lead Shannon Kennedy (15) card a 73 (+1) which would put her in second place.  

Anika Dy(16), who qualified for the National Junior PGA Championship in 2017, carded a 74 (+2) on day one which left her in contention for qualifying again. Anika battled her way to victory by shooting  75(+3) for a two day total of 149 (+5) to be crowned this year’s Michigan Girls Junior PGA Champion. Day two posed an interesting challenge for Shannon Kennedy, during the night the Kennedy’s car was stolen from their hotel, the car contained many valuables including Shannon’s clubs. Luckily Shannon’s tee time wasn’t until later in the afternoon which gave her enough time to piece together a set of clubs. Shannon’s mom ended up being able to find clubs Shannon was decently familiar with and drive them down to Battle Creek. Shannon, was a little shaken by the experience, but wouldn’t let it distract her form her goal, qualifying for the National Junior PGA Championship. Shannon fought her way around the course, with new clubs,  on day 2 to card a 77 (+5) which would put her in second place overall. Shannon undoubtedly faced the most adversity on day two, and fought to keep her spot in second place, and qualify to play in the National Junior PGA Championship later this month.   

Our Overall Boys victor rose with a two day total of 139 (-5) Bradley Smithson, who was just coming off of an incredible win at our Adidas State Pro-Am with his father, PGA Professional Gary Smithson. Bradley Smithson was able to hang onto his lead after day one to be crowned the Michigan Boys Junior PGA Champion. Charlie DeLong (17) shot a consistent 70, 70 for a two day total of 140 (-4) which put him in second place overall, and earned him a qualifying stop at the National Junior PGA Championship.   

The boys & girls 12& under divisions play 18 holes on day one and are not competing for a spot in the National Championship. The Michigan Boys 12 & under champion Eric Shen showed a great day of golf, winning the division by one stroke and carding an 81 (+9) over his competitor Vibhav Alokam who shot an 82 (+10) The girls 12& under Champion, Mia Melendez shot 84 (+12) and lead the competition by 6 strokes over Amiya Gibson who shot 90 (+18).   

The Division winners consisted of:

Boys Overall: Bradley Smithson – 139 (-5)

Runner Up: Charlie DeLong-140 (-4)

Click here for the Michigan Boys Junior PGA Championship results

Boys 12 & Under

  1. Eric Shen – 81 (+9)
  2. Vibhav Alokam 82 (+10)

Boys 13-15

  1. Tyler Gillespie – 151 (+7)
  2. Evan McDermott-152 (+8)

Boys 16-18

  1. Bradley Smithson – 139 (-5)
  2. Runner Up: Charlie DeLong -140 (-4)

 

Girls Overall: Anika Dy- 149 (+5)

Runner Up: Shannon Kennedy-150 (+6)

Click here for the Michigan Girls Junior PGA Championship results

Girls 12 & Under

  1. Mia Melendez- 84 (+12)
  2. Amiyah Gibson – 90 (+18)

Girls 13-15

  1. Shannon Kennedy- 150 (+6)
  2. Ariel Chang- 151 (+7)

Girls 16-18

  1. Anika Dy – 149 (+5)
  2. Danielle Staskowski – 159 (+15)

 

 

 

Michiganders Take Home First, Second, Third, and Fourth Place at the Drive, Chip & Putt National Championship

Four skilled and motivated Michigan golfers got their chance to compete on a dreamscape, Augusta National. So few people get to drive down Magnolia Lane and rub elbows with past champions of The Masters, like Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Gary Player and Adam Scott.  PJ Maybank III, Josh Lavely, Georgia Bosart and Allison Cui got their chance to compete at Augusta National on Easter Sunday at the Drive Chip and Putt National Finals.

PJ Maybank III came in first place in the boy’s 12-13 division. Congratulations PJ! He scored 9 points in the driving competition, 7 points in the chipping and scored 9 points in putting to come from behind and win it all! Congratulations on your focus and performance under pressure PJ! PJ is the first Michigander to win the Drive, Chip & Putt National Championship. Mark O’Meara handed PJ his trophy at the awards ceremony.

 

 

Josh Lavely, son of Michigan PGA Professional Larry Lavely, came in second place in the boy’s 14-15 division. Josh came to compete putting up 10 points in both the driving and chipping competitions; he scored 3 points in the putting competition to give him a total of 23 points. Josh had some outstanding shots throughout the day! Congratulations Josh Lavely! Ben Crenshaw handed Josh his trophy at the awards ceremony.

 

 

Georgia Bosart came in third place in the Girl’s 10-11 division. Georgia started out with 5 points in the driving competition, 7 points in the chipping and 8 points in the putting. Georgia continued to improve her skills as the competitions went on fighting her way into third place. Gary Player and Trevor Immelman handed Georgia her trophy during the awards ceremony.

 

 

Allison Cui came in fourth place in the Girl’s 12-13 division. Allison scored 10 points in the driving competition, 3 points in chipping and 6 points in putting. Her 10 points in the driving competition secured her first place within that skill. Bubba Watson handed Allison her trophy at the awards ceremony.

 

 

 

The four competitors started their road to Augusta at one of Michigan’s Local Drive Chip & Putt Qualifiers. Michigan will be hosting 10 Local Qualifiers this summer from June-August for the 2019 Drive Chip & Putt. To find a Local Qualifier near you go to DriveChipandPutt.com

For a full list of results and photos go to DriveChipandPutt.com

Watch The Four Michiganders Compete at the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship! Sunday April 1st

Michigan will have four junior golfers competing this Sunday, April 1st at the National Drive, Chip & Putt competition, held at Augusta National. The Broadcast will start on Sunday, April 1st at 8:00am EST on the Golf Channel. You can also watch the live stream by Clicking Here.

Click Here to register for your Local Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifier! 

Our four competitors will be Georgia Bosart, Girls 10-11, Allison Cui, Girls 12-13, PJ Maybank III Boys 12-13, Josh Lavely, Boys 14-15.

 

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. She 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. She 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 amongst 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 among the other 10 boys 14-15 year old boys 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.

 

 

 

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