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.




2018 Michigan PGA Spring Meeting & Education Seminar

The Section held its Spring Meeting on Monday, March 26 with over 200 members and apprentices in attendance. President Kevin McKinley welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club, and welcomed special guests Chris Coffman, The Ally Challenge, Hannah Davis, Folds of Honor Scholarship Recipient, Kim Shafer, Regional Sales Manager-PGA Jr. League, Todd Smith, PGA Career Services Consultant, Alex Wassom, who sang the national anthem, the Honor Guard from VFW Post 7309 in Mason, Michigan and all Past Presidents in attendance.

After the ceremony from the Honor Guard, Mr. Wassom sang a wonderful rendition of our national anthem. Raquel Bryant then delivered the invocation and remembered deceased Members Curtis George, Stan Jawor and Larry Tomasino.

President McKinley apprised the Membership on the Strategic Plan and some of the already finalized goals and objectives. He explained that not all committee chairs are board members, but an officer or board member sits on each committee to report back to the board. Committee chairs were picked based on the best leader to make change for that committee. He also disclosed to the membership that District 5 Director John Lindert is one of four candidates running for National Secretary.

Vice President Bob Bales, along with Executive Director Kevin Helm, reviewed the Section’s investments as well as year-end financials.

Secretary John Pershern acknowledged and welcomed new members and quarter century members. He also congratulated Michigan Golf Hall of Fame inductee Tom Harding.

PGA Career Consultant Todd Smith introduced himself and reviewed a brief PowerPoint presentation. He urged the membership to complete the 2018 Compensation Survey by March 31.

PGA Jr. League Regional Manager Kim Shafer also introduced herself and reviewed exciting new items for 2018.

Junior Grant of the Year Award recipient Pam Phipps, PGA

The meeting then went into a town hall format with President McKinley introducing Folds of Honor Scholarship recipient Hannah Davis, who gave a poignant speech and thanked PGA members for their continued support of the organization.

Tournament Chair Ian Ziska, along with Jim Deiters, Jason Guss and Cody Haughton, talked about what playing in events means to them.

Growth of the Game Chair Stephanie Jennings then recognized the Junior Grant Program of the Year Award to Pam Phipps and Adult Grant Program of the

Adult Grant of the Year Award recipient Brian Kotowicz, PGA

Year Award to Brian Kotowicz. Along with Kotowicz and Phipps, they were joined by Andre Pillow and Kelly Sivier talking about various best practices, etc. regarding junior programs and how they tailor their respective programs to their participants.

The last portion of the town hall featured District 5 Director John Lindert and National Secretary Candidate, along with Jim Dewling, Andre Pillow and Mike Rey, talking about their own experiences as it relates to governance and leadership.

About 53 invited guests had Lunch with the President, an inspiring presentation by President McKinley who discussed the benefits of leadership, leadership opportunities and how to be an all-star board member.

The afternoon education portion featured Dawes Marlatt, PGA Master Professional, Senior Director for Education and Organizational Development at PGA of America, and Todd Sammons, Director, Member Education at PGA of America, who talked about ideas and the new direction within the PGA of America’s Education Department. A large part of the seminar had attendees participate in PGA Business Management Simulations that delivered real world scenarios aligned with a primary focus on improving marketing, sales, leadership, revenue management and financial management at a golf facility. 

Thank you to Ahead and WholesaleGRIPS.com for sponsoring the luncheon.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tom Harding, PGA Elected to Michigan Golf Hall of Fame

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


New Michigan PGA Kiawah Island Pro Am presented by Linksoul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule of Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

For complete results click HERE

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

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

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

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


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

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









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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About Global Golf Post:

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

Media Contacts:

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

Player Development Revenue Workshops

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

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

Join Us!

Price: $80
MSR Credits: 14

Eagle Eye Golf Course
February 20 & 21, 2018

On The Dunes
February 22 & 23, 2018

Special guests: Bob Baldassari, Kim Shafer & Kathy Grayson

Click here to register


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

Join us at a Town Hall!

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

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

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

Click here to register for a Town Hall meeting 


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

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

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


Click Here to view Kevin McKinley’s Patriot Award Video

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

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

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


Kevin McKinley & Paul Levy



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

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

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

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

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

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


Outgoing Section Presidents

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

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