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

GLOBAL GOLF POST ANNOUNCES 2018 PGA “ALL-PRO” 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
9am-5pm

On The Dunes
February 22 & 23, 2018
9am-5pm

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)


AUSTIN, Texas
(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.

KEVIN MCKINLEY, PGA
TREETOPS RESORT GOLF – GAYLORD, MICHIGAN

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

 

ZACHARY J. CHAPIN, PGA
ARCADIA BLUFFS GOLF CLUB – ARCADIA, MICHIGAN

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

101ST PGA ANNUAL MEETING
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.

 

 

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TOM HARDING INDUCTED INTO THE MICHIGAN PGA HALL OF FAME

EAST LANSING, MI – One new member has been inducted into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame. Tom Harding was announced as the sole member of the 2017 Induction Class at the Michigan Section PGA President’s Dinner, Sunday, October 22nd at The Country Club of Lansing. Harding’s wife, Peggy, and daughters, Priscilla and Caroline, accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Harding, who was unable to attend the event.

Harding has been a PGA Member since 1997 and is in his 13th season as the Senior Instructor at Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf. Harding also served as an Assistant Professional and Teaching Professional at both Meadowbrook Country Club and Egypt Valley Country Club.

Tom has a long history of tremendous playing accomplishments including:

  • Golf Digest’s Top 15 Instructors in Michigan– 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Participated in US Senior Open and Senior PGA Professional Championship– 2017
  • Buick Open– played twice
  • Won Canadian PGA Championship– 1991
  • Played Asian and Australian Tours
  • com Tour– twice exempt
  • Qualified for seven PGA Professional Championships
  • Michigan PGA Player of the Year– 1997, 2001
  • Won the Michigan PGA Championship– 1997
  • Won Tournament of Champions– 1997
  • Match Play Champion– 2001, 2002
  • Served on Section Tournament Committee twice
  • Michigan State University men’s golf team member
  • Tom has three daughters on the Michigan State University women’s golf team
  • Numerous all state high school players and prominent collegiate players

The Michigan PGA Hall of Fame was founded in 2011 and exists to recognize and acknowledge those PGA Professionals who have excelled in their profession, achieved remarkable accomplishments, and made significant contributions to the game, the industry and the Michigan PGA. The inductees are honored at the Presidents’ Dinner each fall.

 

2017 Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Harding, PGA

Harding’s wife, Peggy, and daughters, Priscilla and Caroline, accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of Harding, who was unable to attend the event.

 

Michigan PGA Fall Meeting

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan PGA held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 23. With approximately 285 Members in attendance, President Ron Osborne welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests Legal Counsel John Allen, David Graham from GAM, Marsha Hacker, Kathy Grayson and Tim Marks, PGA Employment Services and all Past Presidents in attendance.

Randy White administered the invocation and remembered deceased PGA members Duck Duckwall, Erich Kuhlman and Brent Veenstra.

After Ms. Hacker sang a wonderful rendition of our national anthem, President Osborne thanked the Board and staff for their commitment and dedication during his tenure as president. Outgoing Board plaques were given to Harry Dixon, John Lindert, Chris Moore, John Seltzer, Joe Simpson, Sam Stover and Doug White.

Secretary Bob Bales announced the 2017 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductee Tom Harding, Instructor at Kendall Academy of Golf.  The Hall of Fame recognizes and acknowledges those PGA Professionals who have excelled in their profession, achieved remarkable accomplishments, and made significant contributions to the game, the industry and the Michigan PGA.

Honorary President Doug White oversaw the voting for officers. Kevin McKinley, Bob Bales and John Pershern were elected President, Vice President and Secretary, respectively.

Special Awards Chair Doug Kreis presented plaques to the 2017 Special Awards winners:

Assistant Professional of the Year – Rocky Mullendore, PGA
Bill Strausbaugh – Jeff O’Malley, PGA
Golf Professional of the Year – Kevin McKinley, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Private – Jeremy Lathwell, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Public – Ian Ziska, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Resort – Zack Chapin, PGA
Patriot Award – Doug Bell, PGA
PGA Horton Smith – Aaron Waltz, PGA
Player Development – Dean Marks, PGA
Teacher of the Year – Jason Guss, PGA
Youth Player Development – Scott Wilson, PGA

After a short break, town hall discussions began with Doug Kreis recognizing and celebrating PGA of America Award winners Zack Chapin, PGA Merchandiser of the Year-Resort, and Kevin McKinley, PGA Patriot Award, who gave brief overviews of their successes in the golf business.

All of the Special Awards winners, National Award winners and Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductee were honored at a dinner Sunday evening at the Country Club of Lansing.

Kevin McKinley then highlighted some of the main topics addressed in the planning process of the Michigan PGA Strategic Plan.

Lastly, David Graham of the GAM addressed the upcoming changes to the handicap system administration here in Michigan.

Many thanks to Pepsi for sponsoring the meeting.

The afternoon education seminar titled “Expert Strategies for Coping with Adversity in Life and in Business” was presented by Michelle Byrd, Ph.D., a fully licensed clinical psychologist and professor at Eastern Michigan University, and Tom Waltz, Ph.D., Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher.

Drs. Byrd and Waltz provided a general overview of what major stress reactions can look like, the short- and long-term consequences of stress and how participants can evaluate their current coping strategies and habits. Over 120 Michigan PGA members were in attendance.

Team from the Spartan Golf Academy at MSU wins the New Orleans Pro Am presented by Linksoul

New Orleans, LA – Congratulations to the team of professional Chad Kurmel from the Spartan Golf Academy and his amateur partners Rusty Hanna, Brian Miller and Paul Tunink on winning the 2017 Michigan PGA New Orleans Pro Am presented by Linksoul.

This was the first time that the Michigan PGA has visited the Big Easy for its travel pro-am and it proved to be a great destination for this event. All of the teams stayed at the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in downtown New Orleans, walking distance from all the major attractions including Bourbon street. The event kicked off with the opening party on Sunday at Manning’s restaurant, just outside the hotel.

The first round took place at the TPC Louisiana course, home to the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic. It was here that the team from the Spartan Golf Academy jumped out to their early lead with a (-16) under par round of 128 in the 2 net of 4 best ball format.

The second round moved over to English Turn Golf & Country Club. English Turn was originally designed in 1988 for the New Orleans PGA Tour event, which was held at the facility until 2004 and in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. The leaders continued their fine play with a (-14) under round of 130 in this one gross / one net format. As you can only win the daily prizes once ,the team of professional Jim McGuigan from Twin Beach Country Club and his amateur partners Eli Maroko, Marc Globerman and Dave Raynush took home top honors.

The third and final round took place at the new Rees Jones designed Bayou Oaks South at City Park. City Park originally opened in 1902 and evolved into a four course New Orleans facility: North, South, East and West. However, prior to 2017, the North Course was the only course to be rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. Fortunately as of April 21, 2017, the South Course rejoined the North Course to complete the City Park golf facilities!

Chad and his amateur partners wrapped up the overall championship with a final round of (-17) under par 127 at Bayou Oaks for a three day total of 385 (-47 ) under par, picking up $300 per player. The team of professional Randy Erskine and his amateur partners from Great Oaks Country Club : Ray Harris, Jeff Vogal and Jon Hodges took home second place with a three round total of 408 ( -25 ) under par, winning $200 per player. The team of professional Jim McGuigan from Twin Beach Country Club and his amateur partners Eli Maroko, Marc Globerman and Dave Raynush finished third place overall, picking up $100 per player.

We would like to thank our sponsor of this event, Linksoul. Jim Dougherty, the sales rep for Michigan was onsite Sunday at the opening party as Linksoul supplied all the tee gifts for the professionals and amateurs in the event. This was the third year in a row that Linksoul has sponsored this travel pro-am.

We would also like to thank our host hotel ; Harrah’s New Orleans as well as the three golf courses ; TPC Louisiana, English Turn and Bayou Oaks South Course for helping make this such a great event.

For complete results click HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

For final results click HERE