2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Canceled

The PGA of America today (April 2) announced that the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, scheduled for Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan from May 19-24, has been canceled in light of the stay-at-home order enacted on March 23 for the state of Michigan.

“While we are incredibly disappointed, we all understand that protecting public health is the highest priority,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “We are especially disappointed for the Benton Harbor community, our friends at KitchenAid and the fans and volunteers who support this important championship so passionately.” 

“This was not an easy decision. This Championship means so much to our KitchenAid brand and the Southwest Michigan community, however the health and safety of our community is our priority,” said Jeff Noel, vice president of communications and public affairs for Whirlpool Corporation, parent company of KitchenAid. “We thank our corporate and hospitality partners and our 1600 volunteers for their continued support of the Championship. The contestants have become a welcomed extension of our community over the years and while we are incredibly disappointed that the Championship will not return to Benton Harbor in 2020, we know that this is the right thing to do.”

The 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will be played at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 25-30, and return to Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 2022.

The PGA of America today (April 2) announced that the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, scheduled for Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan from May 19-24, has been canceled in light of the stay-at-home order enacted on March 23 for the state of Michigan.

“While we are incredibly disappointed, we all understand that protecting public health is the highest priority,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “We are especially disappointed for the Benton Harbor community, our friends at KitchenAid and the fans and volunteers who support this important championship so passionately.” 

“This was not an easy decision. This Championship means so much to our KitchenAid brand and the Southwest Michigan community, however the health and safety of our community is our priority,” said Jeff Noel, vice president of communications and public affairs for Whirlpool Corporation, parent company of KitchenAid. “We thank our corporate and hospitality partners and our 1600 volunteers for their continued support of the Championship. The contestants have become a welcomed extension of our community over the years and while we are incredibly disappointed that the Championship will not return to Benton Harbor in 2020, we know that this is the right thing to do.”

The 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will be played at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 25-30, and return to Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 2022.

The PGA of America today (April 2) announced that the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, scheduled for Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan from May 19-24, has been canceled in light of the stay-at-home order enacted on March 23 for the state of Michigan.

“While we are incredibly disappointed, we all understand that protecting public health is the highest priority,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “We are especially disappointed for the Benton Harbor community, our friends at KitchenAid and the fans and volunteers who support this important championship so passionately.” 

“This was not an easy decision. This Championship means so much to our KitchenAid brand and the Southwest Michigan community, however the health and safety of our community is our priority,” said Jeff Noel, vice president of communications and public affairs for Whirlpool Corporation, parent company of KitchenAid. “We thank our corporate and hospitality partners and our 1600 volunteers for their continued support of the Championship. The contestants have become a welcomed extension of our community over the years and while we are incredibly disappointed that the Championship will not return to Benton Harbor in 2020, we know that this is the right thing to do.”

The 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship will be played at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 25-30, and return to Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 2022.

Upcoming Qualifying Season Canceled, 2020 National Finals Rescheduled

UPDATE REGARDING THE DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT NATIONAL FINALS AND 2020-21 QUALIFYING SEASON

AUGUSTA, Ga. – On March 13, it was announced that the 2020 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals had been postponed due to the impact of the Coronavirus COVID-19. After thoughtful deliberation, and with the guidance of public health experts, the Founding Partners have provided the following update:

1. The 2020-21 Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying season, set to begin May 2, will be canceled, given the continued effect of COVID-19 on scheduling during the time period critical to the success of local qualifying. Ultimately, the Founding Partners determined cancellation was the most responsible measure to take in protecting the health of everyone involved in this national endeavor, which includes tens of thousands of participants, their families and all those essential to staging hundreds of qualifying events across all 50 states.

2. This year’s Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals originally scheduled for April 5, 2020, will be rescheduled for April 4, 2021, the eve of the Masters Tournament. Each National Finalist will be invited to compete at Augusta National Golf Club in the same age division for which he or she previously qualified in 2020, regardless of their age on that date. Purchasers of Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals tickets will be sent a refund in May and guaranteed the opportunity to purchase tickets for the National Finals next year.

“As deeply disappointing as it is for us to make this very difficult decision, it’s clearly the right thing to do for all involved,” said Stu Francis, president of the USGA. “We look forward to seeing everyone play golf again, especially these juniors whose talent, joy and drive to compete inspire all of us.”

“We share in the disappointment of all those who were anticipating the start of Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifying, as well as this year’s National Finalists, who worked so hard to prepare for this April,” said Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament. “These decisions protect the health and well-being of the program’s many important constituents and were made independently from our Masters Tournament rescheduling efforts. With no qualifying this summer, we are pleased to maintain this wonderful tradition by welcoming these 80 boys and girls to Augusta National next April.”

“We feel tremendous empathy for the girls and boys across America who will not be able to participate in Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying events throughout our PGA Sections this year,” said Suzy Whaley, president of the PGA of America. “However, in the interest of everyone’s health and safety during this unprecedented time, the difficult decision to cancel the qualifying season is the one and only choice that can be made. We are grateful that this year’s Drive, Chip and Putt National Finalists will have a special opportunity to compete at Augusta National next year. These outstanding junior golfers deserve to follow their dreams, which they worked so hard to achieve, and we all look forward to cheering them on.”

Registration for the next year’s qualifying season is expected to open early 2021. For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

2020 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals Postponed

AUGUSTA, GA (WJBF) – The Augusta National Golf Club has announced the postponing of The Masters Golf Tournament as well as the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals.

The announcement comes in regards to concerns over the health and safety of patrons and players due to the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

You can read the full statement below:

Statement from Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club:

Memorandum Regarding COVID-19
On Wednesday, March 4, we issued a memo stating that our plans to host the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals had not changed. Unfortunately, the ever-increasing risks associated with the widespread Coronavirus COVID-19 have led us to a decision that undoubtedly will be disappointing to many, although I am confident is appropriate under these unique circumstances.

Considering the latest information and expert analysis, we have decided at this time to postpone the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.

Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision. We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date.

We will continue to work with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the City of Augusta and all other local authorities. We are grateful to all of these entities for their exceptional efforts and guidance.

We recognize this decision will affect many people, including our loyal patrons. Your patience as we make every effort to communicate effectively and efficiently is appreciated, and we will share any additional information as soon as it becomes available. Updates also will be posted to our website, DriveChipandPutt.com.

As COVID-19 continues to impact the lives of people everywhere, we seek your understanding of this decision and know you share our concern given these trying times. Thank you for your faithful support.


Fred S. Ridley
Chairman
Augusta National Golf Club

Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open Championship Features Largest Purse Ever

Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel partners with Michigan Section PGA to present pro-am and 103rd state championship on The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, June 5-11

  TRAVERSE CITY – The best golfers from Michigan will play for the Michigan Open Championship’s largest purse ever in June thanks to a new sponsorship agreement reached with Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel.

  The 103rd edition of the state championship, now titled the Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open Championship, is scheduled for June 8-11 on The Bear course at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, and will have a purse of over $115,000, the Michigan Section PGA and Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel announced today.

  “We are so excited to have Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel as our new title sponsor for the 103rd Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open,” said Kevin Helm, executive director of the Michigan Section PGA. “We have a terrific host in Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and now this addition of Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel as the title sponsor will elevate the championship to a new level with the largest purse ever. We look forward to working with our partners at the resort and casino to promote the championship as well as the re-launch of the pro-am preceding the championship.”

  The sponsorship agreement is for the 2020 championship and includes a Friday and Saturday, June 5-6, pro-am event preceding the Monday through Thursday championship in which amateurs will pair up with a professional in a traditional style pro-am team event. Pricing and details on the Pro – Am can be found by clicking HERE.

  “It’s an honor to host the Michigan Open Championship,” said Michael Schrader, chief executive officer of Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos. “This year marks the 31st year that it has been held at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, with the best golfers in the state coming to play on the best course in the state. Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel has increased its sponsorship this year so we could truly make an impact on the tournament as well as to the Traverse City area.  And a purse over $115,000 should welcome the players, their families, and plenty of spectators to enjoy all that we offer on our beautiful campus of premiere golf, gaming, spa, accommodations, and dining.”

  Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, and especially The Bear course, has played a significant role in the history of the Michigan Open. The champion has been determined 27 times on The Bear. The first three times the resort hosted the championship it was played on what is now the Spruce Run course.

  “The Michigan Open brings the top club professionals and amateurs together to compete in the state’s most prestigious Open Championship and Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is a perfect fit for the event,” Tom McGee, director of golf operations at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, said. “The Bear poses a great challenge and test of golf for the players that helps create the great championship atmosphere, and the players and their families also enjoy the great amenities the Resort has to offer during the week.”

  Last June on The Bear, Okemos mini-tour professional Eric Lilleboe emerged as champion by five shots over former champion Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo, a PGA Tour Latinoamerica player, in an event shortened to 54 holes by weather.

  The historic championship annually attracts the top professional and amateur golfers in Michigan and its list of winners includes golf legends Walter Hagen, Al Watrous, Chuck Kocsis, Horton Smith and Dave Hill, and more recent Michigan Golf Hall of Fame inductees Randy Erskine, Buddy Whitten, Lynn Janson, Jeff Roth, Steve Brady, Tom Gillis, Scott Hebert and Tom Werkmeister. The champion is honored with the historic James D. Standish Jr. trophy.

About Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos
Owned and operated by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos offers world-class gaming, golf, dining, and spa amenities in the northwest corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula. The premier properties include Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, and Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge, along with EDC ventures Turtle Creek Market, Eagletown Market, and more. For more information, visit www.gtbindians.comwww.turtlecreekcasino.comwww.grandtraverseresort.com.

Section Tournament Registration is now Open !

Registration is now open for all Michigan PGA Section events ! This includes all the qualifiers for the 103rd Michigan Open Championship at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa as well as the Pre Qualifiers for the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.

Section Majors :

The 103rd  Michigan Open Championship is returning to Grand Traverse Resort and will take place on The Bear –  June 8-11.  Grand Traverse Resort and The Bear continues to provide a great venue for this State Championship we look forward to another great event this year. For the list of all the Michigan Open Qualifiers click HERE

The Tournament of Champions will take place on July 27 – 29 at Boyne Mountain.Players will compete on The Alpine Course – Monday / Wednesday and the Monument Course on Tuesday. We are excited that are partner Boyne has decided to increase the purse this year – more info to come.

The Michigan PGA Professional  Championship  returns to Flint Golf Club and will take place on August 17-19, 2020. Participants will also be competing for 9 qualifying spots for the 2021 PGA Professional Championship at this event.

The Michigan PGA Section Match Play presented by the PGA Tour  returns to the Country Club of Lansing and will take place on Tuesday / Wednesday – September 22-23. The final 16 at this event will once again qualify through their respective Chapter or Senior Organization.

National Qualifiers:

  • Michigan PGA Professional Championship ( Flint Golf Club –  August 17 – 19) – Registration Opens April 2
  • Michigan Senior PGA Professional Championship (Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club – August 3-4) – Registration Opens April 22
  • Michigan PGA Assistants Championship (Battle Creek Country Club – August 10) – Registration Opens March 25

 For these events you may enter by telephone at 1-800-474-2776 or online at www.pgalinks.com

Section Events :

We are excited about the 2020 season and the tournament schedule. We look forward to another great first event on April 27th at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club with the Club Car  Spring Scramble presented by Golf Status.

The Club Car / Midwest Golf & Turf team will also sponsor the Midwest Golf & Turf Pro Am as this event returns to The Fortress on July 20th . 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 4th at Egypt Valley Country Club. Teams will play both the Ridge & Valley courses with am / pm shotguns at each course.

Adidas is back and we are excited to announce they have committed to  sponsor the Adidas State Pro Am at Boyne Highlands through 2023 ! Adidas will once again have a mobile pro shop set up onsite for participants to pick out their tee gifts. This event will take place on June 1st – 2nd  on the Heather and Hills courses.

For more info on each event and to register please click HERE

 

 

Team from Carl’s Golfland wins the Michigan PGA Trump Doral Pro Am presented by Linksoul

We would like to congratulate the team from Carl’s Golfland with professional Tom Harding and his amateur partners Karlis Vizulis, Jim Richter, Dave Deutsch on winning the Michigan PGA Trump Doral Pro Am presented by Linksoul.

Heading into the final round on Monday they were 3 shots back but closed with the low round of the day 133 ( -11 ) on the difficult Doral Blue Monster Course in this two net best ball format to win the overall championship by 5 shots.

Finishing in second place overall was the team from The Wyndgate with professional Rob Elder and his amateur partners Chad Peterson, Alan Peterson and Leland Weaver. The team from Treetops with professional Kevin McKinley and his amateur partners David Han, Greg Hills and Keith Masser won the 3rd place tie breaker with their great final round of 137 ( -7 )

All of the teams had a great time in this sold out event of 27 teams. The event kicked off with the opening party on Friday night where all of the teams received their tee gifts courtesy of Linksoul. The teams then played 3 rounds at Trump Doral finishing on Monday with the famed Blue Monster course.

We would like to thank all of the staff at Trump Doral as they did a fantastic job taking care of our group.

We would also like to thank Jim Dougherty and Linksoul for their support of this event and continued support of the Michigan PGA Section.

Thank you to all of the professional and amateurs for participating.

For complete results click below :

https://mipga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mipga19/event/mipga1948/contest/39/leaderboard.htm

Scott Wilson Awarded PGA of America’s 2019 Youth Player Development Award

In an inspiring, emotional and hug-filled ceremony, the PGA of America honored Scott Wilson and seven of its nearly 29,000 PGA Members Thursday night at the PGA of America National Awards ceremony at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Hosted by David Marr III, the event celebrated the achievements of PGA Members who have made extraordinary strides to further the game and industry.

“These award winners are the most ultimate in character and dedication,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley to a crowd of 700. “Their journeys in golf are something that we all aspire to. They’re the best of the best. These are our very highest honors. Tonight, is a celebration of greatness.”

Scott Wilson, a PGA Professional at Bay Meadows Family Golf Course, in Traverse City, Mich., is the recipient of the 2019 “PGA Youth Player Development Award,” given annually to a PGA Golf Professional who has displayed extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of youth player development.

A 21-year PGA Member, Wilson has played an integral role in elevating youth-player development at Bay Meadows, while also re-energizing the Traverse City Junior Golf Association’s programming.

His passion and commitment for player development is contagious: The Golf in Schools program he plays a major role in has reached more than 2,000 kids at 17 schools; Drive, Chip & Putt participation continues to increase; and the growth of PGA Jr. League has been incredible.

Starting with 28 kids upon Wilson’s arrival in 2015, PGA Jr. League now has enrolled more than 90 boys and girls at Bay Meadows. Additionally, his Junior Elite program, which takes on 18 juniors each year, is one of his most fulfilling programs: 40 graduates have gone on to play collegiate golf, including a three-time “Miss Golf” in the state of Michigan.

Wilson has twice been honored with the Michigan Section Youth Player Development Award (2017, ’19); the Player Development Award three times (2007, ‘08, ‘18); and he’s a multi-award winner for Northern Michigan Chapter. He has also been recognized on Golf Digest’s “Best Teacher in the State” list.

Five New Members Inducted into Michigan PGA Hall of Fame

Five new members were inducted into the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame during the 2019 President’s Dinner held Sunday, October 27th at the Country Club of Lansing.

BOB ACKERMAN
Bob Ackerman, a 37-year PGA Member began his career in the Illinois Section, then the New York Section, and finally in the Michigan Section for over 21 years. He is currently the owner of Bob Ackerman Golf Academy.

Throughout the years, Bob learned not only how to play the game, but how to teach it. He has owned and operated Bob Ackerman Golf since 2001. Bob was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2017.

He is a Master Professional, 7-time PGA Player of the Year in four different PGA Sections, winner of three State Opens, six Match Play titles and three Section PGA Championships, the only player in the history of Illinois golf to win the Chicago Open, Illinois Open, Illinois PGA and Match Play, and is a four-time Big Ten Champion.

RON BEURMANN
Ron Beurmann, a PGA Member for 33 years, has served as Head Golf Professional and Director of Golf at Country Club of Jackson for the past 29 years. He also worked three years as Head Golf Professional at Flint Elks Country Club The Flint Elks Country Club and has mentored over 25 Evans Scholars during his career.

His accomplishments include:
-Assistants Champion—1984
-State Pro Am Champion—1995, 2001, 2007
-5-time Chapter Champion
-Head Professional Champion—1994, 1998, 1999
-17-time Qualifier—PGA Professional Championship
-8-time Qualifier—Senior PGA Professional Championship
-Michigan PGA Match Play Champion—1998
-Michigan PGA Champion—2010
-Michigan Senior Open Champion—2012, 2013
-Michigan Senior PGA Champion—2013, 2019
-Qualified for Senior PGA Championship
-Merchandiser of the Year-Private—1998, 2008
-Michigan PGA Senior Player of the Year—2013
-Michigan PGA Player of the Year—2004
-Michigan PGA Golf Professional of the Year—2014.

BERNIE FRIEDRICH
Bernie Friedrich, a 36-year PGA Member, joined the Boyne Resorts team in 1976 when the resort company had three golf courses. He now oversees the company’s 13 courses and semi-private clubs in Maine, Michigan and Montana as the Senior Vice President of Golf Operations and Resort Sales. Boyne Mountain Resort Boyne Highlands Resort

Bernie currently serves as a member of the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association Board of Directors, adidas‘ Dassler Board, and the Michigan PGA’s Employment Committee. He is also a past member of America’s Summer Golf Capital‘s Board and founding member of The First Tee of Northern Michigan.

Bernie’s accomplishments include:
-Michigan Golf Course Association’s Lyle Leek Distinguished Service Award—2018
-American Junior Golf Association’s Golf Executive of the Year—2018
-Inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2018
-Co-founder of the annual Harbor Cup event which has funneled over $400,000 to The Manna Project and other local charities

JOHN LINDERT
John Lindert, a PGA Member for 36 years, has served on the PGA Board of Directors since 2016 and four national PGA Committees:
-Governance Task Force Chair—2017
-Membership—2008-present
-Board of Control—2009-13
Special Awards—2006-07

John was elected PGA of America Secretary at the 2018 PGA Annual Meeting and is the COO/Director of Golf at Country Club of Lansing.

John’s accomplishments include:
-Rewrote the Michigan PGA Constitution By-laws and Regulations
-Revamped the Section’s Special Awards process
-Established the Patriot Golf Day Committee
-Established the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame.
-President of the Michigan PGA—2010-11
-Bill Strausbaugh Award—2008
-Golf Professional of the Year—2009
-Merchandiser of the Year-Private—2010
-Player Development Award—2013
-Horton Smith Award—2015.

AL MENGERT
Al Mengert, a 62-year PGA Member, turned professional in 1952 and competed on the tour in 27 major championships, including eight Masters. He served as an assistant to former Masters champion Claude Harmon at Winged Foot and worked his way to Director of Golf at 10 famous clubs in America, including Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

While at Oakland Hills, Al hosted the National PGA Championship in 1979, the US Senior Open in 1981, and the US Open in 1985. During his tenure at Oakland Hills, Al won the Michigan PGA Championship—1976, 1980, Michigan Senior Open—1983, 1985, and the Michigan Senior PGA—1980, 1983, 1986.

Al’s contributions to golf are many. Early on in his career, he designed clubs for MacGregor and Spalding. In retirement, Al designed a series of wedges and utility woods for his own golf club company, JAWS. Al was also the founder and developer of Legend Trail Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ, a well-known public course in the area.

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.

For individual photos of Hall of Fame Inductees, click below:

Bob Ackerman
Ron Beurmann
Bernie Friedrich
John Lindert
Al Mengert

Group Photo-2019 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame Inductees
(left to right-Bob Ackerman, Ron Beurmann, Bernie Friedrich, John Lindert) Al Mengert not pictured

2019 Michigan PGA Fall Meeting

EAST LANSING, MI – The Michigan PGA held its Annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 28. With approximately 200 Members in attendance, President Kevin McKinley welcomed special guests Legal Counsel John Allen, and Todd Smith, PGA Career Consultant, and all Past Presidents in attendance.

President McKinley administered the invocation and remembered deceased PGA members Keith Fox and Bryan Rye.

Chris Whitten and Kyle Wolfe from GAM addressed the membership regarding changes to the World Handicap System.

President McKinley moderated a Past President’s forum with Michael Kernicki, Dick Stewart, Dave Mocini, Jim Roschek, Dave Kendall, Doug White and Ron Osborne. Some of the topics included: challenges faced when in office, accomplishments while in office, what you see happening in the Section currently that you are proud of, advice to the professional in the audience who might want to get involved and the newly-elected officer.

During Kevin’s final president’s report, he apprised the membership on the Strategic Plan and some of the already finalized goals and objectives. Like football helmet stickers, also known as reward decals and pride stickers which denote either individual or team accomplishments, the Section has adopted the same approach. Each time an action item is completed, the individual/committee is awarded a success sticker. Chelsea Guoynes, Stephanie Jennings, Ron Osborne, Dave Mocini, Todd Smith and Diane Lazaros each placed success stickers on the helmet!

Outgoing Board Members

Lastly, Kevin thanked the Board and staff for their commitment and dedication during his tenure as president. Outgoing Board plaques were given to those in attendance: Stephanie Jennings, Adrian Jolliffe, Ron Osborne, Jeff Rachar, Jack Seltzer, Matt Smith and Ian Ziska.

Vice President Bob Bales then reviewed he Section’s investments and Executive Director Kevin Helm reviewed budget numbers through September 2019.

Secretary John Pershern acknowledged and welcomed new members, quarter century members and announced the 2019 Michigan PGA Hall of Fame inductees Bob Ackerman, Ron Beurmann, Bernie Friedrich, John Lindert and Al Mengert.  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 Ron Osborne oversaw a candidate’s forum with Stephanie Jennings and Dean Kolstad reiterating their desire to run for the office of Secretary. Voting then took place with Bob Bales, John Pershern and Dean Kolstad being elected President, Vice President and Secretary, respectively.

Business discussions included information from Career Services Consultant Todd Smith.

Tournament Chair Ian Ziska highlighted items from the 2019 season and congratulated the 2019 Player of the Year Scott Hebert.

Special Awards Chair Doug Bell recognized and celebrated Golf Professional of the Year Doug Kreis and PGA of America Youth Player Development Award winner Scott Wilson.

He then acknowledged the 2019 Special Awards winners:
Assistant Professional of the Year – Emily Rohdy, PGA
Bill Strausbaugh – Bernie Friedrich, PGA
Golf Professional of the Year – Doug Kreis, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Private – Doug Brody, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Public – JP Westbrook, PGA
Merchandiser of the Year–Resort – Elliott Oscar, PGA
Patriot Award – Dean Kolstad, PGA
PGA Horton Smith – Kevin McKinley, PGA
Player Development – Mike Fay, PGA
Teacher of the Year – Dave VanLoozen, PGA
Youth Player Development – Scott Wilson, PGA

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

Many thanks to Pepsi for sponsoring the meeting.

The afternoon Education Seminar featured Tom Shay from Profits Plus Solutions presenting Three Keys to 2020: Strategy, Staff & Money.

Two Michigan Competitors Advance to Augusta National for the Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship

Michigan was well represented at the Regional Drive Chip & Putt competition hosted by Oakland Hills Country Club. Two out of eight qualifiers for the Drive Chip & Putt National Championship are Michigan locals. Kate Brody of Grand Blanc, MI and Lucas Bernstein of Williamston, MI will advance to compete at Augusta National on the Sunday before the Masters. Kate is 14 years old and the daughter of PGA Member, Doug Brody. Lucas is nine years old and has competed in Drive, Chip & Putt for the last three years.

These two competitors 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 make it to Augusta for the National Championship. Michigan is proud to send two of our top competitors to enjoy a day full of competition and fun among top golf legends.

Be sure to tune into the Golf Channel on Sunday April 5th, 2020 to watch Kate Brody and Lucas Bernstein compete! 

Golf Channel feature on 2019 Drive, Chip & Putt Regional featuring Kate Brody and Lucas Bernstein

The Drive, Chip & Putt Qualifiers are completely free to register; registration for the 2020 local qualifiers will open in early 2020.

Girls 14-15 Champion Kate Brody
Boys 7-9 Champion Lucas Bernstein