From Bag Shop to Champion: John Seltzer Wins Michigan PGA Professional Championship

FLINT – John Seltzer III, the head golf professional at Blythefield Country Club near Grand Rapids, made a two-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole and won the 96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship in storybook fashion at Flint Golf Club Wednesday.
Seltzer, whose story includes working as a bag shop employee at Flint Golf Club during his high school years in nearby Grand Blanc, bested Andrew Dodson of GolfTEC-Novi in the playoff at 7-under 209.
Seltzer and Dodson each shot 3-under 69 to set up the playoff, and then both made par on No. 18 the first playoff hole. They went to No. 1 where both had chip shots near the green to for their third shots. Seltzer pitched his from about 45 feet to two feet, and Dodson chipped from heavy rough just left of the green to about eight feet. Dodson’s birdie attempt faded past the hole and Seltzer knocked his in for the win.
“That was my third time in a playoff in this championship and it was nice to get one to go my way,” said the 38-year-old Seltzer, who was a playoff victim of Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club a year ago, and a victim of Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson in 2010.
“I grew up here, worked in the bag room, probably did a lot of stuff I shouldn’t have done while working in the bag room, but it is so nice to win it here at Flint Golf Club. I let that thought creep in a few times today out there. I thought I was out of it when I made bogey at 13, but then I birdied 15 and 16 and there I was in another playoff. It’s special to do it here, and really special to have my name on the (Gilbert A. Currie) the trophy with my dad. It’s really more than words can describe right now.”
John is the son of Jack (John) Seltzer Jr., a member of both the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame and the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame and the winner of the 1988 Michigan PGA Professional Championship. Jack, who currently lives in nearby Linden, played in this week’s championship as well (tie for 53rd), and followed his son after playing and through the playoff.
“Without question this is the best day of my golf life and I had nothing to do with what happened,” the 66-year-old proud father said. “For my son to win the championship, and win it here in Flint where he grew up – his mom (Pam) and I couldn’t be more proud. It feels fantastic.”
Dodson, 31 and originally from Garden City, was playing in his first Michigan PGA, and said his final putt was on the right line but not hard enough.
“My goal coming into the week was make the top 10, and late in the round I realized I had made that and the goal became now go out and win it,” he said. “I felt nerves all day, and I had a nervy swing on 17 and missed the green right and couldn’t get it up and down. Then John birdied there and it became basically match play.”
With the win and the trophy Seltzer won $6,700 and Dodson $4,700.
Three other golfers just missed the playoff, including Hebert, the defending champion and eight-time winner. He closed with a 67 for 210, as did Jim Deiters of Midland Country Club. Kevin Muir of The Wyndgate in Rochester, the co-leader heading into the final round, shot 73 for 210.
There was also a playoff to determine the 10 golfers who qualified for the 2018 PGA Professional National Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif. Hebert and Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club, Andrew Dodson’s younger brother, are already exempt. Hebert is in as a past winner, and Travis Dodson as a top 20 finisher this year in the Professional National Championship.
Seltzer will be going for the ninth time. Andrew Dodson will join his brother, and the others are Deiters and Muir, the 210 finishers with Hebert, Jim Troy of the Golf Performance Academy in Kalamazoo (211), Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth (212), Cody Haughton of Red Run in Royal Oak (212), host pro Scott Brotebeck of Flint Golf Club (212), Jordan Young of Fox Hills Learning Center (214) and Bob Ackerman of Bob Ackerman Golf Academy (214).
Young and Ackerman won a one-hole playoff over Gary Smithson of The Mines Golf Club in Grand Rapids and Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club for the final two spots. Smithson and Urban will be alternates.
The low 20 finishers at the Professional National Championship move on to play with the best golfers in the world at next year’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.

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Kevin Muir of The Wyndgate, Cody Haughton of Red Run Share Lead in Michigan PGA

FLINT – Kevin Muir, a 54-year-old head golf professional at The Wyndgate in Rochester, and Cody Haughton, a 27-year-old assistant professional at Red Run in Royal Oak shared the lead through two rounds of the 96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship Tuesday at Flint Golf Club.
Haughton, using the power of patience finished with an eagle and birdie in his last three holes to shoot the tournament’s low round of 5-under 67 to check in at 7-under 137.
Muir used a hot putter in shooting a 68 to make his way to 137.
They will be in the final group of the final round Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. with Jim Troy of the Golf Performance Academy in Kalamazoo, a 36-year-old former mini-tour player who shot 69 for 138.
The cut to the low 60 scorers and ties fell at 151 with 64 players moving on. A purse of $54,400 and the Gilbert A. Currie Trophy is at stake, as well as the determination of the players who qualify for the 2018 PGA Professional Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif.
The low 10 finishers Wednesday join already exempt players Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club and Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club at Bayonet Black Horse. The low 20 finishers there move on to play with the best golfers in the world at next year’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo.
Seven golfers are within five shots of the lead shared by Haughton and Muir, including Troy.
John Seltzer of Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, last year’s runner-up, shot 69 for 140, three off the lead. Also at 140 were Jordan Young of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, who shot 72, and Andrew Dodson of GolfTEC-Novi, who shot 71.
Three more golfers were at 142 – Bob Ackerman of Ackerman Golf Academy, who shot 71, Steven Vecellio of Birmingham Country Club, who shot 73, and the host pro at Flint Golf Club, Scott Brotebeck, who shot 73.
Hebert, the defending champion, was at 143 after a 72. Also there and fighting for the top 10 are Rick Slaught of Spring Meadows in Linden, who shot 72, Jim Dieters of Midland Country Club, who shot 73, and Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills, who shot 72.
Muir is a veteran of six trips to the PGA Professional Championship. In the last few years he has struggled with his putter and wasn’t counting on making the trip. He is qualified for the Senior PGA Professional Championship.
“But this week I’m feeling something,” he said. “Something is working.”
A week ago he was playing a round of golf with one of his assistants, Rod Sowders, who suggested a small grip change with his putter.
“The ball is going in the hole,” Muir said. “I’m making some 20 footers, and made like a 40-footer from the back of the green on 17. At 7 I made a 20-footer for birdie and that was a good one into the wind today. I trickled a few in, too, and putted well yesterday.”
He hopes to keep it going in the final round and win a major Michigan title for the first time in his career.
“All I can do it control what I do,” he said. “I’m a veteran at this so I know nothing ever comes easy. I’m going to go out and hopefully roll it well again. This is more of a position golf course, and I do hit fairways with my driver a lot. I feel like I have a chance to win it.”
Haughton just missed going to the national championship last year and said it fueled his fire for this year’s tournament.
“This is my first time in the last group of a tournament ever,” he said. “I played a lot of junior golf, but didn’t play in college (Ferris State University Professional Golf Management Program). This is my fourth year since graduating and I’ve learned how the PGA circuit works and really have gotten back into competitive golf.”
He long ago learned patience helped in the game, and that paid off in his 67 after he started with nine consecutive pars.
“I thought a lot of them could have gone in,” he said. “I left four putts short right in the hole and one lipped out. But then I made some on the back. The eagle on 16 was with my putter, probably 40 feet off the back fringe, and I birdied 18. That’s the game. You have some that don’t go in, and then some that do go in. You have to be patient and wait for things to unfold.”

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Jordan Young of Fox Hills Drives in Front at Michigan PGA Professional Championship

FLINT – Jordan Young of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth found his missing driver for the first time this year and the result was the lead through the first round of the 96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship at Flint Golf Club Monday.
No, the club wasn’t missing. The 46-year-old teaching professional was just missing fairways with it, but remedied that in the first round for a 4-under 68 and one shot lead on five golfers in the $54,400, 54-hole championship for Michigan PGA Section members.
“I had been missing the driver all summer, but I drove it well and took advantage of it,” he said. “I did something a little different with it and it worked today. I got off to a good start, five birdies in my first 10 holes, and then really didn’t get much to go after that. But it was a good start. It’s nice to get a good start.”
The five golfers one shot behind at 69 included Scott Brotebeck, Flint Golf Club’s head professional, the host for this week’s championship.
“I kept the ball in play today and hit a lot of greens,” Brotebeck said. “I didn’t make a lot of putts for shooting 69, but being the host pro and having our facility here hosting, I’m happy to start with a 69. I will take three of them actually.”
The others 69 shooters were Steven Vecellio of Birmingham Country Club, Andrew Dodson of GolfTEC-Novi, Jim Troy of the Golf Performance Academy in Kalamazoo and Kevin Muir of The Wyndgate in Rochester Hills.
Two past champions with multiple wins were in a group of four golfers at 70 – three-time champion Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center and two-time champion Barry Redmond of Crooked Tree in Petoskey.
The others at 70 were Jim Dieters of Midland Country Club and Cody Haughton of Red Run in Royal Oak.
Defending champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, an eight-time winner, was among the 13 golfers who shot 71.
Just 23 golfers in the starting field of 132 were under par 72. A cut will be made to the low 60 scorers and ties after Tuesday’s second round.
Young, whose best finish in the section championship is a second place, said the big turning point for him was chipping in off a hard-pan lie at the par 4 No. 14.
“I had just bogeyed 13 so that got me back to 1-under and then I birdied 16 and 18, and then 1 to start my second nine,” he said. “I hit the flag stick at No. 1. I just didn’t get anything else to drop coming in on the rest of the front.”
He said the rough right around the greens is especially long and tough.
“Our group almost lost a couple of balls right off the green,” he said. “It’s a tough shot from it because it’s long and laying down. You chunk it out of there on the green and hope it trickles close.”
Brotebeck said he thought the course would play tougher than most people were thinking in tournament condition.
“I’ve just seen it happen before,” he said. “This golf course can get you.”
Like, like the other players in the field, Brotebeck has his eyes on a top 10 finish that qualifies for next year’s PGA Professional National Championship.
“It’s been 10 years since I made it to the national club pro, 2007, and I’ve knocked the door the last few years, but it just hasn’t opened all the way,” said the 43-year-old who is in his fourth year at Flint GC. “Hopefully this week with a little home course advantage, and with the way I’m striking the ball right now, I will be in there on Wednesday fighting for it.”

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96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship starts Monday at Flint Golf Club

FLINT – The 96th Michigan PGA Professional Championship is Monday through Wednesday at Flint Golf Club, and in addition to being a state championship for Michigan golf professionals it serves as the starting point on the road to major championship golf.
Eight-time champion and the defending champion Scott Hebert, the head golf professional at Traverse City Golf & Country Club, heads the field of 132 professionals in the $54,400 championship on the storied Flint Golf Club course designed by famed architect Willie Park Jr.
A cut will be made to the low 60 scorers and ties after Tuesday’s second round in the 54-hole championship. The low 10 golfers at the end of the tournament, along with Hebert and Travis Dodson of Meadowbrook Country Club who are exempt from qualification, will play in the 2018 PGA Professional National Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, Calif., next June 17-20. The low 20 finishers from that national event move on to play with the best players in the world at next year’s PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis., Mo.
Hebert (2006, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12, ’14, ’16) is one of 11 former Michigan PGA champions in the field, including 2015 champion Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club, three-time winner Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center (1996, 2000, 2013), two-time winner Steve Brady of Oakland Hills Country Club (1993, ’95), two-time winner Barry Redmond of Crooked Tree Golf Club (1990, ’92), Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson (2010), Joe Pollack of Golf Cars Plus (2004), Tom Harding of Kendall Golf Academy (1997), Jack Seltzer of Jack Seltzer Golf Academy (1988), John Traub of Berkley (1984) and Randy Erskine of Rochester (1978).
Flint Golf Club dates to 1910 as a social club, and the course was opened in 1919. Park, a two-time British Open champion turned designer, fashioned a parkland golf course that has stayed true to its roots over the years. It can play as long as 6,671 yards at par 72. Somewhat unique to the Park design are five par-3 and five par 5 holes.
Flint Golf Club is hosting the Michigan PGA Professional Championship for the first time. It has been a regular host to Golf Association of Michigan tournaments over the years, including the 2001 Michigan Amateur Championship, and it has also hosted golf legends. Sam Snead set the course record in June 1963 shooting a 61. Flint Golf Club also hosted the PGA Carling Open in 1957 won by Paul Harney.
Flint Golf Club’s staff is headed by General Manager Troy Stieve. Scott Brotebeck is the head PGA Professional and the Superintendent is Jim Moore.
Last year Hebert made state golf history in a rain-shortened tournament when the former PGA Professional National Champion (2008) made a 12-foot par-saving putt on the first playoff hole against John Seltzer of Blythefield Country Club and won at Egypt Valley Country Club near Grand Rapids.
Hebert’s eighth Michigan PGA Professional win put him just one short of the all-time record of nine set by Michigan legend Al Watrous, and last year’s win also was his 15th major Michigan PGA title, which tied him with Watrous and J.R. Roth for the most wins all-time. Hebert’s eight PGA Professional titles go with six Michigan Open titles and a Tournament of Champions title.
The Michigan PGA Professional Championship dates to 1922 and past champions include Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Jimmy Demaret, Chick Harbert and Horton Smith.

The Michigan PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, TaylorMade-adidas, Golf Advisor and the PGA Tour.

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Gallery is welcome. Parking and admission are free. More information on Flint Golf Club is available at flintgolfclub.com.

CONTACTS: Justin Phillips, tournament director from the Michigan PGA, can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com. The media contact is Greg Johnson. He can be reached at 616-560-8995 or greggie24@hotmail.com.

Mory Wins The National Car Rental Michigan Assistants Championship

BATH, MI – The National Car Rental Michigan Assistants Championship was held yesterday at Eagle Eye Golf Club. The field of 45 PGA Professionals and Apprentices competed on the challenging 7024 yard course to qualify for the 2017 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Championship. The field chased the three qualifier spots for the chance to go to Port St. Lucie, Florida and play PGA Golf Club from November 9-12, 2017 while representing the Michigan PGA.
After the morning rounds were finished, Travis Dodson, PGA from Meadowbrook Country Club held a two-stroke lead over Christopher Mory of Hawk Hollow after firing an opening 68. Dodson started the round with an opening 35. Teeing off hole 10, Dodson made three birdies and two bogeys to turn at one under. He then finished strong and posted a bogey-free 33 on the way in with birdies on holes 1, 5 and 9. Christopher Mory went out with two birdies, holes 6 and 9, and one bogey to turn at one under par. Mory was three-under on the round heading into the difficult 17th. He dropped two strokes on the island green, but made a birdie on the eighteenth to get the round back to two-under. Josh Fryer, PGA of Franklin Hills Country Club, Scott Schulte, PGA of Western Golf and Country Club and Joshua Proben, PGA of Western Golf and Country Club all fired opening round 71’s to stay in striking distance of the lead.
When the final round was over, it was Christopher Mory from Hawk Hollow sitting on top. Mory finished with an impressive 68 with birdies on holes 3, 4, 9, 10 and 14. Mory dropped a lone stroke with a bogey on the par four 13th. Mory finished with a tournament total of 70 – 68 – 138 to win by six shots. Coming in a tie for second place was Travis Dodson, PGA of Meadowbrook Country Club and Joshua Proben, PGA of Western Golf and Country Club. Dodson posted 68 – 76 – 144 and Proben posted 71 – 73 – 144 to share second place. Please pass on congratulations to Christopher Mory, Travis Dodson and Joshua Proben as these three will be representing the Michigan PGA at the 2017 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Championship.
Please thank our sponsors, the PGA Tour, National Car Rental and Cleveland-Srixon Golf for their continued support of the Michigan PGA. Without them these events would not be possible.

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Oakley Pro Junior at Bucks Run

 

Mt Pleasant, MI-  An exciting day wrapped up Sunday at the Oakley Pro-Junior hosted at Bucks Run Golf Club. It was a great turn out with a field of 21 teams. The teams were split up into two divisions based on the average age of their three juniors. We had 10 teams in the 16-18 division and 11 teams in the 12-15 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 12-15 division we had some great competition! Coming in second place by one shot was Andre Thielk’s team with Xavier Lee, Kate Mine Lee, and Cameron Cowland. The Thielk team carded a 131 (-13). Coming in first place for the 12-15 division was Justin Lauers team with Gavin Lauer, Justin Lauer, and Bryce Henderson. The Lauer team carded a 130 (-14).

In the 16-18 division we had Ian Ziska’s team with Ben Fath, Owen Seay, Nick Althouse taking home the second place flags. The Ziska team carded a 130 (130). Our Champions for the 16-18 division were John Gates, Cam Carrol, Scott Campbell and Charlie Delong. The Gates team carded a 125 (-19).

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The weather was perfect; the course was in pristine condition and our Sponsor Jon Cooley added great prizes and a FUN atmosphere. The Michigan PGA is dedicated to helping grow the game of golf. The Oakley 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 Bucks Run & head professional Jon Conklin & our Sponsor Oakley-Jon Cooley; both parties have helped support our mission to grow the game!

Brian Cairns Wins 2017 Michigan Senior PGA Championship presented by Mercedes & O’Keefe

HARBOR SPRINGS, MI – The final round took place on Tuesday at Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club as the players were also qualifying for seven spots to the 2017 Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Mercedes – Benz and supported by Golf Advisor and John Deere to be played September 28 – October 1 at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Brian Cairns, PGA from Fox Hills Leaning Center followed up his Monday 68 with an impressive 69 to claim his second Michigan Senior PGA Championship. After posting nine straight pars to start the round, Cairns fired three birdies on holes 11, 12 and 14 en route to securing his victory. Cairns clammed both the Overall and 50-59 title. Frank McAuliffe, PGA from Meadowbrook Country Club captured the 60-69 title with a score of two-over 146. 

Please extend your best wishes to these eight individuals who will be representing the Michigan PGA at the 2017 Senior PGA Professional Championship:

  • Brian Cairns – Fox Hills Learning Center
  • Ron Beurmann – Country Club of Jackson
  • Tom Harding – Kendall Academy of Golf
  • Jim Deiters – Midland Country Club
  • Steve Brady – Oakland Hills Country Club
  • Frank McAuliffe – Meadowbrook Country Club
  • Kevin Muir – The Wyndgate
  • Lee Houtteman – Manitou Passage Golf Club (exempt from qualifying)

In the super senior ( 70+) division Larry Mancour, PGA took home top honors with rounds of 77 in round 1 and 82 in round 2 for a 159 total.

We would like to thank our sponsors, Mercedez-Benz, the PGA Tour and O’Keefe for their support of the Michigan Senior PGA Championship. Without their support this event wouldn’t be possible.

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Michael Nagy Holds Off Joey Garber to Win Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain

BOYNE FALLS – Each time Manistique’s Michael Nagy looked at the scoreboards on the back nine of the Alpine course at Boyne Mountain Resort he noticed local favorite Joey Garber was getting closer and closer.
“It feels pretty good for sure because it was definitely stressful at the end,” the mini-tour professional said after closing with a final round 6-under 66 and a one-shot win over Garber, a Petoskey native who shot 64 in the final round of the 26th Tournament of Champions Wednesday.
“I was absolutely feeling the heat, and I hit a few loose shots at the end, but I also made a couple of big pars when I needed to.”
Nagy, a former University of Tennessee golfer, three-time state high school champion and past Michigan Junior State Amateur champion, finished with a 15-under 201 total.
Garber, a former Michigan Amateur champion also currently on the mini-tour circuit and sponsored by Boyne in his pro efforts, closed at 202 after shooting 6-under 30 on the back nine and closing what had been a five-shot Nagy lead to one.
“When I was going to the back nine I thought if I shoot 30 I have a chance, and I did what I had to do,” Garber, a former University of Georgia golfer said. “I let two par 5s get away from me where I made par, and I made mistakes (in the second round) that cost me. But it was nice to come back home and put on a bit of a show for Boyne. They are helping me get to where I want to be, and Mike is a nice guy and he played great all week.”
Two senior professionals, 2011 champion Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Glen Arbor and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, tied for third at 206 after both shot 70 to close.
Two-time past TOC champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon shot 66 for 207, and mini-tour player Otto Black of Pinckney shot 69 for 208.
Two more former TOC champs tied at 210 – Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, who shot 70, and five-time winner Jeff Roth of Farmington, NM, who shot 72.
Jake Kneen of White Lake, an Oakland University golfer, was low amateur with a 67 for 211. Also at 211 were defending champion Korey Mahoney of Manton, who shot 73, this summer’s Michigan Open champion Matt Thompson of Marshall Country Club, who shot 75, and Eric Lilleboe of Okemos, who shot 70.
Shasta Averyhardt, a Flint native, tied for 29th after shooting a 74 for 218. She was the low woman in the field. Jerry Gunthorpe of Ovid was the low senior amateur with a 73 for 220 and tie for 34th.
The $55,000 tournament featured men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs playing from different tee positions for the same title, and all were invited based on their having won significant Michigan championships.
Nagy won $8,000, and Garber $5,000, and both are headed back on the road following the Web.com circuit. Just 11 days ago Nagy won on the Dakotas Tour in South Dakota, and said he had a five-shot lead dwindle there, too.
“I thought about that and I used the same mentality of being aggressive and try to distance myself,” he said. “I drew from that experience, and this one will help me, too. Joey came after me and I battled through it.”
A key 10-foot par-saving putt at No. 16 was crucial to the cause for Nagy, who also pulled a wedge shot into the fringe at No. 18 and was forced to again save par and avoid a playoff with Garber.
“No matter what level you are playing at, or where you are playing, hitting good shots to close out a win is a hard thing to do,” Nagy said. “I’m learning, and pulling it off is a great thing.”
Nagy played in the TOC for the first time. His mother Beth came along on the trip and they celebrated her birthday Tuesday. In addition to the trophy, Nagy received the traditional green jacket and a lifetime membership to Country Club of Boyne.
“I had taken three days off at home and didn’t have too high of expectations coming here because I thought I might have a little rust,” Nagy said. “But I got into it right away. I’m really glad I came.”

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Manistique’s Michael Nagy Leads Talented Trio by One Shot at Tournament of Champions

BOYNE FALLS – Manistique’s Michael Nagy won on the Dakotas Tour 10 days ago and proved to himself that he can close the deal when he gets the chance, and he gets another chance Wednesday in the final round of the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort.
The 24-year-old mini-tour golfer shot a 4-under 68 on the Monument course Tuesday to hold the lead by one shot in the $55,000 tournament that features men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs playing from different tee positions for the same title.
Nagy’s 9-under 135 total was just ahead of a trio of golfers at 136, including 2011 TOC champion Lee Houtteman, who shot 68 and has been battling bladder cancer the last four months, this summer’s Michigan Open champion Matt Thompson of Marshall Country Club, who shot 69, and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center, who shot 69 and just last year was the PGA of America’s national Senior Player of the Year.
Three more golfers checked in at 138, three off the lead. That group included five-time TOC champion Jeff Roth of Farmington, NM, who shot the day’s low round of 6-under 66, Boyne-sponsored mini-tour player Joey Garber of nearby Petoskey who shot 70, and defending champion Korey Mahoney of Manton, the insurance salesman who had back troubles flare up in a 72.
“I’m looking forward to the final round,” Nagy said of the move back to the Alpine course for the final 18 holes of the 54-hole $55,000 championship.
“It’s a traditional golf course, and it is right there in front of you, and winning as a professional gave me that confidence boost I needed. I proved to myself I can close the deal when I get the chance.”
The 56-year-old Houtteman, who shot 68 for his 136, said he will just be free-wheeling in the final round that will include 64 golfers who made the cut at 9-over 153.
“I’ve been in the hospital four times in the last two months with a catheter, so playing golf, are you kidding?” he said citing a chance after more therapy to fully recover because the cancer was isolated to the bladder.
“I didn’t worry about one shot today. If it is good, it is good, and if it is bad I go find it. Before, I tended to get a little too much into it. In the long run it might turn into a positive. I eat much healthier now, and I feel lighter and stronger.”
Cairns, 53, had an eventful round. He made a 12-foot breaking birdie putt at No. 15 to move into a tie with Nagy, but then topped his tee shot at No. 16 about 15 yards and made a bogey. He also said he fell out of his golf cart while driving it on the ninth hole.
“On the tee shot I was joking around too much and maybe getting a little too loose,” he said. “Falling out of the cart – I just wasn’t paying attention, going down a hill off the cart path and went for the brake and missed it. The cart went right around and came back next to me, too. I’ve never done that one before.”
He said his adventures and a bit of a bruise on his hip will not keep him from being ready for the final round.
“I was making putts, too,” he said. “And I love the Alpine. I’m going to have to make some more putts there. I look at that leaderboard and nobody is going to shoot a high score.”
Thompson, 27 and playing in his first TOC after winning the Michigan Open in June, had an interesting finish to his round. He was in double-digits under par, but made bogeys on two of his last three holes (Nos. 7 and 9).
“I hit one short of the green and didn’t get up and down, and then I three-putted my last hole,” he said. “I’m still not sure how I did it. I was playing pretty solid until there. I eagled No. 10 (3-wood second shot to 15 feet) and had a good round going. I feel like I didn’t really hit a bad shot, but made two bogeys coming in.”
Roth, who is 59, missed just one green and made six birdies in a bogey-free round.
“Everything was going well today,” he said. “I’m back into it and happy about that. It’s going to take another great round.”
Mahoney, 33, was headed to get a massage for his back after his round.
“I don’t know what to expect,” he said for the final round. “This has never happened to me before. I hit a lot of touch shots on the last nine holes just trying to get in. It really tightened up on me about my seventh hole.”
Nagy three-putted No. 10, a par 5 and his first hole of the day, but then made five birdies without a bogey the rest of the way to take the lead.
“I just tried to keep the ball in front of me,” said the former University of Tennessee golfer. “(The Monument) has some tricky holes so I hit a lot of irons off the tees. The round wasn’t anything too flashy again today, but I was pretty solid after the first bogey.”
The Michigan PGA will use a two-tee (Nos. 1 and 10) start for the final round with the final group (Nagy, Thompson, Cairns) going off at 9:30 a.m. off No. 1.

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Defending Champion Korey Mahoney Leads Tournament of Champions Again

BOYNE FALLS – Korey Mahoney picked up right where he left off shooting a 6-under 66 on the Alpine course to take the lead through the first round of the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort Monday.
The 33-year-old former mini-tour player from Manton, last year’s champion, is still selling insurance, and is playing in his only tournament of the year.
The opening 66 gave him the narrow lead on three golfers at 67 – this summer’s Michigan Open champion Matt Thompson of Marshall Country Club, mini-tour golfer Mike Nagy of Manistique and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth.
Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Glen Arbor, the 2011 champion, and Joey Garber, a Boyne-sponsored mini-tour player from Petoskey, shot 68, and three golfers checked in with 69s – Oakland University golfer James Kneen of White Lake, former PGA Tour pro Tom Gillis of Lake Orion and last year’s runner-up, Eric Lilleboe, a mini-tour player from Okemos.
“I’ve been playing golf and getting ready for this week, and it feels great to get off to a good start,” said Mahoney who a year ago shot a closing 64 to win. “I have always loved this course and came close to winning here back when I was playing (mini-tours). I came back last year just to have fun and compete again, and it is kind of the same feeling this week. I play pressure free. I’m just here to have fun.”
The field of 115 golfers, all champions of selected significant Michigan golf championships, includes juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs of both sexes all playing for one title from different tee positions. They play a second round Tuesday, this time on the Monument course, before a 36-hole cut determines the low 60 scorers and ties for Wednesday’s final round on the Alpine in the 54-hole $55,000 championship.
Mahoney said bogeys with tree troubles on Nos. 13 and 14 were the only problems in his round.
“I got refocused after that and birdied 15, 16 and 17 coming in,” he said. “I made sure I got a good round out of the way I was playing.”
Cairns, a senior professional at age 53, led the morning wave of tee times with his 67 and predicted somebody would top the score.
“It’s out there today because the golf course is in perfect shape and the wind just cools you off,” he said. “I had a no stress round. I stuck to my plan and hit driver every hole. I’m going to stay with the plan and stay aggressive.”
Thompson, playing in his first Tournament of Champions as the Michigan Open winner, shot 5-under 31 on the back nine with eagle on No. 12 and birdies on Nos. 13, 15 and 17.
“I had chances on the front and didn’t make anything,” said the 27-year-old former mini-tour player who just this year took the head professional job at Marshall CC. “Once I got that eagle putt to go in at 12 and made a good birdie at 13 the round jump-started.”
Nagy, a 24-year-old first-year professional coming off a $16,000 win on the Dakotas Tour eight days ago, said his round was nothing flashy.
“I managed to make some birdies and not make too many mistakes,” said the former University of Tennessee golfer. “I’ve been playing great and I’m trying to keep it going. Winning early in my pro career was definitely a big boost. I’m confident my game is going in the right direction.”
Steve Vecellio of Birmingham Country Club, who shot 70, had the shot of the day with a hole-in-one on No. 3. He hit a 5-iron 188 yards and it rolled in the hole for the fourth hole-in-one of his career.

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ABOUT BOYNE MOUNTAIN RESORT: Boyne Mountain Resort has been a favorite Midwest destination since 1948. The family-owned, four-season resort has earned Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, and has been recognized by Conde Nast Traveler readers as being among the top 50 Best Places to Ski and Stay in North America. The waterpark is listed among Budget Travel’s Top 10 Indoor facilities and the resort is a readers’ choice favorite of Spa Magazine. Boyne Mountain is home to The Alpine and The Monument golf courses, as well as 60 runs on 415 skiable acres. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, Solace Spa, Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, Zipline Adventures, disc golf facilities, lift-serviced mountain biking, beach activities, kids programs, lodging, meeting and wedding facilities as well as real-estate are offered at the resort. Find out more at BOYNEGolf.com, boynemountain.com or call 866-759-1472.