Team from Boyne Mountain Resort wins the 2015 Hammock Beach Pro Am presented by Greg Norman Collection / Dunning Golf

Palm Coast, Florida –  The team from Boyne Mountain Resort with professional Casey Powers and his amateur partners Bob Westover, Malcom Fordyce and Jim Costello shot a 136 (-8 under ) today on The Ocean Course to win  the 2015 Hammock Beach Pro Am presented by the Greg Norman Collection & Dunning Golf.

They lead wire to wire after a first round 134 (-10 under ) on the Tom Watson Conservatory Course in very tough conditions. They followed that up with rounds of 136 (-8 under) the next two days to win by 6 shots over the defending champions from Crystal Mountain Resort – professional Brad Dean and his amateur partners Rob Brewer,  Steve Thomas and Ron Schuknecht.

The event kicked off with the opening party on Friday night at the resort. The teams then  played The Tom Watson Conservatory Course on Monday, followed by rounds on The Ocean Course on Sunday and Monday in this 2 best of 4 net format.

We would like to thank our sponsors of this event : Greg Norman Collection & Dunning Golf. All of the participants received tee gifts courtesy of  Greg Norman Collection & Dunning Golf.

We would also like to thank our host site Hammock Beach Resort. This is the third year in a row that we have been to Hammock Beach and it has always provided an excellent venue for this event.

For final results click HERE

2015 Michigan PGA Hammock Beach Pro Am

Palm Coast, Florida –  There is still time to put together a team for the upcoming Michigan PGA Hammock Beach Pro Am in January. The event will take place once again around the dates of the PGA of America Merchandise Show in Orlando. The PGA Merchandise Show will follow the same schedule as last year ending on Friday, January 23, 2015. The Hammock Beach Pro Am will kick off with the opening cocktail party on that Friday evening, January 23, and will conclude on Monday, January 26 with a 9:00am Shotgun on the Ocean Course.

For those of you that have not been to Hammock Beach Resort I think that you and your amateurs will really enjoy it. It is a first class resort located on the water in Palm Coast about an hour from Orlando. Along with two championship golf courses and luxury accommodations it has a very good practice facility. You and your amateurs will have unlimited use of the practice facilities while you are there.

The amateur entry fee of $1595 includes:

* (3) Three nights luxury accommodations for the team in a 3 bedroom suite Ocean course pic
(3) Three rounds of golf on the Ocean Course and the Conservatory Course
*Friday – Welcome party with hors d’oeuvres and full open bar
*Sunday night dinner and cocktail party on the Ocean Bar Event Lawn with a full open bar
*Breakfast Buffet each morning
*Monday – Awards Lunch ( event concludes Monday after lunch)
*Unlimited use of the practice range
*Tee gifts Purse for daily winners and overall championship

The golf will take place on their two championship golf courses, The Tom Watson Conservatory Course  and the Jack Nicklaus Ocean Course. The Conservatory course hosted the PGA Tour’s Ginn sur Mer Classic in 2008 and the Ocean Course hosted the Champion’s Tour Ginn Championship in 2007, 2008. Both courses are of exceptional quality and highly ranked in the state by Golf Digest, Golf Week and Golf Magazine.

For more information including a schedule of events please click HERE.

For the official Entry Form please click HERE

Michigan’s Jim Deiters, New Jersey’s Frank Esposito Jr. Share First-Round Lead at 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Nov. 13, 2014, By Randy Stutzman) – Jim Deiters of Midland, Michigan, and Frank Esposito Jr. of Monroe Township, New Jersey, turned in textbook performances Thursday at PGA Golf Club, posting 8-under-par 64s to share the first-round lead in the 26th Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz USA.

Mitchell Camp of Aurora, Ohio is third after opening with a 66, while Todd McCorkle of Birmingham, Alabama leads a trio of players at 67 that also includes Gary Trivisonno of Aurora, Ohio, and Mike Nokes of San Diego, California.

Defending Champion Gene Fieger of Naples, Florida, had a 69 and is tied for 15th.

Esposito, the PGA Head Professional at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, New Jersey, had a bogey-free round on the Ryder Course that featured eight birdies, including four straight to open his round.

Deiters, the PGA Head Professional at Midland Country Club, capitalized on some pre-Championship homework on the greens of the Ryder Course by taking 28 putts en route to nine birdies in his debut appearance in the Championship.

The twosome tied the first-round 18-hole record shared by Bob Ford (2007) and Roy Vucinich (2008).

Esposito, 51, said that he was humbled playing this year against golf’s hierarchy, a tour of duty that covered three of golf’s most prestigious events – the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid and the U.S. Senior Open. He humbled the field Thursday.

Esposito, the reigning New Jersey PGA Senior Player of the Year, began play on the 10th hole on the Ryder Course with birdies on his first four holes. He added birdies at 16 and 18 on his opening nine, before saving par from 12 feet at No. 2. He capped his round by hitting a wedge approach to 18 feet to the ninth green and making that putt.

“Those birdies on the first four holes, which came as I started feeling my way along, got me into the round,” said Esposito, who tied for third last April in his first Senior PGA Professional National Championship, also held at PGA Golf Club. “I started making putts and it was fun. I’ve got some length to get to the par-5s. It’s been quite a year. Playing in the Senior PGA Championship (where he finished T-39), the U.S. Senior Open and the PGA Championship, it makes you humble to see how good those guys are. You take those experiences and try to use them as a positive.”

It was a rewarding day for Deiters, who survived a five-hole Section playoff last July in Michigan to earn a berth in the Championship. Deiters, 50, said he had a flashback to a 10-birdie round of 60 that he posted 15 years ago.

“This brings back great memories,” said Deiters, who made his lone bogey on the par-4 ninth when he mishit a 125-yard approach that left him 10 yards short of the green. He then missed a five-foot par putt. “Coming from Michigan, putting on bent-grass greens, I struggled early. A couple people helped me out in practice and today I could see the line and had a feel for the grain.”

The 72-hole National Championship, which features 264 PGA Professionals who are at least 50 years of age and have qualified to compete in the Championship through one of the 41 PGA Sections, runs through Sunday.

The low 70 scorers and ties after Friday’s second round advance to the weekend’s final 36 holes on the Wanamaker Course.

The low 35 finishers in the Championship will earn a berth in the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, May 21-24, 2015, at French Lick (Indiana) Resort.

The Senior PGA Professional National Championship features a $285,000 total purse.

Also competiting in this event from  the Michigan Section include: Jack Seltzer, Dave Kendall, Lee Houtteman, Kevin Muir, Bob Ackerman, Mick DeKorver, Ron Beurmann and Brian Cairns.

Visit PGA.com for complete Championship coverage, and join the social media conversation using the hashtag #SeniorPNC.

If you would like to schedule an interview with any of the participants, or attend the Championship, please contact:

Randy Stutzman, PGA of America
(561) 809-8609
rstutzman@pgahq.com

Brian Cairns wins the 2014 Michigan Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by O’Keefe & Mercedes

Harbor Springs, MI – Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center follwed up his 68 in the opening round with a (-7) under par round of 65 to win the 2014 Michigan Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by O’Keefe & Mercedes Benz held at Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club.

56 of the top Michigan PGA Professionals over the age of 50 played to not only determine a champion but to also qualify the top 9 for the 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz on November 13-16, 2014 at the Wanamaker and Ryder Courses at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Brian Cairns closed with a 32 on the back nine in the final round, giving him a two day total of 133 (-11 under). This was good for a 6 shot margin over the runner up and defending champion, Ron Beurmann from the Country Club of Jackson. This was the first Michigan Senior PGA Championship victory for Brian as he just turned 50 this year.

The nine qualifiers for the 2014 Senior PGA Professional National Championship presented by Mercedes-Benz are: Brian Cairns, Ron Beurmann, Dave Kendall, Kevin Muir, Jack Seltzer,Bob Ackerman, Lee Houtteman, Mick DeKorver and Jim Deiters.

In the Super Senior 70 and older division it took a playoff to decide the winner. Larry Mancour defeated Nick Berklich on the 3rd playoff hole for the victory. Larry and Nick both had two day totals of 153.

Super Senior Champion - Larry Mancour

Super Senior Champion – Larry Mancour

For final results please click HERE

We would like to thank Birchwood Farms Golf & Country Club for opening their doors and hosting this event. This is the second year that they have hosted the Michigan Senior Professional Championship presented by O’Keefe & Mercedes Benz. The golf course is in very good shape and provides a great venue for this event.

We would also like to thank O’Keefe for their support as they are the presenting sponsor for the second year in a row. For more info on O’Keefe please visit www.okeefellc.com

Michigan PGA Professionals at Whirlpool Headquarters

Benton Harbor, MI – As part of the sponsorship activation with the Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid at Harbor Shores Golf Club this May, Michigan PGA Instructors are providing golf instruction to Whirlpool Employees at their cooperate headquarters this Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22-23.

Over the course of the two days over 100 employees will stop in for a free lesson from one of our Michigan PGA Professionals. This is a great way to connect Whirlpool employees to PGA Professionals and to the game of golf as well as the 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor on May 22-25, 2014.

We would like to thank the following Michigan PGA Instructors that helped out over the two days: Chuck Pullen, Woodie Capron, Tom McMichael, Paul Simonds, Bill Shriver, Chase Kuyers, Tom Rose, Gary Koenes, Bruce Conroy, Denis Meikle, Ryan Strait, Jeff Cummings, Joe Prior and Ross Smith.PGA Instructors, Tuesday AM

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by Kitchen Aid please visit their website at www.pga.com/seniorpga

 

Michigan PGA Section Tournament Registration

Registration for Section events will begin on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. You can register online by clicking on the online registration link on the right. The 2014 Tournament season will kick off with the Club Car Spring Scramble on Monday, April 28 at The Wyndgate. Please click HERE  for a complete schedule and info on all Section events.

After 3 great Michigan Open Championships at The Orchards the event will be moving to Prestwick Village Golf Club with a new hole 17 Prestwickpresenting sponsor Lafontaine Cadillac. The 2014 Michigan Open Championship presented by Lafontaine Cadillac will take place on June 9-12, 2014. Please click HERE for more info on the Qualifying Sites and dates.

Nike is back for the 5th year in a row as the title sponsor of the Nike Golf State Pro Am. This event will take place on June 2nd – 3rd at Boyne Highlands on the Heather and Hills courses. The Sweet / Dykema Pro Pro presented by Adams Golf heads to Indianwood Golf & Country Club for a 36 hole event on June 30th.

We are excited to have Taylor Made / adidas / Ashworth back for the 3rd year as the title sponsor of the Pro Am that they helped create. This year they are joined by National Car Rental for the Taylor Made / National Car Rental Pro Am, a  27 hole event at Walnut Creek Country Club on July 7th.

Kevin Miller has helped to put together our new sponsors of the Pro Assistant Championship. The Miller Golf Sales Pro Assistant Championship presented by Sterling Cut Glass / Pukka / CMC Golf  will take place on August 11 at Knollwood Country Club. The Winston Collection is a new 2014 Tournament Sponsor as well as the Senior- Junior Championship presented by the Winston Collection returns to Warwick Hills on September 2nd.

The Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship returns to Crystal Mountain Resort and will take place on June 23 – 25,2013 Women's Open Banner new 2014. For the 2014 Entry Form click HERE .

The Club Car Senior Open returns to Bedford Valley Golf Club and will take place on July 15-16, 2014. For the 2014 Entry Form click HERE .

The Section Match Play Championship returns to Midland Country Club on September 8th – 9th, 2014. Four players from the Senior Organization. Eastern Chapter, Western Chapter and Northern Chapter will make up the final 16 at this Championship.

We are excited to announce that we will also have a new Pro Am in 2014 ! The Michigan PGA Casa de Campo Pro Am will

Casa de Campo - Teeth of the Dog

Casa de Campo – Teeth of the Dog

take place on November 5-9, 2014. We will have more info and entry forms coming out in the next couple weeks.

2014 Junior Golf Seminar

 Junior Golf Seminar

The Michigan PGA Junior Tour and the Michigan PGA Section would like to provide you with information and help answer questions you have regarding the development of your junior golfer.

Speakers:

 Casey Lubahn, the Men’s Head Golf coach at Michigan State University, will speak about what you should be doing throughout your high school years to put yourself or your kids in the best position possible to be recruited for collegiate golf.

 Bill Mory, PGA and Stephanie Wagemann from Meridian Sun Golf Club will touch on ways in which parents can be involved in the development of their son or daughters, and share their own personal experience.

Matt Larson, Senior Regional Director for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) will discuss the Performance Based Entry, and how competing in various tournaments will increase exposure.

 Details                                                                                                                      

Location : Hawk Hollow Golf Club – Lakeview Room / Bath, Michigan

When: March 15th, 2014 – 11:30am to 3pm

Entry Fee: $15

Cancellation Fee: $5

Includes: Lunch Buffet ,Refreshments and Prizes

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February 22nd, 2014 – Golf Simulator Event

The Michigan PGA Junior Tour is excited to offer you a great indoor golf experience! We have teamed up with On the Dunes Sports to provide you with the opportunity to test your skills on State of the Art Golf Simulators. On Saturday, February 22nd we will conduct three different competitions: Long Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Three Hole Challenge. All age divisions will rotate through the three stations, and prizes will be awarded to the champions in each competition. There will be five different age divisions for both boys and girls (6-7, 8-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18), and you can register to compete by emailing Stephen Tibor at stibor@michiganpga.com, or by calling the section office at (517) 641-7421. This event is FREE of charge, but if you would like to participate please notify our office no later than Saturday, February 15, 2014. We will provide clubs for you to use, or you may choose to bring your own.

On the Dunes Sports is located in Commerce Township, Michigan and boasts eight Simulators that provide you with an enjoyable golf experience during these cold winter months. Golfers have the luxury of analyzing their golf swing, and competing in outings/tournaments at some of the world’s most challenging courses from indoors. For more information please visit www.onthedunessports.com.

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Prestwick Village to host Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac

  HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP – Prestwick Village Golf Club’s premier facilities and dedicated, passionate membership will host the 2014 and 2015 Michigan Open Championships, the Michigan Section PGA has announced.

  LaFontaine Cadillac — one of 18 LaFontaine Automotive Group franchises in nine locations across southeast Michigan — will be the presenting sponsor of the 2014 tournament set for June 9-12.

  “We’re excited and proud to be hosting the tournament along with presenting sponsor LaFontaine Cadillac,” said Brent Goulding, the Director of Golf at Prestwick Village. “LaFontaine’s involvement makes it possible for our membership to showcase Prestwick Village, and what better opportunity then to host the biggest golf event for both professionals and amateurs in Michigan outside of some type of tour event.”

   Prestwick Village Golf Club is located just north of Milford in Highland Township on 426 acres of natural, rolling terrain amid a family-focused community. Award-winning and internationally renowned architect Ron Garl designed the championship course. The club’s stellar and expansive 26-acre practice facility was selected as a 2012 Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Range in the Private Category by PGA Magazine.

  “We have a slogan that you don’t have to live here to belong here,” Goulding said. “What everybody shares here is a great passion for the game, and part of that is being a host to several great Michigan golf tournaments. The members here have established a tradition of excellence for playing the game and making the game better.”

  Tradition fits the Michigan Open, which will be played for the 97th time in 2014. One of the state’s longest-running sports events, it was first played in 1916 and won by Leo Diegel, who also played in the inaugural Ryder Cup matches and The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga.

   “The Michigan PGA is pleased to announce this agreement with Prestwick Village to host the Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac,” said Kevin Helm, Michigan PGA Executive Director.  “We are excited about the championship atmosphere Prestwick Village will provide and know that the golf course will be a great test for Michigan’s best professional and amateur golfers.”

    Presenting sponsor LaFontaine Cadillac, located at 4000 West Highland Road in Highland Township, features the famous “LaFontaine Family Deal,” which offers its customers more than the best price on a new or pre-owned vehicle. It also offers the attitude and approach to business developed and nurtured by the LaFontaine family since the company founding in 1980.

  “LaFontaine Cadillac is proud to support our neighbor and partner Prestwick Village Golf Club in hosting the Michigan Open Championship,” said Kelley LaFontaine, Owner/Marketing Manager. “We look forward to being part of the excitement generated by a championship featuring the best golfers in Michigan.”

      History was made in the 2013 Michigan Open at The Orchards in Washington Township. Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood, 45, became the first amateur to win the championship in 26 years. He is certain to come to Prestwick to defend his title and compete with the likes of six-time champion Scott Hebert of Grand Traverse Resort and 2012 champion and Kalamazoo mini-tour player Barrett Kelpin.

 Goulding, a top playing PGA professional in the state in addition to his duties at Prestwick, is certain to be among the contenders. He said the course favors a strong ball-striker who hits a lot of greens and then putts well.

  The greens are extremely big and we are proud that they are pure and very fast,” Goulding said. “Prestwick has a kind of links style on the front nine, but holes 13 through 18 are back in the woods to give the golfer the best of both worlds. There is a high enjoyment factor in playing the course.”

Brian Cairns at Champions Tour Q-School