Goulding / Breault win the Midwest Golf & Turf Pro Am presented by PXG /GOLFNOW in Three Team Playoff !

Frankenmuth, MI – If you ask any Michigander what they think of when they hear the names Frankenmuth and Zehnder’s, the two responses you are most likely to receive are Christmas and chicken! This was only part of the story yesterday morning when 46 PGA professionals and their amateurs gathered at The Fortress which played host to the Midwest Golf & Turf Pro Am presented by GolfNow and PXG. The event began with a ten o’clock shotgun with the 92 players spread out all over the golf course in order to compete for a purse of $12,100. This pro- am best ball event had a unique format in which the teams were entered into both a gross and net divisions. This added a little wrinkle in which an amateur receiving a few strokes for their handicap can help their professional immensely by recording a number of low scores on the courses toughest holes. This resulted in a high level of play from both the professionals and their amateurs all looking to lift their trophies at the end of the afternoon.

At the conclusion of play it was 3 teams tied  at (-9) 63 including Brent Goulding from Prestwick Village Golf Club and his amateur partner and 2018 Michigan Amateur winner Beau Breault, Joe Portfilio from Carl’s Golfland alongside amateur Ryan Johnson as well as Jim Deiters from Midland Country Club and his son Austin Deiters. This stalemate called for a three team playoff and with the trio of teams leading both the gross and the net divisions despite the fact that all three amateurs had a handicap of 0. In this format the top team in the sudden-death playoff would be awarded the gross title, while the runners up would receive the net title. The rest of the positions were decided by each teams higher of the two rankings in each division.

The playoff did not disappoint when all three teams made par on the first hole to push the match to a second hole. On the second playoff hole the team of Goulding /Breault made a birdie to take home the gross title. Once they had won, the teams of Portfilio/Johnson and Deiters/Deiters would play on to be crowned with the low net honors. They continued to play on until Portfilio/Johnson sank a birdie on the fourth playoff hole to edge the father-son duo. It was a very thrilling playoff that capped off a phenomenal event.

Brent and Beau both attended and played golf at Eastern Michigan University ,Beau still has one more year remaining. This is Brent’s second time winning this event as he won in 2015 with Chris Cunningham.

We would like to thank all of the participants for playing in the event and providing an exciting day of golf. The venue was spectacular and the golf course was in excellent condition with many players commenting on the quality of the greens and how well-kept the course was despite the lack of rain in the previous weeks. This is all thanks to Head Professional, Kyle Martin and Superintendent, Scott Sabgash along with their crews for all of their hard-work.  We would also like to thank our great sponsors: Midwest Golf & Turf, GolfNow, and PXG for their continued support and affording us the ability to put on this event. In the end, the golfers were still able to enjoy a nice chicken lunch graciously provided by the famous Zehnder’s alongside one of the top courses in Michigan. All of this took place just a block away from the heart of Frankenmuth encompassing everything necessary for a day to be considered as Pure Michigan golf.

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