Michigan Open Deadline is this Wednesday, May 18 at 5:00pm !

EAST LANSING – For the 99th time the top golfer in the state will be identified in the Michigan Open Championship, which again this year is presented by the LaFontaine Automotive Group at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland Township (June 13-16, 2016).

Michigan residents with a USGA handicap index of 8.0 or less who wish to test their games against the best and win the use of a new car are urged to enter before the 5 p.m. deadline on May 18.

The LaFontaine Automotive Group will present the 2016 champion with a one-year lease on a new Cadillac.

To register online golfers should visit www.michiganpgagolf.com , or email Justin Phillips, director of tournament operations for the Michigan PGA at jphillips@michiganpga.com . You can also call the Michigan PGA Section office at 517-641-7421 to register.

The tournament will use a qualifying events system to determine the starting field of 156 golfers. Those qualifying rounds will be presented between May 22 and June 5 at sites across the state.

The sites include Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath on Sunday May 22, Oakland University – Sharf course in Rochester and Battle Creek Country Club on Tuesday, May 24, The Fortress in Frankenmuth on Wednesday, May 25, Country Club of Lansing on Tuesday, May 31, Forest Lake Country Club (PGA Members only) on Wednesday, June 1 and True North Golf Club in Harbor Springs on Sunday, June 5.

In addition, a three-spot qualifier for the final trio of spots in the starting field will be held on Saturday, June 11, at Flint Elks Golf Club. That event can serve as a first or second qualifying attempt.

A tiered entry rate is in effect for 2016 with amateurs paying $205 to enter, Michigan PGA member professionals $205 and non-member professionals $355.

Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile is the defending champion. Jeff finished with a four-day tournament total of 273 (-15) last year, four shots ahead of Jeff Bronkema and Randy Hutchison. Jeff won $8,500 and the one year lease on the Cadillac SRX courtesy of the LaFontaine Automotive Group.

One of the state’s longest-running sports events, the Michigan Open 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.

For the list of Qualifiers and to register click HERE

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