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.”

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