Scott Hebert wins record 16th Michigan PGA Major

CANADIAN LAKES – It took one extra hole for Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club to defeat John Seltzer of Blythefield Country Club in the  Michigan PGA Section Match Play at Tullymore Resort and win his first Match Play Championship and record 16th Michigan Section major championship.

It was a great final match that went back and forth all day with great playing by both Scott and John. Scott was able to take a two up lead with birdies at #7 and #8, both players birdied #9 to make the turn with Scott still 2 up. After John made a great up and down at #10 to half he went on to birdie #11, #12 and #13 to take a 1 up lead. Scott won #14 with a par and they then traded birdies at #15 and #16 to head to #17 all square.

Both players made pars at #17  and #18 to force extra holes. Scott was able to hit is third shot in tight at the par 5 1st playoff hole. John’s birdie attempt slid by and Scott’s putt was conceded to give him the victory. This 16th Michigan PGA Section Major Championship victory surpasses both Al Watrous and Jeff Roth at 15 majors and makes Scott the all time leader for major Michigan Section victories by a Michigan PGA Club Professional. This also gives Scott the career grand slam as this was the final major he was missing in addition to the Michigan PGA  Professional Championship, Michigan Open Championship and the Tournament of Champions.

Scott Hebert has advanced to the finals with his (3 & 1) win over Lee Houtteman from Manitou Passage Golf Club Tuesday morning. It was a back and forth match that remained all square after Lee made birdie at #14. Scott then went on to take control of the match with birdies at both #15 and #16 to go 2 up. After Lee’s tee shot found the woods at #17 he conceded the match. Scott is looking for his first match play championship title.

John advanced to the finals by defeating  Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor Club in the morning 5 & 3.

The final 16 golfers that participated advanced from their chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at Tullymore for the Jim Picard Trophy and $3,500 first-place prize out of a $15,100 purse.

For bracket and results click HERE.

Two distinct world-class golf courses welcome golfers to Tullymore, including St. Ives and the award-winning Tullymore course designed by the renowned James Engh, which will play host to the play on Monday and Tuesday. Tullymore is a regular host of championship play, including the Tullymore Classic, which is part of the LPGA’s Symetra Tour.

The 36 holes of golf at Tullymore wind amid 800 acres of glacier-carved rolling Michigan woodlands and wetlands in the captivating Canadian Lakes area. The resort’s accommodations and amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, and two clubhouses with dining service options make for multiple reasons to visit and stay at Tullymore. Visitors choose from a getaway for two in the cozy inns, or a cottage, condominium or rental home.
The resort has won multiple awards and honors including being named Michigan’s No. 1 Golf Resort and one of the Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S. in the 2010 Golf World Readers’ Choice Awards. The Tullymore course has earned a five-star rating from Golf Digest several times since 2007 and has been ranked among the top 100 Greatest Courses in America multiple times.

The Michigan PGA Match Play Championship dates to 1980 and is considered one of the four major Michigan PGA championships along with the Michigan Open, Michigan PGA Professional Championship and Tournament of Champions.

Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director, and he can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com. Gallery is welcome free of charge. More information on Tullymore can be found at www.tullymoregolf.com.

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