Frank McAuliffe Wins the Rain Shortened Club Car Senior Open

BATTLE CREEK –With heavy rains and unplayable course conditions cancelling the second round of the Club Car Senior Open, Frank McAuliffe, Michigan PGA Professional from Meadowbrook Country Club was crowned the champion with a first round of (-5) under par 67 and a 1 shot victory.

A field of 103 decorated golfers, including PGA Professionals, top amateurs, eleven Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members and 14 past champions all competed this week at Bedford Valley Golf Club.

With the bad forecast for Wednesday, the players knew that it was certainly a possibility that it could become a one round tournament and that it was important to shoot a good first round score.

Frank was able to do just that as he that took advantage of nice weather conditions on Tuesday by shooting a (-5) under par round of 67 and grabbing the one shot lead. Frank got his round going with birdies at #6 and #7. He went on to birdie #11, #13, #16 and #18, shooting 33 on the back with his only bogey of the day at the par 4 15th hole. This is Frank’s first Club Car Senior Open title.

Jim Deiters, PGA Professional from Midland Country Club, and past champion, finished just one shot back after a round of 68 Tuesday.  Steve Maddelena, amateur from Jackson, MI,  Pat Stayer, amateur from Elk Rapids, MI and the defending champion, Brian Cairns, from the Fox Hills Learning Center, all finished 2 shots back after rounds of (-3) under 69.

In the Super Senior 65 and older division, John French, amateur from Bloomfield Hills, MI took home top honors with his round of 72 on Tuesday, finishing has one shot better than Lawarence Hogard, a

mateur from Flint, MI. This is John’s third time winning the Super Senior Division.

For final scores and payouts click HERE

We would like to thank our host site Bedford Valley as they always do a great job hosting this event as well as our sponsor Club Car and specifically US Golf Cars.

Bedford Valley Golf Club is part of the Gull Lake View collection of six courses near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo including the new Stoatin Brae course. Bedford Valley was a 2008-2009 Best Places to Play selection by Golf Digest and in 2010 was named the Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.
It was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell and purchased by the Scott Family of Gull Lake View in 1988. The classic parkland design is known locally as “The Big Course” and features big greens, bunkers and fairways lined with large oak trees.

Bedford Valley has hosted several of the state’s top tournaments including the Michigan Open, multiple Michigan Senior Opens, the Michigan Maxfli PGA Junior, the Michigan Publinx State Match Play and the NCAA Division III National Championship.

 

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