Team from the Spartan Golf Academy at MSU wins the New Orleans Pro Am presented by Linksoul

New Orleans, LA – Congratulations to the team of professional Chad Kurmel from the Spartan Golf Academy and his amateur partners Rusty Hanna, Brian Miller and Paul Tunink on winning the 2017 Michigan PGA New Orleans Pro Am presented by Linksoul.

This was the first time that the Michigan PGA has visited the Big Easy for its travel pro-am and it proved to be a great destination for this event. All of the teams stayed at the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in downtown New Orleans, walking distance from all the major attractions including Bourbon street. The event kicked off with the opening party on Sunday at Manning’s restaurant, just outside the hotel.

The first round took place at the TPC Louisiana course, home to the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic. It was here that the team from the Spartan Golf Academy jumped out to their early lead with a (-16) under par round of 128 in the 2 net of 4 best ball format.

The second round moved over to English Turn Golf & Country Club. English Turn was originally designed in 1988 for the New Orleans PGA Tour event, which was held at the facility until 2004 and in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. The leaders continued their fine play with a (-14) under round of 130 in this one gross / one net format. As you can only win the daily prizes once ,the team of professional Jim McGuigan from Twin Beach Country Club and his amateur partners Eli Maroko, Marc Globerman and Dave Raynush took home top honors.

The third and final round took place at the new Rees Jones designed Bayou Oaks South at City Park. City Park originally opened in 1902 and evolved into a four course New Orleans facility: North, South, East and West. However, prior to 2017, the North Course was the only course to be rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. Fortunately as of April 21, 2017, the South Course rejoined the North Course to complete the City Park golf facilities!

Chad and his amateur partners wrapped up the overall championship with a final round of (-17) under par 127 at Bayou Oaks for a three day total of 385 (-47 ) under par, picking up $300 per player. The team of professional Randy Erskine and his amateur partners from Great Oaks Country Club : Ray Harris, Jeff Vogal and Jon Hodges took home second place with a three round total of 408 ( -25 ) under par, winning $200 per player. The team of professional Jim McGuigan from Twin Beach Country Club and his amateur partners Eli Maroko, Marc Globerman and Dave Raynush finished third place overall, picking up $100 per player.

We would like to thank our sponsor of this event, Linksoul. Jim Dougherty, the sales rep for Michigan was onsite Sunday at the opening party as Linksoul supplied all the tee gifts for the professionals and amateurs in the event. This was the third year in a row that Linksoul has sponsored this travel pro-am.

We would also like to thank our host hotel ; Harrah’s New Orleans as well as the three golf courses ; TPC Louisiana, English Turn and Bayou Oaks South Course for helping make this such a great event.

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