Final Four is Set at the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship at the Country Club of Lansing

Lansing, MI – It took extra holes in the last match of the afternoon as Dan Urban from Gull Lake Country Club defeated Joe Hatch from Stonewater Country Club in 19 holes to advance to the final four. Dan won his morning round 2 and 1 against Adam Schumacher from Point O Woods Country Club. With these two wins Dan is the Western Chapter Match Play Champion and looks for his first Michigan PGA Match Play title.

Some familiar names find themselves in the final four as past champions Brian Cairns from the Fox Hills Learning Center and Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club have both advanced.

Scott’s putter got hot this afternoon as he made multiple putts from outside 20 feet including a 25 foot eagle putt at the par 5 12th hole to help beat Kyle Wittenbach , golf coach at Ferris State University 5 & 4 in the round of 8. With this win Scott is the Northern Chapter Match Play Champion. Scott defeated Harry Dixon from Wallon Lake Country Club in the morning round of 16, 2 and 1.

Brian had a couple tough matches as he defeated Kevin Muir from The Wyndgate in the morning round of 16 with a par on the last to win 1 Up. Brian’s afternoon match went 17 holes as he defeated Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook Country Club with a nice two putt par to win 2 and 1. With this win Brian is the Michigan PGA Senior Organization Match Play Champion.

Brian will face off against the Eastern Chapter Match Play Champion Cody Haughton from Red Run Golf Club. Cody cruised in the morning round of 16 with a 7 and 5 victory over Steve Vecellio from Birmingham Country Club. He then continued his fine play with a 2 and 1 win over Josh Fryer from Franklin Hills Country Club to advance to his first final four.

The final 16 golfers that participated today advanced from their chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at the Country Club of Lansing for the Jim Picard Trophy and $3,200 first-place prize out of a $15,200 purse.

The semifinal matches will begin at 8:30am and 8:40am.

For the complete bracket and up to date results click HERE

  Country Club of Lansing has a time-tested championship golf course for such a field, and at the same time is family oriented and offers a full range of amenities, including a driving range, tennis courts, fitness facility, swimming and dining.

   Founded in 1908, The Lansing Golf Club was formed by a group of 17 men. In 1920 members acquired 160 acres of land that adjoined the club and Langford, a nationally known golf course architect of the time, was commissioned to develop the new course layout.  The Chicago Park Builders were engaged to construct the course, and the new clubhouse which was designed by Samuel Butterworth.  In 1921 a new opening and a new name emerged – the Country Club of Lansing.

  In 1999 a $7 million renovation to the clubhouse helped the club continue to provide a traditional country club lifestyle for its membership, their families and guests. The course plays to a maximum of 6,889 yards from the championship tee positions.

  John Lindert is the director of golf and Drew Peddie the superintendent. Find out more about the Country Club of Lansing at www.cclansing.org 

  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.

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