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Eric Wohlfield Leads 2011 Order of Merit


October 4, 2011

Eric Wohlfield

 

The Michigan Players Tour would like to extend its appreciation to all of the players who participated in Tour events in 2011.

Eric Wohlfield of Brighton led the 2011 Michigan Player’s Tour Order of Merit, collecting 5 victories and winning $2,225.00 in 10 stroke play events. This was the third consecutive year he led the Order of Merit. He had a solid collegiate career at Hope College, receiving Division III All-American honors twice in his four years at the school. Wohlfield's scoring average for the season was 73.3 (10 rounds).

During the 2011 season, the Tour conducted a total of 12 stroke play events, and paid out $6,150.00 in prize money. Overall, 32 different players participated during 2011. In addition, the Tour was affiliated with the PCC Best Ball Tournament at Portland C.C., in which 192 players participated, and which paid out $5,500.00 in prize money.

In the six seasons the Tour has been in operation, 62 stroke play events have been conducted, with 172 different players participating. Total prize money paid out during the six seasons was $54,270.00.

The complete list of money winners in 2011 is shown below..


2011 Michigan Players Tour
Order of Merit

Final Standings

PLACE
PLAYER
HOMETOWN
EVENTS
WINNINGS
         
1
Eric Wohlfield Brighton, MI
10
$2225.00  
2
Jared Jawor Lake Orion, MI
6
1025.00  
3
Ryan Lenahan Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
3
900.00  
4
Brian Cairns Walled Lake, MI
3
800.00  
5
Dave VanLoozen Farmington Hills, MI
2
400.00  
6
Benjamin Raymond East Lansing, MI
5
300.00  
T7
Jacb Leyrer Portland, MI
1
225.00  
T7
Ricky Shilts Wyoming, MI
2
225.00  
9
Chris Osentoski Metamora, MI
1
50.00  
 
   
 
 
 
  Total Prize Money Paid
 
$6,150.00  




PGA Tour Q School Finals Complete

Cuzzort earns full Nationwide Tour status for 2012

17th hole, PGA West (TPC Stadium Course)


December 9, 2011

Although no Michigan-based players earned their PGA Tour cards at Q-School this year, one of them earned full playing priveleges on the 2012 Nationwide Tour.

Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Isle, who competed in one Michigan Players Tour event back in 2007, shot a six round total of 429, three under par, and earned full status on the Nationwide Tour for 2012. He finished T63 in the finals, which had a field of 160 players return scores.

At the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament, the top 25 and ties earn full PGA Tour cards for the following season, while the next 50 and ties earn full Nationwide Tour cards. All other competitors in the finals earn conditional Nationwide cards.

The finals were held Nov. 30 - Dec. 5 at PGA West (Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course) in LaQuinta, CA.

Results of Michigan players are posted below. For full field scores, please click here.


Results -- PGA Tour Qualifying School -- Final Stage

PGA West (Stadium Course and Nicklaus Tournament Course) i
LaQuinta, CA
Nov. 30 - Dec. 5, 2011

Pos.
Name
Hometown
Round
Total
Result
   
 1
5
6
 
 
T63
Jeff Cuzzort Grosse Ile
71
72
69
77
70
70
429
FQ, full NT status
T129
Brendan Gielow
Muskegon
73
74
74
71
75
73
440
FQ, conditional NT
T139
Matt Harmon
Grand Rapids
73
80
77
77
64
71
442
FQ, conditional NT
T149
Andy Matthews
Ada
76
76
69
76
72
78
447
FQ, conditional NT




Michigan Qualifier Finishes 5th in WGC World Finals

Mark Thomas of Detroit posts net 300 in World Golfers Championship Second Flight bracket


November 9, 2011

 
Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas of Detroit, a WGC qualifier at the Davison Open on June 13th, and the national champion in the 6 - 10 handicap flight at the WGC US National finals last month, shot a net 300 to finish 5th in the WGC World Finals at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on November 5th. The U.S. national team finished 10th in the 26 team field.

The overall team champion of the WGC World Finals was Thailand, with a team score of 1161, three strokes better than the runner-up team from China. The individual medalist was Yutthachi Phaireeron of Thailand, with a net 72 hole score of 279, four shots clear of Zhen Hao Zhao of China.

In the WGC Invitational, which ran concurrently with the WGC World Final, Mary Hauk of Canton, Michigan, a co-qualifier with Thomas at the Davison Open, shot a net 318 in the 11-15 Flight to finish 11th in the 21 person field. The U.S. team finished T15 in the Invitational, which was won by Macau.

For complete scores, please click here.





Michigan Qualifier Advances To WGC World Finals

Mark Thomas earns spot on US National Team at World Golfers Championship


October 3, 2011 -- Mark Thomas, a Detroit native who qualified for the WGC National Finals at the Davison Open, held June 13th at Sugarbush G.C., has won the World Golfers Championship Flight 2 national title, earning an all-expenses paid trip to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa as a member of the U.S. National Team.

The U.S. final was held at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa near San Antonio, Texas on Sept. 29- Oct. 2. Thomas shot net scores of 73 - 75 = 148 in the event.

The U.S. National Team will compete against 37 other countries in the world finals, which will be held Oct. 29 - Nov. 5, 2011 at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort near Durban.

For scoring at the U.S. National finals, click here.




Brian Cairns Defends Michigan PGA Match Play Title

Defeats Ron Beurmann in final


September 26, 2011 -- 2011 Jackson Open winner Brian Cairns of Walled Lake successfully defended his Michigan PGA Match Play title, defeating Ron Beurmann of Jackson 4 and 3. The Match Play was conducted at Forest Akers West G.C. in East Lansing on Sept. 12-14.

Cairns won the event two weeks after finishing 3rd in the 2011 Michigan PGA Professional Championship.

For complete results of both events, please go to the Michigan PGA web site.




Lenahan Survives PGA Tour Q School Prequalifying

Makes cut by one shot at Nebraska City


September 26, 2011 -- Three time 2011 Michigan Players Tour winner Ryan Lenahan, fresh from a five week stint on the Dakotas Tour, finished T24 in the PGA Tour Q School Prequalifying tournament Sept. 21-23 at Arbor Links G.C. in Nebraska City, NB. The top 34 and ties in the event advance to 1st Stage of Q School, which will be conducted at 13 different sites in mid to late October.

Lenahan posted scores of 75 - 75 - 70 = 220. The cut at Arbor LInks came at 221.

Two other Michigan-based players made it through prequalifying as well. Two time Michigan Open Champion Ryan Brehm of Mt. Pleasant also qualified at Arbor Links, posting rounds of 71 - 76 - 74 = 221 to make the cut on the number. Former EMU standout Korey Mahoney of Thompsonville shot rounds of 70 - 68 - 72 = 210 to finish T9 at Moore's Mill G.C. in Auburn, AL. The cut there came at 220.

To see results of PGA Tour Q School, go to http://www.pgatour.com/qschool/




Michigan Players Tour Championship Rained Out

Heavy rain in Lansing area forces cancellation


September 20, 2011

Bath, Michigan -- A strong cold front passing through Central Michigan Monday generated heavy rain, forcing the cancellation of the Michigan Players Tour Championship. The event was to be held at the Hawk Hollow Resort (Eagle Eye G.C.) in Bath.

The final event of the 2011 season is the 6th Annual PCC Scramble Championship, to be held Sept. 24-25 at the classic Portland C.C. in Portland, Michigan.




Wohlfield Wins Third Straight

One over par 73 at Northville Hills G.C. wins by 4


September 12, 2011

Eric Wohlfield

 

Northville, Michigan – Eric Wohlfield of Brighton captured his third consecutive win and fifth of the season on September 12th by carding a one over par 73 at The Northville Hills Open. He beat Jared Jawor of Lake Orion and Benjamin Raymond of East Lansing by four shots.

Playing in the same group, Wohlfield held a two shot lead over Raymond at the turn, and increased it to 3 shots through 12. A birdie by Raymond at 15 cut the lead back to two, but Wohlfield birdied two of the last three to finish four strokes clear.

Jawor, who will compete in PGA Tour Qualifying School September 21-23 in Nebraska City, NB, closed strong with a two under 34 on the back nine.

Northville Hills G.C. is an immaculate Arnold Palmer design set in one of the most gorgeous housing developments in the Metro Detroit area. It is beautifully manicured, and measures 7,003 yards to a par of 72. It has several demanding driving holes, and its greens are relatively small, placing a premium on accurate approach shots. It is one of Southeast Michigan’s most beautiful public courses.

The round was played in perfect conditions, with highs in the upper 70's under sunny skies.


Images From Northville Hills
9th Hole, 425 yards, par 4
17th hole, 186 yards, par 3
Approach to No. 18, 524 yds, par 5




Wohlfield Birdies Final Hole For Win

One over par 73 at Westwynd G.C. clips Jawor by one


August 29, 2011

Eric Wohlfield

 

Oakland Twp., Michigan – Eric Wohlfield of Brighton captured his fourth win of the season on the Michigan Players Tour by carding a one over par 73 at The Westwynd Open on August 29th. His score bettered Jared Jawor of Lake Orion by one shot.

Playing in the same group, Wohlfield held a one shot lead over Jawor and two shots over former Big Break II participant Bart Lower of Ionia at the turn. Jawor tied the score with a birdie at 10, but immediately gave it back at 11 with a bogey. After several pars, Wohlfield increased the lead to 3 shots through 16, but a double bogey at 17 cut the lead back to one shot.

The final hole was dramatic, as Jawor made birdie to tie, but Wohlfield sank a birdie putt of his own on top of Jawor to preserve the one shot victory.

Westwynd G.C. is the sister course of Wyndgate Country Club, one of the most exclusive private clubs in the country. It is a beautifully manicured course measuring 7,032 yards to a par of 72. It requires precision driving in order to avoid numerous deep bunkers, marshland, and water hazards in the driving area. It also has extremely large, undulating greens with numerous tiers. It is one of Southeast Michigan’s most difficult public courses.

The round was played in perfect conditions, with highs in the low 70's under partly cloudy skies.

For complete results, please go to the Results page.

Images From Westwynd
2nd hole, 412 yds., par 4
17th hole, 399 yds., par 4
18th hole, 442 yds., par 4




Wohlfield Wins On Final Hole

Two under par 70 defeats Brian Cairns by one shot


August 22, 2011

Eric Wohlfield

 

Clarkston, Michigan – On perhaps the most idyllic August day ever seen for a Michigan Players Tour event, Eric Wohlfield of Brighton held off hard charging Brian Cairns of Walled Lake with a dramatic birdie on the final hole to win the 2011 Shepherd’s Hollow Open on August 22nd.

Now an eleven-time winner on Tour, Wohlfield came out of the gate with a flourish, recording three birdies on the front nine to turn at 3 under, four shots clear of Cairns and two time winner Jared Jawor of Lake Orion.

The back nine, however, was no cakewalk for Wohlfield. On the par five 11th, Wohlfield made bogey, reducing his lead to 3 strokes. After pars on the next four holes, a bogey by Wohlfield on the par five 16th hole, combined with Cairn’s birdie reduced his lead to one, which he promptly lost on the next hole with another birdie by Cairns. The event was decided on the final hole, an uphill, 461 yard par four with the pin tucked on a shelf behind a bunker. Wohlfield played a majestic approach to within 3 feet of the hole, and made the putt to take the title.

Shepherd’s Hollow G.C. is a spectacular Arthur Hills design set in a mature forest near Clarkston. It is perfectly manicured, well bunkered, and plays at 7,235 yards to a par of 72. Given its magnificent and challenging design, look for Shepherd’s Hollow to host a Michigan Open or even a PGA Tour event in the coming years.

For complete results, please go to the Results page.


Images From Shepherd's Hollow
16th hole, 449 yds., par 4
20th hole, 599 yds., par 5
26th hole, 397 yds., par 4




Cairns Wins In Jackson

One over par 73 bests Wohlfield by two


August 15, 2011

Brian Cairns


Jackson, Michigan – Fresh from competing in the 2011 PGA Championship in Atlanta, two-time Michigan PGA Champion Brian Cairns of Walled Lake shot a one over par 73 in perfect conditions to win the Jackson Open on August 15th. Eric Wohlfield of Brighton finished second with a 3 over par 75.

Both Cairns and Wohlfield got off to a relatively slow start, and were tied at 2 over par through six holes. A birdie by Cairns and a double bogey by Wohlfield at the 7th gave Cairns a 3 shot lead, which he increased to 6 shots through the 14th. Wohlfield was not done, however. A late birdie binge on 15, 16, and 17 reduced Cairns’ lead to two, giving Wohlfield at least a glimmer of hope at the final hole. Pars by both players, however, sealed the deal for Cairns.

The event was held at The Grande G.C., a fabulous layout set in heavily forested and hilly terrain on the southeast side of Jackson. Although not extremely long at 7,157 yards, it has several tricky holes which will wreck your score if you are even the slightest bit wild. It has a classic finishing stretch which includes the 480 yard, par four 16th hole, the toughest hole on the course.

For complete results, please go to the Results page.


Images From The Grande
6th hole, 403 yds., par 4
16th hole, 480 yds., par 4
18th hole, 439 yds., par 4




Jawor Two For Three On Tour

One over par 72 at Moose Ridge G.C. gives him second win


August 8, 2011

Jared Jawor

South Lyon, Michigan – Jared Jawor of Lake Orion captured his second win in three starts on the Michigan Players Tour this season by carding a one over par 72 at the Moose Ridge Open on August 8th. His score bettered amateur Chad Johnson of Plymouth by three shots.

Playing in the same group, Jawor held a one shot lead over Johnson at the turn, and increased it to 2 shots through 13. A birdie by Johnson on the difficult par three 16th got him back to within one, but he finished double bogey, bogey on the final two holes to finish three back. Johnson was the winner of The Boulder Pointe Open on the MPT back in May.

Moose Ridge G.C. is a Raymond Hearn design measuring 6,892 yards to a par of 71. It is a demanding driving course, and has a number of holes which require precision approaches or serious trouble will be found. It is one of Southeast Michigan’s most challenging public courses, and is a pleasure to play.

The round was contested in comfortable weather conditions, with highs in the low 80's under variably cloudy skies.

For complete results, please go to the Results page.


Images From Moose Ridge
2rd hole, 425 yds., par 4
15th hole, 450 yds., par 4
16th hole, 209 yds., par 3




Wohlfield Is The Medalist in Marshall

Even par 72 was seven shots clear of Bellus


July 25, 2011

Eric Wohlfield

Marshall, Michigan – After several days of near 100 degree heat, perfect conditions returned to Michigan just in time for The Marshall Open, held July 25th at the beautiful Medalist G.C. in Marshall. And at the end of the day, it was Eric Wohlfield of Brighton taking his 10th Tour title, posting an even par 72 and defeating runner up Dan Bellus of Jackson by 7 shots.

Wohlfield, who finished T12 at The Michigan Open two weeks ago, got off to a slow start, bogeying three of the first six holes. But after a birdie at the 9th to turn at two over, he played solidly, posting seven pars and birdies at the 10th and the 18th to get back to even par for the day.

The Medalist G.C., designed by architect Bill Newcomb, is a beautifully manicured course winding its way through mature forests and gentle hills. It measures 6,955 yards from the tips, and in particular, has several holes which demand pinpoint driving accuracy. It has large greens which are quite undulating, and which possess a number of devilish pin positions. It is definitely one of Michigan’s best courses.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.


Images From The Medalist
18rd hole, 401 yds., par 4
7th hole, 218 yds., par 3
16th hole, 348 yds., par 4




Jawor Handles The Heat At Fieldstone

Even par 72 is five strokes clear of field


July 18, 2011

Jared Jawor
 
Auburn Hills, Michigan – It doesn’t happen very often up here, but a blistering heat wave moved into Michigan this week, bringing with it temperatures in the 90's and tropical humidity. But despite these conditions, Jared Jawor of Lake Orion managed an even par 72 at the difficult Fieldstone G.C. of Auburn Hills, bettering Eric Wohlfield of Brighton by five shots to win the 2011 Fieldstone Open on July 18th.

This is the first win on the Michigan Players Tour for Jawor, who on July 14th finished tied for 22nd in the Michigan Open at The Orchards G.C. in Washington.

Given the heat, the course maintenance staff was forced to water the course heavily overnight, making the course play very long. The course was played from the tips, and several pins were placed in their most difficult locations – making it play probably as difficult as you will ever see it.

Fieldstone G.C. is an Arthur Hills design, set on the site of the old Arrowhead golf course about a mile from the Palace of Auburn Hills. It measures 7,002 yards, and is wonderfully manicured given the amount of play it receives. For the most part, it doesn’t require extreme length off the tee, but there are a few holes which require close attention or they will bite you.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.


Images From Fieldstone
3rd hole, 333 yds., par 4
10th hole, 564 yds., par 5
14th hole, 563 yds., par 5




Hutchison Wins Michigan Open

Two shot swing on final hole leads to dramatic finish


July 14, 2011

Randy Hutchison, a 24 year old touring professional from Traverse City playing the NGA Hooters Tour, won the 2011 Michigan Open Championship July 14th by one shot over amateur Matt Thompson of Battle Creek. The event, which is conducted by the Michigan Section of the PGA, was played at The Orchards Golf Club in Washington, MI. Hutchison's winning score was 16 under par 272.

Hutchison, who began the final round with a three shot lead over Thompson, played a solid front nine at 2 under par 34, but lost a stroke to Thompson, who posted a 3 under 33. The margin was reduced to one after Hutchison bogeyed the par three 12th, and when Thompson birdied both the 16th and 17th holes, Hutchison trailed by a shot going into the final hole. But a dramatic birdie by Hutchison on 18, combined with a bogey by Thompson, gave Hutchison the win.

Ryan Lenahan of Grosse Pointe Shores, a three time winner on the Michigan Players Tour this season, closed with a course record 63 (-9), low round of the tournament, to fiinish in a tie for 6th.

Hutchison finished 19th on the 2010-11 NGA Hooters Winter Professional Tour with $10,983.82.

For complete scores, please click here.




Tour Schedule Revised

Big Rapids Open replaced by The Westwynd Open


July 7, 2011

18th hole, Westwynd G.C.


The Michigan Players Tour has revised the 2011 schedule by deleting The Big Rapids Open, originally scheduled for August 29 at The Resorts of Tullymore and St. Ives (Tullymore G.C.) in Stanwood, and replacing it with The Westwynd Open, to be held on the beautiful Westwynd G.C. in Oakland Township (near Rochester Hills). The move has been made to allow the majority of players wishing to compete in Tour events a break on travel expenses.

"Although it is very painful for me to eliminate awesome courses like Tullymore from the schedule, it's in the best interest of the Tour to make its events accessible to players by keeping most of them near the Metro area," said Ken Carter, Director of the Tour. "We'll have events up north again once the Tour attracts sponsors and events have significant guaranteed purses."

For more information on The Westwynd Open, please go to the Event Information page.




Lenahan Takes Hawk Hollow Open

Even par 72 edges Ricky Shilts by one shot


June 27, 2011

Ryan Lenahan

 

Bath, Michigan – Despite threatening skies and gusty winds, Ryan Lenahan of Grosse Pointe Shores posted an even par 72 at the demanding Hawk Hollow G.C. in Bath, good enough to edge Ricky Shilts of Wyoming, Michigan by one shot and win the 2011 Hawk Hollow Open on June 27th.

This is the third win on the Michigan Players Tour this season for Lenahan, who on May 14-15 won the PCC Best Ball Tournament at Portland C.C. with partner Alan McLean of South Africa. He also won the Davison Open at Sugarbush G.C. on June 13, posting an immaculate, bogey free 65 on the 7,326 yard course. Lenahan is a Dakotas Tour veteran who won the 2010 Arrowhead C.C. Pro-Am, one of the richest events on the Dakotas Tour. He finished 7th on the 2010 Dakotas Tour money list with $23,434.20.

Several players had a shot to win coming down the stretch. Shilts had the lead at 1 under through 10 holes, but bogeyed 11 and 12 to move to one over. Last week’s winner, Dave VanLoozen from Edgewood C.C., was even par through 11, and only one over on the 18th tee, but put his drive into the water and made double. Lenahan birdied both par fives on the back nine and stood at -1 on the 18th tee, but bogeyed the final hole to reduce the winning margin to one.

Hawk Hollow G.C. is one of two fantastic courses comprising the Hawk Hollow Resort, the other being the famed Eagle Eye G.C., site of the Michigan Players Tour Championship this coming September. A Jerry Matthews design, Hawk Hollow winds through sections of mature forest and marshland, and measures 6,974 yards from the tips. It is a tight driving course, and in particular, it has two of the most difficult finishing holes on Tour – the 236 yard par three 17th, which has a green surrounded by water on three sides, and the 411 yard par four 18th, where players must avoid the water on both the drive and approach.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.


Images From Hawk Hollow
5th hole, 529 yds., par 5
17th hole, 236 yds., par 3
18th hole, 411 yds., par 4




Cairns Qualifies For PGA Championship

Finishes in 11th Place in PGA Professional National Championship

June 29, 2011

Former Michigan PGA Player of the Year Brian Cairns, winner of the 2010 Michigan PGA Match Play Championship last fall and a four time winner on the Michigan Players Tour, successfuly qualified to compete in the PGA Championship by finishing in 11th place at the PGA Professional National Championship, held June 24-27 at Hershey C.C. in Hershey, PA. The top 20 PGA professionals in the PNC qualify for the PGA Championship.

The PGA Championship will be held August 11-14 at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Atlanta, GA.

Cairns shot 68-72-71-70 = 281 (-4) in the PNC.




VanLoozen Picks Off Win At The Orchards

Clips Jacob Leyrer by two


Dave Van Loozen
June 20, 2011

Washington, Michigan – Dave VanLoozen, PGA professional at Edgewood C.C. in Commerce Township and 1988 Michigan Amateur champion, picked up his first Tour win at The Orchards Open June 20th, firing an even par 72 at The Orchards G.C. in Washington. He beat PGA professional Jacob Leyrer of Portland C.C. by two shots.

The tournament was actually a three way battle between VanLoozen, Leyrer, and last week’s winner Ryan Lenahan, who were all within a shot of each other at the turn. By the eleventh hole, Lenahan had assumed a one shot lead, which he maintained through the fourteenth. At 15, a reachable par 5, VanLoozen made birdie to tie, with Leyrer one shot back. Consecutive bogies by Lenahan at 16 and 17, however, took him out of it, and a birdie by VanLoozen at the uphill 452 yard 17th stretched his lead over Leyrer to two, which is how it ended.

The Orchards, a beautiful Robert Trent Jones II design, is an exceptional course that was the site of the 2002 USGA Amateur Public Links Championship won by Ryan Moore. It is also the site of the 2011 and 2012 Michigan Open Championship. The event was played under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 70s.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Images From The Orchards
7th hole, 409 yds., par 4
10th hole, 412 yds., par 4
18th hole, 413 yds., par 4




Lenahan’s 65 Gets It Done At Sugarbush

Wins by six over Wohlfield


June 13, 2011

Ryan Lenahan
Davison, Michigan – In perhaps the most ideal conditions possible – sunny blue skies, a light breeze, and temperatures in the low 70s – Sugarbush G.C. near Davison was ripe for the picking – and that’s exactly what happened as Ryan Lenahan of Grosse Pointe Shores, playing the course for the first time, posted a bogey free, seven under par 65, good enough to beat nine time Tour winner Eric Wohlfield of Brighton by 6 shots.

Lenahan, who on May 14 - 15, 2011 won the PCC Best Ball Tournament at Portland C.C. with partner Alan McLean, is a Dakotas Tour regular who won the 2010 Arrowhead C.C. Pro-Am, one of the richest events on the Dakotas Tour. He finished 7th on the 2010 Dakotas Tour money list with $23,434.20.

Sugarbush G.C. is a demanding course, cut through sections of mature forest and rolling hills, and measures 7,326 yards from the tips. In particular, there are four par 4 holes over 460 yards on the course, and only one par 4 less than 420 yards in length. It has fast greens which are quite undulating. It is definitely worth the drive to play one of Michigan’s best public courses.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Images From Sugarbush G.C.
10th hole, 428 yds., par 4
18th hole, 422 yds., par 4
18th hole, 422 yds., par 4




Wohlfield Squeaks Out Win At Coyote Preserve

Three over par 74 clips Raymond and Bellus by one shot


Eric Wohlfield
June 6, 2011

Fenton, Michigan – Once again, a perfect day greeted the players at the Coyote Preserve Open – sunny blue skies, a light breeze, and temperatures in the 80s.

But despite these conditions, the difficulty of the 6,912 yard, par 71 Coyote Preserve Golf Club became evident as the winning score was a three over par 74 – a score posted Eric Wohlfield of Brighton. It was good enough for a one shot win, as Benjamin Raymond of Ann Arbor and amateur Dan Bellus of Jackson both shot 75.

Wohlfield began the day with a flourish, holing his approach on the 353 yard, par four 2nd hole for an eagle. His two under par 34 on the front nine gave him a 4 shot lead, but as the back nine progressed, bogies on 11, 12 and 16 – and a double on 14 – left him tied with Raymond at 3 over par standing on the 17th tee. A double bogey by Raymond on the 221 yard, par three 17th, however, restored Wohlfield’s lead, one he would not relinquish.

The event was played on the immaculate Coyote Preserve G.C., a spectacular Arnold Palmer Signature course just a few miles south of Fenton.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Images From Coyote Preserve
6th hole, 156 yds., par 3
17th hole, 221 yds., par 3
18th hole, 500 yds., par 5




Johnson Victorious At Boulder Pointe Open

Posts five under par 67 in breezy and wet conditions


May 23, 2011

Chad Johnson
Oxford, Michigan – It was a day with variable weather conditions -- warm and breezy to start, a line of thunderstorms developing and passing through, followed by sunny and windy weather late in the day. In other words, the players faced it all during the Boulder Pointe Open on May 23rd.

And at the end of the day, it was long hitting amateur Chad Johnson of Plymouth -- playing the course for the first time -- who got the best of Boulder Pointe G.C. in Oxford, posting a solid five under par 67 and clipping former Michigan PGA Player of the Year Brian Cairns of Waterford by three shots.

The front nine was quite competitive, with Johnson and Dave VanLoozen of West Bloomfield posting two under par and taking a one shot lead over Cairns at the turn. A birdie at 10 gave VanLoozen a two shot lead at three under, but as conditions worsened and a line of thunderstorms rolled through (forcing a 45 minute suspension in play), he played the next four holes in 7 over par.

Meanwhile, Johnson birdied the par five 12th and was one ahead of Cairns at two under, a lead he protected when both players birdied 16. However, Johnson also birdied 17 and 18 to get to 5 under, securing the win.

In World Golfers Championship qualifying, Eric Fox of Caro posted a net three over par 75 to qualify for the National Finals, to be held at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort near San Antonio on September 29 - October 2, 2011.

The event was conducted on the beautiful, 7,034 yard, par 72 Boulder Pointe Golf Club, part of the Waterstone development on the north side of Oxford.

For complete results, please see the Results page.


Images From Boulder Pointe
Peaks No. 4
Peaks No. 2
Bluffs No. 7




Lenahan and McLean Take PCC Best Ball Title

Duo scores one shot victory over Swihart and Doan


May 16, 2011

McLean and Lenahan


Portland, Michigan -- Ryan Lenahan of Grosse Pointe Shores and Alan McLean of South Africa teamed up to capture the 54th Annual PCC Best Ball Tournament by one shot over Jeff Swihart and Mike Doan of Jackson. The tournament was held May 14 and 15 at the classic Portland C.C. in Portland.

Despite difficult conditions on Saturday -- spotty rain and a cold northerly wind, Lenahan and McLean managed to post a 9 under par 61, two shots clear of Swihart and Doan, and four shots clear of the third place team, Kent Smith and Nigel Hawrjliw.

Conditions in the final round were much more difficult, with temperatures in the low 40's accompanied by a driving rain and gusty northerly winds -- sometimes exceeding 30 mph.

The early clubhouse lead on Sunday was held by Steve and Mike Fedewa, who posted 66 - 67 = 133, a score returned during the worst of the conditions both days. But late in the day, as the winds and rain subsided, the scoring improved. Swihart and Doan posted their second consecutive 63 to post a 126, seven shots clear of Fedewa / Fedewa.

Finally, in the next to last group on the course, Lenahan and McLean brought home a 6 under par 64 to clip Swihart and Doan by a single stroke.

In August last year, Lenahan won the Arrowhead Pro Am in Sioux City, SD, the richest event on the Dakotas Tour, collecting $21,000.00 for the win. He finished seventh on the 2010 Dakotas Tour money list.

The winning team check for the PCC Best Ball was $1,200.00.

For complete scores and a recap of the event, please see the Results page.




Tour Enters Affiliation with World Golfers Championship

Amateurs can qualify for WGC National Finals through Michigan Players Tour events


May 14, 2011

The Michigan Players Tour has entered into an affiliation with the World Golfers Championship, an international organization which gives amateur players throughout the world a chance to qualify and compete in an international tournament at some of the best golf resorts in the world.

Now in its 16th year, The World Golfers Championship stages qualifying events in 38 countries. Local events allow amateur players in five flights to qualify for the national finals, which in the United States will be played at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort near San Antonio on September 29 - October 2 . The national champion in each flight will earn an all-expenses paid trip to the world finals, which will be held Oct. 29 -Nov. 5, 2011 at the 5-star Fairmont Zimbali Resort near Durban, South Africa, and played on four of the regions best courses.

Amateurs wishing to qualify for the national finals may do so at any one of 14 events on the Michigan Players Tour this year. These events are noted on the Tour schedule with a "WGC" next to the event name. For more information ,and to enter a qualifier on the Michigan Players Tour, please go to the World Golfers Championship web site.




Great Courses Mark 2011 Schedule


May 1, 2011
A few of the courses on the 2011 MPT Schedule

The 2011 Michigan Players Tour schedule is "peppered" with events on great courses, and has the potential to be one of the most challenging mini tour schedules in the entire U.S. this summer.

Among the spectacular courses hosting events in 2011 is the 7,036 yard Orchards Golf Club in Washington, which is the site of the 2011 and 2012 Michigan Open Championship, and former site of the USGA Amateur Public Links Championship (won by Ryan Moore in 2002).

Another decorated course hosting an event is Shepherd's Hollow G.C. in Clarkston, which earned a Golf Magazine Top 10 You Can Play rating, and is ranked as the 42nd Best Public Course in the U.S. At 7,250 yards, and cut through a mature forest with dramatic elevation changes, it is all the golf course anyone would want to host a professional tournament.

The Tour will also travel to the famed Tullymore G.C. in Stanwood, which was awarded the #1 New Upscale Public Course in America in 2002 by Golf Digest, and was ranked as one of the Top 25 Greatest Public Courses in America by Golf Digest in 2003.

Another challenging course hosting a Tour event is Hawk Hollow G.C. in Bath, which has two of the toughest finishing holes in the state -- the 236 yard, par 3 17th with a green surrounded by water on three sides, and the 411 yard, par 4 18th, where players must contend with water and bunkers on both the drive and approach.

And finally, the 2011 Michigan Players Tour Championship will be played on the demanding, 7318 yard Eagle Eye G.C. in Bath, the sister course of the Hawk Hollow G.C. at the Hawk Hollow Resort. Designed by Chris Lutzke in collaboration with Pete Dye, Eagle Eye has several holes reminiscent of the TPC Sawgrass in Ponta Vedra Beach, Florida, including an almost exact replica of the par three 17th hole, with an island green in th middle of a lake.




Tour Schedule Completed

Tour will now conduct most events in Southern Michigan, and will lower entry fees


March 15, 2011

18th hole, The Medalist G.C.
The 2011 Michigan Players Tour schedule has been competed, and will consist of 16 events. In order to increase participation, all but two of the events have being scheduled in the southern half of the state.

Among the new courses to be used this year are Hawk Hollow Resort (Hawk Hollow G.C.) in Bath, Sugarbush G.C. in Davison, The Medalist G.C. in Marshall, Portland Country Club in Portland, and The Orchards G.C. in Washington, site of the 2011 and 2012 Michigan Open Championship.

Another change this year will be somewhat lower entry fees. In all but one event (the Big Rapids Open at Tullymore), Tour members and PGA professionals will pay $150.00 to enter events, with amateurs paying $75.00. The new fee schedule can be found on the Entry Fees page.

To become a Tour member and be eligible for the lower entry fees, non PGA professionals must pay a membership fee of $75.00 prior to June 1st. The cost for membership will increase to $100.00 after June 1st, but will steadily decrease by $25.00 each month thereafter. PGA members and amateurs are not required to pay a membership fee.

For the Membership Fee schedule, please see the Membership page.




Details of PCC Scramble Championship Announced

Tournament will be conducted September 24-25, 2011


February 23, 2011

Details of the 6th Annual PCC Scramble Championship have been announced. The event, which is a two man scramble contested over 36 holes, will be conducted on September 24-25, 2011 at Portland Country Club in Portland, Michigan.

The purse for the scramble is $7,000.00, based on 90 teams participating, with three flights. The winning team in the Championship Flight will receive $1,500.00, and the winning teams in both the second and third flights will receive $1,000.00. Prize money for second and third place in each flight is also available, and three random teams in the field will receive $100.00 each. Please see the Entry Form for the event for the prize money breakdown.

The entry fee for the scramble is $210.00 per team, but if players enter both the PCC Best Ball Tournament and the Scramble Championship at the same time, the total entry fee for both events will be $330.00 per team.

The 54th Annual PCC Best Ball Tournament will be conducted on May 14-15, 2011. The event, which attracted a field 116 two man teams last year, has been held at the Portland Country Club every year since 1957.

Players who have competed in the PCC Best Ball Tournament previously will have priority in entering both events, provided they register before March 1st. Michigan Players Tour members may enter the events beginning March 1st.




Tour Enters Affiliation With PCC Best Ball Tournament

Event to be held May 14-15 at Portland C.C.

January 21, 2011

The MPT is now affiliated with one of Mid Michigan's oldest tournaments, the 54th Annual PCC Best Ball Tournament, which will be held May 14-15, 2011 at Portland C.C. in Portland, MI.

The PCC Best Ball Tournament has been held every year since 1957, and last year drew 116 two-man teams. The purse will be $7,000.00, based on 124 teams. Michigan Players Tour members will be allowed to enter after March 1st. Entry fee is $210.00 per team.

The Tour will also be affiliated with another event at Portland C.C. -- The 6th Annual PCC Scramble Championship, which will be held September 24-25, 2011. The purse for this event will also be $7,000.00 (based on 90 teams). The entry fee is $210.00 per team, but if teams enter both PCC events at the same time, the total entry fee is $330.00.

For more information on these events, please see the Portland C.C. web site.




Tour Schedule Progressing

Tour will now locate most events in Southern Michigan, and will lower entry fees


March 4, 2011

18th hole, Hawk Hollow Resort (Hawk Hollow G.C.)

 

The 2011 Michigan Players Tour schedule is progressing nicely, and should be completed early next week. In order to increase participation, most of the events are being scheduled in the southern half of the state.

Among the new courses to be used this year are Hawk Hollow Resort (Hawk Hollow G.C.) in Bath, and the classic Portland Country Club in Portland.

Another change this year will be somewhat lower entry fees. In general, Tour members and PGA professionals and assistants will pay $150.00 to enter events in 2011, except for one event at Tullymore, where the entry fee will be $175.00. The new fee schedule can be found on the Entry Fees page.

To become a Tour member and be eligible for the lower entry fees, players must pay a minimal membership fee of $75.00 prior to June 1st. The cost for membership will increase to $100.00 after June 1st, but will steadily decrease by $25.00 each month thereafter.

For the Membership Fee schedule, please see the Membership page.




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