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Cairns Dominates In Tour Championship

Posts 71 In Heavy Winds, Wins By 8


September 24, 2012

Brian Cairns

Despite blustery winds gusting over 30mph, PGA teaching professional Brian Cairns of Walled Lake posted a solid one under par 71 at the demanding Hawk Hollow Resort (Eagle Eye G.C.) in Bath to win the 2012 Michigan Players Tour Championship by eight shots. Second place went to PGA Professional Dave VanLoozen of West Bloomfield, Michigan, who shot 79.

Cairns’ front nine was workmanlike, and featured a bogey on the 453 yard 1st hole, which was playing directly into the wind, seven consecutive pars, and a birdie on the downwind par 5 ninth. Another birdie at 10 got him to one under, but bogeys on 13 and 17 put him back to one over for the day. But Cairns saved his best for last – he scored an eagle 3 on the downwind par five 18th, capping off the round with style.

At 7,318 yards, Eagle Eye G.C. is not only the longest course on the 2012 MPT, it is one of the toughest. Several holes feature water hazards adjacent to the fairways, requiring accurate driving, and numerous holes feature water hazards adjacent to the greens. The 17th hole is a near exact replica of the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, FL, site of the Player’s Championship on the PGA Tour.


Pictures From The 2012 Michigan Players Tour
Championship
5th hole, 189 yards, par 3
9th hole, 549 yards, par 5
13th hole, 465 yards, par 4
16th hole, 445 yards, par 4
17th hole, 146 yards, par 3
18th hole, 589yards, par 5




Wohlfield Wins Playerschoicenow.com Open

Earns $1,000.00 By Posting One Under 71


July 31, 2012




Eric Wohlfield

Eric Wohlfield returned to his winning ways Monday by posting a workmanlike one under par 71 at the demanding Hawk Hollow Resort (Hawk Hollow G.C.) in Bath to win the 2012 Playerschoicenow.com Open, Presented By Bancroft Flowers by three shots. Second place went to Vince Carango of Lawton, Michigan, who shot 74.

The Playerschoicenow.com Open was the first officially sponsored event by an outside company in the seven year history of the Tour. The event offered a $1,000.00 guaranteed minimum first place check.

This is the second time Wohlfield has earned a $1K check on Tour -- he also won the 2010 Shootout At The Fortress, which offered a $1,000.00 check put up by a private donor.

Wohlfield's round was very steady, and featured numerous birdie putts from 10 to 15 feet throughout the round. He made birdie at the par 5 fifth hole, but promptly made bogey at 6 by driving into a hazard. A birdie at the 9th got him back to one under, where he remained until a bogey at the brutal, 236 yard 17th.

After driving into a faiway bunker on 18, Wohlfield went for the green with his approach, risking a big number. Although he hit the shot thin, the approach barely carried both the lip of the bunker and the water hazard fronting the green, and stopped 10 feet away. He then drained the final putt to post at one under.

Although not long at 6,974 yards, Hawk Hollow features one of the toughest finishes of any course on Tour. The 17th hole is a 236 yard par 3 with a green surrounded by water on three sides, and is a tough par even on calm days. The 18th features a narrow fairway framed by water on the right and deep bunkers on the left, with an approach over water to a large undulating green.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Pictures From The Playerschoicenow.com Open
Presented By Bancroft Flowers
5th hole, 529 yards, par 5
9th hole, 422 yards, par 4
12th hole, 233 yards, par 3
Vince Carango tees off on 15
17th hole, 236 yards, par 3
18th hole, 411 yards, par 4




Lenahan Wins Third Straight

Betters Johnson By Three At Auburn Hills Classic


June 25, 2012

Ryan Lenahan

Auburn Hills, Michigan – In perhaps the most delightful conditions possible, Ryan Lenahan of Grosse Pointe Shores posted a two under par 70 at the demanding Fieldstone G.C. of Auburn Hills, bettering amateur Chad Johnson of Plymouth by three shots to win the 2012 Auburn Hills Classic on June 25th.

This is the third consecutive win for Lenahan on the Michigan Players Tour, who has now won six events overall.

Although temperatures were ideal, a stiff wind out of the north gusting up to 20 mph made club selection for the players challenging. In addition, several pins were placed in their most difficult locations – making the course play quite difficult.

Playing in a threesome with fourteen-time Tour winner Eric Wohlfield and Johnson, Lenahan had his hands full from the get go. At the turn, he was tied with Wohlfield at two under, with Johnson one shot back. On the par five 10th, a birdie by Lenahan, combined with bogies by Wohlfield and Johnson, gave Lenahan a two shot lead. On the par three 12th, however, Lenahan made double, and actually lost the lead to Wohlfield.

The next three holes proved decisive. Two consecutive birdies by Lenahan on 13 and 14, combined with three consecutive bogies by Wohlfield, gave Lenahan a four shot lead, which he took to the house. A birdie by Johnson at 16, combined with Wohlfield’s bogey at 17, vaulted Johnson into second place.

Fieldstone G.C. is an Arthur Hills design, set on the site of the old Arrowhead golf course directly across I-75 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, Fieldstone does not require extreme length off the tee, but it does requires precise approach shots into the greens since many of them are elevated, and balls will roll off the slopes surrounding them into unplayable lies.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Images From Fieldstone

3rd hole, 333 yds., par 4
8th hole, 227 yds., par 3
9th hole, 414 yds., par 4




Lenahan Two For Two In 2012

One over par 72 at Moose Ridge G.C. clips Johnson by one


June 18, 2012

Ryan Lenahan

South Lyon, Michigan – Ryan Lenahan of Grosse Pointe Shores captured his second win of the season on the Michigan Players Tour by carding a one over par 72 at the Moose Ridge Open on June 18th. His score bettered amateur Chad Johnson of Plymouth by one shot.

Playing in the same group, Johnson forged a two shot lead over Lenahan at the turn, and increased it to 3 shots through 11. A birdie by Lenahan on the par three 12th reduced Johnson’s lead to two, but for the second year in a row, Johnson could not maintain the lead down the stretch.

Beginning on the 450 yard 15th hole, Johnson went bogey, bogey, double bogey to lose one shot to Lenahan on each hole. Pars by both players on the 515 yard, par five 18th preserved the one shot victory for Lenahan.

This was the 5th win for Lenahan on the Tour. Johnson was medalist at the U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier at the 7,754 yard Purgatory G.C. in Noblesville, Indiana the week before, carding a 3 under score of 141 over 36 holes.

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 began and ended under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80's, but was disrupted by heavy thunderstorms which rolled through the area after the players made the turn.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Images From Moose Ridge

Lenahan's approach on 2
13th hole, 430 yds., par 4
18th hole, 515 yds., par 5




Lenahan Rolls To Five Shot Win

Three Under 69 Is Only Score Under Par At The Orchards


June 4, 2012

Ryan Lenahan

Washington, Michigan – Ryan Lenahan, a Dakotas Tour player based in Grosse Pointe Shores, picked up his fourth Tour win at The Orchards Open June 4th, firing a three under par 69 at The Orchards G.C. in Washington. He beat Benjamin Raymond of East Lansing by five shots.

Lenahan has had a bit of success at the Orchards. In the final round of the 2011 Michigan Open, he shot a course record 63 to finish tied for 6th place, nine shots behind winner Randy Hutchinson. The previous course record was 65, set by 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir. Lenahan was also the winner of the 2010 Arrowhead Pro-Am on the Dakotas Tour, one of the premier events on that circuit. On the 2011 Dakotas Tour, he won $8,620.09 in only four events, giving him a 26th place finish on the money list.

The day began sunny and cool, but it wasn’t long before a decent breeze out of the north kicked up, making club selection on several holes tricky. Since the course is being prepared for the Michigan Open, the greens were quite fast and firm, making it difficult for players to hit it close. Except for Lenahan, the scores of the other players indicate the course played difficult.

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 2012 Michigan Open Championship.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.


Images From The Orchards
14th hole, 194 yds., par 3
13th hole, 382 yds., par 4
18th hole, 413 yds., par 4




Tour Lands Sponsorship For Lansing Open

Player's Choice Golf, Bancroft Flowers to sponsor Tour event at Hawk Hollow G.C.


February 11, 2012

18th Hole, Hawk Hollw G.C.

The Michigan Players Tour is pleased to announce sponsorship of the Lansing Open by two Lansing businesses -- Player's Choice Golf and Bancroft Flowers. The event will be named The Player's Choice Now Open, Presented by Bancroft Flowers.

The event will be held at the spectacular Hawk Hollow Resort (Hawk Hollow G.C.) on July 30th. The event will offer a guaranteed minimum $1,000.00 first place check, which can increase significantly if the event draws 32 or more players.

Player's Choice Golf is an online golf equipment, apparel, and accessories company offering excellent discounts and speedy delivery on all of the latest products. Its principal advantage over other online retailers is it is Michigan based -- allowing orders to be processed and delivered quickly -- as well as prompt (and local) customer service.

Bancroft Flowers is one of Lansing's most enduring family-owned flower shops. It offers only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, with prompt service and delivery. With Valentine's Day approaching, guys, Bancroft Flowers is ready to fill those orders quickly!

To visit the web sites of our sponsors, please click on the logos below.


2012 Tour Schedule Completed

Tour will conduct events on several new courses

February 13, 2012

7th hole, Bedford Valley G.C.
The Michigan Players Tour has completed its 2012 schedule. Sixteen events are planned, and are posted on the Schedule page.

As in previous years, the first event in 2012 will take place at Coyote Preserve G.C. in Fenton on Monday, May 21, and will conclude at Hawk Hollow Resort (Eagle Eye G.C.) in Bath on September 24th.

In order to increase participation, the Tour will offer a $50.00 entry fee discount to all professionals entering Tour events for the first time. This discount will apply to the first event a player enters.

Since amateurs pay much less to enter events, all amateurs entering Tour events for the first time will receive a $25.00 discount.

The Tour will visit five new courses in 2012. These courses are as follows:

1.  Lyon Oaks G.C. in Wixom
2.  Lochenheath G.C. in Williamsburg
3.  Bedford Valley G.C. in Augusta.
4.  Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant
5.  Wilderness Valley Resort (Black Forest G.C.) in Gaylord




Tour To Offer Entry Fee Discounts

Discounts available to first time players, players entering multiple events


February 23, 2012

Courses used on The Michigan Players Tour


Discounts to first time players

Once again, the Michigan Players Tour will offer a $50.00 entry fee discount to all professionals entering Tour events for the first time. This discount will apply to the first event a player enters.

Since amateurs pay much less to enter events, all amateurs entering Tour events for the first time will receive a $25.00 discount.


Discounts to players entering multiple events

All players who enter three events at a time willl receive a $50.00 entry fee discount into the first event of the three. This offer can be repeated throughout the season.

If there are any questions about these discounts, please call the Tour office at 888-678-8878.




Event Sponsorships Available

Event sponsorships offer unique marketing opportunities for local businesses


February 23, 2012

17th hole, Lochenheath G.C.
As a professional golf tour showcasing some of the top up-and-coming talent in professional golf, the Michigan Players Tour will be creating a number of excellent sponsorship opportunities for businesses and corporations seeking to associate itself with the sport.

As of this writing, the Tour is seeking sponsorship at all levels, ranging from Tour Title Sponsor (i.e., "umbrella" sponsor), to individual Event Sponsors and Associate Sponsors.

In particular, an Event Sponsorship can provide your company with a unique and powerful marketing tool to help publicize your products and / or services with a minimal investment. In addition, the sponsorship allows the creation of a Pro-Am preceding the event, allowing the event to become a company outing for employees, business partners, and customers.

The cost of an event sponsorship is surprisingly low in comparison to traditional forms of advertising.

For additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please see the Sponsors page of this web site, or contact the Tour office.

A sample event sponsorship proposal is available here for downloading..




World Golfers Amateur Tour Schedule Complete

Schedule consists of 10 events


January 16, 2012

The 2012 WGAT Schedule in Michigan is now complete, and consists of ten 18 hole events at some of Michigan's greatest public courses. In addition to the schedule in Michigan, the WGAT consists of 5 Sectional Majors, allowing WGAT members to play 36 hole events at venues in other states.

The World Golfers Amateur Tour is a collection of tournaments allowing amateur golfers in five handicap flights to compete on a weekly basis to earn points towards qualifying for the World Golfers Championship National Finals, to be held at the Indiana National Golf Club at Swan Lake in Plymouth Indiana, September 20-22, 2012. The top 20% of players on the points list in each flight will earn an invitation to the U.S. National Finals.

The five winners of the U.S. National Finals (one player in each handicap division) will become a member of the U.S. National Team, and will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa to represent the United States against 39 other countries in the World Golfers Championship. The World Golfers Championship will be held in late October, 2012.

WGAT events will be held separately from events on the Michigan Players Tour. Events will be held on the weekends.

More information on the World Golfers Amateur Tour can be found on the WGAT web site. For the Schedule of events in Michigan, please click on the button below.




World Golfers Amateur Tour Brochure Now Available

Tour currently developing schedule


December 30, 2011

The official WGAT Brochure for 2012 is now available. Please click on the tour logo to the right to download a copy.

The World Golfers Amateur Tour is a collection of amateur tournaments allowing amateur golfers in five handicap flights to compete on a weekly basis to earn points towards qualifying for the World Golfers Championship National Finals, to be held at the Indiana National Golf Club at Swan Lake in Plymouth Indiana, September 27-29, 2012. The top 20% of players on the points list will earn an invitation to the U.S. National Finals.

WGAT events will be held separately from events on the Michigan Players Tour. Events will be held on the weekends.

The five winners of the U.S. National Finals (one player in each handicap division) will become a member of the U.S. National Team, and will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa to represent the United States against 39 other countries in the World Golfers Championship. The World Golfers Championship will be held in late October, 2012.

More information on the World Golfers Amateur Tour can be found on the WGAT web site.




Tour Continuing Efforts To Develop Women's Division

Economic conditions improving in Michigan, ideal location and amenities


August 25, 2011

The Michigan Players Tour continues to work towards creating a women's professional developmental tour in 2012 as part of its overall strategy to help rebuild the game in the state and increase participation in the sport at all levels.

"As people all over the United States get a chance to see how magnificent Michigan golf is through the Pure Michigan television commercials, it's only fitting that we work towards creating a competitive playing environment here for players of both sexes and all age groups," said Ken Carter, Director of the Michigan Players Tour. "Golf is a competitive game, and in my opinion, the key to its growth is to focus on competition to attract new players."

With more public courses than any other state and much cooler summer weather than in other parts of the country, Michigan is the golf industry's biggest market, and an ideal location to host events for players at all levels of the game -- from juniors to players on the major professional tours. "I think it's about time we bring both the PGA and the LPGA Tours back to Michigan," Carter said. "It's too beautiful up here in the summer and there are too many awesome courses for them not to be here." 

The Tour is already affiliated with a junior program -- the Michigan Players Junior Golf Tour, based in Portland. "Despite the economy, we're proceeding toward our goals," Carter said.

With the auto industry on the rebound and plants for electric car technologies being built, Michigan's manufacturing infrastructure is recovering at a faster pace than other sectors in the economy. "If we can just get a couple things done in Washington to clean up the foreclosure mess and restore equity and jobs, the economy will explode," Carter said. "Golf depends on discretionary income, and we need a booming economy to get that back."




World Golfers Amateur Tour Schedule Complete

Schedule consists of 10 events


January 16, 2012

The 2012 WGAT Schedule in Michigan is now complete, and consists of ten 18 hole events at some of Michigan's greatest public courses. In addition to the schedule in Michigan, the WGAT consists of 5 Sectional Majors, allowing WGAT members to play 36 hole events at venues in other states.

The World Golfers Amateur Tour is a collection of tournaments allowing amateur golfers in five handicap flights to compete on a weekly basis to earn points towards qualifying for the World Golfers Championship National Finals, to be held at the Indiana National Golf Club at Swan Lake in Plymouth Indiana, September 20-22, 2012. The top 20% of players on the points list in each flight will earn an invitation to the U.S. National Finals.

The five winners of the U.S. National Finals (one player in each handicap division) will become a member of the U.S. National Team, and will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa to represent the United States against 39 other countries in the World Golfers Championship. The World Golfers Championship will be held in late October, 2012.

WGAT events will be held separately from events on the Michigan Players Tour. Events will be held on the weekends.

More information on the World Golfers Amateur Tour can be found on the WGAT web site. For the Schedule of events in Michigan, please click on the button below.





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