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2014 Season Recap

Matt Little Leads 2014 Order of Merit


September 26, 2014

Matt Little

The Michigan Players Tour would like to extend its appreciation to all of the players who participated in Tour events in 2014.

For the first time, Matt Little of Warren led the Michigan Players Tour Order of Merit, collecting 2 victories and winning $1,275.00 in 5 stroke play events. Little’s scoring average for the season was 73.8 (5 rounds).

During the 2014 season, the Tour conducted a total of 5 stroke play events, and paid out $3,600.00 in prize money. Overall, 21 different players participated during 2014.

In the nine seasons the Tour has been in operation, 82 stroke play events have been conducted, with 202 different players participating. Total prize money paid out during the nine seasons was $64,970.00.

For the complete Order of Merit, please see the Results page




Mory Takes Jackson Open

Defeats Little For Second Career Tour Win


August 11, 2014

Chris Mory

Jackson, Michigan – Battling blustery and rainy conditions, Chris Mory of Haslett shot an even par 72 to win the Jackson Open August 11. It was Mory’s second win on the Michigan Players Tour.

Second place went to Matt Little of Warren, winner of the Mystic Creek Open on June 16 and the Lansing Open July 28.

The Jackson Open was held at The Grande G.C., a fabulous Raymond Hearn 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 off target.

It has a classic finishing stretch which includes the 480 yard, par four 16th hole, the toughest hole on the course, the 214 yard par three 17th, and the beautiful 439 yard 18th, featuring a bunker in the driving area splitting the fairway in two.

Play began under cloudy skies, but rain developed by the beginning of the back nine, and remained light to moderate in intensity until the completion of the round. The high temperature was 76°.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Pictures From The Grande G.C.
4th hole, 502 yards, par 5
6th hole, 403 yards, par 5
6th hole, 403 yards, par 4
16th hole, 480 yards, par 4
17th hole, 214 yards, par 3
18th hole, 439 yards, par 4




Little Wins At Lansing

One Under 71 Clips Justin Roth By Two


July 28, 2014

Matt Little
One of the great things about Michigan golf is the chance to play golf in relatively cool summer weather in comparison to the rest of the country.

This was especially true during the 2014 Lansing Open, which was played July 28th at the beautiful Forest Akers golf complex in East Lansing, home of the Michigan State Spartans.

After a round of severe weather the previous night, a very sharp cold front brought cloudy skies and temperatures in the low to mid 60's for the event – nearly 20° below average.

And taking advantage of the comfortable conditions was Matt Little of Warren, who shot a one under par 71, edging Justin Roth of Flint by two strokes. This was Little’s second win of the season on Tour in four events.

The rough weather took out a significant tree on the West course, forcing the Tour to play a composite course of the front nine of Forest Akers’ East Course, and the front nine of the West course.

Little played decently on the East course, posting 3 birdies and 2 bogeys for a one under par 35. Eric Gandy of Midland matched Little’s efforts on the East, but faded on the West Course, posting a 5 over par 41. Roth was two behind after the front nine, but couldn’t make up any ground on the back, matching Little’s even par final nine on the West.

The Forest Akers West Course is the home course of the Michigan State University golf team, and the competitive course record of 64 is held by several players, among whom is Luke Donald, who shot the score while playing for Northwestern in 2004.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.


Pictures From The 2014 Lansing Open
1st hole, 419 yards, par 4
8th hole, 548 yards, par 5
8th hole, 548 yards, par 5
16th hole, 427 yards, par 4
17th hole, 520 yards, par 5
18th hole, 422 yards, par 4




Juszczyk Wins Hawk Hollow

Posts 5 under 67, Wins By 7


June 30, 2014

Joseph Juszczyk
(photo courtesy of the USGA)
Way up north in Michigan, it is usually relatively cool and comfortable most summer days. But that was not the case at the Hawk Hollow Resort Open, which was played at the fantastic Hawk Hollow Resort (Hawk Hollow G.C.) on June 30th.

With temperatures in the upper 80's, and the heat index approaching 95̊, it was Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn whose game got red hot – posting a 5 under par 67 to win by 7 shots.

Second place ended up being split between Justin Roth of Flint, and Wes Gates of Novi, winner of the Coyote Preserve Open on June 2nd.

Juszczyk has a long history of excellent play in Michigan, having played at Wayne State University, and he set the 36 hole qualifying record in the 2009 Michigan State Amateur. He has been spending time in Arizona on the Pepsi Tour, and has played in several Nationwide Tour events.

At 6,974 yards, Hawk Hollow G.C. is not the longest course on Tour, but it is one of the most popular. It has an excellent finish, with the 17th hole one of the toughest par 3's in the state.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Pictures From Hawk Hollow
5th hole, 529 yards, par 5
9th hole, 422 yards, par 4
12th hole, 233 yards, par 3
14th hole, 415 yds, Par 4
17th hole, 236 yards, par 3
18th hole, 411 yards, par 4




Little Notches First Professional Win

Even Par 72 Gets It Done At Mystic Creek


June 16, 2014

Matt Little
With summer in Michigan just 5 days away, temperatures and humidity soared during the second event of the 2014 Michigan Players Tour season, The Mystic Creek Open, which was held on the beautiful Mystic Creek G.C. in Milford June 16th. By mid afternoon, the temperature approached 90̊ – only the fifth time in the eight years of the Tour it has been this hot during a Tour event.

Although short by modern standards, Mystic Creek G.C. (Lakes / Woods) more than held its own, and the best score anyone could post was an even par 72 by Matt Little of Warren, giving him his first professional win by 2 shots over Wes Gates of Novi, winner of the Coyote Preserve Open two weeks ago.

Playing in the final group, Little and Gates were both one over through four holes on the demanding Lakes nine. A birdie by Little on the 5th, combined with a bogey by Gates on the 6th, gave Little a two shot lead, which was reduced to one after Gates birdied the short, but tricky, 7th hole. With a Gates bogey on the par 5 ninth, Little took a two shot lead heading into the back nine.

Little played solid golf on the Woods nine, posting 2 birdies and 2 bogeys for an even par 36. Gates matched Little’s efforts, but was never able to gain ground. By the 17th, Little was up by 4 strokes, but a two shot swing on the final hole reduced the winning margin to 2.

At 6,802 yards, Mystic Creek isn’t the longest course on Tour, but it is one of the most picturesque and challenging tracks the Tour has ever visited. For southeast Michigan, the course is surprisingly hilly, and has three distinct nines. The Lakes nine has numerous water hazards, and the Woods nine winds through sections of deep forest. The course is set in Camp Dearborn, one of the Detroit metro area’s most popular parks.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.


Images From the 2014 Mystic Creek Open

1st Hole, Lakes
7th Hole, Lakes
8th Hole, Lakes
Lyall Putting on No. 8
8rd Hole, Woods
9th Hole, Woods



Gates Scores First Professional Win

Posts 70 In Breezy Conditions, Wins By 4


June 2, 2014

Wes Gates
Although the forecast called for thunderstorms, it turned out to be a beautiful, albeit breezy day for the first Michigan Players Tour event of the 2014 season, The Coyote Preserve Open.

Coyote Preserve held its own, and the best score anyone could manage was a one under par 70 by Great Lakes Tour player Wes Gates of Novi, giving him his first professional win by 4 shots over Matt Little of Warren.

With play beginning on the back nine, Gates began his round strong, posting 3 birdies in the first six holes. Consecutive birdies at holes 18, 1, and 2 got him to 3 under, but a couple of bogeys late in the round knocked his score down to one under. Nevertheless – Gates lead was never really threatened, and he cruised to a 4 shot win.

At 6,912 yards, Coyote Preserve isn’t the longest course on Tour, but it is one of the more picturesque and challenging tracks the Tour frequents. Numerous holes feature water hazards, and the fairways wind through sections of deep forest.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Images From the 2014 Coyote Preserve Open

Gates Approach at No. 15
6th Hole
7th Hole
Gates Putting on No. 16
17th Hole
18th Hole




Tour Preparing For Exciting 2014 Season

"Up North Series" events to be held on weekend afternoons


April 17, 2014

18th Hole, Buck's Run G.C.
The Michigan Players Tour is in the process of marketing the 2014 Tour Schedule, and is sending out flyers and brochures to each of the 14 courses to be used in the upcoming season. These courses are located in practically every corner of the Lower Peninsula.

Also, for the first time, the Tour will conduct events in Northern Michigan on Saturday afternoons. These events will becalled the "Up North Series," and will consist of 6 tournaments, culminating in an "Up North Series Championship," which will be held at the immaculate Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, September 6th.

Other courses added to the Tour schedule for the first time include

Mystic Creek G.C. in Milford,
Mistwood G.C. in Lake Ann
Red Hawk G.C. in East Tawas, and
Bedford Valley G.C. in Augusta.


The Tour encourages all players interested in competing this summer to contact the Tour office. Since several events are on premium courses on weekends, it is important players indicate which events they are planning to participate in as far in advance as possible.

To send a preformatted email (using your email program), please click on the button below, and your email program will open, addressed to the Tour office.





Tour Completes 2014 Schedule

Schedule includes 6 Up North Series events on weekends

February 28, 2014

8th Hole, Treetops Resort (RTJ Masterpiece)
The Michigan Players Tour has completed setting up the 2014 Tour Schedule, and has lined up 14 events on top courses located in practically every corner of the Lower Peninsula.

Among the events scheduled are the Treetops Resort Open, to be conducted on Saturday, June 21st at the Robert Trent Jones Masterpiece in Gaylord. In addition, the Tour will also be visiting the classic Hawk Hollow G.C. in Bath on June 30th, as well as the famed Eagle Eye G.C., which is the site of the Michigan Players Tour Championship on Sept. 15th.

The events in Northern Michigan will be called the "Up North Series," and will consist of 6 tournaments played on Saturday afternoons, culminating in an "Up North Series Championship," which will be held at the immaculate Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, September 6th.

Other courses added to the Tour schedule for the first time include

Mystic Creek G.C. in Milford,
Mistwood G.C. in Lake Ann
Red Hawk G.C. in East Tawas, and
Bedford Valley G.C. in Augusta.




Tour Creates "Up North Series" in 2014

Series Compliments Events Down State


February 28, 2014

6th Hole, Treetops Resort (RTJ Masterpiece)
The Michigan Players Tour has completed setting up the 2014 Tour Schedule, and has lined up 14 events on top courses located in practically every corner of the Lower Peninsula.

Among the events scheduled are 6 tournaments on some of the most spectacular courses in Northern Michigan. These events will be called the "Up North Series," and will be played on Saturday afternoons, allowing amateurs and professionals the opportunity to spend weekends up north and play its great courses.

The Up North Series will culminate in the "Up North Series Championship," which will be held at the immaculate Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, September 6th.

The schedule of the Up North Series is as follows:


Up North Series Schedule
Date Event Course City
June 21 Treetops Resort Open RTJ Masterpiece Gaylord
July 5 Traverse City Open Mistwood G.C. Lake Ann
July 19 Tawas Open Red Hawk G.C. East Tawas
Aug. 2 Black Forest Open Wilderness Valley Resort Gaylord
Aug. 16 Bellaire Open Hawk's Eye G.C. Bellaire
Sept. 6 Up North Series Championship Buck's Run G.C. Mt. Pleasant




Tour Adjusts Goals, Policies

Ken Carter Resumes Role As Tournament Director


July 10, 2013

12th Hole, Shanty Creek Resort (Cedar River)

The Michigan Players Tour has made some adjustments to its goals and policies, and has restored Ken Carter of Traverse City as Tournament Director. Carter created the Tour back in 2006, and was Director of the Tour throughout its existence, except for a brief period this year while he was caring for his elderly mother at home in Traverse City.

Regarding changes in policy, the Tour will no longer charge a membership fee to compete in events this year. "The membership fee is standard on other mini tours, but because the MPT is still in development and fields are small, it doesn't make sense to charge this fee. Once we get larger fields, and there is demand for spots in our events, that's when we'll need to charge the fee, " Carter said.

Regarding the goals of the Tour, Carter is encouraged with the uptick in the Michigan economy. "Over the years, I've put in sponsorship proposals to many of the major corporations headquartered in Michigan, but the economy has been dismal at best. In fact, during the financial crisis in 2008, there was talk the entire auto industry would be liquidated and disappear from Michigan and the United States entirely. So landing a title sponsor has been impossible."

As the years have passed, Carter's original vision for the Tour has expanded to include the creation of a women's professional tour, an amateur tour, and even a senior tour. "If we can land a tour title sponsor that shares my vision, the MPT will be the only organization in the world that offers competitive events for every age group, for both sexes, and for both amateurs and professionals" Carter says.

The Tour will also resume scheduling a few events at courses up north, as well as courses in western and southwestern Michigan.




Tour Preparing For Exciting 2014 Season

"Up North Series" events to be held on weekend afternoons

April 17, 2014

18th Hole, Buck's Run G.C.
The Michigan Players Tour is in the process of marketing the 2014 Tour Schedule, and is sending out flyers and brochures to each of the 14 courses to be used in the upcoming season. These courses are located in practically every corner of the Lower Peninsula.

Also, for the first time, the Tour will conduct events in Northern Michigan on Saturday afternoons. These events will becalled the "Up North Series," and will consist of 6 tournaments, culminating in an "Up North Series Championship," which will be held at the immaculate Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, September 6th.

Other courses added to the Tour schedule for the first time include

Mystic Creek G.C. in Milford,
Mistwood G.C. in Lake Ann
Red Hawk G.C. in East Tawas, and
Bedford Valley G.C. in Augusta.

The Tour encourages all players interested in competing this summer to contact the Tour office. Since several events are on premium courses on weekends, it is important players indicate if they are planning to participate as far in advance of the events as possible.

To send a preformatted email (using your email program), please click on the button below, and your email program will open, addressed to the Tour office.







Tour Creates "Up North Series" in 2014

Series Compliments Events Down State

February 28, 2014

6th Hole, Treetops Resort (RTJ Masterpiece)
The Michigan Players Tour has completed setting up the 2014 Tour Schedule, and has lined up 14 events on top courses located in practically every corner of the Lower Peninsula.

Among the events scheduled are 6 tournaments on some of the most spectacular courses in Northern Michigan. These events will be called the "Up North Series," and will be played on Saturday afternoons, allowing amateurs and professionals the opportunity to spend weekends up north and play its great courses.

The Up North Series will culminate in the "Up North Series Championship," which will be held at the immaculate Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, September 6th.

The schedule of the Up North Series is as follows:


Up North Series Schedule
Date Event Course City
June 21 Treetops Resort Open RTJ Masterpiece Gaylord
July 5 Traverse City Open Mistwood G.C. Lake Ann
July 19 Tawas Open Red Hawk G.C. East Tawas
Aug. 2 Black Forest Open Wilderness Valley Resort Gaylord
Aug. 16 Bellaire Open Hawk's Eye G.C. Bellaire
Sept. 6 Up North Series Championship Buck's Run G.C. Mt. Pleasant

Tour Completes 2014 Schedule

Schedule includes 6 Up North Series events on weekends

February 28, 2014

8th Hole, Treetops Resort (RTJ Masterpiece)
The Michigan Players Tour has completed setting up the 2014 Tour Schedule, and has lined up 14 events on top courses located in practically every corner of the Lower Peninsula.

Among the events scheduled are the Treetops Resort Open, to be conducted on Saturday, June 21st at the Robert Trent Jones Masterpiece in Gaylord. In addition, the Tour will also be visiting the classic Hawk Hollow G.C. in Bath on June 30th, as well as the famed Eagle Eye G.C., which is the site of the Michigan Players Tour Championship on Sept. 15th.

The events in Northern Michigan will be called the "Up North Series," and will consist of 6 tournaments played on Saturday afternoons, culminating in an "Up North Series Championship," which will be held at the immaculate Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, September 6th.

Other courses added to the Tour schedule for the first time include

Mystic Creek G.C. in Milford,
Mistwood G.C. in Lake Ann
Red Hawk G.C. in East Tawas, and
Bedford Valley G.C. in Augusta.




Tour To Attend Novi Golf Show March 7-9

Stop by and register to win a free round of golf at Forest Akers West G.C.

February 28, 2014

Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi
The Michigan Players Tour is pleased to announce it will attend and set up a booth at the Michigan Golf Show in Novi, to be held March 7-9 at the Surbaban Collection Showplace on Grand River Ave.

Please stop by and register to win a free round of golf for a foursome at the beautiful Forest Akers West G.C. in East Lansing, home of the Michigan State golf team, and site of the 2014 Lansing Open on July 28th.

We will also have flyers and brochures available.

For directions to the SCS, please click here.






Tour Adjusts Goals, Policies

Ken Carter Resumes Role As Tournament Director

July 10, 2013

12th Hole, Shanty Creek Resort (Cedar River)

The Michigan Players Tour has made some adjustments to its goals and policies, and has restored Ken Carter of Traverse City as Tournament Director. Carter created the Tour back in 2006, and was Director of the Tour throughout its existence, except for a brief period this year while he was caring for his elderly mother at home in Traverse City.

Regarding changes in policy, the Tour will no longer charge a membership fee to compete in events this year. "The membership fee is standard on other mini tours, but because the MPT is still in development and fields are small, it doesn't make sense to charge this fee. Once we get larger fields, and there is demand for spots in our events, that's when we'll need to charge the fee, " Carter said.

Regarding the goals of the Tour, Carter is encouraged with the uptick in the Michigan economy. "Over the years, I've put in sponsorship proposals to many of the major corporations headquartered in Michigan, but the economy has been dismal at best. In fact, during the financial crisis in 2008, there was talk the entire auto industry would be liquidated and disappear from Michigan and the United States entirely. So landing a title sponsor has been impossible."

As the years have passed, Carter's original vision for the Tour has expanded to include the creation of a women's professional tour, an amateur tour, and even a senior tour. "If we can land a tour title sponsor that shares my vision, the MPT will be the only organization in the world that offers competitive events for every age group, for both sexes, and for both amateurs and professionals" Carter says.

The Tour will also resume scheduling a few events at courses up north, as well as courses in western and southwestern Michigan.





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