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News archives from 2005


Runny Nose Open Postponed

December 2005

An early taste of winter left snow on the ground for the traditional Saturday-after-Thanksgiving Runny Nose Open.  As a result, the event was postponed for the first time in its 5-year history.  The tournament might be rescheduled for a January or February date in the new year if a winter thaw times itself just right for a Saturday afternoon.



Kline leads Team Central to first Commissioner's Cup

October 2005

Central division Commissioner Greg Kline led a team of 8 players to victory in the first Commissioner's Cup.  Played on Friday, October 7th, and Saturday, October 8th, at the Lakes of Taylor Golf Club in Taylor, the inaugural Commissioner's Cup was hailed as a great success among the participants.  Introducing team match play to the Mulligan Tour added a special ending to the Tour season in 2005.

Team Central took 6 of 8 points on Friday and 6 more points on Saturday morning in the team matches.  Saturday afternoon saw the Central players split the 8 singles matches to claim the first Cup 16 to 8.  DeVonne Mowry and David Martin were perfect going 5-0-0 in their matches netting the Central 6 of their 16 points.


Back row from left to right: Jason Rectenwald, DeVonne Mowry, Greg Kline, Bob White, and Dennis Ersig.  Front: Barb Randle, Tom Hoelzle, and David Martin.


"Mr. September"

September 2005

Two weeks after winning the first ever TOUR Championship, Greg Kline successfully defended his Match Play title.  He has now won 7 consecutive matches in running his overall record at the Match Play to 9-2.  Kline beat Dennis Manning in the first round and Tom W. Litzler in the 2nd round played at the Links at Whitmore Lake.  The matches moved to the Woodlands of Van Buren for the semi-finals and finals where Kline dispatched Rick Persichetti and Joe Castmore for the title.


Greg Kline - 2005 Match Play Champion


Young Tom Shoots Record 59 at Sweet Sixteen
June 5, 2005 at Salem Hills

Young Tom Litzler had a day for the ages at the inaugural Sweet Sixteen tournament.  He carded the Tour's first 59 including a front nine 27 which is also a Tour record with him scoring 5 birdies, 2 eagles and 2 pars. 4 more birdies on the back closed with a 32. In the Sweet Sixteen format, his two worst holes were discarded which were a lone bogey and a par, giving him a 14 under par final event score.  A number that may hold up for years.  Young Tom beat out father Tom W who finished 2nd at 9 under par. Victor McCoy tied Ray Collins for 3rd at 7 under par.
Other notables: Young Tom also led the field with 28 putts. On a record day, David Martin hit all 14 fairways possible for the day. The first time in Tour history that has been accomplished. Jason Rectenwald hit 12 greens with Martin and Old Tom Litzler hitting 11 and Young Tom, Barb Randle, Dave LeBlanc and McCoy getting 10. This is Young Tom's 2nd Tour win following his Memorial win with dad last month.

Rookie Brueckman Top Animal
June 4, 2005 at Salem Hills

Dave Brueckman took at 1 shot victory at the Animal House Classic with a 1 under par 71 in only his 5th Tour event.  Bob Barr finished T-2 and Rookie Fred Markman took 4th in his 4th Tour start at 1 over par.  Rick Persichetti led the field with 29 putts including only 13 on the back nine. Mary Taylor led with 11 fairways hit. Ed Markman got through the round with only 3 zoo animals. Fred Markman had 4.

Father & Son team take the Green Towels

May 2005

Tom W. Litzler and his son Tom R. Litzler won the 2005 Memorial Tournament on May 21st at Willow Metropark GC in New Boston.  The partners earned their first Tour victories together in the 2-player scramble event – the Tour’s oldest tournament.  And they did so in record fashion.  They finished with 7 birdies against a single bogey to card a 6-under par 65 – 1-stroke better than the previous record held by 4 different teams.

The major title came with a $40 paycheck and a Green Towel embroidered with the Memorial logo and the words “2005 Champions”.  The Green Towels are theirs to keep – forever a reminder of the winning performance at the 2005 Memorial Tournament.  The Litzler’s are also both qualified for each of the division championships.  The Player’s Championship (Central division) is scheduled for August 27th but the host course is not yet determined.  The Western Championship (West division) is also scheduled for August 27th tentatively at Stonebridge GC in Ann Arbor.

Tournament hosts Erik and Susan Meland finished in a tie for 3rd 4-strokes behind the champs.  It marked their 4th top-4 finish in the last 5 years at their tournament.  

Tom and Tom

Tom W. Litzler and son Tom R. Litzler - 2005 Memorial Champs


Manning has the Best Swing
2005 at Pierce Lake

Dennis Manning eagled the 15th hole to create space and take the Western Swing with a 3 under par 69. 2 shots back were Joe Castmore and Kerry Homberger who tied for 2nd. Victor McCoy was 4th with a 1 over par 73. Notables: Manning and Homberger both posted 2 eagles on the day. Dave Broeckman hit 11 greens.

Doc Has Rx for First Chelsea Classic
May 14, 2005 at Pierce Lake

Doc Daksiewicz shot a 4 under 68 to take the inaugural Chelsea Classic by 4 shots. Doc had 6 birdies and an Albatross to dominate the day. Cindy Loescher had 6 birdies and an eagle for her 72 even par 2nd place. Bob Barr tied Cary Marakovitz for 34rd at 74 2 over par.   Notables, in addition to Doc's Albatross were field leaders Ken Robinson and Cindy Loescher with 29 putts, Old Tom Litzler with 10 fairways hit and Mike Valchine with 10 greens hit. Bob Barr, Ed Loescher, John Haoglund, Daksiewicz and Marakovitz all had chip ins.

Homberger Takes the Tin Cup
May 7, 2005 at Hickory Creek

Kerry Homberger shot a tidy Even par 72 to take the Tin Cup. Castmore was 2nd and Bob White and Greg Kline tied for 3rd at 4 over par 76. Homberger notched 5 birdies and an eagle to take the title. The winner had 32 putts along with Bob Barr, but rookie Ken Robinson led the field with 30 putts. Mike Valchine and DeVonne Mowry led the field with 11 fairways hit while David Martin and Terry Barr logged 10.  This is Homberger's 4th Tour win. 

Meland Goes Back to Back in Pines
April 30, 2005 at Pineview GC

Erik Meland made it two years in a row with victories at Pine View. This year he shot an Even Par 72 for the win.  Barb Randle finished 1 back in a tie with Cary Marakovitz. Victor McCoy tied with Ed Loescher.  Loescher took the low putts for the day with 32.  Meland won with 6 birdies on the day. Marakovitz, Loescher and Rick Persichetti all posted eagles in their rounds. Erik posted his 11th Tour win in 51 starts.



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