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News archives from 2007

Litzler gets Runny Nose again

November 25, 2007

Old Tom Litzler won the Runny Nose Open on Saturday, November 24th at Harbor Club golf course in Belleville.  With the temperature never rising above 40, Litzler proved that his 2006 Runny Nose title in record warmth was no fluke.  With the Tour using a new course set-up, whereby the players tee from the white tees on the first nine and from the reds on the second nine, Litzler played the final 7 holes in even par (gross) to finish at net 1-over par 73 and a 3-stroke victory worth $16.

Runner up Erik Meland shot 4-over 76 to net his best finish at the Runny Nose while Ray Collins (78) and 2003 winner David Martin (79) finished 3rd and 4th respectively.  The field of 8 members also included the 2004 winner Russ Butler (80), with Greg Kline (81), Tim Snitchler (90), and Bob Bruning (93).

2007 Runny Nose Open FINAL RESULTS


Kline wins TOUR Championship,  but Martin takes the Money Title and Tour's #1 ranking

October 8, 2007

Greg Kline birdied the par-5 18th hole at the Fortress to finish at 4-over par 76 and take 1-stroke victory in the 2007 TOUR Championship.  Playing partner David Martin also birdied the 18th but finished a stroke back at 77.  The defending champ, Denny Ersig, also shot 77 to share 2nd place.

Kline, winner of the inaugural 2005 TOUR Championship, collected a 1st place check worth $50 and finished the '07 season ranked 5th on the Money List ($153.00).  Martin locked up his 3rd Money Title in 7 years after collecting $30 for the T-2 finish and earning $246.50 for the year.  He also moved 0.67 points ahead of Kline on the Mulligan Tour World Ranking (56.93 to 56.26) despite Kline's win.  His '05 TOUR Championship title fell off the 2-year rolling points system.

With his 6th major title, and 12th win overall, Kline moved ahead of Martin who has 5 grand slam titles among his 13 Tour victories.  Martin continues to hold the career lead in earnings ($1,134.20), followed by Rick Persichetti ($894.90), Erik Meland ($894.67), and Kline ($867.00).

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And a Star is Born

September 26, 2007

Carol Koch, playing in the final match of the 2007 Commissioner's Cup against Kelly Arnold, was 4-down thru 9 holes and feeling the heat of an unusually warm day in late September.  But realizing that her match may be crucial to the outcome, she fought back and gained a second wind as the sun started to go down on Manistee National.  She saved her best for last winning the last 3 holes, the 18th with a natural birdie, to halve the match.  Knowing that the final 5-foot putt would secure the half point to put the West team up 12 to 11 and avoid the first tie in Commissioner's Cup history, she coolly stroked the putt and took in the cheers as the ball hit the bottom of the cup.

Hailing from Chelsea, Koch (pronounced "cook") had just completed her 3rd year on Tour and was playing in her 2nd Commissioner's Cup.  With only 3 top-4's and no wins in 24 career starts on Tour, Koch was a very popular member of the 2006 West team due to her home cooking.  But she has etched her place in Commissioner's Cup history with her golf game thanks to the dramatic finish she provided on the Canthooke Valley course at Manistee National Golf & Resort.

2007 Commissioner's Cup Champs - Western Division                                      (Back row from left: Tom Moran, Phil Abele, Thom Bales, Dan Schwartz, John Stepek.                                    Front row: Erik Meland, Carol Koch, Tim Snitchler)

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West team returns 5 players to defend the Commissioner's Cup

September 17, 2007

The 3rd playing of the Commissioner's Cup will pit an 8-player team from the West division against an 8-player team from the Central division in team and singles matches at Manistee National Golf and Resort on September 23rd and 24th.  The West squad has 5 returning players from the team that won the Cup in '06.  Erik Meland will captain a team that includes Thom Bales, Tom Moran, Dan Schwartz, and Carol Koch.  Tour rookies Tim Snitchler and Phil Abele will make their Comm Cup debuts and John Stepek returns to the West team that he played for in '05.

Captain Greg Kline, the Central division Commissioner, will pilot the Central team that includes Jason Rectenwald, Barb Randle, Tom Hoelzle, Kelly Arnold, and Denny Ersig - all returning from the '06 team.  Russ Butler will make his Cup debut and DeVonne Mowry, a member of the winning '05 team, returns to the Central squad.

Team play starts the competition on Sunday afternoon with 9-hole alternate shot and 9-hole best ball matches.  Play continues on Monday morning with 9-hole best ball and 9-hole alternate shot matches and then conclude in the afternoon with singles matches.  There are 24 points available.  The West needs to win 12 points to retain the Cup while the Central needs to win 12 points to take the Cup back.


Klipa collects 4th win of the year

September 9, 2007

With the help of Tiger Woods (67), Tom Watson (69), and Annika Sorrenstam (67), Jeff Klipa posted a 4-over par 75 at Fox Creek GC to finish at 8-under 278 and win the 2007 Quad-Tour Challenge by 1-stroke.  Central division Commissioner Greg Kline shot a net 74 and finished 2nd at 279.  Rick Persichetti (77 - 280) and Terry Baar (76 - 281) rounded out the top-4.

Klipa earned $32 for his 4th win of the year and moved up to 2nd on the money list ($178.00).  He trails David Martin by $38.50 with the final money event of the season, the TOUR Championship, scheduled for October 6th at the Fortress.  

Jeff Klipa - 2007 Quad-Tour Challenge champ


It's in the Hole!!!

August 18, 2007

Greg Kline went low at the Links at Lake Erie to capture his first win in more than a year.  Kline, the Tour's #1 ranked player, shot a 32-31 - 63 to beat rookie Phil Abele by 2-strokes at the 2007 Anchor Conveyor Caddyshack Classic.  He made 9 birdies and an eagle to record the lowest score of the year.  Winner of 11 titles in 5 years, Kline's last win on Tour had come on August 12th, 2006 at the Match Play Championship.

Abele (29-36 - 65) started red hot on a seasonably cool day, making 5 birdies and an eagle in his first 8 holes.  He was 8-under thru 12 but cooled off as the temperature warmed making 3 bogies in his last 6 holes to fall out of contention.  Bob Bruning shot 32-34 - 66 to finish 3rd and David Martin (35-33 - 68) birdied 4 of his last 5 holes to finish solo 4th at 4-under par.  Martin continues to lead the Tour with $180.50 in earnings after his 9th top-4 finish in 11 starts this year.

Kline had 4 natural birdies on his way to shooting a personal best gross score of 73.  Ironically, the central division Commissioner wins the Caddyshack in a year that the traditionally central division event was placed in the western division schedule.  The Caddyshack is expected to return to the central division next year, though negotiations are under way to move the tournament to a host course closer to the title sponsors.  Pheasant Run GC in Canton is receiving the heaviest consideration.

Greg Kline - 2007 Caddyshack Classic champ

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Randle reigns at Downing Farms

August 12, 2007

Barb Randle collected her 2nd Tour victory by scattering 7 birdies and 7 pars over the Downing Farms layout, finishing 3 strokes under par and winning the 2007 Ugly Pants Open by 7-shots over Tom Hoelzle and Russ Butler.  Randle brings the UPO title back to the ladies domain - as the girls have now won 5 of the 7 tournaments contested.  The first place check was worth $28 and pushes Randle up to 19th on the money list with earnings of $40.50 for the season.

Hoelzle (32-43 - 75) had a nice weekend picking up another $17.50 in prize money for the T-2 finish here after earning $13.50 for a T-3 at Carrington the day before.  He moves up to 17th on the money standings with $41.50 and also won the popular vote for "ugliest attire" earning himself a $40 discount for the 2008 membership.  Butler (39-36 - 75) secured his 3rd top-4 finish of the year and now ranks 12th on the money list ($60).  Phil Abele (33-43 - 76) tied Young Tom Litzler (40-36 - 76) for 4th and earned his first Mulligan Tour paycheck ($3.50).

Barb Randle - 2007 Ugly Pants Open champ

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Litzler cashes in at Carrington

August 11, 2007

Old Tom Litzler shot 33-36 - 69 and won the 2007 Carrington Classic by 2 strokes over Carol Koch.  Litzler had worked his way up to 2nd on the money list without the aid of a win.  After earning $36 for the Carrington title, he now trails David Martin by only $9 in the race for the 2007 Money Title.  Litzler played solidly making birdies at the 3rd, 4th, and 5th holes while avoiding the bogey.  When he did finally make a bogey (12th, 14th , and 16th), he was quick to counter with birdies (13th, 15th, and 18th) to neutralize the effect.  Litzler became the 6th player to join the 500 club.  He has won $510.17 in official prize money from 60 career starts on Tour.

Koch (34-37 - 71) secured her first top-4 finish this year and debuts at 25th on the money standings thanks to the $27 2nd place check.  Tom Bales (38-34 - 72) and Tom Hoelzle (37-35 - 72) shared 3rd place and earned $13.50 each

Tom W Litzler - 2007 Carrington Classic champ

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DeVonne Mowry marches to Match Play title

July 29, 2007

DeVonne Mowry found a very playable Links at Whitmore Lake hosting the 2007 Match Play Championship and took advantage by playing very well over 3 days and claiming the prestigious Match Play title.  Mowry outlasted Thom Bales in the Sunday afternoon final 2&1 to become the 4th ladies major champion on the Mulligan Tour.  Bob Bruning won the consolation match 1-up taking Jason Rectenwald to the 18th hole to decide 3rd place.  In the morning semi-finals, Mowry dispatched Bruning 4&3 while Bales was getting the better of Rectenwald 4&2.  

Saturday's 2nd round saw all 4 top seeds fall.  Bruning took a quick 3 hole lead on Greg Kline and shot a gross 4-over par thru 15 holes never giving the defending champ a chance to get back in it.  "Old Tom" Litzler was 7-down after 8 holes as the Mowry train kept on chuggin'.  Mowry charged out of the gate with  2 birdies in the first 5 holes and a Litzler "come-back" ran out of holes 6&5.

Bales held a 1-hole lead at the turn Saturday, and then took the 12th, 13th, and 15th holes to finish Kelly Arnold 4&3.  In Saturday's closest match, Rectenwald sank a long putt on 18 to beat Rick Persichetti 1-up.  An even match through 8 holes, Rectenwald won the 9th, 10th, and 11th to go 3-up.  "Perch" fought back taking the 13th, 15th, and 17th with pars setting up the 18th hole finale.

The Friday opening round saw Mowry pull away from Dick Spiers 4&3 while Bruning defeated last year's runner-up Dan Schwartz 3&2.  Jason Rectenwald kept Erik Meland winless in Match Play competition (0-5) winning 3&2 and Bales defeated Tom Moran 2&1.

DeVonne Mowry - 2007 Match Play Champion

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Bruning takes inaugural Fifty Cent

July 22, 2007

Bob Bruning shot a 34-34 - 68 on Sycamore Hills' South-North course on Saturday for a 1-stroke win over 5 others to capture the first Fifty Cent Classic title.  Bruning led the field in putting, requiring only 29 putts for 18 holes.  The win was worth $32.50 and was paid out in 50 cent pieces.

The 5 players tied for 2nd included Jason Rectenwald (36-33 - 69), Tim Snitchler (35-34 - 69), Rick Persichetti (33-36 - 69), Bob Baar (38-31 - 69), and Dick Spiers (37-32 - 69).  Spiers was part of the sponsoring group that also included John Stepek, Barb Randle, Tom Hoelzle, and Denny Ersig.  Randle (36-36 - 72) finished T-7 but won 2 closest-to-the-pin challenges (holes #2 and #7 on the South).  Spiers also won a closest-to-the-pin challenge (#4 North) and Hoelzle made it a sweep for the hosts finishing closest-to-the-pin at #8 North.  


Bob Bruning - 2007 Fifty Cent Classic champ

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The Crazy Britzler!

July 15, 2007

Young Tom Litzler scored a modern-era (since 2001) record 39 points at the Crazy Brit, played at Whispering Willows GC on July 14, to secure his 3rd Tour victory.  The British Stableford scoring system grants 1 point for a net bogey, 2 points for a net par, 3 points for a net birdie, and 4 points for a net eagle.  Litzler scored points on every hole except the 12th (double bogey) and carded an eagle and 6 birdies to win by 2 points over the Tour's money leader David Martin.

The win was Young Tom's 14th top-4 finish in 22 career starts, a 63.6 percentage rate that matches Todd Stuart's start in the first 3 year's of the Mulligan Tour (1999-2001) and leads all others members past and present..  Litzler now heads to London, England for a month of studies where he can profess to be the reigning master of British Stableford scoring back in the colonies.

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Moran hails the victors at Leslie

July 7, 2007

Tom Moran broke through for his first victory by blistering Leslie Park's back nine in 29 and taking the 2007 Go Blue Classic with a 7-under 65 total.  Moran, in his 2nd year on Tour and making his 19th start, bogied the 2nd hole and double-bogied the 3rd but birdies at 6, 7, and 8 got him back to even par for the tournament.  The birdie-fest continued on the back as Moran hit 5 of his 7 greens on the inward nine and netted 7 more birdies.  He played the final 13 holes in 10-under par.  The victory was worth $28 and puts Moran at 20th on the Money List and 7th on the West division money standings.

Victor McCoy, winner of this event last year at Lake Forest, finished 2 strokes back with a steady 35-32 - 67.  He ranks 7th on the current Money List after earning a $21 check for 2nd place.  The father and son Litzler's completed the top-4.  Young Tom (34-34 - 68) led the field with 11 greens in regulation and eagled the 10th hole to get ahead of his dad.  Old Tom led the field with 11 fairways hit (tied with Bob Bruning) but finished 34-36 - 70.

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Klipa halfway to Grand Slam

July 1, 2007

A 4-year veteran of the Mulligan Tour, Jeff Klipa was 0 for his first 11 majors.  Now, he is 2 for his last 2 as the Memorial champ picked up the 2nd leg of the Grand Slam winning the Commercial Underwriters Harbour Pointe Open at the Lakes of Taylor Golf Club.  Klipa overcame triple-bogies at the 3rd and 9th holes with 4 birdies on the always tough Open set-up.  He finished at 6-over 78 and tied with Bob Bruning for low score.  When Bruning was not available for a playoff, Klipa secured his 2nd major of the year - his 4th victory overall.  Klipa moves up to 2nd on the '07 Money Standings with $122 earned this season.  Klipa is hopeful to enter the Match Play Championship at the end of the month, but a job change may interfere.  Whether he can participate or not, Klipa will still have a chance at the Grand Slam with the PLAYERS Championship in September and the TOUR Championship in October.

Bruning was the early leader after a front nine 35, but he let the field back in by going triple-double-double to start the back nine.  He finished birdie-birdie-par on the tough closing holes to come in with a 43 and finish at 6-over 78.  The $35 consolation prize moves him up to 14th ($37) on the Money List.  "Old Tom" Litzler finished a stroke back at 7-over 79.  The par-3's did him no favors - he played those 4 holes in 5-over par.  He earned $25 for 3rd place and ranks 3rd in earnings with $111.50.

David Martin (39-41 - 80) picked up another top-4 and continues to lead the Tour with $145.50 in prize money.  He shared 4th place with DeVonne Mowry (36-44 - 80) and promising rookie Tim Snitchler (41-39 - 80).  The trio of players finishing another shot back included Greg Kline (39-42 - 81), Kelly Arnold (41-40 - 81), and Tom Moran (40-41 - 81).

Jeff Klipa - 2007 Harbour Pointe Open champ

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Thousand Dollar Man

June 23, 2007

David Martin, an 8-year veteran of the Mulligan Tour, became the first to reach the $1000 career earnings plateau after winning the 2007 Strokes on a Rope title. The Tour's Money Titleist in 2001 and 2002, Martin is again leading the way in 2007.  The Strokes victory, worth $36, was his 2nd win this year and he has finished in the money in 6 of the 7 events he has entered in 2007 taking home $135.50 in prize money.  Martin has earned $1,023.20 for his career from a record 53 top-4's in 91 career starts.

Martin hit all 14 fairways and shot a 40-43 - 83 at the tough Huntmore Golf Club track for a 1-stroke win.  It was his 2nd Strokes on a Rope win.  He also took the SoaR title in '05 at Lake Forest GC.  He leads the Tour in driving accuracy at 79.5% hitting 66 of 83 fairways so far this year.  He is on his way to setting a new standard for driving accuracy in a season - the current record is 69.6% held by Valerie Holland in the 2002 season.



Mowry takes Par-54 to new low, wins title by 9 strokes

June 22, 2007

DeVonne Mowry shot a record 2-under par 52 to claim the 2007 Par-54 Classic title at the Strategic Fox GC on Friday, June 22nd.  Mowry is only the 2nd player to break par at the 4-year old event.  She bettered the previous record score of 1-under 53 shot by Barb Randle in winning the '05 tournament.  The win was worth $23 and moves Mowry up to 17th on the 2007 Money List (6th on the Central division Money List).  Second place was 9 strokes back of Mowry.  The defending champ, David Martin, joined Tom W Litzler and rookie Pat McClatchey at 7-over 61.  Martin has finished 1st or 2nd in each of the last 3 year's.

DeVonne Mowry - 2007 Par-54 Classic champion


Meland wins 4-way battle for Fox Hunt

In the smallest allowable field for an official tournament, Erik Meland collected his 14th career win by recording 47 points in the 2007 Fox Hunt.  Meland hit 8 greens-in-regulation but only 2 on the back nine as Thom Bales gave chase.  The Fox Hunt format credits players with 1-5 points for hitting greens (more points for longer holes) and points for putting (1 point for a 2-putt, 2 points for a 1-putt, and 3-points for a chip-in).  Bales counted up 44 points from 7 greens-in-regulation and 33 putts.  Dave Randall (40 points) finished 3rd and Rick Persichetti (32) finished 4th.


Hawkinson's back nine charge nets Real McCoy title

June 17, 2007

John Hawkinson, the 2nd year pro from Livonia, played Farmington Hills GC's inward nine in 5-under par 31 to win the 2007 Real McCoy Classic by one stroke over a trio of players.  It was Hawkinson's first career win in only his 7th start.  The first place check of $36 represents his first earnings on Tour and lifts him to 11th on the 2007 Money List - 3rd on the Central Money standings.  After recording 4 consecutive bogies to finish the front nine at 2-over 37, Hawkinson birdied the 10th and never made another bogey.  Playing in the final group, he posted 2 more birdies and an eagle in his final 6 holes to finish at 3-under 68.  No other player in the field could do better than 35 (Russ Butler) on the final 9 holes.

The 3-way tie for 2nd included Dave Randall, the defending champ.  Playing in the first group, he birdied the final 3 holes to finish 33-36 - 69.  His lead held up until the final 2 groups came in.  David Martin (32-37 - 69) finished in the second to last group and Jason Rectenwald (32-37 - 69) was in the final group with Hawkinson.  Randall led the field with 8 birdies in his round but collected 6 bogies - 5 more than in last year's winning performance.  Rectenwald led the field in putting (30) and picked up his first top-4 in 2007 while Martin returned to the top of the Money List with $88.50 earned in 4 events this year.

John Hawkinson - 2007 Real McCoy Classic champion


Collins discovers the Holy Grail

June 10, 2007

Ray Collins played the final 6 holes at St.Johns Golf and Conference Center in 5-under par to capture the 2007 Holy Grail by a stroke over rookie Tim Snitchler.  It was the first individual victory for Collins in his 23rd start on Tour.  He also won the 2004 Memorial tournament with partner Rick Persichetti.

Collins (34-32 - 66) has 3 top-4's in 3 starts this year and has steadily improved his finishes in 2007.  He finished 3rd at the Tin Cup and 2nd at the Chelsea Classic in May.  With the win at St.Johns he now ranks 4th on the Money List with $69 in official prize money earned.

Snitchler (33-34 - 67) nearly found the winner's circle in only his 5th career start.  He has earned $27.50 from his 2nd top-4 finish and ranks 14th on the current Money List.  Tom W. Litzler moves to the top of the Money List after finishing 3rd.  Litzler (32-38 - 70) has 4 top-4's in 4 events this year and ranks first with $75.50 earned.  The Mulligan Tour triumvirate of Greg Kline (38-33 - 71), Rick Persichetti (35-36 - 71), and Erik Meland (38-33 - 71) shared 4th place.

Ray Collins - 2007 Holy Grail champion

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Klipa and McCoy win Memorial

May 26, 2007

Jeff Klipa and Victor McCoy, teamed together for the 5th time in this 2-man scramble event, overcame periodic downpours and strong winds to post a 4-under par 68 and win the Green Towels as the 2007 Memorial tournament champions.  As the tradition of wet Memorials gets reiterated each year, Klipa and McCoy played unexpectedly well in the poor conditions.  They birdied their first hole (#17) and made their only bogie at #1.  Birdies at the 3rd, 6th, and 8th holes took them to 3-under for the tournament.  A holed flop shot from the rough behind the green on #14 provided the difference.

It was Klipa's 2nd victory in 2007 and his 3rd overall in 60 starts on Tour.  His first grand slam title was worth $40 in prize money and elevates him to 3rd on the 2007 money list.  It was also McCoy's first major championship and his 2nd win overall in 44 starts.  He cracks the top-10 on the money list (8th) as his thoughts turn to hosting his tournament, the Real McCoy Classic, on June 16th at Farmington Hills GC.

Victor McCoy and Jeff Klipa - 2007 Memorial Tournament champions

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Martin captures Western Swing

May 21, 2007

The Mulligan Tour's career money winner, David Martin is off to a flying start in his 8th year on Tour.  Following a 2nd at the Tin Cup and a T-3 at the Sweet Sixteen, Martin won the Western Swing on May 19th at Reddeman Farms Golf Club.  He is the early money leader on tour with $70.50 earned from his 3 top-4 finishes.  Martin shot 36-37 - 73 to finish at 1-over par and 1-stroke ahead of Greg Kline.

The Western Swing victory is his 12th career title and pushed his career earnings to $958.20.  He has recorded 50 top-4's in 87 starts.  He could become the Tour's fist "thousand dollar man" sometime this summer and should contend for the money title again.  He won the money title in his 2001 and 2002.

Kline (33-41 - 74) was the front nine leader, but bogeys on 4 of his last 5 holes undid his bid to defend the Western Swing title.  He remains the only 2-time winner in this event (2003, 2006).  The reigning PLAYERS Champ, Kelly Arnold finished 3rd (38-37 - 75) in his second start in '07.  DeVonne Mowry (38-39 - 77), Tom Hoelzle (40-37 - 77), and Barb Randle (37-40 - 77) shared 4th place.
Martin and Mowry led the field with 10 fairways hit and Kelly Arnold hit 9 greens.

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Bales wins Chelsea Classic title

May 21, 2007

Thom Bales used 4 birdies and an eagle to post a 2-under par 70 and win the 2007 Chelsea Classic by 6-strokes on a crusty Reddeman Farms golf club.  As the afternoon winds made the greens hard and fast, Bales calmly went about posting the only sub-par round in the field.  It was the 2nd win for the 2nd year player from Ann Arbor.  He won the 2006 Ugly Pants Open in his rookie season.

Ray Collins (36-40 - 76) birdied 3 of his last 4 holes and recorded his 2nd top-4 this year.  He ranks 6th on the Money List with $37 in prize money.  Erik Meland, the defending Chelsea Classic champ eagled his last hole (#16) to finish 40-37 - 77 in solo 3rd.  Rick Persichetti (38-40 - 78) and Tim Snitchler (37-41 - 78) tied for 4th.

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Klipa's 2nd career title is Sweet

May 14, 2007

Jeff Klipa threw out his double bogies on the 11th and 12th holes to secure a 7-under par 16-hole total to win the 2007 Sweet Sixteen by 10-strokes.  Klipa played the last 5 holes eagle-birdie-bogey-birdie-eagle to pull away from the field.  Dan Schwartz finished 2nd at 3-over par and Russ Butler (+5) and the defending champ David Martin (+5) tied for 3rd. Notables: Klipa led the day with 30 putts. A host of players hit 10 fairways including Butler, Martin, Devonne Mowry, John Stepek, and Greg Kline.  The Greens in regulation numbers were un-notable. 

The Sweet Sixteen was Klipa's 2nd career win but first since his rookie season (2003 Two-Stick Classic).  He also finished closest-to-the-pin on hole #14 earning the Central division's first invitation to the Skins Game at the end of the season.

Click here for the complete 2007 Sweet Sixteen final standings


From Last to First

May 12, 2007

Erik Meland rebounded from a horrendous start to the 2007 season (last place at Pine View) by winning the Animal House Classic for the 2nd time.  He posted a 37-33 - 70, with net eagles on his 12th (#3) and 16th (#7) holes helping provide the cushion for a 4-stroke win.  The trio of Tour veterans that tied for 2nd place included the defending champ Rick Persichetti (39-35 - 74), Joe Castmore (38-36 - 74), and Tom W. Litzler (39-35 - 74).  Meland, winner of 13 titles on the Mulligan Tour, won the 2002 Animal House Classic played at St.John's GC by beating Jim Shank in a playoff.  Notables: Tom W. Litzler led the field with 31 putts. Tim Snitchler led with 9 fairways hit and he also tied Joe C and Phil Abele for most greens hit at 8.  Thom Bales took the on course prize.

Meland and Persichetti were joined by "Old Tom" and "Young Tom" Litzler for the Zoo Putt-Off after finishing the tournament with the lowest Zoo Ratios.  Persichetti won the $25 Golfsmith card by going 3-2-2-2 on the 4-hole putt-off.  Young Tom (3-3-1-3) made it interesting by sinking a bomb on the 3rd hole but finished 2nd with Meland (3-2-3-2) while Old Tom (2-3-4-2) finished 4th.

Click here for the complete 2007 Animal House Classic final standings


Pine View catches Perch

May 6,2007

Commissioner Rick "Perch" Persichetti was left holding the prize as a tough Pine View golf course left the field struggling to make birdies.  Persichetti carded 2 birdies and an eagle and finished 39-38 - 77, 1-stroke ahead of Tom W. Litzler (36-42 - 78).  The 77 was the highest winning net score in Pine View Classic history, eclipsing the 76 that won the PVC for Jim Shank in 2003.  The net-scoring average of the 11 veterans in the field was 82 strokes.

Jim Cwikla finished 3rd at 7-over 79 and Terry Baar placed 4th at 8-over 80.  Cwikla won the closest-to-the-pin challenge at the par-3 17th and made a net ace in the process.

See the final 2007 Pine View Classic results here.

Rick Persichetti - 2007 Pine View Classic champion



The Butler did it!

May 6, 2007

Russ Butler, a 3-year veteran on Tour, birdied the 18th hole at Hickory Creek to secure a 2-stroke victory at the 2007 Tin Cup.  It was Butler's first win in 15 career starts and secured his spot in the 2007 PLAYERS Championship in early September.  Butler (34-36 - 70) was the only player in the field of 12 veterans to break par.  He led the field in putting (30) and was the only player to avoid the 3-putt snake.

David Martin, the 2004 Tin Cup champ and a perennial contender at Hickory Creek finished 2nd for the 3rd time in this event after shooting a 37-35 - 72.  Ray Collins (35-39 - 74) finished in 3rd place and the defending Tin Cup champ Greg Kline (40-36 - 76) settled for 4th.

3 players bagged eagles on the day including Martin, Collins and Bob Bruning.

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Tour schedule revamped with declining membership

May 3, 2007

The Mulligan Tour announced this week that, among several changes, 3 tournaments will be put on the shelf for 2007 in light of the 2nd straight year of declining membership.  The Plymouth Open, the Two-Stick Classic, and the Big Dog Pro-Am will be placed on a 1-year hiatus.  It is expected that the 3 tournaments will return to the 2008 schedule as the Tour considers new marketing and advertising ideas to boost membership next year.



Mulligan Tour preps for 9th year

March 2007

Southeast Michigan's premiere recreational golf league is preparing for it's 9th year.  The 2007 Mulligan Tour schedule includes 25 regular season tournaments and 3 post season invitationals.  There are a few new events making their debut in '07.  The inaugural MT Ladies Open is in the planning stages and will determine the "Lady Champion of the Year" while the guys play for "low male honors".  The tentative date for the new event is August 25th and the tournament is hoping for a charity tie-in, possibly with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through the website.  In an effort to increase female membership, the Tour is marking the 2007 season as "Ladies Year" and is offering free 2007 memberships for all ladies.

Of the existing tournaments, there are some changes in the works.  The Match Play Championship will conclude in a single weekend as the event plays a Friday / Saturday / Sunday finish in July.  Previous Match Play Championships were contested over consecutive weekends taking 9 days from start to finish.  Now the major championship will take only 3 days with the first round scheduled for Friday afternoon, the 2nd round on Saturday, and the semi-finals and finals concluding on Sunday.

The Commissioner's Cup is planning for a Sunday-Monday competition on September 23rd and 24th taking advantage of a nice package offered by Manistee National GC.  Eligible players can participate in the Mulligan Tour's version of the "Ryder Cup" for $150 which includes the 3 rounds of golf, 1 nights lodging, 1 lunch, and team hats and shirts.

The season-ending TOUR Championship will take the Tour's leading money winner's to Frankenmuth, Michigan to play the Fortress GC in early October.  



10/28/2023 Mulligan Tour LLC