archives from 2009
Kline feels fine at Runny Nose
November 29, 2009
With a record field of 15 players and
reasonably warm, sunny conditions for late November, Greg Kline won his
first Runny Nose Open shooting a 35-36 - 71 for a 3 stroke victory over
PC Carlos. Kline, a veteran of 7 RNO's, hit 5 fairways, 8 greens
and needed 33 putts to net the 1-under par performance. He
collected $40 for the win making for a very profitable November after
winning the inaugural MT Skills Challenge 3 weeks earlier.
Carlos (37-37 - 74) made a late run with
5 birdies in 6 holes but a triple bogey on the final hole relegated him
to 2nd place ($30) in his first Runny Nose appearance. Charlie Roy
(39-37 - 76) and Tom Moran (40-36 - 76) tied for 3rd earning each a $15
here for complete results of the 2009 Runny Nose Open
Kline's skills shine in November
November 8, 2009
Greg Kline won the inaugural Mulligan
Tour Skills Challenge on Saturday scoring 38 points to beat Phil Abele
by 6 points. On a picture perfect first Saturday of November,
Kline finished among the top 3 players in each of the first 5 events,
highlighted by making the 60 foot putt of event #5 to score the 10 first
place points. His efforts on the Riverview Highlands practice
facility earned him $70.
Abele finished with 32 points despite
winning 2 of the events - the 40 yard pitch and the 12 foot breaking
putt - and earned the 2nd place prize of $45. Kelly Arnold
overtook Erik Meland in the final event making 2 of 5 putts from 6
feet. Arnold finished with 27 points and earned $25. Meland
finished 4th with 26 points while Barb Hoelzle (5th), Tom Hoelzle (6th)
and Tom Moran (7th) rounded out the field in the first MT Skills
Kline & Co. win '09 Comm Cup before
September 28, 2009
Captain Greg Kline led his Central
Division team to a convincing win over the West Division in the 5th
Commissioner's Cup Matches. Buck's Run Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant
hosted the annual matches last Friday and Saturday, September 26-27.
Team Central moved ahead 5½ to 2½ after
the morning matches but a lopsided afternoon session left the Central
with a 12½ to 3½ lead that rendered the singles matches
anticlimactic. Unfortunately for the West, the lead only grew as
the Central took 6 ½ of the 8 points for a final score of 19 to 5.
Team Central (from left): Dan Schwartz, Tim Markel, Eric
Morris, Greg Kline, Jason Rectenwald, Thom Bales, David Martin and Tom
here for complete results of the 2009 Commissioner's Cup matches
Wyka is 2009 TOUR Champ, Perch nabs 3rd
September 20, 2009
Rookie Scott Wyka made a living on the
major championships. Adding to a 3rd place finish at the Memorial
in May and a win at
the Harbour Pointe Open in June, he closed out the Tour's 2009 tournament
schedule by taking the TOUR Championship on Saturday at the Polo Fields
Golf & Country Club in Ann Arbor. All 3 of his top-4 finishes came in major
Wyka recorded 6 birdies and an eagle on
his way to shooting 36-35 - 71. The 1-under par performance marks
the first time a player has ever finished under par at the TOUR Championship. He finished the season
ranked 3rd in earning with $120.
David Martin (37-36 - 73) finished 2nd
after a costly triple bogey 7 at the par-4 18th. Martin has
settled for 2nd place 3 times in the 3 TOUR Championships that he has
entered. He finished a stroke behind Greg Kline in 2007 at the
Fortress in Frankenmuth and he was also 1-stroke away from first at the
2006 championship won by Denny Ersig at Inkster Valley.
Joe Robar (38-37 - 75) opened with a 9 on
the par-5 1st hole and finished in solo 3rd. Rick Persichetti
(40-36 - 76) and Randall Reher (39-37 - 76) tied for 4th while Don
Morris (45-32 - 77) and Erik Meland (39-38 - 77) shared 6th.
Persichetti earned $12.50 and finished the year with $184.67 to claim
the 2009 Money Title - his 3rd money title in 7 years.
Scott Wyka - winner 2009
finishers at the 2009 TOUR Championship
Scott Wyka $50
David Martin $35
Joe Robar $25
Randall Reher $12.50
Don Morris $2.50
Erik Meland $2.50
here for complete final standings of the 2009 TOUR Championship
Persichetti takes PLAYERS and WESTERN
September 1, 2009
Rick Persichetti collected wins number 16
and 17 in one weekend - one major weekend. "Perch"
claimed the PLAYERS Championship last Saturday at Inkster Valley GC and
then followed up with a win at the WESTERN Championship on Sunday at
Stonebridge GC in Ann Arbor. They were the 5th and 6th major
titles for the 7-year pro out of Dearborn.
Making the PLAYERS field by virtue of a
top-20 ranking in the central division, Perch shot an amazing 3-under 69
in tough conditions at a tough course. The 6,709 yard layout at
Inkster Valley proved quite challenging as strong afternoon winds forced players
to be careful with every shot. The win was worth $48 and propelled Persichetti past Lou
Acosta to win the Central Division Money Title ($100.17).
Acosta (37-38 - 75) and Charlie Roy
(37-38 - 75) shared 2nd place. Acosta led the field in both
driving accuracy (12/14 fairways) and greens in regulation (12/18) but
had a pedestrian 36 putts. Roy, fresh from his own double win last
weekend, was going for 3 in a row. Tim Markel (38-38 - 76) finished 4th in
his best showing in a major championship.
Persichetti overtook Don Morris for the
lead in prize money this season. Perch has $172.17 in earnings
after the 2 wins.
Rick Persichetti - 2009
With Sunday's more benign conditions and
Stonebridge playing to a length of 6,481 yards, scores were expected to
be lower. But Stonebridge put up her best defense - undulating
greens - to keep order in the world of Mulligan Tour major
Persichetti birdied the 16th and 17th
holes to finish at even par 72 - 2 strokes better than Greg Kline.
Maureen Abele, leading after 9 holes, fell back to 3rd place with a
4-over 76. Tom Moran finished 4th at 79.
The victory tied Persichetti with Tour
founder Erik Meland for most Tour wins. Each has 17 titles
but Persichetti now has 6 majors on his resume, just one behind the
leader Greg Kline. Perch is the 2nd player to amass a "career
slam" - winning 4 different majors. He has 2 Memorial wins
(2004, 2008), 1 Harbour Pointe Open (2004), 2 WESTERNS (2006, 2009) and
a PLAYERS (2009). Persichetti also takes over the top spot on the
MT World Ranking for the first time since the ranking began.
Rick Persichetti - 2009
here for complete final standings of the 2009 PLAYERS Championship
here for complete final standings of the 2009 WESTERN Championship
Roy wins, Part II
August 23, 2009
Charlie Roy closed out the Tour's regular
season by winning the final 2 events. After winning the Caddyshack
Classic on Saturday, he traveled up to Stony Creek Metropark on Sunday
and took the 2009 Fifty Cent Classic by 3 strokes to sweep the weekend's
tournaments. He is the 2nd player in Tour history to win twice in
one weekend following Ed Loescher who pulled off the feat in 2006 (Fox Hunt
and Go Blue Classic).
Roy (31-35 - 66) hit 7 fairways and
9 greens and converted 2 eagles and 7 birdies to pull away from the
field. A commanding 8-shot lead allowed Roy the luxury of
finishing with triple-bogey at 17 and bogey at 18 and still claim the
title. From off the list, he climbed up to 8th on the money
standings after earning $68.50 in 2 days. As is tradition at the
Fifty Cent, the winner collected his first place prize of $32.50 in the
form of 65 fifty cent pieces.
Young Tom Litzler (36-33 - 69) led the
field with 28 putts and recorded his 5th top-4 this year collecting 49
half dollars. He moved up to 2nd on the money list with $105.50
earned in 13 tournaments in 2009. Erik Meland (35-36 - 71) birdied
the final 2 holes to get back into red numbers and claim 3rd just ahead
of Todd Masura. A rookie from Livonia, Masura (35-37 - 72)
captured his first top-4 and earned $8.50 in half dollars.
Charlie Roy - 2009
Fifty Cent Classic champ
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Lord of the Links
August 23, 2009
Charlie Roy seemed at home at the Links
at Lake Erie on Saturday - and the gopher trophy will spend another year
at the Roy home as a result. Roy went 6-under par on a stretch of
5 holes (#2 - #6) to complete the defense of his 2008 Caddyshack Classic
title and become the first multiple winner in the event's 11 year
Hitting 8 of 14 fairways and 8 greens in
regulation, Roy used 27 putts to finish at 5-under 67 and a 2-stroke
win. A 2nd year pro
out of Livonia, Roy has only 2 top-4 finishes in 17 career starts but
both are victories at the Caddyshack. The win was worth $36 and an
invitation into next weeks WESTERN Championship.
The Tour's leading money winner added to
his lead. Don Morris (33-36 - 69) tied Karl Carter for 2nd place
earning himself a $22.50 paycheck. Morris now leads the race for
the 2009 Money Title with $153.50 in prize money. Carter recorded
his first top-4 finish in only his 5th start on Tour. The rookie
had 2 eagles and 5 birdies to shoot 32-37 - 69. John Powell (34-36
- 70) finished 4th and the $9 paycheck keeps him within striking
distance ($93.25) of Morris for the Money Title.
- 2009 Caddyshack Classic champ
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Eric Morris makes Carrington Classic his
first Tour victory
August 16, 2009
Eric Morris shot a 35-32 - 67 to win the 2009
Classic by 3 shots and claim his first career win. Morris, a
rookie from Romulus, carded 6 birdies and 2 eagles including a net ace
at the 17th that closed the deal. The victory, worth $36 in prize
money, is his first top-4 finish in 14 career starts and pushed him up
from 41st to 30th on the Mulligan Tour World Ranking.
Tournament host Jason Rectenwald tied Art
Wakeford for 2nd place. Rectenwald (33-37 - 70) led the field
hitting 9 of 18 greens in regulation and was T5 with 31 putts.
Wakeford (37-33 - 70) led the field with 28 putts and recorded his first
top-4 in his 7th career start. Young Tom Litzler (32-39 - 71)
bogied 2 of his last 3 holes to fall back to 4th place.
here for complete Final Standings of the 2009 Carrington Classic
Ugly scores at Downing Farms
August 2, 2009
Don Morris won the 2009 Ugly Pants
Open on Sunday at Downing Farms GC, his 3rd win of the year.
In fact, Morris has clinched the west division money title for 2009 with
2 tournaments remaining including the WESTERN Championship. Morris
has 6 top 4's in 13 starts this year and all 3 wins were in the west
(Ugly Pants, Animal House, Go Blue). He leads the Tour with $131
in prize money and could be the first rookie to win the Money Title
since Rick Persichetti in 2003.
Morris shot 34-39 - 73, 2-over par on the
Downing Farms layout and beat Dan Schwartz (38-36 - 74) by a
stroke. Schwartz was leading the tournament after a birdie at #15
but finished with 3 straight bogies and settled for 2nd place.
Rick Persichetti (38-40 - 78) finished 3rd and rookie Jim O'Connor
(42-37 - 79) posted his first top-4 in his 6th start.
The scores were uglier than usual at the
Ugly Pants - the field averaging 12 strokes over net par - matching the
attire of the participants. Rookie Julie Gardner won the Ugly
Attire award in a close vote with Jeff Klipa.
Don Morris - 2009 Ugly Pants Open
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Bales wins UPS Store Quad-Tour Challenge in a
August 2, 2009
Thom Bales teamed up with Corey Pavin
(69), Bernhard Langer (65) and Paula Creamer (70) to win the 2009 UPS
Store Quad-Tour Challenge on Saturday. Bales shot a 39-34 - 73 on
Idyl Wyld's par-70 layout to finish at 7-under 277 and then beat Tim
Markel in a playoff. Markel shot a 37-36 - 73 and also finished
with a 277 total after help from Stephen Ames (67), Loren Roberts (67)
and Creamer (70) from the pro tours.
Bales needed a total of 7 putts in the
4-hole putt-off winning handily as Markel finished with 11
strokes. Bales is 2-1 in playoffs and picked up a $32 first place
Rick Persichetti (36-26 - 72) finished
3rd with a 6-under 278. The foursome that tied for 4th place at
283 included Erik Meland, Tom W Litzler, Mike Pearcy and Julie
Gardner. It was Gardner's first top-4 in her rookie campaign.
Thom Bales - 2009 UPS Store Quad-Tour
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Kelly Arnold marches to the Match Play
July 27, 2009
Kelly Arnold survived a semi-final match
with 3-time winner Greg Kline and then went on to win the final against
Young Tom Litzler to capture his first Match Play Championship and his
3rd major title on Sunday at the Links at Whitmore Lake.
Arnold won his first round match-up with
Tom Sachs 2&1 on Friday and returned Saturday to battle against his
Memorial tournament partner Rick Persichetti. Four natural birdies
in the span of 6 holes in the middle of the match helped build a 3-up
lead that would hold up for a 3&1 finish.
In the Sunday morning semi-final match
against Kline, Arnold was 3-up after 4 holes but gave it all back as the
two made the turn all-square. They traded the lead 5 times on the
back nine (played on the front) and a lipped out par putt on #9 kept
Kline from forcing extra holes in the closest match of the tournament.
In the final, Arnold birdied 3 of the
first 6 holes and was 4-up thru 7. He played 13 holes in 1-under
par and Young Tom never had a chance. The final score was 6&5.
Kelly Arnold - 2009 Match
Sunday at Match Play
July 25, 2009
The only thing that stands between a
showdown between 3-time winner Greg Kline and the '07 winner DeVonne
Mowry at the 2009 Match Play Championship is Kelly Arnold and Young Tom
Litzler. Kline, winner in '04, '05 and '06, beat Erik Meland
4&3 in the first round and then got past the '02 champ David Martin
in round 2. Mowry beat Thom Bales 2&1 on Friday and then John
Powell on Saturday.
Kelly Arnold advanced to the Sunday final
four by beating Tom Sachs 2&1 on Friday and then beating his
Memorial tournament partner Rick Persichetti on Saturday. Young
Tom Litzler dispatched the defending champ Bob Bruning 2&1 on Friday
and then beat his dad, Old Tom Litzler on Saturday also by a 2&1
Kline is playing Arnold in one semi-final
on Sunday morning while Mowry plays Young Tom in the other. The
final and 3rd place matches are set for Sunday afternoon.
Dave Randall beats Randall Reher in a
playoff for Crazy Brit title
July 19, 2009
Dave Randall, a 4th year veteran from
Northville, earned his 3rd title in 31 career starts on Tour by winning
the 2009 Crazy Brit in a playoff on Saturday. He needed overtime
to overtake rookie Randall Reher after both collected 42 points in the
British Stableford scoring format of the Crazy Brit. Randall
(first name Dave) 3-putted the first playoff hole while Randall (last
name Reher) 2-putted for the lead in the 4-hole aggregate score
playoff. But Reher 3-putted the next 2 holes to give up the
lead and when Randall made his 3rd consecutive 2-putt on the 4th hole
the victory was secured.
Randall scored points on every hole and
made 8 birdies, including a stretch of 4 in a row starting at #10, to
total 42 points. Reher started with an eagle on the first hole and
then added 8 birdies of his own, also scoring points on every hole, to
get to 42 points - a record score in this tournament. Randall's
first place check of $32 was his first prize money earned in 2009 and he
debuts at 18th on the Money List (4th on the Central money list).
Reher, the rookie from Troy, finished in the money for the first time
collecting a check for $24 and is 25th on the money standings (7th on
Bob Bruning (20-21 - 41 points) also had
an eagle and 8 birdies on the Whispering Willows course in Livonia but
missed joining the playoff by 1 point. Rick Persichetti (21-19 -
40), Dan Schwartz (16-24 - 40) and Larry Kwiatkowski (20-20 - 40) shared
Dave Randall - 2009 Crazy Brit
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Morris takes Go Blue Classic with 69 at
July 13, 2009
Don Morris solidified his case for
"Rookie-of-the-Year" honors with a 2nd win this season.
He shot a 3-under par 69 at Reddeman Farms GC to take the 2009 Go Blue
Classic title beating Erik Meland by a stroke. Morris won the
Animal House Classic back in May and is the 2nd multiple winner of the
year. He leads the Tour with $103 in earnings and leads the west
division with $96.50 in prize money.
Morris converted on 7 birdie
opportunities after hitting career highs in fairways (10 of 14, T1 in
the field) and greens (7 of 18, T2 in the field). The $32 first
place check gives him a $60 lead over John Powell ($36.00) for the west
division money title with only 3 events remaining on the west schedule -
Ugly Pants Open (Aug 2), Caddyshack Classic (Aug 22) and the WESTERN
Championship (Aug 30).
Meland (36-34 - 70) had 2 eagles and 3
birdies but could not take advantage of the closing par-5's at 16
and 18. He credited an improved putting stroke (T4 in the field
with 31 putts) for his first top-4 finish in a full field event this
Ersig (36-35 - 71) played the last 2 holes 3-over to fall back to 3rd and
Russ Butler (37-36 - 73) netted his first top-4 finish since the '08
Real McCoy Classic.
Don Morris - 2009 Go Blue
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Carol Koch defends the Ladies Open title
at Sandy Creek
July 13, 2009
Carol Koch successfully defended her MT
Ladies Open title last Saturday by shooting 35-38 - 73 at Sandy
Creek Golf Club in Monroe. She beat the '07 Ladies Open champ
DeVonne Mowry by 2-strokes by playing the final 3 holes
Koch hit 8 of 14 fairways and 3 greens in
regulation while needing 38 putts. She earned $28 for her 2nd
career win and
qualifies for the TOUR Championship as well as her choice of division
championships - either the PLAYERS Championship or the WESTERN
Mowry (39-36 - 75) overcame a
double-bogey - bogey start with an eagle at the 3rd but bogies at the
5th, 6th, 9th and 11th proved to be too much. Barb Hoelzle (37-42
- 79) was 2-over par and leading thru 15 holes when back and knee
problems hampered her finish. Rookie Barb Kaczmarek (42-41 - 83)
and Tour veteran Sue Meland (41-42 - 83) tied for 4th. Julie
Gardner finished 6th in her first Ladies Open.
Randall Reher (36-33 - 69) was low net
male and earned an exemption into the TOUR Championship as well as his choice
of one of the division championships. Charlie Roy (36-35 - 71),
Greg Kline (36-38 - 74) and Jason Rectenwald (38-37 - 75) were the other
top-4 finishers and are also exempt from qualifying for one of the division
The Tour raised $525 for "Rally for
the Cure" thanks to the participation of all of the players and
the invited guests. Greg Kline won the 50/50 putting contest and
continued the tradition of donating back the winnings to
Carol Koch - 2009 Lady
Golfer of the Year
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Powell strings together 2nd win
June 29, 2009
Last year's "Rookie of the
Year" has his sights set on "Player of the Year" in
2009. John Powell has steadily climbed the ranks of the Mulligan
Tour and now is officially the #1 ranked player on Tour after a victory
at the 2009 Strokes on a Rope. Powell bogied 4 of the final 5
holes to create a close finish but the 7-over 79 was good enough for a
1-stroke win over Jason Rectenwald.
The first multiple winner on Tour this
year, Powell earned $36 for the win and is 2nd on the Money List
($84.25). He jumped ahead of David Martin to claim the #1 World
Ranking due in large part to his success in the majors. He
followed a trio of 2nd place finishes in '08 (Memorial, Match Play,
WESTERN) with a win at the Memorial and a T5 at the Harbour Pointe Open
this season. Powell has 10 top-4 finishes in his 21 starts on
Rectenwald (40-40 - 80) led the field
with 27 putts and continues to lead the Tour in putting average
(28.4). He finished in the money for the first time since a 2nd
place at the '08 HPO and recorded his 10th top-4 overall in 40 career
starts. "Young Tom" Litzler finished 3rd at 9-over
81. Don Morris and 2-time champ David Martin shared 4th with 81's.
John Powell - 2009 Strokes
on a Rope champ
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Wyka wins HPO in a playoff
June 21, 2009
Scott Wyka, a rookie from Dearborn, beat
Mike Pearcy in a 5 hole playoff after both finished at 1-under 35 in a
9-hole Harbour Pointe Open. Overnight rains made the west nine at
Pheasant Run Golf Club unplayable and title sponsor Commercial
Underwriters Risk Management favored a 9-hole tournament over the
complications of rescheduling one of the Tour's major championships (the
north nine was closed for Canton fireworks that night).
Wyka made 3 birdies on Pheasant Run's
south nine, including one on the final hole - a 425-yard par 4 that only
4 players in the field managed to birdie. Pearcy also made 3
birdies in the short round but bogied the 9th hole to fall back into the
The 4-hole aggregate score playoff
finished tied at 11 strokes each as the 2 battled major championship
nerves in 3-putting 3 times a piece. On the first extra hole Wyka
made a short par putt to end the tournament after Pearcy 3-putted for a
Wyka earned $50 for the win and moves up
to 2nd on the Money List ($70) but it was Pearcy strengthening his hold
on the top spot ($99.50) with the runner up finish. He has 4
top-4's in 7 starts this year including playoff loses in the season's
first 2 majors.
Denny Ersig and Jeff Klipa shared 3rd
place at even par 36 earning each a check for $17.50. The foursome
of players tied for 5th at 1-over 37 included Kelly Arnold, John Powell,
Victor McCoy and Phil Abele.
Scott Wyka - 2009 Commercial
Underwriters Harbour Pointe Open champ
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Kline nabs Par-54 for 14th title
June 20, 2009
Central division Commissioner Greg Kline won the Par-54
Classic on the Strategic Fox course at Fox Hills Golf &
Banquet Center on Friday. The field of 16 avoided the
impending storms that arrived later in the evening and it was Kline
earning his 14th Mulligan Tour title with an even par 54. He made
6 birdies from hitting 12 of 18 greens while needing 31 putts. The
$20 first place check moves Kline into the top-10 on the 2009 money
standings and within $1 of becoming the 4th player in Tour history to
Erik Meland birdied the final 2 holes to
net solo 2nd place with a 2-over 56. DeVonne Mowry, the Par-54 champ
in 2007, finished 3rd with a 3-over 57. Don Morris and Tom Sachs
tied for 4th with 58's.
Greg Kline - 2009 Par-54 Classic
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Lou Acosta wins Real McCoy
June 14, 2009
Morning rains softened Farmington Hills
Golf Club on Saturday and the Tour players took advantage of a
vulnerable course that was quite receptive. Lou Acosta became the
2nd rookie this year to get his first Tour win by taming Farmington
Hills with an eagle and 7 birdies. Acosta shot a 33-30 - 63 for a
1-stroke victory over Terry Baar and Mike Pearcy. Among the field
of 48 players were 42 touring pros that combined to record 27 eagles and
Acosta led the field in driving accuracy
- hitting 11 of 14 fairways - and greens in regulation - hitting 15 of
18 greens. He needed 30 putts (T5 in the field) and became the 2nd
player ever to shoot a gross score of even par or better. His
gross even par 71 nearly matched Craig MacBeth's 1-under par 70 at the
2004 Animal House Classic at Taylor Meadows GC.
Coming off her victory at the Holy Grail,
Baar (33-31 - 64) has never finished outside the top-10 since the Real
McCoy moved to Farmington Hills GC. She also finished 2nd in 2006
when Dave Randall set the RMC scoring record of 10-under 61. Baar
moves up to 5th on the Money List with $54.50 earned in 6 starts this
year. Pearcy (31-33 - 64) moves to the top of the Money List
($64.50) after recording his 3rd top-4 finish in 6 starts this year.
Making her first appearance in 2009, Sue
Meland (28-37 - 65) played a personal best gross 47 on the front and 102
for the tournament. She tied the reigning Memorial champ John
Powell (31-34 - 65) for 4th. Tournament host Victor McCoy, finally
getting injuries put into the past, produced his best numbers ever at
the RMC and finished T7 at 4-under 67.
Lou Acosta - 2009 Real McCoy Classic
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Terry Baar makes Holy Grail her 2nd
June 8, 2009
Thirty Four entrants came to St. Johns
Golf and Conference Center last Saturday seeking the Mulligan Tour's
Holy Grail. Armed with 3 holy hand grenades, Terry Baar shot
a 3-under par 69 for a 2-stroke win over Don Morris and claimed her
2nd Tour victory. Baar, whose previous win came at the 2004
Ugly Pants Open, was aided by an eagle and 6 birdies. It was her
14th top-4 finish in 72 career starts. The win was worth $32 and
came with the automatic invitation to the WESTERN Championship in late
Morris (34-37 - 71) made a hard charge at
the end finishing with a flurry that included a hole-in-one at the
par-3 16th to earn an invitation to the West Skins Game in October and a
2-year membership. Morris finished birdie-eagle-eagle-birdie on
St.John's final four holes to explode from the pack and capture 2nd
place. He earned another $24 in prize money and rose to the top of
the Money List ($60).
Bob Baar (36-36 - 72), husband of the champ,
finished alone in 3rd place - his 22nd top-4 in 78 career starts.
Mr. Baar became the 15th player in Tour history to go over $400 in
career earnings. Greg Kline (35-38 - 73) birdied the 18th to avoid
the logjam of players finishing at 74 to claim his 41st top-4 finish in
102 career starts.
Terry Baar - 2009 Holy Grail
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Powell and Robar take Green Towels after
May 31, 2009
After falling a stroke short of forcing a
playoff with Rick Persichetti and Kelly Arnold in the 2008 Memorial
Tournament, John Powell and Joe Robar returned to Gateway Golf Club
this year as one of the favorites to win the Green Towels. A
nearly flawless round that included 7 birdies and no bogies set a new
scoring record of 7-under par 65 at the Memorial but extra holes were
needed when the team of Erik Johnson and Mike Pearcy matched the
record. Pearcy and Johnson, in their 2nd year on Tour but playing
in their first major championship, were aided by 3 eagles and may have
won in regulation if not for a double-bogey at the par-3 5th hole.
The playoff, the 4th in the last 10
Memorials, saw Powell/Robar calmly make 2-putt after 2-putt while Pearcy/Johnson
struggled with the flatstick. A 3-putt bogey on the first playoff
hole but them behind but the 4-putt 3rd hole sealed their fate.
With Powell setting up his partner, Robar sank the winning putt on
Gateway's severely undulating practice green and the 2 earned their
first Tour victories on a major stage.
"PC" Carlos and rookie Scott
Wyka finished in 3rd place at 4-under 68. Three teams tied for 4th
with 69's - including the defending champs, Persichetti and Arnold, the
'07 champs, Jeff Klipa and Victor McCoy, and DeVonne Mowry and rookie
partner Eric Kelsey.
John Powell and Joe Robar - 2009
Memorial Tournament champs
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David Martin wins Western Swing
May 24, 2009
David Martin, the Tour's all-time
money leader with over $1200 in career earnings, collected his 15th
title Saturday by winning the Western Swing for the 2nd time. The
model of consistency, Martin hit 10 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens
on Calderone Farms' mix of links and wooded holes to shoot 33-37 - 70,
beating Barb Hoelzle by 2 strokes. Martin has 64 top-4 finishes in
111 tournaments over 9 years. Following a T-3 at the Tin Cup 2
weeks prior, Martin has the early lead on the 2009 Money List with $44
in earnings. Martin's other Western Swing victory came in 2007 at
The reigning PLAYERS champ, Hoelzle
(32-40 - 72) bogied 4 of her last 5 holes to relinquish the lead to
Martin. The 2nd place finish ($27) allows Hoelzle to debut at 6th
on the current Money List. Kelly Arnold and Tom Sachs tied for 3rd
another stroke back at 1-over 73. It was Arnold's 15th top-4 in 34
career starts and Sach's 5th top-4 in 17 starts.
David Martin - 2009 Western Swing
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Tom Moran cashes in at Chelsea
May 24, 2009
Tom Moran, in his 5th year on Tour and
making his 45th career start, lapped the field Saturday at
Calderone Farms GC to win the 2009 Chelsea Classic by 6-strokes.
Moran used an eagle and 5 birdies against only 2 bogies to capture his
2nd Tour title ('07 Go Blue). The win was worth $28 in prize
Maureen Abele beat out the rest of the pursuers
by finishing at 1-over 73. Young Tom Litzler finished 3rd at
3-over 75 and the '07 Chelsea champ Thom Bales finished 4th with a
76. Making her first start of the year, Abele (37-36 - 73) made 3
eagles and 3 birdies to capture her 2nd top-4 finish in 16 starts.
Litzler was also making his 2009 debut and recorded his 18th top-4 in 33
With 2 top-4's in 4 starts this year,
Moran ranks 2nd on the Money List ($36) and automatically qualifies for
the WESTERN Championship in August.
Tom Moran - 2009 Chelsea Classic
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Meet the New Kids on the Block
May 17, 2009
A field of 31 competed for the 2009
Animal House Classic title at Salem Hills last Saturday and the top 6
places were taken by 1st or 2nd year players. Meet the new kids on the
block. Rookie Don Morris posted a 5-over 77 to avoid a 4-way
playoff. Just a couple weeks out of Q-School, Morris beat Matt Murdza, Joe Robar,
and Erik Johnson by a stroke to win his first Tour title.
Windy conditions on a saturated course
pushed net scores well into the 70's for the 2nd week on Tour.
Morris kept the ball in play avoiding every animal trap but one - a
3-putt snake on #9. In fact, Morris went on to win the "bonus"
putt-off after the tournament that included the 4 lowest "Zoo ratios"
from the tournament. He beat his son Eric and Erik Johnson on the
2nd extra hole of the 4-hole playoff.
Murdza (36-42 - 78) led the field in
greens-in-regulation (8/18) and took 32 putts to record his first top-4
in only his 2nd career start. Robar (40-38 - 78) carded a net ace
on the par-3 3rd hole and captured his 2nd top-4 finish in 7 starts.
Johnson (37-41 - 78) finished in the top-4 for the first time in 5
starts. Rookie Lou Acosta (39-40 - 79) and 2nd year pro John Powel
(40-39 - 79) tied for 5th.
Don Morris - 2009 Animal House
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Perch takes Tin Cup for 15th career win
May 10, 2009
Rick "Perch" Persichetti, a 7th year pro
from Dearborn, collected his 15th career victory at the 2009 Tin Cup.
A chip-in birdie at his final hole (#15) was the difference in beating
rookie Lou Acosta by a stroke. In blustery conditions that left
many in the field struggling to score, Persichetti finished 38-39 - 77
and the 5-over par winning score tied the highest previous winning score
in Tin Cup history (2006 - Greg Kline). The net scoring average
for the field (with full MTHI) was 84.1 strokes.
Acosta (38-40 - 78) came straight out of
Q-School and netted his first top-4 finish. His low gross 82 in
this wind had many veterans thinking that Acosta will be a player
finding himself in contention many times in the future. David
Martin, Greg Kline, and Tom Moran tied for 3rd with 79's. Martin
(38-41 - 79), winner here in 2004, led the field in putting (28) and
recorded his 63rd top-4 finish in 110 career starts. Kline (39-40
- 79) led the field with 7 greens-in-regulation and finished in the
top-4 for the 40th time in 99 starts. Moran (42-37 - 79) collected
his first top-4 since last year's Match Play Championship.
Rick Persichetti - 2009 Tin Cup champ
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Bruning wins season opening Weekend
Warrior Golfer.com Classic
May 3, 2009
Picking up where he left off, Bob Bruning,
the 2008 Money Titleist, started the new season by winning the Weekend
Warrior Golfer.com Classic last Saturday after posting a 34-41 - 75 at
Pine View GC. The 3-over par effort was 1-stroke better than Phil
Abele and 2-strokes better than Jim Cwikla and Mike Pearcy.
Bruning hit 7 of 14 fairways and 5 of 18
greens in regulation on his way to making 5 birdies. His 35 putts
were a little better than the field average (36.8) but the key to
winning is avoiding the big holes. Bruning had 6 bogies but only
one "other" - a double-bogey 7 at the par-5 10th. The win earned
Bruning a $32 paycheck and a spot in the WESTERN Championship in late
Pine View's back nine was playing a few
strokes higher than the front, but Abele (40-36 - 76) closed the gap by
playing the final 6 holes in 2-under par. He was 2nd in the field
with 31 putts and made 6 birdies in the tournament but was ultimately
undone by a double-bogey 5 at the par-3 2nd hole and a triple-bogey on
Pearcy (39-38 - 77) led the field with 7
birdies but was hurt by 6 3-putts. Still, he earned his first
top-4 finish in his 7th start on Tour and tied for 3rd place with an old
Tour veteran. Cwikla (36-41 - 77), an 11 year pro from Westland,
netted his 22nd top-4 finish in 76 career starts.
New tournament hosts, Brent Newhouse and
Vail Harding, from the Weekend Warrior Golfer.com website, made their
Mulligan Tour debuts. Harding finished T-25 with a gross 89 while
Newhouse finished T-29 with a 90.
Bob Bruning - 2009 winner of the
Weekend Warrior Golfer.com Classic
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The UPS Store agrees to ship
With membership reaching 60 golfers, the
Tour brought 2 tournaments off the shelf and added to the 2009
schedule. The Chelsea Classic will play simultaneously with the
Western Swing at Calderone Farms GC on May 23rd and the Quad-Tour
Challenge finds a title sponsor and will move to Idyl Wyld
GC. The UPS Store in Livonia has agreed to
sponsor the 2009 Quad-Tour Challenge. The 4-player tournament in
which the Mulligan Tour player's score is added to that of 3
professional golfer's scores - one each from the PGA, the Champions, and
the LPGA Tours - is scheduled for August 1st at the Livonia municipal
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WeekendWarriorGolfer.com to sponsor 2009
Pine View Classic
A new website called Weekend Warrior
Golfer.com has signed on as title sponsor of the Pine View
Classic. The site, run by Brent Newhouse of Ypsilanti, offers
course and product reviews as well as articles on all things golf.
"We need golf to breathe", claims the website. "We
need golf on the weekend to make it through the week. You
understand this - You are a weekend warrior golfer."
The tournament will be called the
WeekendWarriorGolfer.com Classic and retain the current playing format
of an 18-hole, stroke-play, net-scoring event. One of the oldest
events on Tour, Pine View GC will host the tournament for the 11th year
on May 2nd. The start is currently set for tee times beginning at
8:00am. However, if there are more than 8 groups (32 players) in
the field the course will likely switch to a modified shotgun start -
everyone teeing off at 8:00 on holes #13 or 14 thru #1.
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Tour negotiating with Polo Fields for
2009 TOUR Championship
The 2009 TOUR Championship may take the
Mulligan Tour to its first private golf course. Polo Fields Golf
& Country Club in Ann Arbor has offered to host the final major of
the year on September 19th. The details are still to be worked
out, but an afternoon start is likely on a football Saturday near the
Tour readies for 2009 schedule
The Mulligan Tour is currently preparing
for representation at 2 spring golf shows. First, the Tour will
promote itself at the Spring Golf Show at the Gibraltar Trade Center in
Taylor on Feb 27 thru March 1. Then the Tour is planning to go to the Michigan
Golf Show at the Rock Financial Showplace on the following weekend
The 2009 schedule is nearing completion.
Only a few tournaments have not had their place solidified on the
calendar by mid February. The Tour is hoping to have these final
spots confirmed before the end of the month. New and returning
members are reminded to take advantage of the discount offered by
joining the 2009 season before April 1st.
Tour scales back for 2009
The poor economy is interfering with
almost every aspect of life in southeast Michigan. And with the
prospect of another "down" year for the metro Detroit area,
the Mulligan Tour is preparing a "scaled back" 2009 season.
Expecting that membership will remain lower than the record 59 members
of the 2005 season, the Tour is planning to put several tournaments on
hiatus until the level of membership dictates that they
Shelved for 2009
Tournaments placed on hiatus unless membership
rises above 60
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Big Dog Pro-Am