archives from 2010
Martin wins 2nd Runny Nose
November 21, 2010
David Martin won the 2010 Runny Nose
Open on Saturday in relatively mild conditions at Harbor Club GC in
Belleville. Benign winds kept the temperature comfortable
for late November and Martin posted a 36-34 - 70 to win by
3. Martin, the Runny Nose champ in 2003, hit 12 of 14
fairways and 12 of 18 greens and converted on 6 birdie opportunities.
Phil Johnson (38-35 - 73) made a late
charge going birdie-eagle-birdie on holes 14-16 but finished 3-strokes
back. Kelly Arnold (39-35 - 74), Dennis LeMaitre (38-36 -
74) and Tim Jakubowski (36-38 - 74) shared 3rd place.
David Martin -
2010 Runny Nose Open champ
Inaugural Division Bell rings for Team
October 25, 2010
The Mulligan Tour's Central Division,
led by Commissioner Greg Kline, won the inaugural Division Bell event on
Sunday at Farmington Hills GC. The 4-man team of Kline,
Kelly Arnold, Dan Schwartz and Jason Rectenwald combined for a 7-over
par 291 and a 15-stroke win over the East Division. Arnold
led the way with 2 eagles and 6 birdies posting a 4-under
67. Kline converted 4 birdies and finished at even par 71.
The East Division was represented by
Commissioner Tom Hoelzle (74) and included Ron Hiestand (76), Joe
Brandenburg (86) and Jon Heikkinen (70). Heikkinen was a
late replacement for the ailing Erik Meland and joined Arnold as the
only 2 players to break par in the event.
The West Division finished at 28-over
par 312 with Commissioner Phil Abele (72) leading the way. Tom
Moran (76), Charlie Roy (79) and Maureen Abele (85) completed the team.
Dan Schwartz, Kelly Arnold, Greg
Kline and Jason Rectenwald
2010 Division Bell champs
Tom Moran chips and putts his way to
Skills Challenge win
October 18, 2010
Tom Moran, a 4-time winner on Tour,
sank 3 of 5 putts in the final event of the 2010 Skills Challenge to
secure the $75 win. Moran was first in the bunker shot
(event #3), 2nd in the 5-yard chip (event #4) and 3rd in both the
40-yard pitch and the 12' putt events. He finished with 36
points from the 7-events - 2 strokes more than Erik Meland.
Meland won the 5-yard chip event and
also made 3 of 5 putts in the final event allowing him to jump over Rick
Persichetti for 2nd place. The Tour's President collected
the $50 2nd place check. Persichetti and Art Wakeford each
finished with 33 points but "Perch" won the tie breaker for
3rd place by getting closer to the hole with one putt from 60'. He
took the check for 3rd place ($25).
Thom Bales finished 5th (30 points)
with last year's Skills champ Greg Kline taking 6th (24).
The rest of the field included Jon Heikkinen (14 points), Kelly Arnold
(11) and Tim Jakubowski (11).
Tom Moran - 2010 Skills
Management wins close inaugural
President's Cup matches
October 11, 2010
Team Management beat Team Labor in
the first President's Cup on Sunday. With temperatures well
above normal for October 10th, Fellows Creek GC hosted the inaugural
matches pitting a team of 6 from the Tour's Player Advisory Council
against a team of 6 Tour members in good standing. The format
included a total of 9 team matches that included 3 matches of best ball,
3 matches of alternate shot and 3 matches of scramble.
Team Management was led by Tour
founder and President Erik Meland. His Vice Presidents
included Division Commissioner's Greg Kline, Phil Abele and Tom Hoelzle.
PAC members Jeff Klipa and Barb Hoelzle rounded out the
team. Team Labor, led by former PAC member Rick Persichetti,
called themselves "Strike Force". They included
Dan Schwartz, Tom Moran, Mike Prieskorn, Ray Collins and Jon Heikkinen.
Management took a 2 - 1 lead after
the best ball matches and extended their lead to 4½ - 1½ after the
alternate shot matches. With Labor needing to sweep the
scramble matches to force a playoff, the Barb & Tom Hoelzle pairing
shutdown Schwartz and Moran 5&4 to give Management the first
President's Cup 5½ to 3½. The blue collar team of Collins
and Heikkinen proved the most successful going 2-0-1 in their 3 matches
Team Management - 2010
President's Cup winners
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Abele, Acosta and Villerot win divisional
October 4, 2010
Phil Abele, Commissioner of the
Tour's West division, took the final 2 skins including the super skin on
the 18th hole to win the West Skins Game. Abele won 4 skins
in all that totaled $38. Barb Kaczmarek finished 2nd with 2
skins worth $24. Don Morris took 2 skins for $18 while Dan
Schwartz was shut out.
Lou Acosta won the first ever East
Skins Game by winning 6 skins totaling $36. Acosta won each
of his skins with a par. East division Commissioner Tom Hoelzle won the
final skin and finished 2nd with 3 skins totaling $28. Barb
Hoelzle netted 2 skins for $14 and rookie Rich Dunmore took 1 skin for
The unofficial rookie-of-the-year
Steve Villerot captured the Central Skins Game. Villerot won the
day's largest skin ($24) at the 16th hole with a par and finished with
$32 from 3 skins. Mike
Sikes won the super skin at 18 and finished with $22 from 4 skins.
Thom Bales had 3 birdies winning a skin each time and finished 3rd with
$20. Erik Meland, filling in for Central division Commissioner Greg Kline,
won 2 skins for $6.
Team Central keeps Comm Cup
September 28, 2010
Commissioner Greg Kline piloted Team Central to another
Commissioner's Cup victory, successfully defending the Cup for a second
time. He has captained 4 winners in 6 years. The
Central squad opened up a 6 1/2 to 1 1/2 lead after the Saturday morning
team matches only to see the West team nearly pull even in the
afternoon. Team Central slept on a 1 point lead and then
took 5 1/2 points in the Sunday singles to win the Cup 14 to 10.
Kline returned 5 players from the victorious 2009 Central Comm Cup
team and added a couple of rookies. The mix nearly ran away
with another Cup after dominating the morning matches - including a
clean sweep of the alternate shot format. Team West
rebounded in the afternoon winning 5 matches and halving 2 others to
pull within a point at 8 1/2 to 7 1/2. The suspense of the
Sunday singles lingered into the Thoroughbred's back nine until the
Central's Jason Rectenwald finished off Charlie Roy on the 16th green
for a 3&2 win and the 12th and a half point that secured the
here for the complete final results of the 2010 Commissioner's Cup
2010 Commissioner's Cup champs - TEAM
Gardner plants a win at Polo Fields
September 20, 2010
Rob Gardner, a 2nd year pro from Belleville, won the
2010 TOUR Championship Saturday at the Polo Fields Golf & Country
Club in Ann Arbor. Gardner ranked 2nd in fairways hit
(11/14) and converted 3 eagles and 3 birdies to finish at 1-over par 73
and make his first Tour win a major victory. Gardner was
19th on the money list and just happy to make the field for the TOUR
Lou Acosta made birdies at
13, 15 and17 but missed forcing a playoff after a bogey at the finishing
hole. The 2nd place check of $35 moved Acosta to 6th
($138.67) on the final 2010 money standings. Jon Heikkinen
(40-35 - 75) played the last 6 holes in 4-under par to secure 3rd place
in his first TOUR Championship.
Thom Bales and Randall Reher
shared 4th place at 6-over 78. Bales led the field hitting
12 of 14 fairways but came up short in a bid to win a Grand Slam - 4
major titles in one year. Reher has 2 top-4 finishes in the
2 TOUR Championships played at the Polo Fields.
Julie Gardner, Rob's better
half, was at the top of the leaderboard at the turn after a net double
eagle at the 9th. She finished 35-44 - 79 and tied for 6th
with Mike Prieskorn. With 4 wins this year, Prieskorn (38-41
- 79) was trying to join Bales and Greg Kline as the only players in
Tour history to earn 5 wins in one season.
Kline (42-38 - 80) finished
T8 but secured the 2010 Money Title with $272.77 in winnings this
season. With 2 money titles on his resume, Kline owns the 2
highest winning totals in Tour history including the record earnings of
$292.70 from 2006.
Rob Gardner - 2010
at the 2010 TOUR Championship
Lou Acosta $35
Jon Heikkinen $25
Thom Bales $12.50
Randall Reher $12.50
Mike Prieskorn $2.50
Julie Gardner $2.50
Kline, Abele finalize teams for
September 14, 2010
The 6th Commissioner's Cup Matches are set for September
25-26 at the Thoroughbred golf course at the JJ Ranch Resort in Rothbury,
Michigan. The annual team matches pit a team representing
the Tour's Central Division against a team from the West division.
Greg Kline, 3-2 as the captain of the Central team in
the first 5 Cups, returns a squad with 5 members from last year's
winning team. Phil Abele will captain the West team for the
||Charlie ROY *
|Dan SCHWARTZ *
||Tom HOELZLE *
|Karl CARTER *
||Erik MELAND *
|Rich DUNMORE *
||Eric MORRIS *
|Tim MARKEL *
||Todd WEAKLEY *
* Captain's Pick
Better late than never - Tom Moran delivers UPS Quad-Tour win
September 12, 2010
Tom Moran collected his 2nd win of the year - and 4th
overall - at the 2010 UPS Store Quad-Tour Challenge on Saturday by
netting an even par 71 and accumulating a team score of 8-under
276. Moran finished the Central division schedule ranked 5th
with $60.00. He is 9th ($83.67) on the overall money
standings heading into the TOUR Championship. The Quad-Tour
was rescheduled from the original July 24th date.
His pro team of Tim Clark (64), Corey Pavin (69) and
Morgan Pressel (72) staked Moran to an 8-under par total of 205.
He added 6 birdies in his round at Fox Creek GC but made 3 bogies and a triple bogey on
18 that turned out harmless.
John Powell led after 3 rounds thanks to Clark's 64,
Mark Calcavecchia's 70 and the LPGA's Suzann Peterson's 70. His
own 7-over 78 left him 6 strokes back of Moran but in 2nd pace none the
less. It was his 10th top-4 of the year and he goes into the TOUR
Championship ranked 3rd on the overall money list ($185.40).
Erik Meland (77-284) finished 3rd and Greg Kline
(75-286) and Julie Gardner (80-286) tied for 4th. Kline
added $4 to his Tour leading total ($272.77), and also captured his 3rd
Central division Money Title, while Gardner needed the $4 to get into the top-20 and earn a trip to the Polo Fields for
the TOUR Championship.
Tom Moran - 2010 UPS Store
Quad-Tour Challenge champ
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Tom Sachs outlasts the PLAYERS at windy
September 5, 2010
Tom Sachs, a 3rd year pro from Franklin, Michigan, won
the PLAYERS Championship on Saturday by shooting a 39-38 - 77 on a
windswept Eagle Crest golf course. The reigning MT Senior
Open champ made the PLAYERS his 2nd Tour win and first major triumph.
Sachs hit 5 of 14 fairways on a day when no one else hit
more than 7. He hit 4 greens in regulation when no one else
hit more than 5. Eagle Crest is always tough, but the wind
turned a tough test into a truly difficult test - a grind from hole #1
to hole #18. The 5-over 77 was the highest winning score in
PLAYERS history - eclipsing the 76 that won Russ Holland the PLAYERS
Championship in 2002.
Second place was shared by a trio of players that
included Greg Kline, John Powell and Bob Baar. Kline (37-42
- 79) came within 3 strokes of sweeping the 3 division championships in
consecutive weekends. Kline did clinch the Central division
money title with the $24 for T-2. Powell (40-39 - 79) posted
his 9th top-4 of the year and is currently 4th on the Central money
standings (5th overall) and will be among the favorites at the TOUR
Championship. Baar (39-40 - 79) had his best finish in a
major since tying for 3rd in the 2008 PLAYERS.
Tom Sachs - 2010
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Kline is Grande in the West
August 29, 2010
Greg Kline has made a habit
of taking Mulligan Tour major championship hardware. One
week after winning the inaugural EASTERN Championship, Kline took his
"A" game west, to Jackson, Michigan, and solved the Grande
riddle. Hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens at the
Grande Golf Club, Kline stayed away from 3-putting until the final hole
and posted a 1-under par 71 for a 3-stroke win.
This win makes 9 Mulligan
Tour major titles on Kline's resume. He has won the Match
Play Championship and the TOUR Championship 3 times each and the
Memorial, EASTERN and WESTERN once each. He has jumped to
the top of the money list ($244.77) for 2010 and is in line to win his
2nd Money Title.
Joe Robar had a
double-bogey, bogey finish to fall back to 2nd place at 2-over
74. The defending champ, Rick Persichetti, was in contention
until bogies at 14 and 16 and a double-bogey at 17 left him at
75. David Martin (37-39 - 76) and Thom Bales (36-40 - 76)
shared 4th place.
Tour President Erik Meland
recorded the Tour's 6th hole-in-one on the 135-yard 5th
hole. He finished tied for 8th at 6-over 78.
Greg Kline - 2010
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Kline colors Greystone
red, Powel wins East Money Title
August 23, 2010
Greg Kline had little
problem with Greystone Golf Club, host site for the first EASTERN
Championship on Sunday, winning his 8th Mulligan Tour major title with a
convincing 7-stroke win. Kline converted 5 birdies and
an eagle in posting a 4-under par 32-36 - 68. He was the only
player to finish in red numbers.
John Powell, winner of the
Sweet Sixteen back in May, finished in 2nd place with a 35-40 -
75. The $36 was just enough to stay ahead of Kline on the East
money list and win the very first East Division Money Title with $68.00 in
earnings. Kline finished the East schedule with $66.17 after
winning the $48 first place prize.
Erik Meland (34-42 - 76),
Jon Heikkinen (38-38 - 76) and Jeff Klipa (38-38 - 76) shared 3rd place
and took in $12 each. Meland finished 4th on the East money
list ($36.50) with Heikkinen tied for 5th ($36.00).
Greg Kline - 2010
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Perch reels in 18th career win
August 23, 2010
Rick Persichetti won the
2010 Ugly Pants Open on Saturday - his 18th title in 8 years on
Tour. Perch posted a 38-31 - 69 that was 4-strokes better
than Eric Morris and 5-strokes clear of Barb Hoelzle and John
Powell. The 18 wins is a new record on
Tour. The victory was Persichetti's 65th top-4 in 132
career starts. He also has the most runner-up finishes (19)
in Tour history.
A week after winning the
Caddyshack Classic, Morris (35-38 - 73) played the final 4 holes at
Downing Farms in 6-over par to lose the lead and drop back to 2nd
place. The $21 check was enough to get Morris into the
WESTERN Championship field.
Hoelzle, the 2007 UPO champ,
was the leader at the turn after going out in 31. But an
inward 43 relegated her to T-3. Powell (35-39 - 74) made it
3 straight 3rd place finishes as he continues to stay in striking
distance of 2010 Money Title.
David Martin won the
"Ugly Attire" Award and earned $40 off of his 2011 membership.
Rick Persichetti - 2010 Ugly Pants
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Eric Morris wins the Caddyshack
August 16, 2010
Eric Morris was left holding
the gopher on Sunday when his 1-under par 71 held up as the low score at
the 2010 Caddyshack Classic. The Links at Lake Erie gave up
it's normal allotment of birdies and eagles, but there seemed to be more
bogies than usual - perhaps due to the hot and humid conditions that
drained player's of their energy.
The 71 was the highest
winning score ever at the Caddyshack, a tournament where the average
winning score over the last 5 years has been 64.2. Morris
beat Victor McCoy by 1-stroke and a group of 6 that finished 2 shots
73. The victory, worth $32, gives Morris a spot in the
inaugural EASTERN Championship and assures an invitation to the TOUR
Championship as well.
McCoy (35-37 - 72) also
earned an invitation to the EASTERN, set for this coming Sunday at
Greystone Golf Club in Romeo. The 6 players tied for 3rd
included John Powell, Jeff Klipa, Jim Cwikla, Tom Hoelzle, Chris Dunmore
and Tim Jakubowski.
Eric Morris - 2010 Caddyshack
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Mike Prieskorn wins Carrington for 4th victory of the year
August 16, 2010
Trying to keep pace with his
Memorial Tournament partner, Mike Prieskorn won the 2010 Carrington
Classic on Saturday - his 4th victory of the year, 1 shy of the 5
titles Thom Bales has colleted this season. Prieskorn won the Tin
Cup in early May before he and Bales won the Green Towels at Gateway at
the end of May. Prieskorn also won the Two-Stick Classic last
Shooting a personal best
gross 77, Prieskorn netted a 4-under par 68 for a 3-stroke win over Don
Morris. Prieskorn led the field in putting (27) and carded 7
birdies and an eagle.
Morris (36-35 - 71) was the
only other player to finish in red numbers. After winning 3
times in his 2009 rookie season, Morris has only 2 top-4's in 2010 but
is qualified for the PLAYERS Championship and the TOUR Championship.
John Powell and Thom Bales
led the five-some of even par shooters. Bales (37-35)
continues to lead the Tour in prize money with $208.60.
Powell is the only player to be ranked in the top-6 in driving accuracy, greens in
regulation, putting and net scoring. He is currently 6th on
the Money List with $90.90. Tim Markel (33-39), Eric
Morris (35-37) and Rich Dunmore (37-35) also finished at even par 72.
Tournament host Jason Rectenwald and Mike Prieskorn
2010 Carrington Classic champ
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Thom Bales rolls to Go Blue title
August 9, 2010
A hot and blustery day at
Leslie Park led to higher scores at the 2010 Go Blue
Classic. Thom Bales prevailed with a 1-over par 73 for his
5th win of the year - tying Greg Kline's record of 5 wins in the 2006
season. Bales jumped to the top of the 2010 money
standings with $202.00 in earnings.
Windy conditions made
fairways a premium
and the rough was thick and lush reducing the number of greens in regulation. The field averaged only 4.5
fairways and 3.6 greens for the tournament - well below most tournament
averages. Playing in the first group, Bales set the pace
with a 37-36 - 73 that was 3-strokes better than Jeff Klipa and Mike
Prieskorn. T-Bone hit 5 fairways and 6 greens matching his
season averages in those categories. He needed 30 putts - 5th best
in the tournament.
Klipa (37-39 - 76) notched
his first top-4 since early June and most likely secured a spot in the
WESTERN Championship with a T-2 in this west division
event. Prieskorn (42-34 - 76) carded a double-eagle on the
par-5 16th and was the only player to break par on either side of
Leslie Park's 36-36 - 72 layout.
Ned Loving (41-36 - 77)
netted his 2nd career top-4 and is currently just outside the top-20 on
the West money list.
Thom Bales - 2010 Go Blue Classic
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Steve Villerot collects the 65 Kennedy's
at Fifty Cent Classic
August 9, 2010
Steve Villerot, 3 weeks
removed from his first career win, essentially made it 2 in a row with a
victory at the 2010 Fifty Cent Classic on Saturday. Since
his win at the Crazy Brit on July 17, Villerot skipped the Two-Stick and
the Match Play and returned to action at Stony Creek Metropark. A
fast start at the Fifty Cent allowed Villerot to post a 31-37 - 68 and a
2-stroke cushion over a pair of Erik's.
Receiving the customary
sixty five 50-cent pieces for first place, Villerot is now the leading
money winner among rookies ($64.50) and is qualified for the EASTERN
Championship and the PLAYERS Championship by virtue of his 2 victories
and will certainly be in the top-20 money winners overall and qualify
for the TOUR Championship.
Erik Johnson and Erik Meland
tied for 2nd at 2-under 70. Meland (34-36 - 70) led the
field in birdies with 9 and Johnson was 2nd with 7. Johnson
(35-35 - 70) continues to lead the Tour with a 5.75 birdie
average. Each took home a sack of 41 half dollars for the T2.
Greg Kline (37-35 - 72)
finished in solo 4th and earned $8.50. Bob Baar (36-37 - 73)
and Jeff Klipa (34-39 - 73) tied for 5th taking home $5.00
each. Among those tied for 7th was John Stepek. Part
of the sponsoring group for the Fifty Cent Classic, Stepek (39-36 - 75)
is moving to Chicago soon to be closer to the kids and grandkids.
Steve Villerot - 2010 Fifty Cent
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T-Bone walks all the way to the Match
Play title, 3rd major of the year
August 2, 2010
Bales finished the job on Sunday, winning his 3rd major championship of
the year by taking the 2010 Match Play Championship with a 2&1 win
over Rick Persichetti. The only player to walk all 4 rounds,
Bales outlasted Erik Meland in the morning semi-finals 2&1 before
the afternoon showdown with Perch.
Bales became the first
player ever to win the first 3 majors of the season. He
partnered with Mike Prieskorn to win the Memorial in May and then ran
away with the Harbour Pointe Open in June. He plans to play
in the WESTERN Championship on August 28 and the PLAYERS Championship on
September 4. If he doesn't capture the Grand Slam in one of
those division championships then he will have a final shot at the TOUR
Championship on September 18.
This was Persichetti's 3rd
runner-up finish in the Match Play but the 2nd place check of $40 made him
the career leader in prize money ($1,398.07). Perch is 2nd
all time in starts (131) and top-4 finishes (64) and is tied for most
wins (17). Persichetti beat Dan Schwartz 4&2 in the
morning semi-final by winning 5 of the first 6 holes to take control of
Meland beat Schwartz
3&2 for 3rd place. The match was all square thru 11
holes, but Meland carded 5 pars and 2 bogies on the last 7 holes to
secure the match.
Thom Bales and Rick
Persichetti finish the 2010 Match Play Championship on the Woodlands'
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Sunday Match Play duel includes Meland,
Perch, Schwartz and Bales
July 31, 2010
The 2010 Match Play
Championship was whittled down to the final four on
Saturday. Tour founder Erik Meland won his first 2 matches
ever in this tournament to advance to the semi finals on
Sunday. He beat the 2002 Match Play champ, David Martin,
with a sand save on 18 to halve the hole and win the match
1-up. He will play Thom Bales in the first semi final
match. Bales, a runner-up to DeVonne Mowry at the Match Play
in 2007, beat Eric Morris 2&1 on Saturday to make the final four for
a second time.
The other semi final match
will pit Rick Persichetti against Dan Schwartz. Persichetti,
a runner-up in 2003 and 2004, beat Don Morris on Saturday
4&2. Schwartz, a runner up in 2006, beat Mike Prieskorn
with a net eagle on 18 to close the deal 2-up.
Fridays opening round
David Martin def. Rich
Meland def. Tom R Litzler 2&1
Eric Morris def. Greg Kline
Thom Bales def. Victor McCoy 4&2
Rick Persichetti def. Tom
Hoelzle 5&3 Don
Morris def. Tom W Litzler 6&4
Dan Schwartz def. Kelly
Mike Prieskorn def. Tom Sachs 7&6
Prieskorn makes Two-Stick his 3rd win of
July 26, 2010
Mike Prieskorn joined his
Memorial partner Thom
Bales as 3 time winners in 2010. Prieskorn used a
3-wood and a 7-iron to navigate around the 6,200 yards of Sandy Creek GC
and win the 2010 Two-Stick Classic. He finished tied with
Rick Persichetti at 1-over 73, but a playoff never materialized when
Perch, playing in the first group, needed to get home for his daughter's
Leading the field in
fairways hit (11), greens in regulation (6) and birdies made (6),
Prieskorn recovered from a double bogey, bogey, triple bogey start by
playing the next 9 holes in 5-under par. He won the playoff
by default - the 3rd time in Tour history that a champion won a playoff
without stroking a putt. Prieskorn moves up to 2nd on the
Money List ($118)
Barb Hoelzle (34-40 - 74)
bogied the last 2 holes to finish a stroke out of the
playoff. The MT Ladies champ, Hoelzle added $14 to her 2010
season and is currently 8th on the Money List. Greg Kline
(36-41 - 77) and Dan Schwartz (41-36 - 77) shared 4th place after
Schwartz drained a snaking 20 footer on 18 for eagle. Kline
continues to lead the Tour in prize money ($140.27)
Mike Prieskorn - 2010
Two-Stick Classic champ
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July 19, 2010
Tom Sachs won the inaugural MT
Senior Open on Sunday at Lake Erie Metropark. The most
senior member of the Tour played the steadiest in the warm conditions
and finished 2-strokes ahead of Tim Markel. Sachs had 5
top-4 finishes in his first 2 years on Tour but earned his first career
win in this his 38th start. He moves up to 5th on the 2010
Money List ($81.25) after finishing in the money for the 5th time this
season. Sachs is the 8th first time winner on Tour this
Sachs led the field with 13
pars making 2 birdies and 3 bogies to post a 1-over par 73.
Markel (39-36 - 75) led the field in birdies made (5) but front nine
bookend double bogies at the 1st and 9th holes was the differnce.
Bob Baar (37-39 - 76) and Tim Jakubowski (37-39 - 76) shared 3rd
place. It was Baar's 24th career top-4 and the first for the
Lake Erie Metropark is the
2nd course to host 3 different Mulligan Tour tournaments having held
several Strokes on a Rope events and the 2001 and 2003 Two-Stick
Classics. The other course is Lake Forest GC in Ann Arbor
(Western Swing, Go Blue Classic, Strokes on a Rope).
Tom Sachs - 2010 MT
Senior Open champ
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Steve Villerot gets the points
July 19, 2010
Steve Villerot, a rookie
from Plymouth, found the Crazy Brit format to his liking scoring 43
points and taking the 2010 title in only his 5th start on Tour.
Villerot had 1 eagle (4 points) and 6 birdies (3 points each) and scored
points on every hole adding 10 pars (2 points each) and 1 bogey (1
point) for the final total. He finished 4 points clear of
Don Morris and Victor McCoy.
Clubhouse leaders for about
40 minutes, Morris (39 points) and McCoy (39 points)
"prepared" for a possible playoff by ordering drinks and
entertaining the other players. It was McCoy's first top-4 since the 2009 Memorial
tournament and Morris' first top-4 since the 2009 Caddyshack. Tour rookie Barry Kirsch (38
points) earned his first top-4 finish in just his 5th
Villerot is the 7th first
time winner this season as the Tour continues to see new players step up
to accept the trophies. Villerot is 5th on the Central Money
List and exempt from qualifying for the PLAYERS Championship.
He is 24th on the overall Money Standings.
Villerot - 2010 Crazy Brit champ
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Barb Hoelzle reigns at MT Ladies Open
July 12, 2010
Barb Hoelzle won the 2010 MT
Ladies Open at Fieldstone GC on Sunday to become the winningest female
player on Tour. A net eagle at the par-3 17th provided just
enough cushion to collect win #6 surpassing "Fairway Mary"
Petree who had 5 wins from 1999 to 2002.
Hoelzle completed the 4,941
yard Fieldstone layout shooting 38-40 - 78 for a 1-stroke victory over
Julie Gardner. The win was worth $28 in official prize money
and earned Hoelzle an exemption into the TOUR Championship and her
choice of one of the 3 division championships. Hoelzle is
also the career leader among lady members in starts (86), top-4 finishes
(20) and earnings ($398.50).
Gardner (41-38 - 79)
recorded her 2nd runner up finish this season and is 13th on the Money
List with $46 in prize money. Rookie Jan Crawford finished
3rd, her first top-4, after shooting 45-38 - 83 and Terry Baar (43-43 -
86) has never finished out of the money in 3 MT Ladies.
Barb Hoelzle - 2010 MT Ladies Open
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Art Wakeford gets first win in Casino Classic
July 12, 2010
Art Wakeford survived a
lengthy playoff with his friend Jon Heikkinen to win the 2010 Casino
Classic on Saturday. With Twin Lakes Golf & Swim Club
hosting the inaugural event, Wakeford made a delicate, downhill 1-putt birdie on the
playoff hole to claim his first victory. Both players
finished at even par 72 during regulation play - 2 strokes better than a
threesome of players.
Wakeford's first Tour
victory comes in his 14th career start. He and Heikkinen
were teammates in finishing T4 at the Memorial Tournament in
May. Heikkinen, a rookie making his 5th start, recorded the
Tour's 5th hole-in-one after acing the 146-yard 14th.
The 3-way tie for 3rd
included Greg Kline (37-37 - 74), Steve Prew (36-38 - 74) and Randall
Reher (36-38 - 74). Reher finds himself at the top of
the East Division money standings ($33.67) with his 2nd top-4 of the
Rookie Rich Dunmore was the
only player to string 3 consecutive birdies together winning himself a
$20 bill. He also pulled a numbered chip that matched a hole that
he made birdie to win another $10. Lou Acosta, Ray Collins
and Mike Sikes also pulled $10 winning chips in the inaugural Casino
Art Wakeford - 2010 Casino
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Bales finishes off the field, wins the
HPO by 13 strokes
June 28, 2010
Thom Bales followed an
opening 65 with a final round 70 to finish at 9-under par 135 and claim
the first 36-hole Commercial Underwriters Harbour Pointe Open title. Bales was the
only player to finish in red numbers and finished 13 strokes ahead of
Bales essentially ended the
tournament at the par-5 turn, making birdie 4's at the 8th, 9th and 10th
to reach 10-under for the championship. He is the 2nd player
to win the Memorial and the HPO in the same year and will continue his
pursuit of the Grand Slam at the Match Play Championship in late July.
Acosta started the
championship round 8 shots back of Bales tied for 6th place. He
followed a first round 73 with a second round 75 to finish at 4-over
148, 1-stroke ahead Dennis LeMaitre.
LeMaitre was the only player
within 5 shots of Bales after a Saturday 68 but never could mount any
pressure on the leader. His final round 81 left him in 3rd
place at 5-over 149. A 4-way tie for 4th included
the 2004 HPO champ Rick Persichetti along with Young Tom Litzler, John
Powell and Joe Robar. Persichetti made the biggest move on
Sunday climbing from T-11 to get a piece of 4th.
Saturday's opening round
included 37 Touring pros among the 46 players. The cut line
for the top-16 players was 7-over 79. All 17 players that
made the cut participated in Sunday's championship round as the HPO
conducted the first 36-hole tournament in Tour history. The
players also raised $465 for the Lennon Pregnancy Center of Dearborn
Heights. Dan Schwartz of Commercial Underwriters Risk
Management Inc presented the Center with the contribution.
Todd Stuart, a Tour member
from 1999 - 2001 and an annual guest at the HPO, made a hole-in-one at
the tough 215-yard, par-3 3rd hole. He also finished as low
amateur for the 5th time since retiring from the Tour.
2010 Harbour Pointe Open champ
Dan Schwartz awards a $465 contribution to
Thom Bales and Dan
Katherine Lennon of the Lennon Center
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65 puts Bales in the driver's seat
June 26, 2010
Thom Bales posted a 7-under
65 on a long Lakes of Taylor course to lead the 2010 Commercial
Underwriters Harbour Pointe Open by 3 strokes going into Sunday's final
round. Bales recorded 8 birdies and an eagle and needed only
Rookie Dennis LeMaitre is
giving chase. LeMaitre carded 7 birdies and an eagle to shoot a
4-under 68. Don Morris and Joe Robar are currently tied for 3rd, 6
shots back, after opening 71's.
Seventeen players made the
cut after Saturday's "open" round. The cut line was
Sunday's Championship round
starts at 8:00am.
Denny Ersig wins inaugural Sparty Classic
June 21, 2010
A 6 year Tour veteran, Denny
Ersig picked up win #5 at the inaugural Sparty Classic at Pine Trace GC
on Saturday. Ersig shot a 7-under 65 to beat Randall
Reher by 4 strokes. Ersig moved up to the top of the East division
Money List and is exempt from qualifying for the EASTERN
Championship. He is ranked 14th on the overall Money Standings.
Reher (34-35 - 69) recorded
his 3rd top-4 in 20 career starts. He is ranked 25th in earnings
after collecting $24 for 2nd place. Tom Sachs (36-35 - 71)
finished 3rd and Nedrin Loving (35-37 - 72) recorded his first career
Ersig 2010 Sparty Classic champ
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Acosta strings together 2nd win
June 21, 2010
Lou Acosta, the 2nd year pro
from Ann Arbor, collected his 2nd Tour win by winning a small field
Strokes on a Rope title at Lake Forest GC on Saturday. He
finished at 8-over par 80 to beat Young Tom Litzler by a stroke.
Acosta (37-43 - 80) was
4-over par thru 13 and leading the tournament when back to back
double-bogies at 14 and 15 derailed his round. Litzler
(41-40 - 81) birdied the 15th and took the lead but gave it back with a
double-bogey of his own on 16. A bogey at the 17th gave the
lead back to Acosta who parred-in for his final 3 holes.
Mike Prieskorn (43-39 - 82)
finished 3rd and Greg Kline (42-41 - 83) took 4th. Kline
added $9 to his lead in the money standings. He has made
$125.10 for the year.
2010 Strokes on a
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T-Bone finds a stake
June 21, 2010
Thom Bales beat Greg Kline
in a 5-hole playoff at the 2010 Par-54 Classic on Friday. Kline,
the defending champ, made a late charge making up 5 strokes on Bales
over the final 5 holes. Both player finished regulation play at
Bales tied for first in the
field with 11 greens in regulation and was first for number of birdies
(5). When he and Kline traded 2-putt pars during the the
4-hole playoff, he ended the suspense with a curving downhill 1-putt on
the first extra hole driving a stake into the Tour's leading money
winner. The title is Bales' 8th career victory ranking him
5th on the all time wins list.
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Thom Bales 2010 Par-54 Classic
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Philip Johnson reaches Holy Grail
June 14, 2010
A second year player from
Ypsilanti, Philip Johnson became the 5th first time winner on Tour this
year. Johnson shot 37-30 - 67 to beat Rob Gardner by 3
strokes for the 2010 Holy Grail title. Aided by an eagle and
6 birdies, 3 of them coming in his final 5 holes, Johnson won $32 and is
exempt from qualifying for the WESTERN Championship.
Johnson joins Phil Abele,
Mike Prieskorn, Karl Carter and Tom Hoelzle as first time winners in
Gardner (39-31 - 70) recorded
his best individual placement, and his 2nd runner-up finish this year,
thanks to a net double eagle on the 17th hole. He earned $24
for 2nd place and is currently ranked 5th on the Money List.
Rookie Dennis LeMaitre (34-39 - 73)
made the turn with a 1-stroke lead but played the final 6 holes in
4-over par to finish 3rd. His first career top-4 earned him
$16. Rick Persichetti (38-37 -
75) finished eagle-birdie to net his 4th top-4 of the year and is currently ranked 4th
on the Money Standings with $54.50 in earnings.
Holy Grail champ
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Terry Baar is the Real McCoy
June 14, 2010
A bridesmaid twice before at
the Real McCoy Classic, Terry Baar shot an 8-under par 63 at Farmington
Hills GC to win the RMC by 4 strokes over Dave Randall. A front
nine 28 powered Baar to her 3rd career win and restitution for near
misses in '06 and '09.
Baar hit 11 of 14 fairways
and 5 greens in regulation. She carded 8 birdies and an eagle in
shooting 28-35 - 63. Her net scoring average in 5 RMC's
played at Farmington Hills GC is 67.
Randall (34-33 - 67) had a
tournament low 28 putts and finished in the top-4 for the 3rd time in 5
tries at the Real McCoy. If fact, it was Randall that first
victimized Baar in 2006 when his tournament record 61 beat Baar's 63.
Bob Baar (35-33 - 68)
finished 3rd marking his first top-4 finish since the '09 Holy Grail, a
tournament where the results were the same for the couple - Terry
winning and Bob taking 3rd.
A four way tie for 4th
included 3 rookies. Joe Varney (35-34 - 69) had the low gross
score (72) in the field as he, Rich Dunmore (31-38 - 69) and Sam Akunuri
(36-33 - 69) recorded their first top-4's. Tom Sachs (34-35 - 69)
also shared 4th - his 3rd top-4 this year.
Terry Baar 2010 Real McCoy Classic
Baar and tournament host Victor McCoy
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Martin returns to winning ways
June 14, 2010
David Martin, the Tour's
career money leader, made his 2010 debut at the Fox Hunt and collected
win #16, his 67th top-4 in 120 starts. Martin led the field
with 12 greens in regulation and scored 51 points on the Strategic Fox
layout to beat Tom W Litzler by a point. The Fox Hunt format
awards points for hitting greens and for putting no more than 3
times. Martin was tied for 2nd in the field with 30 putts.
Litzler, the Fox Hunt champ
in 2006 with a record 60 points, hit 10 greens (ranked 2nd in the field)
and needed 31 putts (4th). His first top-4 of the year
pushes Litzler into the top-25 on the Money Standings.
Rookie Steve Prew scored 48 points and secured 3rd place - one point
ahead of the season money leader Greg Kline.
Martin is scheduled to
return to the Strategic Fox on June 18th to compete in the Par-54
Classic, a tournament that he has won once (2006) and finished 2nd on 2
other occasions (2005, 2007).
Martin 2010 Fox Hunt champ
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Moran collects 3rd Tour win
June 6, 2010
Tom Moran shot a 1-under par
69 to win the 2010 Dudlee's Plymouth Open by 3-strokes.
Moran recovered from a double-bogey, par, bogey start on the first 3
holes to play 4-under the rest of the way. This
was Moran's 3rd win among 10 top-4's in 62 starts on Tour.
John Powell (40-32 - 72) and
Dave Randall (38-34 - 72) each earned $17.50 for the tie for 2nd
place. Powell, ranked 3rd in the MT world ranking, is currently the
only player ranked in the top-10 of all 3 division's Money Standings.
Jeff Klipa (39-34 - 73) and
Tom Sachs (36-37 - 73) settled for a 4th place tie worth $6.00 each. Klipa, a
7-time winner on Tour, could have had his 8th victory. A strong back
nine was marred by a double-bogey on 16 and a quadruple bogey on
17. An eagle on the home hole got him into the money - his 23rd
The participating players at
the Plymouth Open helped contribute $530 to the Michigan Humane
Society. Karl Carter, sponsoring the Plymouth Open for the first
time and naming the tournament after his dog Dudlee, was presented
with a check to give to the Michigan Humane Society on behalf of the
Karl Carter receives $530 donation to the Michigan
2010 Dudlee's Plymouth Open
Humane Society from Commissioner Greg Kline
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86th time's the charm
June 6, 2010
A seasoned veteran of 7
years on Tour, East Division Commissioner Tom Hoelzle put it all
together on Saturday and posted his first Tour win at the 2010 Big Dog
Pro-Am. Hoelzle had made 85 starts previous to this one with
the closest look at victory coming in a playoff loss at the 2005
Memorial Tournament. It was the longest winless drought on Tour.
Hoelze shot a career best
7-under 65 to
pull away from the field and win by 10 strokes in the 2-player team
format. His PGA partner,
Rickie Fowler posted him to a 1-stroke lead by shooting a 66 in the 2nd
round of the PGA's Memorial Tournament. The team score of
13-under 131 is a new scoring record at the Big Dog Pro-Am, besting Bob
Baar's 136 aggregate in the 2005 tournament.
Hoelzle used 29 putts - 2nd
in the field - to post 7 birdies and 2 eagles on the Red and Blue nines
of Riverview Highlands GC. The win, worth $32, gives
Commissioner Hoelzle an exemption into the EAST Championship at
Greystone GC on August 22.
Erik Johnson (36-37 - 73)
and Lou Acosta (35-35 - 70) shared 2nd place at 3-under
140. Johnson was helped by the PGA's Kenny Perry (68) while
Acosta's partner, Phil Mickelson (71) was a popular choice among the
Mulligan Tour field - all but 2 players making Mickelson one of their 2
Erik Meland and Rick
Persichetti tied for 4th place at 1-under 143. Meland (34-38 - 72)
also teamed with Mickelson while Persichetti (38-37 - 75) was
helped along by Matt Kuchar (68).
Tom Hoelzle - 2010 Big Dog
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Bales and Prieskorn team up to win 2010
May 23, 2010
Thom Bales and Mike
Prieskorn, partners out of necessity, found themselves holding the Green
Towels at the conclusion of the 2010 Memorial Tournament last Saturday
at Gateway Golf Club. The pair
recorded the 3rd ever bogey-free round at the Memorial shooting a
5-under par 67 to win by 2. Bales' Memorial partner for 3
years, Bob Bruning, moved to Texas last summer and the partnership with
Prieskorn, hoping to play in his first Memorial, only formed the week
before the tournament.
Bales and Prieskorn made
birdies on 2 of their first 3 holes and avoided any mistakes along the
way adding 3 more birdies. Each team that has played the
Memorial without error - no bogies - has won the tournament
(Persichetti/Collins in 2004 and Powell/Robar in 2009).
Bales is now a multiple
major champion (2008 Habour Pointe Open) adding this Memorial title to a
resume that includes 6 wins among 23 top-4's. Meanwhile, Prieskorn
is off to a hot start in his 2nd year on Tour with 2 wins and a 5th
place in 3 starts.
Another late forming team,
Rick Persichetti and DeVonne Mowry, tied for 2nd with a 2-under
69. Persichetti was trying to become the first 3-time winner at
the Memorial and nearly did so with a 3rd different partner after his
normal teammate Kelly Arnold was unavailable. Rob and Julie
Gardner also shot 69 and the 2 teams were warming up for a playoff until
the Bales/Prieskorn card came in to deflate the anticipation.
Greg Kline and Jason
Rectenwald shared 4th place with Art Wakeford and Jon Heikkinen at 1-under
71. Kline has a Green Towel from 2006 and this was
his 5th top-4 in 7 starts at the Memorial.
Thom Bales and
Mike Prieskorn - 2010 Memorial Tournament champs
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Powell tunes up at Sweet Sixteen
May 16, 2010
John Powell, a 3rd year pro from
Livonia, collected win #3 by taking the 2010 Sweet Sixteen at
Blackheath GC on Sunday. Powell carded 8 birdies and an eagle and
then discarded his 2 worst holes, a double-bogey and a bogey, to finish
at 7-under par. The win, worth $28, earns Powell an exemption to
qualifying for the first EASTERN Championship on August 22nd at
Greystone Golf Club.
Kelly Arnold took 2nd place
(4-under par) and rookie Jeremy Roach (3-under par) took 3rd
place. Eric Morris and Dan Schwartz shared 4th place with even par
scores for their best 16 holes
John Powell - 2010 Sweet
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Kline wins Animal House
May 16, 2010
Greg Kline made it 2 for 2
to start the 2010 season. A week after taking the Western
Kline found himself with low score again winning the Animal House Classic
after shooting a 38-32 - 70 to beat Ray Collins by 2 strokes.
Kline hit 7 of 13 fairways and recorded 9 greens in regulation to net 4
birdies against 3 bogies. For the 2nd time in 5 years, Salem Hills
was forced to convert the par-4 16th into a par-3 after heavy rains the day before
made the 16th fairway unplayable.
Collins (35-37 - 72)
finished 2nd in his first start of the 2010 season. A tour
pro in his 8th year, Collins netted his 13th top-4 finish in 45 career
starts. John Powell (36-38 - 74) and Tom Moran (37-37
- 74) tied for 3rd and Phil Abele and Rick Persichetti shared 5th place
Abele also played in the Low
Zoo Ratio putt-off with Eric Morris, Dan Schwartz and Tom Moran.
Abele aced the first hole to take a lead that held up over the course of
the 4 hole putt-off. He took home a $25 Carl's Golfland
giftcard for the effort.
Greg Kline - 2010 Animal
House Classic champ
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Carter cashes in at Chelsea Classic
May 9, 2010
Karl Carter, a 2nd year pro
from Dearborn, made the 2010 Chelsea Classic his first Tour
win. Carter shot a 36-44 - 80 to beat PC Carlos and Joe
Robar by 1-stroke. The 8-over par 80 was the highest winning score
in Tour history - with the exception of the Strokes on a Rope
event. Gale force winds mixed with some rain made play
difficult, if not challenging, at Reddeman Farms on Saturday and the
field as a whole averaged a net score over 86.
Carter managed to record 2
eagles and a birdie while making the turn in even par and a 3-stroke
lead. He held on through the inward nine staying away from
"blow-up" holes. The kind of blow-up holes that
caught Carlos on #14 (triple bogey) and Robar on #17 (triple
bogey). Robar (40-41 - 81) needed a birdie on the home hole
to catch his friend Carlos (39-42 - 81) and force the tie for 2nd.
Lou Acosta (43-40 - 83) notched his 2nd top-4 in 2 weeks.
Karl Carter - 2010 Chelsea
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Kline wins 3rd Western Swing
May 9, 2010
Commissioner Greg Kline withstood the strong winds at Rustic
Glen on Saturday to win the Western Swing for the 3rd time.
Kline's first Tour victory was the 2003 Western Swing, played at Huron
Meadows Metropark. He also won this event in 2006 at
Kline led the field in
putting (31) and was 2nd in greens-in-regulation (5/18) in shooting a
37-39 - 76 to win by 4-strokes. His 15th career title was
his 46th top-4 finish in 117 starts. The win, worth $36,
pushed his career earnings to $1099.00.
Tom Sachs (38-42 - 80)
finished 2nd, his 7th top-4 in 28 starts. Jason Rectenwald
(42-40 - 82) and Rick Persichetti (42-40 - 82) tied for 3rd -
Persichetti's 58th top-4 in 121 starts on Tour.
Greg Kline - 2010 Western
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Abele makes 2010 Pine View Classic his
first career title
May 2, 2010
Phil Abele, commissioner of
the Tour's west division, shot a 2-over par 74 to beat Barb Hoelzle by
one stroke for the 2010 Pine View Classic title. A passing thunderstorm
in the morning delayed the start of the tournament by 20 minutes, but
then Abele got off to a hot start in the lead group nearly acing the 140
yard par-3 2nd hole. Abele netted 2 eagles and 3 birdies but
a double-bogey at the 15th and a bogey at the 16th kept him from being
the first player in 7 years to break par at Pine View.
Abele earned $32 for his
first title - his 8th top-4 in 31 starts - and an exemption into the
The leader at the turn,
Hoelzle (33-42 - 75) lost the lead after a triple-bogey at #16.
She hit 50% of her fairways and recorded 5 of 18 greens in regulation
but was hampered by 39 putts. A 5-time winner on Tour,
Hoelzle collected $24 for her 18th top-4 finish in 78 career starts.
Erik Meland (39-38 - 77)
finished 3rd and rookie Jeremy Roach (38-42 - 80) finished 4th to
complete his Q-School requirements and earn a Mulligan Tour handicap
index going forward. Roach is one of several new players on
Tour with a promising game. Joe Robar (38-43 - 81) and Larry
Kwiatkowski (45-36 - 81) tied for 5th.
Phil Abele - 2010 Pine View
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Prieskorn delivers at Tin Cup
May 2, 2010
Mike Prieskorn, a 2nd year
pro from Wayne, won the 2010 Tin Cup on Saturday. A stretch
of 6 birdies in 7 holes gave Prieskorn (32-39 - 71) a lead that held up
by 1-stroke over Tom R Litzler. The victory is the first for
Prieskorn, and his first top-4 in 13 starts on Tour. He hit 6 of
14 fairways and 6 of 18 greens, needing 31 putts to finish 1-under
par. His 7 total birdies for the round led the field.
The 12th different winner in
the 12 year history of the Tin Cup, Prieskorn collected $32 for the win
and is exempt from qualifying for the PLAYERS Championship at Eagle
Crest GC on September 4th.
Litzler finished with an
eagle on his last hole (#18) but missed forcing a playoff, or winning
outright, after taking a double-bogey 5 on the par-3 17th. Litzler
(35-37 - 72) led the field in putting (27) but was one of 32 players
among the 37 in the field that could not safely find the green from the
17th tee. Litzler earned $24 for 2nd place.
Commissioner Greg Kline (37-38 - 75) tied for 3rd place with Tim Markel
(38-37 - 75), each earning $12. Barb Kaczmarek (39-37 - 76) earned
$6 for 5th place and John Powell (41-37 - 78) made $4 for 6th.
Mike Prieskorn - 2010 Tin
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Strokes start to count on May 1
April 25, 2010
The Pine View Classic and
the Tin Cup open the 2010 Mulligan Tour season on May 1st. A
smaller field of 20 players are travelling to Pine View for the 12th
playing of the Pine View Classic. A larger field of 36 is headed
to Hickory Creek to play for the Tin Cup.
The start of the regular
season means that the race is on to qualify for the division championships
and the TOUR Championship. The top 20 players on the Central
division money list will qualify for the PLAYERS Championship -
September 4th at Eagle Crest GC. Likewise, the top-20 on the West
division money list qualify for the WESTERN Championship - August 28 at
the Grande GC. The inaugural EASTERN Championship will invite the
top-20 on the East division money list to play at Greystone GC on August
22. Finally, players qualify for the TOUR Championship by ranking
in the top-10 on any division's money list or ranking in the top-20 on
the overall money list.
School bell rings at Fox Creek
April 12, 2010
The Mulligan Tour's 12th
season starts at Q-School where the new rookie crop gets a start on
developing their MT handicap index (MTHI). At least 23 new members
will make their Tour debut at the first Q-School at Fox Creek on April
17th. The second stage of Q-School moves to Whispering Willows on
April 24 where another large field is expected.
There are currently 30 new
members joining the Tour in 2010 pushing the overall membership past 80
for the first time.
for the Links
By Tami Bealert PGA
Professional / Fitness Trainer
After a long and grueling winter, spring has finally arrived!
The fairways are getting their first cut, traps are being filled
with fresh sand, and new balls are replacing the old ones at the golf
For some of you avid golfers who may have been practicing all
winter, just hoping not to “lose your game”, are chewing at the bit
to get out on the links. Perhaps
others were lucky enough to travel someplace warm or tropical, and some
are still trying to find where they stored their clubs for the winter.
Regardless who you are, now is the time to re-evaluate your time
spent at the driving range before making your first swing on the first
Some of those frustrating habits you’ve struggled with in
the past can be easily corrected early in the spring, which can provide
for a more enjoyable golf season. The
best way to accomplish this is to take a lesson or a series of lessons
from a PGA or LPGA instructor. I
have been fortunate over the years to learn from some of the best in the
industry. My professional
playing experience and practical training, provides me the necessary
tools to assist others improve their game. Together, we will develop a
plan based on your experience, body type, range of motion, and personal
goals. Understanding your
own swing, and what your body is capable of doing, can directly
contribute to how you physically and mentally approach the game.
More importantly, the time you spend practicing will be more
rewarding and likely to produce the results both on the course and your
Here are a few suggestions on how to practice.
1) Know the difference between warming up to play golf or
warming up to practice on the range.
The warm-up may be the same, but the actual time preparing to
play or just working on your game is very different.
2) Always have a purpose or a plan on what you’d like to
accomplish when going to the range.
Bring a note pad to record your progress and any additional
thoughts or questions you may have.
3) Start with your set up.
Always have a target in mind, and adjust yourself to different
targets throughout your practice.
4) Apply the proper practice drills that will build motor
skill memory. For quicker
results, you can practice some of the drills daily away from the range.
5) Make it fun! Bring
a friend and share some of your goals.
Go out for lunch or dinner afterwards.
What’s exciting for me as a PGA Golf Professional is that
every student is unique and each one offers a different swing motion.
I look forward to every lesson that I give, because both the
student and I share the same goals – to improve their game.
With the correct instruction, proper practice will improve
your performance. So whether
you are a beginner or a scratch golfer, consider taking a few lessons.
It’s one way to ensure that you are providing yourself the
opportunity to play your best and to enjoy each moment on the course,
swing after swing!
Bealert is a teaching pro working out of Hickory Creek Golf Club
will conduct a clinic after the Tin Cup tournament on May1 Tin
Tour readies for 2010
The Mulligan Tour is preparing for its
12th season. Several tournaments are already set on the
schedule with other events tentatively in place. The Tour is
planning for as many as 39 different events in an ambitious 2010
The Tour will create an East
division and include 4 established tournaments and 3 new
events. The Sweet Sixteen, the Big Dog Pro-Am, the Caddyshack
Classic and the Fifty Cent Classic will anchor the new East division
while the Casino Classic and the Sparty Classic will complete the
regular season schedule. The division championship, called the EASTERN Championship, will wrap up the
7 event schedule.
New post season events will
include the President's Cup and the Division Bell. The President's
Cup will feature a team of 6 players captained by Tour founder and
President Erik Meland competing in 3 different 9-hole matches against a
team of 6 Touring members. The Division Bell will invite 4 players
to represent each regional division in an 18-hole, 4 round total
Click here for the tentative
2010 tournament schedule
Membership rates will remain
the same for the 3rd year in a row. A full membership will cost
$120 for the year, although there is a $20 discount if the membership is
received by March 31. A limited membership (6 events max) is
still available for $80.
The Mulligan Tour is
planning to be represented at the 2010 Michigan Golf Show on March 5-7
at the Rock Financial Showplace. Visit http://michigangolfshow.com/
for details about show.