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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 Central

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 Challenge winner

 

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 together.

Team Management - 2010 President's Cup winners

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Abele, Acosta and Villerot win divisional Skins Games

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 $2.

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.

    

Phil Abele                                  Lou Acosta                           Steve Villerot

 

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 Cup.  

        Click here for the complete final results of the 2010 Commissioner's Cup

 

       2010 Commissioner's Cup champs - TEAM CENTRAL

 

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 Championship.    

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 TOUR Champion

Top-10 at the 2010 TOUR Championship

1

73 (+1)

Rob Gardner    $50

2

74 (+2)

Lou Acosta   $35

3

75 (+3)

Jon Heikkinen   $25

4

78 (+6)

Thom Bales   $12.50

78 (+6)

Randall Reher  $12.50

6

79 (+7)

Mike Prieskorn   $2.50

79 (+7)

Julie Gardner   $2.50

8

80 (+8)

Greg Kline

80 (+8)

Art Wakeford

10

82 (+10)

Denny Ersig

82 (+10)

Jeff Klipa

82 (+10)

Philip Johnson

 

Kline, Abele finalize teams for Commissioner's Cup

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 second time.  

TEAM CENTRAL TEAM WEST
Greg KLINE Phil ABELE
Tom SACHS Barb HOELZLE
Tom MORAN Thom BALES
Jason RECTENWALD * 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 Eagle Crest

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 PLAYERS Champion

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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 WESTERN Champion

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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 EASTERN Champion

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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 Open champ

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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 back at 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 Classic champ

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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 month.

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.

    

Mike Prieskorn                                                   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 champ

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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 Classic champ

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T-Bone walks all the way to the Match Play title, 3rd major of the year

August 2, 2010

Thom "T-Bone" 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 the match

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' 17th hole

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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 results:

David Martin def. Rich Dunmore 6&4           Erik Meland def. Tom R Litzler 2&1

Eric Morris def. Greg Kline 1-up                   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 Arnold 3&1             Mike Prieskorn def. Tom Sachs 7&6

 

 

Prieskorn makes Two-Stick his 3rd win of the year

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 birthday party.

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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Tom Seniority

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 year.

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 rookie Jakubowski.

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 start.   

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.

Steve 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 champ

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Art Wakeford gets first win in Casino Classic playoff

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 7th 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 season.

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 Classic.

Art Wakeford - 2010 Casino Classic champ

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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 Lou Acosta.

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 Schwartz                          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 30 putts.

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 7-over 79.

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 top-4.

Denny 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.

Lou Acosta     2010 Strokes on a Rope champ

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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 3-over 57.

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 champ

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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 2010.   

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.

Philip Johnson    2010 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 champ          Terry 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).

   David 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 career top-4.

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 Mulligan Tour.

                

               Tom Moran                                               Karl Carter receives $530 donation to the Michigan

2010 Dudlee's Plymouth Open champ                        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 draft choices.

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 Pro-Am champ

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Bales and Prieskorn team up to win 2010 Memorial Tournament

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 Sixteen champ

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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 Swing title, 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 with 77's.

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 Classic champ

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Kline wins 3rd Western Swing

May 9, 2010

Central Division 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 Calderone Farms.

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 Swing champ

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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 WESTERN Championship.

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 Classic champ

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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.

Central division 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 Cup champ

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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.  

 

Practicing for the Links

By Tami Bealert      PGA Professional / Fitness Trainer

March 25, 2010

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 range.  

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 tee box. 

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 scorecard. 

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! 

 

Tami Bealert is a teaching pro working out of Hickory Creek Golf Club  www.trainwithtami.com

She will conduct a clinic after the Tin Cup tournament on May1  Tin Cup Clinic

 

Tour readies for 2010

January, 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 campaign.

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 score event.

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.

 

 

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