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Rich Dunmore wins Skill Challenge, Team Central rings Division Bell, T-Jake wipes Runny Nose
November 15, 2012

The 2012 season concluded on November 10th with Tim Jakubowski winning the warmest Runny Nose Open in history.   T-Jake recorded 6 birdies and an eagle in shooting 35-31 - 66 to beat Thom Bales by 1-stroke.   The temperature reached 63 degrees at Harbor Club GC, eclipsing the previous record of 60 degrees at the 2006 RNO.   The record warmth brought out a record number of participants - 17 Touring members among the 20 total players.

On October 28th, the Central Division claimed the Division Bell for the 3rd time edging out the team from the West Division by a single stroke.   Jon Heikkinen (74), Greg Kline (76), Kelly Arnold (77) and Dan Michalski (77) totaled 20-over par 304 for Team Central.   Charlie Roy (72) led all players and was joined by Mike Prieskorn (73), Jeff Klipa (78) and Phil Abele (82) to give Team West a 305 total.   Team East finished 16-strokes back at 36-over 320.

There was a record turn-out for the 2012 MT Skills Challenge at Riverview Highlands on Oct 21.   Rich Dunmore took home the $75 first prize after earning 30 points in the 7 events.   He won the 3rd event - the 5-yard chip - by holing out and placed in the first 4 events to build a lead that held up for the win.   Joe Robar sank a 60 foot putt to win the tie-breaker for 2nd place ($50).   Bill Gordon settled for 3rd ($25) among the 13 contestants.

Management settles labor unrest

October 15, 2012

Team Management kept the President's Cup trophy with a 5 to 3 win over Team Labor on Sunday at St.John's Golf & Conference Center.   In the closest matches yet in the 3 year old event, eight of the nine matches used all 9 holes.   With President Erik Meland's troops leading 3 to 2 after the best ball and alternate shot matches, Tom & Barb Hoelzle beat Klaus Juska and Charlie Roy 2&1 in the scrambles - the only match not to reach the 9th hole.   The President himself made the Cup clinching putt on the scramble's 9th hole after partner Jeff Klipa popped a "Mickelsonesque" lob wedge from behind a pine tree.   Meland / Klipa won the hole to halve the match with Ron Hiestand / Joe Brandenburg securing the 5th point.   Greg Kline, 1-0-2 in the matches, halved the final match with partner Tim Jakubowski (1-0-1) to provide the final score.
Bill Gordon was 1-1-0 in his 2 matches as he and Jakubowski played for the first time for Team Management.

2012 Prez Cup
Team Management - Jeff Klipa, Greg Kline, Bill Gordon, Erik Meland
                Tim Jakubowski, Barb Hoelzle & Tom Hoelzle

Tour's Western Division takes Commissioner's Cup 

October 9, 2012

Team West wrestled away the Commissioner's Cup from the Central Division last weekend at Forest Dunes Golf Club ending a 4-year reign for the team in red.   Captained by the Tour's founder, Erik Meland, the west team dominated in team play building a 12 to 4 lead on Saturday.   Needing only a half point in the Sunday singles matches, Team West won the Cup for the first time since 2007 when Thom Bales beat Rich Dunmore 6&5 in singles match #2.   The teams would eventually split the singles matches 4 to 4 giving the West a final 16 to 8 victory.

Bales was 5-0-0 in this 8th Commissioner's Cup, delivering only the 6th perfect record in Comm Cup history.  The west division team also included Mike Prieskorn (4-0-1), Tom Moran (4-1-0), Tom Hoelzle (3-1-1), Bill Gordon (3-2-0), Barb Hoelzle (2-2-1) and Tim Jakubowski (2-3-0).   Meland was 3-1-1 in his 5 matches and evened his record at 2 wins and 2 losses as a Comm Cup captain.

2012 Comm Cup champs
Team West - Bill Gordon, Tom Moran, Thom Bales, Erik Meland
           Mike Prieskorn, Tim Jakubowski, Tom Hoelzle & Barb Hoelzle

Greg Kline is TOUR Champ again

September 19, 2012

Winner of 3 of the first 4 TOUR Championships, Greg Kline returned to the top of the Mulligan Tour mountain in 2012.   Kline finished the 2012 tournament season by winning the TOUR Championship for a 4th time, this one a 2-stroke win over Erik Meland, as the season ending major moves to the Washtenaw course of the Polo Fields Golf & Country Club.   Playing in the final group, Kline posted pars over the final 3 holes to finish at 4-over 76 and preserve his 10th major victory among 20 career wins.   He also moved to the top of the career money list having amassed $1,608 from playing in 174 tournaments over an 11-year career.


Lou Acosta wins Ugly Pants Open

September 3, 2012

Lou Acosta shot a 36-36 - 72 at Downing Farms on the first day of September to win the rescheduled 2012 Ugly Pants Open by 1-stroke over Ray Collins.   Acosta led the field in putting (29 putts) thanks to sinking 2 putts from the fringe (0-putt) and the birdie at the 18th was the difference.   The win is Acosta's 4th in 46 career starts and gets Acosta into the top-10 on the 2012 West money standings and a ticket into the TOUR Championship.

Collins (38-35 - 73) posted his 3rd top-4 of the year but needed to win in order to qualify for the TOUR Championship on September 15.   Rookie Jan Boyer (34-40 - 74) was leading after 10 holes but finished in 3rd place after triple bogies at the 11th and 16th.   Tom Sachs (40-35 - 75), Karl Carter (40-35 - 75) and Scott Belanger (39-36 - 75) shared 4th place.

Tom Hoelzle won the "Ugliest Attire" award - a $40 discount on 2013 membership.

Lou Acosta - 2012 Ugly Pants Open champ


"The Godfather" wins PLAYERS Championship for 2nd time

Ron Hiestand takes the EASTERN

Joe Robar defends the WESTERN

August 30, 2012

Division championship weekend culminated in an epic playoff duel between Tom Sachs and Greg Kline for the 2012 PLAYERS Championship.   Affectionately known as the Godfather, Tom Sachs finished the regulation 18 holes with birdies at 17 and 18 to force the tie with Kline at 5-over 77.   The ensuing playoff witnessed Sachs make a 30 footer for birdie-1 on the 4th hole to make up for a 3-putt on the 2nd hole.   The 2 tied after 4 holes and continued in sudden death for 11 extra holes before a Sachs 1-putt put an end to the longest playoff in Mulligan Tour history.   The Godfather has 2 PLAYERS' titles on his resume.   He also won the Central division championship at Eagle Crest in 2010.   Sachs also finishes first on the Central money standings ($81.00) to claim his first Central division money title.

Mike Geisser (36-42 - 78) bogied the 18th hole to miss joining in the playoff fun.   The defending champ, Young Tom Litzler, was another stroke back at 78.   Rich Dunmore posted the Tour's 3rd hole-in-one in the last 4 weeks after acing Northville Hill's par-3 2nd. 

Young Tom Hit 12 Fairways and winner Sachs hit 11. Jason Rectenwald led the field with 27 putts and Kline had 29.

Tom Sachs - 2012 PLAYERS Champ

Ron Hiestand captured the 2012 EASTERN Championship with an impressive 4-under par 68 at Boulder Pointe Golf Club on August 25th.   Hiestand led the field in putting (28) and made his first career Tour win a major triumph.   Klaus Juska (33-36 - 69) played well enough to win on any other day.   He hit 12 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens to lead in both categories.   Kelly Arnold (38-38 - 76) and Jack Craig (37-39 - 76) tied for 4th.   Juska claimed the 2012 East Division Money Title with $76.00 in "east side" earnings.


Ron Hiestand - 2012 EASTERN Champ

Joe Robar successfully defended his WESTERN Championship title.   Robar led the field in driving (9/14 fairways) and greens in regulation (8/18) on Moose Ridge Golf Club, hosting the WESTERN for the 2nd time.   Robar also finished 2nd in the 2010 WESTERN for 3 straight top-2 finishes at the West division championship.   Mike Prieskorn (38-39 - 77) finished 2nd and rookie Ed Campbell (34-45 - 79) finished 3rd.   Tom Sachs (41-39 - 80) and Don Morris (37-43 - 80) tied for 4th.



Michalski and O'Brien get first wins while Klipa and Perch get career wins #9 and #20

August 24, 2012

Dan Michalski birdied 3 of his final 4 holes (#11-14) to pull away from the field and make the 2012 Carrington Classic his first career win.   One of only 2 players to record no score worse than bogey, Michalski made an eagle and 4 birdies but added a tournament high 10 pars.  His 1-under par 71 beat tournament host Jason Rectenwald by 3-shots.   Rectenwald (38-36 - 74) birdied his final hole (#18) to secure solo 2nd place and a spot on the 2012 Central Commissioner's Cup team.   Tom W Litzler (38-37 - 75), Tom Moran (39-36 - 75) and Mike Geisser (36-39 - 75) tied for 3rd place.

The day after Michalski got his first win, Jeff Klipa shot a 4-under 68 at the Links at Lake Erie to capture his 9th career win and his first Caddyshack Classic title.   The win, Klipa's 2nd of the year, gave him a Tour leading 8 top-4 finishes in 2012.   No surprise then that Klipa is leading the Tour in earnings headed in to the final money events of the season.   The 2007 Caddyshack winner, Greg Kline, finished one shot back and Dan Michalski was making a bid to sweep the Tour's "southern swing" but finished 3rd at 1-over 73.   Klaus Juska (38-37 - 75) and Charlie Roy (34-41 - 75) shared 4th place.

On the following weekend, Rick Persichetti, winless in over 13 months, found his game at Lake Forest GC and shot the year's lowest net score (62) to make the 2012 Go Blue Classic his 20th career win.   Persichetti posted 8 birdies and 2 eagles against only 2 bogies to finish at 10-under par.   Tom Hoelzle shot a front nine 27 that included 2 eagles and a double-eagle in one 4 hole stretch.   He cooled off on the back nine and finished 2nd at 6-under par 66.   Rich Dunmore (32-35 - 67) birdied the 18th to finish solo 3rd while Sam Akunuri (34-35 - 69), Bill Gordon (33-36 - 69) and Mike Harmon (36-33 - 69) shared 4th place.

Finally, rookie Gail O'Brien recorded the Tour's 8th hole-in-one on her way to a 2-shot win at the 2012 Little Diablo Salsa Western Swing.   O'Brien's first career win gives the 2012 rookie class a total of 5 victories this season.   O'Brien added 5 birdies and played Hunter's Ridge in even par over 18 holes.   Rich Dunmore (35-38 - 73) collected his 7th top-4 of the year and moved into 1st place on the Money List.   Ray Collins (35-41 - 76) and Bill Gordon (36-40 - 76) tied for 4th.



Jack Craig wins Fifty Cent Classic

August 6, 2012

Rookie Jack Craig shot a 6-under par 66 to win the 2012 Fifty Cent Classic on Saturday.   Craig is the 4th first time winner in the last 3 weeks and the 5th in 2012.   In just his 5th start on Tour, Craig posted 2 eagles and 4 birdies at Stony Creek and finished 1-stroke ahead of Todd Weakley and Tom Moran.   Craig joined his brother Pat (Big Dog Pro-Am) in qualifying for the EASTERN Championship at Boulder Pointe on August 25.

Weakley (29-38 - 67) blistered the front nine and ended up with his best finish on Tour.   Moran (32-35 - 67) led the field with 29 putts and had his best finish since winning the Animal House Classic in early June.   Ed Campbell (33-35 - 68) secured 4th place just a week after getting his first victory at the Two-Stick Classic.

Jack Craig - 2012 Fifty Cent Classic


Ugly Pants Open rescheduled for September 1 after rain out

The 2012 Ugly Pants Open was cancelled when rain moved through the area on Sunday morning just as the start time was approaching.   The tournament was rescheduled at Downing Farms GC for Saturday, September 1, with a 9:00 start.



Kelly Arnold wins 2nd Match Play title, 6th major victory

July 30, 2012

Kelly Arnold won the 2012 Match Play Championship on Sunday winning 4 matches in 2 days after Mother Nature pushed Friday's opening round into Saturday morning.   Arnold also won the Match Play title in 2009, at the Links at Whitmore Lake, and now has 6 major victories on his resume - tying him with David Martin for 3rd most in Tour history and trailing only Greg Kline (9) and Rick Persichetti (7) in grand slam wins.

Arnold beat Steve Villerot 4&3 on Saturday morning and followed that with a close win against Erik Meland 2-up.   In the Sunday morning semi-finals, Arnold beat Charlie Roy in another close match 2&1 before needing extra holes against Tom W Litzler to secure the title.   It was the first time in Match Play history that the championship match needed extra holes to define a winner.   Arnold's par 4 on the Woodands' first hole was the winning score when Litzler made a bogey.

Charlie Roy won the 3rd place match over Jon Heikkinen.   But Heikkinen earned the consolation prize of a 2-year Tour exemption when he aced the 198-yard 15th hole. Hiekkinen was fighting his way back from a 6-hole deficit but finally yielded on the 17th hole 2&1 to Roy.

Kelly Arnold - 2012 Match Play Champion


Ed Campbell wins Two-Stick

July 30, 2012

Ed Campbell became the 3rd rookie to win in 2012, taking the Two-Stick Classic at the Woodlands of Van Buren on Saturday.   Campbell follows Rich Blanton (East Side Charity Classic) and Pat Craig (Big Dog Pro-Am) as freshmen winners and the Tour has now seen 6 first time winners this year.   Campbell wielded a 3-iron and a 9-iron (and his putter) to carve out 9 birdies in posting a 3-under 68, a new record score at the Two-Stick.

Thom Bales (40-36 - 76) used a 5-hybrid and 9-iron to finish 1-stroke ahead of Jeff Kellstrom (38-39 - 77), Rich Dunmore (44-33 - 77) and Jeff Klipa 41-36 - 77).   Klipa leads the Tour in 2012 with 7 top-4's and is currently ranked 3rd on the money list ($110.34).


Ed Campbell - 2012 Two-Stick Classic champ


Patrick Craig is the Big Dog at Riverview Highlands

July 23, 2012

Rookie Patrick Craig, making his 6th start on Tour, shot a 32-33 - 65 for the lowest score in the field at Riverview Highlands on Sunday.   Coupled with his pro-am partner Jason Duffner (66), Craig won the 2012 Big Dog Pro-Am by 6-shots with a 131 total, 11-under par.   The win, worth $32, brings an exemption into the EASTERN Championship in late August.   Craig joins Rich Blanton as rookie winners in 2012.

Klaus Juska (37-33 - 70) stayed ahead of the rest of the pack with a 2 player total of 5-under 137.   Jim Vazquez (70 - 139) and Ron Hiestand (72 - 139) tied for 3rd place. 

Patrick Craig - 2012 Big Dog Pro-Am champ


Chris Dunmore makes Crazy Brit first career win

July 23, 2012

Chris Dunmore, winless in his first 34 starts on Tour, totaled up 42 points on Saturday at the Crazy Brit to beat John Powell by 1 point.   Dunmore had 2 eagles (4 points each), 6 birdies (3 points), 7 pars (2 points) and 2 bogies (1 point).   A double-bogey on the par-4 4th hole was the only one hole that he failed to record any points.

Powell, playing in only his 5th event in 2012, collected his first top-4 finish since winning the Go Blue Classic 11 months ago.   The list of 5 players that tied for 3rd place included rookies Mike Geisser and Lenna Blanton, along with veterans Tom W Litzler and Jason Rectenwald.  Also in that fivesome was Ray Wilson - posting his first career top-4 in his 2nd year on Tour.

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Chris Dunmore - 2012 Crazy Brit champ


Experienced Golfers Only

July 17, 2012

Denny Ersig won the 2012 MT Senior Open on Sunday with a 6 birdie, 1 eagle performance at Indian Springs Metropark.   Ersig's 2-under par 69 was 3-strokes better than Charlie Roy and Thom Bales.   Ersig hits 7 of 18 greens in regulation (2nd in the field) and needed 32 putts (T-4) to claim his 6th career Tour win.

Roy (35-37 - 72) and Bales (35-37 - 72) gave chase but settled for 2nd place.   Bales, an 11-time winner on Tour, posted his first top-4 of the year playing in his first Senior Open.    Roy moved up to 12th on the Money List ($60.50) with his 4th top-4 this season.   Phil Johnson (37-37 - 74) finished 4th, his best finish since winning the Tin Cup at the start of the season.


Denny Ersig - 2012 MT Senior Open champ


Steve Villerot up to the Challenge 

July 17, 2012

With a 2-shot lead after the pros finished their rounds the weekend before, Steve Villerot posted a 2-over 73 at Fox Creek and increased his lead, winning the 2012 Doc's Sports Retreat Quad-Tour Challenge by 8-strokes.   His final 4-round total of 10-under 275 was helped along by the PGA's Charlie Wi (65) and the Champions' Kirk Triplett (66).

This was Villerot's first top-4 since last year's Quad-Tour and his first win since 2010, when he won the Crazy Brit and the Fifty Cent Classic in July and August of his rookie season.

Jeff Klipa (77 - 283) continues to stitch together a fine season.   His 6th top-4 this year has the 10-year veteran ranked 2nd on the Money List ($103.34) and leading the Central Division.   His $63.67 earned on the Central circuit is 67 cents ahead of Dan Schwartz after Schwartz gained $5 for his 5th place finish here at the QTC.   Niall Berkery (73 - 284) finished 3rd and Tom Sachs (73 - 285) finished 4th. 

Steve Villerot - 2012 Doc's Sports Retreat Quad-Tour Challenge champ


Samantha Kellstrom repeats as Lady Golfer of the Year 

July 9, 2012

Samantha Kellstrom is the "Lady Golfer of the Year" - again - after successfully defending her Indigo Salon & Spa Ladies Open title on Sunday.   Kellstrom shot the same gross score as last year, 42 on the front and 45 on the back, although the field played Pheasant Run's North and South nines this year (South and West in 2011).   And even with 11 fewer handicap strokes than last year (11 vs. 22), Miss Kellstrom still managed a 4-shot win with a net 76.   She continues to lead the Tour in earnings in 2012 with $124.00 in prize money from 4 top-4's including 3 wins.

Rookie Gail O'Brien (39-41 - 80) stayed ahead of the rest of the field taking 2nd place.   Another rookie, Lenna Blanton, shared 3rd place with Sue Meland at 83.


Samantha Kellstrom - 2012 Indigo Salon & Spa Ladies Open champ



Greg Kline strings up win #19 

July 9, 2012

Substituting for Commissioner Phil Abele at the West Division's Strokes on a Rope tournament, Central Division Commissioner Greg Kline captured his 19th career win posting a 2-over 73 at the Links at Whitmore Lake and winning the title by 3 shots.   Kline has 65 top-4's in 165 career starts earning $1,490.10, ranking 3rd all-time.

Dave Oliver (34-42 - 76) had his best finish on Tour getting solo 2nd place.  MIke Prieskorn (37-40 - 77), Tim Markel (34-43 - 77) and Tom Sachs (34-43 - 77) tied for 3rd. 

Greg Kline - 2012 Strokes on a Rope champ


Berkery cashes in at Casino Classic

July 1, 2012

Niall Berkery used back-to-back-to-back eagles at Twin Lakes' 11th, 12th and 13th holes to rise out of the congested field of 30 and take charge of the 2012 Casino Classic.   A birdie at the 18th provided the final cushion for his first Tour win, posting a 37-32 - 69, 2-strokes better than playing partner Erik Meland.   Berkery's maiden Tour victory, worth $32, comes in his 15th start and grants an exemption into the EASTERN Championship in late August.

Meland (36-35 - 71) posted 6 birdies, 6 pars and 6 bogies to finish at even par.   His 4th top-4 of the year pushed his earnings up to $79.50 (3rd overall) and to the top of the East money standings ($56.00).   Joe Robar (35-37 - 72) and Jan Cepiga (36-36 - 72) tied for 3rd.   Robar, the defending champ, likely would have have forced a playoff for the 3rd time in Casino Classic history if not for a double-bogey, bogey finish.   Cepiga recorded his first career top-4 finish in 8 starts

Berkery was the only player to record 3 consecutive birdies (or better) and collected an additional $20 for the feat.   Other players pulled a chip out of a bag corresponding to the number of a hole in which they recorded a birdie (or better).   Those players included Berkery and 6 others - each taking a $10 bill for the good fortune.

Niall Berkery - 2012 Casino Classic champ


Tim Markel has major win at Eagle Crest, winning wide open Open

June 25, 2012

Tim Markel followed a Saturday 69 with a Sunday 74 to finish at 1-under par 143 and a 3-stroke win in the 2012 Commercial Underwriters Harbour Pointe Open.   Markel's 2nd career win was a major victory for the Ann Arbor resident.    Before this, he had 8 top-4's in 61 starts with his first win coming just 13 months ago at the Western Swing.

Markel started the championship round a shot behind Sam Akunuri but 4-strokes ahead of Charlie Roy and the '07 Open champ Jeff Klipa.   Akunuri, the 18-hole leader last year as well, struggled on Sunday recording 4 of the dreaded "other" scores (double-bogey or worse).   He finished in 4th with a 2 round total of 4-over 148.

Klipa (73-80 - 153) and Roy (73-84 - 157) could never mount a charge.   Instead, it was Jon Heikkinen that nearly gave the 14th HPO a come-from-behind winner.   Tied for 10th to start the final round, Heikkinen posted 8 birdies and an eagle to tie for the lead with 2 holes to play.   But his 2nd triple-bogey of the day came at the par-4 18th and relegated the 3rd year pro to 2nd place.

Young Tom Litzler (76-71 - 147) was the only other player to break par on Sunday.  He finished in 3rd place.   Litzler, Klipa, Akunuri and Mike Prieskorn were the only players to make the cut (+5) that had major titles on their resumes.   Many of the Tour's low handicappers missed the cut on Saturday - including Greg Kline (78), Lou Acosta (80), Kelly Arnold (80) and Joe Robar (82).   Past champs Rick Persichetti (82) and Erik Meland (82) also missed the cut as the HP Open was, indeed, wide open.

Markel moves up to 7th place on the Money Standings ($59.00) and secures a spot in the TOUR Championship in September.

Tim Markel receives the Lighthouse Trophy from Dan Schwartz


Bill Gordon wins Par-54

June 25, 2012

A double-bogey at 18 made the finish close, but Bill Gordon won the 2012 Par-54 Classic with a 1-under 53 to stay ahead of Jeff Klipa by 1.   Gordon's 2nd career win was worth $20 and an exemption into the 2012 PLAYERS Championship in August.   The 2nd year pro from Ann Arbor added the Par-54 title to his Carrington Classic win in his rookie year making 4 top-4's in 22 career starts.

Klipa's 5th top-4 of the year has the 8-time winner working his way up the money standings with $72.34 in earnings - including $39.67 on the Central circuit that has him ranked 2nd in the division.

Charlie Roy and Rich Dunmore tied for 3rd at 55 with Kelly Arnold and Old Tom Litzler sharing 5th at 56. 

Bill Gordon - 2012 Par-54 Classic champ


Don Morris claims the Holy Grail

June 18, 2012

Don Morris collected career win # 6 on Saturday taking the 2012 Holy Grail by shooting a 34-30 - 64 on St.John's Mark and Matthew nines.   The 5-under par performance was 2-strokes better than a trio of players that included leading money winner, Samantha Kellstrom.   Morris hit 7 of 12 fairways (T-3) and 6 of 18 greens (T-7) but he led the field in putting with 27 strokes with the flatstick.   His 6th victory is among 19 top-4's in 60 career starts.

Kellstrom (34-32 - 66) carded 4 eagles and a birdie and was making a bid for her 3rd win of the year.   A bogie at 16 and a double-bogey at 17 derailed the bid, but she still leads the Tour with $92.00 in earnings this season.    Mike Harmon (34-32 - 66) and Bill Gordon (32-34 - 66) also tied for 2nd.   Harmon jumps to the top of the West Division money standings ($48.00) while Gordon posted his first top-4 of the year.

Don Morris - 2012 Holy Grail champ


Rich Blanton takes East Side Charity Classic in overtime

June 11, 2012

Tour rookie Rich Blanton found himself in a playoff with 8-time winner Kelly Arnold and 3-time winner Charlie Roy at the 2-year old East Side Charity Classic, but he never blinked.   While the veterans each encountered 3-putt bogies during the overtime session, Blanton made 4 consecutive 2-putt pars and laid claim to the East Side title.

The 3 players finished the regulation 18 holes tied at 3-under par 68.   Blanton birdied the 18th to tie Arnold in the clubhouse and Roy, playing in the final group, had 2-putts to win but bogied the home hole to fall back into the tie.

Barb Hoelzle (36-35 - 71) finished 1-stroke ahead of the defending champ, Klaus Juska, and moved to the top of the East money standings (7th overall) on the strength of her 3rd top-4 of the season.

Rich Blanton - 2012 East Side Charity Classic champ



Ten year wait over for Schwartz

June 11, 2012

The 2012 Real McCoy Classic came down to a playoff between Dan Schwartz and Bob Baar - Tour veterans with over 240 starts between them.   Schwartz last won on Tour in 2002 and Baar was looking for his first win since 2006.   The 4-hole playoff had Baar making a 3-putt bogey on the first hole and he could never make up the difference.   Both player's 2-putted everything else and Schwartz had his first win in 10 years.

After starting on Farmington Hills' 15th hole, Schwartz (35-32 - 67) finished his regulation 18 with eagles on the par-3 13th and par-5 14th to forge the tie.    Baar (32-35 - 67) was T-3 in greens in regulation (10) and was honing in on career win #5 until making bogey and double-bogey on the two back nine par-5's.   Schwartz jumps to the top of the Central money standings ($58.00) and undoubtedly locked up a spot on the 2012 Central Commissioner's Cup team.

Rookie Steve Dent (34-34 - 68) took solo 3rd after a solid performance that included an eagle and 3 birdies.    Greg Kline, Scott Belanger and Tom Sachs shared 4th place at 2-under 69.

Host Vic McCoy presenting to Dan Schwartz - 2012 Real McCoy Classic champ

Tournament host Victor McCoy (38-41 - 79) tied for 22nd but was elated by the generosity of the players.   A total contribution of $545 was made to the Michigan Animal Rescue League.


Jason Rectenwald wins Fox Hunt

June 11, 2012

Jason Rectenwald picked up career win #2 taking the 2012 Fox Hunt with 51 points.   The 8-year veteran from Ohio, Rectenwald collected 16 points on the last 3 holes of the Strategic Fox course at Fox Hills G&BC to come from behind and finish 1-point ahead of Mike Prieskorn and Rich Dunmore.   Dunmore moved up to 2nd on the money list with his 3rd top-4 of the year.   Rick Persichetti recorded 46 points and earned his 3rd top-4 finish of the year as well.

Jason Rectenwald - 2012 Fox Hunt champ


Klaus Juska wins windy Dudlee's Plymouth Open

June 4, 2012

Klaus Juska picked up career win number 3 at the 2012 Dudlee's Plymouth Open on Sunday.   The 2nd year pro recorded 6 birdies on his way to a 2-under par 68 and a 5-stroke win over Tom Sachs.   Juska led the field in greens in regulation (9) and was T-2 in putting (31).   The win moves Juska up to 3rd on the money list after his 3rd top-4 finish this year.

Sachs (35-38 - 73) moves into the top-10 on the money list ($42.00) after 2 top-4's in one weekend.   A day after finishing 3rd at the Abacus Animal House Classic, Sachs managed a solo 2nd place at the Dudlee's.   Tournament host Karl Carter took 3rd place shooting 37-37 - 74.   Don Morris (39-37 - 76) and Jeff Klipa (35-41 - 76) shared 4th place.

Karl Carter presenting the trophy and 1st place check to Klaus Juska


Tom Moran sets new scoring record at the Animal House

June 4, 2012

An 8-year pro from Ann Arbor, Tom Moran shot an 8-under par 64 at Salem Hills to win the 2012 Abacus Animal House Classic by 1-stroke over Joe Robar.   Moran broke the previous scoring record for the Animal House (65) that was shared by 4 players at 3 different venues - last done by Rick Persichetti at Salem Hills in 2004.   

Robar (33-32 - 65) shot the Tour's 2nd ever sub par gross score (1-under 71) and had to settle for 2nd place.   The other sub par gross score was turned in by Craig MacBeth at the 2003 Animal House Classic played at Taylor Meadows GC.   His 1-under 70 netted out a 6-under 65 and a playoff win over Dan Schwartz.   Robar led the field in greens in regulation (13/18) and was 2nd in fairways hit (10/14).   Robar was also T-1 in putting with 30 strokes from the flat stick.

Tom Sachs (36-37 - 73) won the battle for 3rd place.   Tim Markel (38-36 - 74) posted his first top-4 in 2012 and tournament host Sam Akunuri (40-35 - 75) tied for 5th.

Moran also won the putt-off among the 4 players with the lowest Zoo Ratio.   He outlasted Sachs, Phil Johnson and Tim Jakubowski in the 4-hole putting competition and won a $30 Dick's Sporting Goods card.

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Sam Akunuri presenting the trophy and 1st place check to Tom Moran


Barb Hoelzle wins Cherry Creek Classic by 8 shots

June 4, 2012

Barb Hoelzle found redemption at Cherry Creek in 2012.   One year after a playoff loss to Erik Meland at the inaugural Cherry Creek, Hoelzle took playoff out of the equation by shooting a 5-under par 67 for an 8-stroke win over Scott Fuller.   Hoelzle has 7 wins among 28 top-4's in 116 career starts.   Her career earnings of $544.27 rank 13th all-time on Tour and tops among lady members.

Fuller, the rookie from Redford, netted 6 birdies and an eagle to shot a 32-43 - 75 and record his first top-4 finish.   A bad stretch from 10 to 13 (9-over par) kept Fuller from challenging Hoelzle for the win.

Todd Weakley (36-41 - 77) also captured his first career top-4 gutting out an even par finish on his final 5 holes after twisting an ankle on the 13th green.   The $16 3rd place check lands him at #7 on the East Money List.   Erik Meland (39-40 - 79) came up short in his Cherry Creek title defense but added another top-4 finish that has him 5th on the money list.

Barb Hoelzle - 2012 Cherry Creek Classic champ



Jeff and Samantha Kellstrom scramble for a Memorial victory

May 21, 2012

The father / daughter team of Jeff and Samantha Kellstrom completed the Memorial Tournament's 4th ever bogey-free round shooting a 5-under 67 to match the 2008 champs Rick Persichetti and Kelly Arnold.   The ensuing 4-hole playoff settled nothing as the 2 teams traded par-2's, each side making delicate par saves along the way.   It took a 5th sudden death hole to decide the tournament - with Jeff Kellstrom draining a curling 40 footer that Persichetti and Arnold could not answer.

Samantha Kellstrom moves to the top of the 2012 money standings ($76.00) and Jeff is 2nd ($68.67) after both earned their 2nd wins this year.   The Memorial victory is the first major title for both players.   Jeff now has 9 wins in 66 career starts while Samantha has won for the 3rd time in just 13 starts since joining the Tour last year.

Persichetti and Arnold, bogey-free in 2008 en route to the Green Towels, played their first 17 holes bogey-free, but their final hole - the par-3 14th - was costly.   A double-bogey created the tie and ultimately kept Persichetti from a record 3rd Green Towel.

Charlie Roy and Phil Abele started on hole #18 and recorded 5 birdies and an eagle (hole #4) in their first 8 holes to establish a commanding lead.   But 3 bogies in their final 6 holes dropped them out of the playoff picture with a 4-under 68.  Greg Kline and Jason Rectenwald started slow but made 4 birdies in a 6-hole stretch to get into contention.  Playing the four par-5's in 1-over par ultimately cost them a chance at the title.   Kline has 6 top-4's at the Memorial including 1 win in 2006.

Tournament hosts Erik and Susan Meland had their best showing in years.   They tied for 3rd after posting 6 birdies and 2 bogies.   They would have joined the playoff if not for an eagle putt that lipped out on their final hole - the par-5 18th.   Barb & Tom Hoelzle also tied for 3rd at 4-under 68 with a wild round that included an eagle at the par-5 6th right after a double-bogey on the par-3 5th.


    Samantha and Jeff Kellstrom

2012 Memorial Tournament champs


Jeff Klipa makes Sparty Classic his 8th career win

May 14, 2012

Jeff Klipa carded an eagle and 7 birdies to shoot 33-35 - 68 and win the 2012 Sparty Classic by 1-stroke over Erik Meland.   The win, worth $32 and an exemption into the EASTERN Championship in August, was Klipa's 8th career title but first since 2008.   Now in his 10th year on Tour, he has 33 top-4's in 142 career starts earning $597.34, ranking 7th all-time.

Meland (37-32 - 69) also recorded an eagle and 7 birdies, but costly double-bogies at Pine Trace GC's 8th and 17th kept him from collecting career win #20.   Klaus Juska (40-32 - 72) and Eric Morris (35-37 - 72) shared 4th place.   Morris also earned an invitation to the East Skins Game in September.

Jeff Klipa - 2012 Sparty Classic champ


Jeff Kellstrom captures 8th title at Chelsea Classic

May 14, 2012

Trying to keep up with daughter Samantha, Jeff Kellstrom won the 2012 Chelsea Classic with an impressive 6-stroke win at Reddeman Farms GC.   Six days after Samantha won the UPS Store Golf Classic, dad Jeff fired an eagle and 6 birdies with only 2 bogies to set a new scoring record of 6-under 66 at the Chelsea Classic.   The win is Kellstrom's 2nd in 2 years and the 8th of his career that goes back to the 2001 season.

Tim Jakubowski (33-37 - 70) won the battle for 2nd place, finishing 1-stroke ahead of Steve Prew (35-36 - 71) and Mike Prieskorn (35-36 - 71).

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Jeff Kellstrom - 2012 Chelsea Classic champ


Samantha Kellstrom delivers the UPS Store Golf Classic title

May 7, 2012

Samantha Kellstrom scorched the Northville Hills GC for 10 birdies and an eagle to win the 2012 UPS Store Golf Classic by 4 strokes over Rich Dunmore.   In her 2nd year on Tour, the 13-year old with a swing beyond her years, has added a 2nd victory to her resume.   The reigning Ladies Open champ hit 8 of 14 fairways and 8 of 18 greens in regulation using 32 strokes with the putter to finish 31-37 - 68, 4-strokes under par.

Dunmore (37-35 - 72) was attempting to become the 4th player to get 2 wins in one weekend.   Winner of the Sweet Sixteen a day earlier, Dunmore notched his 10th top-4 in 45 career starts and jumped to the top of the 2012 Money List with $55.00 in earnings.

Don Morris (38-36 - 74) netted 3rd place, 2-strokes ahead of a trio of players at 76 - Jason Rectenwald, Jeff Klipa and Joe Robar.  

Samantha Kellstrom - 2012 UPS Store Golf Classic champ


Blackheath is Rich and Sweet for Dunmore

May 7, 2012

Rich Dunmore threw out a couple of bogies and won the 2012 Sweet Sixteen with an 8-under par performance at Bleackheath GC.   He finished 3 strokes better than Mike Pearcy in the best 16 of 18 holes format.   The win is Dunmore's 4th in the last 12 months and secures a spot in the 2012 Eastern Championship in August.

Pearcy finished as a runner-up for the 4th time in 25 career starts and is still in search of his first win.   Ray Collins (-4) took 3rd while Joe Brandenburg, Eric Morris and Tom Hoelzle shared 4th at 2-under par.


Rich Dunmore - 2012 Sweet Sixteen champ


Home Field Advantage

April 30, 2012

Mike Harmon used his local knowledge of Pine View GC to win the 2012 Pine View Classic by 8 shots.   Harmon (35-34 - 69) led the field with 7 birdies made and the 3-under par effort was the best at Pine View in the Tour's modern era (2001-present) matching Sue Cwikla's score in 2000 and 1 stroke from the record 68 scored by Ron Stuart in the inaugural event in 1999.   The 8-stroke margin of victory smashed the previous record at Pine View (4 - 2004).

Lou Acosta (39-38 - 77) and Klaus Juska (37-40 - 77) shared 2nd place with Rick Persichetti (37-41 - 78) securing his 70th top-4 in 153 career starts.

Mike Harmon - 2012 Pine View Classic champ


Phil Johnson's 72 takes the Cup

April 30, 2012

Phil Johnson survived the cold and unforgiving Hickory Creek golf course, shooting an even par 72 to win the 2012 Train with Tami Tin Cup by 1 over Greg Kline and Dan Schwartz.   Johnson posted 6 birdies while needing only 30 strokes with the flat stick.   It was Johnson's 2nd win in 25 career starts.   He also won the 2010 Holy Grail.

Kline (38-35 - 73) led the field with 28 putts and recorded 2 eagles and 4 birdies.   Schwartz (34-39 - 73) had an eagle and 7 birdies.   Jeff Klipa (36-41 - 77) finished in the top-4 for the 31st time in 139 career starts.

The players contributed $350 to the Canton Plymouth Community Schools for a Student Citizenship Award Scholarship as host Tami Bealert helped out the players with an optional mulligan on hole #12.


Phil Johnson - 2012 Train with Tami Tin Cup champ            Erik Meland presents check to Tami Bealert


Hickory Creek opens 2012 season

April 25, 2012

The Train with Tami Tin Cup at Hickory Creek is ready for an 8:00 shotgun start on Saturday morning.   A field of 36 Touring members and 5 amateurs will take a lap around the Hickory Creek layout looking for birdies and eagles.   Tournament host Tami Bealert will help the players at the 12th hole with an optional $5 mulligan (proceeds going to the Student Citizenship Award Scholarship for Plymouth - Canton Community Schools).   This Central division season opener has traditionally been a tough start for the players.   No one has scored south of 70 since 2004 when David Martin won the Tin Cup with a 6 under 66.

The 2012 Pine View Classic opens the west division schedule on Sunday.   The field of 32 players includes 10 players that are also playing the day before at Hickory Creek.

New season revving up

April 10, 2012

The rookies are headed to Q-School and the Tour veterans are tuning up for the opening weekend of the 2012 season.   Fourteen new members are enrolled at the first Q-School, April 14 at Whispering Willows.   Q-School 2 will follow one week later at Fox Creek.   The registration deadline for the 2nd Q-School is April 12.

The Train with Tami Tin Cup and the Pine View Classic open the 2012 tournament schedule on April 28 and 29 respectively.   Tami Bealert is hosting the Tin Cup at Hickory Creek and invites everyone to a pre-tournament party on Friday, April 27th.



The Mulligan Tour declares:      World will not end in 2012

January, 2012

Fourteen years and counting.   The Mayan calendar be damned, the Mulligan Tour plans on bringing a full schedule, in 3 regional divisions, back to the world of recreational golf in southeast Michigan.

The Tour will conduct more than 40 events in 2012 including 10 tournaments in the West Division, 10 tournaments in the Central Division and 9 tournaments in the East Division.   Add in the major championships, and the Ladies Open and the Senior Open, and the total purse during the season is over $3,800.00!!

Click here for the tentative 2012 tournament schedule.

Annual membership fees remain steady for the 5th year in a row.   Full membership is $120 and a limited membership is offered for $80.    Memberships paid before April 1 are discounted - only $100 for a full membership.

The Mulligan Tour will have representation at the 2012 Michigan Golf Show, scheduled for March 2-4 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.  Visit for details about show.



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