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End of season wrap-up

November, 2014
October has come and gone.   And most of November too.
The 2014 Mulligan Tour season officially wrapped up on November 15th with Joe Robar winning the Runny Nose Open.   His 1-under par 71 beat Erik Meland by 1-stroke and Greg Kline by 2.   Twelve players braved the cold weather - temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark - as the Runny Nose Open returned to its cool roots after several mild events.

Back in early October the Skins Games played out at the Golf Club of Mt Brighton.   Kevin Eshkanian set a new Skins Game record by winning $68 in taking the East Skins Game title.   Rich Dunmore won the Central Skins Game with $30 and Tim Markel won the West Skins Game with $28.

Team Management kept the President's Cup with a 6 to 3 win over Team Labor at Copper Creek GC on October 12th.   Team Labor took 2 of 3 matches in the opening best-ball format and then Team Management took 2 of 3 in the alternate shot session.   Tied at 3 going into the scramble matches, Team Management's Tom & Barb Hoelzle won their match 4&3 against Scott Freude and John Lennane.   Bill Gordon & Tim Jakubowski then closed out a close match 2&1 over Doug Billiau & Mike Shafer and Erik Meland & Rich Dunmore eked out a 1-up win over Ray Collins & Jon Heikkinen to finish the scoring.

                                                          Prez Cup
Team Management - 2014 President's Cup Champs
Bill Gordon, Tom Hoelzle, Barb Hoelzle, Erik Meland, Rich Dunmore and Tim Jakubowski

Erik Meland won the MT Skills Challenge on Oct 19th at Riverview Highlands with 47 points.   Meland finished first, second or third in every event in collecting his 2nd Skills Challenge title.

Team East won the Division Bell for the first time on Oct 26th at Farmington Hills GC.   Captain Tom Hoelzle (74) led the way with Tim Jakubowski (74), Ron Hiestand (75) and Joe Brandenburg (82) combining for a 21-over 305 total.   Team Central (315) finished in 2nd place and the defending champs, Team West, finished 3rd (318).

                                                          Division Bell
    2014 Division Bell champs
Tim Jakubowski, Tom Hoelzle, Ron Hiestand and Joe Brandenburg

Commissioner's Cup back in Central hands

September 28, 2014
Team Central won the Commissioner's Cup for the 6th time in 10 years beating Team West 14 to 9 at the Gailes course of Lakewood Shores Resort.    Captain Greg Kline won his singles match, running his Comm Cup singles record to 10-0-0, and secured the 12th point of the 2014 Matches.   Jason Rectenwald then secured the Cup with his singles win, as Team Central took 3 of the 8 points in singles.
Team Central took both sets of team matches to build an 11 to 5 lead heading into the Sunday singles.   The reds won the Friday team play 5 to 2 and then duplicated that again on Saturday with another 5 to 2 advantage.   Team Central dominated the alternate shot format winning 7 of 8 points while Team West held its own in the best ball format splitting the 8 matches.

                                                          Comm Cup
Team CENTRAL - 2014 Commissioner's Cup champs

Jeff Pasz takes TOUR Championship

September 13, 2014
Rookie Jeff Pasz claimed the 2014 TOUR Championship at the Polo Fields Washtenaw with an even par round of 72.   Pasz made 4 birdies and 4 bogies to finish 1-stroke better than a trio of players at 1-over 73.   The even par score was the 2nd best tally in TOUR Championship history, 2nd only to Scott Wyka's 1-under 71 at the Polo Fields Ann Arbor in 2009.
Pasz finished his rookie campaign in strong fashion with a 3rd place at the PLAYERS Championship and the victory at the season ending TOUR Championship, the final one slated for the Polo Fields for now.   Pasz will represent Team Central in the Commissioner's Cup at the end of the month.
Greg Kline, the 4-time TOUR Champion, started strong with birdies on 5 of his first 7 holes.  He went out in 33 but came home in 40 despite leading the field in putting (28).   Mike Prieskorn mixed 5 birdies and 6 bogies to join the tie for 2nd.   Tim Markel carded 2 eagles and 2 birdies and also finished at 1-over 73.   Gregg Nothdurft (74) finished in solo 5th while Eric Birkle and Bill Gordon shared 6th at 75.

Jeff Klipa, one of only 3 players with a chance to win the 2014 Money Title entering the TOUR Championship, finished T-8 ($5.00) and repeated as the Tour's leading money winner finishing the 2014 season with $191.20 in earnings.

Jeff Pasz - 2014 TOUR Champion

Six threesomes inaugurate the new Menage a Trois Classique

September 6, 2014
It was only appropriate that the first winners of the Menage a Trois Classique produced a "come from behind" victory.   Mike Prieskorn, along with sister-in-law Karen Stockdale and friend Barb Rothfuss, birdied 5 of the last 6 holes to finish at 4-under 68 and a 1-stroke win.   The "balanced threesome" made 1 bogey (hole #2) and 11 pars in the first 12 holes until starting their birdie binge

Another balanced threesome, with Tour members Jeff Klipa, Lenna Blanton and Kathy Kowalczyk, made 5 birdies and 12 pars.   A double-bogey 6 on the 7th hole was the difference as the threesome settled for 2nd place with a tournament-appropriate final score of 69.
Seth Erskine, Mike Nicholas and Dawn Macleod finished 3rd at 2-under 70.   Charlie Roy, Steve Bisson and Mike Lum, the only "grotesque threesome" in the field finished 4th at 71.

Barb, Mike and Karen
Barb, Mike and Karen - 2014 Menage a Trois Classique champs

Joe Brandenburg takes EASTERN Championship in a playoff

August 30, 2014
Joe Brandenburg birdied the 18th hole at the Glacier Club to tie Jeff Klipa at 5-over par 77 and force a playoff for the 2014 EASTERN Championship.   Nine holes later, Brandenburg added his first career major title to his resume, and with his 3rd win of the season, he claimed the 2014 East Money Title.
The 2nd place finish moved Klipa to the top of the money standings ($186.20) with the final money event looking at the TOUR Championship.    A double-bogey on 18 relegated Gregg Nothdurft (38-40 - 78) to 3rd place.   Ray Collins and Tim Jakubowski shared 4th at 8-over par.

Joe Brandenburg - 2014 EASTERN Champion

Charlie Roy sets record at WESTERN Championship

August 30, 2014
Charlie Roy, a 7-year Tour veteran from Livonia, captured his first Mulligan Tour major title by setting a new scoring record in the WESTERN Championship.   Roy painted one of the finer major championship portraits in Tour history by hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 11 greens.   He netted 7 birdies against only 3 bogies to become the first player in WESTERN Championship history to shoot in the sixties.   His 4-under 68 was 4 strokes better then Joe Robar, the three-time defending champ.
Playing in the last group, Robar (32-40 - 72) needed birdie on the home hole to force a playoff but found a triple-bogey instead.  Jason Rectenwald (33-40 - 73) finished 3rd and Greg Kline (33-42 - 75) took 4th.
Charlie Roy - 2014 WESTERN Champion

Ed Campbell wins PLAYERS title

August 24, 2014
Ed Campbell's 66 at Inkster Valley was good for a 4-stroke win in the 2014 PLAYERS Championship, his 2nd major title of the year.   An impressive round that included 7 birdies and 2 eagles set a new scoring record relative to par.   The 66 matched the aggregate score set by Eric Messner last year, but Campbell's 6-under par score is better by one in relation to par.
Central Division Commissioner Greg Kline (35-35 - 70) finished in 2nd place for a 5th time at the PLAYERS and has placed 6th or better in every one of the 11 PLAYERS Championships that he has entered.   Rookie Jeff Pasz (34-37 - 71) finished in 3rd place and qualified for the Central Commissioner's Cup team.   Eric Birkle (38-35 - 73) and Ray Nadell (38-35 - 73) tied for 4th.   Birkle will join Pasz as first time Comm Cup players in late September.

Ed Campbell - 2014 PLAYERS Champion

Eric Morris dances with the devil

August 17, 2014
Eric Morris fired a 4-under 68 at Huntmore GC and beat Chris Dunmore by 1-stroke for the 2014 Little Diablo Salsa Western Swing title.   Morris carded 6 birdies and an eagle in collecting his 3rd career Tour victory.   The win qualified Morris for the PLAYERS Championship next weekend and a shot at making the Central Commissioner's Cup team.
Dunmore (34-37 - 71) eagled #18 but fell a stroke short of forcing a playoff.   Erik Meland (34-38 - 72) and Andrew Wilson (37-35 - 72) shared 3rd place.

Eric Morris - 2014 Little Diablo Salsa Western Swing champ

Mike Geisser gets first win after extended Go Blue playoff

August 16, 2014
Mike Geisser beat rookie Willi Hesse in a marathon playoff to make the 2014 Go Blue Classic his first career Tour win.   Geisser and Hesse both finished at 4-under 68 for the regulation 18 at Lake Forest GC.    The 2 then dueled for 12 playoff holes to decide the winner, trading 2-putt pars for the first 4 holes.   Both men 3-putted the first sudden death hole and then traded 6 more 2-putts before Hesse succumbed with a 3-putt on the 8th sudden death hole.
Eric Mullen (32-37 - 69) was leading with 2 holes to play but a double-bogey, bogey finish relegated him to 3rd place.   Jon Heikkinen (36-35 - 71) birdied 2 of the last 3 holes to secure 4th place.

Mike Geisser
Mike Geisser - 2014 Go Blue Classic champ

Ed Campbell catches the gopher

August 10, 2014
Ed Campbell won his 3rd tournament of the season, his 6th overall, by finishing at even par 72 and 1-stroke win over Tim Jakubowski at the 2014 Caddyshack Classic.   Campbell raced out to a 5-stroke lead at the turn and was 6-under par thru 10.   That start gave Campbell the breathing room to accommodate a few errors coming - including a triple-bogey at 17.
Jakubowski (36-37 - 73) birdied his final 2 holes (#16 & #17) but came up a stroke short of forcing a playoff.   2-time Caddyshack champ Charlie Roy tied for 3rd with the current money leader Rich Dunmore and Ned Loving at 3-over 75. 
Ed Campbell - 2014 Caddyshack Classic champ

Joe Robar cruises to Carrington win

August 9, 2014
Joe Robar shot an even par 72 and won the 2014 Carrington Classic by 2-strokes over tournament host Jason Rectenwald.   A 4-time major champ, Robar collected his 2nd regular Tour title to give him 6 career wins in 7 seasons.   With 2 eagles and 4 birdies, Robar's winning margin could have been larger, but Carrington GC played tough on the field and the 72 was the highest winning score in Carrington's 9 year history.
Rectenwald (36-38 - 74) has 3 consecutive top-4's in his tournament.  Eric Birkle (37-38 - 75), Mike Nicholas (37-38 - 75) and Chris Dunmore (35-40 - 75) shared 3rd place.
Joe Robar - 2014 Carrington Classic

Thomas Craig gets first win at Ugly Pants Open

August 3, 2014
Thomas Craig played the Downing Farms back-nine in 3-under par and won the 2014 Ugly Pants Open by 2 over the defending champ, Mike Prieskorn.   Craig hit 5 fairways and 3 greens and led the field with 30 putts.   He finished at 2-over par 73, the 5th time in the last 9 years that the winning score was higher than even par at the tricky Downing Farms GC.   The win was Craig's first career victory coming in his 17th start on Tour.
Prieskorn (37-38 - 75) finished with consecutive double-bogies on 17 and 18 or he could have become the 5th player to successfully defend a title this season.   As consolation, he did win the vote for the "Ugliest Attire Award" and gets $40 off of his 2015 membership.
Pat Craig (37-39 - 76) finshed 3rd while Andrew Wilson (37-40 - 77) and Eric Morris (43-34 - 77) shared 4th.

Thomas Craig - 2014 Ugly Pants Open champ

Chris Dunmore finds Fifty Cent title
August 2, 2014

Chris Dunmore shot a 2-under 70 at Stony Creek Metropark for a 4-stroke win in the 2014 Fifty Cent Classic.   Dunmore opened with 3 bogies on his first 4 holes but then worked his way back to even par with birdies at 6, 9 and 10.   A net-eagle at the par-3 17th sealed the win, the 2nd title in 76 career starts.
The foursome of Gregg Nothdurft, David Tobbe, Erik Meland and Terry Owens tied for 2nd at 2-over 74.  Ray Collins, Ron Hiestand and Sam Hiestand shared 6th with 75's.

Chris Dunmore - 2014 Fifty Cent Classic champ

Ed Campbell claims Match Play title for first major win

July 27, 2014
Ed Campbell is a Mulligan Tour major champion.   His 5th career win comes in the 2014 Match Play Championship at the Woodlands of Van Buren.   Entered as the #8 seed, Campbell vanquished Rick Persichetti 3&1 on Friday and beat the #1 seed Mike Prieskorn in 21 holes on Saturday.   The final four included Campbell, Jeff Klipa, Jon Heikkinen and Tom W Litzler.   Campbell beat Klipa 2&1 on Sunday morning to get into the final against Litzler.   In the other semi-final, Litzler beat Heikkinen, each playing in the Match Play final four for the 3 straight year, by a 3&2 score.   Campbell beat Litzler 6&5 in the final while Heikkinen beat Klipa 2&1 for 3rd place.

Ed Campbell - 2014 Match Play Champion

Jack Craig wins Two-Stick

July 26, 2014
Jack Craig finished eagle-birdie-birdie to claim the 2014 Two-Stick Classic by 4-strokes over Erik Johnson.   Craig posted a 3-under 68 on the Woodlands of Van BUren to tie the record for the lowest winning score (Ed Campbell, 2012) in tournament history.   It was Craig's 2nd career win and earned him a trip to the 2014 WESTERN Championship at the end of August.
Johnson (37-35 - 72) was a runner-up for the 5th time in his career while still looking for his first win.   Phil Johnson (37-39 - 76) took 3rd place, 1-stroke ahead of rookie Willi Hesse (39-38 - 77).
Jack Craig - 2014 Two-Stick Classic champ

Brandenburg is Big Dog for 2014

July 20, 2014
Joe Brandenburg shot a 3-under 69 at Riverview Highlands on Sunday to finish at 9-under par 135 and a 3-stroke victory at the 2014 Big Dog Pro-Am.   Brandenburg was one of 7 players tied for the lead before starting play Sunday morning, thanks to Rory McIlroy's 66 in the 2nd round of the British Open.   With 4 birdies over the last 7 holes, Brandenburg surpassed rookie Doug Billiau and claimed his 2nd win of the season.
Billiau, staked to an opening 69 by Rickie Fowler, reached 11-under par thru 13 holes but fell back to a matching 69 for a 138 total that was 1-stroke better than Erik Meland.   Billiau moves up to #22 on the Money List ($42.50).   Meland started the day 4-strokes back, carried by Sergio Garcia's Friday 70, and matched Brandenburg and Billiau's 69 to finish at 139.   Ed Campbell (66-75 - 141) finished in 4th place.
Joe Brandenburg - 2014 Big Dog Pro-Am champ

Bill Gordon takes Crazy Brit
July 19, 2014

Bill Gordon won the 2014 Crazy Brit with 39 points, one better than Steve Bisson.   One of only 3 players to record points on every hole, Gordon made 7 birdies worth 3 points each, 7 pars (2 points each) and 4 bogies (1 point each).   The 4th career win for Gordon earned the Ann Arbor resident a trip to the PLAYERS Championship and probably locked up a spot on the Central Commissioner's Cup team.

Bisson was close to sweeping the Livonia tournaments.   A week after winning the Quad-Tour Challenge at Fox Creek, Bisson waited in the Whispering Willows clubhouse to see if his 38 points would hold up.   When Gordon finished with pars on the last 3 holes, Bisson settled for 2nd.
Joe Robar (36) birdied the 18th to finish a point ahead of group of 5 that included Young and Old Tom Litzler, Andrew Wilson, Chris Japhet and the Tour's leading money winner Rich Dunmore ($164.00).

Bill Gordon - 2014 Crazy Brit champ

Barb Hoelzle wins 2nd Ladies title

July 13, 2014
Barb Hoelzle, the 2010 Ladies Open champ, shot a 10-over par 82 on the Pheasant Run GC that has hosted the Indigo Salon & Spa Ladies Open for the last 4 years.   That score was 4-strokes better than Sue Meland and good enough to collect her 2nd Ladies Open title.   Hoelzle is the leading female money winner on Tour with over $650 in career prize money.
Meland (40-46 - 86) finished in 2nd place while rookie Sara Japhet (43-44 - 87) finished 3rd and Lenna Blanton (44-51 - 95) finished 4th.
Despite the small field, the tournament raised over $500 for Rally for the Cure and the Susan G Komen foundation.   The Ladies Open has raised over $4,000 in tournament history to support breast cancer awareness and research.
Barb Hoelzle - 2014 Indigo Salon & Spa Ladies Open champ

Steve Bisson wins Quad-Tour Challenge by 4 strokes

July 12, 2014
Steve Bisson shot a final round 68 at Fox Creek GC to finish at 12-under 273 and a 4-stroke win in the 2014 Quad-Tour Challenge.   Bisson's professional team included Jordan Spieth (64), Bernhard Langer (69) and In-Bee Park (72).   His 2nd career win ('13 Crazy Brit) kept Mike Prieskorn from his 2nd win of the season.   Prieskorn shot a 71 for a total of 277 to finish in 2nd place ahead of Joe Robar (71 - 278) and Phil Johnson (71 - 278).

Steve Bisson - 2014 Quad-Tour Challenge champ

Meland continues repeat trend

July 11, 2014
Erik Meland defended his Red Oaks Shootout title on Friday - the 4th consecutive tournament on Tour that saw the defending champ repeat.   Meland qualified for the shootout with a 1-under par 30 on the nine-hole course.   Erik Johnson (29), Andrew Wilson (30) and Jeff Klipa (31) also qualified for the shootout.   Meland aced the first hole of the 5-hole shootout and followed with 4 2-putts.   Wilson aced the 2nd hole but 3-putted the 3rd hole to fall behind by a point.   Meland finished with 17 points while Wilson took 2nd place with 15 points.   Klipa secured 3rd place (13 points) and Johnson finished in 4th (12).

Erik Meland - 2014 Red Oaks Shootout champ

Nadell holds on for Open repeat

June 29, 2014
The Lighthouse trophy shines again for Ray Nadell.   The 2013 "Champion Golfer of the Year" has retained that moniker by winning the 2014 Commercial Underwriters Harbour Pointe Open with scores of 67 and 74 at the Majestic at Lake Walden.   Nadell opened a 4-stroke lead with a Saturday 67 that included 4 birdies and 2 eagles and took nearly 6 hours to complete after a lengthy mid-round weather delay.   Nadell's closest pursuer was Tom Moran, a 5-time winner on Tour, looking for his first major title.   Moran carded 7 birdies in a Saturday 71 and briefly took the lead during the championship round on Sunday before yielding to the defending champ with a final round 72.
Eric Birkle had the best round on Sunday (71) and caught Jeff Klipa to tie for 3rd at 5-over 149.   Gregg Nothdurft (74-76 - 150) finished in 5th while Doug Billiau (77-75 - 152) and Mike Shafer (76-77 - 153) finishing 6th and 7th.


Ray Nadell - 2014 Harbour Pointe Open champ

Klipa rolls lucky 68 for Casino win

June 22, 2014
Jeff Klipa carded 5 birdies and 2 eagles to post a 3-under par 68 and a 1-stroke win over Rich Dunmore at the 2014 Casino Classic.   That makes 2 Casino titles in 2 years at Twin Lakes for the Klipster - chasing Dunmore in the race for the 2014 Money Title.   Dunmore (39-30 - 69) finished with birdies on 5 of his last 7 holes but could not overcome a quadruple-bogie 9 on the 5th hole.
Mike Lum (38-32 - 70) and Mike Harmon (34-36 - 70) tied for 3rd place.

Jeff Klipa - 2014 Casino Classic champ

Dunmore is the Real McCoy - again
June 21, 2014
Rich Dunmore successfully defended his Real McCoy title by beating Steve Bisson in a playoff.   It was the 2nd playoff win in 3 weeks for Dunmore, the Tour's leading money winner.  Bisson (31-37 - 68) dug a hole with 3-putts on the 2nd and 3rd playoff holes.  An ace on the 4th hole made the finish interesting, but Dunmore (34-34 - 68) calmly recorded his 4th 2-putt to secure the win.

Young Tom Litzler (33-36 - 69) and Tim Markel (33-36 - 69) shared 3rd place.   The 2014 Real McCoy Classic raised over $900 for the Last Day Dog Rescue.

Rich Dunmore
Rich Dunmore - 2014 Real McCoy Classic champ

Prieskorn wins Fox Hunt

June 20, 2014
Mike Prieskorn and Jason Rectenwald nabbed 55 points each in the 2014 Fox Hunt and needed a playoff to determine a winner.   The 55 points was the most since Tom W Litzler recorded 60 points in 2006.   Rectenwald hit 11 greens - 6 on the Strategic Fox front nine and 5 on the back - and added 34 putts.   Prieskorn hit 10 greens - 8 of them on the back nine - and carded 35 putts.
The 2 traded 2-putts for the first 3 holes of the playoff, but a Rectenwald 3-putt on the 4th hole opened the door for Prieskorn to collect his first win since the 2013 Ugly Pants Open.
Rick Persichetti finished 3rd with 49 points and rookie Willi Hesse took 4th with 44 points.

Mike Prieskorn - 2014 Fox Hunt champ

The Godfather takes 2nd Senior title

June 14, 2014
Old Tom Sachs won his 2nd MT Senior Open in 5 years.   Out in 38, Sachs birdied 5 of his last 7 holes to finish at 2-under par 70.   He passed Old Aaron Blanton by a stroke and claimed his 4th career Tour win.   Sachs, the oldest player in the field, led the field in greens in regulation (9/18, tied with Klaus Juska).
Blanton (35-36 - 71) made 4 birdies on Wolcott Mills' back nine but settled for 2nd place for the 2nd time in 2 weeks.   Old Dan Gubachy (37-36 - 73) birdied 3 of his last 5 holes to finish solo 3rd.   Old Klaus Juska (37-37 - 74) and Old Doug Billiau (39-35 - 74) shared 4th place.

Tom Sachs - 2014 MT Senior Open champ

T-Mark leaves no doubt at Holy Grail

June 14, 2014
Tim Markel won the 2014 Holy Grail by 5-strokes after posting a 7-under par 64 on St.Johns' Luke & Matthew nines.   Carding 6 birdies and 2 eagles against 3 single bogies, Markel claimed his 3rd career win in convincing fashion.   Markel hit 5 of 13 fairways and 7 greens in regulation in collecting his 3rd career win.
Jeff Klipa played the final 4 holes in 5-under par to secure 2nd place at 2-under 69.   Barb Hoelzle (35-35 - 70) was the only other player to finish in red numbers and posted her first top-4 of the season.   Rookie Scott Freude finished 4th with an even par 71.

Tim Markel
Tim Markel - 2014 Holy Grail champ

Jay Roc gets 2nd win on the Strategic Fox

June 13, 2014
Jason Rectenwald won the Par-54 Classic with a 4-over par 58 in cool and blustery conditions.   Rectenwald hit 8 greens in regulation and needed 30 putts.   The 58 is the highest winning score in Par-54 history.    Two of his 3 Tour wins have come on the Strategic Fox course - he also won the 2012 Fox Hunt.

Tom W Litzler and Jeff Klipa shared 2nd place at 59.   Gregg Nothdurft, Bill Gordon and Tom Moran shared 4th place at 60.


Jason Rectenwald - 2014 Par-54 Classic

Gregg Nothdurft joins first-timers, gets first win at East Side Charity

June 8, 2014
Gregg Nothdurft and Aaron Blanton provided the East Side Charity Classic with its 3rd consecutive playoff on Sunday.   Nothdurft (36-32 - 68) finally ended a playoff that required 8 holes by making his 8th straight 2-putt while Blanton (35-33 - 68) succumbed to a 3-putt.  It was the first playoff for both men with the 2nd year player getting his first win and the rookie getting his first top-4.

Darren Hamman (37-32 - 69) made a run early on the inward nine but settled for 3rd place.   Ned Loving (38-32 - 70) and Sam Hiestand (35-35 - 70) shared 4th place.

Gregg Nothdurft
Gregg Nothdurft - 2014 East Side Charity Classic champ

Rich Dunmore takes money lead with win at Animal House

June 7, 2014
Rich Dunmore outlasted Darren Hamman in a playoff to win the 2014 Abacus Animal House Classic at Salem Hills GC.   A Hamman 3-putt on the 2nd hole of the 4-hole playoff was the difference as Dunmore made four 2-putts and collected win # 6 in his 5th year on Tour.   Placing in the money for the 6th time this year, Dunmore has risen to the top of the Money standings with an even $100.00 in prize money.
Hamman (34-36 - 70) collected $27 for 2nd place while Kurt Wilhem (34-37 - 71) netted his first career top-4.   Commissioner Jeff Klipa (37-35 - 72) finished 4th.

Rich Dunmore - 2014 Abacus Animal House Classic champ

Sam Hiestand pops Cherry

June 1, 2014
Sam Hiestand carded 3 eagles on the Cherry Creek back nine to finish at 3-under 69 and a 4-stroke win over Rich Blanton in the 4th edition of the Cherry Creek Classic.   Hiestand, the teenaged son of Ron Hiestand - the 2012 EASTERN Champ, collected his first win in just his 8th start on Tour.
Blanton (36-37 - 73) adds this 2nd place finish to his win at the Pine View Classic and climbs to 3rd on the Money Standings ($56.00).   Tim Jakubowski (34-40 - 74) gets solo 3rd place while Rich Dunmore (37-38 - 75) posted his 5th top-4 of the year and is 2nd on the Money List ($64.00)

Sam Hiestand - 2014 Cherry Creek Classic champ

Ed Campbell wins Dudlee's Plymouth Open for 4th career title

May 31, 2014
Ed Campbell eagled the 18th hole to win the 2014 Dudlee's Plymouth Open by 2-strokes over rookie Jeff Pasz.   Campbell followed a front nine 35 with a back side 30 to finish at 5-under 65.   He netted win #4 in his 51st start on Tour and has at least 1 victory in each of his first 3 years on Tour.  
Pasz, making only his 5th start on Tour, shot a 33-34 - 67 and was the only other player to finish in the red.   Dave Oliver finished in 3rd with an even par 70.   Tom Sachs took 4th at 2-over 72.
                                                          Campbell and
                                                          Karl Carter
Ed Campbell congratulated by host Karl Carter

Charlie Roy gets white ribbon
May 24, 2014
Charlie Roy converted 5 birdies in his first 11 holes to build a 5-stroke lead and then held on for a 3-stroke win at the 2014 Strokes on a Rope as he and the rest of the field exhausted their string.   Roy posted a 1-over 72 and earned the white ribbon signifying a first win in the Tour's "string & scissors" tournament.   Defending champ Dave OIiver tied for 2nd with Mike Prieskorn.   Oliver triple-bogied the 15th to fall back and Prieskorn double-bogied the 18th.  They finished at 75, 1-stroke ahead of Rich Dunmore who earned solo 4th.

                                                          Roy SoaR

Charlie Roy - 2014 Strokes on a Rope champ

UPS delivers first win for Birkle
May 18, 2014
Eric Birkle shot a 1-under par 70 on St.Johns' Luke & Matthew nines to win the 2014 UPS Store Golf Classic by 1 over Klaus Juska.   Birkle hit 8 of 13 fairways and 9 greens in regulation in carding 5 birdies and an eagle.   A 2nd year player from Ann Arbor, Birkle earned his first win in his 16th career start and punched his ticket to the PLAYERS Championship in late August.
Juska (38-33 - 71) led the field in putting (29) and tied for most greens in regulation (11/18) with Ray Nadell who finished 3rd (37-35 - 72).   Rich Dunmore (38-35 - 73) finished 4th.


Eric Birkle - 2014 UPS Store Golf Classic champ

Akunuri and Carter earn 2nd Green Towels in 4 years
May 17, 2014
Sam Akunuri and Karl Carter won a 3-way playoff to secure their 2nd Memorial Tournament title in 4 years.   It was Akunuri's 1-putt on the first sudden death hole that sealed the victory.

Akunuri and Carter birdied 2 of their last 3 holes to finish at 2-under 70 and forge the tie with the teams of Rick Persichetti and Kelly Arnold (34-36 - 70) and Jan Cepiga and Rob Lopez (32-38 - 70).   Three teams shared 4th place just 1-stroke short of joining the playoff.

This is the 4th career win for Carter and the 2nd for Akunuri, both in their 6th year on Tour.

Sam and
Sam Akunuri and Karl Carter - 2014 Memorial champs

Steve Villerot wins Sparty by 4
May 10, 2014
Steve Villerot was nearly flawless at Fieldstone GC, shooting a 34-31 - 65 to take the 2014 Sparty Classic by 4 shots over Erik Meland and Gerry Sawchuk.   Villerot led the field in greens-in-regulation (11/18) and carded 6 birdies and an eagle with only one bogey.   The 7-under 65 sets a new scoring record at the 5-year old Sparty in the first year at the new host course.

Meland (32-37 - 69) had 5 consecutive birdies on the front nine to get into contention but double-bogied his final hole.   Sawchuk (34-35 - 69) played his last 8 holes in 5-under par to forge the tie for 2nd place.   Charlie Roy (35-36 - 71) and Eric Morris (36-35 - 71) tied for 4th while Klaus Juska (35-37 - 72) and rookie Mike Shafer (30-42 - 72) shared 6th place.


Steve Villerot
                                Sparty champ
Steve Villerot - 2014 Sparty Classic champ

Tin Cup half full for Graves
May 4, 2014
Borgia Graves built a modest lead at the 2014 Train with Tami Tin Cup and then held on for a 2-stroke win Sunday as strong winds blew the scores upward.   Graves made 4 straight birdies starting at hole #8 to take the lead from Greg Kline.   But triple-bogies at 12 and 14 made it close as Graves finished at 4-over 76 while Kline (33-45 - 78) and Rich Dunmore (39-39 - 78) tied for 2nd.   Mike Prieskorn (41-38 - 79) finished alone in 4th.

This is win #2 for Graves as he starts his 2nd year on Tour.   Last year's Big Dog Pro-Am winner now has an invitation to the 2014 PLAYERS Championship with his victory here at Hickory Creek.

Borgia Graves
                                Tin Cup champ
Tami Bealert with Borgia Graves, the 2014 Train with Tami Tin Cup Champ

Mullen wins Chelsea Classic
May 3, 2014
Eric Mullen, in his 2nd year on Tour and making his 6th career start, won the 2014 Chelsea Classic last Saturday at Calderone Farms GC.   Mullen carded 7 birdies and an eagle in shooting 34-38 - 72 to win by 2-strokes over Tom R Litzler, Erik Meland and Bill Gordon.   Mullen's victory continues a trend of first time winners on Tour.   After a record 11 first time winners in 2013, the Tour has 2 more first timers in the first 3 events of 2014.

Litzler (35-39 - 74) was leading the tournament until a costly triple-bogey at #15.   Meland (40-34 - 74) made 4 birdies on the back nine but could not overcome a slow start.   Gordon (38-36 - 74) made a charge with birdies at 13 and 14 followed by an eagle at 15.   A double-bogey at the home hole dropped him back into the tie for 2nd.   Eric Birkle and Don Morris tied for 5th.

Eric Mullen -
                                2014 Chelsea Classic champ

Eric Mullen - 2014 Chelsea Classic champ

Joe Brandenburg gets first career win in a Sweet Sixteen playoff
April 27, 2014
Joe Brandenburg, a 5th year pro from Clinton Twp., collected his first career win at the 2014 Sweet Sixteen on Sunday.   He needed overtime to make the win official as he and Charlie Roy both finished at 6-under par after throwing out their 2 worst holes in the regulation 18.   Brandenburg beat Roy 9 to 10 in the 4-hole playoff.
Brandenburg carded 3 eagles and 3 birdies and threw out one of 4 bogies and his double bogey at #7 to post a 6-under for 16 score.   Roy also had 3 eagles and 3 birdies on the windswept Blackheath course and finished at 6-under after throwing out a triple-bogey and one of 4 bogies.

Ray Collins, Steve Dent and Lenna Blanton tied for 3rd at 4-under par.

                                                    Brnadenburg 2014
                                                    Sweet Sixteen

Joe Brandenburg - 2014 Sweet Sixteen champ

Rich Blanton takes Pine View Classic for 2nd Tour win
April 26, 2014
Rich Blanton finished eagle-birdie-birdie on his final 3 holes to come from behind and win the 2014 Pine View Classic on Saturday.  
Blanton overcame an opening triple-bogey on his starting hole (#18) to finish at 2-over par 74 and a 2-stroke win over Kelly Arnold, Phil Johnson and Mike Pearcy.   It was Blanton's 2nd career win (2012 East Side Charity Cl) in 20 starts on Tour.

Arnold (34-42 - 76) hit 7 of 18 greens but played 5-over on his final 8 holes.   Johnson (35-41 - 76) was tripped up by Pine View's tough #12 thru #14 holes (+5) while Pearcy (42-34 - 76) had more trouble on the traditionally easier front side.

Rich Blanton
                                2014 PVC champ
Rich Blanton - 2014 Pine View Classic champ

Tour continues to sponsor on-line fantasy games
March 21, 2014
The Mulligan Tour invites members to participate in 2 on-line fantasy golf games.   The ESPN Best Ball Majors Challenge welcomes the players to draft 4 pro golfers for each of the 4 major championships.   The players gets the best score of the 4 pros from each of the 18 holes of each round.   Players can change pro golfers from round to round.   The best Best Ball score after the tournament wins a sleeve of Pro V1 golf balls.
To enter, one should visit and click on the Fantasy & Games link.   Create an account and search for the Mulligan Tour group.   The password is "mulligan2013".  

There is also a season long money race on the Golf Channel Fantasy League.   Tour members can join the Mulligan Tour group (group ID = 6399, password = "Mulligan") and

Mulligan Tour 2014
February 1, 2014

A particularly harsh winter has many Michigan golfers yearning for their favorite pastime.   Unless a trip south was in the winter plans, most golfers can only dream of the new season ahead.   Winter must eventually give way to Spring, and when it does the Mulligan Tour will open it's 16th season of competition.   The season opens in less than 3 months with the Pine View Classic on April 26.

The annual membership fee remains the same for the 6th straight year.   And again, the $120 membership fee is discounted ($100) if paid before April 1st.  

The Mulligan Tour will have an exhibit at the Michigan Golf Show (March 7-9 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi).    Stop by and visit.  There will be a 2 for 1 membership special for new members.
Click on for details on the annual golf show.

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