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Wilsey Repeats as Runny Nose Open Champ
November 12, 2016
Sunny Scott
It was a sunny but cool day at Harbour Club Saturday that had the Runny Nose Open living up to the name. Scott Wilsey mastered the circuit for the 2nd year in a row, matching Tom W. Litzler completed his defense in 2007. Scott's 3-under par 69 was 3 shots better than last year's winning score and topped Charlie Roy by 2 today.  Eric Birkle finished 3rd at Even Par and David Martin was 4th at 1-over par.


West Keeps Ringing the Division Bell
October 23, 2016
West Rings the
                                              Bell
Team West defended their Division Bell title on a beautiful fall day. Captain Klipa reassembled Charlie Roy and Jon Heikkinen from last year's team with David Martin replacing #1 Mike Prieskorn. They matched last year's winning score of 8 over par 292.  Team Central improved a bit from last year to finish 2nd at 301.  Team East again anchored the match at 310. Central's Chris Cooley had the low score of the day at 5 under par 66. Charlie Roy led the winners at 1-under par 70.


Labor Negotiates a Better Deal for President's Win 2
October 16, 2016
WinnersResulsts
Team Labor jumped out the the early 2-1 lead in the morning Best Ball session before the skies opened up and the match was delayed for about an hour. Undeterred, the competition resumed and Team Labor once again dominated the Alternate Shot format. Management's third pairing of Rich Dunmore and David Martin were able to gain a half point to give Team Management a slim chance. Needing to sweep the third Scramble session, Management reorganized, retooled, and re-motivated and proved much tougher, taking all three matches to the 18th hole, with many holes won on both sides with birdies and clutch pars. In the end Labor secured the largest margin of victory in Cup history. Labor Foreman Mike Prieskorn paired with John Raymond to take 3 points on the day. The teams of Gregoire / McCue and Nicholas / Erskine took 2 points each. David Martin led team Management, contributing a win and two halved matches. 


McCue is Champion Lady Golfer
October 15, 2016
Ladies Champ
On a beautiful fall day, Kelley McCue had a gorgeous back nine (front nine at Farmington Hills since the event started on hole 10) with 3 birdies and an eagle on the 17th hole played to clinch the 6 over par victory. The win is McCue's 1st in only 7 Tour starts. Helen Puffenberger and Patti OConnor tied for 2nd at 9 over par and three time champion Barb Hoelzle finished 4th. For the men who came out in support of the ladies and Rally for a Cure, Erik 'El Presidente' Meland took 'low male honors' at 3 under par, topping Tom 'The Godfather' Sachs by one shot. Tim Jakubowski finished 3rd and Corey McCue finished 4th. Helen Puffenberger had her iron game going, taking 3 CTP prizes with the 4th going to Champ McCue. Patti OConnor had the longest drive and fewest putts and Michelle Sroka was low amateur.


West Wins Close Battle for the Commissioner's Cup
October 7-9, 2016
West wins
In a see-saw battle Commissioner Klipa's West team pulled out a narrow victory over Commissioner Hoelzle's East team. Team West pulled out to a 6-2 lead on day 1, winning 3 matches in both sessions. Team East countered on day 2 with a sweep of the first session to tie the competition at 8 matches each. In the Sunday singles matches the sides split the first 4 of the set. Charlie Roy and #1 Mike Prieskorn took their matches early to set the stage for Cup rookie Dan Gubachy vs. Chuck Withey. The match went the full 18 holes with Gubachy sinking a clutch 8 foot putt to seal the win and the Cup for Team West.


Records Set at Skins Game
October 2, 2016
Central, East, West
Three Skins Game matches were contested at Mt. Brighton on a fine fall day.  In the East match, Tom Hoelzle took the most skins, with 6, but his were all front nine loaded and Barb Hoelzle took the most dollars in a close match over Don Jones, $34 to $24. 
In the Central Division match, Greg Kline took 3 skins down the stretch to pull away and win with $42. Joe Robar was runner up with $18 and Corey McCue also had 3 skins. The win is Kline's 4th Skins victory, with previous wins in 2012, 2011, and 2006.
In the West Division, Chuck "The Closer" Withey birdied the 18th hole to wrap up a dominate performance, taking a West Division record $50 and 4 skins.  
For the first time since 2011, all 12 competitors earned at least one skin.

Nicholas Wins First-Ever Tour Champ Playoff
September 17, 2016
Nicholas 1st Major
Mike Nicholas out-lasted a rainy start and a 3-way playoff finish to take his first Major Title at the Tour Championship. Nicholas posted 5 birdies over a tough Inkster Valley layout and finished in a 4-over par tie. In the playoff with runner-ups Rich Dunmore and Mike Prieskorn, Nicholas sunk a 1-putt on the first playoff hole to take an early lead. Prieskorn answered with a 1-putt 2nd hole but was set back with a 3-putt 3rd hole. Dunmore's final hole putt for a tie came up just short and Nicholas had a 2-putt win. Chuck Withey finished 1 shot back in 4th, but his par finishing hole secured the Tour Money Title for 2016.

Barb Hoelzle Wins 2nd Career Major at Greystone
September 10, 2106
Barb wins 2nd Major
Barb Hoelzle notched an eagle and 5 birdies including one on the final hole to take a one shot, 1-over par win over Scott Wilsey. Chris 'C Cool' Cooley finished 3rd at 5-over par and Seth Erskine, Mike Lum, and Tom Moran all tied for 4th at 6-over. Barb also takes the East Division Money Title ahead of Chuck Withey. The win is Barb's 12th on tour in 184 starts and her 2nd Major win, the first coming in the 2008 Players Championship.

Prieskorn Wins 2nd Major of Year at Western Champ
September 10, 2016
Mike wins 4th Major
Mike Prieskorn joined his Memorial partner Jeff Klipa as a two-time Major winner with a come-from-behind win at the Western Championship. Mike assembled 4 back nine birdies on the tough Moose Ridge layout to finish at even par, topping runner-up Jeff Pasz by 2 and Greg Kline by 3. Tim Markel took 4th at 5 over par. The win also gave Priekorn the West Division Money Title with a slim win over the same Pasz, Kline and Gregg Nothdurft. The win is Prieskorn's 13th in 130 Tour starts and his 4th overall Major win.

Klipa Golden at Players
August 28, 2016
Klipa #5
Jeff Klipa notched win #19 and his 5th Major Title at the Players Championship. Klipa came to the 15th tee one shot down and tied for 2nd. He then went eagled 15 and finished the last four holes 3 under-par to pull away from the field for the win. His even par total was 4 shots better than 2nd place Corey McCue. John Raymond finished 3rd at 6 over-par and John 'Sparty' Lennane, Jeff Pasz, and Tom Moran finished 4th at 8 over-par.  Klipa's win, in his 276th start on Tour, gives him the Central Division Money Title by a large margin over John Raymond.


Mother Nature Beats Champs
August 27, 2016
Both the West and East Championships got rained out today. The West has been rescheduled for Sept. 10th. The East is TBD.

Gubachy Takes Final Event in Playoff
August 14, 2016
Dan's first win
Dan Gubachy got his first career win in the final regular season event of the year, taking a playoff over veteran Rich Dunmore. Gubachy tamed the tough back nine at Lake forest with an eagle on the 15th and birdies on 17 and 18 to post a 2-under par number. Many in the field shot low early but faded on the back nine. However Rich Dunmore managed to keep his score under par and then birdie the final hole to gain a tie with Gubachy. Gubachy took the 4-hole aggregate playoff on one of the toughest playoff venues on Tour. Dan took an early lead with 2-putt pars on the first two holes. Rich's bid to pressure Dan with a one putt on the last hole came up 6 inches short. Defending champ Jack Craig tied for 3rd with Eric Birkle and Jim Vickey at even par. Vickey, Tim Markel, Mark Mayes, and Jason Rectenwald took the on course prizes.


Prieskorn Defends Title at Little Salsa
August 13, 2016
Hot sauce
Mike Prieskorn opened eagle-birdie and closed birdie-eagle-birdie to win going away in defending his Western Swing title. His 6-under par score was 4 shots better than runner-up Chuck Withey. Brian 'Pin' Lardin tied Jeff Pasz for 3rd. With the win Mike retakes the #1 World Ranking from Greg Kline. His 12th Tour win in 128 starts moves Mike to solo 6th on the all-time win list. This marks the 50th start for Eric Birkle and 150th start for David Martin.


Rookie Gregoire Wins Playoff at Caddyshack
August 7, 2016
Gregoire
Rookie Canadian import Kevin Gregoire got his first Tour win in a playoff over Bill Gordon who finished runner up for the 2nd day in a row. Gregoire 1-putted the first hole of the 4-hole playoff and held on as Gordon's putt to tie on the 4th hole, a wicked right bender, slid by just short. Both tied on the course at 3-under par after battling for the lead with yesterday's winner Chuck Withey most of the day on the sun baked Links of Lake Erie layout. Mike Lum finished 3rd at 2-under par and Withey tied with Joe Robar, John Raymond and Steve Bisson for 4th. This is the final event of the East Division regular season and sets the field for the Eastern Championship, with Sam Hiestand, and Erik Meland earning a chance to play another day.


Withey Sets Another Record at Carrington
August 6, 2016
The Closer
Chuck "The Closer" Withey finished with 3 birdies in has last 4 holes Saturday to pull away from the field for a record 9 under par win. Bill Gordon finished 4 shots back even though his 5 under par score was 3 shots better than his winning total in 2011. Mark Mayes and Willi Hesse tied for 3rd at 2 under par. At about the turn, Withey, Gordon, and Gary Thomas were all 5 under par, but Withey opened his back nine (holes 8 and 9) birdie-eagle to pull out front. Withey also took 2 of the on course prizes, as did John Raymond, while Hesse and Greg Kline took 1 each. Mark Mayes had the lowest putts with 29. With his 6th career win Withey takes over the Tour money list lead from Jeff Klipa. He is tied for 15th on the Tour all time win list. This is the 11th time this season an event record has been equaled or beaten.

Barb Hoelzle Wins a Pair of Ugly Pants
July 31, 2016
Ugly Barb ;-)

Barb got her 2nd win of the season and her 2nd career win at the Ugly Pants Open on Sunday. Barb covered the front nine in 3 under par and held par on the back for the win. Mark Mayes had a putt to tie on 18 that just slid by leaving him one shot back. Rich Dunmore and Mike Lum finished tied for 3rd at one under par. The win is Barb's 11th on Tour in 181 starts and ties her with Mike Prieskorn and Thom Bales for 6th on the all-time list. Helen Puffenberger won 2 on course prizes including the final West Skins Game invitation. Dan Gubachy got the other on course prize. And Mike Prieskorn again proved that he is totally committed to Ugly by winning the Ugly Attire Award.

Dunmore Beats Changing Weather at Fifty Cent
July 30, 2016
Dunmore wins
Rich Dunmore shook off rainy weather to go birdie-eagle-birdie in the middle of the back nine and pull away from the field with a 3 under par score. Mike Harmon held steady for second at even par thru the day while the rest of the field melted.  Mike Nicholas, Ron Hiestand, Tom "The Godfather" Sachs, and last week's winner Helen "Puff" Puffenberger all tied for 3rd at 1 over par. On course prizes went to Marty Bernstein and Tom Moran. This event marks Bill Gordon's 100th start on Tour.  Rich's 10th career win in 172 starts extends his annual win streak to 6 years in a row with at least one win, the longest active streak on Tour. Rich is now solo 9th on the all time Tour win list.

Garland Awarded 2016 Commissioner's Cup
July 27, 2016
El Presidente' today announced that the Tour will return to the Garland Resort in 2016 for the Commissioner's Cup matches. This time they will be contested on the new Fountains Course! The layout is a 5863 yard Par 72 for the men and Par 72, 4617 yards for the ladies. The event will again be contested over 3 days, from October 7th to 9th. See more about the course here.

Puffenberger Bests the Boys in Match Play
July 22-24, 2016
Helen wins!
Rookie Helen Puffenberger became the first female winner of the Match Play Championship since 2007 on Sunday. A late withdrawal created an opening for her off the wait list and she took full advantage. Similar to last year's event, the winner rolled thru the field with relative ease with only one of 4 matches getting to the 18th hole. That being her semi-final match with super soph Chuck Withey. In the final against perennial match play contender and 3 time champion Greg Kline, Puffenberger shot a masterful 39 on the front nine, including going 2 under par over a 4 hole stretch, to put Kline down 3 at the turn. She kept the pressure up with a birdie on the tough par 5 12th and clinched with a par on the other par 5 #14 to end the match. Helen becomes the 14th player in Tour history to make a Major event her first victory! She is the first female winner of the Match Play Championship since DeVonne Mowry 9 years ago. It was a record 6th final for Kline.

Opening Round Highlights:
Rookie Helen Puffenberger shot a 79 thru 18 holes to tie Mike Prieskorn then took out the #1 seed in 20 holes. Brian 'Pin' Lardin fell to Jim Vickey 2-up. Tim Markel topped Chris Cooley after 19 holes. Chuck 'The Closer' Withey had to walk on water to close out Mike Nicholas 4&3. Well sort of. See photo below. Hope you don't get a rash Chuck.  Tom Hoelzle pestered Greg Kline all day before falling to the Match Play legend 2&1. After both put their tee shots in the water on 17, Kline played the better approach shot to seal the win. Jeff Pasz won a see-saw match over Bill Gordon 2-up that saw Pasz 3-up on the front 9, only to fall 1 down on the 14th hole after a Gordon birdie. Pasz made a swing adjustment and played solid over the last 4 holes for the win. Perch said 'Nein' to Willi Hesse with a 3&2 win. And Old Tom Litzler beat the heat and Seth Erskine in 20 holes. 3 first round matches going to overtime is a Match Play first.
Seriously!?

Saturday Match Play Re-Cap:
With the temperature topping out at 95 degrees, it appeared no one wanted to spend much time on the course. After 3 matches went OT on day 1, no match on day two made it past the par 3 15th hole. Helen Puffenberger made news by becoming the first female to make the semis since Devonne Mowry in 2009, taking Jim Vickey 5&3.  Chuck Withey won 4&3 for the second day in a row over Tim Markel who was probably wore out from going extra holes the day before. Greg Kline dispatched first time Match Play contestant Jeff Pasz 4&3. And in a battle of hardened Match Play veterans, perennial semi-finalist Old Tom Litzler topped Rick 'Perch' 6&5 to take a 2-1 career lead. The two previously met in the first round in 2012 and in 2004, splitting those matches.

Sunday Match Play Re-Cap:
In the marqee match, Greg Kline opened with 3 pars to put Old Tom Litzler down before he could dry off his grips. Litzler fought hard thru the morning but Kline prevailed on the Par 5 14th for a 5&4 win. In the other semi-final Helen Puffenberger had Chuck Withey down in the match all day until he got to all-square on the short par 4 16th. They halved 17 at bogey and then Puffenberger parred the 18th for the 1-up victory.
In the consolation match Withey opened par-birdie-par to put Old Tom in a hole again. He was again able to keep the match alive until the 14th hole where the match ended 5&4.

Nothdurft Gets Final Birdie at Big Dog For Win
July 17, 2016

Gregg Nothdurft followed up yesterday's runner up finish with a 18th hole birdie to win at the Big Dog Classic today. His 4 under par score topping a hard charging Joe Robar by 1 shot, who went eagle - birdie to finish strong in his 100th start on Tour. Chuck Withey closed with 4 back nine birdies to finish 3rd at 2 under par. Tom Craig finished 4th at even par. This event marks Chris 'C Cool' Cooley's 50th start on Tour.

Markel Accents Front 9 to Win Crazy Brit
July 16, 2016
The Brit
Tim Markel scorched the front nine at Whispering Willows in Livonia with a 31on 5 birdies. A final hole birdie clinched a 4 point win over Gregg Nothdurft, 41 points to 37. Joe Robar and John Raymond tied for 3rd with 36 points. This event marks Chuck 'The Closer' Withey's 50th start on Tour.

Jon Heikkinen is Record Senior
July 10, 2016
2 time winner
Jon Heikkinen got his second career Senior Open win and set the event record, which is the 9th time this season an event record has been set or tied. Jon's 4 under par 67 topped rookie Helen Puffenberger's 2 under par score, which tied the previous event record held by Tom Sachs and Dennis Ersig. Heikkinen closed with birdies on 4 of the last 5 holes for a 33 back nine while Puffenberger had 5 birdies and a 32 on the back to give chase. David Martin and Joe Mercadante tied for 3rd place at 1 under par. On course prizes went to Dan Gubachy and John 'Sparty' Lennane. Heikkinen's previous Senior win came in 2013 at Willow Metropark when he was much younger.

Klipa Wins Quad-Tour for 3rd Time
July 9, 2016
3rd time winner
Jeff Klipa came from 2 shots back to claim his 18th career win and join a select group of 8 players who have won the same event on tour 3 times. The most recent to achieve the feat were Rick Persichetti in the 2015 Strokes on a Rope and Barb Hoelzle in the 2016 Par 54 Classic. Greg Kline has won the Tour Championship 4 times. Jeff is now tied with David Martin for 4th on the all-time win list. On Saturday Jeff closed with a birdie and a 4-round 5 under par total to hold off a charging John Raymond who finished 3 back, tied with over-night leader Brian 'Pin' Lardin. Ned Loving and Chris Japhet tied for 4th. Japhet had the low round of the day at even par 72.  This year's event was unique in that the PGA Tour component event was cancelled due to flooding in West Virginia. All players were awarded an even par 71 for the PGA round, which led to higher than normal scores for the final total. On course prizes went to Ned Loving and Jo Wood and Corey McCue qualified for the Central Division Skins Game. This event marks Jeff Pasz's 50th start on Tour.

Shootout Goes to Villerot on 1st Putt
July 8, 2016

Steve Villerot sank the very first of 78 putts taken in the Shootout portion of the Red Oaks Shootout and that was enough for 16 points and victory over the field of 7 shooters, the largest in event history. Bill Gordon and Scott Wilsey finished T2 after grinding out 15 points with 2-putts in all 5 rounds of the Shootout. Charlie Roy finished 4th. Barb Hoelzle made the final for the 2nd year in a row with a fine 1 under par to lead the preliminary stroke play round. Gordon and Wilsey tied for 2nd in that round as well with 1 over par scores. Defending champ Rich Dunmore, Villerot, Roy and Willi Hesse all made the final after Dunmore was attacked by a pine tree on the final hole, leading to a 2 over par round. The win is Villerot's 7th on Tour in 77 starts.

Brian Lardin Takes HPO with big front 9 charge
June 26, 2016
hpo
Brian 'Pin' Lardin hit all 9 greens on the front 9 of the Championship Round at the Harbour Pointe Open to go out in 29 and catch 1st round leader Rich Dunmore by the turn. Lardin stretched to a 2 shot lead and then held off a late charge from Dunmore with a birdie on the final hole to get to 9 under par and secure the title with a 1 shot win. This is rookie Lardin's 2nd win of the season and 1st Major Title. Joe Brandenburg was in the hunt all day and finished 3rd at 7 under par. Scott Wilsey finished 4th at 5 under par. Lardin's 9 under 135 ties the two round HPO record set by Thom Bales in 2010, the first year the tournament was held in its current two-round format. 

Harbour Pointe Open Day One
June 25, 2016
Rich Dunmore took charge in the middle of the front nine and worked his way to a 4 shot lead on HPO day 1 with a fine opening round of 10 under par 62. Joe Brandenburg and Sara Japhet earned spots in the leaders group on day 2 with excellent rounds of 6 under 66 and 5 under 67 repectively. The chasers in group 2 are Rookie Brian 'Pin' Lardin with a 68, Young Tom Litzler and Scott Wilsey with 70's.  Group 3 will be Old Tom Litzler (73), Ron Hiestand and Willi Hesse (74's), and Group 4 in the Championship round will be Chris Cooley and Eric Birkle (75) paired with Joe Robar and Rookie Keven Gregoire (76).  Mark Mayes, Karl Carter and Eric Mullen made the cut but are unable to participate in round 2. Rich Dunmore, Joe Brandenburg, Gregg Nothdurft and Tom 'The Godfather' Sachs won the on course prizes. Eric Birkle took fewest putts.


Charlie Roy Wins for Second Week in a Row
June 18, 2016
Charlie
Charlie Roy played a clean back nine (Mark) with a 5 under par 30 to tie Tim Markel's event record for score against par at 7 under and mark the 7th time this season the winner has set or tied the event record. With the win Roy achieves the rare double of winning stroke play events on consecutive weekends and is his 8th in 135 starts. Ned Loving and Jeff Pasz both also played outstanding and tied for 2nd at 5 under par. Eric Birkle, Chuck Withey and Steven Town tied for 4th.


Barb Hoelzle's Clubhouse Wait Rewarded at Par 54
June 17, 2016
Barb Hoelzle
Barb Hoelzle posted a score and was leader in the clubhouse for the second consecutive week and this time it held up. Barb shot out of the gate with great putting and got to 6 under par after 6 holes. She kept up the solid play thru the tough back nine at Strategic Fox and finished with a record breaking 4 under par, 2 shots better than the mark set in 2007 by DeVonne Mowry. However, last week's winner at Strategic Fox, Brian 'Pin' Lardin made a run with a great tee shot on 17 and still had a chance to tie until his drive on 18 found the water. Barb wins the Par 54 for a record 3rd time. Her first 2 wins coming in 2005 and 2008. Barb gets her 10th career win in 176 starts, now solo 8th on the All-Time list. Jason Rectenwald finished 3rd and Jeff Klipa finished 4th.


Roy Wins Unexpected Draw at Casino
June 12, 2016
Roy Wins
Charlie Roy converted his 7th Tour win in his 134th start at the Casino Classic despite being dealt a surprise when the course changed the nines for the tournament at the last minute. The veteran closed strong to top Barb Hoelzle who posted the club house lead by 1 shot.  Roy posted 3 birdies late to score 2 under par. Tom Moran finished 3rd and Mike Lum and Chris Cooley tied for 4th.

Nicholas Closes Out Real McCoy
June 11, 2016
Nicholas wins 1st
Mike Nicholas broke from the pack with 2 eagles and a birdie in his last 5 holes to take the final contest of the Real McCoy. Mike went 5 under par to get his first Tour win in 24 starts and top Jeff Pasz by 3 strokes. John Raymond took 3rd at 1 under and Tom "The Godfather" Sachs was 4th at even par. On course prizes went to Chris Cooley (long drive), Helen Puffenberger (long drive), Nicholas (fewest putts) and 2 to Jon Heikkinen (closest to pin).

Lardin bags Fox Title on 18th
June 10, 2016
Rookie winner
                                            Lardin

Rookie Brian Lardin played solid all day and came to the 18th needing one more good shot. He got it as his drive rolled across the green onto the fringe and then turned back onto the green clinching the GiR and the Fox Hunt title by a foot. Lardin finished with a record tying 60 points, matching Old Tom Litzler's mark set in 2006. This is the 5th time this season that the Tour winner has set or tied the tournament record! Lardin hit 11 Greens in Regulation to top second place #1 Mike Prieskorn who hit 10 GiR and scored 53 points. Veteran Rick Persichetti finished 3rd in his 1st event of the season. David Martin and Charlie Roy tied for 4th.

Withey Tops Bisson in Playoff for East Side Win
June 5, 2016
Repeat winner
Chuck 'The Closer' Withey birdied the 18th hole to finish at even par and gain a playoff with the red hot Steve Bisson. He then closed his defense of his East Side Charity Classic title on the 4th hole of the playoff. The win is Chuck's 5th in 40 career starts. Chuck becomes the first on Tour this year to successfully defend last year's title. Erik Meland fell one stroke short of getting his 23rd career win, finishing 3rd at 1 under par. 5 players tied for 4th including Eric Morris, Willi Hesse, Terry Owens, Scott Wilsey, and Kevin Gregoire. Gregoire notched the shot of the season with an ace on the 172 yard 15th hole (6 iron), the first Tour ace in three years. The Charity Classic raised $505 for the Michigan Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Another Record Score as Bisson Wins Dudlee's
June 4, 2016
Bisson shots 61
Steve Bisson went out in 30 and had leaderboard watchers rooting for a 59 after he birdied the 13th thru 16th holes to get within 2 of the magic number. A par-par finish left him with an outstanding 61, 9 under par and a 5 shot victory for his 3rd career win in 54 starts. Bisson's 61 score ties Dave Randall from the 2006 Real McCoy as the 2nd lowest ever in the Tour's modern era. Bisson's 11 birdie round also set the tournament record, topping the 5 under par by Ed Campbell in 2014 and tied by Phil Johnson last year. Corey McCue was 2nd at 4 under par. His gross 73 was 3 shots off the Tour gross low record. Tour money leader Jeff Klipa and 2010 Plymouth Open winner Tom Moran tied for 3rd. On course prizes went to Bisson, Rich Dunmore, and rookies Chico Garlow and Paul Burger. Dudlee raised $400 for the Michigan Humane Society.
Karl Carter
Karl Carter accepts Tour donation to the Michigan Humane Society


Tim Markel Ties Strokes Record in Win
May 28,2016
Record setter
Tim Markel chipped well early to get the lead and closed his front nine with the day's only eagle to grab the lead ahead of Canadian import and rookie Kevin Gregoire (Greg-WA).  He closed his round out with a Closest-to-Pin prize on 17 to capture a berth in the West Skins Game and tie Dave Oliver for the Strokes On A Rope tournament record at 3 under par. The win is Tim's 4th on Tour in 128 starts. John Raymond and Chuck Withey tied for 2nd at even par and Jeff Pasz and Gregoire tied for 4th at one over.  Gregoire and Eric Mullen took the other on course prizes.

Klipa and Prieskorn win Memorial Playoff
May 21, 2016
2nd time winners
Jeff Klipa and #1 Mike Prieskorn charged to the club house with 4 birdies on their last 5 holes to tie club house leaders Jon Heikkinen and rookie Brian Lardin, both teams matching last year's record low score of 8 under par in a field that saw a record 14 groups under par. In the 4 hole aggregate playoff, Klipa drained a 25 footer on the 2nd hole to give them a 7-8 win. This is the 2nd Memorial title for each of them, Klipa having won in 2007 with Victor McCoy and Prieskorn in 2010 with Thom Bales.  This is Klipa's 17th career win and 4th Major and Mike Prieskorn's 11th win and 3rd Major. Mike Lum and Terry Owens tied for 3rd with Barb and Tom Hoelzle, 2 shots behind the leaders. Helen Puffenberger, Jason Rectenwald and Mark Mayes took on course prizes. Jeff Pasz and Don Schofield had fewest putts (24).  Klipa also matches Chris Cooley with two wins this season and takes over the Tour overall money lead.

Gregg Nothdurft Hotter than Temps at Animal House
May 15, 2016
Gregg Nothdurft
After an extra hour to get started due to a weather delay, Gregg Nothdurft came out of the gate with an eagle on the first hole and never looked back. After getting to 3 under par on the third hole, he out-survived the weather and the field to hang on for a one shot win over tour vet Greg Kline at 2 over par. The score was the second highest in the tournament's 17 year history owing to brutal cold and wind. Nothdurft was a late add to the field to fill a withdrawl and turned the opportunity into his 2nd career win and the current season Tour money lead. Defending champ Chuck Withey fought to 3rd place and Steve Bisson took 4th. Dan Gubachy and Patty Garlow took on course prizes and Chuck Withey defended this Zoo Animal Putt Off title, topping Mike Harmon and Chris and Sara Japhet.
Putt off
Withey sends a putt for home in the Zoo Putt Off

John LennaneWins 1st in Style at Sparty
May 7, 2016
Sparty wins
John Lennane broke out of the pack with 4 birdies and an eagle in his last 6 holes (8 birdies overall) and set the seasons best score of 63 at the Sparty Classic. Hard luck Seth Erskine finished second at 7-under par, having posted 7 birdies and an eagle of his own. Young Sam Hiestand finished 3rd with 2 eagles and 7 birdies on his card. Greg Nothdurft and Steve Bisson tied for 4th. Jack Craig qualified for the East Skins game, Mike Nicholas, Bisson, and Corey McCue garnered the on course prizes. Old Tom Litzler and Old Ron Hiestand tied for fewest putts at 27. Mike Lum took home the Sparty gear. Lennane's first win comes in his 28th start.

Cooley Wins Tin Cup in Playoff - Jumps to #1
May 1, 2016
C Cool wins again
In a battle between two of the hottest golfers on tour, Chris "C. Cool" Cooley topped Jeff Klipa in a Tin Cup playoff. Cooley came from behind with two birdies late to catch Klipa and tie at 1 over par. In the playoff Klipa suffered a first hole 3 putt and Cooley held steady with 2 putt pars to win the 4 hole aggregate 8 - 9.  The win is Cooley's 6th in only a little over a year career, and he takes over the #1 World Ranking from Mike Prieskorn who has held the top spot for 94 weeks. John Raymond finished 2 shots back for 3rd place and Scott Wilsey took 4th. Old Tom Litzler was the first qualifier for the Central Skins game. Gerry Sawchuck won closest to pin. Mike Prieskorn and Jeff Pasz tied for most Up-and-Downs with Mike winning the tie-breaker on a birdie. The Tour raised $290 for Common Ground Ministries.

Tami presents
                                                  to Pastor Shane
Tami Bealert presents check to Pastor Shane Fritz of Common Ground Ministries.

 Klipa Classic at Chelsea
April 30, 2016
Klipa wins 16th
Jeff Klipa posted a number early at the Chelsea Classic and had to wait out a late run by Mike Geisser before collecting the trophy. Klipa posted a crisp 5 under round that included 7 birdies and an eagle to top Geisser's 4 under par which featured the year's first albatross on the tough 5th hole as well as 5 birdies and an eagle.   James Vickey continued his hot season with a 3rd place tie with Tom W. Litzler and Mike Lum. The win is Klipa's 16th of his career. Vickey and Chris Japhet took the on course prizes.


Chris Cooley Plays Sweet at Blackheath
April 24, 2016
C Cool
Christopher Cooley put up 9 birdies and an eagle to take a dominating 3 shot win over the weekend star James Vickey. C. Cool's 9 under par final score is the lowest in 10 years in the Sweet Sixteen, topped only by T.R. Litzler's 14 under par in the inaugural event in 2005. Gregg Nothdurft got his 2nd top-4 finish of the weekend, finishing T3 with Chris Dunmore. Seth Erskine and Charlie Roy took on course prizes and Don Jones is the first qualifier for the East Skins Game.

Vickey Takes Opener at Pineview
April 23, 2016
Jim Vickey
James Vickey finished last year with a fine Commissioner's Cup performance and opened the season by taking a big step to getting back to the CC this year. James opened with 2 birdies and finished with one more to take a 2 shot, 1 over par win over Greg Kline and Gregg Nothdurft. Mike Nicholas and Tom Sachs tied for 4th and T.R. Litzler finished in the money in his 100th Tour event.  Chris Cooley and Seth Erskine took the on course prizes.

Q-School Weekend a Great Warm Up
April 17, 2016
A total of 17 new Tour rookies began their careers at Q-Schools 2 and 1 on a beautiful spring weekend. On Saturday at Whispering Willows,
Kevin Gregoire was medalist for the rookies with an 82. For the pros exhibition, John Lennane birdied the 16th and posted a red number which held up for first. Tom Moran was 2nd and James Vickey and Eric Mullen tied for 3rd.   On Sunday, Jeff Graunke was medalist for the rookie class at Fox Creek with a fine 79 gross. Mark Mayes and Thomas Mulhern tied for runner up. For the Vets, World #4 Chris Cooley showed he is ready to challenge for #1 early with 2 under par score to lead the field. John Raymond and #3 Chuck Withey finished 2 and 3 and look ready for the season.


Round 1 goes to Mother Nature - Q1 Rescheduled
April 7, 2016
Since we have a general unwritten rule that we don't play in sub-freezing weather unless it's the Runny Nose Open, the Q-School 1 has been postponed.  El Presidente' states:

"I have rescheduled QS 1 for Sunday, Apr 17.   We will continue to refer to QS2 at Whispering Willows on Saturday, Apr 16, and then call QS1 at Fox Creek on Sunday, Apr 17.    Yes, it's rare but sometimes 2 comes before 1.
Anyone who wants to play in QS1 on Apr 17 would need to re-register for the event.   You can use the same Dwolla button on line (the one that still says QS3) or use any credit you have.    If you previously registered for the Apr 9 QS1, you are not automatically registered for the new date.
Please register by Monday night (April 11) 8:00pm."


Registration Complete for First Q-School

 April 3, 2016

The season of wonder has begun with 10 new members and several veterans registered for the first Q-School at Fox Creek next weekend.  Registration for Q-School 2 is open and the deadline is this coming Thursday.  Expecting 46 degrees and no rain for Q-S 1. Today's snow should be all melted by then.

****Reminder*****  One important rule change for 2016 is that every member is required to send an email to entry@themulligantour.com for every tournament that they are requesting to participate - no exceptions.   This email will be received by all 3 division Commissioners and will make sure there are no mistakes in scheduling players to participate in the tournaments of their choice.   It is  HIGHLY recommend to observe the registration deadlines - every Thursday that is 7,8, or 9 days before the tournament - so as not to have any issues with entering a desired tournament.   There will absolutely be no late entries accepted after the Thursday before the tournament (1, 2, 3 days before the tournament).

****Opportunity****  Please see the attachment and visit www.volviklpga.com if you are interested in volunteering at an LPGA Tour event.   The Volvik Championship will be played on Ann Arbor's Travis Pointe Country Club on May 23-29 (Memorial Day weekend).   Local volunteers are always necessary to make a professional golf tournament successful.   Please consider volunteering if you can.   Every Mulligan Tour member that volunteers and works the tournament will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary 2017 Mulligan Tour membership.




Early Registration Deadline Approaching

 March 15, 2016

The Deadline for discount early registration for The Mulligan Tour is March 31, 2016.  See our membership application for details. March 31st is ALSO the deadline for registration for Q-School 1, available for new tour members needing to set a Mulligan Tour Handicap Index (MTHI). Returning veterans can also sign up for a pre-season tune-up and to meet the new crop of fodder,... uh, I mean recruits.  Sign up now!


Real McCoy to make final call

March 2016

Victor McCoy, tournament host of the Real McCoy Classic, announced that the 2016 tournament will mark the last in the series.   Started in 2005 at the now defunct Links at Pinewood, McCoy became one of the first Mulligan Tour members to sponsor an event on Tour.   The tournament moved to the newly renovated Farmington Hills GC in 2006 and became one of the more popular stops on the schedule.

The 2016 tournament is scheduled for June 11 and has an afternoon shotgun start.   The event will conclude with a dinner to honor the 12-year veteran and host of the Real McCoy.

 

Four tournaments fall off of 2016 schedule

February 2016

As the Mulligan Tour enters its 18th season serving as southeast Michiganís premier recreational golf league, the 2016 schedule was downsized by 4 tournaments.   The Livonia Friends and Family Golf Classic, formerly the UPS Store Golf Classic, is expecting to take a one-year hiatus in 2016.   The Cherry Creek Classic and Two-Stick Classic events will also drop from the 2016 schedule to even out the division schedules.

Finally, the Indigo Salon & Spa Ladies Open will also take a one-year break.   The Tourís female membership has waned in recent years and the tournament has struggled to complete a full-field in the last 2 events.

 

2016 schedule almost ready
February 15, 2016

  
Click here for the 2016 schedule 
 

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




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