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Fitzpatrick a Nose Ahead
November 4, 2023 Salem Twp at Brae Burn GC
Last winner of the season
In a fitting finish that shows the competitive quality of The Mulligan Tour, Erika Fitzpatrick topped Tom Moran in the first ever Runny Nose Open playoff.  Both shot 2 over par in regulation, then continued to battle to a tie in the regulation 4 hole playoff. Continuing in sudden death until Fitzpatrick birdied the 3rd extra hole to take the win. Chuck Withey took 3rd at 3 over par and Phillip Parent tied Ned Loving for 4th at 4 over par.  Greg Kline led with 7 fairways hit, Loving had 30 putts and Fitzpatrick tied Withey with 11 greens hit. Kline hit 10.


Prieskorn Top Wolverine
October 29, 2023  Ann Arbor at University of Michigan GC
1st UM win
Mike Prieskorn made a good run at the turn with 3 birdies in a row on 9, 10 and 11 to get to even par and eventually take the U of M Open. Corey McCue took 2nd at 3 over par while Jeff Pasz and Chuck Withey tied for 4th at 4 over par.  Greg Kline led the field with only 29 putts, McCue led with 12 greens and Pasz led with 10 fairways hit.

Skins Full of Firsts
October 7, 2023 at Links of Gateway
Winners
Variety and firsts were the words for the Skins Game Saturday. Variety of match results from blowout wins to squeakers. And firsts in every match.  Erika Fitzpatrick and Rod Theunissen got their first Skins wins with Erika getting $38 and 3 skins in the All Star match and 'Tuna' taking 7 skins and $60 in the East to win by a mile.  Greg Kline took the Central match for the 3rd year in a row and the 8th time overal, both records. Greg's 3 skins and $44 won by $28.  And Mike Prieskorn took his West match by a skinny $2 over Jeff Pasz, $28 to $26. Both had 5 skins. This is Mike's 3rd win and all have been in different divisions with an East win in 2022 and and All Star win in 2020. He is the first Tour player to win in 3 different divisions. Players that have won in 2 are Barb Hoelzle (2016), Chuck Withey (2018), Bill Gordon (2020), Rich Dunmore (2021), and Tim Markel (2021)


Central Repeats Playoff Bell Ring
October 1, 2023 Farmington Hills GC
Playoff winners
For the 2nd year in a row Team Central was taken to a playoff by Team West before finally ringing the Bell. Both teams finished a sharp 10 over par 294 while Team East finished finished a distant 3rd. In the playoff Team West went with David Martin and Rick Floyd  against Team Central's Captain Kline and Chuck Withey.  In a close battle Central took the title 18-19.  Team Central is now tied with Team West for most Division Bell wins.

Lardin Gets Dramatic Win
September 30, 2023 Brighton at Kensington Metropark
Lardin wins on 18
Match Play Champion Brian Lardin closed with a Eagle-Birdie finish to edge out playing partner and Commisioner's Cup winner Kevin Gregoire by 1 shot at the Tournament of Champions.  He secured his winning Even Par 71 with a 27 foot eagle putt on 17 and a birdie on 18 for the win. Helen Puffenberger, the Par 54 winner, finished 3rd at 5 over Par and Willi Hesse, Memorial and Players champ, finished 4th at 7 over Par. Lardin led the field with 29 putts. Willi Hesse led with 9 Greens and tied Chris Dunmore (Crazy Brit) with 7 Fairways.

Strong Finish for McCue and West!

September 24, 2023 Bowling Green, OH at Stone Ridge GC
West wins 5
The West Team spotted the East challengers a two point lead in the opening 4-ball session and then took every session from then on to another authoritative 18 -12 win in the Commissioner's Cup. This is a record setting 5th win in a row for Team West and 4th in a row for Commissioner Corey McCue who ties Team Central Commissioner Greg Kline's run in 2008 thru 2011. McCue led his team to victory with an undefeated 5-0 record. He was backed by Tyler Floyd, Ryan Kiekbusch and Eric Kiekbusch who all took 4 points. Erika Fitzpatrick didn't play like a Commissioner's Cup rookie, taking 3 points.  For the East Team, Eric Birkle and Jeff Graunke led with 3 points each.

Commissioner McCue has announced that he will step down at the conclusion of the season. We thank Corey for a great 4 years of leadership and congratulate him for going out with a record setting performance.


Final



Day 2 Results

Sept 23, 2023

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West dominates Day 2

Commissioner's Cup Day 1
Day 1

Captain McCue Keeps West in a close match.




Labor Are Tough Negotiators
September 10, 2023 Canton at Pheasant Run GC
Labor Wins
In the current climate, management should have known Labor was going to be tough this year. Labor opened the negotiations with a 3 match smack down in Best  Ball. But Management Scrambled and counter offered with 2 1/2 points in round 2. But Labor stood their ground in Round 3 and took the point and half they needed to secure the reward of the Cup.  Kevin Gregoire and President's Cup apprentice Noah Kline led the Labor team with 2 points and the clinching point while Commissioner's McCue and Greg Kline led the Management team with 2 points also. Gregg Nothdurft became the top all-time labor producer while David Martin moved to solo 4th ranking Manager.  The winning Labor team included Jeff Cubel, Gregoire, Kline, Rod 'Tuna' Theunissen, Nothdurft and Mike Geisser.



The Closer Survives Closing Holes
September 9, 2023 South Lyon at Tanglewood GC
3rd Major
Chuck Withey posted with the first group at the Tour Championship and then watched as the final holes of Tanglewood Golf Course ransacked no less than 11 contenders who at some point early in the back nine were either in the lead or in contention. Withey's 2 over par over the last 5 holes (and final score 74) topped all of the 11 contenders except Noah Kline who tied his score over those holes but could not cut the lead. Among those who fell just short were 2nd place finishers Helen Puffenberger, Scott Wilsey, Mike Prieskorn and Ned Loving, all at 3 over par 75. Noah Kline holed the season's final Albatross on the 13th hole to put himself in the mix, finishing 2 back with Chris Dunmore. Puffenberger led the field with 10 fairways and 28 putts while Wilsey and Tyler Floyd got around with 29 putts. Puffenberger earned her 20th 2nd place finish of her Tour career. Prieskorn moved to 3rd in all-time Tour Championship winnings and reached the $2k club in career winnings, the 4th Tour player to do so behind Greg Kline, Jeff Klipa and David Martin. Withey closes his 3rd Major win and 16th Tour victory in 308 starts. He ties Rich Dunmore for 7th in all-time Tour wins. Chuck also took the season long money title, edging out Corey McCue, who finished in the money 3 shots back, by $23.


Floyd Cleans Up at Canadian
September 2, 2023 Canton at Fellows Creek
T Floyd gets 6th
Tyler Floyd was consistently good on Saturday going 1 under par on each nine including a clean card 1 birdie back nine, eh. He edged out Greg Kline and Gary Thomas who tied for 2nd at 1 under par 71. Ned Loving took 4th at Even par. On course prizes went to John Ferlito, Mike Prieskorn and Tyler Floyd. Erika Fitzpatrick earned the Skins Game invitation.  Low Putts went to Zach Palmer with 27 and most over par went to Paul Parent Jr.   Notables: Ken Westerman led the field with 10 fairways hit. Willi Hesse captured the 4th Albatross of the season on the Tour. Jeff Klipa finished in the money to edge into 2nd in all-time Canadian dollars. Greg Kline logged his Tour leading 120th career Top-4 finish and finished 2nd for the 40th time in his career.  The qualifiers for the Tour Championship were unchanged, and the money title will be a two-person race between leader Corey McCue and pursuer Chuck Withey at the Tour Championship.  For Tyler Floyd this is his first time winning Canadian money and puts him into a tie for 4th all-time in the young event's money list. This is his 6th Tour win in his 81st start.


Hesse Top Player
August 20, 2023 Taylor at Lakes of Taylor GC
4th Major
Willi Hesse was the last qualifier for the Players Championship and made the most of it with a 2 under Par 3 shot win. Hesse charged thru the field with a back nine 30 to grab a lead secure enough to survive a late bogey. He opened the back nine with Birdie, Eagle, Birdie, Birdie. Defending champ Chris Stalo took 2nd at 1 over Par. Ned Loving took 3rd at 2 over Par and John Raymond tied Noah Kline for 4th at 4 over Par. Greg Kline finished in the money to remain the #1 all-time Players money winner.  Tom W. Litzler made his 300th Tour start Sunday.  Hesse gets his 4th Major victory on
Tour with his 7th win in 244 starts.


'Play Ins' Tops in West Championship
August 19, 2023 South Lyon at Coyote GC
2nd Major
Erika Fitzpatrick took a 2 shot lead thru the turn and extended that to a 4 shot 1 under Par win at the Western Championship. Tim Markel made a valiant attempt at a record 4th win in a row and tied Tom Moran for 2nd at 3 over Par. Corey McCue tied Greg Kline for 4th. Fitzpatrick 'played in' to a Commissioner's Cup spot as did Moran. Corey McCue finished 4th for the 10th time in his career.  Kline remained 5th in all-time West Champ winnings. Markel moves to 3rd all-time behind Joe Robar in Rick Persichetti. Fitzpatrick earned a 10th Top-4 career finish, a 2nd win in 40 Tour Starts, both of which have been majors, and leaped to the #1 World Ranking. 

Brandenburg Bookends the Year
August 19, 2023 Washington at Greystone GC
2 time winner
Joe Brandenburg was the first winner of the season in the East and the last! Joe took the Sweet Sixteen season opener in April to qualify for the East Championship right out of the gate. And he found his form in August for a 4 under par Championship win. 2021 East Champ Gregg Nothdurft took 2nd at Even par. Commissioner Dunmore took 3rd at 1 over par and defending champ Thomas Mulhern tied with Mike Prieskorn at 2 over par for 4th.  Dunmore got his 80th career Top-4 Finish on Tour. Nothdurft moved to 2nd in all-time Eastern Championship winnings. Brandenburg moved to the #1 spot in Eastern Championship winnings with his 3rd Major Title and 2nd Eastern Championship after a 9 year gap.  This is Joe's 8th Tour win in 162 starts.

Paul Parent Gets 1st Win
August 13, 2023 Farmington Hills GC
1st win
Paul Parent finished Eagle - Birdie to zap the competition at the Breast Cancer Awareness Open. His 5 under par 66 gave him a 3 shot win over Chuck Withey. The Closer got closed out. Rick Floyd and Chris Dunmore tied for third at 1 under par. On course prize went to 'Puffy' Puffenberger and Eric Kiekbusch got the prize for lowest putts after tying Ron Hiestand with 31. Dunmore led the field with 12 fairways hit while Hiestand had 11 and Floyd and Puffenberger had 10. Parent had 2 eagles and a back nine 31 to take his first Tour win in his 45th start. And he rocked the pink shirt.

The Tour raised $550 for the Susan A Komen Foundation.  Overall the Tour has raised over $2055 for the charity.




Birkle Best of the West(ern Swing)
August 12, 2023 Brighton at Huntmore
6th Win
Eric Birkle survived the rain and birdied the 16th hole to hang on for Little Diablo Salsa Western Swing Even Par win. Chuck Withey posted early at 1 over par and waited in vain for a playoff. Gregg Nothdurft took 3rd at 3 over par and Dave Oliver, Scott Freude and defending champ Ned Loving tied for 4th at 4 over par. Salsa winners on course were Chris Stalo and Ken Westerman while Tommy O'Neill took low putts with an outstanding 25.  Westerman led the field with 11 fairways hit while Tom Moran and John Lennane hit 10.  Birkle's round was highlighted by a natural eagle and his winnings move him to 4th in all-time Western Swing dollars and he joins the Millenium Club in career winnings. It is his 6th Tour win in 181 starts. 

ESRA
Another good fundraiser for English Springer Rescue America!



Pieszchala Blue Again
August 5, 2023 Ann Arbor at Lake Forest
2nd win
Brian Pieszchala got his 2nd Go Blue Classic title Saturday. He posted early and suffered thru as one competitor after another were taken down by the tough finishing holes at Lake Forest. Commissioner McCue tied for 2nd with John Raymond and Jeff Cubel. On course prizes when to "Puffy" Puffenberger and Ryan Kiekbusch. Eric Birkle led the field with 28 putts. McCue hit 12 greens on the day and Puffenberger led with 11 fairways hit ahead of David Martin's 10. Chris Stalo finished in the money with just enough to play his way into the West Division Championship.  Rich Dunmore finished in the money to move into 3rd place all-time in Go Blue winnings behind Mike Prieskorn and Jeff Klipa. McCue's runner-up finish was good enough to move him to the #1 World Ranking, displacing Don Ward after a 7 week run.  Pieszchala's win moved him into a tie for 4th in all-time Go Blue dollars with Brian Lardin. Pieszchala's win is his 4th on Tour in 91 starts. His 4 wins have come in pairs, two at the Go Blue and two at the CCool Open.


Puffenberger Wins Her Tournament (Again)
July 30, 2023 Huntington Woods at Rackham GC
Big Win for Puff
Helen Puffenberger seems to often funnel the emotion of her sponsored Tour event into superior play. This year she matched her 2019 victory by pressing to a big lead and then holding on for a 1 shot win at 4 under par 68.  Mike Prieskorn took 2nd at 3 under par also 68 as the men's par was 71 and women's 72. Gregg Nothdurft tied Chris Stalo and Scott Wilsey for 3rd at 1 under par 70. On course prizes went to Don Jones, the younger better looking Kiekbush and someone claiming to be the younger, sexy, mesmerizing Kiekbush. We're waiting for ruling on that last one.  Gary Thomas earned the East Skins Game invitation. Notables: Jeff Pasz had 28 putts, Nothdurft 26 and Prieskorn led the field with an impressive 24 putts. Nothdurft hit 10 fairways while Jones led with 11. John Raymond holed out from the fairway for an eagle on a hole that owed him from last year. Wilsey logged his 10th Tour 3rd place finish and joined the millenium club with over $1000 in career earnings. Puffenberger got her 60th Tour Top-4 finish and moved to 4th in all-time Caddyshack winnings with her 8th Tour win in her 234th start.

Charity success
A late donation rounded off the money raised for Pompe disease research at $1000.


Kline Validates
July 29, 2023 Monroe at Carrington GC
2nd win!
Noah Kline found his game and made few mistakes on the day to take a solid 5 shot win at the Carrington Classic with a 5 under par 67. Noah gets his 2nd win of the year after taking the Tin Cup in April. Chris Stalo took 2nd at Even par 72, while David Martin tied Mike Attard for third.  On course prizes went to the Klipster, Martin, Gregg Nothdurft and "Pin" Lardin. Notables: Stalo and Chuck Withey led the field with 30 putts. This was Stalo's 10th Top-4 finish of his career.  Withey became the 6th player in Tour history with 300 starts. Helen Puffenberger hit 10 fairways, Rick Floyd hit 11, Ken Westerman hit 12, but David Martin went 14 of 14 for an amazing 3rd time in his career. Even more wow is his first 2 accomplishments were in 2005 and 2007, 18 and 16 years ago!   Young Kline jumps 13 spots in the World Rankings to crack the top 50 at #49. His 2nd Tour win in his 9th start puts him in a unique club with Chris Gabriel as players with multiple wins being there only Top-4 finishes. 

Gabriel is Double Ugly
July 23, 2023 Salem Twp at Braeburn GC
2 time Ugly
Chris Gabriel took his 2nd win of the year and backed up last year's Ugly Pants with a come-from-behind gem. Gabriel hung around all day while player after player traded the lead, he then birdied 4 of this last 5 holes to for a pretty rally to take the lead on the 18th hole. Tom W Litzler was hot again on the weekend and birdied the 17th to make exciting in the clubhouse. Litzler settled for 2nd place the 2nd day in a row with a 2 over par 72. Greg Kline took 3rd at 3 over par and Chuck Withey was 4th at 4 over par. On course prizes went to Jeff Pasz and sharpshooter Eric Kiekbusch. The West Skins Game invitation also went to Pasz. Mike Giesser was a worthy winner of the Ugly Pants Contest.  Notables: Scott Wilsey made his 200th Tour start. Mike Fox led the field with 31 putts. Jeff Cubel and Helen Puffenberger led with 10 fairways. Commissioner McCue and Greg Paddison tied with 11 greens hit. Kline moved to 4th in all-time Ugly Pants winnings while Litzler moved to 3rd. Gabriel moved to 5th in Ugly winnings with his 3rd win in 15 Tour starts. Interestingly, he has 3 Top-4 finishes in his young career, all wins!



Rich Dunmore Takes Playoff
July 23, 2023 Shelby Twp at Stony Creek Metropark
3rd Win at Fifty Cent
Rich Dunmore took his 3rd Fifty Cent Title on Saturday. Rich jump started his round with an Albatross on the 3rd hole and took control with a front nine 32. But Old Tom Litzler eagled the 15th hole to catch Dunmore and send the event to a playoff.  In the playoff, on a tough Stony Creek green, Dunmore held par thru the 4 holes while Litzler was not able to recover from leaving a putt millimeters short on the 2nd hole. Tim Markel, Eric Kiekbusch and Tournament Co-Sponsor Barb Hoelzle tied for 3rd. On course prizes went to Co-Sponsor Tom Hoelzle and Kiekbusch, who got as close to the pin as you can get on #7 with a hole-in-one!  Notables: Litzler led the field with 28 putts and 11 fairways and moved to 5th in all-time Fifty Cent winnings. Helen Puffenberger led with 11 greens and hit 10 fairways and finished in the money to keep our 4th place in all-time FC winnings.  Rich notched his 17th Tour Win, 3rd by playoff, in his 323rd start. He passed Joe Brandenburg for 1st in all-time Fifty Cent winnings and, interestingly, trails Willi Hesse in the 2023 East Division money standings by....50 cents.


Erik Kiekbusch Gets an ACE!
ACE
Erik Kiekbusch used a 6 iron on the 164 yard #7 to record is first lifetime Ace and the 2nd of this season on Tour. The cheers were heard across the course.



Charity Check
For the first time, The Mulligan Tour, thru the efforts of Co-Sponsor and former OU player Barb Hoelzle, sponsored the Oakland University Women's Golf Program with the Fifty Cent Fundraiser. A good first effort of $1400 was raised.
Thank you!
And thank you
Another thank you



Crazy Dunmore Dominates
July 16, 2023 Livonia at Whispering Willows
2nd of 3
Chris Dunmore Loves the Crazy Brit. Or maybe he loves Whispering Willows. Either way, he shot a tidy 30 on the back nine to accumulate a bucket of Stableford points including an eagle on the 17th to put a bow tie on his 2nd Crazy Brit win. His 41 points topped Dave Oliver's 37 who finished 2nd. Mike Geisser and Chuck Withey edged out the field with 33 points for 3rd.  6 golfers were within a birdie of tying them.  On course prize went to Tom W Litzler and Gregg Nothdurft earned the Skins Game invitation. Notables: John Raymond led the field with 29 putts. Withey notched his 20th 3rd place finish on Tour. Commissioner Kline and Litzler both finished in the money to remain 3rd and 4th in all-time Crazy Brit winnings. Chris Dunmore got into the event as 1st alternate after a late scratch. He registered minutes ahead of the 2nd alternate. Dunmore took his 2nd Crazy Brit win and with 4 other top 4 finishes in the event, he moves to #1 in all-time Crazy winnings. It is his 3rd Tour win in 183 starts. 

Graunke is Record Big Dog
July 15, 2023 Waterford at Pontiac Country Club
Record winner
Jeff Graunke admitted to taking coaching after his Big Dog record win Saturday. Wondrous what a few good tips will do as Graunke shot and 8 under 64 that would have won with any pro partner in the field. Fortunately Jeff had Tom Kim who boosted him to 2nd place 1 shot back on Friday. Jeff played a bogey free round including a front nine 31 to take charge early and not look back.  Helen Puffenberger made a late charge, birdieing 3 of the last 4 holes to finish in 2nd at 8 under aggregate with her Pro, also Tom Kim. John Ferlito took 3rd at 7 under par combined and Chuck Withey tied with Ron Hiestand for 4th at 5 under par combined scores. On course prizes went to Bill Gordon and Erika Fitzpatrick.  Notables: Mike Lee hit 10 greens, John Raymond completed his 200th career Tour start and Hiestand padded his all-time lead in Big Dog winnings. Graunke won his 2nd consecutive start and set a record low combined score of 129 and tied the event mark at 13 under par combined. He got his 20th career Top-4 finish with his 4th career win in a milestone 100th start.




2023 Big Dog Pro Results    


July 15, 2023 at Pontiac Country Club    



Scottish Open Championship Best


Tour (Par = 70) Score
1 Thom Hoelzle Rory McIlroy Shane Lowry -6
2 John Ferlito Rory McIlroy Scottie Scheffler -5
2 Bill Gordon Tommy Fleetwood Scottie Scheffler -5
2 Jeff Graunke Tom Kim Rickie Fowler -5
2 Barb Hoelzle Justin Thomas Scottie Scheffler -5
2 Jeff Pasz Scottie Scheffler Matt Fitzpatrick -5
2 Helen Puffenberger Tom Kim Rickie Fowler -5
2 Chris Stalo Jordan Speith Scottie Scheffler -5
2 Chuck Withey Rory McIlroy Scottie Scheffler -5
10 Joe Brandenburg Rory McIlroy Max Homa -4
10 Rich Dunmore Rory McIlroy Matt Fitzpatrick -4
10 Erika Fitzpatrick Rory McIlroy Matt Fitzpatrick -4
10 Willi Hesse Rory McIlroy Rickie Fowler -4
10 Ron Hiestand Rory McIlroy Davis Riley -4
10 Erik Kiekbusch Rory McIlroy Max Homa -4
10 Jeff Klipa Rory McIlroy Byeong Hun An -4
10 Tom Litzler Rory McIlroy Tommy Fleetwood -4
10 John Raymond Rory McIlroy Matt Fitzpatrick -4
10 Gary Thomas Rory McIlroy Tommy Fleetwood -4
10 Dave Oliver Rory McIlroy Justin Rose -4
11 Mike Lee Thorbjorn Olesen Matt Fitzpatrick -2
12 Ken Westerman Will Gordon Davis Riley -1


Lardin Wins With Heavy Lift
July 9, 2023 at Huron Meadows
3 time Major winner
Brian Lardin played the most holes of the 16 starters and was rewarded with an extra hole win in the Match Play Championship. Erika Fitzpatrick was runner-up and Greg Kline topped Ryan Kiekbusch in the consolation match for 3rd. Kline added to his all-time lead in Match Play winnings while defending champ David Martin remained 2nd all-time with a T-9 finish. #1 seed Corey McCue also finished T-9 to move into 3rd in all-time MP winnings. Lardin played under par golf on the middle holes of all his matches and then hung on for the wins. Fitzpatrick made a dramatic run, winning the last 3 holes of the championship match only to fall short on the extra hole. Lardin gets his 10th Tour win and 3rd Major title in his 143rd start.


Match Play Day 1
July 8, 2023 at Huron Meadows

The early thought was there would be a lot of close matches on Day 1 at the Match Play, but surprisingly only 2 of the first 8 made it to the 18th green. And only 2 of the 2nd round matches. When the dust settled Erika Fitzpatrick, Ryan Kiekbusch, Greg Kline and Brian Lardin made it thru to Day 2. Lardin had the heaviest lift with his first match going extra holes and his 2nd finishing on 18. 5th place finishers were Jeff Pasz, Rich Dunmore, Scott Wilsey, and Tyler Floyd.  Corey McCue, Chris Stalo, David Martin salvaged 9th place finishes.


Graunke Strong at Red White and Blue
July 2, 2023 Taylor at Taylor Meadows GC
Winner
Jeff Graunke built a solid lead with 7 birdies thru 14 holes at Taylor Meadows and eased to a 3 shot victory. His 4 under par 68 led Gregg Nothdurft and Chris Stalo who tied for 2nd at 1 under par 71.  A four way tie for 4th at Even par included Chuck Withey, Rod Theunissen, Eric Kiekbusch and Mike Geisser. On course prizes went to Graunke, Ron Hiestand, Tom Mulhern and 'Tuna' Theunissen. Withey and Tuna led the field with 28 putts. Eric Kiekbusch hit 10 greens and Nancy Hiestand hit 11 fairways. Tom Moran posted his 300th Tour start. He is the 5th Tour player to reach that milestone!  Mike Geisser may have set a Tour first with TWO Albatrosses in one round!  This is Graunke's 3rd Tour win in his 99th start and he moves to 4th in all-time Red White and Blue winnings.

Charity Check
Winner Jeff Graunke accepts the check for Folds of Honor on behalf of event sponsor Greg Kline.



Floyd Foils McCue's Bid at History
June 25, 2023 Brighton at Huron Meadows GC
Cool Winner
Tyler Floyd dropped a walk-off ace on the final playoff hole to close out Corey McCue's bid to be a weekend three-peat winner. Earlier Floyd went out in 31 to get the event lead, but McCue came back with an albatross on the 13th hole and a final hole birdie to tie Tyler at 4 under par 68. Ryan Kiekbusch and Rich Dunmore tied for 3rd at 3 under par 69. The Cooley plethora of on course prizes went to Tom Moran, McCue and a pair to Kevin "Kenny G" Gregoire including a nice shot to a tucked pin on #15 for a birdie. Tom W. Litzler and Eric Kiekbusch led the field with 30 putts. Tyler Floyd hit 11 fairways to lead that stat. Ron Hiestand hit ten as did Bill Gordon in an otherwise forgettable day. McCue hit 12 greens and moves to #1 in all-time C Cool winnings. Floyd is now 1-0 in his first playoff appearance. Tyler gets his 5th Tour win in his 76th start.

Record donation
The C Cool Open raised one of the largest Tour donations ever for the Jimmy V Foundation



McCue Wins 2nd day in Row
June 24, 2023 Livonia at Fox Creek GC
2 win weekend
Corey McCue and Eric Birkle came from 2 shots down after their pro's rounds to tie for first at the Quad Tour Challenge. McCue then played solid par golf in the playoff to take the title by 1 shot. Jeff Klipa had low round of the day to move up to 3rd place and Chris Stalo, Helen Puffenberger and Day 1 leader Mike Geisser tied for 4th.  On Course prizes went to John Raymond and Gregg Nothdurft and Mr. Sunshine, the Klipster, earned the Central Division Skins Game invitation.  John Ferlito led the field with 31 putts. Birkle hit 10 greens and moved to 5th in all-time Quad Tour winnings while the Klipster finished in the money to widen his all-time winnings lead.  McCue gets win #12 in start 136. He now heads to the C Cool with a chance at the Tour's first 3-peat weekend.


Quad Tour Challenge Pro-Partner Results
Geisser and Noah Kline have early lead
June 23, 2023 Various sites

1 Mike Geisser 198
2 Noah Kline 199
3 Eric Birkle 200
4 Corey McCue 200
5 Nancy Hiestand 204
6 Chris Stalo 204
7 Greg Kline 204
8 Tom Moran 205
9 Helen Puffenberger 205
10 Chuck Withey 205
11 Jeff Klipa 205
12 Gregg Nothdurft 206
13 John Ferlito 207
14 Willi Hesse 208
15 Rick Floyd 209
16 John Raymond 212
17 Ron Hiestand 216
18 Eric Kiekbusch 216

McCue Wins First Shot at Shootout
June 23, 2023 Madison Heights at Red Oaks GC
1st win in first try
Corey McCue took the Red Oaks Shootout Friday in his first time playing the event. Corey made the Shootout on the number in the preliminary round with a T-4 2 over par. He then came from behind with an ace on the final Shootout hole to nip Rich Dunmore and Mike Prieskorn by 1 point, 15 to 14. Ron Hiestand took 4th with 13 points.  Helen Puffenberger, who tied Dunmore for medalist in the prelim at Even par, finished out of the money in the Shootout. On course prizes went to Chris "Slappy" Dunmore and Tom W Litzler.  Ryan Kiekbusch led the prelim round in putting and Prieskorn and Puffenberger each hit 6 greens in the prelim. Rich Dunmore moved to solo 2nd in all-time Shootout winnings. Ryan Kiekbusch also made his 50th Tour start. McCue got his 11th Tour win in his 135th start.

Ward Sweeps The Weekend
June 18, 2023 Brownstown at Lake Erie Metropark
Double winner
Don Ward must have a little like justice was served with his victory at the Senior Open on Sunday at Lake Erie Metropark.  In 2020 on the same course he had a record setting day only to finish 2nd. This time 3 birdies in the first 11 holes built a lead that could not be overcome and he coasted in at 1 under par 71.  Greg Kline took 2nd at even par 72 in is first time in the Senior event. Ken Westerman tied Rick Floyd for 3rd. Ward also took the on course prize and John Raymond earned the All Star Skins Game invitation.  Kline, Eric Kiekbusch and Scott Wilsey all tied with 29 putts. Westerman hit 13 fairways and Rick Floyd had 10. Rod Theunissen hit 11 greens and bagged an Albatross on the 4th hole. Don Ward moved to 2nd in all time Senior Open winnings, and hit 15 greens which ties for 2nd in Tour history.  His 7th win in 63 starts and big weekend rockets him solidly into #1 in the World Rankings as the Match Play Championship approaches. 


Ward First 2-Time Holder of the Grail
June 17, 2023 Ypsilanti at Washtenaw GC
Ward Wins 2nd Grail
Don Ward captured the Holy Grail for the 2nd time Saturday with a come-from-behind victory. He jump started a 3 birdie rally with a chip in on the Par 3 14th hole to overtake Eric Kiekbusch and post a 6 under par 66 and 1 shot win.  Greg Kline tied for 3rd with Tyler Floyd and Jeff Cubel at 71 1 under par. On course prizes went to Scott Wilsey and "Kenny G" Kevin Gregoire. Willi Hesse earned the West Skins Game invitation. Dave Oliver led the field with 10 greens hit. Ward's chip in contributed to a Tour record tying 24 putt performance. Don moves to #1 in all-time Holy Grail winnings, becoming the first player to win the Grail twice. He also moves into the top 50 in Tour Career Winnings. It is Don's 6th Tour win in 62 starts.

Major Markel Back in HPO Winner Circle
June 10-11, 2023 Monroe at Sandy Creek
7th Major
Tim "Major" Markel revisited the winners circle at the Harbour Pointe Open 11 years after his first Major victory in the 2012 HPO. He played consistent golf both days of the event with an opening round 2 under par 70 to take the lead and an even par final round to keep that score for the win. 2021 champ Mike Prieskorn rallied on day 2 to take 2nd place. Corey McCue took 3rd at 3 over par. Ken Westerman, John Ferlito and 2 time winner Brian Lardin tied for 4th at 4 over par. Day 1 on course prize went to Ken Westerman and Tom Moran earned the All Star Skins Game invite. Notables: Westerman had the low round of the tournament with a 68 on Sunday to move up 12 places. Lardin moves to #1 in all-time HPO winnings and Markel moves to 4th.  Chris Stalo holds on to the #1 World Ranking by decimals over Corey McCue and Willi Hesse holds onto the #1 spot in the Money Standings. Markel gets his 11th Tour win in his 287th start. This is his 7th Major victory, tying him with Jeff Klipa and David Martin for 3rd most Majors won.



Puff Get 2nd Win in Three Years at the 54
June 9, 2023 Plymouth at The Strategic Fox
2 time winner
Helen Puffenberger got her 2nd Par 54 victory and 3rd win on The Strategic Fox course Friday. A final hole birdie secured a 1 under par 53 and a 2 shot win over Erika Fitzpatrick. Tyler Floyd took 3rd at 4 over par and Kevin Gregoire, Willi Hesse and Barb Hoelzle tied for 4th at 5 over par. On course prizes went to Chuck Withey, John Lennane, Kevin Gregoire, Fitzpatrick and Corey McCue. Notables: Hesse earned his 10th 4th place finish of his Tour career. The top 3 in all time Par 54 winnings, Jeff Klipa, David Martin and Hoelzle all finished in the money again.  The win is Puffenberger's 7th in 222 career starts.


Another Record Setting Day at ESCC
June 4, 2023 Troy at Sanctuary Lake
1st Win!
Grant Goodspeed broke thru in a big way for his 1st Tour win at the East Side Charity Classic. He strung 7 birdies and an eagle, including a final hole birdie to tie the event record and set a Sanctuary Lake course record of 7 under par 64. Chuck With continued his hot play to finish 2nd at 2 under par 69. Kevin Gregoire finished 3rd at Even par and Greg Paddison tied with Mike Lee for 4th at 1 over par 72. On course prize went to Brian Lardin and sharp shooting Greg Paddison earned the Skins Game invite, except he already has an invite, so it will roll over to a future East event. Notables: Goodspeed and Tom Carroll led with 29 putts, Goodspeed hit 10 greens and Gregoire and Withey hit 10 fairways. Paddison moves into 2nd in all-time East Side CC winnnigs while Withey extends his lead in money won for the event.  Goodspeed shot a front nine 30 to take charge early and get is 1st win in his 32nd Tour start.



Moran Birdies Final Hole to Hold off Record Setter
June 3, 2023 Farmington Hills GC
Final winner?
Wily Veteran Tom Moran birdied the final hole Saturday to hold of a record setting performance by rookie sensation Zach Palmer. Moran went bogey free over his first 15 holes to take the lead. But on a course that is always known for low scores, Zach Palmer eagled the 14th hole (his 15th) and finished at 4 under net on a Tour record 65 gross score. Moran was finally bit by the bogey badger on the 12th and 13th, but rallied for that final birdie on the 14th (his 18th) to take the prize. Chuck Withey took 3rd with a 3 under par 68 and Jeff Pasz tied with Old Tom Litzler for 4th. On course prizes went to Scott Wilsey and Ned Loving who broke the Klipster's heart. Notables: Litzler led the field with 27 putts and 10 fairways, Greg Paddison hit 11 greens while Moran, Ryan Kiekbusch and Shane Witowski had 10.  Paddison finished in the money and moved to 3rd in all-time RJMO winnings.  Palmer's performance included hitting 16 of 18 greens which is also a Tour Record, topping Corey McCue's record by 19 hours. His Gross score tops Don Ward's previous record of 69, set at the 2020 Senior Open. For Moran, this is his 7th Tour win in his 295th start.

Another big day.
With rumors swirling that this could be the last Reatha Jackson Memorial Open due to family members gradually scattering across the country for warmer climates, the event topped the $10,000 mark in all time donations to the Alzhiemer's Association at $10,295 raised!



Rinse and Repeat at Fox Hunt
June 2, 2023 Plymouth at The Strategic Fox
Wins again!
Corey McCue dominated from the pole position at the Fox Hunt Friday. Starting in the Commissioner's traditional first group, McCue was dart throwing all day, hitting 15 of 18 greens to tie the Tour record. His performance included 8 of 9 greens hit on the back nine to post an event record 70 points. One might think it was over at that point, but Erika Fitzpatrick hit 9 greens in a row thru the middle holes to gradually accumulate points. But Erika couldn't convert on the tough 17th hole and finished 2nd with an outstanding 65 points. Tyler Floyd was 3rd at 62 points and Mike Attard tied Ryan Kiekbusch for 4th with 57 points.  Floyd hit an impressive 14 greens while Fitzpatrick total 12 and Kiekbusch and Helen Puffenberger tallied 11. Notables: Scott Freude booked his 100th Tour start and Eric Birkle led the field with 27 putts.  This is Corey's 3rd Fox Hunt title and 2nd in a row and moves him into double digits in Tour wins with 10 in 131 starts. McCue's 70 points tops the previous event record set in 2020 by Brian Lardin of 69 points.


Chuck Takes the White Ribbon
May 27, 2023 South Lyon at Cattails GC
White Ribbon
Chuck Withey played steady, strategic and inspired to take his first Strokes on a Rope title Saturday. He led the field with best score on the back nine to bring the title home at 1 under par 71. Eric Birkle was 2nd at 1 over par 73. Greg Kline and Rick Floyd tied for 3rd at 4 over par 76. On course prizes went to Tyler Floyd and Kevin Gregoire. Tyler also earned the invitation to the West Skins Game. Notables: Ken Westerman hit 13 fairways. Ned Loving hit 10 greens and Kline made the best use of his string, carding only 20 putts. Withey earns his 15th Tour victory in his 283rd start to tie for 8th in all-time Tour wins with Gregoire and Chris Cooley.


The Passage of Time
May 21, 2023
We make note of our friend Chris Cooley who passed away from brain cancer in late summer 2021. This weekend marks his statistical exit from our World Rankings. A melancholy moment for those of us who keep the stats.  He played his final Tour event at the Dudlee's Plymouth Open two years ago, finishing 'in the money' in 8th place. Chris had fond ties to the Casino Classic as well being a three-peat winner of the event after losing a playoff there his rookie year.  Chris' final round of golf was on Memorial Day 2021. A few of his tour friends are gathering this Memorial Day to play a round and drink a beverage in Chris' honor.
Here's to finishing in the money Chris.

Gabriel gets Playoff Payoff at Casino
May 21, 2023 Oakland at Twin Lakes
2 time winner
Chris Gabriel was almost overtaken by a hard charging Greg Paddison who posted 2 birdies and an eagle in the last 4 holes to pass Gabriel and finish at 4 under par 67. But Gabriel got a 16th hole birdie of his own to match Paddison and send the Casino to a Playoff. Gabriel got a rare uncontested playoff win as Paddison was unable to continue extra play. Willi Hesse took 3rd at 2 under par 69 and moved to 3rd in all-time Casino winnings. Mike Lum took 4th at Even par 71. On course prizes went to Zach Palmer and John Raymond. Casino prizes went to Helen Puffenberger, Ron Hiestand, Grant Goodspeed, Barb Hoelzle, Paul Parent and Chuck Withey. Notables: Budding rookie star Zach Palmer hit 13 greens to finish in the money. Eric Birkle and Ryan Kiekbusch hit 10 greens on the day. Mike Lee led the field with 10 Fairways hit. Paddison led with 28 putts. Chris Gabriel gets his 2nd Tour win in 14 starts and vaults into the top 50 of the World Rankings at 43rd.

Raymond Prevails in Playoff

May 20, 2023 Plymouth at Fox Hills
Raymond is Back
John Raymond ran home a birdie putt on the 6th playoff hole to take home the Dudlee's Plymouth Open trophy. Runner up Ned Loving previously missed a birdie putt by a fraction the would have ended it. The playoff featured several "Oh's" from the crowd on near misses. Both players finished regulation at 1 under par 69 with Loving posting first and Raymond matching with a 18th hole par a group later. The final four holes on the Lakes nine felt like a Talledaga NACAR finish with contenders wrecking all over the place. If only we played with walls instead of trees. Chris Dunmore took third, surviving the carnage at 2 over par 72 and Bill Gordon tied Chuck Withey for 4th at 3 over par 73. Jeff Klipa took home two on course prizes, Eric Birkle took the 3rd and Eric Kiekbusch won a random draw for the 4th as no skills were displayed at the 11th hole (Lakes #2). Notables: Bill Gordon posted his 10th 4th place finish of his Tour career. The top 3 in the World Rankings all finished tied for 6th. Jeff Pasz also tied for 6th and his 'in the money' finish takes him to 3rd in all-time Dudlee's winnings.  John Raymond moves his playoff record to 4 -2 while Ned drops to 0-2. Raymond led the field with 28 putts and jumps up 9 spots in the World Rankings to #28. John also moves into the top 20 in Tour wins with his 8th in 192 starts. His first place check moves him into the select group of players with over $1000 in career winnings.  The 18th in the 25 years of Tour history. 

Near record
The Tour raised a near record $650 for Leader Dogs for the Blind on Saturday, missing the 2011 record for money raised in this event by $5



Hiestand's Patience Rewarded
May 13, 2023 at Cherry Creek GC
2nd Hiestand winner
Ron Hiestand posted a 3 under par 69 early on Saturday at Cherry Creek, then waited paitently for his cherry pie to bake. Sure enough, when the final putt dropped the mid round leaders had faded and Ron took the victory. Almost overshadowing Ron's fine round was 2nd place Willi Hesse who logged the Tour's first Hole in One in 2 years on his way to a 2 under par 70. Scott Wilsey took 3rd and Tom Moran tied Gary Thomas tied for 4th. Wilsey's consolation was moving into 1st in all-time Cherry Creek winnings. Hesse logged his 10th 2nd place finish on Tour. On course prizes went to Thomas and Ryan Kiekbusch. Ron got his 7th Tour win in his 130th start and moves to 4th in all-time Cherry Creek winnings.  Ron said the best part of his win was that his son Sam's name is also on the trophy!


Hesse Plants an Ace at Cherry Creek
Ace
Willi Hesse aced the 15th hole at
Cherry Creek. His PW from 104 yards was right at the pin. He thought it was in, and when the group got to the green and there were only 3 balls in sight, the feat was confirmed. This is the first ace on Tour since 2021.


Ferlito & Hesse Charge to Memorial Win
May 6, 2023 at Links at Gateway GC
Major winners
Willi Hesse and John Ferlito shot 5 under par on the back nine to charge to the lead at The Memorial. A final hole birdie locked in the win and kept the chasers at bay. Father-Son team of Rick and Tyler Floyd took 2nd at 2 under par 70. A gaggle tied for 3rd at 1 under par 71 including vets Mike Prieskorn/Jeff Klipa, the brothers Parent Paul and Phil, and the ringer team of Greg Paddison/Zach Palmer. Thom Bales partnered with Tom Hollander for their 2nd year in a row as low amatuers.  On course prizes went th Ron Hiestand and Tim Markel.  Klipa posted some career notables: This was his 100th career Top-4 finish, 20th time finishing 3rd in a Tour event, and he moved to 4th all-time in Memorial winnings.  Ferlito becomes the 22nd Tour player to make a Major his first Tour win in his 27th start. Hesse lands his 3rd Career Major title with his 6th Tour win in 227 starts.

Pasz takes Chelsea on Last Hole
April 30, 2023 at Calderone Farms
Pasz Wins 7th.
Jeff Pasz came to the 18th tee in the final group of the day needing a birdie to win. He met the challenge. Brian Lardin and Tom Moran previously posted 1 over par 73 scores, but their playoff hopes were dashed with Pasz' birdie putt to finish Even Par 72.  Don Ward and Helen Puffenberger tied John Raymond for 4th place. On course prizes went to Raymond and World #1 Chris Stalo. Notables: Jeff Cubel posted his 50th Tour start. Lardin landed his 10th 2nd place finish on Tour. Tom Moran moved to T-3 in all-time Chelsea Classic winnings, topped only by Jeff Klipa and Old Tom Litzler. This is Jeff's 7th Tour win in 209 starts.

A New Kline Wins Tin Cup
April 29, 2023 at Hickory Creek GC
!st Win
Noah Kline broke thru for his first Tour win in only his 4th Tour start at the Tin Cup. Noah had a great day at Hickory Creek, posting a 5 under par 67 and topping John Raymond's 2nd place 2 under par. Rod Theunissen and Father Greg Kline tied for 4th at 1 under par 71. The elder Kline posted his 20th 3rd place finish on Tour. On course prize went to Erik Kiekbusch and Mike Lum earned the Skins Game invitation. Don Ward and Ned Loving led the field with 29 putts. Brian Lardin hit 12 fairways. Noah Kline posted the first Albatross of the year on the 14th hole to go with an eagle and 6 birdies to cruze home. His 5 under par score is the lowest in this event in 19 years. He is the 2nd player to gain his 1st Tour win this year. As Jim Nance says, "Life Changing".

Food Bank a winner too.
Tour sends check to Gleaner's Food Bank


Klaus is back!
April 23, 2023 at Fieldstone GC
Winner again!
Klaus Juska returned to the winner's circle Sunday after fighting injury for 10 years, taking home the Sparty Classic in a playoff.  Klaus saved par on the 18th hole to match Ken Westerman at 2 over par 74. In the playoff, Juska was 1 stoke better over the tough 4 hole aggregate track. Chuck Withey, Greg Paddison, and Tom Hoelzle all tied for 3rd at 3 over par 75, all three finding a welcome revival of their games. Notables: Kevin Gregoire logged his 200th career Tour start. Scott Wilsey led the field with 29 putts. Juska is now 2-0 in playoffs and notched his 5th Tour win in 77 starts and moves into 3rd in all-time Sparty winnings.  The 10 year gap between Klaus' wins is one short of the tour record of 11 held by Dan Schwartz.


Justin SSSSSSSSSSSuceeds to get First Win
April 22, 2023 at Salem Hills
1st win!
Justin McCue posted a 2 under par 70 with a birdie on the 18th hole at Salem Hills. He waited it out until Pat Berry also posted a birdie to tie and send the Animal House to a playoff. In the playoff they tied at par until the 3rd hole when McCue got bit by a snake. Unfortunately for Berry he got stopped by an Anaconda. McCue took the playoff by 1 stroke for his 1st Tour win in 18 starts. Brother Corey McCue took 3rd at 1 under par. Jeff Pasz and Brian Pieszchala tied for 4th at 1 over par. Corey McCue led the field with 13 greens hit and his winnings pushed him into the $1000 winnings club for his career. Justin had 5 birdies and an eagle in his winning effort.

Zoo man
Scott Wilsey took the Zoo Animal Playoff

In spirited Zoo Animal Playoff Kevin Gregoire birdied the first hole, but Scott Wilsey held serve at par throughout for the lead and Brian Pieszchala birdied the 4th hole to tie him. Wilsey took the prize on the 2nd sudden death playoff hole. 




Brandenburg Back to Winner's Circle at Sweet Sixteen
April 16, 2023 Rochester Hills at Blackheath GC
Sweet Winner
Joe Brandenburg opened with 6 birdies in 10 holes to set the pace and cruise home to his 2nd career Sweet Sixteen win. He posted a 6 under par, the same has his first win in 2014 when he bested Charlie Roy in a playoff. Jeff Graunke and Willi Hesse tied for 2nd and East Commissioner Rich Dunmore tied Scott Wilsey for 4th. It was the 20th 4th place finish for Dunmore in his career and Bill Gordon made his 200th Tour start Sunday. Brandenburg landed his 7th Tour win in his 153rd Tour start and moved to 2nd on the all-time Sweet Sixteen money list behind the late great Chris Cooley.





McCue Downs 3rd Pine View Title
April 15, 2023 Ypsilanti at Pine View GC
McCue get 3rd Win for 2 in a Row
Corey McCue became the first 3-time winner of the Pine View Classic on Saturday. On one of the better weather days in memory for the season opener, Corey posted 6 birdies and an eagle while hitting 13 greens to post a 4 under par 68 for a 4 shot win over Mike Fox and Ryan Kiekbusch. Ned Loving took 4th at 2 over par in his 150th Tour start. Corey's 9th Tour win (123 starts) was also his 40th Top 4 Finish on Tour and moved him to 2nd in all-time money earned at the Pine View Classic. He joins an exclusive club of 3 players who have won the Runny Nose Open and come back to win the season opener the following year, the others being John Raymond and Kevin Gregoire.

Charity Check
The Pine View Classic raised $900 for the
Rollin' with the Homies Make-a-Wish Team

Q-School Recap
April 2, 2023

Despite a great effort by the players who switched courses in order to get the round in, the weather just would not cooperate on Saturday and QS-1 was lost.
So on Sunday QS1 2.0 did take place at Whispering Willows. Rookie Tom Carroll took medalist with a tidy 79, hitting 9 greens. Zach Palmer was right behind with an 80. Chris Trevisan and Phil Parent Jr. got their seasons underway.
Ned Loving took medalist honors for the vets with a strong start and good finish to score 1 under par with 7 birdies. Jeff Pasz shot even par and Kevin Gregoire, Mike Lum and Ken Westerman finished 2 over par. Kevin led the field with 29 putts for the day. Lum had 2 eagles and Westerman hit 12 fairways.

 

11/5/2023 The Mulligan Tour LLC