Michigan PGA Championship To Be Hosted At Egypt Valley Country Club

The 94th and 95th Michigan PGA Professional Championships will be held at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Michigan.

The championship will be played on the club’s Valley and Ridge courses, which were designed by Arthur Hills.

The 2015 tournament is scheduled for August 17 - 19. IT will feature 140 Michigan PGA Professionals in a 54 hole event. The top finishers qualify for the PGA Professional National Championship and a chance at a Major—thePGA Championship.

Scott Hebert, recently named the head professional at Traverse City Country Club, is the defending champion and expected to return to defend his title. He has won the championship seven times since 2006, just two short of the record nine won by Michigan golf legend Al Watrous. Brian Cairns of Fox Hills in Plymouth, the 2013 champion, and Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson, the 2010 champion, are also expected in the field at Egypt Valley.

The PGA Professional Championship dates to 1922 and past champions include Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Jimmy Demaret, Chick Harbert, Horton Smith, John Barnum, Marvin Stahl, Randy Erskine, Buddy Whitten and Lynn Janson, all Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members.

  Egypt Valley also hosted the Michigan Amateur Championship in 1994 and will again in 2017. The 1994 Amateur was won by Brian Atkinson of Cassopolis, then a University of Illinois golfer, who beat Egypt Valley member Kurt Hassberger in the championship match. The Michigan Women’s Amateur has been played at the club twice (1996 and 2007). Then EVCC member Stacy Slobodnik (Stoll), who is now the head women’s golf coach at Michigan State University, won in 1996 and Laura Bavaird of Grosse Ile won in 2007.

The Michigan PGA Professional Championship will be presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade-adidas, Ashworth Golf and the PGA Tour.  Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA will be the tournament director.

March 5, 2015 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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Just 15 Days Until Spring

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Bad Children Make The Seasons Change

I have of late been inspired by my students to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird , Harper Lee’s clasic, which many of them are tackling as part of a literature class assignment.

I have enjoyed the read. Much is familiar, but there are many passages which have new meaning to me thirty-plus years after my first reading.

One of those is not nearly as “meaningful” as funny. As I sit here in frozen, snow-bound Michigan, I got a chuckle at the story of the freak snow storm that hit Maycomb, Alabama. Scout initially fears that it is a sign of the apocalypse:

The next morning I awoke, looked out of the window and nearly died of fright. My screams brought Atticus from his bathroom half shaven.

“The world’s endin’, Atticus! Please do something—“

I dragged him to the window and pointed.

“No, it’s not,” he said. “It’s snowing”

Then later

Jem hopped across the front yard. I followed in his tracks. When we were on the sidewalk in front of Miss Maudie’s, Mr. Avery accosted us. He had a big pink face and a big stomach below his belt.

“See what you’ve done?” he said “Hasn’t snowed in Maycomb since Appomattox. It’s bad children like you make the seasons change.”

So there you have it: the underlying cause of climate instablity is ... bad children.

At this point, my career as a teacher and golfer is clear: I need to crack down on classroom discipline so the weather gods will look favorably upon me. Perhaps then this long winter will end and I can get back to the course.

March 5, 2015 |  Category: Books
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Real Tree Camouflage Cart Bag

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Real Tree Cart Bag

Don’t park this near the woods. You’ll never find your bag again.

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Golf After The Zombie Apocalypse

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Puerto Rico Open Past Winners and History

imageThe Puerto Rico Open is the first PGA Tour Tournament held in Puerto Rico, and it serves as an alternate tournament to the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

The Puerto Rico Open’s inaugural year was 2008, when it was presented by Banco Popular. Since 2011, it has been presented by seepuertorico.com and played at the Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico. The inaugural tournament was won by Greg Craft.

The Puerto Rico Open winner earns 300 FedEx Cup points, and 24 OWGR points (the WGC-Cadillac, played the same week, is worth 550/70-80)

As an alternate field event, the Puerto Rico Open generally does not attract big name players. It strikes me, though, as a good place for a journeyman player to make his name and secure his card.

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World Golf Championships- Cadillac Championship Tournament Notes 2015

imageDates: March 4-8, 2015
Where: The Blue Monster at Trump National Doral; Doral, Fla.
Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,481 yards

Who’s In The Field:

  • Total of 74 players, including the

    • Top 50 from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 23 and again on March 2
    • Top 30 from the final 2014 PGA TOUR FedExCup standings
    • Top 10 from the 2014-15 PGA TOUR FedExCup standings as of March 2
    • Top 20 from the final 2014 European Tour Order of Merit
    • Top 10 from the 2014 European Tour Order of Merit standings as of February 23
    • Top two players from:
    • 2014 Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit
    • 2014 Australasian Tour Order of Merit
    • 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit.

    How Patrick Reed won the 2014 Cadillac Championship

  • Patrick Reed entered the final round of the 2014 Cadillac Championship with a two-stroke lead over Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan, and carded a steady even-par 72 in the final round to capture his third victory and first World Golf Championships title.
  • At the age of 23 years, 7 months and 4 days, he became the youngest player to win a World Golf Championships event, bettering Tiger Woods’ mark set at the 1999 Bridgestone Invitational by 26 days.
  • It was just Reed’s second start in a World Golf Championships event. Reed’s 72-hole winning total of 4-under 284 is the highest since the inception of the Cadillac Championship in 1999.
  • The previous high was 278 (Tiger Woods at Valderrama in 1999 and at Doral in 2007).

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