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Eric Wohlfield Leads 2010 Order of Merit

October 5, 2010
Eric Wohlfield

The Michigan Players Tour would like to extend its appreciation to all of the players who participated in Tour events in 2010.

Eric Wohlfield of Brighton led the 2010 Michigan Players Tour Order of Merit, collecting 4 victories and winning $2,200.00 in 8 events. This was the second consecutive year he led the Order of Merit.

In addition to his success on Tour, Wohlfield had two other top finishes in Michigan events. In May, he was medalist at U.S. Open local qualifying at The Orchards G.C. in Washington, carding a 2 under par 70 in brutal conditions (wind, rain, and temperatures in the 40's). And in June, he finished T2 in the 2010 Michigan Open Championship, playing in the final group with winner Ryan Brehm.

In 8 competitive rounds, Wohlfield had a scoring average of 71.62.

During the 2010 season, the Tour conducted a total of 12 events, and paid out $8,225.00 in prize money. Overall, 39 different players participated during 2010. In the five seasons the Tour has been in operation, 50 events have been conducted, with 127 different players participating. Total prize money paid out during the four seasons was $48,120.00.

The complete list of money winners in 2010 is shown below.

2010 Michigan Players Tour
Order of Merit

Final Standings

Eric Wohlfield Brighton, MI
Joseph Kiss East Leroy, MI
Brian Cairns Waterford, MI
Greg Stefan Farmington Hills, MI
Jon Micoff Indian River, MI
Matt Lee Farmington, MI
Tom Leafstrand Ludington, MI
Anthony Dietz Highland, MI
Daniel Lim Cupertino, CA
Michael Murray White Lake, MI
Dave VanLoozen Farmington Hills, MI
Clayton Zwicker Ludington, MI
Robert Shaw Manchester, MI
Paul Wilson Grayling, MI
Matt Little Warren, MI
Jay Jurecic Caspian, MI
Eric Frishette Groveport, OH
Rob Lussenhop Brimley, MI
Jacob Leyrer Lansing, MI
  Total Prize Money Paid

Cairns’ 71 Secures Tour Championship

Defeats Joseph Kiss by two at Eagle Eye G.C.

September 27, 2010

Brian Cairns

Bath, Michigan – On a perfect autumn day – cloudy, cool, but calm – two time Michigan PGA Champion Brian Cairns of Waterford posted a solid, one under par 71 on the challenging, 7,318 yard Hawk Hollow Resort (Eagle Eye G.C.) in Bath to win the 2010 Michigan Players Tour Championship by two strokes over Joseph Kiss of East Leroy. It was only the second score under par ever posted in this event, which has been held at Eagle Eye G.C. for three of the last four years.

Cairns’ round started off with a flurry of birdies – at the 1st, 3rd, 4th holes. A bogey at five and another birdie at six left him with a three under par 33 on the front, and a three shot lead.

From then on, it was a case of battling the relentless Eagle Eye back nine, which has three par fours measuring over 440 yards and a replica of golf’s most infamous par three – the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass – which is an island out in the middle of a lake.

With bogeys at the 10th, 11th, and 13th holes, Cairns was back to level par, just one shot ahead of Kiss, who shot even on the front and had bogeyed the 11th. A string of pars for both players followed, but a birdie by Cairns on the 458 yard, par four 16th put him up by two going into 17. Both players negotiated the final two holes with pars, and the win was secured.

Eagle Eye G.C. is the centerpiece of the Hawk Hollow Resort in Bath, a suburb of Lansing, and is the home course of the Michigan PGA, whose headquarters overlook the first tee. The course was designed by Chris Lutzke in collaboration with Pete Dye.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.

Images From Eagle Eye
13th hole, 487 yards, par 4
16th Hole, 458 yards, Par 4
17th hole, 140 yards, par 3

Micoff Defeats Wohlfield In Playoff

True North Classic decided on first playoff hole

September 20, 2010

Jon Micoff

Harbor Springs, Michigan – On perhaps the most perfect day all summer, Jon Micoff of Indian River defeated 2010 Michigan Open runner up Eric Wohlfield of Brighton on the first playoff hole to win the True North Classic at the immaculate True North G.C. on September 20th.

In their last head to head meeting, Micoff and Wohlfield battled to a draw at the Gaylord Open, ultimately splitting first place money after three playoff holes. This theme continued at True North.

Tied through 16, Micoff rolled in a 10 footer for birdie at 17 to take a one shot lead going into the downhill, 572 yard, par five 18th.

Both players went for the green in two. Hitting first, Micoff pulled his approach and clipped a tree, but the ball kicked back into play short of the green. Wohlfield then hit a magnificent 3 wood onto the green, bending it some 50 yards around a cluster of trees directly in his line.

Micoff played his third from the rough approximately 50 yards out, but airmailed the green. He chipped poorly, leaving a 10 footer for par. Wohlfield then had an eagle putt from 35 feet to win, but he came up a couple feet short, and he tapped in his birdie putt to tie. Micoff then made his 10 footer in dramatic fashion to force the playoff. Both players shot even par 72.

The playoff was contested on the first hole, a 560 yard par 5. Again, both players went for the green in two, with the long hitting Micoff reaching with an iron and Wohlfield just short. Wohlfield chipped to about two and a half feet.

Micoff two putted for his birdie from about 40 feet, but Wohlfield lipped out, giving Micoff the title.

True North Golf Club is a fantastic Jim Engh design, set in the rolling hills approximately 6 miles north of Harbor Springs, one of Michigan’s most idyllic waterfront communities.

Images From True North
2nd hole, 473 yards, par 4
11th Hole, 365 yards, Par 4
18th hole, 572 yards, par 5

Wohlfield Wins Second Straight Title

Battle Creek Open is Wohlfield's fourth win this season

September 13, 2010

Eric Wohlfield
Augusta, Michigan -- On a gorgeous "chamber of commerce day"? in South Central Michigan, 2010 Michigan Open runner up Eric Wohlfield of Brighton shot a one under par 71 to win the Battle Creek Open at the spectacular Yarrow G.& C.C. on September 13th by three shots.

Amateur Chad Johnson of Plymouth, a recent winner at the 2010 Big Rapids Open, was runner up.

Although the winning margin was three shots, both Johnson and Joseph Kiss of East Leroy made it close, getting to within two going into 17.

After scoring an eagle at 16, Johnson hit first on 17, a 198 yard par three, putting his tee shot below the hole, which was located in a precarious position just above a four foot high ledge near the back of the green. Kiss missed the green left and was above the hole, facing a daunting chip. Wohlfield then put his tee shot in the middle of the green, also on the lower tier.

Kiss managed to get his chip shot on the green, but was still above the hole, with the edge of the tier just 3 feet beyond. Needing to hole his putt to have any chance, Kiss was just a little too aggressive and missed, and his ball trickled over the edge of the tier and nearly off the green, ending his chances.

Johnson failed to get his birdie attempt all the way up the tier and it rolled back down, ultimately leading to bogey and ending his chances. Wohlfield made his par, fortunately scaling the tier on his first attempt. It was a tough pin to say the least.

Yarrow Golf Club, centerpiece of the Yarrow Golf and Conference Center in Augusta, is a beautiful Raymond Hearn design, set in the lovely countryside just to the east of beautiful Gull Lake, and in the midst of one of Michigan's most popular golf destinations.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Images From Yarrow
1st hole, 588 yards, par 5
5th Hole, 404 yards, Par 4
14th hole, 390 yards, par 4

Wohlfield Wins In Three Man Playoff

Heavy winds make Shepherd’s Hollow G.C. a difficult test

September 7, 2010

Eric Wohlfield
Clarkston, Michigan – 2010 Michigan Open runner up Eric Wohlfield of Brighton scored his third win on Tour in 2010, and his eighth in two seasons, by winning a three man playoff at the Shepherd’s Hollow Open on September 7th.

Wohlfield was joined in the playoff by two time Tour winner Joseph Kiss of East Leroy, and amateur Joe Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights, who recently qualified for and competed in the 2010 U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay G.C. in University Place, WA.

All three posted rounds of two over par 74 in very windy conditions.

There was a tremendous amount of drama on the last hole of regulation -- the 564 yard, par five 18th hole. Given the stiff winds, which gusted over 35 mph, tees were moved up to allow the green to be reached in two.

With Juszczyk already in the clubhouse, Kiss, who trailed by two shots, reached the 18th green in two, but was about 45 feet from the hole. Wohlfield, who was tied for the lead, missed his approach left into the greenside bunker, and blasted out to 10 feet.

Putting first, Kiss holed his putt for eagle. Wohlfield then faced his putt for the win, but missed, setting up the playoff.

The playoff was held on the difficult, 482 yard, par four 1st hole, which was also playing into the wind. Both Juszczyk and Kiss drove into trouble and ended up making double bogey. Wohlfield missed the green and made bogey, but it was good enough for the win.

Shepherd’s Hollow G.C. is a beautiful Arthur Hills design, and is ranked Number 42 on the list of Best Public Courses in America by Golf Digest.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Images From Shepherd's Hollow
1st hole, 482 yards, par 4
18th Hole, 564 yards, Par 5
Eric Wohlfield putting on 18

Amateur Wins Big Rapids Open

Chad Johnson posts two over 74 in windy conditions

August 16, 2010

Chad Johnson
Stanwood, Michigan – After weeks of stifling heat and humidity, a refreshing, almost fall-like air mass finally settled into the Great Lakes region. But with the cooler weather came strong winds -- at times gusting up to 35 mph – wreaking havoc on the field of The Big Rapids Open on August 16th.

And in the end, it was long hitting amateur Chad Johnson of Plymouth -- playing the course for the first time -- who posted the lowest score, a two over par 74, besting PGA Professional Dave VanLoozen of Edgewood C.C. in Commerce Twp. by two shots.

The front nine was quite competitive, with VanLoozen and former Michigan PGA Player of the Year Brian Cairns of Waterford tied at two over par at the turn, and Johnson one shot back. A birdie by Johnson on 11 got him even with Cairns and one ahead of VanLoozen, and he proceeded to play the final seven holes one under par. VanLoozen played the final seven at even par while Cairns faltered, resulting in the two shot margin at the end.

The event was conducted on the difficult 7,148 yard par 72 Tullymore Golf Club, a beautiful Jim Engh design which is ranked as one of the top 15 Greatest Public Courses in the America and the #1 New Upscale Public Course in America in 2002 by Golf Digest.

For scores, please see the Results page.

Images From Tullymore
Tullymore in early morning
10th Hole, 458 yards, Par 4
14th hole, 465 yards, Par 4

Aces Wild In Jackson

Joseph Kiss scores hole in one on way to victory

August 9, 2010

Joseph Kiss
Jackson, Michigan – Joseph Kiss of East Leroy faced quite a challenge on August 9th during the Jackson Open – dodging heavy thunderstorms which threatened play from the first hole on, and competing in a group of players who have a total of 13 Tour wins among them.

And in the end, he responded with an immaculate, 5 under par 67, including a hole in one on the par three 12th hole, a shot which proved to be the difference in securing his second win on Tour.

Trailing former Michigan PGA Player of the Year Brian Cairns and 2010 Michigan Open runner up Eric Wohlfield by two shots at the turn, Kiss went birdie, birdie, ace, par, birdie over his next 5 holes, leaving him with a three shot lead over both Cairns and Wohlfield. Just prior to a one hour rain delay, a birdie by Cairns and a bogey by Kiss on 15 left Kiss with a one shot lead, but he never relinquished it as both players parred in.

The Grande G.C. is a beautiful and challenging Raymond Hearn design cut through mature forests and wetlands, and features a very unique style of bunkering. The final three holes are difficult, requiring solid shotmaking to bring home a decent score.

For scores, please see the Results page.

Images From The Grande
6th Hole, 403 yards, Par 4
16th Hole, 447 yards, Par 4
18th hole, 439 yards, Par 4

Micoff, Wohlfield Share Honors In Gaylord

Both players post 68, split winnings

August 2, 2010

Eric Wohlfield and Jon Micoff
Gaylord, Michigan – It was a classic shootout, with 2010 Michigan Open runner-up Eric Wohlfield of Brighton and long hitting Jon Micoff of Indian River battling neck and neck down to the final hole. And in the end, both players posted impressive rounds of 68, leading to a playoff.

The battle began on the front nine when Micoff nearly drove the downhill, 430 yard par 4 third hole and chipped to 3 feet. On the fourth, a 556 yard par 5, he reached in two with a mid iron, and holed a 4 foot eagle putt. And on the fifth, a 478 yard par 4 with the pin tucked behind the front bunker, he holed a 25 foot putt to go four under for the round. Meanwhile, Wohlfield carded an even par 36 to trail by 4 at the turn.

Both players played solid golf for the next several holes. By the 14th hole, Wohlfield still trailed by four shots, but that’s when his game caught fire. He played the final five holes in 3 under, ultimately catching Micoff on the final hole when Micoff pulled his approach and made bogey.

The playoff began at the 1st hole and lasted three holes. Both players made par on the first hole, both birdied the second, and both parred the third. Due to time constraints, the two players decided to cut the playoff short after three holes and call it a tie, splitting the available prize money.

The event was played at the demanding (and scenic) 7,347 yard Otsego Club (The Tribute), a fabulous Gary Koch design.

For scores, please see the Results page.

Images From The Tribute
3rd Hole, 430 yards, Par 4
4th Hole, 556 yards, Par 5
5th hole, 478 yards, Par 4

Lim Wins Treetops Resort Open

Stanford graduate posts one over 73

July 26, 2010

Daniel Lim
Treetops Village, Michigan – Daniel Lim of Cupertino, CA earned his first victory on the Michigan Player’s Tour by posting a one over par 73 in perfect conditions at the Treetops Resort (Fazio Premier) on July 26th. Rob Lussenhop, Director of Golf at Wild Bluff G.C. in Brimley, and Jon Micoff of Indian River finished one shot back.

Lim got off to a quick start, carding three birdies on his first six holes. Bogeys at 8 and 9 left him one shot behind Micoff, who birdied 8 and 9 to post a two under 34.

The back nine proved dramatic, as Lim, Micoff and Lussenhop all held or shared the lead at one point or another. On the 12th tee, Lim held a one shot lead after Micoff double bogeyed the par three 11th. By the time the players reached 17, Lim and Lussenhop were tied at even par, with Micoff two back. Bogeys by Lussenhop on 17 and 18 sealed the deal for Lim, who prevailed despite a three putt bogey on the final hole.

Lim, a member of the Stanford University golf team from 2005 to 2008, graduated in 2009 with a degree in communications. He is spending part of his summer in Northern Michigan preparing to compete on the NGA Hooters Tour.

The event was played on the beautiful 6832 yard Treetops Resort (Fazio Premier), one of four spectacular courses at Treetops. Treetops also boasts the nine hole Threetops Par 3 course, site of the annual Par 3 Shootout.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Images From Treetops Resort
7th Hole, 373 yards, Par 4
11th Hole, 195 yards, Par 3
Lim putting out at 18

Leafstrand Wins Grand Rapids Open

Two under par 70 clips Wohlfield by one

July 6, 2010

Tom Leafstrand
Grand Rapids, Michigan – Ninety degree heat, lightning fast greens, and a stiff southerly breeze combined to create ideal conditions for a classic back nine shootout July 6th at beautiful Thousand Oaks G.C. in Grand Rapids.

And in the end, it was 51 year old Tom Leafstrand of Ludington who prevailed, posting a two under par 70, taking down 2010 Michigan Open runner-up Eric Wohlfield of Brighton by one shot. Tom’s son Don Leafstrand tied for third with defending champion Joseph Kiss of East Leroy. Both shot even par 72.

At the turn, Leafstrand held a one shot lead at one under, but a birdie on the 640 yard 10th hole by Wohlfield left them tied. Birdies at 11 and 12 by Leafstrand and a birdie on 12 by Wohlfield gave Leafstrand a one shot lead, but bogies by Wohlfield on 13 and 15 expanded the lead to three. A birdie by Wohlfield on 16 cut the lead to two, which Leafstrand took to the 18th tee.

The final hole proved dramatic, as a bogie by Leafstrand gave Wohlfield a chance to tie with a birdie chip from just off the back of the green. The chip was on line most of the way, but it just missed, and the win was secured.

The event was played on the gorgeous Thousand Oaks G.C., a challenging Rees Jones design ranked by Golf Digest as one of Michigan’s top 25 courses. The course played at 7,128 yards to a par of 72.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Images From Thousand Oaks G.C.
4th Hole, 443 yards, Par 4
12th Hole, 505 yards, Par 5
18th Hole, 451 yards, Par 4

Wohlfield Is Last Man Standing In Shootout

Defeats Stefan, Dietz by one shot

June 21, 2010

Eric Wohlfield

Frankenmuth, Michigan – A sunny day, light winds, and a perfectly manicured course combined to create perfect scoring conditions for some of region’s top players in the second annual Shootout at the Fortress.

And at the end of the day, it was Eric Wohlfield of Brighton who was left standing on top of the leaderboard after posting a solid 5 under par 67. Greg Stefan, winner of the Boulder Pointe Open two weeks ago and Anthony Dietz finished one shot back with 68s. Clayton Zwicker of Ludington also posted a round in the 60s to finish fourth.

Wohlfield, who was a runner up in the Michigan Open Championship the week before, could have shot even lower, missing a couple of birdie putts inside 10 feet on the front nine. Wohlfield won this event in 2009 with a 7 under par 65.

The Fortress is a beautiful Dick Nugent design featuring plenty of water hazards and fescue lining each fairway. It has a very tricky stretch of finishing holes that make it tough to bring home a decent score.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Images From The Fortress
7th Hole, 437 yards, Par 4
16th Hole, 380 yards, Par 4
8th Hole, 409 yards, Par 4

Brehm Repeats As Michigan Open Champion

Wohlfield, Smithson tie for second

June 17, 2010

Orchard Lake, Michigan -- Ryan Brehm of Mount Pleasant fired a final round 67 to win the Michigan Open Championship Presented By Lincoln Mercury at Orchard Lake Country Club June 17th. Eric Wohlfield of Brighton, who led the 2009 Michigan Players Tour Order of Merit, finished in a tie for second with Gary Smithson of Grand Rapids, who shot 65. It was Brehm's second consecutive Michigan Open title.

Beginning the final round two shots behind leader Andy Matthews of Ada, Brehm opened with two birdies on the first four holes to tie for the lead. A birdie on the fith gave Matthews the lead again, but he lost it on the next hole with another birdie by Brehm. After bogeys on seven and nine, Matthews fell three back, and could never recover.

Gary Smithson, head professional at Thousand Oaks G.C. in Grand Rapids, made things interesting, charging out of the pack with a four under par 31 on the front nine. After birdies on ten and twelve and a Brehm bogey on thirteen, Smithson was one back, but he could never quite overtake Brehm down the stretch. A late birdie by Brehm on the 442 yard fifteenth sealed the deal.

Brehm is currently 58th on the NGA Hooter's Tour money list. He earned $10,000.00 for the win.

Stefan Shoots, Scores At Boulder Pointe

Former Detroit Red Wings goaltender wins by two shots

June 7, 2010

Greg Stefan
Oxford, Michigan – Greg Stefan, former goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings, scored his first victory on the Michigan Player’s Tour on June 7th by posting a 1 over par 73 in the Boulder Pointe Open. The event was played at the 7,424 yard par 72 Boulder Pointe G.C. in Oxford.

Second place went to Michael Murray of White Lake, who posted a 75. It was Murray’s first event on the Tour, who recently qualified for the Michigan Open with a 74 at Flint Golf Club.

Boulder Pointe G.C. is a strong test of golf with a numerous par 4s measuring over 450 yards and plenty of water. But after heavy rains and severe storms that ravaged the area the on Saturday, it played extremely long, with tee shots bouncing backwards after landing in the fairway, often adding 30 yards or more to approach shots.

Stefan, who is currently a scout for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, collected $400.00 for the win.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.

Images From Boulder Pointe G.C.
2nd Hole, 197 yds., Par 3
4th Hole, 141 yds., Par 3
17th hole, 212 yds., Par 3

Tour Adds Events At Forest Dunes, Other Top Courses

2010 Extreme Series schedule completed

May 12, 2010

Pictures of courses added to Tour schedule

The Michigan Player's Tour has completed its 2010 Extreme Series schedule by adding events at several top courses, including Forest Dunes G.C. in Roscommon, Double JJ Ranch (Thoroughbred G.C.) in Rothbury, Dunmaglas G.C. in Charlevoix, Wilderness Valley (Black Forest) in Gaylord, Hawk's Eye G.C. in Bellaire, and Hemlock G.C. in Ludington. The Extreme Series Championship will be contested at the famed Treetops Resort (Robert Trent Jones Masterpiece).

"The Extreme Series schedule includes some of the most spectacular courses you will play anywhere, not just Michigan," notes Tour Director Ken Carter. "Forest Dunes, for example, is ranked the number 1 public course in America by Golf World magazine. The others are fantastic as well. I guarantee you, no other tour in America can even come close to this lineup of courses in terms of difficulty, beauty, and the raw adventure you will experience while playing them."

All of the Extreme Series events (except the Extreme Series Championship) will be conducted on Saturday afternoons, allowing players who cannot make it to regular tour events (played on Mondays) to compete. Players may play for low score (medal play), skins, or both. Top amateurs are invited to play as well.

For more information, players may check out the Schedule page, or call the Tour office at 888-678-8878, .

Tour To Guarantee $1,000.00 First Place Checks In Selected Events

Investor secured, guarantee to commence at The Fortress June 21st

June 3, 2010

The Michigan Player;\'s Tour is pleased to announce it has secured an investor, allowing the Tour to offer guaranteed minimum $1,000.00 first place checks in several selected Men's Division events.

"The $1,000.00 checks will be paid no matter what," said Tour Director Ken Carter. "Should any of the events with the guarantee in place draw a field of 30 or more players, we will be able to extend the guarantee to additional events."

The first event in which the guarantee will be in place will be The Shootout at The Fortress, scheduled for Monday, June 21st. Additional events with the guarantee will be announced immediately following the Fortress event.

The offer will also be extended into Women's Division events, but the date at which the guarantee will take effect will be announced later. "First, we will publicize the guarantee, and then gauge the response. Once we have a core group of ladies committed to play, then we'll announce the dates," Carter said.

The Tour has sought investors since its inception, but because the recession in Michigan began in June 2006 (the same month the Tour began operations), none could be found. "Securing an investor is a great milestone for the Tour, and will definitely help us achieve our goal of creating e viable alternative to the tours in the southern states," Carter said

Lee Wins Tour Opener

Posts 1 under par 70 on Coyote Preserve G.C.

Matt Lee

June 1, 2010

Fenton, Michigan – It was a perfect day for scoring – sunny skies, very little wind, and a course softened by overnight rains.

And taking advantage of these conditions was Matt Lee of Farmington, who birdied his first two holes en route to a 3 under par 33 on the front nine, and an overall score of 70 to win The Coyote Preserve Open by four shots on June1st.

Second place money was split by six time Tour winner Paul Wilson of Grayling, and Robert Shaw of Adrain. Both shot 74.

The event was played on the immaculate Coyote Preserve G.C., a spectacular Arnold Palmer Signature course just a few miles south of Fenton. The course played at 6,912 yards to a par of 71.

The second event of the 2010 schedule is The Boulder Pointe Open, to be played June 7th at the lengthy 7,424 yard Boulder Pointe G.C. in Oxford.

For scores, please go to the Results page.

Images From Coyote Preserve G.C.
2nd Hole, 348 yds., Par 4
6th Hole, 156 yds., Par 3
18th Hole, 551 yds., Par 5

Tour Set For 2010 Opener At Coyote Preserve Open

Coyote Preserve G.C. a fabulous Arnold Palmer design

May 29, 2010

The Michigan Player's Tour will commence its 2010 schedule at the Coyote Preserve Open, to be held at the 6912 yard, Par 71  Coyote Preserve G.C. in Fenton on Tuesday, June 1st.

A spectacular Arnold Palmer design, Coyote Preserve is characterized by considerable elevation changes, expansive fairways, and well-bunkered, undulating greens. The course has a great finish, with two par fives in the final three holes, including the 551 yard 18th, which is reachable in two by the longer hitters. The defending champion is Jay Jurecic of Caspian, Michigan, who later in the summer of 2009 finished in 15th place on the Dakota's Tour money list.

For an excellent review of the course, please go to the Two Guys Who Golf web site.

Tour Players Excel In U.S. Open Qualifying

Wohlfield earns medalist honors in local qualifying at The Orchards

May 18, 2010

Eric Wohlfield of Brighton posted a 2 under par 70 in windy and cool conditions at The Orchards G.C. in Washington to earn medalist honors in local qualifying for the 2010 U.S. Open Championship on May 18th. Wohlfield's 70 was the only sub par round out of 65 players to post scores. Wohlfield led The Michigan Players Tour Order of Merit in 2009 with $3,125.00 in earnings.

For hole by hole scores at The Orchards, as well as results from Battle Creek C.C. on May 10, check out the GAM web site.

At Hazeltine National G.C. in Chaska, MN (site of the 2009 PGA Championship), Jay Jurecic of Caspian, MI was one of nine players to advance to Sectional qualifying on May 17th. Jurecic, who has two wins on the Michigan Players Tour, posted a 74, three shots behind medalist Andy Paulson from White Bear Lake, MN.

For local qualifying results on the USGA web site, click here.

Tour Notes

April 11, 2010

Skins Game Option

2nd Hole, True North G.C. -- 467 yds., par 4
Photo courtesy of True North G.C.)
Beginning this year, players may opt to play for skins only at Tour events and not compete for overall low score. The cost to enter the skins game alone will be the greens fee of the round (at the Tour discount rate) plus $30.00, of which $20.00 will go into the skins pot.

By creating this option, the Tour hopes more players will come out and compete. As Tour Director Ken Carter notes, "Down in Austin, Texas, they have a skins game every Tuesday at Jimmy Clay G.C., and that game consistently gets 40 to 50 players, including a couple of PGA Tour players if they're in town. There is no reason we can't duplicate that scenario here in Michigan, but on courses that are 20 times more spectacular and demanding."

USGA ruling on grooves

The Michigan Player's Tour has decided not to enforce the new rule issued by the USGA concerning grooves until the 2024 season, when the rule is fully implemented at all levels of the game.

There are two reasons for this decision.

1. The courses used by the Tour are generally so difficult, the additional spin of square grooved irons will have little effect on overall scoring. "Non-conforming wedges may save a shot here or there, but on this tour it takes a monumental effort for most players to break 75. If we had 10 to 20 players posting rounds in the 60's every week, then it would make a difference," noted Carter.

2. With Michigan experiencing the worst of the U.S. recession, players should not be saddled with the additional burden of being forced to purchase a new set of irons to compete. "It's tough enough to get players to play," Carter said, "but for the Tour to say, 'Sorry, you have to buy a new set of irons before you can play,' I think that would pretty much force the Tour out of business altogether."

Did You Know?

April 11, 2010

Here are a few facts which might surprise you about the Michigan Player's Tour:

Did you know.....

-- The Michigan Players Tour is an "open" tour -- anyone with game can play. Unlike other tours in Michigan, it is not restricted to PGA Section professionals and assistants.

-- 2010 will be the 5th year the Tour has been in operation?

-- The Tour has paid out a total of $39,895.00 in prize money during these 4 years?

-- A total of 106 different players have competed in Tour events?

-- A typical Tour event will generate a $1,000.00 first place check if only 30 players participate?

-- No other tour in the U.S. plays as many top ranked public and resort courses as the Michigan Player's Tour?

-- No other tour in the U.S. plays in more comfortable weather conditions? The average high temperature in central Michigan during July is 82.1 degrees....compared to 105.9 degrees in Phoenix, AZ, 92.2 degrees in Orlando, FL, 86.8 degrees in Myrtle Beach, SC, and 84.5 degrees in Bismarck, ND.

Of all the professional golf tours in the U.S., the selection of courses used by the Michigan Players Tour are second to none in both beauty and difficulty, and will provide players with a challenge that cannot be equaled on any other tour in professional golf.

Tour Gearing Up for 2010

Schedule similar to 2009 being developed

December 5, 2009

10th Hole, Tullymore G.C.
Michigan Players Tour is developing a very robust schedule for 2010, and for the second consecutive year, will schedule events for both men and women.The 2010 Men's Division schedule will tentatively consist of 18 events, with the first event occurring on Tuesday, June 1st. There will be an off week during the Michigan Open, which is to be held at Orchard Lake C.C. in mid to late June. The schedule will conclude with the Michigan Player's Tour Championship on Monday, October 4th.

The 2010 Women's Division schedule will consist of 12 events, with the first event also occurring on June 1st. There will be an off week during the Women's Michigan Open in mid July. The Women's schedule will conclude with the MPT Ladies Tour Championship on Monday, September 6th.

Once again, the schedule will include a collection of MPT Extreme Series events, which will be held on Saturday afternoons on some of Michigan's most exotic and difficult courses. In order to make these events more appealing, the format of the Extreme Series will change to a skins game as opposed to a regular tour event, making the entry fees for these events much less expensive.

The Tour is working diligently to secure sponsorship for the 2010 season, with the goal of providing at least a $1,000.00 guaranteed minimum 1st place check in all events. Please keep an eye on this web site for breaking developments over the next few months.

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