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Cairns Repeats At Tour Championship

Posts 73 In Ideal Conditions, Wins By 3

September 23, 2013

Brian Cairns
On an ideal scoring day, Eagle Eye G.C. held its own, and the best score anyone could manage was a one over par 73 by PGA teaching professional Brian Cairns of Walled Lake, allowing him to defend his Michigan Players Tour Championship title by 3 shots. Second place ended up being split between Matt DiPaolo of Palm Coast, Florida and Matt Little of Warren, Michigan who shot 76.

Cairns is one of the best players in the Michigan Section of the PGA, having won the 2013 Michigan PGA Match Play Championship on Sept. 10th, and the 2013 Michigan PGA Professional Championship August 21st. Although he didn’t qualify this year, Cairns made it through the PGA Professional National Championship twice in the past 4 years, allowing him to compete in the PGA Championship on the PGA Tour.

At 7,318 yards, Eagle Eye G.C. is not only the longest course on the 2013 Tour, it is one of the toughest. Several holes feature water hazards adjacent to the fairways, requiring accurate driving, and numerous holes feature water hazards adjacent to the greens. The 17th hole is a near exact replica of the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, FL, site of the Player’s Championship on the PGA Tour.

For Complete Results, please see the Results page.

Pictures From The 2013 Michigan Players Tour
5th hole, 189 yards, par 3
9th hole, 549 yards, par 5
13th hole, 465 yards, par 4
16th hole, 445 yards, par 4
17th hole, 146 yards, par 3
18th hole, 589yards, par 5

Wohlfield Takes Jackson In Playoff

Defeats Mory For Third Consecutive Win

August 5, 2013

Eric Wohlfield
Jackson, Michigan – For the third consecutive event, Eric Wohlfield of Royal Oak and Chris Mory of Haslett battled tooth and nail to the final hole. And for the third consecutive event, it was Wohlfield who prevailed – this time in a playoff – to win the Jackson Open on August 5th.

Through the first five holes, Mory and Wohlfield were tied at one under par. A two shot swing at No. 6 gave Wohlfield a two shot lead, which he maintained through the turn.

Things got much more interesting on the back nine. With a par and a birdie on 10 and 11, Mory squared the match, but consecutive birdies by Wohlfield on 12 and 13 restored his lead to two. A birdie on the par five 14th briefly got Mory to within one, but a bogey on 16 left him two down standing on the 17th tee. Uncharacteristically, Wohlfield bogeyed the final two holes, dropping him back into a tie with Mory, forcing a playoff.

After a brief delay, the playoff was settled after one hole. Both players put their approach shots on the 401 yard, par four, 1st hole to within 20 feet of the cup. Mory, putting first, lipped out his birdie putt. Wohlfield then proceeded to drop his putt for the win.

The Jackson Open was held at The Grande G.C., a fabulous Raymond Hearn layout set in heavily forested and hilly terrain on the southeast side of Jackson. Although not extremely long at 7,157 yards, it has several tricky holes which will ruin your score if you are even the slightest bit wild. It has a classic finishing stretch which includes the 480 yard, par four 16th hole, the toughest hole on the course, the 214 yard par three 17th, and the beautiful 439 yard 18th, featuring a bunker in the driving area splitting the fairway in two. Scoring conditions were perfect, with cloudy skies, very little wind, and temperatures in the upper 60's.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Pictures From The Grande G.C.
4th hole, 502 yards, par 5
6th hole, 403 yards, par 5
6th hole, 403 yards, par 4
16th hole, 480 yards, par 4
17th hole, 214 yards, par 3
18th hole, 439 yards, par 4

Wohlfield Wins Lansing Open

Four Under Par 68 Edges Mory By One Shot

July 8, 2013

Eric Wohlfield
Once again, Eric Wohlfield of Royal Oak has found excellent form on the Michigan Players Tour by posting an impeccable four under par 68 Monday at the magnificent Forest Akers West G.C. in East Lansing, winning the 2013 Lansing Open. Second place went to Chris Mory of Haslett, who shot 69.

This is the second time in two weeks Wohlfield has clipped Mory by a single shot. Last week at the Medalist, Wohlfield’s even par 72 got it done, with Mory mounting a furious comeback on the back nine, only to come up just short

This week, Wohlfield got off to another great start, posting 3 birdies in the first five holes, and assuming a 3 shot lead. A bogey at the 202 yard, par three 7th reduced his lead to two, however, and his lead was erased entirely with a two shot swing at the par three 10th. With lightning and thunderstorms threatening, Wohlfield made birdie on 11 to regain the lead, at which point play was suspended for about an hour and 10 minutes..

When play resumed, Wohlfield added another birdie at the 12th, a 230 yard par three, taking a two shot lead, but would lose both shots over the next two holes as Mory went birdie, birdie. Tied with four to play, Mory made an unfortunate bogey at 15 – and both players matched scores on the final three holes, giving Wohlfield the one shot win.

Although not long at 7,013 yards, Forest Akers West features numerous beautiful, tight, tree lined holes over rolling terrain. The fairways are generally mown very narrow with strategic bunkering, and the greens are relatively undulating. The 18th hole features a narrow fairway with a large bunker on the left daring the longer players to carry it, and an extremely elevated green.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Pictures From The 2013 Lansing Open
8th hole, 548 yards, par 5
8th hole, 548 yards, par 5
16th hole, 427 yards, par 4
17th hole, 520 yards, par 5
Jonathan Willis putting on 10
18th hole, 422 yards, par 4

Wohlfield Takes Medalist Honors In Marshall

Even par 72 edges Chris Mory by one shot

July 1, 2013

Eric Wohlfield
Marshall, Michigan – After several days of heavy rain and thunderstorms, perfect conditions returned to Michigan just in time for The Marshall Open, held July 1st at the beautiful Medalist G.C. in Marshall. And at the end of the day, it was Eric Wohlfield of Royal Oak taking his 15th Tour title, posting an even par 72 and defeating Chris Mory of Haslett by a single stroke.

Wohlfield, who finished T10 at The Michigan Open two weeks ago, got off to a quick start, posting birdies at the first two holes and three of the first four, and assumed a four shot lead over Mory through the sixth. But a double bogey by Wohlfield at the 7th got Mory to within two, which Mory quickly squandered with a triple bogey of his own at the eighth.

From then on, Mory mounted a furious comeback, posting four birdies in the next eight holes, and closing to within a shot of Wohlfield after the sixteenth hole. But he could get no closer, and Wohlfield emerged the champion.

The Medalist G.C., designed by architect Bill Newcomb, is a beautifully manicured course winding its way through mature forests and gentle hills. It measures 6,955 yards from the tips, and in particular, has several holes which demand pinpoint driving accuracy. It has large greens which are quite undulating, and which possess a number of devilish pin positions. It is definitely one of Michigan’s best courses.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Pictures From The 2013 Marshall Open
3rd hole, 217 yards, par 3
4th hole, 567 yards, par 5
7th hole, 188 yards, par 3
16th hole, 348 yards, par 4
17th hole, 174 yards, par 3
18th hole, 401 yards, par 4

Mory Collects First Win At The Orchards

Wins first professional check of his career

June 3, 2013

Chris Mory
Washington, Michigan – Chris Mory, a former player on the Michigan State golf team, picked up his first Tour win at The Orchards Open June 3rd, firing a two under par 70 at The Orchards G.C. in Washington. He beat two time MPT Order of Merit champion Paul Wilson of Grayling by six shots.

Play began on the 10th hole at The Orchards. Mory was never really threatened during his round, posting seven consecutive pars before making birdie on his 8th hole (the 452 yard 17th), and assuming a three shot lead after his first nine. On the front, Mory added birdies at the third and fourth holes to go three under, but immediately gave two shots back at the difficult, 201 yard fifth hole. Mory then birdied his final hole, the uphill, 441 yard ninth, the most difficult hole on the course.

Second place finisher Paul Wilson came to the Orchards fresh from qualifying for the Michigan Open the previous day at Treetops.

The Orchards, a beautiful Robert Trent Jones II design, was the site of the 2002 USGA Amateur Public Links Championship won by Ryan Moore. It was also the site of the 2011 and 2012 Michigan Open Championship, and will also be the site of the Championship in 2013.

The event was played under the most beautiful conditions imaginable – sunny skies, light breezes, and temperatures in the mid 60s. For complete scores, go to the Results page.

Pictures From The 2013 Orchards Open
1st hole, 423 yards, par 4
Matt Little teeing off on 18
Mark Beneke birdie putt on 18
17th hole, 452 yards, par 4
10th hole, 412 yards, par 4
18th hole, 413 yards, par 4

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