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Joseph Juszczyk Leads 2015 Order of Merit

September 16, 2015

Joseph Juszczyk
The Michigan Players Tour would like to extend its appreciation to all of the players who participated in Tour events in 2015.

For the first time, Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights led the Michigan Players Tour Order of Merit, collecting 6 victories and winning $2,325.00 in 6 stroke play events. Juszczyk’s scoring average for the season was 69.2 (6 rounds), the lowest scoring average posted in the 10 years of the Tour’s existence.

During the 2015 season, the Tour conducted a total of 9 stroke play events, and paid out $6,621.49 in prize money. Overall, 29 different players participated during 2015.

In the ten seasons the Tour has been in operation, 91 stroke play events have been conducted, with 219 different players participating. Total prize money paid out during the nine seasons was $71,591.49.

To see the final Order of Merit standings, please go to the Results page.

Shkreli Wins Tour Championship

Posts 78 In Clear and Breezy Conditions, Wins By 2

September 14, 2015

17th Hole, 146 yards, par 3
It was an idyllic September day.... that is, until a heavy westerly wind showed up.... and an ideal scoring day at the Hawk Hollow Resort (Eagle Eye G.C.) quickly turned into an all out test of survival at the 2015 Michigan Players Tour Championship.

And once those winds set in, the best score anyone could manage was a 6 over par 78 by John Shkreli of Clinton Twp., a score which clipped Tour Director Ken Carter by 2 shots.

The front nine was played in nearly calm conditions, and Carter got off to a decent start, posting a one over par 37, which gave him a two shot lead heading to the back nine. But Shkreli continued to play steady, besting Carter by 4 shots on the back to overtake him and secure the win.

At 7,318 yards, Eagle Eye G.C. is not only the longest course on the 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.

Pictures From Eagle Eye G.C.
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, 589 yards, par 5

Juszczyk Resumes Winning Ways At Majestic Open

Even par 72 bests field by three shots

August 31, 2015

Joseph Juszczyk
Hartland, Michigan – After a three week break from The Michigan Players Tour, during which he successfully qualified for the Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Web.com Tour, Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights picked up right where he left off, and won the 2015 Majestic Open by three shots, firing an even par 72. Second place went to Eric Henry of Rochester Hills, who was playing in his first event after turning pro.

Playing in the final group with Henry, Juszczyk shot a sizzling 4 under par 32 on the front nine, besting Henry by 3 shots, and then both players had difficulty on the back nine, each posting a 4 over par 40. Despite the perfect scoring conditions, the course more than held its own, as only one player in the field was able to break par on the back nine Monday.

The event was held at the beautiful Majestic at Lake Walden, a wonderful Jerry Matthews layout that winds its way through heavily forested and hilly terrain surrounding Lake Walden just west of Hartland. Although not extremely long at 7,009 yards, it requires accurate driving to set up decent approaches into the undulating greens. The course also boasts two of the most difficult par 3's you will find anywhere.

The round was played in perfect scoring conditions with temperatures in the low to mid 80's and virtually no wind. “It was a perfect day, a great course, and tough competition, which is precisely what we’re trying to create out here on the Tour,” notes Tour Director Ken Carter.

Images from The 2015 Majestic Open
3rd hole, 392 yards, Par 4
6th hole, 321 yards, Par 4
9th hole, 384 yards, Par 4
 10th hole, 436 yards, Par 4
13th hole, 353 yards, Par 4
14th hole, 389 yards, Par 4

Little Scores Second Win In A Row

Wins Jackson Open By Four Strokes

August 24, 2015

Matt Little

Jackson, Michigan – On perhaps the most idyllic day ever seen for a Tour event in August, Matt Little of New Baltimore shot an even par 72 to win the Jackson Open by four shots on August 24th – his second consecutive win on Tour. Second place went to Zach Kozuchowski of Clawson, who shot 76.

The event was held at The Grande G.C., a beautiful Raymond Hearn design set in forested and rolling terrain on the southeast side of Jackson. Although not brutally long at 7,157 yards, it has several demanding holes that require both length and accuracy to play well.

In particular, The Grande has a difficult 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.

As mentioned, the weather was absolutely perfect, with partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the low 70's, no humidity at all, and a westerly breeze of 10 - 15 mph. Overnight rains softened the course just a little, making for great scoring conditions.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Pictures From The 2015 Jackson Open
4th hole, 502 yards, par 5
6th hole, 403 yards, par 5
7th hole, 403 yards, par 4
16th hole, 480 yards, par 4
Tucked Pin on 16
18th hole, 439 yards, par 4

Little Successfully Defends Mystic Creek Open Title

Seven Over Par 79 Good Enough On Tough Track

August 10, 2015

Matt Little

On a typically warm and humid summer day in southeast Michigan, Matt Little of New Baltimore battled a balky putter, the elements, and a water laden Mystic Creek G.C. layout to post a seven over par 79 – a score that (surprisingly) was good enough to win the 2015 Mystic Creek Open by 6 shots over Dylan Leece and Eric Henry.

The winning score of 79 is the highest score to win a Michigan Players Tour event since the final event of 2006 at the Robert Trent Jones Masterpiece Course at Treetops – the first year of the Tour.

Although short by modern standards, Mystic Creek G.C. (Lakes / Woods) more than held its own. At 6,802 yards, it is one of the most picturesque and challenging tracks the Tour has ever visited. For southeast Michigan, the course is surprisingly hilly, and has three distinct nines. The Lakes nine has numerous water hazards, and the Woods nine winds through sections of deep forest. The course is set in Camp Dearborn, one of the Detroit metro area’s most popular parks.

The round began under partly cloudy skies, light winds, and pleasant temperatures, but an approaching cold front quickly ushered in clouds and a steady rain by the 15th hole. Fortunately -- the event concluded just before heavy thunderstorms moved in, storms which earlier had caused flash flooding in the Lansing area.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Images From Mystic Creek G.C.

1st Hole, Lakes
7th Hole, Lakes
8th Hole, Lakes
3rd Hole, Woods
8rd Hole, Woods
9th Hole, Woods

Juszczyk Wins Fifth Straight

Posts two under 70 at Tanglewood, wins by 5

July 27, 2015

Joseph Juszczyk
South Lyon, Michigan – Displaying a streak of excellent play and dominance unseen in the ten year history of the Tour, Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights once again posted a solid round, this time a 2 under par 70, to win the 2015 South Lyon Open by five shots over Zach Kozuchowski and Matt Little.

This was Juszczyk’s fifth straight win on the Michigan Players Tour.

The event was played at the immaculate, but quite testy Tanglewood G.C. (The Lion), which is located a couple of miles east of South Lyon in the western suburbs of Detroit.

Tanglewood has numerous water hazards that come into play, as well as areas of fescue and a few sections of forest. In addition, out of bounds is an ever present danger, as the course is set in an upscale residential development with large lots running adjacent to nearly all of the holes.

But the most notable aspect of Tanglewood G.C. is the condition of the course, which in the opinion of Tour Director Ken Carter is THE best conditioned and most beautifully groomed course the Tour has ever used.

The event was played under perfect conditions – sunny blue skies, pleasant temperatures in the mid 80's, and relatively low humidity. There was very little wind, so the fact that the winning score was only 2 under par is a testament to the difficulty of the course.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Images From the 2015 South Lyon Open

Joe Juszczyk approach at No. 1
5th hole (West)
6th Hole (West)
8th Hole (West)
1st Hole (North)
9th Hole (North)

Juszczyk Takes Devil’s Ridge Open

Continues in top form, posts three under par 69

July 13, 2015

Joseph Juszczyk
Oxford, Michigan – Fresh off an amazing two weeks of golf, which included winning the Michigan Players Tour Romeo Open by 10 shots, and then successfully qualifying for, and playing in, the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour, Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights posted a solid round of 3 under par 69 to win the 2015 Devil’s Ridge Open by one shot over Zachary Kozuchowski.

This was Juszczyk’s third consecutive win on the Michigan Players Tour this season.

The event was played at the gorgeous, but challenging Devil’s Ridge G.C. just north of Oxford, a 6,754 yard course that is surprisingly hilly for this part of Michigan, and has several unique and tricky holes that will certainly be THE topic of conversation at the conclusion of the round.

The event began with partly cloudy skies and pleasant temperatures in the mid 70's. A large thunderstorm complex was visible to the west, and clouds moved in, but the rain dissipated before reaching southeast Michigan.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Images From the 2015 Devil's Ridge Open

Joe Juszczyk teeing off at No. 1
Nick Symonds on No. 7
10th Hole tee shot
10th Hole approach
12th Hole
7th Hole Facebook photo

Juszczyk Demolishes Greystone in Romeo Open

Posts 63, wins by 10 shots

June 29, 2015

Joseph Juszczyk
Romeo, Michigan – On a beautiful and pleasant summer day with just a slight breeze, Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights posted the lowest score ever shot in a Michigan Players Tour event, a 9 under par 63, to win the Romeo Open by ten shots.

Yes, you heard right ...10 shots.

Second place went to last year’s leading money winner Matt Little of Warren, who posted a solid round of 73..

The event was played at the beautiful, but challenging Greystone G.C. in Romeo, a 6,913 yard gem that requires precise accuracy off the tee to hit the narrow, winding fairways. Water comes into play on several holes, particularly the final three holes. The course culminates in one of the hardest holes in Michigan – the 451 yard 18th, which has a small green perched just over the large lake on the southern end of the course.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Images From the 2015 Romeo Open

Alex Bennett teeing off at No. 1
11th Hole
13th Hole
17th Hole
18th Hole
18th Hole

Juszczyk, Di Paolo Share Title At Coyote Preserve

Both post two over par 73s in breezy conditions

June 1, 2015

Matt Di Paolo and Joseph Juszczyk
Fenton, Michigan – Once again, near perfect conditions greeted the players at the 2015 Coyote Preserve Open – sunny blue skies and temperatures in the low 60s.

But as play began, a stiff breeze out of the northeast kicked in, and the difficulty of the 6,912 yard, par 71 Coyote Preserve Golf Club became apparent as the winning score was a two over par 73 – a score posted by two players, Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights and Matt Di Paolo of Harrison Twp.. Third place went to Eric Lilleboe of Okemos, who shot a 75.

Although the players could have gone back out and competed in a playoff for the title, due to time constraints they decided to share the title, and split the sum of first and second place money equally.

The event was played on the immaculate Coyote Preserve G.C., a spectacular Arnold Palmer Signature course just a few miles south of Fenton.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Images From the 2015 Coyote Preserve Open

Slick playing first shot of season
6th Hole
7th Hole
16th Hole
17th Hole
18th Hole

2015 Tour Schedule Complete

2015 Season To Consist Of 12 Events

February 19, 2015

13th Hole, Eagle Eye G.C.

The Michigan Players Tour has completed the 2015 schedule, which will be the 10th season the Tour has conducted events in the state.

In general, all of the events will take place in southeast Michigan and in Lansing. This was done to help players minimize their travel expenses, and to keep the events in proximity to the largest number of Michigan-based players.

Among the new courses which have been added to the schedule this year are Greystone G.C. in Romeo, Devil's Ridge G.C. in Oxford, Tanglewood G.C. (The Lion) in South Lyon, and Stonebridge G.C. just south of Ann Arbor.

"Given the improving economy and the dramatic fall in gas prices, which is expected to continue for most of the summer, the 2015 golf season looks to be the best season we've had in years in Michigan," said Ken Carter, Executive Director of the Tour. "The courses in 2015 ought to be a wonderful challenge as well -- so make sure you come out and play this season."

To see the lineup of events this season, please go to the Schedule page.

2015 To Be Tenth Season Of Tour

Vision of Tour remains intact

November 10, 2014

Ten Year Anniversary Logo

Despite economic headwinds that at one point threatened the existence of even the largest companies in Michigan, the Michigan Players Tour has survived, and will begin its 10th season in 2015.

A series of five events in 2006 marked the first season of the Tour, which was created to conduct championship golf tournaments for professionals and top amateurs on some of the world's greatest public golf courses, and to take advantage of the nearly idyllic weather conditions that exist in Michigan during the summer months.

Over the years, the principal challenge to the Tour's survival has been the lack of sponsorship dollars to support the Tour. This has been the result of a persistent recession in manufacturing thoughout Michigan since 2006, affecting all sectors of the Michigan economy, and severely limiting the discretionary income of Michigan residents.

The lack of discretionay income has hurt both the tourism and recreational industries throughout Michigan and the Great Lakes region, and essentially ended the golf course construction boom in the state which began in the 1990's.

The low point of this recession was the winter of 2009, at which point it was unclear if the automobile industry in the United States would survive at all -- and which led to the bankruptcy of GM, the sale of Chrysler, amd massive government bailouts.

But despite these challenges, the vision of the Michigan Players Tour remains unchanged. With the Michigan and national economies finally showing signs of recovery, the Tour will continue to pursue its vision, continue to seek sponsorship, and continue to create opportunities for players who desire to take their games to the next level -- and will do so in what is still the most pristine, most pleasant, and yet challenging environment for golf anywhere in the world.

2014 Season Recap

Matt Little Leads 2014 Order of Merit

September 26, 2014

Matt Little

The Michigan Players Tour would like to extend its appreciation to all of the players who participated in Tour events in 2014.

For the first time, Matt Little of Warren led the Michigan Players Tour Order of Merit, collecting 2 victories and winning $1,275.00 in 5 stroke play events. Little’s scoring average for the season was 73.8 (5 rounds).

During the 2014 season, the Tour conducted a total of 5 stroke play events, and paid out $3,600.00 in prize money. Overall, 21 different players participated during 2014.

In the nine seasons the Tour has been in operation, 82 stroke play events have been conducted, with 202 different players participating. Total prize money paid out during the nine seasons was $64,970.00.

For the complete Order of Merit, please see the Results page

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