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2016 Season Recap

Matt Little Leads 2016 Order of Merit

October 4, 2016

Matt Little
The Michigan Players Tour would like to extend its appreciation to all of the players who participated in Tour events in 2016.

For the second time, Matt Little of New Baltimore led the Michigan Players Tour Order of Merit, collecting 1 victory and winning $1,175.00 in 6 stroke play events.

Little’s scoring average for the season was 76.0 (6 rounds).

During the 2016 season, the Tour conducted a total of 8 stroke play events, and paid out $6,225.00 in prize money. Overall, 26 different players participated during 2016.

In the eleven seasons the Tour has been in operation, 99 stroke play events have been conducted, with 233 different players participating. Total prize money paid out during the eleven seasons was $77,816.49.

The complete list of money winners in 2016 is shown below.

2016 Michigan Players Tour
Order of Merit

Final Standings

Matt Little New Baltimore, MI
Ryan Clem Stevensville, MI
Joseph Juszczyk Dearborn Heights, MI
Brett White Ypsilante, MI
Caleb Wittig Saline, MI
Matt DiPaolo Royal Oak, MI
Kitwana Ashford Farmington Hills, MI
Patrick Luther Novi, MI
Benjamin Raymond Ann Arbor, MI
Nicholas Symonds Eau Claire, MI
Vince Carango Lawton, MI
   Total Prize Money Paid

Di Paolo Squeaks Out Win In Jackson

Edges Matt Little by two shots

August 8, 2016

Matt DiPaolo
Jackson, Michigan – For the second year in a row, players at the 2016 Jackson Open were blessed with absolutely idyllic August weather, with temperatures in the low 80s, zero humidity, and just a light refreshing breeze.

And yet, owing to the difficulty of the course, it was all anyone could do to simply post an even par 72, a feat which was accomplished by only one player – Matt Di Paolo of Royal Oak, who clipped 2016 Moose Ridge Open winner Matt Little of New Baltimore by two shots.

Di Paolo and Little, playing in the final group, were all square after the front nine, and tied with Garrett Freismuth of Ypsilanti and Chad Johnson of Monroe, all at one over par 37.

Little edged ahead with birdies at 10 and 13 to get to one under par, but went bogey, double bogey on 15 and 16 to relinquish his lead. Di Paolo, on the other hand, played steady, making eight straight pars and a 35 foot birdie putt on the final hole to secure the win.

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 have a chance at par.

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.

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

Little Captures First Win of Season

Wins Moose Ridge Open by two over Pauley

August 1, 2016

Matt Little
South Lyon, Michigan – Matt Little of New Baltimore finally resumed his winning ways, and captured his first win of the season on the Michigan Players Tour by carding a six over par 77 at the difficult Moose Ridge G.C. in South Lyon on August 1st. His score bettered Thomas Pauley of Kendallville, Indiana by two shots.

Playing in the same group, Little forged a five shot lead over the rest of the field at the turn, posting nine straight pars. And even though Little struggled on the back nine with a 42, the closest any player was able to get was two shots.

Moose Ridge G.C. is a Raymond Hearn design measuring 6,892 yards to a par of 71. It is a demanding driving course, and has a number of holes which require precision approaches or serious trouble will be found. It is one of Southeast Michigan’s most challenging public courses, and is a pleasure to play.

Images From Moose Ridge
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White Scores First Tour Win At Bedford Valley

Posts one under 71 in gorgeous conditions

July 25, 2016

Brett White
Augusta, Michigan – After a week of brutal heat and humidity, heavy thunderstorms, and torrential rains....

....the weather broke just in time for the playing of the 2016 Gull Lake View Open in Augusta, Michigan, which was played in absolutely perfect conditions on July 25th, and on one of the most delightful summer days in the history of the MPT.

And with these refreshing conditions, the winning score was a one under par 71, a score posted by Brett White of Ypsilanti, a former member of the Eastern Michigan University Eagles golf team, giving him a one shot victory over Ryan Clem of Stevensville, and Vince Carango of Lawton.

The event was played on the beautiful, 7,020 yard, par 72 Bedford Valley G.C., which has hosted nine Michigan Open Championships over the years, and is the site of the annual Club Car Michigan Senior Open.

Images From the 2016 Gull Lake View Open

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Rati's second shot into 13 16th Hole 18th tee shot

Clem Scores Second Tour Win At Benton Harbor

Posts one under 71 in perfect conditions

July 18, 2016

Ryan Clem
Benton Harbor, Michigan – It was a beautiful, “Chamber of Commerce Day” in Southwest Michigan.... sunny with temperatures in the low 80's and just a touch of humidity.....

....and with a refreshing light breeze out of the west, this created absolutely ideal scoring conditions for the field in the 2016 Benton Harbor Open.

And yet, owing to the difficulty of the course, it was all anyone could do just to equal or break par, as the winning score was a one under par 71, a score posted by Ryan Clem of Stevensville, giving him a one shot victory over Patrick Luther of Novi, who played his first event in three weeks after suffering a shoulder injury.

The event was played on the classic Lake Michigan Hills G.C., which for many years was one of the qualifying sites of the Western Amateur, which was contested on the nearby Point O’ Woods C.C. in 1963, 1965, and continuously thereafter from 1971-2008.

Images From Lake Michigan Hills G.C.

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Wittig Wins At Devil’s Ridge

Posts two under par 70, wins by two

July 11, 2016

Caleb Wittig

Oxford, Michigan – For the first time in three weeks, the heavy southwesterly winds that wreaked havoc on Tour scoring died down, and players were able to enjoy ideal scoring conditions on one of Southeast Michigan’s favorite public courses, Devil’s Ridge G.C. in Oxford.

Taking advantage of these conditions, Caleb Wittig of Saline was able to post a solid, two under par 70 to win the 2016 Devil’s Ridge Open by two shots over Matt Little of Warren and ex-Saline H.S. teammate Ian Martin.

This was Wittig’s first appearance on the Michigan Players Tour.

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.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.

Images From Devil's Ridge G.C.

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7th Hole Facebook photo
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Approach on No. 11
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Juszczyk, Johnson Split Title in Romeo Open

Former Wayne State teammates post one under 71

June 27, 2016

Chad Johnson and Joseph Juszczyk

Romeo, Michigan – For the second week in a row, hot and windy conditions greeted the players at a Michigan Players Tour event, which created extremely difficult scoring conditions for the field.

And in the end, former Wayne State University teammates Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights and Chad Johnson of Monroe were able to break par, both posting one under par 71s to share the title at the 2016 Romeo Open.

Third place went to Matt Little of Warren, who posted a solid round of 74.

The event was played at the 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 four hole finishing stretches in Michigan golf, including the 451 yard 18th, which has a small green perched just over the large lake adjacent to the clubhouse.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.

Images From the 2016 Romeo Open

Jordan Everson putting on No. 18
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Chad Johnson Takes Mystic Creek Open

Posts one under par 71 in hot and windy conditions

June 20, 2016

Chad Johnson
Milford, Michigan – Every once and awhile during the summer, it does get hot in Michigan.

But fortunately, the heat and humidity blowing in from the South is replaced by cool and delightful weather from Canada after a few days.

This was the case in this year’s Mystic Creek Open, as temperatures soared into the low 90's, which was accompanied by a very stiff and gusty 25 mph breeze out of the Southwest, making the course play extremely difficult.

And in the end, only one player, Chad Johnson of Monroe, was able to break par, posting a winning score of one under par 71, good enough for a 5 shot win. The runner up was last year’s leading money winner Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights, who shot a 76.

This event was played on the beautiful Mystic Creek G.C. in Milford, a 27 hole facility located in beautiful Camp Dearborn.

Fortunately -- a cold front blew in late in the day, and temperatures for the rest of the week were forecast to be in the mid 70's with low humidity.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.

Images From the 2016 Mystic Creek Open

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Ryan Clem Wins At Coyote Preserve

Posts two over par 73 in breezy conditions

June 6, 2016

Fenton, Michigan – It was a typical spring day in Michigan – sunny blue skies and gorgeous conditions to start....

....but by afternoon, a stiff northwesterly wind set in, and the players competing in the 2016 Coyote Preserve Open suddenly had their hands full attempting to post a decent score.

With the breeze, 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 Ryan Clem of Stevensville.

The runner up was Kitwana Ashford of Farmington Hills, who shot a 74.

This was the first event of the 2016 Michigan Players Tour, and was played on the immaculate Coyote Preserve G.C., a spectacular Arnold Palmer Signature course just a few miles south of Fenton.

For complete scoring, please go to the Results page.

Images From the 2016 Coyote Preserve Open

Ashford playing first shot of season
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2016 Tour Schedule Complete

2016 Season To Consist Of 15 Events

March 16, 2016

1st Hole, Shanty Creek (The Legend).

The Michigan Players Tour has completed setting up the 2016 schedule, which will be the 11th season the Tour has conducted events in the state.

In 2016, the Tour has once again set up several events in Southeast Michigan, but has also expanded to include events in Southwest Michigan as well as Northern Michigan. This is in keeping with the original goal of the Tour to allow players from all parts of the state to have easy access to events.

Among the new courses which have been added to the schedule this year are

• Lake Michigan Hills G.C.
in Benton Harbor,
Bedford Valley G.C. in Augusta,
Hemlock G.C. in Ludington,
Timber Ridge G.C. in East Lansing,
Hawk's Eye G.C. in Bellaire, and
Shanty Creek (The Legend) in Bellaire.

"With the economy continuing to grow, the 2016 Tour season ought to be awesome this year. And with events up north at some of Michigan's most spectacular courses, I can't wait," said Ken Carter, Executive Director of the Tour.

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

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