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2017 Season Recap

Emmanuel Petrich Wins 2017 Order of Merit

October 5, 2017

Emmanuel Petrich

The Michigan Players Tour would like to extend its appreciation to all of the players who participated in Tour events in 2017.

Emmanuel Petrich of Grand Blanc led the 2017 Michigan Players Tour Order of Merit, collecting 2 victories and winning $1,600.00 in 4 stroke play events. Petrich was a former Bethune Cookman University player, based in Daytona Beach, Florida. Petrich’s scoring average for the season was 73.6 (5 rounds).

During the 2017 season, the Tour conducted a total of 10 stroke play events, and paid out $12,080.00 in prize money. Overall, there were 134 entries into Tour events during 2017.

In the twelve seasons the Tour has been in operation, 109 stroke play events have been conducted, with 263 different players participating. Total prize money paid out during the twelve seasons was $89,896.49.

The complete list of money winners in 2017 can be seen on the Results page.

Lilleboe Takes MPT Championship In Playoff

Defeats Juszczyk on first playoff hole

September 24, 2017

Eric Lilleboe
Stanwood, Michigan – After weeks of near perfect weather, including a mid-August cold snap where temperatures barely made it into the low 60's, summer finally arrived in Michigan, bringing with it record highs into the low 90's.

This was the case for the 2017 Michigan Players Tour Championship, which was played on the incredible Tullymore G.C. on September 24.

And in the end, it was former Ferris State University player Eric Lilleboe of Okemos who bested 2015 MPT Order of Merit winner Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights in a one hole playoff. Both players carded one under par 71s in regulation play.

The front nine was quite competitive, with Joe Hooks of Commerce Twp. posting a two under par 33, and Juszczyk one shot back. With a birdie at the difficult, 458 yard 10th hole, Juszczyk tied Hooks at -2, and when Hooks doubled the 12th, Juszczyk held a 2 shot lead over Hooks and Jared Dalga of Grand Rapids, and 4 shots over Lilleboe.

But after bogeys at 14 and 16, Juszczyk’s lead dwindled to one shot over Dalga and Lilleboe, and when Lilleboe birdied 17, he was tied. All three players birdied the beautiful, 491 yard, par 5 18th, leaving Juszczk and Lilleboe tied at -1.

The event was conducted on the difficult 7,250 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.

Images From Tullymore

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Schram Wins Eagle Eye Classic

One under par 71 provides 3 shot cushion

September 9, 2017

Jonathan Schram
Bath, Michigan – On an unusually warm day for mid-September, with partly cloudy skies and a temperature of about 85° Jonathan Schram of Warsaw, Indiana blitzed the front nine at Eagle Eye G.C. in 5 under par 31, and then cruised in to win the 2017 Eagle Eye Classic by 3 shots.

Second place went to Jared Dalga of Grand Rapids, who posted a 74.

Schram, who finished second at the Hawk Hollow Open on August 27, ripped apart the front nine at Eagle Eye, posting a clean card with five birdies. and held a 4 shot lead over Logan Terry of Fenton. But given the difficulty of the back nine at Eagle Eye, where only 3 players in the entire field were able to break 40, Schram’s lead was never threatened.

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.

For complete scores, please go to the Results page.

Pictures From The 2017 Eagle Eye Classic

5th hole, 210 yards, par 3
Jared Dalga teeing off on No. 9
13th hole, 487 yards, par 4
16th hole, 458 yards, par 4
17th hole, 146 yards, par 3
18th hole, 589 yards, par 5

Petrich Collects Second Tour Win At Hawk Hollow

Two under par 70 secures 3 shot margin

August 27, 2017

Emmanuel Petrich
Bath, Michigan – On a delightfully pleasant day in Central Michigan, with partly cloudy skies and a temperature of about 75°, Emmanuel Petrich of Grand Blanc continued his consistent play this season, and posted an impressive two under par 70 to win the 2017 Hawk Hollow Open.

Second place went to Jonathan Schram of Warsaw, IN, who posted a 73.

Petrich also won the 2017 Coyote Preserve Open, the first event of the 2017 Michigan Players Tour schedule.

Hawk Hollow G.C. is a beautiful, Jerry Matthews designed parkland course, featuring perhaps the most difficult finishing holes on the Tour. It measures, 6,912 yards from the tips, and is located just a few miles north of the Michigan State University campus.

For complete results, please go to the Results page.

Images From Hawk Hollow

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Terry Scores A Grande Victory

Birdies Four In A Row On Back Nine To Pull Away

August 19, 2017

Logan Terry
Jackson, Michigan – On another idyllic Michigan summer day, with absolutely no humidity and a refreshing breeze out of the northwest, Logan Terry of Fenton scored his second victory of the season by posting a solid 4 under par 68 in the 2017 Jackson Open.

As is the practice of the Tour, players who have won during the season are paired in the final group, and in this instance, Terry was grouped with Emmanuel Petrich, who won the Coyote Preserve Open on June 6, and Joseph Juszczyk, who won the Copper Hills Open on June 24.

These pairings usually result in an all out battle among the players to the bitter end, and at The Grande, that is exactly what happened.

Juszczyk, who won the Tour's Order of Merit in 2016, shot 3 under on the front, followed by Petrich at 1 under. But it was Terry who finished with a flourish on the back nine, reeling off 4 straight birdies beginning at the 13th, and culminating with a 6 footer on the 480 yard, par 4 16th, the toughest hole on course, and also playing directly into the wind.

The Grande is one of Southeast Michigan’s most beautiful and challenging public courses, and is noted for its large undulating greens and unique bunkering, which allow for numerous pin positions that in many cases will perplex even the best players in the game.

For complete results, please see the Results page.

Images From The 2017 Jackson Open

4th hole, 502 yards, par 5
6th hole, 403 yards, par 5
16th hole, 480 yards, par 4
17th hole, 480 yards, par 4
18th hole, 439 yards, par 4
Tucked pin on 18

Simmonds Picks Up First Tour Win

Five over 77 good enough in breezy conditions

August 12, 2017

Logan Simmonds
Benton Harbor, Michigan – As one of the qualifying sites of the Western Amateur, Lake Michigan Hills G.C. in Benton Harbor has seen its share of competitive rounds played on the storied layout in all types of conditions.

And although it was a delightful day for the 2017 Benton Harbor Open, the proximity of the course to Lake Michigan means it is very likely that the wind will play a big part in the scores being posted by the players.

And sure enough, once a stiff afternoon breeze kicked up, so did the scores, and it was a five over par 77 by Logan Simmonds of Holt that was the best score posted, giving him a two shot victory over Mark Beneke of Ft. Wayne.

The event was played on the beautiful, 6,818 yard, par 72 Lake Michigan Hills G.C., which is about 10 miles northeast of downtown Benton Harbor, but only about 5 miles from the Lake Michigan shoreline.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.

Images From Lake Michigan Hills

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Hogan Survives At Mystic Creek

Tough Course, Stiff Breeze Punishes Field

July 29, 2017

Blaze Hogan
Milford, Michigan – For the second time in 3 years, Mystic Creek G.C. in Milford proved itself to be perhaps the most formidable course on Tour.

Although it was a gorgeous summer day, with almost no humidity and a refreshing breeze out of the northeast, only one player in the field was able to break 80.

And in the end, it was Blaze Hogan of Big Rapids who was able to clip a pair of players with a six over par 78.

The high scores were reminiscent of what occurred in 2015, when 2016 Order of Merit winner Matt Little of New Baltimore won the event with a 79, and was the only player to break 85.

Mystic Creek G.C. is located in Camp Dearborn, which is one of the most popular public parks in the Detroit Metro area. The facility consists of three nines, and the event was played on the Lakes and Woods nines.

For complete Results, please see the Results page.

Images From the 2017 Mystic Creek Open
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DiPaolo Wins Shootout in Playoff

Three man playoff requires 6 holes to settle

July 22, 2017

Matt DiPaolo
Frankenmuth, Michigan – On a gray and drizzly day, but with little wind, Matt DiPaolo of Royal Oak survived a 6 hole playoff with two other players to win the 2017 Shootout At The Fortress.

The other players involved in the playoff were Blaze Hogan of Big Rapids, and Logan Simmonds of East Lansing. All three players posted a one over 73 in regulation play.

During the playoff, Simmonds was the first player eliminated, leaving Hogan and DiPaolo to battle it out over 5 additional holes. On the third, both halved with bogeys, and after excellent up and downs on the 4th, both players hit it within 2 feet of the cup on the 5th, and halved with birdies.

It wasn’t until DiPaolo made a 30 footer for birdie on the par 5 sixth that the playoff concluded.

The Fortress is one of Michigan’s most iconic public courses, and has hosted numerous competitions, as well as two previous Tour events.

For complete Results, please see the Results page.

Images from the 2017 Shootout At The Fortress
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Logan Terry Takes Brighton Open

Three over par 75 gets it done at Huntmore G.C.

July 15, 2017

Logan Terry
Brighton, Michigan – On another unbelievably gorgeous summer day, with sunny blue skies and a temperature of about 80°, Logan Terry of Fenton battled an extremely tough course to post a three over par 75, a score good enough to win the 2017 Brighton Open by 2 shots. Second place went to Ryan Cioch of Ann Arbor.

Terry, originally from Plymouth Meeting, PA, was two over on the first nine, leaving him one stroke off the lead set by Vince Carango of Lawton, but came back with a one over 37, besting all other players on the course, except for Cioch, who had an even par 36, which moved him into second place all alone.

Huntmore G.C. is a perfectly maintained, but difficult course located a few miles south of Highland on Old U.S. 23 in Livingston County.

For complete Results, please see the Results page.

Images From The 2017 Brighton Open

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Juszczyk Resumes Winning Ways

Two under par 70 takes Copper Hills Open by 5 shots

June 24, 2017

Joseph Juszczyk
Oxford, Michigan – On another, idyllic Michigan summer day, with sunny blue skies and a temperature of about 74°, Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights picked up right where he left off last season, and with an excellent round of two under par 70, easily won the 2017 Copper Hills Open by 5 shots

Second place went to Alex Dombrowski of Gaylord, a recent graduate of Princeton University, who posted a 75.

Juszczyk’s first nine, which was played on the infamous “Jungle” nine at Copper Hills G.C., was one of basic survival, as the Jungle demands nearly perfect shot placement to avoid disaster, especially on holes 5 and 6.

The field averaged 41.66 strokes on the Jungle nine....Juszczyk played it in even par. Juszczyk then proceeded to play the “Hill” nine in two under, which was three shots better than anyone else.

Copper Hills G.C. is a gorgeous, but very demanding, 27 hole facility, located a few miles east of Oxford on Lakeville Road.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.

Images From the 2017 Copper Hills Open

Jungle No. 6 green
Hill No. 1 green
Hill No. 3
Logan Terry putt on Hill 6
Juszczk approach Hill 5
Hill No. 9

Petrich Wins At Coyote Preserve

Posts one over par 72 in perfect conditions

June 3, 2017

Emmanuel Petrich

Fenton, Michigan – On a gorgeous, “chamber of commerce day” in Southeast Michigan, with sunny blue skies and a temperature of about 80°, Emmanuel Petrich of Grand Blanc posted a solid round of one over par 72 to win the 2017 Coyote Preserve Open.

Second place went to Joseph Hooks of Commerce Twp., who posted a 74.

Petrich’s biography and career in golf was featured in a story back in 2013 of his experiences at Bethune Cookman University. It can be found at http://www.bcuathletics.com/news/2013/11/12/the_unlikely_golfer.aspx

This was the first event of the 2017 Michigan Players Tour, and was played on the immaculate, 6,912 yard, par 71 Coyote Preserve G.C., a spectacular Arnold Palmer Signature course just a few miles south of Fenton.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.

Pictures From the 2017 Coyote Preserve Open

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Sean Matson eagle on 18

2017 Tour Schedule Complete

Tour To Conduct 14 Events

April 12, 2017

10th Hole, Tullymore G.C.
The Michigan Players Tour has completed setting up the 2017 schedule, and will conduct 14 events in the state during the upcoming season.

For the first time, the Tour will now conduct all events on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, with the hope of attracting much larger fields.

In keeping with the tradition established during the Tour's eleven previous seasons, the 2017 season will once again commence at the spectacular, Arnold Palmer designed, Couote Preserve G.C. in Fenton. The season will begin on Saturday, June 3rd.

The Tour will also conduct events at several courses that have not been part of the schedule before. These courses are --

•   Copper Hills G.C. ( Jungle / Hills ), Oxford
•   Candlestone Golf Resort, Belding
•   Huntmore G.C., Brighton
•   Twin Lakes G.C. ( Links / Woods ), Oakland

The 2017 season will culminate on Sunday, September 24th at one of Michigan's most beautiful and difficult courses, Tullymore G.C. in Stanwood.

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