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MPT Players Advance In Tour School

Korn Ferry Tour Q School Headed Into 2nd Stage


October 12, 2019

Three current and former players who competed on the Michigan Players Tour have advanced through the Prequalifying and First Stages of the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying School, and will tee it up in Second Stage beginning Oct. 29th.

MPT players who competed in Q School, and their results through completion of First Stage are listed below.


Date
Player
Hometown
Site
Stage
Score
Cut Line
Result
Oct. 1-4 Donnie Trosper (a) Canton, MI
WPBFL
1st
-13
-4
Q
Oct. 1-4 Ryan Lenahan New Hudson, MI
NCNB
1st
-8
-1
Q
Oct. 1-4 Don Leafstrand New Smyrna Beach, FL
LFL
1st
-11
-11
Q
Oct. 1-4 Eric Lilleboe Okemos, MI
KNC
1st
-9
-11
FQ
Sep. 24-27 Joseph Juszczyk Dearborn Heights, MI
SGA
1st
-1
-11
FQ
Sep. 24-27 Rich Saferian Walled Lake, MI
MAZ
1st
+1
-6
FQ
Sep. 24-27 Daniel Im La Mirada, CA
SJCA
1st
-1
-8
FQ
Sep. 24-27 Francesco Ruffino Bloomfield Hills, MI
SGA
1st
-2
-11
FQ
Sep. 24-27 Tim Ailes Delaware, OH
WTX
1st
+1
-5
FQ
Oct. 1-4 Kyle Rodes Plymouth, MI
LFL
1st
+5
-11
FQ
Sep. 24-27 Brett White Houston, TX
WTX
1st
-4
-5
FQ
Aug. 28-30 Robby Golobo Highland, MI
TRSC
PQ
+14
+8
FQ
Aug. 28-30 Jake Kneen White Lake, MI
TRSC
PQ
+9
+8
FQ
               






2019 Season Recap

Zach Burry Wins 2019 Order of Merit


September 22, 2019

Zach Burry

The Michigan Players Tour would like to extend its appreciation to all of the players who participated in Tour events in 2019.

Zach Burry of Appleton, WI led the 2019 Michigan Players Tour Order of Merit, collecting 2 victories and winning $800.00 in 3 stroke play events.

A former collegiate player at Illinois State, Burry had conditional Mackenzie Tour membership during 2019, and played in 5 events on that tour in 2019. Burry’s scoring average for the season was 71.33 (3 rounds).

During the 2019 season, the Tour conducted a total of 8 stroke play events, and paid out $7,025.00 in prize money. Overall, there were 89 entries into Tour events during 2019. In the fourteen seasons the Tour has been in operation, 128 stroke play events have been conducted, with 304 different players participating. Total prize money paid out during the twelve seasons was $111,646.49.

The complete list of money winners in 2019 is shown below.

2019 Michigan Players Tour
Order of Merit

FINAL STANDINGS -- Professionals

PLACE
PLAYER
HOMETOWN
EVENTS
WINNINGS
     
 
 
1
Zach Burry Appleton, WI
3
$800.00
2
Patrick Mudd Crown Point, IN
4
720.83
3
Blaze Hogan Big Rapids, MI
2
675.00
4
Eric Lilleboe Okemos, MI
3
658.34
5
Jake Kneen White Lake, MI
2
537.50
T6
Joseph Juszczyk Dearborn Heights, MI
2
450.00
T6
Trevor Parker South Lyon, MI
5
450.00
8
Rich Saferian Milford, MI
1
400.00
9
Joseph Kiss Kalamazoo, MI
4
337.50
T10
Jonathan Schram Warsaw, IN
2
250.00
T10
Robby Golobo Highland, MI
1
250.00
12
Doug Piesko Bruce Twp., MI
1
233.33
13
Joe Hooks Commerce Twp., MI
2
187.50
14
Ben Cook Caledonia, MI
1
125.00
T15
Clark Tiller Zionsville, IN
3
62.50
T15
Mark Beneke Ft. Wayne, IN
4
62.50
T15
Brett White Caledonia, MI
1
62.50
         
 
 
Total Prize Money Paid
 
$6,262.50

FINAL STANDINGS -- Amateurs

Note -- All amateurs paid with Visa gift cards.

PLACE
PLAYER
HOMETOWN
EVENTS
WINNINGS
 
   
 
 
1
Donnie Trosper Canton, MI
1
$400.00
2
Justin Kors Pinckney, MI
3
300.00
3
Avery Schaal Fenton, MI
3
62.50
 
   
 
 
 
  Total Prize Money Paid
 
$762.50






Burry Wins Tour Championship

Edges Juszczyk By One Stroke


September 7, 2019

Zach Burry

Bath, Michigan – It was a delightful late summer day in Central Michigan, ideal conditions to contest the final event of the season on one of Michigan’s most difficult courses.

Zach Burry of Appleton, WI, winner of the 2019 Shootout At The Fortress back in July, shot a one under par 71 to win the 2019 MPT Championship, edging Joseph Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights by one shot.

2019 Michigan Open Champion Eric Lilleboe of Okemos tied for third with Joseph Kiss of Kalamazoo. Both shot 74.

Playing in the final group, Burry and Juszczyk each parred the first 4 holes, but both made double bogey on the tough 5th, a 223 yard par three with water left, which was playing into a stiff breeze. The two then matched birdies on 6 and 7, but an eagle on 9 by Burry opened up a two shot lead going into the back nine.

The battle between Burry and Juszczyk on the back nine can best be described as “wild.”

On 10 and 11, Burry went par, double to Juszczyk’s bogey, birdie, and the two were tied. On 14, a birdie by Juszczyk gave him a 1 shot lead, but on the 15th, a two shot swing put Burry back on top. The 16th hole, also playing straight into the wind, wreaked havoc, with Burry making bogey and Juszczyk a double, giving Burry a 2 shot lead.

A birdie by Juszczyk on 17 narrowed the lead to 1, but with both players making birdie on 18, Burry secured the win.

Eagle Eye is the longest and most difficult course on Tour, playing 7,323 yards to a 75.9 handicap, 145 slope rating. It is one of five courses comprising the Hawk Hollow Resort, one of Michigan’s most spectacular golf resorts.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Pictures From Eagle Eye G.C.

5th Hole, 233 yards, par 3
5th Hole, 221 yards, par 3
9th hole, 487 yards, par 4
13th hole, 465 yards, par 4
17th hole, 146 yards, par 3
18th hole, 589 yards, par 5





Kors Secures 2 Shot Win At Jackson

Posts Even Par 72 At The Grande


August 24, 2019

Justin Kors

Jackson, Michigan – On a perfect summer day with almost no humidity, amateur Justin Kors of Pinckney picked up his second career Tour win by posting a solid, even par 72 at The Grande, giving him a 2 shot win in the 2019 Jackson Open.

Second place went to Joseph Kiss of Kalamazoo, who also won the Jackson Open in 2010.

Playing in only his fourth event on the Michigan Players Tour, Kors shot a one under par 35 on the front nine to open a 3 shot lead over Kiss and Jordan Evanson of Macomb.

On the back nine, Kiss doubled the 10th to fall 5 back, but eagled the 11th to get it right back, and ended up shooting even par on the back nine. Kors played solid on the back nine as well, and despite a late bogey on the 17th hole which narrowed his lead to 2 shots, pars by both players on the last provided Kors the margin of victory.

The Grande G.C. is a wonderful and challenging course located a few miles southeast of Jackson on U.S. 127. It plays 7,157 yards to a par of 72.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.



Pictures From The Grande G.C.

4th hole, 502 yards, par 5
6th hole, 403 yards, par 5
13th hole, 447 yards, par 4
16th hole, 480 yards, par 4
17th hole, 214 yards, par 3
18th hole, 439 yards, par 4






Saferian Gets First Tour Win

One Over 73 Is The Number At Huntmore G.C.


July 27, 2019

Rich Saferian

Brighton, Michigan – On a warm and breezy summer day, Rich Saferian of Milford was the only player in the field to post a sub par back nine, and that was enough to secure a 3 shot win in the 2019 Brighton Open.

Second place went to Trevor Parker of South Lyon, who earlier in the season finished second in the 2018 Romeo Open.

The event was quite competitive over the front nine, with amateur Avery Schaal of Fenton joining Saferian and Parker with 2 over par 38s to lead at the turn.

Saferian, who has been competing in PGA Tour Monday qualifiers and other regional professional events, had a clean card on the back, adding a birdie at the reachable par five 17th hole to open up a two shot lead heading into the final hole. A solid par at the last, combined with Parker’s bogey sealed the deal.

Huntmore G.C. is a beautifully maintained, but difficult course located a few miles south of Highland on Old U.S. 23 in Livingston County. It plays 7,115 yards to a par of 72.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Images From Huntmore G.C.

!st Hole
5th Hole
6th Hole
7th Hole
11th Hole
18th Hole






Kneen Gets The Win at Hawk Hollow

Posts 68, Wins by Three Over Lilleboe


July 13, 2019

Jake Kneen

Bath, Michigan – On a beautiful, warm, and breezy day in Central Michigan, Jake Kneen of White Lake, winner of the 2018 Michigan Open Championship, posted a solid four under par 68 at the difficult Hawk Hollow Resort (Eagle Eye G.C.) to win the 2019 Hawk Hollow Open.

Second place went to 2019 Michigan Open Champion Eric Lilleboe of Okemos, who posted a 71.

The event was originally scheduled to be played on the adjacent Hawk Hollow G.C. course, but was moved across the street to Eagle Eye at the last minute due to extended delays in completing a match play event.

Kneen and Lilleboe, who last played together in the final round of the 2018 Michigan Open, were paired in the final group with, Zach Burry of Appleton, WI, winner of the 2019 Shootout At The Fortress. It was quite a shootout between the three on the front nine, with Kneen (at -3) holding a one shot lead over Lilleboe, and two over Burry. But Kneen pulled away on the back nine, and was the only player in the field to shoot under par on the back.

The 68 by Kneen was particularly notable, given the fact Eagle Eye is the longest and most difficult course on Tour, playing 7,323 yards to a 75.9 handicap, 145 slope rating.

Eagle Eye G.C. is one of five courses comprising the Hawk Hollow Resort, one of Michigan’s most spectacular golf resorts. Eagle Eye was the first solo design of Chris Lutzke, who was an associate of Pete Dye for over 20 years.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Pictures From Eagle Eye G.C.

2nd Hole, 165 yards, par 3
5th Hole, 221 yards, par 3
9th hole, 487 yards, par 4
13th hole, 465 yards, par 4
17th hole, 146 yards, par 3
18th hole, 589 yards, par 5





Burry Wins Shootout At The Fortress

Posts Five Under 67, Wins By 3


July 29, 2019

Zach Burry
Frankenmuth, Michigan – On a gorgeous, “Chamber of Commerce” day in Mid-Michigan, Zach Burry of Appleton, WI, in the area for a Mackenzie Tour event in Windsor, Ontario, took advantage of the perfect conditions to post a solid five under par 67, and won the 2019 Shootout At The Fortress.

Jonathan Schram of Warsaw, IN, finished 2nd, posting a 70, and 2018 Michigan Open champion Jake Kneen of White Lake tied with 2019 Romeo Open winner Patrick Mudd of Crown Point, IN for third at 71.

The Fortress is one of Michigan’s most iconic public courses, and has hosted numerous competitions, as well as four previous Michigan Players Tour events, in 2009, 2010, 2017, and 2018.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Images From The Fortress
7th Hole, 437 yards, Par 4
8th Hole, 409 yards, Par 4
13th Hole, 443 yards, Par 4
13th Hole, 443 yards, Par 4
16th Hole, 380 yards, Par 4
17th Hole, 172 yards, Par 3






Donnie Trosper Wins Orchards Open

Wins In Playoff Over Robby Golobo


June 22, 2019

Donnie Trosper
Former All Big 10 First Team and Michigan State player Donnie Trosper of Canton, preparing for PGA Tour Monday Qualifying for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, posted a four under par 68, and then bested Robby Golobo of Highland on the first playoff hole to win the 2019 Orchards Open.

Third place went to Blaze Hogan of Hobe Sound, FL, winner of the 2019 Coyote Preserve Open. Hogan shot two under par 70.

The round was played in ideal conditions, with sunny skies, a high of 77°, and a fresh breeze from the east.

The Orchards G.C. is a beautiful Robert Trent Jones II design located north of Detroit in Washington Twp. It is ranked as Number One public course in the Metro Detroit area by the Detroit News.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.



Pictures From The Orchards
1st hole
13th Hole
14th Hole
10th hole
17th hole
18th hole






Patrick Mudd Takes Romeo Open

Shoots Even Par 72, Wins By One


June 15, 2019

Patrick Mudd
Patrick Mudd of Crown Point, Indiana birdied three of his first five holes, and then held on to win the 2019 Romeo Open by one shot over Trevor Parker of South Lyon. Joseph Kiss of Kalamazoo and Mark Beneke of Ft. Wayne, Indiana tied for third with 75's.

The event was held at the beautiful, but difficult Greystone G.C. in Romeo. The course is beautifully manicured, and has perhaps the most difficult finishing hole on the Tour schedule. The event was played in cloudy conditions, with a passing rain shower late in the day.

Mudd was the winner of the 2018 Michigan Players Tour Championship last September, which was played at the incredibe Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Images From Greystone G.C.

2nd Hole
11th Hole
13th Hole
17th Hole
18th Hole
18th Hole






Lilleboe Wins Michigan Open

Posts Thirteen Under, Wins By 5


June 13, 2019

Eric Lilleboe of Okemos, Michigan, has been declared the winner of the 2019 Michigan Open Championship, as heavy rains washed out the final round of the tournamment on June 13. He finished the tournament at -13, five shots clear of Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo, who won the Championship in 2012.

The Michigan Open was held at the Grand Traverse Resort (The Bear) in Acme, just northeast of Traverse City. Lilleboe collected $8,000.00 for the win.

Lilleboe is a former NCAA Division II All American, playing out of Ferris State University. Lilleboe has competed on the Michigan Players Tour since 2014, and won the 2018 Michigan Players Tour Order of Merit, collecting 4 victories, and setting a Tour scoring record of 66.25 strokes (4 rounds).





Hogan Captures Coyote Preserve Open

Posts One Under Par 70, Wins By 3


June 1, 2019

Blaze Hogan
Blaze Hogan of Hobe Sound, Florida, got the 2019 Michigan Players Tour season off to a great start by posting a one under par 70 in the Coyote Preserve Open, besting a trio of players by 3 shots.

Hogan shot one over on the front nine, leaving him one shot behind Joe Hooks of Commerce Twp. and Doug Piesko of Bruce Twp., but a solid two under par 33 on the back nine provided the margin of victory.

The round was played in cool, damp, and breezy conditions, after play was suspended for one hour with the passing of a cold front just as the first group teed off.

Coyote Preserve is a beautiful Arnold Palmer design located northwest of Detroit, just south of Fenton. It is ranked as one of the top ten courses in the Metro Detroit area.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.


Pictures From Coyote Preserve G.C.

4th hole
5th hole
6th hole
17th hole
18th hole
18th hole





Tour Completes 2019 Schedule

Schedule To Consist of 12 Events


April 18, 2019

1st Hole, Shanty Creek Resort (The Legend)
The Michigan Players Tour has completed contacting courses around the State, and has finished setting up its schedule for 2019.

The Tour schedule will consist of 12 events, with the first event to be played on Saturday, June 1st, at the spectacular, Arnold Palmer designed Coyote Preserve G.C. near Fenton.

The schedule will conclude on Sunday, September 15th at the gorgeous Shanty Creek Resort (The Legend), which is the site of the 2019 Michigan Players Tour Championship.

Other courses to confirm are The Medalist G.C. near Marshall, the Orchards G.C. in Washington (which will be the site of Monday Qualifying for the PGA Tour's Rocket Mortgage Classic, which will be the first PGA Tour event in Michigan since the Buick Open at Warwick Hills), and Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant, the site of the 2018 MPT Championship.

Players are encouraged to contact the Tour to obtain a 2019 membership, as well as to enter events.









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