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Lilleboe Makes It Two In A Row At Hawk Hollow

Consecutive Eagles On Front Nine The Difference

July 14, 2018

Eric Lilleboe
Bath, Michigan – On a cloudy, humid, and rainy day in Central Michigan, Eric Lilleboe of Okemos continued his impressive play this season, and posted an excellent round of five under par 67 to win the 2018 Hawk Hollow Open.

Second place went to Joe Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights, who posted a 69.

On July 7th, Lilleboe won the 2018 Shootout At The Fortress, firing a seven under par 65, a win that came on the heels of a T6 finish in the Michigan Open, an event he led after the second round.

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 see the Results page.

Images From Hawk Hollow

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18th Hole Panorama

Lilleboe Last Man Standing In Shootout

Birdies Five In A Row On Back Nine To Edge Burry

July 7, 2018

Eric Lilleboe
Frankenmuth, Michigan – On another idyllic Michigan summer day, with absolutely no humidity and a refreshing breeze out of the northwest, Eric Lilleboe of Okemos strung together a stretch of 5 birdies in a row on the back nine of The Fortress to outlast Zach Burry of Appleton, Wisconsin to win the 2018 Shootout At The Fortress.

Lilleboe posted a 7 under par 65 for the win on the classic and demanding layout.

This was the 4th staging of the Shootout At The Fortress, an event that has seen some of the best scoring on Tour. In the four events at the Fortress, the average winning score is 67.5 strokes.

Another noteworthy fact about this year’s event is that the 23 players who competed in this year’s Shootout was the largest turnout in the history of the MPT. The previous record occurred at the Jackson Open in 2006, the first year of the Tour.

The Fortress is one of Southeast Michigan’s most beautiful and challenging public courses, and is noted for its perfect conditioning, and also for the demanding 13th hole, which has a narrow fairway that winds between two large ponds in the driving area.

For complete results, please see the Results page.

Images From The Fortress
7th Hole, 437 yards, Par 4
8th Hole, 409 yards, Par 4
13th Hole, 4439 yards, Par 4
16th Hole, 380 yards, Par 4
17th Hole, 172 yards, Par 3
18th Hole, 529 yards, Par 5

Hooks Wins Coyote Preserve Open

Captures First 36 Hole Tournament On Tour In 11 Years

June 24, 2018

Joe Hooks
Fenton, Michigan -- Joe Hooks of Farmington Hills made it two in a row, and with a final round 67, the only score under par in the entire tournament, won the 2018 Coyote Preserve Open by 7 shots.

Second place went to Blaze Hogan of Big Rapids, who posted 74 - 76.

Although there was a small group of only 12 players in the field, players contemplating joining the Tour should note the significantly larger paycheck available in 36 hole events. Hooks picked up $800.00 for the win, an amount that could have easily topped $1,000.00 with only a handful more players.

The Tour will now seek to add a couple more 36 hole events this season. Should these events be scheduled, they will be announced here on the Tour web site and by email.

Coyote Preserve G.C. is an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, and is one of the most beautiful and challenging public courses in Southeast Michigan. It plays to a yardage of 6,912 yards, and a par of 71.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.

Pictures From Coyote Preserve

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Joe Hooks Putting On No. 6

MPT Players Excel In Michigan Open

James Holley finishes second, but wins first place money

June 14, 2018

Traverse City, Michigan -- Jake Kneen, an amateur from White Lake, Michigan, survived a triple bogey on the 16th hole, and a final round 75, to capture the 2018 Michigan Open Championship on June 14 by two shots, allowing him to hoist the illustrious James Standish Trophy, a trophy containing the names of several members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, including Walter Hagen, who won the Michigan Open in 1921.

James Holley of Howell, who was runner up in the first two MPT events this season, finished second at -6. Since Kneen is an amateur, Holley picked up first place money in the event.

Also playing in the final group was Eric Lilleboe, who won the 2017 Michigan Players Tour Championship last fall. Lilleboe trailed Kneen by 3 shots entering the final round.

Other MPT players finishing in the money were Joseph Juszczyk (T9), Brett White (T16), Blaze Hogan (T22), Brian Cairns (T25), and Jay Jurecic (T25).

Hooks Picks Up First Tour Win

Posts Even Par 72 In Difficult Conditions

June 9, 2018

Joe Hooks

Oxford, Michigan – It doesn’t happen very often, but rain, wind and cool temperatures finally tested the players during a Michigan Players Tour event, who battled through the rough conditions on June 9th at the 2018 Boulder Pointe Open.

And emerging with the win was Joe Hooks of Commerce Township, posting an even par 72 on the lengthy track, which is located just a mile north of downtown Oxford.

Second place went to last week’s runner up James Holley of Howell, who posted a 74.

Boulder Pointe G.C. is a very demanding Conroy-Dewling Associates design, stretching over 7,400 yards from the championship tees. Several par fours on the course stretch to nearly 500 yards, making the course a big hitter’s paradise. Driving areas on several holes are also tight, with ponds, forests, and areas of deep grass and fescue ready to gather your ball if you are slightly off line.

For complete scores, please see the Results page.

Images From Boulder Pointe G.C.
2nd Hole, Peaks
4th Hole, Peaks
5th hole, Peaks
7th Hole, Peaks
3rd Hole, Dunes
8th hole, Dunes

Hogan Captures Devil's Ridge Open In Playoff

Defeats James Holley On First Hole

June 2, 2018

Blaze Hogan
The 2018 Michigan Players Tour season got off to an exciting start on June 2nd, as Blaze Hogan of Big Rapids defeated James Holley of Howell in a one hole playoff at the Devil's Ridge Open in Oxford. Both players posted 1 under par 71s during regulation play.

Hogan, who winters in Hobe Sound, Florida, won the 2017 Mystic Creek Open for his first Tour win last summer. During the winter of 2017-2018, Hogan competed on the Minor League Golf Tour in Florida, and was 85th on the money list with $1,249.34 in earnings, posting two top 3 finishes in his last 4 starts.

Devil's Ridge G.C. is a challenging, but fun course to play, and demands precise driving on many holes to score well. Water also comes into play in both the driving areas and near the greens on several holes. The course also features unusual elevation changes for this part of the State.

As the opening event of the 2018 Tour season, the DRO provided players competing in the Michigan Open a chance to get in a competitive round prior to the tournament. This is also true of the Boulder Pointe Open, which will be conducted the following week on June 9th.

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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2018 Tour Schedule Complete

Tour To Conduct 13 Events This Season

March 25, 2018

18th Hole, Buck's Run G.C.
The Michigan Players Tour has completed setting up the 2018 schedule, and will conduct a total of 13 events this season.

The 2018 season will be the second year in which the Tour will conduct all of its events on weekend afternoons. In 2017, this proved successful, as the Tour essentially doubled participation in most events. It is hoped even more players will come out and tee it up with us in 2018.

The season will begin on June 2nd with the Devil's Ridge Open in Oxford, and for the first time in 11 years, the Tour will conduct one or more 36 hole events. A separate story regarding this follows.

The Tour will utilize three new courses in 2018. These are as follows --

•   Pheasant Run G.C. in Canton
  •   Timber Trace G.C. in Pinckney
   •   Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant

The 2018 season will conclude with the Michigan Players Tour Championship on September 22, to be held at the incredible Buck's Run G.C. in Mt. Pleasant.

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