Benton Harbor, MI – The top playing Michigan Senior PGA Professionals were in Southern Michigan this week, as Point O Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor played host to the Michigan Senior PGA Championship. 67 Michigan PGA Professionals teed it up on Monday and Tuesday to compete for the Michigan Senior PGA Championship Title as well as 9 qualifying spots for the 33rd Senior PGA Professional National Championship on October 21-24 at PGA Golf Club – Wannamaker / Ryder Courses. This was the first year that Point O Woods has hosted this event as it has been in Harbor Springs the past 8 years at Birchwood Farms Golf & CC for 7 and last year at Hidden River Golf & Casting Club.
Heading into the final round of the tournament there were ten players within five shots of the lead, all chasing the first-round leader Brian Cairns from Fox Hills Learning Center who started out hot with a -3 under opening nine of 33 finishing his first round with a -4 under par 68.
Brian continued his steady play into Tuesday and followed up his 68 with a -2 under par round of 70 for a 138 total (-6) , good enough for a 1 shot victory and his third Michigan Senior PGA Championship title. Coming in second with a 139 total was Jim Deiters from Midland Country Club.
Joining Brian and representing the Michigan Section at the Senior PGA Professional National Championship will be Jim Deiters, Chad Kurmel from MSU’s Forest Akers West, Jordan Young from Jordan Young Golf, Frank McAuliffe from Meadowbrook Country Club, Jeff Roth from BOYNE Golf Academy, Gary Lewandowski from Tullymore Golf Club, Kevin Muir from The Wyndgate and Jeff Rachar from Forest Lake Country Club who secured the last spot in a playoff
In the super senior 70 and older division, PGA Life Member from Lake Orion, MI Randy Erskine birdied hole #18 to defeat Ken Allard from Detroit Golf Club by two shots. Randy had rounds of 76 on Monday and a -2 under par round on Tuesday.
We would really like to thank our host site this year Point O Woods Golf & Country Club. The golf course has a great reputation from hosting many events of the years like the Western Amateur and we got to see firsthand why. The course was in excellent condition and provided a great test and championship venue for this event.
We would also like to thank Doug Dingwall for his generous support of this event as well as our new Senior Event Section sponsor ADN Administrators. Thank you to our national sponsors Cadillac, John Deere, the PGA Tour, and the Golf Channel.
For final results click HERE