PLAY THE OPEN: Deadline to Enter Hall Financial Michigan Open is May 10
ROCHESTER – Take note golfers who are planning to test themselves against the state’s top players and go after potentially the biggest purse in tournament history in the Hall Financial Michigan Open Championship presented by Make The Turn, Brighton Ford and Coppercraft Distillery:
The deadline to enter is Wednesday, May 10, at 5 p.m.
The 106th edition of the championship is scheduled for June 12-15 on the Katke-Cousins Golf Course at Oakland University Golf & Learning Center.
Supporting sponsors include Broadwell Homes, District Insurance and Harbor Title Agency and if entries come in as anticipated a record purse is possible. The previous record purse was $115,000 in 2020.
“We have a lot of positive energy with the move to Oakland University, continued support from Hall Financial and additional support with new partners,” Justin Phillips, the Michigan Section PGA tournament director said. “It’s all coming together and we anticipate a great event.”
The championship is open to Michigan residents and all registration and entry fee information for the nine qualifiers is on the Michigan Section PGA website (michiganpga.com).
The qualifiers by date and site: May 16 – CC of Lansing, Knollwood CC in West Bloomfield (PGA Member Only Qualifier); May 17 – Thornapple Pointe in Grand Rapids; May 18 – Forest Akers West in East Lansing; May 24 – Atlas Valley in Grand Blanc; May 25 – Forest Lake Country Club in Bloomfield Hills; May 30 – Walnut Creek in South Lyon; June 4 – Black Lake Golf Club; June 11 – (3) Spot Qualifier, Westwynd GC in Oakland Township (may be used as a first or second attempt).
The Michigan Section annually conducts the state championship, which is being contested for the first time at Oakland University. The Katke-Cousins course, one of two courses at the facility, is familiar to most of the players as it has served as host of the Michigan PGA Professional Championship from 2012-14 and hosted numerous Golf Association of Michigan tournaments and qualifiers and NCAA events as home of the Oakland University golf teams.
Last June at Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, White Lake’s Jake Kneen, a mini-tour professional who is also a former Oakland University golfer, added his name to the James D. Standish Trophy as champion for the second time. He also won in 2018 just after completing his collegiate golf career and playing as an amateur. Kneen is planning to defend his title in June.
First played in 1916, the Michigan Open annually attracts the top professional and amateur golfers in the state and its list of winners includes golf legends Walter Hagen, Al Watrous, Chuck Kocsis, Horton Smith and Dave Hill, and more recent Michigan Golf Hall of Fame inductees Randy Erskine, Buddy Whitten, Lynn Janson, Jeff Roth, Tom Gillis and Scott Hebert. Current PGA Tour member Ryan Brehm is a three-time winner of the historic James D. Standish Jr. trophy.
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