Final 16 in Michigan PGA Match Play Battle at Country Club of Lansing Sept 21 – 22
LANSING, MI – The Michigan PGA Section Match Play Championship presented by the PGA Tour will be decided Tuesday and Wednesday at the Country Club of Lansing.
The final 16 golfers have advanced from chapter or senior organization match play rounds to battle at the Country Club of Lansing for the Jim Picard Trophy and $3,200 first-place prize out of a $15,500 purse.
Defending Champion and two-time winner Kyle Martin from the Lochmoor Club (2020, 2015) leads the field this year and is one of three former champions in this year’s final 16. The other past champions are 1998 winner Ron Beurmann from the Country Club of Jackson and 2019 and 2017 champion Scott Hebert from Traverse City Golf & Country Club.
This year’s bracket of 16 has some fresh faces with five players participating in the Section finals for the first time since the change to the new format in 2012 when the three Chapters and the Senior Organization each started advancing four players.
Kyle Roman from Hidden River Golf & Casting Club as well as Greg Babinec from Crystal Mountain Resort have advanced through the Northern Chapter, Darren Husse from Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club and Mat Little from GolfTEC – Lakeside have advanced through the Eastern Chapter and Andrew Mogg from Wabeek Country Club has advanced through the Senior Organization for the first time.
This year’s final 16 also includes the 2020 and 2021 Michigan PGA Professional Champion Ben Cook from Yankee Springs Golf Course. Cook made the cut this year at the PGA Championship at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort in May.
Cody Haughton from Red Run Golf Club joins Martin, Husse and Mat Little to make up the Eastern Chapter section of the bracket.
In the Western Chapter section joining Cook is Henry Thompson from the Country Club of Jackson, Adam Schumacher from Point O Woods Golf & Country Club and Dan Urban from Gull Lake Country Club.
Justin Mack from The Kingsley Club will join Hebert, Roman and Babinec in the Northern Chapter section.
Kevin Muir from The Wyndgate and Jim Deiters from Midland Country Club join Ron Beurmann and Mogg in the Senior Organization section.
Round of 16 matches and the quarterfinal round will be played on Tuesday, with the semifinals and championship match on Wednesday. A complete bracket and more tournament information can be found at michiganpga.com
Country Club of Lansing has a time-tested championship golf course for such a field, and at the same time is family oriented and offers a full range of amenities, including a driving range, tennis courts, fitness facility, swimming and dining.
Founded in 1908, The Lansing Golf Club was formed by a group of 17 men. In 1920 members acquired 160 acres of land that adjoined the club and Langford, a nationally known golf course architect of the time, was commissioned to develop the new course layout. The Chicago Park Builders were engaged to construct the course, and the new clubhouse which was designed by Samuel Butterworth. In 1921 a new opening and a new name emerged – the Country Club of Lansing.
In 1999 a $7 million renovation to the clubhouse helped the club continue to provide a traditional country club lifestyle for its membership, their families and guests. The course plays to a maximum of 6,889 yards from the championship tee positions.
John Lindert is the director of golf and Drew Peddie the superintendent. Find out more about the Country Club of Lansing at www.cclansing.org
The Michigan PGA Match Play Championship dates to 1980 and is considered one of the four major Michigan PGA championships along with the Michigan Open, Michigan PGA Professional Championship and Tournament of Champions.
Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director, and he can be reached at 517-641-7421 or JPhillips@michiganpga.com. Gallery is welcome free of charge.