Last Day To Register For The Michigan Open

Today, May 15, is the last day to register for the 2013 Michigan Open.

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EAST LANSING – For the 96th time the top golfer in the state, professional or amateur, will be decided at the Michigan Open Championship, which this year is being hosted for the third time by The Orchards Golf Club in Washington, Mich., and is presented by DTE Energy June 10-13.

Michigan residents with a USGA handicap index of 8.0 or less who want to test their games against the best are urged to enter before the May 15 (5 p.m.) deadline. To register online golfers should visit, or email Justin Phillips, director of tournament operations for the Michigan PGA at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can also call the Michigan Section office at 517-641-7421 to register.

The tournament will use a qualifying events system to determine the starting field of 156 golfers. Those qualifying rounds will be presented between Sunday, May 19, and Sunday, June 2, at sites across the state.

The sites include Oakland University’s Sharf course in Rochester (May 21), Hawk Hollow Golf Club in East Lansing (May 19), Country Club of Lansing (May 21), Battle Creek Country Club (May 23), Spring Meadows Country Club in Linden (PGA members only on May 22), Prestwick Village in Highland (May 23), Polo Fields Washtenaw in Ypsilanti (May 28), and the Rick Smith Signature course at Treetops Resort in Gaylord (June 2).

In addition, a 3-spot qualifier for the final trio of spots in the starting field will be held on Saturday, June 8, at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township. That event can serve as a first or second qualifying attempt.

A tiered entry rate is in effect for 2013 with Michigan PGA Junior Tour members paying $100 to enter, amateurs $175, Michigan PGA member professionals $200 and non-member professionals $300.

Kalamazoo’s Barrett Kelpin made history in shooting a record 23-under-par 265 at The Orchards to win the 2012 Open. He tied the all-time scoring record set by legend Chick Harbert, a Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member, former Ryder Cup champion and PGA National champion who won four Michigan Open titles.

The Orchards has hosted several significant golf events, and most notably was the site of the 2002 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship won by current PGA Tour player Ryan Moore.

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