Michigan Senior Open Starts Tuesday At Bedford Valley

Bedford Valley Golf Course
Bedford Valley Golf Course

The 2015 Michigan Senior Open will feature 129 top senior golfers, including PGA Professionals, elite amateurs, eight Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members and 10 past champions.

The action in the 2015 Club Car Senior Open set for Tuesday and Wednesday at Bedford Valley Golf Club. (You can read my Bedford Valley Golf Club review at the link.)

Defending champion and amateur Ian Harris of Bloomfield Hills will defend his title against the likes of Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, whose recent top finish in the PGA Professional National Championship earned him a spot in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in August.

Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members in the field include PGA Professionals Steve Brady, Randy Erskine, Lynn Janson, Jack Seltzer and Dave Kendall, and amateurs Steve Maddalena, Terry Moore and Bill Zylstra.

Kendall is a former two-time champion; Janson and Erskine also have Senior Open titles on their rich resumes. The other past champions in the field are Harris, Chuck Pohl, Steve Wells, Gene Gizzarelli, Denis Husse, Bob Ackerman, Ron English and Pete Doerr.

The field will play 36 holes of stroke play. This is the 34th edition of the state championship for seniors (age 50-and-over), and includes a 65-and-over super senior division. Play starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday and the public is welcome.

Bedford Valley Golf Club is part of the Gull Lake View collection of five courses near Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. It was a 2008-2009 Best Places to Play selection by Golf Digest and in 2010 was named the Michigan Golf Course of the Year by the Michigan Golf Course Owners Association.

It was designed in 1965 by William Mitchell and purchased by the Scott Family of Gull Lake View in 1988. The classic parkland design is known locally as “The Big Course” and features big greens, bunkers and fairways lined with large oak trees.

Bedford Valley has hosted several of the state’s top tournaments including the Michigan Open, multiple Michigan Senior Opens, the Michigan Maxfli PGA Junior, the Michigan Publinx State Match Play and the NCAA Division III National Championship.

Visit www.michiganpgagolf.com for more information on the championship.

via: Greg Johnson

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