The 94th and 95th Michigan PGA Professional Championships will be held at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, Michigan.
The championship will be played on the club’s Valley and Ridge courses, which were designed by Arthur Hills.
The 2015 tournament is scheduled for August 17 – 19. IT will feature 140 Michigan PGA Professionals in a 54 hole event. The top finishers qualify for the PGA Professional National Championship and a chance at a Major—thePGA Championship.
Scott Hebert, recently named the head professional at Traverse City Country Club, is the defending champion and expected to return to defend his title. He has won the championship seven times since 2006, just two short of the record nine won by Michigan golf legend Al Watrous. Brian Cairns of Fox Hills in Plymouth, the 2013 champion, and Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson, the 2010 champion, are also expected in the field at Egypt Valley.
The PGA Professional Championship dates to 1922 and past champions include Walter Hagen, Chuck Kocsis, Jimmy Demaret, Chick Harbert, Horton Smith, John Barnum, Marvin Stahl, Randy Erskine, Buddy Whitten and Lynn Janson, all Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members.
Egypt Valley also hosted the Michigan Amateur Championship in 1994 and will again in 2017. The 1994 Amateur was won by Brian Atkinson of Cassopolis, then a University of Illinois golfer, who beat Egypt Valley member Kurt Hassberger in the championship match. The Michigan Women’s Amateur has been played at the club twice (1996 and 2007). Then EVCC member Stacy Slobodnik (Stoll), who is now the head women’s golf coach at Michigan State University, won in 1996 and Laura Bavaird of Grosse Ile won in 2007.
The Michigan PGA Professional Championship will be presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA with supporting sponsors Titleist/Footjoy, Nike Golf, TaylorMade-adidas, Ashworth Golf and the PGA Tour. Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA will be the tournament director.