94th Michigan Open Championship presented by Lincoln, The Southeastern Michigan Lincoln Dealers & DT

East Lansing, MI – The 94th Michigan Open Championship presented by Lincoln / DTE Energy will see some big changes this year as the event has a new venue and a new date. The Championship moves to The Orchards Golf Club in Washington, MI and will take place on July 11-14, 2011. The event was hosted the last two years by Orchard Lake Country Club and was held in June.  “We are thrilled to be selected by the Michigan PGA to host the 2011 and 2012 Michigan Opens,” said Jeff Stalcup, The Orchard’s head professional. “This is the state’s premier event, and our course will provide a challenging test for Michigan’s top golfers.” The Orchards Golf Club has hosted a number of Michigan PGA and Golf Association of Michigan events, and most notably was the site for the USGA 2002 National U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship won by current PGA Tour professional Ryan Moore.

The Michigan PGA is also pleased to announce that DTE Energy is the new co-sponsor of the Championship with Lincoln this year. Lincoln has sponsored the Michigan Open for the last four years. “We are proud to have DTE Energy become involved as a co-sponsor. We greatly appreciate their support and they will be a great partner with Lincoln and the Michigan PGA as we conduct this premier championship for the best players in Michigan,” said Kevin Helm, Michigan PGA Executive Director.

The Michigan Open Championship presented by Lincoln / DTE Energy will feature 156 of the best amateur and professional golfers in Michigan teeing it up at The Orchards on July 11-14, 2011. Ryan Brehm from Mt. Pleasant won the event last year with a (-16) under par, 268 total, taking home $10,000 and giving him back to back victories.

Qualifying rounds will be held Monday (June 13th) through Wednesday (July 6th). The qualifying sites this year include Oakland University (Sharf) - Rochester, Eagle Eye Golf Club – East Lansing, Boyne Alpine – Boyne City, Battle Creek Country Club, The Polo Fields – Ann Arbor, Prestwick Village – Highland and Pilgrim’s Run - Pierson. In addition to normal qualifying events, a 3-spot qualifier will be held on Saturday, July 9th, 2011 at Greystone Golf Club in Washington, MI. This qualifier can serve as a first attempt or a second attempt for an additional $100 fee. Players qualifying on Saturday (July 9th) will be vying for the final three spots in the 94th  Michigan Open Championship presented by Lincoln / DTE Energy.

A tiered entry system will be in effect for 2011. The following qualifying rates will apply: Michigan PGA Junior Tour Members: $100 / Amateurs $175 / Michigan PGA Professionals $200 / Non-PGA Professionals $300. Entrants must be Michigan residents with a USGA handicap index of 8.0 or lower.

For further information or to register online, please visit www.michigan.pga.com or contact Justin Phillips, Director of Tournament Operations at 517.641.7421 or by email at jphillips@michiganpga.com.


Monday, June 13
Eagle Eye Golf Club, East Lansing

Sunday, June 19

Boyne – Alpine, Boyne City

Wednesday, June 22
Prestwick Village Golf Club, Highland – (PGA Members Only)

Monday, June 27
The Polo Fields Golf & Country Club – Ann Arbor
Battle Creek Country Club

Tuesday, June 28
Oakland University – Sharf, Rochester

Wednesday, July 6
Pilgrim’s Run Golf Club, Pierson
Saturday, July 9
Greystone Golf Club, Washington (3 Spot Qualifier – may be used as a second attempt)

The Michigan PGA Section is one of 41 PGA Sections nationwide and is comprised of over 700 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf. More information about the Michigan PGA is available on the Sections website, located at www.michigan.pga.com.


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