Beaurman Wins Michigan PGA Professional Championship with Mircale Comeback

EAST LANSING - Ron Beurman of Jackson came from four strokes behind with two holes to play to win the 89th Michigan PGA Professional Championship in a playoff.

The 50-year-old director of golf at The Country Club of Jackson trailed by two shots entering the final round and won the tournament on the second hole of a three-man playoff.

“It’s a miracle, it’s a miracle” the man known for his ball striking and poor putting said.

“The key for me winning this week is the fact I only missed two five-foot putts this week, Beurman noted.”

John Seltzer of Ann Arbor had a two-shot cushion entering the final round at Eagle Eye Golf Club. He extended the lead to three after seven holes and was poised to cruise to a wire-to-wire win.

Sean Winters of Bloomfield Hills Country Club started the final round five shots behind Seltzer but got hot in the middle of the round with an eagle on 14 and a birdie on 15. The tournament had became a three-horse race.

By the time the lead group headed to the infamous island green par-3 17th hole, Seltzeer was nursing a one-stroke lead over Winters and a four-stroke lead over Beurmann.

Seltzer found the water with “ a 155-yard pitching wedge” on the 142-yard hole, Winters three putted for bogey and Beurmann made par. “I was relaxed at 17 because I thought I was out of it.”  Beurmann said.

On the final hole of regulation, Winters drove his tee shot into the water on the par 5. He finished with a double bogey.  Seltzer’s layup shot found the edge of a railroad tie. He blasted out and was left with a difficult wedge shot that went past the hole and he ended with a double bogey. Beurmann, presumably out of the tournament birdied the hole and all three players finshed regularion at 10-under-par.

Winters was eliminated on the first playoff hole when he again hit his tee shot into the water and ended with double bogey.Seltzer bogeyed the second hole of the playoff and Beurmann’s par was good enough to win the $7,000 first place prize and shake a 12-year draught of winning a major.”

“I never gave up, but it’s amazing how many times I’ve walked away from a tournament and said this is it because of my putting," he said. "I’ve seen some crazy stuff over the years but never for me and it’s great to win in front of my friends and peers and Scott Hebert who has won this tournament four years in a row."

 

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