HOUTTEMAN WINS BOYNE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

HOUTTEMAN WINS BOYNE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONSBOYNE FALLS – Lee Houtteman of Traverse City won the Boyne Tournament of Champions with a birdie on the first playoff hole. The 50-year old teaching professional finished regulation at 5-under par along with Andrew Ruthkoski and Jeff Cuzzort  in the 54-hole event.

Houtteman entered the final round tied for third and one shot behind leaders Cuzzort and Korey Mahoney. Mahoney struggled at the finish with bogeys on two of his last 4 holes while Houtteman was birdieing 4 of his last 7 holes. Cuzzort birdied the last hole in regulation to earn his spot in the playoff.

Houtteman didn’t let the suspense build in the playoff. All three players laid up on the par-5 18th hole on The Alpine. Houtteman new his distance from playing the hole in regulation just ten minutes prior and stuck a gap wedge to 4-inches of the hole for an easy tap in birdie. Cuzzort and Ruthkoski both missed their birdie putts.

“I’ve won pro-ams and chapter events,” Houtteman said after receiving the $10,000 winner’s check. “But this is special. Unbelievable. There are great players in this tournament. Heck, just last week I saw J.R. Roth playing on TV with Hale Irwin at the U.S. Senior Open. I’m thinking I have no chance.”

Mahoney finished with a final round 71 and tied for fourth with former champion Scott Hebert.

The Tournament of Champions is a unique 54-hole event that pits men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs against each other. They all have won a Michigan major golf tournament. The equalizer for the diverse field are three sets of tees on Boyne Mountain’s Alpine Course. The forward tees play to 5,905 yards and are used by all women and men age 70+. The middle tees measure to 6,562 yards and are played by men 50+ and any junior men with high school eligibility remaining. The back tees are used by all men 49 and under and measure 6,938 yards.

This is the first year Houtteman played from the middle tees. He admits “it helps me on at least 3-holes and is probably good for a couple of strokes per round.” Cuzzort and Ruthkoski didn’t use that as an excuse for the playoff. Both knew Houtteman was able to execute better in that situation. Cuzzort said, “I thought Lee won it at the end of regulation and congratulated him then. He’s the one that told me we were tied. I can’t complain. This is my best finish here.”

Ruthkoski was more disappointed. He held a one stroke leading going into his final hole but bogeyed it to fall into the playoff. “I played well enough to win, but it doesn’t always work out that way.”

Place

Name

Representing










*1

Lee Houtteman

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

73


69


69


-5

211

$10,000.00

T2

Andrew Ruthkoski

Muskegon, MI

69


74


68


-5

211

$3,975.00


Jeff Cuzzort

Grosse Ile, MI

71


70


70


-5

211

$3,975.00

T4

Scott Hebert

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

70


72


70


-4

212

$1,875.00


Korey Mahoney

Thompsonville, MI

72


69


71


-4

212

$1,875.00

T6

Martin Jeppesen II(a)

Ypsilanti, MI

73


71


69


-3

213

$750.00


J.R. Roth

San Juan Country Club

71


72


70


-3

213

$1,300.00

T8

Ryan Brehm

East Lansing, MI

74


69


71


-2

214

$1,100.00


Brian Hayward(a)

Grand Rapids, MI

71


73


70


-2

214

$550.00

T10

Steve Cuzzort

Grosse Ile, MI

72


72


71


-1

215

$900.00


Randy Hutchison

Traverse City, MI

75


69


71


-1

215

$900.00


Dan Olsen

Walnut Hills Country Club

71


72


72


-1

215

$900.00


Mike Raymond(a)

Jackson, MI

72


71


72


-1

215

$425.00


Bill Zylstra(a)

Plymouth, MI

72


71


72


-1

215

$425.00

15

Henry Do(a)

Ypsilanti, MI

73


73


70


Even

216

$375.00

T16

Chris Mory(a)

Haslett, MI

73


73


71


+1

217

$350.00


Gary Smithson

Thousand Oaks Golf Club

71


73


73


+1

217

$735.00


John DalCorobbo

Prairie View Golf Club

73


72


72


+1

217

$735.00

T19

Ian Harris(a)

Bloomfield, Hills, MI

70


73


75


+2

218

$325.00


Dave Kendall

Kendall Academy of Golf

71


74


73


+2

218

$705.00


Tim Matthews

Scotts, MI

74


73


71


+2

218

$705.00

T22

Natalie Brehm(a)

Mt Pleasant, MI

75


74


70


+3

219

$300.00


Brian Cairns

Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center

75


73


71


+3

219

$670.00


Frank McAuliffe

Kendall Academy of Golf

75


73


71


+3

219

$670.00


Kevin Muir

The Wyndgate

74


72


73


+3

219

$670.00


John Pershern

Lochmoor Club

70


75


74


+3

219

$670.00


Mark Zelazny

Dearborn Country Club

73


71


75


+3

219

$670.00

T28

Brandon Cigna

Novi, MI

73


71


76


+4

220

$630.00


Steve McKalko(a)

Troy, MI

71


73


76


+4

220

$275.00


Fred Muller

Crystal Downs Country Club

74


74


72


+4

220

$630.00


Allison Fouch

Indianapolis, IN

74


73


73


+4

220

$630.00

T32

David Nolan

Van Dyke Sports Center

72


74


76


+6

222

$605.00


Joe Pollack

Golf Emporium

82


71


69


+6

222

$605.00

T34

George Bowman

Oakhurst Golf & CC

73


76


74


+7

223

$580.00


Dave Ellis(a)

Negaunee, MI

75


75


73


+7

223

$250.00


Gary Robinson

Life Member

74


73


76


+7

223

$580.00

T37

Jared Dalga(a)

Grand Rapids, MI

73


79


72


+8

224

$217.50


Claude Johnston(a)

Westland,MI

78


73


73


+8

224

$217.50

T39

Ron English

Charlotte Country Club

75


72


78


+9

225

$530.00


Mark Hill

Traverse City Golf Center

78


73


74


+9

225

$530.00


Frank McAuliffe IV

Ann Arbor, MI

72


78


75


+9

225

$530.00

T39

Bill Mory

Meridian Sun Golf Club

79


74


72


+9

225

$530.00


John Nolan

Van Dyke Sports Center

77


70


78


+9

225

$530.00


Dan Urban

Sunnybrook Country Club

79


72


74


+9

225

$530.00


Ian Ziska

Manistee Nat'l Golf & Resort

75


75


75


+9

225

$530.00

T46

Jeff Champine(a)

Rochester Hills, MI

72


74


80


+10

226

$195.00


Dan Ellis(a)

Negaunee, MI

73


73


80


+10

226

$195.00


David VanLoozen

Edgewood Country Club

77


76


73


+10

226

$490.00

T49

Larry Clark

Traverse City,MI

75


76


76


+11

227

$455.00


Brian Dice

Orchard Lake Country Club

77


73


77


+11

227

$455.00


Gene Gizzarelli(a)

Bloomfield Hills, MI

79


74


74


+11

227

$175.00


Denis Husse

Tyrone Hills Golf Club

75


74


78


+11

227

$455.00


Chuck Pohl(a)

Traverse City,MI

77


76


74


+11

227

$175.00


Barry Redmond

Boyne Golf Academy

72


77


78


+11

227

$455.00


Kyle Roman

Hidden River Golf & CC

76


77


74


+11

227

$455.00


Jack Seltzer

Kendall Academy of Golf

77


73


77


+11

227

$455.00

T57

Bob Ackerman

Bob Ackerman Golf

79


75


74


+12

228

$415.00


Jimmy Dewling(a)

Brighton, MI

76


75


77


+12

228

$155.00


Al Kuhn

Fountains Golf & Banquet

76


76


76


+12

228

$415.00


Steve Maddalena(a)

Jackson, MI

75


76


77


+12

228

$155.00

T61

Thomas Harding

Kendall Academy of Golf

76


72


81


+13

229

$395.00


Mike Fedewa(a)

Canton, MI

81


73


75


+13

229

$140.00


Luigi Spadafora

Milford, MI

76


78


75


+13

229

$395.00

64

Andy Matthews

Ada, MI

78


76


76


+14

230

$380.00

65

Jordan Young

Fox Hills Learning Center

75


76


80


+15

231

$370.00

T66

Kenneth Allard

Detroit Golf Club

73


81


78


+16

232

$355.00


Michael Sequite(a)

Marshall,MI

74


75


83


+16

232

$130.00


Kirk Scheerhorn

Wuskowhan Players Club

75


75


82


+16

232

$355.00

T69

Scott Brotebeck

King Par Golf

70


80


83


+17

233

$340.00


Eric Lilleboe(a)

Okemos, MI

74


79


80


+17

233

$120.00

T71

Kenneth Chicka II(a)

Shelby Township, MI

75


75


84


+18

234

$105.00


Mike Erickson

Bloomfield Hills Country Club

80


74


80


+18

234

$325.00


Roger Kuhl(a)

Jackson, MI

76


76


82


+18

234

$105.00


Steve Wells

Hampshire Country Club

75


78


81


+18

234

$325.00

75

Jeff Gniewek

Knollwood Country Club

83


71


81


+19

235

$310.00

76

Nick Berklich

Life Member

73


79


85


+21

237

$300.00

         

 

 

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