MATTHEWS SET TO DEFEND 20th BOYNE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

BOYNE FALLS, MI - Defending champion Andy Matthews of Ada leads a field of major golf tournament winners in the 20th annual Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain, August 1-3, 2011. This unique 54-hole event pits men, women, juniors, seniors, professionals and amateurs against each other. They all have won a Michigan major golf tournament.

Matthews, 31, won the 2010 event in a way the tournament founders could only dream of when the event was first played in 1992. Matthews is a touring professional and was in the final group of the last day with 15-year old amateur Henry Do of Ann Arbor along with LPGA Tour player Alison Fouch. Do lost a four-stroke lead over the last three holes of the event to Matthews.

The equalizer for the diverse field is three sets of tees on Boyne Mountain’s The Alpine course. The forward tees play to 5,905 yards and are used by men ages 70+ and all women. 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 ages 49 and under and measure 6,938 yards.

“It’s hard to believe this is our 20th year,” said Tournament Co-Founder Stephen Kircher. Kircher along with former Michigan PGA CEO Ken Devine hatched the plan to make a tournament that mirrored The Masters. “Almost every scenario we imagined has been played out through the years including the win by Stacy Snider in 2003,” said Kircher.

Kevin Helm, the current Michigan PGA Executive Director marveled, “20 years... what an example of how committed Boyne Mountain and the Kircher family are to promoting tournament golf and all that beautiful Northern Michigan has to offer. We are truly thankful as they welcome us for the twentieth year."

The 20th Tournament of Champions has seven former winners in the field, Dan Olsen (1992), Mike Erickson (1993), J.R. Roth (1995, 1996, 1999, 2008), Tom Harding (1997), John Dal Corobbo (1998), Scott Hebert (2009) and Matthews.

There are also a number of family connections in the field led by Peter Green and his daughter Suzy Green-Roebuck. Siblings Ryan and Natalie Brehm are playing as are Steve and Jeff Cuzzort, Dave and Dan Ellis, John and Dave Nolan and Jerry and Kyle Roman. Two fathers and sons are also contending; Frank McAuliffe and Frank IV along with Nick and Jody Berklich.

Other notables in the field are freshly crowned Michigan Open Champion Randy Hutchison and LPGA Tour player Fouch. There is a $55,000 purse and the champion receives a green jacket and honorary lifetime Country Club of Boyne membership. The top 70-players and ties will make the 36-hole cut. Live scoring can be found at www.michigan.pga.com.

Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan is a full-service resort offering two golf courses, The Alpine and The Monument, along with Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, new zipline adventures, spa and salon services, disc golf, tennis, hiking and biking, sandy beach and evening activities for families. Room and a round golf packages start at only $80.  For more information, visit www.BOYNE.com or call 800.GO.BOYNE (462.6963).

 

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