Scott Hebert Wins 6th Michigan PGA Professional Championship Title

ROCHESTER – Grand Traverse Resort head professional Scott Hebert started the day three shots off the lead and knew he needed a little help from others if was going to win the Michigan PGA Professional Championship for the sixth time in the last seven years.

He got it, and helped himself along the way with a final-round 3-under-par 69 on the Katke-Cousins course at Oakland University Wednesday.

His round was just one of four rounds under par on the final day, and put him at 8-under-par 208 for the three days, and four shots ahead of Ian Ziska, the head professional at Katke Golf Club at Ferris State University, who closed with a 75.

“It’s nice to be No. 1 among your peers,” Hebert said after collecting a $6,000 first-place check, a crystal trophy and earning another inscription of his name on the Gilbert A. Currie Trophy. “To win at this point in my career when I don’t put as much effort on my game feels great. To come out and get to 8-under on two good golf courses is something to be proud of.”

Matthew Zavadil, a teaching professional with the host Oakland University Golf & Learning Center, shot a closing 71 for 214 and a tie for third place with Tom Harding of Kendall Golf Academy in Ypsilanti. 

Harding was the leader at the start of the day, but missed an early birdie chance at No. 2 and struggled in shooting a 78.

“Whatever went right the first two days sure didn’t go right today,” he said. “I think I had 38 putts. I missed about a five-foot putt for birdie straight up the hill on No. 2 and never made a birdie, never got comfortable.”

Crystal Mountain Resort’s Brad Dean, who shot 78, TJ Roberts of Walnut Hills Country Club in East Lansing, who shot 74, Scott Schulte of Country Club of Detroit, who shot 72, and John Seltzer of The Polo Fields in Ypsilanti, who shot, 75, finished in a tie at 215.

Hebert, who also has six Michigan Open victories in his career, said he hit his driver well all week, and made critical putts when needed.

“I was proud of how I hit it,” he said. “It was nice playing out of the fairway most of the time. That has been my problem all summer, and not to do a commercial, but the new Titleist driver was phenomenal. Plus, I made a lot of four-footers, the kind you have to make when you really need to make them.”

Hebert, as a past PGA Professional National Champion (2008), is exempt for the 2013 PNC.

The next 10 golfers in the state championship for club and teaching professionals earned exemptions, which means Ziska, Harding, Zavadil, Dean, Roberts, Schulte, Seltzer, Lee Houtteman of Grand Traverse Resort, Kyle Martin of Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods and Matt Pesta of Beacon Hills Golf Club will make the June 23-26 trip to Sun River, Ore., for the national event.

Houtteman, Martin and Pesta won their spots in a four-golfer playoff for three spots. George Bowman of Oakhurst in Clarkston will be the first alternate.

“We’re going to send a strong group to Oregon,” Hebert said. “We’re all proud of our (Michigan PGA) section, and I’m proud to be on top right now.”

 

2012 Michigan PGA Professional Championship    
Oakland University - Sharf / Katke
August 20 - 22, 2012
Final Results
Place    Player    Representing    R1    R2R3    Total    +/-    Amount
    
* Qualified for the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship
    
    1    Scott Hebert (exempt)    Grand Traverse Resort & Spa    68    71    69    208    -8    $6,000.00
    2    *Ian Ziska     Katke GC/FSU    66    71    75    212    -4    $3,000.00
    T3    *Thomas Harding    Kendall Academy of Golf    68    68    78    214    -2    $1,550.00
    *Matthew Zavadil    Oakland University Golf & Learning    69    74    71    214    -2    $1,550.00
    T5    *Bradley Dean    Crystal Mountain Resort    68    69    78    215    -1    $862.50
    *TJ Roberts    Walnut Hills Country Club    71    70    74    215    -1    $862.50
    *Scott Schulte    Country Club of Detroit    72    71    72    215    -1    $862.50
    *John Seltzer    The Polo Fields Golf & CC - Ann Arbor    66    74    75    215    -1    $862.50
    T9    *Lee Houtteman    Grand Traverse Resort & Spa    68    76    72    216    Even    $698.75
    *Kyle Martin    Lochmoor Club    75    66    75    216    Even    $698.75
    *Matt Pesta    Beacon Hill Golf Club    70    74    72    216    Even    $698.75
    1st alt    George Bowman    Oakhurst Golf & CC    74    69    73    216    Even    $698.75
    13    Brian Cairns (exempt)    Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center    72    72    73    217    +1    $670.00
      14 2nd alt    David Tokarsky    Saginaw Country Club    73    74    71    218    +2    $660.00
      15 3rd alt    Jeff Gniewek    Knollwood Country Club    74    70    75    219    +3    $650.00
    T16    Dan Flynn    Midland Country Club    72    73    75    220    +4    $630.00
    Brent Goulding    Prestwick Village Golf Club    72    75    73    220    +4    $630.00
    John Nolan    Van Dyke Sports Center    72    74    74    220    +4    $630.00
    T19    Dave Kendall    Kendall Academy of Golf    73    72    76    221    +5    $580.00
    Gary Lewandowski    St. Ives Golf Club    70    72    79    221    +5    $580.00
    Kevin Muir    The Wyndgate    72    74    75    221    +5    $580.00
    Clark Peterson    Golf Performance Academy    71    72    78    221    +5    $580.00
    Gary Smithson    Thousand Oaks Golf Club    74    76    71    221    +5    $580.00
    Dan Urban    Egypt Valley Country Club    74    73    74    221    +5    $580.00
    David VanLoozen    Edgewood Country Club    68    74    79    221    +5    $580.00
    T26    Bill Mory    Meridian Sun Golf Club    71    75    77    223    +7    $531.67
    John Traub    PGA Life Member    74    73    76    223    +7    $531.67
    Jordan Young    Fox Hills Learning Center    73    74    76    223    +7    $531.67
    T29    Randy Erskine    Great Oaks Country Club    71    77    76    224    +8    $507.50
    Shane Hollandsworth  A-Ga-Ming Golf Club    73    78    73    224    +8    $507.50
    Erich Kuhlman    The Fortress    72    77    75    224    +8    $507.50    
    T29    Frank McAuliffe    Kendall Academy of Golf    71    73    80    224    +8    $507.50
    Jerry Roman    Hidden River Golf & CC    72    70    82    224    +8    $507.50
    Jeffrey Stalcup    The Orchards Golf Club    77    70    77    224    +8    $507.50
    T35    Ron Beurmann    Country Club of Jackson    74    75    76    225    +9    $470.00
    Greg Bores    Pheasant Run Golf Club    75    74    76    225    +9    $470.00
    Steve Brady    Oakland Hills Country Club    75    75    75    225    +9    $470.00
    James Deiters    Midland Country Club    71    77    77    225    +9    $470.00
    Josh Fryer    Franklin Hills Country Club    75    72    78    225    +9    $470.00
    Charles Pasco    Plum Hollow Country Club    75    74    76    225    +9    $470.00
    Scott Patterson    Orchard Lake Country Club    74    77    74    225    +9    $470.00
    Barry Redmond    Boyne Golf Academy    74    73    78    225    +9    $470.00
    Steve Wells    Hampshire Country Club    72    74    79    225    +9    $470.00
    T44    Scott Ashley    Lakeside Links    74    77    75    226    +10    $437.50
    Jeff Coble    Twin Lakes Golf & Swim Club    73    78    75    226    +10    $437.50
    Chris Johnson    Thousand Oaks Golf Club    75    71    80    226    +10    $437.50
    Steven Vecellio    Scalawags Golf Club    73    73    80    226    +10    $437.50
    T48    Bob Ackerman    Bob Ackerman Golf    80    71    76    227    +11    $410.00
    Boyd Barth    Flint Elks Golf Club    76    76    75    227    +11    $410.00
    Shaun Bezilla    Harbor Point Golf Club    75    74    78    227    +11    $410.00
    William Daggett    Traverse City G&CC    76    76    75    227    +11    $410.00
    Richard Morgan    Boulder Pointe Golf Club    74    75    78    227    +11    $410.00
    Barry Pearce    Beacon Hill Golf Club    74    78    75    227    +11    $410.00
    James Wisinski    Tee-2-Green Golf Shop    76    73    78    227    +11    $410.00
    55    Al Kuhn    Fountains Golf & Banquet    72    76    80    228    +12    $390.00
    T56    David Higham    Fox Creek Golf Club    75    76    78    229    +13    $377.50
    Jason Rammler    Idyl Wyld Golf Club    75    75    79    229    +13    $377.50
    Jack Todhunter    Royal Tee Golf Center    81    71    77    229    +13    $377.50
    Steve Wakulsky    Owosso Country Club    76    75    78    229    +13    $377.50
    T60    Brian Dice    Orchard Lake Country Club    75    76    79    230    +14    $357.50
    Jeff Rachar    Pine Lake Country Club    74    77    79    230    +14    $357.50
    Heath Scott    Tullymore Golf Club    69    77    84    230    +14    $357.50    
    T60    Jack Seltzer    Kendall Academy of Golf    76    76    78    230    +14    $357.50
    T64    Joel Hoffman    King Par Golf    76    75    80    231    +15    $342.50
    Ryan Leitner    Tecumseh, MI    77    74    80    231    +15    $342.50
    T66    Justin Mack    The Kingsley Club    75    76    81    232    +16    $327.50
    Jon Pilcher    Country Club of Lansing    74    78    80    232    +16    $327.50
    Christopher Sullivan   Detroit Golf Club    75    75    82    232    +16    $327.50
    Henry Thompson    Country Club of Jackson    75    74    83    232    +16    $327.50
    70    Rocky Mullendore    Travis Pointe Country Club    74    78    82    234    +18    $315.00
    71    Matthew Wallace    Kalamazoo Country Club    73    78    85    236    +20    $310.00
    72    John Minnich    Indianwood Golf & Country Club    77    70    93    240    +24    $305.00    

 

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