Grand Traverse Resort pro leads Senior PGA
On Monday, Houtteman showed a field of the state’s top senior professionals a thing or two during the opening round of the Michigan PGA Senior Championship at the Charlevoix Golf & Country Club.
In third pace is Randy Erskine of Great Oaks Country Club in Rochester, who fired an opening round 1-under 71.
Five seniors are tied for fourth place, all at even-par 72, including Dave Kendall of the Kendall Academy, Robert Makoski of Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club, Ron Beurmann of the Country Club of Jackson, John Nolan of the Van Dyke Sports Center, and Ray Glen, a PGA life member who resides in Rochester Hills.
Houtteman, who recently teamed with 2008 PGA Professional National Champion and six-time Michigan Open Champion Scott Hebert to win the 2011 State PGA Pro-Pro Championship at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, was named Teacher of the Year by the Northern Michigan PGA in 2005 and has won multiple Player of the Year awards in Michigan.
Houtteman, who’s also been nominated a Top 50 instructor by Golf Digest, is a five-time PGA National Club Professional Championship qualifier and has had multiple top 10 finishes in the Michigan Open, Michigan PGA, and Michigan Section Match Play.
McAuliffe, who joined the Kendall Academy in March, is the 2010 Golf Professional of the Year as voted by the Michigan PGA. McAuliffe also captured the 2007 Michigan PGA State Pro-Am at Boyne Highlands as he partnered with son Frank McAuliffe IV.
Erskine is a former University of Michigan standout who played on the PGA Tour in the 1970s and ’80’s, is a five-time Michigan Open champion, and a member of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.
Barry Redmond of the Boyne Golf Academy shot 2-over 74 and was the top finisher among area pros after the opening round. Dave Mocini, the owner/general manager of the Charlevoix Golf & Country Club, shot 78, while lifetime member Larry Mancour of Oden shot 87.
Today, Tuesday, Houtteman, McAuliffe and Erskine will all tee off on No. 9 at 10:18 a.m., while Redmond goes off at 9:42 a.m., Mocini at 9:15 a.m., and Mancour at 8:39 a.m.
The 36-hole stroke-play tournament will conclude at approximately 2:30 p.m. In addition to the winner, the next top six finishers will qualify for the 2011 Senior PGA Professsional National Championship Oct. 6-9 in Virginia.
Michigan Women’s Amateur
Sarah Johnson of Wixom shot a 4-under Monday for the first-round lead in the 95th MichiganWomen’s Amateur at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highlands.
Johnson, who plays at Eastern Michigan and won the 2011 Michigan-American Conference tournament, got to 3-under through her first four holes and never faltered. She made five birdies against just one bogey on the day.
Andrea Clark of Jackson and Sarah Hoffman of Saline both shot even-par 72 and trail Johnson by four shots, while three players — Gabrielle Yurik of Oakland, Ella Pendy of Grosse Pointe Farms and Carly Saint-Onge of Marquette, shot 1-over 73. Defending champion Natalie Brehm of Mount Pleasant shot a 3-over 75 and stands eight shots behind the leader.
The was scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play today, Tuesday, with the top 32 advancing to begin match play on Wednesday, July 27.