2015 TPC • Stellar final nine nets Maser his second TPC

Southern Pines, NC, USA
September 30-October 4, 2015
Rd1 – Southern Pines GC
Rd2 – Mid South GC
Rd3 – Tobacco Road GC
Rd4 – Pinehurst No.3 GC
Rd5 – Mid Pines GC

One point down with nine holes to play, Matt Maser (South Lyon, MI) played a sparkling final nine holes to overtake leaders Dan McKay (Warren, MI) and Kurt Goetzke (Berkley, MI) to claim the TPC title.

This triumph is Maser’s second, ending an 18 year drought since his first win (1997, 2015).

“I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious” stated Maser.

This year’s TPC was the first played as match play. Each participant was required to complete a seven match qualifier, with the top four players moving forward with three additional matches for the championship.

Others finishing in the top five include 2nd McKay, 3rd Goetzke, 4th Daniel Satut (Raleigh, NC) and 5th Andy Kurncz (Fenton, MI).

Noteworthy – In the first “Rookie of the Year” competition since 2007, Satut defeated Pat Shannon (Milan, MI) to claim the prestigious award.

Final Standings

1 Matt Maser 5½-3-7 15½ pts
2 Dan McKay 3½-6-5 14½ pts
3 Kurt Goetzke 3½-6-4 13½ pts
4 Dan Satut 5½-3-2 10½ pts
5 Andy Kurncz 6½-7-4½ 18 pts
6 Karl Nagy 4½-5½-4½ 14½ pts
7 Pat Shannon 2½-3½-8 14 pts
8 Jesse Nagy 4½-2-1 7½ pts

Match by Match Leaders

Match1 Satut 6½
Maser 5
K Nagy 5
Kurncz 5
Match2 Kurncz 11½
Maser 10½
Goetzke 10
K Nagy 9½
Satut 9½
Match3 Maser 17
Kurncz 15
K Nagy 15
McKay 14½
Match4 K Nagy 21
McKay 20½
Maser 20
Goetzke 20
Match5 K Nagy 25½
McKay 25
Maser 25
Goetzke 24½
Match6 McKay 29½
Maser 29½
Satut 28½
Goetzke 28½
Match7 McKay 35
Goetzke 34
Satut 34
Maser 33
Match8 Maser 5½
Satut 5½
McKay 3½
Goetzke 3½
Match9 McKay 9½
Goetzke 9½
Satut 8½
Maser 8½
Match10 Maser 15½
McKay 14½
Goetzke 13½
Satut 10½

High Match Points

8 Shannon M10
7 Maser M10
7 Kurncz M9
Kurncz M8
Shannon M6
Goetzke M4
Maser M3
Kurncz M2
Satut M1

2014 TPC • Goetzke crowned king of Canada again, wins third TPC title

Tilbury, ONT, CAN
September 18-21, 2014
Rd1 – Tilbury GC
Rd2 – Roseland GC
Rd3 – Deer Run GC
Rd4 – Fox Glen GC

Golf historians agree that the sign of a great champion is how they perform internationally. Kurt Goetzke’s (Berkley, MI) second TPC triumph in Canada bolsters his reputation as the NGA’s greatest globetrotting golfer.

Goetzke lead this year’s tournament by three shots after 36 holes, however fell two behind 54 hole leader and eventual runner-up Matt Maser (South Lyon, MI).

Not deterred by his position, Goetzke played an outstanding final round, recording a 76 (versus Maser’s 81) and claimed a two shot win.

“America was born as a nation of immigrants who have always contributed to its greatness” announced Goetzke. “What I have learned is that a whole lot of people with degrees don’t know a damn thing, and a lot of people with no degrees are brilliant.”

With this third TPC victory (1996, 2007, 2014), Goetzke earned 10 Hall of Fame points, boosting his total to 48 pts and HoF induction. He joins Steve Lawler (Chesterfield, MI – 2011) and Karl Nagy (Simpsonville, SC – 2013) as TPC HoF’ers.

Others finishing in the top five include 3rd Nagy, 4th Andy Kurncz (Fenton, MI) and 5th Lawler.

Noteworthy – With this victory, Goetzke ties Coree Raden (Caledonia, MI – 2001, 2002, 2006) for most TPC titles.

Final Standings

1 Kurt Goetzke 67-71-70-66 274 (-11)
2 Matt Maser 74-67-65-70 276 (-9)
3 Karl Nagy 75-79-74-71 299 (+14)
4 Andy Kurncz 79-76-75-72 302 (+17)
5 Steve Lawler 76-79-75-75 305 (+20)
6 Brent Pretzer 75-82-79-71 307 (+22)
7 Ron Clifton 79-83-81-71 314 (+29)
8 Coree Raden 76-84-81-80 321 (+36)
9 Dan McKay 81-92-78-78 329 (+44)
DQ Jeff Longeway 79-82-DQ-DQ

Round by Round Leaders

Rd1 Goetzke 67
Maser 74
Nagy 75
Pretzer 75
Rd2 Goetzke 138
Maser 141
Nagy 154
Lawler 155
Kurncz 155
Rd3 Maser 206
Goetzke 208
Nagy 228
Lawler 230
Kurncz 230
Rd4 Goetzke 274
Maser 276
Nagy 299
Kurncz 302

Low Round Scoring

65 Maser Rd3
66 Goetzke Rd4
67 Goetzke Rd1
67 Maser Rd2

2013 TPC • Charging Pretzer stuns field, captures first TPC

Pewee Valley, KY, USA
September 26-28, 2013
Rd1 – Chariot Run GC
Rd2 – Charile Vetineer GC
Rd3 – Heritage Hill GC

Nothing was going to keep Brent Prezter (New Haven, MI) from his goal of a TPC crown.

Pretzer began Saturday’s final round in 7th place, three strokes behind leaders Kurt Goetzke (Berkley, MI) and Karl Nagy (Simpsonville, SC).

His brilliant opening nine of 42 put him back into contention, and his sparkling 40 coming home cemented his first victory.

Hoisting the Lawler Trophy above his head, Pretzer announced “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

Chris Lemmon’s (Richmond, VA) bid at back-to-back TPC titles fell just shy, as he finished five shots behind Pretzer in 2nd place.

Players tied in 3rd place were Goetzke, Nagy and Matt Maser (Louisville, KY).

Noteworthy – Nagy’s 3rd place finish earned him three HoF points, pushing his total to the required 40 for Hall of Fame induction, where he joins Steve Lawler (Chesterfield, MI – 2011).

Final Standings

1 Brent Pretzer 80-79-69 228 (+12)
2 Chris Lemmon 77-80-76 233 (+17)
3T Kurt Goetzke 74-82-78 234 (+18)
3T Karl Nagy 79-77-78 234 (+18)
3T Matt Maser 78-83-73 234 (+18)
6 Steve Lawler 78-80-79 237 (+21)
7 Ron Clifton 77-81-80 238 (+22)
8 Jeff Longeway 72-85-86 243 (+27)
9 Andy Kurncz 75-88-83 246 (+30)
10 Dan McKay 81-93-74 248 (+32)
11 Coree Raden 85-82-82 249 (+33)

Round by Round Leaders

Rd1 Longeway 72
Goetzke 74
Kurncz 75
Lemmon 77
Clifton 77
Rd2 Goetzke 156
Nagy 156
Longeway 157
Lemmon 157
Rd3 Pretzer 228
Lemmon 233
Goetzke 234
Nagy 234
Maser 234

Low Round Scoring

69 Pretzer Rd3
72 Longeway Rd1
73 Maser Rd3
74 Goetzke Rd1
74 McKay Rd3

2012 TPC • Former Sparty Lemmon rules Ann Arbor for TPC crown

Whitmore Lake, MI, USA
September 20-23, 2012
Rd1 – University of Michigan GC
Rd2 – Radrick Farms GC
Rd3 – Leslie Park GC
Rd4 – Washtenaw CC

In a sweet twist of fate, ex-Michigan State golfer Chris Lemmon (Richmond, VA) won his first TPC title in Ann Arbor.

Lemmon, who trailed eventual runner-up Matt Maser (Louisville, KY) and two-time champion Steve Lawler (Chesterfield, MI) entering the final round, played stellar golf to win by 5 points.

This year’s event was played under the modified Kurnczieford scoring system, were points were awarded based on hole score (double eagle 8 , eagle 5, birdie 3, par 1, bogey 0, double bogey -1, triple bogey -2 and quadruple bogey or worse -4).

An exuberant Lemmon announced “Winning is not a sometime thing, it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”

Defending champion Steve Lawler (Chesterfield, MI) finished a respectable 4th place.

Other top five finishers include 3rd Kurt Goetzke (Berkley, MI) and 5th Andy Kurncz (Fenton, MI).

Final Standings

1 Chris Lemmon 21-12-15-20 68 pts
2 Matt Maser 15-17-19-12 63 pts
3 Kurt Goetzke 10-19-18-13 60 pts
4 Steve Lawler 16-13-21-9 59 pts
5 Andy Kurncz 12-15-16-13 56 pts
6 Brent Pretzer 12-20-14-(-4) 42 pts
7 Ron Clifton 5-13-15-5 38 pts
8 Coree Raden 9-15-10-(-3) 31 pts
9 Jeff Pretzer 8-8-8-3 27 pts
10 Karl Nagy 8-2-13-(-4) 19 pts
11T Dan McKay 1-11-6-(-1) 17 pts
11T Jeff Longeway 3-(-2)-6-10 17 pts

Round by Round Leaders

Rd1 Lemmon 21
Lawler 16
Maser 15
Kurncz 12
B Pretzer 12
Rd2 Lemmon 33
Maser 32
B Pretzer 32
Goetzke 29
Lawler 29
Rd3 Maser 51
Lawler 50
Lemmon 48
Goetzke 47
Rd4 Lemmon 68
Maser 63
Goetzke 60
Lawler 59

High Round Points

21 Lemmon Rd1
21 Lawler Rd3
20 B Pretzer Rd2
20 Lemmon Rd4
19 Goetzke Rd2
19 Maser Rd3

2011 TPC • Lawler captures 2nd TPC, becomes first entrant into Hall of Fame

DeWitt, MI, USA
September 22 – 25, 2011
Rd1 – Forest Akers (West) GC
Rd2 – College Fields GC
Rd3 – Timber Ridge GC
Rd4 – Forest Akers (East) GC

Steve Lawler (Chesterfield, MI) cruised to victory at the 2011 TPC, finishing 17 strokes ahead of runner-up Ron Clifton (Richland, MI)

This victory, Lawler’s second, earned him ten Hall of Fame points, pushing his total to 43 and entry into the TPC Hall of Fame.

Lawler becomes the first player to earn the required 40 points for HoF entry. In honor of this accomplishment, the Ralph Guldahl Memorial Trophy will also be known as the Steve Lawler Trophy going forward.

Asked about his victory, Lawler stated “My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.”

36-hole leader Jeff Pretzer (Macomb, MI) was unavailable for weekend play, eliminating any roadblocks to a Lawler victory.

Jeff Longeway’s (Plymouth, MI) bid for back-to-back titles never really materialized, as he finished in 9th place.

Other players finishing in the top five were 3rd Chris Lemmon (Richmond, VA), 4th Kurt Goetzke (Berkley, MI) and tied 5th Karl Nagy (Simpsonville, SC) and Coree Raden (Caledonia, MI).

This win moves Lawler into the category of multiple TPC champion (2005, 2011), along with Raden (2001, 2002, 2006), Goetzke (1996, 2007), Nagy (1999, 2008) and Longeway (2003, 2010).

Noteworthy – This year four players DQ’ed due to the fact they could not attend every round. This ties the record for most tournament DQ’s set in 2000.

Final Standings

1 Steve Lawler 72-71-80-71 294 (+7)
2 Ron Clifton 76-78-80-77 311 (+24)
3 Chris Lemmon 79-72-90-72 313 (+26)
4 Kurt Goetzke 83-85-86-75 329 (+42)
5T Coree Raden 90-74-87-79 330 (+43)
5T Karl Nagy 83-87-82-78 330 (+43)
7 Matt Maser 88-83-80-80 331 (+44)
8 Andy Kurncz 83-85-89-84 341 (+54)
9 Jeff Longeway 92-80-84-86 342 (+55)
10 Dan McKay 85-89-100-78 352 (+65)
DQ Jim Hartigan 86-74-84-DQ
DQ Jeff Pretzer 72-70-DQ-DQ
DQ Brent Pretzer 82-77-DQ-DQ
DQ Bruce Kruckeberg DQ-DQ-87-80

Round by Round Leaders

Rd1 J Pretzer 72
Lawler 72
Clifton 76
Lemmon 79
Rd2 J Pretzer 142
Lawler 143
Lemmon 151
Clifton 154
Rd3 Lawler 223
Clifton 234
Lemmon 241
Hartigan 244
Rd4 Lawler 294
Clifton 311
Lemmon 313
Goetzke 329

Low Round Scoring

70 J Pretzer Rd2
71 Lawler Rd2
71 Lawler Rd4
72 Lawler Rd1
72 J Pretzer Rd1
72 Lemmon Rd2
72 Lemmon Rd4

2010 TPC • Old school Longeway goes wire to wire for 2nd TPC title

Oscoda, MI, USA
September 23 – 25, 2010
Rd1 – Lakewood Shores (Gailes GC)
Rd2 – Lakewood Shores (Gailes GC)
Rd3 – Lakewood Shores (Gailes GC)
Rd4 – Lakewood Shores (Gailes GC)

Jeff Longeway (Plymouth, MI) breezed to his 2nd title with victory at the 2010 TPC.

Longeway led the entire way. His opening round of 74 bested the field by 7, then he stretched the margin to 11 with a second round 66.

Dan McKay (Warren, MI), who was positioned in 2nd place through 36 holes, faltered over the last two rounds to finish sixth.

Kurt Goetzke (Berkley, MI), who finished 2nd, played even with Longeway over the last two rounds, however still finished a distant 22 shots back.

This year’s event, tri-sanction with the NGA, HGA and LBGA, was played by modified rules. All players were required to use old school persimmon woods and blade putters, and all ball dropping had to occur over the shoulder.

Longeway stated “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”

Defending champion Andy Kurncz’s (Fenton, MI) bid for back-to-back TPC’s fell shy, as he finished 54 shots back of Longeway in 7th place.

Other top five finishers include 3rd Steve Lawler (Macomb Twp, MI), 4th Jeff Pretzer (Macomb, MI) and 5th Karl Nagy (Simpsonville, SC).

This title moves Longeway into an elite category of multiple winners (2003, 2010), alongside Coree Raden (Caledonia, MI – 2001, 2002, 2006), Goetzke (1996, 2007) and Nagy (1999, 2008).

Noteworthy – Friday’s 3rd round tournament average of 98.03 was the highest in TPC history. Secondly, Longeway’s 22 stroke victory ties Doug Granowicz (1998) for the largest victory margin in TPC history.

Final Standings

1 Jeff Longeway 74-66-89-81 310 (+22)
2 Kurt Goetzke 81-81-90-80 332 (+44)
3 Steve Lawler 83-77-92-82 334 (+46)
4 Jeff Pretzer 84-74-97-82 337 (+49)
5 Karl Nagy 86-80-89-84 339 (+51)
6 Dan McKay 82-69-95-94 340 (+52)
7 Andy Kurncz 89-88-99-88 364 (+76)
8 Mark Chapman 97-81-106-82 366 (+78)
9T Brent Pretzer 95-83-106-84 368 (+80)
9T Ron Clifton 90-84-105-89 368 (+80)
11 Coree Raden 109-77-100-90 376 (+88)
12 Jesse Nagy 97-91-109-101 398 (+110)

Round by Round Leaders

Rd1 Longeway 74
Goetzke 81
McKay 82
Lawler 83
Rd2 Longeway 140
McKay 151
J Pretzer 158
Lawler 160
Rd3 Longeway 229
McKay 246
Goetzke 252
Lawler 252
Rd4 Longeway 310
Goetzke 332
Lawler 334
J Pretzer 337

Low Round Scoring

66 Longeway Rd2
69 McKay Rd2
74 Longeway Rd1
74 J Pretzer Rd2

2009 TPC • Kurncz off schnide, finally captures TPC title

Oregon, OH, USA
September 24 – 27, 2009
Rd1 – Lilac GC
Rd2 – Raisin River (West) GC
Rd3 – Heather Downs CC
Rd4 – Maumee Bay State Park GC
Rd5 – Detwiler GC

It may have taken 15 years, but Andy Kurncz (Fenton, MI) is finally a TPC champion.

Kurncz’s 74 was four back after the opening round, but his stellar 63 in the 2nd vaulted him into the lead, one he would carry the rest of the way.

Although he never held the lead, runner-up Jeff Pretzer (Macomb, MI) applied pressure to Kurncz over the final two days.

A victorious Kurncz declared “A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.”

Coree Raden (Caledonia, MI) led with 70 after the first round, however he played less than excellent golf the rest of the way and faded to 11th.

Last year’s TPC champion Karl Nagy (Simpsonville, SC) finished his title defense in 6th position.

Other top five finishers include 3rd Bruce Kruckeberg (Shelby Twp, MI), tied 4th Steve Lawler (Macomb Twp, MI) and Brent Pretzer (New Haven, MI).

Noteworthy – Thursday’s 2nd round tournament average of 67.00 was the lowest in TPC history.

Final Standings

1 Andy Kurncz 74-63-74-75-73 359 (+3)
2 Jeff Pretzer 71-68-81-71-76 367 (+11)
3 Bruce Kruckeberg 74-66-76-80-72 368 (+12)
4T Steve Lawler 73-66-78-81-72 370 (+14)
4T Brent Pretzer 77-63-74-85-71 370 (+14)
6 Karl Nagy 79-74-71-79-72 375 (+19)
7 Jeff Longeway 78-62-76-78-83 377 (+21)
8 Jim Hartigan 77-69-78-84-74 382 (+26)
9 Ron Clifton 83-63-84-77-77 384 (+28)
10 Kurt Goetzke 79-69-79-82-78 387 (+31)
11 Coree Raden 70-72-82-84-81 389 (+33)
12 Dan McKay 82-69-87-83-78 399 (+43)

Round by Round Leaders

Rd1 Raden 70
J Pretzer 71
Lawler 73
Kruckeberg 74
Kurncz 74
Rd2 Kurncz 137
J Pretzer 139
Lawler 139
B Pretzer 140
Kruckeberg 140
Longeway 140
Rd3 Kurncz 211
B Pretzer 214
Kruckeberg 216
Longeway 216
Rd4 Kurncz 286
J Pretzer 291
Longeway 294
Kruckeberg 296
Rd5 Kurncz 359
J Pretzer 367
Kruckeburg 368
Lawler 370
B Pretzer 370

Low Round Scoring

62 Longeway Rd2
63 Kurncz Rd2
63 Clifton Rd2
63 B Pretzer Rd2
66 Lawler Rd2
66 Kruckeberg Rd2