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104th Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open Championship
The Michigan Open Championship—the state’s oldest and most prestigious annual tournament—returns to The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for 2021. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about the tournament, The Bear, and the Resort. We invite you to come out and watch the 104th Turtle Creek Michigan Open Championship and see golf history in the making!
Dates and Details for Spectators
- The tournament begins Monday, June 14, and ends Thursday, June 17.
- The tournament is open for public viewing at no charge.
- Spectators should follow standard golf course etiquette and dress codes.
- Results for the tournament will be posted here as scores are available.
- The Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event open to all male golfers who are Michigan residents or any Michigan Section Member in good standing having been employed for no less than 60 days at a recognized golf facility prior to the Championship.
- The starting field will consist of 156 exempt and qualified contestants. The field will be cut to the low 70 and ties after second round play for the remaining 36 holes.
- A tie for first place will be decided by a sudden death playoff immediately following the completion of the final round.
- Purse payout is for those who return a 72-hole score.
- 2020 Purse payout was over $115,000.
For more information on registration and eligibility, visit the Michigan Open Championship’s website.
The success of the Michigan Open is largely due to the volunteers who help make the event run smoothly. Volunteers help provide services such as live tournament scoring, leaderboards, shuttle driving, spotting, score verification, and more. The Michigan PGA will be providing volunteer training meetings before the event. Volunteers will receive complimentary golf from the Resort and a hat from the Michigan PGA. Those interested in volunteering should contact PGA Assistant Golf Professional Tyler Jablonski at [email protected] or 231-534-6477.
About the Michigan Open Championship
The Michigan Open, one of the state’s longest-running golf events, began in 1916 and was first won by Leo Diegel, who also played in the inaugural Ryder Cup matches and The Masters.
Historically, some of golf’s most famous names are listed on the Michigan Open’s James D. Standish, Jr. Trophy. Walter Hagen, the father of modern professional golf and captain of the first five U.S. Ryder Cup teams, won the event in 1921. Michigan PGA Professional Scott Hebert is tied with Al Watrous for all-time Michigan Open titles with six. Legendary Michigan amateur, Chuck Kocsis, who played on three Walker Cup teams, won three titles.
To learn more about the Michigan Open and the Michigan PGA, visit www.michiganpgagolf.com.
About The Bear
The Bear was home to the Michigan Open Championship from 1985 through 2008 and is often described as one of the toughest golf courses in the state. It is an 18-hole, par 72 course which features terraced fairways, tiered greens, deep grassy roughs, moguls and mounds, and deep pot bunkers. Other features include lakes and ponds nestled among hardwood forests, streams, plus cherry and apple trees on the 2nd and 3rd Holes that are remnants of the original orchards from the farmland on which the Resort and courses were constructed.
A true test for even the finest golfers, The Bear plays to 7,078 yards from the championship tees. It has four lakes, ten holes with water hazards, and only one hole with no bunkers: the 6th Hole. The Bear is a signature design of Jack Nicklaus and officially opened on June 17, 1985.
To learn more about golf at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, visit www.grandtraverseresort.com/golf.
For information about the Resort, lodging packages, and to make reservations, call 800-236-1577 or visit grandtraverseresort.com.