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HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP – Jeff Bronkema, a 27-year-old mini-tour golfer, never gave up the lead in the final round and won the 99th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group at Prestwick Village Golf Club Thursday.

“It’s the biggest tournament I’ve ever won, the first four-day tournament I’ve ever won, and it’s one I’ve wanted to win for so long,” he said after a closing 2-under 70 put him at 12-under 276 for a three-shot win over 2007 champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon and fellow mini-tour pro Eric Lilleboe of Okemos.

“It’s great to win a tournament you’ve always wanted to win against really good players, and it solidifies your thinking that you can make it playing professional golf.”

Bronkema’s name will go on the James D. Standish trophy, he received the first-place check of $8,000 from the purse of $54,500 and sponsoring LaFontaine presented him with a lease on a new Cadillac.

“I controlled my golf ball all week, rarely put it in bad spots, kept it below the hole and for some reason I just play great on the back nine here,” he said.

LaFontaine Cadillac Michigan Open Championship

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HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP – Jeff Bronkema of Wayland made five consecutive birdies on the back nine in a 6-under 66 at Prestwick Village Wednesday to take the lead heading into the final round of the 99th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group.

“I scraped it around the front and couldn’t get anything going and then something clicked and I hit it to six-feet on 13, inside three feet on 14 and 15, made a 40-footer downhill for birdie on 16 and about a 20-footer for birdie on 17,” said the 27-year-old Plainwell native and mini-tour professional who finished second to Jeff Cuzzort in last year’s Michigan Open.

“I’m excited to get going tomorrow and finish one spot higher.”

LaFontaine Cadillac Michigan Open ChampionshipBronkema’s 66 gave him a 10-under 206 total with amateur and 2013 champion Tom Werkmeister of Grand Rapids two shots back at 208 and standing second after a 69.

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Jeff Cuzzort golf actionHIGHLAND – Defending champion Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile, and nine other former champions who account for 21 championships collectively, head the field of 156 golfers who will compete for the 99th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group Monday through Thursday http://familydealblog.com/99th-michigan-op…restwick-village/(June 13-16) at Prestwick Village.

Six-time champion Scott Hebert (1997, ’99, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’06) of Traverse City Country Club, five-time champion Randy Erskine of Lake Orion (1976, ’78, ’79, ’84, ’85), three-time champion Steve Brady of Oakland Hills Country Club (1991, ’92, ’96), two-time champion Bob Ackerman of Ackerman Golf in West Bloomfield (1975, 2003), 2013 champion Tom Werkmeister of Grand Rapids, 2012 champion Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo, 2011 champion Randy Hutchison of Traverse City, 2007 champion Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon and 1989 champion Barry Redmond of Boyne Resorts join Cuzzort in the third consecutive Michigan Open hosted by Prestwick Village and presented by LaFontaine Automotive Group.

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Think you have what it takes to fill out a winning bracket during March Madness?

Then join us for the 6th Annual Family Deal Bracket Challenge and compete for your chance to win a pair of Tickets to see the Detroit Tigers play!

You’re officially invited to participate in our Bracket Challenge along with LaFontaine employees, customers, friends, and family.

The Family Deal Bracket Challenge is free to enter, so make sure you let your friends know all about it.

We’re hosting the contest on ESPN.com and filling out your bracket couldn’t be easier.

Simply click here to get started, and make a note that the password to enter the challenge is “familydeal” (one word, all lower case, no quotes).

Make sure that your bracket is completely filled out before March Madness tips-off on Thursday, March 17th (Please note that you will have to create an account on ESPN.com to fill out your bracket.)

For the ultimate March Madness info guide, early odds, and tournament advice – head over to Bleacher Report for the scoop.

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Every year, without fail, there are a handful of top fantasy picks that just seem to struggle at the beginning of the season.

While some people see these under-performers as fantasy busts, often times their lackluster start is simply due to tough match-ups.

TradeOne of my favorite things to do early in the season is to circle these under-performing superstars like a shark circling his prey and then right before the prey can get away…I strike!

That basically means I try and buy low on some of these proven fantasy studs from the year before that have gotten off to slow starts.

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With week one of the fantasy football season over and week two looming, I’ve had a lot of friends ask me what “sleepers” still might be available in their league that they could potentially add to their roster.

sleep·er ˈslēpər (noun): a term used by fantasy football team owners that denotes a player who has yet to make a big splash in the NFL, but has the potential to have a breakout fantasy season.

While I’m always happy to give me expert advice to friends and strangers alike (as long as the person asking isn’t in one of the 11 leagues I’m playing in), I do get slightly perturbed by the term “sleeper”. 7-Super-Deep-Fantasy-Football-Sleepers-2015

Every year dozens of articles are published seemingly every day talking about sleepers-this and sleepers-that. But the vast majority of the time they are all talking about the same players.

Think about that for a second…

If all the popular Fantasy Football websites and magazines are talking about the same sleepers, how much of a sleeper can they really be?!

Because I’m not the type of guy who’s going to lazily rehash what everyone else has said about sleepers so far, I am going to make you look like a fantasy genius by identifying some players nobody has ever heard of that at some point could have solid value.

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Well I’m excited to say that I am back with my weekly Fantasy Football Blog and I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge, tricks and tips to help you win your fantasy football league.

With Fantasy drafts taking place as we speak I wanted to go over a few things that will help you get off on the right foot because a bad draft can end your season before the first game has taken place.

fANTASY dRAFTSome of these tips may sound obvious but I see these mistakes happen year in and year out during drafts. Remember, I don’t just tell people what to do, these are the tips that I follow for each and every fantasy draft I do.

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HIGHLAND – Jeff Cuzzort said adding the one-year lease on a Cadillac from LaFontaine Cadillac to winning the state championship was overwhelming.

“I can’t thank people enough,” he said.

Jeff Cuzzort Wins Michigan Open Championship

left to right: Robert Simmons, John Foglio, Jeff Cuzzort, Kelley LaFontaine, Bob Milner, Ryan LaFontaine

Cuzzort, a Grosse Ile resident, also said winning the 98th Michigan Open Championship means everything to him.

“Just everything, because I closed the deal,” he said after shooting a final-round 3-under 69 Thursday to hold off all challengers for the state championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac at Prestwick Village Golf Club.

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HIGHLAND – As day two of the golf action in the 98th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac came to a close Tuesday at Prestwick Village, the party was just getting started.

LaFontaine Cadillac hosted a reception for Prestwick members to celebrate their sponsorship of the storied championship, which is currently led by Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile.

2015 Cadillac ATS at Prestwick Village Golf Club

Cuzzort is hoping to celebrate after two more days of competition, though he said he came to the tournament with no expectations.

“That no expectations thing is working pretty good right now,” he said. “I think I will stick with that.”

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HIGHLAND – Randy Hutchison of Traverse City could use a one-year lease on a 2015 Cadillac SRX as he travels around the country playing golf.

The traveling mini-pro who has worn out a few automobiles in recent years fired a 6-under 66 and leads four golfers by one shot through the first round of the 98th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac at Prestwick Village.

Randy Hutchison Michigan Open Championship

Traverse City’s Randy Hutchison hits a tee shot on hole No. 9 on Monday at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland. (Photo Record-Eagle.com)

Hutchison, 28 and the 2011 Michigan Open winner, has been home from the SwingThought.com Tour for a few weeks and said he was relaxed and ready to go Monday. His eyes are on the trophy for a second time, but also the SRX lease that LaFontaine Cadillac will present to the champion.

“I had a tough year last year with conditional status on the Web.com Tour, but this year has started better and I feel good,” he said. “I hit it close a few times and I made a few long ones for birdie coming in. Good start and a long way to go.”

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