Michigan Open Championship Round 1 Recap

Greg Johnson —  June 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

The field of 156 golfers playing in the Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac at Prestwick Village are car shopping as they play.

Cadillacs are parked in various places around the golf course for golfers and fans to peruse even during play. The 72-hole state championship continues through Thursday.

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Willie Mack hitting a bunker shot on No. 18 during round 1 of the Michigan Open Championship

The three co-leaders after one round Monday all had interesting travel stories and could have used a new Cadillac.

Willie Mack III of Grand Blanc had to drive from Atlanta after winning a mini-tour event there Sunday night.

Joey Garber of Petoskey came to make his professional debut after a stellar college career at the University of Georgia and a much-needed week off in Chicago. He hasn’t made it home yet from college, and is driving the whole way.

And Mount Pleasant native and Grand Rapids resident Ryan Brehm flew the red-eye flight from Vancouver in Canada to Chicago with a connecting flight to Grand Rapids arriving at 9 a.m. Monday, and then hopped in a car to drive to Prestwick Village and play.

They shared the lead through the first round of the 97th Michigan Open with rounds of 7-under-par 65.

Six-time former champion Scott Hebert of the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, another mini-tour player, Ryan Lenahan of Grosse Pointe Shores, and Henry Do of Ypsilanti, a University of North Carolina golfer, were tied for second after turning in 67s.

Dan Urban, an assistant professional at Prestwick, Lee Houtteman of Manitou Passage in Cedar and John Seltzer of Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton were next with 68s, and mini-tour pro Chris Mory of Haslett, and amateurs Brian Hayward of Grand Rapids, Greg Davies of West Bloomfield and Spencer Lendzion of Rochester Hills each shot 69.

Defending champion Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood and 2013 Michigan PGA champion Brian Cairns of Fox Hills in Plymouth were in the group at 70.

The field of 156 golfers found ideal scoring conditions on a sun-drenched day with little wind, and each of the three leaders said they played relaxed in part because they were back in Michigan.

They all would like to head back out on the road of professional golf in a Cadillac. The winner will be presented a lease on a new car by LaFontaine Cadillac.

LaFontaine customers are invited to come out and watch some golf. It’s free of charge and the young pros are exciting to watch.

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