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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.

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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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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.

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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 – Top PGA Professionals, tour players and amateurs, including three newly inducted Michigan Golf Hall of Fame members will be part of the starting field of 156 golfers when the 98th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac plays out Monday through Thursday at Prestwick Village Golf Club.

Six-time Michigan Open champion Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club, Dave Kendall of the Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti and one of the state’s top amateurs, Greg Davies of West Bloomfield, will be part of the 2015 class inducted Sunday with LPGA star Kelly Robbins in ceremonies Sunday at Ferris State University, the home of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.

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On Monday Hebert, Kendall and Davies start the state championship with a field that includes 10 former Michigan Open champions, including three more golfers who are in the Hall of Fame – 2013 champion and amateur Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood, five-time champion Randy Erskine of Lake Orion (1976, ’78, ’79, ’84, ’85) and three-time champion Steve Brady of Oakland Hills Country Club (1991, ’92, ’96).

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Ryan Brehm said he didn’t let himself think about the win, money or the lease on a new Cadillac until the tournament was over.

Then he couldn’t stop smiling.

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Ryan Brehm talks about winning the Michigan Open and a new Cadillac ATS.

“I don’t even know how to feel about winning a Cadillac,” he said. “I’m thinking it might be a little out of my league, but I’m really going to enjoy driving it.”

The 28-year-old PGA Tour Canada golfer won the 97th Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac at Prestwick Village Golf Club Thursday. It was his third Open title.

The Mount Pleasant native, Grand Rapids resident and former Michigan State star shot a closing 1-over-par 73 and had to hold off a the charge of Petoskey’s Joey Garber, who shot 68 and after nine holes of play in the final round was within one shot.

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It’s a little damp this morning for the start of the third round of the Michigan Open Championship presented by LaFontaine Cadillac at Prestwick Village Golf Club.

But there’s a VIP hospitality tent with all the comforts of home covering invited guests of LaFontaine.

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Bob Anderson, Jeff Chapel and Luke Field enjoy the amenities inside the LaFontaine Cadillac VIP hospitality tent

Meanwhile, when the weather breaks great golf is at hand.

Ryan Brehm and Willie Mack III shared the lead at the halfway point of the four-round championship.

It was good news for Mack and Brehm, but maybe bad news for everybody else in the field.

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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.

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