Gillis, Holley Lead After Day One at Michigan Open

TRAVERSE CITY – Two-time winner and former PGA Tour member Tom Gillis is tied with James Holley for the lead at a 3-under-par 69  at the 101st Michigan Open.

The four-day tournament returned to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for the first time in 10 years Monday.

Gillis, who won the event in 1994 and 2008 and has one Nationwide Tour win to his credit, holds a one-stroke lead over Nicholas Bonema, Eric Lilleboe and Jake Kneen.

“The last time they had it here (Grand Traverse Resort and Spa) in 2008, I won,” Gillis said, “I hadn’t played since 2008, and I played downstate. I saw Kevin Helm, the director of the PGA, and I said, ‘Man, Kevin, it doesn’t feel the same as it used to when we would go up north all the time,’ and he goes, ‘Well, we’re working on it,’ and so I was really happy to hear that they brought it back up because the Grand Traverse Resort’s always treated us like a million bucks. It’s just a wonderful time to be up here. It’s a great place.”

Six-time Michigan Open champion and head golf professional at Traverse City Golf and Country Club Scott Hebert is tied for 58th with a 5-over 77, while Mt. Pleasant native and two-time Web.Com Tour winner Doug LaBelle II is tied in 13th at 1-over-par.

Second-round play begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday.