Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open Championship on Tap at Grand Traverse Resort

ACME – The 103rd Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open Championship is returning to the Grand Traverse Resort next week.

The 72-hole, four-day tournament is set for Monday, Aug. 31 through Thursday, Sept. 4 and features a field of 156 golfers at The Bear.

The tournament was originally scheduled for June 8-11 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was a challenge early on in late May when we decided to postpone it,” said Tom McGee, Grand Traverse Resort Director of Golf Operations. “We wondered if we were going to be able to host it at that time, but we looked at potential future dates and it worked out for us and worked out for the Michigan section of the PGA, so to be able to host this event, we didn’t want to miss it. It is the grand event in the state of Michigan as far as golf professional tournaments go.”

With concerns about COVID-19 still prevalent, there will be changes to the event for spectators.

“Socially distancing, we’ll have the signage and all that stuff, but we’ll make sure people are following those guidelines,” McGee said. “We’re doing things a little different with the scoring, typically volunteers would take the scores every three holes, but this year we’re going to have the players punch in their own scores.

“We still need volunteers to help out on the golf course and get volunteers out to their spots because it’s still a ways out there, if you’re out on the 6th or the 12th on The Bear, just to get out there.”

Eric Lilleboe of Okemos claimed his first Michigan Open title a year ago, finishing the rain-shortened third-round event at 13-under par.

“It’s very exciting around here, the whole staff is really looking forward to it,” said Grand Traverse Resort Golf Course Superintendent Seth Britton. “We do everything in our power to get the golf course in the best shape we can for the players. It takes a lot of teamwork. We have a great staff that is dedicated and there’s something about this event that adds a little bit of spark to everybody. It puts our team in the spotlight a little more.”

The 103rd edition of the Michigan Open Championship will feature the tournament’s largest-ever purse of $115,000.