Brett White Holds 1-Stroke Lead Heading to Final Round of Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open

ACME – Caledonia’s Brett White remains atop the leaderboard after three rounds of the 103rd Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open at The Bear at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

Michigan Open R3 Vo4.consolidated.01White shot a 1-under 71 Wednesday to hold a one-stroke lead of Chad Kurmel of Okemos. Kurmel was the second biggest mover Wednesday, carding a 5-under 67 round.

Defending champion Eric Lilleboe of Okemos is tied for third with Ferris State alum Ben Cook at 6-under.

“It’s nice actually, I like being the frontrunner. I’ve not lead a tournament wire to wire yet, but I’ll go tomorrow and go do it,” White said. “I like the way I drove the ball today, it set me up all the time. I didn’t miss many fairways, and like you said there were a lot of stress-free pars, so I’ll take that out here on a windy day playing with the lead.”

Michigan Open R3 Vo3.consolidated.01Traverse City native and professional Alex Scott made the biggest move Wednesday, firing a 7-under 65 to sit tied for fifth place at 5-under entering Thursday’s final round.Michigan Open R3 Vo.consolidated.01

Traverse City’s Randall Hutchinson is alone in seventh place at 4-under.

Former PGA and Tour professional Doug LaBelle II of Mt. Pleasant continued his move up the leaderboard Wednesday. LaBelle recorded a 71 for the second straight day to sit tied for 20th at even. Traverse City Golf and Country Club PGA Professional Scott Hebert is in a six-way tie for 20th with LaBelle. A six-time Michigan Open winner, Hebert shot a 4-over 76 Thursday.

The 103rd edition of the Michigan Open Championship features the tournament’s largest-ever purse of $115,000. The winner is set to receive a $16,000 payday.

The 72-hole, four-day tournament continues at 8 a.m. Thursday.