International field highlights 19th Michigan PGA Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain

THOMPSONVILLE – The Michigan PGA Women’s Open Championship and host Crystal Mountain Resort welcome golfers with open arms and truly define the words open and resort.

   Golfers from 20 states, including Hawaii and Alaska, and four countries, including Australia, will play for the $40,000 purse Monday through Wednesday on the championship Mountain Ridge course that winds across Crystal Mountain.

  Defending champion Katie Burnett of South Carolina, now on the Symetra Tour, has decided not to defend her championship, but there are 87 players going for the state title, including 48 professionals, 39 amateurs and 41 Michigan residents.

   Among the Michigan contingent is 2011 champion Laura Kueny of Whitehall, who is finding great success this year on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour. Powered by a victory on tour in May in Charlotte, N.C.,  and a recent second in Decatur, Ill. (lost in a playoff), she is currently second on the money list and chasing the LPGA Tour playing privileges available to the top players on the Symetra Tour at the end of the season.

   Other notables in the field include former LPGA standouts Elaine Crosby of Jackson, a two-time state champion (2001, 2002), past champion Connie Ross of St. Joseph (2008), Grand Rapids’ native Sue Ertl and another two-time champion, Suzanne Green-Roebuck of Ann Arbor (1994, 1999).

  Among the amateur notables is Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, a two-time Michigan Amateur champion and seven-time Michigan Women’s Mid-Amateur champion who is also the successful head women’s golf coach at Michigan State University. She annually competes against the field, which again includes former Spartans as well as golfers currently on her roster.

  Several Symetra Tour players like Kueny are making stops. The tour is in South Bend, Ind., this week, and in Harris, Mich., next week.

   Crystal Mountain is hosting the state championship for the 11th consecutive year. Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort that is nationally recognized for its skiing, golf and award-winning spa.

   Located in northwest-lower-Michigan, a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, 36 holes of championship golf, Michigan’s only alpine slide, an outdoor water playground, a variety of lodging and dining options, countless year-round activities and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa.

  Gallery is welcome with parking and admission free.

  The Michigan PGA will have live scoring for the tournament at The media contact for the event is Greg Johnson at 616-560-8995 or [email protected], and Justin Phillips of the Michigan PGA is the tournament director and available at 517-641-7421 or [email protected].

   More information is available at and