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Ryan Brehm earns PGA Tour card

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City resident Ryan Brehm earned his PGA Tour card with a win at the LeCom Health Challenge.

This will be Brehm’s second trip to the PGA Tour. Currently, he is fifth on the Korn Ferry Tour’s rankings with his win.

The win comes a week after Brehm finished just one shot out of a playoff and bumps him to fifth on the tour’s points list, putting him in position for a PGA Tour Card for the 2019-20 season. The top 25 on the Korn Ferry Tour points list earn full status for next season.

Brehm, a graduate of Michigan State and LochenHeath member, played in 17 PGA Tour events in the 2016-17 season but finished outside of the top 125 needed to keep your PGA Tour card.

There are five more tournaments on the Korn Ferry Tour before the end of the year playoffs begin.

TCC students win for Patriot Game designs

TRAVERSE CITY — The silhouette of a soldier over an American flag is the center of the commemorative shirt for this year’s TC Patriot Game.

Traverse City Central High School students were honored for designing the shirts and given gift cards from Meijer for their efforts as the shirt was unveiled during a brief ceremony at Fox Motors.

Sophomore Emma Crissinger designed the front of the shirt, and was awarded a $300 gift card. Senior Veronica Boals took second place and created the back design, earning a $100 gift card.

Student Senators from both schools selected the winning designs from entries submitted to the design contest at Traverse City Area Public Schools last spring.

The TC Patriot Game, in its eighth year, takes the annual football clash between Traverse City Central and Traverse City West and honors active duty military, veterans, first responders and people from northern Michigan who recently were killed while serving their country.

Sale of commemorative shirts will help to raise money to support Veterans In Crisis.

Shirts will officially go on sale next Monday, available at Fox Motors, Serra of Traverse City, Williams Chevy, two 4-Front Credit Union locations, Traverse Catholic Federal Credit Union on Veterans Drive, EXIT Realty and Brady’s Bar. Since it began, the TC Patriot Game has distributed $81,000 to Veteran organizations.

Winners crowned in GLEF’s opening weekend

TRAVERSE CITY — The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival kicked off its fifth year of the six-week event at Flintfields Horse Park.

In the show jumping $30,000 Welcome Stake, nearly three seconds ahead of the next-closest finishers was Chris Ewanouski of Wellington, Florida, and Binja, owned by Castle Point Farm LLC, who captured the first place prize to earn the lead spot in the victory gallop.

Courtney Lenkart and Tiffany Morrissey both navigated their mounts to division championships after a series of strong performances during the first two days of the circuit. In the Performance 3’3” Hunters, Lenkart piloted Lori Mathews’ Captain America to the top of the scorecard, while Morrissey and Lauren Bialy’s Billboard reigned supreme in the Green 3’ Hunter division.

Riding twice to near-perfect scores, Courtney Lenkart of South Haven Farm based in Bartonville, Texas, and Lori Mathews’ Alisto claimed the first place prize in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby ahead of a tightly-contested field that consistently earned marks above the 80-point benchmark. Abigail Gordon and Delightful, Paige Matthies aboard Conto Blue and Debra Kirsch with Naples Bay each also rode to victory in their respective hunter and equitation divisions.

6 area racers among NMD winners

KALEVA — Northern Michigan Dragway had over 300 race entries and nearly 800 pit passes sold for the 2nd Annual God Bless America Race Weekend.

The Street Money class $500 winner was Jim Evans of Benzonia with his Buick Skylark. The Street Trophy victory was captured by first-time visitor, Buck Hickman of Memphis, Tenn., driving a Chevy Corvette Z06.

The High School division victory went to a Camaro driven by Dominic Dyer of Bellaire. Larry Drost of Charlevoix took the Gamblers’ win with his Chevy II.

Donnie Heinzer, III of Manistee won with his Camaro in Bracket II for $1,200.

The Bracket I $1,000 winner was Eric Johnson of Onekama in his Chevy II. The pair of racers then met in a special race-off for an extra $200 from the race sponsor, with Heinzer taking the extra win in that match-up.

Pro Trophy and Street Trophy winners also paired up for an extra $200, as the Dodge Dart of ST winner Brad Haist took the win over PT winner Jim Evans. Evans enjoyed his second final round victory of the weekend.

The Junior divisions also met up for an extra $100, with Ludington’s Hunter Sanford cashing in for a total of $225 in winnings for the evening with his Advanced Junior victory and a win in the run-off between the junior dragsters.

Hannah Moore of Cadillac secured the Mini Junior class victory with 5 round wins, but the youngster was a bit sleepy in her run-off that happened a little bit past her bedtime.

An off weekend provides some rest July 13th, but racing resumes July 20th with TNT Well Service Points Event #10, featuring $1,500 to win in Bracket II. The 22nd Annual Mopars Against the World will take place July 25-27.

Big turnout expected for Torch Lake bike tour

ELK RAPIDS — More than 700 cyclists pre-registered for the Ride Around Torch bike tour, and organizers with the Cherry Capital Cycling Club are expecting a banner year.

The event kicks off on July 21 from Elk Rapids High School.

As in the past, this year’s Ride Around Torch offers an opportunity to cycle routes that include mileage options of 23, 40, 63 and 100. Roughly 70 percent of cyclists do the 63-mile route, with about 125-150 riders going the full 100 miles, and the rest opting for the shorter routes.