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PGA Tour vet Tom Gillis makes Michigan Hall of Fame

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

PGA Tour veteran Tom Gillis will headline the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame class for 2017.

Voting was conducted Monday, with the winners notified Tuesday. The 2017 induction ceremony of six members will be June 3 at Katke Golf Club on the campus of Ferris State in Big Rapids.

“It’s a nice honor, it’s a great honor,” said Gillis, 48. “Anytime they put that H-O-F in front of your name, it’s cool.”

The other members of the class include: Michigan golf legend Bob Ackerman, 63, a two-time Michigan Open champion from West Bloomfield; Brian Cairns, 52, the head pro at Fox Hills in Plymouth; former LPGA Tour member Suzy Green-Roebuck, 49, of Ann Arbor; 1907 U.S. Open champion Alec Ross, who was the head professional at Detroit Golf Club for 31 years; and Michigan State women's golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, 45, of Haslett.

Gillis played regularly on the PGA Tour in 2003, 2005 and from 2010-16, and also has played a great deal on the Web.com Tour, among other circuits.

He boasts more than $6 million in career earnings, thanks to a couple runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour — most notably, a loss in a playoff to then-world No. 1 Jordan Spieth at the John Deere Classic in July 2015. That earned him $507,600 and a spot in the following week’s British Open.

Gillis, a Pontiac native who attended Oakland Community College, has been a pro since 1990, and has won two Michigan Opens, in 1994 and 2008.

He’s sticking around Michigan most of this year, having taken a job as the head boys golf coach at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

Gillis is continuing to work on his game ahead of his Champions Tour debut next year, after he turns 50.

The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame launched in 1982 with the induction of golf legend Walter Hagen, and now has 113 members.

The six-person class is tied for the largest in the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame’s history.

tpaul@detroitnews.com

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