Golf Emporium instructor fourth at Michigan PGA

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 2:16 pm on Thursday, September 08, 2011

Golf Emporium director of instruction Joseph Pollack hits a shot during a recent tournament.

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — Going to Joseph Pollack at the Golf Emporium for lessons is a good idea, since he fixed his own swing with good results.
Pollack finished fourth in the Michigan PGA Professional Championship, held Aug. 29-31 at Eagle Eye and Hawk Hollow golf courses. He shot 6-under 210, which was seven shots behind winner Scott Hebert. Eric Dovre was second at 8-under, and Brian Cairns was third at 7-under.
The Grand Rapids resident and Chicago native won $1,500 for finishing fourth.
Pollack is no stranger to the tournament or the courses, as he won the same tournament in 2004.
“It (the tournament) has been there at Eagle Eye and Hawk Hollow, and I’ve played well there,” Pollack said. “In the first four or five years I’ve finished third, fourth or fifth.”
Pollack had prepared well for the tournament, he said.
“I’ve been struggling a little this season with my golf game, so I worked at it hard leading up to it,” he said. “I put my swing on video, and I saw some things. I hit the ball well and putted well. It’s nice to play well again.”
Pollack has worked as the director of instruction at the Golf Emporium since April of this year. He used the store’s equipment, including the video camera used to shoot the swing of a golfer, to analyze his swing and fix what was wrong.
“I didn’t have high expectations because of how I’ve struggled, but I played really well,” Pollack said.
This is a tough tournament to win, Pollack noted.
“We’ve got a bunch of guys who played in the PGA Championship,” he said. “I just happened to kick their butt in August.”
As a qualifier, Pollack is now one tournament away from landing at the PGA Championship himself.
“It gets me into the national club pro championship. So it’s the national championship for all club professionals,” he said. “I think probably around April I’ll get juiced up again, and I hope this time I finish in the top 20, which will get me in the PGA Championship.”
The national championship will be televised on The Golf Channel all four days next June.

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