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Landon Michelson Wins Inaugural 2021 Citrus Golf Trail Open

Landon Michelson Wins Inaugural 2021 Citrus Golf Trail Open

His 3-day total of 203 (68-68-67) earned him the biggest check in MLGT history

By Brian Weis

Landon Michelson from Miami, FL fired 203 (68-68-67) to win the 2021 Citrus Golf Trail Open on the Deer Run course at Sun 'N Lake Golf Club. His win earned him $15,000, the biggest check in Minor League Golf Tour (MLGT) history.

"The Minor League Golf Tour proudly partnered with the Citrus Golf Trail, Visit Sebring and Airstream Ventures on making the inaugural Citrus Golf Trail Open a big event in its first year," said Scott Turner, MLGT Director of Tournament Operations. "Our commitment is to provide players a competitive platform to sharpen their game to excel in the career."

Held Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Sebring, FL, the 54-hole event featured $25,000 in added sponsor money to the prize purse for the event as the competitors also battled for the coveted 'orange jacket.'

"A huge thank you to Sun 'N Lake Golf Club and its members for hosting and to the Citrus Golf Trail for sponsoring the event," Turner said. "This event was held on a PGA Tour qualifying school caliber course with a purse that made a big impact for the winner."

Michelson started the final round tied at -8 with Maxwell Sear and Pete Kellermann. John VanDerLaan and Josh Hart posted final rounds of 64 and 66 to come from behind and post -11. Michelson was also -11 after a birdie on #15. He then made a 10-foot birdie putt on #16 and a 20-foot birdie putt on #17 (the hardest par-4 on the course) to get to -13 and take a two-shot lead to the last. He two putted for par from 25 feet to slide on the orange jacket and be crowned the inaugural Citrus Golf Trail Open champion.

"It was great to host the first CGT Open. There were some very talented golf professionals competing and the course was in terrific shape for them, said Citrus Golf Trail Officer and Sun 'N Lake Head Golf Professional Andy Kesling. "We hope to continue the event for years to come."

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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