Doug LaBelle II travelled the world playing professional golf for 16 years, including four years on the PGA Tour, eight on the PGA’s Korn Ferry Tour, and four years of summers on PGA Tour Canada overlapping with two years of winter schedules on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
In the two segments of his career on the PGA Tour (2007-08 and 2013-14) he had 96 starts including a pair of U.S. Opens and a British Open, and he played in 150 Korn Ferry tournaments. He won over $2.4 million combined on those two tours and collected two Korn Ferry wins – the 2006 Price Cutter Charity Championship where he shot 27-under at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Mo., and the 2012 Utah Championship where he shot 15-under at Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, Utah.
In college at the University of New Mexico, Doug was a two-time PING All-America selection, three-time all-conference selection and won three individual titles. In 1998 he was also a prestigious Palmer Cup selection for Team USA and represented his country that year at Saint Andrews in Scotland.
While growing up in Mount Pleasant he won multiple junior golf titles, including an AJGA national tournament, was an all-state selection all four years in high school and in the 1996 Michigan Amateur Championship was the runner-up, falling to legendary MGHOF member Pete Green in the final match.
Following his tour career he maintained his professional status and continued to qualify for and compete in the Michigan Open Championship on an annual basis. He also paired up with fellow Mount Pleasant resident Dan Pohl, a MGHOF member and former PGA Tour player, and Jeff Roth, another MGHOF member, to play in various team events.
Doug got his start in junior golf in the summer program directed by the late Roy Gunderson, a PGA golf professional whose Mount Pleasant program was also a launching pad for Pohl and LPGA standouts Cindy Figg-Currier and Kelly Robbins, two more MGHOF members.
He said he advanced his game the most when he started working with his college coach John Fields, who later coached at the University of Texas, too.
Doug turned professional in the fall of 1998 and played in mini-tour events, winning twice, and in the spring of 1999 earned a playing card on PGA Tour Canada to launch his professional golf travels.