Western Golf & Nation Membership’s Traditional Course Internet hosting 99th GAM Championship August Three and 4.
REDFORD – Western Golf & Nation Membership and its basic Donald Ross-designed golf course will host the highest Golf Affiliation of Michigan male golfers for the 99th GAM Championship offered by Carl’s Golfland Monday and Tuesday.
Defending champion Mitchell White of Muskegon, a two-time champion, returns to defend his title as a part of a discipline of 84 golfers enjoying 54 holes over two days.
A brand new clubhouse is nearing completion at Western. Hearth destroyed the unique clubhouse in June of 2018 and the membership nonetheless hosted the Michigan Girls’s Novice only a few weeks later. The course and the professional store, snack store and starter services nearer to the course weren’t broken within the fireplace.
Western, with its slim fairways and undulating small greens, is internet hosting the GAM Championship for the third time, and first time since 1978. In ’78, J. Scott Campbell gained his first of two consecutive championships. The primary time the membership hosted the GAM Championship was 1957. Eugene Woodward was the champion that yr.
Western has hosted a number of different GAM tournaments and qualifiers through the years, together with three Michigan Girls’s Novice Championships, and might identify drop with the nation’s most historic programs.
In April of 1927, the course’s first yr, golf legend Walter Hagen, then the reigning British Open champion, performed the reigning U.S. Open champion Johnny Farrell in an exhibition match at Western. Hagen gained. Gene Sarazen is one other golf legend who performed a match on the membership as properly.
In 1956 the membership hosted the Motor Metropolis Open gained by Bob Rosburg. In 1960 Western hosted the Western Golf Affiliation’s Western Open, which at time was considered one of many main championships on the PGA Tour. Stan Leonard beat Artwork Wall in a playoff.
Jason Iding is the final supervisor, Brandon DiPaola is the pinnacle PGA skilled at Western and Michael Montney is the superintendent. Dan Longeway, a GAM governor, and guidelines official and Western member is the chairman of the championship.
Ken Hartmann, senior director of competitions for the GAM, mentioned the Western golf course is typical of a Donald Ross design in that it has character and requires skillful shot placement.
“I don’t suppose you’ll be able to overpower it though it isn’t overly lengthy primarily due to the river that winds by way of it and that on nearly all the holes there are penalty areas,” he mentioned. “The greens are small, agency and quick and should you miss them it’s a battle to avoid wasting par. You may’t simply hit it and go at Western. You play good off the tee and when hitting to the greens. It’ll decide a champion who has a whole recreation.”
The GAM Championship, like Western, has a wealthy historical past. It dates to 1919 with two years wherein it wasn’t performed throughout World Battle II. Previous winners embody Michigan golf legends like James Standish, Chuck Kocsis, Bud Stevens, Glenn Johnson, and Pete Inexperienced.
This yr’s discipline of golfers contains six previous champions, together with White (2015, 2019), 2018 champion James Piot of Canton, two-time winner Casey Baker of Novi (2005, 2010), 2014 champion Ryan Johnson of New Boston, 2013 champion Scott Strickland of Bloomfield Hills and 2008 champion Jimmy Chestnut of Royal Oak.
Different notables within the discipline embody latest Michigan Novice Champion Tyler Copp of Ann Arbor, final yr’s GAM Participant of the Yr Dan Ellis of East Lansing and final summer time’s GAM Mid-Novice Champion Michael Coriasso of White Lake.
The 2020 GAM Championship discipline will play two rounds on Monday and a closing spherical on Tuesday after a 36-hole reduce Monday night time to the low 30 scorers and ties.
The GAM Championship historically boasts as sturdy of a discipline because the Michigan Novice Championship, largely as a result of non-exempt gamers should undergo sectional qualifiers to earn a spot within the closing discipline for the championship.
Final yr White shot a closing 5-under 67 to win by a dominating six photographs at one other Donald Ross design, Muskegon Nation Membership. Piot, who was the defending champion, completed second.
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