The Orchards Golf Club Hosting GAM Net Championship

  WASHINGTON – The Orchards Golf Club is a public venue and cornerstone of a 525-acre residential and golf community, and it features a classic Robert Trent Jones Jr. design that has played host to three Michigan Open Championships and a U.S. Public Links Championship.

  It will host the 4th GAM Net Chapman, a unique partner event, presented by Michigan Golf Live Thursday.

  The Orchards opened in 1993 with a state-of-the-art practice center and the modern Jones design that received awards and accolades. It has remained one of the top public venues in Michigan. The USGA chose it as a site for the U.S. Public Links in 2002, which was won by Ryan Moore, a top player on the PGA Tour. The Michigan PGA administered the Michigan Open at the club from 2011 to 2013.

  The club and community are mourning the recent passing of founder Ronald K. Darby, who as president guided the facility in presenting a great golf experience. Jeff Stalcup is the director of golf, and Robert King is the superintendent.

  The GAM Net Chapman is played over 18 holes with two players playing as partners. Each player plays from the teeing ground and then each plays the partner’s ball for the second shot. After the second shot, the partners select one ball with which they wish to score. They play alternately to complete the hole.

  A field of 43 teams will play. The defending champions, Rich and Rick Rachner, a father-son duo from Brighton, are in the field, as are the 2016 winners, Roger Chapman and Stewart Sloan of Rochester.

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