Written By: Greg Johnson
CLIO – A member-owned private country club with a unique history, Clio Country Club, will host many of the state’s top amateur women golfers Monday and Tuesday, July 24-25, in the 13th GAM Women’s Four-Ball Championship.
A field of 38-two golfer teams will compete in four-ball or best-ball stroke play over 36 holes. Championship teams will be determined in the Overall Division (ages 49-and-under) and the Senior Division (50-and-over).
Clio CC’s unique history is one of both member fundraising for development of the club and hands-on work by the members on the golf course. When it was constructed in 1961 and 62 for an opening in 1963, part of the construction work was completed by members, including members who donated the use of heavy equipment, and much of the finishing work of removing rocks and raking before seeding was performed by members as well.
The result from a design by architect Fred Ellis was a traditional parkland style course with classic lines and a reputation as well-maintained, challenging, fair and fun. It plays to 6,820 yards maximum yards and offers six tee options, including two hybrid yardage setups.
Alex Kleckner is the head golf professional, and Mark Wildeman is the superintendent. Learn more at cliocountryclub.com.
Last year at Macatawa Golf Club in Holland, Avery Howard and Abby Grevel of Muskegon won the Overall Division and Shelly Weiss of Southfield and Barb Schmid of Grand Rapids won the Senior Division, finally finishing first in a tournament where they had finished second five times previously.
Weiss and Schmid are returning to defend, but Howard and Grevel are not in this year’s field. Also playing are six-time Senior winners Joan Garety of Ada and Terry Delcamp of Grand Blanc. Last year they finished tied for fourth.
The gross winners’ names in the Overall and Senior Divisions are inscribed on the tournament trophy, which his named The Garety/Hiestand Trophy in honor of Garety and fellow Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member Mary Jane Hiestand, who now lives in Florida.