JOIN THE GAM: New Members, Current Members Enjoy West Michigan Golf Show

In picture: Jason Carpenter, second from right, joins the GAM at the West Michigan Golf Show.

   GRAND RAPIDS – Jason Carpenter, a Milan native, Fremont resident and Shelby High School teacher, recently moved back to Michigan after several years living in Ohio.

   He has long played golf with his uncle, Mike Kidder, a long-time GAM member who has played in Golf Association of Michigan Golf Days and won GAM Net tournaments. They came to the West Michigan Golf Show and Carpenter made sure to become a GAM member so he could “Get In The GAM” for fun and competition with his uncle.

  “We’ve played together for years and now that I’m back in Michigan we can do it more often,” said Carpenter, who is a former Albion College football player. “We came over to this show because we enjoy the game, and it works out that I can join the GAM here.”

  Carpenter and several others became members over the show weekend, taking advantage of discounts, as did several golfers who renewed their membership for 2017.

  The GAM was a primary sponsor of the popular show at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids once again, and Carpenter and his uncle were part of a large Saturday afternoon crowd.

    It was the 29th annual edition of the show which featured hundreds of exhibits from golf courses, resorts and golf equipment vendors, as well as on-stage clinics by popular long drive guru Bobby Wilson and Michigan’s own Jason Guss, who was the 2013 Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year.

  The GAM will also have a booth March 10-12 at the Michigan Golf Show at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi where golfers can renew memberships or start a membership anew.

   Benefits of membership include:

   A GAM/USGA Handicap Index because you can track your golf scores via posting 9 and 18-hole scores on your mobile phone or any other device.

  Finding a golf course to play those 9 and 18-hole rounds will be easier because you receive the Michigan Links Golf Directory, a comprehensive magazine that lists all of the golf courses in Michigan with contact information and more. It’s super and you can even find out who the superintendent is if needed.

 Members can also simply show the shiny golf 2017 GAM Golf Card at over 200 Michigan golf courses and receive Swing and Save discounts, including some 2-for-1 offers.

-Greg Johnson

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