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Plum Hollow Country Club Hosting Michigan Net Amateur Championship for Second Time

  SOUTHFIELD – Plum Hollow Country Club, a
classic course created by the legendary English design team of Colt &
Alison, will host the 16th Michigan Net Amateur Championship presented by
Michigan Golf Live on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  Plum Hollow, which hosted the 2015 Michigan
Amateur and the 2012 Michigan Net Amateur, has a rich history that includes
being the site of the 1947 PGA Championship and the 1957 Western Open.

   The club was founded in 1921, and features
rolling hills, surprising elevation changes and five par 3 holes that impact
scoring with demanding shots and small, undulating greens. The five par 5 holes
offer a few more birdie chances.

   Jim
Ferrier won the 1947 PGA at Plum Hollow by defeating Michigan golf legend Chick
Harbert in the then match play finals. Also in that tournament legend Ben Hogan
lost to Toney Penna, and legend Gene Sarazen fell to Harbert after beating Sam
Snead.

    It
was 10 years later in 1957 that Plum Hollow hosted the Western Golf
Association’s Western Open, which was considered a “major” championship in that
era. Golf Hall of Famer Doug Ford won that one with a 279 72-hole total. George
Bayer, Gene Littler and Billy Maxwell were among the other contenders.

   H.S. Colt and C. H. Alison formed a
formidable golf architecture firm in London in the 1900s and partnered for four
years with Alister Mackenzie. Plum Hollow is one of over 300 golf courses they
are credited with designing or redesigning in the United Kingdom and the United
States. Golf course architecture historians point out that Colt was known for
starting projects with picking spots for the par 3s and as a result they are
often especially strong parts of the Colt & Alison courses.

  The field of 84
golfers with handicaps of 20.4 or lower will play 36 holes of net stroke play
over the two days to determine a champion.

   Defending champion
Mike Camalo of Grand Rapids is not in the field, but 2014 winner Steve
Szymanski of Rochester Hills and 2009 champion Mike Kidder of Ann Arbor have
signed on.

 

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