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GOLF ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN

Flint GC, Lochmoor, Grosse Ile G & CC Hosting Senior Mid-Am Team Championship

In photo: A view of No. 14 at Flint Golf Club

  FARMINGTON HILLS –
The popular 9th GAM Senior Mid-Am Team Championship presented by the LPGA
Volvik Championship kicks the golf season into high gear with 240 of the
state’s best male golfers playing at three sites Monday – the Flint Golf Club,
Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club.

  Each site will host
40 teams of one senior golfer age 55-plus paired up with a mid-amateur player
age 25-plus. Each team will play 18 holes of four-ball or best-ball in the
morning and 18 holes of foursomes, also known as alternate shot, in the
afternoon.

  The top two teams at
the close of the 36-hole day will earn spots in the Senior Mid-Am Finals
scheduled for Prestwick Village Golf Club on Sept. 21.

  Last year, the team of Tom Giesleman of
Commerce Township and Scott Strickland of Birmingham used home course knowledge
and for once they were not battling each other for the club championship in the
finals at Oakland Hills Country Club. They teamed up, in fact, for a 3-under 67
on the North Course, and topped the team of Mike Kohn of Belding and Tom
Werkmeister of Grandville, who shot 69.

  The long road to
Prestwick and this year’s finals starts with winning at one of the three sites
Monday.

  Flint Golf Club
dates to 1910 as a social club, and the course was opened in 1919. Willie Park,
a two-time British Open champion turned designer, fashioned a parkland golf
course. It can play as long as 6,671 yards at par 72. Somewhat unique to the
Park design are five par-3 and five par 5 holes.

  The club has hosted
the Michigan PGA Professional Championship the last two years.  Flint Golf Club’s staff is headed by General
Manager Troy Stieve. Scott Brotebeck is the head PGA professional and the superintendent
is Jim Moore.

  Lochmoor Club was
founded in 1917 on 135 acres of flat farm land. Edsel Ford and the Dodge
brothers were among the founding members. 
Walter Travis, a three-time U.S. Amateur champion, helped design the
original course and John H. Sweeney did the construction. Lochmoor opened to
play in 1918.

   Tom Hauff is the
general manager. The head PGA professional is John Pershern and the
superintendent is Tim Dorner.

  Grosse Ile is a Donald Ross original design
founded in 1919, and features classic challenging greens. It also has a rich
tournament history having hosted multiple GAM championships, including hosting
the Michigan Amateur Championship in 2004. It plays to just over 6,800 yards.

 John Paul is the general manager. Eric
Ganzberger is the golf professional and Todd Probert is the superintendent.

-Greg Johnson [email protected]

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