PORTAGE – The Moors
Golf Club had helped define many champions, and this week it is the host site
of the 15th Michigan Women’s Senior Amateur Championship presented by Sullivan
private club, a dedicated host of Golf Association of Michigan and United
States Golf Association tournaments and qualifiers for several years, hosts the
top senior women golfers in the state in a handicap-flighted match play
championship Wednesday and Thursday.
Arthur Hills, the
renowned golf course designer, fashioned the course that plays as long as 6,796
yards with multiple tee options. It has been challenging golfers since 1979
with holes that weave through an area aptly named Woodbridge Hills. Protected
marshlands are among the hazards and backdrops.
Hole No. 15, a
dramatic island par 3 that features two scenic bridge crossings, is the
signature hole and what the members refer to as the start of “The Moors Finish”
that also includes three demanding par 4s in Nos. 16 through 18.
Chris Bathje is the
golf professional and Mark Ostrander is the superintendent. More info came be
found at moorsgolf.com.
The 2008 Michigan Amateur Championship, and
most recently a 2015 U.S. Amateur sectional qualifier are among the many
tournament rounds hosted by the club.
The Michigan Women’s
Senior Amateur will crown a champion in the championship bracket as well as
winners in three other brackets named after GAM notables. All participants are
guaranteed two days of play because consolations matches are also part of the
Julie Massa Holt and four other former champions will be part of the championship
bracket. They include three-time champion Maureen Whitehead of Charlevoix,
two-time champion Joan Garety of Ada, two-time champion Susan Campbell of
Kalamazoo, and 2015 champion Donna Benford of Linden. Another former champion,
Cindy Obermeyer, is competing in one of the other flights.
-Greg Johnson, [email protected]