Southfield’s Shelly Weiss Wins GAM Women’s Senior Championship

  MANISTEE – Southfield’s
Shelly Weiss has been working toward a championship, but coming off a hip
replacement in December she didn’t expect it this year.

  “This is huge,” said
the 57-year-old physical therapist after winning the 22nd GAM Women’s Senior
Championship presented by Sullivan Golf and Travel at Manistee Golf &
Country Club Monday.

  “I knew I was playing
high level golf and that I fit into that championship flight, but I didn’t
think I would have this big of a win this year. It is definitely my biggest win
ever. These girls are the best of the best in the state and I have played
against them for a number of years. It took me a while to get to that
championship flight level. It took me a while to pull it off. I have to be
honest. I’m kind of freaking out.”

  After a morning rain
delay of 2 ½ hours, Weiss shot a final-round 3-over 74 for a 4-over 146 total
and topped Joanne Adams of Detroit, who closed with a 74 for 149. Defending
champion Julie Massa of Holt shot a 78 for 150 and third place.

  Weiss, who had two
birdies, including one on the par 5 No. 18 hole, said she hit her driver well,
hit some great iron shots especially in Sunday’s first round and putted well
through the tournament.

 “It was
nerve-wracking just knowing that I had a chance to pull it off,” she said. “I
didn’t want to mess it up. I’ve tried really hard to win for several years now.”

  Weiss, who played
intercollegiate tennis, didn’t take golf up until age 29.

  “I started playing
when my husband played and to travel and see beautiful venues,” she said. “Then
once I started playing, I’m a competitive person and then I wanted to get
better at it. I’m thrilled with this. This means a lot to me.”

    A field of 65 senior women age 50-plus battled
in the championship flight and three other flights over 36 holes of stroke play
with gross and net prizes awarded.

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