GROSSE ILE – Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club and it’s Donald Ross gem of a golf course founded 100 years ago this golf season will host the popular get-a-partner of any gender and play 29th GAM Net Team Championship presented by Michigan Golf Live Monday .
The tournament has a new format for 2019. Qualifying events were eliminated, which means Grosse Ile will host morning and afternoon shotgun-start waves of team play determining winners in each wave. Those teams will advance to the Finals of the championship on Aug. 14 at Birmingham Country Club.
The two-person teams, featuring any combination, will play 18 holes with net four-ball scoring to determine wave winners.
Grosse Ile G&CC, established in 1919 by eight Michigan businessmen, is located on Grosse Ile Island 25 minutes from downtown Detroit, and the Donald Ross classic rolls over 300 acres featuring undulating, fast greens. The club is celebrating 100 years in several ways this summer, including giving back to the game by hosting this GAM championship.
Legends like Arnold Palmer and Michigan’s own Chuck Kocsis have played Grosse Ile in tournament competition. Hall of Famer Glenn Johnson was a longtime member, and the club has hosted several Golf Association of Michigan and United States Golf Association tournaments for many years, including the 2004 Michigan Amateur Championship won by a former Grosse Ile caddie, Jeff Cuzzort.
Ross designed the club during his heyday as a design legend, and it took two years of construction in large part because a soil base had to be developed to grow the grass needed for the course. Grosse Ile G&CC was just the third golf course in the United States to have irrigation watered fairways. It plays to a maximum of 6,828 yards.
John Paul is the general manager of the private golf club. Eric Ganzberger is the head PGA golf professional and golf services manager. Todd Probert is the superintendent. Learn more at gigcc.com.
As for the competition, four of the recent winning teams are in the field including the defending champions Geoffrey Arnoldy of Wyandotte and Nicholas Badgley of Woodhaven, who emerged from six-team playoff to win last year’s title at Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton.
Arnoldy, a high school teacher in Allen Park, and Badgley, a nurse practitioner in Kalamazoo, shot the best four-hole cumulative net score, 1-under, in a six-team four-hole cumulative net score playoff at net 62 to emerge as champions.
Chelsea’s Ishmael Picklesimer and Tom Hollandsworth, the 2017 champions, are also in the field, as are 2015 and 2016 repeat winners Dwaine Jones and Kevin Kotzian of Milford and 2011 champions Rick and Rick Rachner of Brighton.
-Greg Johnson, [email protected]