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Western, Travis Pointe, Grosse Ile Hosting GAM Senior/Mid-Am Team Championship

 Western Golf & Country Club in Redford Township, Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor and Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club will each host a third of the field over the next two Mondays in the 12th GAM Senior/Mid-Am Team Championship.

  A field of 105 teams, or 210 of Michigan’s top golfers, will compete in the opening segment of the popular championship that features a Senior golfer (55-and-over) teamed up with a Mid-Amateur golfer (23-and-over).

  The Western and Travis Pointe fields play 36-holes or two rounds on Monday, May 17, and the Grosse Ile field plays on Monday, May 24.

  The teams play four-ball, also known as best-ball, in a morning round, and foursomes, also known as alternate shot, in the afternoon rounds.

  Three winning and three runner-up teams will be determined out of the teams at each site, and those six teams will be invited to play in the finals of the championship on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville.

  Western features a classic Donald Ross design with narrow fairways and undulating small greens. It hosted the GAM Championship a year ago for the third time dating to 1957. The Club is 95-years-old this year and recently completed the building of a new clubhouse.

 Western has hosted several other GAM tournaments and qualifiers over the years, including three Michigan Women’s Amateur Championships and has been selected to host the Michigan Amateur Championship during its centennial year of 2026.

 Jason Iding is the general manager, Brandon DiPaola the head PGA professional and Michael Montney is the superintendent. Learn more at westerngcc.com.

  Travis Pointe, which from 2016 to 2018 hosted the LPGA Volvik Championship, was designed by Michigan golf architect Bill Newcomb, and opened in 1977. It features six sets of tees to fit golfers of all skill levels. The course can be played up to 7,326 yards.

  Travis Pointe has hosted several Golf Association of Michigan championships in recent years, including the Michigan Amateur Championship, as well as several Michigan PGA tournaments and USGA qualifiers. The club agreed to host Monday just recently when another site withdrew.

  Guy Guarino is the manager, Rocky Mullendore the PGA professional and Dan Graft the superintendent at Travis Pointe. Learn more at travispointe.com.

  Grosse Ile is a storied historic course of 102 years that was also designed by Ross. It was established in 1919 and rolls over 300 acres featuring undulating greens. It has hosted many GAM and USGA tournaments, including the 2004 Michigan Amateur Championship.

   Grosse Ile 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, Eric Ganzberger is the head PGA golf professional and golf services manager and Todd Probert is the superintendent. Learn more at gigcc.com.

  Last year Oakland Hills Country Club members Tom Gieselman and Scott Strickland earned a par on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with the father-son team of Dean and Dan Ellis and won the finals at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor. It was their second title in the championship having won in 2017, too. They are defending their title and will be in action at Western on Monday.

  Also back in the field are 2019 champions and Detroit Golf Club members Grant Bruce of Birmingham and Michael Coriasso of White Lake. They are also playing Monday at Western.

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