ROYAL OAK – Historic Red Run Golf Club is hosting eight two-golfer teams who earned spots in the finals of the GAM Net Team Championship earlier this summer from a starting field of 82 teams at Oakhurst Golf & Country Club.
The eight teams will 18 holes of net four-ball stroke play to determine a championship duo.
Red Run and its 1914 Willie Park Jr. golf course have hosted several championships for professionals and amateurs and was the home club of Michigan Golf Hall of Fame legend Chuck Kocsis.
The golf course, founded 105 years ago, has a storied history as a tournament site including hosting the GAM Championship seven times (1921, 1924, 1929, 1949, 1968, 1981 and 2014) and the Michigan Amateur Championship twice (1995, 2007). Current PGA Tour player Ryan Brehm of Mount Pleasant won in 2007.
Most notably, Red Run has hosted three PGA Tour events – the 1950 and ‘52 Motor City Opens won by Lloyd Mangrum and Cary Middlecoff, and the 1958 Western Open won by Doug Sanders.
Red Run, which also annually presents the second oldest club invitational event in the state, can be played at six possible tee positions ranging from 5,415 yards to 6,942. The course is known for its classic parkland design, challenging greens, tree-lined fairways and immaculately-kept grounds.
One of the club’s great traditions is that many members started out as caddies at the club and became involved in building an elite caddie program. The national Evans Scholarship program has aided several Red Run caddies in college since its first recipient from Red Run, Michigan Golf Hall of Fame golfer and former GAM President Bob McMasters.
Walter Sierakowski III is the PGA professional and Rob Steger is the golf course superintendent. For more information visit redrungolfclub.com.
The eight teams playing Tuesday include: Oxford residents James Knox and Lindsay Wright, Eric Kenar and Julie Kenar of Bloomfield Hills, Donald Stephanic of Grand Blanc and Kenneth Young of Shelby Township, Tapinder Kalsi of Canton and Michael Lam of Northville, Adam Mangiapane of Troy and Michael Moco of Grosse Ile, defending champions and three-time winners Jack McHale and Michael McHale of Macomb, Al Petrulis of Troy and Sal Petrulis of Howell, and Jim Gregory of Bloomfield Hills and Chris Bixby of Farmington Hills.