GRAND BLANC – Atlas Valley Golf Club’s historic course dates to 1912 and it will host some players with history, albeit more recent, in the 8th GAM Super Senior Championship presented by Mercy Elite Sports Performance Monday and Tuesday.
A field of 78 GAM golfers ages 65-and-over will compete in the 36-hole stroke play championship, which crowns an overall Super Senior champion and presents a Legends Division for golfers ages 70-and-over. In addition a prize is awarded to the low score by a player ages 75-and-over.
Atlas Valley, previously known as Atlas Valley Country Club, is a semi-private facility with a course originally designed in 1912 by legendary architect Tom Bendelow, a prolific designer of over 600 courses including the famous East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta and the three courses at Medinah Country Club in suburban Chicago.
Bendelow’s naturalist’s approach in design is evident in the course at Atlas Valley that is built on about 150 acres of rolling, scenic land. Kearsley Creek winds through the course
Since the ownership change in recent years significant renovation has included the clubhouse exterior and interior, dining and banquet facilities, irrigation on the course, course bunkers and cart paths. A tree removal program was implemented as well.
Rick Howles is the director of golf operations and Andrew Dalton is the superintendent. Learn more atlasvalleygolf.com.
Last year at the Medalist Golf Club in Marshall, Ray Emsley of Davisburg won by three strokes over the 2020 champion Rick Herpich of Orchard Lake and Dan Hughes of Saginaw. George Dillon of Midland won the Legends Division.
Emsley, Herpich, Hughes and two-time champion Ian Harris of Bloomfield Hills (2018, ’19) are in this year’s field, and 2016 winner John French of Santa Monica is playing in the Legends Division. Dillon is also defending his Legends Division title.