TEAM JIM: James Omietanski and Jim Grant Win GAM Two-Person Scramble

BRIGHTON – James Omietanski of Livonia and Jim Grant of Canadian Lakes teamed up to shoot a 10-under par 61 to win the overall gross scoring title in the second GAM Two-Person Scramble presented by Dunham’s Sports Monday at Oak Pointe Country Club’s Championship Course.

  The Badgley brothers, Nicholas of Kalamazoo and Christopher of Trenton, won the net title with a 12-under 59.

  A field of 43 two-golfer teams competed in the standard scramble format for gross and net honors.

  Kevin Zeleji of Dearborn and Blake Johnson of Grosse Pointe Shores took second in the gross competition with a 63.

  The Net runner-up was decided in scorecard playoff among seven teams that shot net 62 with the team of Joe DeNino of Taylor and Bryon Scott of Farmington Hills taking home the runner-up trophy.

  “It all boiled down to about 200 feet of putts we made,” Omietanski said. “I mean we had a good day, both of us played well and hit good shots, but we made a couple of unbelievable putts.”

  Grant said it was Omietanski doing the unbelievable putting, including four 25-foot birdie putts and a 60-foot birdie bomb.

  “He made a really tough 25-footer early in the round and I was thinking that’s a good thing when those go, and then he made a 60-footer from the front of the green all the way to the back and I started thinking these kind of things happen when you win,” he said.

  The duo birdied six of the first eight holes they played and carded a 30 across the back nine holes.

  “I’ve always been a good putter, but this wasn’t just a usual good putting day,” said Omietanski, who is this summer’s club champion at Canadian Lakes where he and his family spend most weekends.

  “I mean early in the round they just kept going in. It was a lot of fun.”

  The duo said their strategy of Grant hitting off the tee first and putting the ball in play with Omietanski then taking chances paid off.

  “Jim kept us in play all day and we gave ourselves chances for the putts to go in,” Omietanski said.

  They have known each other since 2000. Grant, originally from Allen Park, now lives in Canadian Lakes, south of Big Rapids. Omietanski trades time between Livonia and Canadian Lakes where they play a lot of golf together.