All Champions Head to Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club for GAM Finale

GROSSE ILE – The classic Donald Ross-designed Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club is hosting both the GAM Tournament of Champions and the GAM Senior Tournament of Champions for a grand GAM finale Monday.

  Both tournaments are presented by Garland Lodge & Golf Resort.

  Champions, male and female, eligible for having won a GAM member club championship or senior championship (men ages 55-plus, women ages 50-plus), or a GAM title this season, will play a final 18-hole stroke play tournament from various tee positions to determine four final champions.

  Grosse Ile G&CC, established in 1919 by eight Michigan businessmen, is located on Grosse Ile Island 25 minutes from downtown Detroit, and rolls over 300 acres featuring undulating greens.

  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.

  Ross designed the club during his heyday, 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, Aaron Cheesman is the head PGA golf professional and Todd Probert is the superintendent. Learn more at

  Last year Chet VandenBerg of Portage and Chelsea Collura of Riverview closed out the season with wins in the Tournament of Champions at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, while David LeVan of Ann Arbor and Terry Delcamp of Grand Blanc were crowned Senior Tournament of Champions at Country Club of Jackson.