SOUTHFIELD – Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) members who have made the most of their GAM Golf Days this summer gathered for one more day as Plum Hollow Country Club hosted the GAM Golf Days Series Championship presented by Mercy Elite Sports Performance Tuesday.
Winners, both net and gross, were determined among men, women, and senior men. The field of 84 golfers became eligible for this final championship day by having won a previous Golf Day event earlier in the season. They battled to be first again and receive a free Golf Day of their choice in 2021. Gift certificates were also awarded to other top finishers in each category.
This year’s champions included: Men’s Gross, Mike Coles with 81; Men’s Net, Anthony Grech with 74; Women’s Gross, Pam Tyler with 86; Women’s Net, Ellen Vergin with 75; Senior Men’s Gross, Christopher Sande with 73; Senior Men’s Net, Doug Adams with 72.
Each champion receives a complimentary entry for a 2023 GAM Golf Day. Daily prizes/gift certificates were also awarded.
Tuesday’s play completed the 13th season of GAM Golf Days, a service for all GAM members that offers playing opportunities at top golf courses across the state, including private clubs, for cost-saving rates. Golf Days, all with 84 open slots, offer a casual yet competitive day of golf to all GAM members, men, and women, and provide opportunities no matter how they play the game.
Entry fees, between $60 and $100 per player, includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls for warmup and prizes at the conclusion of the day. Each player receives their full course adjusted USGA/GAM Handicap. Players must have an active USGA/GAM Handicap to be eligible in the Net Division.
Ted Newton, GAM tournament director, said 21 GAM Golf Days were presented this season, five more than 2021, and almost 1,600 rounds were played by 642 GAM member golfers, up from 508 in 2021. He said participants will be surveyed and that adding more Golf Days for 2023 will be considered and explored.
Dan Kunert, a 62-year-old Warren resident, GAM Rules Official and volunteer administered the GAM Golf Days for the sixth consecutive year.
“We attracted a variety of golfers and they were thrilled with the courses we played and the hospitality of the member clubs who hosted us,” he said. “It was a good year.”
Kunert said he continues to volunteer for the Golf Days because he sees people like him who love the game getting more opportunities to play great courses.
“There’s always a challenge to making the Golf Days work, but we rise to the challenge at every event and put on a great product,” he said.
Click on the Play tab and choose Golf Days at GAM.org for more information.