MGL’s Hobson and Waske win 18th GAM Two-Person Net Team Championship

GAYLORD ? The 18th Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) Two-Person Net Team state champions are familiar names to many viewers and listeners across the state.

Starting in July with a field of 154 teams chasing the coveted Two- Person Net Team Championship trophy, this popular state-wide golf championship was hosted by Michaywe Pines Golf Course in Gaylord on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

When the final scorecard was turned in, the team of Tom Waske ( Saginaw ) and Bill Hobson ( Millington ) prevailed as the 2008 champions. Hobson is host of the popular Michigan Golf Live Radio and Television programs, and Waske serves as Producer and Director of Sales.

The combination of strong play from Waske, a 13-handicap who posted a near career best round of 81, and the steady play of 6-handicap Hobson, allowed the pair to post a net 60 to win by four strokes. The GAM Committee reviews the scoring histories of every player who competes in this championship.

It?s one of the best tournaments you can play in because as a player you know it?s going to be fair because of the constant handicap reviews,? said Hobson.

The GAM reviews every player?s GAM/USGA Handicap Index and reduces those players who have exceptional tournament scores or incomplete scoring records before, during or after the competition.

?Like a lot of high handicappers, my game is inconsistent,? said Waske, whose net 68 score was the best in the field, ?but I?m capable of playing well for stretches and today that stretch came at a perfect time.?

Hobson was excited about the championship, adding, ?We?ve talked on the air about the butterflies that come with a true championship atmosphere, and it was such a blast for both Tom and I to fight through the nerves and play well. For amateurs like us, it doesn?t happen very often so I?m really thankful.

?This is our fifth year in this tournament and it?s the only real competitive event I play in,? said Waske. ?The butterflies you feel on the first tee when they announce your name is one of the coolest feelings in sports. Trying to control your nerves, keep your concentration, and relax and have fun are pretty difficult.?

A total of 48 teams advanced to the finals by qualifying from a field of 136 teams at four sites. Waske and Hobson, who made their second straight appearance in the state finals, tied for 13th last year.