BAD AXE, MI — The inaugural GAM Senior Four-Ball Championship Tournament was held yesterday and today, June 11-12, at the classic Verona Hills Golf Club in Bad Axe, Michigan. This Buick Open sponsored, two-day tournament brought together male senior amateur golfers from around Michigan in teams of two to face off in a 36-hole stroke play competition.
Four-Ball Stroke Play, also referred to as ?Best Ball? play, consists of competitors playing in teams of two, each teammate playing their own ball, with the lower gross score of the partners being the team score for each hole.
The first 18-hole round was played yesterday, June 11. Leaders after Monday?s play were the John French and Pete Green team as well as the Roger Kuhl and Michael Sequite team, tying with scores of 69. Following close behind were the Bell-McDonald, Johnson-Arey, and Humphrey-Alverson teams, all posting 70s.
Today?s competition proved to be just as close as yesterday?s. The team of Roger Kuhl and Michael Sequite overtook the team of John French and Pete Green for the title of first ever GAM Senior Four-Ball Champions.
After the first six holes of play, Kuhl and Sequite were down by 4 strokes. Roger Kuhl claimed in regard to their position at the sixth hole, ?There is momentum in golf and we didn?t have it.? However, they seemed to have eventually gained this needed momentum. They ?kept chippin? away?, in the words Kuhl, until the pivotal 16th hole where they ?turned it around? to take the lead, according to Sequite.
Kuhl and Sequite finished today?s competition with a score of 70 while French and Green trailed close behind, posting a 72. This put the Kuhl-Sequite team at an overall score of 139 and the French-Green team at an overall score of 141, both strong performances for this par-142 event.
Kuhl and Sequite were ecstatic after today?s triumph. They were especially proud to be the first to have their names engraved in the GAM Senior Four-Ball Championship trophy. Both had been looking forward to this tournament and were hoping to be the historical first team to win this event. Sequite and Kuhl are great friends and veterans to the game of golf. Sequite, of Albion, claimed, ?Roger and I play a lot of golf together and we have fun. When one of us hits a bad shot, the other helps out.? This seemed to be the key in winning today?s competition. Kuhl, of Jackson, said, ?We?re pretty consistent. We don?t hit it really long. We get it in the fairway.? Keeping the game simple seemed to aid in their victory.
Overall, the 1st GAM Senior Four-Ball Championship was a great success. Roger Kuhl felt that this was a nice tournament to add to the list of Michigan?s Senior events. Both Kuhl and Sequite hope to qualify for the U.S. Senior Amateur tournament and will continue playing together in other tournaments this summer. Kuhl and Sequite will be in action again at the 21st GAM Senior Championship set for September 10-11 at Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix.