Pictured: The view from behind the large No. 11 green
looking toward the tee.
CLARKSTON – Oakhurst
Golf & Country Club’s 18-hole championship golf course, which was designed
by Arthur Hills, winds through spectacular trees, and navigates stunning
marshlands for 7,400 yards, and simply put, requires well-placed shots from
That makes it a
fitting host when the best amateur golfers representing the Golf Association of
Michigan and top PGA professionals representing the Michigan Section of the PGA
square off in the 45th Fuller Cup Matches Tuesday.
The two teams will
compete in a Ryder Cup like format with six four-ball matches and 12 singles
matches to determine a winning team. Cutter & Buck is the clothing sponsor
and will outfit both teams. The Golf Association of Michigan’s tournament staff
directed by Ken Hartmann will administer the competition.
Representing the GAM
will be Tom Gelardi of Whitmore Lake, Scott Strickland of Birmingham, Andy
Matthews of Ada, Brad Bastion of Clinton Township, David Hall of Birmingham,
Josh Heinze of Canton, Dan Ellis of East Lansing, Carson Castellani of Okemos,
Jake Kneen of White Lake, Garret Buckley of Novi, Anthony Sorentino of Shelby
Township and Tom Werkmeister of Grandville.
Representing the PGA
will be Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, John Pershern of
Lochmoor Club in Grosse Pointe Woods, Jim Deiters of Midland Country Club, Josh
Fryer of Franklin Hills Country Club in Franklin, Scott Hebert of Traverse City
Country Club, Steve Vecellio of Birmingham Country Club, Jordan Young of Fox
Hills Learning Center in Plymouth, Kyle Martin of Lochmoor Club in Grosse
Pointe Woods, Billy Mory of Meridian Sun Golf Club in Haslett, Travis Dodson of
Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville, Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club in
Richland and John Seltzer of Blythefield Country Club in Belmont.
Last year, the Golf
Association of Michigan team slipped past the PGA 9½ -8½ in the 44th version of
the Fuller Cup Matches, which were played at Blythefield Country Club in
Belmont. The GAM built its second consecutive win with a 3½ – 2½ advantage in
the six morning four-ball matches, and then each team won six of the afternoon
singles matches in a relentless rain.
The GAM won the Cup
for the fifth time in the last nine years and seventh time since 2001. Prior to
2001 the PGA dominated the Ryder Cup-style competition and maintains a 34-9-1
advantage in the series.
The format has
changed over the years, but the matches have always been presented to promote
sportsmanship, friendship and great golf between the professionals and amateurs
in the state. The GAM team is selected through the use of the GAM Honor Roll
and the PGA selects its team via money list standing.
matches will start at 8 a.m. and afternoon singles will start at 12:40 p.m.
Pairings are listed below.
addition to championship golf, has a spectacular 42,000 square-foot clubhouse
with dining, lounges, meeting rooms, event space, pro shop and locker rooms, as
well as a swimming pool and six tennis courts. George Bowman is the host PGA
professional, and Adam Hosler is the superintendent. Learn more about the club
information on the Golf Association of Michigan at www.gam.org.
information on the Michigan PGA at www.michiganpgagolf.com
45th Fuller Cup Matches Pairings
Tuesday May 9, 2017, Oakhurst Golf & Country Club
MORNING MATCHES: GAM team listed first
8 a.m. Andy Matthews
/ Scott Strickland vs John Pershern / Josh Fryer
8:10: Tom Werkmeister / Dan Ellis vs John Seltzer / Dan
8:20: Brad Bastion / Anthony Sorentino vs Travis Dodson /
8:30: Josh Heinze / Carson Castellani vs Kyle Martin / Scott
8:40: Tom Gelardi / David Hall vs Bill Mory / Jim Deiters
8:50: Garret Buckley / Jake Kneen vs Brian Cairns / Jordan
AFTERNOON MATCHES: GAM team members listed first
12:40pm: Andy Matthews vs John Pershern
12:40pm: Scott Strickland vs Josh Fryer
12:50pm: Tom Werkmeister vs John Seltzer
12:50pm: Dan Ellis vs Dan Urban
1:00pm: Brad Bastion vs Travis Dodson
1:00pm: Anthony Sorentino vs Steve Vecellio
1:10pm: Josh Heinze vs Kyle Martin
1:10pm: Carson Castellani vs Scott Hebert
1:20pm: Tom Gelardi vs Bill Mory
1:20pm: David Hall vs Jim Deiters
1:30pm: Garret Buckley vs Brian Cairns
1:30pm: Jake Kneen vs Jordan Young
-Greg Johnson [email protected]