FARMINGTON HILLS – The GAM road in July, as expected, was a busy one that cemented a theme.
As the association celebrates 100 years it is clear it is reaching a more diverse set of golfers and simply more people who identify as golfers than ever before in its history.
The travels over the month included the GAM Women’s Mid-Am at the Polo Fields in Ann Arbor, the Net Team at Grosse Ile Golf & CC, the GAM Women’s Championship at Saginaw CC, the Junior Stroke Play at Forest Akers in East Lansing, the 14-and-under Match Play at Woodside near East Lansing, the Women’s Four-Ball at Owosso CC and the Junior State Amateur at Bedford Valley near Battle Creek.
It was a month of women and juniors, some elite, some with high handicap indexes, primarily following a month of men and seniors with much more coming in August and September.
Check out gam.org and the Championship tabs to get an idea of what all is offered by the game in simply the tournament structure. That doesn’t include the Golf Days, the Course Rating, the seminars, handicap work, membership offerings and so much more that goes on with the GAM. If you are not one to study, then simply look at the pictures in the photo galleries. So many faces, so many places, so many swings take place each week.
The list to thank for this bevy of golf is long, too.
First, the volunteers are amazing, especially those rules officials you see working long hours tournament after tournament and smiling all the way. They don’t get paid. They get lunch. They get a thank you and hopefully many.
Second, the staff is amazing at the GAM. You can’t be a clock watcher and work in golf. Golf goes on and on with travel in between. Long days so others can play are what they do.
Third, the host courses are amazing. Those clubs, those people who belong and work at those clubs, are giving back to golf more than most of them realize. They make it all possible for the GAM to have tournaments. You can’t have great tournaments without a great golf course.
As we move into August, the Super Seniors play at Battle Creek Country Club and the top women golfers in the state play at Spring Lake Country Club in the Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship.
It’s a big week for those players, those courses and another big week for the GAM.
Did you ever read the ABOUT THE GAM message that is on the website and circulated often?
Founded in 1919, the Golf Association of Michigan is the governing body for amateur golf in the state. As a not-for-profit organization, the GAM’s purpose is to promote, preserve and serve the game of golf. The GAM, served by over 250 dedicated volunteers as well as staff, provides membership to 60,000 golfers and more than 470 Michigan golf courses, conducts over 30 amateur championships, oversees 18 USGA qualifying events, administers the GAM/USGA Handicap System and measures and rates almost 70 courses a year for the USGA. Learn more at gam.org.
That message doesn’t cover it all, but you get the idea.
It’s busy around here in year 100. Join the fun. Get in the GAM.