26th Women’s Atlas Trophy Matches
Thoroughbred Golf Club
June 3-4, 2017
Women’s Atlas Trophy Matches
The Atlas Trophy Match originated in 1938 as a competition between private club golfers, as represented by the Golf Association of Michigan or the Detroit District Golf Association and public course golfers, as represented by the Michigan Publinx Golf Association. The trophy honors Edward Atlas who was a GAM Governor, member of the USGA Public Links Committee, and an official in public golf in metropolitan Detroit.
The Women’s Atlas Trophy Match was begun in 1989. Prior to 2010, the competition was conducted annually. Beginning in 2010, it became a biennial competition between women GAM members who are members of a private club, and women GAM members who do not belong to a private club. The Women’s Atlas Trophy Match is played in even numbered years and the USGA Women’s State Team Championship is played in odd-numbered years.
The Captains of both the “public” and “private” teams are selected by the GAM. The Captains select 12 team members each, using GAM Honor Roll points and other criteria.
It is an honor to be chosen for these teams, and golf and a “celebration dinner” are all complimentary for the players.
Traditionally, the Women’s Atlas Trophy Match is conducted in the fall. Foursomes matches are played on Saturday morning, and four-ball matches are played Saturday afternoon. Individual matches are played on Sunday. One point is awarded per match with ½ point being given to each team for a halved match. At the end of the two days, if there is a tie for the Trophy, the team currently holding the trophy, retains it.
The private team has won 13 of the Matches since 1989, and the public team has won 8, with one Match ending in a tie. The private team’s last win was in 2008 at College Fields. The public team won in 2009 at Lyon Oaks and in 2010 at Candlestone GC.