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Championship Player Memo
Congratulations on qualifying for the 98th Michigan Amateur Championship, which will be played at Spring Meadows Country Club in Linden, MI, June 23-27, 2009. Please note the information below. You will receive a player’s packet with more information when you register either on Sunday, June 21 or Monday, June 22.

STARTING TIMES: Your stroke play tee times for Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24 are enclosed. All contestants will start on the 1st and 10th holes and the playing order will be flipped for the second round. These tee times will not be changed for any reason. The GAM will not honor any requests for special times. Players need to be on their designated tee at least ten minutes prior to their start time.

PRACTICE ROUNDS: Contestants are entitled to two complimentary practice rounds on Sunday, June 21 and Monday, June 22 before the Championship. Call the pro shop (810) 735-4363 by June 9th to make these tee times. These days are set aside for players only. If a player violates this policy, he may lose his spot in the Championship. Players will be allowed to play any time subject to availability. Players must call in advance for tee times. If a player would like to play a practice round before June 21, he can do so at the reduced rate of $39.50, which includes a cart and range balls prior to the round. Practice on Sunday, June 21 will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Monday, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must call (810) 735-4363 to schedule your tee time. Tee times will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Any player who has played a practice round prior to those dates will be deemed to have played one of his practice rounds. If you do not have a full group, you will be paired with other players. The 10th tee must be cleared approximately 2 hours following closure of #1 tee on Sunday and Monday for maintenance purposes. Carts are not available on either June 21 or June 22. Players may carry their own bag during the practice round, bring their own caddie or hire a caddie from Spring Meadows Country Club.

Note: You will be playing the black tees. In order to preserve the condition of the golf course, we request that players only play one ball and refrain from playing numerous approach shots or tee shots on par 3’s during your practice rounds. Violation of this may result in forfeiture of your position in the field.

DIRECTIONS: Take US-23 to exit 79 (Silver Lake). Go west to Ripley Road. Go north on Ripley Road to the club.

PARKING: Parking on the blacktop area at the club will be reserved for contestants only.

REGISTRATION: Registration hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 and 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, outside of the pro shop. All players MUST register in person or contact the GAM Office and notify the office of their arrival time. A player who has not registered on Sunday or Monday and is arriving on Tuesday must check in 30 minutes prior to his scheduled tee time at the registration area outside of the pro shop. Any player who fails to register or notify the GAM of his late arrival may forfeit his spot in the championship field.

PACE OF PLAY POLICY: The GAM adopted a new pace of play policy beginning in 2006. This policy will be in effect for the Championship rounds. Enclosed you will find a copy of the policy. If you are unfamiliar with this policy, we strongly urge you to familiarize yourself with the policy before teeing it up at Spring Meadows.

BIO SKETCH FORM: Enclosed with this memo is a player biographical form, which you must complete and bring with you to registration on Sunday, June 21 or Monday, June 22. If you do not have it with you, we will provide you a sheet to fill out and complete before you will be allowed to play a practice round. Alternatively, you may fill it out online.


PRACTICE RANGE: Full range facilities will be available at Spring Meadows Country Club starting the afternoon of Sunday, June 21. The range will open daily one hour prior to the first tee times. The schedule will be 7:00 a.m. on Monday, 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 7:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Check with the pro shop for closing times daily. Usually it will be open until 8 p.m.

FOOD & BEVERAGE: Carry away fruit (apples, grapes, bananas etc) will be available for Players Only on the first and tenth tees each day. Coffee and water will also be available.

SHOE SPIKE POLICY: All contestants MUST comply with the Shoe Spike Policy stipulated on the entry form and the Tournament Policies and Procedures. This is a condition of the competition. Any player failing to comply with this condition will be DISQUALIFIED from the Championship.

CADDIES: You may bring your own caddie or you may reserve a club caddie by calling the pro shop at Spring Meadows CC at (810) June 14th. If you wish a club caddie, it will be a $40 flat rate per round. Pull carts are acceptable at Spring Meadows.

GPS AND RANGE FINDERS: In this competition, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance ONLY. However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.

DRESS CODE: Proper dress for the 2009 Michigan Amateur includes golf slacks, Bermuda-length shorts, collared golf shirt and approved non-metal spike shoes. Blue jeans, denim jeans, denim shorts, tennis shorts, tee shirts are not permitted. Players who fail to comply with this code will be asked to change or will not be permitted to compete. This must be followed at all times while on the premises of Spring Meadows Country Club. Women’s dress code includes tops that have either a collar or sleeves. Women are not allowed to wear a collar-less, sleeve-less top. Monday evening dress for the player cookout is casual. For those players and guests who attend the Sweet 16 dinner, dress is coat & tie for men, and either a dress or pants outfit for women.

LODGING: – A block of rooms has been reserved at Holiday Inn Express, 17800 Silver Parkway, Fenton. Please call (810) 714-7171 before June 1, 2009, to receive the special rate of $99 plus tax, and use the group code – M98.

PLAYER COOKOUT: You are cordially invited to attend a player cookout on Monday, June 22, from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for contestants and you may bring guests at the price of $15 each. You need to let us know of your plans at registration. Checks for this should be made payable to the GAM.

SWEET 16 DINNER: Any player who reaches the Sweet 16 (wins two matches on Thursday) is requested to attend a coat & tie dinner in their honor on Thursday, June 25, at Spring Meadows. The reception and dinner will run from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Players are entitled to bring one complimentary guest. Any others who attend will be charged a fee of $30 per person.

WITHDRAWAL: If a player must withdraw, please contact the GAM office promptly at (248) 478-9242. After business hours, please leave a message on voice mailbox 24. Please indicate your tee time and tee assignment. We have a list of alternates who would like to play. Any player who fails to notify the GAM of his withdrawal is subject to suspension from future events, including the 2010 Michigan Amateur Championship.

We are privileged to conduct the 98th Michigan Amateur Championship at Spring Meadows Country Club in Linden, MI. We expect all competitors to be on their best behavior. The Golf Association of Michigan staff and Board of Governors warmly welcome you to Spring Meadows Country Club and ask that you please let us know how we can make your experience at the Amateur an enjoyable one. Thank You!


Sunday & Monday, June 21-22 – Practice Rounds (2-6 p.m. and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Tuesday June 23 – Stroke Play Qualifying (18 Holes), Tee times start at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 24 – Stroke Play Qualifying (18 Holes), Tee times start at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25 – 1st & 2nd Rounds, Match Play (64 Qualifiers), 7:15 a.m. matches start off #1 Tee Only;
Thursday Night - Sweet 16 Dinner – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 26 – 3rd Round, Quarterfinals, Match Play, Tee times start at 8 a.m.
Saturday, June 27 – Semifinals and Finals, Match Play, Tee times start at 8 a.m.


(810) 735-4363Spring Meadows Pro Shop
(248) 478-9242GAM Office
(248) 890-0642Ken Hartmann
(810) 735-9313Tournament Headquarters

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