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Championship Player Memo

Congratulations on qualifying for the 103rd Michigan Amateur Championship, which will be played at Belvedere GC in Charlevoix, MI, June 16-20, 2014. Please note the information below. You will receive a player’s packet with more information when you register either on Saturday, June 14 or Sunday, June 15. If you need to register late please contact Ken Hartmann, khartmann@gam.org.

 

STARTING TIMES: Your stroke-play tee times for Monday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17 are included.  All contestants will start on the 1st and 10th holes and the playing order will be reversed 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 Saturday June 14 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 15.  Call the pro shop at (231) 547-2611 to make these tee times. These times are set aside for tournament 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 an additional practice round outside of the complimentary two, he can do so at the reduced rate of $45.00 which includes a cart and greens fee.  Practice on Saturday, June 14 will be from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You must call (231) 547-2611 to schedule your tee time. Tee times will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  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 1st tee on Saturday and Sunday for maintenance purposes. Carts are not available on either June 14 or June 15.  Players may carry their own bag during the practice round, bring their own caddie, or arrange for a Belvedere GC caddie. PULL CARTS ARE ALLOWED at Belvedere GC.

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.

ADDRESS:   5731 Marion Center Rd. Charlevoix, MI 49720

PARKING: All contestants and spectators will have to park at the Charlevoix High School starting on Saturday June 14th through Wednesday June 18th.  The high school is located ½ mile south of Belvedere Golf Club.  There will be 2 shuttles that will run continuous from 12:30pm on Saturday the 14th till dusk on Wednesday June 18th.  Players will have priority over spectators. Players may drop their clubs off first before they park if they so desire as long as the golf bag is easily identifiable and well marked.

REGISTRATION:  Registration will be under the canopy outside of the main clubhouse between the hours are from 1:00 to 5 p.m. on Saturday June 14, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday June 15.  All players MUST register in person or contact the GAM Office by Friday, June 13th and notify the office of their arrival time.  A player who has not registered on Saturday/Sunday and is arriving on Monday must check in 30 minutes prior to his scheduled tee time at the registration area in the main lobby. 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 this year.  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 Belvedere GC. 

 

BIO SKETCH FORM: Enclosed with this memo is a player biographical form, which you must complete and bring with you to registration on Saturday, June 14 or Sunday, June 15. 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 by logging into your profile at GAM.org, click on Tournaments and select Player Bio. 

ALL PLAYERS MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO THEIR PRACTICE ROUND

PRACTICE RANGE: Full range facilities will be available at Belvedere GC starting the afternoon of Saturday, June 14.  The range will open daily one hour prior to the first tee times.  The schedule will be 6:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday and 7:00 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.  Check with the pro shop for closing times daily. 

FOOD & BEVERAGE: Fruit and water will be available for Players Only on the 1st and 10th tees each day.

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 FOR TOURNAMENT ROUNDS: You may bring your own caddie or you may reserve a club caddie by contacting Marty at Belvedere GC (231) 547-2611 by June 2nd. If you wish to employee a club caddie, it will be a $45 flat rate per round. PULL CARTS ARE ALLOWED at Belvedere GC.

GPS AND RANGE FINDERS: The following Rule applies to players and caddies. 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. Penalty for breach of Rule: Disqualification.

DRESS CODE: Proper dress for the 2014 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 Belvedere GC.  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. 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 the AmericInn in Charlevoix at a rate of $100 per night. Call (231) 237-0988 to make a reservation under the Michigan Am block. The drop-dead date for the room block is June 1st.

SWEET 16 DINNER: Any player who reaches the Sweet 16 (wins two matches on Wednesday) is requested to attend a coat & tie dinner in their honor on Wednesday, June 18, at Belvedere GC.   The reception and dinner will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Belvedere Casino. Players are entitled to bring one complimentary guest. Any others who attend will be charged a fee of $25 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 2015 Michigan Amateur Championship.

We are privileged to conduct the 103rd Michigan Amateur Championship at Belvedere Golf Club in Charlevoix, 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 Belvedere and ask that you please let us know how we can make your experience at the Amateur an enjoyable one. Thank You!

DAILY SCHEDULE:    

Saturday & Sunday, June 14-15 – Practice Rounds (10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 8-4 p.m.)

Monday June 16 – Stroke Play Qualifying (18 Holes), Tee times start at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 17 – Stroke Play Qualifying (18 Holes), Tee times start at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 18 – 1st & 2nd Rounds, Match Play (64 Qualifiers), 7:15 a.m. matches start off No. 1 Tee Only;

Wednesday Night - Sweet 16 Dinner – 7 p.m. Belvedere Casino

Thursday, June 19 – 3rd Round, Quarterfinals, Match Play, Tee times start at 8 a.m.

Friday, June 20 – Semifinals and Finals, Match Play, Tee times start at 8 a.m.

 

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS/EMAILS:

(231) 547-2611 Pro Shop

(248) 478-9242 GAM Office

(248) 890-0642 Ken Hartmann

(248) 978-9132 Kyle Nagdeman

khartmann@gam.org

knagdeman@gam.org

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