Bruce and Coriasso, Klemet and Sorentino, Herpich and Anderson Top 177 Teams in GAM Senior/Mid-Am Championship
May 20, 2019
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In photo: Dan Ellis of Lansing hits a shot as his teammate and father Dean of Iron Mountain looks on.

   Three winning teams and three runner-up teams emerged from 117 two-man teams at three sites in the 10th GAM Senior/Mid-Am Team Championship presented by OmniKinetics Monday.

   The six teams earned trophies for topping the teams at their respective sites and will advance to the finals of the championship on Sept. 26 at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor.

  Grant Bruce of Birmingham and Michael Coriasso of White Lake emerged as champions at TPC of Michigan in Dearborn.

   Kevin Klemet of White Lake and Anthony Sorentino of Shelby Township won on The Sharf Course at Oakland University in Rochester.

   And Rick Herpich of Orchard Lake and Michael Anderson of Northville took first at Flint Golf Club.

  At TPC of Michigan, Grand, the Senior, and Coriasso, the Mid-Am, combined for a four-ball or best-ball score of 71 in morning play, and shot 78 in foursomes, also known as alternate shot, in the afternoon for a 149 total.

  It took a four-team playoff at 151 to determine the second-place team that would move on to the finals in September. Justin Kiel, a Mid-Am from Washington Township, teamed up with Tom Magyar, a Senior from Pontiac, to win the playoff. They shot 68 in four-ball and 83 in foursomes for their 151.

 The other 151 shooting teams included Brian Valazny of Livonia and Jerry Heiss of Canton, Chad Johnson of Livonia and Tom Senkowski of Rochester Hills, and Al Pumford of St. Charles and Matt Pumford of Freeland.

  At The Sharf, Klemet, the senior, and Sorentino, the Mid-Am, shot 69 in four-ball and 74 in foursomes for 143 and the victory.

  A duo from Holland, David Goodyke, the Mid-Am, and Doug Temple, the Senior, shot even-par rounds of 72 in both formats for 144, second place and the slot in the finals in September.

  Third at The Sharf was the team of Mid-Am David Praet and Senior Scott Heizer of Lake Orion, who shot 69 and 76 for 145.

  At Flint, Anderson the Mid-Am and Herpich, the Senior, opened with a 65 in four-ball and then shot 75 in foursomes of 140 and a three-shot win.

  Ed Vomastek of Traverse City, a Senior, and Kelly Robinson, a Mid-Am from Traverse City, shot 69 and 74 for 143, second-place and the slot in the finals in September.

  Senior Jim Lewis of Novi and Mid-Am Bryan Carpenter of Allen Park shot 66 and 78 for 144 and third place.

-Greg Johnson