106th Michigan Amateur Championship
Egypt Valley Country Club (Classic Course)
June 20 - June 24, 2017
Presented By:
Championship Player Memo

Congratulations on qualifying for the 106th Michigan Amateur Championship, which will be played at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada, MI, June 20-24, 2017. Please note the information below. You will receive a player’s packet with more information when you register either on Sunday, June 18 or Monday, June 19. If you need to register late please contact Ken Hartmann, khartmann@gam.org.

TOURNAMENT DATE: Tuesday, June 20th – Saturday, June 24th

STARTING TIMES: Your stroke-play tee times for Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21 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 Sunday, June 18 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and on Monday, June 19, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Call the pro shop at (616) 676-3989 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 a rate and time at the discretion of Egypt Valley CC.  This rate includes cart and range balls prior to play only.  Practice facilities will open at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 18 and at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 19. The practice facilities will close at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday and 8:00 p.m. on Monday and on all tournament days. You must call (616) 676-3989 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 Sunday and Monday for maintenance purposes. Carts are not available on either June 18 or June 19.  Players may carry their own bag during the practice round, bring their own caddie, or use a push or pull cart.   Egypt Valley GC will have a very limited number of caddies available as they do not have a caddie program. The rate is $30 per round for “Bag Carrier” Service and $50 per round for “Value Added” Service. To reserve a caddie, call (616) 676-3989. You must make your reservation by Wednesday, June 14.

Note: 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:   7333 Knapp NE, Ada, MI, 49301

REGISTRATION:  Registration will be in the upstairs ballroom of the Egypt Valley CC clubhouse from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, June 19.  All players MUST register in person or contact the GAM Office by Friday, June 16 and notify the office of their arrival time.  A player who has not registered on Sunday/Monday and is arriving on Tuesday must check in 30 minutes prior to his scheduled tee time at the registration area in 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 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 Egypt Valley CC. 

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 18 or Monday, June 19. 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, clicking on Tournaments and select Player Bio. 

ALL PLAYERS MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO THEIR PRACTICE ROUND

PRACTICE RANGE: Full range facilities will be available at Egypt Valley starting the afternoon of Sunday, June 18.  The range will open daily one hour prior to the first tee times.  The schedule will be 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, 6:00 a.m. on Thursday and 7:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.  Practice facilities will close at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, and 8 p.m. on Monday and all tournament days.

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: Players may carry their own bag, bring their own caddie, or use a push or pull cart.   Egypt Valley CC will have a limited number of caddies available for hire. The rate is $30 per round for “Bag Carrier” Service and $50 per round for “Value Added” Service. To reserve a caddie, call (616) 676-3989. You must make your reservation by Wednesday, June 14.

GPS AND RANGE FINDERS: The following Rule applies to players and caddies. In this competition, if a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his/her play, AND USES IT FOR THOSE OTHER CONDITIONS the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is TWO STROKES for the first breach of this rule and DISQUALIFICATION for a subsequent breach during the stipulated round.

DRESS CODE: Proper dress for the 2017 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 Egypt Valley CC.  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 Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids Airport - at a rate of $109 per night plus tax. Call (616) 957-1770 to make a reservation under the Golf Association of Michigan block. Additionally, another block of rooms is available at the Hilton Garden Inn – Grand Rapids East at a rate of $139 per night plus tax. Please call the hotel at 616-608-880 to make a reservation under the Golf Association of Michigan block. Here is the online reservation link for the Hilton Garden Inn. http://group.hiltongardeninn.com/MichiganStateAmateurGolf

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 22, at Egypt Valley CC.   The reception and dinner will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. 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 tournamententry@gam.org or by phone at (248) 478-9242. If notifying after business hours, please send an e-mail and leave a message on voice mailbox 124.  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 2018 Michigan Amateur Championship.

We are privileged to conduct the 106th Michigan Amateur Championship at Egypt Valley Country Club.   We expect all competitors to be on their best behavior.  The Golf Association of Michigan staff and Board of Governors warmly welcome you to Egypt Valley and ask that you please let us know how we can make your experience at the Amateur an enjoyable one. Thank You!

DAILY SCHEDULE:    

Sunday & Monday, June 18-19 – Practice Rounds (2 - 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 20 – Stroke Play Qualifying (18 Holes), Tee times start at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 21 – Stroke Play Qualifying (18 Holes), Tee times start at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 22 – 1st & 2nd Rounds, Match Play (64 Qualifiers), 7:15 a.m. matches start off No. 1 Tee Only;

Thursday Night - Sweet 16 Dinner – 7 p.m. Egypt Valley CC

Friday, June 23 – 3rd Round, Quarterfinals, Match Play, Tee times start at 8 a.m.

Saturday, June 24 – Semifinals and Finals, Match Play, Tee times start at 8 a.m.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS/EMAILS:

(616) 676-3989 Pro Shop

(248) 478-9242 GAM Office

(248) 890-0642 Ken Hartmann

khartmann@gam.org

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