Since registration for GAM Tournaments openes on Feb. 9, we’ve received many calls and e-mails with questions on various aspects of the Michigan Junior State Amateur Championship. While we always welcome calls and e-mails to our office, we also want to provide as much information to our golfers as possible, so we’ve produced the following Michigan Junior State Amateur Championship Frequently Asked Questions document.
How does the Michigan Junior State Amateur Championship work?
For the sectional qualifying portion of the Michigan Junior State Amateur, participants play in an 18-hole, stroke-play competition at one of the seven qualifying sites. Those that qualify advance to the 37th Michigan Junior State Amateur Championship at Polo Fields G&CC - Washtenaw, Ypsilanti, Michigan. The field at Polo Fields G&CC - Washtenaw will be 84 players.
The list of exempt players from Michigan Junior State Amateur qualifying can be found on GAM.org.
For the Championship, all 84 competitors will play 36 holes of stroke play on the first day of competition. The field is then reduced to the low 32 scores for a match play bracket. Ties for the 32nd spot will be broken by a sudden-death playoff.
Who is eligible to compete in the Michigan Junior State Amateur Championship?
Entries are open to all male amateur golfers who have not yet reached their 19th birthday by September 1, 2015 or have not yet attended college and are residents of Michiganor a member of a GAM Member Club at time of entry.
How does a junior golfer get a GAM Membership?
GAM Memberships are FREE for all junior golfers born on or after January 1, 1998. To get a membership, please call the GAM office at (248) 478-9242.
Is there a maximum GAM/USGA Handicap Index to play in the Michigan State Junior Amateur?
No, there is not a handicap requirement for the Michigan State Junior Amateur.
How do I sign up for the Michigan Junior State Amateur?
Registration for the 37th Michigan Junior State Amateur can be completed online at GAM.org (preferred method) or by printing the official entry form found on GAM.org and mailing it to:
Golf Association of Michigan
24116 Research Drive
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
The entry fee is $70. The entry deadline is Friday, June 19. Call the GAM office at (248) 478-9242 with any questions.
Where and when are this year’s Michigan Junior State Amateur Qualifiers?
June 27: Plum Brook GC (Sterling Heights) (11 AM)
June 30: Belvedere GC (Charlevoix)
June 30: Whispering Willows GC (Livonia)
July 1: StoneWater CC (Caledonia)
July 7: Huron Meadows Metropark (Brighton)
July 13: Clio CC (Clio)
July 15: Cascades GC (Jackson)
What time of day do the Qualifiers take place?
The first tee times, usually off of both the 1st and 10th tees, will be between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Tee times are staggered at nine-minute intervals. However, the Plum Brook CC qualifier will begin at 11 a.m.
What score do you need to shoot at a Qualifier to advance to the Championship?
Obviously the qualifying score can vary based on the conditions on that particular day, but typically nothing over 78 will qualify.
How long are the Qualifier courses?
Qualifier sites are typically set up between 6,200-6,600 yards.
Do any of the Qualifiers reach entry capacity prior to the deadline?
The Qualifiers at courses in the Metro Detroit area are most likely to reach entry capacity prior to the deadline. The qualifier at Plum Brook CC in Sterling Heights is capped at 60 players.
Is there an age minimum to participate?
Will I be able to play a practice round if the course I’m going to try and qualify at is a private club?
Yes! Fees and times for practice rounds at sectional qualifying sites are at the discretion of the host club/course.
Will I be able to ride in a cart during the Michigan Junior State Amateur?
No. The Michigan Junior State Amateur is a walking tournament.
Can I use a caddy during the Michigan Junior State Amateur?
No. Caddies are not allowed.
Can I use a push cart during the Michigan Junior State Amateur?
Yes, provided that push carts are allowed at the host site.
Can my friends and family come to the course and watch me play? Can they rent a cart?
Yes, spectators are allowed at the Michigan Junior State Amateur Qualifiers and Championship. There is no admission fee. Spectator carts are NOT allowed unless a person has a doctor’s note and has contacted the GAM in advance with a request for a spectator cart.
I don’t live in Michigan, but I am a GAM Member. Can I play in the Michigan Junior State Amateur?
Yes. State residency is not requirement for the Michigan Junior State Amateur Championship, but you do have to be a GAM Member
If I advance to the Championship through Qualifying, is there an additional entry fee?
No! The entry fee covers the Sectional Qualifying Round and the Championship schedule.
What if I sign up for a Qualifier, but later decide I want to withdraw from the competition? Can I get a refund?
Entry fees will be refunded for any reason if the GAM office is notified (248-478-9242, ext. 24) before entries close on June 19. After June 19, entry fee will be refunded only in the event of injury or illness verified by a doctor’s statement. There will be a $15 service charge deducted from all refunds. You will not be refunded if you play in a Qualifier, then withdraw from the Championship after advancing.
Is the One-Ball Rule in effect for the Michigan State Junior Amateur?
No. Players do not have to play the same brand and model of ball for the duration of a stipulated round in the Michigan State Junior Amateur.