EAST LANSING – Forest Akers Golf Club’s East Course is hosting host the Michigan Girls Junior State Amateur for the seventh time in its history.
The 42nd edition of the tournament, starting Tuesday and continuing through Friday, will included the top girl junior golfers in the state playing two rounds of stroke play to determine the low 16 scorers who will then play four rounds of match play over two more days to determine a champion. A 15-and-under division with an eight-golfer match play bracket is also being presented. A total of 108 junior golfers are in the field.
Forest Akers is home to the successful Michigan State University golf teams. The East course is one of two courses at the facility (East and West), both of which were redesigned by Michigan State alumnus and highly regarded golf course designer Arthur Hills in 1992.
The players in the field, 18-and-under and not yet college students or golfers, are familiar with the Forest Akers properties, which have hosted several GAM junior events as well as high school state championship tournaments over the years. Learn more at golf.msu.edu.
Defending champion Lilia Henkel of Grand Rapids, the 2019 GAM Junior Girls Player of the Year, is returning. The Forest Hills Northern High School standout beat Allissa Fish of Clarklake in the title match a year ago at Forest Akers West.
Also in the elite field are recent GAM Junior Kickoff champion Ariel Chang of Macomb and the Junior Kickoff 15-and-under winner Lauren Timpf of Macomb, as well as the last two 15-and-under GAM Junior Girls Players of the Year, Kate Brody of Grand Blanc, and Jolie Brochu of Goodrich.
The championship has a storied past with winners like Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member and LPGA Tour player Suzy Green-Roebuck, LPGA Tour player Stacy Snider, and recent Michigan Women’s Amateur champions Aya Johnson and Kerri Parks.