GAM News
GAM Retains Atlas Trophy, Singles Matches Rained Out
October 3, 2021
Written By: Greg Johnson

HOLLAND – Sunday’s singles matches in the 71st Atlas Trophy Matches were cancelled due to heavy rain and the Golf Association of Michigan Team (GAM), leading the Michigan Publinx Golf Association Team (MPGA) 9-3 after the first two rounds of matches, was declared the winner at Macatawa Golf Club.

  It marked the seventh consecutive time the GAM has won or retained the trophy in the historic biennial competition and pushed the GAM’s all-time lead to 48-20-3.

  The two 12-golfer teams squared off in the historic series in four-ball (best-ball) and foursomes (alternate shot) on Saturday with the singles matches slated for Sunday.

  The GAM took a 4-2 lead in foursomes with three match wins and two ties, and then took control winning five of six matches for a 5-1 advantage and 9-3 lead.

  The series of matches originated in 1938 as a competition between private club golfers represented by the GAM and public course golfers represented by the MPGA with the trophy honoring Edward Atlas, who then was a GAM Governor as well as a USGA Public Links Committee member and Detroit area public golf official.

  Prior to 2010, the competition was conducted annually except for World War II years, and historically, private club players competed against public course players. Beginning in 2011, however, it became a biennial competition between GAM member golfers regardless of their course or club affiliation and members of the MPGA.

   The GAM and MPGA each select a captain, who then selects 12 team members by using GAM Honor Roll points, MPGA Honor Roll points and other criteria. The golf is complimentary for the players with the event designed to honor those chosen for the teams.

  The GAM was represented this year by Nathan Clark, Peter Farner, Doug Hoey, Carter Housler, David LeVan, Brian Hayward, PJ Maybank III, Evan McDermott, Lorenzo Pinili, Tyler Rayman, Justin Sui and Jack Zubkus.

  The MPGA was represented this year by Eric Autio, Chris Bailey, TJ Brickey, Mitchell Bazinski, Leo Daigle, Greg Davies, Cameron Nelson, David Praet, John Quigley, Andrew Smith, Larry Sterling and Tony Vrana.

Following is the results: Foursomes on top, four-ball below.

Points

GAM

Match

Michigan Publinx

Points

0.50

Doug Hoey + Tyler Rayman

West Olive, Otsego

tied

Greg Davies + John Quigley

W Bloomfield, Sterling Hts

0.50

1.00

Brian Hayward + David LeVan

Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor

2 up

Chris Bailey + Ted Brickey

Rochester, Clinton Township

0.00

0.00

Peter Farner + Nathan Clark

Commerce Twp, Dewitt

4 & 3

David Praet + Larry Sterling

Lake Orion, Shelby Twp

1.00

1.00

Jack Zubkus + PJ Maybank III

Ada (2022), Cheboygan (2023)

5 & 4

Andrew Smith + Mitchell Bazinski

Oakland, Macomb

0.00

0.50

Carter Housler + Evan McDermott

Lansing (2022), Spring Lake (2022)

tied

Eric Autio + Tony Vrana

Washington, Shelby Twp

0.50

1.00

Justin Sui + Lorenzo Pinili

Lake Orion (2021), Rochester Hills (2023)

4 & 2

Cameron Nelson + Tom Daigle

Birmingham, Wixom

0.00

4.00

GAM

TOTAL

Michigan Publinx

2.00

 

 

 

 

 

Points

GAM

Match

Michigan Publinx

Points

1.00

Doug Hoey + Tyler Rayman

West Olive, Otsego

2 & 1

Chris Bailey + Ted Brickey

Rochester, Clinton Township

0.00

1.00

Peter Farner + Nathan Clark

Commerce Twp, Dewitt

3 & 2

Greg Davies + John Quigley

W Bloomfield, Sterling Hts

0.00

1.00

PJ Maybank III + Carter Housler

Cheboygan (2023), Lansing (2022)

3 & 2

Andrew Smith + Mitchell Bazinski

Oakland, Macomb

0.00

1.00

Brian Hayward + David LeVan

Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor

1 up

David Praet + Larry Sterling

Lake Orion, Shelby Twp

0.00

0.00

Jack Zubkus + Evan McDermott

Ada (2022), Spring Lake (2022)

2 & 1

Cameron Nelson + Tom Daigle

Birmingham, Wixom

1.00

1.00

Justin Sui + Lorenzo Pinili

Lake Orion (2021), Rochester Hills (2023)

3 & 2

Eric Autio + Tony Vrana

Washington, Shelby Twp

0.00

5.00

GAM

TOTAL

Michigan Publinx

1.00

 

TOTALS: GAM 9, MPGA 3