LANSING – The Country Club of Lansing, which features a classic William Langford-designed course that dates to 1921, will welcome the top Golf Association of Michigan women golfers Monday and Tuesday for the 31st GAM Women’s Championship presented by Stifel Investment Services.
A field of 78 golfers will play 36-holes of stroke play over two days to determine a champion.
Country Club of Lansing has a time-tested championship golf course, is family oriented and offers a full range of amenities, including a driving range, tennis courts, fitness facility, swimming and dining.
Founded in 1908, The Lansing Golf Club was formed by a group of 17 men. In 1920 members acquired 160 acres of land that adjoined the club and Langford, a nationally known golf course architect of the time, was commissioned to develop the new course layout.
The Chicago Park Builders were engaged to construct the course and the new clubhouse, which was designed by Samuel Butterworth. In 1921 a new opening and a new name emerged – the Country Club of Lansing.
In 1999 a $7 million renovation to the clubhouse helped the club continue to provide a traditional country club lifestyle for its membership, their families and guests. The course plays to a maximum of 6,889 yards from the championship tee positions.
John Lindert, the current vice-president who will become the president of the PGA of America in November, is the director of golf, Logan Simmonds is the head PGA golf professional and Drew Peddie is the superintendent. Find out more about the Country Club of Lansing at cclansing.org.
Last year at Klinger Lake Country Club in Sturgis, Mikaela Schulz, a University of Michigan golfer from West Bloomfield went wire-to-wire to win the 30th GAM Women’s Championship and the Betty Richart Trophy. Jasmine Ly of Madison Heights, a Northern Illinois University golfer, was second.
Schulz, who will be a senior at Michigan this fall, is returning to defend.
She will battle a large contingent of top collegiate players and junior standouts, including the two finalists from the recent Michigan Junior Girls’ State Championship, winner Grace Wang of Rochester Hills and runner-up Sophie Stevens of Highland.
One other former champion is in the field. The 1998 winner Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll of Haslett, the 50-year-old Michigan State University head women’s golf coach is playing. She just returned home from competing in her first U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in Anchorage, Alaska, where she qualified for match play and made it to the round of 32.
Slobodnik-Stoll is also a member at CC of Lansing, and her daughter Olivia Stoll, a Grand Valley State University golfer, is in the field as well.