PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Grandville’s Tom Werkmeister Closes Amateur Career With Sixth Award
FARMINGTON HILLS –
Tom Werkmeister said being the Golf Association of Michigan Player of the Year
is always one of his goals.
Grandville golfer and the 2017 Michigan Amateur champion is the 2017 GAM Men’s
Player of the Year, Ken Hartmann, senior director of rules and competitions,
GAM Honor Roll points, earned via performance
in GAM, USGA and other sanctioned golf tournaments, are used to determine the Players
of the Year among men, women and senior/junior age group tournament golfers. The
remaining eight Players of the Year will be announced during the coming weeks.
This is the sixth
time Werkmeister, a Sunnybrook Country Club member, has been named GAM Player
of the Year. He also won the honor in 2016 after being a co-medalist while
leading Team Michigan to the USGA State Team Championship, and announced his
plans then to turn professional at the end of this year. He heads to Florida in
the coming days to prepare for PGA Tour Champions Qualifying in November.
“It was nice to
justify making that decision by having a good year,” he said. “It makes me feel
more confident that I made the right choice. Now, I’m working on putting
everything behind me and trying to focus on the next step in turning
salesman for MCS Marketing, built his winning point total of 760 with a busy
schedule highlighted by his second Michigan Amateur title, and a second-place
finish in the Michigan Open Championship.
Alex Scott of
Traverse City, a Grand Valley State University golfer who won the GAM
Championship, was second with 585 points. Scott Strickland of Birmingham (485),
Brad Bastion of Shelby Township (465) and John Quigley of St. Clair (455)
rounded out the top five. See the complete Honor Roll under the Championships
tab at gam.org.
“Winning the State
Am was a huge bonus, especially with it being my last one,” said Werkmeister,
who is also a six-time GAM Mid-Amateur champion, the 2013 Michigan Open
champion, the 2016 GAM Champion, a dominant golfer in West Michigan and a 2014
inductee to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.
“I don’t feel like I
had the best year ever, but my consistency was there. I had the major win and a
second at the Michigan Open. I was consistently competitive is probably the
best way to put it. The one big win obviously made the biggest difference.”
play in a first stage of qualifying Nov. 14-17 at Disney Palm in Orlando.
Qualifiers from that stage move on to the finals in Arizona in late November.
He has a group of sponsors, and he will be eligible to play depending on
qualifying status on the PGA Tour Champions after his 50th birthday in early
Hartmann said the
GAM wishes Werkmeister the best in his professional endeavors, and that ending
his amateur career as Player of the Year is a great accomplishment.
“It’s not a
surprise, but at his age it is especially good,” he said. “He is a tough
competitor and never throws in the towel. Everyone in the state knows how good
he is, and they don’t really want to have to play against him because he is
just that good. In my 16 years with the GAM he’s one of the best if not the
best player I’ve seen.”
-Greg Johnson email@example.com