PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alma’s Randy Lewis Top Senior for Fourth Consecutive Year
FARMINGTON HILLS – Randy
Lewis had what he called a few good weeks in an otherwise goofy golf season.
everything,” he said. “It was one of the worst seasons I’ve ever had from a
playing standpoint. I played terrible most of the time, except really three
weeks. I played well in the (GAM-GAO) Senior Matches with the guys from Canada,
played really good at the GAM Senior Match Play and then played well enough at
the U.S. Mid-Amateur to make it to the second round in match play. But that was
it. For whatever reason the game clicked those weeks, but the rest of the time
I was really struggling with my golf swing.”
The 60-year-old Alma
resident, Raymond James Financial Planner and Pine River Country Club member
was named the Golf Association of Michigan Senior Men’s Player of the Year for
the fourth consecutive year, Ken Hartmann, senior director of rules and
competitions announced today.
Over the next few
weeks the GAM will also announce more age group players of the year for 2017. Tom
Werkmeister of Grandville and Aya Johnson of North Muskegon were previously
announced as the men’s and women’s players of the year. The winners will
receive their awards in the spring at the GAM’s annual meeting for 2018.
Honorees are determined based on the GAM Honor Roll, which awards points for
Lewis, who was
inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2009 as a two-time Michigan
Amateur champion and the GAM Golfer of the Decade in the 1990s, said he was
honored to win the award once again.
“I know my window is closing because of age,
but I’m pleased I can still compete and I’ve learned a lot more about my golf
swing the last two years working with Dave VanLoozen (Oakland Hills Country
Club PGA instructor),” he said. “I finally went back to him this year in August
because of the way I was driving the ball and he got me back on the right path
so that I’m optimistic for next year being more consistent.”
inconsistency, Lewis, the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, topped the senior
Honor Roll with 648 points highlighted by reaching the second round of matches
in the U.S. Mid-Amateur and winning the GAM Senior Match Play Championship for
a second time.
Ian Harris of
Bloomfield Hills and TPC of Michigan was second with 345 points. GAM Senior
Championship winner Craig Adams of Spring Lake Country Club, Mitch Wilson of
Portage and the Moors Golf Club and Steve Maddalena of the Country Club of
Jackson rounded out the top five. The complete Honor Roll listings can be found
Hartmann said Lewis
making match play in the U.S. Mid-Amateur at age 60 is a great accomplishment.
never takes the game lightly,” he said. “He doesn’t rely on memory. He is out
there working on it, grinding, taking practice rounds seriously and taking
notes. There is an art to how he does it and he is one of the nicest guys out
there. He’s very friendly, a gentleman and just a great competitor.”
-Greg Johnson email@example.com