PLAYER OF THE YEAR: South Lyon's Rick Hagenbach is top Super Senior
Photo by Rick's wife Cynthia in Florida
FARMINGTON HILLS –
Rick Hagenbach of South Lyon and Oak Pointe Country Club found more time to
golf after age 50, and found competition in Golf Association of Michigan senior
tournaments after age 60.
He has it figured
out, and today was named the Golf Association of Michigan’s Super Senior Golfer
of the Year by Ken Hartmann, senior director of rules and competitions for the
“I feel honored with
the designation, it’s great,” said Hagenbach who is 68 and has been retired
from General Motors for nine years. “I’m really pleased with the Golf
Association of Michigan and the way they run tournaments, and there is really
great competition. There are so many good players and good guys to play with in
Over the next few
weeks the GAM will 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 and Randy Lewis of Alma
and Julie Massa of Holt were named the top senior players of the year.
The winners will
receive their awards in the spring at the GAM’s annual meeting for 2017.
Honorees are determined based on the GAM Honor Roll, which awards points for
accomplishment among the Super Senior age 65-plus set was winning the Third GAM
Super Senior Championship at his home course. He used a hot putter to shoot a
closing 72 and win by five shots.
He finished with 160
Honor Roll points for the season topping last year’s Super Senior Player of the
Year John French of Bloomfield Hills, who had 128 points. Jim Russell of
Stevensville and Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club, and Lawrence Hogard of
Flint and the Michigan Publinx Seniors Golf Association rounded out the top
four. See the complete Honor Roll at gam.org.
“Since I retired I’ve
been able to focus on playing golf,” said Hagenbach, who winters near Sarasota,
Fla., and plays golf multiple times each week in the winter. “I enjoy the
competitive aspect. It gets the adrenalin going. It keeps me in better shape. I
play in three or four GAM tournaments each year and I really enjoy the
Hagenbach a personable, friendly golfer.
“He is a very
consistent player,” he said. “The Super Senior being at Oak Pointe helped him
some, but he plays well at other places and is usually in the running. He is
one of those regular top 10, top 15 guys who are that age, have their health
and can really play. It’s not a surprise that he is Player of the Year.”
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