Forest Akers East Course Hosting 10th GAM Junior Stroke Play Championship

   EAST LANSING – Forest Akers East Golf Course, one of two championship courses on the campus of Michigan State University, will play host to the 10th GAM Junior Stroke Play Championship presented by Pepsi Wednesday and Thursday.

  It is the second consecutive year that Forest Akers East as hosted the age group championship for boy and girl golfers in age divisions 13-15 and 12-and-under. The tournament is designed for young players to gain competitive experience in GAM tournaments over two days. Players are allowed to play up a division if they choose. The 13-15 players play 36 holes of stroke play, 18 holes each day, while the 12-and-under golfers play nine holes each day.

  Forest Akers East is the lesser known of the two golf courses at Michigan State, but especially suited for young golfers. Many of the players will play it often as they move on to high school golf as both the West and East course host regional and state tournaments.

  The East Course, founded in 1958, was redesigned in 1997 by Arthur Hills, and changed from a par 71 to par 72. Numerous trees and bunkers were also added for strategic enhancements. The most extensive improvement was the addition of the new Golf Center, which includes equipment, food service and other amenities.

  The tournament is a proven training ground. Two-time Michigan Women’s Amateur champion and this year’s GAM Women’s Champion, Allyson Geer of Brighton and now the Michigan State golf team, cites the stroke play tournament as her first significant win in Michigan. James Piot of Canton and Andrew Walker of Battle Creek, both current Michigan State golfers, are also on the list of past champions.

   Bryan Harris is the PGA professional and Ron Lewis the superintendent.

-Greg Johnson,