Columnist: Tom Lang

Round 2

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The Michigan golf season might seem a long way off, but actually some significant golf will take place beginning in February for all the college golf teams in our state. So, check out pages 20-25 to see overviews of our 2 Big Ten and 3 MAC conference schools. The French Lick Resort in southern Indiana […]

Course Review: Sweetgrass Golf Club (near Escanaba)

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Length: Ranges from championship tees of 7275 yards, to forward tees at 5075. History lesson:  Much of the course’s history is found symbolically in the 8th hole, named after Zoie Brozowski, a former metro Detroit resident who moved to the Harris area. She befriended the Hannahville Indian Community and willed land in SE Michigan to […]

Course Review: Dunham Hills, Hartland

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Length: Ranges from championship tees of 6,771 yards, to forward at 5,253 yards. Most memorable: The greens are tricky, plain and simple. Many are large, some have tiers, but big undulations are not part of the equation. So at first glance the putting surfaces appear rather tame, which causes an assumption the ball won’t break […]

Boyne Resort’s Three-in-One: 10 golf courses, golf training and special packages

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If you need a ‘break from it all’ – but still want to ‘have it all’ – Boyne Resorts could be the answer. Boyne Resorts not only has it all for the golfer, their buddies or their families – 10 courses in all – but the flip side is vacationers can also choose one of […]

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll Inducted into Two Halls of Fame in 2017

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Michigan State women’s golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll was inducted into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in mid-December, making it the second time in 2017 that Slobodnik-Stoll was inducted into a hall of fame after the same designation came in June at the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. “It is a true honor […]

Tom Werkmeister Makes Jump to Pro Tour

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Career amateur Tom Werkmeister turned a golfer’s pipe dream into reality when he finished tied for 23rd in the PGA Tour Champions Q-School in Scottsdale, AZ, by shooting a 5-under in the final round in early December to finish at 8-under overall. His best round of the four-day tournament allowed Werkmeister, a Warren native who […]

Tom Gillis Heading to PGA Tour Champions in 2018

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The PGA Tour journeyman from Lake Orion turns 50 in July and will have the same automatic Monday status as Werkmeister, via his pro career that included a tie for first with Jordan Spieth at the 2015 John Deere Classic before Spieth won the playoff. Gillis also earned runner up at the 2012 Honda Classic. […]

Amateur Players of the Year – GAM’s top point earners for 2017

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A list of very talented amateur golfers in Michigan capped off a year in review for 2017, with Tom Werkmeister, Aya Johnson, Randy Lewis, Julie Massa and Rick Hagenbach winning Players of the Year awards in their respective categories. Werkmeister won Men’s PoY for the second consecutive year and sixth overall, yet soon after the […]

GAM is now Part of the GHIN Network

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The Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) rang in the New Year by joining some 85 state and regional golf associations nationwide and becoming part of the USGA’s GHIN Handicap System. The adoption of GHIN is in keeping with the USGA’s plans to establish a World Handicap Index by 2020. Many GAM members who have memberships […]

Golf’s “Voice” is Heard Because of Golden Passbook

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In 2002 the Michigan Golf Course Association (MGCA) was given an unfunded mandate to become the “voice of Michigan golf business.” The golf industry in our state was unheard in the legislature and the MGCA decided that had to end. To fund such efforts the association created the Golden Passbook to Michigan Golf. Every voucher […]
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