Ryan Johnson, a 30-year-old club fitter for Carl’s Golfland, has been named the Golf Association of Michigan Men’s Player of the Year. Honorees are determine based on the GAM Honor Roll, which awards points for tournament accomplishments.
Johnson accumulated 735 Honor Roll points on the strength of his Michigan Amateur Championship win. He tied for second at the GAM Championship.
“To be a Player of the Year is a great bonus and pretty cool,” he said. “I’m honored. This state has so many good golfers. It’s tough competition every tournament.”
“I look back on the year and this caps it off with the way I played,” said Johnson who lists New Boston as his hometown and currently resides in Novi. “It’s pretty exciting. There are always things I could have done better, but I’m very pleased with how it turned out.”
“At the beginning of the year I was talking to my dad and out of that I kind of developed a different mind-set,” Johnson said. “I didn’t put too much pressure on myself. In the amateur, even in the later matches, I just didn’t think about losing or even winning. I thought about just having fun, keeping a cool head and going about my business. It worked all season and it was a good year for me.”
Reed Hrynewich of Muskegon, a University of Michigan golfer who plays out of Muskegon Country Club and made it to match play in the U.S. Amateur, was second with 610 GAM Honor Roll Points.
Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood and Sunnybrook Country Club and John Quigley of St. Clair Shores and Scalawags Country Club tied for third with 465. Anthony Sorentino of Shelby Township and the Michigan Publinx Golf Association rounded out the top five with 410.
Over the next few weeks the GAM will also announce five more players of the year (women, senior men, senior women, junior boys, and junior girls) for 2015.
About the GAM: Founded in 1919, the Golf Association of Michigan is the governing body for amateur golf in the state. As a not-for-profit organization, the GAM’s purpose is to promote, preserve and serve the game of golf. The GAM, served by over 250 dedicated volunteers as well as nine full-time staff, provides membership to more than 55,000 golfers and more than 470 Michigan golf courses, conducts over 30 amateur championships, oversees 15 USGA qualifying events, administers the GAM/USGA Handicap System and measures and rates almost 70 courses a year for the USGA. Learn more at www.gam.org.
via Greg Johnson/GAM