Balaskovitz and O’Neil Win First GAM Four-Ball Championship

Joe Balaskovitz and Scott O’Neil won the first Golf Association of Michigan Four-Ball Championship on Sept. 24 at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club.

The pair combined for a 7-under-par 65.

Seven under was three clear of the teams of Casey Baker and Mike Ignasiak, Jason May and Ken Hudson, and Peter Farner and Ryan Johnson.

The full press release follows:

Muskegon Country Club Duo Wins First GAM Four-Ball Championship

GRAND BLANC – Joe Balaskovitz kept telling his partner Scott O’Neil that they needed to get to 10-under-par to win, so O’Neil kept making birdies.

“He was great,” Balaskovitz said and laughed.

The two Muskegon Country Club members, good friends, past MCC champions and regular best-ball partners won the First GAM Four-Ball Championship presented by Carl’s Golfland at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club Wednesday.

Behind seven birdies by O’Neil, and some key par saves down the stretch by Balaskovitz they combined for a 7-under-par 65 to win by three shots over three teams – Casey Baker of Novi and Mike Ignasiak of Saline, Jason May of Sterling Heights and Ken Hudson of Bloomfield Hills and Peter Farner of Kalamazoo and Ryan Johnson of New Boston.

Jimmy Chestnut of Royal Oak and Casey Lubahn of Williamston and Nathan Clark of Charlotte and John Murphy of Lansing tied at 69 to round out the top six teams in the field of 76 teams (complete results at http://www.gam.org).

“I played well today, birdied four of the first seven holes and got a few more on the back, and Joey made some big pars when I was out of the hole coming in,” O’Neil said. “We play good together, we play a lot of golf together, we belong to the same club, we’re good friends and we just let it roll today.”

O’Neil, 45 and the sales manager of Padnos Recycling in Muskegon, and Balaskovitz, 31, owns Versatile Fabrication in Muskegon Heights with his family.

“I was thinking 65 might be good for second or third, but we get in here and it’s on top,” O’Neil said. “That’s great. I like the golf course. I love the event. We play together in a lot of best-ball events in West Michigan and always have fun. Joey called me and asked if I wanted to play in the state two-man and I said ‘let’s do it.’ I’m glad we came.”

More information about the tournament can be found at http://www.gam.org. More information about Warwick Hills can be found at http://www.warwickhills.org.

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