GAM Tops PGA in 48th Fuller Cup Matches at Cascade Hills CC
The Fuller Cup is an annual Ryder Cup-like competition between top amateur golfers representing the Golf Association of Michigan and PGA professionals representing the Michigan Section of the PGA.
GAM team members are selected via the GAM Honor roll in which players receive points throughout the season for their performance in competitive events. The Michigan PGA uses their money list as a selection criteria.
The event features six four-ball matches and 12 singles matches. The 2020 Fuller Cup was originally scheduled for May 5, but rescheduled due to pandemic restrictions.
The Fuller Cup is named after Ernest Fuller (1917 – 2012), the owner and developer of Edgewood Country Club, Bay Pointe Golf Club and the Links of Pinewood Golf Club. Fuller was active in Michigan golf, and also served on the board of the National Professional Golfers Association (PGA).
In the 48th Fuller Cup matches, the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) team started hot on a cool morning, winning five of the six four-ball matches and rolled on through singles in the afternoon to win the 48th Fuller Cup Matches 13-5 Thursday at Cascade Hills Country Club.
Last year’s GAM Player of the Year Dan Ellis of East Lansing, Austin Kreger of Harrison Township, Bradley Smithson of Grand Rapids, Steve Nichols of East Lansing, James Piot of Canton and Grant Haefner of Bloomfield Hills each helped account for two points for the GAM by helping their partners win in four-ball and by winning their singles matches.
Fox Hills Learning Center professional Brian Cairns, a Michigan Golf Hall of Fame member, and his partner Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills were the only PGA duo to win in the morning four-ball matches.
Dan Urban of Gull Lake Country Club started the afternoon singles for the PGA with a 1-up win over Michael Coriasso of White Lake, but the GAM team won four and tied two of the next six matches for five points to secure the victory.
The GAM team won for the third consecutive year and seventh time in the last 11 years but trails the PGA 34-12-2 in the series that started in 1971.
Cascade Hills Country Club, which in 2021 will host the 110th Michigan Amateur Championship as part of its centennial year, hosted the Fuller Cup Matches for the first time.
Representing the GAM were Cascade Hills member Chip Anderson of Grand Rapids, Brad Bastion of Shelby Township, Coriasso, Ellis, Nick Gunthorpe of East Lansing, Haefner, Kreger, Nichols, Piot, Smithson, Anthony Sorentino of Rochester Hills, and Andrew Walker of Battle Creek.
Representing the PGA were Cairns, Fryer, Joe Hatch of US Golf Cars Inc., Cody Haughton of Red Run Golf Club, Lee Houtteman of Glen Arbor, Adrian Jolliffe, the host head professional from Cascade Hills Country Club, Frank McAuliffe of Meadowbrook Country Club, Tim Pearce of Birmingham Country Club, Jeff Roth of Boyne Highlands Resort, Adam Schumacher of Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club, Urban and Kyle Wittenbach, golf coach at Ferris State University.
Linksoul was the clothing sponsor outfitting both teams.
RESULTS 48th Fuller Cup Matches
Morning Session Four-Ball
Michael Coriasso/Dan Ellis (GAM) def. Dan Urban/Lee Houtteman (PGA) 3-2
Austin Kreger/Nick Gunthorpe (GAM) def. Adrian Jolliffe/Adam Schumacher (PGA) 7-6
Andrew Walker/Bradley Smithson (GAM) def. Kyle Wittenbach/Joe Hatch (PGA) 3-2
Steve Nichols/Chip Anderson (GAM) def. Frank McAuliffe/Cody Haughton (PGA) 3-2
James Piot/Grant Haefner (GAM) def. Jeff Roth/Tim Pearce (PGA) 2-1
Brian Cairns/Josh Fryer (PGA) def. Anthony Sorentino/Brad Bastion (GAM) 5-4
GAM 5, PGA 1
Afternoon Session Singles
Dan Urban (PGA) def. Michael Coriasso (GAM) 1-up
Dan Ellis (GAM) def. Lee Houtteman (PGA) 5-4
Austin Kreger (GAM) def. Adrian Jolliffe (PGA) 4-3
Nick Gunthorpe (GAM) TIED Adam Schumacher (PGA)
Andrew Walker (GAM) TIED Kyle Wittenbach (PGA)
Bradley Smithson (GAM) def. Joe Hatch (PGA) 7-5
Steve Nichols (GAM) def. Frank McAuliffe (PGA) 4-3
Cody Haughton (PGA) def. Chip Anderson (GAM) 3-2
James Piot (GAM) def. Jeff Roth (PGA) 6-5
Grant Haefner (GAM) def. Tim Pearce (PGA) 2-1
Brian Cairns (PGA) def. Anthony Sorentino (GAM) 2-up
Brad Bastion (GAM) def. Josh Fryer (PGA) 2-1
GAM 8, PGA 4
FINAL SCORE, GAM 13, PGA 5