Gull Lake View’s Stoatin Brae Hosting 13th GAM Senior Match Play

Twelve at Stoatin Brae is a 379 yard par 4.

Gull Lake View’s Stoatin Brae Hosting 13th GAM Senior Match Play

  AUGUSTA, Mich. – Gull Lake View Golf Club and Resort’s Stoatin Brae course will host the  GAM Senior Match Play Championship for the second consecutive year.

  Stoatin Brae, which opened in 2016, will host a field of over 130 senior golfer vying for the overall senior title (age 55-plus) as well as the over-65 super senior crown Tuesday through Friday next week.

  They will play 18 holes on Tuesday to determine a bracket of 32 for the senior division and a bracket of 16 for the super senior bracket. Matches will start Wednesday and continue through to Friday morning’s championship matches in each division.

  Gull Lake View is one of the largest family owned resorts in the U.S., and the Scott family has impacted golf since 1963 when Darl Scott, an entrepreneur at heart and golf course superintendent by trade, decided to build and open his own public golf course.

  Stoatin Brae is one of six courses the resort offers, and the name means grand hill in Scottish Gaelic. It hosted the GAM’s 2019 Women’s Atlas Trophy Matches.

  Stoatin Brae along with the resort’s Bedford Valley are the two courses in the resort collection that were not designed by the Scott family members who have extensive landscape architecture backgrounds.

  Stoatin Brae is also a dramatic departure from the other five courses. It is located atop a unique bluff overlooking the Kalamazoo River Valley. It offers long-distance views over natural undulations and reestablished prairie grasses, and the wind is seemingly always in play. Brian Schneider, Eric Iverson, Don Placek and Brian Slawnik, senior associates for Renaissance Golf Design of Traverse City, collaborated with the Scott family on Stoatin Brae.

   The resort’s lineup of courses currently includes Stoatin Brae, the Gull Lake West course, the East course, Stonehedge South, Stonehedge North and Bedford Valley.

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   Last year Mitch Wilson of Portage won the 12th GAM Senior Match Play Championship. It was the second time he has earned the Jerry A. Walker Memorial Trophy, which is named for his late friend and fellow golf club member, a GAM rules official who died in 2015 at the age of 66. Wilson turned back Charles “Chip” Anderson of Grand Rapids 2 and 1 in the championship match.

  Ian Harris of Bloomfield Hills emerged as the Super Senior Division Champion for the second consecutive year. He beat Tom Johnson of Gobles 4 and 3 in the title match.

  Wilson and Harris are defending, and other former champions in the stellar field include three-time champion Bill Zylstra of Dearborn Heights, who last won in 2018, 2017 winner Randy Lewis of Alma, 2016 winner Steve Maddalena of Jackson, 2013 champ Mike Raymond of Jackson, 2012 champ Ray Emsley of Davisburg and two-time Super Senior winner George Dillon of Midland (2016, 2013).

Read GolfBlogger’s Stoatin Brae Review at the link.

article via Greg Johnson

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