Hour Media to Present GAM Foundation Fundraiser Featuring Jack Nicklaus
FARMINGTON HILLS – Hour Media will be the presenting sponsor of the June 17 Golf Association of Michigan Foundation youth golf fundraiser and GAM 100 celebration headlined by legend Jack Nicklaus at Oakland Hills Country Club.
“We are delighted to be a part of this monumental event in support of the critical role the Golf Association of Michigan has played in the advancement of golf in the great state of Michigan,” John Balardo, president of Hour Media, said.
The Troy-based media company is the Golf Association of Michigan’s (GAM) publishing partner of the annual Michigan Links Course Directory, the official publication for the GAM’s 56,000 member golfers. Hour Media and its related entities publish and produce more than 130 magazines and custom titles, 37 consumer websites and 65 shows and events throughout the U.S.
“This perfectly demonstrates Hour Media’s support of the game of golf as well as their longstanding support of the GAM as they have been the publisher of our magazine and other member communications for 15 years,” David Graham, executive director of the GAM said. “Both Stefan (Wanczyk) and John (Balardo), the principals at Hour, recognize the benefits of supporting the GAM’s initiative to grow the game and they are putting their money behind it. We are so appreciative of the support for this event, and for their support for the last 15 years.”
The GAM is celebrating its centennial year of service to Michigan golf and the proceeds from the GAM Fundraiser Presented by Hour Media will benefit the GAM Foundation’s work with Youth on Course, a national grow-the-game effort that makes it possible for youth to play golf for $5 or less per round at participating courses. Last year, in just the second year of GAM providing the program though 93 participating Michigan courses, 4,527 golfers under the age of 18 played 6,285 Youth on Course rounds.
Some dinner-only tickets remain available for the event at $300 per person. In addition to Hour Media, a number of other businesses and organizations are providing support for the June 17 event. To support the GAM Foundation and purchase tickets, Click Here.
Nicklaus, 79, returns to participate in a “fireside chat” at the site where he won the 1991 U.S. Senior Open on the South Course in a playoff with Chi Chi Rodriguez, and where 30 years earlier he finished fourth in the 1961 U.S. Open as a 21-year-old amateur.
The Monday of the celebration event is also the final practice day for the 108th Michigan Amateur Championship that Oakland Hills is hosting across the street on the North Course over the following five days.