Jason Kalo and Mike Coriasso Win 2022 GAM Four-Ball Championship
CLARKSTON – Familiar teammates, Jason Kalo of Lowell and Mike Coriasso of Royal Oak, combined for a 7-under 65 and the overall title in the GAM Four-Ball Championship presented by Hall Financial Tuesday at Oakhurst Golf & Country Club.
“We grew up in the same neighborhood in Grand Blanc, played on the same high school golf team, won a state championship (2008), stood up for each other in our weddings, we’ve been friends for a long time,” Coriasso said after they posted their score that resulted in them winning the morning wave competition and being declared the overall champion after the afternoon wave was complete.
“We don’t live very close to each other now, but we get together to play golf in team events like this.”
Meanwhile the afternoon wave had familiar winners, too. Jack Versau of Portage and Nick Carbary of Kalamazoo, overall champions in 2019, shot 5-under 67 to win for the afternoon wave for the second consecutive year.
“We’ve played in the afternoons the last two years, maybe we should try the morning and get our names on that plaque again,” Versau said of the large trophy that lists the overall champions by year.
Coriasso, a 32-year-old loan officer for Rocket Mortgage, and Kalo, a manager for Stryker Corp., topped the other morning wave teams by two shots.
Mitch Kimball of East Grand Rapids, who made an eagle 2 on the par 4 No. 1 hole with a holed-out wedge shot, and his partner Ed Napieralski of Grand Rapids, combined for a 67 and second place. Sheldon Keyte of Royal Oak and Thomas Keyte of Portage finished third with a 69.
Versau and Carbary, a pair of certified public accountants, slipped past Grant Mills of Royal Oak and Joseph Creal of Bloomfield Hills, who shot 68. Brett Hudson of Bloomfield Hills and Chris Voegler of Kalamazoo were next with a 69.
Coriasso said the cold, windy, damp conditions made thing tough.
“We didn’t make any bogeys though, and obviously that’s the most important thing in playing these team events,” he said. “It was ham and egg all day. We didn’t birdie the same holes. We made seven birdies and zero bogeys and when I was making a bogey, he was making par and vice versa. We just played steady golf and tried to keep two balls in play and have two birdie putts every hole. That’s kind of the name of the game.”