Manistee Golf & Country Club Hosting GAM Women’s Senior Championship

Holt’s Julie Massa Is The Defending Champion Of The GAM Women's Senior Championship
Holt’s Julie Massa Is The Defending Champion Of The GAM Women’s Senior Championship

Manistee Golf & Country Club Hosting GAM Women’s Senior Championship

MANISTEE – Since 1901 Manistee Golf & Country Club has combined great golf with stunning, timeless views of Lake Michigan.

On Sunday and Monday it will serve as the host and backdrop for the 22nd GAM Women’s Senior Championship presented by Sullivan Golf & Travel.

A field of 65 senior women age 50-plus will battle in a championship flight and three other flights over 36 holes of stroke play with gross and net prizes awarded.

Manistee Golf & Country Club’s traditional course weaves through heather, sand dunes and mature trees, and offers stunning views of Lake Michigan that compare with any of the lakeside courses in the state. It has parkland and links design characteristics and has been around since 1901 on a bluff within the city limits of Manistee.

Legendary architect Tom Bendelow designed the first nine holes, and H.B. Matthews is credited with the redesign of the current course. The club is one of the oldest operating clubs in Michigan.

The field for the championship includes six past champions, including defending champion Julie Massa of Holt, who earlier this summer won her second consecutive Michigan Senior Women’s Amateur title.

Joan Garety of Ada, who won in 2016, is a four-time champion dating back to 2006. Susan Campbell of Kalamazoo, who won three times between 2004 and 2008, is in the field, as well as two-time champions Barb Schmid of Grand Rapids (2005, 2011), Maureen Whitehead of Charlevoix (2002, 2003) and Terry Delcamp of Grand Blanc (2014, 2015).

Last year, Massa, the GAM Senior Women’s Player of the Year for three years running, shot an even-par 72 for 147 at Hidden River in Brutus to beat Audrey Akins of LaSalle, Ontario, by one shot.

Find more information on Manistee G&CC at, and find tee times and results from the championship at

ABOUT THE GAM: Founded in 1919, the Golf Association of Michigan is the governing body for amateur golf in the state. As a not-for-profit organization, the GAM’s purpose is to promote, preserve and serve the game of golf. The GAM, served by over 250 dedicated volunteers, provides membership to more than 55,000 golfers and more than 470 Michigan golf courses, conducts over 30 amateur championships, oversees 18 USGA qualifying events, administers the GAM/USGA Handicap System and measures and rates almost 70 courses a year for the USGA. Learn more at


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