FARMINGTON HILLS – Patrick Sullivan was a hockey player and a golfer and wanted to play a sport in college, and he decided golf gave him the best chance. It turns out he was correct.
Sullivan, a Grosse Pointe resident and member through his family at Country Club of Detroit, will play collegiate golf for the University of Michigan next fall, and he is the 2017 Golf Association of Michigan Junior Boys Player of the Year, Ken Hartmann, senior director of rules and competitions, announced today.
“It’s pretty cool,” Sullivan said. “Playing well in some of the GAM events was big for me, and beating out some of the guys who are playing college golf gives me confidence, too.”
Over the coming days the GAM will announce the final three age group players of the year for 2017. Tom Werkmeister of Grandville and Aya Johnson of North Muskegon were previously announced as the men’s and women’s players of the year. Randy Lewis of Alma and Julie Massa of Holt were named the top senior players of the year and Rick Hagenbach of South Lyon was named the super senior player of the year.
The winners will receive their awards in the spring at the GAM’s annual meeting for 2017. Honorees are determined based on the GAM Honor Roll, which awards points for tournament accomplishments.
Sullivan, the oldest of three sons of Tom and Theresa Sullivan, scored 705 points topping James Piot of Canton and Fox Hills Learning Center, who finished second with 590. Nick Krueger of Spring Lake Country Club was third and rounding out the top five were Ben Smith of Novi and Walnut Creek Country Club and Parker Jamieson of Country Club of Lansing. Complete lists can be found at gam.org under the championships tab.
Sullivan had a busy summer. He earned points in 10 tournaments, including being the stroke play qualifying medalist at the Michigan Junior Amateur Championship and making it to match play in the Michigan Amateur Championship.
“I played really great in the stroke play at the Michigan Junior Amateur, probably my best of the summer, and then I was fourth in qualifying for the Michigan Amateur and played with by brother (Tommy) and my dad (Tom) in that, which was great,” he said. “I had a good summer and it just makes me want to keep working and getting better.”
Sullivan said his father introduced him to the game and taught him that hard work on the game was critical.
“As I gained experience I figured out what I needed to work on and I keep working on it,” he said. “It was hard not to keep playing hockey, but I wasn’t one of the top players in that sport and so I put the work into golf.”
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 almost 60,000 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 www.gam.org.
via Greg Johnson
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