Greg Reynolds and Casey Baker have teamed up to win four consecutive GAM Senior/Mid-Am Team Championships.
They will be the team to beat once again when over 130 teams counting over 260 of Michigan’s top golfers play 36 holes at three sites Monday in the 7th annual edition of the championship presented by Omni Kinetics.
Three historic Donald Ross-designed courses – Dearborn Country Club, Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club and Western Golf & Country Club – will each host over 40 teams or 80 golfers.
Three teams will be determined as site winners at the close of 18 holes of four-ball (best-ball) golf and 18 holes of foursomes (alternate shot) play by the teams featuring a senior golfer (age 55-plus) and a mid-amateur golfer (age 25-plus). Those three teams will advance to a playoff for the title on Friday, Sept. 16 at Barton Hills Country Club.
The high demand for the popular championship has resulted in changes to the entry process and teams have been randomly assigned a venue with an effort made to keep the number of teams from each handicap category equal at each venue for similar strengths of field.
At each site the field will play four-ball format in the morning and foursomes in the afternoon.
Last year, Reynolds of Grand Blanc and Baker of Novi, made it four consecutive, but not easily. They had to fight off Rick Herpich of Orchard Lake and Michael Anderson of Northville through 18 holes and two holes of sudden-death to escape with the win at Red Run Golf Club.
Reynolds, 69, is a former U.S. Senior Amateur Champion, and Baker, 39, is vice-president at Carl’s Golfland. Both have been top GAM Honor Roll golfers for several years. They will be in the field Monday at Grosse Ile.
Herpich, 63 and a retired sales and marketing executive, and Anderson, 44 and a financial advisor, will be in the field at Dearborn CC.
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 as well as nine full-time staff, provides membership to more than 55,000 golfers and more than 470 Michigan golf courses, conducts over 30 amateur championships, oversees 15 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.