By Greg Johnson
Registration is now open for regional qualifying teams to compete in the 2018 GAM Scramble State Championship, which will take place on September 16 through September 17 at The PohlCat Golf Course and Bucks Run Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
The seventh annual event presented by the Golf Association of Michigan will feature the best teams from the five regional qualifying tournaments. The first of this year’s single-round regional championships begins on June 25 at Oak Pointe country Club in Brighton, followed by the July 10th TPC Michigan tournament in Dearborn, July 30th event at Wabeek Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, the August 5th championship at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, and the August 20th event at Muskegon Country Club.
The GAM Scramble is a four-person team “step aside” scramble, which means members of the team hit a tee shot from their designated tee on each hole—and there are four sets of tees in play. The team then selects one of the tee shots and marks the spot from which to play. The player whose shot is selected will not play the next shot and must step aside. This procedure is repeated until the ball is holed.
Teams may be made up of any four GAM members—men, women, senior men, and/or senior women—with a valid GAM/USGA Handicap Index. To be eligible, teams must have a total index of at least 36.0 or higher and can’t have more than two players with a GAM/USGA Handicap Index lower than 10.0 in the last 12 months.
Entry Fees for the regional qualifiers are $300 per team. The teams that qualify for the state championship pay $420, which includes two rounds of play, one each at The PohlCat’s championship, links-style course designed by former PGA Tour pro and Mt. Pleasant native Dan Phol; and Bucks Run’s award-winning, picturesque course set into 290 acres of natural wetlands, woods, and river frontage.