Text: R. Collins // Photography: Nile Young Photography, LYNX GC
With June just around the corner and Michigan skies heating up for the summer, it’s an ideal time for golf, with many courses rolling out more opportunities than ever for players new and seasoned alike to become involved. The LYNX Golf Club in Otsego, Michigan, for example, will host its inaugural Women’s Invitational, or “Betty June” event, on June 2nd, with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Jim Szilagyi, general manager at the LYNX Golf Club, or LYNX GC, says the event is a take on a previously successful competition between two western Michigan women’s golf associations, and it will return to the LYNX GC as an opportunity to give women more competitive golf opportunities.
“We have two really strong women’s organizations in West Michigan: the Grand Rapids Women’s Golf Association and the Kalamazoo Women’s Golf Association and last year we had a competition between the two at our golf course and it was very successful. We’re just trying to expand our offerings to women,” Szilagyi said.
The two-person, net team event will be flighted based on team ability to give everyone an opportunity to come out and compete. Included in the $50 registration fee is an 18-hole round, complimentary cart, range balls, lunch, prizes, and post-round food and soft drink. The registration deadline is May 26th, but for those unable to attend, Szilagyi hopes the event will make a lasting impression.
“This is the inaugural year and we’re trying to make it a staple in Michigan women’s golf,” Szilagyi said.
As for the rest of the summer, things are looking up for the LYNX GC and its well-rounded golf destination along the Kalamazoo River. The course is open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET and offers daily dining features with amazing sunset and dining views. It’s a prime setting for those coming back to the game to kick off their summer.
“The season is going quite well,” Szilagyi said. “People have rediscovered golf and I think that’s the biggest takeaway from everything that’s happened. When the weather’s good, they’ve been coming out and we’re very thankful for that.”