When it comes to golf clubs in Michigan and a dedication to women’s golf, Spring Lake Country Club has the top resume.
That’s why the 23rd GAM Women’s Championship is in the perfect spot today and Tuesday.
Spring Lake Country Club, which celebrates 103 years this summer, is home to the Spring Lake Invitational Tournament, which three weeks ago was presented for the 93rd time. That makes the club’s event the oldest tournament for women in the state, and the match play tournament’s invited field each year also makes it one of the state’s most competitive events.
The field of 82 golfers playing 36-holes of stroke play this week for the GAM championship includes several golfers who have played in the Spring Lake Invitational, including this year’s Spring Lake Invitational winner Jenny Sritragul, a Michigan State University golfer from Thailand.
In addition to Sritragul, Gabrielle Yurik of Oakland, the 2012 GAM champion and another Michigan State University golfer, and Emmie Pietila of Brighton , the 2011 GAM champion and University of Tennessee golfer, are in the GAM Championship field this week.
Spring Lake head golf professional Josh Lathwell said tee shots in the fairway and wedge play to set up reasonable birdie putts are the keys to good scoring at Spring Lake.
“This is an old-school country club course where the greens are small and they will be rolling fast this week,” he said. “You use a lot of different shots in your bag, but you’ve got to be good with the wedge.”
More great women’s golf history is sure to be made this week at Spring Lake Country Club, which features a Spanish style clubhouse that was built in 1926 and is maintained impeccably.
The general public is invited to come out and watch the action.
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