(LAKE ORION, MI) – Flying under the radar of local sporting news was the 2016 edition of an international golf tournament featuring the best senior amateur players from Michigan and Ontario. For the past six years, a Ryder Cup-style competition between the Golf Association of Michigan and Golf Ontario has alternated between the two governing bodies with the latest incarnation taking place Tuesday and Wednesday at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, MI.
Day 1 consisted of four-ball match play with four foursomes teeing off Tuesday afternoon. The next day saw an early start as US and Canadian players went head-to-head in singles match play with teams earning points toward the final tally.
I think Michigan got the better hand today, but hopefully we’ll get some back tomorrow,” said Lars Melander at the conclusion of Day 1. “We thoroughly enjoyed the course and maybe one day we’ll get to come back. But, we get to play tomorrow morning.”
The Michiganders jumped to a 4-0 first day total after four very close matches with the Ontarians. The 4-point lead was enough to stake GAM to overall victory despite a 5-3 Golf Ontario win in singles play.
Day 1 – Four-Ball Matches
Randy Lewis/Mitch Wilson (GAM) d. Michael Jackson/Lars Melander (GAO) 2 and 1
Ian Harris/Rick Herpich (GAM) d. Dave Bergeron/Rick Dobbs-Hebron (GAO) 3 and 2
Mike Tungate/Mike Fedewa (GAM) d. Richard Evoy/Robert O’Hagan (GAO) 5 and 4
Mike Raymond/Bill Zylstra (GAM) d. Michael Mealia/Marty Quincey (GAO) 4 and 3
Four-Ball Totals: GAM 4, GAO 0
Day 2 – Singles Matches
Harris (GAM) d. O’Hagan (GO) 3 and 2
Lewis (GAM) and Dobbs-Hebron (GO) all-square
Bergeron (GO) d. Herpich (GAM) 2-up
Evoy (GO) d. Zylstra (GAM) 5 and 4
Wilson (GAM) d. Jackson (GO) 4 and 2
Tungate (GAM) and Melander (GO) all-square
Quincey (GO) d. Fedewa (GAM) 4 and 2
Mealia (GO) d. Raymond (GAM) 5 and 4
Singles Totals: GAO 5, GAM 3
Golf Association of Michigan 7 – 5 Golf Ontario
– with files from Greg Johnson