Spring Meadows CC Welcomes Back Michigan Amateur to Flint Area

The 98th Michigan Amateur ChampionshipFARMINGTON HILLS – The 98th Michigan Amateur Championship, sponsored by Osprey Recreational Properties, will be contested on the lush fairways of Linden’s Spring Meadows Country Club June 23-27. For the first time in the history of the event, the Michigan Amateur will be held at Spring Meadows Country Club (par 71, 6,854 yards).

The return of the Michigan Amateur to the Flint area for the first time since 2001 has helped to attract one of the biggest fields in Michigan Amateur history. The golfer who is left on Saturday, June 27 as the 2009 Michigan Amateur Champion will have earned his name on the prestigious Staghorn trophy by outlasting the other 788 competitors in the 2009 Michigan Amateur Championship, making this the 5th largest field ever.

The championship field of 156 golfers is determined through exemptions and twelve sectional qualifiers held May 7- May 30. The Michigan Amateur is open to all amateur golfers residing in Michigan with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4. This year’s field will consist of 21 exempt players and 135 players who qualified through sectional qualifying. The 2009 sectional qualifying sites were: Lakes of Taylor, The Pines @ Lake Isabella, Sunnybrook CC, Gowanie, Clio CC, Arbor Hills, Pheasant Run, Fieldstone, Plum Hollow, Boyne Resorts, and Greywalls.

Michigan Amateur Championship competitors will play 18 holes of stroke play on Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24 to determine the 64 player match play field. If necessary, a hole-by-hole playoff will take place immediately following the completion of Wednesday’s round to cut the field to exactly 64 players. The player who has the lowest 36-hole total will be named medalist and have his name engraved on the Charles Kocsis Medalist Trophy. The players tend to have mixed feelings about earning medalist honors, as only seven medalists have gone on to win the championship.

Match play begins on Thursday, with a morning round of matches followed by the second round of match play in the afternoon. By the end of the day, the field will be reduced to the “Sweet Sixteen,” who will be honored at the annual Sweet Sixteen Dinner that night. Match play continues on Friday and Saturday with two rounds of matches per day. The 18-hole Championship match is set for Saturday afternoon.

Defending champion Jimmy Chestnut (Grand Blanc), a Michigan State University Alumnus, will be back to defend his title. He defeated Steve Cuzzort (Grosse Ille) Wayne State University Alumnus in last year’s Championship 4 & 2 at The Moors. The two standouts could end up going head-to-head again this year but no matter who ends up battling for the oldest golf championship in the state of Michigan, the Michigan Amateur is sure to be intense and exciting.

 

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