The GAM only provides handicaps, right? WRONG!
The Golf Association of Michigan, or GAM, was founded in May of 1919. Originally established as the Detroit District Golf Association, the name was changed in 1961 to more appropriately reflect its growing statewide membership with a total of 66 clubs, 25 of which were located outside of metropolitan Detroit. The original focus of the association was to hold championship tournaments for its members. Over the years that followed, many changes were pursued which effectively broadened the positive impact the association has on amateur golf in the state of Michigan. While many golfers identify the GAM as simply the provider of individual golfer handicaps or as the course measurer providing the GAM marker on the tee allowing a golfer on a par-3 to accurately determine their distance to the center of the green, the GAM does much more.
Today, over 400 clubs and 70,000 individuals are GAM members. In support of amateur golf in the area, the GAM participates in a broad range of activities that are crucial to the ongoing growth and health of the game. Described below is a summary of what we do today:
GAM in the Future
We believe that we can expand the range of benefits for our individual members in the future. For example, we have spoken to many of our current members who have expressed an interest in playing tournament golf but cannot participate in our current tournaments because their handicap is not low enough to qualify. We are developing a Net Tournament Tour for the 2002 season that will permit GAM members with higher handicaps to participate in a series of events during the season. Not only do we believe that GAM membership has its benefits, we're working hard to expand the range of member benefits in a meaningful way!
To learn more about the GAM, please visit our web site at http://www.gam.org.
If you are not currently a GAM member, simply look up your favorite course in our Course Finder section to see if it is a member. If not, you may locate another course nearby which provides GAM membership opportunities. Of course, you can also call our office in Farmington Hills at (248) 478-9242 and a member of our staff would be pleased to help you. GAM membership truly does have its benefits!
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