ROCHESTER – The Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) Team won seven of the 12 singles matches and halved two others to win the 69th Atlas Trophy Matches Sunday at Oakland University’s R& S Sharf Golf Course.
With the 8-4 advantage in singles matches, and 4-2 wins from Saturday in both foursomes and four-ball play, the GAM turned back the Michigan Publinx Golf Association (MPGA) Team 16-8.
Jimmy Chestnut, Mike Ignasiak, Zach Bialik, Ryan Johnson, Andrew Sarokin, Andrew Tindall and Jacob Kieronski each won singles matches for the GAM Sunday, while Steve McKalko earned a half-point by halving his match with David Hall of the MPGA, and Tim Pearce earned another half-point by halving with Razmig Boghikian of the MPGA.
Johnson’s 4 and 3 win over Scott Jaschuk proved to be the clinching point as the GAM needed just 4 ½ points at the start of the day to win the Ryder Cup style competition that promotes sportsmanship among the top amateur golfers in the state.
The MPGA, which won the 68th version of the matches two years ago, received singles wins from Jason May, Austin Kreger and Leo Daigle.
The GAM holds a 46-20-3 lead all-time in the series of matches that originated in 1938 as a competition between private club golfers represented by the GAM and public course golfers represented by the MPGA with the trophy honoring Edward Atlas, who then was a GAM Governor as well as a USGA Public Links Committee member and Detroit area public golf official.