The 2015 Atlas Trophy Matches will be held at TPC Michigan on September 26th & 27th.
Men’s Atlas Trophy Matches
The Atlas Trophy Match originated in
1938 as a competition between private club golfers, as represented by
the Golf Association of Michigan or the Detroit District Golf
Association and public course golfers, as represented by the Michigan
Publinx Golf Association. The trophy honors Edward Atlas who was a GAM
Governor, member of the USGA Public Links Committee, and an official in
public golf in metropolitan Detroit.
Prior to 2010, the competition was
conducted annually, and historically, private club players competed
against public course players. Beginning in 2011, it became a biennial
competition between GAM members (regardless of club affiliation), and
Michigan Publinx Golf Association members. The Atlas Trophy Match is
played in odd-numbered years and the USGA Men’s State Team Championship
is played in even-numbered years.
The GAM and MPGA each select its own
Captain. The Captains then select 12 team members each, using GAM Honor
Roll points, MPGA Honor Roll points and other criteria. It is an honor
to be chosen for these teams, and golf and a “celebration dinner” are
all complimentary for the players.
Traditionally, the Atlas Trophy Match
is conducted in the fall. Foursomes matches are played on Saturday
morning, and four-ball matches are played Saturday afternoon. Individual
matches are played on Sunday. One point is awarded per match with ½
point being given to each team for a halved match. At the end of the two
days, if there is a tie for the Trophy, the team currently holding the
trophy, retains it.
The Atlas Trophy Match was not held
during the war years of 1942 through 1947, and occasionally the matches
have been shortened by rain. The point structure has been changed more
than once. In the 73 years of the history of the Match, the “private”
team holds the edge over the “public” teams, but in recent years the
match-up has been quite even.