ROYAL OAK – The Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) team topped the Michigan Section PGA team for the fifth consecutive time in the 50th Fuller Cup Matches Tuesday at Red Run Golf Club.
The GAM’s 12 ½ - 5 ½ victory in the Ryder Cup-lie format pulled the state’s top amateur golfers closer in the all-time series that the PGA leads 34-14-2.
Mike Anderson of Northville, Chet Vandenberg of Portage, Pierce Morrissey of Canadian Lakes and Michigan State University, Greg Davies of West Bloomfield and August Meekhof of Eastmanville and Michigan State University each helped account for two points for the GAM team by helping win four-ball morning matches and then winning afternoon singles matches (See results below).
The PGA’s Adam Schumacher of Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club was the only two-point scorer for the PGA team.
Red Run Golf Club and its historic course with recently renovated and restored bunkers and tees hosted the Fuller Cup for the fifth time. FootJoy was the clothing sponsor.
Players representing the PGA were Kyle Dobbs of Oak Pointe Country Club, the host pro Wally Sierakowski of Red Run, Kyle Martin of Lochmoor Club, Josh Fryer of Franklin Hills Country Club, Tim Pearce of Birmingham Country Club, Kosta Ramirez of Treetops Resort, Cody Haughton of Red Run Golf Club, Schumacher, Ron Beurmann of Country Club of Jackson, Jim Deiters of Midland Country Club, Scott Hebert of Traverse City Golf & Country Club and Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Learning Center.
Players representing the GAM included Anderson, Vandenberg, John Quigley of Sterling Heights, Anthony Sorentino of Rochester Hills, Will Anderson of Portage and the University of Michigan, Morrissey, Patrick Deardorff of Clarkston and Eastern Michigan University, David Szymanski of Holt, Davies, Matt Zerbel of St. Joseph, Bradley Smithson of Grand Rapids and Meekhof.
The format has changed over the years, but the matches are presented to promote sportsmanship, friendship and quality golf among professionals and amateurs. The matches are named for the late Ernest Fuller, a Michigan golf course developer. The GAM team is selected through the use of the GAM Honor Roll and availability and the PGA selects its team via money list standing and availability.
Find more information on the Golf Association of Michigan at GAM.org. Find more information on the Michigan PGA at michiganpga.com.
MORNING FOUR-BALL MATCHES
GAM Mike Anderson, Chet Vandenberg def. PGA Kyle Dobbs, Wally Sierakowski, 2 and 1
PGA Kyle Martin, Josh Fryer and GAM John Quigley, Anthony Sorentino, TIED
GAM Will Anderson, Pierce Morrissey def. PGA Tim Pearce, Kosta Ramirez, 1-up
PGA Cody Haughton, Adam Schumacher def. GAM Patrick Deardorff, David Szymanski, 4 and 2
GAM Greg Davies, Matt Zerbel def. PGA Ron Beurmann, Jim Deiters, 1-up
GAM Bradley Smithson, August Meekhof def. PGA Scott Hebert, Brian Cairns, 4 and 3
Score after four-ball matches, GAM 4 ½ , PGA 1 ½
AFTERNOON SINGLES MATCHES
GAM Mike Anderson def. PGA Kyle Dobbs, 2 and 1
GAM Chet Vandenberg def. PGA Wally Sierakowski, 5 and 3
GAM John Quigley and PGA Kyle Martin, TIED
GAM Anthony Sorentino def. PGA Josh Fryer, 1-up
PGA Tim Pearce def. GAM Will Anderson, 2 and 1
GAM Pierce Morrissey def. PGA Kosta Ramirez, 2 and 1
GAM Patrick Deardorff def. PGA Cody Haughton, 1-up
PGA Adam Schumacher def. GAM David Szymanski, 1-up
GAM Greg Davies def. PGA Ron Beurmann, 4 and 3
GAM Matt Zerbel and PGA Jim Deiters, TIED
PGA Scott Hebert def. GAM Bradley Smithson, 3 and 2
GAM August Meekhof def. PGA Brian Cairns, 6 and 5
Singles score, GAM 8, PGA 4
FINAL SCORE GAM 12 ½, PGA 5 ½
GAM team, from left, Will Anderson, Pierce Morrissey, David Szymanski, Bradley Smithson, Matt Zerbel, Chet Vandenberg, Patrick Deardorff, John Quigley, Mike Anderson, Anthony Sorentino, August Meekhof and Greg Davies.