6:58 AM EDT, August 31, 2011
CHARLEVOIX — Barb Schmid of Grand Rapids defeated two-time defending champion Joan Garety in a two-hole playoff Tuesday to win the Golf Association of Michigan Women’s Senior Championship at Belvedere Golf Club.
Schmid and Garety finished 36 holes of stroke play tied at 153. Both players faltered on the first playoff hole with Garety, who took a two-shot lead into the final round, chipping past the hole and Schmid three-putting.
Schmid then made an 8-foot putt for birdie to secure the victory on the second playoff hole.
“We were both about even with our drives, but on the second shot Joan went into a bunker and I laid up and landed in a divot about 70 yards from the green,” Schmid said. “My third shot was about eight feet from the pin so I had a sliding 8-footer to make the birdie and Joan made par.”
The two golfers from Egypt Valley Golf Club in Ada have shared the fairway many times over the years.
“I respect Joan and was pleased to go head-to-head with her,” Schmid said. “I feel like if I can compete with Joan, I’m playing well.
“She’s a great competitor and she helps to elevate anyone’s game that she plays with.”
With the win, Schmid earns a berth in the United States Golf Association Senior Women’s Amateur, which is scheduled for Sept. 10-15 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
“I went into this with the idea of working on some swing changes and getting my mind in order for next week,” Schmid said. “It was great to win the tournament and I feel good about my finish in the GAM Women’s Mid-Amateur a couple of weeks ago too.
“Now, I just have to get in the midset for the USGA.”
The A Flight net winner and third place overall was Debra Horning of West Bloomfield, who shot a two-day 157, while Shelly Weiss of Southfield and Maureen Whitehead of Charlevoix finished tied for fourth at 160.
Super Senior winner was Sophia Kang of West Bloomfield, who finished at 161 and was tied for sixth overall. The Super Super Senior winner was Mount Pleasant’s Jean Murray, who finished at 179 and 26th overall.
Trish Garber of Petoskey shot 167 and was tied for 12th, while Kate Tomkinson was 15th overall at 170.
Cathy Kalahar of Harbor Springs finished 18th at 172, while Susan Hays of Boyne City was 43rd at 189 and Mary Jean Esselman was 44th at 190. Ginnie Cash of Charlevoix was tied for 57th at 201.
EAST LANSING — Eric Dovre of Royal Oak followed his first round 66 with a solid 4-under 68 Tuesday to retain the lead at the Michigan PGA Championship at Hawk Hollow.
Dovre, a 27-year-old Detroit Golf Club assistant pro, stands two shots ahead of four-time PGA Champion Scott Hebert of the Grand Traverse Resort. Brian Cairns of Fox Hills Golf & Learning Center in Plymouth is in third place after carding a 5-under 67.
Dovre is at 10-under 134, followed by Hebert at 8-under, while Cairns stands at 6-under. Hebert shot 68 on Tuesday, while Carins posted a 67.
The tournament is being conducted on the Hawk Hollow and Eagle Eye courses. Dovre fired his opening round on Eagle Eye and Tuesday’s second round on Hawk Hollow.
A total of 162 state PGA professionals started the tournament, while the cut line after Tuesday’s round was made at 8-over 152. Seventy-three players were scheduled for the final round today, Wednesday, on Eagle Eye. The tournament carries a $48,000 purse, and the winner will take home a check for $7,000.
Harry Dixon of Walloon Lake Country Club was the top area player after Tuesday’s round after his second consecutive even-par 72. Dixon is tied for 15th at 144.
Kirk Scheerhorn of Wuskowhan Players Club and formerly of Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club in Harbor Springs is tied for 26th at 2-over after shooting a 1-under 71 on Tuesday. Barry Redmond of Boyne Resorts is tied for 43rd at 5-over. Redmond posted a 3-over 75 on Tuesay.
Area players who missed the cut: Joe Brown of St. Ignace and Boyne Highlands, who finished at 10-over; Jerry Roman of Hidden River Golf and Casting Club, 10-over; Shaun Bezilla of Harbor Point Golf Club, 11-over; Steven Good of Boyne Highlands, 11-over; David Trudell of Boyne Highlands, 14-over; Keith Grunch of Charelvoix Golf and Country Club, 16-over; Michael Fay of Boyne Mountain, 17-over; Kyle Roman of Hidden River Golf and Casting Club, 20-over; and Brian O’Neill of Boyne, 23-over 167.
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