Canton’s Mike Fedewa was sufficiently old to play within the Tremendous Seniors division of Golf Affiliation of Michigan championships 4 seasons in the past, however he didn’t embrace the thought till the summer season of 2018.
“I felt I may compete with the seniors (ages 55-65) and I nonetheless do, however I lastly stated that is going to be the yr I make the swap,” he stated. “I dedicated to doing Tremendous Senior tournaments all the way in which and I’m actually completely happy about that.”
Fedewa, 69, is the 2018 GAM Tremendous Senior Participant of the Yr.
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“After I see Mike, I don’t assume Tremendous Senior,” stated Ken Hartmann, senior director of guidelines and competitions, “He nonetheless appears to be like younger and he hits the ball like a younger man. He has all the time been very aggressive and really constant in his play.”
GAM Gamers of the Yr are decided by the GAM Honor Roll factors system. Level totals will be discovered beneath the Championships tab at gam.org. Over the following few weeks the GAM will announce extra Gamers of the Yr in gender and age classes.
Beforehand, Alex Scott of Traverse Metropolis was named the Males’s Participant of the Yr and Kerri Parks of Flushing was named the Ladies’s Participant of the Yr, Mitch Wilson of Portage was named the Senior Males’s Participant of the Yr and Julie Massa of Holt was named the Senior Ladies’s Participant of the Yr.
Fedewa, a GAM member by way of Pheasant Run Golf Membership in Canton, totaled 230 factors keyed by 4 second-place finishes in senior championships this summer season.
He was runner-up within the GAM Senior Match Play Tremendous Senior bracket to Pete Saputo of Bloomfield Hills and Oakland Hills Nation Membership, second to Rick Herpich of Orchard Lake and Orchard Lake Nation Membership within the GAM Senior Championship Tremendous Senior division, second to Tom Rex Jr. of Charlevoix and Belvedere Golf Membership within the GAM Mid-Am Tremendous Senior division and second within the Michigan PGA’s Senior Open to Mike Sequite of Marshall and The Medalist Golf Membership.
Herpich completed second to Fedewa on the Honor Roll with 139 factors. Ian Harris of Bloomfield Hills and TPC of Michigan was third with 135 and Sequite with 120 and Saputo with 105 rounded out the highest 5.
“Second place was my place this yr, and it looks as if I’ve completed second so much through the years,” stated Fedewa, who retired from Basic Motors and the Milford Proving Grounds in 2008 after 36 years and has labored the final 10 years on the grounds crew at Pheasant Run part-time. He and his spouse Darlene dwell in a condominium close to gap No. 12.
“I performed a number of golf within the 1970s, however then with household commitments and work I didn’t play aggressive golf for over 30 years,” he stated. “My first match again in competitors was in 2007, the yr earlier than I retired from Basic Motors. It was the GAM Senior Championship at Belvedere and I received. It was a very good begin again.”
Fedewa, who additionally captured the Senior Mid-Am Staff Championship in 2016 along with his son Steve, stated he can’t say sufficient concerning the match alternatives obtainable to seniors.
“It’s such an awesome collection of tournaments and it has been a number of enjoyable,” he stated. “I inform my son to not fear about not having time to play at his age. He has senior golf to stay up for, and it’s nice. The GAM runs nice tournaments.”
Fedewa stated he used to joke about retiring after which engaged on a golf course.
“Seems, I did and I’ve been at Pheasant Run 10 years now,” he stated. “It’s good. It retains me energetic and in a position to play. I’ve had some again troubles the previous couple of years, however this yr it didn’t trouble me as a lot and it confirmed in my golf recreation. I used to be way more constant.”
Hartmann isn’t stunned to see Fedewa’s identify on the leaderboards at tournaments.
“He’s a self-taught man, by no means had a lesson, and that’s fairly spectacular with the sport he has,” he stated. “When he’s in a match I’m stunned when his identify isn’t up on the prime as a result of he’s so strong. He’s simply good, and Mike and his son received the Senior Mid-Am Staff a few years in the past, and that’s not straightforward. Loads of nice groups and one of the best gamers within the state are in that yearly.”