Anthony Sorentino wins Men’s Tournament of Champions
Anthony Sorentino wins the Michigan<br> Tournament of Champions<br>GAM photo
Anthony Sorentino wins the Michigan
Tournament of Champions
GAM photo

ROCHESTER – Anthony Sorentino of Shelby Township started his day with a double-eagle 2 on the par 5 first hole of the Katke-Cousins Course at Oakland University, and then to end the day made a birdie 3 on No. 10 to win a sudden-death playoff.

The dramatic result: The 37-year-old attorney won the GAM Tournament of Champions for men Monday, capping a golf season in which he also was the GAM Mid-Amateur Champion.

It was a day for dramatics for Sorentino, whose 4-under-par 68 was matched in regulation play by Greg Davies of West Bloomfield.

The double-eagle started things. He was 5-under during the round only to make consecutive bogeys and get passed by his good friend Davies, who birdied the final three holes.

“Greg finished great, and I got lucky and made a 50-foot bomb on 18 to tie him and then won the playoff,” he said. “Crazy game. Great day. I got to play with Greg who is one of my best friends.”

Sorentino, who played college golf at Oakland University, said the double-eagle was the second of his golf career. The other one was also in competition.

“I had 220 left and hit rescue (3-iron) right at the flag,” he said. “We thought it hit the stick, and it was in.”

A switch in putting routine has keyed the strong finish to the season for Sorentino.

“I don’t take any practice strokes,” he said pointing at his head. “Then this doesn’t get involved.”

Oakland University Golf and Learning Center’s tournament-tested and world-class golf courses – Katke-Cousins and R&S Sharf – hosted the Tournament of Champions Monday for men and women.

Erin Larson won the women’s championship in what is the Golf Association of Michigan’s grand finale on the golf schedule. The field was made up of golfers who won their GAM member club championships in 2015 or won a 2015 GAM championship.

Davies took runner-up honors while defending champion Joe Hooks of Commerce Township and Wes Stewart of Windsor, Ontario, tied at 71.

Michigan Amateur champion Ryan Johnson of New Boston, Grant Mills of Royal Oak and Bill O’Connor of Birmingham each had 73s.

About the GAM
Founded in 1919, the Golf Association of Michigan is the governing body for amateur golf in the state. As a not-for-profit organization, the GAM’s purpose is to promote, preserve and serve the game of golf. The GAM, served by over 250 dedicated volunteers as well as nine full-time staff, provides membership to more than 55,000 golfers and more than 470 Michigan golf courses, conducts over 30 amateur championships, oversees 15 USGA qualifying events, administers the GAM/USGA Handicap System and measures and rates almost 70 courses a year for the USGA.

ABOUT THE GAM Tournament of Champions

18-hole stroke play tournament open to Men and Women who have won their GAM Club Championship or a GAM Championship in the current year.

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