ANN ARBOR, MICH (Aug. 16, 2011) -- Marty Jeppesen of Ypsilanti has played in GAM tournaments since he was a junior golfer. He finally got his reward today when he captured the 90th GAM Championship at Barton Hills Country Club. Jeppesen’s play was steady as he logged scores of 72-68-72 for a 212 total.
“It couldn’t be any better winning a major amateur tournament with your own association in your own state,” said Jeppesen. “I’m turning pro this fall so it is nice to go out with a win in the last event as an amateur.”
Jeppesen, 23, played for Eastern Michigan University and has a solid streak going at Barton Hills. He also won a Power Bilt event and a Michigan PGA one-day event there.
“We played there a lot when I was at EMU and I won two other tournaments there so I am 3-0 at Barton,” said Jeppesen.
Jeppesen said he would not have logged such a good final round had it not been for his short game. His drives were not what they had been in the first two rounds, but he made some long putts and was precise with his chips which helped him maintain the lead.
“I struggled with my ball striking, but my chipping and putting was pretty good,” said Jeppesen. “I got up and down and I shot even par so it ended up working out.”
Jeppesen is a fan of Donald Ross courses with their large undulating greens and traditional fairways. He feels right at home whenever he plays a Ross course because their style and design fit his golf game very well.
“Donald Ross makes really nice, old-style, tree-lined courses with the tough greens and I really enjoy playing them,” said Jeppesen. “And I have to say that (GAM Tournament Director) Ken (Hartmann) really made some interesting pin placements today. It was very challenging and fun to play.”
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