Tindall helps lead GAM to Atlas Trophy
Manchester’s own Andrew Tindall, a member of the Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) Team, helped bring his team a victory in a noteworthy weekend tournament last month.
The GAM Team won seven of the 12 singles matches and halved two others to win the 69th Atlas Trophy Matches Sunday, Sept. 24 at Oakland University’s R& S Sharf Golf Course, turning back the Michigan Publinx Golf Association (MPGA) Team 16-8. Andrew Tindall was one of seven golfers who each won singles matches for the GAM Sunday.
The series of matches originated in 1938 as a competition between private club golfers represented by the GAM and public course golfers represented by the MPGA with the trophy honoring Edward Atlas, who then was a GAM Governor as well as a USGA Public Links Committee member and Detroit area public golf official.
Prior to 2010, the competition was conducted annually except for World War II years, and historically, private club players competed against public course players. Beginning in 2011, however, it became a biennial competition between GAM member golfers regardless of their course or club affiliation and members of the MPGA. The groups each select a captain, who then selects 12 team members on their individual merits (as measured by honor points).
The GAM was represented by Pete Farner, Cameron Carroll, Sarokin, Brett Hudson, Chestnut, Johnson, Pearce, McKalko, Tindall, Ignasiak, Kieronski and Bialik.
“Andrew is a very dedicated golfer in Michigan, and throughout the nation,” said his dad, Michael Tindall. “He has been very competitive since high school, and has compiled quite the success record. He has made the local qualifier team for the USGA U.S. Open, and competed with many professional golfers, including past Master Champions. “His talents on the golf course are well known by local golfers, and by many other amateurs throughout the state.”