GROSSE ILE – Orchard Lake’s Rick Herpich and Ada’s Joan Garety capped off the Golf Association of Michigan season by winning the GAM Senior Tournament of Champions presented by Garland Lodge & Golf Resort on Monday at Grosse Ile Golf & Country Club.

Herpich, 69 and a member of Orchard Lake Country Club, shot an even par 71 and then won on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Lansing’s Andrew Abood. It was his second GAM Senior TOC title. He also won in 2020.

Garety, a Michigan Golf Hall of Famer and member of the Egypt Valley Country Club, shot a 74 to win the women’s title. It was her first senior TOC, but she has three GAM TOC titles on her rich resume.

The championship brought together the winners of a GAM member club championship or a GAM tournament during the summer.

Herpich and Abood were tied on the last two holes of regulation play forcing the playoffs, and they were only one shot ahead of 72 shooters Robert Papp of Trenton, a member of Grosse Ile G&CC, and Chuck Christie of Beverly Hills.

Garety took the lead mid-lap and held it, fending off Julie Massa of Holt, who shot 77, and Donna Tepper of Grosse Pointe Park, who shot 81 for third place.

Herpich won the playoffs with a rough left side eight-iron shot from 15 feet on the No. 1 where he had two putts for par. Abood, meanwhile, hit his approach shot over the green, chipped and missed his par putt attempt.

“It feels good to win, to play a solid round and it’s always nice to win a trophy,” Herpich said. “The greens were really fast and rolled really well and I’m just now starting to hit the ball more consistently than I have all summer. I feel like my game is falling into place, unfortunately it’s at the end of the season.

Herpich said he felt lucky to be in the playoffs.

“I was two shots behind for most of the day and I thought I had to birdie,” he said. ” I did not do it. I did two, but I also had two bogeys. I just stood there and was lucky that Andrew missed a birdie putt on his last hole (of regulation play).

Garety said she surprised herself by winning. She had only played two rounds since mid-August after taking a trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, returning home for a week to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. State of Michigan, then leaving for a river cruise in Oregon and returning. home Sunday night.

“My goal for today was to just not worry about it and just play,” she said. “So I wasn’t tracking my score. I did not look at the classification. I wasn’t doing anything I was playing in and happened to have a pretty good ball-striking ride, but nothing special. But I had a really good putt, especially from three to 10 feet, which is essential with these greens. They’re so fast and flowing, and some putts you just have to breathe on.

Garety, who is retired, said traveling, fishing and other pursuits have caused her to focus differently on golf.

“Before, I used to plan what I did around tournaments,” she said. “Now I play in tournaments that match what I do. It’s the opposite situation, but when you have the chance to travel like me, the trips can be so special.

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