News and Notes: Preseason Junior at Fieldstone

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Back at Fieldstone:

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the
Preseason Junior at Fieldstone is a 36-hole stroke play competition played on
the par-72 course at the Fieldstone Golf Club of Auburn Hills. The event
features 63 boys and 21 girls, ages 12-18, from 11 states and Canada. The Boys
Division is playing the course at 6639 yards while the Girls Division is
playing the course at 5768 yards.

The course record is a 9-under-par 63, shot at the Buick
Open Qualifier in 2009, an event held regularly at Fieldstone Golf Club of
Auburn Hills.

The Background:

Fieldstone Golf Club of Auburn Hills was designed by University
of Michigan alum and golf course designer Arthur Hills. The course, which
opened in 1998, is routinely ranked in the top 10 of nearly 200 courses in the
Detroit area.

There are no signature holes, they’re all challenging, says
Fieldstone’s Golf Professional Gordon Marmion. The bent-grass course has
fairways lined with native bent-grass, over 11 hazards, small greens and plenty
of difficult approach shots.

Hole 10 (2)

Long, native grass line the No.10 hole at Fieldstone Golf Club of Auburn Hills. Click here for more photos.

It’s All About the
Kids:

The first multi-day event held at Fieldstone was an AJGA
event, the Junior All-Star at Fieldstone held in April of 2012. Karen Arimoto of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., won the Girls
Division with a tournament total of 1-over-par 145 in the 36-hole tournament.
Daniel Martinez of Austin, Texas, shot a final round 3-under-par 69 to win the
Boys Division with a 4-under-par 140 two-day total.

Fieldstone plans to host seven
junior events this year, including the Optimist Junior World Championship, Golf
Association of Michigan Amateur Championship Qualifier and the Michigan High
School Athletic Association’s Regional Tournament.

“I think it’s important to support juniors,” Marmion said. “We
want to keep promoting the game, and it’s the best opportunity to do so.”

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