Local Sports Journal

ANN ARBOR — Four West Michigan players will be in the 82-player field Monday when the 98th running of the Michigan Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament starts.

Aya Johnson, of North Muskegon; Hailey Hrynewich and Morgan Smith, both of Norton Shores; and Anna Kramer, of Spring Lake, will be representing the area in the tournament at the University of Michigan Golf Course.

The tournament will have a 36-hole stroke play qualifying portion Monday andTuesday with the low 32 qualifiers advancing to the match play competition.

Johnson, who played on a coop prep team for Muskegon Catholic Central, is a University of Wisconsin student while Hrynewich plays for Ohio University. Hrynewich and Smith both played for Mona Shores. Kramer is a Spring Lake High School student.

The U-M course has nines of 36 and 36 for a par-72. The tournament started in 1914, but stopped from 1943 through 1945 for World War II. All of the players in the tournament have handicaps of 15.4 or better.

Johnson had starting times of 8:39 a.m. Monday on the first tee and 10:18 a.m. Tuesday on the 10th tee.

Hrynewich was scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. Monday on the first tee and 10:27 a.m. Tuesday on the 10th tee.

Kramer is paired with Johnson and has the same starting times — 8:39 a.m. Monday and 10:18 a.m. Tuesday.

Smith teed off Monday at 9:15 a.m. from the first tee and Tuesday at 9:42 a.m.from the 10th tee.

Among the former champions in the tournament is Patti Shook Boice, of Spring Lake, who won the first of her seven state amateur titles starting in 1967.