Mike Raymond to enter Hall of Fame
Mike Raymond has been selected as the 2015 inductee into the Jackson Golf Hall of Fame. The Jackson Golf Hall of Fame committee selected Raymond for the combination of his playing record – in terms of longevity and success – and his service to the game, according to committee chairman Gary Kalahar.
“Mike’s on-course success, his support of Jackson golf through his decades of entering tournaments, and his willingness to be a leader both locally and on the state level, make him a worthy member of the Hall of Fame,” Kalahar said.
Raymond will be inducted in ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Sharp Park Golf Course clubhouse. The event is open to the public at no charge.
Among the highlights of Raymond’s playing career:
Tied for the tournament’s oldest winner when he won the title in 2008. With a match play record of 42-25, tied for 10th all-time in matches won, 9th in matches played and 13th in number of times to qualify for match play. Reached the finals one other time and semifinals twice, Made at least the quarterfinals the last five years.
Has finished in the top 10 14 times and in the top 20 22 times, both in the top 10 all-time. Has finished second twice and third once. Has played in the tournament 27 times.
Lyle Ambs Memorial
Reached the semifinals four times in the last six years.
Second all-time in appearances (25 of 26 years in the championship flight), 6th with five top-5 finishes, finished second three times.
Tournament of Champions
Won in 1999.
Six top-5 finishes, including losing in a playoff in 2006 and second in 1993. Has played in the tournament’s championship flight for 29 consecutive years.
Other playing highlights:
Fifth in total Honor Roll points since it was instituted in 1997.
Qualified for the Michigan Amateur nine times and advanced to match play three times.
Won the GAM Michigan Senior Match Play Championship (2013), GAM Four-Ball (2013), GAM Father-Son (2013) and Michigan Publinx Medal Play Senior Championship (2015).
Qualified for the USGA Senior Amateur twice and advanced to match play in 2013.
Teamed with Ron Beurmann to win the Michigan PGA State Pro-Am in 1995 and 2001.
Won the Senior County Open five times and City Senior Championship twice.
Three-time champion at the Country Club of Jackson.
Service to the game:
Chairman of the Michigan Amateur when it was played at the Country Club of Jackson in 2002.
Served on the Golf Association of Michigan Board of Governors 1998-2005.
Named the GAM Club Representative of the Year in 1996.
Member of the Jackson Golf Committee for the last five years.