Fritz Balmer filled seemingly every role for the Golf Association of Michigan including serving as a club representative, volunteer rules official, governor, chairman of junior golf and long-range planning committees as well as being part of the club relations committee.
In 2000 when a rift among GAM member clubs called for a steady hand, he was appointed interim executive director. Balmer then was elected GAM President and served from 2001 to May of 2003.
In 2007 Balmer was presented the GAM’s Distinguished Service Award. He was elected into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. He served as chairman of the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame from 2008 to 2015, stepped down but continued to serve as a board member.
Originally from Wisconsin, Fritz didn’t take up golf until he was 20. He was a fast learner, lettering at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He moved to Michigan in 1966 and began his service to golf in 1975 when he joined Spring Meadows Country Club and was club representative to the GAM for nine years.
He was active on the course too, winning the club championship in 1982 and then the senior championship three times. For his many contributions to golf in the Flint area he was given the Genesee County/Don Jarrad Distinguished Service in Golf Award in 2008.
Year inducted: 2013