Motor City Open

Birmingham Athletic Club, Bloomfield Township


Published:

Squash may not be the most popular sport — football takes the crown in the United States, while soccer is king throughout the rest of the world — but it still draws sizable crowds and generates considerable interest. Take the annual Motor City Open, hosted by the Birmingham Athletic Club every February. The tournament, which includes a $30,000 purse (up from $5,000 for the inaugural event in 1999) and a Rolex watch from Greenstone’s Fine Jewelry in Birmingham, draws 32 players from such distant locales as England, Spain, and Egypt.

“The first year, we drew 100 spectators, but now we’re getting 400 people, more sponsors like The Suburban Collection, and we’ve had past participants reach the No. 1 ranking,” says Peter Schmidt, co-chairman of the Motor City Open with Mike Beauregard. “It’s a great economic stimulus for our club and the region at large.”

Drawing many of the world’s top players (this year’s competition was won by Borja Golan of Spain),  the Motor City Open offers the third-largest purse in the United States and the 11th-largest in the world. “We draw people from Lansing, Toledo, Canada ... the Detroit Athletic Club and the Franklin Athletic Club,” Beauregard says. “We also make a sizable gift to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.”

The club, founded in 1955, has 350 members, 200 of whom are active in squash. Located next to Oakland Hills Country Club, the BAC’s membership includes a broad spectrum of businesses, including insurance agencies, law firms, brokerage houses, and private-equity firms. “We’re another institution in the region that helps drive the economy,” says W. Scott Schilling, BAC president and sales director for STMicroelectronics Inc. in Livonia.
 

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Schechter Wealth Adds Attorney to Adviser Team

Community Foundation Awards $150,000 to Benefit Youth

Forgotten Harvest Names Chief Development Officer

Vicari and Celani's 2014 Holiday Party

Tom Celani, co-owner of Celani Family Vineyards and Luna Entertainment, and Joe Vicari, co-owner of Andiamo Restaurant Group, hosted their annual Christmas party earlier this month at Andiamo Bloomfield Township.

Survey: Employers to Push More Health Care Costs to Metro Detroit Workers in 2015

Employers in southeastern Michigan plan to increase the share of health care costs to nearly 90 percent of employees in 2015, says a recent survey from the American Society of Employers in cooperation with Priority Health. Additionally, 2 percent of employers are considering dropping employer-sponsored health insurance in 2015.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Hamtramck Business Introduces Detroiters to the Game of Fowling
    Nearly 15 years ago, Chris Hutt and his friends were tailgating at the Indianapolis 500 when they...
  2. Detroit Zoo Penguins Get Early Christmas Gift from Southfield Veterinarian
    As construction continues on the Detroit Zoo’s $26-million Polk Penguin Conservation Center,...
  3. Careers in STEM Fields Expected to Increase in 2015
    Careers in the financial, IT, health care, and engineering sectors will be on the rise next year,...
  4. Detroit’s Winter Blast Returns, Brings Ice Skating, Family Activities to Campus Martius
    Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans will return to Detroit’s Campus Martius Park...
  5. Five Qs: David Van Elslander on Overseeing Art Van PureSleep
    David Van Elslander, newly named senior vice president of Art Van Furniture and president of Art...
  6. Five Qs: Michael Layne on the Evolution of Public Relations
    Michael Layne, CEO and co-founder with the late Fred Marx of Marx Layne Marketing and Public...