Harry Legg captured the first Birchmont men's title, and last year, Eric Lilleboe of Okemos, Mich., was crowned the men's champion.

A women's division was added in 1928, while the senior and junior divisions became part of Birchmont history in 1964.

In 1982, the executive division was added for players between the ages of 35 and 50. Jim Daman of Bemidji won the first executive title and Mike Wiltse, also of Bemidji, claimed three consecutive executive championships from 2002 to 2004.

Throughout the 84-year history of the men's division, only two golfers have won four championships, and only two have taken the crown three consecutive seasons.

The lone golfer to accomplish both is Russ Simenson of Bemidji who took the title four times within a five-year span beginning in 1987. His reign included championships in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1991.

Jim Strandemo is the other four-time Birchmont king as he earned the trophy in 1983, 1990, 1994 and 1996.

Also winning three in a row was Phil Olson who accomplished the feat in 1944, 1945 and 1946.

The women's division can boast one champion with four straight titles. Julie Gumlia won her first in 1972 and went on to duplicate the feat in 1973, 1974 and 1975.

Harold Erickson won three consecutive senior titles in 1976, 1977 and 1978.

The men's championship format includes two medal rounds of qualifying and five rounds of match play. The other divisions also determine their fields through medal play and switch to match play for the elimination rounds.