MUSKEGON — Tom Werkmeister’s hot streak was halted Thursday in the second round of matches in the 102nd Michigan Amateur Championship.
Traverse City’s Andrew Chapman, a 33-year financial advisor and former University of Michigan golfer, outlasted Werkmeister in 21 holes in an afternoon round of 32 at the Muskegon Country Club.
Werkmeister, the 2009 Michigan Amateur champion who last week was the first amateur to win the Michigan Open in 38 years, led the field for the first two days of stroke play as medalist, and won his morning match (2 and 1 over Carson Castellani).
“It will take some time to recover from this one,” he said. “I had loftier goals than to lose in the second round. I would definitely say he outplayed me. I only made two birdies today, and that’s not going to cut it. It wasn’t easy out there, but I didn’t play like I have been playing.”
Chapman bombed his drive on the No. 3 hole, the final hole of the match with Werkmeister, and had exactly 40 yards left on the 383-yard par 4. He said he called on a drill he worked on just last week with Scott Hebert, the head professional at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and a six-time Michigan Open champion. He hit the shot to four-feet and made the winning birdie.
“We hit these little shots from 40 yards, 50 yards, 60 yards, all the way back to 110,” he said. “I had 40 right on the button, so that is a shot I have no problem with.”
Chapman said his matches with Hebert have also helped him in his approach to meeting Werkmeister in the second round of matches.
“I don’t really think about who I’m playing, and my pro at home is Scott Hebert, and we play straight up all the time,” he said. “He’s pretty good, so I’m alright no matter who I get paired up against. Tom and I had a good match. We had some sloppy holes, but we had some good ones. He’s a great guy, a great champion. He’s a strong, strong player, so I was fortunate to get past him.”
Chapman will play another Traverse City golfer in the round of 16 in Nikolaj Brons-Piche, an 18-year-old Texas Wesleyan University golfer who also plays out of Grand Traverse Resort. Piche beat Bryan Nordquist of Kalamazoo 3 and 2 in the round of 32.
In their first matches of the day, Chapman defeated Brett Quitiquit 3 and 1 while Brons-Piche downed Blake English 2 and 1. Traverse City’s Patrick Colburn lost to Ronnie Coriasso 3 and 2.