CHARLEVOIX — The defending champion is putting himself in position to defend that title.
Traverse City’s Andrew Chapman fired a two-over 72 Monday on the first day of stroke play in the 103rd Michigan Amateur at Charlevoix’s Belvedere Golf Club.
Chapman is tied for 24th place, five shots behind the leaders. The top 64 players after today’s second round advance to match play. There are 156 golfers in the field.
“Not too bad,” Chapman said. “I certainly would have liked to have shot a little lower, but one more good round and I should be fine.”
Austin Eccleton and Greg Davies share the lead at three-under 67.
Chapman shot 37-35.
“I had a couple hiccups,” he said. “I had a three-putt. And the rough is so long right now that if you miss it just a little off the tee you’re working pretty hard to salvage something. I hit a couple tee shots that weren’t my best and made bogeys because of that. Hopefully, I’ll get rid of those tomorrow.”
Traverse City’s Patrick Colburn is three shots back at even-par 70.
“I had a solid day all around,” the 21-year-old said. “I didn’t get into too much trouble. It’s an enjoyable course to play.”
Colburn shot 36 on the front nine, 34 on the back.
“I putted well today,” he said. “I really like these greens. I seem to read them well.”
Colburn competed in the Michigan Open last week, finishing tied for 44th with a four-over 292.
“I played OK at the Open,” Colburn said. “Nothing really went my way. It wasn’t my best golf.”
Colburn reached match play last year, but lost in the first round. Qualifying for match play is his goal again today — and the Belvedere is a course he especially likes.