CHARLEVOIX — In the morning Andrew Chapman was holding the Charles Kocsis Trophy, presented to the Michigan Amateur stroke play medalist.
By the afternoon Chapman was packing his car and heading back to Traverse City, his chances to repeat as the Amateur champion dashed.
Chapman was defeated in the second round of match play at the 103rd Michigan Amateur on Wednesday at Belvedere Golf Club, losing 3 & 2 to 18-year-old, first-time Amateur participant Ian Martin of Saline. The loss came one day after Chapman set a tournament record with a 6-under-par 63 that gave him a two-day total of 135 and put him three shots ahead of the rest of the field.
“I know anyone can beat anyone,” said Chapman. “As soon as you get to match play it’s a new tournament. I just didn’t have my best stuff and he played better than I did. I’m not shocked at all. Any one of the seeds can win.”
Martin, who started match play seeded 33rd and edged Benjamin Rabourn 1-up in his first match of the day, was shocked, however.
“I knew I had to play well to even contend with somebody who shot 6-under the previous day,” he said. “I mean, I got some good breaks, he lipped out a couple putts and things just went my way.
“It may not have looked like it, but I was pretty intimidated.”
Martin, who is attending Michigan in the fall and plans to try and walk-on to the golf team, only trailed after one hole, following Chapman’s birdie on No. 2 that gave him a 1-up lead. The match was all square after five of the first seven holes, but the tide turned right before the two finished the front nine when Martin recorded back-to-back birdies to take a 2-up lead.