CHARLEVOIX — One of the youngest competitors won the oldest tournament Friday at Charlevoix's Belvedere Golf Club.
Henry Do, a 19-year-old University of North Carolina golfer, defeated Steve Anderson, a 41-year-old commercial real-estate lender, 1-up in 19 holes in the championship match of the 103rd Michigan Amateur, the state’s oldest and most prestigious championship.
Do, who hails from Canton, won the 18th hole to force a playoff.
On the extra hole, Anderson missed a seven-foot par putt, opening the door for Do, who tapped in a three-foot par putt for the victory.
“I’m still shocked,” Do said. “It’s quite an accomplishment for me to have my name on the (Staghorn) trophy with those other guys.”
Do was admittedly rattled after he lost a 1-up lead on No. 16 when Anderson sank a 20-foot birdie putt. Anderson followed it up on No. 17 with a dramatic 45-foot putt for birdie and the lead.
It didn't last long though.
Do hit a 180-yard 7-iron shot to within 12 inches of the hole on No. 18, sending the match an extra hole.
“That’s got to be all-time greatest shot for me under pressure,” Do said. “I can’t think of a better shot.”
Do, who tied for 7th in the recent Michigan Open, reached the final with a 3 and 2 win over Grand Valley State's Chris Cunningham. Anderson won in 19 holes over Otto Black, a University of Toledo golfer.
Do is cached by his godfather, Dave Kendall, former pro at the Cadillac Country Club.
Henry Do hits a tee shot during the championship match.