Traverse City Record-Eagle
FROM Staff Reports
MUSKEGON — Tom Werkmeister earned stroke play medalist at the 102nd Michigan Amateur Championship on Wednesday after shooting a second consecutive 2-under-par 70.
Last week’s winner of the Michigan Open winner finished stroke play at 4-under-par 140 total on the testy greens and tight fairways at Muskegon Country Club.
As medalist, Werkmeister won the Chuck Kocsis Trophy for the first time and earned the No. 1 seed for the start of match play today. Single elimination matches through Saturday will determine a champion from the 64 golfers remaining.
The cut to make it into match play (64) from the starting field of 156 fell at 10-over-par 154, and nine golfers played off for the final three spots in the bracket.
“I got a nice little run going,” said Werkmeister, who has led or been tied for the lead in six consecutive rounds of stroke play against the state’s best competition the last two weeks. “I think I’m in a pretty good spot. The fun starts tomorrow.”
Werkmeister, never before a stroke play medalist in the Michigan Amateur, finished three shots ahead of Otto Black of Pinckney, a University of Toledo golfer who shot a 69 for 143.
Mike Ignasiak of Saline, 47 and the 2007 Michigan Mid-Amateur champion, shot 70 for 144 to take the third spot in the bracket.
Gaylord’s Alex Dombrowski, a recent high school graduate shot 71 to finish at 145. He led the local golfers. Traverse City’s Patrick Colburn shot back-to-back rounds of 73 to come in at 146.
Two of the best comebacks were by Bay City’s Justin Holyszko, who shot a 69 to follow a first-round 84 for 153, and Traverse City’s Nikolaj Brons-Piche, who shot 69 on the heels of a 79 for 148.
Last year’s medalist Brian Hayward of Grand Rapids (78 for 156) was among those who did not make the cut.