Defending champion Andrew Chapman (above) shot a tournament and course record 63 at the Belvedere Country Club on tuesday to win the number one seed in the match play portion of the 2014 Michigan Amateur.
Chapman’s records, though, will come with an asterisk. The Belvedere course record of 64 was set in 1964 by Chuck Kocsis while playing a fall round when par was set at 72. In 2003, Andy Ruthkoski shot a Michigan Amateur qualifying round of 64, when the course was adjusted to a par 70 for the Championship. This year, par is also 70. It gets more complicated, however: Because of heavy rains, par was adjusted to 69 because of standing water on the 15th fairway. That hole was modified from a 465-yard par 4 to a 190-yard par 3 for the round.
The cut to make match play was set at 150, with thirteen golfers entering a playoff for the final five spots. That playoff was called at 10:18 pm because of darkness with three players still vying for the final two spots.
Press release and full results follow:
Defending Champion Shoots 63 to Take Top Seed in Michigan Amateur Championship
CHARLEVOIX – Andrew Chapman, the defending champion, is apparently serious about defending in the 103rd Michigan Amateur Championship.
He shot a tournament-record 63 at Belvedere Tuesday that will likely earn an asterisk due to course adjustments made in the wake of heavy rainfall and two delays during the second round of stroke play qualifying.
Par was adjusted to 69 after early morning rain from 70, which has been adjusted for the championship from the par 72 the members play on a regular basis.
Nevertheless, Chapman grabbed the No. 1 seed and was awarded the Charles Kocsis Medalist Trophy for topping the field over 36-holes of stroke play. The cut to make match play fell at 150 and forced a playoff of 13 golfers for the final five spots.
Match play starts Wednesday morning with 64 players in 32 matches. Just the “Sweet 16” golfers should remain at the end of the day. Two more rounds of match play Thursday and again on Friday will determine the champion.
“It’s neat, a nice accomplishment, but I would trade being medalist for another year with the Staghorn Trophy (champion’s trophy) in a minute,” said Chapman, a 28-year-old financial planner and native of Grand Blanc.
Chapman’s 36-hole total of 135 was clear of the field by three shots.
Brandon Barrows, a senior-to-be at Rochester Adams High School, and Jacob Johnson, an Oakland University golfer from Holt, each shot second consecutive 69s to finish at 138. Also at 138 was Indiana University golfer Max Kollin of Farmington Hills and Johnson’s Oakland U. teammate Evan Bowser, who each shot 66.
The 139 group included two past champions in Tom Werkmeister (2009), who shot 71, and Greg Davies (2006), who shot 72. Henry Do, a University of North Carolina golfer, netted his 139 with a 68.
The youngest player in the field, 15-year-old James Piot of Canton shot 70 to join the group at 139.
Three golfers – University of Tennessee golfer Mike Nagy of Manistique, Grand Valley State golfer Austin Eccleton of Jackson and Kory Roberts of Battle Creek – were at 140. Nagy shot 70 and Eccleton shot 73. Roberts shot 68.
Brian Hayward of Grand Rapids and Reed Hrynewich, who each shot 73, finished at 141 with Saline’s Mike Ignasiak, who was last year’s runner-up. He shot 72. Also at 141 was Novi’s Casey Baker, who shot 71.
Ironically, Chapman netted the Kocsis trophy after his 63 appeared to top the revered Belvedere course record of 64 set in 1964 by Kocsis while playing a fall round at the course.
In 2003 Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon shot a Michigan Amateur qualifying round record 64 in winning medalist honors in the 92nd Michigan Amateur at Belvedere. The course was adjusted to a par 70 for the championship by the Golf Association of Michigan, just as it has been adjusted this year for the championship. Members play the course at par 72.
The course, being played as a par 70 over 6,870 yards for the championship, was adjusted to a par 69 for the day because of standing water on the No. 15 fairway. The 465-yard par 4 was changed to a 190-yard par 3 for the round after two heavy bouts of rain in the early morning. The No. 16 hole, a 346-yard par 4, was also adjusted to 290 yards using a forward tee position because of water.
Chapman, who birdied No. 15 and 16 with shots to within one-foot on each, said it was nice to shoot a low score – a record or not.
“It’s been a while,” he said after seven birdies against one bogey. “To do it here is very special and to do it in the Michigan Am is very special. Today was an important round for me because I’ve kind of limped into match play the last few years. I wanted to go out and just commit and play sort of trusting golf, which I don’t always do. I do that in match play, but for whatever reason I don’t always do it in stroke play.”
Chapman was the No. 33 seed last year after a 151 at Muskegon Country Club and worked his way through the bracket to the championship.
“There are so many good players in the state that I’m not sure the seeding really matters,” he said. “I just wanted to go in playing well.”
Jeff Champine of Rochester Hills had perhaps the shot of the day. He made a hole-in-one on the reconfigured No. 15 in a 72 for 151. He missed the cut.
Andrew Yeager of Grand Rapids made the biggest move of the day shooting a 65 after a first-round 82 for a 147 and a spot in the bracket.
Check for the match play bracket at http://www.gam.org.
|PLAYER||TO PAR||RD 1||RD 2|
|Smith Jr., David||75||73||148|
|Sterling Jr., Larry||75||77||152|
|106||Buko , David||78||77||155|
|Rex Jr, Tom||75||82||157|
|Van Oosten, Adam||84||77||161|
|149||Farner , Peter||81||83||164|