Chapman Shoots 63 To Take Top Seed At 2014 Michigan Amateur

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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
1 Chapman, Andrew 72 63 135
2 Barrows, Brandon 69 69 138
Bowser, Evan 72 66 138
Johnson, Jacob 69 69 138
Kollin, Max 72 66 138
6 Davies, Greg 67 72 139
Do, Henry 71 68 139
Piot, James 69 70 139
Werkmeister, Tom 68 71 139
10 Eccleton, Austin 67 73 140
Nagy, Mike 70 70 140
Roberts, Kory 72 68 140
13 Baker, Casey 70 71 141
Hayward, Brian 68 73 141
Hrynewich, Reed 68 73 141
Ignasiak, Mike 69 72 141
17 English, Blake 72 71 143
18 Golomb, Nate 73 71 144
Hogan, Blaze 73 71 144
Johnson, Ryan 69 75 144
Piesko, Douglas 72 72 144
Rider, Jack 73 71 144
Ruffino, Francesco 71 73 144
Zeller, Greg 74 70 144
25 Clark, Nathan 73 72 145
Colburn, Patrick 70 75 145
Heinze, Josh 71 74 145
Munch, Winton 71 74 145
29 Gaines, Kyle 73 73 146
Hudson, Ken 74 72 146
LaSerra, Tyler 72 74 146
Martin, Ian 74 72 146
Rabourn, Benjamin 74 72 146
Reynolds, Greg 73 73 146
35 Alderink, Matthew 76 71 147
Anderson, Steve 70 77 147
Black, Otto 72 75 147
Dodson, Travis 75 72 147
Friel, Sean 72 75 147
Gunthorpe, Nathan 76 71 147
Horn, Michael 71 76 147
Quigley, John 77 70 147
Rodes, Kyle 77 70 147
Trosper, Donnie 71 76 147
Yeager, Andrew 82 65 147
46 Alexander, Austin 75 73 148
Cunningham, Chris 75 73 148
Gunthorpe, Nick 76 72 148
Hamilton, Jacob 75 73 148
Klimek, Derrek 74 74 148
Smith Jr., David 75 73 148
52 Balaskovitz, Joe 77 72 149
Burt, Brian 79 70 149
Hudson, Brett 72 77 149
McKalko, Steve 78 71 149
Motte, Mason 77 72 149
Nichols, Steve 74 75 149
Schiller, Brody 77 72 149
Zoerhoff, Michael 79 70 149
60 Doyle, Brendan 81 81
Brownback, David 71 79 150
Harris, Ian 72 78 150
Hartman, Jason 79 71 150
Jallos, Nick 71 79 150
Janke, Andrew 78 72 150
Klemet, Kevin 74 76 150
Kotas, Jud 77 73 150
Lewis, Randy 78 72 150
Park, Nick 75 75 150
Predmesky, Martin 76 74 150
Thompson, David 78 72 150
VanScoyk, Ben 73 77 150
Willnow, Alex 75 75 150
74 Shoemaker, Tim 82 82
Barnes, Jim 79 72 151
Champine, Jeff 79 72 151
Fortuna, Johnny 77 74 151
Kneen, James 73 78 151
Vaclav, David 71 80 151
80 Breault, Beau 73 79 152
Drost, Wyatt 74 78 152
Gunthorpe, Jerry 79 73 152
Kozler, Christopher 79 73 152
Mills, Grant 74 78 152
Muller, Gates 79 73 152
O’Connor, Bill 77 75 152
Osborne, Landon 78 74 152
Pietila, Joel 79 73 152
Scott, Alex 81 71 152
Sorentino, Anthony 75 77 152
Sterling Jr., Larry 75 77 152
Strickland, Scott 81 71 152
93 Hansen, Michael 80 80
Boghikian, Razmig 80 73 153
Buckley, Garret 76 77 153
Garland, Matt 78 75 153
Green, Brett 76 77 153
Sarokin, Andrew 76 77 153
99 Vanaelst, Andrew 76 76
Beeler, Cameron 78 76 154
Bolton, Charlie 74 80 154
Francis, Ryan 78 76 154
Kiefer, Zak 78 76 154
Multer, Jared 80 74 154
Rosekrans, Trevor 78 76 154
106 Buko , David 78 77 155
Conflitti, Jeffrey 80 75 155
LaFrance, Justin 79 76 155
Matheison, Bailey 77 78 155
Messner, Bryce 76 79 155
Mouw, Ryan 74 81 155
Pahl, Justin 80 75 155
113 Catto, Joel 77 79 156
Kinnie, Michael 80 76 156
Maddalena, Stephen 81 75 156
Ojeda, Peter 77 79 156
Olsen, Jeff 78 78 156
Olson, Charlie 81 75 156
Park, Matthew 79 77 156
Walz, Pete 78 78 156
121 Christie, Chuck 80 77 157
Ferrell, Dustin 84 73 157
Rex Jr, Tom 75 82 157
Stetson, Mike 77 80 157
Torres, Joe 79 78 157
Worthington, Jake 84 73 157
127 Campo, Joe 81 77 158
Cunningham, Russ 77 81 158
Hamilton, Mark 79 79 158
Hitt, Dean 77 81 158
Jaschuk, Scott 78 80 158
Sparks, Scott 82 76 158
Vick, Nicholas 84 74 158
134 Grube, Brandon 81 78 159
Murray, Cameron 81 78 159
Raymond, Mike 81 78 159
Shollack, Dean 81 78 159
138 Anderson, Michael 78 82 160
Senkowski, Nikolas 81 79 160
140 Edwards, Broc 82 79 161
Fuentes, Antonio 76 85 161
Van Oosten, Adam 84 77 161
143 Bardenhagen, Paul 83 79 162
Bildstein, Corey 84 78 162
Moore, Jack 87 75 162
Weir, Chris 81 81 162
147 Nistor, Victor 87 76 163
Szymanski, David 84 79 163
149 Farner , Peter 81 83 164
Martin, David 78 86 164
Tubergen, Shaun 83 81 164
152 Cramer, Alec 82 85 167
153 Kragt, Bob 87 81 168
154 Rice, TJ 83 86 169
155 Florka, Richard 83 88 171
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