Michigan Golf Association Junior Stroke Play Title Winners - 2014


James Piot (above), Anika Dy, Cameron Cowland, and Anci Dy took Golf Association of Michigan Junior Stroke Play titles last Friday (July 11) at Oak Pointe Country Club.

Piot, a 15 year old Catholic Central sophomore won the overall title by finishing with a four-under 67. That gave him a total of 137 for the 36-hole event. Pierce Morrissey of Canadian Lakes was runner up with a two-day total of 150.

Traverse City’s Anika Dy was first in the girls 13-15 age bracket, finishing three strokes ahead of Abby Pierce of Bloomfield Hills.

Anci Dy won the 12-and-under girl’s bracket with a two day total of 82 in nine hole rounds. Maggie Pietila of Brighton was second with a total of 95.

Dexter’s Cameron Cowland took the 12-and-under boy’s title with a two day total of 77. That was two shots better than Chris Comito of Macomb.

The complete press release follows:

James Piot shoots 67 at Oak Pointe Country Club to win third GAM Junior Stroke Play title

BRIGHTON – James Piot is having a good summer.

The Canton 15-year-old who will be a sophomore at Detroit Catholic Central shot 4-under-par 67 on the Championship Course at Oak Pointe Country Club Friday to easily win the 6th GAM Junior Stroke Play Championship presented by Pepsi.

He topped the tournament that featured age-group play and also crowned a girl’s overall winner in Anika Dy of Traverse City, a boy’s 12-and-under winner in Cameron Cowland of Dexter and a girl’s 12-and-under winner in Traverse City’s Anci Dy, the sister of Anika.

“I just keep trying to shoot as low as possible and win tournaments,” said Piot, who was the youngest player in the field at the Michigan Amateur earlier this summer and recently qualified for a trip to Texas to play in the U.S. Junior Amateur.

“I made five birdies and one bogey, and just hit a lot of good wedges,” he said. “I didn’t putt the best, but I managed to hit it close and make a bunch of birdies.”

His closing 67 left him at 6-under-137 for the 36-hole event, 13 shots ahead of runner-up Pierce Morrissey of Canadian Lakes and a winner of the tournament for the third time in the last four years. Morrissey shot a second consecutive 75 for 150, and David Scupholm of Grosse Pointe Farms shot 75 for 151 and third place.

Meanwhile, Anika Dy, the girl’s winner in the top age bracket (13-15) turns 13 on Saturday, but chose to play up a bracket after winning the 12-and-under title last year.

The eighth-grader to be at Traverse City West Middle School shot a second consecutive 75 for 150 and topped 76-shooting Abbey Pierce of Bloomfield Hills by three shots. Kamryn Johnston of Flint was third with an 81 for 166.

“I was expecting to shoot lower, but a couple of bogeys and a double (-bogey) ruined it,” Dy said. “I still played pretty good. The course is really nice and super hilly. It got me tired.”

Dy’s little sister Anci won the 12-and-under with a nine-hole round of 42 to give her a two-day total of 82. Maggie Pietila of Brighton was second with a 45 for 95.

Cowland took the boy’s 12-and-under by shooting a second-day 41 for a 77 total, two shots better than Chris Comito of Macomb, who shot 40 for 79 and three up on Neil Zhu of Novi, who shot 40 for 80.

See http://www.gam.org for more tournament information and scores.

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