Michigan’s James Piot Is In the US Amateur Finals

James Piot holding the trophy for winning the 100th GAM Championship in 2021.

Michigan’s James Piot Is In the US Amateur Finals

Canton native and Michigan State golfer James Piot is in the finals of the US Amateur.

Although I have never met Piot, I feel as though I know him because his name has appeared so often on the pages of GolfBlogger. (I have made it a mission to run the press releases covering Golf Association of Michigan championships because there no longer is any coverage of such in the legacy media).

Piot’s name first appears in a June 2014 article on the Michigan Amateur. In that year, he won the GAM Junior Stroke Play title. In 2015, Piot won the Michigan Junior Amateur at Washtenaw Golf Club.

In 2018, Piot won the 97th GAM Championship.

Piot was the Golf Association of Michigan Player of the Year in 2020.

At the US Amateur at Oakmont in 2021, Piot shot 73-74 to finish T-29 in stroke play for the number 31 seed. He beat Arizona State’s Cameron Sisk in the round of 64 1-up, but has cruised since then. Piot has won 4-and-3 in the rounds of 32, 16 and the semifinals. In the Friday quarterfinals, he topped Matthew Sharpstene, a 2020 semifinalist 3-and-1.

In the semifinals, two mid-westerners, Piot and Austin Greaser of Vandalia, Ohio, will play Sunday in the 36 hole championship at Oakmont.

Piot is a fifth-year senior at Michigan State, taking advantage of the NCAA’s Covid-year exemption.

The US Amateur will be on Golf Channel from 3 – 4 and NBC from 4 – 6. It also appears on the NBC Sports app.

I’m cheering for Michigan’s James Piot

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