Do is 2011 Junior Champion

MARSHALL – Henry Do of Ypsilanti won a close match against DeWitt’s Tyler Polulak at The Medalist to capture the 33rd Michigan Junior State Amateur championship. Do defeated Polulak 1 up.

“It was up and down all match and I didn’t hit the ball great,” said Do. “But I just hung in and kept hoping that (Tyler) would make some mistakes.”

The match was all-squared going into 18. Polulak hit into the trees with his tee shot on 18 and that set up Do for a possible victory.

“My thought was just to get on the green,” said Do. “He chunked it out of the bunker and I was thinking birdie but I kind of lipped it out for par.”

It was enough for the win, though as Polulak made bogey.

Do said the final match was the toughest of the tournament followed by his quarterfinal match against Bloomfield Hills’ Francesco Ruffino which Do won 3 & 2.

“We have been battling it out since we were little kids on the Meijer (Junior Players)  Tour,” said Do. “So the rivalry goes way back. In high school, we are in different divisions so we don’t get to see each other now as often as we used to.”

In the MHSAA high school state finals last spring, Ruffino was second in the state last spring for Birmingham Seaholm  in Division 2; Do was tied for third in the state for Greenhills in Division 4.

Although Do felt he was not at his sharpest in his final match, he said his short game started coming together on the back nine.

“I think my putting really saved me,” said Do. “I made some putts to extend the match and it just saved me.”

 

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