Garber Wins 99th Michigan Amateur Championship at Oakhurst G&CC

Joey GarberCLARKSTON, MI – Surrounded by a near-record crowd of family, friends and club members, 18-year-old Joey Garber of Petoskey won the 99th Michigan Amateur Championship at Oakhurst Golf & Country Club, 2 & 1 over Eric Lilleboe of Okemos.

Garber took control of the match right out of the gate by winning the first three holes.

“It’s all about getting into the moment and getting the lead,” said Garber. who will attend the University of Michigan this fall. “He’s (Lilleboe) a good player and he played everyone really well this week. “My caddie (Jimmy Dewling) and I had a game plan before I teed off on the final match to turn at all square and then start my push on the back. I’ve played holes 10 through 18 really well this week. I knew those holes had to be where I took the lead.”

It didn’t go exactly how Garber had planned, because Lilleboe won three holes in a row to go 1 up after 9 and kept the lead until hole 12 when Garber won the hole to bring the match back to all square.

Garber proceeded to win hole 13 with a par while Lilleboe bogied it. It was a seesaw match until Garber went 2 up on hole 16 and he held onto the lead on 17 to win the final match 2 &1.

 

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