Hayward is Medalist at 101st Michigan Amateur

BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Brian Hayward did not let the fast greens at Oakland Hills Country Club scare him. Hayward shot 66-71 — 137 to earn medalist honors at the 101st Michigan Amateur on Tuesday.

“Putting was the best part of my game today; it is always the best part of my game,” said Hayward. “I think I had 24 putts yesterday and 28 today.”

This is not the first time the Grand Rapids CPA has competed on the North Course at Oakland Hills. He was there for the 2009 Fuller Cup and said the familiarity helped him to play well this week.

“I do think it is a course that fits my game,” said Hayward. “You don’t have to hit it nine miles off the tee to be able to play the course. It is more about knowing how to read the course and put the ball in the right place. I can hit the ball good, but not like some of these college kids.”

The difference between Monday’s 66 and Tuesday’s 71, Hayward said, was just getting into some places on the course where he shouldn’t have been.

“I hit over the green on 18 and doubled it,” said Hayward. “Then I got into a couple of bunkers and into the rough on a couple of holes and you can’t hit out of that with an iron here.”

Hayward will be the top seed when match play begins Wednesday with the field of 64 players.

Spencer Slade (Saline) gave Hayward a run for his money finishing 67-72—139 and the 60-year-old Bill Zylstra (Dearborn Heights) also challenged finishing as runner up with 68-70—138.

After the front nine it looked like there might be a playoff for the top spot on the leaderboard but Slade struggled on the last three holes and finished second to Hayward.

“It was a struggle,” said Slade. “The wind made it challenging but I was able to grind it out. A couple of errant shots on the last three holes and I paid dearly for it.”

Slade did not make the cut last year at the 100th Michigan Amateur at Boyne and said working two jobs and going to school at Eastern Michigan University does not give him much time to practice.

“I think what is working well is the simplicity of my game,” said Slade. “I don’t have a lot of shots in my arsenal because I don’t have a lot of time to practice. I just try to hit it down the middle.”

Slade is tied for third place with Brad Bastion (Clinton Township). Zylstra said he was not playing particularly well going into the tournament and that finishing as the stroke play runner up was a pleasant surprise,.

“To be right in the hunt today was kind of unexpected because I have not been playing that well,” said Zylstra. “I have a way of keeping it together sometimes where kids sometimes will let it go.”

The 2009 Michigan Amateur Champion, Tom Werkmeister (Grand Rapids) shot a solid 70-70—140 and said his goal is always to be the medalist.

“I can’t say that I was doing any one thing particularly well. I just played very solid,” said Werkmeister. “I missed some putts, left myself with some long putts, but overall I was very steady.”

Werkmeister said it was not the speed of the greens that made the second day of play more difficult than the first. “The greens were quite a bit different today but I honestly think it was more due to the pin placement than anything.”

The 65-year-old Greg Reynolds kept pace with the youngsters shooting a 71 in the second day of play and making the cut with a 147 total for the two days of stroke play.

“I had to try to play smart and not make a lot of bad swings,” said Reynolds. “I knew I had to come out and shoot something around par today.”

Reynolds says he has played in the Michigan Amateur 38 times and believes he has advanced to match play at least 23 consecutive times.

“I don’t remember the last time I didn’t make match play at the Michigan Amateur.,” said Reynolds. “I’m sure someplace I didn’t. But not recently that I can think of.”

The top 64 finishers in stroke play advance to match play Wednesday. There will be two rounds of match play on Wednesday to reduce the field to 16, The cut was at 150; 12 golfers were tied at 150 for 10 spots. Results of the playoff to follow.

Complete results are available on the GAM web site at www.gam.org.

Complete results are available on the GAM web site at www.gam.org.

Brian

Hayward,

Grand Rapids

66

71

137

Bill

Zylstra*,

Dearborn Heights

68

70

138

Brad

Bastion,

Clinton Twp

72

67

139

Spencer

Slade,

Saline

67

72

139

Evan

Bowser,

Dearborn

71

69

140

Matt

Paterini,

Saline

72

68

140

Tom

Werkmeister,

Kentwood

70

70

140

Alex

Jones,

DeWitt

70

71

141

Casey

Baker,

Ann Arbor

71

70

141

Ken

Hudson,

Bloomfield Hills

70

72

142

Dan

Ellis,

Negaunee

69

74

143

Drew

Preston,

Ada

74

69

143

Nathan

Clark,

Charlotte

72

71

143

Tom

Gieselman,

Commerce Twp

72

71

143

Zach

Preuss,

Rochester Hills

70

73

143

Anthony

Sorentino,

Rochester Hills

71

73

144

Brett

Hudson,

Bloomfield Hills

71

73

144

Jeff

Champine,

Rochester Hills

69

75

144

Mark

Foster,

Davison

71

73

144

Chris

Mory,

Haslett

75

70

145

Eric

Spencer,

Bloomfield Hills

72

73

145

Jerred

Barley,

Tipton

74

71

145

Joey

Garber,

Petoskey

73

72

145

Mike

Ignasiak,

Saline

73

72

145

Brian

Burt,

Lansing

72

74

146

Erik

Schleicher,

Grosse Pte Shores

74

72

146

Michael

Zausmer,

West Bloomfield

70

76

146

Phil

Gieseker,

Saline

73

73

146

Rod

Sowders,

Harrison Twp

74

72

146

Wes

Gates,

Novi

76

70

146

Greg

Reynolds*,

Grand Blanc

76

71

147

Jake

Losey,

Grandville

75

72

147

Kyle

Rodes,

Plymouth

76

71

147

Michael

Castleforte,

Birmingham

75

72

147

Nick

Sears,

Clio

73

74

147

Timothy

Coffey,

Midland

75

72

147

Tommy

Conway,

Brighton

73

74

147

Andrew

Chapman,

Traverse City

74

74

148

Austin

Eccleton,

Jackson

70

78

148

Chet

Vandenberg,

Martin

74

74

148

Jerry

Gunthorpe,

Ovid

77

71

148

Kasey

Hocquard,

Cheboygan

72

76

148

Matt

Ostby,

Mount Morris

72

76

148

Patrick

Cansfield,

Port Huron

74

74

148

Bill

O'Connor,

Birmingham

76

73

149

Bobby

Thomas,

Tecumseh

77

72

149

Brett

Quitiquit,

Highland

69

80

149

Greg

Davies,

W. Bloomfield

79

70

149

Justin

Sokol,

Bloomfield Hills

73

76

149

Michael

Dennis,

Tecumseh

75

74

149

Nick

Cunningham,

Grand Blanc

71

78

149

Rick

Herpich*,

Orchard Lake

75

74

149

Steve

Fedewa,

Ypsilanti

74

75

149

Tom

Sullivan,

Grosse Pointe

75

74

149

Casey

Olsen,

Okemos

77

73

150

David

Vaclav,

Flat Rock

75

75

150

Dennis

Kane*,

Richland

79

71

150

Jimmy

Dewling,

Brighton

75

75

150

Josh

Heinze,

Canton

75

75

150

Joshua

Bauer,

Waterford

78

72

150

Jr,

Sterling

Shelby Twp

75

75

150

Nikolaj

Brons-Piche,

Traverse City

77

73

150

Patrick

Colburn,

Traverse City

72

78

150

Randy

Lewis*,

Alma

75

75

150

Sean

Hickey,

Farmington

75

75

150

Steve

McKalko,

Troy

69

81

150

Alex

Dombrowski,

Gaylord

75

76

151

Brian

Tischler,

Ypsilanti

76

75

151

Christopher

Rogers,

Traverse City

74

77

151

Curt

Brown,

Howell

74

77

151

Jim

Barnes,

Sylvan Lake

76

75

151

Josh

Mitroka,

Riverview

78

73

151

Nathan

Gonring,

Lambertville

73

78

151

Nick

Dennis,

Waterford

75

76

151

Rick

Crandall,

Fenton

74

77

151

Scott

Strickland

Birmingham

72

79

151

Steve

Nichols,

East Lansing

75

76

151

Aaron

Knutson,

Lake Orion

71

81

152

Alex

Zeoli,

Rochester Hills

76

76

152

Andrew

Brace,

Portland

74

78

152

Brian

Donohoe,

Rochester Hills

73

79

152

Brian

Miller,

Lake Orion

75

77

152

Bryan

Bishop,

Grand Rapids

73

79

152

Charlie

Green,

Ann Arbor

74

78

152

Jack

Rider,

Vicksburg

77

75

152

Jacob

Thompson,

Davison

76

76

152

Jason

May,

Sterling Heights

80

72

152

Alexander

LaSerra,

Jackson

75

78

153

Ian

Harris,

Bloomfield Hills

74

79

153

Jack

Garswood,

Trenton

76

77

153

Scott

Kugler,

Kalamazoo

74

79

153

Drew

DeMarti,

Sterling Heights

76

78

154

Jared

Dalga,

Kentwood

74

80

154

Matthew

Brady,

Rochester

75

79

154

Max

Kollin,

Farmington Hills

76

78

154

Polo

Hourani,

Lansing

80

74

154

Robert

Marsh,

Bay City

73

81

154

Andrew

Dobbins,

Albion

77

78

155

Austin

Kreger,

St. Clair Shores

76

79

155

Chad

Gehres,

Brighton

75

80

155

David

Hall,

Birmingham

74

81

155

Dov

Lustig,

West Bloomfield

74

81

155

Kory

Roberts,

Battle Creek

75

80

155

Lucas

Belanger,

Clarkston

76

79

155

Michael

Coriasso,

Grand Blanc

79

76

155

Tom

Stevens,

Northville

80

75

155

Allen

Mitchell,

Swartz Creek

74

82

156

David

Praet,

Oakland Twp

77

79

156

Dylan

Peterson,

Hancock

77

79

156

Gates

Muller,

Traverse City

78

78

156

Pat

Bingaman,

Grand Blanc

75

81

156

Pete

Walz*,

Jackson

74

82

156

Tyler

Robinson,

Haslett

76

80

156

Austin

Hill,

Troy

74

83

157

James

Uelmen,

Ferndale

79

78

157

Jeff

Hannigan,

Birmingham

75

82

157

Jr.,

Piot

Canton

76

81

157

Kirk

Deyer,

Rockford

76

81

157

Michael

Marks,

Midland

84

73

157

Reid

Dean,

Webberville

78

79

157

Tyler

Polulak,

DeWitt

77

80

157

Charlie

Olson,

Suttons Bay

75

83

158

Dan

Wood,

Waterford

78

80

158

David

Brownback,

Haslett

82

76

158

Greg

Goldstein,

W. Bloomfield

81

77

158

Hunter

McDonald*,

Franklin

74

84

158

Johnny

Fortuna,

Bloomfield Hills

77

81

158

Keith

Geiling,

Midland

82

76

158

Russ

Cunningham,

DeWitt

81

77

158

Scott

Petrovich,

W. Bloomfield

77

81

158

Zachary

Mick,

Shelby Twp

78

80

158

Mitchell

Bazinski,

Macomb

83

76

159

Steve

Goldstein*,

Ann Arbor

74

85

159

Tom

Yurmanovic,

Dearborn

79

80

159

Tommy

Ronk,

Clarkston

79

80

159

Dieter

Schultz

Fort Gratiot

77

83

160

Lucas

Trierweiler,

Plainwell

76

84

160

Mike

Roberts,

Wixom

82

78

160

Smith

Patterson,

Lansing

82

78

160

Bryan

Carpenter,

Allen Park

76

85

161

Derrek

Klimek,

Ada

81

80

161

Martin

Predmesky,

Mt. Pleasant

78

83

161

Nicholas

Corbeil,

Romulus

79

82

161

Scott

Wirth,

Grand Blanc

81

80

161

Andy

Kish,

West Branch

81

81

162

Dario

Santoro,

Chesterfield

82

80

162

Jeffrey

Conflitti,

Plymouth

84

78

162

Mike

Ryan,

Beverly Hills

83

79

162

Scott

Jeffrey,

Warren

82

80

162

Todd

Covert,

Commerce Twp

80

82

162

Nicholas

Jablonski,

Saginaw

80

83

163

Spencer

Solomon,

W. Bloomfield

87

76

163

Andy

Lerch,

Brighton

84

80

164

Bradley

Kozinski,

Novi

81

83

164

Danny

Bellus,

Jackson

79

85

164

Donnie

Trosper,

Canton

76

88

164

Chris

Noble,

Niles

79

86

165

Domonic

Genovesi,

Swartz Creek

83

82

165

Joseph

Johnson,

Wixom

86

79

165

Alex

Bennett,

Rochester

82

84

166

David

Fugenschuh,

Ann Arbor

81

85

166

Cameron

Beeler,

Oxford

84

85

169

Jamie

Walker,

Davison

85

85

170

Mike

Kohn*,

Belding

84

88

172

Zakary

Fadden,

Plymouth

89

90

179

John

Dooley,

Plymouth

86

94

180

Spencer

Jacobson,

Troy

86

NC

#VALUE!

Jeff

Klein*,

W. Bloomfield

 

 

 

 

 

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