Juszczyk Earns Medalist Honors, Breaks Record at 98th Michigan Amateur Championship

Golf Association of Michigan LINDEN - With the opportunity to compete in intense 90 degree weather for two rounds of stroke play, the players took to the 6,584 yard, par-71 Spring Meadows Country Club with hopes of advancing to match play at the 98th Michigan Amateur Championship.

The co-leader, Joseph Juszczyk (Dearborn Hts) shot 66-66 -132 to break the current record set in 2003 by Andrew Ruthkoski (Muskegon) at Belvedere Golf Club. A senior golfer at Wayne State University, Juszczyk, said of wining medalist honors and having his name engraved on the Chuck Kocsis Medalist Trophy, "It would mean a lot, I know how hard it is to win." 

The other co-leader after round one, Payne Gniewek (Trenton), 19, is alone in second place shooting 66-69-135.

"You want to win, but the goal is to make match play and to go on from there," said Gniewek."

The cut at 150 tied the Michigan Amateur record for the lowest qualifying score for a playoff (36 holes)  eight players for seven spots. The following players who advanced: With stroke play rounds completed, the field was cut to the top 64-players and seeded for single elimination match play based on their stroke play scores. Juszezyk and Gniewek are seeded 1 and 2 respectively.

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Championship continues Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. with match play. A second round of match play takes place in the afternoon. By the end of the day tomorrow, the field will be reduced to the Sweet Sixteen, who will be honored at the annual Sweet Sixteen Dinner. Match play continues on Friday and Saturday, with two rounds of matches per day. The 18-hole Championship match is set for Saturday afternoon.

The Michigan Amateur, considered the "major" amateur golf in the region, is also one of the oldest and most prestigious sporting competitions in the state featuring the best amateur golfers in the state. To be eligible, a player must be an amateur golfer with a USGA Handicap Index of 5.4 or less. Twelve qualifiers were held to select the players to advance to the tournament proper.

While many state Championships have become stroke play competitions, the Michigan Amateur, remains true to its roots playing the same traditional match play format that's used to this day to determine the best amateur champions even at the national level.

Complete coverage including live scoring, media guide, history and more is available on www.gam.org

 

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