Kalamazoo golfer shoots sizzling 63 to take Michigan Open lead

WASHINGTON, Mich. – Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo is making the most of a debut.

Michigan OpenIn only his second round as a professional golfer he shot a course-record tying 9-under-par 63 at The Orchards Golf Club Tuesday to take the lead in the 95th Michigan Open Championship presented by DTE Energy.

Kelpin, 22, who recently graduated from the University of Iowa where he was an All-Big Ten performer for the golf team, coupled his sizzling round with a first-round 68 for a 13-under-par 131 total at the halfway point of the state championship.

His 63 tied the record set here by Ryan Lenahan in the final round of the 2011 Michigan Open, but he still had just a one-shot lead on Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile, a Nationwide Tour player, who shot 64 for 132.

“I’ve been working real hard on my game since I got back from the NCAA finals with my team,” he said. “I’ve just been working with my teacher in Grand Rapids (Charley Vandenberg), and just practicing real hard. I was excited to come out here and compete and see how my first pro start went.”

Kelpin, who had five consecutive birdies on holes No. 2 through 7, said his putter was the key, especially long birdie putts of 40-feet at No. 7 and 25-feet at No. 18.

“The hole was looking pretty big for me today,” he said. “My speed was good and I had some good lines.”

Cuzzort, 27, is playing full-time on the Nationwide Tour this year but struggling with just three made cuts in nine events. He withdrew before the Mexico Open last week with a pinched nerve in his neck and didn’t touch a golf club until Monday. The 64 was shot one off his career best.

“I felt good all day,” he said. “I don’t have any expectations (because of the injury). Maybe that’s the thing – play a little injured.”

Cuzzort, a former Michigan Amateur champion, admitted he is surprised with his ball-striking this week.

“I hit it really solid,” he said. “Bad shots get magnified in the wind, but I’ve been flushing it for two days in a row. It’s the first 64 for the season. I’m still looking for my first professional win, and this one would be awesome for that, and for confidence going back to the Nationwide Tour.”

Willie Mack III of Flint and Brian Ottenweller of Grand Rapids, a pair of mini-tour players, were tied at 136, five shots off the lead. Mack III, last year’s Michigan Amateur champion, shot a second consecutive 68 and Ottenweller, a former University of Michigan golfer, double-bogeyed his final hole of the day with fairway bunker troubles for a 69.

Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon, a NGA Tour player and the 2007 Michigan Open champion, checked in with a 67 in the windy afternoon. It was the lowest round of the afternoon and put him at 137, six shots off the lead.

The 36-hole cut fell at 5-over-par 149. A field of 71 golfers will play two more rounds Wednesday and Thursday. Admission and parking are free.

PHOTO: Barrett Kelpin hits wedge shot to the 18th green. His caddie in the background is his uncle, Greg Gagie.

 

Place

Name

Representing

R1

R2

+/-

Total

1

Barrett Kelpin

Kalamazoo, MI

68

63

-13

131

2

Jeff Cuzzort

Grosse Ile, MI

68

64

-12

132

T3

Willie Mack III

Flint, MI

68

68

-8

136

 

Brian Ottenweller

Grand Rapids, MI

67

69

-8

136

5

Andrew Ruthkoski

Muskegon, MI

70

67

-7

137

6

Randy Hutchison

Traverse City, MI

66

72

-6

138

T7

Brian Hayward(a)

Grand Rapids, MI

70

69

-5

139

 

Chester VandenBerg(a)

Martin, MI

67

72

-5

139

T9

Clark Klaasen

Grand Rapids, MI

70

70

-4

140

 

Josh Fryer

Franklin Hills Country Club

69

71

-4

140

T11

Jeff Champine(a)

Rochester Hills, MI

69

72

-3

141

 

Lee Houtteman

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

70

71

-3

141

 

Korey Mahoney

Thompsonville, MI

71

70

-3

141

 

Stephen Nichols(a)

Lansing, MI

70

71

-3

141

T15

Scott Hebert

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

72

70

-2

142

 

Martin Jeppesen

Ann Arbor, MI

70

72

-2

142

 

Ryan Lenahan

Grosse Pointe , MI

68

74

-2

142

 

Kyle Martin

Lochmoor Club

69

73

-2

142

 

John Seltzer

The Polo Fields Golf & CC - Ann

70

72

-2

142

 

Carson Castellani(a)

East Lansing, MI

70

72

-2

142

 

Wesley Gates(a)

Novi, MI

72

70

-2

142

 

Chris Cunningham(a)

Milford, MI

69

73

-2

142

T23

Randy Erskine

Great Oaks Country Club

67

76

-1

143

 

Blake English(a)

Charlotte, MI

70

73

-1

143

 

Spencer Slade(a)

Saline, MI

73

70

-1

143

 

Matt Pesta

Beacon Hill Golf Club

71

72

-1

143

 

Jack Rider(a)

Vicksburg, MI

70

73

-1

143

T28

Ryan Brehm

East Lansing, MI

71

73

Even

144

 

Tom Werkmeister(a)

Kentwood, MI

73

71

Even

144

 

Brett Quitiquit(a)

Highland, MI

74

70

Even

144

T31

Lloyd Fisher

Grand Rapids,MI

73

72

+1

145

 

Eric Wohlfield

Brighton, MI

71

74

+1

145

 

Joe Juszczyk

Dearborn Heights, MI

71

74

+1

145

 

Bill Mory

Meridian Sun Golf Club

72

73

+1

145

 

Michael Pedrys

Beverly Hills, MI

73

72

+1

145

 

Larry Hess

Brighton, MI

75

70

+1

145

T37

Steve Brady

Oakland Hills Country Club

68

78

+2

146

 

Brian Cairns

Fox Hills Golf & Banquet

71

75

+2

146

 

Thomas Harding

Kendall Academy of Golf

75

71

+2

146

 

Matt Thompson

Battle Creek, MI

72

74

+2

146

 

Dan Urban

Egypt Valley Country Club

75

71

+2

146

 

Bill Zylstra(a)

Plymouth, MI

71

75

+2

146

 

Bobby Urso

Beverly Hills, MI

70

76

+2

146

 

Matthew Zavadil

Oakland University Golf &

75

71

+2

146

T45

Polo Hourani(a)

Lansing, MI

73

74

+3

147

 

Alex Jones(a)

Dewitt, MI

75

72

+3

147

 

Mark Eriksen(a)

clarkston, MI

69

78

+3

147

 

Michael Coriasso(a)

Grand Blanc, MI

73

74

+3

147

 

Ron Bonatz III

Northville, MI

73

74

+3

147

T45

Erich Kuhlman

The Fortress

74

73

+3

147

 

James Dewling(a)

Brighton, MI

71

76

+3

147

T52

Tim Katanski

Ann Arbor Golf & Outing

71

77

+4

148

 

Eric Lilleboe

Okemos, MI

77

71

+4

148

 

Charles Pasco

Plum Hollow Country Club

75

73

+4

148

 

Brian Burt(a)

Holt, MI

75

73

+4

148

 

Brent Goik

Bay City, MI

77

71

+4

148

 

Jacob Thompson(a)

Davision, MI

76

72

+4

148

 

Rob Ronk(a)

Clarkston, MI

77

71

+4

148

 

Andrew Johnson(a)

Clio, MI

72

76

+4

148

 

Jordan Young

Fox Hills Learning Center

74

74

+4

148

 

Erik Nelson(a)

Richland, MI

76

72

+4

148

T62

Scott Jaschuk(a)

Milford, MI

70

79

+5

149

 

Alex Wunderlich(a)

Ann Arbor,  MI

74

75

+5

149

 

Chris Ansel(a)

Zeeland, MI

76

73

+5

149

 

Steven Larson

Manistique, MI

76

73

+5

149

 

Chris Mory(a)

Haslett, MI

75

74

+5

149

 

Nick Cunningham(a)

Grand Blanc, MI

75

74

+5

149

 

Jerred Barley(a)

Tipton, MI

75

74

+5

149

 

Nick Pumford

Saint Charles, MI

71

78

+5

149

 

Steve Anderson(a)

Troy, MI

72

77

+5

149

 

Luke LaFave

Prestwick Village Golf Club

72

77

+5

149

T72

Brad Bastion(a)

Clinton Twp, MI

74

76

+6

150

 

Greg Davies(a)

West Bloomfield, MI

74

76

+6

150

 

David Nolan

Van Dyke Sports Center

76

74

+6

150

 

John Nolan

Van Dyke Sports Center

77

73

+6

150

 

TJ Roberts

Walnut Hills Country Club

77

73

+6

150

 

John Traub

TNT Enterprises

77

73

+6

150

 

Steve Wells

Hampshire Country Club

75

75

+6

150

 

Jake Losey(a)

Grandville, MI

74

76

+6

150

 

Vince Carango

Lawton, MI

74

76

+6

150

 

Ryan Leitner

Hantz Golf Club of Tecumseh

74

76

+6

150

 

Patrick Colburn(a)

Traverse City, MI

75

75

+6

150

 

Jack Todhunter

Royal Tee Golf Center

75

75

+6

150

T84

Bob Ackerman

Bob Ackerman Golf

76

75

+7

151

 

Erik Schleicher(a)

Grosse Pointe, MI

74

77

+7

151

 

Jared Jawor

Lake Orion, MI

77

74

+7

151

 

Jamie Cattran(a)

Troy, MI

75

76

+7

151

 

Jeff Sobczak

Metamora Golf & CC

73

78

+7

151

 

Michael Murray

White Lake, MI

74

77

+7

151

T90

Brian Dice

Orchard Lake Country Club

72

80

+8

152

 

Dave Kendall

Kendall Academy of Golf

79

73

+8

152

 

Sam Stark(a)

Hartland, MI

75

77

+8

152

 

Chris McLaughlin

Rochester, MI

74

78

+8

152

 

David Bartnick(a)

Milford, MI

72

80

+8

152

 

Eric Maresh

Auburn Hills, MI

77

75

+8

152

 

Brad Phillion(a)

Saginaw, MI

78

74

+8

152

 

Aaron Bush

Forest Lake Country Club

76

76

+8

152

 

Derrick Sayers

Battle Creek, MI

77

75

+8

152

 

Bryan Bishop(a)

Grand Rapids, MI

75

77

+8

152

T90

Otto Black(a)

Pinckney, MI

73

79

+8

152

T101

Casey Olsen(a)

Okemos, MI

78

75

+9

153

 

Todd Covert(a)

Commerce, MI

78

75

+9

153

 

Joel Hoffman

King Par Golf

76

77

+9

153

 

Lee Keselowski(a)

Schoolcraft, MI

75

78

+9

153

 

Justin Kors

Whitemore Lake, MI

76

77

+9

153

T106

Barry Redmond

Boyne Golf Academy

74

80

+10

154

 

Jeffrey Stalcup

The Orchards Golf Club

75

79

+10

154

 

Wyatt Drost(a)

Charlevoix, MI

75

79

+10

154

 

Matt Horn

Clarkston, MI

78

76

+10

154

 

James Uelmen(a)

Ferndale, MI

76

78

+10

154

 

Tom Pomante

Fieldstone Golf Club

78

76

+10

154

 

Billy Crosno

Grand Blanc, MI

77

77

+10

154

T113

David VanLoozen

Edgewood Country Club

78

77

+11

155

 

Ben Raymond

Ann Arbor, MI

74

81

+11

155

 

Trent Davison(a)

Rockford, MI

79

76

+11

155

 

Chad Gehres(a)

Brighton, MI

77

78

+11

155

 

Jeff Coble

Twin Lakes Golf & Swim

79

76

+11

155

 

Ron Osborne

Binder Park Golf Course

77

78

+11

155

T119

Charles Bowles

Novi,MI

76

80

+12

156

 

Chad Johnson(a)

Plymouth, MI

79

77

+12

156

 

Greg Bores

Pheasant Run Golf Club

78

78

+12

156

 

Scott Schulte

Country Club of Detroit

79

77

+12

156

 

Adam Anderson(a)

Kalamazoo, MI

73

83

+12

156

 

Peter Pougnet(a)

Flint, MI

81

75

+12

156

 

Nick Robeson(a)

Clarkston, MI

68

88

+12

156

T126

Joseph Pollack

Greg Norman Collection

81

76

+13

157

 

Alex Willnow(a)

Adrian, MI

77

80

+13

157

 

John Minnich

Indianwood Golf & Country Club

79

78

+13

157

 

Jonathan Lange(a)

Midland, MI

76

81

+13

157

 

Anthony Partenio

Walnut Creek Country Club

76

81

+13

157

 

Frank McAuliffe

Ann Arbor, MI

74

83

+13

157

132

Alex Lorencz

Lansing, MI

83

75

+14

158

T133

Jason Moscone

Clinton Township, MI

83

76

+15

159

 

Bradley VanDam(a)

Muskegon, MI

78

81

+15

159

 

Tom Fortuna

Knollwood Country Club

78

81

+15

159

 

Brian Jakeway

Petoskey, MI

82

77

+15

159

T137

Nathan LaZebnik(a)

Jackson,MI

79

81

+16

160

 

Ryan Alger(a)

Livonia, MI

78

82

+16

160

 

Henry Thompson

Country Club of Jackson

81

79

+16

160

T140

Brett White(a)

Caledonia, MI

79

82

+17

161

 

Brian Gardner(a)

Farmington Hills, MI

78

83

+17

161

 

Filmore Walker IV(a)

Battle Creek, MI

81

80

+17

161

143

Micheal Zausmer(a)

West Bloomfield, MI

84

78

+18

162

144

Jeff Banas(a)

DeWitt, MI

77

86

+19

163

T145

Brian Coon(a)

Concord, MI

81

83

+20

164

 

Zack Bialik(a)

Manistee, MI

80

84

+20

164

T147

Jim Sander(a)

Highland, MI

80

86

+22

166

 

Marc Hames(a)

Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

81

85

+22

166

T149

Christopher Chester-Zito

Troy, MI

81

86

+23

167

T149

Lorne Don(a)

Fowlerville, MI

83

84

+23

167

 

Richard Morgan

Boulder Pointe Golf Club

81

86

+23

167

T152

Mark Doughty

Pheasant Run Golf Club

81

91

+28

172

 

John Schrader(a)

Niles, MI

81

91

+28

172

154

Kevin Schroeder

Midland Country Club

76

DQ

DQ

DQ

T155

Jay Jurecic

Crystal Falls, MI

74

DQ

DQ

DQ

 

Leo Daigle(a)

Wixom, MI

77

W

WD

WD

 

 

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