Kalamazoo pro widens lead at the 95th Michigan Open

WASHINGTON, Mich. – Barrett Kelpin saw no reason to take his foot off the gas. The Kalamazoo rookie professional shot a third-round 6-under-par 66 at The Orchards Golf Club Wednesday and threatened to race away in the 95th Michigan Open Championship presented by DTE Energy.

He was at 19-under-par 197 through three rounds of the $55,000 state championship, and had a four-shot lead on Nationwide Tour player Jeff Cuzzort of Grosse Ile with only Thursday’s final round remaining. The winner will net $8,000.

Kelpin, an All-Big Ten golfer who recently graduated from the University of Iowa, said he has dealt with the pressure of his first professional event so far and hopes to do the same in the final round.

“Hopefully I keep my emotions under control and just worry about me,” he said. “I think I’m going to learn as I go. I believe in my ability and what I can do out there and how much I’ve practiced. I wouldn’t say I’m surprised at myself, but I’m really happy with how I’ve held up this week consistency wise.”

Cuzzort, battling the effects of a pinched nerve in his neck, shot a 69 for his 15-under 201 total. He started fast in the third round, but watched Kelpin build on his lead.

“All props to him, he’s a player,” he said of Kelpin. “I’ve never heard of him, but man, he’s a player, and especially making his pro debut. I was really impressed. I thought throw a couple of birdies at him and maybe he would rattle. It didn’t rattle him. He just got more fired up to make birdies on me.”

Cuzzort, a former Michigan Amateur champion, said he will try another good start in the final round.

“Pressure early will be the key,” he said. “I will give him a run. You can count on it.”

Grand Rapids amateur Brian Hayward, a CPA, checked in with a 64, the low score of the day also shot by Joe Juszcyk of Dearborn Heights. Hayward was third at 13-under 203, six off the lead. He is bidding to be the first amateur winner of the Open since 1975.

“It’s fun to be right in there,” he said. “For those guys (professionals) it is just another week, but for amateurs it’s a chance to see them and play against them. I played against them when they were younger, but it’s good to play against them when they are really rolling.”

Willie Mack III of Flint shot a fourth consecutive round of 68 for 12-under 204, and fellow mini-tour pros Brian Ottenweller of Grand Rapids (71) and 2007 Michigan Open champion Andy Ruthkoski (70) were at 207.

The shot of the day was made by Michael Coriasso, an amateur from Grand Blanc and former Oakland University golfer. He made a hole-in-one on the par 3 fifth hole with a 3-iron shot. He said his yardage was 207 yards to the pin. It was his second career ace, but first in competition.

“It’s better than winning the tournament,” he quipped.

Final round play will start at 8 a.m. Kelpin, Cuzzort and Hayward will tee off at 11:50 a.m. Admission and parking are free.

Place

 

 

Name

 

Representing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

Barrett Kelpin

 

Kalamazoo, MI

 

68

 

63

 

66

 

-19

197

2

 

Jeff Cuzzort

 

Grosse Ile, MI

 

68

 

64

 

69

 

-15

201

3

 

Brian Hayward(a)

 

Grand Rapids, MI

 

70

 

69

 

64

 

-13

203

4

 

Willie Mack III

 

Flint, MI

 

68

 

68

 

68

 

-12

204

T5

 

Brian Ottenweller

 

Grand Rapids, MI

 

67

 

69

 

71

 

-9

207

 

 

Andrew Ruthkoski

 

Muskegon, MI

 

70

 

67

 

70

 

-9

207

T7

 

Jeff Champine(a)

 

Rochester Hills, MI

 

69

 

72

 

67

 

-8

208

 

 

Martin Jeppesen

 

Ann Arbor, MI

 

70

 

72

 

66

 

-8

208

9

 

Joe Juszczyk

 

Dearborn Heights, MI

 

71

 

74

 

64

 

-7

209

10

 

Clark Klaasen

 

Grand Rapids, MI

 

70

 

70

 

70

 

-6

210

T11

 

Ryan Brehm

 

East Lansing, MI

 

71

 

73

 

67

 

-5

211

 

 

Randy Hutchison

 

Traverse City, MI

 

66

 

72

 

73

 

-5

211

T13

 

Korey Mahoney

 

Thompsonville, MI

 

71

 

70

 

71

 

-4

212

 

 

John Seltzer

 

The Polo Fields Golf & CC 

 

70

 

72

 

70

 

-4

212

15

 

Chester VandenBerg(a)

 

Martin, MI

 

67

 

72

 

74

 

-3

213

T16

 

Kyle Martin

 

Lochmoor Club

 

69

 

73

 

72

 

-2

214

 

 

Tom Werkmeister(a)

 

Kentwood, MI

 

73

 

71

 

70

 

-2

214

 

 

Wesley Gates(a)

 

Novi, MI

 

72

 

70

 

72

 

-2

214

T19

 

Randy Erskine

 

Great Oaks Country Club

 

67

 

76

 

72

 

-1

215

 

 

Matt Thompson

 

Battle Creek, MI

 

72

 

74

 

69

 

-1

215

 

 

Dan Urban

 

Egypt Valley Country Club

 

75

 

71

 

69

 

-1

215

 

 

Carson Castellani(a)

 

East Lansing, MI

 

70

 

72

 

73

 

-1

215

 

 

Matt Pesta

 

Beacon Hill Golf Club

 

71

 

72

 

72

 

-1

215

T24

 

Lee Houtteman

 

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

 

70

 

71

 

75

 

Even

216

 

 

Stephen Nichols(a)

 

Lansing, MI

 

70

 

71

 

75

 

Even

216

 

 

Josh Fryer

 

Franklin Hills Country Club

 

69

 

71

 

76

 

Even

216

 

 

Brett Quitiquit(a)

 

Highland, MI

 

74

 

70

 

72

 

Even

216

 

 

Erich Kuhlman

 

The Fortress

 

74

 

73

 

69

 

Even

216

 

 

Chris Cunningham(a)

 

Milford, MI

 

69

 

73

 

74

 

Even

216

T30

 

Lloyd Fisher

 

Grand Rapids,MI

 

73

 

72

 

72

 

+1

217

 

 

Scott Hebert

 

Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

 

72

 

70

 

75

 

+1

217

 

 

Ryan Lenahan

 

Grosse Pointe , MI

 

68

 

74

 

75

 

+1

217

 

 

Michael Coriasso(a)

 

Grand Blanc, MI

 

73

 

74

 

70

 

+1

217

T34

 

Brian Cairns

 

Fox Hills Golf & Banquet

71

 

75

 

72

 

+2

218

 

 

Thomas Harding

 

Kendall Academy of Golf

 

75

 

71

 

72

 

+2

218

 

 

Alex Jones(a)

 

Dewitt, MI

 

75

 

72

 

71

 

+2

218

 

 

Spencer Slade(a)

 

Saline, MI

 

73

 

70

 

75

 

+2

218

 

 

Matthew Zavadil

 

Oakland University

 

75

 

71

 

72

 

+2

218

T39

 

Eric Wohlfield

 

Brighton, MI

 

71

 

74

 

75

 

+4

220

 

 

Michael Pedrys

 

Beverly Hills, MI

 

73

 

72

 

75

 

+4

220

 

 

Jack Rider(a)

 

Vicksburg, MI

 

70

 

73

 

77

 

+4

220

 

 

Larry Hess

 

Brighton, MI

 

75

 

70

 

75

 

+4

220

43

 

Rob Ronk(a)

 

Clarkston, MI

 

77

 

71

 

73

 

+5

221

T44

 

Steve Brady

 

Oakland Hills Country Club

 

68

 

78

 

76

 

+6

222

 

 

Eric Lilleboe

 

Okemos, MI

 

77

 

71

 

74

 

+6

222

 

 

Charles Pasco

 

Plum Hollow Country Club

 

75

 

73

 

74

 

+6

222

 

 

Bill Zylstra(a)

 

Plymouth, MI

 

71

 

75

 

76

 

+6

222

 

 

Bobby Urso

 

Beverly Hills, MI

 

70

 

76

 

76

 

+6

222

 

 

Andrew Johnson(a)

 

Clio, MI

 

72

 

76

 

74

 

+6

222

T50

 

Alex Wunderlich(a)

 

Ann Arbor,  MI

 

74

 

75

 

74

 

+7

223

 

 

Polo Hourani(a)

 

Lansing, MI

 

73

 

74

 

76

 

+7

223

 

 

Brian Burt(a)

 

Holt, MI

 

75

 

73

 

75

 

+7

223

T53

 

Scott Jaschuk(a)

 

Milford, MI

 

70

 

79

 

75

 

+8

224

 

 

Nick Cunningham(a)

 

Grand Blanc, MI

 

75

 

74

 

75

 

+8

224

T55

 

Tim Katanski

 

Ann Arbor Golf & Outing

 

71

 

77

 

77

 

+9

225

 

 

Bill Mory

 

Meridian Sun Golf Club

 

72

 

73

 

80

 

+9

225

 

 

Jerred Barley(a)

 

Tipton, MI

 

75

 

74

 

76

 

+9

225

T58

 

Mark Eriksen(a)

 

Clarkston, MI

 

69

 

78

 

79

 

+10

226

 

 

Nick Pumford

 

Saint Charles, MI

 

71

 

78

 

77

 

+10

226

 

 

James Dewling(a)

 

Brighton, MI

 

71

 

76

 

79

 

+10

226

T61

 

Chris Mory(a)

 

Haslett, MI

 

75

 

74

 

78

 

+11

227

 

 

Brent Goik

 

Bay City, MI

 

77

 

71

 

79

 

+11

227

 

 

Luke LaFave

 

Prestwick Village Golf Club

 

72

 

77

 

78

 

+11

227

 

 

Erik Nelson(a)

 

Richland, MI

 

76

 

72

 

79

 

+11

227

T65

 

Steven Larson

 

Manistique, MI

 

76

 

73

 

80

 

+13

229

 

 

Ron Bonatz III

 

Northville, MI

 

73

 

74

 

82

 

+13

229

 

 

Steve Anderson(a)

 

Troy, MI

 

72

 

77

 

80

 

+13

229

T68

 

Chris Ansel(a)

 

Zeeland, MI

 

76

 

73

 

81

 

+14

230

 

 

Jacob Thompson(a)

 

Davision, MI

 

76

 

72

 

82

 

+14

230

 

 

Jordan Young

 

Fox Hills Learning Center

 

74

 

74

 

82

 

+14

230

71

 

Blake English(a)

 

Charlotte, MI

 

70

 

73

 

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