Mack is First African American to Appear in Michigan Am Final

HARBOR SPRINGS -- Willie Mack III (Flint) defeated Matt Thompson (Battle Creek) 1-up to become the first African American golfer to advance to the final of the Michigan Amateur golf tournament. Mack is making history in a historic year for the tournament as it is its 100th anniversary. Thompson played well in the round but Mack was like a hurricane blowing through the front nine. He was 5-up at the turn. Thompson made a strong run on the back nine making some long putts to pull within one, but in the end Mack had the edge.

Hometown golfer Joey Garber (Petoskey) won his match against Eric Lilleboe (Okemos) 1-up as well. Garber missed a short putt on the first hole, then Lilleboe missed a 12-footer on six. The match was tight until the end on 18 when Lilleboe launched his second shot over the green and Garber stuck his on the green.

Garber and Mack are set to tee off in the final at 1:30 p.m. at Boyne Highlands Resort -- The Heather. The rough is four inches all the way around and greens are stimping at 11.5.


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