Werkmeister, Preston, Hayward to Compete in State Team Championship

Tom Werkmeister, Drew Preston and  Brian Hayward trek to Galloway, New Jersey next month for the USGA Men’s State Team Championship at Galloway National Golf Club Sept. 19-21.

 The team is comprised of the top two players from the Golf Association of Michigan’s Men’s Honor Roll plus one committee selection.  The field of golfers will play 18 holes on each of three stroke play rounds. The two lowest scores from each three-person team constitute the team score for each round. The three-day total is the team’s score for the Championship.

Preston (Ada) played for Bowling Green State University and won the 101st Michigan Amateur at Oakland Hills Country Club in June. Werkmeister (Kentwood) was Preston’s opponent in the final round of match play at the Michigan Amateur. Hayward (Grand Rapids) was this year’s stroke play medalist at the Michigan Amateur.

The three West Michigan golfers hope to end a long drought for Michigan at the State Team Championship.

“I’ve seen that in the past, Michigan has not fared as well as they would have liked, but I believe this year will be different,” said Preston. “Brian, Tom and I are very used to each other and we have played head-to-head on many occasions over the years.  We know each other’s games very well and I know that on any given day, any one of us could beat the other and that is why I think as a team we will see great results.”

Make no mistake; these three West Michigan golfers are not just happy to be here. They are in it to win it.

“We certainly are very capable of winning this,” said Werkmeister. “I know we will put up our best effort. I’m very excited and proud to  be part of this team – especially with two fellow West Michigan guys!”

Preston, who just finished his career at Bowling Green this year, is also in a competitive mode.

“It is very important to get off to a good start. It is always said that a tournament can’t be won in the first round but it can be lost there,” said Preston. I know all three of us do not play for second and we are going to New Jersey for one reason only.”

The three golfers are so familiar with each other it is easy for them to think as a team. Again, Preston draws on his college tournament experience when he talks about the team strategy going into the USGA Men’s Team Championship.

“More often than not, it is not the best score on the team but the second and third golfer that makes the difference,” said Preston. “I think in order for us to be successful we need to pick each other up when someone doesn’t play to their potential. I think the key will be having the low second score in the tournament.”


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