Jimmy Chestnut hoisted the Staghorn Trophy after defeating Steve Cuzzort 4 and 2 in the 71st Michigan Amateur Golf Tournament, held June 17 to 21 at the Moors Golf Club in Portage.
After a failed attempt to qualify for the PGA tour, Chestnut decided to go to back to Michigan State University and get a law degree, request reinstatement of his amateur status and take another crack at winning the Michigan Amateur Championship, which had eluded him.
Chestnut came close to winning the Michigan Amateur Trophy in 2005 and turned pro after graduating from MSU. After accepting the championship trophy, Chestnut praised the Michigan Amateur Tournament saying, "This is a well-run tournament, and it makes you feel like a king for a week."
Chestnut is from Grand Blanc, and runner-up Cuzzort resides in Grosse Ile.Lee Keselowski out early
Lee Keselowski, former Schoolcraft High School golf star and multiple-sport athlete who is now a junior-to-be on the University of Toledo golf team, was eliminated in the second round of the tournament and failed to qualify as one of the top 64 players. Game No. 2 on Wednesday was a kicker for Keselowski, who ended up shooting a 43-45 with 9 on par-five No. 7.
"Today's round was miserable for me," he said.
Nick Carbary, who paired with Keselowski last summer in several outings, fared better. The Paw Paw native survived the top 64, shooting 37-38 for a 75 to make the cut, along with Moors members Adam Anderson, Portage, 76, John Barry, Portage, 73, Mitch Wilson, Portage, 77, and Brandon Lemons, Portage, 72.
Only Anderson made the final 16.
Barry, who scored the low round for local players in stroke play, was eliminated by Tom Sullivan, Jr., of Grosse Pointe, in the first round of match play, 6 and 5.
Carbary and Lemons, Eastern Michigan University teammates, and Wilson each went 17 holes in their second-round match before being eliminated.Anderson a last-minute try
Anderson was a standby on the tournament entry list and was notified 45 minutes before the tournament began that he was a last-minute entry. Anderson said he was in seventh heaven playing before his hometown friends and members of his family in the quarterfinal round against Adam Hogue. Anderson defeated Hogue one up and fell in the quarterfinals to Mark Schoenborn, of Grand Rapids.
The best match I saw all week was the 21-hole thriller in which Randy Hutchinson, of MSU, defeated Tommy Yamaoaka, a Hope College 2008 graduate from Zeeland, when the latter ran into deep sand-trap trouble on No. 21 and lost on a bogie.
Yamaoka was followed faithfully by mother and father Wendy and Alan and friend Terry Vandenburg, of Holland, who hitchhiked a ride to the clubhouse on my cart. An official of the tournament also jumped aboard, completely filling the cart.
Clark Peterson, Moors Golf Club general manager and PGA director of golf, and his entire staff of volunteers are to be commended for a complaint-free, perfectly run tournament.Suds Sumney can be reached at [email protected] Click here for more On the Links columns.