June 24, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - 2005 Michigan State graduate Jimmy Chestnut defeated rising senior Steve Cuzzort in the finals of the 2008 Michigan Amateur this past weekend at the Moors Golf Club in Portage, Michigan. Chestnut edged Cuzzort 4 & 2 in the 18-hole final to win his first Michigan Amatuer title.
Cuzzort was among many members of the 2007-08 MSU team who had success during the five-day tournament. Five Spartans advanced through the 36-hole stroke play portion of the tournament into the 64 golfer match play bracket.
Rising senior Randy Hutchison tied for medalist honors with an even par 144 (71-73), earning him the No. 1-seed in the match play bracket. Hutchison advanced to the quaterfinals with a 4&2 win over Aaron Klemm, a 21-hole win over Tommy Yamaoka and a 1-up victory over rising sophomore Philip Snow, who had moved onto the round of 16 with wins over Anthony Provenzola, 5&4, and Brandon Lemons, 2&1. However, Hutchison fell to the eventual runner-up in his quarterfinal match, 2&1.
Prior to facing Hutchison, Cuzzort, the 24th seed, came from behind to beat rising sophomore Payne Gniewek in the first round, 1-up, then took out Martin Jeppesen, 3&1, and Michigan's Nick Pumford, 5&3. In the semifinals, Cuzzort needed 21 holes to beat Tom Werkmeister, before falling to Chestnut.
Also representing MSU was recent graduate Nate Gunthorpe, who lost to Chestnut in the quarterfinals, 4&3. Gunthorpe opened with wins over Tony Lis, 2-up, Rob Reynolds, 3&2, and Brian Ottenweller, 1-up.
In other Michigan State men's golf alumni news, former All-American Matt Harmon qualified for the 2008 Buick Open on Monday with a six-under par 66 at the Firestone Golf Club. Harmon is one of four golfers to qualify on Monday. The 2008 Buick Open begins on Thursday at the Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan.