For Immediate Release
GAM Media Relations
96th Michigan Amateur Championship
June 22, 2007
A mix of veterans and newcomers advance to Sweet Sixteen at Michigan Amateur
ROYAL OAK- There were relatively few surprises during the first two rounds of match play at the Michigan Amateur Championship on Red Run Golf Club, as three of the top ten seeds won both matches and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.
Leading the way was medalist Brian Ottenweller (Grand Rapids) with convincing 3&2 and 6-4 victories over Johnathan Kalmink and Steve Larson, respectively. Randy Lewis (Alma), the 1992 and 1994 Michigan Amateur champion also won both of his matches.
Of the Sweet Sixteen golfers, only five are making repeat appearances in the Sweet Sixteen. This group includes 2007 Michigan Amateur Champion, Greg Davies (West Bloomfield). Other veterans in the Sweet Sixteen include Mike Ignasiak, Lewis, Ryan Brehm (2006 Runner-up), and Jeff Champine.
The group of sixteen is rather young, as 10 of the players left are 25 or younger. Tobin Dunigan is the youngest player in the field at age 17, a junior attending Jackson Lumen Christi.
?The level of players in this field is unbelievable,? said Dunigan. I enjoy playing match play because strategy is everything.?
The Championship continues on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. There are several intriguing matchups, including two Michigan State University teammates playing against each other in the 8:30 a.m. match, Grant Tungate (East Lansing) vs. Steven Cuzzort (Grosse Ile).
The quarterfinal matches will take place on Friday afternoon, with the semifinals and final match scheduled for Saturday.
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ROYAL OAK, MI (AP) – Results following Thursday?s first and second match play rounds at the 96th Michigan Amateur Championship played on the par-72 Red Run Golf Club:
Thursday?s Morning Match Play Results:
Brian Ottenweller d. Jonathan Kalmink, 3-2
Steve Larson d. Chase Olsen 7-6
Robby McNiff d. Josh Orler, 2-1
Johnathan Pauli d. Russ Cunningham 2-1
Kevin Vandenberg d. Jack Tyler II 1up
Jeff Champine d. Tom Werkmeister 2up
Dan Doyle d. Anday Alvey 1up
Jon Micoff d. Andrew Ladwig 6-4
Anthony Sorentino d. Justin Hull 5-3
Matthew Lapham d. Willie Mack III 2up
John Lindholm d. Brandon Lemons 1up
Greg Davies d. Paul Kolten 1up
Matt Malloure d. Tommy Yamaoka 2-1
Grant Tungate d. Eberley Stonestreet 1up
Steven Cuzzort d. Greg Reynolds (19 holes)
Doug Anderson d. Ricky Fox 1up
Ryan Brehm d. Joseph Stimac 6-5
Jerry Gunthorpe d. Gene Gizzarelli 1up
Rich Saferian d. Ryan Lenahan (20 holes)
Bill Zylstra d. Nick Pumford 3-1
Tim Katanski d. Stephen DeMare (19 holes)
Billy McKay d. Michael King 2 up
Bill Rankin d. Rob Spears 4-3
Steve McKalko d. Jason May 4-2
Darren Husse d. Philip Snow 4-3
Rob Reynolds d. Ken Hudson 1up
Randy Lewis d. Dieter Schulz 3-2
AJ Balulis d. Mike Zouras 3-2
Joseph Juszczyk d. Ryan Johnson 2-1
Tobin Dunigan d. Jared Vosler 3-1
Brian Miller d. Harry Lomason III (21 holes)
Mike Ignasiak d. Chris Vozza 1up
Thursday?s Afternoon Match Play Results:
Ottenweller d. Larson 6-4
McNiff d. Pauli 3-2
Champine d. Vandenberg 1up
Doyle d. Micoff 1up
Sorentino d. Lapham 2-1
Davies d. Lindholm 2-1
Tungate d. Malloure 5-4
Cuzzort d. D. Anderson 2-1
Brehm d. Gunthorpe 4-2
Saferian d. Zylstra 1up
McKay d. Katanski 2-1
McKalko d. Rankin 2-1
R. Reynolds d. Husse 1up
Lewis d. Balulis (19 holes)
Dunigan d. Juszczyk 2-1
Ignasiak d. Miller 2-1
Friday?s Morning Match Play Pairings:
Ottenweller vs. McNiff, 8:00 a.m.
Champine vs. Doyle, 8:10 a.m.
Sorentino vs. Davies, 8:20 a.m.
Tungate vs. Cuzzort, 8:30 a.m.
Brehm vs.Saferian 8:40 a.m.
McKay vs. McKalko 8:50 a.m.
R. Reynolds vs. Lewis, 9:00 a.m.
Dunigan vs. Ignasiak 9:10 a.m.