New Faces advance to Sweet 16 at 98th Michigan Amateur Championship

For Immediate Release

GAM Media Relations

98th Michigan Amateur Championship


June 25, 2009

New Faces advance to “Sweet?16” at 98th Michigan Amateur

??????????? LINDEN, MI ? After a two hour and 34 minute weather delay, the players of the 98th Michigan Amateur Championship were brought back on the course at Spring Meadows Country Club in hope of determining the ?Sweet 16?. Unfortunately, one match did not finish due to darkness: Eric Lilleboe (Okemos) is 1 UP on Nate Golomb (Wyoming) thru 11 holes.

Of the fifteen golfers that have moved on, only two are making repeat appearances in the Sweet Sixteen. This group includes: 2007 & 2008 runner-up Steve Cuzzort (Grosse Ile), and semi-finalist Tom Werkmeister (Kentwood).

?This is my third time making it to sweet 16, it used to be one of my goals, but my expectations are much higher now. I maybe have a chance to hold the trophy if things go my way, but there?s a lot of golf still yet to be played, said Werkmeister (4-time Grand Rapids City Champion and 4- time West Michigan Amateur Champion). ?Werkmeister meets 2002 US Senior Amateur Champion & 10-time Spring Meadows Club Champion, Greg Reynolds (Grand Blanc) at 9:00 a.m. Reynold?s is entering his morning match as the oldest Michigan Amateur player at the age of 62 to make it into the? sweet 16? matches.

The group of 15 are young players, as 11 of the players left are 24 or younger, including: Joey Garber (Petoskey) aged 17, Alex Lyall (Novi) 18, Casey Olsen (Okemos) 18, Ben Peacock (Marshall) 18, Matt Thompson (Battle Creek) 19, Tommy Thompson (Davision) 20, Martin Jeppesen (Ann Arbor) 21, Andrew Ladwig (East Grand Rapids) 21, Cuzzort 22, Michael King (Saginaw) 23, and Kasey Hocquard (Choboygan) 24.

?The best advice I?ve gotten so far, is play your own game; don?t play your opponent, don?t watch his shot, you catch yourself playing him instead of concentrating on your own game,? said Joey Garber who defeated the 36-hole medalist, Joseph Juszczyk 4 & 2 and also defeated his second opponent, Ryan Johnson in 20 holes.

The Championship continues on Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. The quarterfinal matches will take place on Friday afternoon, with the semifinals and final match scheduled for Saturday.

For more information, complete results, and live scoring visit .

Thursday First Round Match Play Results

Joey Garber, Petoskey def. Joseph Juszczyk, Dearborn Hghts, 4 & 2

Ryan Johnson, New Boston def. Bill O?Connor, Birmingham, 4 & 3

Casey Baker, Ann Arbor def. Tommy Lucko, Livonia, 2 & 1

Bill Zylstra, Plymouth def. Brent Wolgast, Wixom, ?2 & 1

Matthew Thompson, Battle Creek def. Frankie McAuliffe, Ann Arbor, 6 & 4

Anthony Provenzola, Allendale def. David Vaclav, Flat Rock, 1 up

Michael King, Livonia def. Phil Gieseker, Saline, 4 & 3

Russ Cunningham, DeWitt def. Bill Johnson, Battle Creek, 5 & 4

Martin Jeppesen, Ann Arbor def. Wes Gates, Novi, 2 & 1

Dieter Schulz, Ft Gratiot def. Drew Preston, Ada, 2 & 1

Casey Olsen, Okemos def. Alex Bennett, Rochester, ?3 & 2

Jerred Barley, Tipton def. Jason May, Sterling Heights, 19 holes

Brad Bastion Clinton Twp def. Jerry Gunthorpe, Ovid, 4 & 3

Tim Katanski, Ypsilanti def. Kevin Miller, East Lansing, 4 & 2

Alex Lyall, Novi def. Matt Malloure, Farmington Hills, 2 & 1

Eric Spencer, Bloomfield Hills def. Jack Mitroka, Riverview, 5 & 4

Willie Mack III, Flint def. Payne Gniewek, Trenton, 1 up

Kasey Hocquard, Cheyboygan def. Michael Zoerhoff, Caledonia, 19 holes

Ben Peacock, Marshall def. Jonathan Kalmink, Clinton Twp, 2 up

Nick Boone, Wyoming def. Blake Terrill, Marcellus, 2 & 1

Andrew Ladwig, E Grand Rapids def. Jimmy Chestnut, Grand Blanc, 1 up

Gene Gizzarelli, Bloomfield Hills def. Roy Schultheiss, Bay City, 3 & 1

Chad Johnson, Plymouth def. Joe Carroll, Royal Oak, 2 & 1

Tommy Thompson, Davison def. Nathan Gunthorpe, Ovid, 1 up

Tom Werkmeister, Kentwood def. Matthew Argall, Gladstone, 5 & 4

Michael Coriasso, Grand Blanc def. Todd Covert, Commerce Twp., 3 & 2

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc def. Tobin Dunigan, Jackson, 1 up

Kurt Valley, Bay City def. Mark Schoenborn, Grand Rapids, 4 & 2

Eric Lilleboe, Okemos def. Adam Hogue, Plymouth, 4 & 2

Nate Golomb, Wyoming def. Greg Davies, West Bloomfield, 21 holes

Steve Cuzzort, Grosse Ile def. Dan Ellis, Negaunee, 20 holes

Barrett Kelpin, Kalamazoo def. Scott Jaschuk, Milford, 5 & 3


Thursday Second Round Results


Joey Garber def. Ryan Johnson, 20 holes

Casey Baker def. Bill Zylstra, 1 up

Matthew Thompson def. Anthony Provenzola, 5 & 3

Michael King def. Russ Cunningham, 3 & 2

Martin Jeppesen def. Dieter Schulz, 2 & 1

Casey Olsen def. Jerred Barley, 1 up

Tim Katanski def. Brad Bastion, 1 up

Alex Lyall def. Eric Spencer, 3 & 2

Kasey Hocquard def. Willie Mack III, 5 & 4

Ben Peacock def. Nick Boone, 2 & 1

Andrew Ladwig def. Gene Gizzarelli, 2 & 1

Tommy Thompson def. Chad Johnson, 1 up

Tom Werkmeister def. Michael Coriasso, 5 & 4

Greg Reynolds vs. Kurt Valley, 1 up

Steve Cuzzort def. Barrett Kelpin, 4 & 2


Play stopped due to darkness

Eric Lilleboe vs. Nate Golomb