CANTON – Brad Bastion was elated with victory in the 2015 Michigan Medal Play Championship at Pheasant Run Golf Club Sunday because it was his first win of any kind in competitive golf.
He just didn’t like his final nine holes.
“I stumbled on the last nine a little bit and that shows me I’m still learning how to win,” said the 30-year-old Shelby Township licensed banker for J.P. Morgan Securities. “I got the job done, but I had a big lead and let some of it get away.”
Bastion, who was 2013 Golf Association of Michigan Player of the Year without a win and a lot of top finishes, played for the first time in the Michigan Publinx Golf Association major championship over the weekend.
He shot a final even-par 108 on Sunday in the tournament that called for the field of 104 golfers to play 27 holes each of two days with competition for the championship players as well as an Open Net division and a Senior Scratch division.
Bastion’s 108, which included a 4-over 40 on the final nine, paired with a 7-under 101 from Saturday to give him a 209 tournament total. He was 11-under for the tournament a cruising when he started the final nine holes.
Nevertheless, it was good enough for a three-shot win over Connor Jones of Lake Orion and Dave Vaclav of Flat Rock, who each finished at 4-under 212. Jason May and Leo Daigle rounded out the top five tied at 215.
“This is my first win and it feels great,” he said. “I’m learning. I lost in the (GAM Michigan) Mid-Am last year in a playoff to (Tom Werkmeister) and I learned a lot from that,” he said. “I will learn from this, too. I lost some concentration on that last nine. At least I kept it together the best I could. For five of the nine-hole increments, I was a really, really solid.”
Bastion said he fixed some putting woes in the week between the Horton Smith Invitational and the Michigan Medal Play.
“I putted much better, shot 32 on my first nine in this tournament and have some confidence going for a U.S. Open qualifier (at Country Club of Detroit),” he said. “I’m just going to have to figure out how to close out tournaments stronger.”
In the Senior Scratch division Jackson’s Mike Raymond emerged with the win. He shot a closing 112 for a final 7-over-par 223. That was two strokes better than Bill VanderMass of Novi, and three better than Mike Fedewa of Canton. Raymond, 61, is director of sales for Highjump Software and a longtime top player in the Jackson area. It was his first Michigan Publinx win.
Matthew Marks of White Lake won his second consecutive Open Net title. The 49-year-old marketing manager for Sabic Innovative Plastics had a net 101 for a 203 total, just one shot better than Steven Szymanski and four better than David Fagan of Warren. Szymanski and Marks started the final round tied for second behind Fagan by one shot.
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