Grand Valley State’s Nick Krueger defeated East Michigan’s Patrick Deardorff in a one-hole playoff during Friday’s Michigan Amateur Final at Hawk Hollow Golf Course in Bath.

He was Michigan’s 111th amateur.

Spring Lake's Nick Krueger, last year's finalist, returns to play in Michigan's 41st Junior Amateur Championship this week in Battle Creek.

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After Krueger birdied the first hole, Deardorff tied the game with a birdie of his own on the No. 4. A bogey from Krueger on the No. 6 gave Deardorff his first lead, but it was short. duration. Deardorff bugged No. 7 and triple bogeyed No. 9 to put Krueger 1-up on the turn.

Krueger then won the number 11 to go up two with seven remaining, but Deardorff stormed back with wins at the numbers 13-15 to take the lead with three holes remaining. His lead held until No. 18, when Krueger sank a 15-footer for a birdie and a win on the hole.

Krueger advanced to Friday’s final after winning a one-hole semifinal against Michigan State’s August Meekhof, a product of Eastmanville. A redshirt sophomore at GVSU, Krueger earned All-GLIAC first-team honors last season after six top-20 finishes.

Deardorff, meanwhile, beat David Szymanski, the only non-college golfer in the last four, 2 and 1 to reach the final.

Chandler Engelbrecht is a reporting intern at the Detroit Free Press and can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ctengelbrecht.