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.
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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.