BIGGEST WIN: Cheboygan’s PJ Maybank III Claims Michigan Junior State Newbie
Grand Blanc’s Robert Burns Wins 15-and-under division
DEARBORN – PJ Maybank III of Cheboygan has some spectacular golf credentials – profitable the celebrated Drive, Chip and Putt earlier than the Masters Match at age 13, and beforehand profitable Golf Affiliation of Michigan junior tournaments and others on the touring golf circuit.
He referred to as profitable the 42nd Michigan Junior State Newbie Championship offered by Garland Lodge & Golf Resort at TPC Michigan Thursday, the most important win to this point.
“To be the primary junior in Michigan, which means lots to me,” mentioned the smiling 15-year-old who topped Evan McDermott of Spring Lake 5 and four within the afternoon championship match.
“I performed fairly stable this afternoon, made a superb birdie putt on 8, obtained the lead and made a pair extra on the again 9 to win. This feels superb. This was one in all my huge targets coming into the summer season – to do nicely on this occasion and hopefully win it. I’m very completely satisfied I gained.”
Robert Burns of Grand Blanc was the opposite huge winner on the day. He gained the 15-and-under Division Championship with a 6-and-5 overcome Vibhav Alokam of Ypsilanti within the ultimate match.
“It was a grind getting by way of the week, but when feels good to get within the finals and end it,” mentioned the 15-year-old Burns, who was a semifinalist a 12 months in the past.
The ultimate match of the general championship was the primary one of many 5 Maybank performed this week during which he wasn’t pushed to the ultimate gap. He was the highest seed as stroke play medalist.
“I performed very stable all week however wasn’t constant the entire time,” he mentioned. “It was robust with loads of robust matches. I used to be extra constant this afternoon. It was very windy, robust situations, however I stored the ball in play and made some putts.”
McDermott, a 16-year-old junior to be at Spring Lake Excessive Faculty within the fall, mentioned regardless of ending second he was happy with the week.
“It was my first time making it to match play after three tries in order that undoubtedly made it a very good week and attending to the ultimate was icing on the cake,” he mentioned. “I used to be pleased with how I performed even at the moment. PJ simply outplayed me. I’m completely satisfied. I at all times need to win, however runner-up remains to be good. Congrats to PJ. He’s a very good participant.”
Maybank, who’s a web based scholar by way of Cheboygan Colleges, earned his spot within the ultimate match with a 1-up win over Caleb Bond of Williamston within the morning semifinals. McDermott topped Colin O’Rourke of Troy four and a pair of to maneuver on to the ultimate.
Within the 15-and-under, Burns topped McCoy Biagioli of White Lake 2 and 1 within the semifinals, and Alokam held off Greg Braun of Northville 1-up.
Burns saved par from the left of the inexperienced on the par three No. 12 gap within the title match and referred to as his chip that lipped out the important thing shot.
“I stayed within the lead there and I used to be making putts,” he mentioned. “I performed fairly good given the circumstances.”
Alokam, 13 and headed to Ann Arbor Skyline within the fall, mentioned he got here to TPC Michigan with a aim of creating the stroke play lower and moving into match play.
“I really feel good that I obtained to the finals,” he mentioned. “I performed alright, however Robert performed very well and deserved to win.”