3rd time’s a charm
MANISTIQUE – Mike Nagy defeated Otto Black of downstate Pinckney to win the 34th Michigan Junior State Amateur tournament at Flint Golf Club last Thursday.
Three down in the first six holes, Nagy dominated the back nine, birding six of eight holes to win the tournament.
Entering the final round as the number five seed, Nagy defeated top-seed Sam Weatherhead in a semi-final match for the right to take on Black for the title.
For Nagy, this was his third attempt at a Junior crown.
The road to the finals didn’t come easy – in match play Tuesday, Nagy trailed Christopher Dinh by four strokes with just five holes to play. Needing to make up some ground or go home, Nagy nailed four birdies to get back in the game. Then, from 250-yards, he out hit the green on the final hole and sank a 12-foot putt for eagle forcing a play-off. Dinh dropped a six foot putt for birdie.
“Teeing off on 13 I was thinking I was pretty much done at that point,” Nagy said. “In match play you can only make up one point at a time and I only had five holes to go. As it turned out, I played pretty good down the stretch in most of my matches.”
Nagy won the play-off in three holes.
Before heading to the University of Tennessee next week, Nagy will look to add one more U.P. title to a long list of accomplishments when he travels to Iron Mountain to participate in the U. P. Golf Association Men’s Championship.
Nagy won the 2012 Mid-Peninsula Conference title at Pine Grove with a low card 76 earlier this spring.