Match play begins on day 3 of the Michigan Amateur

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Day 3 of the Michigan Amateur at Eagle Eye in East Lansing, the first day of match play. 64 golfers still alive heading into the morning, they are paring the field down to the Sweet 16 by dusk tonight.

Let’s pick up a few of our local golfers from the morning round; these guys trying to make it to the final 32.

Michigan State senior-to-be Sam Weatherhead went up against North Carolina golfer Henry Doe.

Here the par 3 second hole where Weatherhead hits about 15 feet from the pin and a chance for birdie.

Here is Sam’s birdie putt at #3. Nice stroke but the ball just lips out. Weatherhead went on to win the match 3-up.

Now to the 9th hole and MSU assistant golf coach Dan Ellis for birdie. He rolls it in and he won his match over Peruski 4-up.

Former Spartan golfer Carson Castellini faced Brad Bastion in the morning round. Here Carson for birdie at number 18 comes up just short but he didn’t need it. He picks up and won 1-up.

Nick Gunthorpe from Ovid here on 17 with a birdie attempt. He would just miss this but parred the hole and won his match 2-up over Alex Dombrowski.

So he gets to the round of 32 and here is his dad, Jerry Gunthorpe. He led 2-up during his match but faltered down the stretch. He bogeyed 14 here so no father-son matchup but Nick Gunthorpe is excited to be in the final 32. “My golf game sets up well for this golf course and match play itself. I like to compete and this is the best you can get for golf for competing,” says Gunthorpe.
Q: Do you like match play? A: Love it. Q: Why? A: Your heart beats more than you ever see in stroke play, especially on this golf course. We didn’t tie our first hole until 17, up and down the whole match and then luckily I came out ahead but 17 with the wind blowing and that small island green, it will definitely get you going.”

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