BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Nick Gunthorpe’s bid for a Michigan Amateur championship ended in the second round of match play on Thursday afternoon at Oakland Hills Country Club’s North Course.
Gunthorpe, an Ovid-Elsie grad, won his first match, beating Grant Haefner 4 and 3, then fell to Tom Stevens in 20 holes, 1-up.
The quarterfinals were scheduled for today and the semifinals and finals on Saturday.
Beau Breault of Hartland, the defending champion, had to play Baker Stevenson of Hartland in the afternoon round of 32. Stevenson caddied for him last year when he won at Country Club of Detroit. Breault said it was fun, but hard to focus on beating his best friend, especially because their former high school coach, Nathan Oake, caddied for Stevenson.
“You want your best friend to play as well as he can and beat him, but he didn’t play as well as he can,” he said after winning the afternoon round of 32 match 4 and 3. “It turned into a pillow fight and I had the lead.”
Breault recently graduated from Eastern Michigan University and said his plan is to turn professional after a last summer as an amateur. He changed putters and switched grips between the first two days of qualifying and the start of match play and said he is focusing on one match at a time.
“It was a long day today in the rain, and tomorrow is another long day,” he said. “I’m excited about being in the Sweet 16 and excited to try and play better golf.”