Canton native Henry Do, the 19-year-old University of North Carolina golfer, won the 103rd Michigan Amateur on Friday. (Golf Association of Michigan)
Charlevoix, Mich. — Canton native Henry Do, the 19-year-old University of North Carolina golfer, won the 103rd Michigan Amateur on Friday at Belvedere Golf Club.
Do beat Steve Anderson, 41, of Troy on the 19th hole of their match.
On the playoff hole, Anderson missed the green and missed a seven-foot par putt, opening the door for Do, who made made a three-foot par putt for the victory.
“I’m still shocked I was able to come out with a victory,” Do said. “It’s quite an accomplishment for me to have my name on the (Staghorn) trophy with those other guys.”
Do, a left-hander, lost his 1-up lead on the 16th hole, then saw Anderson make a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th to keep his lead.
Needing to win at No. 18 to extend the match, Do did just that — hitting a 7 iron to 12 inches for a birdie to force a playoff.
“That’s got to be all-time greatest shot for me under pressure,” Do said. “I can’t think of a better shot.”
Said Anderson, a former Eastern Michigan tennis player who took up golf later: “Henry’s a great guy with a great attitude and a lot of talent. It’s not bad to lose to somebody like that.”
Do made the finals with a 3-and-2 win over Grand Valley State golfer Chris Cunningham of Milford. Anderson won a 19-hole match against Pinckney’s Otto Black in his semifinal.