Wayland’s Bronkema wins Michigan Open
Jeff Bronkema led wire-to-wire during the final round and won the Michigan Open on Thursday.
Bronkema, 27, of Wayland, Michigan, closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 12-under 276 and win by three strokes over second-place Andy Ruthkoski of Muskegon and Eric Lilleboe of Okemos.
“It’s the biggest tournament I’ve ever won, the first four-day tournament I’ve ever won, and it’s one I’ve wanted to win for so long,” Bronkema said. “It’s great to win a tournament you’ve always wanted to win against really good players, and it solidifies your thinking that you can make it playing professional golf.”
Bronkema made four birdies and two bogeys in his final round at Prestwick Village in Highland Township. His first-place prize was $8,000.
“I controlled my golf ball all week, rarely put it in bad spots, kept it below the hole and for some reason I just play great on the back nine here,” he said.