Alex Scott, a Grand Valley golfer from Traverse City, shot an 11-under 61 on Wednesday and won the Michigan Tournament of Champions in a playoff over Sam Weatherhead of Grand Rapids.
Scott, who tied the tournament record with his 61, is the first amateur to win the Tournament of Champions in the 27 years of the event.
Scott made an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th at Boyne Mountain’s Alpine course to defeat Weatherhead, a former Michigan State golfer, on the second playoff hole.
Scott, who also tied the course record with his 61, finished at 15-under 201. That was matched by Weatherhead, who made a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to shoot 68 and force the playoff.
Scott began the day eight shots behind the second-round leader, Eric Lilleboe of Okemos. Scott shot a 30 on the front night, highlighted by a tap-in eagle on No. 5. His 31 on the back nine included a 60-foot eagle putt on No. 12.
“I knew a low score was coming,” said Scott, who will be a senior at Grand Valley this fall. “I didn’t expect 61. I’ve never done that before, but once I got it going I didn’t back up, I didn’t back down. It took some luck. There was luck in both eagles, but I kept grabbing driver and saying, ‘Let’s go make birdie.’”
Weatherhead, who will attempt to qualify for the Web.com Tour in the fall, collected the first-place check of $8,000. Scott took the trophy and a $750 gift certificate, the most allowed for amateurs.