Anthony Sorentino wins Michigan Mid-Amateur in sudden death
HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. — Anthony Sorentino of
Shelby Township made a three-foot par putt
on the fourth hole of sudden-death against his
good friend John Quigley of St. Clair Shores and
won the 33rd GAM Mid-Amateur Championship
presented by Boyne Golf at Boyne Highlands
2016 Michigan Mid-Am winner Anthony Sorentino (GAM)
It was the second Mid-Amateur title for
Sorentino, a 37-year-old lawyer who also won in
and it also drew him even for the summer
against Quigley, who beat him in the finals of
2015 Michigan Publinx State Match Play
“It’s great,” Sorentino said. “I know how good
John is and how great he putts and I was just
happy to come out on top.”
Sorentino said he was very nervous over his
final three-footer because he thought Quigley
might save par from 20-feet after coming out of
a greenside bunker.
“That kind of putt is right up his alley,” he said.
Quigley, a 31-year-old manager for Blue Cross,
said he was as happy for Sorentino as he would
have been for himself.
“We play on the same Publinx team and he is
one of my best friends,” he said. “We both have
trophy this summer and that’s great. We talked
about getting back in that winner’s circle and we
did it this year.”
Quigley said he depends on his putter to save
him, and he did make par saves on the first two
holes of the playoff.
“The thing about Tony is that he is a great ball
striker and he hit all four greens,” he said. “I
make putts and that keeps me in it. I just
couldn’t make that last one.”
Sorentino, who shot 1-under 70 on the Moor
Course with birdies on the last two holes of
regulation, and Quigley, who shot 71 for his 141,
finished three shots clear of the field.
Mike Basinski of Grand Rapids, who shot 69,
Brian King of West Bloomfield, who shot 72, and
first-round leader Bill O’Connor of Birmingham,
who shot 77, tied for third at 144 in the
championship for Michigan male amateur golfers
over age 25.
Defending champion Tom Werkmeister of
Kentwood, who has six Mid-Am titles in the last
years, shot 78 for 151.
In addition to the age 25-and-over competition,
winners were also determined in the Mid-
Seniors 45-and-over category, the 55-and-over
Seniors and the 65-and-over Super Seniors.
The Mid-Senior trophy went to O’Connor, whose
67 on The Heather course on Thursday had him
in the overall lead by three shots to start the
day. The Mid-Senior runner-up was Greg Davies
West Bloomfield, a two-time past overall
champion who shot 75 for 145.
The Senior title went to Ian Harris of Bloomfield
Hills, who shot 71 for 141 on The Heather
Course. Mike Raymond, who shot 71 for 143,
was the runner-up.
Greg Reynolds of Grand Blanc, another two-time
past overall champion, won the Super Seniors
title with a 73 for 145. Pete Saputo of Bloomfield
Hills was runner-up with a 78 for 151.
Boyne Highlands hosted the championship for
the 14th consecutive year and 18th time in the
history of the event.
View results for Golf Association of Michigan Mid-Amateur Golf Championship