Michigan Junior: Bowser gets redemption

MARSHALL, Mich. (Aug. 10, 2011) -- A year ago Evan Bowser of Dearborn came up one stroke shy after signing for a higher score at the Michigan Junior State Amateur on his home turf at Dearborn Country Club. This year the scores came in one shot short of his efforts. Bowser captured the Stroke Play title at the 33rd Michigan Junior State Amateur played at The Medalist in Marshall on Monday after carding two very consistent rounds of 70 on the par-71 layout.

Both of Bowser’s rounds consisted of 13 pars, 3 birdies, and 2 bogies. After running off a string of 3 straight birdies early in the 2nd round and posting a solid 33 on the front nine he was able to keep things on track and get to the clubhouse with a 37 on the back nine. While Bowser thought his consistency over the two rounds was the key to his win, he also gave a nod to GAM Official, Bill Quinn, for helping him find an errant tee shot on the 15th hole. A fellow competitor joked that Bowser’s current hairdo may have something to do with his excellent play but as he heads to match play there is no thought to change mindsets on the golf course or get a haircut.

With two weeks off since his last competitive round Bowser showed no signs of rust. Handling the layout that he felt was: “Fair, there were some accessible pins but at the same time there were some tough ones that balanced it out.” While Bowser could take a lot of the credit for the win he said it was his mother and father that put him in this position and this win was one he would enjoy.

Coming up one shot shy of Bowser were Reed Hrynewich of Muskegon and Otto Black of Pinckney at 141. Players with scores of 149 or lower all advanced to match play, the 7 players that tied at 150 were in a sudden death playoff that filled out the remaining 6 spots in the bracket.

ABOUT THE Michigan Junior Amateur

Entries are open to all boys, 18 and under, or have not yet attended college. A 19-year-old that has not yet attended college is eligible to participate. Must be a resident of Michigan or a member of a GAM Member Club at time of entry. Sectional qualifying is required if exemption requirements are not met. Format is 36-holes of stroke play to qualify for a match play bracket of 32 players.

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