Michigan natives have received main championships in golf, performed on Ryder Cup Groups and competed on the grand levels of golf like St. Andrews, Augusta Nationwide and Pebble Seaside.
Till James Piot of Canton, a Michigan State golfer, rallied from a 3-down deficit on the final 9 holes to win the 121st U.S. Newbie Championship at Oakmont Nation Membership there had by no means been a Michigan native convey dwelling the Havemeyer Trophy.
Nick Carlson, a College of Michigan golfer from Hamilton, made an particularly thrilling run to the semifinals within the 2016 U.S. Newbie, which was performed in Michigan, at our grand stage of golf, Oakland Hills Nation Membership.
And again in 1956 Michigan golf legend Chuck Kocsis reached the ultimate match of the U.S. Newbie earlier than falling to Harvie Ward. Solely Kocsis actually wasn’t a Michigan native. He was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and the household that included 14 youngsters moved to Redford shortly after he was born, victims of the historic Johnstown Flood.
Piot, when he rolled in that 20-footer on the thirty fifth gap to save lots of par and shut out his 2 and 1 win over Austin Greaser of Vandalia, Ohio, made Michigan golf historical past with a couple of exclamation factors!
The week earlier than he has received the GAM Championship for the second time, this time at Franklin Hills Nation Membership. He mentioned then it might be good momentum going into the U.S. Newbie and that he was excited to see what he may do at Oakmont.
“You dream of it, however you don’t actually assume it’s going to occur,” Piot mentioned. “However you realize, I had some momentum rolling after I received the GAM Championship, and it was like, you realize I’m enjoying properly proper now. I advised myself to remain within the second, take one shot at time and maintain it rolling.”
He rolled, and Michigan’s golf neighborhood rolled with him.
Fellow Spartans, teammates and coaches he has had at each degree, mates, opponents and simply completely happy golf followers from Michigan made their strategy to Oakmont if they might or keep glued to a tv to cheer him on.
The reactions had been crammed with pleasure and respect for his accomplishment.
From Dan Ellis, the MSU affiliate head golf coach who served as his caddie for the week: “It’s particular and you realize James Piot is an enormous deal now. On the board inside they present who has received championships at Oakmont. Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, so it’s type of cool James can have his identify up there now.”
From his head coach at MSU, Casey Lubahn: “The one limits are those we placed on ourselves, however whenever you work as onerous as he does, and push up that sand hill, you may get to the highest. That’s James. He was calm, he was assured and that is what occurs.”
From his long-time trainer at Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Middle, Michigan Golf Corridor of Fame member Brian Cairns: “The prize on the finish for him is the PGA Tour. Sorry, I’m emotional. I nonetheless can’t imagine he simply received. It’s a stepping stone on the journey to the place he desires to be, however what an enormous stone. There’s simply one thing totally different about that child. I’ve been saying that for a very long time.”
From his highschool coach at Detroit Catholic Central, an achieved participant himself, Mike Anderson: “I’ve been lucky to have a number of good gamers at Catholic Central however James’ work ethic is second-to-none. I at all times thought he would make it on tour. This although, the alternatives it affords him are unbelievable. The easiest gamers on the earth have received this occasion. I’m so completely happy for him, so proud for him and his household. He deserves it. He works and works and works.”
Even Michigan State’s well-known basketball coach, Tom Izzo, and its most well-known basketball participant and athlete ever, Magic Johnson, received in on the celebration.
Izzo texted to Lubahn: “It’s a golf faculty now.”
Johnson went on Twitter and congratulated him with a “Go Inexperienced, Go White” message.
Piot, himself, used Twitter to supply a thanks: “Nonetheless can’t imagine that is actual, thanks a lot to everybody who has reached out and all those that have been there to assist me from the beginning. Couldn’t have achieved it with out y’all.”
He added a coronary heart emoji and the hashtag “#GoGreen.”
After the trophy ceremony he was moved that so many individuals had ventured to Oakmont, rather less than a five-hour drive from metro Detroit.
“Except for golf, it lets me know I’m blessed to have people who assist me in my life. It simply means every little thing to have that. All my shut family and friends out right here makes it so significantly better and I’m so completely happy they had been right here.”
Piot is the fourth GAM member golfer to win a USGA nationwide championship within the final 20 years. Greg Reynolds of Grand Blanc received the 2002 U.S. Senior Newbie, Randy Lewis of Alma received the 2012 U.S. Mid-Newbie and Tom Werkmeister of Hudsonville was medalist as Staff Michigan received the USGA State Staff Championship in 2016.
They made some historical past and Piot traditionally topped all of them. He shall be exempt into the U.S. Open, the British Open and doubtless invited to the Masters Match, and he’ll without end be the primary from Michigan to win the U.S. Newbie.