2017-08-03 / Sports

Hursey hangs with state’s finest


THOMAS HURSEY swings his putter Tuesday during the 39th annual Michigan Junior State Amateur at Eagle Eye Golf Club in East Lansing. THOMAS HURSEY swings his putter Tuesday during the 39th annual Michigan Junior State Amateur at Eagle Eye Golf Club in East Lansing. A soon-to-be Suttons Bay senior qualified for the 39th annual Michigan Junior State Amateur as an alternate — but he didn’t play like one.

Thomas Hursey fired a 5-over 149 Monday to finish in a five-way tie for 30th place in a field of 84 golfers through 36 holes of the Golf Association of Michigan event at Eagle Eye Golf Club in East Lansing.

Hursey proceeded to birdie No. 18 in a five-man playoff to nab the 31st seed in match play, where he eventually suffered a 2-and-1 defeat at the hands of No. 2 seed Jake Radom.

Radom, an Arizona commit, had recorded a 6-under 138 on Monday.

“He put up a great fight,” Suttons Bay coach Todd Hursey said of his son.

Thomas Hursey, who in June finished in a three-way tie for eighth place in East Lansing at the Division 4 state finals, was among some of the best high school golfers in the state.

The two-sport standout finished three strokes behind Mr. Golf, Zachary Rosendale of St. Johns, on day one.

“It was all so cool,” Todd Hursey said on Tuesday. “Two days ago he wasn’t even in the field but got in as an alternate and made a little bit of noise there. Great experience for him.”

Radom and Rosendale were slated to square off in round two of match play Wednesday morning. Results were not available at press time.

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