Eastern golfer goes to Michigan Open

Brett White, known as Whitey to his teammates at Eastern Michigan University, participated in the PGA Tour’s Michigan Open Tournament last week. He played very well the first three days scoring 75, 69 and 72 respectively. He ended the tournament in a tie for 37th place.

The Michigan Open championship, played at The Orchards Golf Club in Washington, Mich., spanned from June 10-13.

The defending champion from the 2012 tournament, Barrett Kelpin from Kalamazoo, Mich., played well also. He finished in second place with scores of 69, 69, 66 and 73.

Kelpin finished behind Tom Werkmeister from Kentwood, Michigan. He shot 66, 70, 67 and 72 to win the Michigan Open.

White was happy with his play.

“Well, I took 37 with scores of 75, 69, 72 and 80,” White said. “I think the biggest swing of momentum was starting off the second round with three straight birdies. I felt pretty good about my play overall. Obviously, it didn’t go my way the last day, but it was a good experience and I’ll be excited next year to go play again.”

White was also happy for Werkmeister on his tournament win.
“It was nice to see Tom Werkmeister win it because he is a good guy from my hometown, and is a great amateur golfer,” White said.

White has a short break between tournaments.
“I am looking forward to the US Amateur Qualifier coming up in mid July,” White said. “Until then I will be practicing a lot. I will be practicing everything from my driving to short game to putting. I want to make sure I can come in to that tournament and play at the best of my ability.”

The tournament will be held at Michigan State University’s golf course Forest Akers West.

Casey Olsen was following the tournament.

“I am proud of Brett,” Olsen said. “I’m sure the rest of the team is, also. It’s always nice to see your friends and teammates do well, especially at the level he’s playing at.”

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