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Kentwood Amateur wins Michigan Open


Tom Werkmeister

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June 14, 2013 | AP   Tom Werkmeister of Kentwood has become the first amateur to win the Michigan Open since 1975.
 
     Werkmeister shot an even-par 72 Thursday at The Orchards Golf Club in Macomb County's Washington Township. He closed with a 13-under 275, two shots better than defending champion Barrett Kelpin of Kalamazoo.
 
     He is the fifth amateur to win the 96-year-old tournament.
 
     Werkmeister, a 45-year-old Internet salesman, says the accomplishment was better than winning the 2009 Michigan Amateur because he was competing against mini-tour professionals. Werkmeister says he was inspired because Julie Breuker, whose husband, John, is his close friend, was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.
 
     He will get a chance to defend the title at a new venue next year because the Michigan Open is moving to Highland's Prestwick Village Golf Club.


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Thursday
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