Day two of the Michigan Amateur: local golfers hope to make cut

Grand Blanc Golfer Greg Reynolds tees off Tuesday in round two of the Michigan Amateur.

On a scorching day at Oakland Hills Country Club Tuesday, Michigan's best of the best teed off in round two of the Michigan Amateur.

"All you can do is load up on water I guess," Nick Sears of Clio said. "You have to deal with it."

"It wasn't so bad this morning," Round One Leader Brian Hayward said. "Then it got pretty hot. I'm glad I'm not golfing now."

The temperatures reached the mid 90s Tuesday afternoon. The hope is that the score cards didn't as well.

"Day one was a struggle," Michael Coriasso of Grand Blanc said. "I hit the ball well, but I putted awful. Thirty-eight putts won't get you anywhere."

Oakland Hills' North Course isn't the longest, but ask any of these amateur golfers, if you hit a bad shot, it's hard to recover.

"In round one, I went four over on four holes," Michigan Amateur Veteran Greg Reynolds said. "There was a stretch where I didn't play too well."

The goal in round two of this tournament is to not play your best necessarily, but simply play good enough to make the cut of 64. Sears was five shots back after round one, he hopes his second round is enough to get him into match play.

"Match play is great, if you have one bad hole, it doesn't hurt you," he said.

Coriasso said he hoping to stay on par Tuesday just to get in, because he said, once you're into match play, anything can happen.

"You can shoot 90 and still beat the other guy in match play," Coriasso said. "You can also shoot 65, and your partner could shoot a 64 and you lose. It adds a different dimension to the game."

Just ask Reynolds, who's played in this tournament 35 times, by his count.

"I've made it to the finals a couple times, but never won," he said.