devin-young-895f37b2fa3532f2BATH, MI — Devin Young was a surprise name near the top of the leaderboard at the 105th Michigan Amateur Championship.

Except to those who know Devin Young.

The Bay City Western graduate is a relative newcomer in Golf Association of Michigan circles, and his diminutive stature did nothing to make him stand out in a crowd of the state’s premier amateur players.

But his game — as it has every step of his career path — has made everybody look twice.

Young fired matching rounds of 70 in the two stroke-play rounds of the Michigan Amateur, coming in with a 140 total that earned him a No. 3 seed for the 64-player match play bracket that decides the champion.

Young was just one stroke behind Swartz Creek’s Jack Weller, who earned medalist honors and the No. 1 seed for the bracket play that began Thursday morning.

Young, 22, was scheduled to face Grand Rapids’ Kory Roberts in the first round of match play. The winner meets either Matt Ostby or Jason May in Thursday’s second round at Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath.

Two other Bay City-area players entered the Michigan Am. Pigeon’s Brett McBride carded 79-71 — 150 to earn the No. 53 seed. He faces Evan Bowser in the first round of match play. Bay City’s Andrew Janke shot 83-80 — 163 to miss the cut in 129th place.

Young was a standout golfer at Western, where he made a surprise charge to eighth place in the state finals as a freshman in 2009. He went on to earn all-American honors with the Delta College golf team.

Last season, as a senior at Cleary University, Young delivered another big surprise. The 5-foot-6 player powered to national championship honors, winning the United States Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

Now he finds himself among the top golfers in Michigan, and is one of the players leading the way.

The Michigan Amateur features two rounds of match play Thursday and two more on Friday to pare the field to a final four for Saturday.

To view article in it’s original location click here. Source: Lee Thompson covers local sports for The Bay City Times and MLive.com.