Cheboygan’s PJ Maybank III Wins Michigan Junior State Amateur
Maybank, 16, beat Justin Sui of Lake Orion, 3 and 2, in the final match in the 43rd Michigan Junior State Amateur championship.
“This is the biggest junior tournament in the state and I really wanted to defend,” said the 16-year-old Maybank. “I’ve always looked up to the people who won this tournament, since I was nine or 10-years-old. This is amazing.”
Maybank was the stroke medalist earlier in the week and the top seed in the overall division match play bracket.
“I was really solid, especially in stroke play where I played some of the best golf I’ve ever played,” he said. “Then in match play I was able to keep it going. I really played well all week.”
Maybank reached the final with a 3 and 2 morning semifinal win over Carter Housler of Lansing. He credited his putter for helping him a secure a second straight championship.
“It was really solid, I putted well all week,” he said. “Last winter I practiced putting more than anything else and it is really paying off this summer. I also got a few breaks this week. It was just my week. I had to grind a lot more last year to win. My putter carried me through this week.”