It’s probably the single greatest golf tournament for non-professional players in the world. Some of the most respected golfers on the PGA Tour consider it to be a Major. Now Michael Coriasso, a 21-year-old old Grand Blanc resident and golfer at Oakland University, will have the opportunity to tee it up in the U.S. Amateur.
I remember watching Coriasso play in high school. He was among the top golfers in the area at that time, having cut his teeth in one of the top junior golf associations in the United States — The Flint Junior Golf Association.
Current tour players Tiger Woods, Ryan Moore, Ricky Barnes and Matt Kuchar are former U.S. Amateur champions.
The 21-year-old cleared one of the biggest hurdles in his budding golf career, taking third place with a 1-under-par 139, one stroke behind co-champions Sean Keating of Cincinnati and Adam Hofmann of Pittsburgh.
All three golfers qualified for the U.S Amateur Aug. 22-28 at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis. Coriasso is one of five Michigan golfers who have qualified thus far.