Piatz repeats as Mid-Am champion
Perry Piatz stretched his Pine to Palm winning streak to eight matches and captured a Mid-Am record third division championship after defeating Scott Uithoven.
“I guess it’s a broken record, like I play every year, I try to hit fairways and greens and try to make as many pars as I can,” said Piatz. “Today and this week, basically, I did the same thing.”
Both players held the lead. Uithoven was 1-up after six. After the turn, Piatz was 1-up on 10.
“Every once it a while you slip a birdie in there because you make a putt here and there,” Piatz said. “I struck the ball good all week.”
Uithoven took the lead right back before Piatz got a big birdie on hole No. 12 to even the match heading down the stretch.
“Scott is a great player,” said Piatz. “He’s so consistent too. He doesn’t give many holes away so when he does you have to take advantage of it. It was a fun match.”
Piatz took a 1-up lead on the par-4, 15th hole on the way to a 2&1 victory on the 17th green.
The strategy employed by the new three-time champ has been a recipe for success and the Detroit Country Club course sets up well for Piatz’s style of attack.
“That’s my game and everybody tells me this course is set up for me because I hit the ball square and straight with a good putter,” he said. “Same old, same old, just stay consistent and make them make birdies to beat ya.”
The Piatz victory is the second time back-to-back titles have been won in the 10-year history of the division.