ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) -- Ryan Brehm improved on last year's runner-up finish by defeating Michigan State teammate Steve Cuzzort in the 96th Michigan Amateur Championship on Saturday.
Brehm, 21, of Mount Pleasant, defeated two-time champion Randy Lewis of Alma in 20 holes in the semifinals. Against Cuzzort, he went 1-up on the 12th hole and never looked back en route to a 2 and 1 victory in the championship match.
"My goal was to bang (the) driver all week and also to stay in attack mode," Brehm said. "I was a little nervous coming out of the gate (but) I bombed my drive on hole No. 2 and drained the putt, which got my rhythm going."
Cuzzort, 20, of Grosse Ile, beat Grant Tungate -- another Michigan State teammate -- and defending champion Greg Davies before defeating Dan Doyle of Rochester 2 and 1 in Saturday morning's other semifinal at the 6,777-yard, par-72 Red Run Golf Club.
"It wasn't just Brehm's distance that won the match," said Cuzzort. "I'm used to his distance -- he also putted extremely well. You can hit the ball great, but it's won on the green ... you win a tournament by making putts and he made a lot of them."
Six of the past seven Michigan Amateur champions have been college age. Only six players older than 25 -- including the 50-year-old Lewis, who won in 1992 and 1999 -- made the Sweet 16