Tommy Dunsire takes home Sherman Plastics championship in Michigan


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Rich Harvest Farms, 2330 Granart Road in Sugar Grove is home to NIU golf.

By Wes Sanderson

DeKALB — Junior Tommy Dunsire played fellow teammates in match-play Saturday and Sunday to earn the Sherman Plastics championship.

Huskies men’s golf competed in the Sherman Plastics Kingsley Open Saturday and Sunday in Kingsley, Michigan. This was the second event of the Heide Wealth Management Series, an intra-squad event series.

The event was hosted between the locations of Kingsley Club and Lost Dunes Golf Club. The tournament format was purely match-play. The opening day consisted of three nine-hole matches in a round robin format, which was used to seed the team for the elimination round hosted at Lost Dunes. 

After 27 holes Saturday, the bracket was set with Dunsire being the top-ranked seed. Dunsire teed up against junior Reece Nilsen.

Nilsen started off hot, gaining a 1-up advantage through the first three holes, but Dunsire was able to rattle off wins on the last four holes of the nine-hole match to close out the semi-final with a 2 and 1 victory.

The championship match came down to Dunsire and the third-seeded sophomore Luc Warnock. Warnock defeated senior Russell Matos in the semi-final match 2 and 1 to make the championship match.

Both Warnock and Dunsire won a hole in the opening two holes, but Dunsire went on a tear in the middle of the nine, winning five consecutive holes, putting a choke-hold on Warnock with two to play. 

After nine holes, Dunsire secured a 4 and 3 victory to take the Sherman Plastics Championship. Dunsire secured 15 points towards the overall series leaderboard. 

“[Dunsire] was the best from [the] first hole to the final hole this weekend. He drove it great and was more sharp with iron play,”Head Coach John Carlson said.

Matos secured 10 additional points with his runner-up finish. Matos currently leads the overall series after winning the shortened Bettinardi Classic on Sept. 11.

“[Matos], [Nilsen] and [Warnock] also played very solid and separated themselves in the points race” Carlson said. 

The team is set to compete next at the “ACP CreativIT Shootout” Friday at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. The format for this one-day event is nine holes of two-man worst ball, and nine holes of two-man scramble.