ROCKYFACE, Ga. - Former Manistique Emerald Mike Nagy made quite a splash in his first collegiate golf tournament over the weekend. Nagy, a freshman at the University of Tennessee, finished 11th out of a field of 78 in the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic shooting 214 (70-71-73). Nagy came in two-under par and was the low man for the Volunteers.
"Mike played incredibly well for his first college match," UT Assistant Coach Casey VanDamme said. "His ball-striking, course management and short game were super. I was very impressed."
Nagy was playing as the No. 5 man for the Volunteers with experienced upperclassmen holding down the top spots. But after three days and 54 holes, he was the only team member to shoot under par.
"Coach Jim Kelson told me that in his fourteen years at Tennessee, this was the best performance he'd ever seen from a freshmen in his first match," VanDamme said. "He's thrilled at Mike's performance and excited about his potential to keep getting better."
The tournament featured several of the best golf schools in the country including Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Alabama, Wake Forest, Clemson and Texas. Each school fielded five golfers and counted the top four each day.
Nagy holds virtually every golf record at Manistique High School and at his home course, Indian Lake Golf and Country Club. He had won four club championships in a row, recording an incomprehensible 60 for 18 holes in 2011, 12-under par.
"Mike has all the tools necessary to become a really special player for us," said VanDamme. "He has great course management, great work ethic, great short game and under that quiet demeanor, he's a touch competitor. We are thrilled he's a Volunteer."
Brandon Stone led Texas to the team title at the tournament shooting 204 (69-63-72) over three days. The University of Georgia took second place and Alabama was third. Tennessee was eighth among the 15 teams.
The Volunteers tee it up next at the Windon Memorial tournament in Chicago Sept. 23-24.
This story was assembled using information provided by Manistique High School athletic director Rob Ryan.