Cranbrook student, Orchard Lake resident wins golf state title

By: Christian Davis | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 16, 2016

 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood student and Orchard Lake resident Devin Deogun hits a shot in a tournament earlier this season. The senior won the Division 2 individual state title June 11 in Battle Creek.

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood student and Orchard Lake resident Devin Deogun hits a shot in a tournament earlier this season. The senior won the Division 2 individual state title June 11 in Battle Creek.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ORCHARD LAKE — Three feet stood between Devin Deogun and a Division 2 golf state championship. 

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood senior had put himself in position for birdie, giving himself two putts for the title in the first playoff hole June 11 in Battle Creek.

“Having two putts to win definitely made it easier, but with all the people there to watch around the green, it made it a bit harder. I definitely was dealing with some nerves with the state championship on the line,” the Orchard Lake resident said. 

Deogun only needed one putt and watched the ball drop in the hole, clinching the victory against St. Johns’ Eric Nunn.

“It felt like all the hard work finally paid off; all the hours on the green and with my (swing coach Dave VanLoozen) finally came through,” Deogun said. 

Deogun and Nunn shot identical scores through two rounds, both finishing 3-under-par 69 after day one and then pushing their totals to 5-under-par after the 36 holes. 

In the playoff, Deogun said he pulled his drive left on the par 5 and ended up in the rough. He kept his next shot under the overhanging trees and ran his 4-iron up and into the left-side bunker. From there, he saved birdie, putting his bunker shot 3 feet away. 

Nunn missed his 3-foot par putt, leaving Deogun two chances to win. 

Deogun’s 139 total is tied for the third lowest in D-2 history at the final, and seventh of any division. 

The individual title capped off a prep career that included winning the team state title in 2014 and a runner-up finish last season. He finished sixth as an individual last year as well. 

Deogun has committed to play for Michigan State University. When practicing, he won’t have to look far for a playing partner. His brother, Dylan, just finished his freshman season on the team and is a 2015 Cranbrook graduate. Dylan finished second in the state individually last season and won the Oakland County championship. 

“All throughout the year, we always play together and help each other out,” Devin said of his older brother.

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