North Farmington golfer takes D-1 state crown

By: Christian Davis | Farmington Press | Published June 29, 2011

 North Farmington junior Max Kollin takes a shot during the Division 1 state final June 17 at Oakland University. Kollin won the individual title after birdying the first playoff hole.

North Farmington junior Max Kollin takes a shot during the Division 1 state final June 17 at Oakland University. Kollin won the individual title after birdying the first playoff hole.

Photo by David Schreiber

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The North Farmington golf team won the Oakland Activities Association White Division, but to the dismay of the Raiders, only qualified one golfer for the Division 1 state final June 17-18 at Oakland University.

But for coach Bruce Sutton and the rest of the Raiders, junior Max Kollin made them forget all about it with one single putt.

Kollin won the individual tournament, birdying the first playoff hole to beat Davison High’s Kyle Kenkel.

“You try and hold back the tears, but I didn’t,” Sutton said. “I was so happy for him and the team. We didn’t qualify as a team, and I was really disappointed, as were the other players. It’s no fun going to the state final as a single.

“It was just like, everything was right with the world when he won. He represented us, North Farmington golf 2011.”

Kollin shot 73-71 for a 144 total, which was even par.

The playoff hole was a 426-yard par 4.

“I was looking at all the people watching and trying not to think about it,” Kollin said of walking onto the tee box. “But there really was a lot of people and I was kind of nervous, but the nerves sort of help. The ball goes a little farther.”

Kollin smashed his drive and left himself with close to 100 yards to the hole. He took advantage of the good drive, sticking his approach to about 15 feet.

Kollin said he didn’t have much of a line on the putt, and even let his mind wander to what he needed to do on the next hole, especially because his competitor was looking at par at best.

“I hit it where I thought I had chance, and it curled in on the left side,” he said. “I was pretty excited, but I was still nervous and not sure what to do. I look back on it now and kind of regret not having a celebration or anything like that. I honestly did not think I was going to make birdie there.”

This is Kollin’s second major championship of the year. Earlier this season, he won the Division 1 Oakland County tournament.
Kollin said he spent much of the year thinking about the shots that he missed, but he said he realizes it was a special season.

“Looking back on the year, I realized that I did pretty well,” he said.

 

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