Dishaw hopes to make cut

IRON MOUNTAIN – Dustin Dishaw plans to sharpen his game before teeing off in next week’s Michigan Amateur Golf Championship.

“I’m working out a few kinks,” the 2012 Forest Park High School graduate said after practice Tuesday. “My putting and short game are pretty good.

“But it’s my long game in general. It’s close.”

Dishaw, a member of the Northern Michigan University golf team, took Michigan Amateur Golf Championship qualifying honors at Marquette Golf Club’s Greywalls Course.

Dishaw and Carter Hendricks of L’Anse each shot 81 to set up a playoff to gain the state tournament berth. Dishaw needed just one hole to advance.

“Overall, I played pretty good until midway on the back nine,” said Dishaw, recalling bogeys on two holes and a quadruple bogey. “I parred out (after the 14th) and finished fairly strong.”

Dishaw will leave for Muskegon on Sunday, play a practice round Monday and start tournament play Tuesday at Muskegon Country Club.

Other than a computer view, this will be Dishaw’s first look at course.

“The course looks fairly open and not very long,” Dishaw said. “I’ve heard the greens are tough.”

Michigan Amateur golfers play two rounds of stroke play where the field will be reduced to 64 for matches.

“My goal is to make the cut and get into match play,” Dishaw said.

Dishaw is already tournament-tested at several levels. The U.P. high school medalist played five years on Wisconsin’s PGA junior circuit, winning twice in 2011 and two more in 2012.

He didn’t back down from stiffer competition, playing the last three U.P. men’s tournaments at Iron Mountain, Marquette County and Norway. Dishaw placed sixth overall in last year’s tournament at Pine Grove.

“Playing in a lot of tournaments you get used to the pressure,” said Dishaw, who doesn’t expect to be unnerved by the state tournament stage.

Dishaw, who works at TimberStone Golf Course in Iron Mountain, began his college life in Ferris State University’s golf management program. He left after a semester for NMU.

“That wasn’t for me,” said Dishaw, an environmental science major at NMU.

He red-shirted this past season and will get four full years beginning this fall.

“My (NMU) golf coach has helped me a lot,” Dishaw said of Dean Ellis, father of twin brothers and Michigan State golfers Dan and Dave Ellis.