Eric Nunn said he was putting the finishing touches on “the best round of golf that I’ve ever played” by the time he realized what was at stake.
Just before the St. Johns senior got to the 18th hole of his final round in the Golfweek Junior Tour tournament at Michigan State’s Forest Akers West Golf Course Sunday, one of the competitors he was grouped with informed him that he could potentially hold a course record with professional golfer Luke Donald.
All he had to do was finish with a birdie.
“Obviously, I got a little nervous,” Nunn said. “I calmed down, hit my shot to within 10 feet and hit the (putt).”
Nunn shot an 8-under-par 64 in his final round, which is what Donald shot as a member of the Northwestern University golf team in 2001. Both now hold the low-round record at Forest Akers, course General Manager Steve Ruthenburg, confirmed Thursday, although Donald was playing the course with tee boxes set farther back on each hole.
The 64 was also a Golfweek Junior Tour record and won the tournament by nine strokes.
“It was perfect,” Nunn said. “Everything went right at the same time, and I didn’t hit a bad shot all day.”
Nunn, who was on the State Journal’s Dream Team last spring, recently committed to Division II Grand Valley State University. He also held an offer from Oakland, but he said GVSU seems like the best place for him to further his golf career.
“I thought I would fit in a lot better at Grand Valley,” Nunn said. “The guys on the team, the coach, they’ve been really welcoming and great to me during the recruiting process.”
In his last high school season, Nunn said he’s out to help the Redwings repeat as Division 2 state champions. And with his college decision out of the way, he’ll be able to focus solely on golf.
“We just have to go out there and do it again.” he said. “There’s going to be a little added pressure because we’re returning (champs). In theory, we should win it again, but we’re going to have to work just as hard as we did last year.”
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