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    MSU’s James Piot survives rollercoaster day, advances to U.S. Amateur semifinal

    For the second time in as many weeks, a Michigan State golfer is on the brink of playing for a U.S. Amateur championship.

    James Piot, a Canton native and Detroit Catholic Central alum, survived a long day at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania on Friday, winning two matches to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. The 36-hole final is scheduled for Sunday.

    Piot beat Matt Sharpstene, a Charlotte golfer and a 2020 semifinalist, in a rollercoaster quarterfinal match Friday afternoon, 3 and 1. Thirteen of the 17 holes were won, with Piot catching fire on the back nine.

    “The kid’s nails, that’s all there is to it,” said Michigan State head coach Casey Lubahn, who was on site and watching. “He’s just really good at golf.”

    Piot, with assistant coach Dan Ellis on the bag, was 2 down early in the match, before turning the tables — starting with a clutch 12-foot birdie putt at No. 5 that he needed to avoid going three holes down.

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