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    MSU’s James Piot to play for U.S. Amateur title; he’s earned U.S. Open, Masters berths

    Mike Anderson was supposed to be flying to Los Angeles for three days of work meetings.

    On Saturday afternoon, those plans changed. Instead, he was getting set to drive to suburban Pittsburgh to watch his former star golfer, James Piot, play for a U.S. Amateur championship.

    “My son (Max) came and home and said, ‘Dad, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You have to be there,'” said Anderson, Detroit Catholic Central’s long-time boys golf coach. “This isn’t ever going to happen again.”

    Piot, the Catholic Central alum, Canton native and Michigan State senior, used a back-nine surge to win his Saturday semifinal, 4 and 3, over North Florida’s Nick Gabrelcik to advance to Sunday’s 36-hole championship match at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.

    The marathon finale begins Sunday morning, with the second half televised by Golf Channel and NBC. Piot will play North Carolina’s Austin Greaser in the championship match, after Greaser held on for a 2-and-1 victory over Texas’ Travis Vick.

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