Player: James Piot
University: Michigan State University
Area of Study: Finance
Expected Graduation: 2022
Soldier Honored: Justin S. Smith
Won the 121st U.S. Amateur Championship, defeating Austin Greaser, 2&1, at Oakmont Country Club ... Became the first U.S. Amateur champion to be born in the State of Michigan ... He trailed Greaser by three after 27 holes in the championship match, but won four straight and five out of six to go ahead for good ... Won the 100th GAM Championship at Franklin Hills Country Club in early August for his second career GAM title ... Advanced to the sweet 16 of the Western Amateur.
SENIOR (2021): PING All-America Honorable Mention … Produced the lowest single-season scoring average in program history at 71.33 … All-Big Ten First Team selection … Posted a 3.66 GPA as a finance major, helping him garner CoSIDA Academic All-District and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors … Michigan State’s male winner of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award … Produced four top-four finishes during the regular season, including a win at the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational (April 3-4) … Placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships and then earned a bid to the NCAA Kingston Springs Regional … With a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Kingston Springs Regional and as the top individual not part of one of the advancing teams, he garnered the region's lone individual bid to the NCAA Championships … Became the first Spartan to compete as an individual at the NCAA Championships since Eric Jorgensen did so in 2002, placing 90th … Took third at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate (March 27-29) at 9-under-par 207, helping the Spartans to finish third as a team … Posted nine rounds in the 60s, including a pair of season-best 68s in the second and third rounds of the NCAA Kingston Springs Regional.
JUNIOR (2019-20): PING All-Region selection … Second-team All-Big Ten selection … Led Michigan State with a 72.18 scoring average … Won his first two career tournaments … Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection … Captured the season-opening Island Resort Intercollegiate title with a career best 54-hole total of 9-under-par 207, which included three rounds under par – 68, 70 and 69 … Tied for first place at the prestigious Inverness Intercollegiate with a 2-under-par 211 (69-73-69) … Recorded the lowest round of his career in the second round of the Quail Valley Collegiate with a 6-under-par 66 … Tied for ninth place at the Colleton River Collegiate with a 2-under-par 214 (72-69-73) … Took sixth place in the Challenge at Concession with a 10-over-par 226.
SOPHOMORE (2018-19): First team All-Big Ten and PING All-Midwest Region honoree … Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection … Recorded the second-lowest single-season scoring average in program history at 71.49 … Had two top-five finishes and five in the top 10, which included four consecutive … Had his best career finish at the Robert Kepler Invitational, taking second place with a 5-under-par 139 (70-69) … Helped the Spartans to the Colleton River Collegiate title by tying for fifth place with a 4-under-par 212 … Tied for sixth place at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate the following week at 3-under-par 213 … Tied for 21st at the Big Ten Championships and was 40th at the NCAA Pullman Regional … Ended the fall by placing seventh at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate and sixth at the Grandover Collegiate, respectively, and was the top-placing Spartan in both tournaments.
FRESHMAN (2017-18): 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Spartan to win the award since Ryan Brehm in 2005 ... In his first year as a Spartan, Piot competed in all 12 tournaments … Recorded four top-20 finishes and one top-10 finish while ending the season with a 73.47 stroke average, which ranked third on the team … Helped lead the Spartans to a third place finish at the Seahawk Intercollegiate with a 54-hole score of 217 (71-71-75), giving him his best individual finish of the year - sixth … Had his best 54-hole performance of the season at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate tournament where he posted a 211 (70-70-71) … Shot a season low 67 in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
HIGH SCHOOL: Helped lead Detroit Catholic Central to three consecutive Division 1 Michigan High School Championships (2015-17) ... Four-time Michigan High School Golf Super Team selection ... Four-time all-district and all-region selection ... Two-time team captain (2016-17) ... Won the 2016 and 2017 AJGA Randy Wise Open ... Won the 2016 and 2017 Michigan Junior PGA Championship ... Was the youngest player in Michigan Amateur history to qualify for match play in 2013 ... Won the 2015 Michigan Junior Amateur and was the runner-up in 2014.
PERSONAL: Majoring in finance ... Older brother, Glenn, played for Michigan State (2015-19) ... Son of Glenn and Judith ... Born Oct. 14, 1998 in Farmington Hills, Michigan ... Lists Jordan Spieth as his favorite athlete.