Individually, Sui tied with Grosse Pointe South’s Coalter Smith, both with two-day totals of 141. Both shot a 71 on the first day and 70 on the second.
After the first day, only one stroke separated the top five golfers. Grand Ledge’s Carter Housler, Lake Orion’s Drew Coble and Hartland’s Bryce Brief shot 70s, with Sui and Smith coming in with 71s.
“He never shows any nerves,” Lake Orion coach Monty Gallaher said. “Even during the playoff, Justin was calm. I never have to tell him what to do. He knows it.
“It wasn’t a surprise for him to be in that situation or to win it. People in the golf community know all about him.”
Sui made his move into the lead on the 17th hole, a 172-yard par-3 with water in the front of the green, the Cass River in the back and trees on both sides. Sui’s tee shot stuck five feet from the pin, and he made the easy birdie.
“With the wind, that hole was probably the hardest hole on the course,” Sui said. “You had maybe 15 yards to work with on the green. When I hit the green, I was like, ‘Hey, I’ve got a chance to win this.'”
Sui and Smith both parred the first playoff hole, the No. 1 522-yard par-5. They moved to No. 9, a 453-yard par-4 hole. Sui’s first two shots split the fairway and set him up on the fringe in front of the hole. Smith’s drive went right of the fairway, as did his second shot, with his third shot landing left of the green.
“There was a lot of adrenaline going,” Sui said. “There were a lot of nerves.”
Housler finished third with a 144, followed by Coble and Grosse Pointe South’s Tommy Sullivan with 145s.
The team title is the first for Lake Orion’s boys golf team, with Sui’s individual title the first for a Dragon boys player. The Lake Orion girls team won the 2007 state title.
“Rob McIntyre, the Grosse Pointe South coach, is a friend of mine and he said I’ll be numb for five or six hours before it hits me,” Gallaher said. “We’re heading home, going to B-Dubs (Buffalo Wild Wings) because that’s where the kids like to eat.
“We’ll eat some chicken, even though it’s not Frankenmuth chicken. Winner, winner, chicken dinner seems appropriate for this. It’s just an amazing feeling.”