Ohio teenager cards 59 in tournament at Pinehurst
After an opening-round 74, 16-year-old Will Grimmer's goal was to simply get back in contention at the North & South Junior event held this week in Pinehurst, N.C. He wanted to get back to under par for the three-round event, or at least that's what he told his mom Tuesday. Well, he more than met his goal in Wednesday's second round, carding a rare 59 on Pinehurst No. 1.
Grimmer's 59 came in at 11-under for the day on the track measuring 6,089, scoring a 30 on the back nine (where he started) and following suit with a 29 on the front. The Golf Channel initially reported the story with a video interview of Grimmer following his magical round.
After sitting at just 1-under through the first five holes, it took nearly the rest of the round for the teenager to realize that shooting a 59 was still a possibility.
"When I got to about the 16 tee ... par-3 about 170 yards, I hit a 6-iron in to about 10 feet and I made that putt," Grimmer said after his round. "If I could just birdie one of these last two holes, 59, it's possible."
It certainly was, but Grimmer still has some work to do. His two-round total of 133 barely got him into Thursday's final pairing, as it placed him in third place behind leader Will Blalock (10-under) and Cole Berman (9-under).
A victory at the junior amateur event would be icing on the cake for Grimmer's past year of golf. On top of his recent 59, the Cincinnatti-native and high school junior-to-be recently won the Ohio Junior Amateur after earning first-team all state in Ohio's Division II golf season last fall.
--Posted by Sean Zak