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PINEHURST, N.C. - A Cincinnati teenager carded one of golf's magic numbers Wednesday during a national amateur tournament in North Carolina.
Will Grimmer, 16, fired an 11-under par 59 during the second round of the 35th North & South Junior Amateur at Pinehurst No. 1 in Pinehurst, N.C. It's a new record at the redesigned course, according to the Golf Channel.
"It's been pretty cool. I didn't really expect it," Grimmer told a GolfChannel.com reporter after the round .
The soon-to-be junior at Mariemont High School buried a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 9, his final of the day, after opening the day with a pedestrian 1-under score through his first five holes.
According to a GolfChannel.com article , the reigning Ohio Junior champion opened his round with a 6-under 30 on the back nine of the course, which included an eagle on No. 17. He then birdied six of eight holes to close out the round after scoring a bogey to start the front nine.
After making several putts down the stretch he said he believed he was a "pretty good shape" to reach the historic scoring mark.
"It didn't ever really seem possible until the last hole," Grimmer said in his post-round interview. "My ball-striking was there both days but I made no mistakes today. I hit the ball really solid and made all the putts. I guess that's how you shoot 59."
The 16-year-old finished with 10 birdies, six pars, an eagle and a bogey during the round. Amazingly, he left strokes on the 6,089-yard course by failing to birdie No. 4, a 466-yard par 5.
Grimmer, the Greater Cincinnati Golf Coaches Association Divisions II-III player of the year in 2012, is currently in second place with an 8-under par 133, two shots behind the leader, after 36 holes.
He said he told his mother before Round 2 that his goal was to get back into contention.
"I told my mom I just wanted to get back under par for the tournament," he said.
Grimmer opened the three-round, 54-hole tournament with a 3-over par 74 on Pinehurst No. 6 to seemingly take himself out of contention.
It at least appeared that way heading into Wednesday.
Should Grimmer find a way to make up the two-stroke deficit, he will add to an impressive list of summer accomplishments. In late June, he won a U.S. Junior Championship qualifier, the aforementioned Ohio Junior Championship and a Junior PGA sectional qualifier over the course of a week.
On June 24, he won the United States Golf Association (USGA) Junior Qualifier at Western Hills Country Club with a 4-under par total of 138 (67-71).
Two days later, Grimmer carded a 6-under par 66 during a rain-shortened event at Oasis Golf Club to win the Ohio Junior title .
The next day, June 27, he won the Southern Ohio PGA Sectional Qualifier for the Junior PGA Sectional Championship by nine strokes with a two-round score of 10-under par (134) at Weatherwax Golf Course.
Grimmer will have other chances to bring home hardware this summer. He will compete for the USGA Junior Amateur Championship in Truckee, Calif., starting July 22.
Until then, though, he said he has one thing on his mind: winning the North & South Junior Amateur boys' tournament crown.
"To get that kind of attention, it feels pretty good," he said. "But at the end of the day, a score is a score, and I'd love to win this golf tournament, too."
The final round is scheduled to take place Thursday on Pinehurst No. 5.
You can watch a video of Grimmer speaking to reporters after his round in the media player below or at the following link : http://ow.ly/mQOTG
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