Mariemont golfer Will Grimmer cards 59 at Pinehurst in North & South Junior Amateur
Grimmer finished in fourth place overall
Casey Weldon, WCPO Digital
10:17 PM, Jul 10, 2013
12:21 AM, Jul 12, 2013
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.
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.