Ohio State sophomore Will Grimmer
JOHNSTOWN, PA (June 17, 2016) -- With one round left to play at the now 54-hole Sunnehanna Amateur Will Grimmer continues to lead the way. Grimmer is presently 7-under and one-stroke ahead of Patrick Martin at Sunnehanna Country Club.
Rain suspended second round play on Thursday so well over 24-hours after finishing his 5-under 65 first round Grimmer returned to the course and fired a 2-under 68. Grimmer, a sophomore at Ohio State, began his round with a two bogey, one birdie 1-over 36 front side. However, on the back nine Grimmer was able to jump start his round.
Following a par on the 10th, Grimmer birdied 11 and then rolled in another on the 12th to move his score to 1-under for the day. On No. 16 Grimmer converted his fourth birdie of the afternoon as he shot a 3-under 32 on the closing nine.
Vanderbilt sophomore Patrick Martin moved up 11 spots on the leaderboard and at 6-under is in second place alone. Martin, a 2016 All-SEC Second Teamer, shot a second round 4-under 66 to shoot up the leaderboard. During the second round Martin, who was also on the 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team, poured in five birdies and had just one bogey.
Stephen Stallings (Kentucky) is in third at 5-under just two behind while KK Limbhasut (California) and mid-amateur Garrett Rank are tied for fourth at 4-under.
Rank, from Canada, is the second ranked mid-amateur in the world and moved up 18 spots on the leaderboard with his second round 3-under 67.
Will Grimmer didn't hit a shot on Thursday of the Sunnehanna Amateur as rain wrecked havoc on the field. Grimmer took one-stroke lead on Wednesday with a 5-under 65 and he will carry the same advantage into Friday's play at Sunnehanna Country Club.
The tournament will now be shortened to 54-holes with the second round set to be completed on Friday. The final round to be played on Saturday.
Play will restart tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. and at the conclusion of play the field will be cut to the low 60 and ties.
ROUND ONE RECAP
Will Grimmer has taken the first round lead at the Sunnehanna Amateur after an opening day 5-under 65. Grimmer carries a one-stroke lead into the second round at Sunnehanna Country Club over UAB's Lee Hodges.
Grimmer, a 2014 U.S. Open participant, was part of the morning wave on Wednesday and he got off to a strong start with birdies on Nos. 4, 6, 9 to turn in 3-under 32. Early on the backside Grimmer reached 6-under with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 and another on 14. Grimmer gave two strokes back with a pair of bogeys before rebounding with a closing hole birdie.
Lee Hodges put together a 4-under 66 in the first round and he holds second place by himself. Hodges tallied four birdies, an eagle on No. 11 and two bogeys.
A remarkable 31 players were under-par on Wednesday and they are all within four shots of the lead through 18-holes.
Last week's Monroe Invitational winner Sean Crocker of USC finished 1-under after a 69. He is tied for 22nd following the first day of play.
ABOUT THE Sunnehanna Amateur
The Sunnehanna Amateur was inaugurated in July of
1954 -- it was the first country club
sponsored 72-hole stroke play competition for
in the United States. The
tournament is played on a classic A.W. Tillinghast
design. Only one other amateur
tournament in the United States can list the likes of
Chick Evans, Arnold Palmer, Julius
Boros, Art Wall, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger
Woods, and Rickie Fowler as
contestants: the United States Amateur. Its medal
format has been emulated by
countless amateur tournaments across the country.
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