Teen fires 59 on Pinehurst No. 1
Cincinnati 16-year-old Will Grimmer shot an 11-under par 59 on Pinehurst No. 1 in the second round of the 35th Annual Junior North and South Amateur Championship Wednesday.
Amazingly, Will Blalock of Gastonia, with rounds of 63 and 68, is 10-under par through 36 holes and leads Cole Berman by a stroke and Grimmer, even with breaking 60, by two strokes.
After an opening round of 74 on Pinehurst No. 6 Tuesday, Grimmer was 1-under par through five holes on Pinehurst No. 1 before catching absolute fire for the rest of his round.
Grimmer went birdie, birdie, an eagle on the par-four No. 17, and birdie to finish his first nine, Pinehurst No. 1's second nine, in six-under 30.
After a bogey on the first hold, Grimmer made birdie on five of his next six holes.
Needing a two on the par-three No. 9 to shoot 59, Grimmer made a 20-foot birdie putt on the 148-yard hole.
Grimmer, a rising junior at Mariemont High School, won the Ohio Junior Championship in June with a six-under 66 at Oasis Golf Club in Loveland, Ohio.
Blalock, a student at Forestview High School, tallied eight birdies and 10 pars in the opening round at Pinehurst No. 6 to take the lead. Blalock finished with a birdie on No. 17 and an eagle three on No. 18 for his 68 on Pinehurst No. 1.
Berman, a rising senior from Rosemont, Pa., rallied up the leaderboard at Pinehurst No. 1, shooting a 63. Starting on the front nine, Berman made the turn in four-under 30. He also had an incredible finish, making birdie on No. 17 and an eagle three on No. 18.
Anna Redding, from Concord and a rising junior at The Cannon School, leads the Girls Division of the Junior North and South Amateur Championship with Thursday's final round to play.
In round one, on Pinehurst No. 5, Redding shot a two-under 69. She shot another two-under round, a 70, on Pinehurst No. 6 on Wednesday. Redding made an eagle three on No. 15 in her second round.
Rei Nakatani, a 16-year-old from Bluffton, S.C., shot 70s on both courses to be three-under overall, one shot behind Redding.
Kari Bellville (69-74) of Granger, Ind., Kayla Jones (71-72) of Milton, Ga. and Eunice Yi (70-73) of Evans, Ga. are tied for third at even par overall.
Pinehurst No. 1 will host the final round of the girls' tournament. Pinehurst No. 5 will welcome the last round of the boys' tournament.