Aug. 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - It has been a summer of strong results from current and former Buckeyes alike on the golf course.
It began with recently graduated Dan Charen and rising sophomore Grant Weaver qualifying for the USGA U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Utah, July 9-14. Most recently, soon-to-be sophomore Boo Timko won the Ohio Public Links Championship by sinking a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole of the tournament.
The Ohio Amateur Championship (July 7-13) saw many Buckeyes have success, including a solid performance by former Buckeye Alex Redfield. The Columbus product fired rounds of 69-72-73-70--284 to finish in second place. Only a place behind him in third was alum Kevin Grabeman with a four-round total of 286. Grabeman also won the Ohio Mid-Amateur Championship this summer shooting 70-73=143.
Fellow alum Scott Anderson came in fourth at the Ohio Amateur with a four-round total of 287. Incoming freshman Michael Bernard finished the tournament tied for 13th with a score of 291.
A handful of Buckeyes competed in the Ohio Open (July 16-18. Former Buckeye Kevin Hall fired rounds of 65-70-68 for a final score of 203 to finish in second place after losing in a two-hole playoff for the title. Fellow alum Colin Biles had a three-round total of 212 to finish T12th.
Redfield made his professional debut at the Ohio Open and concluded with a three-round total of 213 for a T16th finish.
Outside the state of Ohio, two former Buckeyes had strong finishes in their state amateur championships. Jamie Sindelar shot rounds of 66-70-75-71 for a 282 to finish second at the New York State Amateur, while Charen fired rounds of 70-69-68--207 to finish second at the Pennsylvania State Amateur. Charen also qualified for his second USGA tournament of the summer by shooting a two-round total of 139 to earn his invitation to the U.S. Amateur Championship being held at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colorado.
Doug Wade, a Buckeye alum and current PGA of America professional, placed 15th at the PGA Club Professional National Championship after rounds of 73-75-68-74 for a 290. His finish inside the Top 20 earned him a place in the field of the PGA Championship at Kiawah's Ocean Course this week.