ANDERSON TWP. – Not a bad gift for mom.
Moeller High School graduate Andrew Dorn of West Chester won his second consecutive Ohio Amateur golf championship on his mother’s birthday. The rising senior at Coastal Carolina won the title July 11 thanks in large part to his five-under-par closing round of 66 at Coldstream Country Club.
Dorn finished the four-day event at 276, eight under par, one stroke ahead of Mariemont High School senior-to-be Will Grimmer. Coldstream member and Loveland resident Billy Williamson was the next best local placer with a 287 tourney that left him tied for sixth.
“It’s great to win back-to-back, especially here in Cincinnati,” Dorn said. “It’s always nice to play in your home town and do well in front of your friends and family.”
Dorn and Grimmer each earned national attention as amateur qualifiers to the U.S. Open in June at Pinehurst. Grimmer led the state tourney field by three strokes going into the last day of competition, but Dorn applied pressure early and caught the leader on the back nine.
“After I birdied (number) three and got within two shots – and that’s really only one hole – I felt like I could do it,” Dorn said. “Obviously, there’s a little bit of confidence being the defending champ, but that got me started.”
Dorn birdied the short par-four 15th hole to tie Grimmer. Both players made birdie on the dogleg left 16th to remain even, but Dorn said that hole tipped the scales in his favor.
“Will stuck his shot close so I put mine up on the green and was able to make about a 15-footer,” he said. “That was definitely the turning point. I think I showed him I wasn’t going away.”
And on the the long, straight par-four 17th, Dorn pulled ahead. Grimmer split the fairway with his drive, while Dorn ended up in the right rough. But Dorn made his approach to the green and two putted for par, while Grimmer found himself just off the green.
“I hit a perfect drive,” Grimmer said. “I was in the bunker the first day and in the rough the second, so it was a tough hole for me all week. I was in between clubs and I wound with a tough chip. I ran it past the hole and missed the come-back putt for par. That was it.
“I was proud of myself for making a tough par on the 18th and finishing strong, but the 17th got me. (Dorn) played great all week, like you’d expect the defending champ to do.”
Dorn returned the compliment.
“Will’s a great player,” he said. “I just told him to keep his head up. He’s a great player and has a lot of time to take his game above and beyond where it is now.”
Grimmer will begin his final season at Mariemont in August with an eye on his college future at Ohio State University.
“It’s the last year, so it’s going to be great fun to play with the guys from my school one more season,” he said. “I have some goals, but it will still be fun.
“I still have three really big tournaments left (this summer) before I start thinking about the high school season. I have the U.S. Junior Amateur, Junior PGA Championship, and the U.S. Amateur. I didn’t win today, but my game is definitely in the right form going into these next few weeks.”