High school senior-to-be leads Ohio Amateur
Much like he did against an elite field in U.S. Open qualifying, high school senior-to-be Will Grimmer is proving at the Ohio Amateur that he’s skilled beyond his years. Grimmer, a 17-year-old Mariemont High School student who played in the U.S. Open last month, shot a 5-under 66 in Wednesday’s second round of the Ohio Amateur to take a one-stroke lead over two-time winner Robert Gerwin.
An Ohio State verbal commitment who missed the cut at Pinehurst as one of the youngest Open qualifiers ever, Grimmer birdied four of the last five holes on the front side and then played the back in 1-under to stand at 4-under 138 at the tournament’s midpoint. Fellow Cincinnati native Gerwin matched Grimmer’s 66 — the best rounds of the day at Coldstream Country Club.
Mahoning Valley golfers at 145 are Brandon Pluchinsky of Youngstown State and North Lima and Boo Timko of Ohio State and Girard. Dominic Carano of YSU and Canfield is at 148 and Trevor Jones of YSU and Poland is at 149.
Boardman golfers top youth tournament
Jacinta Pikunas and Ken Keller, both of Boardman, won their respective age divisions on Wednesday in the Northern Ohio PGA Junior Golf event at Manakiki Golf Club. Pikunas shot a 75 to win the girls 13-15 age division by 10 strokes and Keller shot 79 to tie Michael Schnur of Kirtland Hills for the boys 13-15 title.
Alex Tambellini of East Liverpool was third in that division with an 81 and Zachary Jacobson of Poland tied for fourth with his 83. In the boys 16-19 age division, Nicholas Braydich of Struthers finished fourth with a 77, four strokes off the winning pace.
Boxing show is fund-raiser for Method 8
A USA Amateur boxing program with 15 bouts planned is scheduled for July 26 at the Eastwood Expo Center. The doors open at 6 p.m. with the first fight scheduled at 7. Tickets are $15. The event will feature fighters from all over the East Coast and the Mahoning Valley’s own Alecia DeFrank.
Method 8 is a Boardman company that represents visual arts.
For more information vist www.method8inc.com or call 234-855-7540.
Pirates place Marte on bereavement list
The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed outfielder Starling Marte on the bereavement list and slotted Francisco Liriano’s return to the rotation for Sunday.
The Pirates selected first baseman Matt Hague from Triple-A Indianapolis before Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals and designated minor league pitcher Duke Welker for assignment. The Pirates placed Gerrit Cole on the DL prior to the game and recalled Brandon Cumpton to start against St. Louis.
Former Indians, Tigers shortstop Veryzer dies
Tom Veryzer, who played a dozen years in the major leagues, has died. He was 61. Veryzer played for the Tigers from 1973-77, then spent four years with Cleveland. He played one season with the New York Mets and two with the Chicago Cubs to finish his career. He played 996 games and batted .241 for his career.
Tour defending champ drops out in Stage 5
An injured wrist was just too much for Tour de France champion Chris Froome, in one of the most memorable and crash-marred stages in recent race history. The Kenyan-born Briton ended his repeat bid Wednesday, dropping out of cycling’s big event after crashing twice in a rain-, mud-, sweat- and blood-soaked fifth stage. Already nursing pain in his left wrist a day earlier, he first scuffed up his right hip, tearing his uniform, then scraped his face.
Overall leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy finished third and extended his lead. He and second-place Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark were 19 seconds behind stage winner Lars Boom of the Netherlands.
Staff reports/Associated Press