is a self-professed short hitter as his 5-feet-11-inch, 125-pound frame
continues to fill out. So the sixth represented one of his few opportunities to
drive a hole at The Club at Carlton Woods’ Nicklaus Course. On Wednesday, he
even took a pass on attempting to drive the 298-yard, par-4 10th hole.
were only two bunkers up there [by the sixth green] and I was 1 up,” said
Grimmer, of Cincinnati, Ohio. “I hit my driver straight and I saw the gap up in
the middle [between the bunkers]. I thought if I could hit the speed slot right
there on the downslope just short of the green, then it would bounce up there.”
executed the shot as he hoped and the ball came to rest hole high, 30 feet
away. He two-putted for birdie and walked off the green with a 2-up lead that
he continued to build on in a 5-and-4, round-of-32 victory over Cole Madey, of
West Linn, Ore.
of players took a similar approach as Grimmer, hoping a birdie, possibly an
eagle, might change the complexion of the match.
3-wood off the tee,” said Sahith Theegala, of Chino Hills, Calif., who posted
the day’s only eagle in his 20-hole loss to top-seeded Sean Crocker.
3-wood was the predominant club of choice of the players, especially since the
penalty for an errant drive was finding one of the two bunkers on either side
of the green’s entryway.
stroke play, when the yardage was 369 and 377 yards, respectively, the hole
played to stroke averages of 4.14 and 4.09. In Wednesday’s opening round of
match play, with the hole lengthened to 378 yards, the hole played to a stroke
average of 4.14.
numbers were dramatically different on Thursday. After six birdies were
recorded in 32 rounds of play on Wednesday, there was one eagle and 25 birdies
in 24 rounds of combined play on Thursday. The field scoring average was 3.44.
Arasu Sees Beauty, and Beast, of
play can be a vexing format, as Ashwin Arasu can attest.
than 24 hours after Arasu, of San Diego, holed out for a tear-inducing,
walk-off 1-up victory against Jorge Villar, he dropped a 5-and-4 decision to Davis
Riley, last year’s U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up.
Arasu played better in Thursday’s loss than he did in Wednesday’s win.
was really pretty awesome because for a while it looked like I wasn’t going to
win,” Arasu said. “Today, I fixed a lot of the things that didn’t go well for
me yesterday. My putting was a little better, my driving was better …
everything was a little better. It’s just that Davis played really well today.”
might be an understatement.
birdied the 412-yard, par-4 first hole and held the lead until Riley birdied
the 178-yard, par-3 third hole. Riley totaled four more birdies on his outward
nine and shot a 5-under 31 given the usual match-play concessions.
there wasn’t much I could do,” Arasu said. “On the back nine, he kept doing his
own thing, and I tried a little too hard I think and that’s why I lost.”
Dickson in Role of Caddie Master
does not keep records on caddies, but Will Dickson has easily staked his claim
as having the most caddies in a USGA championship.
Thursday’s round of 16 at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, Dickson, of Providence,
R.I., had gone through five caddies in five rounds of competitive play.
lineup of loopers includes Cameron Young, of Scarborough, N.Y., who lost to
Dickson in Wednesday’s opening round of match play. Making the story even more unique
is that Dickson had a sixth caddie during his practice round.
domino effect of caddies began when Dickson’s original caddie had to leave the
bag due to a leg injury after about five or six holes. Dickson then turned to a
local student, who worked Monday’s opening round of stroke play but had a
scheduling conflict for the remainder of the week. The student’s father picked
up the bag on Tuesday.
remember who I had [on Wednesday], but obviously some other guy,” said Dickson
of his 2-and-1 victory over Young.
over lunch, Dickson and Young talked about the victor’s need for a new caddie.
sister, Sarah, is a PGA Professional and worked for Young’s father, David
Young, the head golf professional at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough-on-Hudson,
was just real classy and asked me if I needed a caddie,” Dickson said.
Thursday, it was Young’s turn. He helped Dickson to a 4-and-3 victory over John
Pak before having to say goodbye in order to make a flight.
probably the most talented pair on the course,” Dickson said.
Grammer, a full-time caddie at The Club at Carlton Woods, was last out of the
bullpen for Dickson in the round of 16. Alas, the 15-year-old Dickson was
ousted by William Zalatoris, 1 up.
A Historical Perspective
Martin is likely living vicariously through Will Grimmer’s run at this week’s
U.S. Junior Amateur.
years ago, Martin was the No. 1-ranked junior player and defeated Brad Agee, 4
and 2, to win the 37th edition of this championship at Wayzata Country Club in
Martin coaches the University of Cincinnati’s men’s golf team and serves as
Grimmer’s swing coach.
been talking to me a lot,” said Grimmer of Martin, who was a three-time
All-American at the University of Oklahoma, reached the 1988 U.S. Amateur
semifinals and was a member of the 1989 USA Walker Cup Team before an
eight-year pro career.
not only a great swing coach and knows a lot about swing mechanics, but he is a
great mentor. Especially for match play, him having played on a Walker Cup team
and having obviously won this, he knows exactly what it’s all about.”
Stuart Hall is a North Carolina-based
freelance writer whose work has previously appeared on USGA websites.