CANTON — Thanks to Mother Nature, half the field at the Ohio Amateur Championships completed its opening round Tuesday at Brookside Country Club.
Westfield Center’s Parker Hewit was one of 71 golfers to finish play. The remainder of the field will have to wait until 8:30 this morning to finish before the second round begins.
Hewit is in fifth place after carding a 2-under-par 69. The former Cloverleaf High and Bowling Green State standout is six shots off the pace set by West Union’s Corey Richmond, who recorded a hole-in-one en route to shooting an 8-under 63.
Richmond aced the 178-yard seventh hole with an 8-iron during a round that also included eight birdies. It was the first of two aces on that hole, as Erik Hoops later accomplished the feat.
Hewit, who tied for 20th at the event a year ago, got off to a rough start as he bogeyed two of his first three holes. He bounced back in a big way thanks to an eagle on the 415-yard par-4 16th and followed with a birdie on 18. Both of his birdies came on par 5s.
The first group of players experienced a morning lightning delay. A thunderstorm then swept through the area in the afternoon and forced Medina residents John Furlong, Patrick Luth and Austin Schreiber to go home early.
Fellow Medina native Mark Maynard withdrew from competition.
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