May 31, 2016

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Golf: Parker Hewit in hunt for Ohio Amateur title

CANTON — Anytime you can limit mistakes on the golf course, the better the result.

Westfield Center’s Parker Hewit proved that as he put together a consistent round Thursday at the Ohio Amateur Championship and finds himself four shots off the lead heading into today’s final round at Brookside Country Club.

Parker Hewit

“Those boring rounds of golf seem to be the good ones,” joked Hewit, who is tied for fifth. “I played solid today and I didn’t put myself in bad spots. Off the tee, I was in the middle of the fairway and had perfect looks at the green … that makes it enjoyable.”

After an opening-round 2-under-par 69 on Tuesday, the 2007 Gazette MVP had to wait more than a day to play his second round after Wednesday’s action was postponed due to inclement conditions from an afternoon thunderstorm.

Hewit didn’t let the delay bother him, however, as he fired another 69 on Thursday without a bogey. The former Cloverleaf and Bowling Green standout, who is playing in his fourth and final Ohio Am, hit every green in regulation during a round in which he played even on 16 holes.

The 518-yard par-5 third hole and the 465-yard par-5 18th ended with birdies as he finished a combined 4 under for the two rounds.

The performance also came after he saw his 2:10 p.m. tee time Wednesday pushed all the way to 6, forcing him to spend most of the afternoon at Five Guys Burgers. He then arrived at the course to find out play had been postponed and the tournament had been shortened to 54 holes.

“It was crazy, but I tried not to let it distract me,” he said. “I’m taking this tournament one day at a time and one hole at a time and just trying to have fun with it since this is my last Ohio Am.”

Now, Hewit finds himself in position for his best finish at the event after tying for 20th a year ago.

Hewit will be joined by Medina’s Patrick Luth in final-round action after the Cleveland State recruit overcame seven holes of bogeys or worse to finish with a 4-over 75 and earn one of the last bids.

Luth, who is tied for 59th with a combined 9-over 151, brushed off those tough holes by recording three birdies and ending his day with an eagle on the 415-yard par-4 No. 9.

Fellow Medina resident John Furlong shot 78 on Thursday to tie for 127th, while Austin Schreiber was disqualified.

Michael Bernard of Huber Heights and Corey Richmond of West Union lead the pack at 8 under.

Richmond was the talk of the tourney after carding an eye-popping 63 on the first day, but Hewit is ready to create a little buzz of his own.

“You just have to shake your head when a guy shoots 63 … that was absurdly low,” he said. “This is a shot-makers golf course, so you have to play smart. You can’t get away with taking a hole off.

“You have to put yourself in the right spots, and hopefully I will pull something out of my hat (today) and go low.”

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