Coastal’s Dorn defends his Ohio Amateur Championship

ccugolf-dornopenCoastal Carolina rising senior Andrew Dorn carded a final-round 66 Friday to win his second-straight Ohio Amateur Championship.

Dorn entered the final round trailing Will Grimmer by three strokes and was tied for second with Tim Crouch. The trio played together in the final round with Dorn shooting 66, Grimmer shooting 70 and Crouch 74. Overall, Dorn edged Grimmer, a high school senior-to-be who joined Dorn as a 2014 U.S. Open qualifier this past month, by one stroke, posting a 72-hole score of 276 on the 7,031-yard, par-71 Coldstream Country Club. Grimmer finished second (277) and Crouch finished fifth with an even par 284.

Dorn opened his defense with a one-over par 72 in the first round on Tuesday. He rallied with back-to-back rounds of 69 before shooting his 5-under par 66 in the final round to claim medalist honors.

On Friday, Dorn had birdies on three of his first eight holes. After a bogey on the par-4 9th hole – his lone setback of the day, Dorn reeled off birdies on holes 10, 15 and 16. Dorn and Grimmer, who also birdied the par-4 16th hole, were tied before Grimmer took a bogey on the 17th hole Friday. The two each recorded pars on the 72nd and final hole to allow Dorn to retain his title.

Last year, Dorn carded a 2-over 73 on the final day, but birdied the final two holes in the final round to claim a two-stroke victory at the 2013 Ohio Amateur. He carded rounds of 66-69-73 for a 54-hole total of 5-under par 208.

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