Smith, who was tied for 16th place after Monday’s opening round, was plagued by four holes of double bogey or worse, as the local shot a 7-over-par 79 to miss the cut by two strokes.
After shooting 3-under at Weymouth Country Club in the first round, Smith struggled on the links-style Fox Meadow course. He carded six birdies but negated those with six holes of bogeys or worse.
Canal Fulton’s Justin Lower rallied to take the lead over first-day leader Kevin Hall with a 6-under 66. Lower, who had six birdies, leads Hall by a stroke, heading into today’s third and final round (7:30 a.m.).
In addition to Smith, Lorain County’s other six participants also failed to make the final-round cut.
Joey Krecic of Columbia Station shot a 7-over 79 to finish 11-over for the event, just in front of Elyria’s Travis Porter
(79-78—157) and North Ridgeville’s John Topeka (78-80—158). Avon’s Pat Weaver bounced back from a first-round 85 to shoot a 77 and finish in a tie for 190th. Vermilion’s Mike Campana shot 79-85—164, while Elyria’s Jeff Mihalick shot 85-81—166.
One golfer with Lorain County ties, Keystone grad Bryan Yeo (a Litchfield resident), will play in the final round today after shooting 70-73—143 to stand 1-under.
Justin Lower (Canal Fulton) 68-66—134; Kevin Hall (Cincinnati) 65-70—135; Sebastian MacLean (Cincinnati) 68-69—137; Mike Emery (Canton) 69-68—137; Bob Swords (Dublin) 68-69—137; Garrett Frank (Youngstown) 67-70—137; Brian Unk (Lewis Center) 70-67—137; Greg Lawrence (Vandalia) 71-66—137; Ethan Tracy (Hilliard) 72-66—138.
Lorain County participants
Brian Smith (Amherst) 69-79—148; Joey Krecic (Columbia Station) 76-79—155; Travis Porter (Elyria) 79-78—157; John Topeka (North Ridgeville) 78-80—158; Pat Weaver (Avon) 85-77—162; Mike Campana (Vermilion) 79-85—164; Jeff Mihalick (Elyria) 85-81—166.