MEDINA TWP. — Amherst resident Brian Smith found himself on the outside looking in after Tuesday’s second round of the 89th Ohio Open Championship.
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.