Brandywine native Herriott ups his golf game at Md. Open
Brandywine native competed in Maryland Open, won state amateur tournament in June
With his senior season at Ohio University rapidly approaching, The Calverton School graduate and Brandywine native Ty Herriott has gradually been building his résumé on the golf course this summer before returning to Athens, Ohio, for his final college campaign on the links.
Herriott competed in the prestigious Maryland Open last week, an event that included a mix of professionals and amateurs of all ages, after having previously won the 95th Maryland State Golf Association’s Amateur Championship at The Elkridge Club in Baltimore, June 9 to 12. His father, Randall Herriott, served as his son’s caddie for the tournament.
In the three-day Maryland Open Championship that concluded July 13 at Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace, Herriott finished the tournament tied for 21st with a 5-overpar of 221 (73-71-77) for the 54 holes.
Herriott finished the first day only 1-over with four bogies, three birdies and 11 pars, but he came right back to finish 1-under 71 in the second day with two birdies, one bogey and 15 pars.
On Wednesday, however, Herriott struggled through the front nine at six over then recorded four birdies on the back nine to finish the round and the tournament at 5-over.
Sean Bosdosh won the event with a three-day score of 13-under-par 203 (69-65-69).
At the MSGA Amateur Championship, Herriott, who qualified for the match play portion of the tournament by shooting a 2-over-par 73 in the June 9 qualifying round to join the field of 32, defeated Tim Prey (1 up), Tyler Newton (3 & 1), Mike Stackus (1 up) and Dan Falls (2 up) then captured the tournament title by edging Connor Floch (2& 1) in the championship round on June 12.
“It meant the world to me,” Herriott said of his MSGA Amateur title. “Looking at the names that are previously on the trophy, there are guys that play on the [PGA] Tour right now. It’s really special to be part of a group like that. I’m very grateful to have been able to compete in the event.”
Herriott, who had also previously won the Maryland Junior Amateur Tournament in 2012 and recorded four top-five and six top-10 performances while still at Calverton, is expected to be among the top two golfers on the Ohio University squad for 2016-17. Fellow senior, Peyton White, a Huntersville, N.C., native, will join Herriott to provide the Bobcats with a formidable top duo.
“We’re expecting Ty and Peyton to lead the way for us this season,” said Ohio head coach Bob Cooley, who is heading into his 29th season at the helm of the program. “Our program is small, but we’ve had some very good golfers come through here. Ty has an excellent short game. When he plays well early in the round, he’s usually very tough to beat.”
In the championship round of the MSGA Amateur championship, Herriott played well on the front nine and then played even better on the back nine. In the final round against Floch, he compiled seven birdies, including the decisive one on the 17th hole to finish the match one hole early on a day when strong winds accompanied the sunny, hot conditions.
“It changed my approach a lot,” Herriott said of the winds. “The previous day the wind was a little different. I had to play a little more conservative so I wouldn’t put myself in a position to make a bad mistake. I really had a good game plan for each shot and I was able to execute the majority of them.”
Oddly enough, Ohio University is one of the few NCAA Division I programs in the country that does not boast an 18-hole golf course for its home site. The Bobcats use a nine-hole course on campus and another one off-campus as their home links, but they have not hosted a match during Cooley’s prolonged tenure at the school since the other programs simply refuse to play on either abbreviated course.
Last summer Herriott unofficially cracked into the record books at the Bobcats’ ninehole course on campus. He fired a round of 11-under-par 61 to eclipse the previous mark originally set by the legendary Arnold Palmer in 1958 and equalled three times since. But Herriott played the entire round by himself, so, although Cooley has no doubt that his round was legitimate, it officially cannot count since he did not have a caddie or a partner.
“Even though it’s not the official record on the course, we did dedicate a plaque to Ty for that round,” Cooley said. “He called me from the course when he got to 10-under par on the back nine and asked me if I could come out for the final five holes. Well, I never made it over there and he ended up shooting a 61. I believe his score, but officially we can’t put it in the record books because no one played with him.”
Ty Herriott, left, a graduate from The Calverton School and Brandywine native, won the 2016 Maryland State Golf Association’s Amateur Championship in June. Standing next to Herriott are Stanard T. Klinefelter, Maryland State Golf Association president and Clarke MacKenzie, winner of the 1966 Maryland Amateur Championship.