Brandy­wine na­tive Her­riott ups his golf game at Md. Open

Brandy­wine na­tive com­peted in Mary­land Open, won state am­a­teur tour­na­ment in June

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

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.”

PHOTO BY HOLLY LANAHAN, ELKRIDGE CLUB

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...

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