July 13, 2012
WORTHINGTON, Ohio – Marshall senior golfer Nathan Kerns won his second major title of the summer in his home state, taking the 116th Ohio Amateur Championship on Friday at Brookside Golf & Country Club here.
Kerns, of Ironton, finished with a 6-under-par 282 over 72 holes for a two-shot victory over Alex Redfield of Powell. Redfield is a recent Ohio State graduate and 2012 PING All-Midwest Region pick.
Only six golfers finished under par for the tournament.
Kerns, who won the Mid-Ohio Golf Association Championship earlier this summer, shot a 2-pver 74 in his final round, but his first-round 66 on Tuesday remained the low score of the tournament over the 7,044-yard Brookside course.
Kerns took a two-shot lead into the final round, but the second- and third-place golfers heading into the final day – Bill Williamson of Cincinnati and David Haley of Hilliard – shot 5 and 3 over, respectively.
The Thundering Herd golfer had a four-stroke lead until he double bogeyed the par-3 16th, but he finished par-par to get the title that previously had been won by such familiar golf names as Arnold Palmer, Ben Curtis and John Cook.
Kerns finished 17th in the Ohio amateur last year in Dayton.
His new Marshall coach, Matthew Grobe, reports to work on Monday, succeeding 40-year Herd golf coach Joe Feaganes, who retired last month.