Wednesday, June 28, 2000

Medalist Herman grabs top seed


Met pared to 32 for match play

By Jeff Carlton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Jim Herman's only mistake Tuesday came on the 13th hole, when he pulled his tee shot into the rough and behind a tree.

        He had to waste a stroke, flicking the ball sideways back onto the fairway.

        Then he parred the hole.

        That's the kind of day Herman enjoyed on the second day of the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association Metropolitan Amateur Championship. He shot a 2-under-par 69 for a two-day total of 136, five better than second-place Jim Ebel.

        When play ended Tuesday afternoon, the field was reduced from 93 golfers to 32. The tournament format switches to match play today, with Herman entering as the top seed. “I had one goal when I started (Tuesday) morning,” Herman said, “and that was to not hit any bogeys. And I didn't.”

        Herman had 16 pars and two birdies — both on the front nine — by combining mostly solid tee shots with dazzling approaches. He launched his irons with smart-bomb precision, drilling 16 greens and setting up birdie opportunities time and again.

        Herman seemed most pleased with saving par after his pulled tee shot on the 13th. “I had no shot, so I just had to punch out and see if I could make a good iron shot,” he said. “When you can save a par like that, it means a lot, almost as much as making a birdie.”Xavier University golfer Tim Donovan, a former teammate of Herman's at St.Xavier High, shot a 74 for a two-day total of 142. Donovan is the third seed after finishing one stroke behind Ebel.

       



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