Thursday, July 12, 2001

Samborsky doesn't shrink in Ohio Amateur

Oak Hills grad stands second after 2 rounds

By Mark Schmetzer
Enquirer contributor

        MASON — As he teed off in the second round of the 95th Ohio Amateur golf tournament Wednesday, Pete Samborsky II felt a touch of anxiety, which he blamed on being in unfamiliar territory.

Pete Samborsky II
(Dick Swaim photo)
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        Samborsky, an Oak Hills High graduate and son of Western Hills Country Club pro Gene Samborsky, was not used to being in contention on the second day of a tournament.

        “That's just another beast to fight,” Samborsky, 27, said after his 1-under-par 71 at the Heritage Club.

        Samborsky's performance, which followed his 5-under 67 in Tuesday's opening round, left him in second place in the 72-hole, stroke-play tournament with a two-day score of 138. He was one stroke behind Avon Lake's Erik Herberth, who also shot 71 Wednesday, and one stroke ahead of Camargo's Robert Gerwin II, who followed his record-setting 64 Tuesday with a 75 Wednesday.

        For the second day in a row, the best round was by a golfer in one of the last two groups. Xavier University's Tim Donovan recorded three birdies and an eagle on the back nine to finish with a 69, which left him at 141.

        “I made up a little ground today,” said Donovan, who plays out of the Vineyard Golf Club and works at Coldstream. “Now, I just have to keep the momentum from the back nine and carry it over to tomorrow.”

        Neil Lykins, who plays out of Kings Island, also carded a second straight sub-par round and was tied with Donovan for fourth place, also four strokes behind Herberth. Other local competi tors making the cut were Nick Lykins (143); Bill Lundeen (145); Marty Miller (146); Michael Thomas, Gregg Grimes, Scott Miller and Robert De Rojas (147); Shaun Lasance (150); Jim Ebel and Taylor Metcalfe (151), and Edward Loughrea (152).

        The original field of 144 competitors was cut to the low 60 and ties following Wednesday's second round. The field will be cut after today's round to the low 40 and ties for Friday's final round.

        Samborsky, who started on the back nine, struggled with his putter.

        “On the first seven holes, I couldn't get comfortable,” he said. “I had two three-putts and I was 2-over after the 16th hole. But I hit a 20-footer on 17 for a birdie, and that settled me down a little bit.

        “I think I was nervous trying to follow up my 67 and stay in the tournament and not shoot my way out of it.”

        Gerwin, 34, got off to a rough start Wednesday with double-bogeys on the first and fourth holes.

        “The wind was difficult,” said Gerwin, who won the Ohio Am championship in 1996 and the Cincinnati Met this summer. “The pin placements were more difficult than yesterday. It put a premium on shotmaking.”

        Neil Lykins, 20, won the state championship at Moeller in 1998.

        “To win this would probably rank right up there with winning the state — probably above it,” he said. “To win something that (Jack) Nicklaus never won ... There aren't too many of those.”

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