Delaware Hayes graduate and Toledo sophomore Grant Godfrey is right where he wants to be through three rounds of the 2017 Ohio Amateur Championship at Springfield Country Club.
After carding a 69 Thursday afternoon, his first sub-par round of the tourney, Godfrey is alone in third place with one round of golf to go. He fired back-to-back even-par rounds to start, giving him a combined 209 (-1) so far.
“The key to trying to win tournaments is to go out there with no expectation and just have fun,” Godfrey said. “I know I can go out and shoot a low round now … I just have to go out and do it. This is what I play for — to have a chance at winning a big tournament — and I’m right there in position to go out and do it.”
He was 15th after the first round, tied for fifth through the second and now, thanks to some really solid swings in the third, has a chance to win the whole thing as one of just three golfers currently under par.
Godfrey hit 17 greens and made two birdies Thursday. He hit 14 greens and 10 fairways with two birdies and an Eagle Wednesday and nailed 14 greens and 11 fairways on the way to a six-birdie round to open the tourney on Tuesday.
“My key to success this week has been my ball control,” Godfrey said. “I’ve hit the ball extremely well.”
Centerville’s Austin Sipe, who fired his third straight sub-par round of the event Thursday, leads wit a total of 202 (-8). Luke Wells, a 16-year-old standout from Springfield, sits second with a three-round total of 207 (-3).
The trio of Sipe, Wells and Godfrey will start final-round action from the No. 1 tee today at 9:40 a.m.
Liberty senior Trey Rath isn’t quite in striking distance, but did make the 54-hole cut after firing a two-under 68. He’s been getting better each day as his rounds of 76, 75 and 68 gave him a combined 219 (+9) — a mark good enough for a 26th-place tie with one round to go.
Rath will start from the No. 1 tee with Waynesville’s Chris Coleman and Dayton’s Andrew Mayhew today at 8:20 a.m. He’s just five strokes out of the top 10.
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