PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Will Grimmer will not soon forget his golfing summer of 2013, which included an incredibly rare 59.
The 16-year-old Ohio native's incredible run began on June 24, when he won a U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier at Western Hills Country Club in Cincinnati.
Two days later he won the Ohio Junior Championship at Oasis Golf Club in Loveland.
He followed that victory with an impressive win the next day in the one-day 36-hole Southern Ohio Junior PGA Section Championship. His rounds of 68 and 66 at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown were good enough for a 10-under-par total, a nine-stroke overall victory, and qualified him for the 38th Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Hotel Fitness.
"It's been an amazing experience for me these past few weeks," said Grimmer. "I have been playing really well and my putting has been strong."
That putting prowess on the greens is due in large part, Grimmer says, to the new putter he received just prior to the U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier in June.
"The new putter, a Scotty Cameron, has really helped me in the 10-15 foot range and that's been huge for my game," said Grimmer. "I have been hitting the ball well for a while now, but I haven't been able to score. Now it's really started happening and I've caught fire."
The extraordinary 59 came on July 10, during the second round of the North & South Junior Amateur at Pinehurst Resort. Grimmer made an eagle, 10 birdies and a bogey.
Grimmer opened the 54-hole Championship with a 74 and closed with a 71 to finish fourth.
"I didn't really start thinking about the 59 until my 16th hole when I made a 20-footer and knew I only needed to birdie one of the last two holes for 59," said Grimmer. "And on my last hole, the 9th hole on the golf course, I hit a 9-iron to 20 feet and sank the putt. It was crazy."
The rising high school junior is looking forward to continuing his hot play when he makes the trip to Martis Camp Club in Truckee, Calif., for the U.S. Junior Amateur next week, and the 38th Junior PGA Championship, July 30–Aug. 2, at Trump National Golf Club – Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Va.
"The summer is going by so fast, but it's been a lot of fun," said Grimmer. "I am pumped about playing in both events coming up. I have heard great things about Trump National [Golf Club]."
And whatever happens the rest of the summer, Grimmer will have some incredible stories to tell his friends at school in the fall.
About the Junior PGA Championship
One of golf's major championships for juniors, the Junior PGA Championship is where the best in the world get their start. Begun in 1976, the Championship has been a popular stop on the national junior circuit for many of today's PGA and LPGA touring professionals.
The 72-hole Championship will feature a 54-hole cut to the low 30 boys and 30 girls, including ties.
Each year the field includes past winners of the Championship, PGA Junior Series event champions, PGA Section winners, many of Polo Golf and Golfweek's top-ranked players, and selected national junior tournament winners.
In 2012, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand became the first girls' division champion since Inbee Park to claim back-to-back titles, while Robby Shelton of Wilmer, Ala., claimed the boys' title at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Golf Channel will present a one-hour highlight show of the Championship, with the initial airing on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.