KALIDA — Jill Schmitmeyer and Kyle Naumann each shot even-par 72s in winning the girls 16-18 and boys 16-18 division of Thursday’s Lima Junior Golf Association — McDonald’s Series Weisenburger Builders Open at Country Acres Golf Club.
Gavin Harmon finished second among the 16-18 boys with a 75. Mary Kelly Mulcahy won a playoff against Jaclyn Wojciechowski and Erin Mulcahy for second in the girls 16-18 competition after each shot 79.
Ethan Ricketts won a playoff against Carson Harmon for the boys 14-15 title after each shot an 83.
In the nine-hole par-36 events, Connor Nartker was the boys 12-13 champ with a 45. Parker Judy topped Brevin Brandt in a playoff for second after each had a 47. Haylee Wurm had the low round among the girls 15 & younger with a 49. Kayla Nartker was second with a 52.
The LJGA season is scheduled to finish Monday at Shawnee Country Club. There will also be a awards banquet that evening. For more information go to tinyurl.com/LimaJuniors.
OAKVILLE, Ontario — Robert Garrigus made a birdie after a rock saved his ball from water and had a one-stroke lead at 9-under 63 on Thursday when play in the RBC Canadian Open was suspended because of dangerous weather.
“Hit it right in the middle of the water, and it hit a rock and bounced over the thing,” Garrigus said about the break on the par-5 13th.
The American wasn’t as fortunate on Nos. 10 and 17 at rain-softened Glen Abbey.
“Could have been 59 there if a couple putts didn’t lip out,” Garrigus said.
He made five straight birdies on Nos. 2-6, and birdied four of the last six holes — three of them par 5s.
PGA Tour rookie Adam Schenk was second. He birdied the first five and last three.
Ladies Scottish Open
GULLANE, Scotland — Tiffany Joh credited her “hot putter” as she shot a career-best 9-under 62 at the Ladies Scottish Open to take a four-shot lead after Thursday’s first round.
“I pretty much kept it in play and putted amazing, that’s the only way I could describe it today,” said the 31-year-old American, who opened and finished with birdies for the largest first-round lead on the LPGA Tour this year.
In-Kyung Kim, Amy Yang and Jenny Shin all shot 66 to share a three-way South Korean tie for second place at Gullane Golf Club.
Senior British Open
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — American Kirk Triplett and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand shot 7-under 65s Thursday to lead the Senior British Open by one stroke after the opening round but both will be keeping a close eye on defending champion Bernhard Langer.
Long the dominant figure in over-50s golf, Langer arrived at St. Andrews as the man to beat. And not much has changed.
While Langer’s 5-under 67 wasn’t the best score over the Old Course, the German’s lofty presence on the leaderboard will have the attention of every other contender.
Langer is tied for fifth alongside former PGA champion David Toms and another American, Scott McCarron, with the trio one shot behind former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and Canadian Stephen Ames.
As many as 16 players shot 68 or less, a figure that almost included 68-year old Tom Watson, on a bright and breezy day.
The seven men atop the leaderboard were all at least 3-under par by the turn. But it was a different matter coming home. No one in the 144-strong field was better than 3 under for their final nine holes.
Wiratchant’s round was highlighted by a run of five straight birdies from the third hole. Four more followed, with dropped shots at Nos. 13 and 17.
Triplett put his bogey-free score down to following instructions from his caddie, a local man well acquainted with golf’s most famous venue.
“He was very descriptive,” said Triplett with a smile. “It was, ‘Hit it right at that tower’ or ‘Right at that clump of bushes.’ I did that a number of times and had a lot of good looks (at the pins) from the fairways. Then I putted well from 10-to-20 feet. That’s what you have to do around here.”
Good putting from long distance was the dominant theme of a sunny day. Langer, Watson and Ames all emphasized its importance on the huge double-greens that are, at the end of the massively wide fairways, perhaps the most noticeable characteristic of the Old Course.
“I putted decently,” Langer said. “I made a number of medium-length putts to get me under par. And a couple of good ones went in coming home. I had two three-putts as well. But that happens out here. You can get some pretty long putts on this course.”
Watson was a lot more openly excited by his performance, especially after recording no more than a four on his card for what he said was “the first time in 20 years.”
In search of his fourth Senior British Open title, Watson hit a number of quality shots but it was his putting that pleased the five-time British Open champion the most.
“My long putting is what I’ve been practising,” said Watson, who missed a 25-foot putt on the 18th green to equal his age, and ended on 69. “When you come to St. Andrews you know you are going to have 80-foot putts. I’ve been working on them a lot at Royal Oaks in Houston. So my touch is pretty good right now.”
John Daly also shot 69. Suffering from a long-standing right knee problem, Daly was clearly limping by the end of a round highlighted by four birdies and an eagle on No. 5.
“I take any chance I can to play at St. Andrews,” Daly said. “It’s an awesome feeling to walk the fairways that so many great players have.”