CINCINNATI (AP) — The second trophy was harder to get, Andrew Dorn said.
Dorn birdied the 15th and 16th holes and passed 17-year-old Will Grimmer down the stretch in a head-to-head battle to capture his second consecutive Ohio Amateur championship on Friday at Coldstream Country Club.
"There's always the pressure of repeating," said the Coastal Carolina senior-to-be from West Chester. "Many people will tell you it's difficult winning any tournament two years in a row. But I kept my head in the game and tried to take it a shot at a time."
That strategy paid off, particularly with Dorn playing in the final threesome against Grimmer, who started the final round with a three-stroke head start.
The 21-year-old Dorn caught Grimmer with a birdie on the 15th hole, taking advantage of forward tees to drive the par-4 hole and then two-putt from 40 feet while Grimmer was making par.
Both players, with separation from the rest of the field, birdied the 16th hole to remain deadlocked.
Then Grimmer, who will be a senior at Mariemont High School in suburban Cincinnati, made one of his few mistakes of the week. He missed the fairway and ended up right of the green with his second shot, then failed to get up and down. His bogey gave Dorn a lead that he held onto by hitting a nervy 5-foot par putt at 17.
After both missed the fairway on the closing hole, Grimmer applied pressure by hitting his third shot to 3 feet. That meant that Dorn had to two-putt to clinch the win.
"It was a tricky downhiller," he said. "But I lagged the first putt to a foot."
Dorn becomes the 10th player in the tournament's 108 years to win back-to-back. Others who have done it include Arnold Palmer, John Cook and current PGA Tour pros Ben Curtis and Jason Kokrak.