PATASKALA — Mount Vernon golfer Connor Curry finished in 11th place to lead local golfers at the 2018 Ohio PGA Publinx Amateur Championship, which was held from Saturday through Monday at Cumberland Trail Golf Club in Pataskala.
“I thought I did pretty good, considering it was my first time at the event,” Curry said. “The course was pretty tough, so I’m happy with how I did.”
Curry finished the tournament at 2-over par 218, eight strokes off the winning pace. Curry had a round of 2-over par 74 on Friday to be in a tie for 19th place, but moved to even par and a tie for 12th place for the tournament with a 2-under 70 on Sunday. He closed the tournament on Monday by shooting a 2-over 74.
“It’s always fun to golf against good golfers,” said Curry, who will be golfing for Malone University in the fall. “It helps me do better and it’s a confidence booster to know I can play with these guys.”
Brandon Main, a recent graduate of Fredericktown High School, claimed 45th place in the 64-player field with a 22-over par 238. Main had consecutive rounds of 9-over 81 on Saturday and Sunday, but finished with his best score of the tournament on Sunday with a 4-over 76.
Danville’s Braden Baker withdrew from the tournament after a first-round 76, and Mount Vernon’s Josh Hreha had rounds of 87 and 80, but did not start Round 3.
Garrett Brickley of Pickerington won the tournament with a birdie on the first playoff hole after finishing in a tie with Columbus’s Daniel Martina. Each shot a 6-under 210 through three rounds. Austin Kondratick of Westerville finished third, one shot back (-5, 211).
“I only lost by eight strokes and I can think of where those eight strokes could have been made up,” Curry said. “I can always do better, but I did very well.”