By Mike Dyer
Junior shot 59 at Pinehurst last summer, Picks Buckeyes over North Carolina
Even during the winter months, Will Grimmer always manages to find a way to keep a golf club in his hands.
The Cincinnati Mariemont High School standout often chips and putts at a local indoor facility during offseason training. He might hit the driving range from a heated base or practice putting in his suburban Cincinnati home.
And when spring arrives? Grimmer, who wowed a national audience last June with his 59 at Pinehurst, has “extra fire” when the weather turns warmer.
“If I could play every single day I would,” the 16-year-old junior said.
The Buckeye State is about to gain a deeper understanding of Grimmer’s game. After being recruited by a number of schools, Grimmer verbally committed to Ohio State last week.
Grimmer and his family couldn’t be more proud.
“Ohio State has always had a pretty storied golf program,” he said. “…It’s a great golf course. I am really just impressed with the coaches. I love the school – it’s a good fit for me. I am able to stay in Ohio and be a part of a Big Ten program which should be fun. It should be awesome.”
Grimmer, The Cincinnati Enquirer male golfer of the year for a second straight season, was the Division II state runner-up with a two-day total of 147 at NorthStar Golf Club in Sunbury in fall of 2013. He had a 34.9 scoring average for nine holes overall last season.
Grimmer made waves from a national media standpoint last June when he shot a rare 59 at Pinehurst at the North and South Junior Amateur. It obviously helped his college recruiting.
Grimmer also considered North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Illinois and Indiana. Ohio State and UNC were his finalists.
He said the Buckeyes have kept in the most contact with him since his freshman year. Grimmer pointed out OSU coach Donnie Darr has made a strong recruiting push recently.
Mariemont coach Denny Nead was a bit surprised Grimmer chose to stay in Ohio after he had opportunities to play in the south. Grimmer was invited to an Ohio State-Iowa football game in October which made an impact.
“I think he liked Ohio State in terms of the course and he liked the coach up there,” Nead said. “…They really did a nice job of recruiting him.”
Nead said the geography of Columbus only being a short distance from Cincinnati also really helped along with the national exposure of playing in the Big Ten.
“You have (Tom) Weiskopf and (Jack) Nicklaus – just a great history of Ohio State golf and that probably didn’t hurt,” Nead said.
Grimmer, who will be 17 in April, will play in some high-profile tournaments this summer. The exact schedule will be finalized in the near future.
Nead said Grimmer is driven to win a state title his senior year – especially given the fact it will be on his future collegiate course.
“It will be a cool transition and definitely be something I will hopefully try to win,” Grimmer said.
Nead says he has no doubt Grimmer will succeed at the next level.
“He loves to play and loves competition,” Nead said. “He wants to be the best.”