Nimmer, Orischak fall short in playoff at Blade Junior Classic

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comJuly 17, 2014 

A couple of local players made their run Wednesday at one of the state's top junior events and came up just short.

Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer and Hilton Head Island's Andrew Orischak finished 3 under to join a playoff with Justin Hood at the Blade Junior Golf Classic held at Greer's Thornblade Club. Hood outdueled both with par on No. 18, the first playoff hole.

Hood, a student at Calhoun Academy from St. Matthews, made bogey on the final hole to close his second round and drop into the playoff.

Nimmer fired a final-round 65 to reach 3-under 139 and waited to see if it would be good enough. Orischak, the first-round leader after a 68, plodded through his second round before dropping a 50-foot birdie putt on the final hole to get to 3 under, even par for the day.

Orischak said he knew what he needed because of the large, electronic scoreboard near the 18th green. He spent several minutes reading the putt before picking a ball mark near the cup as his line and rolling in the birdie.

Orischak said he was proud of himself for keeping his composure during a tough day.

"I stayed patient all day and held my head high," he said.

Nimmer went low during the final round for the second time this week. He shot a 64 this past Sunday at Haig Point to win the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event by three shots.

He opened with a 3-over 74 Tuesday before again finding a rhythm. Nimmer made seven birdies and a bogey on Wednesday, with a 4-under 32 on the back nine.

Nimmer waited about an hour and a half to learn he was in the playoff and hit a couple shots before returning to the 18th tee.

His approach in the playoff found the trap. He lipped out a 10-footer for par to extend the playoff.

"I wasn't really too mad," Nimmer said. "I played well."

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